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Magdalena Skrzypczak, Piotr Łaski, Urszula Czerniak and Witold Kycler

Do chronological age and selected socio-demographic factors affect quality of life in females with breast cancer?

The main aim of this study is to determine whether chronological age and selected socio-demographic factors affect quality of life in females with breast cancer. The sample group consisted of 145 females between 32.0 and 84.4 years of age, after radical surgery treatment, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and undergoing hormonotherapy. The results indicate no significant differences between individuals varied by chronological age, and by place of residence. The time elapsed since the diagnosis was a significant differentiating factor in terms of the self-reported extent of positive emotions, cognitive problems and sexual functioning. Higher educated females were more inclined to social avoidance and more severely affected by fatigue - those with partners more so than single ones. The distress related to the disease and its treatment degrades the patients' quality of life so severely that other factors, such as socio-demographic, chronological age or period since diagnosis, do not play as an important role in a subjective evaluation of quality of life. One needs to be cognizant of the variety of coexisting factors, including psychological and characterological, that contribute to the quality of life evaluation.

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Rafał Jachowicz, Piotr Duch, Maciej Łaski, Sylwester Błaszczyk, Adam Wulkiewicz and Dominik Sankowski

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In this paper a double source images fusion algorithm is presented. Its task is to enhance temperature feature of objects located on the scene. Presented solution is design to be executed in real-time environment. It consists of three stages: in the first part the differences between acquired double source images are examined in order to determine their intersection. Then for each analysed image the contours of all objects located on the scene are determined. This operation is essential to solve disparition issue. In the last stage, based on determined contours and their match coefficient the images are fused. The enhanced temperature feature is displayed on one image acquired from day-light camera.

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Maciej Łaski, Sylwester Błaszczyk, Piotr Duch, Rafał Jachowicz, Adam Wulkiewicz and Dominik Sankowski

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This papers presents a concept of distributed computer control system of mobile platform. This system was designed and implemented at the Institute of Applied Computer Science (formerly the Computer Engineering Department) as a grant: "Autonomous robot for surveillance and mine detection tasks". The main task was to encapsulate the functionality of the system as independent modules. They cover: the physical layer control, acquisition and fusion of data from different sensors, communication between the modules, analysis of image data. Mentioned mechanisms are also designed to perform autonomous behaviors.

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Sylwester Błaszczyk, Adam Wulkiewicz, Piotr Duch, Maciej Łaski, Rafał Jachowicz and Dominik Sankowski

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The authors in this publication present the concept of control system for the console operator to manage mobile robot platform and its components. Implemented functionality provides the ability to set the robot in different modes. The operator can control the state of robot using simple commands, and is also able to carry more complex tasks. The applied layered software architecture and Object-oriented programming (OOP) allows for easy management of software, maintenance, reusability and its further development.

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Adam Wulkiewicz, Maciej Łaski, Sylwester Błaszczyk, Piotr Duch, Rafał Jachowicz and Dominik Sankowski

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Robotic vehicles autonomy is the subject of many researches performed by various institutions. There is growing tendency to conduct research in the field of autonomous mobile units, unmanned vehicles and robots moving without operator supervision. Authors of this article presents the concept of the modularized subsystem implementing the functionality of the mobile platform navigation in an unknown environment. The concept has been implemented in the real mobile robot.