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The Subject Librarian Newsletter, Engineering And Computer Science, Fall 2017, Buenaventura "Ven" Basco 2017 University of Central Florida

The Subject Librarian Newsletter, Engineering And Computer Science, Fall 2017, Buenaventura "Ven" Basco

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Hearing Aids And Music: Experimental Tests For Better Algorithm Selection And Design, Marcus R. Wigan, Peter Blamey, Justin Zakis 2017 Blamey and Saunders Hears

Hearing Aids And Music: Experimental Tests For Better Algorithm Selection And Design, Marcus R. Wigan, Peter Blamey, Justin Zakis

Marcus R Wigan


While there is increasingly wide acceptance that music listeners using hearing aids need far more attention that they have been getting in the past, the field is still very thinly populated, and some basic questions have not yet been addressed. This project addresses one of them. There is no suggestion that it does any more, but is designed to provide a foundation for a more substantial study, which will encompass live, recorded, heavily processed and unprocessed music, and delivery compression addition such as MP3, FLAC etc at different resolutions and determine the levels of interaction with algorithms within (or externally ...


Design Of Radio-Frequency Arrays For Ultra-High Field Mri, Ian R O Connell 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Design Of Radio-Frequency Arrays For Ultra-High Field Mri, Ian R O Connell

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an indispensable, non-invasive diagnostic tool for the assessment of disease and function. As an investigational device, MRI has found routine use in both basic science research and medicine for both human and non-human subjects.

Due to the potential increase in spatial resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and the ability to exploit novel tissue contrasts, the main magnetic field strength of human MRI scanners has steadily increased since inception. Beginning in the early 1980’s, 0.15 T human MRI scanners have steadily risen in main magnetic field strength with ultra-high field (UHF) 8 T MRI systems ...


The Analysis Of Pediatric Sleep Lab Inefficiencies, Jessica Buehler, Autumn Barkley, Caitlin Dickerson, Andrew Fosnight, Omar Saad 2017 The University of Akron

The Analysis Of Pediatric Sleep Lab Inefficiencies, Jessica Buehler, Autumn Barkley, Caitlin Dickerson, Andrew Fosnight, Omar Saad

Honors Research Projects

The goal of this project is to develop a children’s sleep apnea test for home use. This design is to be of cost and quality improvement to what is currently on the market. It is important to fully understand the background of this sleep disorder in order to create this improvement. Knowing what sleep apnea is, as well as the different types, is what is used to create the methods such as S.C.O.P.E.R. Each letter is used to observe one portion or aspect of the human body and how it functions with regards to ...


Rapid And Label-Free Detection Of Interferon Gamma Via An Electrochemical Aptasensor Comprising A Ternary Surface Monolayer On A Gold Interdigitated Electrode Array, Shaowei Ding, Curtis L. Mosher, Xian Y. Lee, Suprem R. Das, Allison A. Cargill, Xiaohui Tang, Bolin Chen, Eric S. McLamore, Carmen Gomes, Jesse M. Hostetter, Jonathan C. Claussen 2017 Iowa State University

Rapid And Label-Free Detection Of Interferon Gamma Via An Electrochemical Aptasensor Comprising A Ternary Surface Monolayer On A Gold Interdigitated Electrode Array, Shaowei Ding, Curtis L. Mosher, Xian Y. Lee, Suprem R. Das, Allison A. Cargill, Xiaohui Tang, Bolin Chen, Eric S. Mclamore, Carmen Gomes, Jesse M. Hostetter, Jonathan C. Claussen

Mechanical Engineering Publications

A label-free electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) aptasensor for rapid detection (<35 min) of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) was fabricated by immobilizing a RNA aptamer capture probe (ACP), selective to IFN-γ, on a gold interdigitated electrode array (Au IDE). The ACP was modified with a thiol group at the 5′ terminal end and subsequently co-immobilized with 1,6-hexanedithiol (HDT) and 6-mercapto-1-hexanolphosphate (MCH) to the gold surface through thiol–gold interactions. This ACP/HDT-MCH ternary surface monolayer facilitates efficient hybridization with IFN-γ and displays high resistance to nonspecific adsorption of nontarget proteins [i.e., fetal bovine serum (FBS) and bovine serum albumin (BSA)]. The Au IDE functionalized with ACP/HDT-MCH was able to measure IFN-γ in actual FBS solution with a linear sensing range from 22.22 pM to 0.11 nM (1–5 ng/mL) and a detection limit of 11.56 pM. The ability to rapidly sense IFN-γ within this sensing range makes the developed electrochemical platform conducive toward in-field disease detection of a variety of diseases including paratuberculosis (i.e., Johne’s Disease). Furthermore, experimental results were numerically validated with an equivalent circuit model that elucidated the effects of the sensing process and the influence of the immobilized ternary monolayer on signal output. This is the first time that ternary surface monolayers have been used to selectively capture/detect IFN-γ on Au IDEs.


Towards Smart Concrete For Smart Cities: Recent Results And Future Application Of Strain-Sensing Nanocomposites, Antonella D'Alessandro, Filippo Ubertini, Simon Laflamme, Annibale L. Materazzi 2016 University of Perugia

Towards Smart Concrete For Smart Cities: Recent Results And Future Application Of Strain-Sensing Nanocomposites, Antonella D'Alessandro, Filippo Ubertini, Simon Laflamme, Annibale L. Materazzi

Simon Laflamme

The use of smart technologies combined with city planning have given rise to smart cities, which empower modern urban systems with the efficient tools to cope with growing needs from increasing population sizes. For example, smart sensors are commonly used to improve city operations and management by tracking traffic, monitoring crowds at events, and performance of utility systems and public transportation. Recent advances in nanotechnologies have enabled a new family of sensors, termed self-sensing materials, which would provide smart cities with means to also monitor structural health of civil infrastructures. This includes smart concrete, which has the potential to provide ...


A Multi-Channel 3d-Printed Bioreactor For Evaluation Of Growth And Production In The Microalga Dunaliella Sp, Cristian A. Cox 2016 University of Maine

A Multi-Channel 3d-Printed Bioreactor For Evaluation Of Growth And Production In The Microalga Dunaliella Sp, Cristian A. Cox

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

We explored the capabilities of additive manufacturing using a photo-cured jetted material 3D printer to manufacture a milli-microfluidic device with direct application in microalgae Dunaliella sp growth and intracellular compounds biosynthesis tests. A continuous microbioreactor for microalgae culture was CAD designed and successfully built in 1 hour and 49 minutes using black photopolymer cured by UV and a support material. The microreactor was made up of 2 parts including the bioreactor itself and a microchannel network for culture media fluids and microalgae. Both parts were assembled to form a single unit. Additional optical and auxiliar components were added. An external ...


Neurosurgical Ultrasound Pose Estimation Using Image-Based Registration And Sensor Fusion - A Feasibility Study, Utsav Pardasani 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Neurosurgical Ultrasound Pose Estimation Using Image-Based Registration And Sensor Fusion - A Feasibility Study, Utsav Pardasani

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Modern neurosurgical procedures often rely on computer-assisted real-time guidance using multiple medical imaging modalities. State-of-the-art commercial products enable the fusion of pre-operative with intra-operative images (e.g., magnetic resonance [MR] with ultrasound [US] images), as well as the on-screen visualization of procedures in progress. In so doing, US images can be employed as a template to which pre-operative images can be registered, to correct for anatomical changes, to provide live-image feedback, and consequently to improve confidence when making resection margin decisions near eloquent regions during tumour surgery.

In spite of the potential for tracked ultrasound to improve many neurosurgical procedures ...


Mechanical Reliability Of Implantable Polyimide-Based Magnetic Microactuators For Biofouling Removal, Christian G. Figueroa-Espada, Qi Yang, Hyowon Lee 2016 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Mechanical Reliability Of Implantable Polyimide-Based Magnetic Microactuators For Biofouling Removal, Christian G. Figueroa-Espada, Qi Yang, Hyowon Lee

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder that typically requires a long-term implantation of a shunt system to manage its symptoms. These shunt systems are notorious for their extremely high failure rate. More than 40% of all implanted shunt systems fail within the first year of implantation. On average, 85% of all hydrocephalus patients with shunt systems undergo at least two shunt-revision surgeries within 10 years of implantation. A large portion of this high failure rate can be attributed to biofouling-related obstructions and infections. Previously, we developed flexible polyimide-based magnetic microactuators to remove obstructions formed on hydrocephalus shunts. To test the long-term ...


Development Of Cubelab For Plant Microgravity Research, Sara N. Phillips 2016 Morehead State University

Development Of Cubelab For Plant Microgravity Research, Sara N. Phillips

Theses and Dissertations

A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the College of Science and Technology Morehead State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science by Sara N. Phillips on April 27, 2016.


A Software Application For Cardiac-Gated Computerized Tomography Scanning, Stephen Caldwell, Trevor Engelsman 2016 University of Akron

A Software Application For Cardiac-Gated Computerized Tomography Scanning, Stephen Caldwell, Trevor Engelsman

Honors Research Projects

Computerized tomography (CT) scans are a common clinical imaging procedure used worldwide. Operating in the X-Ray spectrum, these machines rotate scanners around a stationary body in order to compile two-dimensional images into a unified three-dimensional image. With adjustment to scan frequency and intensity, internal features such as muscles, organs, and tendons can easily be viewed. However, the heart has long evaded CT use due to its near-constant motion. Recently, cardiac-gated scans have entered the market as a technique to image the heart at a specific moment in time when it is nearly still - the quiescent period. Occurring during rapid depolarization ...


Development Of A Vascularized, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Liver-Tissue Mimic For Therapeutic Applications., Venkat Madhav Ramakrishnan 2015 University of Louisville

Development Of A Vascularized, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Liver-Tissue Mimic For Therapeutic Applications., Venkat Madhav Ramakrishnan

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation describes the incorporation of several technologies (stem cells, gene therapy, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine) into a single project that aims to produce a liver-tissue mimic for therapeutic applications. The liver is arguably one of the most complex organs in the body. In addition to its remarkable capacity to regenerate, it performs a host of vital functions. As a result, its impairment has widespread systemic consequences. The work described herein focused on the liver in the context of cardiovascular disease and used the heritable disorder Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) as a clinical disease model. As (a) the only definitive ...


Computational Characterization Of Exogenous Micrornas That Can Be Transferred Into Human Circulation, Jiang Shu, Kevin Chiang, Janos Zempleni, Juan Cui 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Computational Characterization Of Exogenous Micrornas That Can Be Transferred Into Human Circulation, Jiang Shu, Kevin Chiang, Janos Zempleni, Juan Cui

CSE Journal Articles

MicroRNAs have been long considered synthesized endogenously until very recent discoveries showing that human can absorb dietary microRNAs from animal and plant origins while the mechanism remains unknown. Compelling evidences of microRNAs from rice, milk, and honeysuckle transported to human blood and tissues have created a high volume of interests in the fundamental questions that which and how exogenous microRNAs can be transferred into human circulation and possibly exert functions in humans. Here we present an integrated genomics and computational analysis to study the potential deciding features of transportable microRNAs. Specifically, we analyzed all publicly available microRNAs, a total of ...


Towards Smart Concrete For Smart Cities: Recent Results And Future Application Of Strain-Sensing Nanocomposites, Antonella D'Alessandro, Filippo Ubertini, Simon Laflamme, Annibale L. Materazzi 2015 University of Perugia

Towards Smart Concrete For Smart Cities: Recent Results And Future Application Of Strain-Sensing Nanocomposites, Antonella D'Alessandro, Filippo Ubertini, Simon Laflamme, Annibale L. Materazzi

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

The use of smart technologies combined with city planning have given rise to smart cities, which empower modern urban systems with the efficient tools to cope with growing needs from increasing population sizes. For example, smart sensors are commonly used to improve city operations and management by tracking traffic, monitoring crowds at events, and performance of utility systems and public transportation. Recent advances in nanotechnologies have enabled a new family of sensors, termed self-sensing materials, which would provide smart cities with means to also monitor structural health of civil infrastructures. This includes smart concrete, which has the potential to provide ...


An Implantable Device To Regulate Urination Through Deep Brain Stimulation, Jesse E. Bucksot, Muhammad A. Arafat, Pedro Irazoqui 2015 Purdue University

An Implantable Device To Regulate Urination Through Deep Brain Stimulation, Jesse E. Bucksot, Muhammad A. Arafat, Pedro Irazoqui

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

Urinary Incontinence (UI) is a disease in which patients lose control of their bladder. It is particularly common in elderly women having a prevalence of as much as 30% to 50% [1]. Many of these patients are left without successful treatment. A recent study has shown a new option for treatment that consists of deep brain stimulation (DBS) at a site known as the periaqueductal gray (PAG) [2, 3]. To test the effectiveness of this treatment, chronic stimulation of the PAG should be used in animals to see if it can reliably prevent micturition in the long term. A device ...


Design Of A Non-Contact Home Monitoring System For Audio Detection Of Infant Apnea, Daniel T. White 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Design Of A Non-Contact Home Monitoring System For Audio Detection Of Infant Apnea, Daniel T. White

Master's Theses and Project Reports

Infant apnea is a widespread condition in which infants fail to effectively breathe, and can lead to death. Clinical solutions exist for continuous monitoring of respirations in a hospital setting and requiring constant skin contact. This thesis investigates the construction of a proof of concept device that performs in-home monitoring without skin contact and with commonly available off-the-shelf components.

The device constructed used a directional microphone to detect breathing sounds, an omnidirectional microphone to detect ambient noise as a baseline to help isolate the breathing sounds, and LabVIEW software deployed on an inexpensive laptop computer to quantify incidents of apparent ...


Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compatible Remote Catheter Navigation System, Mohammad Ali Tavallaei 2015 The University of Western Ontario

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compatible Remote Catheter Navigation System, Mohammad Ali Tavallaei

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Many vascular and cardiac diseases are diagnosed and treated using a medical technique known as percutaneous transluminal catheter intervention (PTC). In PTC, the interventionalist inserts a catheter into the vasculature, and using the vessel as the guiding passageway, the catheter is navigated to desired anatomical targets where it would be used for various purposes such as catheter ablation for the treatment/management of cardiac arrhythmias. The catheterization procedure is conventionally guided with x-ray fluoroscopic imaging and more recently, but rarely, with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). X-ray imaging irradiates the patient directly during the procedure, and the staff and interventionalists indirectly ...


Capillary Electrophoresis For Analysis Of Aβ1-42 Adsorption And Photo-Crosslinking, Jennifer Lynn Kurtz 2015 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Capillary Electrophoresis For Analysis Of Aβ1-42 Adsorption And Photo-Crosslinking, Jennifer Lynn Kurtz

Theses and Dissertations

The accumulation of amyloid-beta (Aβ) oligomers is believed to be the driving force behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis. Due to the metastable nature of Aβ oligomers, the knowledge of Aβ aggregation and accumulation is not well understood. Here, we use capillary electrophoresis (CE) and photo-induced crosslinking of unmodified proteins (PICUP) to learn about the aggregation of Aβ.

First, we explore the effect of capillary coating on Aβ1-42 protein loss using CE. The dynamic coatings tested were PHEA and 50 kDa, 2000 kDa, 5000 kDa, and 8000 kDa PEO. The covalent coating tested was PVA. The results indicated that 2000 ...


Vcare: A Personal Emergency Response System To Promote Safe And Independent Living Among Elders Staying By Themselves In Community Or Residential Settings, Priyankar Bhattacharjee 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Vcare: A Personal Emergency Response System To Promote Safe And Independent Living Among Elders Staying By Themselves In Community Or Residential Settings, Priyankar Bhattacharjee

Theses, Dissertations, & Student Research in Computer Electronics & Engineering

‘Population aging’ is a growing concern for most of us living in the twenty first century, primarily because many of us in the next few years will have a senior person to care for - spending money towards their healthcare expenditures AND/OR having to balance a full-time job with the responsibility of care-giving, travelling from another city to be with this elderly citizen who might be our parent, grand-parent or even community elders. As informal care-givers, if somehow we were able to monitor the day-to-day activities of our elderly dependents, and be alerted when wrong happens to them that would ...


Design And Development Of Two Component Hydrogel Ejector For Three-Dimensional Cell Growth, Thomas Dunkle, Jessica Deschamps, Connie Dam 2015 University of Connecticut - Storrs

Design And Development Of Two Component Hydrogel Ejector For Three-Dimensional Cell Growth, Thomas Dunkle, Jessica Deschamps, Connie Dam

Honors Scholar Theses

Hydrogels are useful in wound healing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications, but the available methods of injecting them quickly and noninvasively are limited. The medical industry does not yet have access to an all-purpose device that can quickly synthesize hydrogels of different shapes and sizes. Many synthesis procedures that have been developed result in the formation of amorphous hydrogels. While generally useful, amorphous hydrogels exhibit limited capability in tissue engineering applications, especially due to their viscous properties. This endeavor aims to modulate the appropriate gelation parameters, optimize the injection process, and create a prototype that allows for the extrusion ...


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