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Quasi-Monte Carlo simulation is a special Monte Carlo simulation method that uses quasi-random or low-discrepancy numbers as random sample sets. In many applications, this method has proved advantageous compared to the traditional Monte Carlo simulation method, which uses pseudo-random numbers, thanks to its faster convergence and higher level of accuracy.(More)
Relatively little information is available about the molecular mechanism of ethanol inhibition of P2X receptors. Here, we investigated the possibility that 10 conserved cysteine residues in the extracellular loop of the rat P2X4 receptor may regulate ethanol inhibition of the receptor using a series of individual cysteine to alanine point mutations. Each of(More)
A practical brain-machine interface (BMI) requires real-time decoding algorithms to be realised in a portable device rather than a personal computer. In this article, a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) implementation of a probabilistic neural network (PNN) is proposed and developed to decode motor cortical ensemble recordings in rats performing a(More)
The new video coding standard, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), achieves much higher coding efficiency than the state-of-the-art H.264. Transcoding H.264 video to HEVC video is important to enable gradual migration to HEVC. Therefore, a fast H.264 to HEVC transcoding algorithm based on region feature analysis is proposed. First, each frame is segmented(More)
AIM To investigate whether bis(7)-tacrine, a multifunctional drug, inhibits N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) -activated current in retinal ganglion cells(RGC) and provides neuroprotection against retinal cell damage. METHODS Purified RGC cultures were obtained from retinas of 1-3 days old Sprague-Dawley(SD) rats, following a two-step immunopanning procedure.(More)
—Disparity estimation is adopted by multiview video coding (MVC) to reduce the interview redundancy. However, it consumes enormous computational load. In this paper, a fast disparity estimation is proposed by using the spatio-temporal correlation and the temporal variation of disparity field. For each macroblock, a temporal prediction of the disparity(More)