GAN Ken-En Samuel

Optimal processing for gel electrophoresis images: Applying Monte Carlo Tree Search in GelApp

In biomedical research, gel band size estimation in electrophoresis analysis is a routine process. To facilitate and automate this process, numerous software have been released, notably the GelApp mobile app. However, the band detection accuracy is limited due to a band detection algorithm that cannot adapt to the variations in input images. To address this, we used the Monte Carlo Tree Search with Upper Confidence Bound (MCTS-UCB) method to efficiently search for optimal image processing pipelines for the band detection task, thereby improving the image processing algorithm.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Electrophoresis 2016, 10.1002/elps.201600197
Url: 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/elps.201600197/full
Impact Factor: 
3.028
Date of acceptance: 
2016-05-23

VibraTilt: Accelerometer & Gyroscope measurement app

Smartphones doubling up as laboratory equipment are increasingly in demand for convenience and portability. VibraTilt is a free smartphone app with a simple interface on both the iOS and Android operating systems that functions as both an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Leveraging on in-built sensors, the portable accelerometer bubble level can be used in labs to determine the tilt of surfaces.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016, 2:5, doi: 10.1186/s41070-016-0008-3
Url: 
http://scientificphoneapps.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41070-016-0008-3
Date of acceptance: 
2016-04-06

DNA2App: Mobile sequence analyser

Smartphones have changed the convenience of everyday life and promises to facilitate core biomedical research analysis. To materialize this for research, we created DNA2App, a free standalone native Android and iOS mobile application that analyzes nucleic acid and amino acid sequences. Boasting a built-in database of more than 240 restriction sites and the amino acid codon table, the app allows sequences to be reverse complemented, translated in all 3 frames and searched for restriction sites, and their GC content and melting point can be calculated.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016 2:2, doi: 10.1186/s41070-016-0004-7
Url: 
http://scientificphoneapps.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41070-016-0004-7
Date of acceptance: 
2016-01-05

A dearth of apps for psychology: the mind, the phone, and the battery

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016 2:2, doi: 10.1186/s41070-016-0004-7
Url: 
http://scientificphoneapps.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41070-016-0005-6
Date of acceptance: 
2016-01-06

The effects of familiarity and language of background music on working memory and language tasks in Singapore

The effect of background music on learning and academic performance is highly relevant to the everyday lives of millions of students worldwide. To investigate this, we recruited 165 undergraduate students (71 males and 94 females, mean age of 21.87 years) to complete arithmetic, reading comprehension, and word memory tasks while exposed to familiar or unfamiliar, foreign or first language music, and no music. With the task scores as dependent variables, a significant main effect was observed for music familiarity but not for language.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Psychology of Music, March 21 2016, Pg. 1 - 8, doi:10.1177/0305735616636209
Url: 
http://pom.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/19/0305735616636209
Impact Factor: 
2.173
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