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This paper addresses reliable and accurate indoor localization using inertial sensors commonly found on commodity smartphones. We believe indoor positioning is an important primitive that can enable many ubiquitous computing applications. To tackle the challenges of drifting in estimation, sensitivity to phone position, as well as variability in user(More)
Using genome-wide data from 253,288 individuals, we identified 697 variants at genome-wide significance that together explained one-fifth of the heritability for adult height. By testing different numbers of variants in independent studies, we show that the most strongly associated ∼2,000, ∼3,700 and ∼9,500 SNPs explained ∼21%, ∼24% and ∼29% of phenotypic(More)
Obesity is heritable and predisposes to many diseases. To understand the genetic basis of obesity better, here we conduct a genome-wide association study and Metabochip meta-analysis of body mass index (BMI), a measure commonly used to define obesity and assess adiposity, in up to 339,224 individuals. This analysis identifies 97 BMI-associated loci (P < 5 ×(More)
BarleyBase (BB) (www.barleybase.org) is an online database for plant microarrays with integrated tools for data visualization and statistical analysis. BB houses raw and normalized expression data from the two publicly available Affymetrix genome arrays, Barley1 and Arabidopsis ATH1 with plans to include the new Affymetrix 61K wheat, maize, soybean and rice(More)
Digital (i.e. droplet-based) microfluidics, by the electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) mechanism, has shown great potential for a wide range of applications, such as lab-on-a-chip. While most reported EWOD chips use a series of electrode pads essentially in one-dimensional line pattern designed for specific tasks, the desired universal chips allowing(More)
—This paper considers the issue of modeling the pivot nonlinearity in a typical hard disk drive, taking into account vis-cous friction, Coulomb friction and hysteresis effects. It presents a nonlinear compensator design, based on a proposed model, to make the compensated system behave like a double integrator regardless of the magnitude of the input(More)
A high-performance interconnection between a host processor and FPGA accelerators is in much demand. Among various interconnection methods, a PCIe bus is an attractive choice for loosely coupled accelerators. Because there is no standard host-FPGA communication library, FPGA developers have to write significant amounts of PCIe related code at both the FPGA(More)
Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and its receptor, CXC chemokine receptor-4 (CXCR4), are important regulators in the migration of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). However, the mechanisms underlying this effect in acute pancreatitis (AP) have not been investigated. In this study, BMSCs were identified by specific cell surface markers and(More)