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A framework for learning biped locomotion with dynamic movement primitives

Nakanishi, J., Morimoto, J., Endo, G., Cheng, G., Schaal, S., Kawato, M.

In IEEE-RAS/RSJ International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2004), IEEE, Los Angeles, CA: Nov.10-12, Santa Monica, CA, 2004, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
This article summarizes our framework for learning biped locomotion using dynamical movement primitives based on nonlinear oscillators. Our ultimate goal is to establish a design principle of a controller in order to achieve natural human-like locomotion. We suggest dynamical movement primitives as a central pattern generator (CPG) of a biped robot, an approach we have previously proposed for learning and encoding complex human movements. Demonstrated trajectories are learned through movement primitives by locally weighted regression, and the frequency of the learned trajectories is adjusted automatically by a frequency adaptation algorithm based on phase resetting and entrainment of coupled oscillators. Numerical simulations and experimental implementation on a physical robot demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed locomotion controller. Furthermore, we demonstrate that phase resetting contributes to robustness against external perturbations and environmental changes by numerical simulations and experiments.

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Learning Motor Primitives with Reinforcement Learning

Peters, J., Schaal, S.

In Proceedings of the 11th Joint Symposium on Neural Computation, http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechJSNC:2004.poster020, 2004, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
One of the major challenges in action generation for robotics and in the understanding of human motor control is to learn the "building blocks of move- ment generation," or more precisely, motor primitives. Recently, Ijspeert et al. [1, 2] suggested a novel framework how to use nonlinear dynamical systems as motor primitives. While a lot of progress has been made in teaching these mo- tor primitives using supervised or imitation learning, the self-improvement by interaction of the system with the environment remains a challenging problem. In this poster, we evaluate different reinforcement learning approaches can be used in order to improve the performance of motor primitives. For pursuing this goal, we highlight the difficulties with current reinforcement learning methods, and line out how these lead to a novel algorithm which is based on natural policy gradients [3]. We compare this algorithm to previous reinforcement learning algorithms in the context of dynamic motor primitive learning, and show that it outperforms these by at least an order of magnitude. We demonstrate the efficiency of the resulting reinforcement learning method for creating complex behaviors for automous robotics. The studied behaviors will include both discrete, finite tasks such as baseball swings, as well as complex rhythmic patterns as they occur in biped locomotion

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Atomic force microscope probe based controlled pushing for nanotribological characterization

Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Transactions on mechatronics, 9(2):343-349, IEEE, 2004 (article)

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Dynamic behavior and simulation of nanoparticle sliding during nanoprobe-based positioning

Tafazzoli, A., Sitti, M.

In Proc. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference, 19, pages: 32, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Effective exchange interaction in a quasi-two-dimensional self-assembled nanoparticle array

Wiedwald, U., Cerchez, M., Farle, M., Fauth, K., Schütz, G., Zürn, K., Boyen, H., Ziemann, P.

{Physical Review B}, 70, 2004 (article)

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How well does total electron yield measure x-ray absorption in nanoparticles?

Fauth, K.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 85(15):3271-3273, 2004 (article)

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Ordering and magnetism in Fe-Co: Dense sequence of ground-state structures

Drautz, R., Diaz-Ortiz, A., Fähnle, M., Dosch, H.

{Physical Review Letters}, 93(6), 2004 (article)

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Thermal reversal of elongated ferromagnetic particles misoriented to the applied field

Goll, D., Bertram, H. N.

{IEEE Transactions on Magnetics}, 40(4):2416-2418, 2004 (article)

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Anisotropy of the orbital moments and the magnetic dipole term Tz in CrO2: An ab-initio study

Komelj, M., Ederer, C., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 69, 2004 (article)

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Imaging sub-ns spin dynamics in magnetic nanostructures with magnetic transmission X-ray microscopy

Fischer, P., Stoll, H., Puzic, A., Van Waeyenberge, B., Raabe, J., Haug, T., Denbeaux, G., Pearson, A., Höllinger, R., Back, C. H., Weiss, D., Schütz, G.

In Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, 705, pages: 1291-1294, AIP Conference Proceedings, American Institute of Physics, San Francisco, California (USA), 2004 (inproceedings)

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Modern nanostructured high-temperature permanent magnets

Goll, D., Kronmüller, H., Stadelmaier, H. H.

In Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Rare-Earth Magnets and their Applications, pages: 578-583, Laboratoire de Cristallographie/Laboratoire Louis Néel, CNRS, Grenoble, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Existence of transient temperature spike induced by SHI: evidence by ion beam analysis

Avasthi, D. K., Ghosh, S., Srivastava, S. K., Assmann, W.

In 219-220, pages: 206-214, Albuquerque, NM [USA], 2004 (inproceedings)

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Core-shell iron-iron oxide nanoparticles: magnetic properties and interactions

Theil-Kuhn, L., Bojesen, A., Timmermann, L., Fauth, K., Goering, E. J., Johnson, E., Meedom Nielsen, M., Morup, S.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 272-276, pages: 1485-1486, 2004 (article)

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Measurement of very low bulk concentrations (below 1 atppm) of hydrogen using ERDA

Tripathi, A., Kruse, O., Carstanjen, H. D.

{Nuclear Instruments and Methods B}, 219-220, pages: 435-439, 2004 (article)

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Three-dimensional nanoscale manipulation and manufacturing using proximal probes: controlled pulling of polymer micro/nanofibers

Nain, A. S., Amon, C., Sitti, M.

In Mechatronics, 2004. ICM’04. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on, pages: 224-230, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Investigation of the stability of metals on polymers

Amoako, G.

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (mastersthesis)

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Unusual doublet structure in proton magnetic-resonance spectra of yttrium and lutetium trihydrides

Majer, G., Telfah, A., Grinberg, F., Barnes, R. G.

{Physical Review B}, 70(13), 2004 (article)

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Kinetics of primary nanocrystallization in Al-rich metallic glass with quenched-in nuclei

Wang, J. Q., Zhang, H. W., Gu, X. J., Lu, K., Sommer, F., Mittemeijer, E.

{Materials Science and Engineering A}, 375-377, pages: 980-984, 2004 (article)

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3-dimensional Wulff diagrams for \Sigma3 grain boundaries in Cu

Straumal, B., Kucherinenko, Y., Baretzky, B.

{Reviews on Advanced Materials Science}, 7(1):23-31, 2004 (article)

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Flusslinienverankerung in Hochtemperatursupraleitern auf nanostrukturierten Substraten

Brück, S.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (mastersthesis)

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Ionenstreuung mit Monolagen-Tiefenauflösung

Olliges, S.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (mastersthesis)

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First-principles study of the interplay between magnetism and phase equilibria in Fe-Co systems

Diaz-Ortiz, A., Drautz, R., Fähnle, M., Dosch, H.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 272-276, pages: 780-782, 2004 (article)

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Magnetic field optimization of permanent magnet unulators for arbitrary polarization

Bahrdt, J., Frentrup, W., Gaupp, A., Scheer, M., Englisch, U.

{Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A}, 516, pages: 575-585, 2004 (article)

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High-resolution imaging of fast magnetization dynamics in magnetic nanostructures

Stoll, H., Puzic, A., Van Waeyenberge, B., Fischer, P., Raabe, J., Buess, M., Haug, T., Höllinger, R., Back, C., Weiss, D., Denbeaux, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 84, pages: 3328-3330, 2004 (article)

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Comparison of low-temperature magnetic relaxations in two systems GdAl2Dx (C15 Laves phase) and Fe3O4 (Inverse spinel)

Walz, F., Reule, H., Hirscher, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica Status Solidi B}, 241(2):389-400, 2004 (article)

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General relations between many-body potentials and cluster expansions in multi-component systems

Drautz, R., Fähnle, M., Sanchez, J.M.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 16, pages: 3843-3852, 2004 (article)

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Counting individual atom layers in graphite - high-resolution RBS experiments on HOPG (highly ordered pyrolytic graphite)

Srivastava, S. K., Plachke, D., Szökefalvi-Nagy, A., Major, J., Carstanjen, H. D.

{Nuclear Instruments and Methods B}, 219-220, pages: 364-368, 2004 (article)

Abstract
{The paper reports about recent experiments on HOPG (highly oriented pyrolytic graphite) by high-resolution RBS (Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy). By using an ion beam of 1 MeV N+ up to 7 individual monolayers could be identified in the RBS spectrum from such a sample. This is about twice as much as observed by other groups up to now. Since close to the surface the RBS peaks from the individual carbon layers are well separated, various quantities important for the ion-solid interaction can be determined with high precision, such as the stopping power of 1 MeV N ions in graphite and their energy straggling. Close to the surface the RBS peaks are asymmetric which is well explained in the framework of the Landau theory of energy straggling.}

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Feedback error learning and nonlinear adaptive control

Nakanishi, J., Schaal, S.

Neural Networks, 17(10):1453-1465, 2004, clmc (article)

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In this paper, we present our theoretical investigations of the technique of feedback error learning (FEL) from the viewpoint of adaptive control. We first discuss the relationship between FEL and nonlinear adaptive control with adaptive feedback linearization, and show that FEL can be interpreted as a form of nonlinear adaptive control. Second, we present a Lyapunov analysis suggesting that the condition of strictly positive realness (SPR) associated with the tracking error dynamics is a sufficient condition for asymptotic stability of the closed-loop dynamics. Specifically, for a class of second order SISO systems, we show that this condition reduces to KD^2 > KP; where KP and KD are positive position and velocity feedback gains, respectively. Moreover, we provide a ÔpassivityÕ-based stability analysis which suggests that SPR of the tracking error dynamics is a necessary and sufficient condition for asymptotic hyperstability. Thus, the condition KD^2>KP mentioned above is not only a sufficient but also necessary condition to guarantee asymptotic hyperstability of FEL, i.e. the tracking error is bounded and asymptotically converges to zero. As a further point, we explore the adaptive control and FEL framework for feedforward control formulations, and derive an additional sufficient condition for asymptotic stability in the sense of Lyapunov. Finally, we present numerical simulations to illustrate the stability properties of FEL obtained from our mathematical analysis.

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Computational approaches to motor learning by imitation

Schaal, S., Ijspeert, A., Billard, A.

In The Neuroscience of Social Interaction, (1431):199-218, (Editors: Frith, C. D.;Wolpert, D.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004, clmc (inbook)

Abstract
Movement imitation requires a complex set of mechanisms that map an observed movement of a teacher onto one's own movement apparatus. Relevant problems include movement recognition, pose estimation, pose tracking, body correspondence, coordinate transformation from external to egocentric space, matching of observed against previously learned movement, resolution of redundant degrees-of-freedom that are unconstrained by the observation, suitable movement representations for imitation, modularization of motor control, etc. All of these topics by themselves are active research problems in computational and neurobiological sciences, such that their combination into a complete imitation system remains a daunting undertaking - indeed, one could argue that we need to understand the complete perception-action loop. As a strategy to untangle the complexity of imitation, this paper will examine imitation purely from a computational point of view, i.e. we will review statistical and mathematical approaches that have been suggested for tackling parts of the imitation problem, and discuss their merits, disadvantages and underlying principles. Given the focus on action recognition of other contributions in this special issue, this paper will primarily emphasize the motor side of imitation, assuming that a perceptual system has already identified important features of a demonstrated movement and created their corresponding spatial information. Based on the formalization of motor control in terms of control policies and their associated performance criteria, useful taxonomies of imitation learning can be generated that clarify different approaches and future research directions.

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Micro-and nano-scale robotics

Sitti, M.

In American Control Conference, 2004. Proceedings of the 2004, 1, pages: 1-8, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Gecko inspired surface climbing robots

Menon, C., Murphy, M., Sitti, M.

In Robotics and Biomimetics, 2004. ROBIO 2004. IEEE International Conference on, pages: 431-436, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Untersuchungen zum Magnetismus von Clustern und Nanopartikeln und zum Einfluss der Wechselwirkung mit ihrer Umgebung

Fauth, Kai

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, 2004 (phdthesis)

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Micromagnetism and the microstructure of high-temperature permanent magnets

Goll, D., Kronmüller, H., Stadelmaier, H. H.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 96(11):6534-6545, 2004 (article)

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Atomic defects and diffusion in intermetallic compounds with DO3 structure: An ab-initio study

Fähnle, M., Schimmele, L.

{Zeitschrift f\"ur Metallkunde}, 95, pages: 864-869, 2004 (article)

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Cluster surface interactions: Small Fe clusters driven nonmagnetic on graphite

Fauth, K., Gold, S., He\ssler, M., Schütz, G.

{Chemical Physics Letters}, 392(4-6):498-502, 2004 (article)

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\textquotesingleWetting by solid state’grain boundary phase transition in Zn-Al alloys

Straumal, B. B., Khruzhcheva, A. S., Lopez, G. A.

{Reviews on Advanced Materials Science}, 7(1):13-22, 2004 (article)

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Two prototypes of metal adatom configurations on Mo(112): an ab initio study for Li and Co

Singer, R., Drautz, R., Fähnle, M.

{Surface Science}, 559, pages: 241-248, 2004 (article)

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Grain boundary phase transitions and their influence on properties of polycrystals

Straumal, B., Baretzky, B.

{Interface Science}, 12(2-3):147-155, 2004 (article)

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Hard magnetic hollow nanospheres

Goll, D., Berkowitz, A. E., Bertram, H. N.

In Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Rare-Earth Magnets and their Applications, pages: 704-707, Laboratoire de Cristallographie/Laboratoire Louis Neel, CNRS, Grenoble, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Swift heavy ion induced modification of Si/C60 multilayers

Srivastava, S. K., Kabiraj, D., Schattat, B., Carstanjen, H. D., Avasthi, D. K.

{Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B}, 219 - 220, pages: 815-819, 2004 (article)

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Static displacements of Pd in the solid solution PdBy (0\textlessy\textless0.2) as determined by neutron diffraction

Berger, T. G., Leineweber, A., Mittemeijer, E. J., Fischer, P.

{Physica Status Solidi (A)}, 201, pages: 1484-1492, 2004 (article)

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X-MCD magnetometry of CMR perovskites La0.67-yREyCa0.33MnO3

Sikora, M., Kapusta, C., Zajac, D., Tokarz, W., Oates, C. J., Borowiec, M., Rybicki, D., Goering, E. J., Fischer, P., Schütz, G., De Teresa, J. M., Ibarra, M. R.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 272-276, pages: 2148-2150, 2004 (article)

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Critical thicknesses of domain formations in cubic particles and thin films

Kronmüller, H., Goll, D., Hertel, R., Schütz, G.

{Physica B}, 343(1-4):229-235, 2004 (article)

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Effect of Grain Boundary Phase Transitions on the Superplasticity in the Al-Zn System

Lopez, G.A., Straumal, B.B., Gust, W., Mittemeijer, E.J.

In Nanomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation, pages: 642-647, Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2004 (incollection)

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Learning with Kernels: Support Vector Machines, Regularization, Optimization, and Beyond

Schölkopf, B., Smola, A.

pages: 644, Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, December 2002, Parts of this book, including an introduction to kernel methods, can be downloaded here. (book)

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In the 1990s, a new type of learning algorithm was developed, based on results from statistical learning theory: the Support Vector Machine (SVM). This gave rise to a new class of theoretically elegant learning machines that use a central concept of SVMs-kernels—for a number of learning tasks. Kernel machines provide a modular framework that can be adapted to different tasks and domains by the choice of the kernel function and the base algorithm. They are replacing neural networks in a variety of fields, including engineering, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. Learning with Kernels provides an introduction to SVMs and related kernel methods. Although the book begins with the basics, it also includes the latest research. It provides all of the concepts necessary to enable a reader equipped with some basic mathematical knowledge to enter the world of machine learning using theoretically well-founded yet easy-to-use kernel algorithms and to understand and apply the powerful algorithms that have been developed over the last few years.

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Surface-slant-from-texture discrimination: Effects of slant level and texture type

Rosas, P., Wichmann, F., Wagemans, J.

Journal of Vision, 2(7):300, Second Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), November 2002 (poster)

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The problem of surface-slant-from-texture was studied psychophysically by measuring the performances of five human subjects in a slant-discrimination task with a number of different types of textures: uniform lattices, randomly displaced lattices, polka dots, Voronoi tessellations, orthogonal sinusoidal plaid patterns, fractal or 1/f noise, “coherent” noise and a “diffusion-based” texture (leopard skin-like). The results show: (1) Improving performance with larger slants for all textures. (2) A “non-symmetrical” performance around a particular slant characterized by a psychometric function that is steeper in the direction of the more slanted orientation. (3) For sufficiently large slants (66 deg) there are no major differences in performance between any of the different textures. (4) For slants at 26, 37 and 53 degrees, however, there are marked differences between the different textures. (5) The observed differences in performance across textures for slants up to 53 degrees are systematic within subjects, and nearly so across them. This allows a rank-order of textures to be formed according to their “helpfulness” — that is, how easy the discrimination task is when a particular texture is mapped on the surface. Polka dots tended to allow the best slant discrimination performance, noise patterns the worst up to the large slant of 66 degrees at which performance was almost independent of the particular texture chosen. Finally, our large number of 2AFC trials (approximately 2800 trials per texture across subjects) and associated tight confidence intervals may enable us to find out about which statistical properties of the textures could be responsible for surface-slant-from-texture estimation, with the ultimate goal of being able to predict observer performance for any arbitrary texture.

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Modelling Contrast Transfer in Spatial Vision

Wichmann, F.

Journal of Vision, 2(10):7, Second Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), November 2002 (poster)

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Much of our information about spatial vision comes from detection experiments involving low-contrast stimuli. Contrast discrimination experiments provide one way to explore the visual system's response to stimuli of higher contrast, the results of which allow different models of contrast processing (e.g. energy versus gain-control models) to be critically assessed (Wichmann & Henning, 1999). Studies of detection and discrimination using pulse train stimuli in noise, on the other hand, make predictions about the number, position and properties of noise sources within the processing stream (Henning, Bird & Wichmann, 2002). Here I report modelling results combining data from both sinusoidal and pulse train experiments in and without noise to arrive at a more tightly constrained model of early spatial vision.

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Gender Classification of Human Faces

Graf, A., Wichmann, F.

In Biologically Motivated Computer Vision, pages: 1-18, (Editors: Bülthoff, H. H., S.W. Lee, T. A. Poggio and C. Wallraven), Springer, Berlin, Germany, Second International Workshop on Biologically Motivated Computer Vision (BMCV), November 2002 (inproceedings)

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This paper addresses the issue of combining pre-processing methods—dimensionality reduction using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Locally Linear Embedding (LLE)—with Support Vector Machine (SVM) classification for a behaviorally important task in humans: gender classification. A processed version of the MPI head database is used as stimulus set. First, summary statistics of the head database are studied. Subsequently the optimal parameters for LLE and the SVM are sought heuristically. These values are then used to compare the original face database with its processed counterpart and to assess the behavior of a SVM with respect to changes in illumination and perspective of the face images. Overall, PCA was superior in classification performance and allowed linear separability.

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