Aaron Staranowicz

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Simulators play an important role in robotics research as tools for testing the efficiency, safety, and robustness of new algorithms. This is of particular importance in scenarios that require robots to closely interact with humans, e.g., in medical robotics, and in assistive environments. Despite the increasing number of commercial and open-source robotic(More)
RGB-Depth (or RGB-D) cameras are increasingly being adopted for real-world applications, especially in areas of healthcare and athome monitoring. As for any other sensor, and since the manufacturer’s parameters (e.g., focal length) might change between models, calibration is necessary to increase the camera’s sensing accuracy. In this paper, we present a(More)
Accurately and pervasively monitoring the human walking pattern (or gait) is fundamental to predict falls and functional decline, which are among the leading causes of injury and death in older adults. Existing gait-monitoring devices are not routinely used in clinical practice since they lack accuracy, ease-of-use, and unobtrusiveness. We present a novel(More)
Kinect-style (or <i>Depth</i>) cameras use both an <i>RGB</i> and a <i>depth</i> sensor that acquire color and per-pixel depth data (depth-map), respectively. Due to their affordable price and rich data they provide, depth cameras are being extensively used on research in assistive environments. Most of the robotic and computer-vision systems that use these(More)
Falls are the most-common causes of unintentional injury and death in older adults. Many clinics, hospitals, and health-care providers are urgently seeking accurate, low-cost, and easy-to-use technology to predict falls before they happen, e.g., by monitoring the human walking pattern (or "gait"). Despite the wide popularity of Microsoft's Kinect and the(More)
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancerrelated mortality in the world, although it can be efficiently treated if detected early. Colonoscopy is the most-commonly adopted visual screening procedure of the colon by means of a flexible tiny endoscopic camera. In an effort to promote early screening and to facilitate mastering the endoscope(More)
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