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Sparse codes as alpha matte
In this paper, image matting is cast as a sparse coding problem wherein the sparse codes directly give the estimate of the alpha matte. Hence, there is no need to use the matting equation that restricts the estimate of ...
Preparation of mica supported lipid bilayers for high resolution optical microscopy imaging
Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) are widely used as a model for studying membrane properties (phase separation, clustering, dynamics) and its interaction with other compounds, such as drugs or peptides. However SLB ...
Gait characteristic analysis and identification based on the iPhone’s accelerometer and gyrometer
Gait identification is a valuable approach to identify humans at a distance. In this paper, gait characteristics are analyzed based on an iPhone’s accelerometer and gyrometer,and a new approach is proposed for gait ...
Reshaping the Middle East : UAE leads the counter-revolution
The United Arab Emirates backed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt is spearheading a conservative Arab effort to reshape the Middle East and North Africa in their mould, in parallel with the US-led war against Islamic State jihadists ...
Building a cyber iron dome : Israel’s cyber defensive envelope
Israel is developing “a national cyber defensive envelope” – a multi-layered cyber defence strategy leveraging automated computerised systems and highly-trained personnel that provide intelligence, early warning, passive ...
Income inequality : new worry over impact of QE
While the policy of easy money known as quantitive easing (QE) has saved the US financial sector from collapse, it has also been criticised for causing various problems. One recent criticism: QE could worsen the already ...
Abolishing Indonesia's direct local elections : missing the forest for the trees?
The Indonesian House of Representatives is due to pass a bill ending direct elections of local leaders, leaving the selection process to legislators in regional parliaments. Is such a move missing the forest for the trees?
Power transition in Afghanistan : challenges ahead
The recent democratic power transfer in Kabul is a major milestone in Afghanistan’s constitutional development. However, escalating Taliban attacks, slowing economic growth and weak Afghan security forces are some of the ...
MD3 laws in Indonesia : sword of Damocles over the Jokowi presidency?
The amended Law on Legislative Bodies (or MD3 Laws) has received scant attention although it is a scourge for the new Joko Widodo administration.
The rise of the Islamic state : who is to blame?
Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq. With the ...