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We suggest a novel shape contour descriptor for shape matching and retrieval. The new descriptor is called contour points distribution histogram(CPDH)which is based on the distribution of points on object contour under polar coordinates. CPDH not only conforms to the human visual perception but also the computational complexity of it is low. Invariant to(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)
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)
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 some(More)
This paper proposes a novel variant of quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO) algorithm with the local attractor point subject to a Gaussian probability distribution (GAQPSO). The local attractor point in QPSO plays an important in that determining the convergence behavior of an individual particle. As such, the mean value and standard deviation(More)
Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a cytokine produced in the normal brain that acts on its specific receptor IL-15Rα and co-receptors IL-2Rβ and IL-2Rγ in neuronal cells. The functions of the cerebral IL-15 system, however, are not yet clear. To test the hypothesis that IL-15Rα regulates metabolic activity and body temperature, we quantified the specific metabolic(More)
This paper proposes the random drift particle swarm optimization (RDPSO) algorithm to solve economic dispatch (ED) problems from power systems area. The RDPSO is inspired by the free electron model in metal conductors placed in an external electric field, and it employs a novel set of evolution equations that can enhance the global search ability of the(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 planeto-plane homography for real-time 3D volume reconstruction using active cameras. This paper mainly focuses on the acceleration of(More)