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We present in this paper a novel object tracking system based on 3D contour models. For this purpose , we integrate two complimentary likelihoods, defined on local color statistics and intensity edges, into a common nonlinear estimation problem. The proposed method improves robustness and adaptiv-ity with respect to challenging background and light(More)
Clinical practice in dermatology indicates that alpha-tocopherol acetate is beneficial in xerosis, hyperkeratosis, asteatotic eczema, atopic dermatitis, superficial burns, cutaneous ulcers, onychoschizia and, in general, skin diseases in which an inflammatory process is activated. The positive effect results from the combination of biological activity, the(More)
In this paper we present a robot control architecture for learning by imitation which takes inspiration from recent discoveries in action observation/execution experiments with humans and other primates. The architecture implements two basic processing principles: 1) imitation is primarily directed toward reproducing the goal/end state of an observed action(More)
We propose a robust methodology for 3D model-based markerless tracking of textured objects in monocular image sequences. The technique is based on mutual information maximization, a widely known criterion for multi-modal image registration, and employs an efficient multiresolution strategy in order to achieve robustness while keeping fast computational(More)
We describe a simple, rapid, precise, and sensitive spectrophotometric method for measuring urinary glycosaminoglycan (GAG) sulfate excretion. The GAG sulfates are precipitated with cetylpyridinium chloride, resuspended in water, and mixed with the basic dye 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue to produce a complex with the polyanionic molecule of sulfated GAGs.(More)
To evaluate the effects of conventional phototherapy and fiberoptic phototherapy on trans-epidermal water loss in preterm infants with and without skin ointment application, 20 infants were randomly assigned to receive conventional or fiberoptic phototherapy for non-hemolytic hyperbilirubinemia. After conventional phototherapy, there were no significant(More)
The clinical application of a new method for the quantitative determination of urinary glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) is presented. 115 normal subjects and 44 patients affected by different types of mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSo-ses) have been studied by this method in comparison with the conventional borate-carbazole method. All patients showed an urinary GAG(More)
Developing a robot system that can interact directly with a human instructor in a natural way requires not only highly-skilled senso-rimotor coordination and action planning on the part of the robot, but also the ability to understand and communicate with a human being in many modalities. A typical application of such a system is interactive assembly for(More)
In this paper we present an efficient and robust real-time system for object contour tracking in image sequences. The developed application partly relies on an optimized implementation of a state-of-the-art curve fitting algorithm, and integrates important additional features in order to achieve robustness while keeping the speed of the main estimation(More)
In this paper we propose a general, object-oriented software architecture for model-based visual tracking. The library is general purpose with respect to object model, estimated pose parameters, visual modalities employed, number of cameras and objects, and tracking methodology. The base class structure provides the necessary building blocks for(More)