International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology

International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology (AUSMT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in the fields of automation and smart technology. Currently, the journal is abstracted in INSPEC and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). The research areas of the journal include but are not limited to the fields of mechatronics, automation, ambient Intelligence, sensor networks, human-computer interfaces, and robotics. These technologies should be developed with the major purpose to increase the quality of life as well as to work towards environmental, economic and social sustainability for future generations.
This international journal endeavors to provide a worldwide forum for the dynamic exchange of ideas and findings from research of different disciplines from around the world. Also, AUSMT actively seeks to encourage interaction and cooperation between academia and industry along the fields of automation and smart technology.


Announcements

 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Editor’s Choice in AUSMT 2014 June Issue

 

The highlight of the latest issue selected by our Guest Editor, Prof. Che-Hsin Lin, is the paper titled as Label-free Live and Dead Cell Separation Method Using a High-Efficiency Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Force-based Microfluidic Platform”.

 

PAPER INFORMATION

 

Song-Bin Huang, Shing-Lun Liu, Jian-Ting Li, Min-Hsien Wu, Label-free Live and Dead Cell Separation Method Using a High-Efficiency Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Force-based Microfluidic Platform,” vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 83-91, 2014 (doi:10.5875/ausmt.v4i2.302)

 

ABSTRACT

This study reports an optically-induced dielectrophoretic (ODEP) force-based microfluidic platform for live and dead cell separation and collection. ODEP forces are used to separate the live and dead cells due to their opposite responses to an ODEP force. Combining the flow control in a microfluidic system, the live and dead cells can be separated and subsequently collected in an efficient and effective manner. The operating conditions of the ODEP force for manipulating the live and dead chondrocytes is characterized, and separation performance is experimentally evaluated. Results revealed that an applied voltage of 8 V resulted in a maximum difference of manipulation force for the live (49.4 pN) and dead (-20.1 pN) cells. Results of further separation experiments showed that the recovery rate and purity of the isolated live cells was as high as 78.3±6.8 % and 96.4 ±2.2 %, respectively. Overall, the proposed method is found to be particularly valuable for biological research which requires the isolation of highly pure live or dead cells.

 
Posted: 2014-07-03
 

New Issue Published: New Issue of AUSMT Published Online

 
New issue of International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology (AUSMT) has now been published online. To view the issue and access the 8 articles,  just visit the table of contents at http://www.ausmt.org/index.php/AUSMT/issue/view/12/showToc.  
Posted: 2014-05-30
 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Editor’s Choice in AUSMT 2014 March Issue

The highlights of the latest issue selected by our Guest Editor, Dr. Chi-Hung Hwang, are the papers titled as “Simultaneous Hand-Eye-Workspace and Camera Calibration using Laser Beam Projection” and “Frequency-based Vehicle Idling Detection”.

PAPER INFORMATION

Jwu-Sheng Hu and Yung-Jung Chang, “Simultaneous Hand-Eye-Workspace and Camera Calibration using Laser Beam Projection,” vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 27-42, 2014 (doi:10.5875/ausmt.v4i1.205)

ABSTRACT

This work presents a novel calibration technique capable of simultaneously calibrating a camera’s intrinsic parameters and hand-eye-workspace relations. In addition to relaxing the requirement of a precise calibration reference to achieve manipulator accuracy, the proposed method functions when the hand is not in the view field of the eye. The calibration method uses a laser pointer mounted on the hand to project laser beams onto a planar object, which serves as the working plane. Collected laser spot images must adhere to certain nonlinear constraints established by each hand pose and the corresponding plane-laser intersection. This work also introduces calibration methods for two cases using single and multiple planes. A multistage closed-form solution is derived and serves as the initial guess to the nonlinear optimization procedure that minimizes errors globally, allowing the proposed calibration method to function without manual intervention. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by comparison with existing hand-eye calibration methods via simulation and experiments using an industrial manipulator.

PAPER INFORMATION

Kai-Chao Yang, Chih-Ting Kuo, Chun-Yu Chen, Chih-Chyau Yang, Chien-Ming Wu, and Chun-Ming Wang, “Frequency-based Vehicle Idling Detection,” vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 55-61, 2014 (doi:10.5875/ausmt.v4i1.399)

ABSTRACT

Continuous increases in fuel prices and environmental awareness have raised the importance of reducing vehicle emissions, with many national governments passing anti-idling laws. To reduce air pollution and fuel consumption, we propose a frequency-based vehicle idling detection method to remind drivers to turn off the engine vehicle idling exceeds a certain time threshold. The method is implemented in existing handheld devices without any modification to the car or engine, making the solution cheap and simple to implement in any type of motor vehicle. Experimental results show the proposed method can effectively differentiate idling, engine-off, and moving conditions. Two implementation cases are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and performance of the proposed method.

 

 
Posted: 2014-03-26 More...
 
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Vol 4, No 2 (2014)

Table of Contents

Trends

The Trend towards “Smart Cities” PDF HTML
Chien-Chu Chen 63-66

*Intelligent Automation Technology

Analysis of Magnetic Assisted Assembly of Meso-Scale Parts PDF HTML
Hong-Hua Ko, Dung-An Wang 67-76
A Magnetic Micropump Based on Ferrofluidic Actuation PDF HTML
Lung-Ming Fu, Wei-Ching Fang, Ting-Fu Hong, Chia-Yen Lee 77-82

*Optomechatronic Modules and Systems

Label-free Live and Dead Cell Separation Method Using a High-Efficiency Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Force-based Microfluidic Platform PDF HTML
Song-Bin Huang, Shing-Lun Liu, Jian-Ting Li, Min-Hsien Wu 83-91
An Effective Power Management Circuit system for Energy Harvesting Applications PDF HTML
Chun-Chang Wu, Yu-Jie Huang, Yi-Cheng Chiou, Yu-Hao Chen, Shey-Shi Lu 93-98
Solar Battery Charger in CMOS 0.25 um Technology PDF HTML
Tao Wang, Chang-Ching Huang, Tian-Jen Wang 99-103

*Robotics, Intelligent Devices and Systems

Fabrication Suspended High-Aspect-Ratio Parylene Structures for Large Displacement Requirements PDF HTML
Wen-Cheng Kuo, Chen-Wei Chen 105-112
A Conceptual Atomic Force Microscope using LEGO for Nanoscience Education PDF HTML
Tsung-Han Hsieh, Yu-Chi Tsai, Chih-Jan Kao, Yin-Min Chang, Yen-Wen Lu 113-121


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