John Lester Miller

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This article describes the Persona project at Microsoft Research, which is exploring social user interfaces that employ an explicitly anthropomorphic character to interact with the user in a natural spoken dialogue. The prototype system described here integrates spoken language input, a simple conversational dialogue manager, reactive 3D animation, speech(More)
Technology Summary ORNL researchers have made wireless power transfer more efficient by using an air core transformer loosely coupled to a storage battery. By reconfiguring the transformer and altering the resonance frequency, power is transferred to the battery with little energy loss and fewer demands on the primary circuit. The technology can be used for(More)
This paper explores the increasing the heterogeneity of an agent population to stabilize decentralized systems by adding bias terms to each agent's expected payoos. Two approaches are evaluated, corresponding to heterogeneous preferences and heterogeneous transaction costs; empirically, the transaction cost case provides stability with near optimal payoos(More)
IceCube is a one-gigaton instrument located at the geographic South Pole, designed to detect cosmic neutrinos, identify the particle nature of dark matter, and study high-energy neutrinos themselves. Simulation of the IceCube detector and processing of data require a significant amount of computational resources. This paper presents the first detailed(More)
Background To what extent do pairwise correlations exist in sensory systems? Neurons communicate independently, pairwise, or as large populations through features including spike rates and interspike intervals. Previous nonlinear decod-ers of the acheta domestica cercal system estimated stimuli using responses of single primary afferent neurons and(More)
Filiform mechanosensory hairs of crickets are of great interest to engineers because of the hairs' highly sensitive response to low-velocity air-currents. In this study, we analyze the biomechanical properties of filiform hairs of the cercal sensory system of a common house cricket. The cercal sensory system consists of two antennalike appendages called(More)
A number convex optimization modeling tools have been written in high level languages including MATLAB, Python, and Julia [MUB] [SDB14] [GB14]. These tools translate high-level problem descriptions into low-level, canonical forms that are then passed to an appropriate solver. In this project, we develop CVXcanon, a software package that factors out the(More)
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