Translational Research

APD Colony Counter App: Using Watershed Algorithm for improved colony counting

Published date : 09 Aug 2016

The counting of colonies to quantitate bacteria is an important process in labs for research, clinical diagnosis, and environmental monitoring e.g. in water. Generally counted manually, progress in technology has automated the process through colony counters that can be purchased but can be costly. While efficient, there remains also a challenge correctly detecting clustered colonies compromising inaccurate counts. Leveraging on the smartphone camera, we developed an app that processes images of colony plates and automatically counts them.

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Nature Methods Application Notes 2016
Impact Factor
32.072

An overview of clinically and healthcare related apps in Google and Apple app stores: connecting patients, drugs, and clinicians

Published date : 19 Jul 2016

Successful clinical outcomes involve both clinician and patient factors such as good decision making, accurate diagnosis, patient compliance, effective monitoring of the condition, and accurate interpretation of clinical results. With a general trend in healthcare towards personalized medicine, the smartphone holds great potential to play a role in personalized care and aid in the above mentioned factors. Through the use of apps, the increasingly powerful smartphone may be a useful aid in the healthcare and clinical industries.

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Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016 2:8 DOI: 10.1186/s41070-016-0012-7

The world of biomedical apps: their uses, limitations, and potential

Published date : 19 Jul 2016

Many significant biomedical discoveries of old were made in the private property of famous scientists e.g. Leeuwenhoek and Archimedes. Today, discoveries are made in brightly-lit, hi-tech, ergonomic buildings that house research institutes. While such development is advantageous in many aspects, the spatial restriction of research into well-organized structures may delay and limit the spontaneity necessary for discoveries.

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Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016 2:6 DOI: 10.1186/s41070-016-0009-2

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

Published date : 02 Jun 2016

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.

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Electrophoresis 2016, 10.1002/elps.201600197
Impact Factor
2.482

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

Published date : 02 Jun 2016

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.

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Electrophoresis 2016, 10.1002/elps.201600197
Impact Factor
3.028

VibraTilt: Accelerometer & Gyroscope measurement app

Published date : 18 Apr 2016

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.

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Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016, 2:5, doi: 10.1186/s41070-016-0008-3

DNA2App: Mobile sequence analyser

Published date : 02 Apr 2016

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.

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Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 2016 2:2, doi: 10.1186/s41070-016-0004-7

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

Published date : 21 Mar 2016

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.

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Psychology of Music, March 21 2016, Pg. 1 - 8, doi:10.1177/0305735616636209
Impact Factor
2.173