Convergent | Date: 2015-12-18
Apparatus and methods are described for laser ablation of tissue. The apparatus and methods utilize a laser source coupled to a fiberoptic laser delivery device and a laser driver and control system with features for protection of the laser delivery device, the patient, the operator and other components of the laser treatment system. Advantageously, the laser source may utilize laser diodes operating at approximately 975 nm, 1470 nm, 1535 nm or 1870 nm wavelengths with a laser power output of at least 60 watts, preferably greater than 80 watts and most preferably 120-150 watts or higher. The invention, which has broad medical and industrial applications, is described in relation to a method for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by contact laser ablation of the prostate (C-LAP).
Convergent | Date: 2017-01-16
A concrete panel system includes first, second, and third rectangular precast concrete panels, each defining a respective top edge, bottom edge, and first and second lateral edges. A first type connector is formed in the concrete material at least along the top edge of the first panel and along the first lateral edge of the first panel. A second type connector is formed in the concrete material at least along the second lateral edge of the second panel, and along the bottom edge of the third panel. The first type connector and the second type connector are configured to connect together so as to form a cavity between the respective panel edges. This cavity extends along the first lateral edge of the first panel to facilitate positioning rebar between adjacent panels.
Convergent | Date: 2016-12-16
A method performed by a processor in a hybrid cloud environment, the method including: specifying at least one service provider zone associated with a resource or a service of a service provider, the service provider zone including a first management interface node corresponding to the service provider; specifying at least one data center zone associated with a set of services or resources located near one another, the data center zone including a second management interface node corresponding to the set of services or resources; receiving, by the first management interface node, information from the resource or service associated with the at least one service provider zone; translating, by the first management interface node, the information from the resource or service to a format understandable by the second interface node to create first-level translated information; and transmitting the first-level translated information from the first interface node to the second interface node.
Convergent | Date: 2017-01-25
An X-ray system comprises: a source of an X-ray diverging beam having a central imaging portion and a peripheral treatment-portion; a lens transforming the peripheral treatment portion of the X-ray beam into a converging beam directed to a target; a shutter located between the X-ray source and the target in the central imaging portion of the X-ray radiation; and a detector of imaging radiation after interaction with the target and to provide imaging information of the target.
Convergent | Date: 2017-06-21
The present invention provides a method for activating a pro-drug in vivo comprising the steps of: (a) administering a pro-drag to a subject; (b) locating a target site which has been at least partially dosed with the pro-drug at a predetermined concentration; and (d) exposing the target site to X-ray radiation. The step of exposing the target site to X-ray radiation is characterized by providing a converging X-ray of a controllable waist, substantially uniform at the target site, sufficient to convert the pro-drug to an active drug, whilst the X-ray photon dosage at the target site is higher than the X-ray photon dosage at an adjacent non target site.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: FOF-02-2016 | Award Amount: 7.26M | Year: 2016
COROMA project proposes to develop a cognitively enhanced robot that can execute multiple tasks for the manufacturing of metal and composite parts. COROMA will therefore provide the flexibility that European metalworking and advanced material manufacturing companies require to compete in the rapidly evolving global market. The main output of COROMA project will be a modular robotic system that will perform multitude of different manufacturing tasks in an autonomous way to adapt to the production requirements. The robot will be capable of performing drilling, trimming, deburring, polishing, sanding, non-destructive inspection and adaptive fixturing operations. Using a simple interface the robot will receive basic commands that require a minimum programming effort from the human operator. The robot will autonomously navigate in the workshop and will automatically perceive the manufacturing scene and locate the part that must be manufactured and even handle some of the required tools. Learning from previous experiences during displacement, tool grasping, part localisation and the manufacturing process itself, the robot will improve its performance. It will be able to interact with other machines in the shop floor and to work on a part even while other manufacturing operations are being performed by these other machines. Safe human-robot and machine-robot collaborations will be paramount and the robot will automatically react to the presence of both humans and other machines. The modularity of the COROMA robot will permit to customize it to meet specific requirements from different manufacturing companies. These challenges require a project consortium where the latest robotic technologies meet knowledge from manufacturing experts, including both industry and academia. COROMA project consortium presents a perfect balance between manufacturing and robotics sectors players.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-23-2014 | Award Amount: 5.40M | Year: 2015
Sleep! For hominids and most other mammals sleep means more than regeneration. Sleep positively affects working memory, which in turn improves higher-level cognitive functions such as decision making and reasoning. This is the inspiration of RobDREAM! What if robots could also improve their capabilities in their inactive phases by processing experiences made during the working day and by exploring or dreaming of possible future situations and how to solve them best? In RobDREAM we will improve industrial mobile manipulators perception, navigation and manipulation and grasping capabilities by automatic optimization of parameters, strategies and selection of tools within a portfolio of key algorithms for perception, navigation and manipulation and grasping, by means of learning and simulation, and through use case driven evaluation. As a result, mobile manipulation systems will adapt more quickly to new tasks, jobs, parts, areas of operation and various other constraints. From a scientific perspective the RobDREAM robots will feature increased adaptability, dependability, flexibility, configurability, decisional autonomy, as well as improved abilities in perception, interaction manipulation and motion. The technology readiness level (TRL) of the related key technologies will be increased by means of frequent and iterative real-world testing, validation and improvement phases from the very beginning of the project. From an economic perspective the Quality of Service and the Overall Equipment Efficiency will increase, while at the same time the Total Cost of Ownership for setup, programming and parameter tuning will decrease. These advantages will support the competitiveness of Europes manufacturing sector, in particular in SME-like settings with higher product variety and smaller lot-sizes. They also support the head start of technology providers adopting RobDREAMs technologies to conquer market shares in industrial and professional service robotics.
Convergent | Date: 2015-04-08
The embodiments herein provide a system and method for auditing a plurality of multimedia content, creating a contextual cycle of multimedia contents, and associating the plurality of the multimedia content with a source. The system comprises a plurality of multimedia input sources configured for receiving a plurality of multimedia content, an analysis and recognition module connected to the plurality of multimedia input sources and configured for analyzing and recognizing the plurality of the received multimedia contents, and an auditing console communicatively coupled to with the analysis and recognition module.
Convergent | Date: 2016-04-16
The present invention provides methods and apparatus relating to the creation and redemption of Compound Redeemable Instruments. Apparatus may a serve executing executable software to transmit information relating to Compound Redeemable Instruments and receive instructions to trade or redeem Compound Redeemable Instruments.
Convergent | Date: 2016-01-11
A concrete panel system includes first, second, and third rectangular precast concrete panels, each defining a respective top edge, bottom edge, and first and second lateral edges. A first type connector is formed in the concrete material at least along the top edge of the first panel and along the first lateral edge of the first panel. A second type connector is formed in the concrete material at least along the second lateral edge of the second panel, and along the bottom edge of the third panel. The first type connector and the second type connector are configured to connect together, and a cavity is formed between the respective panel edges. This cavity extends along both the top edge of the first panel and the first lateral edge of the first panel to facilitate positioning reinforcing bar traversing a corner of the first or second panel.