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INTRODUCTION Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are a leading cause of maternal mortality in low and middle income countries (LMICs). HDP complicates pregnancy in many malarial endemic areas with the greatest burden in sub-saharan Africa. It has been suggested that there is a link between placental malaria infection (PMI) caused by Plasmodium(More)
This project investigated the feasibility of programming the Khepera II robot for <i>autonomous</i> navigation and exploration using the hybrid robot architecture. At the deliberative layer of the system, the D* Lite algorithm was implemented to find the shortest path between a starting and a destination state, and to perform efficient re-planning during(More)
ii This dissertation is dedicated to my loving wife Ruoning and my cute son Isaac Li (李溪根). iii Acknowledgements I would like to thank all the individuals who have inspired, encouraged, and advised me in the preparation of this dissertation. First and foremost, I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Hairong Qi. Her willingness to support my work and her(More)
I am submitting herewith a dissertation written by Jiajia Luo entitled "Feature Extraction and Recognition for Human Action Recognition." I have examined the final electronic copy of this dissertation for form and content and recommend that it be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, with a major in(More)
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