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To study the genomic divergences among hominoids and to estimate the effective population size of the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees, we selected 53 autosomal intergenic nonrepetitive DNA segments from the human genome and sequenced them in a human, a chimpanzee, a gorilla, and an orangutan. The average sequence divergence was only 1.24% +/-(More)
This paper presents an inertial microfluidic device with a simple serpentine micro-channel to continuously separate particles with high performance. Separation of micro/nano-particles has a variety of potential applications in biomedicine and industry. Among the existing separation technologies, a label-free technique without the use of antibody affinity,(More)
Conventional robotic manipulators have been widely studied and proven for their efficiency in macro environment. However, it is unlikely to miniaturize them to mimic a bacterium flagellum type actuator/manipulator. Electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators, also known as artificial muscles, can operate both in wet and dry environments and are very suitable for(More)
This paper reports on the magnetic propulsion of a spiral-type endoscopic mircorobot in a real small intestine. Magnetic modeling was carried out to design and commission an external electromagnetic system, which wirelessly provides power to the robotic agent. The capsules with different spiral structures were magnetically propelled inside a segment of(More)
This paper reports on the experimental characterization of a robotic drug delivery system based on an endoscopic capsule propelled in water and silicone oil using electromagnetic actuation. Silicon oil is specifically chosen to mimic the viscous environment in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract within the human body. A permanent magnet is embedded inside the(More)
This paper presents the development of a new force sensor with MR elastomer as a sensing element. One key element in this study was to find a suitable material with high sensing capabilities which can be used for developing a sensor. Thus different MR elastomers, with ingredients of carbonyl iron particle, graphite, silicone oil and silicone rubber, were(More)
—In this paper, an integrated vehicle seat and suspension control strategy for a quarter car with driver model is proposed to improve suspension performance on driver ride comfort. An integrated seat and suspension model that includes a quarter-car suspension, a seat suspension, and a 4-degree-of-freedom (DOF) driver body model is presented first. This(More)
Recently, there has been significant interest in conducting polymer actuators including their applications in micro devices and micro manipulation. A feedback control system is usually used to enhance the positioning ability of these actuators in order to widen their application areas. To this end, a feedback sensor is employed to acquire the position(More)
Electroactive Polymer actuators (EAPs), also known as EAP artificial muscles, offer a great potential for soft robotics. They are suitable for bio-inspired robotic applications due to their built-in actuation property within the mechanical body. In this paper, we report on a fully compliant micro-stage with built-in actuation. It has been fabricated as one(More)
Electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators have been attracting the attention of researchers due to their muscle-like behaviour and unusual properties. Several modelling methods have been proposed to understand their mechanical, chemical, electrical behaviours or `electro-chemo-mechanical' behaviour. However, estimating the whole shape or configuration of the(More)