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Adhesion of Octopus Bimaculoides

The suckers of an octopus have amazing adhesive properties both in and out of water. There are some relationships and questions that the research into suction of the octopus bimaculoides aims to accomplish. These aims include: centralized v. decentralized adhesion of the suckers, passive v. active adhesion, function of tentacles by location, and suction v. […]

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Integrated Sensing for a Soft Neuroprosthetic

Neuroprosthetic devices have unique design requirements, more so for bionic limbs that must operate in highly demanding work environments. The project explores synthetically recreating postural synergy using soft materials, artificial muscles, and flexible electronics within the framework of highly demanding work environments. Ideally, the goal is to recreate the lightweight, robust form and function of […]

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Diagnostic Methods for Detecting Microvillus Inclusion Disease

Microvillus Inclusion disease is a life-threatening disease caused by a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) that affects people of Navajo descent. This research sought to design a diagnostic method with future application as a screening tool. Three diagnostic methods were explored: amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS), restriction fragmentation length polymorphism (RFLP), and a tentacle probe. ARMS […]

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Chat-Box as Mood Analyzer for Individuals with Social Interaction Disabilities

More than 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing impairments and autism. They also have a difficult time observing the social world and interpreting it. Similarly, the inherently ambiguous nature of sarcasm sometimes makes it even harder to connect with others from the spoken language. Recognition of sarcasm can benefit sentiment analysis in summarization, dialogue […]

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Energy-Free Personal Security Wristband

The project aims to solve the shortage of current emergency calls through mobile devices. The stretchable wristband is designed to enhance the efficiency of responding to the emergency. GPS location is included in the feedback of scanning the matched BLE advertising packets. The sender will broadcast the BLE signal only if the embedded circuit of […]

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Human Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation Sustainment and Maturation with Immunodeficient Mice

This project addresses the feasibility of human neural progenitor cell (hNPC) transplantation into the striatum of immunodeficient mice. Injections of hNPCs and hNPCs encapsulated in a hyaluronic acid-laminin based hydrogel (HA-Lm gel) were performed. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed 7 and 14 days post-injection for key cell lineage specific markers. These markers will allow for quantitative […]

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Assessing the Ability of Startle to Predict Learning Retention

The ability to learn and retain new motor tasks is essential to everyday life; however, the neural mechanisms governing this process are poorly understood to date. Recent evidence demonstrates that a shift from cortical to subcortical structures occurs during procedural task learning, detected by startle-evoked movement (SEM). The objective of this study is to determine […]

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The Development of a Multi-Marker Sensor for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

The research objective was to determine if electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) could be used to detect glucose and insulin simultaneously on a screen-printed carbon test strip. The glucose point-of-care (POC) test strip fabrication and optimization phase has been completed. Insulin POC strips have been fabricated and tested via EIS, but not yet optimized. This research […]

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Computer Vision Navigation for Robotic Campus Guide

Introducing autonomous systems into complex environments, such as college campuses, presents many challenges in navigation. This research seeks to develop intelligent algorithms for a campus guide robot that utilizes visual markers (AprilTags) as a means of localization, navigation along a path, and tracking individuals following the robot, thus offering benefits over inertial sensors, such as […]

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Impact of Time Constraints on HackerRank Assessments

The purpose of this study is to determine whether time constraints impact the performance of individuals on HackerRank coding assessments. Subjects will wear two physiological sensors: a shimmer and ABM headset that will measure cognitive workload, engagement, and distraction. They will also be monitored by external eye trackers and by facial recognition webcams to measure […]

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