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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 some(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)
—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)
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 investigated theoretically the hydrogen permeability and selectivity of a porous silicene membrane via first-principles calculations. The subnanometer pores of the silicene membrane are designed as divacancy defects with octagonal and pentagonal rings (585-divacancy). The porous silicene exhibits high selectivity comparable with graphene-based membranes(More)