Abstract:We will improve the ease, cost, and efficiency of using splints and braces to treat patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Splints are commonly used to treat sprains, fractures, muscle contraction, and spasticity; braces are commonly used to hold joints or limbs in place. For more effective… more
Abstract:THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO ASSESS THE POTENTIAL OF A NEURAL NET-BASED COMPUTER PROGRAM AS A PRESCHOOL EVALUATION JOB AID THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF AN OBSERVATION JOB AID PROTOTYPE. THIS PROTOTYPE WILL UTILIZE PATTERN RECOGNITION CAPABILITIES OF NEURAL NET IN MAKING THE… more
Abstract:PHASE I WILL COMPLETE A RESEARCH VALIDATION STUDY OF ALL POSSIBLE COMPONENTS OF A BUSINESS PLAN AND RANKED THEM IN RELATIVE IMPORTANCE FOR THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENTERPRISES FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. PHASE I WILL ALSO DEVELOP PLANS FOR THE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF A… more
Abstract:THIS PROJECT WILL RESULT IN DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A MICROCOMPUTER BASED VIDEO IMAGE COMPARATOR FOR USE IN A CLINICAL DERMATO- LOGICAL ENVIRONMENT. THIS DEVICE WILL BE USED BY DERMATOLOGISTS TO EASE THE TASK OF LOCATING NEW OR CHANGED CUTANEOUS LESIONS WHICH MAY POSE A LETHAL THREAT TO THE… more
Abstract:THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO TEST A NEW PROTOTYPE, PORTABLE CARBON MONOXIDE FRACTIONAL UPTAKE (FU(CO)) MONITOR CONCEPT IN A CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MONITOR IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII PNEUMONIA (PCP) IN A POPULATION OF AIDSPATIENTS. IN PRINCIPLE,… more
Abstract:THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A CLIP-ON DEVICE FOR STRUCTURED LIGHT PATTERN PROJECTIONS TO BE USED WITH COLPOSCOPES, ALONG WITH A SOFTWARE UPGRADE FOR DIGITAL IMAGING COLPOSCOPES. THIS SYSTEM WILL ALLOW THE USER TO RECOVER THREE DIMENSIONAL TOPOGRAPHIC DATA FROM COLPOSCOPIC IMAGES OF… more
Abstract:The goal is to develop a specific software and hardware system that will integrate with current video Laparoscopic surgical devices and provide for improved recognition and identification of relevant anatomical structures. In Phase I, we will characterize the color properties of key anatomical… more
Abstract:The goal is to develop a software product which can indicate the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in computer keyboard operators. This software will apply pattern analysis methods to keystroke time series data acquired during normal typing at a microcomputer keyboard. The specific Phase I… more
Abstract:The goal is to develop an improved vaginal speculum that will incorporate a magnifying lens permitting a more detailed inspection of the cervix during routine pelvic exams. This improved speculum will potentially have a significant impact on reducing the number of false negative cervical cancer… more
Abstract:The goal of this research project is to explore the feasibility of developing a powerful new visible light imaging array for use in a camera system and potentially applicable to a variety of medical and biotechnology uses. This innovative imaging technology involves use of Visible Light Photon… more
Abstract:The ultimate goal is to develop and commercialize a functional, low-cost system for machine reading and recognition of chemical structure diagrams. The specific Phase I goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing such a system by using a knowledge-based approach which provides a logical… more
Abstract:IMPROVEMENTS IN A FIBER OPTICALLY COUPLED CCD CAMERA ARE PROPOSED WHICH WOULD REDUCE EXPOSURE TIMES, EXTEND DYNAMIC RANGE, IMPROVE RESOLUTION, AND FACILITATE AUTOMATION OF X-RAY DIFFRACTION OF PROTEIN CRYSTALS. IN PHASE I, THE SYNCHROTRON X-RAY DIFFRACTION PATTERN OF A KNOWN PROTEIN CRYSTAL WILL BE… more
Abstract:THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I EFFORT OF THIS PROJECT IS THE EVALUATION OF AN ADVANCED DIGITAL ELECTRONIC CAMERA FOR MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING. THE CAMERA CONSISTS OF A COOLED, SLOW-SCAN CCD-BASED ELECTRONIC STILL CAMERA CAPABLE OF EXTREMELY LOW READOUT NOISE, AND HIGH CONTRAST AND SPATIAL RESOLUTION.… more
Abstract:1The most important reason for reduction and subsequent elimiantion of cadmuim coating in fasteners is the high potential health hazard. Industry is eliminating this metal from usage where ever possible. A family of zinc based alloys has shown favor for replacement. Binary systems with several other… more
Abstract:IN SEARCH OF COMPUTATIONAL ADVANCES FOR AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS, NASA NEEDS METHODS AND SOFTWARE FOR EASING THETASK OF DEVELOPING EFFICIENT PROGRAMS FOR PARALLEL COMPUTERSWHILE RETAINING EFFICIENCY OF PROGRAMS TRANSFERRED BETWEEN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS. THE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION OF EFFICIENT AND… more
Abstract:Aggessive training algorithms will allow neural networks to separate closely-spaced objects in target identification for missile defense. Resulting neural networks will show an order-of-magnitude improvement in extracting individual target information from sensor data. This focal plane sensor data… more
Abstract:IN SEARCH OF COMPUTATIONAL ADVANCES, METHODS AND SOFTWARE FOR EASING THE TASK OF DEVELOPING EFFICIENT PROGRAMS FOR SCALABLE PARALLEL COMPUTERS ARE NEEDED. A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF COMPUTER ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED, PARTICULARLY IN PARALLELIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION. EFFECTIVE PARALLEL PROGRAMMING TOOLS… more
Abstract:Improving ship producibility is the key method for reducing U.S. Navy ship construction cost without compromise to mission capability. Producibility in ship design is impeded by differing mind-sets about ship design and construction between the Navy and shipyards. Knowledge of potential… more
Abstract:1Real-time systems often suffer from performance inconsistent with client needs and expensive revisions late in the development life cycle. This is due to development methods and computer-aided design tools relying heavily on an informal and inaccurate process for communicating requirements. A… more
Abstract:WE WILL EXTEND TO THE WORKPLACE AN EMERGING THEORETICAL/EMPHIRICAL LITERATURE ON SELF- REGULATED GOAL PURSUIT, IN WHICH COGNITIVE CONSTRUALS OF PERSONAL LIFE TASKS OR GOALS HAVE BEENFOUND TO RELATE TO IMPORTANT ADJUSTMENTAL OUTCOMES, INCLUDING DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, LIFE SATISFACTION, PHYSICAL… more
Abstract:RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED OF A NOVEL, SELF-CONTAINED, 200 TO 500 KW POWER GENERATOR FUELLED BY SAWMILL WASTE TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY AND HEAT FOR MILL OPERATIONS AND LOCAL DISTRIBUTION. THE SYSTEM IS POWERED BY A FOUR-CYLINDER SIEMENS-STIRLING ENGINE WITH AN INNOVATIVE ARRANGEMENT OF A… more
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