– Studies of human-robot interaction have shown that operators rely heavily upon the video stream, to the exclusion of all other information on the interface. We have created a new interface that fuses information on and around the video window to exploit this fact.
—This paper describes two robot systems designed for urban search and rescue (USAR). Usability tests were conducted to compare the two interfaces developed for human-robot interaction (HRI) in this domain, one of which emphasized three-dimensional mapping while the other design emphasized the video feed. We found that participants desired a combination of… (More)
Gap junctional proteins are important components of signaling pathways required for the development and ongoing functions of all animal tissues, particularly the nervous system, where they function in the intracellular and extracellular exchange of small signaling factors and ions. In animals whose genomes have been sufficiently sequenced, large families of… (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether non-polluting, more effective home heating (heat pump, wood pellet burner, flued gas) has a positive effect on the health of children with asthma. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING Households in five communities in New Zealand. PARTICIPANTS 409 children aged 6-12 years with doctor diagnosed asthma. INTERVENTIONS… (More)
– Robot systems can have autonomy levels ranging from fully autonomous to teleoperated. Some systems have more than one autonomy mode that an operator can select. In studies, we have found that operators rarely change autonomy modes, even when it would improve their performance. This paper describes a method for suggesting autonomy mode changes on a robot… (More)
NSCLC (non-small cell lung cancer) often exhibits resistance to paclitaxel treatment. Identifying the elements regulating paclitaxel response will advance efforts to overcome such resistance in NSCLC therapy. Using in vitro approaches, we demonstrated that over-expression of the microRNA miR-337-3p sensitizes NCI-H1155 cells to paclitaxel, and that… (More)
AIM To estimate the key transmission parameters associated with an outbreak of pandemic influenza in an institutional setting (New Zealand 1918). METHODS Historical morbidity and mortality data were obtained from the report of the medical officer for a large military camp. A susceptible-exposed-infectious-recovered epidemiological model was solved… (More)
We reviewed mortality data of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic for 11 South Pacific Island jurisdictions. Four of these appear to have successfully delayed or excluded the arrival of pandemic influenza by imposing strict maritime quarantine. They also experienced lower excess death rates than the other jurisdictions that did not apply quarantine measures.