Distributed applications running inside cloud are prone to performance anomalies due to various reasons such as insufficient resource allocations, unexpected workload increases, or software bugs. However, those applications often consist of multiple interacting components where one component anomaly may cause its dependent components to exhibit anomalous… (More)
BACKGROUND With increased use of robotic surgery in specialties including urology, development of training methods has also intensified. However, current approaches lack the ability to discriminate between operational and surgical skills. METHODS An automated recording system was used to longitudinally (monthly) acquire instrument motion/telemetry and… (More)
Recent advancements in robotics technology have allowed more complex surgical procedures to be performed using minimally invasive approaches. In this article, we reviewed the role of robotic assistance in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. We highlight the advantages of robot-assisted surgery and its clinical application in this field.
Cost Function Networks (aka Weighted CSP) allow to model a variety of problems, such as optimization of deterministic and stochastic graphical models including Markov random Fields and Bayesian Networks. Solving cost function networks is thus an important problem for deterministic and probabilistic reasoning. This paper focuses on local consistencies which… (More)
INTRODUCTION Bladder exstrophy (BE) is a rare condition that requires complex surgical corrections to achieve the goals of bladder functionality, normal sexual function, continence, and finally cosmesis. The purpose of this study was to identify clinical parameters that predict better quality of life (QOL) scores using a validated questionnaire (SF-36) with… (More)
Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of vesi-coureteral reflux (VUR), thus changing our understanding of this entity from being surgical to medical disease. VUR is most often identified following investigation for other urinary tract problems such as urinary tract infection (UTI) and… (More)