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  1. Assessment of the Correlation between Appointment Scheduling and Patient Satisfaction in a Pediatric Dental Setup

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    Amar N. Katre

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The practice of modern pediatric dentistry requires delivery of quality care in combination with adherence to excellent business as well as time management principles. A definite appointment schedule should be presented to the parents on the first or second appointment. More importantly, the prescribed schedule should be followed to the best of the professional abilities of the pediatric dentist. Aims. The aim of the study was to assess the co-relation between appointment scheduling and patient satisfaction in a pediatric dental setup with the objective of understanding the parameters related to appointment scheduling to increase patient satisfaction. Method. A total of 40 patients, who visited the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, YMT Dental College & Hospital, for dental treatment were selected on a random basis. A questionnaire with a set of 6 questions with a rating scale of 1–5 to assess the patient satisfaction related to appointment scheduling was prepared. Results. A significant number of the patients were happy with the existing appointment scheduling system barring a few exceptions.

  2. Assessment of the Correlation between Appointment Scheduling and Patient Satisfaction in a Pediatric Dental Setup

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    Katre, Amar N.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. The practice of modern pediatric dentistry requires delivery of quality care in combination with adherence to excellent business as well as time management principles. A definite appointment schedule should be presented to the parents on the first or second appointment. More importantly, the prescribed schedule should be followed to the best of the professional abilities of the pediatric dentist. Aims. The aim of the study was to assess the co-relation between appointment scheduling and patient satisfaction in a pediatric dental setup with the objective of understanding the parameters related to appointment scheduling to increase patient satisfaction. Method. A total of 40 patients, who visited the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, YMT Dental College & Hospital, for dental treatment were selected on a random basis. A questionnaire with a set of 6 questions with a rating scale of 1–5 to assess the patient satisfaction related to appointment scheduling was prepared. Results. A significant number of the patients were happy with the existing appointment scheduling system barring a few exceptions. PMID:25610464

  3. DISCO An HPSG-based NLP System and its Application for Appointment Scheduling (Project Note)

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    Uszkoreit, H; Busemann, S; Diagne, A K; Hinkelman, E A; Kasper, W; Kiefer, B; Krieger, H U; Netter, K; Neumann, G; Oepen, S; Spackman, S P; Uszkoreit, Hans; Backofen, Rolf; Busemann, Stephan; Diagne, Abdel Kader; Hinkelman, Elizabeth A.; Kasper, Walter; Kiefer, Bernd; Krieger, Hans-Ulrich; Netter, Klaus; Neumann, Guenter; Oepen, Stephan; Spackman, Stephen P.

    1994-01-01

    The natural language system DISCO is described. It combines o a powerful and flexible grammar development system; o linguistic competence for German including morphology, syntax and semantics; o new methods for linguistic performance modelling on the basis of high-level competence grammars; o new methods for modelling multi-agent dialogue competence; o an interesting sample application for appointment scheduling and calendar management.

  4. Dynamic scheduling with due dates and time windows: an application to chemotherapy patient appointment booking.

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    Gocgun, Yasin; Puterman, Martin L

    2014-03-01

    We study a scheduling problem in which arriving patients require appointments at specific future days within a treatment specific time window. This research is motivated by a study of chemotherapy scheduling practices at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (Canada). We formulate this problem as a Markov Decision Process (MDP). Since the resulting MDPs are intractable to exact methods, we employ linear-programming-based Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP) to obtain approximate solutions. Using simulation, we compare the performance of the resulting ADP policies to practical and easy-to-use heuristic decision rules under diverse scenarios. The results indicate that ADP is promising in several scenarios, and that a specific easy-to-use heuristic performs well in the idealized chemotherapy scheduling setting we study.

  5. Waiting time reduction in intravitreal clinics by optimization of appointment scheduling: balancing demand and supply.

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    Ugarte, Marta

    2015-01-01

    This study was designed guided by the Model for Improvement framework to reduce waiting times and visit duration in the intravitreal therapy clinic, while improving patient and staff experience. In our aim to provide good quality, patient-centred care and constantly improve, we optimised the appointment profile and patient flow. We involved a multidisciplinary team (one consultant, junior doctors, staff nurses, technicians, and receptionist), as well as patients and relatives, to try to understand the main delays in the clinic. Process mapping, a fishbone diagram, run charts, together with feedback from patients and staff, provided an insight on the possible roots of the delays experienced by our patients. The results of the inquiry led us to take actions focused on optimising appointment scheduling. After implementing the new scheduling profile (with a gap in the middle of the session), various cycles of plan-do-study-act and a comparative, qualitative study by interviewing 10 patients demonstrated that the waiting times decreased, and patients and staff experience improved.

  6. Grid Patient Appointment Template Design to Improve Scheduling Effectiveness

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    Yu-Li Huang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Current outpatient delivery systems have been problematic in their ability to effectively schedule appointments and grant patients access to care. A better appointment system has demonstrated improvement on these issues. The objective of this study is to develop a grid appointment system to further improve the scheduling flexibility by determining the minimum length of appointment slots that optimizes the total costs of patient waiting, physician idling, and overtime. This minimum length is used for the patient type requiring the least amount of treatment time such as return visit (RV, and multiplications of the minimum length are for patient types with longer treatment such as new patients (NP. The results indicated that the proposed grid system adjusts to demand changes at least 15% more cost-effective when grouping two RVs into an NP or dividing an NP into two RVs compared to the base-line scheduling approaches that build around the mean treatment time.

  7. Grid Patient Appointment Template Design to Improve Scheduling Effectiveness.

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    Huang, Yu-Li; Marcak, Justin

    2015-01-01

    Current outpatient delivery systems have been problematic in their ability to effectively schedule appointments and grant patients access to care. A better appointment system has demonstrated improvement on these issues. The objective of this study is to develop a grid appointment system to further improve the scheduling flexibility by determining the minimum length of appointment slots that optimizes the total costs of patient waiting, physician idling, and overtime. This minimum length is used for the patient type requiring the least amount of treatment time such as return visit (RV), and multiplications of the minimum length are for patient types with longer treatment such as new patients (NP). The results indicated that the proposed grid system adjusts to demand changes at least 15% more cost-effective when grouping two RVs into an NP or dividing an NP into two RVs compared to the base-line scheduling approaches that build around the mean treatment time.

  8. Bilevel Fuzzy Chance Constrained Hospital Outpatient Appointment Scheduling Model

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    Xiaoyang Zhou

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hospital outpatient departments operate by selling fixed period appointments for different treatments. The challenge being faced is to improve profit by determining the mix of full time and part time doctors and allocating appointments (which involves scheduling a combination of doctors, patients, and treatments to a time period in a department optimally. In this paper, a bilevel fuzzy chance constrained model is developed to solve the hospital outpatient appointment scheduling problem based on revenue management. In the model, the hospital, the leader in the hierarchy, decides the mix of the hired full time and part time doctors to maximize the total profit; each department, the follower in the hierarchy, makes the decision of the appointment scheduling to maximize its own profit while simultaneously minimizing surplus capacity. Doctor wage and demand are considered as fuzzy variables to better describe the real-life situation. Then we use chance operator to handle the model with fuzzy parameters and equivalently transform the appointment scheduling model into a crisp model. Moreover, interactive algorithm based on satisfaction is employed to convert the bilevel programming into a single level programming, in order to make it solvable. Finally, the numerical experiments were executed to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed approaches.

  9. Scheduling Patients’ Appointments: Allocation of Healthcare Service Using Simulation Optimization

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    Ping-Shun Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the service industry, scheduling medical procedures causes difficulties for both patients and management. Factors such as fluctuations in customer demand and service time affect the appointment scheduling systems’ performance in terms of, for example, patients’ waiting time, idle time of resources, and total cost/profits. This research implements four appointment scheduling policies, i.e., constant arrival, mixed patient arrival, three-section pattern arrival, and irregular arrival, in an ultrasound department of a hospital in Taiwan. By simulating the four implemented policies’ optimization procedures, optimal or near-optimal solutions can be obtained for patients per arrival, patients’ inter-arrival time, and the number of the time slots for arrived patients. Furthermore, three objective functions are tested, and the results are discussed. The managerial implications and discussions are summarized to demonstrate how outcomes can be useful for hospital managers seeking to allocate their healthcare service capacities.

  10. A model program to reduce patient failure to keep scheduled medical appointments.

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    Schmalzried, Hans D; Liszak, Joseph

    2012-06-01

    Community health center clinics that rely on scheduled appointments lose revenue and time when patients do not keep their appointments. Various approaches have been used to improve the rate of patient appointments kept. This article provides a model intervention program developed by a quality improvement committee at a Northwest Ohio community health center that is credited with significantly reducing rates of patient failure to keep scheduled medical and dental clinic appointments. The approach of this intervention program is different from others in that it was primarily designed to help patients learn how to become part of the solution to the problem. Community health center staff accomplishes this through engaging patients in a respectful and courteous manner and helping them understand the importance of their involvement in maintaining an efficient scheduling process to benefit all patients. Data collected from outpatient appointment records before and after implementation of the program indicate that missed appointments dropped to less than half the pre-intervention rate.

  11. Factors associated with nonattendance at clinical medicine scheduled outpatient appointments in a university general hospital

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    Giunta D

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Diego Giunta,1,2 Agustina Briatore,3 Analía Baum,3 Daniel Luna,3 Gabriel Waisman,2 Fernán Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros1–31Internal Medicine Research Unit, 2Internal Medicine Department, 3Health Informatics Department, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaIntroduction: Nonattendance at scheduled outpatient appointments for primary care is a major health care problem worldwide. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of nonattendance at scheduled appointments for outpatients seeking primary care, to identify associated factors and build a model that predicts nonattendance at scheduled appointments.Methods: A cohort study of adult patients, who had a scheduled outpatient appointment for primary care, was conducted between January 2010 and July 2011, at the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires. We evaluated the history and characteristics of these patients, and their scheduling and attendance at appointments. Patients were divided into two groups: those who attended their scheduled appointments, and those who did not. We estimated the odds ratios (OR and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CI, and generated a predictive model for nonattendance, with logistic regression, using factors associated with lack of attendance, and those considered clinically relevant. Alternative models were compared using Akaike's Information Criterion. A generation cohort and a validation cohort were assigned randomly.Results: Of 113,716 appointments included in the study, 25,687 were missed (22.7%; 95% CI: 22.34%–22.83%. We found a statistically significant association between nonattendance and age (OR: 0.99; 95% CI: 0.99–0.99, number of issues in the personal health record (OR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.98–0.99, time between the request for and date of appointment (OR: 1; 95% CI: 1–1, history of nonattendance (OR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.07–1.07, appointment scheduled later than 4 pm (OR: 1.30; 95% CI: 1.24–1.35, and specific days of the week (OR: 1

  12. Appointment breaking: causes and solutions.

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    Bean, A G; Talaga, J

    1992-12-01

    From a review of research on health care appointment breaking, the authors find that patient demographic characteristics, psychosocial problems, previous appointment keeping, health beliefs, and situational factors predict no-show behavior. Suggestions are offered for designing the marketing mix to increase patient appointment keeping. Methods for mitigating the negative effects of no-shows on health care providers are described.

  13. Patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments following hospitalization for heart failure: insights from an urban medical center in the United States

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    Goyal, Parag; Sterling, Madeline R; Beecy, Ashley N; Ruffino, John T; Mehta, Sonal S; Jones, Erica C; Lachs, Mark S; Horn, Evelyn M

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Although postdischarge outpatient follow-up appointments after a hospitalization for heart failure represent a potentially effective strategy to prevent heart failure readmissions, patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments upon discharge are poorly described. We aimed to characterize real-world patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments among adult patients with heart failure upon hospital discharge. Patients and methods This was a retrospective cohort study performed at a large urban academic center in the United States among adults hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of congestive heart failure between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014. Patient demographics, administrative data, clinical parameters, echocardiographic indices, and scheduled postdischarge outpatient follow-up appointments were collected. Results Of the 796 patients hospitalized for heart failure, just over half of the cohort had a scheduled follow-up appointment upon discharge. Follow-up appointments were less likely among patients who were white and had heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and more likely among patients with Medicaid and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In an adjusted multivariable regression model, age ≥65 years was inversely associated with a scheduled follow-up appointment upon hospital discharge, despite higher rates of several cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities. Conclusion Just half of the patients discharged home following a hospitalization for heart failure had a follow-up appointment scheduled, representing a missed opportunity to provide a recommended care transition intervention. Despite a greater burden of both cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities, older adults (age ≥65 years) were less likely to have a follow-up appointment scheduled upon discharge compared with younger adults, revealing a disparity that warrants further investigation. PMID:27713623

  14. Predicting appointment breaking.

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    Bean, A G; Talaga, J

    1995-01-01

    The goal of physician referral services is to schedule appointments, but if too many patients fail to show up, the value of the service will be compromised. The authors found that appointment breaking can be predicted by the number of days to the scheduled appointment, the doctor's specialty, and the patient's age and gender. They also offer specific suggestions for modifying the marketing mix to reduce the incidence of no-shows.

  15. Patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments following hospitalization for heart failure: insights from an urban medical center in the United States

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    Goyal P

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Parag Goyal,1 Madeline R Sterling,2 Ashley N Beecy,2 John T Ruffino,2 Sonal S Mehta,3 Erica C Jones,1 Mark S Lachs,3 Evelyn M Horn1 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, 2Department of Medicine, 3Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA Objectives: Although postdischarge outpatient follow-up appointments after a hospitalization for heart failure represent a potentially effective strategy to prevent heart failure readmissions, patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments upon discharge are poorly described. We aimed to characterize real-world patterns of scheduled follow-up appointments among adult patients with heart failure upon hospital discharge.Patients and methods: This was a retrospective cohort study performed at a large urban academic center in the United States among adults hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of congestive heart failure between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014. Patient demographics, administrative data, clinical parameters, echocardiographic indices, and scheduled postdischarge outpatient follow-up appointments were collected.Results: Of the 796 patients hospitalized for heart failure, just over half of the cohort had a scheduled follow-up appointment upon discharge. Follow-up appointments were less likely among patients who were white and had heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and more likely among patients with Medicaid and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In an adjusted multivariable regression model, age ≥65 years was inversely associated with a scheduled follow-up appointment upon hospital discharge, despite higher rates of several cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities.Conclusion: Just half of the patients discharged home following a hospitalization for heart failure had a follow-up appointment scheduled, representing a missed opportunity to provide a recommended care transition intervention. Despite a greater

  16. "Nudge" and the epidemic of missed appointments.

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    Aggarwal, Ajay; Davies, Joanna; Sullivan, Richard

    2016-06-20

    Purpose - Missed appointments constitute a significant problem in the UK National Health Service (NHS) and this remains an area where improvements could yield substantial efficiency savings. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that nudge policies based on behavioural theories may help target interventions to improve patient motivation to attend appointments. Design/methodology/approach - The authors propose two policies to reduce missed appointments. The first attempts to empower patients through making the appointment system more individualised to them and utilising their intrinsic feelings of social responsibility. The second policy utilises a financial commitment given by the patient at the time of booking. The different mechanisms of influencing patient behaviour are based on two different views of what motivates individuals' actions. The first policy is based on individuals being "knights". They are altruistic and have well-intentioned values. The second policy option is constructed on the premise that an individual is governed by self-interest, and they are in fact "knaves". Findings - A policy, which avoids the use of financial penalties is likely to be more culturally acceptable within the NHS. It could also prevent the phenomenon of "crowding out" whereby the desire to act dutifully gets displaced by the motivation to avoid incurring a monetary fine. Originality/value - Testing both strategies would provide insight into patient attitudes towards health care and society. This would help optimise behavioural strategies which may influence not only appointment attendances but also have wider implications for encouraging rational health care consumption.

  17. AQCESS (Automated Quality of Care Evaluation Support System) Training Aids: Quality Assurance, System Management, Appointment and Scheduling, Admission and Disposition, Clinical Records.

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    1987-01-01

    group. See the front of this Traininq Aid for the phone number and address. 1-4 QA058 2.0 AUG 1986 SYSTEM MANAGEMENI TRAINING AID USER ID PASSWORD TYPE...QA058 2.0 16AUG 1986 SYSTEM MANAGEMENI TRAINING AID 2. S - SYSTEM STATUS ACCESS Enter S at the OPTION prompt and press Return. PURPOSE The System...Database will be used to accomplish these tasks. 7-1 QAO5 2.0 AUG 1986 SYSTEM MANAGEMENI TRAINING AID 7.1 10 SAVE THE TRAINING DATABASE " Load a tape on

  18. 32 CFR 154.15 - Military appointment, enlistment, and induction.

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    2010-07-01

    ... active duty of any officer or enlisted regular/reserve military retiree or Individual Ready Reserve who... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Military appointment, enlistment, and induction... Requirements § 154.15 Military appointment, enlistment, and induction. (a) General. The appointment,...

  19. Presidential Appointments

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    Ashbee, Edward

    2014-01-01

    US update. Why there have been delays in presidential appointments and the use of the "nuclear option".......US update. Why there have been delays in presidential appointments and the use of the "nuclear option"....

  20. A Study of an Appointment Scheduling System for Outpatients at the United States Air Force Academy Hospital.

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    1988-07-30

    provided excellent leadership, guidance and involved me in key projects throughout this residency. I am also grateful to my advisor and GRP reader...high of 3 minutes and 58 seconds. Several excellent suggestions were received during the pre-test which improved the survey instrument. These suggestions...quality assurance, emergency room, patient appointing, and risk managmenet . Availability: Securing an appointment after contact has been made with

  1. Appointments and party organizations: network governmental party in kirchnerista peronism

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    Gerardo SCHERLIS

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This article contributes to the understanding of the organizational structures of peronism, Argentine dominant political force, on the basis of a study on partisan appointments. It presents the main findings of a research on the scope, the workings, the motivations, and the criteria of partisan appointments in the Argentine state, with particular attention to Néstor Kirchner administration (2003-2007. The more general argument contends that appointments became in this period a crucial tool to control the state apparatus while, at the same time, they made it possible to renovate Peronist partisan elites under the leadership of the president. The data, obtained from a large series of expert interviews, make it possible to offer a new theoretical framework for the understanding of party-government linkages in contemporary Argentine democracy.

  2. Routing and scheduling problems

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    Reinhardt, Line Blander

    be that the objects routed have an availability time window and a delivery time window or that locations on the path have a service time window. When routing moving transportation objects such as vehicles and vessels schedules are made in connection with the routing. Such schedules represent the time for the presence...... to a destination on a predefined network, the routing and scheduling of vessels in a liner shipping network given a demand forecast to be covered, the routing of manpower and vehicles transporting disabled passengers in an airport and the vehicle routing with time windows where one version studied includes edge...... of a connection between two locations. This could be an urban bus schedule where busses are routed and this routing creates a bus schedule which the passengers between locations use. In this thesis various routing and scheduling problems will be presented. The topics covered will be routing from an origin...

  3. Physical Standards for Appointment , Enlistment, and Induction

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    1994-05-02

    the macula to include macular cysts, holes, and other degenerations (hereditary or acquired degenerative changes and other conditions affecting the...8. Psoriatic Arthritis . 9. Reiter’s Disease. 10. Rheumatoid Arthritis . 11. Rhabdomyolysis, or history thereof. 0 1-32 May 2, 94 6130.3 (Encl 1) 12...for military service. Other standards may be prescribed for a mobilization for a national emergency. The physical standards (enclosure 1) apply to

  4. 75 FR 63523 - Excepted Service Appointments

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    2010-10-15

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Excepted Service Appointments AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). ACTION: Notice... August 2, 2010. TNGS00037 Director of Scheduling and Advance to the United States Trade...

  5. Pediatric Return Appointment Adherence for Child Welfare-Involved Children in Los Angeles California

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    Schneiderman, Janet U.; Smith, Caitlin; Arnold-Clark, Janet S.; Fuentes, Jorge; Kennedy, Andrea K.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives This study of primarily Latino caregivers and Latino child welfare-involved children had the following aims: (1) explore the return appointment adherence patterns at a pediatric medical clinic; and (2) determine the relationship of adherence to return appointments and caregiver, child, and clinic variables. Methods The sample consisted of caregivers of child welfare-involved children who were asked to make a pediatric outpatient clinic return appointment (N = 87). Predictors included caregiver demographics, child medical diagnoses and age, and clinic/convenience factors including distance from the clinic to caregiver’s home, days until the return appointment, reminder telephone call, Latino provider, and additional specialty appointment. Predictors were examined using χ2 and t tests of significance. Results Thirty-nine percent of all caregivers were nonadherent in returning for pediatric appointments. When return appointments were scheduled longer after the initial appointment, caregivers were less likely to bring children back for medical care. Conclusions The 39% missed return appointment rate in this study is higher than other similar pediatric populations. Better coordination between pediatricians and caregivers in partnership with child welfare case workers is needed to ensure consistent follow-up regarding health problems, especially when appointments are not scheduled soon after the initial appointment. PMID:26520153

  6. Executive Schedule C System (ESCS)

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    Office of Personnel Management — Used to store information on Federal employees in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and appointed employees in the Schedule C System. Every four years, just after...

  7. 29 CFR 1404.12 - Selection by parties and appointments of arbitrators.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 4 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Selection by parties and appointments of arbitrators. 1404... appointments of arbitrators. (a) After receiving a panel of names, the parties must notify the OAS of their selection of an arbitrator or of the decision not to proceed with arbitration. Upon notification of...

  8. Fighting Cancer Together: Development and Implementation of Shared Medical Appointments to Standardize and Improve Chemotherapy Education

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    Prescott, Lauren S.; Dickens, Andrea S.; Guerra, Sandra L.; Tanha, Jila M.; Phillips, Desiree G.; Patel, Katherine T.; Umberson, Katie M.; Lozano, Miguel A.; Lowe, Kathryn B.; Brown, Alaina J.; Taylor, Jolyn S.; Soliman, Pamela T.; Garcia, Elizabeth A.; Levenback, Charles F.; Bodurka, Diane C.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Shared medical appointments offer a novel approach to improve efficiency and quality of care consistent with the goals of the Institute of Medicine. Our objective was to develop and implement a shared medical appointment for gynecologic cancer patients initiating chemotherapy. Methods We first assessed the level of interest in shared medical appointments among our patients and providers through qualitative interviews. Both patients and providers identified pre-chemotherapy as an optimal area to pilot shared medical appointments. We subsequently created a multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, health education specialists and members of the Quality Improvement Department to establish a Shared Medical Appointment and Readiness Teaching (SMART) program for all gynecologic oncology patients initiating chemotherapy with platinum- and/or taxane-based regimens. We developed a standardized chemotherapy education presentation and provided patients with a tool kit that consisted of chemotherapy drug education, a guide to managing side effects, advance directives, and center contact information. Results From May 9, 2014 to June 26, 2015, 144 patients participated in 51 SMART visits. The majority of patients had ovarian cancer and were treated with carboplatin/paclitaxel. Surveyed patients reported being highly satisfied with the group visit and would recommend shared medical appointments to other patients. Conclusions This model of care provides patient education within a framework of social support that empowers patients. Shared medical appointments for oncology patients initiating chemotherapy are both feasible and well accepted. PMID:26549108

  9. Visualization and Simulation in Scheduling

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    R. Čapek

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the representation of scheduling results and it introduces a new tool for visualization and simulation in time scheduling called VISIS. The purpose of this tool is to provide an environment for visualization, e.g. in production line scheduling. The simulation also proposes a way to simulate the influence of a schedule on a user defined system, e.g. for designing filters in digital signal processing. VISIS arises from representing scheduling results using the well-known Gantt chart. The application is implemented in the Matlab programming environment using Simulink and the Virtual Reality toolbox. 

  10. Scheduling theory, algorithms, and systems

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    Pinedo, Michael L

    2016-01-01

    This new edition of the well-established text Scheduling: Theory, Algorithms, and Systems provides an up-to-date coverage of important theoretical models in the scheduling literature as well as important scheduling problems that appear in the real world. The accompanying website includes supplementary material in the form of slide-shows from industry as well as movies that show actual implementations of scheduling systems. The main structure of the book, as per previous editions, consists of three parts. The first part focuses on deterministic scheduling and the related combinatorial problems. The second part covers probabilistic scheduling models; in this part it is assumed that processing times and other problem data are random and not known in advance. The third part deals with scheduling in practice; it covers heuristics that are popular with practitioners and discusses system design and implementation issues. All three parts of this new edition have been revamped, streamlined, and extended. The reference...

  11. Building framework for nursing scholarship: guidelines for appointment and promotion.

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    Honig, Judy; Smolowitz, Janice; Larson, Elaine

    2013-01-01

    As nursing academia responds to shifts in nursing education--the emergence of clinically focused doctoral degrees and an emphasis on evidence-based practice, comparative effectiveness, and translational research, nursing scholarship is undergoing transformation. This article outlines guidelines for appointment and promotion that incorporate the academic tripartite and are relevant for all faculty. A clear and equitable pathway for professorial advancement for the both the clinician and research faculty is delineated. Without such clarity and equity, the unique contributions of clinical and research scholars and the synergy that results from these distinctions will not be garnered. Although there is significant overlap in the criteria, there are also distinguishing scholarly activities and outcomes. For each standard at each rank, unique sample criteria of clinical and research scholarship are outlined and the shared scholarly activities that demonstrate the standard. Using an adaptation of Boyer's model, the guidelines incorporate a broadened view of nursing scholarship and offer a framework for nursing academia that recognizes new ways of knowledge. Although recognizing the coexistence of science and practice, these guidelines offer a clear trajectory for advancement in the professorial role that applies an expanded perspective of and provide a framework for nursing scholarship.

  12. Pioneering efforts for minority appointments and academic surgery. A narrative.

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    Southwick, W O

    1999-05-01

    The author gives a narrative chronologic explanation for the early inclusion of African Americans and other minorities into the Yale University Orthopaedic Surgical Residency Training Program. The author's early isolation from racial problems living in rural Nebraska and the paucity of racial friction at the University of Nebraska gave him a more neutral or positive view of other cultures. Sudden exposure to the racial tension and police brutality toward African Americans in Boston followed by the well defined racial bias in the Southern city of Baltimore showed the plight of minorities. At that same time the author encountered many gentle and extremely intelligent African Americans who performed outstanding medical tasks for the Johns Hopkins Hospital hospital with little educational background. The author's experience with Shirley Moore and Augustus White at Yale made it possible to recruit a diverse group of gifted and loyal resident staff. The high number of academic appointments in minority and majority residents has evolved from the Academic Training and Research Program and a special selection process for choosing residents.

  13. 22 CFR 11.1 - Junior Foreign Service officer career candidate appointments.

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    2010-04-01

    ... appointments. 11.1 Section 11.1 Foreign Relations DEPARTMENT OF STATE PERSONNEL APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN SERVICE... career status governed by the provisions of Volume 3 (Personnel), Foreign Affairs Manual, section 570. In... written and oral examination scores and Affirmative Action considerations, for scheduling the...

  14. 7 CFR 1219.32 - Initial nomination and appointment of importer members and alternates.

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    2010-01-01

    ...), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HASS AVOCADO PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order The Hass Avocado Board § 1219.32 Initial nomination and appointment of...

  15. 7 CFR 1219.31 - Initial nomination and appointment of producer members and alternates.

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    2010-01-01

    ...), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HASS AVOCADO PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order The Hass Avocado Board § 1219.31 Initial nomination and appointment of...

  16. 7 CFR 1219.33 - Subsequent nomination and appointment of Board members and alternates.

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    2010-01-01

    ...), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HASS AVOCADO PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order The Hass Avocado Board § 1219.33 Subsequent nomination and appointment of...

  17. Rostering and Task Scheduling

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    Dohn, Anders Høeg

    In a modern society, manpower can be both a scarce and an expensive resource. Skilled personnel is usually in high demand and accounts for a significant part of total expenses in many companies. When the work is divided in shifts, a roster is compiled to allocate these to the employees. The roste......In a modern society, manpower can be both a scarce and an expensive resource. Skilled personnel is usually in high demand and accounts for a significant part of total expenses in many companies. When the work is divided in shifts, a roster is compiled to allocate these to the employees....... The rostering process is non-trivial and especially when service is required around the clock, rostering may involve considerable effort from a designated planner. Therefore, in order to minimize costs and overstaffing, to maximize the utilization of available staff, and to ensure a high level of satisfaction...... among the employees, sophisticated scheduling methods are required. When approaching the day of operation, the detail level of the planning becomes finer. With a given allocation of shifts to employees, the focus is turned to tasks scheduling within those shifts. The objective is to assign as much work...

  18. Routing and scheduling problems

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    Reinhardt, Line Blander

    In today’s globalized society, transport contributes to our daily life in many different ways. The production of the parts for a shelf ready product may take place on several continents and our travel between home and work, vacation travel and business trips has increased in distance the last......, the effectiveness of the network is of importance aiming at satisfying as many costumer demands as possible at a low cost. Routing represent a path between locations such as an origin and destination for the object routed. Sometimes routing has a time dimension as well as the physical paths. This may...... to a destination on a predefined network, the routing and scheduling of vessels in a liner shipping network given a demand forecast to be covered, the routing of manpower and vehicles transporting disabled passengers in an airport and the vehicle routing with time windows where one version studied includes edge...

  19. Probabilistic Anonymity and Admissible Schedulers

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    Garcia, Flavio D; Sokolova, Ana

    2007-01-01

    When studying safety properties of (formal) protocol models, it is customary to view the scheduler as an adversary: an entity trying to falsify the safety property. We show that in the context of security protocols, and in particular of anonymizing protocols, this gives the adversary too much power; for instance, the contents of encrypted messages and internal computations by the parties should be considered invisible to the adversary. We restrict the class of schedulers to a class of admissible schedulers which better model adversarial behaviour. These admissible schedulers base their decision solely on the past behaviour of the system that is visible to the adversary. Using this, we propose a definition of anonymity: for all admissible schedulers the identity of the users and the observations of the adversary are independent stochastic variables. We also develop a proof technique for typical cases that can be used to proof anonymity: a system is anonymous if it is possible to `exchange' the behaviour of two...

  20. 5 CFR 316.402 - Procedures for making temporary appointments.

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    ... appointments. Such appointments are not VRA appointments and do not lead to conversion to career-conditional appointment; (3) Career-conditional appointment under § 315.601, 315.604, 315.605, 315.606, 315.607, 315.608... the General Accounting Office; (6) Appointment under 28 U.S.C. 602 for current and former employees...

  1. Future aircraft networks and schedules

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    Shu, Yan

    2011-07-01

    Because of the importance of air transportation scheduling, the emergence of small aircraft and the vision of future fuel-efficient aircraft, this thesis has focused on the study of aircraft scheduling and network design involving multiple types of aircraft and flight services. It develops models and solution algorithms for the schedule design problem and analyzes the computational results. First, based on the current development of small aircraft and on-demand flight services, this thesis expands a business model for integrating on-demand flight services with the traditional scheduled flight services. This thesis proposes a three-step approach to the design of aircraft schedules and networks from scratch under the model. In the first step, both a frequency assignment model for scheduled flights that incorporates a passenger path choice model and a frequency assignment model for on-demand flights that incorporates a passenger mode choice model are created. In the second step, a rough fleet assignment model that determines a set of flight legs, each of which is assigned an aircraft type and a rough departure time is constructed. In the third step, a timetable model that determines an exact departure time for each flight leg is developed. Based on the models proposed in the three steps, this thesis creates schedule design instances that involve almost all the major airports and markets in the United States. The instances of the frequency assignment model created in this thesis are large-scale non-convex mixed-integer programming problems, and this dissertation develops an overall network structure and proposes iterative algorithms for solving these instances. The instances of both the rough fleet assignment model and the timetable model created in this thesis are large-scale mixed-integer programming problems, and this dissertation develops subproblem schemes for solving these instances. Based on these solution algorithms, this dissertation also presents

  2. Reasons for and consequences of missed appointments in general practice in the UK: questionnaire survey and prospective review of medical records

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    Lawlor Debbie A

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Missed appointments are a common occurrence in primary care in the UK, yet little is known about the reasons for them, or the consequences of missing an appointment. This paper aims to determine the reasons for missed appointments and whether patients who miss an appointment subsequently consult their general practitioner (GP. Secondary aims are to compare psychological morbidity, and the previous appointments with GPs between subjects and a comparison group. Methods Postal questionnaire survey and prospective medical notes review of adult patients missing an appointment and the comparison group who attended appointments over a three week period in seven general practices in West Yorkshire. Results Of the 386 who missed appointments 122 (32% responded. Of the 386 in the comparison group 223 (58% responded, resulting in 23 case-control matched pairs with complete data collection. Over 40% of individuals who missed an appointment and participated said that they forgot the appointment and a quarter said that they tried very hard to cancel the appointment or that it was at an inconvenient time. A fifth reported family commitments or being too ill to attend. Over 90% of the patients who missed an appointment subsequently consulted within three months and of these nearly 60% consulted for the stated problem that was going to be presented in the missed consultation. The odds of missing an appointment decreased with increasing age and were greater among those who had missed at least one appointment in the previous 12 months. However, estimates for comparisons between those who missed appointments and the comparison group were imprecise due to the low response rate. Conclusion Patients who miss appointments tend to cite practice factors and their own forgetfulness as the main reasons for doing so, and most attend within three months of a missed appointment. This study highlights a number of implications for future research. More work

  3. The Effects of Negative Reinforcement on Increasing Patient Adherence to Appointments at King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan.

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    Alyahya, Mohammad; Hijazi, Heba H; Nusairat, Farid T

    2016-01-01

    Appointment nonadherence is a health behavior that represents a burden to health care systems. On March 1, 2015, a new negative reinforcement intervention involving "service fees" for a visit without appointment was implemented at King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan. To evaluate the effect of this intervention in improving patient adherence to medical appointment, a retrospective preintervention and postintervention analysis was used, including all patients (n = 65 535) who had scheduled appointments at 39 outpatient clinics. A repeated-measures analysis of variance was first performed. Then, a multivariate linear regression model was used to identify factors that might predict individuals who are likely to attend or miss their appointments and those who have a greater tendency to visit the hospital with or without appointments. Although the average percentage of appointments attended was more than missed preintervention and postintervention, the decrease in percentage of missed appointments was more pronounced postintervention. Also, the average percentage of visits without appointments was less than visits with appointments in both times, but the decrease in the percentage of visits without appointments was more prominent after. The regression analysis revealed that younger, married and male patients were more likely to miss their appointment before and after the intervention. Also, younger patients had a tendency to attend without appointments. Conversely, patients with the lower copayment rate had a tendency to adhere to appointment times. In conclusion, negative reinforcement interventions could improve patient appointment adherence rates. Accordingly, interventions designed that consider evidence and are theory-based are needed to change patient behavior.

  4. The Effects of Negative Reinforcement on Increasing Patient Adherence to Appointments at King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan

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    Mohammad Alyahya MSc, PhD

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Appointment nonadherence is a health behavior that represents a burden to health care systems. On March 1, 2015, a new negative reinforcement intervention involving “service fees” for a visit without appointment was implemented at King Abdullah University Hospital in Jordan. To evaluate the effect of this intervention in improving patient adherence to medical appointment, a retrospective preintervention and postintervention analysis was used, including all patients (n = 65 535 who had scheduled appointments at 39 outpatient clinics. A repeated-measures analysis of variance was first performed. Then, a multivariate linear regression model was used to identify factors that might predict individuals who are likely to attend or miss their appointments and those who have a greater tendency to visit the hospital with or without appointments. Although the average percentage of appointments attended was more than missed preintervention and postintervention, the decrease in percentage of missed appointments was more pronounced postintervention. Also, the average percentage of visits without appointments was less than visits with appointments in both times, but the decrease in the percentage of visits without appointments was more prominent after. The regression analysis revealed that younger, married and male patients were more likely to miss their appointment before and after the intervention. Also, younger patients had a tendency to attend without appointments. Conversely, patients with the lower copayment rate had a tendency to adhere to appointment times. In conclusion, negative reinforcement interventions could improve patient appointment adherence rates. Accordingly, interventions designed that consider evidence and are theory-based are needed to change patient behavior.

  5. 41 CFR 102-3.130 - What policies apply to the appointment, and compensation or reimbursement of advisory committee...

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    2010-07-01

    ... 41 Public Contracts and Property Management 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false What policies apply to the appointment, and compensation or reimbursement of advisory committee members, staff, and experts... MANAGEMENT How Are Advisory Committees Managed? § 102-3.130 What policies apply to the appointment,...

  6. Becoming an Academic: The Reconstruction of Identity by Recently Appointed Lecturers in Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions

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    Smith, Caroline; Boyd, Pete

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates the workplace learning experiences of recently appointed lecturers in UK higher education in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. Health care practitioners, appointed to academic posts in Universities, are experts in their respective clinical fields and hold strong practitioner identities developed through…

  7. Peer Assessment and Compliance Review (PACR) Innovative Strategies Report. California Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Programs

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    Macro, Bronwen; Huang, Lee Ann

    2005-01-01

    This report focuses on the innovative strategies study component of the Peer Assessment and Compliance Review (PACR) project. California (Court Appointed Special Advocates) CASA programs have developed many innovative strategies to serve children in their communities. At each of the programs visited during the PACR project, the team identified at…

  8. Endogenous scheduling preferences and congestion

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    Fosgerau, Mogens; Small, Kenneth

    2010-01-01

    Dynamic models of congestion so far rely on exogenous scheduling preferences of travelers, based for example on disutility of deviation from a preferred departure or arrival time for a trip. This paper provides a more fundamental view in which travelers derive utility just from consumption and le...

  9. Cooperation in Networks and Scheduling

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    van Velzen, S.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis deals with various models of cooperation in networks and scheduling. The main focus is how the benefits of this cooperation should be divided among the participating individuals. A major part of this analysis is concerned with stability of the cooperation. In addition, allocation rules a

  10. Effectiveness of mobile-phone short message service (SMS reminders for ophthalmology outpatient appointments: Observational study

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    Car Josip

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Non-attendance for hospital outpatient appointments is a significant problem in many countries. It causes suboptimal use of clinical and administrative staff and financial losses, as well as longer waiting times. The use of Short Message Service (SMS appointment reminders potentially offers a cost-effective and time-efficient strategy to decrease non-attendance and so improve the efficiency of outpatient healthcare delivery. Methods An SMS text message was sent to patients with scheduled appointments between April and September 2006 in a hospital ophthalmology department in London, reminding them of their appointments. This group acted as the intervention group. Controls were patients with scheduled ophthalmology appointments who did not receive an SMS or any alternative reminder. Results During the period of the study, 11.2% (50/447 of patients who received an SMS appointment reminder were non-attenders, compared to 18.1% (1720/9512 who did not receive an SMS reminder. Non-attendance rates were 38% lower in patients who received an SMS reminder than in patients who did not receive a reminder (RR of non-attendance = 0.62; 95% CI = 0.48 – 0.80. Conclusion The use of SMS reminders for ophthalmology outpatient appointments was associated with a reduction of 38% in the likelihood of patients not attending their appointments, compared to no appointment reminder. The use of SMS reminders may also be more cost-effective than traditional appointment reminders and require less labour. These findings should be confirmed with a more rigorous study design before a wider roll-out.

  11. Appointment reminder systems are effective but not optimal: results of a systematic review and evidence synthesis employing realist principles.

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    McLean, Sionnadh Mairi; Booth, Andrew; Gee, Melanie; Salway, Sarah; Cobb, Mark; Bhanbhro, Sadiq; Nancarrow, Susan A

    2016-01-01

    Missed appointments are an avoidable cost and resource inefficiency which impact upon the health of the patient and treatment outcomes. Health care services are increasingly utilizing reminder systems to manage these negative effects. This study explores the effectiveness of reminder systems for promoting attendance, cancellations, and rescheduling of appointments across all health care settings and for particular patient groups and the contextual factors which indicate that reminders are being employed sub-optimally. We used three inter-related reviews of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Firstly, using pre-existing models and theories, we developed a conceptual framework to inform our understanding of the contexts and mechanisms which influence reminder effectiveness. Secondly, we performed a review following Centre for Reviews and Dissemination guidelines to investigate the effectiveness of different methods of reminding patients to attend health service appointments. Finally, to supplement the effectiveness information, we completed a review informed by realist principles to identify factors likely to influence non-attendance behaviors and the effectiveness of reminders. We found consistent evidence that all types of reminder systems are effective at improving appointment attendance across a range of health care settings and patient populations. Reminder systems may also increase cancellation and rescheduling of unwanted appointments. "Reminder plus", which provides additional information beyond the reminder function may be more effective than simple reminders (ie, date, time, place) at reducing non-attendance at appointments in particular circumstances. We identified six areas of inefficiency which indicate that reminder systems are being used sub-optimally. Unless otherwise indicated, all patients should receive a reminder to facilitate attendance at their health care appointment. The choice of reminder system should be tailored to the individual service

  12. Immunization Schedules for Infants and Children

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    ... Everyone: Easy-to-read Schedules Infants and Children Preteens and Teens Adults Display Immunization Schedules and Quiz ... file Microsoft Word file Microsoft Excel file Audio/Video file Apple Quicktime file RealPlayer file Text file ...

  13. DME Prosthetics Orthotics, and Supplies Fee Schedule

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics-Orthotics, and Supplies Fee Schedule. The list contains the fee schedule amounts, floors, and ceilings for all procedure codes...

  14. Project management with dynamic scheduling baseline scheduling, risk analysis and project control

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    Vanhoucke, Mario

    2013-01-01

    The topic of this book is known as dynamic scheduling, and is used to refer to three dimensions of project management and scheduling: the construction of a baseline schedule and the analysis of a project schedule's risk as preparation of the project control phase during project progress. This dynamic scheduling point of view implicitly assumes that the usability of a project's baseline schedule is rather limited and only acts as a point of reference in the project life cycle.

  15. CNOOC Appoints New Directors

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    @@ On November 18, 2002, CNOOC Limited announced appointment of Professor Kenneth Courtis and Dr. Erwin Schurtenberger as Nonexecutive Directors of the Company effective immediately. They replaced Mr. Tso Kai Sum and Mr. Will Honeybourne who sat on the board on behalf of strategic investors and whose terms now expired.

  16. Rules of Appointment at Franklin Pierce College.

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    Franklyn Pierce Coll., Rindge, NH.

    This memorandum sets forth the regulations and procedures affecting appointments to the instructional faculty of Franklin Pierce College. Part A: General Provisions, includes information on faculty ranks, the procedure of appointment, the regular review, and normal retirement. Part B deals with the terms and conditions of appointment, including…

  17. 7 CFR 1207.322 - Nominations and appointment.

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    ....322 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (MARKETING AGREEMENTS AND ORDERS; MISCELLANEOUS COMMODITIES), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE POTATO RESEARCH AND PROMOTION PLAN Potato Research and Promotion Plan National Potato Promotion Board §...

  18. 7 CFR 1206.31 - Nominations and appointments.

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    ... Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (MARKETING AGREEMENTS AND ORDERS; MISCELLANEOUS COMMODITIES), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE MANGO PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order Definitions National Mango Promotion Board §...

  19. Registration Appointment and Services for Representatives Management Information

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    Social Security Administration — A new internet/intranet application that collects all representative information and establishes the relationship between the claimant and the representative. Allow...

  20. Robust and Flexible Scheduling with Evolutionary Computation

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    Jensen, Mikkel T.

    (schedules expected to perform well after some degree of modification when the environment changes). This thesis presents two fundamentally different approaches for scheduling job shops facing machine breakdowns. The first method is called neighbourhood based robustness and is based on an idea of minimising...... environments include machine breakdowns, uncertain processing times, workers getting sick, materials being delayed and the appearance of new jobs. These possible environmental changes mean that a schedule which was optimal for the information available at the time of scheduling can end up being highly...... suboptimal when it is implemented and subjected to the uncertainty of the real world. For this reason it is very important to find methods capable of creating robust schedules (schedules expected to perform well after a minimal amount of modification when the environment changes) or flexible schedules...

  1. Body's education, schooling and modernity (1882-1920: Sparse appointments

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    Marcus Aurelio Taborda de Oliveira

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on material kept in Departamento Estadual de Arquivo - DEAP cataloging, we intended to understand what was thought in relation to body's education in primary school in Paraná state, between1882 and 1920. Our research focused the Collection Government Correspondence, which presents a join of 2379 bind volumes (APs. The main analysis focus was the content of reports produced by different school agents. Many of these registers refer to a schooling dimension that we called body's education. Different elements contributed for their building, such as school time and space organization, curriculum building, co-education, and others. So we were pressed by necessity of understanding relations among modernity, corporality and schooling. In this way, we established a dialogue with certain historiography that contemplates works from Thompson, 1981; Ginzburg, 1989; Ragazzini, 2001; Faria Filho, 2000; Souza, 1998; Vago, 2002; Viñao, 1990; Aisenstein, 1999 and others. Attention paid to tensions among discourses, legal formulations and school practices focused on corporality represents a very rich key to schooling process understanding. In a time we dialogue with the catalogued sources, it became clear school agents preoccupation in relation to the importance of school, mainly corporal education and corporality or physic dimensions. In this way, we developed an interpretation that holds corporality as central for graduated school model, which would be the locus of strategies definition that educated the body in order to build a more "civilized" society.

  2. Power of Appointment in the Power of "Appointment and Removal" Provisions of the Constitution%宪法中的任免权之“任”

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    马岭

    2012-01-01

    宪法中任免权之"任"的主体,有议会、国家元首和政府首脑。议会在行使"任"之权时,有的可以独立决定,有的须与其他国家机关联手完成。国家元首的"任"有的是虚权,有的是实权,但一般都需与议会或政府首脑配合才能行使。政府首脑的"任"一般也要受议会或元首制约,或受二者的共同制约。而"任"的对象,主要是国家最高领导人,如国家元首、政府首脑及其成员、宪法法院法官、最高法院法官等。"任"的形式则有三种:一是选举,包括直接选举和间接选举;二是批准或决定,其对象各国有较大差别;三是任命,主要指行政任命,任命者是元首或首相,被任命者是政府成员、法官等。从任的资格看,一般有法律资格和惯例性资格。%The power of appointment is vested in the parliament and the head of state. When exercising the power, the parliament sometimes makes resolutions by itself and sometimes makes resolutions with the co- operation of other state organs. The power exercised by the head of state is nominal, or as the case may be, substantive, however, its exercising the power requires the cooperation either by the parliament or by the head of the government. The power exercised by the head of the government subjects either to the parliament or the head of state or to both of them. Those to be appointed are as followings: the leaders of the state, i. e. , the head of state, the head and the members of government, the chief and associate justices of constitutional courts or supreme courts. And there are varied procedures of appointments such as direct or indirect elections or ap- pointment. The eligibilities of candidates are lawful prescribed or conventional.

  3. It Is Not Just about the Schedule: Key Factors in Effective Reference Desk Scheduling and Management

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    Sciammarella, Susan; Fernandes, Maria Isabel; McKay, Devin

    2008-01-01

    Reference desk scheduling is one of the most challenging tasks in the organizational structure of an academic library. The ability to turn this challenge into a workable and effective function lies with the scheduler and indirectly the cooperation of all librarians scheduled for reference desk service. It is the scheduler's sensitivity to such…

  4. The "nuts and bolts" of implementing shared medical appointments: the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates experience.

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    Berger-Fiffy, Jill

    2012-01-01

    Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (Harvard Vanguard) decided to develop a Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) program in 2007 for a variety of reasons. The program has launched 86 SMAs in 17 specialties at 12 sites and has exceeded 13 000 patient visits. Currently, the practice offers 54 SMAs and is believed to be the largest program in the country. This article provides an overview regarding staffing, space and equipment, project planning, promotional materials, training programs, workflow development, and the use of quality improvement (ie, LEAN) tools used to monitor the work to be completed and the metrics to date.

  5. Scheduling and routing Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicles

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    1990-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution unlimited. In this thesis we study the Marine Corps Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle routing and scheduling problem. the present method of routing and scheduling is presented, along with possible implications for routing and scheduling when future expansion of vehicle assets becomes available. A review of current literature is given and comparisons are drawn between our problem and recent work. A model for the problem, which we call the Multi...

  6. Does Short Message Service Increase Adherence to Smoking Cessation Clinic Appointments and Quitting Smoking?

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    Önür, Seda Tural; Uysal, Mehmet Atilla; İliaz, Sinem; Yurt, Sibel; Bahadır, Ayşe; Hattatoğlu, Didem Görgün; Ortaköylü, Mediha Gönenç; Bağcı, Belma Akbaba; Chousein, Efsun Gonca Uğur

    2016-01-01

    Background: Using innovative and scientific methods increases the rate of quitting in smokers. Short message service (SMS) is a communication tool widely used and well integrated in many people’s daily lives. To increase adherence to appointments in smoking cessation clinics (SCC), it is thought that increased compliance could be achieved by falling outside the traditional methods. SMS has been shown to increase the compliance of patients with SCC appointments. Aims: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of SMS in the compliance of patients with SCC follow-up visits and smoking cessation success. Study Design: Case-control study. Methods: Our study was a controlled, open, prospective study. We enrolled 436 cases applied to SCC of Yedikule Training and Research Hospital between 01.10.2013–30.06.2014 and agreed to follow-up with SMS. SMS was sent to the patients to remind them of appointments at the SCC and to query their smoking state. Results: Two hundred-and-eighty seven (65.8%) of the patients were male and 149 (34.2%) were female. The mean age was 45±12 years. In this study, 296 (67.9%) patients had graduated from primary school. Our patients’ smoking state was queried by telephone at the 6-month follow-up and we contacted 348 patients. According to this, 88 (25.3%) patients were not smoking, and 260 (74.7%) patients were smokers. Therefore, the smoking cessation rate was 24% (n=60) in patients who did not respond to SMS reminders at all, and 28.6% (n=28) in patients answering any SMS at least once (p=0.377). Smoking cessation rate of the patients invited by SMS but who did not attend any control visits was 19.1%, and it was 34.5% in patients coming to a control visit at least once. This difference was statistically significant (p=0.001). Conclusion: In our study, there was increased success of smoking cessation in patients coming to control visits. We think that this may result from the possibly increased compliance to SCC appointments following

  7. Disruption management for truck appointment system at a container terminal: A Green initiative

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    Li, N.; Chen, Gang; Jin, Z.

    2015-01-01

    Disruption often occurs in both land-side and sea-side operations at a container terminal, causing substantial interference of scheduled operations and poor green performance. The land-side disruption is rarely researched, and this paper addresses the ordinary level of such disruption where...... typically some truck arrivals deviate from their schedule in the appointment system. The aim is to find a response strategy that can maintain high resilience ability of the system in neutralizing the impact of disruptions. First, we consider different levels of late or early arrivals, as well as non......-appointed arrivals at a container terminal that is running an appointment system. Second, we propose some response strategies to cope with different levels of disruptions, and evaluate their resilience ability with two Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): total waiting time of on-time trucks and total idling emissions...

  8. Appointment reminder systems are effective but not optimal: results of a systematic review and evidence synthesis employing realist principles

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Sionnadh Mairi McLean,1 Andrew Booth,2 Melanie Gee,3 Sarah Salway,2 Mark Cobb,4 Sadiq Bhanbhro,3 Susan A Nancarrow5 1Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; 2School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK; 3Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; 4Therapeutics & Palliative Care, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK; 5School of Health and Human Science, Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW, Australia Abstract: Missed appointments are an avoidable cost and resource inefficiency which impact upon the health of the patient and treatment outcomes. Health care services are increasingly utilizing reminder systems to manage these negative effects. This study explores the effectiveness of reminder systems for promoting attendance, cancellations, and rescheduling of appointments across all health care settings and for particular patient groups and the contextual factors which indicate that reminders are being employed sub-optimally. We used three inter-related reviews of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Firstly, using pre-existing models and theories, we developed a conceptual framework to inform our understanding of the contexts and mechanisms which influence reminder effectiveness. Secondly, we performed a review following Centre for Reviews and Dissemination guidelines to investigate the effectiveness of different methods of reminding patients to attend health service appointments. Finally, to supplement the effectiveness information, we completed a review informed by realist principles to identify factors likely to influence non-attendance behaviors and the effectiveness of reminders. We found consistent evidence that all types of reminder systems are effective at improving appointment attendance across a range of health care settings and patient populations. Reminder systems may also increase cancellation and

  9. Cabinet Appointment in Uruguay: Legislative Strategy, hierarchy of portfolio and party affiliation of ministers

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    Daniel CHASQUETTI

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes the formation and change of presidential cabinets in Uruguay during the period 1985-2010. In the first section we present the institutional and political features of the process of appointment and resignation of the ministers. The second section describes the cabinets formed in this period and shows that presidents have exchanged seats in cabinet by legislative support. The third section analyzes the political attributes of the ministers appointed (party affiliation, previous experience and the type of linkage that they keep with the president. The fourth analyze the relationship between the time survival of the individuals in office, the political responsibility in front of congress and the existence of a legislative majority that support the president. The last section describes the Uruguayan pattern of ministerial designation based in (i the establishment of an order of importance of portfolios, (ii the nomination of individuals with party affiliation (weather insider or adherent politicians and (iii the influence of the legislative support in defining the ministerial team.

  10. On green routing and scheduling problem

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    Touati, Nora

    2012-01-01

    The vehicle routing and scheduling problem has been studied with much interest within the last four decades. In this paper, some of the existing literature dealing with routing and scheduling problems with environmental issues is reviewed, and a description is provided of the problems that have been investigated and how they are treated using combinatorial optimization tools.

  11. On green routing and scheduling problem

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    Touati, Nora; Jost, Vincent

    2011-01-01

    The vehicle routing and scheduling problem has been studied with much interest within the last four decades. In this paper, some of the existing literature dealing with routing and scheduling problems with environmental issues is reviewed, and a description is provided of the problems that have been investigated and how they are treated using combinatorial optimization tools.

  12. TECHNICAL COORDINATION, SCHEDULE AND INTEGRATION

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    Introduction Despite the holiday season affecting available manpower, many key internal milestones have been passed over the summer, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the team at point 5. In particular, the installation on, and within, YB0 has progressed steadily through several potentially difficult phases. The v36 planning contingency of lowering YB-1 and YB-1 wheels on schedule in October, before Tracker installation, will be executed in order to give more time to complete YB0 services work, whilst still being consistent with completion of heavy lowering by the end of 2007. Safety In the underground areas the peak level of activity and parallel work has been reached and this will continue for the coming months. Utmost vigilance is required of everybody working underground and this must be maintained. However, it is encouraging to note that the compliance with safety rules is, in general, good. More and more work will be carried out from scaffolding and mobile access platforms. (cherry-picke...

  13. Scheduler Vulnerabilities and Attacks in Cloud Computing

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    Zhou, Fangfei; Desnoyers, Peter; Sundaram, Ravi

    2011-01-01

    In hardware virtualization a hypervisor provides multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) on a single physical system, each executing a separate operating system instance. The hypervisor schedules execution of these VMs much as the scheduler in an operating system does, balancing factors such as fairness and I/O performance. As in an operating system, the scheduler may be vulnerable to malicious behavior on the part of users seeking to deny service to others or maximize their own resource usage. Recently, publically available cloud computing services such as Amazon EC2 have used virtualization to provide customers with virtual machines running on the provider's hardware, typically charging by wall clock time rather than resources consumed. Under this business model, manipulation of the scheduler may allow theft of service at the expense of other customers, rather than merely reallocating resources within the same administrative domain. We describe a flaw in the Xen scheduler allowing virtual machines to consume almost...

  14. TECHNICAL COORDINATION, SCHEDULE AND INTEGRATION

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    Introduction Since the lowering of YB0 in February, less spectacular but nonetheless crucial progress has been made along the critical path to CMS completion. The YB0 has been aligned with the beamline to a fraction of a mm, and the HCAL has been fully installed. Cabling scaffolding for YB0 services has been built and one half (-z end) of the ECAL barrel has been installed. The YB0 services installation has begun, with two of the major technical challenges delaying bulk installation, namely PP1 detailed design, manufacture and installation plus Tracker cooling pipe insulation, now apparently solved. Significant difficulties in detailed design, integration and procurement of cable ducts remain. Despite this, the design of the +end is close to complete, and Tracker power cable installation on two sectors of the +end is well advanced. A new master schedule, v36.0, is being prepared to account for the updated actual situation at point 5 and for the revised LHC machine planning. Safety The enormous amount of...

  15. Administrative circular No. 2 (Rev. 5) – Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members

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    Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 5) entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members", approved by the Director-General following discussion in the Standing Concertation Committee meeting on 1 September 2011, is available on the intranet site of the Human Resources Department: https://cern.ch/hr-docs/admincirc/admincirc.asp It cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 4) entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members" of September 2009. Department Head Office

  16. TECHNICAL COORDINATION, SCHEDULE AND INTEGRATION

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    Introduction and Schedule After nearly seven months of concentrated effort, the installation of services on YB0 moved off the CMS critical path in late November. In line with v36 planning provisions, the additional time needed to finish this challeng¬ing task was accommodated by reducing sequential dependencies between assembly tasks, putting more tasks (especially heavy logistic movements) in parallel with activities on, or within, the central wheel. Thus the lowering of wheels YB-1 and YB -2 and of disk YE-3 is already complete, the latter made possible, in the shadow of YB0 work, by inverting the order of the 3 endcap disks in the surface building. Weather conditions permitting, the Tracker will be transported to point 5 during CMS week for insertion in EB before CERN closes. The lowering of the last two disks will take place mid- and end-of January, respectively. Thus central beampipe installation can be confidently planned to start in February as foreseen, allowing closure of CMS in time for CRA...

  17. Directors General appointed

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    At a special session on 21 March, presided over by P. Levaux, the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research appointed J . B. Adams and L . Van Hove as Directors General of the Organization for a period of five years beginning 1 January 1976. Dr. Adams will be responsible for the administration of CERN, for the operation of the equipment and services and for the construction of buildings and major equipment. Professor Van Hove will be responsible for the research activities of the Organization.

  18. Horace Lamb and the circumstances of his appointment at Owens College

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    Launder, Brian

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines a succession of incidents at a critical juncture in the life of Professor Horace Lamb FRS, a highly regarded classical fluid mechanicist, who, over a period of some 35 years at Manchester, made notable contributions in research, in education and in wise administration at both national and university levels. Drawing on archived documents from the universities of Manchester and Adelaide, the article presents the unusual sequence of events that led to his removing from Adelaide, South Australia, where he had served for nine years as the Elder Professor of Mathematics, to Manchester. In 1885 he was initially appointed to the vacant Chair of Pure Mathematics at Owens College and then, in 1888, as an outcome of his proposal for rearranging professorial responsibilities, to the Beyer Professorship of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

  19. Bridging the Gap Between Planning and Scheduling

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    Smith, David E.; Frank, Jeremy; Jonsson, Ari K.; Norvig, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Planning research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has often focused on problems where there are cascading levels of action choice and complex interactions between actions. In contrast. Scheduling research has focused on much larger problems where there is little action choice, but the resulting ordering problem is hard. In this paper, we give an overview of M planning and scheduling techniques, focusing on their similarities, differences, and limitations. We also argue that many difficult practical problems lie somewhere between planning and scheduling, and that neither area has the right set of tools for solving these vexing problems.

  20. Comparison of the recruitment process when appointing officials in Iceland before and after the economic collapse

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    Full Text Available This research examines the recruitment process prior to appointment of officials during the period of 2004 to 2012. This research investigates wheather a change has occurred in the recruiting process following the economic collapse in the fall of 2008. It is intended to provide insight into the official recruiting process. In all there were 68 appointments during the research period, 40 before the economic collapse and 28 after the collapse, which met the criteria of 13th paragraph in 22nd article of employment laws, no. 70/1996. Content analysis, which is a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, was used for processing and analyzing the data. The study investigates whether the job advertisements fulfill the criteria about job advertisments like they appear in regulations no. 464/1996 about job advertisements. Whether job advertisements for vacant jobs were published in Lögbirtingablaðið (Iceland’s Legal Publication Journal, whether the application deadline were according to 7th article og the employment laws, whether special recruiting committees were used for professional support and finally the length of the recruitment process. The main results of this research indicate that there has been improvement in the recruiting process during the chosen research period. Following the economic collapse the execution of job advertisements have improved as the publication of job advertisements in Lögbirtingablaðið was in most cases complied with laws and regulations. The application deadline was more often correctly indicated after the collapse, and special recruiting committees were more often used than the law stipulated. The recruitment process has however become longer after the economic collapse.

  1. Astronaut Office Scheduling System Software

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    Brown, Estevancio

    2010-01-01

    AOSS is a highly efficient scheduling application that uses various tools to schedule astronauts weekly appointment information. This program represents an integration of many technologies into a single application to facilitate schedule sharing and management. It is a Windows-based application developed in Visual Basic. Because the NASA standard office automation load environment is Microsoft-based, Visual Basic provides AO SS developers with the ability to interact with Windows collaboration components by accessing objects models from applications like Outlook and Excel. This also gives developers the ability to create newly customizable components that perform specialized tasks pertaining to scheduling reporting inside the application. With this capability, AOSS can perform various asynchronous tasks, such as gathering/ sending/ managing astronauts schedule information directly to their Outlook calendars at any time.

  2. Scheduling and Subcontracting under Parallel Machines

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    CHEN Rong-jun; TANG Guo-chun

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,we study a model on joint decisions of scheduling and subcontracting,in which jobs(orders) can be either processed by parallel machines at the manufacturer in-house or subcontracted to a subcontractor.The manufacturer needs to determine which jobs should be produced in-house and which jobs should be subcontracted.Furthermore,it needs to determine a production schedule for jobs to be produced in-house.We discuss five classical scheduling objectives as production costs.For each problem with different objective functions,we give optimality conditions and propose dynamic programming algorithms.

  3. Acuity-based nurse assignment and patient scheduling in oncology clinics.

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    Liang, Bohui; Turkcan, Ayten

    2016-09-01

    The oncology clinics use different nursing care delivery models to provide chemotherapy treatment to cancer patients. Functional and primary care delivery models are the most commonly used methods in the clinics. In functional care delivery model, patients are scheduled for a chemotherapy appointment without considering availabilities of individual nurses, and nurses are assigned to patients according to patient acuities, nursing skill, and patient mix on a given day after the appointment schedule is determined. Patients might be treated by different nurses on different days of their treatment. In primary care delivery model, each patient is assigned to a primary nurse, and the patients are scheduled to be seen by the same nurse every time they come to the clinic for treatment. However, these clinics might experience high variability in daily nurse workload due to treatment protocols that should be followed strictly. In that case, part-time nurses can be utilized to share the excess workload of the primary nurses. The aim of this study is to develop optimization methods to reduce the time spent for nurse assignment and patient scheduling in oncology clinics that use different nursing care delivery models. For the functional delivery model, a multiobjective optimization model with the objectives of minimizing patient waiting times and nurse overtime is proposed to solve the nurse assignment problem. For the primary care delivery model, another multiobjective optimization model with the objectives of minimizing total overtime and total excess workload is proposed to solve the patient scheduling problem. Spreadsheet-based optimization tools are developed for easy implementation. Computational results show that the proposed models provide multiple nondominated solutions, which can be used to determine the optimal staffing levels.

  4. Scheduling to Minimize Energy and Flow Time in Broadcast Scheduling

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    Moseley, Benjamin

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we initiate the study of minimizing power consumption in the broadcast scheduling model. In this setting there is a wireless transmitter. Over time requests arrive at the transmitter for pages of information. Multiple requests may be for the same page. When a page is transmitted, all requests for that page receive the transmission simulteneously. The speed the transmitter sends data at can be dynamically scaled to conserve energy. We consider the problem of minimizing flow time plus energy, the most popular scheduling metric considered in the standard scheduling model when the scheduler is energy aware. We will assume that the power consumed is modeled by an arbitrary convex function. For this problem there is a $\\Omega(n)$ lower bound. Due to the lower bound, we consider the resource augmentation model of Gupta \\etal \\cite{GuptaKP10}. Using resource augmentation, we give a scalable algorithm. Our result also gives a scalable non-clairvoyant algorithm for minimizing weighted flow time plus energ...

  5. Simultaneous scheduling of machines and mobile robots

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    Dang, Vinh Quang; Nielsen, Izabela Ewa

    2013-01-01

    This paper deals with the problem of simultaneously scheduling machines and a number of autonomous mobile robots in a flexible manufacturing system (FMS). Besides capability of transporting materials between machines, the considered mobile robots are different from other material handling devices...... in terms of their advanced ability to perform tasks at machines by using their manipulation arms. The mobile robots thus have to be scheduled in relation to scheduling of machines so as to increase the efficiency of the overall system. The performance criterion is to minimize time required to complete all...

  6. 42 CFR 21.51 - Appointment of officers having specialized training or experience in administration and management.

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    ... or experience in administration and management. 21.51 Section 21.51 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH... Appointment of officers having specialized training or experience in administration and management. The... specialized training or experience in administration and management relating to the functions of the...

  7. Selection Criteria, Skill Sets and Competencies: What Is Their Role in the Appointment of Vice-Chancellors in Australian Universities?

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    O'Meara, Bernard; Petzall, Stanley

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The research presented here attempts to identify and analyse the reported selection criteria used in the appointment of Australian vice-chancellors (VCs) and to contrast this with the selection criteria actually used. Design/methodology/approach: Contemporary research into the nature, role and purpose of section criteria in appointment…

  8. Communication Profiles of Psychiatric Residents and Attending Physicians in Medication-Management Appointments: A Quantitative Pilot Study

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    Castillo, Enrico G.; Pincus, Harold A.; Wieland, Melissa; Roter, Debra; Larson, Susan; Houck, Patricia; Reynolds, Charles F.; Cruz, Mario

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The authors quantitatively examined differences in psychiatric residents' and attending physicians' communication profiles and voice tones. Methods: Audiotaped recordings of 49 resident-patient and 35 attending-patient medication-management appointments at four ambulatory sites were analyzed with the Roter Interaction Analysis System…

  9. Terminal Appointment System Design by Non-stationary M(t)/Ek/c(t) Queueing Model and Genetic Algorithm

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    Chen, Gang; Govindan, Kannan; Yang, Zhong-Zhen

    2013-01-01

    implementation scenarios of TAS: static TAS (STAS) and dynamic TAS (DTAS). First, a non-stationary M(t)/E/c(t) queueing model is used to analyse a terminal gate system, and solved with a new approximation approach. Then, genetic algorithm is applied to optimise the hourly quota of entry appointments in STAS...

  10. 32 CFR 728.74 - Applicants for appointment in the regular Navy or Marine Corps and reserve components, including...

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    ... or Marine Corps and reserve components, including members of the reserve components who apply for... Persons § 728.74 Applicants for appointment in the regular Navy or Marine Corps and reserve components, including members of the reserve components who apply for active duty. (a) Necessary medical...

  11. End-of-life decisions: a cross-national study of treatment preference discussions and surrogate decision-maker appointments.

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    Evans, N.; Pasman, H.R.W.; Vega Alonso, T.; Block, L. van den; Miccinesi, G.; Viviane, V.C.; Donker, G.; Bertolissi, S.; Zurriaga, O.; Deliens, L.

    2013-01-01

    Aim: Making decisions in anticipation of possible future incapacity is part of patient participation in end-of-life decision-making. This study estimates and compares the prevalence of GP-patient end-of-life treatment preference discussions and appointments of surrogate decision-makers in Italy, Spa

  12. Determinants of Noncompliance to Clinic Appointments and Medications among Nigerian Children with Epilepsy: Experience in a Tertiary Health Facility in Enugu, Nigeria

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the frequency and determinants of noncompliance to clinic appointment and medication among Nigerian children with epilepsy. Method. This is a cross-sectional survey of noncompliance to clinic appointments and medication among 113 consecutive children with epilepsy attending the Paediatric Neurology Clinic of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, southeastern Nigeria. Results. Noncompliance to clinic appointment and medication was 23% and 15.3%, respectively. The major reasons given were lack of finance, clashing with school time, and forgetting to take the drugs. Children whose mothers were less educated and unemployed were more likely to miss clinic appointments. Noncompliance to medication was associated with poor seizure control. Children that were on phenobarbitone were more likely to be noncompliant with medication than those on sodium valproate and/or carbamazepine. Conclusion. Missed clinic appointment and medication noncompliance are common among Nigerian children with epilepsy and financial constraint is the most common reason.

  13. Determinants of Noncompliance to Clinic Appointments and Medications among Nigerian Children with Epilepsy: Experience in a Tertiary Health Facility in Enugu, Nigeria

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    Ibekwe, Roland Chidi; Ndukuba, Appolos Chidi; Aronu, Ann Ebele; Eke, Christopher Bismarck; Ibekwe, MaryAnn Ugochi; Ojinnaka, Ngozi Chinyelu

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To determine the frequency and determinants of noncompliance to clinic appointment and medication among Nigerian children with epilepsy. Method. This is a cross-sectional survey of noncompliance to clinic appointments and medication among 113 consecutive children with epilepsy attending the Paediatric Neurology Clinic of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, southeastern Nigeria. Results. Noncompliance to clinic appointment and medication was 23% and 15.3%, respectively. The major reasons given were lack of finance, clashing with school time, and forgetting to take the drugs. Children whose mothers were less educated and unemployed were more likely to miss clinic appointments. Noncompliance to medication was associated with poor seizure control. Children that were on phenobarbitone were more likely to be noncompliant with medication than those on sodium valproate and/or carbamazepine. Conclusion. Missed clinic appointment and medication noncompliance are common among Nigerian children with epilepsy and financial constraint is the most common reason. PMID:26997756

  14. Integrated Job Scheduling and Network Routing

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    Gamst, Mette; Pisinger, David

    2013-01-01

    We consider an integrated job scheduling and network routing problem which appears in Grid Computing and production planning. The problem is to schedule a number of jobs at a finite set of machines, such that the overall profit of the executed jobs is maximized. Each job demands a number...... of resources which must be sent to the executing machine through a network with limited capacity. A job cannot start before all of its resources have arrived at the machine. The scheduling problem is formulated as a Mixed Integer Program (MIP) and proved to be NP-hard. An exact solution approach using Dantzig...... instances with 1,000 jobs and 1,000 machines covering 24 hours of scheduling activity on a Grid network. The algorithm is also compared to simulations of a real-life Grid, and results show that the solution quality significantly increases when solving the problem to optimality. The promising results...

  15. 75 FR 43159 - Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment as a Member of the Biomass Research and...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment as a Member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee; Correction AGENCY: Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of solicitation...

  16. Coordinating, Scheduling, Processing and Analyzing IYA09

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    Gipson, John; Behrend, Dirk; Gordon, David; Himwich, Ed; MacMillan, Dan; Titus, Mike; Corey, Brian

    2010-01-01

    The IVS scheduled a special astrometric VLBI session for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA09) commemorating 400 years of optical astronomy and 40 years of VLBI. The IYA09 session is the most ambitious geodetic session to date in terms of network size, number of sources, and number of observations. We describe the process of designing, coordinating, scheduling, pre-session station checkout, correlating, and analyzing this session.

  17. End-of-life decisions: a cross-national study of treatment preference discussions and surrogate decision-maker appointments.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Making treatment decisions in anticipation of possible future incapacity is an important part of patient participation in end-of-life decision-making. This study estimates and compares the prevalence of GP-patient end-of-life treatment discussions and patients' appointment of surrogate decision-makers in Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands and examines associated factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional, retrospective survey was conducted with representative GP networks in four countries. GPs recorded the health and care characteristics in the last three months of life of 4,396 patients who died non-suddenly. Prevalences were estimated and logistic regressions were used to examine between country differences and country-specific associated patient and care factors. RESULTS: GP-patient discussion of treatment preferences occurred for 10%, 7%, 25% and 47% of Italian, Spanish, Belgian and of Dutch patients respectively. Furthermore, 6%, 5%, 16% and 29% of Italian, Spanish, Belgian and Dutch patients had a surrogate decision-maker. Despite some country-specific differences, previous GP-patient discussion of primary diagnosis, more frequent GP contact, GP provision of palliative care, the importance of palliative care as a treatment aim and place of death were positively associated with preference discussions or surrogate appointments. A diagnosis of dementia was negatively associated with preference discussions and surrogate appointments. CONCLUSIONS: The study revealed a higher prevalence of treatment preference discussions and surrogate appointments in the two northern compared to the two southern European countries. Factors associated with preference discussions and surrogate appointments suggest that delaying diagnosis discussions impedes anticipatory planning, whereas early preference discussions, particularly for dementia patients, and the provision of palliative care encourage participation.

  18. History, Research, and Challenges: A Systematic Analysis of Peer Review for Journals, Grants, and Faculty Appointments

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    Mu-Hsuan Huang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Peer review is a self-regulation mechanism for scientific inquiry. Institutionalized and incorporated into the structure and operation of science, it has received considerable support in the academic setting. The legitimacy of peer review is based on trust and integrity. In various ways, it allocates scarce resources such as journal space, research funding, faculty recruitment, recognition, and rewards for academic achievements. But there are growing indications that peer review has yet to fulfill its potential functions, leading to negative assessments as to whether it is effective, efficient, or reliable. Many studies have found links between potential sources of bias and judgments in peer review and expressed reservations over the fairness of the process. It is, therefore, important that the peer review process should be subjected to serious scrutiny and regular evaluation that would lead to better quality and greater fairness. This study presents a systematic review of the empirical literature on peer review of journal manuscripts, grant applications, and faculty appointments and promotions. Historical and contextual information is provided as a basis for interpreting this review. Finally, the authors discuss international recommendations for good practice in peer review and the potential and problems of peer review and bibliometrics. [Article content in Chinese

  19. Advice and Consent vs. Silence and Dissent: The Contrasting Roles of the Legislature in U.S. and U.K. Judicial Appointments

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    Clark, Mary L.

    2011-01-01

    The Senate’s role in judicial appointments has come under increasingly withering criticism for its uninformative and “spectacle”-like nature. At the same time, Britain has established two new judicial appointments processes—to accompany its new Supreme Court and existing lower courts—in which Parliament plays no part. This Article seeks to understand the reasons for the inclusion and exclusion of the legislature in the U.S. and U.K. judicial appointment processes adopted at the creation of th...

  20. [Access to medical appointments by men with sexually transmitted diseases at a health unit in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil].

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    Araújo, Maria Alix Leite; Leitão, Glória da Conceição Mesquita

    2005-01-01

    Access to healthcare services is one of the important aspects of the Unified National Health System in Brazil, and the supply and management of such services is the responsibility of municipalities. This study focuses on difficulties faced by men with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in accessing appointments for treatment. This was a qualitative study of men treated at an STD clinic in Fortaleza, Ceará State, Brazil, in November 2003, using content analysis technique and interpretation of interviews, focusing on access as the category. Men with STDs encountered extensive difficulty in accessing medical appointments, even when they used different strategies for this purpose. Scheduling of services is incompatible with patients' available time. At the primary care level, the supply of appointments for STDs scarcely exists. More investment is needed in the Unified National Health System in order to improve access to appointments for men with STDs, and the supply of services should take the population's demand into account.

  1. JUDGING SELECTION: APPOINTING CANADIAN JUDGES

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    Peter McCormick

    2015-01-01

    Since the 1970s, the appointment of trial judges in Canada has generally involved an arms-length committee of professionals, although the structure of these committees and their role in the process has varied from province to province, as well as evolving over time. Yet these “new” structures and “new” processes did not prevent a major judicial appointment scandal in the province of Quebec in 2010, culminating in the formation of the Bastarache Committee to recommend changes. This paper summa...

  2. The relationship between adherence to clinic appointments and year-one mortality for newly enrolled HIV infected patients at a regional referral hospital in Western Kenya, January 2011-December 2012.

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    Kimeu, Muthusi; Burmen, Barbara; Audi, Beryl; Adega, Anne; Owuor, Karen; Arodi, Susan; Bii, Dennis; Zielinski-Gutiérrez, Emily

    2016-01-01

    This retrospective cohort analysis was conducted to describe the association between adherence to clinic appointments and mortality, one year after enrollment into HIV care. We examined appointment-adherence for newly enrolled patients between January 2011 and December 2012 at a regional referral hospital in western Kenya. The outcomes of interest were patient default, risk factors for repeat default, and year-one risk of death. Of 582 enrolled patients, 258 (44%) were defaulters. GEE revealed that once having been defaulters, patients were significantly more likely to repeatedly default (OR 1.4; 95% CI 1.12-1.77), especially the unemployed (OR 1.43; 95% CI 1.07-1.91), smokers (OR 2.22; 95% CI 1.31-3.76), and those with no known disclosure (OR 2.17; 95% CI 1.42-3.3). Nineteen patients (3%) died during the follow-up period. Cox proportional hazards revealed that the risk of death was significantly higher among defaulters (HR 3.12; 95% CI 1.2-8.0) and increased proportionally to the rate of patient default; HR was 4.05 (95% CI1.38-11.81) and 4.98 (95% CI 1.45-17.09) for a cumulative of 4-60 and ≥60 days elapsed between all scheduled and actual clinic appointment dates, respectively. Risk factors for repeat default suggest a need to deliver targeted adherence programs.

  3. Planning and Scheduling for Environmental Sensor Networks

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    Frank, J. D.

    2005-12-01

    Environmental Sensor Networks are a new way of monitoring the environment. They comprise autonomous sensor nodes in the environment that record real-time data, which is retrieved, analyzed, integrated with other data sets (e.g. satellite images, GIS, process models) and ultimately lead to scientific discoveries. Sensor networks must operate within time and resource constraints. Sensors have limited onboard memory, energy, computational power, communications windows and communications bandwidth. The value of data will depend on when, where and how it was collected, how detailed the data is, how long it takes to integrate the data, and how important the data was to the original scientific question. Planning and scheduling of sensor networks is necessary for effective, safe operations in the face of these constraints. For example, power bus limitations may preclude sensors from simultaneously collecting data and communicating without damaging the sensor; planners and schedulers can ensure these operations are ordered so that they do not happen simultaneously. Planning and scheduling can also ensure best use of the sensor network to maximize the value of collected science data. For example, if data is best recorded using a particular camera angle but it is costly in time and energy to achieve this, planners and schedulers can search for times when time and energy are available to achieve the optimal camera angle. Planning and scheduling can handle uncertainty in the problem specification; planners can be re-run when new information is made available, or can generate plans that include contingencies. For example, if bad weather may prevent the collection of data, a contingent plan can check lighting conditions and turn off data collection to save resources if lighting is not ideal. Both mobile and immobile sensors can benefit from planning and scheduling. For example, data collection on otherwise passive sensors can be halted to preserve limited power and memory

  4. Nonattendance to medical specialists’ appointments and its relation to regional environmental and socioeconomic indicators in the Chilean public health system

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Medical care provided by medical specialists is one of the scarcest resources in the public system. It is costly and difficult to access for the general population. Availability and accessibility of specialized care is related to economic, social and cultural aspects that vary among geographical areas. An aggravating factor for this situation is patients’ failure to appear on the date of their appointment, which is defined as the nonattendance of patients to medical specialist appointments without notice. OBJECTIVES To measure and analyze the phenomenon of nonattendance of patients to medical appointments with specialists in the public healthcare system of Chile and its relationship with environmental and socioeconomic regional indicators. METHODS Ecological design study, using medical care records in the public system and environmental and socioeconomic regional indicators potentially related to the absence of patients, between the years 2005-2010. Poisson regression models with random components were used for assessing associations. RESULTS There is 16.5% of nonattendance of patients, with a range between regions from 8.8 to 20.2%. Nonattendance is higher in the specialties of dermatology, geriatrics and nutrition (20.0%, in children (3.1% more than in adults, in areas with highest indigenous population (RR=1.3, in areas with low diversity of specialties (RR=1.1 and in the months of February, July, November and December (RR>1.1. CONCLUSIONS In Chile, socioeconomic factors and the management of healthcare resources have greater influence on the nonattendance of patients to medical specialists’ appointments than environmental factors; therefore, this phenomenon may be avoidable.

  5. A preliminary model of work during initial examination and treatment planning appointments.

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    Irwin, J Y; Torres-Urquidy, M H; Schleyer, T; Monaco, V

    2009-01-10

    Objective This study's objective was to formally describe the work process for charting and treatment planning in general dental practice to inform the design of a new clinical computing environment.Methods Using a process called contextual inquiry, researchers observed 23 comprehensive examination and treatment planning sessions during 14 visits to 12 general US dental offices. For each visit, field notes were analysed and reformulated as formalised models. Subsequently, each model type was consolidated across all offices and visits. Interruptions to the workflow, called breakdowns, were identified.Results Clinical work during dental examination and treatment planning appointments is a highly collaborative activity involving dentists, hygienists and assistants. Personnel with multiple overlapping roles complete complex multi-step tasks supported by a large and varied collection of equipment, artifacts and technology. Most of the breakdowns were related to technology which interrupted the workflow, caused rework and increased the number of steps in work processes.Conclusion Current dental software could be significantly improved with regard to its support for communication and collaboration, workflow, information design and presentation, information content, and data entry.

  6. Schedule Matters: Understanding the Relationship between Schedule Delays and Costs on Overruns

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    Majerowicz, Walt; Shinn, Stephen A.

    2016-01-01

    This paper examines the relationship between schedule delays and cost overruns on complex projects. It is generally accepted by many project practitioners that cost overruns are directly related to schedule delays. But what does "directly related to" actually mean? Some reasons or root causes for schedule delays and associated cost overruns are obvious, if only in hindsight. For example, unrealistic estimates, supply chain difficulties, insufficient schedule margin, technical problems, scope changes, or the occurrence of risk events can negatively impact schedule performance. Other factors driving schedule delays and cost overruns may be less obvious and more difficult to quantify. Examples of these less obvious factors include project complexity, flawed estimating assumptions, over-optimism, political factors, "black swan" events, or even poor leadership and communication. Indeed, is it even possible the schedule itself could be a source of delay and subsequent cost overrun? Through literature review, surveys of project practitioners, and the authors' own experience on NASA programs and projects, the authors will categorize and examine the various factors affecting the relationship between project schedule delays and cost growth. The authors will also propose some ideas for organizations to consider to help create an awareness of the factors which could cause or influence schedule delays and associated cost growth on complex projects.

  7. Integrated network design and scheduling problems :

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    Nurre, Sarah G.; Carlson, Jeffrey J.

    2014-01-01

    We consider the class of integrated network design and scheduling problems. These problems focus on selecting and scheduling operations that will change the characteristics of a network, while being speci cally concerned with the performance of the network over time. Motivating applications of INDS problems include infrastructure restoration after extreme events and building humanitarian distribution supply chains. While similar models have been proposed, no one has performed an extensive review of INDS problems from their complexity, network and scheduling characteristics, information, and solution methods. We examine INDS problems under a parallel identical machine scheduling environment where the performance of the network is evaluated by solving classic network optimization problems. We classify that all considered INDS problems as NP-Hard and propose a novel heuristic dispatching rule algorithm that selects and schedules sets of arcs based on their interactions in the network. We present computational analysis based on realistic data sets representing the infrastructures of coastal New Hanover County, North Carolina, lower Manhattan, New York, and a realistic arti cial community CLARC County. These tests demonstrate the importance of a dispatching rule to arrive at near-optimal solutions during real-time decision making activities. We extend INDS problems to incorporate release dates which represent the earliest an operation can be performed and exible release dates through the introduction of specialized machine(s) that can perform work to move the release date earlier in time. An online optimization setting is explored where the release date of a component is not known.

  8. Store-Forward and its implications for Proportional Scheduling

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    Walton, N.S.

    2014-01-01

    The Proportional Scheduler was recently proposed as a scheduling algorithm for multi-hop switch networks. For these networks, the BackPressure scheduler is the classical benchmark. For networks with fixed routing, the Proportional Scheduler is maximum stable, myopic and, furthermore, will alleviate

  9. Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 3) - “Financial benefits on taking up appointment and on termination of contract”

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    Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 3) entitled “Financial benefits on taking up appointment and on termination of contract”, approved by the Director-General following discussion at the Standing Concertation Committee meeting of 27 June 2013 and entering into force on 1 August 2013, is available on the intranet site of the Human Resources Department (see here).   Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 3) is applicable to all members of the personnel. It cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 2/Corr.) entitled "Financial benefits on taking up appointment and on termination of contract” of September 2009. This circular was revised in order to implement the modifications introduced into the Staff Rules and Regulations in January 2013 relating to the introduction of the status of Associate Member States and new categories of associated members of the personnel. In particular, the notion of “Member State” in Annexe II (&a...

  10. Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 7) - Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members

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    2015-01-01

    Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 7), entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members", approved by the Director-General following discussion at the Standing Concertation Committee meeting held on 17 February 2015 is available via the following link: AC No. 2 (Rev.7).   This revised circular cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 6), entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members" and dated January 2015. The circular was revised in order to implement the amendment to Article R II 1.17 of the Staff Regulations, which introduces the possibility of extending limited-duration (LD) contracts up to a maximum total duration of eight years from the previous duration of five years. The award of indefinite contracts will continue to be subject to the outcome of a competitive process. Department Head Of...

  11. ANALYSIS OF LEGAL ASPECTS OF STORAGE OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS APPOINTED FOR MEDICAL AND SANITARY CONSEQUENCES OF EMERGENCIES MITIGATION

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    G. Ya. Ibragimova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes principal legal aspects of medical products storage, appointed for medical and sanitary consequences of emergencies mitigation. We have revealed that nowadays there is a whole range of legal gaps and uncertainties in the regulation of medical products storage. We have also offered the ways for their solution

  12. Michel Spiro is appointed director of the IN2P3 and the Department of Nuclear and Particle Physics of the CNRS

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    2003-01-01

    "Michel Spiro was appointed director of the IN2P3, by order of the Minister of Youth, National Education and Research and the Minister of Research and New Technologies on February 17, 2003. He was also appointed director of the Department of Nuclear and Particle Physics of the CNRS by decision of the CNRS Director General on February 21, 2003" (1/2 page).

  13. From telephone to office: intake attendance as a function of appointment delay.

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    Festinger, David S; Lamb, R J; Marlowe, Douglas B; Kirby, Kimberly C

    2002-01-01

    In the present study, 116 clients calling an outpatient cocaine treatment clinic were randomly assigned to intake appointments scheduled either the same day, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days later. Significantly more subjects scheduled 1 day later attended their intake appointments (72%), compared to those scheduled 3 days (41%) or 7 days (38%) later. Odds ratios indicate that subjects offered intake appointments approximately 24 h following their initial contact are more than four times as likely to attend their intakes as those scheduled later. This accelerated intake procedure allows clinics to reach more patients in need of services.

  14. Selection and appointment of personnel in broader perspective%以更宏阔的视野选人用人

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    赵耀

    2012-01-01

    以更宏阔的视野选人用人,拓宽选人用人渠道,促进优秀人才脱颖而出是执政党的重大战略任务。必须坚持以理念创新为先导,坚持党管干部、党管人才原则和选人用人标准,妥善解决存在的瓶颈问题,不断创新选人用人机制,营造优秀人才健康成长的环境。%To broaden vision and channels of selection and appointment of personnel so as to promote outstanding talent is a major strategic task of the ruling party. We must adhere to the concept of innovation as the guide, the principle of the Party's management of leadership and talent and the standard of selection and appointment in order to properly solve existing bottlenecks, innovate mechanisms for selection and appointment, and create a good environment for healthy growth of talent.

  15. Distributed scheduling to support a call center: A cooperative multiagent approach

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    Brazier, F.M.T.; Jonker, C.M.; Jüngen, F.J.; Treur, J.

    1999-01-01

    This article describes a multiagent system architecture to increase the value of 24-hour-a day call center service. This system supports call centers in making appointments with clients on the basis ofknowledge ofemployees and their schedules. Relevant activities are scheduled for employees in prepa

  16. 78 FR 70079 - Appointments to Performance Review Boards for Senior Executive Service

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    2013-11-22

    ...) responsible for making recommendations to the appointing and awarding authorities on performance appraisal... COMMISSION Appointments to Performance Review Boards for Senior Executive Service AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Appointment to Performance Review Boards for Senior Executive Service. SUMMARY: The...

  17. Parents' Family Time and Work Schedules: The Split-Shift Schedule in Spain

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    Gracia, P.; Kalmijn, M.

    2016-01-01

    This study used data on couples from the 2003 Spanish Time Use Survey (N = 1,416) to analyze how work schedules are associated with family, couple, parent–child, and non-family leisure activities. Spain is clearly an interesting case for the institutionalized split-shift schedule, a long lunch break

  18. Schedule and status of irradiation experiments

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    Rowcliffe, A.F.; Grossbeck, M.L.; Robertson, J.P. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The current status of reactor irradiation experiments is presented in tables summarizing the experimental objectives, conditions, and schedule. Currently, the program has four irradiation experiments in reactor, and five experiments in the design or construction stages. Postirradiation examination and testing is in progress on ten experiments.

  19. Schedule and status of irradiation experiments

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    Rowcliffe, A.F.; Grossbeck, M.L.; Robertson, J.P. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-09-01

    The current status of reactor irradiation experiments is presented in tables summarizing the experimental objectives, conditions, and schedule. Currently, the program has one irradiation experiment in reactor and five experiments in the design or construction stages. Postirradiation examination and testing is in progress on ten experiments.

  20. Schedule and status of irradiation experiments

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    Rowcliffe, A.F.; Grossbeck, M.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-04-01

    To provide an updated summary of the status of irradiation experiments for the neutron-interactive materials program. The current status of reactor irradiation experiments is presented in tables summarizing the experimental objectives, conditions, and schedule. Currently, the program has two irradiation experiments in reactor; and 8 experiments in the planning or design stages. Postirradiation examination and testing is in progress on 18 experiments.

  1. Scheduling in Engineering, Project, and Production Management

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    Chien-Ho Ko

    2015-01-01

    This issue presents five papers selected from the 2013 (4th) International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM2013) held in Bangkok, Thailand. Three of the papers deal with scheduling problems faced in project and production management, while the remaining two focus on engineering management issues.

  2. Scheduling in Engineering, Project, and Production Management

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    Chien-Ho Ko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This issue presents five papers selected from the 2013 (4th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM2013 held in Bangkok, Thailand. Three of the papers deal with scheduling problems faced in project and production management, while the remaining two focus on engineering management issues.

  3. Automated scheduling and planning from theory to practice

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    Ozcan, Ender; Urquhart, Neil

    2013-01-01

      Solving scheduling problems has long presented a challenge for computer scientists and operations researchers. The field continues to expand as researchers and practitioners examine ever more challenging problems and develop automated methods capable of solving them. This book provides 11 case studies in automated scheduling, submitted by leading researchers from across the world. Each case study examines a challenging real-world problem by analysing the problem in detail before investigating how the problem may be solved using state of the art techniques.The areas covered include aircraft scheduling, microprocessor instruction scheduling, sports fixture scheduling, exam scheduling, personnel scheduling and production scheduling.  Problem solving methodologies covered include exact as well as (meta)heuristic approaches, such as local search techniques, linear programming, genetic algorithms and ant colony optimisation.The field of automated scheduling has the potential to impact many aspects of our lives...

  4. Analysis and Optimisation of Hierarchically Scheduled Multiprocessor Embedded Systems

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    Pop, Traian; Pop, Paul; Eles, Petru;

    2008-01-01

    , they are organised in a hierarchy. In this paper, we first develop a holistic scheduling and schedulability analysis that determines the timing properties of a hierarchically scheduled system. Second, we address design problems that are characteristic to such hierarchically scheduled systems: assignment......We present an approach to the analysis and optimisation of heterogeneous multiprocessor embedded systems. The systems are heterogeneous not only in terms of hardware components, but also in terms of communication protocols and scheduling policies. When several scheduling policies share a resource...... of scheduling policies to tasks, mapping of tasks to hardware components, and the scheduling of the activities. We also present several algorithms for solving these problems. Our heuristics are able to find schedulable implementations under limited resources, achieving an efficient utilisation of the system...

  5. Second-order schedules of token reinforcement with pigeons: effects of fixed- and variable-ratio exchange schedules.

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    Foster, T A; Hackenberg, T D; Vaidya, M

    2001-09-01

    Pigeons' key pecks produced food under second-order schedules of token reinforcement, with light-emitting diodes serving as token reinforcers. In Experiment 1, tokens were earned according to a fixed-ratio 50 schedule and were exchanged for food according to either fixed-ratio or variable-ratio exchange schedules, with schedule type varied across conditions. In Experiment 2, schedule type was varied within sessions using a multiple schedule. In one component, tokens were earned according to a fixed-ratio 50 schedule and exchanged according to a variable-ratio schedule. In the other component, tokens were earned according to a variable-ratio 50 schedule and exchanged according to a fixed-ratio schedule. In both experiments, the number of responses per exchange was varied parametrically across conditions, ranging from 50 to 400 responses. Response rates decreased systematically with increases in the fixed-ratio exchange schedules, but were much less affected by changes in the variable-ratio exchange schedules. Response rates were consistently higher under variable-ratio exchange schedules than tinder comparable fixed-ratio exchange schedules, especially at higher exchange ratios. These response-rate differences were due both to greater pre-ratio pausing and to lower local rates tinder the fixed-ratio exchange schedules. Local response rates increased with proximity to food under the higher fixed-ratio exchange schedules, indicative of discriminative control by the tokens.

  6. Production planning and scheduling in refinery industry

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    Persson, Jan

    1999-07-01

    In this thesis we consider production planning and scheduling in refinery industry, in particular we study the planning and scheduling at the Nynaes AB refinery and at the Scanraff AB refinery. The purpose is to contribute to the development and the use of optimization models to support efficient decision making. We identify various decision problems concerning the aggregated production planning, the shipment planning, the scheduling of operation modes, and the utilization of pipes and tanks; and we discuss the potential to successfully apply optimization models on these problems. We formulate a mixed integer linear programming model for the scheduling of operation modes at Nynaes. The model concerns decisions about which mode of operation to use at a particular point in time in order to minimize costs of changing modes and costs of keeping inventories, given demands for products. We derive several types of valid inequalities for this mathematical problem and show how these inequalities can improve the lower bound obtained from the linear programming relaxation of the problem. We also show how the valid inequalities can be used to improve the performance of a branch and bound solution approach. Further, a tabu search heuristic is developed for the scheduling problem. The solution methods are tested on data provided by the Nynaes refinery, and the performance of the methods are discussed. We present several extensions of the proposed model, and illustrate how the model can be used to support both operational and strategic decision making at the refinery. 66 refs, 6 figs, 32 tabs. Also published as: Dissertation from the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering, No 25, Licenciate Thesis.

  7. Production planning and scheduling in refinery industry

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    Persson, Jan

    1999-06-01

    In this thesis we consider production planning and scheduling in refinery industry, in particular we study the planning and scheduling at the Nynaes AB refinery and at the Scanraff AB refinery. The purpose is to contribute to the development and the use of optimization models to support efficient decision making. We identify various decision problems concerning the aggregated production planning, the shipment planning, the scheduling of operation modes, and the utilization of pipes and tanks; and we discuss the potential to successfully apply optimization models on these problems. We formulate a mixed integer linear programming model for the scheduling of operation modes at Nynaes. The model concerns decisions about which mode of operation to use at a particular point in time in order to minimize costs of changing modes and costs of keeping inventories, given demands for products. We derive several types of valid inequalities for this mathematical problem and show how these inequalities can improve the lower bound obtained from the linear programming relaxation of the problem. We also show how the valid inequalities can be used to improve the performance of a branch and bound solution approach. Further, a tabu search heuristic is developed for the scheduling problem. The solution methods are tested on data provided by the Nynaes refinery, and the performance of the methods are discussed. We present several extensions of the proposed model, and illustrate how the model can be used to support both operational and strategic decision making at the refinery. 66 refs, 6 figs, 32 tabs. Also published as: Dissertation from the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering, No 25, Licenciate Thesis

  8. Parental Work Schedules and Adolescent Risky Behaviors

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    Han, Wen-Jui; Miller, Daniel P.; Waldfogel, Jane

    2010-01-01

    Using a large contemporary data set (the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-Child Supplement), the authors examined the effects of parental work schedules on adolescent risky behaviors at age 13 or 14 and the mechanisms that might explain them. Structural equation modeling suggests mothers who worked more often at night spent significantly less…

  9. 40 CFR 304.22 - Appointment of Arbitrator.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 27 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Appointment of Arbitrator. 304.22... CLAIMS Jurisdiction of Arbitrator, Referral of Claims, and Appointment of Arbitrator § 304.22 Appointment of Arbitrator. (a) The Association shall establish and maintain a National Panel of...

  10. 29 CFR 4221.4 - Appointment of the arbitrator.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Appointment of the arbitrator. 4221.4 Section 4221.4 Labor... MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES IN MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS § 4221.4 Appointment of the arbitrator. (a) Appointment of and acceptance by arbitrator. The parties shall select the arbitrator within 45 days after...

  11. Computerized Staffing and Scheduling of PRN Nursing Personnel

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    Veranth, Martha M; Cheson, Christine

    1984-01-01

    A computerized system developed at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah for staffing and scheduling PRN nursing personnel is described. Pre- and post-implementation staffing and scheduling activities are compared.

  12. Mathematical programming and financial objectives for scheduling projects

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    Kimms, Alf

    2001-01-01

    Mathematical Programming and Financial Objectives for Scheduling Projects focuses on decision problems where the performance is measured in terms of money. As the title suggests, special attention is paid to financial objectives and the relationship of financial objectives to project schedules and scheduling. In addition, how schedules relate to other decisions is treated in detail. The book demonstrates that scheduling must be combined with project selection and financing, and that scheduling helps to give an answer to the planning issue of the amount of resources required for a project. The author makes clear the relevance of scheduling to cutting budget costs. The book is divided into six parts. The first part gives a brief introduction to project management. Part two examines scheduling projects in order to maximize their net present value. Part three considers capital rationing. Many decisions on selecting or rejecting a project cannot be made in isolation and multiple projects must be taken fully into a...

  13. Helping Children Understand Routines and Classroom Schedules. What Works Briefs.

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    Ostrosky, M. M.; Jung, E. Y.; Hemmeter, M. L.; Thomas, D.

    Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children's emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behavior…

  14. Present and future hydropower scheduling in Statkraft

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    Bruland, O.

    2012-12-01

    Statkraft produces close to 40 TWH in an average year and is one of the largest hydropower producers in Europe. For hydropower producers the scheduling of electricity generation is the key to success and this depend on optimal use of the water resources. The hydrologist and his forecasts both on short and on long terms are crucial to this success. The hydrological forecasts in Statkraft and most hydropower companies in Scandinavia are based on lumped models and the HBV concept. But before the hydrological model there is a complex system for collecting, controlling and correcting data applied in the models and the production scheduling and, equally important, routines for surveillance of the processes and manual intervention. Prior to the forecasting the states in the hydrological models are updated based on observations. When snow is present in the catchments snow surveys are an important source for model updating. The meteorological forecast is another premise provider to the hydrological forecast and to get as precise meteorological forecast as possible Statkraft hires resources from the governmental forecasting center. Their task is to interpret the meteorological situation, describe the uncertainties and if necessary use their knowledge and experience to manually correct the forecast in the hydropower production regions. This is one of several forecast applied further in the scheduling process. Both to be able to compare and evaluate different forecast providers and to ensure that we get the best available forecast, forecasts from different sources are applied. Some of these forecasts have undergone statistical corrections to reduce biases. The uncertainties related to the meteorological forecast have for a long time been approached and described by ensemble forecasts. But also the observations used for updating the model have a related uncertainty. Both to the observations itself and to how well they represent the catchment. Though well known, these

  15. CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY MEAUSREMENT SCHEDULE: DEVELOPMENT AND STANDARDIZATION*

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    Malhotra, Savita; Varma, V.K.; Verma, S.K.; Malhotra, Anil

    1988-01-01

    SUMMARY Development and standardization of an instrument Childhood Psychopathology Measurement Schedule (CPMS) to assess psychopathology in children is reported. CPMS is standardized on Indian population and is applicable to children of both sexes in the age range of 4-14 years. It measures overall psychopathology in the form of a total scores and also the type of psychopathology in the form of eight factorially derived syndromes which have satisfactory reliability and validity. CPMS is propo...

  16. Scheduling and Outsourcing with Multiple Customers

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    FENG Yan-ling; ZHANG Yu-zhong; JIA Guo-zhu

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we study a new scheduling and outsourcing model with multiple customers in which jobs can be processed by either in-house machine or outsourcing machine. All processed jobs have to be delivered in batches to their respective customers and each shipment incurs a delivery cost as well as a fixed amount of time. We discuss three commonly used ob jective functions, analyze their complexity and solve them by dynamic programming algorithms.

  17. 7 CFR 1260.145 - Appointment.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (MARKETING AGREEMENTS AND ORDERS; MISCELLANEOUS COMMODITIES), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH Beef Promotion and Research Order Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board § 1260.145 Appointment. (a)...

  18. Message Scheduling and Forwarding in Congested DTNs

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    Elwhishi, Ahmed

    2012-08-19

    Multi-copy utility-based routing has been considered as one of the most applicable approaches to effective message delivery in Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs). By allowing multiple message replicas launched, the ratio of message delivery or delay can be significantly reduced compared with other counterparts. Such an advantage, nonetheless, is at the expense of taking more buffer space at each node and higher complexity in message forwarding decisions. This paper investigates an efficient message scheduling and dropping policy via analytical modeling approach, aiming to achieve optimal performance in terms of message delivery delay. Extensive simulation results, based on a synthetic mobility model and real mobility traces, show that the proposed scheduling framework can achieve superb performance against its counterparts in terms of delivery delay.

  19. STUDY ON SHIFT SCHEDULE AND SIMULATION OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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    2001-01-01

    From the point of view of saving energy, a new shift schedule and auto-controlling strategy for automatic transmission are proposed. In order to verify this shift schedule,a simulation program using a software package of Matlab/Simulink is developed. The simulation results show the shift schedule is correct. This shift schedule has enriched the theory of vehicle automatic maneuvering and will improve the efficiency of hydrodynanic drive system of the vehicle.

  20. MESA: Mercator scheduler and archive system

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    Merges, Florian; Prins, Saskia; Pessemier, Wim; Raskin, Gert; Perez Padilla, Jesus; Van Winckel, Hans; Aerts, Conny

    2012-09-01

    We have developed an observing scheduling and archive system for the 1.2 meter Mercator Telescope. The goal was to optimize the specific niche of this modern small telescope in observational astrophysics: the building-up of long-term time series of photometric or high-resolution spectroscopic data with appropriate sampling for any given scientific program. This system allows PIs to easily submit their technical requirements and keep track of the progress of the observing programmes. The scheduling system provides the observer with an optimal schedule for the night which takes into account the current observing conditions as well as the priorities and requirements of the programmes in the queue. The observer can conveniently plan an observing night but also quickly adapt it to changing conditions. The archiving system automatically processes new files as they are created, including reduced data. It extracts the metadata and performs the normalization. A user can query, inspect and retrieve observing data. The progress of individual programmes, including timeline and reduced data plots can be seen at any time. Our MESA project is based on free and open source software (FOSS) using the Python programming language. The system is fully integrated with the Mercator Observing Control System1 (MOCS).

  1. 7 CFR 1150.135 - Appointment.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Marketing Agreements and Orders; Milk), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DAIRY PROMOTION PROGRAM Dairy Promotion and Research Order National Dairy Promotion and Research Board § 1150.135 Appointment. From the nominations...

  2. Contingency and stimulus change in chained schedules of reinforcement

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    Catania, A. Charles; Yohalem, Rona; Silverman, Philip J.

    1980-01-01

    Higher rates of pecking were maintained by pigeons in the middle component of three-component chained fixed-interval schedules than in that component of corresponding multiple schedules (two extinction components followed by a fixed-interval component). This rate difference did not occur in equivalent tandem and mixed schedules, in which a single stimulus was correlated with the three components. The higher rates in components of chained schedules demonstrate a reinforcing effect of the stimu...

  3. OMS event evaluator and scheduler

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    Eckelkamp, Richard E.

    1990-01-01

    An Operations Management System (OMS) is being designed for Space Station Freedom to improve productivity, reliability, and safety while reducing operations and maintenance costs. Central to the concept is a short term plan containing mixes of man-readable and machine-executable procedures used in an environment of distributed processing and execution. An OMS event evaluator to check upcoming short-term plan events for validity of execution is under development. The first version checks time and resource constraints against operational conditions for current or expected stations. In work are the handling of environmental and other operational constraints, as well as detailed modeling of resources and station operational states. The Ada Program also has the ability to reschedule all or part of the events.

  4. Optimal investment and scheduling of distributed energy resources with uncertainty in electric vehicles driving schedules

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    Cardoso, Goncalo [Technical Univ. of Lisbon (Portugal); Stadler, Michael [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Center for Energy and Innovation Technologies (Austria); Bozchalui, Mohammed C. [NEC Laboratories American Inc., Irving, TX (United States); Sharma, Ratnesh [NEC Laboratories American Inc., Irving, TX (United States); Marnay, Chris [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Barbosa-Povoa, Ana [Technical Univ. of Lisbon (Portugal); Ferrao, Paulo [Technical Univ. of Lisbon (Portugal)

    2013-12-06

    The large scale penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) will introduce technical challenges to the distribution grid, but also carries the potential for vehicle-to-grid services. Namely, if available in large enough numbers, EVs can be used as a distributed energy resource (DER) and their presence can influence optimal DER investment and scheduling decisions in microgrids. In this work, a novel EV fleet aggregator model is introduced in a stochastic formulation of DER-CAM [1], an optimization tool used to address DER investment and scheduling problems. This is used to assess the impact of EV interconnections on optimal DER solutions considering uncertainty in EV driving schedules. Optimization results indicate that EVs can have a significant impact on DER investments, particularly if considering short payback periods. Furthermore, results suggest that uncertainty in driving schedules carries little significance to total energy costs, which is corroborated by results obtained using the stochastic formulation of the problem.

  5. Cisplatin Scheduling and Dosing Aspects

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    F.E. de Jongh (Felix)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractIn 1965, during experiments on the effects of electric fields on cell growth and division, Rosenberg and co-workers found that an electric current delivered between platinum electrodes inhibited the proliferation of Escherichia coli bacteria. This inhibitory effect was found to be relate

  6. JUDGING SELECTION: APPOINTING CANADIAN JUDGES

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    Peter McCormick

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Since the 1970s, the appointment of trial judges in Canada has generally involved an arms-length committee of professionals, although the structure of these committees and their role in the process has varied from province to province, as well as evolving over time. Yet these “new” structures and “new” processes did not prevent a major judicial appointment scandal in the province of Quebec in 2010, culminating in the formation of the Bastarache Committee to recommend changes. This paper summarizes the forty-year history of Canadian judicial appointment committees, identifies the major challenges that face those committees, and suggests the basic values toward which reforms to the appointment process might be directed. Depuis les années 1970, la nomination des juges de première instance au Canada a généralement mis à contribution un comité de professionnels indépendants, bien que la structure de ce comité et son rôle dans le processus de nomination aient varié d’une province à l’autre et évolué avec le temps. Ces « nouvelles » structures et « nouveaux » processus n’ont certes pas empêché l’éclatement du scandale sur la nomination des juges au Québec en 2010. Ce scandale a donné lieu à la formation de la Commission Bastarache qui avait notamment le mandat de recommander des changements. La présent document résume les quarante ans d’histoire des comités canadiens de nomination des juges, recense les principaux défis que ces comités doivent relever, et propose les valeurs fondamentales qui devraient inspirer les réformes du processus de nomination.

  7. 7 CFR 3402.7 - Fellowship appointments.

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    2010-01-01

    ... enroll and pursue full-time study in a graduate degree program in the national need area and at the... appointed before completing two semesters or equivalent hours of full-time study, as defined by...

  8. Embedded multiprocessors scheduling and synchronization

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    Sriram, Sundararajan

    2009-01-01

    Techniques for Optimizing Multiprocessor Implementations of Signal Processing ApplicationsAn indispensable component of the information age, signal processing is embedded in a variety of consumer devices, including cell phones and digital television, as well as in communication infrastructure, such as media servers and cellular base stations. Multiple programmable processors, along with custom hardware running in parallel, are needed to achieve the computation throughput required of such applications. Reviews important research in key areas related to the multiprocessor implementation of multi

  9. Project scheduling and staffing with a multi-skilled workforce

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    Maenhout, Broos; Vanhoucke, Mario

    2011-01-01

    When scheduling projects assumptions are made with respect to the personnel resource availability. In personnel scheduling problems assumptions are made with respect to the staffing requirements. We explore how to integrate these two scheduling problems for making strategic project staffing decisions. More precisely, we determine the number of personnel and required skill mix to complete a project.

  10. Managerial implications and suitability of a master surgical scheduling approach

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    J.M. van Oostrum (Jeroen); E. Bredenhoff (Eelco); E.W. Hans (Erwin)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractMaster surgical scheduling can improve manageability and efficiency of operating room departments. This approach cyclically executes a master surgical schedule of surgery types. These surgery types need to be constructed with low variability to be efficient. Each surgery type is schedule

  11. GSA eLibrary Schedules and Contracts

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    General Services Administration — GSA eLibrary (formerly Schedules e-Library) is the online source for the latest contract award information for: GSA Schedules; Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

  12. Variable demand and productivity in diagnostic medicine: the customer experience with the scheduling of examinations

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    Leandro Ortigoza Martins

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available From the perspective of marketing, diagnostic medicine services are perishable and demand is variable — characteristics that difficult the maximization of results. Service providers offer the exams through time scheduling system without, however, overcome the inefficiency caused by the no show customers. The objective of this research was to investigate the level of satisfaction of consumers of diagnostic medicine with the schedule, the acceptance of a new model without an appointment time and analyze three secondary dimensions common to the two models (no show, seasonality and timeout in customer satisfaction. This is a quantitative research with exploratory-descriptive design performed with 2,545 clients from a privately held diagnostic medicine in 2013. The results of the secondary dimensions indicated that customers tend to frequent establishments as the current seasonal and are sensitive to wait. As for the main dimensions (scheduling and demand free, there are different levels of acceptance, indicating that the two systems are complementary and not exclusive and therefore, the feasibility of adopting a hybrid model of operation, with the use of two templates.

  13. 5 CFR 532.261 - Special wage schedules for leader and supervisory schedules for leader and supervisory wage...

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Special wage schedules for leader and supervisory schedules for leader and supervisory wage employees in the Puerto Rico wage area. 532.261 Section... RATE SYSTEMS Prevailing Rate Determinations § 532.261 Special wage schedules for leader and...

  14. CARMENES instrument control system and operational scheduler

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    Garcia-Piquer, Alvaro; Guàrdia, Josep; Colomé, Josep; Ribas, Ignasi; Gesa, Lluis; Morales, Juan Carlos; Pérez-Calpena, Ana; Seifert, Walter; Quirrenbach, Andreas; Amado, Pedro J.; Caballero, José A.; Reiners, Ansgar

    2014-07-01

    The main goal of the CARMENES instrument is to perform high-accuracy measurements of stellar radial velocities (1m/s) with long-term stability. CARMENES will be installed in 2015 at the 3.5 m telescope in the Calar Alto Observatory (Spain) and it will be equipped with two spectrographs covering from the visible to the near-infrared. It will make use of its near-IR capabilities to observe late-type stars, whose peak of the spectral energy distribution falls in the relevant wavelength interval. The technology needed to develop this instrument represents a challenge at all levels. We present two software packages that play a key role in the control layer for an efficient operation of the instrument: the Instrument Control System (ICS) and the Operational Scheduler. The coordination and management of CARMENES is handled by the ICS, which is responsible for carrying out the operations of the different subsystems providing a tool to operate the instrument in an integrated manner from low to high user interaction level. The ICS interacts with the following subsystems: the near-IR and visible channels, composed by the detectors and exposure meters; the calibration units; the environment sensors; the front-end electronics; the acquisition and guiding module; the interfaces with telescope and dome; and, finally, the software subsystems for operational scheduling of tasks, data processing, and data archiving. We describe the ICS software design, which implements the CARMENES operational design and is planned to be integrated in the instrument by the end of 2014. The CARMENES operational scheduler is the second key element in the control layer described in this contribution. It is the main actor in the translation of the survey strategy into a detailed schedule for the achievement of the optimization goals. The scheduler is based on Artificial Intelligence techniques and computes the survey planning by combining the static constraints that are known a priori (i.e., target

  15. Routing and Scheduling in Tramp Shipping - Integrating Bunker Optimization

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    Vilhelmsen, Charlotte; Lusby, Richard Martin; Larsen, Jesper

    , route and schedule decisions affect the options for bunkering. Current practice is, however, to separate the two planning problems by first constructing fleet schedules and then plan bunkering for these fixed schedules. In this paper we explore the effects of integrating bunker planning in the routing...... and scheduling phase and present a mixed integer programming formulation for the integrated problem of optimally routing, scheduling and bunkering a tramp fleet. Aside from the integration of bunker, this model also extends standard tramp formulations by using load dependent costs, speed and bunker consumption...

  16. Tramp ship routing and scheduling with integrated bunker optimization

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    Vilhelmsen, Charlotte; Lusby, Richard Martin; Larsen, Jesper

    2014-01-01

    , route and schedule decisions affect the options for bunkering. Current practice is, however, to separate the two planning problems by first constructing fleet schedules and then plan bunkering for these fixed schedules. In this paper we explore the effects of integrating bunker planning in the routing...... and scheduling phase and present a mixed integer programming formulation for the integrated problem of optimally routing, scheduling and bunkering a tramp fleet. Aside from the integration of bunker, this model also extends standard tramp formulations by using load dependent costs, speed and bunker consumption...

  17. Routing and Scheduling in Tramp Shipping - Integrating Bunker Optimization

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    Vilhelmsen, Charlotte; Lusby, Richard Martin; Larsen, Jesper

    operations. Therefore, route and schedule decisions a_ect the options for bunkering. Current practice is, however, to separate the two planning problems by first constructing fleet schedules and then plan bunkering for these fixed schedules. In this paper we explore the effects of integrating bunker planning...... in the routing and scheduling phase and present a mixed integer programming formulation for the integrated problem of optimally routing, scheduling and bunkering a tramp fleet. Aside from the integration of bunker, this model also extends standard tramp formulations by using load dependent costs, speed...

  18. Geographic Information Systems in Evaluation and Visualization of Construction Schedule

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    Bansal, V K

    2008-01-01

    Commercially available scheduling tools such as Primavera and Microsoft Project fail to provide information pertaining to the spatial aspects of construction project. A methodology using geographical information systems (GIS) is developed to represent spatial aspects of the construction progress graphically by synchronizing it with construction schedule. The spatial aspects are depicted by 3D model developed in AutoCAD and construction schedule is generated using Microsoft Excel. Spatial and scheduling information are linked together into the GIS environment (ArcGIS). The GIS-based system developed in this study may help in better understanding the schedule along with its spatial aspects.

  19. Optimization Algorithms in School Scheduling Programs: Study, Analysis and Results

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    Lina PUPEIKIENE

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available To create good and optimal school schedule is very important and practical task. Currently in Lithuania schools are using two programs for making the school schedule at the moment. But none of these programs is very effective. Optimization Department of Lithuanian Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (IMI has created ``School schedule optimization program''. It has three optimization algorithms for making best school schedule. A user can choose not only few optimization options and get few optimal schedules, but some subjective and objectives parameters. The making of initial data file is advanced in this program. XML format is used for creating initial data file and getting all optimal results files. The purpose of this study is to analyze used optimization algorithms used in ``School schedule optimization program'' and to compare results with two most popular commercial school scheduling programs in Lithuania.

  20. The relationship between adherence to clinic appointments and year-one mortality for newly enrolled HIV infected patients at a regional referral hospital in Western Kenya, January 2011–December 2012

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    Kimeu, Muthusi; Burmen, Barbara; Audi, Beryl; Adega, Anne; Owuor, Karen; Arodi, Susan; Bii, Dennis; Zielinski-Gutiérrez, Emily

    2016-01-01

    This retrospective cohort analysis was conducted to describe the association between adherence to clinic appointments and mortality, one year after enrollment into HIV care. We examined appointment-adherence for newly enrolled patients between January 2011 and December 2012 at a regional referral hospital in western Kenya. The outcomes of interest were patient default, risk factors for repeat default, and year-one risk of death. Of 582 enrolled patients, 258 (44%) were defaulters. GEE revealed that once having been defaulters, patients were significantly more likely to repeatedly default (OR 1.4; 95% CI 1.12–1.77), especially the unemployed (OR 1.43; 95% CI 1.07–1.91), smokers (OR 2.22; 95% CI 1.31–3.76), and those with no known disclosure (OR 2.17; 95% CI 1.42–3.3). Nineteen patients (3%) died during the follow-up period. Cox proportional hazards revealed that the risk of death was significantly higher among defaulters (HR 3.12; 95% CI 1.2–8.0) and increased proportionally to the rate of patient default; HR was 4.05 (95% CI1.38–11.81) and 4.98 (95% CI 1.45–17.09) for a cumulative of 4–60 and ≥60 days elapsed between all scheduled and actual clinic appointment dates, respectively. Risk factors for repeat default suggest a need to deliver targeted adherence programs. PMID:26572059

  1. Quantifying and understanding reproductive allocation schedules in plants.

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    Wenk, Elizabeth Hedi; Falster, Daniel S

    2015-12-01

    A plant's reproductive allocation (RA) schedule describes the fraction of surplus energy allocated to reproduction as it increases in size. While theorists use RA schedules as the connection between life history and energy allocation, little is known about RA schedules in real vegetation. Here we review what is known about RA schedules for perennial plants using studies either directly quantifying RA or that collected data from which the shape of an RA schedule can be inferred. We also briefly review theoretical models describing factors by which variation in RA may arise. We identified 34 studies from which aspects of an RA schedule could be inferred. Within those, RA schedules varied considerably across species: some species abruptly shift all resources from growth to reproduction; most others gradually shift resources into reproduction, but under a variety of graded schedules. Available data indicate the maximum fraction of energy allocated to production ranges from 0.1 to 1 and that shorter lived species tend to have higher initial RA and increase their RA more quickly than do longer-lived species. Overall, our findings indicate, little data exist about RA schedules in perennial plants. Available data suggest a wide range of schedules across species. Collection of more data on RA schedules would enable a tighter integration between observation and a variety of models predicting optimal energy allocation, plant growth rates, and biogeochemical cycles.

  2. Stochastic Scheduling and Planning Using Reinforcement Learning

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    2007-11-02

    reinforcement learning (RL) methods to large-scale optimization problems relevant to Air Force operations planning, scheduling, and maintenance. The objectives of this project were to: (1) investigate the utility of RL on large-scale logistics problems; (2) extend existing RL theory and practice to enhance the ease of application and the performance of RL on these problems; and (3) explore new problem formulations in order to take maximal advantage of RL methods. A method using RL to modify local search cost functions was developed and shown to yield significant

  3. Belle II Physics Prospects, Status and Schedule

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    Bennett, J.

    2016-11-01

    The second generation B-factory at the SuperKEKB facility in Tsukuba, Japan is beginning to take shape. The highly anticipated Belle II experiment will have a rich physics program at the intensity frontier, in complement to existing experiments in the energy frontier. Accelerator commissioning has been making good progress, as has the construction and installation of the Belle II detector. An overview of the physics prospects at Belle II, as well as the status and schedule of the experiment, is presented.

  4. Healthcare Scheduling by Data Mining: Literature Review and Future Directions

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    Maria M. Rinder

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a systematic literature review of the application of industrial engineering methods in healthcare scheduling, with a focus on the role of patient behavior in scheduling. Nine articles that used mathematical programming, data mining, genetic algorithms, and local searches for optimum schedules were obtained from an extensive search of literature. These methods are new approaches to solve the problems in healthcare scheduling. Some are adapted from areas such as manufacturing and transportation. Key findings from these studies include reduced time for scheduling, capability of solving more complex problems, and incorporation of more variables and constraints simultaneously than traditional scheduling methods. However, none of these methods modeled no-show and walk-ins patient behavior. Future research should include more variables related to patient and/or environment.

  5. Project control integrating cost and schedule in construction

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    Del Pico, Wayne J

    2013-01-01

    The key to successful project control is the fusing of cost to schedule whereby the management of one helps to manage the other. Project Control: Integrating Cost and Schedule in Construction explores the reasons behind and the methodologies for proper planning, monitoring, and controlling both project costs and schedule. Filling a current void the topic of project control applied to the construction industry, it is essential reading for students and professionals alike.

  6. Geographic Information Systems in Evaluation and Visualization of Construction Schedule

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    Bansal, V. K.; Pal, Mahesh

    2008-01-01

    Commercially available scheduling tools such as Primavera and Microsoft Project fail to provide information pertaining to the spatial aspects of construction project. A methodology using geographical information systems (GIS) is developed to represent spatial aspects of the construction progress graphically by synchronizing it with construction schedule. The spatial aspects are depicted by 3D model developed in AutoCAD and construction schedule is generated using Microsoft Excel. Spatial and ...

  7. Shared Medical Appointments: A Promising Innovation to Improve Patient Engagement and Ease the Primary Care Provider Shortage.

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    Stults, Cheryl D; McCuistion, Mary H; Frosch, Dominick L; Hung, Dorothy Y; Cheng, Peter H; Tai-Seale, Ming

    2016-02-01

    The Affordable Care Act has extended coverage for uninsured and underinsured Americans, but it could exacerbate existing problems of access to primary care. Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are one way to improve access and increase practice productivity, but few studies have examined the patient's perspective on participation in SMAs. To understand patient experiences, 5 focus group sessions were conducted with a total of 30 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sessions revealed that most participants felt that they received numerous tangible and intangible benefits from SMAs, particularly enhanced engagement with other patients and physicians, learning, and motivation for health behavior change. Most importantly, participants noted changes in the power dynamic during SMA visits as they increasingly saw themselves empowered to impart information to the physician. Although SMAs improve access, engagement with physicians and other patients, and knowledge of patients' health, they also help to ease the workload for physicians.

  8. MOV reliability evaluation and periodic verification scheduling

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    Bunte, B.D.

    1996-12-01

    The purpose of this paper is to establish a periodic verification testing schedule based on the expected long term reliability of gate or globe motor operated valves (MOVs). The methodology in this position paper determines the nominal (best estimate) design margin for any MOV based on the best available information pertaining to the MOVs design requirements, design parameters, existing hardware design, and present setup. The uncertainty in this margin is then determined using statistical means. By comparing the nominal margin to the uncertainty, the reliability of the MOV is estimated. The methodology is appropriate for evaluating the reliability of MOVs in the GL 89-10 program. It may be used following periodic testing to evaluate and trend MOV performance and reliability. It may also be used to evaluate the impact of proposed modifications and maintenance activities such as packing adjustments. In addition, it may be used to assess the impact of new information of a generic nature which impacts safety related MOVs.

  9. Scheduling and order acceptance for the customised stochastic lot scheduling problem

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    van Foreest, Nicky D.; Wijngaard, Jacob; van der Vaart, Taco

    2010-01-01

    This paper develops and analyses several customer order acceptance policies to achieve high bottleneck utilisation for the customised stochastic lot scheduling problem (CSLSP) with large setups and strict order due dates. To compare the policies, simulation is used as the main tool, due to the compl

  10. Scheduling and congestion control for wireless internet

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    Wang, Xin

    2014-01-01

    This brief proposes that the keys to internet cross-layer optimization are the development of non-standard implicit primal-dual solvers for underlying optimization problems, and design of jointly optimal network protocols as decomposition of such solvers. Relying on this novel design-space oriented approach, the author develops joint TCP congestion control and wireless-link scheduling schemes for wireless applications over Internet with centralized and distributed (multi-hop) wireless links. Different from the existing solutions, the proposed schemes can be asynchronously implemented without message passing among network nodes; thus they are readily deployed with current infrastructure. Moreover, global convergence/stability of the proposed schemes to optimal equilibrium is established using the Lyapunov method in the network fluid model. Simulation results are provided to evaluate the proposed schemes in practical networks.

  11. Scheduled Relaxation Jacobi method: improvements and applications

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    Adsuara, J E; Cerdá-Durán, P; Aloy, M A

    2015-01-01

    Elliptic partial differential equations (ePDEs) appear in a wide variety of areas of mathematics, physics and engineering. Typically, ePDEs must be solved numerically, which sets an ever growing demand for efficient and highly parallel algorithms to tackle their computational solution. The Scheduled Relaxation Jacobi (SRJ) is a promising class of methods, atypical for combining simplicity and efficiency, that has been recently introduced for solving linear Poisson-like ePDEs. The SRJ methodology relies on computing the appropriate parameters of a multilevel approach with the goal of minimizing the number of iterations needed to cut down the residuals below specified tolerances. The efficiency in the reduction of the residual increases with the number of levels employed in the algorithm. Applying the original methodology to compute the algorithm parameters with more than 5 levels notably hinders obtaining optimal SRJ schemes, as the mixed (non-linear) algebraic-differential equations from which they result bec...

  12. 15 CFR 1180.8 - Appointment of Agency Liaison Officers.

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    ... (Continued) TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TRANSFER BY FEDERAL AGENCIES OF SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING INFORMATION TO THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE § 1180.8 Appointment...

  13. Distributed Decision Making in Combined Vehicle Routing and Break Scheduling

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    Meyer, Christoph Manuel; Kopfer, Herbert; Kok, Adrianus Leendert; Schutten, Marco; Kreowski, Hans-Jörg; Scholz-Reiter, Bernd; Thoben, Klaus-Dieter

    2011-01-01

    The problem of combined vehicle routing and break scheduling comprises three subproblems: clustering of customer requests, routing of vehicles, and break scheduling. In practice, these subproblems are usually solved in the interaction between planners and drivers. We consider the case that the plann

  14. Distributed Decision Making in Combined Vehicle Routing and Break Scheduling

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    Meyer, Christoph Manuel; Kopfer, Herbert; Kok, Adrianus Leendert; Schutten, Marco

    2009-01-01

    The problem of combined vehicle routing and break scheduling comprises three subproblems: clustering of customer requests, routing of vehicles, and break scheduling. In practice, these subproblems are usually solved in the interaction between planners and drivers. We consider the case that the plann

  15. On program restructuring, scheduling, and communication for parallel processor systems

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    Polychronopoulos, Constantine D.

    1986-08-01

    This dissertation discusses several software and hardware aspects of program execution on large-scale, high-performance parallel processor systems. The issues covered are program restructuring, partitioning, scheduling and interprocessor communication, synchronization, and hardware design issues of specialized units. All this work was performed focusing on a single goal: to maximize program speedup, or equivalently, to minimize parallel execution time. Parafrase, a Fortran restructuring compiler was used to transform programs in a parallel form and conduct experiments. Two new program restructuring techniques are presented, loop coalescing and subscript blocking. Compile-time and run-time scheduling schemes are covered extensively. Depending on the program construct, these algorithms generate optimal or near-optimal schedules. For the case of arbitrarily nested hybrid loops, two optimal scheduling algorithms for dynamic and static scheduling are presented. Simulation results are given for a new dynamic scheduling algorithm. The performance of this algorithm is compared to that of self-scheduling. Techniques for program partitioning and minimization of interprocessor communication for idealized program models and for real Fortran programs are also discussed. The close relationship between scheduling, interprocessor communication, and synchronization becomes apparent at several points in this work. Finally, the impact of various types of overhead on program speedup and experimental results are presented. 69 refs., 74 figs., 14 tabs.

  16. Tramp Ship Routing and Scheduling - Incorporating Additional Complexities

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    for tramp ship routing and scheduling problems. This is done in the context of Operations Research, a research field that has achieved great success within optimisation-based planning for vehicle routing problems and in many other areas. The first part of this thesis contains a comprehensive introduction...... of their demand in advance. However, the detailed requirements of these contract cargoes can be subject to ongoing changes, e.g. the destination port can be altered. For tramp operators, a main concern is therefore the efficient and continuous planning of routes and schedules for the individual ships. Due...... to tramp ship routing and scheduling. This includes modelling approaches, solution methods as well as an analysis of the current status and future direction of research within tramp ship routing and scheduling. We argue that rather than developing new solution methods for the basic routing and scheduling...

  17. Manufacturing Scheduling Using Colored Petri Nets and Reinforcement Learning

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    Maria Drakaki

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Agent-based intelligent manufacturing control systems are capable to efficiently respond and adapt to environmental changes. Manufacturing system adaptation and evolution can be addressed with learning mechanisms that increase the intelligence of agents. In this paper a manufacturing scheduling method is presented based on Timed Colored Petri Nets (CTPNs and reinforcement learning (RL. CTPNs model the manufacturing system and implement the scheduling. In the search for an optimal solution a scheduling agent uses RL and in particular the Q-learning algorithm. A warehouse order-picking scheduling is presented as a case study to illustrate the method. The proposed scheduling method is compared to existing methods. Simulation and state space results are used to evaluate performance and identify system properties.

  18. Analysis of sequencing and scheduling methods for arrival traffic

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    Neuman, Frank; Erzberger, Heinz

    1990-01-01

    The air traffic control subsystem that performs scheduling is discussed. The function of the scheduling algorithms is to plan automatically the most efficient landing order and to assign optimally spaced landing times to all arrivals. Several important scheduling algorithms are described and the statistical performance of the scheduling algorithms is examined. Scheduling brings order to an arrival sequence for aircraft. First-come-first-served scheduling (FCFS) establishes a fair order, based on estimated times of arrival, and determines proper separations. Because of the randomness of the traffic, gaps will remain in the scheduled sequence of aircraft. These gaps are filled, or partially filled, by time-advancing the leading aircraft after a gap while still preserving the FCFS order. Tightly scheduled groups of aircraft remain with a mix of heavy and large aircraft. Separation requirements differ for different types of aircraft trailing each other. Advantage is taken of this fact through mild reordering of the traffic, thus shortening the groups and reducing average delays. Actual delays for different samples with the same statistical parameters vary widely, especially for heavy traffic.

  19. Integrating Timetabling and Crew Scheduling at a Freight Railway Operator

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    L. Bach (Lucas); T.A.B. Dollevoet (Twan); D. Huisman (Dennis)

    2014-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ We investigate to what degree we can integrate a Train Timetabling / Engine Scheduling Problem with a Crew Scheduling Problem. In the Timetabling Problem we design a timetable for the desired lines by fixing the departure and arrival times. Also, we allocate time-slots

  20. The Coordinated Scheduling Support System of Production and Delivery

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    Ming-Feng Yang

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Traditional scheduling models which only address the sequence of jobs to be processed at the production stage under some criteria are no longer suitable and should be extended to cope with the distribution stage after production. In a rapidly changing environment, competition among enterprises has a tendency to turn towards competing between supply chain systems instead of competing between individual companies. Emphasizing on the coordination and the integration among various members of a supply chain has become one of the vital strategies for the modern manufacturers to gain competitive advantages. Approach: This research focuses mainly on a class of two-stage scheduling problem, in which jobs need to be delivered to customers by vehicles after the completion of their respective production. It is assumed that the transportation time of a vehicle is constant and jobs to be delivered occupy different physical spaces. Results: The result of this research is to show the scheduling problem with the objective of minimizing total completion time is intractable and to develop a heuristic by incorporating properties inherited in an the optimal schedule. In addition, we take a Decision Support System (DSS view to construct a Scheduling Support System (SSS for solving the scheduling problem with delivery coordination. Conclusion/Recommendations: The scheduling support system with an additional problem management subsystem can provide more useful information for users when the management makes a strategic decision than traditional scheduling methods can. It can give firms a competitive advantage on the global competitive market.

  1. Integrated scheduling and resource management. [for Space Station Information System

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    Ward, M. T.

    1987-01-01

    This paper examines the problem of integrated scheduling during the Space Station era. Scheduling for Space Station entails coordinating the support of many distributed users who are sharing common resources and pursuing individual and sometimes conflicting objectives. This paper compares the scheduling integration problems of current missions with those anticipated for the Space Station era. It examines the facilities and the proposed operations environment for Space Station. It concludes that the pattern of interdependecies among the users and facilities, which are the source of the integration problem is well structured, allowing a dividing of the larger problem into smaller problems. It proposes an architecture to support integrated scheduling by scheduling efficiently at local facilities as a function of dependencies with other facilities of the program. A prototype is described that is being developed to demonstrate this integration concept.

  2. A Scheduling Algorithm Based on Petri Nets and Simulated Annealing

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    Rachida H. Ghoul

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims at presenting a hybrid Flexible Manufacturing System "HFMS" short-term scheduling problem. Based on the art state of general scheduling algorithms, we present the meta-heuristic, we have decided to apply for a given example of HFMS. That was the study of Simulated Annealing Algorithm SA. The HFMS model based on hierarchical Petri nets, was used to represent static and dynamic behavior of the HFMS and design scheduling solutions. Hierarchical Petri nets model was regarded as being made up a set of single timed colored Petri nets models. Each single model represents one process which was composed of many operations and tasks. The complex scheduling problem was decomposed in simple sub-problems. Scheduling algorithm was applied on each sub model in order to resolve conflicts on shared production resources.

  3. Courts, Scheduled Damages, and Medical Malpractice Insurance

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    Bertoli, Paola; Grembi, Veronica

    We assess the impact of the introduction of schedules of non-economic damages (i.e. tiered caps systems) on the behavior of insurers operating in the medical liability market for hospitals while controlling the performance of the judicial system, measured as court backlog. Using a difference-in-d...... questions whether schedules of non-economic damages, as well as other limitations on compensations to medical malpractice victims, are an effective way to improve the payoff of health care providers.......We assess the impact of the introduction of schedules of non-economic damages (i.e. tiered caps systems) on the behavior of insurers operating in the medical liability market for hospitals while controlling the performance of the judicial system, measured as court backlog. Using a difference......-in-differences strategy on Italian data, we find that the introduction of schedules increases the presence of insurers (i.e. medical liability market attractiveness) only in inefficient judicial districts. In the same way, court inefficiency is attractive to insurers for average values of schedules penetration...

  4. Refinery scheduling

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    Magalhaes, Marcus V.; Fraga, Eder T. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Shah, Nilay [Imperial College, London (United Kingdom)

    2004-07-01

    This work addresses the refinery scheduling problem using mathematical programming techniques. The solution adopted was to decompose the entire refinery model into a crude oil scheduling and a product scheduling problem. The envelope for the crude oil scheduling problem is composed of a terminal, a pipeline and the crude area of a refinery, including the crude distillation units. The solution method adopted includes a decomposition technique based on the topology of the system. The envelope for the product scheduling comprises all tanks, process units and products found in a refinery. Once crude scheduling decisions are Also available the product scheduling is solved using a rolling horizon algorithm. All models were tested with real data from PETROBRAS' REFAP refinery, located in Canoas, Southern Brazil. (author)

  5. Distributed Plug-and-Play Planning and Scheduling System Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Planning and scheduling (P&S) is an essential task for managing current and future NASA missions. P&S systems are used in many areas of spacecraft operations...

  6. Joint opportunistic scheduling and network coding for bidirectional relay channel

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    Shaqfeh, Mohammad

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, we consider a two-way communication system in which two users communicate with each other through an intermediate relay over block-fading channels. We investigate the optimal opportunistic scheduling scheme in order to maximize the long-term average transmission rate in the system assuming symmetric information flow between the two users. Based on the channel state information, the scheduler decides that either one of the users transmits to the relay, or the relay transmits to a single user or broadcasts to both users a combined version of the two users\\' transmitted information by using linear network coding. We obtain the optimal scheduling scheme by using the Lagrangian dual problem. Furthermore, in order to characterize the gains of network coding and opportunistic scheduling, we compare the achievable rate of the system versus suboptimal schemes in which the gains of network coding and opportunistic scheduling are partially exploited. © 2013 IEEE.

  7. The Single And Multi Project Approach To Planning And Scheduling

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    Andersson, Niclas

    2008-01-01

    The fragmentation of the construction industry in Denmark is reflected in the organisation of construction projects, which typically involves a large number of subcontractors. The main contractor, being responsible for the planning and scheduling of construction work, is thus faced......, reallocations of subcontracting resources lead to project interruptions which counteract on the overall productivity of the single construction project. Thus, there is a planning and scheduling conflict between the operational multi project management of the subcontracting firm and the management of single...... projects carried out by the management on site. This paper explains the single and multi project perspective on construction planning and scheduling represented by the main and the subcontractors and further, it describes how the prevailing scheduling method of today, i.e. the critical path method, conduce...

  8. On the Thoughts of Zuo Xiong Selecting and Appointing Personnel%论左雄的用人思想

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    杜洪义

    2015-01-01

    Zuo Xiong exposed and criticized the corrupt bureaucratic politics at that time and put forward the idea of using the wise and appointing the capable as the core of political reform.He put focus on the selec-tion of people,opposed"conferring official ranks for money in private",and advocated of"using the wise"and "knowing the capable ".In order to establish a stable personnel training-selecting mechanism and strengthen the appraisal of officials,he paid attention to the talent selection,advocated "limiting the age and judge the talent through the exam",and improved the personnel training system.In addition,he also suggested that "Confucian scholars should be appointed,who are erudite and rectitude" so as to improve the officials' cultural and moral qualities and the overall qualities of the bureaucracy.He put forward the measures such as ameliorating the official treatments to stabilize the bureaucrats. His critical spirits and thoughts had a great influence on later generations.%左雄对当时腐朽的官僚政治进行了揭露和批判,提出了以任贤用能为核心的政治改革主张.他把着眼点放在选才用人上,反对"私人以官",主张"用贤"和"知人";注重人才选任,主张"限年试才",完善人才培养体系,建立稳定的人才培养和选任机制,加强对官吏的考核;建议任用"儒生清白",提高官吏的文化和道德素养,改善官僚队伍的整体素质,并通过提高官吏待遇等措施来稳定官僚队伍.他的批判精神和思想主张对后世产生了很大影响.

  9. Review of WiMAX Scheduling Algorithms and Their Classification

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    Yadav, A. L.; Vyavahare, P. D.; Bansod, P. P.

    2014-07-01

    Providing quality of service (QoS) in wireless communication networks has become an important consideration for supporting variety of applications. IEEE 802.16 based WiMAX is the most promising technology for broadband wireless access with best QoS features for tripe play (voice, video and data) service users. Unlike wired networks, QoS support is difficult in wireless networks due to variable and unpredictable nature of wireless channels. In transmission of voice and video main issue involves allocation of available resources among the users to meet QoS criteria such as delay, jitter and throughput requirements to maximize goodput, to minimize power consumption while keeping feasible algorithm flexibility and ensuring system scalability. WiMAX assures guaranteed QoS by including several mechanisms at the MAC layer such as admission control and scheduling. Packet scheduling is a process of resolving contention for bandwidth which determines allocation of bandwidth among users and their transmission order. Various approaches for classification of scheduling algorithms in WiMAX have appeared in literature as homogeneous, hybrid and opportunistic scheduling algorithms. The paper consolidates the parameters and performance metrics that need to be considered in developing a scheduler. The paper surveys recently proposed scheduling algorithms, their shortcomings, assumptions, suitability and improvement issues associated with these uplink scheduling algorithms.

  10. Space Surveillance Network Scheduling Under Uncertainty: Models and Benefits

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    Valicka, C.; Garcia, D.; Staid, A.; Watson, J.; Rintoul, M.; Hackebeil, G.; Ntaimo, L.

    2016-09-01

    Advances in space technologies continue to reduce the cost of placing satellites in orbit. With more entities operating space vehicles, the number of orbiting vehicles and debris has reached unprecedented levels and the number continues to grow. Sensor operators responsible for maintaining the space catalog and providing space situational awareness face an increasingly complex and demanding scheduling requirements. Despite these trends, a lack of advanced tools continues to prevent sensor planners and operators from fully utilizing space surveillance resources. One key challenge involves optimally selecting sensors from a network of varying capabilities for missions with differing requirements. Another open challenge, the primary focus of our work, is building robust schedules that effectively plan for uncertainties associated with weather, ad hoc collections, and other target uncertainties. Existing tools and techniques are not amenable to rigorous analysis of schedule optimality and do not adequately address the presented challenges. Building on prior research, we have developed stochastic mixed-integer linear optimization models to address uncertainty due to weather's effect on collection quality. By making use of the open source Pyomo optimization modeling software, we have posed and solved sensor network scheduling models addressing both forms of uncertainty. We present herein models that allow for concurrent scheduling of collections with the same sensor configuration and for proactively scheduling against uncertain ad hoc collections. The suitability of stochastic mixed-integer linear optimization for building sensor network schedules under different run-time constraints will be discussed.

  11. Flow-shop scheduling problem under uncertainties: Review and trends

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    Eliana María González-Neira

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Among the different tasks in production logistics, job scheduling is one of the most important at the operational decision-making level to enable organizations to achieve competiveness. Scheduling consists in the allocation of limited resources to activities over time in order to achieve one or more optimization objectives. Flow-shop (FS scheduling problems encompass the sequencing processes in environments in which the activities or operations are performed in a serial flow. This type of configuration includes assembly lines and the chemical, electronic, food, and metallurgical industries, among others. Scheduling has been mostly investigated for the deterministic cases, in which all parameters are known in advance and do not vary over time. Nevertheless, in real-world situations, events are frequently subject to uncertainties that can affect the decision-making process. Thus, it is important to study scheduling and sequencing activities under uncertainties since they can cause infeasibilities and disturbances. The purpose of this paper is to provide a general overview of the FS scheduling problem under uncertainties and its role in production logistics and to draw up opportunities for further research. To this end, 100 papers about FS and flexible flow-shop scheduling problems published from 2001 to October 2016 were analyzed and classified. Trends in the reviewed literature are presented and finally some research opportunities in the field are proposed.

  12. Routing and Scheduling Algorithms for WirelessHARTNetworks: A Survey

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    Full Text Available Wireless communication is a trend nowadays for the industrial environment. A number of different technologies have emerged as solutions satisfying strict industrial requirements (e.g., WirelessHART, ISA100.11a, WIA-PA. As the industrial environment presents a vast range of applications, adopting an adequate solution for each case is vital to obtain good performance of the system. In this context, the routing and scheduling schemes associated with these technologies have a direct impact on important features, like latency and energy consumption. This situation has led to the development of a vast number of routing and scheduling schemes. In the present paper, we focus on the WirelessHART technology, emphasizing its most important routing and scheduling aspects in order to guide both end users and the developers of new algorithms. Furthermore, we provide a detailed literature review of the newest routing and scheduling techniques forWirelessHART, discussing each of their features. These routing algorithms have been evaluated in terms of their objectives, metrics, the usage of theWirelessHART structures and validation method. In addition, the scheduling algorithms were also evaluated by metrics, validation, objectives and, in addition, by multiple superframe support, as well as by the redundancy method used. Moreover, this paper briefly presents some insights into the main WirelessHART simulation modules available, in order to provide viable test platforms for the routing and scheduling algorithms. Finally, some open issues in WirelessHART routing and scheduling algorithms are discussed.

  13. Electric power systems advanced forecasting techniques and optimal generation scheduling

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    Catalão, João P S

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    Overview of Electric Power Generation SystemsCláudio MonteiroUncertainty and Risk in Generation SchedulingRabih A. JabrShort-Term Load ForecastingAlexandre P. Alves da Silva and Vitor H. FerreiraShort-Term Electricity Price ForecastingNima AmjadyShort-Term Wind Power ForecastingGregor Giebel and Michael DenhardPrice-Based Scheduling for GencosGovinda B. Shrestha and Songbo QiaoOptimal Self-Schedule of a Hydro Producer under UncertaintyF. Javier Díaz and Javie

  14. Impact of Cross-listed Directorship on Appointment and Independence of Auditors: Evidence from Republic of Macedonia

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    Atanasko Atanasovski

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the association between cross-listed directors at multiple boards of directors and the choice of audit firm in emerging market economy such as Republic of Macedonia. The study involved all listed companies and companies with special reporting obligations at Macedonian Stock Exchange owned domestically, since appointment of auditors for subsidiary companies is influenced dominantly by parent company decision making process. Determinants of auditor selection are important input for overall assessment of auditor independence and audit quality and provide valuable argument for revised regulations in order to improve credibility of audit of financial statements. There is limited research available regarding the close relationship and ties between management and auditors, especially in the case of small audit markets where the potential impact of cross-listed directorship on auditor independence and audit quality is considerable. The results of the study provide little evidence of significant relationship between cross-listed directorship and the choice of auditor in respect of Macedonian listed entities. The findings will be of interest for public accounting firms in developing their strategies for close inter-relationships with those charged with governance. It is intended to help regulators assess the impacts of interpersonal relations to auditor independence and quality of assurance services provided to the general public, as well as improvement of monitoring function on behalf of shareholders.

  15. Scheduled Relaxation Jacobi method: Improvements and applications

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    Adsuara, J. E.; Cordero-Carrión, I.; Cerdá-Durán, P.; Aloy, M. A.

    2016-09-01

    Elliptic partial differential equations (ePDEs) appear in a wide variety of areas of mathematics, physics and engineering. Typically, ePDEs must be solved numerically, which sets an ever growing demand for efficient and highly parallel algorithms to tackle their computational solution. The Scheduled Relaxation Jacobi (SRJ) is a promising class of methods, atypical for combining simplicity and efficiency, that has been recently introduced for solving linear Poisson-like ePDEs. The SRJ methodology relies on computing the appropriate parameters of a multilevel approach with the goal of minimizing the number of iterations needed to cut down the residuals below specified tolerances. The efficiency in the reduction of the residual increases with the number of levels employed in the algorithm. Applying the original methodology to compute the algorithm parameters with more than 5 levels notably hinders obtaining optimal SRJ schemes, as the mixed (non-linear) algebraic-differential system of equations from which they result becomes notably stiff. Here we present a new methodology for obtaining the parameters of SRJ schemes that overcomes the limitations of the original algorithm and provide parameters for SRJ schemes with up to 15 levels and resolutions of up to 215 points per dimension, allowing for acceleration factors larger than several hundreds with respect to the Jacobi method for typical resolutions and, in some high resolution cases, close to 1000. Most of the success in finding SRJ optimal schemes with more than 10 levels is based on an analytic reduction of the complexity of the previously mentioned system of equations. Furthermore, we extend the original algorithm to apply it to certain systems of non-linear ePDEs.

  16. Effects of shared medical appointments on quality of life and cost-effectiveness for patients with a chronic neuromuscular disease. Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

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    van der Wilt Gert-Jan

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Shared medical appointments are a series of one-to-one doctor-patient contacts, in presence of a group of 6-10 fellow patients. This group visits substitute the annual control visits of patients with the neurologist. The same items attended to in a one-to- one appointment are addressed. The possible advantages of a shared medical appointment could be an added value to the present management of neuromuscular patients. The currently problem-focused one-to-one out-patient visits often leave little time for the patient's psychosocial needs, patient education, and patient empowerment. Methods/design A randomized, prospective controlled study (RCT with a follow up of 6 months will be conducted to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of shared medical appointments compared to usual care for 300 neuromuscular patients and their partners at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. Every included patient will be randomly allocated to one of the two study arms. This study has been reviewed and approved by the medical ethics committee of the region Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The primary outcome measure is quality of life as measured by the EQ-5D, SF-36 and the Individualized neuromuscular Quality of Life Questionnaire. The primary analysis will be an intention-to-treat analysis on the area under the curve of the quality of life scores. A linear mixed model will be used with random factor group and fixed factors treatment, baseline score and type of neuromuscular disease. For the economic evaluation an incremental cost-effectiveness analysis will be conducted from a societal perspective, relating differences in costs to difference in health outcome. Results are expected in 2012. Discussion This study will be the first randomized controlled trial which evaluates the effect of shared medical appointments versus usual care for neuromuscular patients. This will enable to determine if there is additional value of shared

  17. Just-in-time patient scheduling in an eye care clinic

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    Campbell, Matthew; Vanberkel, Peter; Blake, J.

    2007-01-01

    The IWK’s division of Ophthalmology currently provides clinical service to over 8000 patients per year. Eye Care Centre patients were experiencing long waits between registration and their ophthalmologist appointment. This paper details the development of a patient scheduling methodology that utiliz

  18. 75 FR 48994 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ..., contract administration files, safety and health records, continuity of operations files, and files... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records...

  19. 7 CFR 1160.204 - Appointment.

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    ... Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Marketing Agreements and Orders; Milk), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FLUID MILK PROMOTION PROGRAM Fluid Milk Promotion Order National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board § 1160.204 Appointment. From the nominations made pursuant...

  20. 77 FR 58179 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... files, and drafts. 3. Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee Program (DAA-0060-2012-0004, 2 items, 2... tax forms, schedules, and related records used to report income, deductions, and tax liabilities....

  1. 78 FR 48722 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... temporary items). Veterinary health records, logs, certificates, inspection reports, and summary reports... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records...

  2. Slotted wiDom: schedulability analysis and its experimental validation

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    Maryam, Vahabi; Andersson, Björn

    2011-01-01

    WiDom is a wireless prioritized medium access control protocol which offers a very large number of priority levels. Hence, it brings the potential to employ non-preemptive static-priority scheduling and schedulability analysis for a wireless channel assuming that the overhead of WiDom is modeled properly. One schedulability analysis for WiDom has already been proposed but recent research has created a new version of WiDom (we call it: Slotted WiDom) with lower overh...

  3. Distributed scheduling

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    1999-01-01

    Ankara : Department of Industrial Engineering and the Institute of Engineering and Science of Bilkent Univ., 1999. Thesis (Master's) -- Bilkent University, 1999. Includes bibliographical references. Distributed Scheduling (DS) is a new paradigm that enables the local decisionmakers make their own schedules by considering local objectives and constraints within the boundaries and the overall objective of the whole system. Local schedules from different parts of the system are...

  4. The relationship of chronobiology to sleep schedules and performance demands

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    Monk, T. H.

    1990-01-01

    This review is concerned with how chronobiological results concerning the human circadian timekeeping system ( biological clock'), its response to changes in schedule, and its influence on performance ability can be used to improve shift worker wellbeing, safety and productivity.

  5. Design and Realization of the Safety Production Scheduling System

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    Full Text Available In this study, we have a research of the design and realization of the Safety Production Scheduling System. Urged by the government departments as well as safety supervising institutions, many coal enterprises are embarking on designing and constructing an information system platform for safety production and scheduling. How to establish a systematic, comprehensive, standardized and scientific management platform for the safety production and scheduling has become a hot issue in the coal industry, which is also an important move to integrate various safety management measures in order to prevent major safety accidents and keep up with the international industry status. Taking a successful, large-scale safety production and scheduling system for example, this study elaborates on its overall design and construction. When the system is completed, it will play an important role in strengthening safety production of the coal mines, preventing accidents as well as increasing the overall safety level of the coal industry.

  6. Integration of Tactical Departure Scheduling and Traffic Flow Management Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In the ATM Select topic area of Integrated Arrival, Departure and Surface (IADS) planning, this proposal addresses Tactical Departure Scheduling (TDS), which is a...

  7. 75 FR 65673 - Appointments to Performance Review Board for Senior Executive Service

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    ... performance appraisal ratings and performance awards for Senior Executives and Senior Level System employees... COMMISSION Appointments to Performance Review Board for Senior Executive Service AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ] ACTION: Appointments to Performance Review Board for Senior Executive...

  8. Personnel scheduling

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    Vanden Berghe, Greet

    2012-01-01

    Personnel scheduling can become a particularly difficult optimisation problem due to human factors. And yet: people working in healthcare, transportation and other round the clock service regimes perform their duties based on a schedule that was often manually constructed. The unrewarding manual scheduling task deserves more attention from the timetabling community so as to support computation of fair and good quality results. The present abstract touches upon a set of particular characterist...

  9. Process Planning and Scheduling Integration in an Open Manufacturing Environment

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    LOU Ping; LIU Quan; ZHOU Zu-de; QUAN Shu-hai; FANG Ban-hang

    2009-01-01

    New open manufacturing environments have been proposed aiming at realizing more flexible distributed manufacturing paradigms, which can deal with not only dynamic changes in volume and variety of products, but also changes of machining equipments, dispersals of processing locations, and also with unscheduled disruptions. This research is to develop an integrated process planning and scheduling system, which is suited to this open, dynamic,distributed manufacturing environment. Multi-agent system (MAS) approaches are used for integration of manufacturing processing planning and scheduling in an open distributed manufacturing environment, in which process planning can be adjusted dynamically and manufacturing resources can increase/decrease according to the requirements. One kind of multi-level dynamic negotiated approaches to process planning and scheduling is presented for the integration of manufacturing process planning and scheduling.

  10. Abstraction and control techniques for non-stationary scheduling problems

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    Innocenti, Giacomo

    2009-01-01

    The paper faces the problem of scheduling from a new perspective, trying to bridge the gap between classical heuristic approaches and system identification and control strategies. To this aim, a complete mathematical formulation of a general scheduling process is derived, beginning from very broad assumptions. This allows a greater freedom of manipulation and guarantee the resolution of the identification (and control) techniques. Both an adaptive and a switching strategies are presented in relation to the performances of a simple Round Robin algorithm.

  11. Integrated Task Clustering, Mapping and Scheduling for Heterogeneous Computing Systems

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    Yuet Ming Lam

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new approach for mapping and scheduling task graphs for heterogeneous hardware/software computing systems using heuristic search. Task mapping and scheduling are vital in hardware/software codesign and previous approaches that treat them separately lead to suboptimal solutions. In this paper, we propose two techniques to enhance the speedup of mapping/scheduling solutions: (1 an integrated technique combining task clustering, mapping, and scheduling, and (2 a multiple neighborhood function strategy. Our approach is demonstrated by case studies involving 40 randomly generated task graphs, as well as six applications. Experimental results show that our proposed approach outperforms a separate approach in terms of speedup by up to 18.3% for a system with a microprocessor, a floating-point digital signal processor, and an FPGA.

  12. Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 6) – Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members (1 January 2015)

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    Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 6) entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members", approved by the Director-General following discussion in the Standing Concertation Committee meeting on 27 November 2014 is available on the Human Resources Department website. It cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 5) entitled "Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members" of September 2011. This circular was revised in order to improve the effectiveness of the career transition measures, in particular by expanding the scope of the programme to include also career transition within the Organization and by placing emphasis on career orientation and job search. Administrative Circular No. 2 will be further revised next year with the adoption of the new contract policy, subject to approval of the relevant amendments by all competent bodies. ...

  13. Publication Of Administrative Circulars: No. 4 (Rev. 4) – Unemployment Insurance Scheme No. 30 (Rev. 2) – Financial Benefits on Taking Up Appointment and on Termination of Contract

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    Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 4) – Unemployment insurance scheme Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 4) – "Unemployment insurance scheme", approved following discussion at the Standing Concertation Committee meetings of 28 August 2007 and 27 February 2008, is now available on the intranet site of the Human Resources Department. It cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 3) – "Unemployment insurance" of October 1993. Copies will shortly be available in Departmental secretariats. Human Resources Department Tel. 78003 Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 2) – Financial benefits on taking up appointment and termination of contract Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 2) – "Financial benefits on taking up appointment and termination of contract", approved following discussion at the Standing Concertation Committee meetings of 28 August 2007 and 27 February 2008, is now available on the intranet site of the Human Resources De...

  14. Publication Of Administrative Circulars: No. 4 (Rev. 4) – Unemployment Insurance Scheme No. 30 (Rev. 2) – Financial Benefits on Taking Up Appointment and on Termination of Contract

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    Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 4) – Unemployment insurance scheme Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 4) – "Unemployment insurance scheme", approved following discussion in the Standing Concertation Committee meetings of 28 August 2007 and 27 February 2008, is now available on the intranet site of the Human Resources Department. It cancels and replaces Administrative Circular No. 4 (Rev. 3) – "Unemployment insurance" of October 1993. Copies will shortly be available in Departmental secretariats. Human Resources Department Tel. 78003 Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 2) – Financial benefits on taking up appointment and termination of contract Administrative Circular No. 30 (Rev. 2) – "Financial benefits on taking up appointment and termination of contract", approved following discussion in the Standing Concertation Committee meetings of 28 August 2007 and 27 February 2008, is now available on the intranet site of the Human Resources De...

  15. How Important Is the Role of the Chancellor in the Appointment of Australian Vice-Chancellors and University Governance?

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    O'Meara, Bernard; Petzall, Stanley

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This paper seeks to investigate the role of the university chancellor in the appointment of Australian vice-chancellors. Design/methodology/approach: Prior to this research it was evident that little research had been undertaken on the role of the chancellor. While the chancellor chairs Council, the incumbent also presides over quite a…

  16. Planning and Scheduling for Fleets of Earth Observing Satellites

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    Frank, Jeremy; Jonsson, Ari; Morris, Robert; Smith, David E.; Norvig, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We address the problem of scheduling observations for a collection of earth observing satellites. This scheduling task is a difficult optimization problem, potentially involving many satellites, hundreds of requests, constraints on when and how to service each request, and resources such as instruments, recording devices, transmitters, and ground stations. High-fidelity models are required to ensure the validity of schedules; at the same time, the size and complexity of the problem makes it unlikely that systematic optimization search methods will be able to solve them in a reasonable time. This paper presents a constraint-based approach to solving the Earth Observing Satellites (EOS) scheduling problem, and proposes a stochastic heuristic search method for solving it.

  17. 75 FR 33355 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... available on request. Schedules Pending 1. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection... events. 25. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Protocol...

  18. Ergonomic workforce scheduling under complex worker limitation and task requirements:

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The ergonomic workforce scheduling problem (WPS is addressed in this paper. Unlike its previous related works, theproblem considers realistic worker limitation and task requirements that include heterogeneous workforce with limited taskflexibility, varying worker team sizes, and pre-defined task operation schedules. Its main objective is to find a daily rotatingwork schedule solution using a minimum number of workers such that all workers’ ergonomics hazard exposures do notexceed a permissible limit. Initially, the ergonomic WPS is explained. Its mathematical model and approximation procedure toobtain the workforce schedule solution are described. From the results of the computation experiment, it can be concludedthat the approximation procedure is both efficient and effective in solving large-sized ergonomic workforce schedulingproblems.

  19. Computerized Schedule Construction in College and University Physical Education Departments.

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    Hattlestad, Neil

    This paper describes the use of a computer in scheduling physical education classes and activities. The advantages of the computer are pointed out in terms of person hours of work saved for the school administrator. (JD)

  20. 78 FR 70586 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... administrative, legal, research, or other value. Notice is published for records schedules in which agencies... system used to manage the food and hospitality services of the Marine Corps. 9. Department of...

  1. Balancing Life and the Mission: Compressed Scheduling in Law Enforcement

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    2010-03-01

    preventable disruption impacts the workforce, and creates unintended consequences for the agency and its managers. The phrase “ sausage making ” is often...compressed work schedule offers each agency and its employees many advantages. It makes the most efficient use of the available workforce to accomplish...schedule decreases attrition of a workforce. This makes the workforce much more stable while significantly reducing training costs caused by a high

  2. Integrating Process Planning and Scheduling with an Intelligent Facilitator

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    WANG; Jiao; ZHANG; Y; F; NEE; A; Y; C

    2002-01-01

    This paper introduces a dynamic facilitating mechan is m for the integration of process planning and scheduling in a batch-manufacturi ng environment. This integration is essential for the optimum use of production resources and generation of realistic process plans that can be readily executed with little or no modification. In this paper, integration is modeled in two le vels, viz., process planning and scheduling, which are linked by an intelligent facilitator. The process planning module employs an o...

  3. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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    Petersen, Hanne Løhmann; Larsen, Allan; Madsen, Oli B.G.;

    modifications of the timetable during the vehicle scheduling phase. This planning approach is referred to as the Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem (SVSPSP). The SVSPSP is solved using a large neighbourhood search metaheuristic. The proposed framework is tested on data inspired...... by the express-bus network in the Greater Copenhagen Area. The results are encouraging and indicate a potential decrease of passenger waiting times in the network of 10-20%, with the vehicle scheduling costs remaining largely unaffected.......Passengers using public transport systems often experience waiting times when transferring between two scheduled services. We propose a planning approach which seeks to obtain a favorable trade-off between the conflicting objectives passenger service and operating cost, by allowing some moderate...

  4. METHODS FOR THE SHIFT DESIGN AND PERSONNEL TASK SCHEDULING PROBLEM

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    Lapègue, Tanguy; Bellenguez-Morineau, Odile; Prot, Damien

    2014-01-01

    Colloque avec actes et comité de lecture. internationale.; International audience; This paper introduces an overview of the methods that have been used in the literature to solve the Shift Design and Personnel Task Scheduling Problem with Equity. Basically, this problem aims at designing a schedule while assigning fixed tasks, that cannot be preempted, to an heterogeneous workforce. Such problem may occur in several contexts, where industrial activity requires a sharp and efficient management...

  5. Synthesis and Stochastic Assessment of Cost-Optimal Schedules

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    Mader, A.H.; Bohnenkamp, H.C.; Usenko, Y.S.; Jansen, D.N.; J L Hurink; Hermanns, H.

    2006-01-01

    We treat the problem of generating cost-optimal schedules for orders with individual due dates and cost functions based on earliness/tardiness. Orders can run in parallel in a resource-constrained manufacturing environment, where resources are subject to stochastic breakdowns. The goal is to generate schedules while minimizing the expected costs. First, we estimate the distribution of each order type by simulation (assuming a reasonable machine/load model) and derive from the cost-function an...

  6. Three Theoretical Problems in the Scientification of Personnel Selection and Appointment Mechanisms%选人用人机制科学化的三个理论问题

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    马恩

    2012-01-01

    Based on the analysis of major measures for the reform of personnel system for cadres in recent years, this paper proposes three deep-rooted theoretical problems that must be resolved currently to promote the scientification of personnel selection and appointment mechanisms: first the political attributes of the ranks of our civil servants as a ruling group must be recognized, diverse criteria and methods for personnel selection should be established from the perspective to embody the political representation function of the ranks of civil servants; sec- ondly the trap of nominator diversification must be disengaged from the perspective of scientific allocation the au- thority of cadre appointment ; thirdly the functions of the masses in cadre selection and appointment must be scien- tifically positioned, and the forms and limitations of democracy in cadre selection and appointment must be clari- fied.%本文在对近年来干部人事制度改革主要措施分析的基础上,提出当前推进选人用人机制科学化,必须解决三个方面的深层次理论问题:一是要认清我国公务员队伍作为执政群体的政治属性,从体现公务员队伍政治代表功能的角度,确立多样化的选人标准和选拔方式;二是要从科学配置干部任用权的角度,从提名权主体多元化的误区中摆脱出来;三是要对群众在干部选拔任用中的作用有科学定位,厘清干部选拔任用中民主的形式和限度。

  7. Design Principles and Algorithms for Air Traffic Arrival Scheduling

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    Erzberger, Heinz; Itoh, Eri

    2014-01-01

    This report presents design principles and algorithms for building a real-time scheduler of arrival aircraft based on a first-come-first-served (FCFS) scheduling protocol. The algorithms provide the conceptual and computational foundation for the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) of the Center/terminal radar approach control facilities (TRACON) automation system, which comprises a set of decision support tools for managing arrival traffic at major airports in the United States. The primary objective of the scheduler is to assign arrival aircraft to a favorable landing runway and schedule them to land at times that minimize delays. A further objective of the scheduler is to allocate delays between high-altitude airspace far away from the airport and low-altitude airspace near the airport. A method of delay allocation is described that minimizes the average operating cost in the presence of errors in controlling aircraft to a specified landing time. This report is a revision of an earlier paper first presented as part of an Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) lecture series in September 1995. The authors, during vigorous discussions over the details of this paper, felt it was important to the air-trafficmanagement (ATM) community to revise and extend the original 1995 paper, providing more detail and clarity and thereby allowing future researchers to understand this foundational work as the basis for the TMA's scheduling algorithms.

  8. Contingency and stimulus change in chained schedules of reinforcement.

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    Catania, A C; Yohalem, R; Silverman, P J

    1980-03-01

    Higher rates of pecking were maintained by pigeons in the middle component of three-component chained fixed-interval schedules than in that component of corresponding multiple schedules (two extinction components followed by a fixed-interval component). This rate difference did not occur in equivalent tandem and mixed schedules, in which a single stimulus was correlated with the three components. The higher rates in components of chained schedules demonstrate a reinforcing effect of the stimulus correlated with the next component; the acquired functions of this stimulus make the vocabulary of conditioned reinforcement appropriate. Problems in defining conditioned reinforcement arise not from difficulties in demonstrating reinforcing effects but from disagreements about which experimental operations allow such reinforcing effects to be called conditioned.

  9. Scheduling Parallel Jobs Using Migration and Consolidation in the Cloud

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    Xiaocheng Liu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An increasing number of high performance computing parallel applications leverages the power of the cloud for parallel processing. How to schedule the parallel applications to improve the quality of service is the key to the successful host of parallel applications in the cloud. The large scale of the cloud makes the parallel job scheduling more complicated as even simple parallel job scheduling problem is NP-complete. In this paper, we propose a parallel job scheduling algorithm named MEASY. MEASY adopts migration and consolidation to enhance the most popular EASY scheduling algorithm. Our extensive experiments on well-known workloads show that our algorithm takes very good care of the quality of service. For two common parallel job scheduling objectives, our algorithm produces an up to 41.1% and an average of 23.1% improvement on the average response time; an up to 82.9% and an average of 69.3% improvement on the average slowdown. Our algorithm is robust even in terms that it allows inaccurate CPU usage estimation and high migration cost. Our approach involves trivial modification on EASY and requires no additional technique; it is practical and effective in the cloud environment.

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    ... Department of Health, and Commissioner of Health, State of Utah; Richard Chambers, Chief Executive Officer... Medical Center; Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Department of Family Nursing,...

  11. Design and application of surgical scheduling system%手术排程系统的设计与应用

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    张健; 余海风

    2014-01-01

    Objective Combined with the actual situation in the hospital ,surgery scheduling system was designed to effectively use existing operating room resources ,improve the efficiency of the operating room .Method Based on sqlserver ,oracle data base as data processing platform ,using current mainstream programming languages C# lan-guage development ,through an interface with the hospital HIS system compatibility docking design includes surgery appointment management ,surgery scheduling ,personnel scheduling ,surgical query ,the system configuration of four modules surgical scheduling system .Result The surgical scheduling system through scientific and rational divi-sion of functions ,not only to ensure the application of clinical surgery scheduling information is accurate ,punctual , prepared in advance for the operating room to provide a detailed basis for the work to improve the efficiency of surgi-cal scheduling personnel ,but also for the operation and administration departments provide valuable clinical informa-tion and objective data .Conclusion Surgery scheduling system applied for hospital administration in favor of rational planning of hospital resources for better promote the operating room and even hospital standardized management processes .It's worthy of promotion .%目的:有效利用现有手术室资源,提高手术室工作效率。方法以Sqlserver ,Oracle数据库为基础数据处理平台,采用目前主流开发语言C#语言,通过兼容性接口与医院H IS系统对接,设计包含手术预约管理、手术排班、人员排班、手术查询、系统配置四个模块的手术排程系统。结果手术排程系统通过科学、合理的功能划分,不但确保了手术排程信息准确、准时,为手术室的提前准备工作提供依据,提高了手术排程人员的工作效率,也为手术科室和行政部门提供了客观宝贵的临床资料和数据。结论手术排程系统的应用有利于医院管

  12. Integrating job scheduling and constrained network routing

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    Gamst, Mette

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines the NP-hard problem of scheduling jobs on resources such that the overall profit of executed jobs is maximized. Job demand must be sent through a constrained network to the resource before execution can begin. The problem has application in grid computing, where a number...... of geographically distributed resources connected through an optical network work together for solving large problems. A number of heuristics are proposed along with an exact solution approach based on Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition. The latter has some performance difficulties while the heuristics solve all instances...

  13. Tramp Ship Routing and Scheduling - Models, Methods and Opportunities

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    Vilhelmsen, Charlotte; Larsen, Jesper; Lusby, Richard Martin

    and scheduling. This includes a review on existing literature, modelling approaches, solution methods as well as an analysis of the current status and future opportunities of research within tramp ship routing and scheduling. We argue that rather than developing new solution methods for the basic routing...... to mergers, pooling, and collaboration efforts between shipping companies, the fleet sizes have grown to a point where manual planning is no longer adequate in a market with tough competition and low freight rates. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive introduction to tramp ship routing...... and scheduling problem, focus should now be on extending this basic problem to include additional real-world complexities and develop suitable solution methods for those extensions. Such extensions will enable more tramp operators to benefit from the solution methods while simultaneously creating new...

  14. An algorithm for a single machine scheduling problem with sequence dependent setup times and scheduling windows

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    Moore, J. E.

    1975-01-01

    An enumeration algorithm is presented for solving a scheduling problem similar to the single machine job shop problem with sequence dependent setup times. The scheduling problem differs from the job shop problem in two ways. First, its objective is to select an optimum subset of the available tasks to be performed during a fixed period of time. Secondly, each task scheduled is constrained to occur within its particular scheduling window. The algorithm is currently being used to develop typical observational timelines for a telescope that will be operated in earth orbit. Computational times associated with timeline development are presented.

  15. Separation Assurance and Scheduling Coordination in the Arrival Environment

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    Aweiss, Arwa S.; Cone, Andrew C.; Holladay, Joshua J.; Munoz, Epifanio; Lewis, Timothy A.

    2016-01-01

    Separation assurance (SA) automation has been proposed as either a ground-based or airborne paradigm. The arrival environment is complex because aircraft are being sequenced and spaced to the arrival fix. This paper examines the effect of the allocation of the SA and scheduling functions on the performance of the system. Two coordination configurations between an SA and an arrival management system are tested using both ground and airborne implementations. All configurations have a conflict detection and resolution (CD&R) system and either an integrated or separated scheduler. Performance metrics are presented for the ground and airborne systems based on arrival traffic headed to Dallas/ Fort Worth International airport. The total delay, time-spacing conformance, and schedule conformance are used to measure efficiency. The goal of the analysis is to use the metrics to identify performance differences between the configurations that are based on different function allocations. A surveillance range limitation of 100 nmi and a time delay for sharing updated trajectory intent of 30 seconds were implemented for the airborne system. Overall, these results indicate that the surveillance range and the sharing of trajectories and aircraft schedules are important factors in determining the efficiency of an airborne arrival management system. These parameters are not relevant to the ground-based system as modeled for this study because it has instantaneous access to all aircraft trajectories and intent. Creating a schedule external to the CD&R and the scheduling conformance system was seen to reduce total delays for the airborne system, and had a minor effect on the ground-based system. The effect of an external scheduler on other metrics was mixed.

  16. Scheduling the Secondary School.

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    Dempsey, Richard A.; Traverso, Henry P.

    This "how-to-do-it" manual on the intricacies of school scheduling offers both technical information and common sense advice about the process of secondary school scheduling. The first of six chapters provides an overview of scheduling; chapter 2 examines specific considerations for scheduling; chapter 3 surveys the scheduling models and their…

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    ... research in the food and agricultural sciences, food retailing and marketing, rural economic development... Retailing and Marketing Interests,'' Nancy Childs, Professor of Food Marketing, Saint Joseph's University... Board, including farming or ranching, food production and processing, forestry research, crop and...

  18. Scheduling Supercomputers.

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    1983-02-01

    no task is scheduled with overlap. Let numpi be the total number of preemptions and idle slots of size at most to that are introduced. We see that if...no usable block remains on Qm-*, then numpi < m-k. Otherwise, numpi ! m-k-1. If j>n when this procedure terminates, then all tasks have been scheduled

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    ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XC124 Advisory Committee and Species Working Group... nominations for technical advisors to the Advisory Committee's species working groups. DATES: Nominations must... working groups for the purpose of providing advice and recommendations to the U.S. Commissioners and...

  20. Court-Appointed Special Advocate Strong Beginnings: Raising Awareness across Early Childhood and Child Welfare Systems

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    Corr, Catherine; Danner, Natalie

    2014-01-01

    Abuse or neglect and disability often go hand in hand. Unfortunately, most professionals who work with maltreated young children are not aware of early childhood and disability-related resources and services available. In order to raise awareness across early childhood and child welfare systems, a five-week advanced training for volunteer child…

  1. A survey of planning and scheduling research at the NASA Ames Research Center

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    Zweben, Monte

    1989-01-01

    NASA Ames Research Center has a diverse program in planning and scheduling. Some research projects as well as some applications are highlighted. Topics addressed include machine learning techniques, action representations and constraint-based scheduling systems. The applications discussed are planetary rovers, Hubble Space Telescope scheduling, and Pioneer Venus orbit scheduling.

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    ..., forestry research, crop and animal science, land-grant institutions, non-land grant college or university... Association/American Society of Nutrition and Associate Professor of Nutrition, Florida...

  3. Weirton Steel Corporation logistics and integrated scheduling. Final report

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    Guzzetta, M.B. [comp.

    1996-06-01

    In order to remain competitive in the changing steel market, US steel producers restructured by taking on foreign and domestic partners, closing facilities and/or trimming work forces, and modernizing their steel making facilities. However, very little was done to develop production management technology to complement these changes. The Logistics and Integrated Scheduling program (LIS) was undertaken to address this issue. LIS is an information management system that delivers better customer service, better quality materials, and a just-in-time delivery system. It involves three major components: (1) material marking and sensing: advanced R&D applied to determining cost effective, feasible solutions to passive inventory; (2) material inventory and tracking: advanced technology applied to managing inventory movement; (3) planning and scheduling: beginning with annual production plans, order management, and operational constraints, the ability to build integrated schedules capable of pull through and push through scheduling for various plant capability levels and location configurations with rapid turnaround capability. LIS provides accurate, automated tracking of material flows throughout the mill, the collection and analysis of production data, and automated schedule optimization.

  4. Constrained Task Assignment and Scheduling On Networks of Arbitrary Topology

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    Jackson, Justin Patrick

    This dissertation develops a framework to address centralized and distributed constrained task assignment and task scheduling problems. This framework is used to prove properties of these problems that can be exploited, develop effective solution algorithms, and to prove important properties such as correctness, completeness and optimality. The centralized task assignment and task scheduling problem treated here is expressed as a vehicle routing problem with the goal of optimizing mission time subject to mission constraints on task precedence and agent capability. The algorithm developed to solve this problem is able to coordinate vehicle (agent) timing for task completion. This class of problems is NP-hard and analytical guarantees on solution quality are often unavailable. This dissertation develops a technique for determining solution quality that can be used on a large class of problems and does not rely on traditional analytical guarantees. For distributed problems several agents must communicate to collectively solve a distributed task assignment and task scheduling problem. The distributed task assignment and task scheduling algorithms developed here allow for the optimization of constrained military missions in situations where the communication network may be incomplete and only locally known. Two problems are developed. The distributed task assignment problem incorporates communication constraints that must be satisfied; this is the Communication-Constrained Distributed Assignment Problem. A novel distributed assignment algorithm, the Stochastic Bidding Algorithm, solves this problem. The algorithm is correct, probabilistically complete, and has linear average-case time complexity. The distributed task scheduling problem addressed here is to minimize mission time subject to arbitrary predicate mission constraints; this is the Minimum-time Arbitrarily-constrained Distributed Scheduling Problem. The Optimal Distributed Non-sequential Backtracking Algorithm

  5. 75 FR 56055 - Advisory Committee and Species Working Group Technical Advisor Appointments

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    ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XY91 Advisory Committee and Species Working Group... soliciting nominations for technical advisors to the Advisory Committee's species working groups. DATES... technical advisors to a species working group should be sent to Ms. Rachel O'Malley, Office of...

  6. The evolution of empathy and women’s precarious leadership appointments

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    John G. Vongas

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Glass cliffs describe situations in which women are promoted to executive roles in declining organizations. To explain them, some authors suggest that people tend to think crisis-think female. However, the root cause of this association remains elusive. Using several subfields of evolutionary theory, we argue that biology and culture have shaped the perception of women as being more empathic than men and, consequently, as capable of quelling certain crises. Some crises are more intense than others and, whereas some brew within organizations, others originate from the external environment. We therefore propose that women will be selected to lead whenever a crisis is minimal to moderate and stems primarily from within the organization. Men, on the other hand, will be chosen as leaders whenever the crisis threatens the very existence of the firm and its source is an external threat. Leadership is a highly stressful experience, and even more so when leaders must scale glass cliffs. It is imperative that we understand what gives rise to them not only because they place women and potentially other minorities in positions where the likelihood of failure is high, but also because they help propagate stereotypes that undermine their true leadership ability.

  7. Scheduling of Fault-Tolerant Embedded Systems with Soft and Hard Timing Constraints

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    Izosimov, Viacheslav; Pop, Paul; Eles, Petru;

    2008-01-01

    fails or completes, incurs an unacceptable overhead. Thus, we use a quasi-static scheduling strategy, where a set of schedules is synthesized off-line and, at run time, the scheduler will select the right schedule based on the occurrence of faults and the actual execution times of processes...

  8. Behavioral momentum and accumulation of mass in multiple schedules.

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    Craig, Andrew R; Cunningham, Paul J; Shahan, Timothy A

    2015-05-01

    Behavioral momentum theory suggests that the relation between a discriminative-stimulus situation and reinforcers obtained in that context (i.e., the Pavlovian stimulus-reinforcer relation) governs persistence of operant behavior. Within the theory, a mass-like aspect of behavior has been shown to be a power function of predisruption reinforcement rates. Previous investigations of resistance to change in multiple schedules, however, have been restricted to examining response persistence following protracted periods of stability in reinforcer rates within a discriminative situation. Thus, it is unclear how long a stimulus-reinforcer relation must be in effect prior to disruption in order to affect resistance to change. The present experiment examined resistance to change of pigeon's key pecking following baseline conditions where reinforcer rates that were correlated with discriminative-stimulus situations changed. Across conditions, one multiple-schedule component arranged either relatively higher rates or lower rates of variable-interval food delivery, while the other component arranged the opposite rate. These schedules alternated between multiple-schedule components across blocks of sessions such that reinforcer rates in the components were held constant for 20, 5, 3, 2, or 1 session(s) between alternations. Resistance to extinction was higher in the component that most recently was associated with higher rates of food delivery in all conditions except when schedules alternated daily or every other day. These data suggest that resistance to change in multiple schedules is related to recently experienced reinforcer rates but only when multiple-schedule components are associated with specific reinforcer rates for several sessions.

  9. CEO Appointments and the Loss of Firm-specific Knowledge - Putting Integrity Back into Hiring Decisions

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    Rost, Katja; Salomo, Søren

    2008-01-01

    the last thirty years. Assuming that general managerial skills are becoming more important relative to firm-specific skills, the authors conclude that competition in the managerial labor market establishes optimal contracts. In our model and our empirical analysis we question this explanation by assuming...... in firm-specific knowledge, not only the performance of firms drops, but also the remaining integrity....

  10. CEO Appointments and the Loss of Firm-Specific Knowledge - Putting Integrity Back into Hiring Decisions

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    Rost, Katja; Salomo, Søren; Osterloh, Margit

    2008-01-01

    the last thirty years. Assuming that general managerial skills are becoming more important relative to firm-specific skills, the authors conclude that competition in the managerial labor market establishes optimal contracts. In our model and our empirical analysis we question this explanation by assuming...

  11. CEO Appointments and the Loss of Firm-specific Knowledge - Putting Integrity Back into Hiring Decisions

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    Rost, Katja; Salomo, Søren

    2008-01-01

    the last thirty years. Assuming that general managerial skills are becoming more important relative to firm-specific skills, the authors conclude that competition in the managerial labor market establishes optimal contracts. In our model and our empirical analysis we question this explanation by assuming...

  12. Construction management scheduling and control: The familiar historical overview

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    Behnam Ali

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper suggests that ‘management by exception’ is an historical default control mechanism based on the perception of control as a static process. However, increasingly scholars claim that a dynamic and proactive systems model is a more effective form of project control. These findings are the result of an historical desktop research method that analysed content from a small sample of scheduling methods and control approaches found in online and university library resources. The concept of control has historically influenced both visualization and analytics of different scheduling methods for construction project management. This paper focuses on two control ideals; static and dynamic control mechanisms. The overview begins with the description of early graphical scheduling techniques: Gantt charts and Harmonogram. It continues with examples of contributors to scheduling and control that include: CPM, PERT, LOB, Flowline and Location Based Management. The finding of this simple history suggests that change is the constant element for project control mechanisms. An object-based digital environment such as the data-rich building information modelling (BIM appears to be continuing the change for new scheduling methods and control mechanisms.

  13. Men's Educational Group Appointments in Rural Nicaragua.

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    Campbell, Bruce B; Gonzalez, Hugo; Campbell, McKenzie; Campbell, Kent

    2017-03-01

    Men's preventive health and wellness is largely neglected in rural Nicaragua, where a machismo culture prevents men from seeking health care. To address this issue, a men's educational group appointment model was initiated at a rural health post to increase awareness about hypertension, and to train community health leaders to measure blood pressure. Men's hypertension workshops were conducted with patient knowledge pretesting, didactic teaching, and posttesting. Pretesting and posttesting performances were recorded, blood pressures were screened, and community leaders were trained to perform sphygmomanometry. An increase in hypertension-related knowledge was observed after every workshop and community health leaders demonstrated proficiency in sphygmomanometry. In addition, several at-risk patients were identified and follow-up care arranged. Men's educational group appointments, shown to be effective in the United States in increasing patient knowledge and satisfaction, appear to function similarly in a resource-constrained environment and may be an effective mechanism for reaching underserved men in Nicaragua.

  14. Nonstandard Work Schedules and Partnership Quality : Quantitative and Qualitative Findings

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    Mills, Melinda; Taht, Kadri; Täht, K.

    2010-01-01

    This article questions existing findings and provides new evidence about the consequences of nonstandard work schedules on partnership quality. Using quantitative couple data from The Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS) (N = 3,016) and semistructured qualitative interviews (N = 34), we found that

  15. Routing and scheduling and fleet management for liner shipping

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    Kjeldsen, Karina Hjortshøj

    2009-01-01

    The problem of routing, scheduling and fleet management in global liner shipping is presented. The developed model incorporates the ships' speed as a decision variable. Furthermore, the model must be able to handle problems of the size and complexity experienced by the global liner shipping...

  16. Thermal-Aware Task Allocation and Scheduling for Embedded Systems

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    Hung, W -L; Vijaykrishnan, N; Kandemir, M; Irwin, M J

    2011-01-01

    Temperature affects not only the reliability but also the performance, power, and cost of the embedded system. This paper proposes a thermal-aware task allocation and scheduling algorithm for embedded systems. The algorithm is used as a sub-routine for hardware/software co-synthesis to reduce the peak temperature and achieve a thermally even distribution while meeting real time constraints. The paper investigates both power-aware and thermal-aware approaches to task allocation and scheduling. The experimental results show that the thermal-aware approach outperforms the power-aware schemes in terms of maximal and average temperature reductions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first task allocation and scheduling algorithm that takes temperature into consideration.

  17. Dynamic scheduling and analysis of real time systems with multiprocessors

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    M.D. Nashid Anjum

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This research work considers a scenario of cloud computing job-shop scheduling problems. We consider m realtime jobs with various lengths and n machines with different computational speeds and costs. Each job has a deadline to be met, and the profit of processing a packet of a job differs from other jobs. Moreover, considered deadlines are either hard or soft and a penalty is applied if a deadline is missed where the penalty is considered as an exponential function of time. The scheduling problem has been formulated as a mixed integer non-linear programming problem whose objective is to maximize net-profit. The formulated problem is computationally hard and not solvable in deterministic polynomial time. This research work proposes an algorithm named the Tube-tap algorithm as a solution to this scheduling optimization problem. Extensive simulation shows that the proposed algorithm outperforms existing solutions in terms of maximizing net-profit and preserving deadlines.

  18. Grain Emergency Vehicle Scheduling Problem with Time and Demand Uncertainty

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    Jiang DongQing

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Grain transportation plays an important role in many relief and emergency supply chains. In this paper, we take the grain emergency vehicle scheduling model between multiwarehouses as the research object. Under the emergency environment, the aim of the problem is to maximize the utilization of vehicles and minimize the delay time. The randomness of the key parameters in grain emergency vehicle scheduling, such as time and demand, is determined through statistical analysis and the model is solved through robust optimization method. Besides, we apply the numerical examples for experimental analysis. We compare the robust optimization model with classic model to illustrate the differences and similarities between them. The results show that the uncertainty of both time and demand has great influence on the efficiency of grain emergency vehicle scheduling problem.

  19. Design and Scheduling of Microgrids using Benders Decomposition

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    Nagarajan, Adarsh; Ayyanar, Raja

    2016-11-21

    The distribution feeder laterals in a distribution feeder with relatively high PV generation as compared to the load can be operated as microgrids to achieve reliability, power quality and economic benefits. However, renewable resources are intermittent and stochastic in nature. A novel approach for sizing and scheduling an energy storage system and microturbine for reliable operation of microgrids is proposed. The size and schedule of an energy storage system and microturbine are determined using Benders' decomposition, considering PV generation as a stochastic resource.

  20. Planning and scheduling lessons learned study, executive summary

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    Robinson, Toni

    1990-01-01

    The study was performed to document the lessons on planning and scheduling activities for a number of missions and institutional facilities in such a way that they can be applied to future missions; to provide recommendations to both projects and Code 500 that will improve the end-to-end planning and scheduling process; and to identify what, if any, mission characteristics might be related to certain lessons learned. The results are a series of recommendations of both a managerial and technical nature related to the underlying lessons learned.

  1. FMEF Electrical single line diagram and panel schedule verification process

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    FONG, S.K.

    1998-11-11

    Since the FMEF did not have a mission, a formal drawing verification program was not developed, however, a verification process on essential electrical single line drawings and panel schedules was established to benefit the operations lock and tag program and to enhance the electrical safety culture of the facility. The purpose of this document is to provide a basis by which future landlords and cognizant personnel can understand the degree of verification performed on the electrical single lines and panel schedules. It is the intent that this document be revised or replaced by a more formal requirements document if a mission is identified for the FMEF.

  2. GBT Dynamic Scheduling System: Algorithms, Metrics, and Simulations

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    Balser, D. S.; Bignell, C.; Braatz, J.; Clark, M.; Condon, J.; Harnett, J.; O'Neil, K.; Maddalena, R.; Marganian, P.; McCarty, M.; Sessoms, E.; Shelton, A.

    2009-09-01

    We discuss the scoring algorithm of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Dynamic Scheduling System (DSS). Since the GBT is located in a continental, mid-latitude region where weather is dominated by water vapor and small-scale effects, the weather plays an important role in optimizing the observing efficiency of the GBT. We score observing sessions as a product of many factors. Some are continuous functions while others are binary limits taking values of 0 or 1, any one of which can eliminate a candidate session by forcing the score to zero. Others reflect management decisions to expedite observations by visiting observers, ensure the timely completion of projects, etc. Simulations indicate that dynamic scheduling can increase the effective observing time at frequencies higher than 10 GHz by about 50% over one full year. Beta tests of the DSS during Summer 2008 revealed the significance of various scheduling constraints and telescope overhead time to the overall observing efficiency.

  3. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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    Petersen, Hanne Løhmann; Larsen, Allan; Madsen, Oli B.G.;

    2013-01-01

    , by modifying the timetable. The planning approach is referred to as the simultaneous vehicle scheduling and passenger service problem (SVSPSP). The SVSPSP is modelled as an integer programming problem and solved using a large neighborhood search metaheuristic. The proposed framework is tested on data inspired......Passengers using public transport systems often experience waiting times when transferring between two scheduled services. In this paper we propose a planning approach that seeks to obtain a favourable trade-off between the two contrasting objectives, passenger service and operating cost...

  4. Scheduling of procedures and staff in an ambulatory surgery center.

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    Pash, Joel; Kadry, Bassam; Bugrara, Suhabe; Macario, Alex

    2014-06-01

    For ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) to succeed financially, it is critical for ASC managers to schedule surgical procedures in a manner that optimizes operating room (OR) efficiency. OR efficiency is maximized by using historical data to accurately predict future OR workload, thereby enabling OR time to be properly allocated to surgeons. Other strategies to maintain a well-functioning ASC include recruiting and retaining the right staff and ensuring patients and surgeons are satisfied with their experience. This article reviews different types of procedure scheduling systems. Characteristics of well-functioning ASCs are also discussed.

  5. Scheduling algorithm for mission planning and logistics evaluation users' guide

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    Chang, H.; Williams, J. M.

    1976-01-01

    The scheduling algorithm for mission planning and logistics evaluation (SAMPLE) program is a mission planning tool composed of three subsystems; the mission payloads subsystem (MPLS), which generates a list of feasible combinations from a payload model for a given calendar year; GREEDY, which is a heuristic model used to find the best traffic model; and the operations simulation and resources scheduling subsystem (OSARS), which determines traffic model feasibility for available resources. The SAMPLE provides the user with options to allow the execution of MPLS, GREEDY, GREEDY-OSARS, or MPLS-GREEDY-OSARS.

  6. Non-standard work schedules, gender, and parental stress

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    Mariona Lozano

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Working non-standard hours changes the temporal structure of family life, constraining the time that family members spend with one another and threatening individuals' well-being. However, the empirical research on the link between stress and non-standard schedules has provided mixed results. Some studies have indicated that working non-standard hours is harmful whereas others have suggested that working atypical hours might facilitate the balance between family and work. Moreover, there is some evidence that the association between stress and non-standard employment has different implications for men and women. Objective: This paper examines the association between non-standard work schedules and stress among dual-earner couples with children. Two research questions are addressed. First, do predictability of the schedule and time flexibility moderate the link between non-standard work hours and stress? Second, do non-standard schedules affect men's and women's perceptions of stress differently? Methods: We use a sample of 1,932 working parents from the Canadian 2010 General Social Survey, which includes a time-use diary. A sequential logit regression analysis stratified by gender is employed to model two types of result. First, we estimate the odds of being stressed versus not being stressed. Second, for all respondents feeling stressed, we estimate the odds of experiencing high levels versus moderate levels of stress. Results: Our analysis shows that the link between non-standard working hours and perceived stress differs between mothers and fathers. First, fathers with non-standard schedules appear more likely to experience stress than those working standard hours, although the results are not significant. Among mothers, having a non-standard schedule is associated with a significantly lower risk of experiencing stress. Second, the analysis focusing on the mediating role of flexibility and predictability indicates that

  7. Microgrid Reliability Modeling and Battery Scheduling Using Stochastic Linear Programming

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    Cardoso, Goncalo; Stadler, Michael; Siddiqui, Afzal; Marnay, Chris; DeForest, Nicholas; Barbosa-Povoa, Ana; Ferrao, Paulo

    2013-05-23

    This paper describes the introduction of stochastic linear programming into Operations DER-CAM, a tool used to obtain optimal operating schedules for a given microgrid under local economic and environmental conditions. This application follows previous work on optimal scheduling of a lithium-iron-phosphate battery given the output uncertainty of a 1 MW molten carbonate fuel cell. Both are in the Santa Rita Jail microgrid, located in Dublin, California. This fuel cell has proven unreliable, partially justifying the consideration of storage options. Several stochastic DER-CAM runs are executed to compare different scenarios to values obtained by a deterministic approach. Results indicate that using a stochastic approach provides a conservative yet more lucrative battery schedule. Lower expected energy bills result, given fuel cell outages, in potential savings exceeding 6percent.

  8. The JPL Resource Allocation Planning and Scheduling Office (RAPSO) process

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    Morris, D. G.; Burke, E. S.

    2002-01-01

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Resource Allocation Planning and Scheduling Office is chartered to divide the limited amount of tracking hours of the Deep Space Network amongst the various missions in as equitable allotment as can be achieved. To best deal with this division of assets and time, an interactive process has evolved that promotes discussion with agreement by consensus between all of the customers that use the Deep Space Network (DSN). Aided by a suite of tools, the task of division of asset time is then performed in three stages of granularity. Using this approach, DSN loads are either forecasted or scheduled throughout a moving 10-year window.

  9. 77 FR 42735 - Appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

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    ... INFORMATION CONTACT: GAO: Office of Public Affairs, (202) 512-4800. MedPAC: Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., (202) 220... appointed members are Alice Coombs, MD, Critical Care Specialist and Anesthesiologist, South Shore...

  10. Discussion on Selection and Appointment of Teaching Supervision Staff in Military Academy%略论军校教学督导员的选聘

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    杜菲菲; 曹树聪; 孟丽

    2013-01-01

      为建立健全军校教学督导员选聘机制,在分析军校教学督导员选聘工作现状的基础上,指出督导员选聘工作中存在的问题和原因,提出从选聘理念、标准、程序和方法等4个方面改进督导员选聘工作,把好督导员选聘关,促进督导队伍机构的合理化,使教学督导工作真正成为推动军校教育教学转型、提升军校育人质量的积极力量。%In order to develop and perfect the supervision staff selection and appointment mechanism,according to the anal-ysis of the actuality of supervision staff selection and appointment of military college,the main problems and the correspond-ing causes in the work is presented. As a probable solution,several measures are proposed from the points of concepts,stan-dards,procedures and methods to normalize the supervision staff selection and appointment work and to improve the institu-tion of supervision staff group,thus making the teaching supervision a propellant for the transformation in military education and teaching as well as the improvement of military colleges’ education quality.

  11. Suitability and managerial implications of a Master Surgical Scheduling approach

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    J.M. van Oostrum (Jeroen); E. Bredenhoff (Eelco); E.W. Hans (Erwin)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractAbstract: Operating room (OR) planning and scheduling is a popular and challenging subject within the operational research applied to health services research (ORAHS). However, the impact in practice is very limited. The organization and culture of a hospital and the inherent characteris

  12. Suitability and managerial implications of a Master Surgical Scheduling approach

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    Oostrum, van Jeroen M.; Bredenhoff, Eelco; Hans, Erwin W.

    2010-01-01

    Operating room (OR) planning and scheduling is a popular and challenging subject within the operational research applied to health services research (ORAHS). However, the impact in practice is very limited. The organization and culture of a hospital and the inherent characteristics of its processes

  13. 76 FR 66761 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... process is available on request. Schedules Pending 1. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health..., intelligence and security, legal matters, public affairs, operations, logistics and supply, safety... of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (N1-65- 11-26, 2 items, 2 temporary items)....

  14. An Analysis of Construction Cost and Schedule Performance

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    2008-03-01

    paradigm to develop project success measures. Griffith, Gibson, Hamilton, Tortora , and Wilson (1999 categorized projects by their cost, schedule, and...E., Hamilton, M. R., Tortora , A. L., & Wilson, C. T. (1999). Project success index for capital facility construction projects. Journal of

  15. Designaciones y organización partidaria: el partido de redes gubernamentales en el peronismo kirchnerista Appointments and party organizations: network governmental party in kirchnerista peronism

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    Gerardo SCHERLIS

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo contribuye a comprender la estructura organizativa del peronismo, la fuerza política dominante en Argentina, a partir de la observación de las designaciones partidarias en el Estado. Para ello el trabajo presenta los resultados de una investigación sobre el alcance, los mecanismos, las motivaciones y los criterios de las designaciones partidarias en el Estado federal argentino, con particular énfasis en lo ocurrido durante la presidencia de Néstor Kirchner (2003- 2007. El argumento más general sostiene que las designaciones han devenido en este período en una herramienta esencial para lograr un control efectivo sobre el aparato estatal mientras que sirven, simultáneamente, para reconfigurar las élites partidarias del peronismo bajo el liderazgo del presidente. Los datos, surgidos de una amplia serie de entrevistas a expertos, permiten finalmente ofrecer un nuevo marco teórico para estudiar el vínculo entre partido y gobierno en el contexto de la democracia argentina contemporánea.This article contributes to the understanding of the organizational structures of peronism, Argentine dominant political force, on the basis of a study on partisan appointments. It presents the main findings of a research on the scope, the workings, the motivations, and the criteria of partisan appointments in the Argentine state, with particular attention to Néstor Kirchner administration (2003-2007. The more general argument contends that appointments became in this period a crucial tool to control the state apparatus while, at the same time, they made it possible to renovate Peronist partisan elites under the leadership of the president. The data, obtained from a large series of expert interviews, make it possible to offer a new theoretical framework for the understanding of party-government linkages in contemporary Argentine democracy.

  16. Student-Teacher Online Booking Appointment System in Academic Institutions

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    BELLO Ridwan Oluwaseun

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    Full Text Available Web-based booking appointment systemsare prevalent currentlly either online or using traditional queuing systems.Several businesses like hospitals use different Web-based appointment systems for their patients which make appointments process more efficient, thereby minimizing patient’s waiting time and maximizing the total number of patients served. This study presents a web based appointment booking system through web or mobile devices that assists both students and lecturers to be acquainted with the time of appointment wherever they are. The system allows students and lecturers to simply gain access to the system by connecting to the Internet. It also enables students to drop any message which consists of the purpose and time of the appointment. The system was developed using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5, Hypertext Pre-processor (PHP as scripting language, Bootstrap framework and My Structured Query Language (MySQL as database. This wil enable the web application to be robust, cheap and capable of oprerating on variuos platforms. The system does not only fully automated, and perform excellently well, but also user-friendly, time effective and efficient.

  17. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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    Petersen, Hanne Løhmann; Larsen, Allan; Madsen, Oli B.G.

    2013-01-01

    , by modifying the timetable. The planning approach is referred to as the simultaneous vehicle scheduling and passenger service problem (SVSPSP). The SVSPSP is modelled as an integer programming problem and solved using a large neighborhood search metaheuristic. The proposed framework is tested on data inspired...

  18. 10 CFR 205.308 - Filing schedule and annual reports.

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    ...) Persons authorized to transmit electric energy from the United States shall promptly file all supplements... 10 Energy 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Filing schedule and annual reports. 205.308 Section 205.308 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OIL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND SANCTIONS Electric Power...

  19. Integrated cargo routing and ship scheduling in liner shipping

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    Kjeldsen, Karina Hjortshøj

    The problem consists of creating routes and schedules for a heterogeneous fleet of ships while determining the cargo routing and the speed for all relevant port pair/ship combinations. Transshipment is allowed in ports with transshipment capabilities. The service frequency is fixed at one week...

  20. Scheduling technicians and tasks in a telecommunications company

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    Cordeau, J. F.; Laporte, G.; Pasin, F.

    2010-01-01

    This paper proposes a construction heuristic and an adaptive large neighborhood search heuristic for the technician and task scheduling problem arising in a large telecommunications company. This problem was solved within the framework of the 2007 challenge set up by the French Operational Research...

  1. Distributed Estimation, Coding, and Scheduling in Wireless Visual Sensor Networks

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    Yu, Chao

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis, we consider estimation, coding, and sensor scheduling for energy efficient operation of wireless visual sensor networks (VSN), which consist of battery-powered wireless sensors with sensing (imaging), computation, and communication capabilities. The competing requirements for applications of these wireless sensor networks (WSN)…

  2. WIMAX Basics From PHY Layer to Scheduling And Multicasting Approaches

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    Khaled Elleithy

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access is an emerging broadband wirelesstechnology for providing Last mile solutions for supporting higher bandwidth and multiple serviceclasses with various quality of service requirement. The unique architecture of the WiMAX MAC andPHY layers that uses OFDMA to allocate multiple channels with different modulation schema andmultiple time slots for each channel allows better adaptation of heterogeneous user’s requirements. Themain architecture in WiMAX uses PMP (Point to Multipoint, Mesh mode or the new MMR (Mobile Multihop Mode deployments where scheduling and multicasting have different approaches. In PMP SS(Subscriber Station connects directly to BS (Base Station in a single hop route so channel conditionsadaptations and supporting QoS for classes of services is the key points in scheduling, admission controlor multicasting, while in Mesh networks SS connects to other SS Stations or to the BS in a multi hoproutes, the MMR mode extends the PMP mode in which the SS connects to either a relay station (RS orto Bs. Both MMR and Mesh uses centralized or distributed scheduling with multicasting schemas basedon scheduling trees for routing. In this paper a broad study is conducted About WiMAX technology PMPand Mesh deployments from main physical layers features with differentiation of MAC layer features toscheduling and multicasting approaches in both modes of operations.

  3. The Lot Sizing and Scheduling of Sand Casting Operations

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    Hans, Erwin; Velde, van de Steef

    2010-01-01

    We describe a real world case study that involves the monthly planning and scheduling of the sand-casting department in a metal foundry. The problem can be characterised as a single-level multi-item capacitated lot-sizing model with a variety of additional process-specific constraints. The main obje

  4. FLOW-SHOP SCHEDULING WITH MULTIPLE OPERATIONS AND TIME LAGS

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    RIEZEBOS, J; GAALMAN, GJC; GUPTA, JND

    1995-01-01

    A scheduling system is proposed and developed for a special type of flow shop. Ln this flow shop there is one machine at each stage. A job may require multiple operations at each stage. The first operation of a job on stage j cannot start until the last operation of the job on stage j - 1 has finish

  5. 75 FR 57985 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    2010-09-23

    ... be appropriate for reporting to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board. Included are... records when no longer needed for current Government business. They authorize the preservation of records... them to conduct its business. Some schedules are comprehensive and cover all the records of an...

  6. Verification and optimization of a PLC control schedule

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    Brinksma, Ed; Mader, Angelika; Fehnker, Ansgar

    2002-01-01

    We report on the use of model checking techniques for both the verification of a process control program and the derivation of optimal control schedules. Most of this work has been carried out as part of a case study for the EU VHS project (Verification of Hybrid Systems), in which the program for a

  7. Automated Planning and Scheduling for Goal-Based Autonomous Spacecraft

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    Chien, S.; Smith, B.; Rabideau, G.; Muscettola, N.; Rajan, K.

    1998-01-01

    Automated planning and scheduling technology - we'll call it automated planning systems, for the sake of brevity-is applicable to a wide spectrum of spaceflight missions, from those with limited onboard computational capabilities, such as Lunar Prospector, to those with highly sophisticated software, such as Cassini.

  8. Optimal load scheduling in commercial and residential microgrids

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    Ganji Tanha, Mohammad Mahdi

    Residential and commercial electricity customers use more than two third of the total energy consumed in the United States, representing a significant resource of demand response. Price-based demand response, which is in response to changes in electricity prices, represents the adjustments in load through optimal load scheduling (OLS). In this study, an efficient model for OLS is developed for residential and commercial microgrids which include aggregated loads in single-units and communal loads. Single unit loads which include fixed, adjustable and shiftable loads are controllable by the unit occupants. Communal loads which include pool pumps, elevators and central heating/cooling systems are shared among the units. In order to optimally schedule residential and commercial loads, a community-based optimal load scheduling (CBOLS) is proposed in this thesis. The CBOLS schedule considers hourly market prices, occupants' comfort level, and microgrid operation constraints. The CBOLS' objective in residential and commercial microgrids is the constrained minimization of the total cost of supplying the aggregator load, defined as the microgrid load minus the microgrid generation. This problem is represented by a large-scale mixed-integer optimization for supplying single-unit and communal loads. The Lagrangian relaxation methodology is used to relax the linking communal load constraint and decompose the independent single-unit functions into subproblems which can be solved in parallel. The optimal solution is acceptable if the aggregator load limit and the duality gap are within the bounds. If any of the proposed criteria is not satisfied, the Lagrangian multiplier will be updated and a new optimal load schedule will be regenerated until both constraints are satisfied. The proposed method is applied to several case studies and the results are presented for the Galvin Center load on the 16th floor of the IIT Tower in Chicago.

  9. Design and Implementation of a Two Level Scheduler for HADOOP Data Grids

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    Dr G. Sudha sadhasivam

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Hadoop is a large scale distributed processing infrastructure designed to handle data intensive applications. In a commercial large scale cluster framework, a scheduler distributes user jobs evenly among the cluster resources. The proposed work enhances Hadoop’s fair scheduler that queues the jobs for execution in a fine grained manner using task scheduling. In contrast, the proposed approach allows backfilling ofjobs submitted to the scheduler. Thus job level and task level scheduling is enabled by this approach. The jobs are fairly scheduled with fairness among users, pools and priority. The outcome of the proposed work is that short narrow jobs will be executed in the slot if sufficient resource is not available for larger jobs. Thus shorter jobs get executed faster by the scheduler when compared to the existing fair scheduling policy that schedules tasks based on their fairness of remaining execution time. This approach prevents the starvation of smaller jobs if sufficient resources are available.

  10. 22 CFR 22.1 - Schedule of fees.

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    ... request of direct hire U.S. Government personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, or their dependents stationed or... commissions to take testimony: (a) Scheduling/arranging appointments for depositions, including depositions...

  11. Integrated and Dynamic Vehicle and Crew Scheduling

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    D. Huisman (Dennis)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractDue to increased competition in the public transport market and the pressure on governments to cut expenses, increasing attention has been paid to cost reductions in public transportation. Since the main resources used in public transportation are vehicles and crews, producing efficient

  12. 18 CFR 35.10 - Form and style of rate schedules, tariffs and service agreements.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Form and style of rate schedules, tariffs and service agreements. 35.10 Section 35.10 Conservation of Power and Water Resources... OF RATE SCHEDULES AND TARIFFS Application § 35.10 Form and style of rate schedules, tariffs...

  13. A Data Scheduling and Management Infrastructure for the TEAM Network

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    Andelman, S.; Baru, C.; Chandra, S.; Fegraus, E.; Lin, K.; Unwin, R.

    2009-04-01

    currently partnering with the San Diego Super Computer Center to build the data management infrastructure. Data collected from the three core protocols as well as others are currently made available through the TEAM Network portal, which provides the content management framework, the data scheduling and management framework, an administrative framework to implement and manage TEAM sites, collaborative tools and a number of tools and applications utilizing Google Map and Google Earth products. A critical element of the TEAM Network data management infrastructure is to make the data publicly available in as close to real-time as possible (the TEAM Network Data Use Policy: http://www.teamnetwork.org/en/data/policy). This requires two essential tasks to be accomplished, 1) A data collection schedule has to be planned, proposed and approved for a given TEAM site. This is a challenging process since TEAM sites are geographically distributed across the tropics and hence have different seasons where they schedule field sampling for the different TEAM protocols. Capturing this information and ensuring that TEAM sites follow the outlined legal contract is key to the data collection process and 2) A stream-lined and efficient information management system to ensure data collected from the field meet the minimum data standards (i.e. are of the highest scientific quality) and are securely transferred, archived, processed and be rapidly made publicaly available, as a finished consumable product via the TEAM Network portal. The TEAM Network is achieving these goals by implementing an end-to-end framework consisting of the Sampling Scheduler application and the Data Management Framework. Sampling Scheduler The Sampling Scheduler is a project management, calendar based portal application that will allow scientists at a TEAM site to schedule field sampling for each of the TEAM protocols implemented at that site. The sampling scheduler addresses the specific requirements established in the

  14. The first lady almoner: the appointment, position, and findings of Miss Mary Stewart at the Royal Free Hospital, 1895-99.

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    Cullen, Lynsey T

    2013-10-01

    This article examines the professional roots of the hospital almoner, a position which has been widely neglected in medical history. The first almoner was Miss Mary Stewart, a former Charity Organization Society employee, appointed at the Royal Free Hospital of central London in 1895. The Royal Free was a charitable hospital which offered free medical treatment to patients considered morally deserving but unable to afford medical care elsewhere. The role expected of Stewart was to means test patients in order to ensure that only those deemed "appropriate" received free medical treatment, and to establish the extent to which the hospital was being abused by those who could afford to contribute toward their medical care. While in office, Stewart continually reshaped the role of almoner. She fashioned the position into that of a medical social worker and undertook such duties as referring patients to other means of medical and charitable assistance, visiting patients' homes, and training almoners for positions at other voluntary hospitals. Through the examination of Mary Stewart's Almoners Report Book, this article considers the circumstances of her appointment, the role she performed, and the findings of her investigations.

  15. Effects of shared medical appointments on quality of life and cost-effectiveness for patients with a chronic neuromuscular disease. Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

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    Seesing, F.M.; Drost, G.; Wilt, G.J. van der; Engelen, B.G.M. van

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Shared medical appointments are a series of one-to-one doctor-patient contacts, in presence of a group of 6-10 fellow patients. This group visits substitute the annual control visits of patients with the neurologist. The same items attended to in a one-to-one appointment are addressed. T

  16. 77 FR 38775 - Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling...

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    2012-06-29

    ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XC042 Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification... Shark Identification workshop originally scheduled for August 9, 2012, in Rosenberg, TX, has been... 77471. The July and September workshop dates remain unchanged. Atlantic Shark Identification...

  17. Refinery production planning and scheduling: the refining core business

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    M. Joly

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Intelligent production planning and scheduling are of paramount importance to ensure refinery profitability, logistic reliability and safety at the local and corporate levels. In Brazil, such activities play a particularly critical role, since the Brazilian downstream model is moving towards a demand-driven model rather than a supply-driven one. Moreover, new and specialized non-linear constraints are continuously being incorporated into these large-scale problems: increases in oil prices implying the need for processing poor quality crudes, increasing demand and new demand patterns for petroleum products, new stringent environmental regulations related to clean fuels and start-up of new production technologies embedded into more complex refining schemes. This paper aims at clarifying the central role of refinery planning and scheduling activities in the Petrobras refining business. Major past and present results are outlined and corporate long-term strategies to deal with present and future challenges are presented.

  18. Random and Periodic Sleep Schedules for Target Detection in Sensor Networks

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    Vaishali P. Sadaphal; Bijendra N. Jain

    2008-01-01

    We study random and periodic sleep schedules from the point of view of delay in detecting the target. We consider sleep schedules in which a sensor in "inactive" mode wakes up either randomly or periodically to detect presence of the target within its vicinity resulting into two sleep schedules: (a) random wake-up schedule, and (b) periodic wake-up schedule respectively. Specifically, we analyse and obtain for the random wake-up schedule the expected delay in detection, and the delay, such that with probability P, the delay is less than the computed value. For the periodic wake-up schedule we show that there exists an upper bound on the delay. Further we compute the average value of delay. We have shown that the theoretically computed averages and the upper bounds on the delay match with the simulation results for the random wake-up and periodic wake-up schedules.

  19. Modeling and Analysis of Scheduling for Distributed Real-time Embedded Systems

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    Hai-Tao Zhang; Gui-Fang Wu

    2010-01-01

    Aimed at the deficiencies of resources based time Petri nets(RBTPN)in doing scheduling analysis for distributed real-time embedded systems,the assemblage condition of complex scheduling sequences is presented to easily compute scheduling length and simplify scheduling analysis.Based on this,a new hierarchical RBTPN model is proposed.The model introduces the definition of transition border set,and represents it as an abstract transition.The abstract transition possesses all resources of the set,and has the highest priority of each resource;the execution time of abstract transition is the longest time of all possible scheduling sequences.According to the characteristics and assemblage condition of RBTPN,the refinement conditions of transition border set are given,and the conditions ensure the correction of scheduling analysis.As a result,it is easy for us to understand the scheduling model and perform scheduling analysis.

  20. CPM scheduling : the Contracting Officers' Guide for risk minimization and claims analysis

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    Prather, Craig S.

    1998-01-01

    CIVINS There are several hundred contract management related positions in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. Many junior and senior Contracting Officers and their representatives who serve in these positions have little to no experience with approving, monitoring and analyzing contractors' construction schedules. Typically, the contractor submits an initial schedule for approval, however, due to the lack of experience and knowledge, scheduling software and computer hardware to verify schedul...

  1. Striping and Scheduling for Large Scale Multimedia Servers

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    Kyung-Oh Lee; Jun-Ho Park; Yoon-Young Park

    2004-01-01

    When designing a multimedia server, several things must be decided: which scheduling scheme to adopt, how to allocate multimedia objects on storage devices, and the round length with which the streams will be serviced. Several problems in the designing of large-scale multimedia servers are addressed, with the following contributions: (1) a striping scheme is proposed that minimizes the number of seeks and hence maximizes the performance; (2) a simple and efficient mechanism is presented to find the optimal striping unit size as well as the optimal round length, which exploits both the characteristics of VBR streams and the situation of resources in the system; and (3) the characteristics and resource requirements of several scheduling schemes are investigated in order to obtain a clear indication as to which scheme shows the best performance in realtime multimedia servicing. Based on our analysis and experimental results, the CSCAN scheme outperforms the other schemes.

  2. Optimum Production Control and Workforce Scheduling of Machining Project

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    Lan, Tian-Syung; Lo, Chih-Yao; Hou, Cheng-I.

    Through the proposed model in this study, the production control with the consideration of workforce scheduling for advanced manufacturing systems becomes realistically and concretely solvable. This study not only meditates the concept of balancing machine productivity and human ability into the objective, but also implements Calculus of Variations to optimize the profit for a deterministic production quantity. In addition, the optimum solutions of dynamic productivity control and workforce scheduling are comprehensively provided. Moreover, the decision criteria for selecting the optimum solution and the sensitivity analysis of the critical variables are fully discussed. This study definitely contributes the applicable strategy to control the productivity and workforce in manufacturing and provides the valuable tool to conclusively optimize the profit of a machining project for operations research in today`s manufacturing industry with profound insight.

  3. 76 FR 66880 - Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee Meetings...

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    ... CFR Chapter VI Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee... set a schedule for committee meetings. DATES: We must receive your nominations for negotiators to...: Notice of establishment of negotiated rulemaking committee. SUMMARY: We announce our intention...

  4. Computation and evaluation of scheduled waiting time for railway networks

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    Landex, Alex

    2010-01-01

    Timetables are affected by scheduled waiting time (SWT) that prolongs the travel times for trains and thereby passengers. SWT occurs when a train hinders another train to run with the wanted speed. The SWT affects both the trains and the passengers in the trains. The passengers may be further aff...... timetable by analysing different timetables and/or plans of operation. This article presents methods to examine SWT by simulation for both trains and passengers in entire railway networks....

  5. Security and Fault aware Scheduling in Computational Grid

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    Mansour Noshfar

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Grid Computation is an issue that has received much attention from researchers in recent years. Its aim is to use the computational power of idle resources which have been distributed in different places and under different policies and security conditions. Therefore, one of the challenges facing this technology is the issue of security of jobs and the computational sites. Distributed jobs in computational sites may become problematic due to some infections and malwares. As a result, the risks and security levels should be considered; computing resources must be evaluated by resource owners for task execution, and scheduling should be based on requested users' security levels. This is the matter that has been ignored in the previous scheduling algorithms, which leads to waste of time and overhead. In this paper, a new method based on a combination of Genetic and Imperialism Competitive algorithm is presented to implement a security-aware scheduling and failure algorithm. The proposed method is compared with the previous methods such as Min-Min, Suffrage and genetic algorithms, has become near optimal and led to reduce the overhead caused by violation of security conditions. Additionally, Due to the usage of fault tolerance mechanisms, the performance of these mechanisms has been evaluated and it was found that the replication mechanism had the lowest failure rate and the check point mechanism had a direct effect on the performance and it should be fully supervised and be smart.

  6. Distributed Random Access Algorithm: Scheduling and Congesion Control

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    Jiang, Libin; Shin, Jinwoo; Walrand, Jean

    2009-01-01

    This paper provides proofs of the rate stability, Harris recurrence, and epsilon-optimality of CSMA algorithms where the backoff parameter of each node is based on its backlog. These algorithms require only local information and are easy to implement. The setup is a network of wireless nodes with a fixed conflict graph that identifies pairs of nodes whose simultaneous transmissions conflict. The paper studies two algorithms. The first algorithm schedules transmissions to keep up with given arrival rates of packets. The second algorithm controls the arrivals in addition to the scheduling and attempts to maximize the sum of the utilities of the flows of packets at the different nodes. For the first algorithm, the paper proves rate stability for strictly feasible arrival rates and also Harris recurrence of the queues. For the second algorithm, the paper proves the epsilon-optimality. Both algorithms operate with strictly local information in the case of decreasing step sizes, and operate with the additional info...

  7. Microcomputer-based vehicle routing and scheduling: An overview

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    Klein, A.J.

    1987-08-01

    Commercially available vehicle-routing and scheduling packages were surveyed to assess capabilities, categorize key characteristics, compare individual packages, and select candidate software for additional testing. Among the key characteristics addressed were backhauling, distance and vehicle travel-time calculation, geocoding, speed zones, natural barriers, time-window constraints, vehicle/stop matching constraints, and other constraints such as vehicle/driver operating costs. The survey included review of vendor literature, telephone interviews, site visits to review software, and the testing of demonstration packages on a set of sample distribution networks. Thirteen packages were reviewed; these were categorized by price and performance as follows; (1) inexpensive packages (costing $2000 or less), which solve the basic vehicle-routing problem but are somewhat limited in their ability to handle large numbers of vehicles and stops; (2) medium-priced systems (from $5000 to $20,000), which offer more capability to handle constraints such as multiple pickup and delivery, time windows, and multiple depots and provide manual intervention capability and enhanced graphics; (3) very expensive systems (from $50,000 to about $150,000), which can handle real-time situations in scheduling last-minute route changes and employ sophisticated graphics tools to change route schedules interactively. Out of the 13 packages, four demonstration vehicle-routing packages were obtained for testing of 4 sample networks; two of the packages were found to be capable of solving most vehicle-routing problem constraints for two versions of 21-city and 30-city networks.

  8. Software frameworks for production scheduling and analytical benchmarking

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    2008-01-01

    This study is composed of two technical real world problems which are widely encountered in industrial engineering applications. The problems are selected from production scheduling and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) which are discussed in two stand-alone chapters. Both of the studies develop practical solutions and software development frameworks to the selected problems. An innovative software accompanies each study in which it is tested and implemented in real world projects. In the first...

  9. Dynamic Resource Management and Job Scheduling for High Performance Computing

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    2016-01-01

    Job scheduling and resource management plays an essential role in high-performance computing. Supercomputing resources are usually managed by a batch system, which is responsible for the effective mapping of jobs onto resources (i.e., compute nodes). From the system perspective, a batch system must ensure high system utilization and throughput, while from the user perspective it must ensure fast response times and fairness when allocating resources across jobs. Parallel jobs can be divide...

  10. Characteristic specific prioritized dynamic average burst round robin scheduling for uniprocessor and multiprocessor environment

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    Dash, Amar Ranjan; Sahu, Sandipta kumar; Samantra, Sanjay Kumar; Sabat, Sradhanjali

    2015-01-01

    CPU scheduling is one of the most crucial operations performed by operating systems. Different conventional algorithms like FCFS, SJF, Priority, and RR (Round Robin) are available for CPU Scheduling. The effectiveness of Priority and Round Robin scheduling algorithm completely depends on selection of priority features of processes and on the choice of time quantum. In this paper a new CPU scheduling algorithm has been proposed, named as CSPDABRR (Characteristic specific Prioritized Dynamic Av...

  11. Diversity Controlling Genetic Algorithm for Order Acceptance and Scheduling Problem

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    Cheng Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Selection and scheduling are an important topic in production systems. To tackle the order acceptance and scheduling problem on a single machine with release dates, tardiness penalty, and sequence-dependent setup times, in this paper a diversity controlling genetic algorithm (DCGA is proposed, in which a diversified population is maintained during the whole search process through survival selection considering both the fitness and the diversity of individuals. To measure the similarity between individuals, a modified Hamming distance without considering the unaccepted orders in the chromosome is adopted. The proposed DCGA was validated on 1500 benchmark instances with up to 100 orders. Compared with the state-of-the-art algorithms, the experimental results show that DCGA improves the solution quality obtained significantly, in terms of the deviation from upper bound.

  12. Planning and scheduling for petroleum refineries using mathematical programming

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    Joly M.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is the development and solution of nonlinear and mixed-integer (MIP optimization models for real-world planning and scheduling problems in petroleum refineries. Firstly, we present a nonlinear planning model that represents a general refinery topology and allows implementation of nonlinear process models as well as blending relations. The optimization model is able to define new operating points, thus increasing the production of the more valuable products and simultaneously satisfying all specification constraints. The second part addresses scheduling problems in oil refineries, which are formulated as MIP optimization models and rely on both continuous and discrete time representations. Three practical applications closely related to the current refinery scenario are presented. The first one addresses the problem of crude oil inventory management of a refinery that receives several types of crude oil delivered exclusively by a single oil pipeline. Subsequently, two optimization models intended to define the optimal production policy, inventory control and distribution are proposed and solved for the fuel oil and asphalt plant. Finally, the planning model of Moro et al. (1998 is extended in order to sequence decisions at the scheduling level in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG area for maximization of the production of petrochemical-grade propane and product delivery.

  13. The DEEP-South: Scheduling and Data Reduction Software System

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    Yim, Hong-Suh; Kim, Myung-Jin; Bae, Youngho; Moon, Hong-Kyu; Choi, Young-Jun; Roh, Dong-Goo; the DEEP-South Team

    2015-08-01

    The DEep Ecliptic Patrol of the Southern sky (DEEP-South), started in October 2012, is currently in test runs with the first Korea Microlensing Telescope Network (KMTNet) 1.6 m wide-field telescope located at CTIO in Chile. While the primary objective for the DEEP-South is physical characterization of small bodies in the Solar System, it is expected to discover a large number of such bodies, many of them previously unknown.An automatic observation planning and data reduction software subsystem called "The DEEP-South Scheduling and Data reduction System" (the DEEP-South SDS) is currently being designed and implemented for observation planning, data reduction and analysis of huge amount of data with minimum human interaction. The DEEP-South SDS consists of three software subsystems: the DEEP-South Scheduling System (DSS), the Local Data Reduction System (LDR), and the Main Data Reduction System (MDR). The DSS manages observation targets, makes decision on target priority and observation methods, schedules nightly observations, and archive data using the Database Management System (DBMS). The LDR is designed to detect moving objects from CCD images, while the MDR conducts photometry and reconstructs lightcurves. Based on analysis made at the LDR and the MDR, the DSS schedules follow-up observation to be conducted at other KMTNet stations. In the end of 2015, we expect the DEEP-South SDS to achieve a stable operation. We also have a plan to improve the SDS to accomplish finely tuned observation strategy and more efficient data reduction in 2016.

  14. Individual differences in strategic flight management and scheduling

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    Wickens, Christopher D.; Raby, Mireille

    1991-01-01

    A group of 30 instrument-rated pilots was made to fly simulator approaches to three airports under conditions of low, medium, and high workload conditions. An analysis is presently conducted of the difference in discrete task scheduling between the group of 10 highest and 10 lowest performing pilots in the sample; this categorization was based on the mean of various flight-profile measures. The two groups were found to differ from each other only in terms of the time when specific events were conducted, and of the optimality of scheduling for certain high-priority tasks. These results are assessed in view of the relative independence of task-management skills from aircraft-control skills.

  15. Exploring the patterns of use and the feasibility of using cellular phones for clinic appointment reminders and adherence messages in an antiretroviral treatment clinic, Durban, South Africa.

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    Crankshaw, Tamaryn; Corless, Inge B; Giddy, Janet; Nicholas, Patrice K; Eichbaum, Quentin; Butler, Lisa M

    2010-11-01

    In preparation for a proposed intervention at an antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinic in Durban, South Africa, we explored the dynamics and patterns of cellular phone use among this population, in order to ascertain whether clinic contact via patients' cellular phones was a feasible and acceptable modality for appointment reminders and adherence messages. Adults, who were more than 18 years old, ambulatory, and who presented for treatment at the clinic between October-December 2007, were consecutively recruited until the sample size was reached (n = 300). A structured questionnaire was administered, including questions surrounding sociodemographics, cellular phone availability, patterns of use, and acceptability of clinic contact for the purpose of clinic appointment reminders and adherence support. Most respondents (n = 242; 81%) reported current ownership of a cellular phone with 95% utilizing a prepaid airtime service. Those participants who currently owned a cellular phone reported high cellular phone turnover due to theft or loss (n = 94, 39%) and/or damage (n = 68, 28%). More females than men switched their cell phones off during the day (p = 0.002) and were more likely to not take calls in certain social milieus (p ≤ 0.0001). Females were more likely to share their cell phone with others (p = 0.002) or leave it in a place where someone could access it (p = 0.005). Most respondents were willing to have clinic contact via their cellular phones, either verbally (99%) or via text messages (96%). The use of cellular phones for intervention purposes is feasible and should be further investigated. The findings highlight the value of gender-based analyses in informing interventions.

  16. Web-Based Requesting and Scheduling Use of Facilities

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    Yeager, Carolyn M.

    2010-01-01

    Automated User's Training Operations Facility Utilization Request (AutoFUR) is prototype software that administers a Web-based system for requesting and allocating facilities and equipment for astronaut-training classes in conjunction with scheduling the classes. AutoFUR also has potential for similar use in such applications as scheduling flight-simulation equipment and instructors in commercial airplane-pilot training, managing preventive- maintenance facilities, and scheduling operating rooms, doctors, nurses, and medical equipment for surgery. Whereas requesting and allocation of facilities was previously a manual process that entailed examination of documents (including paper drawings) from different sources, AutoFUR partly automates the process and makes all of the relevant information available via the requester s computer. By use of AutoFUR, an instructor can fill out a facility-utilization request (FUR) form on line, consult the applicable flight manifest(s) to determine what equipment is needed and where it should be placed in the training facility, reserve the corresponding hardware listed in a training-hardware inventory database, search for alternative hardware if necessary, submit the FUR for processing, and cause paper forms to be printed. Auto-FUR also maintains a searchable archive of prior FURs.

  17. Multiresolution Network Temporal and Spatial Scheduling Model of Scenic Spot

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    Peng Ge

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tourism is one of pillar industries of the world economy. Low-carbon tourism will be the mainstream direction of the scenic spots' development, and the ω path of low-carbon tourism development is to develop economy and protect environment simultaneously. However, as the tourists' quantity is increasing, the loads of scenic spots are out of control. And the instantaneous overload in some spots caused the image phenomenon of full capacity of the whole scenic spot. Therefore, realizing the real-time schedule becomes the primary purpose of scenic spot’s management. This paper divides the tourism distribution system into several logically related subsystems and constructs a temporal and spatial multiresolution network scheduling model according to the regularity of scenic spots’ overload phenomenon in time and space. It also defines dynamic distribution probability and equivalent dynamic demand to realize the real-time prediction. We define gravitational function between fields and takes it as the utility of schedule, after resolving the transportation model of each resolution, it achieves hierarchical balance between demand and capacity of the system. The last part of the paper analyzes the time complexity of constructing a multiresolution distribution system.

  18. Energy-optimal programming and scheduling of the manufacturing operations

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    Badea, N.; Frumuşanu, G.; Epureanu, A.

    2016-08-01

    The shop floor energy system covers the energy consumed for both the air conditioning and manufacturing processes. At the same time, most of energy consumed in manufacturing processes is converted in heat released in the shop floor interior and has a significant influence on the microclimate. Both these components of the energy consumption have a time variation that can be realistic assessed. Moreover, the consumed energy decisively determines the environmental sustainability of the manufacturing operation, while the expenditure for running the shop floor energy system is a significant component of the manufacturing operations cost. Finally yet importantly, the energy consumption can be fundamentally influenced by properly programming and scheduling of the manufacturing operations. In this paper, we present a method for modeling and energy-optimal programming & scheduling the manufacturing operations. In this purpose, we have firstly identified two optimization targets, namely the environmental sustainability and the economic efficiency. Then, we have defined three optimization criteria, which can assess the degree of achieving these targets. Finally, we have modeled the relationship between the optimization criteria and the parameters of programming and scheduling. In this way, it has been revealed that by adjusting these parameters one can significantly improve the sustainability and efficiency of manufacturing operations. A numerical simulation has proved the feasibility and the efficiency of the proposed method.

  19. Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated Risks, and Mitigating Strategies

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    Iraq and the mainte- nance of stability. There is no guarantee that Iran would cooperate, although it might do so if it believes it would gain influence...Shahery, Martha Dunigan, Keith Gierlack, Todd C. Helmus, Renny McPherson, and Olga Oliker. 52 Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated...letter to the MNF-I, February 27, 2009a. ———, interview with ABC reporter Martha Raddatz, Baghdad, March 10, 2009b. The Office of the UN High Commissioner

  20. A Review of Production Scheduling: Theory and Practice

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    problem and the vehicle routing problem (e.g. Clarke and Wright [22]). With a criterion of minimizing changeover cost (or time) where a task’s...changeover cost may be sequence dependent, the scheduling problem with m identical processors is equivalent to a vehicle routing problem with m identical...vehicles in which total travel distance is to be minimized. Here, the tasks correspond to the cities to be visited in the vehicle routing problem . Parker

  1. Trip Scheduling and Economic Analysis of Transportation Policies

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    1993-01-01

    This dissertation seeks to understand how urban commuters adjust their schedules and modes to congestion, as well policy implications of this adjustment. An equilibrium simulation model of commuting traffic on a hypothetical, urban highway corridor is developed. The demand side is a discrete choice model of mode and time of day, estimated with data from the San Francisco Bay Area. The supply side is a speed-flow function that predicts travel time from flows leaving the corridor. The ...

  2. QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION OF JOB AND RESOURCES FOR BETTER SELECTION TO IMPROVE MAKESPAN IN GRID SCHEDULING

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    Krishnamoorthy Natarajan; Asokan Ramasamy; Sangeetha Subramanian

    2014-01-01

    This study presents the Priority based ranking of jobs and resources to improve the Makespan in the grid scheduling problem. Grid environment’s effectiveness largely depends on scheduler’s effectiveness/efficiency as they act as local resource brokers. The scheduler is responsible to select resources/scheduling jobs so that users/application requirements are met regarding overall execution time (throughput) and the resources use cost. The scheduler selects resources that suit user...

  3. Automated problem scheduling and reduction of synchronization delay effects

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    Saltz, Joel H.

    1987-01-01

    It is anticipated that in order to make effective use of many future high performance architectures, programs will have to exhibit at least a medium grained parallelism. A framework is presented for partitioning very sparse triangular systems of linear equations that is designed to produce favorable preformance results in a wide variety of parallel architectures. Efficient methods for solving these systems are of interest because: (1) they provide a useful model problem for use in exploring heuristics for the aggregation, mapping and scheduling of relatively fine grained computations whose data dependencies are specified by directed acrylic graphs, and (2) because such efficient methods can find direct application in the development of parallel algorithms for scientific computation. Simple expressions are derived that describe how to schedule computational work with varying degrees of granularity. The Encore Multimax was used as a hardware simulator to investigate the performance effects of using the partitioning techniques presented in shared memory architectures with varying relative synchronization costs.

  4. Joint scheduling and resource allocation for multiple video decoding tasks

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    Foo, Brian; van der Schaar, Mihaela

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we propose a joint resource allocation and scheduling algorithm for video decoding on a resource-constrained system. By decomposing a multimedia task into decoding jobs using quality-driven priority classes, we demonstrate using queuing theoretic analysis that significant power savings can be achieved under small video quality degradation without requiring the encoder to adapt its transmitted bitstream. Based on this scheduling algorithm, we propose an algorithm for maximizing the sum of video qualities in a multiple task environment, while minimizing system energy consumption, without requiring tasks to reveal information about their performances to the system or to other potentially exploitative applications. Importantly, we offer a method to optimize the performance of multiple video decoding tasks on an energy-constrained system, while protecting private information about the system and the applications.

  5. Resource Efficient Scheduling, Optimization and Control.

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    van den Akker, Marjan; Derksen, Christian; Kowalczyk, Ryszard; Mönch, Lars; Valogianni, Konstantina; van Heck, Erik; Zhang, Minjie

    2014-01-01

    This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 14181 "Multi-agent systems and their role in future energy grids". A number of recent events (e.g. Fukushima, Japan, and the largest blackout in history, India) have once again increased global attention on climate change and res

  6. Simulator for Optimization of Software Project Cost and Schedule

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Each phase of the software design consumes some resources and hence has cost associated with it. In most of the cases cost will vary to some extent with the amount of time consumed by the design of each phase .The total cost of project, which is aggregate of the activities costs will also depends upon the project duration, can be cut down to some extent. The aim is always to strike a balance between the cost and time and to obtain an optimum software project schedule. An optimum minimum cost project schedule implies lowest possible cost and the associated time for the software project management. In this research an attempt has been made to solve the cost and schedule problem of software project using PERT network showing the details of the activities to be carried out for a software project development/management with the help of crashing, reducing software project duration at a minimum cost by locating a minimal cut in the duration of an activity of the original project design network. This minimal cut is then utilized to identify the project phases which should experience a duration modification in order to achieve the total software duration reduction. Crashing PERT networks can save a significant amount of money in crashing and overrun costs of a company. Even if there are no direct costs in the form of penalties for late completion of projects, there is likely to be intangible costs because of reputation damage.

  7. 40 CFR Appendix A to Subpart E of... - Schedule for Developing Consent Agreements and Test Rules

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    ... Part 790—Schedule for Developing Consent Agreements and Test Rules EPA intends to follow the schedule... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Schedule for Developing Consent Agreements and Test Rules A Appendix A to Subpart E of Part 790 Protection of Environment...

  8. Effect of melatonin and lighting schedule on energy metabolism in broiler chickens

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    Apeldoorn, E.J.; Schrama, J.W.; Mashaly, M.M.; Parmentier, H.K.

    1999-01-01

    The effect of melatonin and lighting schedule on energy metabolism in broiler chickens was studied. Eight groups of six female broiler chickens each were assigned to a continuous lighting schedule [23 h light (L):1 h darkness (D)] or an intermittent lighting schedule (1L:3D), and were fed a diet wit

  9. Opportunistic Scheduling in Heterogeneous Networks: Distributed Algorithms and System Capacity

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    Kampeas, Dor-Joseph; Gurewitz, Omer

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we design and analyze novel distributed scheduling algorithms for multi-user MIMO systems. In particular, we consider algorithms which do not require sending channel state information to a central processing unit, nor do they require communication between the users themselves, yet, we prove their performance closely approximates that of a centrally-controlled system, which is able to schedule the strongest user in each time-slot. Possible application include, but are not limited to, modern 4G networks such as 3GPP LTE, or random access protocols. The analysis is based on a novel application of the Point-Process approximation, enabling the examination of non-homogeneous cases, such as non-identically distributed users, or handling various QoS considerations, which to date had been open.

  10. Personnel preferences in personnel planning and scheduling

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    Veen, van der, M.Q.

    2013-01-01

    The personnel of an organization often has seemingly conflicting goals. On the one hand, the common goal is to achieve operational efficiency and to be available for work when needed in the organization. On the other hand, individual employees like to have a good work-life balance, by having personal working hour preferences taken into account. We develop and apply Operations Research methods and tools and show that operational efficiency can be achieved while taking personnel preferences int...

  11. Optimal Results and Numerical Simulations for Flow Shop Scheduling Problems

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    Tao Ren

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the m-machine flow shop problem with two objectives: makespan with release dates and total quadratic completion time, respectively. For Fm|rj|Cmax, we prove the asymptotic optimality for any dense scheduling when the problem scale is large enough. For Fm‖ΣCj2, improvement strategy with local search is presented to promote the performance of the classical SPT heuristic. At the end of the paper, simulations show the effectiveness of the improvement strategy.

  12. Humanoid Walking Robot: Modeling, Inverse Dynamics, and Gain Scheduling Control

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    Elvedin Kljuno; Williams, Robert L.

    2010-01-01

    This article presents reference-model-based control design for a 10 degree-of-freedom bipedal walking robot, using nonlinear gain scheduling. The main goal is to show concentrated mass models can be used for prediction of the required joint torques for a bipedal walking robot. Relatively complicated architecture, high DOF, and balancing requirements make the control task of these robots difficult. Although linear control techniques can be used to control bipedal robots, nonlinear control is n...

  13. Multi-core processing and scheduling performance in CMS

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    Hernández, J. M.; Evans, D.; Foulkes, S.

    2012-12-01

    Commodity hardware is going many-core. We might soon not be able to satisfy the job memory needs per core in the current single-core processing model in High Energy Physics. In addition, an ever increasing number of independent and incoherent jobs running on the same physical hardware not sharing resources might significantly affect processing performance. It will be essential to effectively utilize the multi-core architecture. CMS has incorporated support for multi-core processing in the event processing framework and the workload management system. Multi-core processing jobs share common data in memory, such us the code libraries, detector geometry and conditions data, resulting in a much lower memory usage than standard single-core independent jobs. Exploiting this new processing model requires a new model in computing resource allocation, departing from the standard single-core allocation for a job. The experiment job management system needs to have control over a larger quantum of resource since multi-core aware jobs require the scheduling of multiples cores simultaneously. CMS is exploring the approach of using whole nodes as unit in the workload management system where all cores of a node are allocated to a multi-core job. Whole-node scheduling allows for optimization of the data/workflow management (e.g. I/O caching, local merging) but efficient utilization of all scheduled cores is challenging. Dedicated whole-node queues have been setup at all Tier-1 centers for exploring multi-core processing workflows in CMS. We present the evaluation of the performance scheduling and executing multi-core workflows in whole-node queues compared to the standard single-core processing workflows.

  14. Scheduling in a random environment: stability and asymptotic optimality

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    Ayesta, U; Jonckheere, M; Verloop, I M

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the scheduling of a common resource between several concurrent users when the feasible transmission rate of each user varies randomly over time. Time is slotted and users arrive and depart upon service completion. This may model for example the flow-level behavior of end-users in a narrowband HDR wireless channel (CDMA 1xEV-DO). As performance criteria we consider the stability of the system and the mean delay experienced by the users. Given the complexity of the problem we investigate the fluid-scaled system, which allows to obtain important results and insights for the original system: (1) We characterize for a large class of scheduling policies the stability conditions and identify a set of maximum stable policies, giving in each time slot preference to users being in their best possible channel condition. We find in particular that many opportunistic scheduling policies like Score-Based, Proportionally Best or Potential Improvement are stable under the maximum stability conditions, whereas ...

  15. Joint rate control and scheduling for wireless uplink video streaming

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    HUANG Jian-wei; LI Zhu; CHIANG Mung; KATSAGGELOS Aggelos K.

    2006-01-01

    We solve the problem of uplink video streaming in CDMA cellular networks by jointly designing the rate control and scheduling algorithms. In the pricing-based distributed rate control algorithm, the base station announces a price for the per unit average rate it can support, and the mobile devices choose their desired average transmission rates by balancing their video quality and cost of transmission. Each mobile device then determines the specific video frames to transmit by a video summarization process. In the time-division-multiplexing (TDM) scheduling algorithm, the base station collects the information on frames to be transmitted from all devices within the current time window, sorts them in increasing order of deadlines, and schedules the transmissions in a TDM fashion. This joint algorithm takes advantage of the multi-user content diversity, and maximizes the network total utility (i.e., minimize the network total distortion), while satisfying the delivery deadline constraints. Simulations showed that the proposed algorithm significantly outperforms the constant rate provision algorithm.

  16. Implementation Learning and Forgetting Curve to Scheduling in Garment Industry

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    Muhamad Badri, Huda; Deros, Baba Md; Syahri, M.; Saleh, Chairul; Fitria, Aninda

    2016-02-01

    The learning curve shows the relationship between time and the cumulative number of units produced which using the mathematical description on the performance of workers in performing repetitive works. The problems of this study is level differences in the labors performance before and after the break which affects the company's production scheduling. The study was conducted in the garment industry, which the aims is to predict the company production scheduling using the learning curve and forgetting curve. By implementing the learning curve and forgetting curve, this paper contributes in improving the labors performance that is in line with the increase in maximum output 3 hours productive before the break are 15 unit product with learning curve percentage in the company is 93.24%. Meanwhile, the forgetting curve improving maximum output 3 hours productive after the break are 11 unit product with the percentage of forgetting curve in the company is 92.96%. Then, the obtained 26 units product on the productive hours one working day is used as the basic for production scheduling.

  17. Scheduling with conflicts, and applications to traffic signal control

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    Irani, S.; Leung, V. [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    In this paper, we consider the scheduling of jobs that may be competing for mutually exclusive resources. We model the conflicts between jobs with a conflict graph, so that all concurrently running jobs must form an independent set in the graph. We believe that this model is natural and general enough to have applications in a variety of settings; however, we are motivated by the following two specific applications: traffic intersection control and session scheduling in high speed local area networks with spatial reuse. In both of these applications, guaranteeing the best turnaround time to any job entering the system is important. Our results focus on two special classes of graphs motivated by our applications: bipartite graphs and interval graphs. Although the algorithms for bipartite and intervals graphs are quite different, the bounds they achieve are the same: we prove that for any sequence of jobs in which the maximum completion time of a job in the optimal schedule is bounded by A, the algorithm can complete every job in time O(n{sup 3} A{sup 2}). n is the number of nodes in the conflict graph. We also show that the best competitive ratio achievable by any online algorithm for the maximum completion time on interval or bipartite graphs is {Omega}(n).

  18. Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

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    2004-01-01

    CHINESE construction companies, sated withthe huge projectswhich have redefined China'surban landscape, are increasinglyseeking work abroad. Local firmsare already heavily involved in proj-ects right across Asia and Africa andnow richer countries are also withintheir sights. And work appears plen-

  19. Decompression Mechanisms and Decompression Schedule Calculations.

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  20. Scheduling Army Base Realignment and Closure

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    2004-06-01

    Construction and Recurring Savings. .......................................................21 Table 4. Cost Summary. Cost of HAP/ RSE Environment One...RA-O Remedial Action Operation REC-S Recurring Saving RIF Reduction In Force RSE Relocation Service Entitlement SHUT-C Shutdown Cost xiv...from COBRA: other cost, HAP (Homeowners Assistance Program)/ RSE (Relocation Service Entitlement) costs, environmental mitigation cost, and one-time

  1. Personnel preferences in personnel planning and scheduling

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    Veen, van der Egbert

    2013-01-01

    The personnel of an organization often has seemingly conflicting goals. On the one hand, the common goal is to achieve operational efficiency and to be available for work when needed in the organization. On the other hand, individual employees like to have a good work-life balance, by having persona

  2. Immunization Schedules for Preteens and Teens

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    ... also Spanish version . Spanish Version (en español) Vacunas recomendadas para los niños desde los 7 ... Immunizations for Preteens and Teens (7-18 years)) Vacunas recomendadas [2 pages] (Recommended Immunizations) You can display ...

  3. 75 FR 58961 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

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    ..., refined its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of services provided. DHS has found that adjustment to the fee schedule is necessary to fully recover costs... schedule on June 11, 2010. See 75 FR 33445. The current USCIS fee schedule does not recoup the full cost...

  4. TECHNICAL COORDINATION,SCHEDULE AND INTEGRATION

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    A pivotal milestone in CMS underground installation will be reached during this CMS week when the 1920 ton central wheel (YB0) of the iron yoke is lowered into the experimental cavern on Wednesday 28 February. This milestone will be reached on the on the date planned due to the hard work and dedication of many people, on the surface, underground and at supporting sites. Details of the programme for 28 February, visit opportunities and progress updates, can be found on the TC web pages on iCMS. http://cms.cern.ch/iCMS/jsp/page.jsp?mode=cms&ac-tion=url&urlkey=CMS_TC Heavy lowering The build-up to the above event started shortly after the December CMS week, when the YE+2 endcap disk was safely lowered into the cavern, followed by the YE+1 on January 9. The lowering of YE+1 was the most complicated so far because, due to the calorimetry nose, the centre of gravity lies outside the plane of the disk. However, after 10 hours it touched-down safely without any problems. On Jan. 19 the first barrel wheel ...

  5. Tunnel Engineering Construction Schedule Analysis and Management Based on Visual Simulation

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    SONG Yang; ZHONG Wei

    2007-01-01

    The methodology of visual simulation for a tunnel engineering construction schedule is presented. Visualization of simulation model, calculation and result of construction schedule simulation is realized, and the construction simulation and the resource optimization of tunnel engineering are made. A risk analysis and a decision-making method of tunnel engineering construction schedule based on visual simulation are presented. Furthermore, using S curve theory and schedule management method, the real-time management and control method of tunnel engineering construction based on visual simulation is presented. The application to the tunnel engineering construction schedule analysis and management shows the feasibility and effectiveness of the method presented in this paper.

  6. 5 CFR 330.1106 - Appointment.

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    2010-01-01

    ... PLACEMENT (GENERAL) Federal Employment Priority Consideration Program for Displaced Employees of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections § 330.1106 Appointment. (a)(1) Selectees under this...

  7. Appointed Rep/Attorney Fee Form 1099

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    Social Security Administration — This data store contains detailed information collected for the Appointed Representative Suite of services. The information includes but is not limited to data to...

  8. Implementing Post Setting Appointment and Deepening the Reform of Personnel System%实施岗位设置聘任深化人事制度改革

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    张红妹

    2011-01-01

    Only through taking the post setting and the appointment as the core personnel system and realizing the personnel management scientific, standardized and systematized can the personnel structure be optimized, the incentive mechanism cosummated, the personnel benefit risen, display kinds of personne's enthusiasm well aroused, and the hospital sustainable development insured.%只有建立以岗位设置、聘任为核心的用人制度.实现人事管理的科学化、规范化、制度化,才能优化人员结构,完善激励机制,提高用人效益,更好地调动和发挥各类人员的积极性,保障医院可持续发展.

  9. Scheduling algorithms for saving energy and balancing load

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    Antoniadis, Antonios

    2012-08-03

    In this thesis we study problems of scheduling tasks in computing environments. We consider both the modern objective function of minimizing energy consumption, and the classical objective of balancing load across machines. We first investigate offline deadline-based scheduling in the setting of a single variable-speed processor that is equipped with a sleep state. The objective is that of minimizing the total energy consumption. Apart from settling the complexity of the problem by showing its NP-hardness, we provide a lower bound of 2 for general convex power functions, and a particular natural class of schedules called s{sub crit}-schedules. We also present an algorithmic framework for designing good approximation algorithms. For general convex power functions our framework improves the best known approximation-factor from 2 to 4/3. This factor can be reduced even further to 137/117 for a specific well-motivated class of power functions. Furthermore, we give tight bounds to show that our framework returns optimal s{sub crit}-schedules for the two aforementioned power-function classes. We then focus on the multiprocessor setting where each processor has the ability to vary its speed. Job migration is allowed, and we again consider classical deadline-based scheduling with the objective of energy minimization. We first study the offline problem and show that optimal schedules can be computed efficiently in polynomial time for any convex and non-decreasing power function. Our algorithm relies on repeated maximum flow computations. Regarding the online problem and power functions P(s) = s{sup {alpha}}, where s is the processor speed and {alpha} > 1 a constant, we extend the two well-known single-processor algorithms Optimal Available and Average Rate. We prove that Optimal Available is {alpha}{sup {alpha}}-competitive as in the single-processor case. For Average Rate we show a competitive factor of (2{alpha}){sup {alpha}}/2 + 1, i.e., compared to the single

  10. 78 FR 4883 - Excepted Service; Consolidated Listing of Schedules A, B, and C Exceptions

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    ... permanent staff studying domestic economic and financial policy, with employment not to exceed 4 years. (3..., pursuing courses related to the position occupied and limited to 1,040 working hours a year. Children of... theft of Government property. Such appointments shall not extend beyond 130 working days a year...

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    ... permanent staff studying domestic economic and financial policy, with employment not to exceed 4 years. (3..., pursuing courses related to the position occupied and limited to 1,040 working hours a year. Children of... theft of Government property. Such appointments shall not extend beyond 130 working days a year...

  12. Political Appointments and Coalition Management in Brazil, 2007-2010 Nominaciones Partidárias e Coaliciones en Brasil, 2007-2010

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Studies on coalition management in presidential systems usually focus on two types of goods used by the president and formateur party to hold together coalitions: exchange goods (such as individual budget amendments and coalition goods (such as ministries. This research note analyzes, with an original dataset of party members and political appointees in Brazil, a different type of good: presidential political appointments. Our study shows that partisan political appointees vary greatly among Brazilian ministries and within them. We also found that there is a disconnect between how many seats a political party holds in Congress and the number of political appointment offices it controls. This has implications for the literature on bureaucracy and politics and the literature on coalition management.La investigación sobre el manejo de coaliciones en sistemas presidenciales normalmente se concentra en dos tipos de bienes utilizados por el presidente y su partido para formar coaliciones: intercambio de bienes (a modo de enmiendas presupuestarias individuales y los bienes propios de la coalición (a través de gabinetes ministeriales. En base a un banco de datos original sobre afiliación y nombramientos partidários para cargos de confianza en el poder ejecutivo brasileño, este artículo analiza un tipo diferente de bien de intercambio: los nombramientos presidenciales. Nuestro estudio demuestra que los patrones de nombramientos partidarios varían horizontalmente (de ministerio a ministerio y verticalmente (dentro de un ministerio específico. El análisis también muestra que no hay relación entre el número de legisladores que pertenecen a un partido y la capacidad de este de efectuar nombramientos políticos.

  13. 三甲专科医院门诊预约挂号现状分析及对策%Current situation and countermeasure of outpatient appointment registration in grade 3 and first class specialized subject hospital

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    张国媛; 吴德华

    2014-01-01

    目的 通过对医院信息系统(HIS)门诊预约挂号的数据分析,探讨预约诊疗制度的经验与不足,以提高门诊挂号的预约面及降低预约挂号的失约率,从而优化门诊服务管理和资源配备.方法 从是否为专家预约,是否在预约时即刻收费,预约的具体方式等角度对预约挂号进行分类统计及横向对比,找出现有制度的效用与不足.结果 随着预约挂号制度的推进,预约挂号类型各自占比在动态变化.2011年宁波市康宁医院电话预约数3 188个(58.31%),占总预约数比例最高,网上预约数1 752个(32.05%),诊间预约数527个(9.64%);随着市卫生网网上挂号系统进一步推广和患者对预约挂号制度知晓度的提高,2012年的情况也相应变化,预约数提升至7 229个(51.28%),网上预约数5 154个(36.56%),电话预约总数降为1 714个(12.16%);但是主要问题仍为预约率低(2011为4.31%;2012年为10.14%)及失约率高(2011年为35.50%,2012年为26.37%).2011年推出预约挂号制度,当年预约人数5 467个,2012年预约数达14097个.但与总体挂号数对比,患者更习惯于传统就诊模式,2011年预约挂号数占挂号总数126 755个的4.31%;2012年预约挂号数和预约数都有所增长,预约挂号占全年挂号总数138 958个的10.14%.不同职称间患者预约取号率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).即时付费与否的失约率比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);心理咨询门诊的失约率较精神科门诊的失约率明显偏低,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 进一步加强门诊服务管理和宣传,完善信息平台,采用预约即时扣费及优化诊间预约来针对性改进.%Objective To explore the useful experience and shortcoming of the appointment system through the data analysis of HIS outpatient appointment registration,in order to improve the outpatient registration appointment face and reduce the rate of non

  14. Hybrid and dependent task scheduling algorithm for on-board system software

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    魏振华; 洪炳熔; 乔永强; 蔡则苏; 彭俊杰

    2003-01-01

    In order to solve the hybrid and dependent task scheduling and critical source allocation problems, atask scheduling algorithm has been developed by first presenting the tasks, and then describing the hybrid anddependent scheduling algorithm and deriving the predictable schedulability condition. The performance of thisagorithm was evaluated through simulation, and it is concluded from the evaluation results that the hybrid taskscheduling subalgorithm based on the comparison factor can be used to solve the problem of aperiodic task beingblocked by periodic task in the traditional operating system for a very long time, which results in poor schedu-ling predictability; and the resource allocation subalgorithm based on schedulability analysis can be used tosolve the problems of critical section conflict, ceiling blocking and priority inversion; and the scheduling algo-rithm is nearest optimal when the abortable critical section is 0.6.

  15. METHODS USED FOR MUDARRIS APPOINTMENT IN THE 18th CENTURY OTTOMAN MADRASAHS

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    Ülkü YANCI

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the methods used in the appointment of mudarris, who make up the backbone of the madrasah system in the Ottoman Empire, have been examined. For historical scope of the study, the 18th century when the Ottoman State started to westernize, was chosen. In this century, the system is different in some aspects compared to the system in the foundation and rise periods. In this study, these differences are mentioned, and determinations made with regard to appointment methods are presented. In this context, changes in the inauguration and promotion of mudarrises are discussed. When the documents in this period are examined, it is seen that with regard to the appointment of the mudarrises, the expressions of “tevcih”, or “tevcih buyuruldu” were used to mean appointed. Mudarris appointments can be classified as appointments made with offers, appointment with the recommendations of Shaykh al-Islam, appointments with kadi’asker’s decree and the Sultan’s edicts. Mudarris appointments were made with such reasons as legitimacy, escheated, novation, eternalization and grace.

  16. Recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents: the Korean Pediatric Society, 2013

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    Dae Sun Jo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This article contains the recommended immunization schedule by the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the Korean Pediatric Society, updated in March 2013, when Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine is now included in the National Immunization Program in Korea. It also includes catchup immunization schedule for children and adolescents who are behind the recommended schedule. These schedules are a minor revision of the corresponding parts of Immunization Guideline, 7th edition, of the Korean Pediatric Society, released in 2012. Pediatricians should be aware of these schedules to provide adequate immunization to Korean children and adolescents.

  17. Manufacturing scheduling systems an integrated view on models, methods and tools

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    Framinan, Jose M; Ruiz García, Rubén

    2014-01-01

    The book is devoted to the problem of manufacturing scheduling, which is the efficient allocation of jobs (orders) over machines (resources) in a manufacturing facility. It offers a comprehensive and integrated perspective on the different aspects required to design and implement systems to efficiently and effectively support manufacturing scheduling decisions. Obtaining economic and reliable schedules constitutes the core of excellence in customer service and efficiency in manufacturing operations. Therefore, scheduling forms an area of vital importance for competition in manufacturing companies. However, only a fraction of scheduling research has been translated into practice, due to several reasons. First, the inherent complexity of scheduling has led to an excessively fragmented field in which different sub problems and issues are treated in an independent manner as goals themselves, therefore lacking a unifying view of the scheduling problem. Furthermore, mathematical brilliance and elegance has sometime...

  18. Off-Line and Dynamic Production Scheduling – A Comparative Case Study

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A comprehensive case study of manufacturing scheduling solutions development is given. It includes highly generalized scheduling problem as well as a few scheduling modes, methods and problem models. The considered problem combines flexible job shop structure, lot streaming with variable sublots, transport times, setup times, and machine calendars. Tabu search metaheuristic and constraint programming methods have been used for the off-line scheduling. Two dynamic scheduling methods have also been implemented, i.e., dispatching rules for the completely reactive scheduling and a multi-agent system for the predictivereactive scheduling. In these implementations three distinct models of the problem have been used, based on: graph representation, optimal constraint satisfaction, and Petri net formalism. Each of these solutions has been verified in computational experiments. The results are compared and some findings about advantages, disadvantages, and suggestions on using the solutions are formulated.

  19. Modelling a Nurse Shift Schedule with Multiple Preference Ranks for Shifts and Days-Off

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    Full Text Available When it comes to nurse shift schedules, it is found that the nursing staff have diverse preferences about shift rotations and days-off. The previous studies only focused on the most preferred work shift and the number of satisfactory days-off of the schedule at the current schedule period but had few discussions on the previous schedule periods and other preference levels for shifts and days-off, which may affect fairness of shift schedules. As a result, this paper proposes a nurse scheduling model based upon integer programming that takes into account constraints of the schedule, different preference ranks towards each shift, and the historical data of previous schedule periods to maximize the satisfaction of all the nursing staff's preferences about the shift schedule. The main contribution of the proposed model is that we consider that the nursing staff’s satisfaction level is affected by multiple preference ranks and their priority ordering to be scheduled, so that the quality of the generated shift schedule is more reasonable. Numerical results show that the planned shifts and days-off are fair and successfully meet the preferences of all the nursing staff.

  20. 77 FR 64848 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1120S, Schedule D, Schedule K-1, and Schedule M-3

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  1. Planning and scheduling for agile manufacturers: The Pantex Process Model

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    Kjeldgaard, E.A. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Transportation Systems Analysis Dept.; Jones, D.A. [Parallax, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States); List, G.F. [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States); Tumquist, M.A. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    1998-02-01

    Effective use of resources that are shared among multiple products or processes is critical for agile manufacturing. This paper describes the development and implementation of a computerized model to support production planning in a complex manufacturing system at the Pantex Plant, a US Department of Energy facility. The model integrates two different production processes (nuclear weapon disposal and stockpile evaluation) that use common facilities and personnel at the plant. The two production processes are characteristic of flow-shop and job shop operations. The model reflects the interactions of scheduling constraints, material flow constraints, and the availability of required technicians and facilities. Operational results show significant productivity increases from use of the model.

  2. PHENIX WBS notes. Cost and schedule review copy

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    The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Book begins with this Overview section, which contains the high-level summary cost estimate, the cost profile, and the global construction schedule. The summary cost estimate shows the total US cost and the cost in terms of PHENIX construction funds for building the PHENIX detector. All costs in the WBS book are shown in FY 1993 dollars. Also shown are the institutional and foreign contributions, the level of pre-operations funding, and the cost of deferred items. Pie charts are presented at PHENIX WBS level 1 and 2 that show this information. The PHENIX construction funds are shown broken down to PHENIX WBS level 3 items per fiscal year, and the resulting profile is compared to the RHIC target profile. An accumulated difference of the two profiles is also shown. The PHENIX global construction schedule is presented at the end of the Overview section. Following the Overview are sections for each subsystem. Each subsystem section begins with a summary cost estimate, cost profile, and critical path. The total level 3 cost is broken down into fixed costs (M&S), engineering costs (EDIA) and labor costs. Costs are further broken down in terms of PHENIX construction funds, institutional and foreign contributions, pre-operations funding, and deferred items. Also shown is the contingency at level 3 and the level 4 breakdown of the total cost. The cost profile in fiscal years is shown at level 3. The subsystem summaries are followed by the full cost estimate and schedule sheets for that subsystem. These detailed sheets are typically carried down to level 7 or 8. The cost estimate Total, M&S, EDIA, and Labor breakdowns, as well as contingency, for each WBS entry.

  3. PHENIX Work Breakdown Structure. Cost and schedule review copy

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    The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Book begins with this Overview section, which contains the high-level summary cost estimate, the cost profile, and the global construction schedule. The summary cost estimate shows the total US cost and the cost in terms of PHENIX construction funds for building the PHENIX detector. All costs in the WBS book are shown in FY 1993 dollars. Also shown are the institutional and foreign contributions, the level of pre-operations funding, and the cost of deferred items. Pie charts are presented at PHENIX WBS level 1 and 2 that show this information. The PHENIX construction funds are shown broken down to PHENIX WBS level 3 items per fiscal year, and the resulting profile is compared to the RHIC target profile. An accumulated difference of the two profiles is also shown. The PHENIX global construction schedule is presented at the end of the Overview section. Following the Overview are sections for each subsystem. Each subsystem section begins with a summary cost estimate, cost profile, and critical path. The total level 3 cost is broken down into fixed costs (M&S), engineering costs (EDIA) and labor costs. Costs are further broken down in terms of PHENIX construction funds, institutional and foreign contributions, pre-operations funding, and deferred items. Also shown is the contingency at level 3 and the level 4 breakdown of the total cost. The cost profile in fiscal years is shown at level 3. The subsystem summaries are followed by the full cost estimate and schedule sheets for that subsystem. These detailed sheets are typically carried down to level 7 or 8. The cost estimate shows Total, M&S, EDIA, and Labor breakdowns, as well as contingency, for each WBS entry.

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    ... providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to... scheduling an appointment with the point of contact given in the ADDRESSES section. A valid...

  5. Design issues in the semantics and scheduling of asynchronous tasks.

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    Olivier, Stephen L.

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    The asynchronous task model serves as a useful vehicle for shared memory parallel programming, particularly on multicore and manycore processors. As adoption of model among programmers has increased, support has emerged for the integration of task parallel language constructs into mainstream programming languages, e.g., C and C++. This paper examines some of the design decisions in Cilk and OpenMP concerning semantics and scheduling of asynchronous tasks with the aim of informing the efforts of committees considering language integration, as well as developers of new task parallel languages and libraries.

  6. SCHEDULING WITH REJECTION AND NON-IDENTICAL JOB ARRIVALS

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    Zhigang CAO; Yuzhong ZHANG

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we address the scheduling problem with rejection and non-identical job arrivals, in which we may choose not to process certain jobs and each rejected job incurs a penalty.Our goal is to minimize the sum of the total penalties of the rejected jobs and the maximum completion time of the processed ones. For the off-line variant, we prove its NP-hardness and present a PTAS, and for the on-line special case with two job arrivals, we design a best possible algorithm with competitive ratio (√5+1)/2.

  7. FFTF and Advanced Reactors Transition Program Resource Loaded Schedule

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    This Resource Load Schedule (RLS) addresses two missions. The Advanced Reactors Transition (ART) mission, funded by DOE-EM, is to transition assigned, surplus facilities to a safe and compliant, low-cost, stable, deactivated condition (requiring minimal surveillance and maintenance) pending eventual reuse or D&D. Facilities to be transitioned include the 309 Building Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor (PRTR) and Nuclear Energy Legacy facilities. This mission is funded through the Environmental Management (EM) Project Baseline Summary (PBS) RL-TP11, ''Advanced Reactors Transition.'' The second mission, the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Project, is funded through budget requests submitted to the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (DOE-NE). The FFTF Project mission is maintaining the FFTF, the Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF), and affiliated 400 Area buildings in a safe and compliant standby condition. This mission is to preserve the condition of the plant hardware, software, and personnel in a manner not to preclude a plant restart. This revision of the Resource Loaded Schedule (RLS) is based upon the technical scope in the latest revision of the following project and management plans: Fast Flux Test Facility Standby Plan (Reference 1); Hanford Site Sodium Management Plan (Reference 2); and 309 Building Transition Plan (Reference 4). The technical scope, cost, and schedule baseline is also in agreement with the concurrent revision to the ART Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 Multi-Year Work Plan (MYWP), which is available in an electronic version (only) on the Hanford Local Area Network, within the ''Hanford Data Integrator (HANDI)'' application.

  8. Preference and resistance to change in concurrent variable-interval schedules.

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    Bell, Matthew C; Williams, Ben A

    2002-02-01

    Pigeons were trained on a multiple schedule in which separate concurrent schedules were presented in the two components of the schedule. During one component, concurrent variable-interval 40-sec variable-interval 80-sec schedules operated. In the second component, concurrent variable-interval 40-sec variable-interval 20-sec schedules operated. After stable baseline performance was obtained in both components, extinction probe choice tests were presented to assess preference between the variable-interval 40-sec schedules from the two components. The variable-interval 40-sec schedule paired with the variable-interval 80-sec schedule was preferred over the variable-interval 40-sec schedule paired with the variable-interval 20-sec schedule. The subjects were also exposed to several resistance-to-change manipulations: (1) prefeeding prior to the experimental session, (2) a free-food schedule added to timeout periods separating components, and (3) extinction. The results indicated that preference and resistance to change do not necessarily covary.

  9. Automated Planning and Scheduling for Orbital Express (151)

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    Knight, Russell

    2008-01-01

    The challenging timeline for DARPA's Orbital Express mission demanded a flexible, responsive, and (above all) safe approach to mission planning. Because the mission was a technology demonstration, pertinent planning information was learned during actual mission execution. This information led to amendments to procedures, which led to changes in the mission plan. In general, we used the ASPEN planner scheduler to generate and validate the mission plans. We enhanced ASPEN to enable it to reason about uncertainty. We also developed a model generator that would read the text of a procedure and translate it into an ASPEN model. These technologies had a significant impact on the success of the Orbital Express mission.

  10. Options for Parallelizing a Planning and Scheduling Algorithm

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    Clement, Bradley J.; Estlin, Tara A.; Bornstein, Benjamin D.

    2011-01-01

    Space missions have a growing interest in putting multi-core processors onboard spacecraft. For many missions processing power significantly slows operations. We investigate how continual planning and scheduling algorithms can exploit multi-core processing and outline different potential design decisions for a parallelized planning architecture. This organization of choices and challenges helps us with an initial design for parallelizing the CASPER planning system for a mesh multi-core processor. This work extends that presented at another workshop with some preliminary results.

  11. Partitioning and Scheduling DSP Applications with Maximal Memory Access Hiding

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    Sha Edwin Hsing-Mean

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an iteration space partitioning scheme to reduce the CPU idle time due to the long memory access latency. We take into consideration both the data accesses of intermediate and initial data. An algorithm is proposed to find the largest overlap for initial data to reduce the entire memory traffic. In order to efficiently hide the memory latency, another algorithm is developed to balance the ALU and memory schedules. The experiments on DSP benchmarks show that the algorithms significantly outperform the known existing methods.

  12. Automatic Scheduling and Planning (ASAP) in future ground control systems

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    Matlin, Sam

    1988-01-01

    This report describes two complementary approaches to the problem of space mission planning and scheduling. The first is an Expert System or Knowledge-Based System for automatically resolving most of the activity conflicts in a candidate plan. The second is an Interactive Graphics Decision Aid to assist the operator in manually resolving the residual conflicts which are beyond the scope of the Expert System. The two system designs are consistent with future ground control station activity requirements, support activity timing constraints, resource limits and activity priority guidelines.

  13. The Nonpermutation Flowshop Scheduling Problem: Adjustment and Bounding Procedures

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    Full Text Available We consider the makespan minimization in a flowshop environment where the job sequence does not have to be the same for all the machines. Contrarily to the classical permutation flowshop scheduling problem, this strongly NP-hard problem received very scant attention in the literature. In this paper, some improved single-machine-based adjustment procedures are proposed, and a new two-machine-based one is introduced. Based on these adjustments, new lower and upper bounding schemes are derived. Our experimental analysis shows that the proposed procedures provide promising results.

  14. On the Integrated Job Scheduling and Constrained Network Routing Problem

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    This paper examines the NP-hard problem of scheduling a number of jobs on a finite set of machines such that the overall profit of executed jobs is maximized. Each job demands a number of resources, which must be sent to the executing machine via constrained paths. Furthermore, two resource demand...... transmissions cannot use the same edge in the same time period. An exact solution approach based on Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition is proposed along with several heuristics. The methods are computationally evaluated on test instances arising from telecommunications with up to 500 jobs and 500 machines. Results...

  15. Immunization Schedules for Adults

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    ... Everyone: Easy-to-read Schedules Infants and Children Preteens and Teens Adults Display Immunization Schedules and Quiz ... file Microsoft Word file Microsoft Excel file Audio/Video file Apple Quicktime file RealPlayer file Text file ...

  16. Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule

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    ... Everyone: Easy-to-read Schedules Infants and Children Preteens and Teens Adults Display Immunization Schedules and Quiz ... file Microsoft Word file Microsoft Excel file Audio/Video file Apple Quicktime file RealPlayer file Text file ...

  17. Survey On Scheduling And Radio Resources Allocation In Lte

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on an essential task of the enhanced NodeB eNodeB element in LTE architecture, the Radio Resource Manager RRM, which aims to accept or reject requests for connection to the network based on some constraints and ensuring optimal distribution of radio resources between Users Equipments UEs. Its main functionalities include Admission Control AC and Packet Scheduling PS. This paper will center mainly on the PS part of the RRM task, which performs the radio resource allocation in both uplink and downlink directions. Several approaches and algorithms have been proposed in the literature to address this need (allocate resources efficiently, the diversity and multitude of algorithms is related to the factors considered for the optimal management of radio resource, specifically, the traffic type and the QoS (Quality of Service requested by the UE. In this article, an art’s state of the radio resource allocation strategies and a detailed study of several scheduling algorithms proposed for LTE (uplink and downlink are made. Therefore, we offer our evaluation and criticism.

  18. Vehicle scheduling schemes for commercial and emergency logistics integration.

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    Xiaohui Li

    Full Text Available In modern logistics operations, large-scale logistics companies, besides active participation in profit-seeking commercial business, also play an essential role during an emergency relief process by dispatching urgently-required materials to disaster-affected areas. Therefore, an issue has been widely addressed by logistics practitioners and caught researchers' more attention as to how the logistics companies achieve maximum commercial profit on condition that emergency tasks are effectively and performed satisfactorily. In this paper, two vehicle scheduling models are proposed to solve the problem. One is a prediction-related scheme, which predicts the amounts of disaster-relief materials and commercial business and then accepts the business that will generate maximum profits; the other is a priority-directed scheme, which, firstly groups commercial and emergency business according to priority grades and then schedules both types of business jointly and simultaneously by arriving at the maximum priority in total. Moreover, computer-based simulations are carried out to evaluate the performance of these two models by comparing them with two traditional disaster-relief tactics in China. The results testify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed models.

  19. Vehicle scheduling schemes for commercial and emergency logistics integration.

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    Li, Xiaohui; Tan, Qingmei

    2013-01-01

    In modern logistics operations, large-scale logistics companies, besides active participation in profit-seeking commercial business, also play an essential role during an emergency relief process by dispatching urgently-required materials to disaster-affected areas. Therefore, an issue has been widely addressed by logistics practitioners and caught researchers' more attention as to how the logistics companies achieve maximum commercial profit on condition that emergency tasks are effectively and performed satisfactorily. In this paper, two vehicle scheduling models are proposed to solve the problem. One is a prediction-related scheme, which predicts the amounts of disaster-relief materials and commercial business and then accepts the business that will generate maximum profits; the other is a priority-directed scheme, which, firstly groups commercial and emergency business according to priority grades and then schedules both types of business jointly and simultaneously by arriving at the maximum priority in total. Moreover, computer-based simulations are carried out to evaluate the performance of these two models by comparing them with two traditional disaster-relief tactics in China. The results testify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed models.

  20. Schedule of Punishment and Inhibition of Aggression in Children

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    Parke, Ross D.; Deur, Jan L.

    1972-01-01

    Data showed that consistent punishment resulted in faster inhibition than inconsistent punishment; subjects who were punished showed less persistence than subjects placed on an extinction schedule. (Authors)

  1. Aircraft Scheduled Airframe Maintenance and Downtime Integrated Cost Model

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    Remzi Saltoğlu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aviation industry has grown rapidly since the first scheduled commercial aviation started one hundred years ago. There is a fast growth in the number of passengers, routes, and frequencies, with high revenues and low margins, which make this industry one of the most challenging businesses in the world. Every operator aims to undertake the minimum operating cost and gain profit as much as possible. One of the significant elements of operator’s operating cost is the maintenance cost. During maintenance scheduling, operator calculates the maintenance cost that it needs to budget. Previous works show that this calculation includes only costs that are directly related to the maintenance process such as cost of labor, material, and equipment. In some cases, overhead cost is also included. Some of previous works also discuss the existence of another cost throughout aircraft downtime, which is defined as cost of revenue loss. Nevertheless, there is not any standard model that shows how to define and calculate downtime cost. For that reason, the purpose of this paper is to introduce a new model and analysis technique that can be used to calculate aircraft downtime cost due to maintenance.

  2. Energy-Efficient Multiprocessor Scheduling for Flow Time and Makespan

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    Sun, Hongyang; Hsu, Wen-Jing

    2010-01-01

    We consider energy-efficient scheduling on multiprocessors, where the speed of each processor can be individually scaled, and a processor consumes power $s^{\\alpha}$ if it runs at speed $s$, where $\\alpha>1$. A scheduling algorithm needs to decide both processor allocations and speeds for a set of parallel jobs whose parallelism can vary with time. The objective is to minimize the sum of overall energy consumption and some performance metric, which in this paper includes flow time and makespan. For both objectives, we present semi-clairvoyant algorithms that are aware of the instantaneous parallelism of the jobs but not their future information. We present U-CEQ algorithm for flow time plus energy, and show that it is O(1)-competitive. This is the first O(1)-competitive result for multiprocessor speed scaling on parallel jobs. We also consider, for the first time in the literature, makespan plus energy. We present P-FIRST algorithm and show that it is $O(\\ln^{1-1/\\alpha}P)$-competitive for parallel jobs consi...

  3. Aging based maintenance and reinvestment scheduling of electric distribution

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    Korpijarvi, J.

    2012-07-01

    The maintenance of electric distribution network is a topical question for distribution system operators because of increasing significance of failure costs. In this dissertation the maintenance practices of the distribution system operators are analyzed and a theory for scheduling maintenance activities and reinvestment of distribution components is created. The scheduling is based on the deterioration of components and the increasing failure rates due to aging. The dynamic programming algorithm is used as a solving method to maintenance problem which is caused by the increasing failure rates of the network. The other impacts of network maintenance like environmental and regulation reasons are not included to the scope of this thesis. Further the tree trimming of the corridors and the major disturbance of the network are not included to the problem optimized in this thesis. For optimizing, four dynamic programming models are presented and the models are tested. Programming is made in VBA-language to the computer. For testing two different kinds of test networks are used. Because electric distribution system operators want to operate with bigger component groups, optimal timing for component groups is also analyzed. A maintenance software package is created to apply the presented theories in practice. An overview of the program is presented (orig.)

  4. Gemcitabine and cisplatin in locally advanced and metastatic bladder cancer; 3- or 4-week schedule?

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    Als, Anne Birgitte; Sengeløv, Lisa; Von Der Maase, Hans

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin (GC) is an active regimen in advanced transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Traditionally, GC has been administered as a 4-week schedule. However, an alternative 3-week schedule may be more feasible. Long-term survival data for the alternative 3...... intensity for gemcitabine was accordingly lower in the 4 week-schedule. The higher dose intensity of cisplatin in the 3-week schedule, did not lead to increased renal toxicity. In 13 patients with impaired renal function, cisplatin was split into 2 days, which was feasible and efficient. CONCLUSION...

  5. School Construction Scheduling.

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    Delaney, J. B.

    1983-01-01

    Explains that favorable market and working conditions influence the scheduling of school construction projects. Facility planners, architects, and contractors are advised to develop a realistic time schedule for the entire project. (MLF)

  6. The GBT Dynamic Scheduling System: Development and Testing

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    McCarty, M.; Clark, M.; Marganian, P.; O'Neil, K.; Shelton, A.; Sessoms, E.

    2009-09-01

    During the summer trimester of 2008, all observations on the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) were scheduled using the new Dynamic Scheduling System (DSS). Beta testing exercised the policies, algorithms, and software developed for the DSS project. Since observers are located all over the world, the DSS was implemented as a web application. Technologies such as iCalendar, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, email, and instant messaging are used to transfer as much or as little information to observers as they request. We discuss the software engineering challenges leading to our implementation such as information distribution and building rich user interfaces in the web browser. We also relate our adaptation of agile development practices to design and develop the DSS. Additionally, we describe handling differences in expected versus actual initial conditions in the pool of project proposals for the 08B trimester. We then identify lessons learned from beta testing and present statistics on how the DSS was used during the trimester.

  7. Distributed Algorithms for Scheduling on Line and Tree Networks

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    Chakaravarthy, Venkatesan T; Sabharwal, Yogish

    2012-01-01

    We have a set of processors (or agents) and a set of graph networks defined over some vertex set. Each processor can access a subset of the graph networks. Each processor has a demand specified as a pair of vertices $$, along with a profit; the processor wishes to send data between $u$ and $v$. Towards that goal, the processor needs to select a graph network accessible to it and a path connecting $u$ and $v$ within the selected network. The processor requires exclusive access to the chosen path, in order to route the data. Thus, the processors are competing for routes/channels. A feasible solution selects a subset of demands and schedules each selected demand on a graph network accessible to the processor owning the demand; the solution also specifies the paths to use for this purpose. The requirement is that for any two demands scheduled on the same graph network, their chosen paths must be edge disjoint. The goal is to output a solution having the maximum aggregate profit. Prior work has addressed the above...

  8. Comparison Performance of Genetic Algorithm and Ant Colony Optimization in Course Scheduling Optimizing

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    Imam Ahmad Ashari

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Scheduling problems at the university is a complex type of scheduling problems. The scheduling process should be carried out at every turn of the semester's. The core of the problem of scheduling courses at the university is that the number of components that need to be considered in making the schedule, some of the components was made up of students, lecturers, time and a room with due regard to the limits and certain conditions so that no collision in the schedule such as mashed room, mashed lecturer and others. To resolve a scheduling problem most appropriate technique used is the technique of optimization. Optimization techniques can give the best results desired. Metaheuristic algorithm is an algorithm that has a lot of ways to solve the problems to the very limit the optimal solution. In this paper, we use a genetic algorithm and ant colony optimization algorithm is an algorithm metaheuristic to solve the problem of course scheduling. The two algorithm will be tested and compared to get performance is the best. The algorithm was tested using data schedule courses of the university in Semarang. From the experimental results we conclude that the genetic algorithm has better performance than the ant colony optimization  algorithm in solving the case of course scheduling.

  9. Humanoid Walking Robot: Modeling, Inverse Dynamics, and Gain Scheduling Control

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    Elvedin Kljuno

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents reference-model-based control design for a 10 degree-of-freedom bipedal walking robot, using nonlinear gain scheduling. The main goal is to show concentrated mass models can be used for prediction of the required joint torques for a bipedal walking robot. Relatively complicated architecture, high DOF, and balancing requirements make the control task of these robots difficult. Although linear control techniques can be used to control bipedal robots, nonlinear control is necessary for better performance. The emphasis of this work is to show that the reference model can be a bipedal walking model with concentrated mass at the center of gravity, which removes the problems related to design of a pseudo-inverse system. Another significance of this approach is the reduced calculation requirements due to the simplified procedure of nominal joint torques calculation. Kinematic and dynamic analysis is discussed including results for joint torques and ground force necessary to implement a prescribed walking motion. This analysis is accompanied by a comparison with experimental data. An inverse plant and a tracking error linearization-based controller design approach is described. We propose a novel combination of a nonlinear gain scheduling with a concentrated mass model for the MIMO bipedal robot system.

  10. Models and Algorithms for Production Planning and Scheduling in Foundries – Current State and Development Perspectives

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    Full Text Available Mathematical programming, constraint programming and computational intelligence techniques, presented in the literature in the field of operations research and production management, are generally inadequate for planning real-life production process. These methods are in fact dedicated to solving the standard problems such as shop floor scheduling or lot-sizing, or their simple combinations such as scheduling with batching. Whereas many real-world production planning problems require the simultaneous solution of several problems (in addition to task scheduling and lot-sizing, the problems such as cutting, workforce scheduling, packing and transport issues, including the problems that are difficult to structure. The article presents examples and classification of production planning and scheduling systems in the foundry industry described in the literature, and also outlines the possible development directions of models and algorithms used in such systems.

  11. Working Notes from the 1992 AAAI Spring Symposium on Practical Approaches to Scheduling and Planning

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    Drummond, Mark; Fox, Mark; Tate, Austin; Zweben, Monte

    1992-01-01

    The symposium presented issues involved in the development of scheduling systems that can deal with resource and time limitations. To qualify, a system must be implemented and tested to some degree on non-trivial problems (ideally, on real-world problems). However, a system need not be fully deployed to qualify. Systems that schedule actions in terms of metric time constraints typically represent and reason about an external numeric clock or calendar and can be contrasted with those systems that represent time purely symbolically. The following topics are discussed: integrating planning and scheduling; integrating symbolic goals and numerical utilities; managing uncertainty; incremental rescheduling; managing limited computation time; anytime scheduling and planning algorithms, systems; dependency analysis and schedule reuse; management of schedule and plan execution; and incorporation of discrete event techniques.

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  13. Reinforcement learning in scheduling

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    Dietterich, Tom G.; Ok, Dokyeong; Zhang, Wei; Tadepalli, Prasad

    1994-01-01

    The goal of this research is to apply reinforcement learning methods to real-world problems like scheduling. In this preliminary paper, we show that learning to solve scheduling problems such as the Space Shuttle Payload Processing and the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) scheduling can be usefully studied in the reinforcement learning framework. We discuss some of the special challenges posed by the scheduling domain to these methods and propose some possible solutions we plan to implement.

  14. Temporal Partitioning and Multi-Processor Scheduling for Reconfigurable Architectures

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    Popp, Andreas; Le Moullec, Yannick; Koch, Peter

    This poster presentation outlines a proposed framework for handling mapping of signal processing applications to heterogeneous reconfigurable architectures. The methodology consists of an extension to traditional multi-processor scheduling by creating a separate HW track for generation of groups...... of tasks that are handled similarly to SW processes in a traditional multi-processor scheduling context....

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  18. Process Scheduling for Performance Estimation and Synthesis of Hardware/Software Systems

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    Eles, Petru; Kuchcinski, Krzysztof; Peng, Zebo

    1998-01-01

    The paper presents an approach to process scheduling for embedded systems. Target architectures consist of several processors and ASICs connected by shared busses. We have developed algorithms for process graph scheduling based on listscheduling and branch-and-bound strategies. One essential...... contribution is in the manner in which information on process allocation is used in order to efficiently derive a good quality or optimal schedule. Experiments show the superiority of these algorithms compared to previous approaches like critical-path heuristics and ILP based optimal scheduling. An extension...... of our approach allows the scheduling of conditional process graphs capturing both data and control flow. In this case a schedule table has to be generated so that the worst case delay is minimized....

  19. Scheduling algorithm of dual-armed cluster tools with residency time and reentrant constraints

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    周炳海; 高忠顺; 陈佳

    2014-01-01

    To solve the scheduling problem of dual-armed cluster tools for wafer fabrications with residency time and reentrant constraints, a heuristic scheduling algorithm was developed. Firstly, on the basis of formulating scheduling problems domain of dual-armed cluster tools, a non-integer programming model was set up with a minimizing objective function of the makespan. Combining characteristics of residency time and reentrant constraints, a scheduling algorithm of searching the optimal operation path of dual-armed transport module was presented under many kinds of robotic scheduling paths for dual-armed cluster tools. Finally, the experiments were designed to evaluate the proposed algorithm. The results show that the proposed algorithm is feasible and efficient for obtaining an optimal scheduling solution of dual-armed cluster tools with residency time and reentrant constraints.

  20. Data Model Approach And Markov Chain Based Analysis Of Multi-Level Queue Scheduling

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available There are many CPU scheduling algorithms inliterature like FIFO, Round Robin, Shortest-Job-First and so on.The Multilevel-Queue-Scheduling is superior to these due to itsbetter management of a variety of processes. In this paper, aMarkov chain model is used for a general setup of Multilevelqueue-scheduling and the scheduler is assumed to performrandom movement on queue over the quantum of time.Performance of scheduling is examined through a rowdependent data model. It is found that with increasing value of αand d, the chance of system going over the waiting state reduces.At some of the interesting combinations of α and d, it diminishesto zero, thereby, provides us some clue regarding better choice ofqueues over others for high priority jobs. It is found that ifqueue priorities are added in the scheduling intelligently thenbetter performance could be obtained. Data model helpschoosing appropriate preferences.

  1. Energy Efficient Greedy Link Scheduling and Power Control in wireless networks

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    Sridharan, Arun

    2012-01-01

    We consider the problem of joint link scheduling and power control for wireless networks with average transmission power constraints. Due to the high computational complexity of the optimal policies, we extend the class of greedy link scheduling policies to handle average power constraints. We develop a greedy link scheduling and power control scheme GECS, with provable performance guarantees. We show that the performance of our greedy scheduler can be characterized using the Local Pooling Factor (LPF) of a network graph, which has been previously used to characterize the stability of the Greedy Maximal Scheduling (GMS) policy for wireless networks. We also simulate the performance of GECS on wireless network, and compare its performance to another candidate greedy link scheduling and power control policy.

  2. Dynamic Fractional Resource Scheduling vs. Batch Scheduling

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    Casanova, Henri; Vivien, Frédéric

    2011-01-01

    We propose a novel job scheduling approach for homogeneous cluster computing platforms. Its key feature is the use of virtual machine technology to share fractional node resources in a precise and controlled manner. Other VM-based scheduling approaches have focused primarily on technical issues or on extensions to existing batch scheduling systems, while we take a more aggressive approach and seek to find heuristics that maximize an objective metric correlated with job performance. We derive absolute performance bounds and develop algorithms for the online, non-clairvoyant version of our scheduling problem. We further evaluate these algorithms in simulation against both synthetic and real-world HPC workloads and compare our algorithms to standard batch scheduling approaches. We find that our approach improves over batch scheduling by orders of magnitude in terms of job stretch, while leading to comparable or better resource utilization. Our results demonstrate that virtualization technology coupled with light...

  3. Sleep and sleepiness of fishermen on rotating schedules.

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    Gander, Philippa; van den Berg, Margo; Signal, Leigh

    2008-04-01

    Seafaring is a hazardous occupation with high death and injury rates, but the role of seafarer fatigue in these events is generally not well documented. The International Maritime Organization has identified seafarer fatigue as an important health and safety issue. Most research to date has focused on more regularly scheduled types of operations (e.g., merchant vessels, ferries), but there is relatively little information on commercial fishing, which often involves high day-to-day and seasonal variability in work patterns and workload. The present study was designed to monitor the sleep and sleepiness of commercial fishermen at home and during extended periods at sea during the peak of the hoki fishing season, with a view to developing better fatigue management strategies for this workforce. Sleep (wrist actigraphy and sleep diaries) and sleepiness (Karolinska Sleepiness Scale [KSS] before and after each sleep period) of 20 deckhands were monitored for 4-13 days at home and for 5-9 days at sea while working a nominal 12 h on/6 h off schedule. On the 12 h on/6 hoff schedule, there was still a clear preference for sleep at night. Comparing the last three days at home and the first three days at sea showed that fishermen were more likely to have split sleep at sea (Wilcoxon signed ranks p or= 7 on 24% of days at sea vs. 9% of days at home (Wilcoxon signed ranks p loss, and residual sleepiness after sleep, were much more common at sea than at home. The longer duration of trips during the peak of the fishing season increases the risk of performance impairment due to greater cumulative sleep loss than would be expected on typical three-day trips. Key fatigue management strategies in this environment include that fishermen report to work as well rested as possible. Once at sea, the day-to-day variability in activities due to uncontrollable factors, such as fishing success, repairing gear, and weather conditions, mean that contingency planning is required for managing

  4. CABINS: A Framework of Knowledge Acquisition and Iterative Revision for Schedule Improvement and Reactive Repair

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    Zaseack. The shifting bottleneck procedure for job shop scheduling. Vanagement Science, 34(3).391-401, 1888. [AKA91) David W. Aba, Dennis Kibler, and Marc K...Scheduling Systems: With Application to Production Systems and Product Management. John Wiley and Sons Inc., New York, N.Y., 1993 [MR921 Ron Musick and

  5. RESEARCH ON CAPP/SCHEDULING INTEGRATION MULTI-AGENT SYSTEM MODEL AND IMPLEMENTATION

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    Wang Yunli; Xiao Tianyuan; Duan Guanghong; Wang Xiankui

    2003-01-01

    A design methodology for multi-agent systems is proposed. The systemic framework of CAPP and scheduling integrated multi-agent system according to design methodology is researched.Agent model, composition model and cooperation model are discussed respectively in the multi-agent system. Static composition model and dynamic running model of CAPP and scheduling integrated system are presented in composition model. Communication model, language model and protocol model are discussed in corporation model. CSIMAS, CAPP and scheduling integrated multi-agent prototype system, is developed to illuminate system model. Multiple non-rotational parts are tested in distributed process planning and scheduling environment of CSIMAS.

  6. A planning and scheduling system for the LHC project

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    Bachy, Gérard; Tarrant, M

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present modern ways to manage time, resources and progress in a large-scale project. Over the last ten years, new project management techniques and tools have appeared such as concurrent engineering, Continuous Acquisition Lifecycle Support (CALS) and Engineering Data Management System (EDMS). The world downturn of the early 90s influenced project management: increasing constraints on time and budget and more external direction on spending that, for example, requires sophisticated sub-contracting practises. However, the evolution of the software and hardware market makes project control tools cheaper and easier to use. All project groups want to have their scope of work considered as complete projects and to control them themselves. This has several consequences on project staff behaviour concerning project control, and has to be taken into account in every planning process designed today. The system described will be at the heart of the planning and scheduling procedures issue...

  7. Scheduler Activations on BSD: Sharing Thread Management Between Kernel and Application

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    Small, Christopher A.; Seltzer, Margo I.

    1995-01-01

    There are two commonly used thread models: kernel level threads and user level threads. Kernel level threads suffer from the cost of frequent user-kernel domain crossings and fixed kernel scheduling priorities. User level threads are not integrated with the kernel, blocking all threads whenever one thread is blocked. The Scheduler Activations model, proposed by Anderson et al. [ANDE91], combines kernel CPU al location decisions with application control over thread scheduling. This paper discu...

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  10. Survey of Unicast and Multicast Scheduling Algorithms for High Speed Input Queued Switch with Crossbar

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    2002-01-01

    The performance of ATM switches are mainly influenced by switching fabric and scheduling algorithms. Input buffered switches have the strong advantage of efficient crossbar usage. This paper presents an input-queued crossbar switches fabric supporting high speed switching, analyzes the scheduling algorithms for unicast trafficts and multicast traffic based on virtual output queueing (VOQ).Focusing on their performance issues, some typical schedulers are compared.

  11. Hydrothermal scheduling via extended differential dynamic programming and mixed coordination

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    Tang, J. [Alfred Univ., NY (United States). Div. of Electrical Engineering; Luh, P.B. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering

    1995-11-01

    This paper addresses short-term scheduling of hydrothermal systems by using extended differential dynamic programming and mixed coordination. The problem is first decomposed into a thermal subproblem and a hydro subproblem by relaxing the supply-demand constraints. The thermal subproblem is solved analytically. The hydro subproblem is further decomposed into a set of smaller problems that can be solved in parallel. Extended differential dynamic programming and mixed coordination are used to solve the hydro subproblem. Two problems are tested and the results show that the new approach performs well under a simulated parallel processing environment, and high speedup is obtained. The method is then extended to handle unpredictable changes in natural inflow by utilizing the variational feedback nature of the control strategy. A quick estimate on the impact of an unpredictable change on total cost is also obtained. Numerical results show that estimates are accurate, and unpredictable change in natural inflow can be quickly and effectively handled.

  12. Method and apparatus for scheduling broadcasts in social networks

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    Manzoor, Emaad Ahmed

    2016-08-25

    A method, apparatus, and computer readable medium are provided for maximizing consumption of broadcasts by a producer. An example method includes receiving selection of a total number of time slots to use for scheduling broadcasts, and receiving information regarding the producer\\'s followers. The example method further 5 includes identifying, by a processor and based on the received information, discount factors associated with the producer\\'s followers, and calculating, by the processor and based on the received information, a predicted number of competitor broadcasts during each time slot of the total number of time slots. Finally, the example method includes determining, by the processor and based on the discount factors and the predicted 10 number of competitor broadcasts during each time slot, a number of broadcasts for the producer to transmit in each time slot of the total number of time slots.

  13. Grouping Based Job Scheduling Algorithm Using Priority Queue and Hybrid Algorithm in Grid Computing

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Grid computing enlarge with computing platform which is collection of heterogeneous computing resources connected by a network across dynamic and geographically dispersed organization to form a distributed high performance computing infrastructure. Grid computing solves the complex computing problems amongst multiple machines. Grid computing solves the large scale computational demands in a high performance computing environment. The main emphasis in the grid computing is given to the resource management and the job scheduler .The goal of the job scheduler is to maximize the resource utilization and minimize the processing time of the jobs. Existing approaches of Grid scheduling doesn’t give much emphasis on the performance of a Grid scheduler in processing time parameter. Schedulers allocate resources to the jobs to be executed using the First come First serve algorithm. In this paper, we have provided an optimize algorithm to queue of the scheduler using various scheduling methods like Shortest Job First, First in First out, Round robin. The job scheduling system is responsible to select best suitable machines in a grid for user jobs. The management and scheduling system generates job schedules for each machine in the grid by taking static restrictions and dynamic parameters of jobs and machinesinto consideration. The main purpose of this paper is to develop an efficient job scheduling algorithm to maximize the resource utilization and minimize processing time of the jobs. Queues can be optimized byusing various scheduling algorithms depending upon the performance criteria to be improved e.g. response time, throughput. The work has been done in MATLAB using the parallel computing toolbox.

  14. Relationship between Contingency Awareness and Human Performance on Random Ratio and Random Interval Schedules

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    Bradshaw, Ceri A.; Reed, Phil

    2012-01-01

    In three experiments, human participants pressed the space bar on a computer keyboard to earn points on random-ratio (RR) and random-interval (RI) schedules of reinforcement. Verbalized contingency awareness (CA) for each schedule was measured after the entire task (Experiments 1 and 2), or after each RR-RI trial (Experiment 3). In all three…

  15. Improving Dense Network Performance through Centralized Scheduling and Interference Coordination

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    Lopez, Victor Fernandez; Pedersen, Klaus I.; Alvarez, Beatriz Soret

    2017-01-01

    . Interference management at the receiver is achieved through the use of a Network-Assisted Interference Cancellation and Suppression (NAICS) receiver. In order to further boost the 5th percentile user data rates, the transmission rank at the interferers is selectively reduced by a centralized rank coordination......Dense network deployments comprising small cells pose a series of important challenges when it comes to achieving an efficient resource use and curbing inter-cell interference in the downlink. This article examines different techniques to treat these problems in a dynamic way, from the network...... and the receiver sides. As a network coordination scheme, we apply a centralized joint cell association and scheduling mechanism based on dynamic cell switching, by which users are not always served by the strongest perceived cell. The method simultaneously resultsin more balanced loads and increased performance...

  16. Mixed Integer Programming and Heuristic Scheduling for Space Communication

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    Lee, Charles H.; Cheung, Kar-Ming

    2013-01-01

    Optimal planning and scheduling for a communication network was created where the nodes within the network are communicating at the highest possible rates while meeting the mission requirements and operational constraints. The planning and scheduling problem was formulated in the framework of Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) to introduce a special penalty function to convert the MIP problem into a continuous optimization problem, and to solve the constrained optimization problem using heuristic optimization. The communication network consists of space and ground assets with the link dynamics between any two assets varying with respect to time, distance, and telecom configurations. One asset could be communicating with another at very high data rates at one time, and at other times, communication is impossible, as the asset could be inaccessible from the network due to planetary occultation. Based on the network's geometric dynamics and link capabilities, the start time, end time, and link configuration of each view period are selected to maximize the communication efficiency within the network. Mathematical formulations for the constrained mixed integer optimization problem were derived, and efficient analytical and numerical techniques were developed to find the optimal solution. By setting up the problem using MIP, the search space for the optimization problem is reduced significantly, thereby speeding up the solution process. The ratio of the dimension of the traditional method over the proposed formulation is approximately an order N (single) to 2*N (arraying), where N is the number of receiving antennas of a node. By introducing a special penalty function, the MIP problem with non-differentiable cost function and nonlinear constraints can be converted into a continuous variable problem, whose solution is possible.

  17. Exact and Metaheuristic Approaches for a Bi-Objective School Bus Scheduling Problem

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    As a class of hard combinatorial optimization problems, the school bus routing problem has received considerable attention in the last decades. For a multi-school system, given the bus trips for each school, the school bus scheduling problem aims at optimizing bus schedules to serve all the trips within the school time windows. In this paper, we propose two approaches for solving the bi-objective school bus scheduling problem: an exact method of mixed integer programming (MIP) and a metaheuri...

  18. Limited Area Forecasting and Statistical Modelling for Wind Energy Scheduling

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    Rosgaard, Martin Haubjerg

    forecast accuracy for operational wind power scheduling. Numerical weather prediction history and scales of atmospheric motion are summarised, followed by a literature review of limited area wind speed forecasting. Hereafter, the original contribution to research on the topic is outlined. The quality...... control of wind farm data used as forecast reference is described in detail, and a preliminary limited area forecasting study illustrates the aggravation of issues related to numerical orography representation and accurate reference coordinates at ne weather model resolutions. For the o shore and coastal...... sites studied limited area forecasting is found to deteriorate wind speed prediction accuracy, while inland results exhibit a steady forecast performance increase with weather model resolution. Temporal smoothing of wind speed forecasts is shown to improve wind power forecast performance by up to almost...

  19. Energy Aware Scheduling for Weighted Completion Time and Weighted Tardiness

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    Carrasco, Rodrigo A; Stein, Cliff

    2011-01-01

    The ever increasing adoption of mobile devices with limited energy storage capacity, on the one hand, and more awareness of the environmental impact of massive data centres and server pools, on the other hand, have both led to an increased interest in energy management algorithms. The main contribution of this paper is to present several new constant factor approximation algorithms for energy aware scheduling problems where the objective is to minimize weighted completion time plus the cost of the energy consumed, in the one machine non-preemptive setting, while allowing release dates and deadlines.Unlike previous known algorithms these new algorithms can handle general job-dependent energy cost functions, extending the application of these algorithms to settings outside the typical CPU-energy one. These new settings include problems where in addition, or instead, of energy costs we also have maintenance costs, wear and tear, replacement costs, etc., which in general depend on the speed at which the machine r...

  20. INTEGRATION OF SHIP HULL ASSEMBLY SEQUENCE PLANNING, SCHEDULING AND BUDGETING

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    Remigiusz Romuald Iwańkowicz

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The specificity of the yard work requires the particularly careful treatment of the issues of scheduling and budgeting in the production planning processes. The article presents the method of analysis of the assembly sequence taking into account the duration of individual activities and the demand for resources. A method of the critical path and resource budgeting were used. Modelling of the assembly was performed using the acyclic graphs. It has been shown that the assembly sequences can have very different feasible budget regions. The proposed model is applied to the assembly processes of large-scale welded structures, including the hulls of ships. The presented computational examples have a simulation character. They show the usefulness of the model and the possibility to use it in a variety of analyses.

  1. Bayesian Methods for Analysis and Adaptive Scheduling of Exoplanet Observations

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    Loredo, Thomas J; Chernoff, David F; Clyde, Merlise A; Liu, Bin

    2011-01-01

    We describe work in progress by a collaboration of astronomers and statisticians developing a suite of Bayesian data analysis tools for extrasolar planet (exoplanet) detection, planetary orbit estimation, and adaptive scheduling of observations. Our work addresses analysis of stellar reflex motion data, where a planet is detected by observing the "wobble" of its host star as it responds to the gravitational tug of the orbiting planet. Newtonian mechanics specifies an analytical model for the resulting time series, but it is strongly nonlinear, yielding complex, multimodal likelihood functions; it is even more complex when multiple planets are present. The parameter spaces range in size from few-dimensional to dozens of dimensions, depending on the number of planets in the system, and the type of motion measured (line-of-sight velocity, or position on the sky). Since orbits are periodic, Bayesian generalizations of periodogram methods facilitate the analysis. This relies on the model being linearly separable, ...

  2. 29 CFR 1202.9 - Appointment of arbitrators.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 4 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Appointment of arbitrators. 1202.9 Section 1202.9 Labor... arbitrators. Section 5, Third, (a) of the Railway Labor Act provides in the event mediation of a dispute is... parties so agree, and the arbitrators named by the parties are unable to agree upon the neutral...

  3. Towards a Fair and Efficient Packet Scheduling Scheme in Inter-Flow Network Coding

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    Jin Wang

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Network coding techniques are usually applied upon network-layer protocols to improve throughput in wireless networks. In scenarios with multiple unicast sessions, fairness is also an important factor. Therefore, a network coding-aware packet-scheduling algorithm is required. A packet-scheduling algorithm determines which packet to send next from a node’s packet backlog. Existing protocols mostly employ a basic round-robin scheduling algorithm to give “equal” opportunities to different packet flows. In fact, this “equal”-opportunity scheduling is neither fair, nor efficient. This paper intends to accentuate the importance of a coding-aware scheduling scheme. With a good scheduling scheme, we can gain more control over the per-flow throughput and fairness. Specifically, we first formulate a static scheduling problem and propose an algorithm to find the optimal scheduling scheme. We then extend the technique to a dynamic setting and, later, to practical routing protocols. Results show that the algorithm is comparatively scalable, and it can improve the throughput gain when the network is not severely saturated. The fairness among flows is drastically improved as a result of this scheduling scheme.

  4. Comparative assessment of efficacy of two different pretreatment single oral doses of betamethasone on inter-appointment and postoperative discomfort: An in vivo clinical evaluation

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    Gyanani, Hitesh; Chhabra, Naveen; Parmar, Ghanshyam R.

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of two different pretreatment single oral doses of betamethasone on the incidence of inter-appointment flare up and postoperative discomfort. Materials and Methods: Fifty-four patients aged 18–59 years requiring endodontic treatment were selected and randomly assigned to three groups; single pretreatment oral dose of placebo or betamethasone in two different oral doses of 0.5 mg and 1 mg, respectively. Endodontic therapy was completed in two visits using triple antibiotic paste as intracanal medicament. Patients were given a questionnaire to record their pain at 1, 2, 3, and 7 days after treatment. In the second visit, obturation was done, and the patients were again instructed to record their pain scores after treatment and discharged. The verbal rating scale was used for recording the pain scores. Statistical analysis was done using ANOVA and the Friedman test. Results: 0.5 mg betamethasone group showed least mean pain scores among all experimental groups; however, there was no statistically significant difference between any of the groups (P > 0.05). Conclusion: Pretreatment single oral dose of betamethasone is an effective in managing endodontic flare-ups; however, the results were statistically insignificant. PMID:27994320

  5. Distributing and Scheduling Divisible Task on Parallel Communicating Processors

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    李国东; 张德富

    2002-01-01

    In this paper we propose a novel scheme for scheduling divisible task onparallel processors connected by system interconnection network with arbitrary topology. Thedivisible task is a computation that can be divided into arbitrary independent subtasks solvedin parallel. Our model takes into consideration communication initial time and communicationdelays between processors. Moreover, by constructing the corresponding Network SpanningTree (NST) for a network, our scheme can be applied to all kinds of network topologies. Wepresent the concept of Balanced Task Distribution Tree and use it to design the Equation SetCreation Algorithm in which the set of linear equations is created by traversing the NST inpost-order. After solving the created equations, we get the optimal task assignment scheme.Experiments confirm the applicability of our scheme in real-life situations.

  6. Effect of unsignaled delays between stimuli in a chain schedule on responding and resistance to change.

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    Bell, Matthew C; Gomez, Belen E

    2008-03-01

    Behavioral momentum theory is an evolving theoretical account of the strength of behavior. One challenge for the theory is determining the role of signal stimuli in determining response strength. This study evaluated the effect of an unsignaled delay between the initial link and terminal link of a two-link chain schedule on resistance to change using a multiple schedule of reinforcement. Pigeons were presented two different signaled delay to reinforcement schedules. Both schedules employed a two-link chain schedule with a variable interval 120-s initial link followed by a 5-s fixed time terminal link schedule. One of the schedules included a 5-s unsignaled delay between the initial link and the terminal link. Resistance to change was assessed with two separate disruption procedures: extinction and adding a variable time 20-s schedule of reinforcement to the inter-component interval. Baseline responding was lower in the schedule with the unsignaled delay but resistance to change for the initial link was unaffected by the unsignaled delay. The results suggest that not all unsignaled delays are equal in their effect on resistance to change.

  7. Integrated Fractional Load and Packet Scheduling for OFDMA Systems

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    Monghal, Guillaume Damien; Kumar, S.; Pedersen, Klaus I.

    2009-01-01

    This paper study the performance of an orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) system under fractional load based in long term evolution (LTE) downlink. Fractional load is defined by a situation where only a fraction of the bandwidth is used for transmission due to lack of traffic....... This type of situation should result in a global increase of signal to interference and noise ratio (SINR) conditions in the network. We propose different methods integrating the transmission pattern selection to the packet scheduling functionality of the enode-B depending only on the channel quality...... indicator (CQI) reports from the user equipments. Fractional load handling is operated without inter eNode-B coordination. We conclude that the system can operate under fractional load conditions if the CQI is calculated with wideband interference. Further gain can be obtained if the CQI is calculated...

  8. Application of telephone appointment for schistosomiasis examination and treatment%短信预约血吸虫病查治病效果研究

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    彭孝武; 李华忠; 王加松; 杨志强; 贺正文; 黄文军; 魏强; 万东方

    2013-01-01

    目的 通过短信预约,提高血吸虫病疫区查治对象的依从性,提高应查治人群受检率、受治率,提高工作效率.方法 选取在湖北省公安县和监利县各两个疫情和经济水平及村民电话拥有率基本相当的流行村,其中公安县实验村按移动电话短信预约+村干部通知的方式进行查治病工作,监利县实验村仅按移动电话短信预约通知的方式进行查治病工作,对照村仅按以往村干部通知的方式进行查治病工作,比较两村人群受检率、受治率.结果 两县4个调查村常住村民电话拥有率约占43.87%,以户为单位统计常住户电话拥有率为74.06%.公安县实验村与对照村比较查病受检率提高26.60%,血检受检率差异无统计学意义(x2=3.45,P>0.05),监利县实验村与对照村比较查病受检率下降66.98%,血检受检率差异有统计学意义(x2=138.38,P<0.01).血检阳性受治率比较,两县实验村和对照村均高达97.00%以上,无明显差别.两县实验村接收短信后主动查病人数比例无明显差别,约占移动手机用户总数的1/3.结论 短信预约目前还不能发挥提高应检人群受检率的作用,但可利用其对查治病工作实行质量监控.%Objective To improve the compliance and the rate of examination and treatment among the people who should be examined and treated through telephone message appointment.Methods Two schistosomiasis endemic villages in each of the two endemic counties were selected.The endemic situation and economic level of the two villages were basically at the same level.One of the experiment villages conducted both the examination and treatment through telephone message appointment and information from village cadres,while the other experiment village conducted the examination and treatment only through telephone message appointment.The control village conducted the examination and treatment only through the information from village cadres

  9. DSN Scheduling Engine

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    Clement, Bradley; Johnston, Mark; Wax, Allan; Chouinard, Caroline

    2008-01-01

    The DSN (Deep Space Network) Scheduling Engine targets all space missions that use DSN services. It allows clients to issue scheduling, conflict identification, conflict resolution, and status requests in XML over a Java Message Service interface. The scheduling requests may include new requirements that represent a set of tracks to be scheduled under some constraints. This program uses a heuristic local search to schedule a variety of schedule requirements, and is being infused into the Service Scheduling Assembly, a mixed-initiative scheduling application. The engine resolves conflicting schedules of resource allocation according to a range of existing and possible requirement specifications, including optional antennas; start of track and track duration ranges; periodic tracks; locks on track start, duration, and allocated antenna; MSPA (multiple spacecraft per aperture); arraying/VLBI (very long baseline interferometry)/delta DOR (differential one-way ranging); continuous tracks; segmented tracks; gap-to-track ratio; and override or block-out of requirements. The scheduling models now include conflict identification for SOA(start of activity), BOT (beginning of track), RFI (radio frequency interference), and equipment constraints. This software will search through all possible allocations while providing a best-effort solution at any time. The engine reschedules to accommodate individual emergency tracks in 0.2 second, and emergency antenna downtime in 0.2 second. The software handles doubling of one mission's track requests over one week (to 42 total) in 2.7 seconds. Further tests will be performed in the context of actual schedules.

  10. Workshop Scheduling Based on a Rule-restrained Colored Petri Net and the Development of a Scheduling System on the Internet/Intranet

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    CAO Yan; ZHAO Ru-jia

    2004-01-01

    In the paper, the gap between theoretical research and practical applications of workshop scheduling is analyzed. According to practical application requirements, the traditional Petri net is expanded and a Rule-restrained Colored Petri Net(RCPN) is put forward to model workshop activities.Then, the architecture of the workshop scheduling system based on RCPN is presented. Finally, the scheduling system that adopts a 3-layer B/S/D mode is developed on the Internet/Intranet by using the Web database and Java.

  11. 78 FR 47319 - Fee Schedule for Reference Biological Standards and Biological Preparations

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    2013-08-05

    ... HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fee Schedule for Reference Biological Standards and Biological Preparations AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department... HHS/CDC has reviewed and updated its fee schedule for reference biological standards and...

  12. Analyses on schedule-cost coefficient correlation of spaceflight project based on historical statistics and its application

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    Liu Yanqiong; Chen Yingwu

    2006-01-01

    When analyze the uncertainty of the cost and the schedule of the spaceflight project, it is needed to know the value of the schedule-cost correlation coefficient. This paper deduces the schedule distribution, considering the effect of the cost, and proposes the estimation formula of the correlation coefficient between the ln(schedule) and the cost. On the basis of the fact and Taylor expansion, the relation expression between the schedule-cost correlation coefficient and the ln-schedule-cost correlation coefficient is put forward. By analyzing the value features of the estimation formula of the ln-schedule-cost correlation coefficient, the general rules are proposed to ascertain the value of the schedule-cost correlation coefficient. An example is given to demonstrate how to approximately amend the schedule-cost correlation coefficient based on the historical statistics, which reveals the traditional assigned value is inaccurate. The universality of this estimation method is analyzed.

  13. Optimized Waterspace Management and Scheduling Using Mixed-Integer Linear Programming

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    2016-01-01

    TECHNICAL REPORT NSWC PCD TR 2015-003 OPTIMIZED WATERSPACE MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING USING MIXED-INTEGER LINEAR PROGRAMMING...constraints required for the mathematical formulation of the MCM scheduling problem pertaining to the survey constraints and logistics management . The...Floudas, Nonlinear and Mixed-Integer Optimization: Fundamentals and Applications, Oxford University Press, 1995. [10] M. J. Bays, A. Shende, D. J

  14. A visual representation system for the scheduling and management of projects

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    Pollalis, S.N.

    1992-01-01

    A VISUAL SCHEDULING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (VSMS) This work proposes a new system for the visual representation of projects that displays the quantities of work, resources and cost. This new system, called Visual Scheduling and Management System, has a built-in hierarchical system to provide differen

  15. 78 FR 52209 - Proposed Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits

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    ... Forest Service Proposed Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits AGENCY: Office... commercial filming and still photography conducted on public lands under their jurisdiction. The proposed fee schedule would establish land-use fees for commercial filming and still photography that are consistent...

  16. 78 FR 58342 - Proposed Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits

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    ... Forest Service Proposed Fee Schedule for Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits AGENCY: Office... proposed fee schedule for commercial filming and still photography conducted on public lands under their... commercial filming and still photography that are consistent for the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish...

  17. Real-time and dynamic schedule optimization of construction projects on the basis of lean construction

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    QI Shen-jun; DING Lie-yun; LUO Han-bin; DONG Xiao-yan

    2007-01-01

    Lean construction has been newly applied to construction industry. The best performance of a project can be achieved through the precise definition of construction product, rational work break structure, lean supply chain, decrease of resources waste, objective control and so forth. Referring to the characteristics of schedule planning of construction projects and lean construction philosophy, we proposed optimizing methodology of real-time and dynamic schedule of construction projects based on lean construction. The basis of the methodology is process reorganization and lean supply in construction enterprises. The traditional estimating method of the activity duration is fuzzy and random; however, a newly proposed lean forecasting method employs multi-components linear-regression, back-propagation artificial neural networks and learning curve. Taking account of the limited resources and the fixed duration of a project, the optimizing method of the real-time and dynamic schedule adopts the concept of resource driving. To optimize the schedule of a construction project timely and effectively, an intellectualized schedule management system was developed. It can work out the initial schedule, optimize the real-time and dynamic schedule, and display the schedule with the Gant Chart, the net-work graph and the space-time line chart. A case study was also presented to explain the proposed method.

  18. 78 FR 59098 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 5300 and Schedule Q (Form 5300)

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    ..., Application for Determination for Employee Benefit Plan, and Schedule Q (Form 5300), Elective Determination... Determination for Employee Benefit Plan (Form 5300), and Elective Determination Requests (Schedule Q (Form 5300... Code sections 401(a) and 501(a) set out requirements for qualification of employee benefit trusts...

  19. Family Roles as Moderators of the Relationship between Schedule Flexibility and Stress

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    Jang, Soo Jung; Zippay, Allison; Park, Rhokeun

    2012-01-01

    Employer initiatives that address the spillover of work strain onto family life include flexible work schedules. This study explored the mediating role of negative work-family spillover in the relationship between schedule flexibility and employee stress and the moderating roles of gender, family workload, and single-parent status. Data were drawn…

  20. Production and Resource Scheduling in Mass Customization with Dependent Setup Consideration

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    Nielsen, Izabela Ewa; Bocewicz, G.; Do, Ngoc Anh Dung

    2014-01-01

    Mass customization has been implemented in services and manufactures to increase the competitiveness of companies. In a manufacturing company, the procedure for production and resource scheduling has to be changed to adapt to mass customization. A good production and resource scheduling will cont...

  1. Design and implementation of appointment registration client for wisdom medical treatment based on Android%基于Android的智慧医疗预约挂号客户端设计与实现

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    张鹤; 张巍

    2016-01-01

    基于改善传统医疗预约挂号的繁琐流程以及医疗信息不透明给就医人员造成极大不便的目的,采用一种基于Android平台和移动终端的新型预约挂号方式设计该智慧医疗预约挂号客户端,通过总体需求分析,将客户端划分为用户管理、查找预约、在线支付和订单管理四个功能模块,结合具体的设计操作完成并实现了该设计,并且通过客户端的功能及兼容性测试,证明该客户端可以实现信息查找、预约挂号、在线交费为一体的智能预约挂号医疗服务。%To solve the problem of traditional appointment, in which the tedious process and the non-transparent of information have brought great inconvenience to the patients, a new way for appointment registration in the thesis is designed and implemented based on android and mobile terminals. According to the investigation, the outline needs of client for wisdom medical are analyzed. Divided the client into four function modules: user management, find and booking, online payment, order management. We complete and implement the design, and go through the client's function and compatibility test, proving that the client can realize to integrate information search, appointment making and payment online, and realize intelligent medical service appointment.

  2. Supporting Real-Time Operations and Execution through Timeline and Scheduling Aids

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    Marquez, Jessica J.; Pyrzak, Guy; Hashemi, Sam; Ahmed, Samia; McMillin, Kevin Edward; Medwid, Joseph Daniel; Chen, Diana; Hurtle, Esten

    2013-01-01

    Since 2003, the NASA Ames Research Center has been actively involved in researching and advancing the state-of-the-art of planning and scheduling tools for NASA mission operations. Our planning toolkit SPIFe (Scheduling and Planning Interface for Exploration) has supported a variety of missions and field tests, scheduling activities for Mars rovers as well as crew on-board International Space Station and NASA earth analogs. The scheduled plan is the integration of all the activities for the day/s. In turn, the agents (rovers, landers, spaceships, crew) execute from this schedule while the mission support team members (e.g., flight controllers) follow the schedule during execution. Over the last couple of years, our team has begun to research and validate methods that will better support users during realtime operations and execution of scheduled activities. Our team utilizes human-computer interaction principles to research user needs, identify workflow processes, prototype software aids, and user test these. This paper discusses three specific prototypes developed and user tested to support real-time operations: Score Mobile, Playbook, and Mobile Assistant for Task Execution (MATE).

  3. Designing scheduling concept and computer support in the food processing industries

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    van Donk, DP; van Wezel, W; Gaalman, G; Bititci, US; Carrie, AS

    1998-01-01

    Food processing industries cope with a specific production process and a dynamic market. Scheduling the production process is thus important in being competitive. This paper proposes a hierarchical concept for structuring the scheduling and describes the (computer) support needed for this concept.

  4. 7 CFR 29.9406 - Failure of warehouse to comply with opening and selling schedule.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Failure of warehouse to comply with opening and... Markets § 29.9406 Failure of warehouse to comply with opening and selling schedule. (a) Each warehouse... warehouse may exceed its scheduled sales opportunity for designated or undesignated tobacco, but the...

  5. 7 CFR 305.40 - Garbage treatment schedules for insect pests and pathogens.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Garbage treatment schedules for insect pests and pathogens. 305.40 Section 305.40 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) ANIMAL... Garbage § 305.40 Garbage treatment schedules for insect pests and pathogens. (a) T415-a, heat...

  6. Integration of look-ahead multicast and unicast scheduling for input-queued cell switches

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    Yu, Hao; Ruepp, Sarah Renée; Berger, Michael Stübert

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an integration of multicast and unicast traffic scheduling algorithms for input-queued cell switches. The multi-level round-robin multicast scheduling (ML-RRMS) algorithm with the look-ahead (LA) mechanism provides a highly scalable architecture and is able to reduce the head...

  7. 7 CFR 29.9404 - Marketing area opening dates and marketing schedules.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Marketing area opening dates and marketing schedules... MARKETING SERVICE (Standards, Inspections, Marketing Practices), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COMMODITY....9404 Marketing area opening dates and marketing schedules. (a) The Flue-Cured Tobacco...

  8. List scheduling in a parallel machine environment with precedence constraints and setup times

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    Hurink, J.L.; Knust, S.

    2000-01-01

    We present complexity results which have influence on the strength of list scheduling in a parallel machine environment where additionally precedence constraints and sequence-dependent setup times are given and the makespan has to be minimized. We show that contrary to various other scheduling probl

  9. List scheduling in a parallel machine environment with precedence constraints and setup times

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    Hurink, Johann; Knust, Sigrid

    2001-01-01

    We present complexity results which have influence on the strength of list scheduling in a parallel machine environment where additionally precedence constraints and sequence-dependent setup times are given and the makespan has to be minimized. We show that contrary to various other scheduling probl

  10. 17 CFR 230.493 - Additional Schedule B disclosure and filing requirements.

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    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Additional Schedule B... disclose in its Schedule B registration statement: (1) That the Commission maintains an Internet site that contains reports and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the Commission;...

  11. Proposed planning and scheduling services for the SNC in the CDOS era

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    Welden, Todd

    1991-01-01

    Studies indicate that the current NCC mode of operation needs to be enhanced to meet the needs of the mid to late 19990's. There is a need to simplify the request interface for Space Network services. This is because there are more complex missions, more flexible spacecraft operations, more scheduling data volume, and more events per spacecraft and scheduling period.

  12. Practice of regularly scheduled and appointment-based visitation in neurological ICU%定时结合预约探视制度在NICU的应用

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    胡琴; 熊文平

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨定时结合预约探视制度在神经外科重症监护室(NICU)的应用效果.方法 引入人文护理及个性化护理的理念,在常规定时探视的基础上,增加预约探视制度,包括制定探视细则,培训探视家属掌握穿脱隔离衣、外科洗手及听觉刺激、记忆诱导、肢体功能锻炼、疼痛刺激、按摩抚慰等康复技能.结果 2012年353例患者及其家属1 029人参与此改进的探视制度.与2011年比较,NICU患者感染率由45.0%下降至22.9%,患者或家属对NICU护理工作的满意度从93.5%提高到98.1%.结论 在NICU实施定时探视结合预约探视制度,可以明显提高NICU护理质量及患者、患者家属满意度,并且有利于患者病情恢复.

  13. New Downlink Scheduling Framework for Hybrid Unicast and Multicast Traffic in WiMAX Networks

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    Rashid Karimi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available WiMAX networks based on IEEE 802.16 standard has expedited broadband wireless access surge in recent years. The traffic in these networks is identified in four types of class of service with different QoS requirements. Therefore, scheduling mechanism to manage these services in order to meet QoS requirements is a crucial fact and an important challenge. In this paper, for PMP mode of WiMAX networks, a two-level scheduling mechanism in MAC layer of Base Station (BS has been proposed. The proposed scheduling algorithm takes into account hybrid unicast and multicast downlink traffic including three classes of service: rtps, nrtps and BE. In the first level of this scheduling mechanism, we have used the scheduling algorithms WRR and FCFS to schedule the connections and in its second level, the PQ algorithm based on Aging method is used to manage and schedule the packets. The functionality of the proposed scheduling algorithm is compared with priority queuing (PQ algorithm. The resulting outcome of simulation shows that the proposed design has quite a better performance for Best Effort (BE service class. Furthermore the delay of the rtps class and total throughput of the network is increased noticeably

  14. RECONFIGURABLE PRODUCTION LINE MODELING AND SCHEDULING USING PETRI NETS AND GENETIC ALGORITHM

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    XIE Nan; LI Aiping

    2006-01-01

    In response to the production capacity and functionality variations, a genetic algorithm (GA) embedded with deterministic timed Petri nets(DTPN) for reconfigurable production line(RPL) is proposed to solve its scheduling problem. The basic DTPN modules are presented to model the corresponding variable structures in RPL, and then the scheduling model of the whole RPL is constructed. And in the scheduling algorithm, firing sequences of the Petri nets model are used as chromosomes, thus the selection, crossover, and mutation operator do not deal with the elements in the problem space, but the elements of Petri nets model. Accordingly, all the algorithms for GA operations embedded with Petri nets model are proposed. Moreover, the new weighted single-objective optimization based on reconfiguration cost and E/T is used. The results of a DC motor RPL scheduling suggest that the presented DTPN-GA scheduling algorithm has a significant impact on RPL scheduling, and provide obvious improvements over the conventional scheduling method in practice that meets duedate, minimizes reconfiguration cost, and enhances cost effectivity.

  15. The Multi-Agent Modeling and Calculated Analysis of Shop Logistics Scheduling in the Manufacturing Enterprises

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    CHEN Yong; LIN Feilong; WANG Xiao; TANG Kefeng

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, the multi-agent model about shop logistics is set up. This model has 8 agents: raw materials stock agent, process agent, testing agent, transition agent, production information agent, scheduling agent, process agent and stock agent. The scheduling agent has three subagents: manager agent (MA), resource agent (RA) and part agent (PA). MA, PA and RA are communicating equally that guarantees agility of the whole MAS system. The part tasks pass between MA, RA and PA as an integer, which can guarantee the consistency of the data. We use a detailed example about shop logistics scheduling in a semiconductor company to explain the principle. In this example, we use two scheduling strategies:FCFS and SPT. The result data indicates that the average flow time and lingering ratio are changed using different strategy. It is proves that the multi-agent scheduling is useful.

  16. A Fair and Efficient Packet Scheduling Scheme for IEEE 802.16 Broadband Wireless Access Systems

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    Chowdhury, Prasun; 10.5121/ijasuc.2010.1308

    2010-01-01

    This paper proposes a fair and efficient QoS scheduling scheme for IEEE 802.16 BWA systems that satisfies both throughput and delay guarantee to various real and non-real time applications. The proposed QoS scheduling scheme is compared with an existing QoS scheduling scheme proposed in literature in recent past. Simulation results show that the proposed scheduling scheme can provide a tight QoS guarantee in terms of delay, delay violation rate and throughput for all types of traffic as defined in the WiMAX standard, thereby maintaining the fairness and helps to eliminate starvation of lower priority class services. Bandwidth utilization of the system and fairness index of the resources are also encountered to validate the QoS provided by our proposed scheduling scheme.

  17. Fuzzy Logic-Based Secure and Fault Tolerant Job Scheduling in Grid

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    WANG Cheng; JIANG Congfeng; LIU Xiaohu

    2007-01-01

    The uncertainties of grid sites security are main hurdle to make the job scheduling secure, reliable and fault-tolerant. Most existing scheduling algorithms use fixed-number job replications to provide fault tolerant ability and high scheduling success rate, which consume excessive resources or can not provide sufficient fault tolerant functions when grid security conditions change. In this paper a fuzzy-logic-based self-adaptive replication scheduling (FSARS) algorithm is proposed to handle the fuzziness or uncertainties of job replication number which is highly related to trust factors behind grid sites and user jobs. Remote sens-ing-based soil moisture extraction (RSBSME) workload experiments in real grid environment are performed to evaluate the proposed approach and the results show that high scheduling success rate of up to 95% and less grid resource utilization can be achieved through FSARS. Extensive experiments show that FSARS scales well when user jobs and grid sites increase.

  18. Large Neighborhood Search and Adaptive Randomized Decompositions for Flexible Jobshop Scheduling

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    Pacino, Dario; Van Hentenryck, Pascal

    2011-01-01

    This paper considers a constraint-based scheduling approach to the flexible jobshop, a generalization of the traditional jobshop scheduling where activities have a choice of machines. It studies both large neighborhood (LNS) and adaptive randomized de- composition (ARD) schemes, using random, tem...

  19. Revisiting Decision Support Systems for Cognitive Readiness : A Contribution to Unstructured and Complex Scheduling Situations

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    Cegarra, J.; van Wezel, Wouter

    2012-01-01

    In this article, the authors focus on scheduling situations. Because of their unstructured nature and hard combinatorial complexity, scheduling situations have always been a predominant application area for decision support systems (DSSes). After setting out the generic characteristics of a DSS, the

  20. Railway line capacity consumption of different railway signalling systems under scheduled and disturbed conditions

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    Goverde, R.M.P.; Corman, F.; D'Ariano, A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper evaluates the capacity consumption on a Dutch railway line both under scheduled and disturbed traffic conditions. For the scheduled condition the standard UIC compression method is used, while the computation of capacity consumption under disturbed conditions requires multiple simulation

  1. Relationships between Classroom Schedule Types and Performance on the Algebra I Criterion-Referenced Test

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    Murray, Gregory V.; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S.

    2014-01-01

    One option for length of individual mathematics class periods is the schedule type selected for Algebra I classes. This study examined the relationship between student achievement, as indicated by Algebra I Criterion-Referenced Test scores, and the schedule type for Algebra I classes. Data obtained from the Utah State Office of Education included…

  2. A Framework for Simplifying the Development of Kernel Schedulers: Design and Performance Evaluation

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    Muller, Gilles; Lawall, Julia Laetitia; Duschene, Hervé

    2005-01-01

    Writing a new scheduler and integrating it into an existing OS is a daunting task, requiring the understanding of multiple low-level kernel mechanisms. Indeed, implementing a new scheduler is outside the expertise of application programmers, even though they are the ones who understand best...

  3. Levelled bed occupancy and controlled waiting lists using Master surgical schedules

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    L. Evers (Lanah); J.M. van Oostrum (Jeroen); A.P.M. Wagelmans (Albert)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractScheduling surgical patients is one of the complex organizational tasks hospitals face daily. Master surgical scheduling is one way to optimize utilization of scarce resources and to create a more predictable outflow from the operating room towards subsequent hospital departments. The pa

  4. Resource manager for GRID with global job queue and with planning based on local schedules

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    Kovalenko, V.N. E-mail: kvn@keldysh.ru; Kovalenko, E.I.; Koryagin, D.A.; Ljubimskii, E.Z.; Orlov, A.V.; Huhlaev, E.V

    2003-04-21

    In this paper we discuss some of the problems of job management in a virtual Grid organization. The consideration mainly concerns the issue of job scheduling and, in particular, one version of the scheduling architecture under development that, we believe, has some advanced properties.

  5. Resource manager for GRID with global job queue and with planning based on local schedules

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    Kovalenko, V. N.; Kovalenko, E. I.; Koryagin, D. A.; Ljubimskii, E. Z.; Orlov, A. V.; Huhlaev, E. V.

    2003-04-01

    In this paper we discuss some of the problems of job management in a virtual Grid organization. The consideration mainly concerns the issue of job scheduling and, in particular, one version of the scheduling architecture under development that, we believe, has some advanced properties.

  6. 76 FR 64074 - Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling...

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    2011-10-17

    ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XA670 Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification... Shark Identification workshop scheduled for November 17, 2011, in Charleston, SC, has been changed. This.... Atlantic Shark Identification workshops are mandatory for Atlantic Shark Dealer permit holders or...

  7. 75 FR 54598 - Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling...

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    ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XW44 Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification... cancelling the Atlantic Shark Identification workshop that was scheduled for September 2, 2010, in Wilmington... South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop...

  8. Coordination between Generation and Transmission Maintenance Scheduling by Means of Multi-agent Technique

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    Nagata, Takeshi; Tao, Yasuhiro; Utatani, Masahiro; Sasaki, Hiroshi; Fujita, Hideki

    This paper proposes a multi-agent approach to maintenance scheduling in restructured power systems. The restructuring of electric power industry has resulted in market-based approaches for unbundling a multitude of service provided by self-interested entities such as power generating companies (GENCOs), transmission providers (TRANSCOs) and distribution companies (DISCOs). The Independent System Operator (ISO) is responsible for the security of the system operation. The schedule submitted to ISO by GENCOs and TRANSCOs should satisfy security and reliability constraints. The proposed method consists of several GENCO Agents (GAGs), TARNSCO Agents (TAGs) and a ISO Agent(IAG). The IAG’s role in maintenance scheduling is limited to ensuring that the submitted schedules do not cause transmission congestion or endanger the system reliability. From the simulation results, it can be seen the proposed multi-agent approach could coordinate between generation and transmission maintenance schedules.

  9. Neural Network Based Scheduling for Variable-Length Packets in Gigabit Router with Crossbar Switch Fabric and Input Queuing

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    2002-01-01

    A high-speed and effective packet scheduling method is crucial to the performance of Gigabit routers. The paper studies the variable-length packet scheduling problem in Gigabit router with crossbar switch fabric and input queuing, and a scheduling method based on neural network is proposed. For the proposed method, a scheduling system structure fit for the variable-length packet case is presented first, then some rules for scheduling are given, At last, an optimal scheduling method using Hopfield neural network is proposed based on the rules. Furthermore, the paper discusses that the proposed method can be realized by hardware circuit. The simulation result shows the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  10. Selection and Appointment of Leading Cadres of Initial Nomination System%党政领导干部选拔任用初始提名制度探析

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    廖金姣

    2012-01-01

    党的干部选用制度改革的一个关键就是规范选拔任用初始提名制度。党政领导干部选拔任用初始提名制度存在设计难点和操作偏差。规范这一初始提名制度,必须强化组织部门的主体作用,实现工作机制上的六个转变,科学设计具体的操作路径。%The key of the reform of leading cadres selection and appointment institution of CPC is regulaing the selection and appointment of the initial nomination system. There are design difficulties and operation errors about selection and appointment of leading cadres initial' nomination system. In order to normalize this institution, something should be done such as strengthening its main role of organizational departments, realizing six transition of working mechanism besides scientifically buliding operating pathes.

  11. A Genetic Algorithm Tool (splicer) for Complex Scheduling Problems and the Space Station Freedom Resupply Problem

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    Wang, Lui; Valenzuela-Rendon, Manuel

    1993-01-01

    The Space Station Freedom will require the supply of items in a regular fashion. A schedule for the delivery of these items is not easy to design due to the large span of time involved and the possibility of cancellations and changes in shuttle flights. This paper presents the basic concepts of a genetic algorithm model, and also presents the results of an effort to apply genetic algorithms to the design of propellant resupply schedules. As part of this effort, a simple simulator and an encoding by which a genetic algorithm can find near optimal schedules have been developed. Additionally, this paper proposes ways in which robust schedules, i.e., schedules that can tolerate small changes, can be found using genetic algorithms.

  12. A Constraint Satisfaction Neural Network and Heuristic Combined Approach for Concurrent Activities Scheduling

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    YAN JiHong(闫纪红); WU Cheng(吴澄)

    2003-01-01

    Scheduling activities in concurrent product development process is of great sig-nificance to shorten development lead time and minimize the cost. Moreover, it can eliminate theunnecessary redesign periods and guarantee that serial activities can be executed as concurrently aspossible. This paper presents a constraint satisfaction neural network and heuristic combined ap-proach for concurrent activities scheduling. In the combined approach, the neural network is usedto obtain a feasible starting time of all the activities based on sequence constraints, the heuris-tic algorithm is used to obtain a feasible solution of the scheduling problem based on resourceconstraints. The feasible scheduling solution is obtained by a gradient optimization function. Sim-ulations have shown that the proposed combined approach is efficient and feasible with respect toconcurrent activities scheduling.

  13. Evaluation of Antimicrobial and Antifungal Efficacy of Inter Appointment Intracanal Medicaments against Enterococcus and Candida albicans: An In Vitro Study

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    Gupta, Shubh Prabhat; Bhati, Manisha; Jhajharia, Kapil; Patel, Hardik; Paliwal, Ashutosh; Franklin, Sundeep

    2015-01-01

    Background: Microorganisms and their by-products in pulpal and periapical diseases are to be considered as the primary etiological agents of the pulpal necrosis and apical periodontitis. Enterococcus faecalis, which is the most common organism isolated from failed root canals, is a Gram-positive facultative anaerobe. Yeasts can be detected in 7-18% of infected root canals. Materials and Methods: Designed to evaluate the antimicrobial and antifungal efficacy of chlorhexidine gutta-percha (CHX-GP), and calcium hydroxide GP points against E. faecalis and Candida albicans. The test materials used are divided into 3 groups; Group A - Control, Regular GP, Group B – CHX-GP, Group C - Calcium hydroxide GP. Detail Method is explained in the article. Results: There was a significant difference in the inhibition of E. faecalis, in different materials at each time interval period (P < 0.05). Similarly, the inhibition of C. albicans in the different materials at each time period was found to be statistically significant (P < 0.05). Calcium hydroxide GP did not exhibit any antimicrobial effect on any of tested microorganisms for all the time periods. Conclusion: CHX-GP had the maximum effect on the test microorganisms, with the maximum efficacy on E. faecalis followed by C. albicans. Regular GP also had a significant efficacy on test microorganisms, with the maximum efficacy on E. faecalis followed by C. albicans. Calcium hydroxide GP did not have any effect on any test microorganisms during the entire test periods. PMID:26124609

  14. Flexible job-shop scheduling based on genetic algorithm and simulation validation

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    Zhou Erming

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper selects flexible job-shop scheduling problem as the research object, and Constructs mathematical model aimed at minimizing the maximum makespan. Taking the transmission reverse gear production line of a transmission corporation as an example, genetic algorithm is applied for flexible jobshop scheduling problem to get the specific optimal scheduling results with MATLAB. DELMIA/QUEST based on 3D discrete event simulation is applied to construct the physical model of the production workshop. On the basis of the optimal scheduling results, the logical link of the physical model for the production workshop is established, besides, importing the appropriate process parameters to make virtual simulation on the production workshop. Finally, through analyzing the simulated results, it shows that the scheduling results are effective and reasonable.

  15. Joint Network Coding and Opportunistic Scheduling for the Bidirectional Relay Channel

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    Shaqfeh, Mohammad

    2013-05-27

    In this paper, we consider a two-way communication system in which two users communicate with each other through an intermediate relay over block-fading channels. We investigate the optimal opportunistic scheduling scheme in order to maximize the long-term average transmission rate in the system assuming symmetric information flow between the two users. Based on the channel state information, the scheduler decides that either one of the users transmits to the relay, or the relay transmits to a single user or broadcasts to both users a combined version of the two users’ transmitted information by using linear network coding. We obtain the optimal scheduling scheme by using the Lagrangian dual problem. Furthermore, in order to characterize the gains of network coding and opportunistic scheduling, we compare the achievable rate of the system versus suboptimal schemes in which the gains of network coding and opportunistic scheduling are partially exploited.

  16. D4-4: Shared Medical Appointments: A Promising Innovation to Improve Patient-Physician Relationship and Ease Primary Care Shortage

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    Stults, Cheryl; McCuistion, Mary; Frosch, Dominick; Hung, Dorothy; Tai-Seale, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Background/Aims Shared medical appointments (SMAs) or group visits have been touted as a primary care system change to overcome the challenges of short visits, underused self-management education, and to relieve physician shortage. However, few studies have examined SMAs from the patient’s perspective. Using data collected through focus groups, we present the thoughts and experiences of patients participating in SMAs. Methods We conducted five focus groups with participants who had attended SMAs at a large, non-profit, multispecialty group practice in northern California which serves four counties and more than 700,000 patients. Focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and thematically coded according to study aims. Transcripts were coded at the paragraph level. Disagreements in coding were discussed until consensus was reached. Results Similar themes emerged across the focus groups. Patients expressed many benefits to SMAs including enhanced learning by being able to cover more information than what would be provided in a traditional visit, increased motivation for health behavior change, and were able to connect with others in a similar situation. Patients also felt that the SMA altered their relationship with their physician. Patients now saw the more “human” side to their physician which placed them at ease for future visits. Overall, the power dynamic between patient and physician was lessened as the patient now viewed themselves as being able to impart information to the physician. Conclusions Given the upcoming Affordable Care Act and existing primary care shortage, SMAs provide a way for patients to improve access, relationships with physicians, and an increased knowledge of health, but also to help ease patient load for physicians. Thus, SMAs are an innovative form of delivery that can improve efficiencies and better use the scare resource of primary care physicians.

  17. AN OVERVIEW OF THE ADVANCED PLANNING AND SCHEDULING SYSTEMS

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Currently, the activities of the planning and control of companies are becoming increasingly complex and the managers of this area are constantly pressured to reduce operating costs, maintain inventories at adequate levels, to fully meet the demand of customers, and to respond effectively to changes that occur. The planning and scheduling task is important for most companies, so according to some authors, there is a need for further analysis of the practical use of production planning and control systems. Within the context of production planning and control systems development, in the 1990s were launched the APS systems, which represent an innovation when compared to their predecessors. This paper intended to provide through a literature review, the concepts, structure, capabilities, implementation process and benefits of using APS systems in the companies production planning and control. The main contribution of this research is to show a strong conceptual understanding regarding APS systems, which can be used as a solid theoretical reference for future researches.

  18. Criticality of Schedule Constraints – Classification and Identification for Project Management

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    Qui T. Nguyen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In construction scheduling, constraints among activities are vital as they govern the schedule solution. Understanding their criticality is essential for better schedule management. This paper presents a systematic method to classify and identify the criticality of schedule constraints for the schedule management from the constraint perspective. In terms of criticality, schedule constraints can be grouped into four types: project-critical, activity-critical, sequence-critical and non-critical. Project-critical constraints are those which govern start/finish time of critical activities and the project end time. Activity-critical constraints define the start/finish time of non-critical activities, and sequence-critical constraints are those whose existence affect the start/finish time of some activities or the project end time. Constraints belonging to any of these groups are vital to a schedule as they cannot be removed from the constraint collection. Non-critical constraints, on the other hand, do not govern either start/finish time of any activity or the project end time. Accordingly, non-critical constraints are redundant and can be removed from the constraint collection without causing any change to the schedule solution. The method proposed was applied to a illustrative case example based on the construction of the main entrance of a nursing house for further interpretation. The proposed classification scheme could shed light on a more in-depth understanding of the nature of criticality and the role of constraints in a schedule, and thus better schedule management may be achieved.

  19. Prevalence of the β(S) gene among scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward class groups in Central India.

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    Shrikhande, Anuradha V; Arjunan, Aishwarya; Agarwal, Amit; Dani, Aarti; Tijare, Jayashri; Gettig, Elizabeth; Krishnamurti, Lakshmanan

    2014-01-01

    Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder of the blood, and characterized by vasoocclusive crises (VOC), risks for pneumococcal infections and organ toxicities, is associated with morbidity and premature mortality. India, with a population of 1.2 billion individuals, is estimated to be home to over 50.0% of the world's patients with sickle cell disease. The β(S) gene [β6(A3)Glu→Val; HBB: c.20A>T] has the highest prevalence in three socio-economically disadvantaged ethnic categories: the Scheduled Castes (SC), the Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Class (OBC) groups in India. The tradition of endogamy practiced by the ethnic groups in India provides the rationale for the screening of individual populations to better understand the distribution of the β(S) gene, guide counseling and awareness programs and aid development of public policy. We undertook a study to describe the prevalence of the β(S) gene in these ethnic groups in the district of Nagpur, Maharashtra in Central India. Through community screening and subsequent targeted screening of high risk individuals, 35,636 individuals were screened, of whom 5466 were found to have sickle cell trait and 1010 were identified with sickle cell disease. Community screening revealed a sickle cell trait prevalence of 13.0% in the SC, 12.0% in the ST and 3.4% in the OBC population. This study describes the prevalence of the β(S) gene within these groups in Central India determined by large scale community screening. This program has uncovered previously undiagnosed cases, provided detailed information to guide population-based disease counseling, prevention and comprehensive care programs.

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    Course Sessions (October 2006-March 2007) The Software and System Technologies Curriculum of the CERN Technical Training Programme offers comprehensive training in C++, Java, Perl, Python, XML, OO programming, JCOP/PVSS, database design and Oracle. In the PERL, C++, OO and Java course series there are some places available on the following course sessions, currently scheduled until March 2007: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design using UML: 17-19 October 2006 (3 days) JAVA 2 Enterprise Edition - Part 1: Web Applications: 19-20 October 2006 (2 days) JAVA - Level 1: 30 October -1 November 2006 (3 days) PERL 5 - Advanced Aspects: 2 November 2006 (1 day) C++ Programming Part 1 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Design and Programming: 14-16 November 2006 (3 days) JAVA - Level 2: 4-7 December 2006 (4 days) C++ Programming Part 2 - Advanced C++ and its Traps and Pitfalls: 12-15 December 2006 (4 days) JAVA 2 Enterprise Edition - Part 2: Enterprise JavaBeans: 18-20 December 2006 (3 days) C++ for Particle Physicists:...

  1. Advisory Algorithm for Scheduling Open Sectors, Operating Positions, and Workstations

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    Bloem, Michael; Drew, Michael; Lai, Chok Fung; Bilimoria, Karl D.

    2012-01-01

    Air traffic controller supervisors configure available sector, operating position, and work-station resources to safely and efficiently control air traffic in a region of airspace. In this paper, an algorithm for assisting supervisors with this task is described and demonstrated on two sample problem instances. The algorithm produces configuration schedule advisories that minimize a cost. The cost is a weighted sum of two competing costs: one penalizing mismatches between configurations and predicted air traffic demand and another penalizing the effort associated with changing configurations. The problem considered by the algorithm is a shortest path problem that is solved with a dynamic programming value iteration algorithm. The cost function contains numerous parameters. Default values for most of these are suggested based on descriptions of air traffic control procedures and subject-matter expert feedback. The parameter determining the relative importance of the two competing costs is tuned by comparing historical configurations with corresponding algorithm advisories. Two sample problem instances for which appropriate configuration advisories are obvious were designed to illustrate characteristics of the algorithm. Results demonstrate how the algorithm suggests advisories that appropriately utilize changes in airspace configurations and changes in the number of operating positions allocated to each open sector. The results also demonstrate how the advisories suggest appropriate times for configuration changes.

  2. Stochastic project networks temporal analysis, scheduling and cost minimization

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    Neumann, Klaus

    1990-01-01

    Project planning, scheduling, and control are regularly used in business and the service sector of an economy to accomplish outcomes with limited resources under critical time constraints. To aid in solving these problems, network-based planning methods have been developed that now exist in a wide variety of forms, cf. Elmaghraby (1977) and Moder et al. (1983). The so-called "classical" project networks, which are used in the network techniques CPM and PERT and which represent acyclic weighted directed graphs, are able to describe only projects whose evolution in time is uniquely specified in advance. Here every event of the project is realized exactly once during a single project execution and it is not possible to return to activities previously carried out (that is, no feedback is permitted). Many practical projects, however, do not meet those conditions. Consider, for example, a production process where some parts produced by a machine may be poorly manufactured. If an inspection shows that a part does no...

  3. Combined Scheduling and Mapping for Scalable Computing with Parallel Tasks

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent and future parallel clusters and supercomputers use symmetric multiprocessors (SMPs and multi-core processors as basic nodes, providing a huge amount of parallel resources. These systems often have hierarchically structured interconnection networks combining computing resources at different levels, starting with the interconnect within multi-core processors up to the interconnection network combining nodes of the cluster or supercomputer. The challenge for the programmer is that these computing resources should be utilized efficiently by exploiting the available degree of parallelism of the application program and by structuring the application in a way which is sensitive to the heterogeneous interconnect. In this article, we pursue a parallel programming method using parallel tasks to structure parallel implementations. A parallel task can be executed by multiple processors or cores and, for each activation of a parallel task, the actual number of executing cores can be adapted to the specific execution situation. In particular, we propose a new combined scheduling and mapping technique for parallel tasks with dependencies that takes the hierarchical structure of modern multi-core clusters into account. An experimental evaluation shows that the presented programming approach can lead to a significantly higher performance compared to standard data parallel implementations.

  4. Identifying and appointing talents on the work of leadership%浅谈领导工作中人才的识别和任用

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    王文静

    2013-01-01

    Recognition and talent personnel appointment are two basic leadership activities in the process of personnel management. The leader can obtain the success on the career, to a large extent depends on the mastery of the superb art with the people. Employing art is the leader to master and use scientific method, according to the specific situation of flexibility in the use of methods and skills. The pursuit for art is skillfully to arouse the enthusiasm of the majority of subordinates, to explore their potential. In the process of recognition and using talents, the leader makes full use of science and art of leadership, can play more value of talents, promote the development of the career.%  人才的识别和人才的任用是领导活动在人事管理过程中的两个基本环节。领导者能否获取事业上的成功,在很大程度上取决于是否掌握了高超的用人艺术。用人艺术是领导者在掌握和运用科学用人方法的基础上,根据特定情况灵活运用用人方法和用人技巧。用人艺术所追求的是巧妙地调动多数下属的积极性,发掘其潜能。在识别和使用人才的过程中,领导者充分的运用领导科学与艺术,慧眼识才,用人之所长,扬长避短,量才用人,才能更大的发挥人才的价值,推进事业的发展。

  5. Widening the Schedulability Hierarchical Scheduling Systems

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    Boudjadar, Jalil; David, Alexandre; Kim, Jin Hyun;

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a compositional approach for schedula- bility analysis of hierarchical systems, which enables to prove more sys- tems schedulable by having richer and more detailed scheduling models. We use a lightweight method (statistical model checking) for design ex- ploration, easily...... assuring high confidence in the correctness of the model. A satisfactory design can be proved schedulable using the computation costly method (symbolic model checking). In order to analyze a hierar- chical scheduling system compositionally, we introduce the notion of a stochastic supplier modeling...... the supply of resources in each component. We specifically investigate two different techniques to widen the set of provably schedulable systems: 1) a new supplier model; 2) restricting the potential task offsets. We also provide a way to estimate the minimum resource supply (budget) that a component...

  6. Effect of Language Barriers on Follow-up Appointments After an Emergency Department Visit

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    Sarver, Joshua; Baker, David W

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine whether patients who encountered language barriers during an emergency department visit were less likely to be referred for a follow-up appointment and less likely to complete a recommended appointment. DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING Public hospital emergency department. PARTICIPANTS English- and Spanish-speaking patients (N =714) presenting with nonemergent medical problems. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS Patients were interviewed to determine sociodemographic information, health status, whether an interpreter was used, and whether an interpreter should have been used. The dependent variables were referral for a follow-up appointment after the emergency department visit and appointment compliance, as determined by chart review and the hospital information system. The proportion of patients who received a follow-up appointment was 83% for those without language barriers, 75% for those who communicated through an interpreter, and 76% for those who said an interpreter should have been used but was not (P =.05). In multivariate analysis, the adjusted odds ratio for not receiving a follow-up appointment was 1.92 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.11 to 3.33) for patients who had an interpreter and 1.79 (95% CI, 1.00 to 3.23) for patients who said an interpreter should have been used (compared with patients without language barriers). Appointment compliance rates were similar for patients who communicated through an interpreter, those who said an interpreter should have been used but was not, and those without language barriers (60%, 54%, and 64%, respectively; P =.78). CONCLUSIONS Language barriers may decrease the likelihood that a patient is given a follow-up appointment after an emergency department visit. However, patients who experienced language barriers were equally likely to comply with follow-up appointments. PMID:10760001

  7. Using a Portfolio of Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling

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    Sherwood, Robert; Knight, Russell; Rabideau, Gregg; Chien, Steve; Tran, Daniel; Engelhardt, Barbara

    2003-01-01

    The Automated Scheduling and Planning Environment (ASPEN) software system, aspects of which have been reported in several previous NASA Tech Briefs articles, includes a subsystem that utilizes a portfolio of heuristic algorithms that work synergistically to solve problems. The nature of the synergy of the specific algorithms is that their likelihoods of success are negatively correlated: that is, when a combination of them is used to solve a problem, the probability that at least one of them will succeed is greater than the sum of probabilities of success of the individual algorithms operating independently of each other. In ASPEN, the portfolio of algorithms is used in a planning process of the iterative repair type, in which conflicts are detected and addressed one at a time until either no conflicts exist or a user-defined time limit has been exceeded. At each choice point (e.g., selection of conflict; selection of method of resolution of conflict; or choice of move, addition, or deletion) ASPEN makes a stochastic choice of a combination of algorithms from the portfolio. This approach makes it possible for the search to escape from looping and from solutions that are locally but not globally optimum.

  8. Automated Scheduling Via Artificial Intelligence

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    Biefeld, Eric W.; Cooper, Lynne P.

    1991-01-01

    Artificial-intelligence software that automates scheduling developed in Operations Mission Planner (OMP) research project. Software used in both generation of new schedules and modification of existing schedules in view of changes in tasks and/or available resources. Approach based on iterative refinement. Although project focused upon scheduling of operations of scientific instruments and other equipment aboard spacecraft, also applicable to such terrestrial problems as scheduling production in factory.

  9. 银医卡自助预约就诊模式的建立与实践——大型综合性公立医院门诊预约服务新模式的探索%Design and application on bank-hospital card based clinic appointment mode—— Exploring on outpatient appointment mode in large general public hospital

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    赵丽珍; 马红玉; 于晓初; 王子姝; 王晓波; 刘爱民; 刘雁斌; 曹卉; 田新平; 朱卫国; 孙国强

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To explore clinic appointment mode, optimize outpatient service process and give reference and experience on promoting outpatient service quality. Methods: By the cooperation of bank and hospital, bank hospital card service was carried out to remedy the defects of current appointment mode. Results: Bank hospital card oriented appointment mode could achieve patient, hospital and society win-win. But there are also some problems. Conclusions: Outpatient appointment service mode is an inevitable trend for large general hospitals. And it has got some effectiveness.But the mechanism of applintment service still needs more research in theory and practice.%目的:探索预约诊疗服务模式,优化门诊就医流程,为提升门诊服务品质提供理论参考和实际经验.方法:通过医院与银行合作,推出银医卡服务项目,以弥补现有预约挂号的不足.结果:银医卡自助预约就诊模式是推行预约诊疗工作的新成果,能使患者、医院和社会获得共赢,但预约服务在开展过程中还存在一些问题.结论:推行门诊预约服务是大型综合性公立医院门诊挂号流程改革的必然趋势,并已有所成效,但预约服务机制还需要从理论上进一步研究,在实践中不断加以完善.

  10. Lessons learned from the Hubble Space Telescope planning and scheduling system implementation and operation

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    Ruitberg, Edward O.; Ondrus, Paul J.

    1990-01-01

    The major challenge of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Ground System has been the implementation of the planning and scheduling system. This paper describes the operational flow of HST from science proposals to the actual execution of science observations on board the HST. The paper provides a collection of lessons learned over the 10 years that have covered the definition, development, test, and initial operation of HST's planning and scheduling system.

  11. Solving Flexible Job-Shop Scheduling Problem Using Gravitational Search Algorithm and Colored Petri Net

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    Behnam Barzegar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Scheduled production system leads to avoiding stock accumulations, losses reduction, decreasing or even eliminating idol machines, and effort to better benefitting from machines for on time responding customer orders and supplying requested materials in suitable time. In flexible job-shop scheduling production systems, we could reduce time and costs by transferring and delivering operations on existing machines, that is, among NP-hard problems. The scheduling objective minimizes the maximal completion time of all the operations, which is denoted by Makespan. Different methods and algorithms have been presented for solving this problem. Having a reasonable scheduled production system has significant influence on improving effectiveness and attaining to organization goals. In this paper, new algorithm were proposed for flexible job-shop scheduling problem systems (FJSSP-GSPN that is based on gravitational search algorithm (GSA. In the proposed method, the flexible job-shop scheduling problem systems was modeled by color Petri net and CPN tool and then a scheduled job was programmed by GSA algorithm. The experimental results showed that the proposed method has reasonable performance in comparison with other algorithms.

  12. QoS Differentiated and Fair Packet Scheduling in Broadband Wireless Access Networks

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies the packet scheduling problem in Broadband Wireless Access (BWA networks. The key difficulties of the BWA scheduling problem lie in the high variability of wireless channel capacity and the unknown model of packet arrival process. It is difficult for traditional heuristic scheduling algorithms to handle the situation and guarantee satisfying performance in BWA networks. In this paper, we introduce learning-based approach for a better solution. Specifically, we formulate the packet scheduling problem as an average cost Semi-Markov Decision Process (SMDP. Then, we solve the SMDP by using reinforcement learning. A feature-based linear approximation and the Temporal-Difference learning technique are employed to produce a near optimal solution of the corresponding SMDP problem. The proposed algorithm, called Reinforcement Learning Scheduling (RLS, has in-built capability of self-training. It is able to adaptively and timely regulate its scheduling policy according to the instantaneous network conditions. Simulation results indicate that RLS outperforms two classical scheduling algorithms and simultaneously considers: (i effective QoS differentiation, (ii high bandwidth utilization, and (iii both short-term and long-term fairness.

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  15. The relationship between vehicle routing and scheduling and green logistics - a literature survey

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    Sbihi, A.; Eglese, R W

    2007-01-01

    The basic Vehicle Routing and Scheduling Problem (VRSP) is described followed by an outline of solution approaches. Different variations of the basic VRSP are examined that involve the consideration of additional constraints or other changes in the structure of the appropriate model. An introduction is provided to Green Logistics issues that are relevant to vehicle routing and scheduling including discussion of the environmental objectives that should be considered. Particular consideration i...

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  18. Multiagent scheduling method with earliness and tardiness objectives in flexible job shops.

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    Wu, Zuobao; Weng, Michael X

    2005-04-01

    Flexible job-shop scheduling problems are an important extension of the classical job-shop scheduling problems and present additional complexity. Such problems are mainly due to the existence of a considerable amount of overlapping capacities with modern machines. Classical scheduling methods are generally incapable of addressing such capacity overlapping. We propose a multiagent scheduling method with job earliness and tardiness objectives in a flexible job-shop environment. The earliness and tardiness objectives are consistent with the just-in-time production philosophy which has attracted significant attention in both industry and academic community. A new job-routing and sequencing mechanism is proposed. In this mechanism, two kinds of jobs are defined to distinguish jobs with one operation left from jobs with more than one operation left. Different criteria are proposed to route these two kinds of jobs. Job sequencing enables to hold a job that may be completed too early. Two heuristic algorithms for job sequencing are developed to deal with these two kinds of jobs. The computational experiments show that the proposed multiagent scheduling method significantly outperforms the existing scheduling methods in the literature. In addition, the proposed method is quite fast. In fact, the simulation time to find a complete schedule with over 2000 jobs on ten machines is less than 1.5 min.

  19. Practice and nap schedules modulate children's motor learning.

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    Ren, Jie; Guo, Wei; Yan, Jin H; Liu, Guanmin; Jia, Fujun

    2016-01-01

    Night- or day-time sleep enhances motor skill acquisition. However, prominent issues remained about the circadian (time-of-day) and homeostatic (time since last sleep) effects of sleep on developmental motor learning. Therefore, we examined the effects of nap schedules and nap-test-intervals (NTIs) on the learning of finger tapping sequences on computer keyboards. Children aged 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11 years explicitly acquired the short and long tapping orders that share the same movement strings (4-2-3-1-4, 4-2-3-1-4-2-3-1-4). Following a constant 8- or 10-hr post-learning period in one of the four NTIs (2, 4, 5, 7 hr), children in the morning napping groups, the afternoon napping groups, or the waking group performed the original long sequence in retention test (4-2-3-1-4-2-3-1-4) and the mirrored-order sequence in transfer test (1-3-2-4-1-3-2-4-1). Age and treatment differences in the movement time (MT, ms) and sequence accuracy (SA, %) were compared during skill learning and in retrieval tests. Results suggest that practice or nap affects MT and SA in a greater extent for the younger learners than for the older learners. The circadian effects might not change nap-based skill learning. Importantly, the longer NTIs resulted in superior retention performance than the shorter ones, suggesting that children require a relatively longer post-nap period to form motor memory. Finally, nap-based motor learning was more marked in skill retention than in skill transfer. Brain development may play an important role in motor learning. Our discussion centers on memory consolidation and its relevance for skill acquisition from early to late childhood.

  20. Source appointment of fine particle number and volume concentration during severe haze pollution in Beijing in January 2013.

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    Liu, Zirui; Wang, Yuesi; Hu, Bo; Ji, Dongsheng; Zhang, Junke; Wu, Fangkun; Wan, Xin; Wang, Yonghong

    2016-04-01

    Extreme haze episodes repeatedly shrouded Beijing during the winter of 2012-2013, causing major environmental and health problems. To better understand these extreme events, particle number size distribution (PNSD) and particle chemical composition (PCC) data collected in an intensive winter campaign in an urban site of Beijing were used to investigate the sources of ambient fine particles. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) analysis resolved a total of eight factors: two traffic factors, combustion factors, secondary aerosol, two accumulation mode aerosol factors, road dust, and long-range transported (LRT) dust. Traffic emissions (54%) and combustion aerosol (27%) were found to be the most important sources for particle number concentration, whereas combustion aerosol (33%) and accumulation mode aerosol (37%) dominated particle volume concentrations. Chemical compositions and sources of fine particles changed dynamically in the haze episodes. An enhanced role of secondary inorganic species was observed in the formation of haze pollution. Regional transport played an important role for high particles, contribution of which was on average up to 24-49% during the haze episodes. Secondary aerosols from urban background presented the largest contributions (45%) for the rapid increase of fine particles in the severest haze episode. In addition, the invasion of LRT dust aerosols further elevated the fine particles during the extreme haze episode. Our results showed a clear impact of regional transport on the local air pollution, suggesting the importance of regional-scale emission control measures in the local air quality management of Beijing.