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Analysis and processing of hyperspectral data with the purpose of classification

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Logan Smith with Julia Dobrosotkaya
Analysis and processing of hyperspectral data with the purpose of classification
Hyperspectral imaging is an advanced imaging technique that measures visible and near-infrared light reflecting off a surface. …Read more.

Analysis of Bifurcations and Abrupt Transitions in Energy Balance Models (EBM) coupled to green-house-gas emissions (GHG)

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Robert Taylor with David Gurarie
Analysis of Bifurcations and Abrupt Transitions in Energy Balance Models (EBM) coupled to green-house-gas emissions (GHG).
Simple energy balance models with temperature dependent albedo (reflected fraction of incoming radiation) can exhibit hysteresis and rapid transitions between “warm” and “cold” equilibrium states. …Read more.

Evaluation of US Renewable Portfolio Standards in Terms of Effectiveness and Intention

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Jacob Derzon with Justin Gallagher
Evaluation of US Renewable Portfolio Standards in Terms of Effectiveness and Intention

In the past several decades, there have been several attempts by lawmakers to increase the use of renewable resources in various states through legislation known as the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which mandates increased production or consumption of energy from renewable sources. …Read more.

Optimal Current Patterns and Resolution Limitations of the Bayesian Methodology in EIT

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Oliver Ernst with Erkki Somersalo
Optimal Current Patterns and Resolution Limitations of the Bayesian Methodology in EIT

One of the applications of the Bayesian methodology is to the determination of the electrical admittivity distribution from measurement data in Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). …Read more.

Improved Photometry of Metal-Poor Giants in the Kepler Field

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Nathan Harmon with Paul Harding
Improved Photometry of Metal-Poor Giants in the Kepler Field

Astroseismology is capable of measuring the properties of the interior of stars, for red giants an accurate measure of their age can then be derived.  …Read more.

Stochastic Differential Equations Driven by Compound Poisson and Lévy Processes

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Thomas Norton with Wojbor A. Woyczyński
Stochastic Differential Equations Driven by Compound Poisson and Lévy Processes

Stochastic differential equations (SDEs) provide a rigorous setting for investigating the dynamics of systems subject to “noise,” by which we mean source terms whose behavior is not deterministic, but governed by a probability distribution.  …Read more.

Dynkin Diagrams and the Groups of Umbral Moonshine

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Andrew O’Desky with John F. R. Duncan
Dynkin Diagrams and the Groups of Umbral Moonshine

Elliptic curves are number theoretic objects with many important applications in mathematics, cryptography, string theory and beyond. …Read more.

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