Joseph J. Capowski

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Most contemporary neuron tracing systems are semi-automatic; that is, an operator follows neuron branches in a microscope or on a data tablet and instructs a computer when to record a spatial sample. A list of such samples is then used to generate a display of the neuron and to summarize statistically its structure. The tracing is tedious, and the operator(More)
A system of programs for building three-dimensional models of biological structures was developed. Outlines of features such as cells, tissue edges, and neuron pathways are traced into a computer from tissue sections mounted on a light microscope or projected onto a data tablet. The three-dimensional models are built from a series of the two-dimensional(More)
The Neuroscience Display Processor (NDP) has been developed at the University of North Carolina for displaying two- and three-dimensional structures, and two-dimensional graphs. To make easy the displaying of graphs and other drawings on a refresh CRT or on a digital plotter, a subroutine package has been produced for the scientist programming in FORTRAN.(More)
Computer graphics displays in the neurosciences are classified into three categories: anatomical structures, physiological waveforms, and statistical summaries. The capabilities required in a line drawing system to present neuroscience displays are smooth rotation and translation of 3D structures, simple line rejection, orthographic projection, and flexible(More)
A PDP-11/34 laboratory computer, a Quantimet image analyzer, and a research light microscope with motorized X, Y stage and focus axis are used for "semi-automatic" neuron reconstruction. The operator examines each neuron tree through the microscope eyepieces, commands the Quantimet system to move the stage and focus the optics, and when a point along the(More)