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High-Performance Communication Protocols for Asynchronous Duty-Cycling Wireless Networks
Duty cycling is a technique for saving energy in resource-limited wireless networks such as sensor networks. With duty cycling, each node periodically switches between active and sleeping states, for example being active for only 1 to 10 percent of the time. Wireless duty-cycling networks face many challenges such as maintaining high energy efficiency, ...
Data-Driven Tools for Introductory Computer Science Education
The software industry spends a tremendous amount of effort and resources on software testing and maintenance to improve the quality of software. However, a large portion of the cost may be saved by training high-quality software developers with better Computer Science education. Skilled software developers can not only produce code of fewer bugs and ...
A Browser-based Program Execution Visualizer for Learning Interactive Programming in Python
Good educational programming tools help students practice programming skills and build better understanding of basic concepts and logic. As Rice University started offering free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on the internet, we developed a web-based programming environment to teach introductory programming course in Python. The course is now one ...
A cell number-counting factor regulates group size in Dictyostelium discoideum
Little is known about how a morphogenetic rearrangement of a tissue is effected by the individual cells. Starving Dictyostelium discoideum cells aggregate to form dendritic streams which then break up into groups of ∼2 x 104 cells. Cell number is sensed using counting factor (CF), a secreted complex of polypeptides. A high extracellular concentration ...