The Activity Based Total Accountability (ABTA) Institute’s purpose is to provide more transparency in state spending. A state government accountability and transparency report card was just published resulting in a letter grade for each of the fifty states based on the degree of transparency and usability of the Web sites evaluated. The ABTA Web site also provides training videos on the ABTA method which supports a common platform for taxpayers and lawmakers to measure costs within and between states.
We work on tomographic image reconstruction for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography or SPECT.
We have twin objectives in the project: 1) to archive imaging raw data in an easy web-accessible fashion for sharing across the researchers over the world, and 2) to develop algorithms for processing the imaging data so that unhealthy cardiac tissues may be discerned against healthy control tissues.
This three-year research project based at Florida Tech will investigate the educational benefits of students performing simulated chemistry laboratory experiments in the 3D, immersive, virtual world of Second Life (SL). Students enrolled in General Chemistry I Laboratory at Texas A&M University will participate in this study. Some students will complete several weeks of lab activities in Second Life while other students complete similar experiments in a real laboratory. These virtual experiments will be realistic, fully interactive simulations of their real-world analogues.
Whatfrog is an app being developed for smartphones and tablets that will identify a calling frog or toad. This tool will help citizen scientists and professionals to provide consistent identifications of calling frogs. A web interface will be developed that will allow users to map their records and see the records of other Whatfrog users. The app will make use of a large library of recorded frog calls and compare the voieprint of the unknown caller to the database, providing the user with a best-fit identification. Initially the app will provide identifications for the eastern United States.
(1) Design and develop a database for scientific research data. We will work with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (US Department of Energy) on this project. Our data will come from nuclear molecular imaging research for cardiac disease. (2) Understand and analyze different types of motions associated with cardiac imaging, e.g., patient motion, respiratory motion, cardiac motion, and kinetics of tracer molecules. We will try to detect such motion, correct for them, and extract diagnostic information from such dynamic data.