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— We propose DAvinCi, a software framework that provides the scalability and parallelism advantages of cloud computing for service robots in large environments. We have implemented such a system around the Hadoop cluster with ROS (Robotic Operating system) as the messaging framework for our robotic ecosystem. We explore the possibilities of parallelizing(More)
We develop a no-reference image quality assessment (QA) algorithm that deploys a general regression neural network (GRNN). The new algorithm is trained on and successfully assesses image quality, relative to human subjectivity, across a range of distortion types. The features deployed for QA include the mean value of phase congruency image, the entropy of(More)
Quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO), motivated by concepts from quantum mechanics and particle swarm optimization (PSO), is a probabilistic optimization algorithm belonging to the bare-bones PSO family. Although it has been shown to perform well in finding the optimal solutions for many optimization problems, there has so far been little(More)
Silhouette volume intersection is one of the most popular ideas for reconstructing the 3D volume of an object from multi-viewpoint silhouette images. This paper presents a novel parallel volume intersection method based on plane-to-plane homography for real-time 3D volume reconstruction using active cameras. This paper mainly focuses on the acceleration of(More)
We propose a new kernel direct discriminant analysis (KDDA) algorithm in this paper. First, a recently advocated direct linear discriminant analysis (DLDA) algorithm is overviewed. Then the new KDDA algorithm is developed which can be considered as a kernel version of the DLDA algorithm. The design of the minimum distance classifier in the new kernel(More)
—Three-dimensional (3-D) video is a real 3-D movie recording the object's full 3-D shape, motion, and precise surface texture. This paper first proposes a parallel pipeline processing method for reconstructing a dynamic 3-D object shape from multiview video images, by which a temporal series of full 3-D voxel representations of the object behavior can be(More)
—In this paper, we present a random cascaded-regression copse (R-CR-C) for robust facial landmark detection. Its key innovations include a new parallel cascade structure design, and an adaptive scheme for scale-invariant shape update and local feature extraction. Evaluation on two challenging benchmarks shows the superiority of the proposed algorithm to(More)