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  • Improved contact design for the SiC photo-switch used in high power applications 

    Fessler, Christopher Michael (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Silicon Carbide (SiC) has a bulk dielectric strength of 3000 kV/cm, thermal conductivity of 4.9 W/(cm-K), and high tensile strength. It is considered the most promising photo-switching material that can enable the fielding ...
  • Transcoding transport stream mpeg2 

    Shilarnav, Shashi R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Video conferencing provides students with the opportunity to remotely attend classes and participate in a 2-way communication with the teacher. Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute at the University of Missouri - ...
  • A biologically inspired optical flow system for motion detection and object identification 

    Rijhwani, Vishal (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Optical flow is possibly the best known method for motion segmentation. However its application is restricted to offline processing as it requires extensive computational resources and time. This thesis explores an optical ...
  • The spatial cross-correlation coefficient as an ultrasonic detection statistic 

    Cepel, Raina (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    In ultrasonics, image formation and detection are most commonly based on signal amplitude. Matched filtering is an amplitude independent approach, but requires accurate template estimation. In this work, we introduce the ...
  • Embedded system design and power-rate-distortion optimization for video encoding under energy constraints 

    Cheng, Wenye (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The portable devices used in video communication application are powered by batteries. Video encoding schemes, however, are often computationally intensive and energy-demanding, even after being fully optimized with existing ...
  • Scene matching between a quantitative map and a qualitative hand drawn sketch 

    Parekh, Gaurav (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The goal of this work is to perform scene matching between a sketched map and the scene depicted by the sketch, e.g., as represented by a precise physical map or an occupancy grid map (OGM) built by a robot. In this thesis, ...
  • Cognitive radios: spectrum sensing issues 

    Kataria, Amit, 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Cognitive Radio can smartly sense and adapts with the changing environment by altering its transmitting parameters, such as modulation, frequency, frame format etc. The main challenges with cognitive radios are that it ...
  • Electromagnetic effects on soybeans 

    Parsi, Nikhil (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    In this study we have exposed different varieties of soybean seeds to electromagnetic (EM) radiation at a frequency other than that of light. The objective was to determine changes in the germination rate, if any, under ...
  • Collision free path planning algorithms for robot navigation problem 

    Han, Kyung Min, 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Path planning problem, including maze navigation is a challenging topic in robotics. Indeed, a significant amount of research has been devoted to this problem in recent years. Genetic algorithm is a popular approach that ...
  • Flashover prevention on polystyrene high voltage insulators in a vacuum 

    Benwell, Andrew L., 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Increasing performance of vacuum insulator barriers is a common goal in large pulsed power systems. Insulator performance is continually being improved while new methods are developed. Triple point shielding techniques ...
  • Heuristics for searching chemical structures 

    Basu, Nandini, 1971- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Chemical and biochemical structure databases are useful for retrieving information to a wide range of users, ranging from a high school student to a medical research scientist. These databases provide the user with various ...
  • Optically triggered thyristor for capacitor discharge applications 

    Kotha, Manasa (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    An investigation of the use of light to trigger semiconductor thyristors for capacitor discharge applications has been conducted. The investigation consisted of a technical literature and background search, design and ...
  • Localization of wireless sensor networks using multidimensional scaling 

    Tulabandula, Sridhar (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Wireless sensor networks found their way into a broad variety of applications including industrial automation, medical applications, highway monitoring, habitat monitoring, military applications, environmental applications, ...
  • Students' views of careerand [sic] technical education: a qualitative study 

    Browder, Angela (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The current study addresses students' views of career and technical education at an Area Career Center in mid Missouri. Newer programs that combine career and technical education courses with traditional high school ...
  • Fuzzified scoring of the functional assessment instrument 

    Wang, Shuang, 1978- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This thesis describes the application of fuzzy logic to the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) test, a series of timed physical activities that have been created to evaluate, physical functional performance for both ...
  • Advanced feature based techniques for landmine detection using ground penetrating radar 

    Ma, Zhenhua (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Land mine detection is an important and yet challenging problem that remains to be solved. It is not only a problem for military, but also for humanitarian concern. The goal of this research is to propose some techniques ...
  • Fine-grained authorization in the Great Plains network virtual organization 

    Ciordas, Ionut Ovidiu (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The last few years have experienced a steady growth in research institutions showing interest in developing research projects that involve more than one institution's computing resources forming so called virtual organizations. ...
  • Near field microwave imaging techniques for embedded object detection and shape reconstruction 

    Tantong, Somsak (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    A method for the detection, imaging and reconstruction of an embedded object through the application of a near field, frequency-synthesized microwave pulse is described. The work describes an alternate detection and ...
  • Mining progressive user behavior for e-commerce using virtual reality technique 

    Chen, Ming-Chang (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    In the past decade, the virtual reality (VR) technique has been becoming a popular marketing tool on e-commerce websites, where the consumers are allowed to interact with the products and have a vivid shopping experience ...
  • Building hybrid multicast by combining IP and application layers 

    Lobzhanidze, Aleksandre (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This work presents new multicasting algorithm called Hybrid Multicast (HM). HM is a software solution that implements the integration between ALM and IP Multicast. The proposed solution always tries to use IP Multicast ...

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