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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813969/prediction-of-user-preference-over-shared-control-paradigms-for-a-robotic-wheelchair
#1
Ahmetcan Erdogan, Brenna D Argall
The design of intelligent powered wheelchairs has traditionally focused heavily on providing effective and efficient navigation assistance. Significantly less attention has been given to the end-user's preference between different assistance paradigms. It is possible to include these subjective evaluations in the design process, for example by soliciting feedback in post-experiment questionnaires. However, constantly querying the user for feedback during real-world operation is not practical. In this paper, we present a model that correlates objective performance metrics and subjective evaluations of autonomous wheelchair control paradigms...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813964/brain-computer-interface-combining-eye-saccade-two-electrode-eeg-signals-and-voice-cues-to-improve-the-maneuverability-of-wheelchair
#2
Ker-Jiun Wang, Lan Zhang, Bo Luan, Hsiao-Wei Tung, Quanfeng Liu, Jiacheng Wei, Mingui Sun, Zhi-Hong Mao
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) largely augment human capabilities by translating brain wave signals into feasible commands to operate external devices. However, many issues face the development of BCIs such as the low classification accuracy of brain signals and the tedious human-learning procedures. To solve these problems, we propose to use signals associated with eye saccades and blinks to control a BCI interface. By extracting existing physiological eye signals, the user does not need to adapt his/her brain waves to the device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811888/performance-test-and-verification-of-an-off-the-shelf-automated-avian-radar-tracking-system
#3
Roel May, Yngve Steinheim, Pål Kvaløy, Roald Vang, Frank Hanssen
Microwave radar is an important tool for observation of birds in flight and represents a tremendous increase in observation capability in terms of amount of surveillance space that can be covered at relatively low cost. Based on off-the-shelf radar hardware, automated radar tracking systems have been developed for monitoring avian movements. However, radar used as an observation instrument in biological research has its limitations that are important to be aware of when analyzing recorded radar data. This article describes a method for exploring the detection capabilities of a dedicated short-range avian radar system used inside the operational Smøla wind-power plant...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773193/an-advanced-multi-sensor-acousto-ultrasonic-structural-health-monitoring-system-development-and-aerospace-demonstration
#4
Joel Smithard, Nik Rajic, Stephen van der Velden, Patrick Norman, Cedric Rosalie, Steve Galea, Hanfei Mei, Bin Lin, Victor Giurgiutiu
A key longstanding objective of the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) research community is to enable the embedment of SHM systems in high value assets like aircraft to provide on-demand damage detection and evaluation. As against traditional non-destructive inspection hardware, embedded SHM systems must be compact, lightweight, low-power and sufficiently robust to survive exposure to severe in-flight operating conditions. Typical Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) systems can be bulky, costly and are often inflexible in their configuration and/or scalability, which militates against in-service deployment...
July 20, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754428/mid-term-results-of-chimney-and-periscope-grafts-in-supra-aortic-branches-in-high-risk-patients
#5
F Pecoraro, M Lachat, N S Cayne, D Pakeliani, Z Rancic, G Puippe, F J Criado, T Pfammatter, F J Veith, B Krüger, T A Neff
PURPOSE: Report mid-term outcomes of thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) with chimney and periscope grafts (CPG) in supra-aortic branches (SAB). METHODS: Retrospective analysis, from October 2009 to May 2014, of patients with aneurysms requiring TEVAR with zone 0/1/2 proximal landing in association with at least one CPG in the SAB. All patients were considered at high risk for conventional surgery. Peri-operative mortality and morbidity, retrograde type A dissection, maximum aortic transverse diameter (TD) and its post-operative evolution, endoleak, survival, freedom from cardiovascular re-interventions, and CPG freedom from occlusion during the follow-up were analysed...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718293/functional-design-of-dielectric-metal-dielectric-based-thin-film-encapsulation-with-heat-transfer-and-flexibility-for-flexible-displays
#6
Jeong Hyun Kwon, Seungyeop Choi, Yongmin Jeon, Hyuncheol Kim, Ki Soo Chang, Kyung Cheol Choi
In this study, a new and efficient dielectric-metal-dielectric-based thin-film encapsulation (DMD-TFE) with an inserted Ag thin film is proposed to guarantee the reliability of flexible displays by improving the barrier properties, mechanical flexibility, and heat dissipation, which are considered to be essential requirements for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) encapsulation. The DMD-TFE, which is composed of Al2O3, Ag, and a silica nanoparticle-embedded sol-gel hybrid nanocomposite, shows a water vapor transmission rate of 8...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716374/high-throughput-quantitation-of-fc-containing-recombinant-proteins-in-cell-culture-supernatant-by-fluorescence-polarization-spectroscopy
#7
Ben Thompson, Jerry Clifford, Mike Jenns, Andrew Smith, Ray Field, Kalpana Nayyar, David C James
Measurement of recombinant protein product titer critically underpins all biopharmaceutical manufacturing process development, as well as diverse research and discovery activity. Here, we describe a simple rapid (<2 min per 96 samples) 96-well microplate-based assay that enables high-throughput quantitation of recombinant immunoglobulin G and Fc-containing IgG derivatives in mammalian cell culture supernatant over a wide dynamic range of 2.5-80 mg/L, using microplate fluorescence polarization (FP) spectroscopy...
July 14, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706751/development-and-implementation-of-a-coagulation-factor-testing-method-utilizing-autoverification-in-a-high-volume-clinical-reference-laboratory-environment
#8
Paul W Riley, Benoit Gallea, Andre Valcour
BACKGROUND: Testing coagulation factor activities requires that multiple dilutions be assayed and analyzed to produce a single result. The slope of the line created by plotting measured factor concentration against sample dilution is evaluated to discern the presence of inhibitors giving rise to nonparallelism. Moreover, samples producing results on initial dilution falling outside the analytic measurement range of the assay must be tested at additional dilutions to produce reportable results...
2017: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688545/a-focus-on-the-state-of-the-art-of-food-waste-losses-issue-and-suggestions-for-future-researches
#9
Cinzia Muriana
Today, the role of the supply chain (SC) strategies in Food-Waste/Losses (F-W/L) generation is neglected, because F-W/L are generally considered an unavoidable consequence of accidental events. Therefore, only operating plans are today put into practice, which aim at reducing the impact of product losses along the SC. This involves that structured analyses and strategic SC approaches are not available for the prevention/minimization of F-W/L. The paper aims at changing the perspective, and promoting the hypothesis that generation of F-W/L mainly depends on the SC strategies put into practice that are usually optimized on the basis of the market demand...
July 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688219/performance-of-a-cost-effective-and-automated-blood-counting-system-for-resource-limited-settings-operated-by-trained-and-untrained-users
#10
Dengling Xie, Yanjun Xie, Peng Liu, Lieshu Tong, Chuanzhen Hu, Pengfei Shao, Kaiqin Chu, Zachary J Smith
Current flow-based blood counting devices require expensive and centralized medical infrastructure and are not appropriate for field use. In this article we report a streamlined, easy-to-use method to count red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), platelets (PLT) and 3-part WBC differential through a cost-effective and automated image-based blood counting system. The approach consists of using a compact, custom-built microscope with large field-of-view to record bright-field and fluorescence images of samples that are diluted with a single, stable reagent mixture and counted using automatic algorithms...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679248/ultrasound-field-characterization-using-synthetic-schlieren-tomography
#11
Aki Pulkkinen, Jarkko J Leskinen, Aimo Tiihonen
Synthetic schlieren imaging, also known as background oriented schlieren imaging, is used to determine the acoustical field of a focused ultrasound transducer operating at 1.01 MHz frequency with peak pressure amplitude of 0.97 MPa. The measurement setup is composed of a commercial off-the-shelf digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with an ordinary objective, a high power light-emitting diode driven in pulsating mode, water tank, ultrasound transducer, rotation stage, and driving electronics. Measurements are performed in tomographic fashion by rotating the ultrasound transducer within the water tank and photographing an imaged target behind the ultrasound field...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658228/on-chip-generation-of-high-dimensional-entangled-quantum-states-and-their-coherent-control
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Michael Kues, Christian Reimer, Piotr Roztocki, Luis Romero Cortés, Stefania Sciara, Benjamin Wetzel, Yanbing Zhang, Alfonso Cino, Sai T Chu, Brent E Little, David J Moss, Lucia Caspani, José Azaña, Roberto Morandotti
Optical quantum states based on entangled photons are essential for solving questions in fundamental physics and are at the heart of quantum information science. Specifically, the realization of high-dimensional states (D-level quantum systems, that is, qudits, with D > 2) and their control are necessary for fundamental investigations of quantum mechanics, for increasing the sensitivity of quantum imaging schemes, for improving the robustness and key rate of quantum communication protocols, for enabling a richer variety of quantum simulations, and for achieving more efficient and error-tolerant quantum computation...
June 28, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647330/effect-of-skim-milk-treated-with-high-hydrostatic-pressure-on-permeate-flux-and-fouling-during-ultrafiltration
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Mathilde Leu, Alice Marciniak, Julien Chamberland, Yves Pouliot, Laurent Bazinet, Alain Doyen
Ultrafiltration (UF) is largely used in the dairy industry to generate milk and whey protein concentrate for standardization of milk or production of dairy ingredients. Recently, it was demonstrated that high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) extended the shelf life of milk and improved rennet coagulation and cheese yield. Pressurization also modified casein micelle size distribution and promoted aggregation of whey proteins. These changes are likely to affect UF performance. Consequently, this study determined the effect of skim milk pressurization (300 and 600 MPa, 5 min) on UF performance in terms of permeate flux decline and fouling...
September 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645603/robotic-transnasal-endoscopic-skull-base-surgery-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-report-of-a-novel-prototype-for-a-hybrid-system-bear
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Andrea Bolzoni Villaret, Francesco Doglietto, Andrea Carobbio, Alberto Schreiber, Camilla Panni, Enrico Piantoni, Giovanni Guida, Marco Maria Fontanella, Piero Nicolai, Riccardo Cassinis
BACKGROUND: Although robotics has already been applied to several surgical fields, available systems are not designed for endoscopic skull base surgery (ESBS). New-conception prototypes have been recently described for ESBS. AIM OF THE STUDY: To provide a systematic literature review of robotics for ESBS and describe a novel prototype developed at the University of Brescia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: PubMed and Scopus databases were searched using a combination of terms, including Robotics OR Robot and Surgery OR Otolaryngology OR Skull Base OR Holder...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573815/tape-lift-sampling-of-chemical-threat-agents
#15
Krista Brady, Becky Stilley, Maria Olds, Terry O'Neill, James Egan, Evan Durnal
Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) materials were evaluated as surface samplers for the Department of Homeland Security Chemical Forensics Program. The program helps evidence collectors identify trace chemical residues at incident scenes. COTS items are widely available, produced in large lots, and with strict controls. Chemical attribution signatures were collected from common surfaces. Eight tape lift candidates were considered, five were chosen based on performance and tested for analytical interferences and extraction efficiencies with 14 chemicals...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526944/ventilator-data-extraction-with-a-video-display-image-capture-and-processing-system
#16
David B Wax, Bryan Hill, Matthew A Levin
Medical hardware and software device interoperability standards are not uniform. The result of this lack of standardization is that information available on clinical devices may not be readily or freely available for import into other systems for research, decision support, or other purposes. We developed a novel system to import discrete data from an anesthesia machine ventilator by capturing images of the graphical display screen and using image processing to extract the data with off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software...
June 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502552/bifurcated-bifurcated-aneurysm-repair-is-a-novel-technique-to-repair-infrarenal-aortic-aneurysms-in-the-setting-of-iliac-aneurysms
#17
Susanna Hewon Shin, Benjamin Ware Starnes
BACKGROUND: Up to 40% of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) have coexistent iliac artery aneurysms (IAAs). In the past, successful endovascular repair required internal iliac artery (IIA) embolization, which can lead to pelvic or buttock ischemia. This study describes a technique that uses a readily available solution with a minimally altered off-the-shelf bifurcated graft in the IAA to maintain IIA perfusion. METHODS: From August 2009 to May 2015, 14 patients with AAAs and coexisting IAAs underwent repair with a bifurcated-bifurcated approach...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492225/high-efficiency-and-high-power-rechargeable-lithium-sulfur-dioxide-batteries-exploiting-conventional-carbonate-based-electrolytes
#18
Hyeokjun Park, Hee-Dae Lim, Hyung-Kyu Lim, Won Mo Seong, Sehwan Moon, Youngmin Ko, Byungju Lee, Youngjoon Bae, Hyungjun Kim, Kisuk Kang
Shedding new light on conventional batteries sometimes inspires a chemistry adoptable for rechargeable batteries. Recently, the primary lithium-sulfur dioxide battery, which offers a high energy density and long shelf-life, is successfully renewed as a promising rechargeable system exhibiting small polarization and good reversibility. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that reversible operation of the lithium-sulfur dioxide battery is also possible by exploiting conventional carbonate-based electrolytes...
May 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476976/review-on-nanoadsorbents-a-solution-for-heavy-metal-removal-from-wastewater
#19
REVIEW
Vinni Novi Thekkudan, Vinoth Kumar Vaidyanathan, Senthil Kumar Ponnusamy, Christy Charles, SaiLavanyaa Sundar, Dhanya Vishnu, Saravanan Anbalagan, Vasanth Kumar Vaithyanathan, Sivanesan Subramanian
Elimination of heavy metals from contaminated streams is of prime concern due to their ability to cause toxic chaos with the metabolism of flora and fauna alike. Use of advanced nano-engineered technologies such as the innovative combination of surface chemistry, chemical engineering fundamentals and nanotechnology opens up particularly attractive horizons towards treatment of heavy metal contaminated water resources. The obtained product of surface engineered nanoadsorbent produced has successfully proven to show rapid adsorption rate and superior sorption efficiency towards the removal of a wide range of defiant heavy metal contaminants in wastewater...
April 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442198/operational-oil-spill-trajectory-modelling-using-hf-radar-currents-a-northwest-european-continental-shelf-case-study
#20
Ana J Abascal, Jorge Sanchez, Helios Chiri, María I Ferrer, Mar Cárdenas, Alejandro Gallego, Sonia Castanedo, Raúl Medina, Andrés Alonso-Martirena, Barbara Berx, William R Turrell, Sarah L Hughes
This paper presents a novel operational oil spill modelling system based on HF radar currents, implemented in a northwest European shelf sea. The system integrates Open Modal Analysis (OMA), Short Term Prediction algorithms (STPS) and an oil spill model to simulate oil spill trajectories. A set of 18 buoys was used to assess the accuracy of the system for trajectory forecast and to evaluate the benefits of HF radar data compared to the use of currents from a hydrodynamic model (HDM). The results showed that simulated trajectories using OMA currents were more accurate than those obtained using a HDM...
April 22, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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