This paper describes a system that semi-automatically builds a virtual world for remote operations by constructing 3-D models of a robot's work environment. With a minimum of human interaction, planar and quadric surface representations of objects typically found in man-made facilities are generated from laser rangefinder data. The surface representations… (More)
We present a novel stereoscopic mapping system for use in post-nuclear accident operations. First we discuss a radiation shielded sensor array designed to tolerate extended cumulative dose using 4 shielding. Next, we outline procedures to ensure timely, accurate range estimation using trinocular stereo. Finally, we review the implementation of a system for… (More)
A legal knowledge based system called JUSTICE is presented which provides conceptual information retrieval for legal cases. JUSTICE can identify heterogeneous representations of concepts across all major Australian jurisdictions. The knowledge representation scheme used for legal and common sense concepts is inspired by human processes for the… (More)
Robots and remote systems will play crucial roles in future decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of nuclear facilities. Many of these facilities, such as uranium enrichment plants, weapons assembly plants, research and production reactors, and fuel recycling facilities, are dormant ; there is also an increasing number of commercial reactors whose… (More)
We discuss the calculation of disconnected diagrams needed for determining the strange quark content of the nucleon on the lattice. We present results for the strange scalar form factor and the related parameter f T s , which enters into the cross-section for the scattering of dark matter off nuclei in supersymmetric extensions of the standard model. In… (More)
In astronomy, the light emitted by an object travels through the vacuum of space and then the turbulent atmosphere before arriving at a ground based telescope. By passing through the atmosphere a series of turbulent layers modify the light's wave-front in such a way that Adaptive Optics reconstruction techniques are needed to improve the image quality. A… (More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex, multifactorial progressive neurodegenerative disease. Pathologically, AD is characterized by extracellular deposits of amyloid beta (Aβ) protein and intracellular accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) of tau. The central role of Aβ protein in the AD etiology is well-established, and its increased deposition in… (More)
We discuss methods for the calculation of disconnected diagrams and their application to various form factors of the nucleon. In particular, we present preliminary results for the strange contribution to the scalar and axial form factors, calculated with N f = 2 dynamical flavors of Wilson fermions on an anisotropic lattice.