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Eric J. Fimbel

Kukenan, Gran Sabana, Venezuela.

Nature is a wonderful engineer.




Data sets and results

certainty in categorical judgment of size (2005-2008)

pseudo-pitch and unvoiced sounds (2005-2006)

dysarthric speech (2006-2007)

tower of London (2005-2009)

skilled computer users (2004-2009)

Free software

QtoNum (2013). Calculator for qualitative values, intervals and numbers with arbitrary precision.

Basic Lab Book (2007 2011). Software for scientists and engineers ( Basic Bookcase , Basic Experimenter, Basic Key LoggerBasic Note Tagger,  Python Standalone)

Edit-distance (zip, 280kb) (2002-2004) Computes the edit-distance between sequences of symbols. Status: stable beta version in C ANSI, compilable in visual C++ 6.0.

related publication: edit-distance and Chaitin-Kolmogorov-difference (see below).

applications: compare trajectories in labyrinths in: Caron, M-J., Mottron, L., Rainville, C., Chouinard, C. (2004) Do high functioning persons with autism present superior spatial abilities? Neuropsychologia, 42(4), 467-481.

Qualitative pattern matching (zip, 610 kb) (2003-2004) Detects qualitative patterns in time series (threshold crossings, on series and derivatives). Status: stable beta version in C ANSI, compilable in visual C++ 6.0

related publication: Event identification in movement recordings by means of qualitative patterns (see below)

applications: quantify jerk events in rapid wrist movements in: Automatic detection of movement disorders using recordings of rapid alternating movements (see below). Quantify irregularity in rapid 2D movement in: Movement irregularities in atypical parkinsonian syndromes (see below).

Publications (2000 - 2013) 

Articles in journals

Fimbel, E.J., Lauzon, S., Rainville, C. (2009) Performance of Humans vs. Exploration Algorithms on the Tower of London Test. PLoS ONE 4(9): e7263. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007263 download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J., Michaud, R., Martin, M. (2009) Certainty in Categorical Judgment of Size. PLoS ONE, 4(7), e6198. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006198 download draft (pdf)

Philibert, M., Richer, F., Blanchet, P.J., Chouinard, S., Dubarry, A-S., Fimbel, E. (2008) Movement irregularities in atypical parkinsonian syndromes. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. In press doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2008.11.004 download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J. & Arguin, M. (2007) Myocontrol in aging. Plos One 2(11), e1219. doi: 10 1371/journal.pone.0001219 (available at www.plosone.org/doi/pone.0001219) download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J., Lemay, M. & Arguin, M. (2006) Speed-Accuracy Tradeoffs in Myo-Control. Human Movement Science, 25(2), 165-180. download draft (pdf)

Lemay, M., Fimbel, E., Beuter, A., Chouinard, S. Richer, F. (2005) Sensorimotor mapping affects movement correction deficits in early Huntington’s disease. Experimental Brain Research, 165, 454-460. download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E., Perez Domingo, P., Lamoureux, D. & Beuter A. (2005) Automatic detection of movement disorders using recordings of rapid alternating movements. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 146(2), 183-190. download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E., Dubarry, A-S., Philibert, M., Beuter, A. (2003) Event identification in movement recordings by means of qualitative patterns. Journal of Neuroinformatics 1(3). 239-258. download draft (pdf)

Articles in conferences

Hoffmann, U., Fimbel, E., Keller, T. (2009) Brain-computer interface based on high frequency steady-state visual evoked potentials: A feasibility study. In proceedings of IEEE Neural Engineering Conference, 29 Apr - 2 May, 2009, Antalya, Turkey. download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J. (2008) Myocontrol in aging: impact on assistive technology. In proceedings of ISG'08, Pisa, Italy, June 4-7, 2008.  download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J., Lemieux, M.(2007) Pseudo-pitch and distorted words: an interface modality for dysarthric users. In proceedings of AAATE'07, 9-th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe, San Sebastian, Spain, October 3-5, 2007, 357-362. download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E.J., Abiza, R.(2006) Tracking the pseudo-pitch of unvoiced sounds: a hand-free interface modality for disabled users. in procs. of IEEE ISIE'06 Conference, Montréal, July 2006, (1), 553-558. download draft (pdf)

Fimbel, E. (2000) Linguistic Approximation and Semantic Adjustment in the Modeling Process. in R. Loganantharaj, G. Palm, M. Ali editors, Intelligent Problem Solving- Methodologies and Approaches, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 284-289. (proceedings of IEA-AIE'2000 conference, New Orleans). download draft (pdf)

Abstracts in conferences

Philibert, M., Richer, F. Blanchet, P., Chouinard, S., Dubarry, A-S., & Fimbel, E. (2004) Deficits in rapid movements are different in atypical parkinsonian syndromes and Parkinson’s disease . in Brain and Cognition, TENNET'04 abstracts, 57(3), 285-285.

Philibert, M., Richer, F. Blanchet, P., Chouinard, S., Dubarry, A-S., & Fimbel, E. (2004) L'irrégularité des mouvements rapides dans les syndrômes parkinsoniens. in Procs. ACFAS'04, Montréal, Canada.

Fimbel, E., Arguin, M. (2004) Control of EMG signals for computer-based communication systems. Restaurative Neurology and Neurosci. 21(5,6), Procs.Restauracion Neurologica '04, La Habana, Cuba, 236.

Lemay, M., Teulings, H.L., Fimbel, E., Richer, F. (2004). Control of a continuous movement in early Huntington's disease. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 30, 2004.

Fimbel, E., Ramirez Hoyo, D., Robert, F., Arguin, M. (2003) Interfaces EMG pour la communication assistée par ordinateur. In procs. SLAN'03, Montréal, Canada, 36.

In books 

Descarries, L. & Fimbel, E. (2004). Neuromodulation. In G. Adelman & B.H. Smith, Eds. Encyclopedia of Neurosciences, 3rd Edition. Elsevier. Available on CD. download draft (pdf)

Technical reports

Fimbel, E.J. (2013). QtoNum: from Qualitative values to NUMbers with arbitrary precision. 31p. Available at https://sites.google.com/site/basiclabbook/qtonum. download report (pdf).

Fimbel, E. (2002). Edit distance and Chaitin-Kolmogorov difference. Technical report RT2001-001, École de Technologie Supérieure. 37 p. download report (pdf)

Fimbel, E. (2002). An algebra for qualitative modeling. Technical report RT020205, Département de génie électrique, École de Technologie Supérieure. 19 p. download report (pdf)

Fimbel, E. (2002). Qualitative comparisons. Technical report RT020206, Département de génie électrique, École de Technologie Supérieure. 19 p. download report (pdf)

Fimbel, E. (2002). Statistical properties of random qualitative simulations with infinitesimal and uncertain values. Technical report RT020408, Département de génie électrique, École de Technologie Supérieure. 29 p. download report (pdf)

Patents (1987 - 2010)

Fimbel E., Keller T., System for Delivering and Presenting a Message within a Network PCT/EP2008/059320, P/N WO2010006647A1, January 21, 2010. (EF: inventor) download (pdf)

Zabaleta, H. Keller, T., Fimbel, E. Method to Detect Physical Blocking Episodes on an Individual Activity. PCT/EP2007/064613, P/N WO2009083032A1 July 9, 2009 (EF: minor participation to invention) download (pdf)

Carrascosa de Mena, R. Puerta Blindada con Lamina Corrugada Interna, P/N 1998-002567 (Venezuela), November 13, 1998 (EF: inventor)

Carrascosa de Mena, R. Sistema Informatizado de Captura de Fotos en Ambientes Bancarios, P/N 1996-001533 (Venezuela), September, 1996 (EF: co-inventor)

Fimbel, E. Clé d'établi réglable (Adjustable Bench Spanner) P/N FR2594063A1 (France), August 14, 1987 (EF: inventor) download (pdf)

Politically incorrect

Lies and  cheating make lousy Science. But...

Justice lies and cheats. Laws encourage lies and cheating.

quebec + divorce = 1822 lies (blog)

For some of us, Justice and Laws are unnecessary evils.

Joe Stack's Manifest (pdf). Plane suicide on Feb 18 2010, Austin Texas. For the Sake of Law and Tax.

Justice and Law promote censorship. 

I have been censored 2 times in 2 months. One case is comic: the Turkish government censors google sites. During a conference (WCN 2010, Turkey), I could not present one of these pages (Tower of London)

The other case is pathetic: I hanged the videos of a false complaint for sexual abuse (from my ex-son) on Youtube. Anybody should know about false complaints.  After a mail from Police de Montreal, the videos have been removed...  and my blog deindexed. Here is the direct link, maybe the videos are still there.