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Cornelis B.,Duke University | Cornelis B.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Yang H.,Duke University | Goodfriend A.,University of Washington | And 3 more authors.
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing | Year: 2017

We address the removal of canvas artifacts from high-resolution digital photographs and X-ray images of paintings on canvas. Both imaging modalities are common investigative tools in art history and art conservation. Canvas artifacts manifest themselves very differently according to the acquisition modality; they can hamper the visual reading of the painting by art experts, for instance, in preparing a restoration campaign. Computer-aided canvas removal is desirable for restorers when the painting on canvas they are preparing to restore has acquired over the years a much more salient texture. We propose a new algorithm that combines a cartoon-texture decomposition method with adaptive multiscale thresholding in the frequency domain to isolate and suppress the canvas components. To illustrate the strength of the proposed method, we provide various examples, for acquisitions in both imaging modalities, for paintings with different types of canvas and from different periods. The proposed algorithm outperforms previous methods proposed for visual photographs such as morphological component analysis and Wiener filtering and it also works for the digital removal of canvas artifacts in X-ray images. © 2016 IEEE.


Villafana T.E.,Duke University | Brown W.P.,North Carolina Museum of Art | Delaney J.K.,National Gallery of Art | Palmer M.,National Gallery of Art | And 2 more authors.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Year: 2014

The layering structure of a painting contains awealth of information about the artist's choice of materials and working methods, but currently, no 3D noninvasive method exists to replace the taking of small paint samples in the study of the stratigraphy. Here, we adapt femtosecond pump-probe imaging, previously shown in tissue, to the case of the color palette in paintings, where chromophores have much greater variety. We show that combining the contrasts of multispectral and multidelay pump-probe spectroscopy permits nondestructive 3D imaging of paintings with molecular and structural contrast, even for pigments with linear absorption spectra that are broad and relatively featureless. We show virtual crosssectioning capabilities in mockup paintings, with pigment separation and nondestructive imaging on an intact 14th century painting (The Crucifixion by Puccio Capanna). Our approach makes it possible to extract microscopic information for a broad range of applications to cultural heritage.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.accesswire.com

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Wi2Wi Corporation (Wi2Wi or the Company) (TSX-V: YTY), announces that Mr. Daniel Phelan has resigned as a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Michael R. Sonnenreich and Fraser C. Henderson Sr., M.D have joined the Board of Directors and Mr. Sonnenreich was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Sonnenreich is a lawyer and a philanthropist and has extensive management experiences in various industries; Technology, Pharmaceutical and Global Marketing. He is an active stake holder and advisor to several national and international companies. Currently, Mr. Sonnenreich is the Chairman of the Board of Kikaku America International, and Vice Chairman of PharMa International Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Madrid, Spain, and Harvard University Law School. In the past twelve years Mr. Sonnenreich has served as a board member and trustee of numerous important companies and universities, including Williams Creek Explorations, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Wi2Wi, San Jose, California; Tyhee Development Corp. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Les Aliments SoYummi, Inc., Montreal, Canada; the ABD American Capital Market Funds; the Integra Fund; Continental Steel Inc.; Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd. (now Promis Neurosciences), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Scientific American; and Medical Tribune International. Mr. Sonnenreich has had long-term involvement with many nonprofit institutions. These include the Washington National Opera (President 1996-98; 2002-2006); D.C. Jazz Festival (Chairman, 2010-2014); Sackler/Freer Galleries of Art (Smithsonian Institution), D.C.; Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Mayoral Appointment as Commissioner, 2008-2011); the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; the New England Conservatory of Music; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation; the University of Virginia Art Museum; Clark University; the Maret School; and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Mr. Sonnenreich served as President of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Education. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Washingtonian by the University Club of Washington, D.C. He previously served in government in the Department of Justice and was appointed Executive Director of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. Dr. Henderson is a world renowned Board-certified Neurological Surgeon and a retired US Navy Commander. He has received both his bachelor's and Medical degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia. He completed his fellowship in Craniospinal surgery under Professor Alan Crockard at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. As Part of his active duty obligations; Dr. Henderson was the Director of Spine at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and was Brigade Neurosurgeon for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the 1st Gulf War. Finishing his tour with the US Navy, Commander Henderson joined Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. as Director of Neurosurgery of the Spine and Cranio-cervical Junction. He was Co-Director of the Lombardi Neuro-Oncology Division, Co-Director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center, and Medical Director of the Neuroscience Nursing Units. He was Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Georgetown University, where he was active in advancing CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of chordoma and other complex spinal tumors. He is the Director of Neurosurgery at Doctors Hospital and Director of the Chiari Center of Excellence, where he is focused on the development of the understanding and treatment of deformity induced injury to the brainstem and spinal cord in Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Dr. Henderson developed intellectual property for three inventions relating to spinal radiosurgery and spinal cancer, including the TPS® -Telescopic Plate Spacer- a vertebral replacement device for metastatic disease and was Principal Investigator in the translational development of a radio-sensitizing drug, and a drug to block the malignant invasiveness of Glioblastoma Multiforme. He is an inventor of 11 devices and concepts relating to disorders of the brainstem and spinal cord, and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and given over 120 invited lectures with a focus on craniocervical disorders, Chiari malformation, cancer, radiosurgery and unusual problems of the spine "We are excited to have both Mr. Sonnenreich and Mr. Henderson in the Board. Their vast experience and expertise will definitely guide the company into the successful future," said Zachariah Mathews, President and CEO of Wi2Wi. "The Board expresses its profound appreciation to Mr. Daniel Phelan for the business and financial expertise he brought to the board of directors over the past three years and helping the management of the company," said the Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael Sonnenreich. For further information, please contact: Essentially, IoT and M2M describe the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Driven by several factors including the growth in the availability of Broadband Internet, which reduces the cost of connecting, and the related increase in Wi-Fi capabilities as well as sensors built into myriad technologies, this has been described as the "perfect storm" for the IoT. Almost any device with an on and off switch that can be connected to the Internet (and/or to each other) - anything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, cars, as well as machine components in the engine of a jet airplane or the drill of an oil rig. According to analyst firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices. Others think this figure could be too conservative by a factor of four. Wi2Wi is a vertically-integrated technology company which designs, manufactures and markets high performance, low power wireless connectivity solutions, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) modules, and frequency control devices. The Company's products and services address numerous applications in the markets of Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Avionics, Space, and Government Sponsored Projects. Wi2Wi's products and value-added services provide highly integrated, rugged, robust, and reliable multiprotocol wireless actuators with embedded software, along with customized timing and frequency control devices for customers, worldwide. The Company was founded in 2005 and is strategically headquartered in San Jose, California with satellite offices in Middleton, Wisconsin and Hyderabad, India. Wi2Wi's manufacturing operations, its laboratory for reliability and quality control, together with design and engineering for timing and frequency control devices are located in Middleton, WI. The branch office, located in Hyderabad, India, focuses on the development of wireless connectivity; both hardware and software. Wi2Wi's strategic objective is to service the unique needs of each customer by providing end to end wireless integration solutions and highly customizable timing and frequency control devices. Wi2Wi distinguishes itself from commodity grade products, with best in the market performance, highly reliable, low power wireless connectivity products with integrated software that supports broader temperature ranges and a longer product life cycle. Furthermore, Wi2Wi's end to end product solutions helps the customer substantially reduce their end product expense, certification cost, and overall R&D investment, in addition to substantially reducing the time to market. Wi2Wi has partnered with best in class global leaders in technology, manufacturing, and sales. The Company uses a wide network of manufacturer's representatives, worldwide, to promote its products and services, and has partnered with world class distributors for the fulfillment of orders along with direct sales. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including management's assessment of future plans and operations, and the timing thereof, that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the ability to access sufficient capital, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, stock market volatility. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that the Company will derive there from. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com). Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date the statements are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements and if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as required by applicable law. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Wi2Wi Corporation (Wi2Wi or the Company) (TSX-V: YTY), announces that Mr. Daniel Phelan has resigned as a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Michael R. Sonnenreich and Fraser C. Henderson Sr., M.D have joined the Board of Directors and Mr. Sonnenreich was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Sonnenreich is a lawyer and a philanthropist and has extensive management experiences in various industries; Technology, Pharmaceutical and Global Marketing. He is an active stake holder and advisor to several national and international companies. Currently, Mr. Sonnenreich is the Chairman of the Board of Kikaku America International, and Vice Chairman of PharMa International Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Madrid, Spain, and Harvard University Law School. In the past twelve years Mr. Sonnenreich has served as a board member and trustee of numerous important companies and universities, including Williams Creek Explorations, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Wi2Wi, San Jose, California; Tyhee Development Corp. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Les Aliments SoYummi, Inc., Montreal, Canada; the ABD American Capital Market Funds; the Integra Fund; Continental Steel Inc.; Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd. (now Promis Neurosciences), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Scientific American; and Medical Tribune International. Mr. Sonnenreich has had long-term involvement with many nonprofit institutions. These include the Washington National Opera (President 1996-98; 2002-2006); D.C. Jazz Festival (Chairman, 2010-2014); Sackler/Freer Galleries of Art (Smithsonian Institution), D.C.; Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Mayoral Appointment as Commissioner, 2008-2011); the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; the New England Conservatory of Music; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation; the University of Virginia Art Museum; Clark University; the Maret School; and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Mr. Sonnenreich served as President of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Education. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Washingtonian by the University Club of Washington, D.C. He previously served in government in the Department of Justice and was appointed Executive Director of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. Dr. Henderson is a world renowned Board-certified Neurological Surgeon and a retired US Navy Commander. He has received both his bachelor's and Medical degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia. He completed his fellowship in Craniospinal surgery under Professor Alan Crockard at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. As Part of his active duty obligations; Dr. Henderson was the Director of Spine at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and was Brigade Neurosurgeon for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the 1st Gulf War. Finishing his tour with the US Navy, Commander Henderson joined Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. as Director of Neurosurgery of the Spine and Cranio-cervical Junction. He was Co-Director of the Lombardi Neuro-Oncology Division, Co-Director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center, and Medical Director of the Neuroscience Nursing Units. He was Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Georgetown University, where he was active in advancing CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of chordoma and other complex spinal tumors. He is the Director of Neurosurgery at Doctors Hospital and Director of the Chiari Center of Excellence, where he is focused on the development of the understanding and treatment of deformity induced injury to the brainstem and spinal cord in Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Dr. Henderson developed intellectual property for three inventions relating to spinal radiosurgery and spinal cancer, including the TPS® -Telescopic Plate Spacer- a vertebral replacement device for metastatic disease and was Principal Investigator in the translational development of a radio-sensitizing drug, and a drug to block the malignant invasiveness of Glioblastoma Multiforme. He is an inventor of 11 devices and concepts relating to disorders of the brainstem and spinal cord, and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and given over 120 invited lectures with a focus on craniocervical disorders, Chiari malformation, cancer, radiosurgery and unusual problems of the spine "We are excited to have both Mr. Sonnenreich and Mr. Henderson in the Board. Their vast experience and expertise will definitely guide the company into the successful future," said Zachariah Mathews, President and CEO of Wi2Wi. "The Board expresses its profound appreciation to Mr. Daniel Phelan for the business and financial expertise he brought to the board of directors over the past three years and helping the management of the company," said the Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael Sonnenreich. For further information, please contact: Essentially, IoT and M2M describe the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Driven by several factors including the growth in the availability of Broadband Internet, which reduces the cost of connecting, and the related increase in Wi-Fi capabilities as well as sensors built into myriad technologies, this has been described as the "perfect storm" for the IoT. Almost any device with an on and off switch that can be connected to the Internet (and/or to each other) - anything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, cars, as well as machine components in the engine of a jet airplane or the drill of an oil rig. According to analyst firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices. Others think this figure could be too conservative by a factor of four. Wi2Wi is a vertically-integrated technology company which designs, manufactures and markets high performance, low power wireless connectivity solutions, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) modules, and frequency control devices. The Company's products and services address numerous applications in the markets of Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Avionics, Space, and Government Sponsored Projects. Wi2Wi's products and value-added services provide highly integrated, rugged, robust, and reliable multiprotocol wireless actuators with embedded software, along with customized timing and frequency control devices for customers, worldwide. The Company was founded in 2005 and is strategically headquartered in San Jose, California with satellite offices in Middleton, Wisconsin and Hyderabad, India. Wi2Wi's manufacturing operations, its laboratory for reliability and quality control, together with design and engineering for timing and frequency control devices are located in Middleton, WI. The branch office, located in Hyderabad, India, focuses on the development of wireless connectivity; both hardware and software. Wi2Wi's strategic objective is to service the unique needs of each customer by providing end to end wireless integration solutions and highly customizable timing and frequency control devices. Wi2Wi distinguishes itself from commodity grade products, with best in the market performance, highly reliable, low power wireless connectivity products with integrated software that supports broader temperature ranges and a longer product life cycle. Furthermore, Wi2Wi's end to end product solutions helps the customer substantially reduce their end product expense, certification cost, and overall R&D investment, in addition to substantially reducing the time to market. Wi2Wi has partnered with best in class global leaders in technology, manufacturing, and sales. The Company uses a wide network of manufacturer's representatives, worldwide, to promote its products and services, and has partnered with world class distributors for the fulfillment of orders along with direct sales. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including management's assessment of future plans and operations, and the timing thereof, that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the ability to access sufficient capital, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, stock market volatility. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that the Company will derive there from. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com). Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date the statements are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements and if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as required by applicable law. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Wi2Wi Corporation (Wi2Wi or the Company) (TSX-V: YTY), announces that Mr. Daniel Phelan has resigned as a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Michael R. Sonnenreich and Fraser C. Henderson Sr., M.D have joined the Board of Directors and Mr. Sonnenreich was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Sonnenreich is a lawyer and a philanthropist and has extensive management experiences in various industries; Technology, Pharmaceutical and Global Marketing. He is an active stake holder and advisor to several national and international companies. Currently, Mr. Sonnenreich is the Chairman of the Board of Kikaku America International, and Vice Chairman of PharMa International Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Madrid, Spain, and Harvard University Law School. In the past twelve years Mr. Sonnenreich has served as a board member and trustee of numerous important companies and universities, including Williams Creek Explorations, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Wi2Wi, San Jose, California; Tyhee Development Corp. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Les Aliments SoYummi, Inc., Montreal, Canada; the ABD American Capital Market Funds; the Integra Fund; Continental Steel Inc.; Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd. (now Promis Neurosciences), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Scientific American; and Medical Tribune International. Mr. Sonnenreich has had long-term involvement with many nonprofit institutions. These include the Washington National Opera (President 1996-98; 2002-2006); D.C. Jazz Festival (Chairman, 2010-2014); Sackler/Freer Galleries of Art (Smithsonian Institution), D.C.; Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Mayoral Appointment as Commissioner, 2008-2011); the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; the New England Conservatory of Music; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation; the University of Virginia Art Museum; Clark University; the Maret School; and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Mr. Sonnenreich served as President of the National Coordinating Council on Drug Education. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Washingtonian by the University Club of Washington, D.C. He previously served in government in the Department of Justice and was appointed Executive Director of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. Dr. Henderson is a world renowned Board-certified Neurological Surgeon and a retired US Navy Commander. He has received both his bachelor's and Medical degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia. He completed his fellowship in Craniospinal surgery under Professor Alan Crockard at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. As Part of his active duty obligations; Dr. Henderson was the Director of Spine at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and was Brigade Neurosurgeon for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the 1st Gulf War. Finishing his tour with the US Navy, Commander Henderson joined Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. as Director of Neurosurgery of the Spine and Cranio-cervical Junction. He was Co-Director of the Lombardi Neuro-Oncology Division, Co-Director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center, and Medical Director of the Neuroscience Nursing Units. He was Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Georgetown University, where he was active in advancing CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of chordoma and other complex spinal tumors. He is the Director of Neurosurgery at Doctors Hospital and Director of the Chiari Center of Excellence, where he is focused on the development of the understanding and treatment of deformity induced injury to the brainstem and spinal cord in Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Dr. Henderson developed intellectual property for three inventions relating to spinal radiosurgery and spinal cancer, including the TPS® -Telescopic Plate Spacer- a vertebral replacement device for metastatic disease and was Principal Investigator in the translational development of a radio-sensitizing drug, and a drug to block the malignant invasiveness of Glioblastoma Multiforme. He is an inventor of 11 devices and concepts relating to disorders of the brainstem and spinal cord, and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and given over 120 invited lectures with a focus on craniocervical disorders, Chiari malformation, cancer, radiosurgery and unusual problems of the spine "We are excited to have both Mr. Sonnenreich and Mr. Henderson in the Board. Their vast experience and expertise will definitely guide the company into the successful future," said Zachariah Mathews, President and CEO of Wi2Wi. "The Board expresses its profound appreciation to Mr. Daniel Phelan for the business and financial expertise he brought to the board of directors over the past three years and helping the management of the company," said the Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael Sonnenreich. For further information, please contact: Essentially, IoT and M2M describe the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Driven by several factors including the growth in the availability of Broadband Internet, which reduces the cost of connecting, and the related increase in Wi-Fi capabilities as well as sensors built into myriad technologies, this has been described as the "perfect storm" for the IoT. Almost any device with an on and off switch that can be connected to the Internet (and/or to each other) - anything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, cars, as well as machine components in the engine of a jet airplane or the drill of an oil rig. According to analyst firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices. Others think this figure could be too conservative by a factor of four. Wi2Wi is a vertically-integrated technology company which designs, manufactures and markets high performance, low power wireless connectivity solutions, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) modules, and frequency control devices. The Company's products and services address numerous applications in the markets of Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Avionics, Space, and Government Sponsored Projects. Wi2Wi's products and value-added services provide highly integrated, rugged, robust, and reliable multiprotocol wireless actuators with embedded software, along with customized timing and frequency control devices for customers, worldwide. The Company was founded in 2005 and is strategically headquartered in San Jose, California with satellite offices in Middleton, Wisconsin and Hyderabad, India. Wi2Wi's manufacturing operations, its laboratory for reliability and quality control, together with design and engineering for timing and frequency control devices are located in Middleton, WI. The branch office, located in Hyderabad, India, focuses on the development of wireless connectivity; both hardware and software. Wi2Wi's strategic objective is to service the unique needs of each customer by providing end to end wireless integration solutions and highly customizable timing and frequency control devices. Wi2Wi distinguishes itself from commodity grade products, with best in the market performance, highly reliable, low power wireless connectivity products with integrated software that supports broader temperature ranges and a longer product life cycle. Furthermore, Wi2Wi's end to end product solutions helps the customer substantially reduce their end product expense, certification cost, and overall R&D investment, in addition to substantially reducing the time to market. Wi2Wi has partnered with best in class global leaders in technology, manufacturing, and sales. The Company uses a wide network of manufacturer's representatives, worldwide, to promote its products and services, and has partnered with world class distributors for the fulfillment of orders along with direct sales. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including management's assessment of future plans and operations, and the timing thereof, that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the ability to access sufficient capital, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, stock market volatility. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that the Company will derive there from. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com). Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date the statements are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements and if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as required by applicable law. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


Wu T.,Rutgers University | Polatkan G.,Twitter | Steel D.,North Carolina Museum of Art | Brown W.,North Carolina Museum of Art | And 2 more authors.
2013 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2013 - Proceedings | Year: 2013

In this paper, computer-based techniques for stylistic analysis of paintings are applied to the five panels of the 14th century Peruzzi Altarpiece by Giotto di Bondone. Features are extracted by combining a dual-tree complex wavelet transform with a hidden Markov tree (HMT) model. Hierarchical clustering is used to identify stylistic keywords in image patches, and keyword frequencies are calculated for sub-images that each contains many patches. A generative hierarchical Bayesian model learns stylistic patterns of keywords; these patterns are then used to characterize the styles of the sub-images; this in turn, permits to discriminate between paintings. Results suggest that such unsupervised probabilistic topic models can be useful to distill characteristic elements of style. © 2013 IEEE.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

As you drive along Blue Ridge Road in northwest Raleigh, nearly 800 feet of hand-weathered steel blades slice through taut sloped lawns to mark your entry to the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Beyond the steel entry, a towering red metal sculpture draws your eye up and invites you into the newly expanded Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The iconic abstract steel piece is "Ulalu," one of two newly installed sculptures by internationally renowned artist Mark di Suvero, perhaps best known for his work at Storm King in New York. The two di Suvero sculptures, "Ulalu" and "No Fuss," were installed in December at NCMA's newly transformed 164-acre Museum Park. Designed by Denver-based urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas, the park expansion presents a new public identity for the Museum, distinguishing it as a regional cultural destination – and recently won a SPACE Award from Triangle Business Journal. Created with an extraordinary attention to craftsmanship, the Civitas design extroverts the museum experience into the landscape, and transcends traditional sculpture parks, connecting people, art and nature in fresh ways. Park features reimagine the quality of the Museum’s interior galleries outdoors, including such carefully articulated elements as the 600-foot elegantly curving ipe-wood bench that surrounds the manicured central lawn known as the Ellipse – and the appeal of a gathering of red umbrellas atop tables and chairs at the apex of the site, with distant views of the rolling meadow and hardwood forests. But the beauty is far from static: in November, five giant inflated and illuminated rabbits – a temporary installation of Australian artist Amanda Parer’s "Intrude" – arrived on the Ellipse, the focus of 12 days of lively events from yoga to “Hoppy Hours.” Two permanent installations,"Ernest" and "Ruth," cartoon speech bubble-shaped sculptures by Hank Willis Thomas, welcome visitors to sit and interact with the art and each other. To facilitate that mix of art viewing and participation, Civitas helped to reimagine the NCMA’s Park as a framework of formal and informal environments that “invite a variety of experience and engagement of all the senses,” says Civitas founding president Mark Johnson. In the Wave Garden, 20 mounded contemporary gardens planted with more than 150,000 plants create flowing color and texture interlaced with paths and benches. A broad Promenade reveals the surrounding North Carolina landscape as an ever-changing art gallery. Two lawns flanked by 10 raised and tilted gardens – the Parterre Lawn and Gardens – provide installation and event space connecting the Wave Garden and Ellipse to Blue Ridge Road, and tree-lined parking and a new entrance update the Museum’s street face, the whole working to unify the 164-acre campus. The purpose of the series of new spaces remains open-ended by design. “By giving definition to the Park, we enable new programs, art events and public and private gatherings where the Museum community can invent new ways of rethinking what an art museum can mean to them,” says Johnson. In turn, that activation serves as a draw for new and different audiences at a time when museums “are looking for paths to stay relevant in the age of info-distraction,” says Dan Gottlieb, NCMA director of planning, design and the Museum Park, who led the $13 million project for the Museum. “We are turning the ‘museum’ inside-out,” Gottlieb says, explaining that the Park and NCMA campus design “is guided by a philosophy that a public museum can move beyond the traditional boundaries of collection, preservation and presentation of art” – a philosophy that includes fostering community interaction and public health. The forward-looking approach also encompasses environmental sustainability – and social healing for a landscape with a grim history that includes incarnations as a youth detention center and state prison farm. The new Park intentionally integrates a brick smokestack from the former prison as a historical icon of the site’s transformation. “Moving the Museum into nature provides a memorable and ever-changing means of connecting to art and culture, as well as a social experience that resonates in today’s world,” Johnson says. And the more than 25,000 people who visited during the November events surrounding the "Intrude" installation give credence to the idea – including with in-the-moment posts on social media as simple as one visitor’s tweet stating, “This feels like home.” The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films and concerts. The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. About Civitas: Founded in 1984 with the core purpose of “creating healthier cities,” Denver-based Civitas, Inc., is an idea-based practice of urban designers, architects and landscape architects engaged in strategic planning for urban change and project design for built works. A consultancy and a design studio, Civitas advises on a wide range of strategies for re-imagining urban life and places, working in U.S. cities coast to coast and around the world. For additional information visit civitasinc.com.


Yin R.,Duke University | Dunson D.,Duke University | Cornelis B.,Free University of Brussels | Brown B.,North Carolina Museum of Art | And 2 more authors.
2014 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2014 | Year: 2014

We introduce an algorithm that removes the deleterious effect of cradling on X-ray images of paintings on wooden panels. The algorithm consists of a three stage procedure. Firstly, the cradled regions are located automatically. The second step consists of separating the X-ray image into a textural and image component. In the last step the algorithm learns to distinguish between the texture caused by the wooden cradle and the texture belonging to the original painted wooden panel. The results obtained with our method are compared with those obtained manually by best current practice. © 2014 IEEE.


Yang H.,Stanford University | Lu J.,Duke University | Brown W.P.,North Carolina Museum of Art | Daubechies I.,Duke University | Ying L.,Stanford University
IEEE Signal Processing Magazine | Year: 2015

Quantitative canvas weave analysis has many applications in art investigations of paintings, including dating, forensics, and canvas rollmate identification [1]?[3]. Traditionally, canvas analysis is based on X-radiographs. Prior to serving as a painting canvas, a piece of fabric is coated with a priming agent; smoothing its surface makes this layer thicker between and thinner right on top of weave threads. These variations affect the X-ray absorption, making the weave pattern stand out in X-ray images of the finished painting. To characterize this pattern, it is customary to visually inspect small areas within the X-radiograph and count the number of horizontal and vertical weave threads; averages of these then estimate the overall canvas weave density. The tedium of this process typically limits its practice to just a few sample regions of the canvas. In addition, it does not capture more subtle information beyond weave density, such as thread angles or variations in the weave pattern. Signal processing techniques applied to art investigation are now increasingly used to develop computer-assisted canvas weave analysis tools. © 1991-2012 IEEE.


Villafana T.E.,Duke University | Brown W.,North Carolina Museum of Art | Warren W.S.,Duke University | Fischer M.,Duke University
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2015

We demonstrate that ultrafast pump-probe microscopy provides unique dynamics for natural iron oxide and iron hydroxide earth pigments, despite their chemical similarity. First, we conducted a pump-probe spectroscopy study on heat-treated hematite (the pure red iron oxide mineral) and found the pump-probe dynamics to be temperature dependent. Second, we investigated pottery fired under known conditions and observed firing dependent pump-probe dynamics. Finally, we imaged a New World potshard from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Our results indicate that pump-probe microscopy could be a useful tool in elucidating pottery manufacture. © 2015 SPIE.

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