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PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORKS FOR SKIN LESION CLASSIFICATION

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In this paper, I explore practical applications of neural networks for automated skin lesion identification. The visual characteristics are of primary importance in the recognition of skin diseases, hence, the development of deep neural network models proven capable of classifying

In this paper, I explore practical applications of neural networks for automated skin lesion identification. The visual characteristics are of primary importance in the recognition of skin diseases, hence, the development of deep neural network models proven capable of classifying skin lesions can potentially change the face of modern medicine by extending the availability and lowering the cost of diagnostic care. Previous work has demonstrated the effectiveness of convolutional neural networks in image classification in general, with even higher accuracy achievable by data augmentation techniques, such as cropping, rotating, and flipping input images, along with more advanced computationally intensive approaches. In this research, I provide an overview of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and CNN implementation with TensorFlow and Keras API in context of image recognition and classification. I also experiment with custom convolutional neural network model architecture trained using HAM10000 dataset. The dataset used for the case study is obtained from Harvard Dataverse and is maintained by Medical University of Vienna. The HAM10000 dataset is a large collection of multi-source dermatoscopic images of common pigmented skin lesions and is available for academic research under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International Public License. With over ten thousand dermatoscopic images of seven classes of benign and malignant skin lesions, the dataset is substantial for academic machine learning purposes for multiclass image classification. I discuss the successes and shortcomings of the model in respect to its application to the dataset.

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Modules of Intelligence

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Intelligence is a loosely defined term, but it is a quality that we try to measure in humans, animals, and recently machines. Progress in artificial intelligence is slow, but we have recently made breakthroughs by paying attention to biology and

Intelligence is a loosely defined term, but it is a quality that we try to measure in humans, animals, and recently machines. Progress in artificial intelligence is slow, but we have recently made breakthroughs by paying attention to biology and neuroscience. We have not fully explored what biology has to offer us in AI research, and this paper explores aspects of intelligent behavior in nature that machines still struggle with.

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Lambda Starship: A Video Game for Teaching Functional Programming with Lisp

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The functional programming paradigm is able to provide clean and concise solutions to many common programming problems, as well as promote safer, more testable code by encouraging an isolation of state-modifying behavior. Functional programming is finding its way into traditionally

The functional programming paradigm is able to provide clean and concise solutions to many common programming problems, as well as promote safer, more testable code by encouraging an isolation of state-modifying behavior. Functional programming is finding its way into traditionally object-oriented and imperative languages, most notably with the introduction of Java 8 and in LINQ for C#. However, no functional programming language has achieved widespread adoption, meaning that students without a formal computer science background who learn technology on-demand for personal projects or for business may not come across functional programming in a significant way. Programmers need a reason to spend time learning these concepts to not miss out on the subtle but profound benefits they provide. I propose the use of a video game as an environment in which learning functional programming is the player's goal. In this carefully constructed video game, learning functional programming is the key to progression. Players will be motivated to learn and will be given an immediate chance to test and demonstrate their understanding. The game, named Lambda Starship (stylized as (lambda () starship)), is a 3D first-person video game. It takes place in a spaceship that, due to extreme magnetic interference, has lost all on-board software while leaving the hardware completely intact. The player is tasked to write software using functional programming paradigms to replace the old software and bring the spaceship back to a working state. Throughout the process, the player is guided by an in-game manual and other descriptive resources. The game is implemented in Unity and scripted using C#. The game's educational and entertainment value was evaluated with a study case. 24 undergraduate students at Arizona State University (ASU) played the game and were surveyed detailing their experience. During play, user statistics were recorded automatically, providing a data-driven way to analyze where players struggled with the concepts introduced in the game. Reception was neutral or positive in both the entertainment and educational sides of the game. A few players expressed concerns about the manual in its form factor and engagement value.

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The Future of Brain-Computer Interaction: A Potential Brain-Aiding Device of the Future

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Brains and computers have been interacting since the invention of the computer. These two entities have worked together to accomplish a monumental set of goals, from landing man on the moon to helping to understand how the universe works on

Brains and computers have been interacting since the invention of the computer. These two entities have worked together to accomplish a monumental set of goals, from landing man on the moon to helping to understand how the universe works on the most microscopic levels, and everything in between. As the years have gone on, the extent and depth of interaction between brains and computers have consistently widened, to the point where computers help brains with their thinking in virtually infinite everyday situations around the world. The first purpose of this research project was to conduct a brief review for the purposes of gaining a sound understanding of how both brains and computers operate at fundamental levels, and what it is about these two entities that allow them to work evermore seamlessly as the years go on. Next, a history of interaction between brains and computers was developed, which expanded upon the first task and helped to contribute to visions of future brain-computer interaction (BCI). The subsequent and primary task of this research project was to develop a theoretical framework for a potential brain-aiding device of the future. This was done by conducting an extensive literature review regarding the most advanced BCI technology in modern times and expanding upon the findings to argue feasibility of the future device and its components. Next, social predictions regarding the acceptance and use of the new technology were made by designing and executing a survey based on the Unified Theory of the Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Finally, general economic predictions were inferred by examining several relationships between money and computers over time.

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Examining and Evaluating the Window of Intervention in Autonomous Vehicles

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As autonomous vehicle development rapidly accelerates, it is important to not lose sight of what the worst case scenario is during the drive of an autonomous vehicle. Autonomous vehicles are not perfect, and will not be perfect for the foreseeable

As autonomous vehicle development rapidly accelerates, it is important to not lose sight of what the worst case scenario is during the drive of an autonomous vehicle. Autonomous vehicles are not perfect, and will not be perfect for the foreseeable future. These vehicles will shift the responsibility of driving to the passenger in front of the wheel, regardless if said passenger is prepared to do so. However, by studying the human reaction to an autonomous vehicle crash, researchers can mitigate the risk to the passengers in an autonomous vehicle. Located on the ASU Polytechnic campus, there is a car simulation lab, or SIM lab, that enables users to create and simulate various driving scenarios using the Drive Safety and HyperDrive software. Using this simulator and the Window of Intervention, the time a driver has to avoid a crash, vital research into human reaction time while in an autonomous environment can be safely performed. Understanding the Window of Intervention is critical to the development of solutions that can accurately and efficiently help a human driver. After first describing the simulator and its operation in depth, a deeper look will be offered into the autonomous vehicle field, followed by an in-depth explanation into the Window of Intervention and how it is studied and an experiment that looks to study both the Window of Intervention and human reactions to certain events. Finally, additional insight from one of the authors of this paper will be given documenting their contributions to the study as a whole and their concerns about using the simulator for further research.

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Interactive Traffic Simulation

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This document explains the design of a traffic simulator based on an integral-based state machine. This simulator is different from existing traffic simulators because it is driven by a flexible model that supports many different light configurations and has a user-friendly interface.

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Cognitive software complexity analysis

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A well-defined Software Complexity Theory which captures the Cognitive means of algorithmic information comprehension is needed in the domain of cognitive informatics & computing. The existing complexity heuristics are vague and empirical. Industrial software is a combination of algorithms implemented.

A well-defined Software Complexity Theory which captures the Cognitive means of algorithmic information comprehension is needed in the domain of cognitive informatics & computing. The existing complexity heuristics are vague and empirical. Industrial software is a combination of algorithms implemented. However, it would be wrong to conclude that algorithmic space and time complexity is software complexity. An algorithm with multiple lines of pseudocode might sometimes be simpler to understand that the one with fewer lines. So, it is crucial to determine the Algorithmic Understandability for an algorithm, in order to better understand Software Complexity. This work deals with understanding Software Complexity from a cognitive angle. Also, it is vital to compute the effect of reducing cognitive complexity. The work aims to prove three important statements. The first being, that, while algorithmic complexity is a part of software complexity, software complexity does not solely and entirely mean algorithmic Complexity. Second, the work intends to bring to light the importance of cognitive understandability of algorithms. Third, is about the impact, reducing Cognitive Complexity, would have on Software Design and Development.

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Using contextual information to improve phishing warning effectiveness

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Internet browsers are today capable of warning internet users of a potential phishing attack. Browsers identify these websites by referring to blacklists of reported phishing websites maintained by trusted organizations like Google, Phishtank etc. On identifying a Unified Resource Locator

Internet browsers are today capable of warning internet users of a potential phishing attack. Browsers identify these websites by referring to blacklists of reported phishing websites maintained by trusted organizations like Google, Phishtank etc. On identifying a Unified Resource Locator (URL) requested by a user as a reported phishing URL, browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome display an 'active' warning message in an attempt to stop the user from making a potentially dangerous decision of visiting the website and sharing confidential information like username-password, credit card information, social security number etc.

However, these warnings are not always successful at safeguarding the user from a phishing attack. On several occasions, users ignore these warnings and 'click through' them, eventually landing at the potentially dangerous website and giving away confidential information. Failure to understand the warning, failure to differentiate different types of browser warnings, diminishing trust on browser warnings due to repeated encounter are some of the reasons that make users ignore these warnings. It is important to address these factors in order to eventually improve a user’s reaction to these warnings.

In this thesis, I propose a novel design to improve the effectiveness and reliability of phishing warning messages. This design utilizes the name of the target website that a fake website is mimicking, to display a simple, easy to understand and interactive warning message with the primary objective of keeping the user away from a potentially spoof website.

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Modeling and measuring cognitive load to reduce driver distraction in smart cars

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Driver distraction research has a long history spanning nearly 50 years, intensifying in the last decade. The focus has always been on identifying the distractive tasks and measuring the respective harm level. As in-vehicle technology advances, the list of distractive

Driver distraction research has a long history spanning nearly 50 years, intensifying in the last decade. The focus has always been on identifying the distractive tasks and measuring the respective harm level. As in-vehicle technology advances, the list of distractive activities grows along with crash risk. Additionally, the distractive activities become more common and complicated, especially with regard to In-Car Interactive System. This work's main focus is on driver distraction caused by the in-car interactive System. There have been many User Interaction Designs (Buttons, Speech, Visual) for Human-Car communication, in the past and currently present. And, all related studies suggest that driver distraction level is still high and there is a need for a better design. Multimodal Interaction is a design approach, which relies on using multiple modes for humans to interact with the car & hence reducing driver distraction by allowing the driver to choose the most suitable mode with minimum distraction. Additionally, combining multiple modes simultaneously provides more natural interaction, which could lead to less distraction. The main goal of MMI is to enable the driver to be more attentive to driving tasks and spend less time fiddling with distractive tasks. Engineering based method is used to measure driver distraction. This method uses metrics like Reaction time, Acceleration, Lane Departure obtained from test cases.

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Data science for small businesses

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This reports investigates the general day to day problems faced by small businesses, particularly small vendors, in areas of marketing and general management. Due to lack of man power, internet availability and properly documented data, small business cannot optimize their

This reports investigates the general day to day problems faced by small businesses, particularly small vendors, in areas of marketing and general management. Due to lack of man power, internet availability and properly documented data, small business cannot optimize their business. The aim of the research is to address and find a solution to these problems faced, in the form of a tool which utilizes data science. The tool will have features which will aid the vendor to mine their data which they record themselves and find useful information which will benefit their businesses. Since there is lack of properly documented data, One Class Classification using Support Vector Machine (SVM) is used to build a classifying model that can return positive values for audience that is likely to respond to a marketing strategy. Market basket analysis is used to choose products from the inventory in a way that patterns are found amongst them and therefore there is a higher chance of a marketing strategy to attract audience. Also, higher selling products can be used to the vendors' advantage and lesser selling products can be paired with them to have an overall profit to the business. The tool, as envisioned, meets all the requirements that it was set out to have and can be used as a stand alone application to bring the power of data mining into the hands of a small vendor.

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