• Bridge approach slab analysis and design incorporating elastic soil support 

    Ma, Shuang (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    The development of equations necessary for the analysis of finite bridge approach slabs (BAS) on elastic soil support is reported in this thesis. Results are compared for moments and shear forces governing the design for ...
  • Characterization of ion sources for compact accelerator neutron production 

    Baxter, Emily (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Compact neutron interrogation systems are a good candidate for use in active interrogation systems when large scale active or passive interrogation systems are not ideal. Field emitter arrays and plasma ion sources could ...
  • Come to nothing 

    Sweet, Eric (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    These drawings are an intense exploration of the concept, establishment, and power of the "Ideal" through the historical interventions of minimalism, utopia, perspective, printmaking, and drawing. There is an important ...
  • Determining the relative effects of volumetric water content and dry density on the dielectric constant of soils 

    Rasch, Shane M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Non destructive subsurface investigation using electromagnetic (EM) waves is a growing technique in geotechnical engineering (Mohamed 2006). The ability to “see” under the Earth's surface without having to excavate is ...
  • Development and application of variable rate irrigation techniques on non-uniform soils using center-pivot irrigation systems 

    Rackers, Andrew David (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Variable rate irrigation was studied for the production of corn and rice on a nonuniform soil texture using a three tower, conventional, center-pivot irrigation system on the East Marsh Pivot (Marsh Pivot) at the University ...
  • Exploring passive heartbeat detection using a hydraulic bed sensor system 

    Rosales, Licet (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Sleep monitoring of heartbeat, respiration and restlessness can help to detect sleep disturbances which may be indicative of poor health and functional deficits, especially in older adults. This work investigates a new ...
  • High-accuracy skin lesion segmentation and size determination 

    Shin, Jae Won (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Melanoma is one of the most common skin cancers. 5% of all cancer cases that occur in a year are cases of skin cancer and many people die each year by melanoma because of late recognition. Moreover, the number of new cases ...
  • Object detection with large intra-class variation 

    Chen, Guang (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    For object detection, the state-of-the-art performance is achieved through supervised learning. The performances of object detectors of this kind are mainly determined by two factors: features and underlying classification ...
  • Pattern recognition of mixed signals using guided under-determined source signal separation 

    Rivera Estrada, Luis Alberto (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    In typical problems involving pattern recognition, the challenge lies in selecting a good set of features and in devising a reliable algorithm to recognize any particular vector of such features. In general, even when noise ...
  • Reliability-based methodology for bridge inspection planning 

    Applebury, Christopher Ryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This research program was created with the goal of improving bridge safety and reliability while also improving the allocation of bridge inspection resources. The research reported herein was completed as a part of a larger ...
  • Visual recognition using hybrid camera 

    Tang, Shuai (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Visual recognition is an exciting but difficult task. Recent dramatic advance in computer vision technology has made some promising progress. For example, the launch of hybrid camera provides both RGB and depth information ...