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  • Understanding and Applying the Spectrograph in Vocal Pedagogy 

    Besch, Christopher Michael (2021-04-30)
    Many vocal pedagogy textbooks and curriculums lack a tangible application of the course content. This is often remedied with audio exampes or lesson practicums, but both options include a wide degree of variability that limits the students’ and teachers’ ability to apply the concepts they’ve learned. In this paper, we will explore how the use of the ...
  • Understanding and Applying the Spectrograph in Vocal Pedagogy 

    Besch, Christopher Michael (2021-04-30)
    Many vocal pedagogy textbooks and curriculums lack a tangible application of the course content. This is often remedied with audio exampes or lesson practicums, but both options include a wide degree of variability that limits the students’ and teachers’ ability to apply the concepts they’ve learned. In this paper, we will explore how the use of the ...
  • Understanding and Applying the Spectrograph in Vocal Pedagogy 

    Besch, Christopher Michael (2021-04-30)
    Many vocal pedagogy textbooks and curriculums lack a tangible application of the course content. This is often remedied with audio exampes or lesson practicums, but both options include a wide degree of variability that limits the students’ and teachers’ ability to apply the concepts they’ve learned. In this paper, we will explore how the use of the ...
  • Hydrosocial Spaces 

    Chambers, Lindsey (2022-04-19)
    This project concerns the many forms of water in Houston. Existing in dual states—referencing Ivan Illich’s H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness—water is both life-giving and treacherous. Houston’s water exists as a resource for living and playing, in its parks, bayous, and public pools. Alternately, water threatens life and property, as the city has ...
  • Still Loops 

    Najafpour Khadem, Pouya (2022-04-22)
    An Inquiry through the ontological state of furniture
  • Something Natural 

    Neuffer, Cole Pan Yenxi (2022-04-20)
    An investigation of the aesthetic and material potentials of wood
  • Still Loops 

    Najafpour Khadem, Pouya (2022-04-22)
    An Inquiry through the ontological state of furniture
  • Still Loops 

    Najafpour Khadem, Pouya (2022-04-22)
    An Inquiry through the ontological state of furniture
  • Still Loops 

    Najafpour Khadem, Pouya (2022-04-22)
    An Inquiry through the ontological state of furniture
  • Still Loops 

    Najafpour Khadem, Pouya (2022-04-22)
    An Inquiry through the ontological state of furniture
  • Phsyically Secure Cryptographic Hardware 

    He, Yan (2022-01-27)
    With the recent booming of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, people now have physical access to various mobile and embedded devices. A malicious party can bypass software security and gain valuable information through physical attacks. Therefore, the physical security of IoT hardware is becoming increasingly important. Side-channel attack (SCA) ...
  • Individualized Haptics: On relating Psychophysics, Contact Mechanics, and Physiology in Indenting and Skin Stretch Haptic Cues 

    Clark, Janelle (2022-04-22)
    Wearable haptic devices are now an established research area, but we have reached a design bottleneck in saliency that persists across different modalities and mechanisms. In this work, we seek to understand the contributing factors by assessing haptic perception from an individual, rather than a group, perspective. In doing so we seek to understand ...
  • Signaling, Biomechanics, and Outcomes in Fibrocalcific Cardiovacular Disease 

    Sylvester, Christopher Brian (2022-03-14)
    Fibrocalcific cardiovascular diseases remain the most common cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the word, despite decades of focused research, public health interventions, and clinical advances. Improving the care of patients suffering from these afflictions has grown into a multidisciplinary approach spanning classic basic science approaches, ...
  • Computational Framework for Designing Patient-specific, 3D-printable, and Stress-shielding Resistant Pelvic Implants 

    Babazadeh-Naseri, Ata (2022-01-11)
    Pelvic resections to remove bone tumors can lead to large bone defects, which vary based on the location and extent of the tumor. Recent advancements in 3D-printing of biocompatible alloys, along with high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging, have made custom implants a viable option for reconstructing and restoring load-bearing ability and ...
  • Magnetoelectric Bio-Implants Powered and Programmed by a Single Transmitter for Coordinated Multisite Stimulation 

    Yu, Zhanghao (2022-01-14)
    Coordinated multisite biomedical stimulations have shown exciting promise in clinical therapies, such as applications in heart and spinal cord. To reduce infection risks, surgery complexity, and restrictions in subject mobility, implants need to be miniature and untethered. Moreover, for coordinated multisite stimulation, the system should flexibly ...
  • Energy Efficient and Accurate In-Memory Computing Accelerators for Machine Learning 

    Chen, Zhiyu (2022-01-20)
    Deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved unprecedented success in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in the past decade. However, the intensive computation required for even inference makes it challenging to deploy pre-trained models on resource-constrained edge devices. The essential and computationally dominant operation in ...
  • Statistical Analysis of Clonal Hematopoiesis: A Stochastic Modeling Approach 

    Biesiadny, Sara (2022-04-21)
    The principal project concerns the dynamics of clonal hematopoiesis (CH), in which one or a select few hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) contribute largely to a patient’s peripheral blood production. CH arises from the enhanced fitness of a mutant hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell, but it remains unclear how such clones expand. Many gene mutations ...
  • Stochastic Dynamics of Oscillating Water Column for Energy Harvesting 

    Kumar, Amitabh (2021-12-22)
    Future energy sources are expected to have a substantial contribution from renewable sources. This is expected to equal or surpass liquid fuels as the largest source of energy by 2050 [1] [2]. The ocean accounts for nearly 71% of Mother Earth’s total surface area. In combination with other renewable sources (solar, wind, etc.), harvesting energy from ...
  • First Arrival Differential LiDAR 

    Zhang, Tianyi (2022-06-14)
    Single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) based LiDAR is becoming the de-facto choice for 3D imaging in demanding applications such as autonomous vehicles due to their improved depth resolution, sensitivity, and long ranges of operation. However, they suffer from three significant limitations: (a) the additional time-of-arrival dimension results in a data ...
  • 1T-TaS2: A new tunable optical materials platform for nanophotonics application 

    Li, Weijian (2022-03-08)
    Many body solid-state systems have attracted increasing interest due to their diverse quantum phases and novel physical properties. Such unusual properties allow people to overcome the limitations caused by materials in many nanophotonics applications such as sensing, imaging, virtual reality, optical computing, etc. To date, many new material platforms ...

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