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The sum-product network (SPN) is a recently-proposed deep model consisting of a network of sum and product nodes, and has been shown to be competitive with state-of-the-art deep models on certain difficult tasks such as image completion. Designing an SPN network architecture that is suitable for the task at hand is an open question. We propose an algorithm(More)
Micro Unmanned Air Vehicles are well suited for a wide variety of applications in agriculture, homeland security, military, search and rescue, and surveillance. In response to these opportunities, a quad-rotor micro UAV has been developed at the Robotic Vision Lab at Brigham Young University. The quad-rotor UAV uses a custom, low-power FPGA platform to(More)
Right-heart catheterization is the most accurate method for measuring pulmonary artery pressure (PAP). It is an expensive, invasive procedure, exposes patients to the risk of infection, and is not suited for long-term monitoring situations. Medical researchers have shown that PAP influences the characteristics of heart sounds. This suggests that heart sound(More)
In this paper, we describe a system which creates novel musical compositions inspired by non-musical audio signals. The system processes input audio signals using onset detection and pitch estimation algorithms. Additional musical voices are added to the resulting melody by models of note relationships that are built using machine learning trained with(More)
Imagination is considered an important component of the creative process, and many psychologists agree that imagination is based on our perceptions, experiences, and conceptual knowledge, recombining them into novel ideas and impressions never before experienced. As an attempt to model this account of imagination, we introduce the Associative Conceptual(More)
In this paper an embedded vision system and control module is introduced that is capable of controlling an unmanned four-rotor helicopter and processing live video for various law enforcement, security, military, and civilian applications. The vision system is implemented on a newly designed compact FPGA board (Helios). The Helios board contains a Xilinx(More)
Application driven multirotor UAV design becomes an emerging challenge as missions' needs require improved performance. In this paper, a multifunctional identification and control testbed for UAV actuators is introduced. Brushless controllers, motors and propeller pairs need to be chosen precisely to achieve optimal performance. Accurate identification of(More)
This report describes a shaft sealing system design for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a proposed nuclear waste repository in bedded salt. The system is designed to limit entry of water and release of contaminants through the four existing shafts after the WIPP is decommissioned. The design approach applies redundancy to functional elements and(More)
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