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In this work a new set of edge-adaptive transforms (EATs) is presented as an alternative to the standard DCTs used in image and video coding applications. These transforms avoid filtering across edges in each image block, thus, they avoid creating large high frequency coefficients. These transforms are then combined with the DCT in H.264/AVC and a transform(More)
New data formats that include both video and the corresponding depth maps, such as multiview plus depth (MVD), enable new video applications in which intermediate video views (virtual views) can be generated using the transmitted/stored video views (reference views) and the corresponding depth maps as inputs. We propose a depth map coding method based on a(More)
Video representations that support view synthesis based on depth maps, such as multiview plus depth (MVD), have been recently proposed, raising interest in efficient tools for depth map coding. In this paper, we derive a new distortion metric that takes into consideration camera parameters and global video characteristics in order to quantify the effect of(More)
OBJECTIVE Experimental evidence suggests that exenatide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor analogue, has significant cardiovascular protective effects in various conditions. We examined whether routine use of exenatide at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention would reduce infarct size in patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether assessment of global longitudinal strain (GLS) before revascularization could predict adverse cardiac events after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). In addition, the relation between GLS and cardiac biomarkers was investigated. From July 2006 through December 2009, 98 patients with first STEMI(More)
This paper presents an efficient video coding method in RGB space. Generally RGB space is regarded as a bad space from a compression point of view. Each RGB component contains the color information along with luminance information. This redundancy degrades the coding efficiency. To exploit the intercolor redundancy, the RGB space is usually converted into(More)
Dedication To my lovely Rachel To my lovely Lynn To my lovely Su And to my parents ii Acknowledgements First I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor, Professor Antonio Ortega, for his excellent guidance. Through his invaluable teaching I could learn how to set up and develop an original research project. His vigorous challenges and(More)
In order to improve 3D video coding efficiency, we propose methods to estimate rendered view distortion in synthesized views as a function of the depth map quantization error. Our approach starts by calculating the geometric error caused by the depth map error based on the camera parameters. Then, we estimate the rendered view distortion based on the local(More)
Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) generated from oxidized low-density lipoprotein by lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 plays a key role in plaque inflammation and vulnerability. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) can repair injured endothelium and exert anti-inflammatory effects of vulnerable plaque. We study the impact and mechanisms of LPC on UEA-1 and(More)
This work proposes a new intra prediction coding scheme for depth map images used in view interpolation. The main goal is to design a prediction scheme which can reduce the prediction error energy in blocks with arbitrary edge shapes. This will reduce the rate needed to encode such blocks while also eliminating some of the annoying artifacts caused by(More)