Michael Black

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We studied the use of computer readers, and especially their speech synthesis component, as a compensatory tool for adults with dyslexia. We first explored the enhancement of reading skills in a group of college students and working adults. Their unaided reading was very slow, and most participants in the study could sustain reading for only short periods.(More)
In this study, members of a professional opera chorus were recorded using close microphones, while singing in both choral and solo modes. The analysis included computation of long-term average spectra (LTAS) for the two song sections performed and calculation of singing power ratio (SPR) and energy ratio (ER), which provide an indication of the relative(More)
—Hierarchical clustering is used in computational biology as a method of comparing sequenced bacterial strain DNA and determining bacterial isolates that belong to the same strain. However, the results of the hierarchical clustering are, at times, difficult to read and interpret. This paper is a case study for the use of a modified hierarchical clustering(More)
This paper describes a new GUI-based tool to teach undergraduate students to design their own CPUs. The tool was purpose-built to teach a wide range of computer organization topics, including digital logic, instruction set encoding, datapath and control units, and pipelining. A datapath builder allows microarchitecture building blocks, such as registers,(More)
To date, microbial source tracking (MST), i.e. determining the source of microbial contamination based on the specific strains observed in environment, is done using methods that are time-consuming, expensive and not always reliable. The biology department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo has developed a new method for MST called pyroprinting. Pyroprints are a(More)
Microbial Source Tracking (MST) aims to classify the source host-species of biological matter, typically fecal matter, using strains of fecal indicator bacteria, often E. coli. This paper continues addressing the MST problem using analysis of a library of bacterial fingerprints started in [9]. The Cal Poly Library of Pyroprints (CPLOP) is a collection of(More)