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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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    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 schedu...

  3. Comparison of Traditional and Open-Access Appointment Scheduling for Exponentially Distributed Service Time.

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    Yan, Chongjun; Tang, Jiafu; Jiang, Bowen; Fung, Richard Y K

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares the performance measures of traditional appointment scheduling (AS) with those of an open-access appointment scheduling (OA-AS) system with exponentially distributed service time. A queueing model is formulated for the traditional AS system with no-show probability. The OA-AS models assume that all patients who call before the session begins will show up for the appointment on time. Two types of OA-AS systems are considered: with a same-session policy and with a same-or-next-session policy. Numerical results indicate that the superiority of OA-AS systems is not as obvious as those under deterministic scenarios. The same-session system has a threshold of relative waiting cost, after which the traditional system always has higher total costs, and the same-or-next-session system is always preferable, except when the no-show probability or the weight of patients' waiting is low. It is concluded that open-access policies can be viewed as alternative approaches to mitigate the negative effects of no-show patients. PMID:26753439

  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. PMID:24114392

  5. Natural Language Dialogue Service for Appointment Scheduling Agents

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    Busemann, S; Diagne, A K; Dini, L; Klein, J; Schmeier, S; Busemann, Stephan; Declerck, Thierry; Diagne, Abdel Kader; Dini, Luca; Klein, Judith; Schmeier, Sven

    1997-01-01

    Appointment scheduling is a problem faced daily by many individuals and organizations. Cooperating agent systems have been developed to partially automate this task. In order to extend the circle of participants as far as possible we advocate the use of natural language transmitted by e-mail. We describe COSMA, a fully implemented German language server for existing appointment scheduling agent systems. COSMA can cope with multiple dialogues in parallel, and accounts for differences in dialogue behaviour between human and machine agents. NL coverage of the sublanguage is achieved through both corpus-based grammar development and the use of message extraction techniques.

  6. Sequential Appointment Scheduling Considering Walk-In Patients

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    Chongjun Yan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper develops a sequential appointment algorithm considering walk-in patients. In practice, the scheduler assigns an appointment time for each call-in patient before the call ends, and the appointment time cannot be changed once it is set. Each patient has a certain probability of being a no-show patient on the day of appointment. The objective is to determine the optimal booking number of patients and the optimal scheduling time for each patient to maximize the revenue of all the arriving patients minus the expenses of waiting time and overtime. Based on the assumption that the service time is exponentially distributed, this paper proves that the objective function is convex. A sufficient condition under which the profit function is unimodal is provided. The numerical results indicate that the proposed algorithm outperforms all the commonly used heuristics, lowering the instances of no-shows, and walk-in patients can improve the service efficiency and bring more profits to the clinic. It is also noted that the potential appointment is an effective alternative to mitigate no-show phenomenon.

  7. Patient-centered appointment scheduling using agent-based simulation.

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    Turkcan, Ayten; Toscos, Tammy; Doebbeling, Brad N

    2014-01-01

    Enhanced access and continuity are key components of patient-centered care. Existing studies show that several interventions such as providing same day appointments, walk-in services, after-hours care, and group appointments, have been used to redesign the healthcare systems for improved access to primary care. However, an intervention focusing on a single component of care delivery (i.e. improving access to acute care) might have a negative impact other components of the system (i.e. reduced continuity of care for chronic patients). Therefore, primary care clinics should consider implementing multiple interventions tailored for their patient population needs. We collected rapid ethnography and observations to better understand clinic workflow and key constraints. We then developed an agent-based simulation model that includes all access modalities (appointments, walk-ins, and after-hours access), incorporate resources and key constraints and determine the best appointment scheduling method that improves access and continuity of care. This paper demonstrates the value of simulation models to test a variety of alternative strategies to improve access to care through scheduling. PMID:25954423

  8. Computing the Expected Cost of an Appointment Schedule for Statistically Identical Customers with Probabilistic Service Times

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    Dennis C. Dietz

    2014-01-01

    A cogent method is presented for computing the expected cost of an appointment schedule where customers are statistically identical, the service time distribution has known mean and variance, and customer no-shows occur with time-dependent probability. The approach is computationally efficient and can be easily implemented to evaluate candidate schedules within a schedule optimization algorithm.

  9. System-level factors as predictors of adherence to clinical appointment schedules in antiretroviral therapy in Cambodia.

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    Daigle, Gary T; Jolly, Pauline E; Chamot, Eric A M; Ehiri, John; Zhang, Kui; Khan, Edward; Sou, Sanith

    2015-01-01

    Adherence to clinical appointment schedules by patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is necessary for the prevention of medication interruptions, viral rebound, and the development of drug resistance. An observational study conducted in 2010, Enablers and Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Cambodia, sought to identify factors that predict on-time clinical appointment attendance by patients on ART. Clinical data, including appointment attendance across five consecutive visits, were collected from hospital records on a random sample of ART patients at government referral hospitals (RHs) in Battambang Province, Cambodia. Interviews were conducted to obtain quantitative information from patients on their experiences of support services provided by local NGOs and RHs. This information was used to identify ART patient care and support system factors that could potentially enable patients to adhere to clinical appointment schedules. These factors included adherence counseling, support groups, home-based care (HBC) services, and support provided for transportation to ART appointments. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression analysis was done to assess relationships between system variables and the ART appointment adherence outcome. Of the 289 study participants, 20.4% had missed at least one of the five appointments in the study period. The hospital source of ART services, participation in a hospital-based support group, receiving a loan from a microfinance institution, and the frequency of adherence counseling were found to be associated with ART appointment adherence. No significant associations were found between other support system factors such as HBC, transportation support, food/monetary support, and appointment adherence. PMID:25803006

  10. Absence to scheduled medical appointments: perceptions of the users of the Family Health Strategy, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro

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    Mellina Marques Vieira Izecksohn

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: the reasons that lead users of the Family Health Strategy (FHS to attend or not scheduled medical appointments must be known due to the negative impact that non-attendance can cause in the health service, including financial consequences and those related to the quality of care. Objective: to know the reasons for non-attendance and the users’ perception of the importance of attending scheduled appointments, identifying the reasons for non-attendance. Methods: quantitative and qualitative research, identifying non-attenders in two FHS teams of Academic Health Center, within a six months period, and conducting semi-structured interviews with 22 patients who missed or attended scheduled medical appointments. Results: the study found a non-attendance rate of 48.9% during the study period. The main reason for scheduling an appointment was to monitor one’s health, which can have various interpretations on the part of health professionals and patients. Among the reasons for non-attendance were forgetting the appointment and the fact that the appointment was scheduled for an inconvenient time. Some communication problems between users and the Health Unit were also identified, such as the impossibility of canceling the appointment without having to go to the health unit. Conclusions: the study identified aspects related to the organization of the health service and to the users that interfere with attendance, and also made it possible to propose measures to improve attendance, such as offering different ways for scheduling appointments, prior telephone contact and listening to the user.

  11. Between the Cup and the Lip: Missed Dental Appointments

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    Tandon, Sandeep; Sharma, Meenakshi; Vasudeva, Suraj

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Missed appointments are an issue which have been very commonly noticed but overlooked in Indian dental society. Almost every dentist, general or specialized, private or public, has faced this problem in routine practice but very less research has been conducted on this issue in Asian countries. Aim The aim of this study was to determine the frequency and distribution of missed dental appointments among children and the reasons behind the non-attendance in department of paediatric and preventive dentistry. Materials and Methods Patients under 15 years of age who reported during the period March through August 2014 were included in this study. Attendance data and demographical data for patients was obtained from patient records and the hospital database. The type of treatment patients were to receive was gathered from the appointment diaries of staff, postgraduate students and undergraduates. A structured questionnaire regarding the most frequent reasons given by patients for not attending the scheduled appointment was also prepared. The data were analysed using descriptive analysis. Results Of the total 2294 patients 886 patients failed to come on their scheduled appointment. Percentage of patients who missed their appointments was 38.6%. A 38.2% of them required primary teeth pulp therapy. No significant differences was found between genders regarding the prevalence of missed dental appointments. Only 40% dentist witnessed that the most common reason for their patients to miss dental appointment was "no leave from school". Illness was the second frequent excuse heard by dentists (5/20= 25%) from their patients and attendants. Conclusion Missed dental appointment was found to be a common issue in paediatric age group. Counseling and motivation is required to be done at first dental visit to reduce the chances of missed appointment. PMID:27437344

  12. Appointment, qualifications and responsibilities of ventilation officers

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    The Code provides for the appointment of a ventilation officer when required by the appropriate authority. This guideline offers comment on the appointment, qualifications, training and responsibilities of that person

  13. 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. PMID:10142384

  14. Patient appointment scheduling system: with supervised learning prediction

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    Strahl, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    Large waiting times at hospital outpatient clinics are a cause of dissatisfaction to patients, cause additional stress to hospital staff, increase the risk of contagion and add complications for patients with medical conditions. Reducing waiting times and surgeon idle time improves the quality of service and efficiency of a hospital: this is a recently growing focus in healthcare. Oulu hospital wants to identify and reduce large waiting times at their out-patient clinic. For the past few ...

  15. 38 CFR 13.55 - Veterans Service Center Manager to select and appoint or recommend for appointment the person or...

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    2010-07-01

    ... Manager to select and appoint or recommend for appointment the person or legal entity to receive....55 Veterans Service Center Manager to select and appoint or recommend for appointment the person or.... The Veterans Service Center Manager is authorized to select and appoint (or in the case of a...

  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. PMID:27296878

  17. Reminder systems to improve patient adherence to tuberculosis clinic appointments for diagnosis and treatment

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    Liu, Qin; Abba, Katharine; Alejandria, Marissa M; Sinclair, David; Balanag, Vincent M; Lansang, Mary Ann D

    2014-01-01

    Background People with active tuberculosis (TB) require six months of treatment. Some people find it difficult to complete treatment, and there are several approaches to help ensure completion. One such system relies on reminders, where the health system prompts patients to attend for appointments on time, or re-engages people who have missed or defaulted on a scheduled appointment. Objectives To assess the effects of reminder systems on improving attendance at TB diagnosis, prophylaxis, and ...

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

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    2010-07-01

    ... 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, enlistment, and induction of each member of the Armed Forces or their Reserve Components shall be subject to...

  19. 42 CFR 136.42 - Appointment actions.

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    2010-10-01

    ... schedule A excepted appointment under 5 CFR 213.3116(b)(8). If the individuals are within reach on a Civil... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Appointment actions. 136.42 Section 136.42 Public... OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES INDIAN HEALTH Preference in Employment § 136.42 Appointment actions....

  20. 42 CFR 136a.42 - Appointment actions.

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    2010-10-01

    ... schedule A excepted appointment under 5 CFR 213.3116(b)(8). If the individuals are within reach on a Civil... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Appointment actions. 136a.42 Section 136a.42 Public... OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES INDIAN HEALTH Preference in Employment § 136a.42 Appointment actions....

  1. 78 FR 22219 - Removal of Penalty for Breaking Appointments

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    2013-04-15

    ... treatment for even a short period can interfere with continuity and coordination of care, and the punitive... appointment. VA's outpatient appointment scheduling processes and procedures do not include documenting...

  2. Optimization and Scheduling Toolbox

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    Kutil, Michal; Sucha, Premysl; Capek, Roman; Hanzalek, Zdenek

    2010-01-01

    This chapter presents the TORSCHE Scheduling Toolbox for Matlab covering: scheduling on monoprocessor/dedicated processors/parallel processors, open shop/flow shop/job shop scheduling, cyclic scheduling and real-time scheduling. The toolbox includes scheduling algorithms that have been used for various applications as scheduling of Digital Signal Processing algorithms on a hardware architecture with pipelined arithmetic units, scheduling the movements of hoists in a manufacturing environment...

  3. Integrated Control and Scheduling

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    Årzén, Karl-Erik; Bernhardsson, Bo; Eker, Johan; Cervin, Anton; Nilsson, Klas; Persson, Patrik; Sha, Lui

    1999-01-01

    The report gives a state-of-the-art survey of the field of integrated control and scheduling. Subtopics discussed are implementation and scheduling of periodic control loops, scheduling under overload, control and scheduling co-design, dynamic task adaptation, feedback scheduling, and scheduling of imprecise calculations. The report also presents the background, motivation, and research topics in the ARTES project Integrated Control and Scheduling.

  4. Depression and literacy are important factors for missed appointments.

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    Miller-Matero, Lisa Renee; Clark, Kalin Burkhardt; Brescacin, Carly; Dubaybo, Hala; Willens, David E

    2016-09-01

    Multiple variables are related to missed clinic appointments. However, the prevalence of missed appointments is still high suggesting other factors may play a role. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between missed appointments and multiple variables simultaneously across a health care system, including patient demographics, psychiatric symptoms, cognitive functioning and literacy status. Chart reviews were conducted on 147 consecutive patients who were seen by a primary care psychologist over a six month period and completed measures to determine levels of depression, anxiety, sleep, cognitive functioning and health literacy. Demographic information and rates of missed appointments were also collected from charts. The average rate of missed appointments was 15.38%. In univariate analyses, factors related to higher rates of missed appointments included younger age (p = .03), lower income (p = .05), probable depression (p = .05), sleep difficulty (p = .05) and limited reading ability (p = .003). There were trends for a higher rate of missed appointments for patients identifying as black (p = .06), government insurance (p = .06) and limited math ability (p = .06). In a multivariate model, probable depression (p = .02) and limited reading ability (p = .003) were the only independent predictors. Depression and literacy status may be the most important factors associated with missed appointments. Implications are discussed including regular screening for depression and literacy status as well as interventions that can be utilized to help improve the rate of missed appointments. PMID:26695719

  5. Department head appointed for Hospitality and Tourism Management

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    Ho, Sookhan

    2004-01-01

    James R. Lang, of Blacksburg, professor of management and Strickler Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Virginia Tech•À_ó»s Pamplin College of Business, has been appointed interim head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

  6. Perry Martin appointed to Virginia's national and community service board

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    Felker, Susan B.

    2007-01-01

    Perry D. Martin of Newport, Va., assistant director of Virginia Tech's Service-Learning Center, was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Governor's Commission on National and Community Service.

  7. Court Appointed Volunteers for Abused and Neglected Children

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    Justin, Renate G.

    2002-01-01

    A court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of an abused and neglected child in court. An independent voice, the volunteer gathers information and reports to the court. The CASA volunteer works in close cooperation with other professionals, physicians, lawyers, social workers, and teachers to find the most suitable permanent placement for a victimized child, whether it be a foster home, parental home, or ...

  8. Appointments, pay and performance in UK boardrooms by gender

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    Main, Brian; Gregory-Smith, Ian; O'Reilly, Charles A.

    2014-01-01

    This article uses UK data to examine issues regarding the scarcity of women in boardroom positions. The article examines appointments, pay and any associated productivity effects deriving from increased diversity. Evidence of gender-bias in the appointment of women as non-executive directors is found together with mixed evidence of discrimination in wages or fees paid. However, the article finds no support for the argument that gender diverse boards enhance corporate performance. Proposals in...

  9. 77 FR 4324 - Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge”

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    2012-01-27

    ... data and provide structured support for self-care. 2. Integrate design and usability concepts to drive... create an easy-to-use web-based tool that will make post-discharge follow-up appointment scheduling a... Hospital to Home,'' called upon developers to create a web-based application that could empower...

  10. Time from Booking Until Appointment and Healthcare Utilization in Hand Surgery Patients with Discretionary Conditions.

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    Kuntz, Michael; Teunis, Teun; Blauth, Johann; Ring, David

    2015-12-01

    Delaying treatment for benign musculoskeletal conditions may allow patients to learn self-efficacy and develop coping strategies, leading to less medical intervention and reduced cost. We tested the hypothesis that time from booking until appointment is not associated with healthcare costs. We further tested the secondary hypothesis that time from booking to appointment is not associated with specific healthcare utilizations. We identified 16,750 patients (55 % women; mean age 50 years) making first clinic visits to hand surgeons at our hospital between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012. Booking time was defined as the time between the scheduling of an appointment and the actual visit. Imaging procedures, injections, nerve conduction studies, occupational therapy visits, surgery, and referrals were determined up until the patient's second visit with the surgeon, or 90 days. Costs were determined in Relative Value Units. Duration between booking and office visit was not associated with higher cost (regression coefficient [β] 0.0023, P = 0.77). Duration between booking and office visit was associated with a higher rate of nerve conduction studies (odds ratio [OR] 1.02, P booking and appointment, difficult to discern. PMID:26578829

  11. 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.

  12. The Interaction of Publications and Appointments: New Evidence on Academic Economists in Germany

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    Beckmann, Klaus; Schneider, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    Using a new panel data set comprising publication and appointment data for 889 German academic economists over a quarter of a century, we confirm the familiar hypothesis that publications are important for professorial appointments, but find only a small negative effect of appointments on subsequent research productivity, in particular if one…

  13. Saturday Appointment

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    2000-01-01

    SATURDAY Appointment is a sentimental TV programme combining interviews, arts displays, and also serves as a match-maker for singles. The programme, as well as its host Ni Lin, is drawing more and more attention. Five to six citizens out of every ten polled will mention it as their favourite out of the huge number of exciting shows on television nowadays in Shanghai. With the help of a friend, I happened to meet Ni Lin on a Saturday, which we said jokingly was another Saturday appointment. Much of her e...

  14. CONTROVERSIAL ASPECTS REGARDING APPOINTING AND REVOKING THE LEGAL ENTITY ADMINISTRATOR

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    CARMEN TODICA

    2012-01-01

    Having as main objective the analysis the provisions of Company Law and the New Civil Code regarding the management of a trading company by a legal person, the study offers several solutions to a number of controversial issues with strict reference to two aspects: appointing and revoking the legal entity administrator. Can the administrator be any entity with a legal personality or just a trade company? Is the administrator subject to legal requirements of good repute, characteristic to a rep...

  15. Rostering and Task Scheduling

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    Dohn, Anders Høeg

    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...... as possible to the available staff, while respecting various requirements and rules and while including possible transportation time between tasks. This thesis presents a number of industrial applications in rostering and task scheduling. The applications exist within various contexts in health care...

  16. 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

    Long truck queue is a common problem at big marine container terminals, where the resources and equipment are usually scheduled to serve ships prior to trucks. To reduce truck queues, some container terminals adopt terminal appointment system (TAS) to manage truck arrivals. This paper addresses two...

  17. Routing and scheduling problems

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    Reinhardt, Line Blander

    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...

  18. Planning and scheduling - A schedule's performance

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    Planning and scheduling is a process whose time has come to PSI Energy. With an awareness of the challenges ahead, individuals must look for ways to enhance the corporate competitiveness. Working toward this goal means that each individual has to dedicate themselves to this more competitive corporate environment. Being competitive may be defined as the ability of each employee to add value to the corporation's economic well being. The timely and successful implementation of projects greatly enhances competitiveness. Those projects that do not do well often suffer from lack of proper execution - not for lack of talent or strategic vision. Projects are consumers of resources such as cash and people. They produce a return when completed and will generate a better return when properly completed utilizing proven project management techniques. Completing projects on time, within budget and meeting customer expectations is the way a corporation builds it's future. This paper offers suggestions on implementing planning and scheduling and provides a review of results in the form of management reports

  19. Risk factor model to predict a missed clinic appointment in an urban, academic, and underserved setting.

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    Torres, Orlando; Rothberg, Michael B; Garb, Jane; Ogunneye, Owolabi; Onyema, Judepatricks; Higgins, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    In the chronic care model, a missed appointment decreases continuity, adversely affects practice efficiency, and can harm quality of care. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of a missed appointment and develop a model to predict an individual's likelihood of missing an appointment. The research team performed a retrospective study in an urban, academic, underserved outpatient internal medicine clinic from January 2008 to June 2011. A missed appointment was defined as either a "no-show" or cancellation within 24 hours of the appointment time. Both patient and visit variables were considered. The patient population was randomly divided into derivation and validation sets (70/30). A logistic model from the derivation set was applied in the validation set. During the period of study, 11,546 patients generated 163,554 encounters; 45% of appointments in the derivation sample were missed. In the logistic model, percent previously missed appointments, wait time from booking to appointment, season, day of the week, provider type, and patient age, sex, and language proficiency were all associated with a missed appointment. The strongest predictors were percentage of previously missed appointments and wait time. Older age and non-English proficiency both decreased the likelihood of missing an appointment. In the validation set, the model had a c-statistic of 0.71, and showed no gross lack of fit (P=0.63), indicating acceptable calibration. A simple risk factor model can assist in predicting the likelihood that an individual patient will miss an appointment. PMID:25299396

  20. Faculty Appointments and Scholarly Activity: A Changing of the Guard?

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    Bowden, Randall G.; Gonzalez, Lynn

    2012-01-01

    American institutions of higher education are experiencing a rapid change in academic staffing, leaving the tenure model for a more flexible, contingent workforce. Nearly two in five of all full-time instructional staff holds non-tenure-eligible positions as term-limited academic appointments. This study compared faculty appointment types by…

  1. 7 CFR 1219.32 - Initial nomination and appointment of importer members and alternates.

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    2010-01-01

    ..., and Information Order The Hass Avocado Board § 1219.32 Initial nomination and appointment of importer members and alternates. (a) The Department will conduct the nomination process for the initial importer... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Initial nomination and appointment of...

  2. CONTROVERSIAL ASPECTS REGARDING APPOINTING AND REVOKING THE LEGAL ENTITY ADMINISTRATOR

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    CARMEN TODICA

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Having as main objective the analysis the provisions of Company Law and the New Civil Code regarding the management of a trading company by a legal person, the study offers several solutions to a number of controversial issues with strict reference to two aspects: appointing and revoking the legal entity administrator. Can the administrator be any entity with a legal personality or just a trade company? Is the administrator subject to legal requirements of good repute, characteristic to a representative natural person? Can the legal person fulfill the president position in a collective administrative body? Can he be revoked ad nutum? Regarding the administrator legal person representative, may the company revoke the administrator, on its own? There are several questions outlining the juridical status of the administrator legal person, and to which the paper tries to find answers, introducing some jurisprudence solutions, comparative law issues and controversial doctrinal views.

  3. Factors related to missing and rescheduling pharmaceutical care appointments by aged outpatients in a Brazilian public health setting

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    Thiago Vinícius Nadaleto Didone

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To uncover reasons why patients missed pharmaceutical care (PC appointments, identify predictive factors to miss at least one appointment and to reschedule after a miss, and compare the rescheduling behavior of patients receiving different types of PC. Methods: All elderly patients who had at least one scheduled appointment in the PC service of a health setting of São Paulo city, Brazil, from January to December/2011 were included. Chi-square analysis compared categorical data between groups; multivariate logistic regression models predicted attendance and rescheduling behavior. Results: We identified 421 patients, being 221 (52.5% non-attenders. Forgetting the appointment was the most common patient-related reason (56.3%. Illiteracy was a risk factor to be a non-attender [OR(95%CI=2.27(1.17:4.40, p=0.015]. Patients having previous knowledge of the pharmacist presented more chance to rescheduled an appointment after the first miss compared to those who had not [OR(95%CI=3.57(1.90:6.71, p<0.001]. Further, non-attenders who had knowledge of the pharmacist and received Medication Review with Follow-up rescheduled more than the ones receiving other types of PC (p=0.035. Conclusion: Illiteracy predicted non-attendance in PC to aged outpatients and forgetfulness was the main reason for that. The previous acquaintance of the pharmacist and the provision of pharmaceotherapeutic follow-up explained the rescheduling behavior, which indicates the establishment of a patient-centered patient-pharmacist relationship plays a pivotal role in the continuity of the PC.

  4. 7 CFR 1230.31 - Nomination and appointment of producer members.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Nomination and appointment of producer members. 1230... Order National Pork Producers Delegate Body § 1230.31 Nomination and appointment of producer members. (a... in such State; or pursuant to a selection process that is approved by the Secretary, is given...

  5. 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...

  6. Immunization Schedules for Infants and Children

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    ... Immunization Schedules Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules History of the Vaccine Schedule Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center Get Email Updates To receive email updates ...

  7. 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...

  8. 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. PMID:10335285

  9. 7 CFR 1219.31 - Initial nomination and appointment of producer members and alternates.

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    ...), 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...

  10. 7 CFR 1219.33 - Subsequent nomination and appointment of Board members and alternates.

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    ...), 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...

  11. Program cost and schedule baseline

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    The overall purpose of cost and schedule baseline management is to ensure that the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) Program's cost and schedule plan are controlled in an orderly, efficient, and documented manner. Baseline control of the Program's cost and schedule will result in changes that only take place with OCRWM senior management approval, by way of the change control process. The Program Management System (PMS) Manual describes how the Program Cost and Schedule Baseline (PCSB) is integrated into the OCRWM management system. This PCSB document identifies the components of Program cost and schedule that will be subject to change control by DOE-Headquarters and establishes their baseline values. This document also summarizes the management components of the cost and schedule baseline, including reporting, monitoring, and corrective action. Detailed PCSB reporting, monitoring, and corrective action procedures will be issued as an Office of Program Administration and Resource Management (OPARM) administrative procedure. 9 figs

  12. Nancy Love receives governor's appointment to Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

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    Gilbert, Karen

    2005-01-01

    Nancy Love, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and adjunct professor of biology at Virginia Tech, has been appointed to the Governor's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

  13. Pamplin College of Business appoints new director for Management and Professional Development

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    Ho, Sookhan

    2005-01-01

    Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business has appointed Frank M. Smith as director of management and professional development. The office provides educational and consulting services to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.

  14. Relationship between dental appointment and dental anxiety: study with a group of adolescents

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    Elisabete Rabaldo BOTTAN

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The oral health care is essential to every human being,despite the age, education level or social class. Nevertheless most people have difficulties to access dental services, due to many factors. However,one element interferes in the behavior of many people who search for dental service: the fear.Objective: To evaluate the frequency and the motives of dental appointments in relation to dental anxiety in students of elementary school. Material and methods: Five schools situated in one city localized in the region of Foz do Rio Itajaí (SC were randomly selected and 1.806 students were evaluated. To determine the anxiety level to dental treatment it has been used an adapted tool from the Dental Anxiety Scale. To define the individuals by gender, age, frequency and causes of the appointments, it was applied a questionnaire.Results:Most of them (76.7% had taken a dental appointment in a period which is in its maximum two years before the data collection. A tendencyof linear growth in the number of realized appointment has been noticed due to reduction of anxiety or its inexistence. Among the individuals who have taken the appointments, girls between 11 and 13 years old were the highest number. The main cause of the dental appointments,for individuals with high level of anxiety, is endodontics procedures;for the group without anxiety, is preventive procedures. Conclusion: The researched group shows a relation with the anxiety level to dental treatment and the frequency and motives of dental appointments.

  15. 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

  16. Immunization Schedules for Preteens and Teens

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    ... Traveling Internationally? Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules History of the Vaccine Schedule Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center Get Email Updates To receive email updates ...

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    ... OFFICE Appointments to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) AGENCY: Government... Reauthorization Act of 2009 established MACPAC to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. The Act directs the Comptroller General to...

  18. 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

  19. 5 CFR 317.501 - Recruitment and selection for initial SES career appointment be achieved from the brightest and...

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Recruitment and selection for initial SES... EXECUTIVE SERVICE Career Appointments § 317.501 Recruitment and selection for initial SES career appointment... accordance with the requirements of this section, conduct the merit staffing process for initial SES...

  20. 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...... leisure, but agglomeration economies at home and at work lead to scheduling preferences forming endogenously. Using bottleneck congestion technology, we obtain an equilibrium queuing pattern consistent with a general version of the Vickrey bottleneck model. However, the policy implications are different....... Compared to the predictions of an analyst observing untolled equilibrium and taking scheduling preferences as exogenous, we find that both the optimal capacity and the marginal external cost of congestion have changed. The benefits of tolling are greater, and the optimal time varying toll is different....

  1. 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....... Compared to the predictions of an analyst observing untolled equilibrium and taking scheduling preferences as exogenous, we find that both the optimal capacity and the marginal external cost of congestion have changed. The benefits of tolling are greater, and the optimal time varying toll is different....

  2. 76 FR 78225 - Notice of Appointment of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and...

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    ... Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board AGENCY: Research, Education, and..., Education, and Economics Advisory Board. DATES: Appointments by the Secretary of Agriculture are for a 1, 2... Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building,...

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 77 FR 64848 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1120S, Schedule D, Schedule K-1, and Schedule M-3

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    ... Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1120S, Schedule D, Schedule K-1, and Schedule M-3 AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments... Form 1120S, U.S. Income Tax Return for an S Corporation, Schedule D (Form 1120S), Capital Gains...

  6. 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...

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Appointment of the General Committee

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    GC(IX)/DEC/4. APPOINTMENT OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE The General Conference elected Canada, the United Arab Republic, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia as additional Members of the General Committee, and duly appointed the Committee for the ninth regular session [l ]. serbia

  11. Models and algorithms for stochastic online scheduling

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    Megow, N.; Uetz, M.J.; Vredeveld, T.

    2006-01-01

    We consider a model for scheduling under uncertainty. In this model, we combine the main characteristics of online and stochastic scheduling in a simple and natural way. Job processing times are assumed to be stochastic, but in contrast to traditional stochastic scheduling models, we assume that job

  12. Video observation of sharps handling and infection control practices during routine companion animal appointments

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    Anderson, Maureen E.C.; Weese, J Scott

    2015-01-01

    Background Infection control in veterinary clinics is important for preventing pathogen spread between patients, staff and the public. There has been no direct evaluation of the use of many basic infection control practices, including sharps handling, environmental cleaning, and personal protective clothing (PPC), in companion animal clinics. The objective of this study was to describe these and other infection control practices associated with routine companion animal appointments in veterin...

  13. 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.

  14. Relationship between dental appointment and dental anxiety: study with a group of adolescents

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    Elisabete Rabaldo BOTTAN; Flávia Melissa PELEGRINI; Joselaine Cristina STEIN; Maria Mercês Aquino Gouveia FARIAS; Silvana Marchiori ARAÚJO

    2008-01-01

    Introduction: The oral health care is essential to every human being,despite the age, education level or social class. Nevertheless most people have difficulties to access dental services, due to many factors. However,one element interferes in the behavior of many people who search for dental service: the fear.Objective: To evaluate the frequency and the motives of dental appointments in relation to dental anxiety in students of elementary school. Material and methods: Five schools situated i...

  15. Scheduler Design Criteria: Requirements and Considerations

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    Lee, Hanbong

    2016-01-01

    This presentation covers fundamental requirements and considerations for developing schedulers in airport operations. We first introduce performance and functional requirements for airport surface schedulers. Among various optimization problems in airport operations, we focus on airport surface scheduling problem, including runway and taxiway operations. We then describe a basic methodology for airport surface scheduling such as node-link network model and scheduling algorithms previously developed. Next, we explain how to design a mathematical formulation in more details, which consists of objectives, decision variables, and constraints. Lastly, we review other considerations, including optimization tools, computational performance, and performance metrics for evaluation.

  16. EOS distributed planning and scheduling prototype

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    Hull, Larry G.; Peters, Stephen F.; Davis, Randy

    Some of the more significant lessons learned during the development of the Earth Observing System (EOS) Distributed Planning and Scheduling Prototype are presented. The need for a central scheduler is not demonstrated. A mapping of scheduling and conflict-resolution responsibility across the nodes of the EOS distributed scheduling system is developed and shown to be both feasible and appropriate. Complex instrument scheduling is mostly accomplished at the ICC/IST (instrument control center/instrumental support terminal) with 'slidable' flexibility for slews and some kinds of calibrations resolved at the EOS Operations Center (EOC). All nodes have full visibility interinstrument contention for resource and environmental rights, e.g., vibration, thermal, and electromagnetic. The EOC assigns, by activity, initial action responsibility for conflict resolution to a node which is party to the conflict. Most interinstrument conflicts are resolved by the ICCs and ISTs during an intermediate scheduling phase while the EOC is negotiating a TDRS schedule with the NCC.

  17. Scheduled Caste Women: Problems And Challenges

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    Vijayakumar Murthy

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyzed the Caste system based on Varnas during the ancient India. It also examined the demerits of caste attached to the present scheduled castes in general and scheduled caste women in particular. The scheduled caste women are disadvantaged by their caste and gender and as such they are subject to exploitation and discrimination by their family members, by their caste people and by forward castes. Hence, there is increase in exploitation, discrimination and violence against the scheduled caste women. The female feticide, illiteracy, gender inequality, Devadasi, Jogini practice, Nude Service to Deity, different types of violence, dowry, child marriage, etc are few of the problems faced by scheduled caste women in present society. Statistics of the violence acts against the scheduled caste women is discussed in the paper and there is need to strictly enforce the legislations passed to protect the violence against scheduled caste women. For this purpose, there is need of enquiry from lady police officials.

  18. 7 CFR 1215.22 - Nominations and appointment.

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    ... AGREEMENTS AND ORDERS; MISCELLANEOUS COMMODITIES), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE POPCORN PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND CONSUMER INFORMATION Popcorn Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order Popcorn Board §...

  19. It is time to adopt a different approach to appointing members of the Intelligence and Security Committee

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    Reid, Richard; Dunleavy, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The Intelligence and Security Committee which oversees Britain’s Security Services (MI5, SIS, and GCHQ) has come under sustained scrutiny for its perceived reluctance to exert scrutiny over those it is tasked with watching. Andrew Defty argues that recent events show the need to change the appointments procedure in order to buck the trend of appointing establishment figures who aren’t known for asking ‘difficult questions’.

  20. The Evolution of Empathy and Women's Precarious Leadership Appointments.

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    Vongas, John G; Al Hajj, Raghid

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:26617564

  1. QUALITY OF PROFESSIONAL LIFE: FACULTY COMPENSATION AND APPOINTMENTS

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    Trapp, James N.

    1993-01-01

    The average real salary of agricultural economists has risen approximately 20 percent over the last two decades. Currently agricultural economists' salaries are approximately 6 percent above the average college of agricultural salary and 1 percent above the average of all university faculty. Over the last two decades agricultural economists' salaries have remained among the highest in the college of agriculture and their numbers have risen as a percentage of total agricultural faculty. Conver...

  2. Verification and Trust: Background Investigations Preceding Faculty Appointment

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    Finkin, Matthew W.; Post, Robert C.; Thomson, Judith J.

    2004-01-01

    Many employers in the United States have responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by initiating or expanding policies requiring background checks of prospective employees. Their ability to perform such checks has been abetted by the growth of computerized databases and of commercial enterprises that facilitate access to personal…

  3. Schedule-induced defecation by rats during ratio and interval schedules of food reinforcement.

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    Wylie, A M; Layng, M P; Meyer, K A

    1993-01-01

    Lever pressing in rats was maintained by continuous and intermittent schedules of food while defecation was monitored. In Experiment 1, reinforcement densities were matched across variable-ratio and variable-interval schedules for three pairs of rats. Defecation occurred in all 3 rats on the variable-ratio schedule and in all 3 rats on the yoked variable-interval schedule. In Experiment 2, fixed-ratio and fixed-interval schedules with similar reinforcement densities maintained lever pressing....

  4. Scheduled Caste Women: Problems And Challenges

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    Vijayakumar Murthy; Jaikishan Thakur

    2013-01-01

    The paper analyzed the Caste system based on Varnas during the ancient India. It also examined the demerits of caste attached to the present scheduled castes in general and scheduled caste women in particular. The scheduled caste women are disadvantaged by their caste and gender and as such they are subject to exploitation and discrimination by their family members, by their caste people and by forward castes. Hence, there is increase in exploitation, discrimination and violence against the s...

  5. Planning and Scheduling of Airline Operations

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    İlkay ORHAN

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The Turkish Civil Aviation sector has grown at a rate of 53 % between the years 2002-2008 owing to countrywide economical developments and some removed restrictions in the aviation field. Successful international companies in the sector use advanced computer-supported solution methods for their planning and scheduling problems. These methods have been providing significant competitive advantages to those companies. There are four major scheduling and planning problems in the airline sector: flight scheduling, aircraft scheduling, crew scheduling and disruptions management. These aforementioned scheduling and planning problems faced by all airline companies in the airline sector were examined in detail. Studies reveal that companies using the advanced methods might gain significant cost reductions. However, even then, the time required for solving large scale problems may not satisfy the decision quality desired by decision makers. In such cases, using modern decision methods integrated with advanced technologies offer companies an opportunity for significant cost-advantages.

  6. Integrated Control and Real-Time Scheduling

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    Cervin, Anton

    2003-01-01

    The topic of the thesis is codesign of flexible real-time control systems. Integrating control theory and real-time scheduling theory, it is possible to achieve higher resource utilization and better control performance. The integration requires new tools for analysis, design, and implementation. The problem of scheduling the individual parts of a control algorithm is studied. It is shown how subtask scheduling can reduce the input-output latency in a set of control tasks. Deadline ass...

  7. AVLIS production plant project schedule and milestones

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    An AVLIS Production Plant Deployment Schedule for the engineering, procurement, and construction for both the Initial Increment of Production and the fully Activated Plant, has been developed by the project team consisting of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. with architect-engineer support from Bechtel National, Inc., Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, and Westinghouse Corporation. The initial deployment phase consists of six separators modules and the three laser power amplifier modules consistent with the FY84 reference design with a name plate capacity of 5 million separative work units/yr followed by a full plant activation to approximately 13 million separative work units/yr. The AVLIS Production Plant project team's strategy for deployment schedule analysis focused on three schedule options: engineering limited schedule; authorization limited schedule; and funding limited project schedule. The three deployment schedule options developed by AVLIS project team have been classified in ranges such as an optimistic, rapid/moderate, or moderate/pessimistic based on the probability of meeting the individual schedule option's major milestones or program objectives of enriching uranium by the AVLIS process in an effective cost and schedule manner. 47 figures, 7 tables

  8. Scheduler Vulnerabilities and Attacks in Cloud Computing

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    Zhou, Fangfei; Goel, Manish; 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. Recen...

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

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    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

  10. Diversity begets diversity? The effects of board composition on the appointment and success of women CEOs.

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    Cook, Alison; Glass, Christy

    2015-09-01

    Previous research on the effects of leadership diversity on firm outcomes has produced inconsistent and inconclusive findings. While some scholars argue that diversity increases organizational equity and enhances performance, others argue that diversity increases conflict, reduces cooperation and harms performance. This study tests the impact of a variety of compositional factors on firm outcomes. Specifically, we analyze whether and how board composition affects the advancement and mobility of women CEOs and firm performance. Our analysis relies on a unique data set of all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Board of Directors (BODs) in Fortune 500 companies over a ten-year period. We find a marginally significant positive relationship between board diversity and the likelihood of a woman being appointed CEO. We further find that board diversity significantly and positively influences the post-promotion success of women CEOs. Our findings suggest that board composition is critical for the appointment and success of women CEOs, and increasing board diversity should be central to any organizational diversity efforts. PMID:26188443

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

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    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.

  12. Quarterly report on program cost and schedule

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    This report is intended to provide a summary of the cost and schedule performance for the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program. Performance data are presented for each of the major program elements. Also included in this report is the status of the Nuclear Waste Fund revenues and disbursements. This report includes cost and schedule data through June 1989

  13. The Appointment of Spokespersons for Children – Foundations for Decisions and Implementation

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    Full Text Available In recent years there has been a growing interest in the rights of children in various justice systems. The interpretation of international instruments, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child legalized in Iceland as law 19/2013, places a strong emphasis on strengthening the status of the child. The concept of child-friendly justice has emerged reflecting a vision of a justice system that has adapted to the interests and needs of children. A key element is ensuring the right of the child to participate, building on the notion that participation actively promotes their citizenship in a democratic society. The complexity of child protection cases makes it imperative to ensure that children get the assistance they need to communicate and be able to influence procedures. This article discusses the development of provisions in child protection laws on the appointment of spokespersons for children and represents the findings of a study done on such appointments with various child protection committees. The main results of this research indicate that the development of the law has been positive. The enforcement does not however reflect these develpments and there is a lack of formality, assessment and satisfactory argumentation.

  14. Clustering and scheduling maintenance tasks over time

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    Kreuger, Per

    2008-01-01

    We report results on a maintenance scheduling problem. The problem consists of allocating maintenance task instances to and scheduling the performances of a suitable number of maintenance packages. The number of maintenance packages is not fixed, nor is, in general, the dates or durations of their performances. A constraint programming (CP) model and solver for the problem is presented together with preliminary computational results.

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. The EUVE proposal database and scheduling system

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    Christian, C.; Olson, E.; Jelinsky, P.; Samuel, M.

    1992-01-01

    The proposal database and scheduling system for the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer will be described. The proposal database has been implemented to take input for approved observations selected by the EUVE Peer Review Panel and output target information suitable for the scheduling system to digest. The scheduling system is a hybrid of the SPIKE program and EUVE software which checks spacecraft constraints, produces a proposed schedule and selects spacecraft orientations with optimal configurations for acquiring star trackers, etc. This system has been used to schedule the In Orbit Calibration activities that took place this summer, following the EUVE launch in early June 1992. The implemented strategy has implications for the selection of approved targets, which have impacted the Peer Review process. In addition, it will be discussed how the proposal database, founded on Sybase, controls the processing of EUVE Guest Observer data.

  19. Improved utilization and responsiveness with gang scheduling

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    Feitelson, D.G., [Institute of Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (IsraelL); Jette, M.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Most commercial multicomputers use space-slicing schemes in which each scheduling decision has an unknown impact on the future: should a job be scheduled, risking that it will block other larger jobs later, or should the processors be left idle for now in anticipation of future arrivals? This dilemma is solved by using gang scheduling, because then the impact of each decision is limited to its time slice, and future arrivals can be accommodated in other time slices. This added flexibility is shown to improve overall system utilization and responsiveness. Empirical evidence from using gang scheduling on a Cray T3D installed at Lawrence Livermore National Lab corroborates these results, and shows conclusively that gang scheduling can be very effective with current technology. 29 refs., 10 figs., 6 tabs.

  20. JWST planning and scheduling operations and concepts

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    Kinzel, Wayne M.

    2010-07-01

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a large infrared space observatory in orbit about the Sun-Earth second Lagrange Point. This paper provides an overview of the expected operational requirements imposed by the observatory's basic science activities (imaging, spectroscopy, coronography) and the operational issues associated with interleaving periodic engineering activities (Wave Front Sensing & Control activities, Momentum Unloads, and orbit Station Keeping) with the science observations. The planning and scheduling operations must maximize the overall science integration time while meeting the mission and observer specified constraints. The "Observation," "Visit," and Observation Template constructs are explained in the context of providing an interface to the Observer that provides the ability to specify complex observations, such as mosaics and cluster targets, while also minimizing specification errors and allowing planning and scheduling flexibility of the observations. The expected nominal planning and scheduling process including the creation and maintenance of the Long Range Plan (~1.25 year duration), the Short Term Schedules (~ three weeks), and the on-board Observation Plan (< 10 days) is described. The event-driven on-board operations of JWST and how the planning and scheduling process monitors and reacts to the onboard execution of the Observation Plan are described. Finally, the methods employed to allow for robust interfacing of scheduled real-time operations (for example, Station Keeping) with the Observation Plan and unplanned, but expected, modifications to the Observation Plan (for example, Target of Opportunity) are described.

  1. 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...

  2. Flexible Schedules and Shift Work.

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    Beers, Thomas M.

    2000-01-01

    Flexible work hours have gained prominence, as more than 25 million workers (27.6% of all full-time workers) can now vary their schedules. However, there has been little change since the mid-1980s in the proportion who work a shift other than a regular daytime shift. (JOW)

  3. Faculty Salary Schedules in Colleges and Universities, 1970-71.

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    This report concerning salary schedules at institutions of higher education describes the contents of the schedules, policies regarding schedule structure, minimum and maximum salaries, and increments. A listing of colleges and universities with their scheduled minimum and maximum salaries, and 4 examples of schedules are also included. (HS)

  4. An agent based manufacturing scheduling module for Advanced Planning and Scheduling

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    Attri, Hitesh

    2005-01-01

    A software agents based manufacturing scheduling module for Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) is presented. The problem considered is scheduling of jobs with multiple operations, distinct operation processing times, arrival times, and due dates in a job shop environment. Sequence dependent setups are also considered. The additional constraints of material and resource availability are also taken into consideration. The scheduling is to be considered in integration with production plannin...

  5. PROMSYS, Plant Equipment Maintenance and Inspection Scheduling

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    1 - Description of problem or function: PROMSYS is a computer system designed to automate the scheduling of routine maintenance and inspection of plant equipment. This 'programmed maintenance' provides the detailed planning and accomplishment of lubrication, inspection, and similar repetitive maintenance activities which can be scheduled at specified predetermined intervals throughout the year. The equipment items included are the typical pumps, blowers, motors, compressors, automotive equipment, refrigeration units, filtering systems, machine shop equipment, cranes, elevators, motor-generator sets, and electrical switchgear found throughout industry, as well as cell ventilation, shielding, containment, and material handling equipment unique to nuclear research and development facilities. Four related programs are used to produce sorted schedule lists, delinquent work lists, and optional master lists. Five additional programs are used to create and maintain records of all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance history. 2 - Method of solution: Service specifications and frequency are established and stored. The computer program reviews schedules weekly and prints, on schedule cards, instructions for service that is due the following week. The basic output from the computer program comes in two forms: programmed-maintenance schedule cards and programmed-maintenance data sheets. The data sheets can be issued in numerical building, route, and location number sequence as equipment lists, grouped for work assigned to a particular foreman as the foreman's equipment list, or grouped by work charged to a particular work order as the work-order list. Data sheets grouped by equipment classification are called the equipment classification list

  6. Medical Appointments

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    Home Fact Sheet Categories Internet Bookmarks on AIDS Have Questions? Printing & Downloading Fact Sheets Permission to Use Fact Sheets Sponsors and ... Know what side effects to expect. Are there things you can do at home to deal with them? When should you call ...

  7. Mission Operations Planning and Scheduling System (MOPSS)

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    Wood, Terri; Hempel, Paul

    2011-01-01

    MOPSS is a generic framework that can be configured on the fly to support a wide range of planning and scheduling applications. It is currently used to support seven missions at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in roles that include science planning, mission planning, and real-time control. Prior to MOPSS, each spacecraft project built its own planning and scheduling capability to plan satellite activities and communications and to create the commands to be uplinked to the spacecraft. This approach required creating a data repository for storing planning and scheduling information, building user interfaces to display data, generating needed scheduling algorithms, and implementing customized external interfaces. Complex scheduling problems that involved reacting to multiple variable situations were analyzed manually. Operators then used the results to add commands to the schedule. Each architecture was unique to specific satellite requirements. MOPSS is an expert system that automates mission operations and frees the flight operations team to concentrate on critical activities. It is easily reconfigured by the flight operations team as the mission evolves. The heart of the system is a custom object-oriented data layer mapped onto an Oracle relational database. The combination of these two technologies allows a user or system engineer to capture any type of scheduling or planning data in the system's generic data storage via a GUI.

  8. 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

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. Appointment standardization evaluation in a primary care facility.

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    Huang, Yu-Li

    2016-07-11

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performance on standardizing appointment slot length in a primary care clinic to understand the impact of providers' preferences and practice differences. Design/methodology/approach - The treatment time data were collected for each provider. There were six patient types: emergency/urgent care (ER/UC), follow-up patient (FU), new patient, office visit (OV), physical exam, and well-child care. Simulation model was developed to capture patient flow and measure patient wait time, provider idle time, cost, overtime, finish time, and the number of patients scheduled. Four scheduling scenarios were compared: scheduled all patients at 20 minutes; scheduled ER/UC, FU, OV at 20 minutes and others at 40 minutes; scheduled patient types on individual provider preference; and scheduled patient types on combined provider preference. Findings - Standardized scheduling among providers increase cost by 57 per cent, patient wait time by 83 per cent, provider idle time by five minutes per patient, overtime by 22 minutes, finish time by 30 minutes, and decrease patient access to care by approximately 11 per cent. An individualized scheduling approach could save as much as 14 per cent on cost and schedule 1.5 more patients. The combined preference method could save about 8 per cent while the number of patients scheduled remained the same. Research limitations/implications - The challenge is to actually disseminate the findings to medical providers and adjust scheduling systems accordingly. Originality/value - This paper concluded standardization of providers' clinic preference and practice negatively impact clinic service quality and access to care. PMID:27298064

  12. 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......A rarely studied trend in corporate governance is the increasing tendency to fill CEO openings through external hires rather than through internal promotions: Kevin J. Murphy and Ján Zábojník (2004) show that the proportion of outside hires has doubled and their pay premium almost quadrupled over...... assuming that over the past decades the dishonesty of the predecessor has become relatively more important for the appointment decisions of firms. We conclude that outside hires are a suboptimal trend because external candidates even step up the regression of integrity in firms: As nobody has an incentive...

  13. 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......, interior point stabilization is used to decrease the number of columns generated in the branch-and-price algorithm. The algorithm is experimentally evaluated on job scheduling instances for a Grid network. The Dantzig- Wolfe algorithm with stabilization is clearly superior, being able to solve large...

  14. 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.

  15. Planning and Scheduling of Airline Operations

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    İlkay ORHAN; Muzaffer KAPANOĞLU; T. Hikmet KARAKOÇ

    2010-01-01

    The Turkish Civil Aviation sector has grown at a rate of 53 % between the years 2002-2008 owing to countrywide economical developments and some removed restrictions in the aviation field. Successful international companies in the sector use advanced computer-supported solution methods for their planning and scheduling problems. These methods have been providing significant competitive advantages to those companies. There are four major scheduling and planning problems in the airline sector: f...

  16. 76 FR 61756 - Final Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Boards and Commissions

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    2011-10-05

    ... after appointment would necessitate their resignation or removal from membership on boards or... registration, the agency shall request the resignation of the member. Q12: Will there be any waivers...

  17. 75 FR 67397 - Proposed Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Boards and Commissions

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    2010-11-02

    ... after appointment would necessitate their resignation or removal from membership on boards or... registration, the agency shall request the resignation of the member. Q12: Will there be any waivers...

  18. 17 CFR 239.42 - Form F-X, for appointment of agent for service of process and undertaking for issuers registering...

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    2010-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Form F-X, for appointment of agent for service of process and undertaking for issuers registering securities on Form F-8, F-9, F-10... Statements § 239.42 Form F-X, for appointment of agent for service of process and undertaking for...

  19. Locomotive and Wagon Scheduling in Freight Transport

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    Fügenschuh, Armin; Homfeld, Henning; Huck, Andreas; Martin, Alexander

    2006-01-01

    We present a new model for a strategic locomotive scheduling problem arising at the Deutsche Bahn AG. The model is based on a multi-commodity min-cost flow formulation that is also used for public bus scheduling problems. However, several new aspects have to be additionally taken into account, such as cyclic departures of the trains, time windows on starting and arrival times, network-load dependend travel times, and a transfer of wagons between trains. The ...

  20. 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.

  1. Recent reinforcement-schedule research and applied behavior analysis

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    Lattal, Kennon A.; Neef, Nancy A.

    1996-01-01

    Reinforcement schedules are considered in relation to applied behavior analysis by examining several recent laboratory experiments with humans and other animals. The experiments are drawn from three areas of contemporary schedule research: behavioral history effects on schedule performance, the role of instructions in schedule performance of humans, and dynamic schedules of reinforcement. All of the experiments are discussed in relation to the role of behavioral history in current schedule pe...

  2. A Decade beyond the Doctorate: The Influence of a US Postdoctoral Appointment on Faculty Career, Productivity, and Salary

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    Yang, Lijing; Webber, Karen L.

    2015-01-01

    The number of postdoctoral researchers has increased dramatically in the past decade. Because of the limited number of academic staff openings and the general levels of salary, the role and value of the postdoctoral appointment are changing. Using a sample of respondents with continuous data in the 1999 through 2008 "Survey of Doctoral…

  3. Scheduling of interstate road and railway investments

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    Rothengatter, W.

    1986-01-01

    If investment activities are restricted by binding budget constraints, it may be even more important to find a good time schedule for investments rather than to determine the optimal investment program for a future time period. The problem of scheduling investments for interstate road and railway investments can be formulated as a mixed-integer programming model. But this model is so large, that it is hopeless to try to solve problems of practical relevance. For this reason two ways of simpli...

  4. Operant schedule transformations and human behavioral momentum.

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    Plaud, J J; Gaither, G A; Lawrence, J B

    1997-09-01

    Behavioral momentum, which can be defined as the persistence of behavior under altered environmental contingencies, is derived from Newtonian physics and operant psychology, and has relevance to behavior therapy in terms of shaping strong behaviors and ensuring effective relapse prevention strategies. The present study investigated whether changing operant schedule contingencies affects how humans respond to different stimuli when reinforcement density is systematically manipulated. Fifteen subjects participated in a computer study, in which each of two keys in a baseline condition was associated with the same schedule of reinforcement, multiple variable interval schedules, the only difference being that one reinforcer was ten times larger than the other. After six sessions, the contingency schedule changed to either an extinction condition, a variable time schedule, or a changed variable interval schedule to assess how 'subjects' responses persisted when reinforcement contingencies were systematically changed. Results of this study were found to be consistent with the general predictions of behavioral momentum. Subjects not only biased responding in favor of the more densely reinforcing key, but when contingencies changed, subjects showed continued biased responding. Implications for behavioral momentum for behavior modification and behavior therapy are discussed, and it is concluded that behavioral momentum has significant implications for designing new and comprehensive behavior change programs. PMID:9327296

  5. 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

  6. The use of On-Board Imaging to plan and deliver palliative radiotherapy in a single cohesive patient appointment

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    To develop and assess a method of palliative radiotherapy utilising a kilovoltage imaging system incorporated with a linear accelerator. The conventionally separate procedures of simulation, planning and treatment were merged into a single appointment on a linear accelerator. The process was tested using a humanoid phantom and hypothetical treatment scenarios. A clinical investigation was then undertaken for patients requiring palliative radiotherapy. A total of 10 treatment sites were simulated, planned and treated using the online approach. Each step was timed for both the phantom and patient treatments and was compared with a simulation process involving a separate appointment on a conventional simulator. The contrast and resolution achievable with the linear accelerator-based imaging system was found to be comparable with a conventional simulator. Bony anatomy was plainly visible and suitable for target definition. The mean total treatment time for the humanoid phantom (n = 5) was 21.4 ± 0.9 (standard error) mins. The mean total treatment time for actual patients (n = 10) was 25.7 ± 1.6 mins (the mean simulation, planning and treatment times were 11.0 ± 0.5 mins, 14.5 ± 1.0 mins and 3.6 ± 0.2 mins, respectively). This study demonstrated that palliative radiotherapy treatments can be simulated, planned and treated in a single cohesive patient appointment, using an online approach that is technically comparable with the conventional simulation method. This approach has the potential to expedite palliative radiotherapy service delivery and reduce resource burdens by minimising the number of patient appointments and wait times between appointments.

  7. 78 FR 33099 - Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Continuity of Care and Follow-Up App Challenge”

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    2013-06-03

    ..., scheduling functionality and appointment reminders, and mapping/transportation functionality showing... functionality and appointment reminders, and mapping functionality showing locations of health care resources... United States any invention throughout the world that, if patented, would cover the app submission or...

  8. Adaptive resource allocation for efficient patient scheduling

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    I.B. Vermeulen; S.M. Bohte; S.G. Elkhuizen; H. Lameris; P.J.M. Bakker; H. La Poutre

    2009-01-01

    Objective: Efficient scheduling of patient appointments on expensive resources is a complex and dynamic task. A resource is typically used by several patient groups. To service these groups, resource capacity is often allocated per group, explicitly or implicitly. Importantly, due to fluctuations in

  9. 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

  10. Dynamic allocation of same-day requests in multi-physician primary care practices in the presence of prescheduled appointments.

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    Balasubramanian, Hari; Biehl, Sebastian; Dai, Longjie; Muriel, Ana

    2014-03-01

    Appointments in primary care are of two types: 1) prescheduled appointments, which are booked in advance of a given workday; and 2) same-day appointments, which are booked as calls come during the workday. The challenge for practices is to provide preferred time slots for prescheduled appointments and yet see as many same-day patients as possible during regular work hours. It is also important, to the extent possible, to match same-day patients with their own providers (so as to maximize continuity of care). In this paper, we present a mathematical framework (a stochastic dynamic program) for same-day patient allocation in multi-physician practices in which calls for same-day appointments come in dynamically over a workday. Allocation decisions have to be made in the presence of prescheduled appointments and without complete demand information. The objective is to maximize a weighted measure that includes the number of same-day patients seen during regular work hours as well as the continuity provided to these patients. Our experimental design is motivated by empirical data we collected at a 3-provider family medicine practice in Massachusetts. Our results show that the location of prescheduled appointments - i.e. where in the day these appointments are booked - has a significant impact on the number of same-day patients a practice can see during regular work hours, as well as the continuity the practice is able to provide. We find that a 2-Blocks policy which books prescheduled appointments in two clusters - early morning and early afternoon - works very well. We also provide a simple, easily implementable policy for schedulers to assign incoming same-day requests to appointment slots. Our results show that this policy provides near-optimal same-day assignments in a variety of settings. PMID:23821343

  11. 12 CFR 747.31 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 747.31... of Practice and Procedure § 747.31 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference... purpose of scheduling the recourse and conduct of the proceeding. This meeting or telephone conference...

  12. 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...

  13. 12 CFR 509.31 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 509.31... Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within 30 days of service of the notice or... prior to the hearing or to confer by telephone for the purpose of scheduling the course and conduct...

  14. 12 CFR 908.53 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 908.53....53 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within thirty (30) days of... specified time and place prior to the hearing or to confer by telephone for the purpose of scheduling...

  15. 12 CFR 1780.33 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 1780.33... Proceedings § 1780.33 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within 30 days of... time and place prior to the hearing or to confer by telephone for the purpose of scheduling the...

  16. 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.

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

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    Elizabeth Angélica Salinas Rebolledo

    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.

  18. 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.

    2001-01-01

    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...

  19. 22 CFR 11.20 - Foreign Service specialist career candidate appointments.

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    2010-04-01

    ... appointment as specialist career candidates must be world-wide available and must have a professional or a... appointments. 11.20 Section 11.20 Foreign Relations DEPARTMENT OF STATE PERSONNEL APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN...) authorizes the appointment of members of the Service (other than Presidential appointments). (2) Section...

  20. An investigation into the aspirations and experiences of newly appointed dual diagnosis workers.

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    McLaughlin, D F; Sines, D; Long, A

    2008-05-01

    This qualitative, exploratory study was designed to explore a sample of eight recently appointed dual diagnosis workers' (DDWs) perceptions of their new role and function in Northern Ireland (NI). A semi-structured interview was used and respondents were assured that their anonymity/rights would be protected. All of the narratives were shown to the respondents for their approval prior to going to press. The transcripts were analysed by using a tried and tested analytical framework. Seven key categories emerged from the findings relating to the DDWs perceptions of their: (1)understanding of the term dual diagnosis; (2) hopes; (3) fears; (4) support in their new role; (5) key clinical issues; (6) the positioning of the service; and (7) their overall role and function. This is a new and important area of work in NI. However, to date, no research has been carried out on the topic in the province. Consequently, the findings from this small study could go some way towards helping to shape the future direction of, and bring about some universality to the provision of the dual diagnosis service within different National Health Service Trusts in NI. Further research is required on this new and growing service as well as on the service users' perceptions of the care provided by DDWs. The study will be followed up on an annual basis for 3 years to provide longitudinal data. Generalization of findings requires caution because of the small sample size. PMID:18387148

  1. On Wireless Link Scheduling and Flow Control

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    Gore, Ashutosh Deepak

    2008-01-01

    This thesis focuses on link scheduling in wireless mesh networks by taking into account physical layer characteristics. The assumption made throughout is that a packet is received successfully only if the Signal to Interference and Noise Ratio (SINR) at the receiver exceeds the communication threshold. The thesis also discusses the complementary problem of flow control. (1) We consider various problems on centralized link scheduling in Spatial Time Division Multiple Access (STDMA) wireless mesh networks. We motivate the use of spatial reuse as performance metric and provide an explicit characterization of spatial reuse. We propose link scheduling algorithms based on certain graph models (communication graph, SINR graph) of the network. Our algorithms achieve higher spatial reuse than that of existing algorithms, with only a slight increase in computational complexity. (2) We investigate random access algorithms in wireless networks. We assume that the receiver is capable of power-based capture and propose a s...

  2. AIP appoints New CEO

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    The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, Kenneth W. Ford, who is to succeed H. William Koch when Koch retires on March 28, 1987. Koch has held the position since 1966.AIP is a not-for-profit scientific organization made up of 10 member societies, including AGU, that represent more than 90,000 scientists. Its main activities include scientific publishing and marketing of 76 primary physics journals, including translations of foreign journals, books, conference proceedings, and the magazine Physics Today. AIP also is involved with electronic abstracting and other scientific communications and has active programs in education, public information, manpower statistics, and the history of physics.

  3. An Exploration of Activity Scheduling and Rescheduling Processes

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    Chen, Quizi

    2001-01-01

    The objective of this research is to examine processes of activity scheduling and rescheduling by experiments. Activity scheduling processes were examined by using a combination of mail surveys and telephone interviews. It was found that individuals’ schedules are hardly complete. Scheduled activities take place less than 50% of all executed activities. The incompleteness suggests that activity scheduling and execution are a concurrent process and the distiction between is vague. Activities w...

  4. A heuristic approach to incremental and reactive scheduling

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    Odubiyi, Jide B.; Zoch, David R.

    1989-01-01

    An heuristic approach to incremental and reactive scheduling is described. Incremental scheduling is the process of modifying an existing schedule if the initial schedule does not meet its stated initial goals. Reactive scheduling occurs in near real-time in response to changes in available resources or the occurrence of targets of opportunity. Only minor changes are made during both incremental and reactive scheduling because a goal of re-scheduling procedures is to minimally impact the schedule. The described heuristic search techniques, which are employed by the Request Oriented Scheduling Engine (ROSE), a prototype generic scheduler, efficiently approximate the cost of reaching a goal from a given state and effective mechanisms for controlling search.

  5. Solution and quality robust project scheduling: a methodological framework.

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    Herroelen, Willy; Leus, Roel

    2003-01-01

    The vast majority of the research efforts in project scheduling over the past several years has concentrated on the development of exact and suboptimal procedures for the generation of a baseline schedule assuming complete information and a deterministic environment. During execution, however, projects may be the subject of considerable uncertainty, which may lead to numerous schedule disruptions. Predictive-reactive scheduling refers to the process where a baseline schedule is developed prio...

  6. Project scheduling under uncertainty: survey and research potentials.

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    Herroelen, Willy; Leus, Roel

    2005-01-01

    The vast majority of the research efforts in project scheduling assume complete information about the scheduling problem to be solved and a static deterministic environment within which the pre-computed baseline schedule will be executed. However, in the real world, project activities are subject to considerable uncertainty, which is gradually resolved during project execution. In this survey we review the fundamental approaches for scheduling under uncertainty: reactive scheduling, stochasti...

  7. Project scheduling under undertainty – survey and research potentials.

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    Herroelen, Willy; Leus, Roel

    2002-01-01

    The vast majority of the research efforts in project scheduling assume complete information about the scheduling problem to be solved and a static deterministic environment within which the pre-computed baseline schedule will be executed. However, in the real world, project activities are subject to considerable uncertainty, that is gradually resolved during project execution. In this survey we review the fundamental approaches for scheduling under uncertainty: reactive scheduling, stochastic...

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

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    2013-01-01

    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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. Schedule and status of irradiation experiments

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    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

  12. Schedule and status of irradiation experiments

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    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

  13. 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.

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

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    Atanasko Atanasovski

    2012-01-01

    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 importan...

  15. Quarterly report on program cost and schedule

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    This report is intended to provide a summary of the cost and schedule performance for the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program. Performance data are presented for each of the major program elements. Also included in this report is the status of the Nuclear Waste Fund revenues and disbursements. This report includes project performance data reported through March 1989

  16. Production planning and scheduling in refinery industry

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    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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...

  20. Shared Medical Appointments: Impact on Clinical and Quality Outcomes in Veterans With Diabetes.

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    Harris, Marianne D; Kirsh, Susan; Higgins, Patricia A

    2016-01-01

    Managing diabetes poses substantial challenges to the over 29.1 million Americans afflicted, and is financially overwhelming to the US health care system. One potential strategy is utilizing a group approach to care delivery or shared medical appointment (SMA). The purpose of this 3-year retrospective VA study was to investigate differences in clinical and quality outcome measures in veterans with type 2 diabetes who used SMAs and those who received only usual care (UC) one-on-one with their doctor. This observational, 2-group cohort study used abstracted medical records from a large Midwestern Veterans Administration hospital. Clinical outcome metrics included hemoglobin A1c (hbA1c), systolic blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and emergency department (ED) visits. Quality outcomes included Veterans' Administration (VA) Department of Defense clinical practice guidelines for the management of diabetes. A total of 988 total VA cases were examined retrospectively over 3 years: 371 cases had used SMAs and 617 were in the UC cohort, and had never attended a diabetes SMA. The study period used abstracted VA medical records from 2008 to 2010. There were no statistically significant differences in HbA1c, systolic blood pressure, and ED visits between groups; however, hbA1c for individuals who attended SMAs was 8.55 (standard deviation [SD] = 1.72) and UC was 7.49 (SD = 1.28) (P inhibitors (ACE-I). SMAs may provide a venue for assessing and delivering quality care for patients with type 2 diabetes. More research is needed to ascertain effective strategies for diabetes disease management in high-risk patients. PMID:27367218

  1. 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...

  2. 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. PMID:11599637

  3. 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

  4. NFC Tags Based Notification System for Medical Appointments

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In clinics and hospitals, whenever a patient visits a doctor, usually he gets an appointment for the next visit. It’s quite hard to remember the exact date and time of the next meeting, mostly due to seldom appointments. Unavailability of patient at that time disrupts the doctor’s schedule as it’s not feasible for him to accommodate that person for further appointment. This paper brings the idea of using Near Field Communication (NFC tags to facilitate the patient by setting alarm in their NFC enabled device (tablets, cell phone. The physician enters the data of respective patient in the database. The server at the other end can access this data wirelessly. This data is further sent to the tag via NFC reader / writer device. These NFC tags hold the information about date & time of next meeting. Patient can get this information by tapping his NFC enabled cell phone to the tag. As a result, an alarm will be set according to the data acquired through passive tag.

  5. Data and Job Aware Community Scheduler Framework for Grid Scheduling Problems

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    G. Kalpana

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Grid technologies have brought the promise of flawless combination of distributed heterogeneous resources. Scheduling in Grid computing is the hot topic of research and challenging to manage task, job in efficient manner. For instance, tasks are assumed to include all data needed for its computation or tasks are just the processes and data is assumed to be available in Grid nodes. All the existing works doesn’t focus on the data aware scheduling framework and it is almost impossible to make an optimal or approximate optimal scheduling for the end-to-end workflow with considering the intermediate data movement in grid computing environment. In order to solve this problem in this study a novel Community Scheduler Framework (CSF approach is proposed for solving the job and data aware scheduling problem together and it can be integrated to grid host environment. The system is able to find data-affinity hosts for user requested jobs and to adjust the data replicas dynamically according to the job load. The proposed work reviews the policies for scheduling of grid jobs in the context of data and task aware-intensive applications. Proposed data and task aware CSF Meta scheduler framework makes it possible for job requests to set data needs not only as absolute requirements but also as functions for resource ranking. As the experimental results show that, this makes it more flexible than currently used resource brokers to implement different data-aware scheduling algorithms. The experimentation of the proposed Meta scheduler work is implemented with the help of grid simulation toolkit.

  6. 75 FR 41899 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    2010-07-19

    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... vulnerability, develop countermeasures, and carry out other aspects of physical security analysis and...

  7. 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...

  8. Robust scheduling and disruption recovery for airlines

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    Eggenberg, Niklaus; Salani, Matteo

    2009-01-01

    Airline planning include complex and structured operations that must be planned in advance in order to exploit the available resources, provide a reliable and competitive service and forecast system's performances. Decisions regarding operations are based on data which is frequently due to uncertainty. Moreover, unpredicted events may disrupt the current schedule and force managers to take reactive decisions to recover to an operational state. On the other hand, proactive decisions, i.e. deci...

  9. 77 FR 67835 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    2012-11-14

    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... to security management, including the physical protection of personnel, assets, and facilities,...

  10. 78 FR 6355 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... files of electronic systems used to track personnel physical disability case files and...

  11. 76 FR 53700 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... system used to facilitate the release of dietary and physical activity guideline information....

  12. 76 FR 76190 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... Service, including physical examination reports and other documentation of the medical qualification...

  13. 77 FR 4371 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules... conducting physical security inspections and assessments. 6. Department of Defense, Defense...

  14. [The Appointment of Paediatric Professorships in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the early GDR. The Impact of the Political System Change after 1945].

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    Hinz-Wessels, Annette

    2016-01-01

    This paper examines the impact of the political system change after 1945 on the appointment of paediatric professorships in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR up until the time the Wall was built in 1961. It can be demonstrated that the political purge in the post-war period had only minor impact on the appointment of professorships and the National Socialist past no longer mattered after the conclusion of denazification. In 1957, the proportion of former NSDAP members among East German university professors of paediatrics was 100 per cent. When it came to new appointments, both members of the "bourgeois" academic non-professorial teaching staff from the GDR as well as paediatricians from West Germany, who had largely gained their scientifically qualifications under National Socialism, were in the running. A politically-controlled elite exchange did not take place until the construction of the Wall. State and party organs generally followed the personnel proposals of the universities since an insufficient number of qualified candidates was available for the systematic appointment of ,,progressive" paediatricians. Given the lack of staff, the SED personnel policy was aimed at the integration of previous elites, as long as they behaved loyally towards the new state. Since the East German faculties continued to make the questioning of the professionally competent professors in West Germany and East Germany the basis for their appointment lists, West German university paediatricians were able to exert considerable influence on the appointment of East German paediatric professorship until 1960s. PMID:27476257

  15. Cisplatin Scheduling and Dosing Aspects

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    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 related to the formation of inorganic platinum complexes. Additional research showed that the cis isomer of dichlorodiammineplatinum II (cisplatin) is an active inhibitor of cell division, whereas the tr...

  16. 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

  17. Integrated vehicle and crew scheduling: an overview

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    Bruno de Athayde Prata

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a bibliographical review about vehicle and crew scheduling problem which is applicable in the optimization of public transportation systems. The traditional sequential approaches are presented. The most relevant mathematical models for the integrated approach are exposed. Finally, resolution approaches for the integrated problem,based on heuristics, branch-and-bound, lagrangean relaxation, columns generation and meta-heuristics are presented.

  18. Memory, Expectation Formation and Scheduling Choices

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    Koster, Paul; Van De Peer, Stefanie; Dekker, Thijs

    2014-01-01

    This discussion paper led to a publication in 'Economics of Transportation' . Limited memory capacity, retrieval constraints and anchoring are central to expectation formation processes. We develop a model of adaptive expectations where individuals are able to store only a finite number of past experiences of a stochastic state variable. Retrieval of these experiences is probabilistic and subject to error. We apply the model to scheduling choices of commuters and demonstrate that memory const...

  19. 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 (NLSY-CS), this paper examines 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 time with children and had lower quality home environments, and these mediators were significantly linked to adolescent r...

  20. Power Conscious Test Synthesis and Scheduling

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    Nicolici, Nicola; Al-Hashimi, Bashir M.

    2000-01-01

    Previous research has outlined that power dissipated during test application is substantially higher than during functional operation, which leads to loss of yield and decreases reliability. This paper shows for the first time how power is minimized in BIST RTL data paths by using power conscious test synthesis and test scheduling. According to the necessity for achieving the required test efficiency power dissipation is classified into necessary and useless power dissipation. According to th...

  1. 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.

  2. Development of preventive maintenance procedures and schedules

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    An outline of the procedures and schedules developed for preventive maintenance in power stations within the Rheinisch-Westfaelisches Elektrizitaetswerk (RWE) is presented. After an introduction of maintenance in general the different kinds of preventive maintenance activities are described. This includes also the prerequisite identification systems. The aims of preventive maintenance and the measures are explained that have to be taken, if these aims are to be achieved. A number of examples from actual practice are cited. (orig.)

  3. Branch and Bound Algorithm for Multiprocessor Scheduling

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    Rahman, Mostafizur

    2009-01-01

    The multiprocessor task graph scheduling problem has been extensively studied asacademic optimization problem which occurs in optimizing the execution time of parallelalgorithm with parallel computer. The problem is already being known as one of the NPhardproblems. There are many good approaches made with many optimizing algorithmto find out the optimum solution for this problem with less computational time. One ofthem is branch and bound algorithm.In this paper, we propose a branch and bound...

  4. Analysis of Issues for Project Scheduling by Multiple, Dispersed Schedulers (distributed Scheduling) and Requirements for Manual Protocols and Computer-based Support

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    Richards, Stephen F.

    1991-01-01

    Although computerized operations have significant gains realized in many areas, one area, scheduling, has enjoyed few benefits from automation. The traditional methods of industrial engineering and operations research have not proven robust enough to handle the complexities associated with the scheduling of realistic problems. To address this need, NASA has developed the computer-aided scheduling system (COMPASS), a sophisticated, interactive scheduling tool that is in wide-spread use within NASA and the contractor community. Therefore, COMPASS provides no explicit support for the large class of problems in which several people, perhaps at various locations, build separate schedules that share a common pool of resources. This research examines the issue of distributing scheduling, as applied to application domains characterized by the partial ordering of tasks, limited resources, and time restrictions. The focus of this research is on identifying issues related to distributed scheduling, locating applicable problem domains within NASA, and suggesting areas for ongoing research. The issues that this research identifies are goals, rescheduling requirements, database support, the need for communication and coordination among individual schedulers, the potential for expert system support for scheduling, and the possibility of integrating artificially intelligent schedulers into a network of human schedulers.

  5. 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...

  6. 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).

  7. 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…

  8. Congestion and scarcity in scheduled transport modes

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    Nilsson, Jan-Eric

    2012-01-01

    This is a draft text for a chapter in Handbook on Research Methods in Transport Economics and Policy to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing. It provides an overview of issues related to scarcity in scheduled transport modes with emphasis on railways. The paper separates the scarcity or time-tabling problem into two analytical parts. The first concerns the challenges related with finding an approximate solution to the mathematically challenging NP complete problem. The second generic probl...

  9. 12 CFR 308.31 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 308.31... RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE Uniform Rules of Practice and Procedure § 308.31 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within 30 days of service of the notice or...

  10. 12 CFR 19.31 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 19.31... AND PROCEDURE Uniform Rules of Practice and Procedure § 19.31 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within 30 days of service of the notice or order commencing a...

  11. 12 CFR 263.31 - Scheduling and prehearing conferences.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Scheduling and prehearing conferences. 263.31... RESERVE SYSTEM RULES OF PRACTICE FOR HEARINGS Uniform Rules of Practice and Procedure § 263.31 Scheduling and prehearing conferences. (a) Scheduling conference. Within 30 days of service of the notice...

  12. LANDSAT Committee appointed

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    Richman, Barbara T.

    At its June 7-8 meeting, the 15-member LANDSAT advisory committee passed a resolution that calls for testing the feasibility of transferring the land remote sensing satellite system to private ownership. The committee, appointed last month to advise Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige on the management of Landsat, includes representatives of industry, the academic community, and state and local governments.The committee, chaired by Michel T. Halbouty, consulting geologist and petroleum engineer at the Houston-based Halbouty Center, reports to Baldrige through the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA will become responsible for LANDSAT operations in January 1983. The National Earth Satellite Service will manage these LANDSAT operations and will provide support services for the advisory committee's quarterly meetings. The resolution that the committee passed at its first meeting outlined a four-step process by which the Commerce Department can evaluate the feasibility of transferring the operational land remote sensing satellite system to private industry. The possible transfer is in keeping with the Reagan administration's policy to shift some government-supported activities to the private sector.

  13. An improved sheep flock heredity algorithm for job shop scheduling and flow shop scheduling problems

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    Chandramouli Anandaraman

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Job Shop Scheduling Problem (JSSP and Flow Shop Scheduling Problem (FSSP are strong NP-complete combinatorial optimization problems among class of typical production scheduling problems. An improved Sheep Flock Heredity Algorithm (ISFHA is proposed in this paper to find a schedule of operations that can minimize makespan. In ISFHA, the pairwise mutation operation is replaced by a single point mutation process with a probabilistic property which guarantees the feasibility of the solutions in the local search domain. A Robust-Replace (R-R heuristic is introduced in place of chromosomal crossover to enhance the global search and to improve the convergence. The R-R heuristic is found to enhance the exploring potential of the algorithm and enrich the diversity of neighborhoods. Experimental results reveal the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm, whose optimization performance is markedly superior to that of genetic algorithms and is comparable to the best results reported in the literature.

  14. Projecting Future Scheduled Airline Demand, Schedules and NGATS Benefits Using TSAM

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    Dollyhigh, Samuel; Smith, Jeremy; Viken, Jeff; Trani, Antonio; Baik, Hojong; Hinze, Nickolas; Ashiabor, Senanu

    2006-01-01

    The Transportation Systems Analysis Model (TSAM) developed by Virginia Tech s Air Transportation Systems Lab and NASA Langley can provide detailed analysis of the effects on the demand for air travel of a full range of NASA and FAA aviation projects. TSAM has been used to project the passenger demand for very light jet (VLJ) air taxi service, scheduled airline demand growth and future schedules, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) benefits, and future passenger revenues for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. TSAM can project the resulting demand when new vehicles and/or technology is inserted into the long distance (100 or more miles one-way) transportation system, as well as, changes in demand as a result of fare yield increases or decreases, airport transit times, scheduled flight times, ticket taxes, reductions or increases in flight delays, and so on. TSAM models all long distance travel in the contiguous U.S. and determines the mode choice of the traveler based on detailed trip costs, travel time, schedule frequency, purpose of the trip (business or non-business), and household income level of the traveler. Demand is modeled at the county level, with an airport choice module providing up to three airports as part of the mode choice. Future enplanements at airports can be projected for different scenarios. A Fratar algorithm and a schedule generator are applied to generate future flight schedules. This paper presents the application of TSAM to modeling future scheduled air passenger demand and resulting airline schedules, the impact of NGATS goals and objectives on passenger demand, along with projections for passenger fee receipts for several scenarios for the FAA Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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)...

  18. Technology for planning and scheduling under complex constraints

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    Alguire, Karen M.; Pedro Gomes, Carla O.

    1997-02-01

    Within the context of law enforcement, several problems fall into the category of planning and scheduling under constraints. Examples include resource and personnel scheduling, and court scheduling. In the case of court scheduling, a schedule must be generated considering available resources, e.g., court rooms and personnel. Additionally, there are constraints on individual court cases, e.g., temporal and spatial, and between different cases, e.g., precedence. Finally, there are overall objectives that the schedule should satisfy such as timely processing of cases and optimal use of court facilities. Manually generating a schedule that satisfies all of the constraints is a very time consuming task. As the number of court cases and constraints increases, this becomes increasingly harder to handle without the assistance of automatic scheduling techniques. This paper describes artificial intelligence (AI) technology that has been used to develop several high performance scheduling applications including a military transportation scheduler, a military in-theater airlift scheduler, and a nuclear power plant outage scheduler. We discuss possible law enforcement applications where we feel the same technology could provide long-term benefits to law enforcement agencies and their operations personnel.

  19. 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

  20. Solving Scheduling problems using Selective Breeding Algorithm and Hybrid Algorithm

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    P.Sriramya; B. Parvathavarthini; M. Chandrasekaran

    2013-01-01

    The n-job, m-machine scheduling problem is one of the general scheduling problems in a system. Scheduling problems vary widely according to specific production tasks but most are NP-hard problems.Scheduling problems are usually solved using heuristics to get optimal or near optimal solutions because problems found in practical applications cannot be solved to optimality using reasonable resources in many cases. In this paper, Selective Breeding Algorithm (SBA) and Hybrid Algorithm (HA) are us...

  1. Analysis and Optimisation of Hierarchically Scheduled Multiprocessor Embedded Systems

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

    2008-01-01

    : assignment 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...

  2. Hans Blix appointed Director General

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    On 1 December 1981, Dr Hans Blix took office as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in succession to Dr Sigvard Eklund who has headed the IAEA since 1961. The Agency's Board of Governors nominated Dr Blix by acclamation on 26 September. His appointment was unanimously approved by the final session of the 25th regular session of the General Conference of the IAEA the same day. The President of the Conference, Ambassador Manaspas Xuto, administered the oath of office to Dr Blix at the final plenary meeting that day. Hans Blix was born in 1928 in Uppsala He studied at the University of Uppsala, at Columbia University, where he was also a research graduate and at Cambridge, where he received his Ph D In 1959 he became Doctor of Laws at the Stockholm University and in 1960 was appointed associate professor in international law. From 1963 to 1976 Dr Blix was Head of Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and served as Legal Adviser on International Law. In 1976 he became Undersecretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in charge of international development co-operation He was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs in October 1978 In September 1979 he was again appointed Undersecretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in charge of international development co-operation. Since 1961 he has been a member of Sweden's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, and from 1962 to 1978 a member of the Swedish delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He has written several books on subjects associated with international and constitutional law and was leader of the Liberal Campaign Committee in favour of retention of the Swedish nuclear energy program in the referendum in 1980

  3. 7 CFR 1150.135 - Appointment.

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    ... 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...

  4. JUDGING SELECTION: APPOINTING CANADIAN JUDGES

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    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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Distributed planning and scheduling for instrument and platform operations

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    Hull, Larry G.; Hansen, Elaine R.; Sparn, Thomas P.

    1990-01-01

    Distributed planning and scheduling for instruments and platform operations in resource constrained environments are discussed. NASA has repeatedly faced the situation of multiple users having differing goals, objectives, and requirements interacting with a planning and scheduling system. Current examples include the Hubble Space Telescope and Space Station Freedom. The paper provides a brief description of the instrument and platform operations domain, discusses both traditional and distributed planning and scheduling in the context of this domain, and looks at examples of NASA environments in which planning and scheduling is or will be performed in a distributed system.

  9. The development of KMRR schedule and progress control system (KSPCS) for the master schedule of KMRR project

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    This report was to development the computerized schedule and progress control system for the master schedule of KMRR project with ARTEMIS 7000/386 CM (Ver. 7.4.2.) based on project management theory (PERT/CPM, PDM, and S-curve). This system has been efficiently used for KMRR master schedule and will be utilized for the detail scheduling of KMRR project. (Author) 23 refs., 26 figs., 52 tabs

  10. Fast combination of scheduling chains under resource and time constraints

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    WANG Ji-min; PAN Xue-zeng; WANG Jie-bing; SUN Kang

    2007-01-01

    Scheduling chain combination is the core of chain-based scheduling algorithms, the speed of which determines the overall performance of corresponding scheduling algorithm. However, backtracking is used in general combination algorithms to traverse the whole search space which may introduce redundant operations, so performance of the combination algorithm is generally poor. A fast scheduling chain combination algorithm which avoids redundant operations by skipping "incompatible"steps of scheduling chains and using a stack to remember the scheduling state is presented in this paper to overcome the problem.Experimental results showed that it can improve the performance of scheduling algorithms by up to 15 times. By further omitting unnecessary operations, a fast algorithm of minimum combination length prediction is developed, which can improve the speed by up to 10 times.

  11. Combining robustness and recovery for airline schedules

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    Eggenberg, Niklaus

    2009-01-01

    In this thesis, we address different aspects of the airline scheduling problem. The main difficulty in this field lies in the combinatorial complexity of the problems. Furthermore, as airline schedules are often faced with perturbations called disruptions (bad weather conditions, technical failures, congestion, crew illness…), planning for better performance under uncertainty is an additional dimension to the complexity of the problem. Our main focus is to develop better schedules that are le...

  12. Managing patient demand: a qualitative study of appointment making in general practice.

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    Gallagher, M; Pearson, P; Drinkwater, C; Guy, J

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Managing patients' requests for appointments is an important general practice activity. No previous research has systematically observed how patients and receptionists negotiate appointments. AIM: To observe appointment making and investigate patients' and professionals' experiences of appointment negotiations. DESIGN OF STUDY: A qualitative study using participant observation. SETTING: Three general practices on Tyneside; a single-handed practice, a practice comprising three doct...

  13. Optimal investment and scheduling of distributed energy resources with uncertainty in electric vehicle driving schedules

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    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. - Highlights: • This paper introduces a new EV aggregator model in the DER-CAM model and expands it with a stochastic formulation. • The model is used to analyze the impact of EVs in DER investment decisions in a large office building. • The uncertainty in EV driving patterns is considered through scenarios based on data from a daily commute driving survey. • Results indicate that EVs have a significant impact in optimal DER decisions, particularly when looking at short payback periods. • Furthermore, results indicate that uncertainty in EV driving schedules has little impact on DER investment decisions

  14. Robust and Flexible Scheduling with Evolutionary Computation

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    Jensen, Mikkel T.

    since the real contribution of the method is a new performance measure, other implementations could be based on tabu search, simulated annealing or other powerful “blind” optimisation heuristics. The other method for stochastic scheduling uses the idea of coevolution to create schedules with a...

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 planner performs the clustering and the drivers perform the routing and break scheduling. To analyze this problem, we embed it into the framework of distributed decision making proposed by Schneeweiss (...

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. New plant construction cost and schedule

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    The presentation covers the following topics: cost structure; capital costs; variation of capital costs; trends in power plant construction; studies of costs completion; periods and risks. Nuclear plant costs have recently risen so rapidly that vendors are not willing to publicly commit to cost estimates: ∼ $2000/Kw overnight costs in 2006 in the US market > $4000/Kw and in 2008 in the US market > $6000/Kw in 2008 in emerging markets. There is vendors pricing uncertainty. Current contract models may not apply. Current construction projects have problems: Olkiluoto-3 is reported to be 50% over budget and two years behind schedule, increasing perceptions that nuclear costs will continue to increase rapidly; Price of materials is a big volatile unknown, which may decrease Labor could become more available due to limited number of new projects; Lack of debt/credit to finance new project may decrease demand of new construction

  1. 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...

  2. Robust Scheduling for Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem

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    2014-01-01

    Decision makers must face the dynamism and uncertainty of real-world environments when they need to solve the scheduling problems. Different incidences or breakdowns, for example, initial data could change or some resources could become unavailable, may eventually cause the infeasibility of the obtained schedule. To overcome this issue, a robust model and a proactive approach are presented for scheduling problems without any previous knowledge about incidences. This paper is based on proporti...

  3. Utilizing AI in Temporal, Spatial, and Resource Scheduling

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    Stottler, Richard; Kalton, Annaka; Bell, Aaron

    2006-01-01

    Aurora is a software system enabling the rapid, easy solution of complex scheduling problems involving spatial and temporal constraints among operations and scarce resources (such as equipment, workspace, and human experts). Although developed for use in the International Space Station Processing Facility, Aurora is flexible enough that it can be easily customized for application to other scheduling domains and adapted as the requirements change or become more precisely known over time. Aurora s scheduling module utilizes artificial-intelligence (AI) techniques to make scheduling decisions on the basis of domain knowledge, including knowledge of constraints and their relative importance, interdependencies among operations, and possibly frequent changes in governing schedule requirements. Unlike many other scheduling software systems, Aurora focuses on resource requirements and temporal scheduling in combination. For example, Aurora can accommodate a domain requirement to schedule two subsequent operations to locations adjacent to a shared resource. The graphical interface allows the user to quickly visualize the schedule and perform changes reflecting additional knowledge or alterations in the situation. For example, the user might drag the activity corresponding to the start of operations to reflect a late delivery.

  4. 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. (Population Health Management 2016;19:11-16). PMID:26090793

  5. ALMA European Project Scientist Appointed

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    Wilson, T.

    2007-06-01

    The new ALMA European Project Scientist is Dr. Leonardo Testi. He took up the appointment in May 2007. Leonardo Testi received his Ph.D. from the University of Florence in 1997. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory of Caltech. In 1998 he joined staff of the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, and later on of INAF, for which he also served on the Science Council. Leonardo has been chair of the European ALMA Science Advisory committee and a member of the ALMA Science Advisory committee, so he well knows the details of the project as well as the science that can be carried out with ALMA.

  6. 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-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 of the...... market, with an increasing positive impact of inefficiency as the territorial coverage of schedules increases. Finally, no significant impact is registered on paid premiums. Our analysis sheds light on a complex set of elements affecting the decisions of insurers in malpractice markets. The analysis...

  7. 5 CFR 532.513 - Flexible and compressed work schedules.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Flexible and compressed work schedules... REGULATIONS PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS Premium Pay and Differentials § 532.513 Flexible and compressed work schedules. Federal Wage System employees who are authorized to work flexible and compressed work...

  8. 33 CFR 20.704 - Scheduling and notice of hearings.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Scheduling and notice of hearings. 20.704 Section 20.704 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY... GUARD Hearings § 20.704 Scheduling and notice of hearings. (a) With due regard for the convenience...

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

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    Andersson, Niclas

    2008-01-01

    with the challenging coordination of the work of several actors. The project planning and scheduling should, from the subcontractor’s perspective, allow for scope and flexibility so that the subcontractor can reallocate its resources at will between its ongoing projects and thereby optimise its own production. However...... 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...

  10. Work schedules and fatigue: a prospective cohort study

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    Jansen, N; van Amelsvoort, L G P M; Kristensen, T; van den Brandt, P.A.; Kant, I.

    2003-01-01

    Aims: (1) To describe the prevalence of fatigue among employees in different work schedules (day work, three-shift, five-shift, and irregular shift work); (2) to investigate whether different work schedules are related to increasing fatigue over time, while taking into account job title and job characteristics; and (3) to study fatigue among shift workers changing to day work.

  11. 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.

  12. The Globalisation of Higher Education and the Sojourner Academic: Insights into Challenges Experienced by Newly Appointed International Academic Staff in a UK University

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    Walker, Patricia

    2015-01-01

    The increasingly diverse nature of the higher education academic community in the United Kingdom is under-researched and under-theorised. This article presents an exploratory study of the lived experiences of newly appointed international academic staff as expressed in their written reflections on their professional practice and interpreted by the…

  13. Irrigation scheduling by ET and soil water sensing

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    Irrigation scheduling is the process of deciding when, where and how much to irrigate, usually with the goal of optimizing economic return on investment in land, equipment, inputs and personnel. This hour-long seminar presents methods of irrigation scheduling based, on the one hand on estimates of t...

  14. 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. We devise a solution method based on column generation with a dynamic programming algorithm to generate columns. The method is heuristic mainly due to a discretization of the continuous bunker purchase variables. We show that the integrated planning approach can increase profits and that the...

  15. 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. We devise a solution method based on column generation with a dynamic programming algorithm to generate columns. The method is heuristic mainly due to a discretization of the continuous bunker purchase variables. We show that the integrated planning approach can increase prots and that the...

  16. 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 and bunker consumption. We devise a solution method based on column generation with a dynamic programming algorithm to generate columns. The method is heuristic mainly due to a discretization of the continuous bunker purchase variables. We show that the integrated planning approach can increase...

  17. Large-Scale No-Show Patterns and Distributions for Clinic Operational Research

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    Davies, Michael L.; Rachel M. Goffman; Jerrold H. May; Robert J. Monte; Rodriguez, Keri L.; Youxu C. Tjader; Dominic L. Vargas

    2016-01-01

    Patient no-shows for scheduled primary care appointments are common. Unused appointment slots reduce patient quality of care, access to services and provider productivity while increasing loss to follow-up and medical costs. This paper describes patterns of no-show variation by patient age, gender, appointment age, and type of appointment request for six individual service lines in the United States Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This retrospective observational descriptive project exa...

  18. A List Scheduling Heuristic with New Node Priorities and Critical Child Technique for Task Scheduling with Communication Contention

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    Mu, Pengcheng; Nezan, Jean François; Raulet, Mickael; Cousin, Jean-Gabriel

    2009-01-01

    International audience Task scheduling is an important aspect for parallel programming. In this paper, the program to be scheduled is modeled as a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), and we target parallel embedded systems of multiple processors connected by buses and switches. This paper presents improvements for list scheduling heuristics with communication contention. We use new node priorities (top level and bottom level) to sort nodes and use an advanced technique of critical child to selec...

  19. Simulation-Based Optimization for Surgery Scheduling in Operation Theatre Management Using Response Surface Method.

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    Liang, Feng; Guo, Yuanyuan; Fung, Richard Y K

    2015-11-01

    Operation theatre is one of the most significant assets in a hospital as the greatest source of revenue as well as the largest cost unit. This paper focuses on surgery scheduling optimization, which is one of the most crucial tasks in operation theatre management. A combined scheduling policy composed of three simple scheduling rules is proposed to optimize the performance of scheduling operation theatre. Based on the real-life scenarios, a simulation-based model about surgery scheduling system is built. With two optimization objectives, the response surface method is adopted to search for the optimal weight of simple rules in a combined scheduling policy in the model. Moreover, the weights configuration can be revised to cope with dispatching dynamics according to real-time change at the operation theatre. Finally, performance comparison between the proposed combined scheduling policy and tabu search algorithm indicates that the combined scheduling policy is capable of sequencing surgery appointments more efficiently. PMID:26385551

  20. Multi-agent system for distributed manufacturing scheduling with genetic algorithms and tabu search

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    Madureira, Ana

    2013-01-01

    Computerized scheduling methods and computerized scheduling systems according to exemplary embodiments. A computerized scheduling method may be stored in a memory and executed on one or more processors. The method may include defining a main multi-machine scheduling problem as a plurality of single machine scheduling problems; independently solving the plurality of single machine scheduling problems thereby calculating a plurality of near optimal single machine scheduling problem solutions; i...

  1. 75 FR 4424 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    2010-01-27

    ... additional information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. These, too, may be requested... the schedule, it too includes information about the records. Further information about the disposition... with career planning and the assignment of personnel. 15. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian...

  2. Integrating Reservations and Queuing in Remote Laboratory Scheduling

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    Lowe, D.

    2013-01-01

    Remote laboratories (RLs) have become increasingly seen as a useful tool in supporting flexible shared access to scarce laboratory resources. An important element in supporting shared access is coordinating the scheduling of the laboratory usage. Optimized scheduling can significantly decrease access waiting times and improve the utilization level…

  3. Bandwidth Allocation and Session Scheduling using SIP

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    2006-08-01

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    Session Initiation Protocol (SIP is a new signaling protocol designed to establish multimedia sessions in telecommunication networks. In this paper, we suggest the extension of SIP functionalities to coordinate QoS mechanisms deployed in IP networks, and especially in DiffServ domain. Indeed, the interaction between small and big TCP sessions may have dramatic consequences on small TCP sessions. Hence, we use SIP to achieve QoS management on a session basis, in which the over all activity of the user during the session is considered. The suggested mechanisms deal with two issues: first, session scheduling based on session duration and/or volume, and second bandwidth allocation on a per-flow basis using equivalent bandwidth estimation techniques. The proposed mechanisms are implemented in the SIP proxy server as QoS management algorithms, and they are validated by simulations.

  4. Designing safe job rotation schedules using optimization and heuristic search.

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    Carnahan, B J; Redfern, M S; Norman, B

    2000-04-01

    Job rotation is one method that is sometimes used to reduce exposure to strenuous materials handling; however, developing effective rotation schedules can be complex in even moderate sized facilities. The purpose of this research is to develop methods of incorporating safety criteria into scheduling algorithms to produce job rotation schedules that reduce the potential for injury. Integer programming and a genetic algorithm were used to construct job rotation schedules. Schedules were comprised of lifting tasks whose potential for causing injury was assessed with the Job Severity Index. Each method was used to design four job rotation schedules that met specified safety criteria in a working environment where the object weight, horizontal distance and repetition rate varied over time. Each rotation was assigned to a specific gender/lifting capacity group. Five versions of the integer programming search method were applied to this problem. Each version generated one job rotation schedule. The genetic algorithm model was able to create a population of 437 feasible solutions to the rotation problem. Utilizing cluster analysis, a rule set was derived from the genetic algorithm generated solutions. These rules provided guidelines for designing safe job rotation schedules without the use of a computer. The advantages and limitations of these approaches in developing administrative controls for the prevention of back injury are discussed. PMID:10801086

  5. A List Scheduling Heuristic with New Node Priorities and Critical Child Technique for Task Scheduling with Communication Contention

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    Mu, Pengcheng; Nezan, Jean François; Raulet, Mickaël

    2011-01-01

    Task scheduling is becoming an important aspect for parallel programming of modern embedded systems. In this chapter, the application to be scheduled is modeled as a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), and the architecture targets parallel embedded systems composed of multiple processors interconnected by buses and/or switches. This chapter presents new list scheduling heuristics with communication contention. Furthermore, we define new node priorities (top level and bottom level) to sort nodes, an...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Project scheduling

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    Starting with commercial service of Dresden Unit 1 in 1960, Commonwealth Edison Company has assumed a major role in the commercial development of nuclear power. Seven units are now in operation and eight additional units are scheduled for service through the mid-1980's. To manage this large volume of construction, a project oriented management information system has been developed. The major elements of this system include a Budget and Cost Reporting System, a Field Cost Reporting System, and a Project Scheduling System. The paper deals with the Scheduling System. In spite of the traditional resistance to change, the scheduling system is on the road to acceptance. Using three distinct levels of scheduling detail, schedule information is obtained from all key departments and processed through the computer and an electrostatic plotter. Schedule reports are carefully designed for specific management levels

  9. 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...

  10. Computer-based decision support for railway traffic scheduling and dispatching: A review of models and algorithms

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    Törnquist, Johanna

    2006-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the research in railway scheduling and dispatching. A distinction is made between tactical scheduling, operational scheduling and re-scheduling. Tactical scheduling refers to master scheduling, whereas operational scheduling concerns scheduling at a later stage. Re-scheduling focuses on the re-planning of an existing timetable when deviations from it have occurred. 48 approaches published between 1973 and 2005 have been reviewed according to a framework that...

  11. Shared medical appointments for children and adolescents with type I diabetes: perspectives and experiences of patients, parents, and health care providers

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Arlene Mejino,1 Janneke Noordman,1 Sandra van Dulmen1–31Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL, Utrecht, The Netherlands; 2Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department of Primary and Community Care, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; 3Department of Health Science, Buskerud University College, Drammen, NorwayAims: This study examined the perspectives and experiences of patients, parents, and health care providers with shared medical appointments (SMAs for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Specifically studied were reasons to attend SMAs, perceived differences between SMAs and individual medical appointments, patient-valued health care aspects, and providers' performance.Methods: Fifty-two patients, 8 parents, and 36 health care providers participated. Perspectives on SMAs were assessed with questionnaires and an online focus group. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics.Results: Health care providers had work-related reasons to conduct SMAs. Patients and parents primarily valued the presence of other patients during SMAs. According to health care providers and patients, a higher or similar amount of information was discussed during SMAs as opposed to individual appointments, respectively. SMAs did contain more discussion about lifestyle. Most consultation aspects considered important by the patients were performed by their health care providers. Patient satisfaction with SMAs did tend to decrease after 3 months. Parents were somewhat more critical about SMAs.Conclusions: Health care providers, patients, and parents were generally positive about SMAs. Future studies should examine the impact of the presence of parents and different health care providers during SMAs, and that of differences in patient age, type of insulin treatment, and disease-related problems.Keywords: child, adolescent, diabetes mellitus type 1, pediatrics, shared medical appointment

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Instructions, multiple schedules, and extinction: Distinguishing rule-governed from schedule-controlled behavior

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    Hayes, Steven C.; Brownstein, Aaron J.; Haas, Joseph R.; Greenway, David E

    1986-01-01

    Schedule sensitivity has usually been examined either through a multiple schedule or through changes in schedules after steady-state responding has been established. This study compared the effects of these two procedures when various instructions were given. Fifty-five college students responded in two 32-min sessions under a multiple fixed-ratio 18/differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate 6-s schedule, followed by one session of extinction. Some subjects received no instructions regarding the...

  15. 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.

  16. A branch-and-bound algorithm for stable scheduling in single-machine production systems

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    Leus, Roel; Herroelen, Willy

    2004-01-01

    Robust scheduling aims at the construction of a schedule that is protected against uncertain events. A stable schedule is a robust schedule that will change little when variations in the input parameters arise. This paper proposes a branch-and-bound algorithm for optimally solving a single-machine scheduling problem with stability objective, when a single job is anticipated to be disrupted.

  17. Understanding the costs and schedule of hydroelectric projects

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    This paper is based on a study conducted for the World Bank which evaluated the feasibility of developing an empirically based ex ante project analysis system for hydroelectric projects. The system would be used to assess: the reasonableness of engineering-based cost and schedule estimates used for project appraisal and preliminary estimates used to select projects for appraisal; and the potential for cost growth and schedule slip. The system would help identify projects early in the project appraisal process that harbor significantly higher than normal risks of overrunning cost and schedule estimates

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

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    Catalão, João P S

    2012-01-01

    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

  19. 12 CFR 627.2775 - Appointment of a conservator.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appointment of a conservator. 627.2775 Section 627.2775 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM TITLE IV CONSERVATORS, RECEIVERS, AND VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATIONS Conservators and Conservatorships § 627.2775 Appointment of...

  20. Automated Planning and Scheduling for Planetary Rover Distributed Operations

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    Backes, Paul G.; Rabideau, Gregg; Tso, Kam S.; Chien, Steve

    1999-01-01

    Automated planning and Scheduling, including automated path planning, has been integrated with an Internet-based distributed operations system for planetary rover operations. The resulting prototype system enables faster generation of valid rover command sequences by a distributed planetary rover operations team. The Web Interface for Telescience (WITS) provides Internet-based distributed collaboration, the Automated Scheduling and Planning Environment (ASPEN) provides automated planning and scheduling, and an automated path planner provided path planning. The system was demonstrated on the Rocky 7 research rover at JPL.

  1. Schedule-Aware Workflow Management Systems

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    Mans, Ronny S.; Russell, Nick C.; van der Aalst, Wil M. P.; Moleman, Arnold J.; Bakker, Piet J. M.

    Contemporary workflow management systems offer work-items to users through specific work-lists. Users select the work-items they will perform without having a specific schedule in mind. However, in many environments work needs to be scheduled and performed at particular times. For example, in hospitals many work-items are linked to appointments, e.g., a doctor cannot perform surgery without reserving an operating theater and making sure that the patient is present. One of the problems when applying workflow technology in such domains is the lack of calendar-based scheduling support. In this paper, we present an approach that supports the seamless integration of unscheduled (flow) and scheduled (schedule) tasks. Using CPN Tools we have developed a specification and simulation model for schedule-aware workflow management systems. Based on this a system has been realized that uses YAWL, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Outlook, and a dedicated scheduling service. The approach is illustrated using a real-life case study at the AMC hospital in the Netherlands. In addition, we elaborate on the experiences obtained when developing and implementing a system of this scale using formal techniques.

  2. 12 CFR 650.15 - Appointment of a receiver.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appointment of a receiver. 650.15 Section 650.15 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE...) Upon the issuance of the order placing the Corporation into liquidation and appointing the...

  3. 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.

  4. 5 CFR 9901.511 - Appointing authorities.

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    2010-01-01

    ... PERSONNEL SYSTEM (NSPS) Staffing and Employment External Recruitment and Internal Placement § 9901.511... 330 of this title, except for 5 CFR 330.208 and 330.501. (b) Additional appointing authorities. (1... CFR part 337, subpart B, for particular occupations, pay bands, career groups, and/or...

  5. 25 CFR 140.1 - Sole power to appoint.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 25 Indians 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Sole power to appoint. 140.1 Section 140.1 Indians BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES LICENSED INDIAN TRADERS § 140.1 Sole power to appoint. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs shall have the sole power and authority...

  6. 77 FR 63313 - SES Performance Review Board; Appointment of Members

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    2012-10-16

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION SES Performance Review Board; Appointment of Members AGENCY: Equal Employment Opportunity... are the names and titles of executives appointed to serve as members of the SES PRB. Members...

  7. 76 FR 63616 - SES Performance Review Board; Appointment of Members

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    2011-10-13

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION SES Performance Review Board; Appointment of Members AGENCY: Equal Employment Opportunity... are the names and titles of executives appointed to serve as members of the SES PRE. Members...

  8. 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...

  9. Design and Realization of the Safety Production Scheduling System

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    Qiang Fan

    2013-01-01

    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.

  10. Automated Planning and Scheduling for Space Mission Operations

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    Chien, Steve; Jonsson, Ari; Knight, Russell

    2005-01-01

    Research Trends: a) Finite-capacity scheduling under more complex constraints and increased problem dimensionality (subcontracting, overtime, lot splitting, inventory, etc.) b) Integrated planning and scheduling. c) Mixed-initiative frameworks. d) Management of uncertainty (proactive and reactive). e) Autonomous agent architectures and distributed production management. e) Integration of machine learning capabilities. f) Wider scope of applications: 1) analysis of supplier/buyer protocols & tradeoffs; 2) integration of strategic & tactical decision-making; and 3) enterprise integration.

  11. CPOE/EHR-Driven Healthcare Workflow Generation and Scheduling

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    Han, Minmin; Song, Xiping; DeHaan, Jan; Cao, Hui; Kennedy, Rosemary; Gugerty, Brian

    2006-01-01

    Automated healthcare workflow generation and scheduling is an approach to ensure the use of the evidence-based protocols. Generating efficient and practical workflows is challenging due to the dynamic nature of healthcare practice and operations. We propose to use Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) components to generate workflows (consisting of scheduled work items) to aid healthcare (nursing) operations. Currently, we are prototyping and developing ...

  12. 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.

  13. Grid Dependent Tasks Security Scheduling Model and DPSO Algorithm

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    Hai Zhu

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to the security threat to task scheduling problems in the grid environment, by considering both the inherent security and behavior safety of grid resource nodes, security benefit functions and credibility assessment strategies of grid resource nodes are constructed respectively. At the same time, the corresponding membership function is established in order to establish the membership between task security requirements and resource security attributes. Based on these, a new grid dependent tasks security scheduling model is set up. In order to solve this model, the particle evolution equation is re-designed by combining the specific characteristics of the dependent task scheduling problem. Meanwhile, in order to prevent the algorithm falling into local optimum, a uniform speed of disturbance is adopted and a new discrete Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm is proposed. Simulation results show that this algorithm has better scheduling length and higher safety performance than the genetic algorithm.

  14. 75 FR 33355 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    2010-06-11

    ... available on request. Schedules Pending 1. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection.... Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint (N1-104-09-5, 7 items, 7 temporary items). Records relating to...

  15. Optimal Sinks Deployment and Packet Scheduling for Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Achir, Nadjib; Muhlethaler, Paul

    2014-01-01

    International audience —In this paper we propose an optimal deployment and distributed packet scheduling of multi-sink Wireless Sensors networks (WNSs). This work is devoted to computing the optimal deployment of sinks for a given maximum number of hops between nodes and sinks. We also propose an optimal distributed packet scheduling in order to estimate the minimum energy consumption. We consider the energy consumed due to reporting, forwarding and overhearing. In contrast to reporting an...

  16. Coal face replacement schedule model and computer program

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    Wang Yujun; Zhu Kangru

    1989-01-01

    The paper describes theory, principles and methods for setting up a general computer simulation model in order to make a coal face replacement schedule for several years. The replacement schedule models can be divided into four types, according to occurrence conditions and production techniques. The paper describes program diagrams and examples which can be used for making long-term plans of productive mines as well as new mine design. 6 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Integrated Project Scheduling and Staff Assignment with Controllable Processing Times

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    Victor Fernandez-Viagas; Framinan, Jose M.

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses a decision problem related to simultaneously scheduling the tasks in a project and assigning the staff to these tasks, taking into account that a task can be performed only by employees with certain skills, and that the length of each task depends on the number of employees assigned. This type of problems usually appears in service companies, where both tasks scheduling and staff assignment are closely related. An integer programming model for the problem is proposed, tog...

  18. Synchronized Scheduling of Manufacturing and 3PL Transportation

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    Li, Kunpeng; Sivakumar, Appa Iyer

    2007-01-01

    In this chapter, the formulation of synchronized scheduling problem of production and transportation is presented. The solution methodology is to decompose the overall problem into two sub-problems, i.e., the transportation allocation problem and machine scheduling problem. The 3PL transportation allocation problem is formulated using an integer programming model. It is shown that the problem is solvable in polynomial time. Furthermore, the formulations for single machine with and without ran...

  19. Comparison of Load Balancing and Scheduling Algorithms in Cloud Environment

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    Karthika M T,; Neethu Kurian,; Mariya Seby,

    2013-01-01

    The importance of cloud computing is increasing nowadays. Cloud computing is used for the delivery of hosted services like reliable, fault tolerant and scalable infrastructure over Internet. A variety of algorithms is used in the cloud environment for scheduling and load balancing, thereby reducing the total cost. The main algorithms usually used include, optimal cloud resource provisioning (OCRP) algorithm and hybrid cloud optimized cost(HCOC)scheduling algorithm These algorithms will formul...

  20. Dr. Eklund re-appointed Director General

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    By acclamation the delegates at the thirteenth session of the General Conference confirmed the Board of Governors' decision to re-appoint Dr. Sigvard Eklund Director General of the Agency. His speech after being sworn in emphasized the challenge presented by the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the anxieties about the present state of its political acceptance. (author)

  1. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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

    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...... 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....

  2. Integrated network design and scheduling problems : optimization algorithms and applications.

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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.

  3. Effect of calcium hydroxide and triple antibiotic paste as intracanal medicaments on the incidence of inter-appointment flare-up in diabetic patients: An in vivo study

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    Swathi Pai; A R Vivekananda Pai; Thomas, Manuel S; Vishal Bhat

    2014-01-01

    Aim: To evaluate and compare the effect of antibacterial intracanal medicaments on inter-appointment flare-up in diabetic patients. Materials and Methods: Fifty diabetic patients requiring root canal treatment were assigned into groups I, II, and III. In group I, no intracanal medicament was placed. In groups II and III, calcium hydroxide and triple antibiotic pastes were placed as intracanal medicaments, respectively. Patients were instructed to record their pain on days 1, 2, 3, 7, and ...

  4. Beam-searching and Transmission Scheduling in Millimeter Wave Communications

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    Shokri-Ghadikolaei, Hossein; Gkatzikis, Lazaros; Fischione, Carlo

    2015-01-01

    Millimeter wave (mmW) wireless networks are capable to support multi-gigabit data rates, by using directional communications with narrow beams. However, existing mmW communications standards are hindered by two problems: deafness and single link scheduling. The deafness problem, that is, a misalignment between transmitter and receiver beams, demands a time consuming beam-searching operation, which leads to an alignment-throughput tradeoff. Moreover, the existing mmW standards schedule a singl...

  5. Automating Deep Space Network scheduling and conflict resolution

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    Johnston, Mark D.; Clement, Bradley

    2005-01-01

    The Deep Space Network (DSN) is a central part of NASA's infrastructure for communicating with active space missions, from earth orbit to beyond the solar system. We describe our recent work in modeling the complexities of user requirements, and then scheduling and resolving conflicts on that basis. We emphasize our innovative use of background 'intelligent' assistants' that carry out search asynchrnously while the user is focusing on various aspects of the schedule.

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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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    2008-01-01

    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...

  9. 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. ...

  10. 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.

  11. Towards the Implementation and Evaluation of Semi-Partitioned Multi-Core Scheduling

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    Zhang, Yi; Guan, Nan; Yi, Wang

    2011-01-01

    Recent theoretical studies have shown that partitioning-based scheduling has better real-time performance than other scheduling paradigms like global scheduling on multi-cores. Especially, a class of partitioning-based scheduling algorithms (called semi-partitioned scheduling), which allow to split a small number of tasks among different cores, offer very high resource utilization, and appear to be a promising solution for scheduling real-time systems on multi-cores. The major concern about t...

  12. Nurse telephone triage for same day appointments in general practice: multiple interrupted time series trial of effect on workload and costs

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    Richards, D. A.; Godfrey, L; Richardson, G.; Russell, D; Meakins, J.; Tawfik, J.; Dutton, E.

    2002-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the workloads of general practitioners and nurses and costs of patient care for nurse telephone triage and standard management of requests for same day appointments in routine primary care. DESIGN: Multiple interrupted time series using sequential introduction of experimental triage system in different sites with repeated measures taken one week in every month for 12 months. SETTING: Three primary care sites in York. Participants: 4685 patients: 1233 in standard manageme...

  13. 基于病人成本最小化的医院预约挂号研究%Hospital Appointment and Registration Management Based on Minimization Patients Cost

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    郑忠伟; 范丽繁; 王婧

    2009-01-01

    为了减少病人排队挂号的等待时间及优化医院自身资源的合理配置,近几年我国各大医院都先后开展预约挂号服务.然而,医院在开展预约挂号时面临的问题是:预约挂号为病人带来了多少好处和便捷,预约数量和病人总挂号成本存在什么样的关系,到底开放多少预约号最为合适?本文从病人的角度对上述问题进行了定量研究.论文将病人的挂号成本分为时间成本和费用成本两类,运用了排队论建立了预约量与病人总挂号成本的模型,得出了预约挂号的个体选择依据和系统选择依据,并从总挂号成本与预约量的关系中得到使所有病人总挂号成本最小的最优预约量.然后,进一步分析了最优预约量中各个参数的敏感性,以期为医院的预约挂号管理工作提供指导.%In order to decrease patient's waiting time and optimize the collocation of hospital's resource, many large hospitals have recently developed the appointment and registration system. However, there are some issues when hospitals are developing the system--how much benefit and convenience the system brings to patients,what relationship is between the appointment amount and the total registration cost, and how many appointment is optimal. All these problems are considered in this paper by quantitative analysis from patients' point. The patients' total registration cost is divided into time cost and fee cost. Using the results of the queuing theory, we build the model about the appointment amount and the total registration cost,and gain the individual selection principle and system selection principle of the appointment and registration , respectively. And we have a conclusion that there exists an optimal appointment amount which minimizes the total registration cost.Then,when all parameters are given,we can compute out the optimal appointment amount. Finally,the sensitivity of all parameters is analyzed, in order to provide

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

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    Mu-Hsuan Huang; Chu-Lien Yen

    2016-01-01

    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 fu...

  15. Video observation of hand hygiene practices during routine companion animal appointments and the effect of a poster intervention on hand hygiene compliance

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    Anderson, Maureen EC; Sargeant, Jan M.; Weese, J Scott

    2014-01-01

    Background Hand hygiene is considered one of the most important infection control measures in human healthcare settings, but there is little information available regarding hand hygiene frequency and technique used in veterinary clinics. The objectives of this study were to describe hand hygiene practices associated with routine appointments in companion animal clinics in Ontario, and the effectiveness of a poster campaign to improve hand hygiene compliance. Results Observation of hand hygien...

  16. Time-Slotted Multiuser MIMO Systems: Beamforming and Scheduling Strategies

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the problem of scheduling for the uplink of a time-slotted multiuser multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO system with sum capacity as the performance metric. We first consider scheduling users' transmissions for fixed transmit beamformers. Upper bounds for the sum capacity of the time-slotted system with the optimum scheduler are found via relaxing a set of structural constraints. Next, we present a low-complexity scheduling algorithm that aims to approach the capacity's upper bound. The performance of the multislot multiuser MIMO system is a function of the users' transmit beamformers. In turn, the transmit beamformers can be shaped depending on the channel state information available at the transmitter. We investigate how the transmit beamformers should be chosen with different levels of feedback, and combine the proposed scheduling algorithm with antenna selection, eigen transmit beamforming, and perfectly controlled transmit beamforming models. We observe that as the available feedback level is increased, the performance of the scheduling algorithm approaches the upper bounds developed. In particular, a substantial sum capacity gain is attained when the individual channel state information is available at the transmitter side.

  17. A recommendation of the National Board for Atomic Safety and Radiation Protection for the appointment of Nuclear Safety Control Officers for research reactors

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    The Ordinance on the Implementation of Atomic Safety and Radiation Protection of the GDR requires that the managers of plants where nuclear facilities are operated appoint Control Officers for the fields of radiation protection, nuclear safety, physical protection, and accounting for and control of nuclear materials. The Control Officers are staff members of the operating organization but their appointment is subject to approval by the National Board and requires adequate qualification. The main task of the Control Officers as specialists is to give advice to the plant manager who retains responsibility for the safety of nuclear facilities, and to verify on his behalf that all requirements within their competence are met by the operating group. For this reason the Control Officer has to be absolutely independent of the head of the operating group. To enable the Control Officers to accomplish all necessary control activities and to guarantee independence from the head of the operating group, the plant manager has to establish adequate regulations of operation. As a pattern for such regulations the National Board has issued a Recommendation for the Appointment of Nuclear Safety Control Officers for Research Reactors, which provides a comprehensive survey of the requisite qualification features as well as the duties and rights of these Control Officers. This recommendation will be dealt with in the presentation

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Performances on ratio and interval schedules of reinforcement: Data and theory

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    Baum, William M.

    1993-01-01

    Two differences between ratio and interval performance are well known: (a) Higher rates occur on ratio schedules, and (b) ratio schedules are unable to maintain responding at low rates of reinforcement (ratio “strain”). A third phenomenon, a downturn in response rate at the highest rates of reinforcement, is well documented for ratio schedules and is predicted for interval schedules. Pigeons were exposed to multiple variable-ratio variable-interval schedules in which the intervals generated i...

  1. Proposed amendments to the Staff Rules and Regulations related to exceptional contract extension beyond the statutory retirement age for members of the personnel appointed by the Council pursuant to article S II 1.01

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    Proposed amendments to the Staff Rules and Regulations related to exceptional contract extension beyond the statutory retirement age for members of the personnel appointed by the Council pursuant to article S II 1.01

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

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    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.

  3. Characteristics and Revelation of Appointment System of American University Teachers%美国大学教师聘任制度的特点与启示

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    赵志鲲

    2011-01-01

    Appointment system of teachers is the important part of management system of university teachers.After more than 300 years' development,American universities have established an appointment system which has both its own characteristics and accords with the characteristics of modern university system.It fits well with the characteristics of university academic organization,promotes the development of universities,and contributes to the winning of American higher education' s leading and central position in world higher education.In the appointment system of American university teachers,the mechanism of teachers' introduction,employment and dismissal supplies us with an important and unique perspective of understanding university system.A close investigation of appointment system of American university teachers will provide good revelation and references for appointing management of university teachers and reform of personnel systems.%教师聘任制度是大学教师管理制度的重要内容。美国大学经过300多年的发展,形成具有自身特色和符合现代大学制度特点的教师聘任制度,很好地契合了大学学术组织的特性,促进了大学的发展,也使得美国的高等教育居世界领先水平,成为世界高等教育的中心。在美国大学教师聘任制度中,教师的引进、使用与退出机制为我们理解大学制度提供了一个重要而独特的视角。认真考察美国大学教师聘任制度,对于做好我国大学教师聘用管理和人事制度改革具有很好的启发和借鉴作用。

  4. 75 FR 68598 - Notice of Appointment of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and...

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    ..., Education, and Economics Advisory Board AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA. ACTION..., Education, and Economics Advisory Board; Research Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office..., Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building, U.S. Department of...

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    ..., Education, and Economics Advisory Board AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA. ACTION... to fill 10 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics... October 1, 2012. ADDRESSES: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics...

  6. 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.

  7. Robust Scheduling for Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem

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    M. Rodriguez-Molins

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Decision makers must face the dynamism and uncertainty of real-world environments when they need to solve the scheduling problems. Different incidences or breakdowns, for example, initial data could change or some resources could become unavailable, may eventually cause the infeasibility of the obtained schedule. To overcome this issue, a robust model and a proactive approach are presented for scheduling problems without any previous knowledge about incidences. This paper is based on proportionally distributing operational buffers among the tasks. In this paper, we consider the berth allocation problem and the quay crane assignment problem as a representative example of scheduling problems. The dynamism and uncertainty are managed by assessing the robustness of the schedules. The robustness is introduced by means of operational buffer times to absorb those unknown incidences or breakdowns. Therefore, this problem becomes a multiobjective combinatorial optimization problem that aims to minimize the total service time, to maximize the buffer times, and to minimize the standard deviation of the buffer times. To this end, a mathematical model and a new hybrid multiobjective metaheuristic is presented and compared with two well-known multiobjective genetic algorithms: NSGAII and SPEA2+.

  8. 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...

  9. 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…

  10. Analysis of Manager Selection and Appointment to Educational Organizations Process in Turkey

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    Yard?b?, Nursel; Küçük, Fazil

    2015-01-01

    This study's aim is that to determine the requirements for school principals' selection and assignment conditions and to present these requirements' effects. Qualitative research design was used in this research, and also this study is content analysis research. School principals' selection and assignment conditions in Regulations between the…

  11. Does it pay to have friends? Social ties and executive appointments in banking

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    Allen N. Berger; Kick, Thomas; Koetter, Michael; Schaeck, Klaus

    2011-01-01

    Social capital theory predicts individuals establish social ties based on homophily, i.e., affinities for similar others. We exploit a unique sample to analyze how similarities and social ties affect career outcomes in banking based on age, education, gender, and employment history to examine if homophily and connectedness increase the probability that the appointee to an executive board is an outsider (an individual without previous employment at the bank) compared to being an insider. Our r...

  12. 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

    A rarely studied trend in corporate governance is the increasing tendency to fill CEO openings through external hires rather than through internal promotions: Kevin J. Murphy and Ján Zábojník (2004) show that the proportion of outside hires has doubled and their pay premium almost quadrupled over...

  13. 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

    A rarely studied trend in corporate governance is the increasing tendency to fill CEO openings through external hires rather than through internal promotions: Kevin J. Murphy and Ján Zábojník (2004) show that the proportion of outside hires has doubled and their pay premium almost quadrupled over...

  14. 77 FR 43808 - Advisory Committee and Species Working Group Technical Advisor Appointment

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    ... species working groups is preferred, although placement on the requested group is not guaranteed. Dated... 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...

  15. The Evolution of Empathy and Women’s Precarious Leadership Appointments

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    Vongas, John G.; Al Hajj, Raghid

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:26617564

  16. Institute for Society, Culture and Environment appoints research fellow on global issues

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    2007-01-01

    Fuzhi Cheng has joined Virginia Tech's Institute for Society, Culture and Environment as a research fellow of the Global Issues Initiative, according to Karen A. Roberto, the institute's interim director.

  17. Newly appointed directors in the boardroom: How do women and men differ?

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    Singh, Val; Terjesen, Siri; Vinnicombe, Susan

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates the human capital profile of new appointees to corporate boards, exploring gender differences in education, profile and career experiences. Findings from a study of UK boards reveal that women are significantly more likely to bring international diversity to their boards and to possess an MBA degree. New male directors are significantly more likely to have corporate board experience, including CEO/COO roles, while new female appointees are significant...

  18. 29 CFR 1404.12 - Selection by parties and appointments of arbitrators.

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    ... SERVICE ARBITRATION SERVICES Procedures for Arbitration Services § 1404.12 Selection by parties and... selection of an arbitrator or of the decision not to proceed with arbitration. Upon notification of the... or her willingness to serve. If the parties settle a case prior to the hearing, the parties...

  19. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences appoints leader for agricultural technology program

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    Roan, Kerstin

    2010-01-01

    Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Pavli Mykerezi of Blacksburg, Va., director of the agricultural technology program. Mykerezi led the agricultural technology program - the university's only two-year degree program - on an interim basis for the past year.

  20. Appointing Senior Managers in Education: Homosociability, Local Logics and Authenticity in the Selection Process

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    Grummell, Bernie; Devine, Dympna; Lynch, Kathleen

    2009-01-01

    While there is extensive research on educational leadership and management, the selection of leaders has received comparatively little attention. This article examines how educational leadership is constructed through the selection process in the context of a qualitative study of Irish education. It highlights the tensions that can exist for…

  1. 42 CFR 93.502 - Appointment of the Administrative Law Judge and scientific expert.

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    ... PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE POLICIES ON RESEARCH MISCONDUCT Opportunity To Contest ORI Findings of Research... expertise to assist the ALJ in evaluating scientific or technical issues related to the findings of research... expert's background and qualifications. Any comment on or response to a report by a party, which...

  2. Tramp Ship Routing and Scheduling - Incorporating Additional Complexities

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    Vilhelmsen, Charlotte

    and scheduling, the main contribution of this thesis is the exploration of the three aforementioned extensions of the basic tramp ship routing and scheduling problem. The work on these three distinct extensions together represent a diverse collection of both problems and solution methods within tramp ship......In tramp shipping, ships operate much like taxies, following the available demand. This contrasts liner shipping where vessels operate more like busses on a fixed route network according to a published timetable. Tramp operators can enter into long term contracts and thereby determine some...... 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...

  3. An Automated Tool for Optimizing Waste Transportation Routing and Scheduling

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    An automated software tool has been developed and implemented to increase the efficiency and overall life-cycle productivity of site cleanup by scheduling vehicle and container movement between waste generators and disposal sites on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation. The software tool identifies the best routes or accepts specifically requested routes and transit times, looks at fleet availability, selects the most cost effective route for each waste stream, and creates a transportation schedule in advance of waste movement. This tool was accepted by the customer and has been implemented. (authors)

  4. Application of coupled symbolic and numeric processing to an advanced scheduling system for plant construction

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    A scheduling system has been developed by integrating symbolic processing functions for constraint handling and modification guidance, with numeric processing functions for schedule optimization and evaluation. The system is composed of an automatic schedule generation module, interactive schedule revision module and schedule evaluation module. The goal of the problem solving is the flattening of the daily resources requirement throughout the scheduling period. The automatic schedule generation module optimizes the initial schedule according to the formulatable portion of requirement description specified in a predicate-like language. A planning engineer refines the near-goal schedule through a knowledge-based interactive optimization process to obtain the goal schedule which fully covers the requirement description, with the interactive schedule revision module and schedule evaluation module. A scheduling system has been implemented on the basis of the proposed problem solving framework and experimentally applied to real-world sized scheduling problems for plant construction. With a result of the overall plant construction scheduling, a section schedule optimization process is described with the emphasis on the symbolic processing functions. (author)

  5. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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

    2013-01-01

    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, 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...... by the express-bus network in the Greater Copenhagen area. The results are encouraging and indicate a potential decrease of passenger transfer waiting times in the network of up to 20%, with the vehicle scheduling costs remaining mostly unaffected....

  6. Analysis of the planning and scheduling functionality in APS systems

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    Steger-Jensen, Kenn; Hvolby, Hans-Henrik

    2001-10-01

    The paper discusses the basic functionality of planning and scheduling in Advanced Planning and Scheduling systems (APS). Three basic planning options - unconstrained planning, constrained planning and optimization are analyzed by use of theory and examples based on test of an APS system. Even though the planning functionality are radically improved compared to MRP and MRP II, the balance between the objectives are found to be too rigid. This conclusion is based on a number of examples, comparing the outcome of different objectives such as constraints based planning versus optimized planning.

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

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    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

  8. Gang FTP scheduling of periodic and parallel rigid real-time tasks

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    Goossens, Joël

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we consider the scheduling of periodic and parallel rigid tasks. We provide (and prove correct) an exact schedulability test for Fixed Task Priority (FTP) Gang scheduler sub-classes: Parallelism Monotonic, Idling, Limited Gang, and Limited Slack Reclaiming. Additionally, we study the predictability of our schedulers: we show that Gang FJP schedulers are not predictable and we identify several sub-classes which are actually predictable. Moreover, we extend the definition of rigid, moldable and malleable jobs to recurrent tasks.

  9. Production scheduling with discrete and renewable additional resources

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    Kalinowski, K.; Grabowik, C.; Paprocka, I.; Kempa, W.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper an approach to planning of additional resources when scheduling operations are discussed. The considered resources are assumed to be discrete and renewable. In most research in scheduling domain, the basic and often the only type of regarded resources is a workstation. It can be understood as a machine, a device or even as a separated space on the shop floor. In many cases, during the detailed scheduling of operations the need of using more than one resource, required for its implementation, can be indicated. Resource requirements for an operation may relate to different resources or resources of the same type. Additional resources are most often referred to these human resources, tools or equipment, for which the limited availability in the manufacturing system may have an influence on the execution dates of some operations. In the paper the concept of the division into basic and additional resources and their planning method was shown. A situation in which sets of basic and additional resources are not separable - the same additional resource may be a basic resource for another operation is also considered. Scheduling of operations, including greater amount of resources can cause many difficulties, depending on whether the resource is involved in the entire time of operation, only in the selected part(s) of operation (e.g. as auxiliary staff at setup time) or cyclic - e.g. when an operator supports more than one machine, or supervises the execution of several operations. For this reason the dates and work times of resources participation in the operation can be different. Presented issues are crucial when modelling of production scheduling environment and designing of structures for the purpose of scheduling software development.

  10. The Simultaneous Vehicle Scheduling and Passenger Service Problem

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

    2013-01-01

    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, 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...

  11. 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. PMID:24882135

  12. 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.

  13. Load-scheduling and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in the Smart Grid

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    Haukedal, Eirik Daleng

    2012-01-01

    To avoid the problem that increasing PHEV demand will further aggravate peak demand hours in the power grid, several different multi-agent scheduling mechanisms have been investigated, including two centralized scheduling mechanisms and two decentralized scheduling mechanisms. For both of the decentralized mechanisms, the PHEV agents choose their own charging plans without relying upon a centralized scheduler, while in the centralized scheduling mechanisms, the PHEVs agents defer control to a...

  14. Generating Variable and Random Schedules of Reinforcement Using Microsoft Excel Macros

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    Bancroft, Stacie L; Bourret, Jason C

    2008-01-01

    Variable reinforcement schedules are used to arrange the availability of reinforcement following varying response ratios or intervals of time. Random reinforcement schedules are subtypes of variable reinforcement schedules that can be used to arrange the availability of reinforcement at a constant probability across number of responses or time. Generating schedule values for variable and random reinforcement schedules can be difficult. The present article describes the steps necessary to writ...

  15. 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

  16. Scheduling of irrigation and drainage using numerical methods

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    Zaradny H.

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the HZAR and UGWTPN models are described. The HZAR programme is used for the description of water flow in the soil with plant water uptake and for the account of drain pipe spacing. The UGWTPN (subroutine IRRDEC for the estimation of dry mass yield of plant and irrigation scheduling is given.

  17. 76 FR 35048 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. These, too, may be requested and will be..., it too includes information about the records. Further information about the disposition process is... and non- certification files. 8. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs...

  18. Baseline development, economic risk, and schedule risk: An integrated approach

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    The economic and schedule risks of Environmental Restoration (ER) projects are commonly analyzed toward the end of the baseline development process. Risk analysis is usually performed as the final element of the scheduling or estimating processes for the purpose of establishing cost and schedule contingency. However, there is an opportunity for earlier assessment of risks, during development of the technical scope and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Integrating the processes of risk management and baselining provides for early incorporation of feedback regarding schedule and cost risk into the proposed scope of work. Much of the information necessary to perform risk analysis becomes available during development of the technical baseline, as the scope of work and WBS are being defined. The analysis of risk can actually be initiated early on during development of the technical baseline and continue throughout development of the complete project baseline. Indeed, best business practices suggest that information crucial to the success of a project be analyzed and incorporated into project planning as soon as it is available and usable

  19. 78 FR 70586 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... working files, financial records, and Web site design records. Proposed for permanent retention are... disposal or reduce the retention period of records already authorized for disposal. NARA invites public... accumulation, agency records managers prepare schedules proposing retention periods for records and...

  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. Salary Schedules and Fringe Benefits for Teachers, 1972-73.

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    Stieber, Gertrude N.

    This report gives precise information on salary schedules for teachers in 1,240 reporting school systems with enrollments of 6,000 or more, and for 178 selected systems in high income suburban areas with enrollments of 1,000 or more. The system-by-system listing, which makes up the major portion of this report, gives minimum and maximum scheduled…

  2. Classification of Ship Routing and Scheduling Problems in Liner Shipping

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    Kjeldsen, Karina Hjortshøj

    2011-01-01

    This article provides a classification scheme for ship routing and scheduling problems in liner shipping in line with the current and future operational conditions of the liner shipping industry. Based on the classification, the literature is divided into groups whose main characteristics are...

  3. 76 FR 66761 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... item). Master files of an electronic information system used to improve readiness and reduce excess..., 1 item, temporary item). General administrative records including work papers, agendas, statistical... information system used to schedule, manage, and track students training at the Army Logistics...

  4. 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)…

  5. 76 FR 29802 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurence Brewer, Director, Life Cycle Management Division (NWML...). Master files of an electronic information system containing cost, risk, and contract data retrievable as... information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. These, too, may be requested and will...

  6. Do the Math: Course Redesign's Impact on Learning and Scheduling

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    Squires, John; Faulkner, Jerry; Hite, Carl

    2009-01-01

    The math department at Cleveland State Community College embarked upon course redesign in 2008. As a result of this project, student engagement, learning, and success rates have increased dramatically. By including both developmental and college level math courses in the redesign, the department has been able to implement innovative scheduling and…

  7. 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...

  8. Defuelling Hunterston A - ahead of schedule and budget targets

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    Archibald, J. (Scottish Nuclear Ltd., Glasgow (United Kingdom))

    1994-12-01

    The project manager in charge of decommissioning at Hunterston A power station describes the successful defuelling of the reactor. This process, which came about despite the Magnox reactor's excellent reliability and productivity record, was completed ahead of time schedule and within its budget targets. (UK).

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

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    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.

  10. Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Butyryl Fentanyl and Beta-Hydroxythiofentanyl Into Schedule I. Final order.

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    2016-05-12

    The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this final order to temporarily schedule the synthetic opioids, N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylbutyramide, also known as N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylbutanamide, (butyryl fentanyl) and N-[1-[2-hydroxy-2-(thiophen-2-yl)ethyl]piperidin-4-yl]-N-phenylpropionamide, also known as N-[1-[2-hydroxy-2-(2-thienyl)ethyl]-4-piperidinyl]-N-phenylpropanamide, (beta-hydroxythiofentanyl), and their isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers, into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of butyryl fentanyl and beta-hydroxythiofentanyl into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. As a result of this order, the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances will be imposed on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess), or propose to handle, butyryl fentanyl and beta-hydroxythiofentanyl. PMID:27192733

  11. 75 FR 19663 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ...: You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting the Life Cycle... request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurence Brewer, Director, Life Cycle Management Division (NWML... consulting services, such as executive coaching and leadership assessment, aimed at overcoming...

  12. 76 FR 38210 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments

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    ... medium in which the records are created and maintained. Items included in schedules submitted to NARA on or after December 17, 2007, are media neutral unless the item is limited to a specific medium. (See... of investigations on incidents of workplace violence. 2. Department of Agriculture, Grain...

  13. An Organizational and Qualitative Approach to Improving University Course Scheduling

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    Hill, Duncan L.

    2010-01-01

    Focusing on the current timetabling process at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), I apply David Wesson's theoretical framework in order to understand (1) how increasing enrollment interacts with a decentralized timetabling process to limit the flexibility of course schedules and (2) the resultant impact on educational quality. I then…

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    ...: You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting the Life Cycle... request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurence Brewer, Director, Life Cycle Management Division (NWML... the Congressional Act of 1986 (Family Farms and Family Fishermen); historically significant...

  15. 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.

  16. Advanced Technology System Scheduling Governance Model

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    Ang, Jim [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Carnes, Brian [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hoang, Thuc [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Vigil, Manuel [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-06-11

    In the fall of 2005, the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program appointed a team to formulate a governance model for allocating resources and scheduling the stockpile stewardship workload on ASC capability systems. This update to the original document takes into account the new technical challenges and roles for advanced technology (AT) systems and the new ASC Program workload categories that must be supported. The goal of this updated model is to effectively allocate and schedule AT computing resources among all three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories for weapons deliverables that merit priority on this class of resource. The process outlined below describes how proposed work can be evaluated and approved for resource allocations while preserving high effective utilization of the systems. This approach will provide the broadest possible benefit to the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP).

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Scheduling language and algorithm development study. Volume 1, phase 2: Design considerations for a scheduling and resource allocation system

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    Morrell, R. A.; Odoherty, R. J.; Ramsey, H. R.; Reynolds, C. C.; Willoughby, J. K.; Working, R. D.

    1975-01-01

    Data and analyses related to a variety of algorithms for solving typical large-scale scheduling and resource allocation problems are presented. The capabilities and deficiencies of various alternative problem solving strategies are discussed from the viewpoint of computer system design.

  20. Experience feed back of nuclear island design schedule construction and management in EPR project

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    In the EPR project construction progress, with method of observing schedule system part by part, then as a whole, compare the EPR schedule management methods with CPR1000. Especially focus on EPR nuclear island design schedule construction method-First construction schedules divided, then establish links with different project schedule as a whole. And compare EPR NI design schedule with CPR1000 in EPS, WBS and so on, at the same time also explaining the important function of interface project which between upstream schedule and downstream schedule. Present civil work, system and layout design schedule construction ways of nuclear island, and discuss about the time arrangement of these milestones, to achieve the target of experience feed back. (authors)

  1. Multiple schedules in practical application: Research trends and implications for future investigation.

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    Saini, Valdeep; Miller, Scott A; Fisher, Wayne W

    2016-06-01

    Researchers began studying multiple schedules in basic laboratories, but recent advances have extended research on multiple schedules to a wide variety of socially significant applications, especially during the last decade. Applied researchers have used multiple schedules to (a) promote stimulus control over high-rate appropriate behaviors, (b) thin the schedule of reinforcement following functional communication training, and (c) obtain stimulus control over problem behaviors maintained by automatic reinforcement. In the current paper, we reviewed 31 studies with 147 applications identified through a search of the applied literature on multiple schedules. Using these studies, we (a) reviewed the empirical literature on multiple schedules, (b) recommended multiple-schedule procedures that serve as best practice guidelines for applied behavior analysts, (c) identified the generality and boundaries of current knowledge about the effectiveness of multiple schedules, and (d) critically analyzed the literature to provide directions for future multiple-schedule research. PMID:26990754

  2. 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.

  3. Integration of Scheduling and Advanced Process Control in Semiconductor Manufacturing: Review and Outlook

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    Yugma, Claude; Blue, Jakey; DAUZERE-PERES, Stéphane; Obeid, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Scheduling in semiconductor manufacturing is of vital importance due to the impact on production performance indicators such as equipment utilization, cycle time, and delivery times. With the increasing complexity of semiconductor manufacturing, ever-new products and demanding customers, scheduling plans for efficient production control become crucial. Scheduling and control are mutually dependent as control requires information from scheduling, for example, where jobs are processed, and sched...

  4. A Branch and Bound and Simulated Annealing Approach for Job Shop Scheduling

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    Tan Hui Woon; Sutinah Salim

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents two approaches to the solution of the job shop scheduling problem, namely the branch and bound, and simulated annealing approach. The objective is to schedule the jobs on the machines so that the total completion time is minimized. In the branch and bound approach, the job shop scheduling problem is represented by a disjunctive graph, then the optimal schedule is obtained using the branch and bound algorithm while simulated annealing is a local search based algorithm which...

  5. ASPEN: A Framework for Automated Planning and Scheduling of Spacecraft Control and Operations

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    Yan, David; Fukunaga, Alex S.; Rabideau, Gregg; Chien, Steve

    1997-01-01

    In this paper, we describe ASPEN (Automated Planning/Scheduling Environment), a modular, reconfigurable application framework which is capable of supporting a wide variety of planning and scheduling applications.

  6. A new model of scheduling in manufacturing: tasks, roles, and monitoring.

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    Jackson, Sarah; Wilson, John R; MacCarthy, Bart L

    2004-01-01

    For over 3 decades there was a belief that computer-based solutions would "solve" complex industrial scheduling problems, yet most manufacturing organizations still require human contributions for effective scheduling performance. We present a new model of scheduling for the development and implementation of effective scheduling systems within manufacturing companies. The model derives from investigating the work of 7 schedulers in 4 manufacturing environments using a qualitative field study approach, for which novel field-based data collection and analysis methods were developed. The results show that scheduling in practice comprises task, role, and monitoring activities and that the business environment influences a scheduler at work. A new definition of scheduling is presented that includes the significant facilitation and implementation aspects of human scheduling ignored by many computer-based scheduling approaches. The implications for this model extend across the domains of human factors and operations management, especially for the analysis and improvement of existing and new production planning and control processes and enterprise information systems. Actual or potential applications of this research include the analysis, design, and management of planning, scheduling, and control processes in industry; the selection, training, and support of production schedulers; and the allocation of tasks to humans and computer systems in industrial planning, scheduling, and control processes. PMID:15573550

  7. Resistance to reinforcement change in multiple and concurrent schedules assessed in transition and at steady state

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    McLean, Anthony P.; Blampied, Neville M.

    1995-01-01

    Behavioral momentum theory relates resistance to change of responding in a multiple-schedule component to the total reinforcement obtained in that component, regardless of how the reinforcers are produced. Four pigeons responded in a series of multiple-schedule conditions in which a variable-interval 40-s schedule arranged reinforcers for pecking in one component and a variable-interval 360-s schedule arranged them in the other. In addition, responses on a second key were reinforced according...

  8. 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. PMID:22474098

  9. 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

    the scheduling needs of their applications. To address these problems, we present the design of Bossa, a language targeted toward the development of scheduling policies. Bossa provides high-level abstractions that are specific to the domain of scheduling. These constructs simplify the task of specifying a new...... scheduling policy and facilitate the static verification of critical safety properties. We illustrate our approach by presenting an implementation of the EDF scheduling policy. The overhead of Bossa is acceptable. Overall, we have found that Bossa simplifies scheduler development to the point that kernel...

  10. 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.

  11. AN OVERVIEW OF THE ADVANCED PLANNING AND SCHEDULING SYSTEMS

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    Thales Botelho de Sousa; Carlos Eduardo Soares Camparotti; Fábio Müller Guerrini; Adauto Lucas da Silva; Walther Azzolini Júnior

    2014-01-01

    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 con...

  12. Planning and scheduling for petroleum refineries using mathematical programming

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    Joly M.; Moro L.F.L.; Pinto J.M.

    2002-01-01

    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 sim...

  13. Understanding Applications of Project Planning and Scheduling in Construction Projects

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    AlNasseri, Hammad Abdullah

    2015-01-01

    Construction project life-cycle processes must be managed in a more effective and predictable way to meet project stakeholders’ needs. However, there is increasing concern about whether know-how effectively improves understanding of underlying theories of project management processes for construction organizations and their project managers. Project planning and scheduling are considered as key and challenging tools in controlling and monitoring project performance, but many worldwide constru...

  14. Personnel preferences in personnel planning and scheduling

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    Veen, van der, H.B.

    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...

  15. Scheduling (Dagstuhl Seminar 13111)

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    Albers, Susanne; Boxma, Onno J.; Pruhs, Kirk

    2013-01-01

    This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 13111 "Scheduling". The primary objective of the seminar is to facilitate dialog and collaboration between researchers in two different mathematically-oriented scheduling research communities, the stochastic scheduling and queuing community, and the worst-case approximation scheduling community.

  16. Backfilling with Fairness and Slack for Parallel Job Scheduling

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    Parallel job scheduling typically combines a basic policy like FCFS with backfilling, i.e. moving jobs to an earlier than their regular scheduling position if they do not delay the jobs ahead in the queue according to the rules of the backfilling approach applied. Commonly used are conservative and easy backfilling which either have worse response times but better predictability or better response times and poor predictability. The paper proposes a relaxation of conservative backfilling by permitting to shift jobs within certain constraints to backfill more jobs and reduce fragmentation and subsequently obtain better response times. At the same time, deviation from fairness is kept low and predictability remains high. The results of the experimentation evaluation show that the goals are met, with response-time performance lying as expected between conservative and easy backfilling.

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

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    Joly, M.

    2012-01-01

    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 imp...

  18. Traffic Patrol Service Platform Scheduling and Containment Optimization Strategy

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    Wang, Tiane; Niu, Taiyang; Wan, Baocheng; Li, Jian

    This article is based on the traffic and patrol police service platform settings and scheduling, in order to achieve the main purpose of rapid containment for the suspect in an emergency event. Proposing new boundary definition based on graph theory, using 0-1 programming, Dijkstra algorithm, the shortest path tree (SPT) and some of the related knowledge establish a containment model. Finally, making a combination with a city-specific data and using this model obtain the best containment plan.

  19. Security and Fault aware Scheduling in Computational Grid

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    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.

  20. Prioritizing and scheduling Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant safeguards upgrades

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    As part of the Site Safeguards and Security Plan (SSSP), facilities are required to develop a Resource Plan (RP). The Resource Plan provides documentation and justification for the facility's planned upgrades, including the schedule, priority, and cost estimates for the safeguards and security upgrades. Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) management has identified and obtained funding approval for a number of safeguards and security upgrades, including line-item construction projects. These upgrade projects were selected to address a variety of concerns identified in the PORTS vulnerability assessments and other reviews performed in support of the SSSP process. However, budgeting and scheduling constraints do not make it possible to simultaneously begin implementation of all of the upgrade projects. A formal methodology and analysis are needed to explicitly address the trade-offs between competing safeguards objectives, and to prioritize and schedule the upgrade projects to ensure that the maximum benefit can be realized in the shortest possible time frame. The purpose of this report is to describe the methodology developed to support these upgrade project scheduling decisions. The report also presents the results obtained from applying the methodology to a set of the upgrade projects selected by PORTS S ampersand S management. Data for the analysis are based on discussions with personnel familiar with the PORTS safeguards and security needs, the requirements for implementing these upgrades, and upgrade funding limitations. The analysis results presented here assume continued highly enriched uranium (HEU) operations at PORTS. However, the methodology developed is readily adaptable for the evaluation of other operational scenarios and other resource allocation issues relevant to PORTS

  1. Adapting planning and scheduling concepts to an engineering perspective: Key issues and successful techniques

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    Traditional approaches to engineering planning are slanted toward the formats and interests of downstream implementation, and do not always consider the form and criticality of the front-end engineering development process. These processes and scopes are less defined and more subjective than most construction and operations tasks, and require flexible scheduling methods. This paper discusses the characteristics and requirement of engineering schedules, presents concepts for approaching planning in this field, and illustrates simple methods for developing and analyzing engineering plans, and evaluating schedule performance. Engineering plans are structured into a schedule hierarchy which delineates appropriate control and responsibilities, and is governed by key evaluation and decision milestones. Schedule risk analysis considers the uncertainty of engineering tasks, and critical resource constraints. Methods to evaluate schedule performance recognize that engineers and managers are responsible for adequate planning and forecasting, and quality decisions, even if they cannot control all factors influencing schedule results

  2. Knowledge based tools for Hubble Space Telescope planning and scheduling: Constraints and strategies

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    Miller, Glenn; Johnston, Mark; Vick, Shon; Sponsler, Jeff; Lindenmayer, Kelly

    1988-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) presents an especially challenging scheduling problem since a year's observing program encompasses tens of thousands of exposures facing numerous coupled constraints. Recent progress in the development of planning and scheduling tools is discussed which augment the existing HST ground system. General methods for representing activities, constraints, and constraint satisfaction, and time segmentation were implemented in a scheduling testbed. The testbed permits planners to evaluate optimal scheduling time intervals, calculate resource usage, and to generate long and medium range plans. Graphical displays of activities, constraints, and plans are an important feature of the system. High-level scheduling strategies using rule based and neural net approaches were implemented.

  3. Algorithms and Systems for Virtual Machine Scheduling in Cloud Infrastructures

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    Li, Wubin

    2014-01-01

    With the emergence of cloud computing, computing resources (i.e., networks, servers, storage, applications, etc.) are provisioned as metered on-demand services over net- works, and can be rapidly allocated and released with minimal management effort. In the cloud computing paradigm, the virtual machine (VM) is one of the most com- monly used resource units in which business services are encapsulated. VM schedul- ing optimization, i.e., finding optimal placement schemes for VMs and reconfigu- ...

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

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    Behnam Ali; Harfield Toby; Kenley Russell

    2016-01-01

    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 ...

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

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    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.

  6. Radiation exposure modeling and project schedule visualization

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    This paper discusses two applications using IGRIP (Interactive Graphical Robot Instruction Program) to assist environmental remediation efforts at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. In the first application, IGRIP is used to calculate the estimated radiation exposure to workers conducting tasks in radiation environments. In the second, IGRIP is used as a configuration management tool to detect interferences between equipment and personnel work areas for multiple projects occurring simultaneously in one area. Both of these applications have the capability to reduce environmental remediation costs by reducing personnel radiation exposure and by providing a method to effectively manage multiple projects in a single facility

  7. Radiation exposure modeling and project schedule visualization

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    Jaquish, W.R.; Enderlin, V.R. [ICF Kaiser Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)

    1995-10-01

    This paper discusses two applications using IGRIP (Interactive Graphical Robot Instruction Program) to assist environmental remediation efforts at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. In the first application, IGRIP is used to calculate the estimated radiation exposure to workers conducting tasks in radiation environments. In the second, IGRIP is used as a configuration management tool to detect interferences between equipment and personnel work areas for multiple projects occurring simultaneously in one area. Both of these applications have the capability to reduce environmental remediation costs by reducing personnel radiation exposure and by providing a method to effectively manage multiple projects in a single facility.

  8. Surface Operations Simulator and Scheduler (SOSS) Presentation

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    Zhu, Zhifan

    2016-01-01

    NASA - KAIA (Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement) - KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) collaboration surface air traffic management research has been ongoing since May 2015. In the first year collaboration, NASA's SOSS software has been transferred to KAIA and KARI teams to provide fast time simulation capability. Incheon International Airport model has been developed for SOSS.

  9. Fermilab fixed target program and schedule

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    The author describes the research program for the Fermilab fixed target facility. The planned experiments concern neutrino interactions, beam dump studies, muon scattering, dimuon production, hadronic jets, direct photon production, hyperon decays, CP violation, polarized proton physics, and heavy quark states. (HSI)

  10. 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.

  11. Mission Planning and Scheduling System for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Mission

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    Garcia, Gonzalo; Barnoy, Assaf; Beech, Theresa; Saylor, Rick; Cosgrove, Sager; Ritter, Sheila

    2009-01-01

    In the framework of NASA's return to the Moon efforts, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the first step. It is an unmanned mission to create a comprehensive atlas of the Moon's features and resources necessary to design and build a lunar outpost. LRO is scheduled for launch in April, 2009. LRO carries a payload comprised of six instruments and one technology demonstration. In addition to its scientific mission LRO will use new technologies, systems and flight operations concepts to reduce risk and increase productivity of future missions. As part of the effort to achieve robust and efficient operations, the LRO Mission Operations Team (MOT) will use its Mission Planning System (MPS) to manage the operational activities of the mission during the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) and operational phases of the mission. The MPS, based on GMV's flexplan tool and developed for NASA with Honeywell Technology Solutions (prime contractor), will receive activity and slew maneuver requests from multiple science operations centers (SOC), as well as from the spacecraft engineers. flexplan will apply scheduling rules to all the requests received and will generate conflict free command schedules in the form of daily stored command loads for the orbiter and a set of daily pass scripts that help automate nominal real-time operations.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ...

  14. The CLASS system and the scheduling problem

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    The need to process large quantities of data on the machine equipment of nuclear power plants and the high level of occurrence of recurrent technological procedures applied in maintenance will create the preconditions for the introduction of automated processing of this data and the subsequent automated control of units of centralized maintenance in nuclear power plants. For the said purposes the Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plants at Jaslovske Bohunice has selected activities suitable for automated processing and has experimentally applied to these activities the CLASS decision-making system operating with the CPM method. It is stated that the automated system for the operative control of repairs of nuclear power plants requires detailed information on conditions from which ensue the inter-relations between repairs. The choice of the most suitable sequence of operations should be left to the program which uses elements of artificial intelligence. Some aspects are discussed of the mathematical model of such a decision-making system in CLASS-AI operative control. (Z.M.)

  15. Heuristics for production scheduling problem with machining and assembly operations

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    P.M. Khodke

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    Full Text Available This work deals with production scheduling problem in an assembly flow shop, having parts machining followed by their subsequent assembly operations. Limited heuristics available on the problem, are based on unrealistic assumption that every part is processed on all machines. In this paper, two heuristics NEH_BB and Disjunctive are proposed to solve assembly flow shop scheduling problem where every part may not be processed on each machine. Exhaustive computational experiments are conducted with 60 trials each. The methods are found to be applicable to large size problems. The objective functions used for comparison are makespan and computational time. Disjunctive method takes very less computational time as compared to NEH_BB and hence claimed to be the better among available approaches for finding solution in assembly flow shop problems.

  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. REPNET: project scheduling and workflow optimization for Construction Projects

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    Marco Alvise Bragadin; Kalle Kahkonen

    2013-01-01

    Project planning and control are core processes for construction management. In practice project planning is achieved by network - based techniques like Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM).Indeed many researchers and practitioners claims that networking techniques as such do not provide a suitable model for construction projects. Construction process modeling should incorporate for specific features of resource flows through project activities. So an improved resource scheduling method for co...

  19. Models and algorithms for ground staff scheduling on airports

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    Herbers, Jörg

    2005-01-01

    The planning of airport ground staff gives rise to a number of challenging optimisation problems. Ground handling workloads are naturally represented as work tasks, e.g. for baggage unloading or passenger check-in. These workloads must be covered by appropriate employees. Staff scheduling is usually carried out in several stages: In demand planning, workloads are aggregated and analysed, in shift planning, appropriate shift duties are generated, and rostering consists in generating lines of d...

  20. Variations of coloring problems related to scheduling and discrete tomography

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    Ries, Bernard; de Werra, Dominique

    2008-01-01

    The graph coloring problem is one of the most famous problems in graph theory and has a large range of applications. It consists in coloring the vertices of an undirected graph with a given number of colors such that two adjacent vertices get different colors. This thesis deals with some variations of this basic coloring problem which are related to scheduling and discrete tomography. These problems may also be considered as partitioning problems. In Chapter 1 basic definitions of computation...

  1. Variations of coloring problems related to scheduling and discrete tomography

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    Ries, Bernard

    2007-01-01

    The graph coloring problem is one of the most famous problems in graph theory and has a large range of applications. It consists in coloring the vertices of an undirected graph with a given number of colors such that two adjacent vertices get different colors. This thesis deals with some variations of this basic coloring problem which are related to scheduling and discrete tomography. These problems may also be considered as partitioning problems. In Chapter 1 basic definitions of computation...

  2. TRUST BASED RESOURCE SELECTION AND LIST SCHEDULING IN CLOUD COMPUTING

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    Suresh Kumar, V.; M. Aramudhan

    2014-01-01

    Cloud computing is network based computing using the internet, which is utility based, on demand computing with each client using other systems hardware/software/infrastructure in a cloud environment accessed through closed network. Cloud computing platforms hide underlying infrastructure’s complexity and fine details from end users by providing simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) or Applications Programming Interface (API). List scheduling creates a jobs list based on priorities and the hi...

  3. 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......-week schedule and comparisons of the feasibility and toxicity between the two schedules have not previously been published. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with stage IV TCC, treated with GC by a standard 4-week or by an alternative 3-week schedule. RESULTS: A...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. The Evolving Schedule M–3: A New Era of Corporate Show and Tell?

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    Boynton, Charles; Mills, Lillian

    2004-01-01

    This paper supplements the arguments for replacing Schedule M–1 and outlines the main features of the proposed Schedule M–3. We examine the magnitude of reported book–tax differences and provide evidence of consolidation issues affecting Schedules M–1, L, and Form 1120. Features of the new Schedule M–3 are designed to standardize reporting across firms and distinguish permanent from temporary book–tax differences. Overall, comments received by IRS and Treasury from private industry generally ...

  8. Multi-objective integrated process planning and scheduling : a hybrid MAS/ACO approach

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    Zhang, Sicheng.; 张思成

    2015-01-01

    Process planning and scheduling are two important manufacturing planning functions which are traditionally performed separately and sequentially. Usually, the process plan has to be prepared first before scheduling can be performed. However, due to the complexity of manufacturing systems and the uncertainties encountered in practical production, the sequentially prepared process plans and schedules may sometimes become inefficient or even infeasible. Integrated process planning and scheduling...

  9. The operational flight and multi-crew scheduling problem

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a new kind of operational multi-crew scheduling problem which consists in simultaneously modifying, as necessary, the existing flight departure times and planned individual work days (duties for the set of crew members, while respecting predefined aircraft itineraries. The splitting of a planned crew is allowed during a day of operations, where it is more important to cover a flight than to keep planned crew members together. The objective is to cover a maximum number of flights from a day of operations while minimizing changes in both the flight schedule and the next-day planned duties for the considered crew members. A new type of the same flight departure time constraints is introduced. They ensure that a flight which belongs to several personalized duties, where the number of duties is equal to the number of crew members assigned to the flight, will have the same departure time in each of these duties. Two variants of the problem are considered. The first variant allows covering of flights by less than the planned number of crew members, while the second one requires covering of flights by a complete crew. The problem is mathematically formulated as an integer nonlinear multi-commodity network flow model with time windows and supplementary constraints. The optimal solution approach is based on Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition/column generation embedded into a branch-and-bound scheme. The resulting computational times on commercial-size problems are very good. Our new simultaneous approach produces solutions whose quality is far better than that of the traditional sequential approach where the flight schedule has been changed first and then input as a fixed data to the crew scheduling problem.

  10. Integrating Planning and Scheduling Capabilities in a Space Robotics Domain

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    Cesta, Amedeo; De Benedictis, Riccardo; Orlandini, Andrea; Umbrico, Alessandro; Bernardi, Giulio

    2013-01-01

    This paper focuses on the ESA APSI software platform for developing planning and scheduling applications for space missions. In particular, it describes work performed by CNR-ISTC developing new APSI-compliant features that address aspects considered as "improvable" in the current A PSI distribution. The APSI version used within the G OAC project has been considered as the starting state for the new work. In particular, two aspects are described: (a) two new planning systems able to integrate...

  11. Multi-core processing and scheduling performance in CMS

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    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ...

  14. 18 CFR 154.102 - Requirements for filing rate schedules and tariffs.

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    ... rate schedules and tariffs. 154.102 Section 154.102 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL... TARIFFS Form and Composition of Tariff § 154.102 Requirements for filing rate schedules and tariffs. (a) All rates schedules, tariffs, and service agreements may be filed either by dividing the rate...

  15. 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.

  16. Cost and schedule reduction for next-generation Candu

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    AECL has developed a suite of technologies for CanduR reactors that enable the next step in the evolution of the Candu family of heavy-water-moderated fuel-channel reactors. These technologies have been combined in the design for the Advanced Candu Reactor TM1 (ACRTM), AECL's next generation Candu power plant. The ACR design builds extensively on the existing Candu experience base, but includes innovations, in design and in delivery technology, that provide very substantial reductions in capital cost and in project schedules. In this paper, main features of next generation design and delivery are summarized, to provide the background basis for the cost and schedule reductions that have been achieved. In particular the paper outlines the impact of the innovative design steps for ACR: - Selection of slightly enriched fuel bundle design; - Use of light water coolant in place of traditional Candu heavy water coolant; - Compact core design with unique reactor physics benefits; - Optimized coolant and turbine system conditions. In addition to the direct cost benefits arising from efficiency improvement, and from the reduction in heavy water, the next generation Candu configuration results in numerous additional indirect cost benefits, including: - Reduction in number and complexity of reactivity mechanisms; - Reduction in number of heavy water auxiliary systems; - Simplification in heat transport and its support systems; - Simplified human-machine interface. The paper also describes the ACR approach to design for constructability. The application of module assembly and open-top construction techniques, based on Candu and other worldwide experience, has been proven to generate savings in both schedule durations and overall project cost, by reducing premium on-site activities, and by improving efficiency of system and subsystem assembly. AECL's up-to-date experience in the use of 3-D CADDS and related engineering tools has also been proven to reduce both engineering and

  17. Coordinating Space Telescope Operations in an Integrated Planning and Scheduling Architecture

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    Muscettola, Nicola; Smith, Stephen F.; Cesta, Amedeo; D'Aloisi, Daniela

    1992-01-01

    This paper describes HSTS (Heuristic Scheduling Testbed System), a software architecture for integrated planning and scheduling. HSTS has been applied to the problem of generating observation schedules for the Hubble Space Telescope. This problem is representative of the class of problems that HSTS tries to address: their complexity lies in the interaction of resource allocation and auxiliary task expansion. HSTS deals with this interaction by viewing planning and scheduling as two complement...

  18. 14 CFR 121.541 - Operations schedules: Domestic and flag operations.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Operations schedules: Domestic and flag... OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: DOMESTIC, FLAG, AND SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATIONS Flight Operations § 121.541 Operations schedules: Domestic and flag operations. In establishing flight operations schedules, each...

  19. The Effects of Work-Reinforcer Schedules on Performance and Preference in Students with Autism

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    Bukala, Magdalena; Hu, Meng Yao; Lee, Ronald; Ward-Horner, John C.; Fienup, Daniel M.

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated performance under and preference for continuous and discontinuous work-reinforcer schedules in 3 students who had been diagnosed with autism. Under continuous schedules, participants completed all work and consumed all reinforcers in contiguous units. Under discontinuous schedules, work and reinforcer access were broken up…

  20. 15 CFR Schedule I to Part 700 - Approved Programs and Delegate Agencies

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    ... Agencies I Schedule I to Part 700 Commerce and Foreign Trade Regulations Relating to Commerce and Foreign... BASE REGULATIONS DEFENSE PRIORITIES AND ALLOCATIONS SYSTEM Pt. 700, Sched. I Schedule I to Part 700—Approved Programs and Delegate Agencies The programs listed in this schedule have been approved...

  1. Concurrent Second-Order Schedules: Some Effects Of Variations In Response Number And Duration

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    Sealey, Diane M; Sumpter, Catherine E; Temple, W.; Foster, T. Mary

    2005-01-01

    To examine the effects on concurrent performance of independent manipulations of response-unit duration and number, 6 hens were exposed to concurrent second-order schedules of reinforcement. Each first-order operant unit required completion of a fixed-ratio schedule within the time specified by a fixed-interval schedule, with one further response completing the fixed-interval schedule. The fixed-ratio and fixed-interval requirements comprising the first-order operant units were systematically...

  2. Efficiently Scheduling Task Dataflow Parallelism: A Comparison Between Swan and QUARK

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    Vandierendonck, Hans

    2015-01-01

    Increased system variability and irregularity of parallelism in applications put increasing demands on the ef- ficiency of dynamic task schedulers. This paper presents a new design for a work-stealing scheduler supporting both Cilk- style recursively parallel code and parallelism deduced from dataflow dependences. Initial evaluation on a set of linear algebra kernels demonstrates that our scheduler outperforms PLASMA’s QUARK scheduler by up to 16.3% on 32 threads. Moreover, by reducing schedu...

  3. 76 FR 68166 - Discontinuing the Mass Mailing of Paper Fee Schedules to Registered Attorneys, Agents, and...

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    ... United States Patent and Trademark Office Discontinuing the Mass Mailing of Paper Fee Schedules to... the mass mailing of revised paper fee schedules to registered attorneys, agents, and deposit account... fee schedule is always available and maintained on-line, the USPTO has discontinued the mass...

  4. 25 CFR 142.7 - How are transportation and scheduling determined?

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    2010-04-01

    ... 25 Indians 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false How are transportation and scheduling determined? 142.7... RESUPPLY OPERATION § 142.7 How are transportation and scheduling determined? (a) The Manager must arrange... and scheduling for all deliveries must be in keeping with the needs of the users to the maximum...

  5. Effect of Text Message, Phone Call, and In-Person Appointment Reminders on Uptake of Repeat HIV Testing among Outpatients Screened for Acute HIV Infection in Kenya: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Wahome, Elizabeth W.; Gichuru, Evanson N.; Mwashigadi, Grace M.; Thiong’o, Alexander N.; Prins, Henrieke A. B.; Rinke de Wit, Tobias F.; Graham, Susan M.; Sanders, Eduard J.

    2016-01-01

    Background Following HIV-1 acquisition, many individuals develop an acute retroviral syndrome and a majority seek care. Available antibody testing cannot detect an acute HIV infection, but repeat testing after 2–4 weeks may detect seroconversion. We assessed the effect of appointment reminders on attendance for repeat HIV testing. Methods We enrolled, in a randomized controlled trial, 18–29 year old patients evaluated for acute HIV infection at five sites in Coastal Kenya (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01876199). Participants were allocated 1:1 to either standard appointment (a dated appointment card) or enhanced appointment (a dated appointment card plus SMS and phone call reminders, or in-person reminders for participants without a phone). The primary outcome was visit attendance, i.e., the proportion of participants attending the repeat test visit. Factors associated with attendance were examined by bivariable and multivariable logistic regression. Principal Findings Between April and July 2013, 410 participants were randomized. Attendance was 41% (85/207) for the standard group and 59% (117/199) for the enhanced group, for a relative risk of 1.4 [95% Confidence Interval, CI, 1.2–1.7].Higher attendance was independently associated with older age, study site, and report of transactional sex in past month. Lower attendance was associated with reporting multiple partners in the past two months. Conclusions Appointment reminders through SMS, phone calls and in-person reminders increased the uptake of repeat HIV test by forty percent. This low-cost intervention could facilitate detection of acute HIV infections and uptake of recommended repeat testing. Trial Registration Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01876199 PMID:27077745

  6. 32 CFR 644.8 - Planning and scheduling real estate activities.

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    ... 32 National Defense 4 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Planning and scheduling real estate activities... (CONTINUED) REAL PROPERTY REAL ESTATE HANDBOOK Project Planning Civil Works § 644.8 Planning and scheduling real estate activities. (a) Normal scheduling. (1) The objective of a planned program is to provide...

  7. 40 CFR 78.13 - Scheduling orders and pre-hearing conferences.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Scheduling orders and pre-hearing... PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) APPEAL PROCEDURES § 78.13 Scheduling orders and pre-hearing conferences. (a) If a request for an evidentiary hearing is granted, the Presiding Officer will issue an order scheduling...

  8. Alternative Scheduling Models and Their Effect on Science Achievement at the High School Level

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    Dostal, Jay Roland

    2010-01-01

    This study will evaluate alternative scheduling methods implemented in secondary level schools. Students were selected based on parent selection of programs. Traditional scheduling involves numerous academic subjects with small increments of time in each class and block scheduling focuses on fewer academic subjects and more instructional time.…

  9. Static Scheduling Strategies for Heterogeneous Systems

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    Olivier Beaumont; Arnaud Legrand; Yves Robert

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we consider static scheduling techniques for heterogeneous systems, such as clusters and grids. We successively deal with minimum makespan scheduling, divisible load scheduling and steady-state scheduling. Finally, we discuss the limitations of static scheduling approaches.

  10. 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

  11. Traditional/Block Scheduling, Gender, and Test Scores in College Biology Course

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    Huelskamp, Diana

    2014-01-01

    Block scheduling is the reallocation of a school day into longer class sessions to allow for more active teaching strategies and active engagement of students, in the effort to increase student performance. Various types of block scheduling exist. Traditional scheduling is when the school day is divided into six to eight sessions, with each…

  12. Widening the Schedulability Hierarchical Scheduling Systems

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    Boudjadar, Jalil; David, Alexandre; Kim, Jin Hyun; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand; Mikučionis, Marius; Nyman, Ulrik; Skou, Arne

    2015-01-01

    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 computationcostly method (symbolic model checking). In order to analyze a hierar-chical sche...

  13. Operating System Process Schedulers

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    ŠEKORANJA, MATEJ

    2016-01-01

    Process scheduling is one of the key tasks of every operating system. Proper implementation of a scheduler reflects itself in a system responsiveness, especially when processes require execution in real-time. Multimedia playback is one of these processes, also being one of the most common operating system tasks nowadays. In the beginning of this thesis, I present theoretical basics of scheduling: its goals, different scheduling types and basics algorithms. I cover scheduling in single-proces...

  14. 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.

  15. 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...

  16. Simulation and real-time optimal scheduling: a framework for integration

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    Macal, C.M.; Nevins, M.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Williams, M.K.; Joines, J.C. [Military Traffic Management Command Transportation Engineering Agency, Newport News, VA (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Traditional scheduling and simulation models of the same system differ in several fundamental respects. These include the definition of a schedule, the existence of an objective function which orders schedules and indicates the performance of a given schedule according to specific criteria, and the level of fidelity at which the items are represented and processed through he system. This paper presents a conceptual, object-oriented, architecture for combining a traditional, high-level, scheduling system with a detailed, process- level, discrete-event simulation. A multi-echelon planning framework is established in the context of modeling end-to-end military deployments with the focus on detailed seaport operations.

  17. Modeling the CFC phasedown and replacement phase-in schedules

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    While the elimination of CFCs is a timely and global initiative, there are many factors that will impact the time schedule for both eliminating the use of CFCs, and the commercial availability and successful use of the replacements. Obstacles to the transition vary by region, company, specific application, as well as choice of substitutes and their performance. This paper addresses how these issues will be handled in the development of a computer model aimed at gauging the implications of this transition on this and related chemical businesses (i.e., chlorocarbons, HCI, HF, EDC/VCM, and the chlor-alkali industry)

  18. 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.

  19. PHENIX WBS notes. Cost and schedule review copy

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    1994-02-01

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. FFTF and Advanced Reactors Transition Program Resource Loaded Schedule

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    GANTT, D.A.

    2000-10-31

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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 fidelity but the weakness that large inter- and intra-individual variability in sleep, combined with the small sample size, limited the power of the study to detect statistically significant differences between sleep at home and at sea. The clear preference for sleep at night during the 12 h on/6 h off schedule at sea is consistent with the expectation that this 18 h duty/rest cycle is outside the range of entrainment of the circadian pacemaker. High levels of acute sleep 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

  6. 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.

  7. Simulator for Optimization of Software Project Cost and Schedule

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    P.K.Suri; Bhushan, B

    2008-01-01

    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 ...

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

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

    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......In tramp shipping, ships operate much like taxies, following the available demand. This contrasts liner shipping where vessels operate more like busses on a fixed route network according to a published timetable. Tramp operators can enter into long term contracts and thereby determine some 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...

  9. Petri Net Modeling and Decomposition Method for Solving Production Scheduling Problems

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    Nishi, Tatsushi; Maeno, Ryota

    Considering the need to develop general scheduling problem solver, the recent integration of Petri Nets as modeling tools into effective optimization methods for scheduling problems is very promising. The paper addresses a Petri Net modeling and decomposition method for solving a wide variety of scheduling problems. The scheduling problems are represented as the optimal transition firing sequence problems for timed Petri Nets. The Petri Net is decomposed into several subnets in which each subproblem can be easily solved by Dijkstra' algorithm. The approach is applied to a flowshop scheduling problem. The performance of the proposed algorithm is compared with that of a simulated annealing method.

  10. Frequency deviations and generation scheduling in the nordic system

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    Li, Zhongwei; Samuelsson, Olaf; Garcia-Valle, Rodrigo

    2011-01-01

    High penetration of variable generation such as wind power increases the demands on frequency control. The same applies to island operation and in particular if this involves variable generation, which is planned at the Danish island Bornholm. While it is obvious that the frequency control need to...... the frequency deviations and hourly scheduled generation. A simple model is given to reproduce these deterministic frequency variations. Simulations indicate that smaller system size as is typical for island operation does not necessarily increase these frequency variations provided load, generation...

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

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    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.

  12. Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 into Schedule I. Final rule.

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    2016-05-11

    With the issuance of this final rule, the Drug Enforcement Administration places (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144), [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H-indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11), and N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48), including their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible, into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This scheduling action is pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act which requires that such actions be made on the record after opportunity for a hearing through formal rulemaking. This action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess), or propose to handle UR-144, XLR11, or AKB48. PMID:27192731

  13. Integrated Fractional Load and Packet Scheduling for OFDMA Systems

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

    2009-01-01

    . 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 with...

  14. Exploiting Channel Memory for Joint Estimation and Scheduling in Downlink Networks

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    Ouyang, Wenzhuo; Eryilmaz, Atilla; Shroff, Ness B

    2010-01-01

    We address the problem of opportunistic multiuser scheduling in downlink networks with Markov-modeled outage channels. We consider the scenario in which the scheduler does not have full knowledge of the channel state information, but instead estimates the channel state information by exploiting the memory inherent in the Markov channels along with ARQ-styled feedback from the scheduled users. Opportunistic scheduling is optimized in two stages: (1) Channel estimation and rate adaptation to maximize the expected immediate rate of the scheduled user; (2) User scheduling, based on the optimized immediate rate, to maximize the overall long term sum-throughput of the downlink. The scheduling problem is a partially observable Markov decision process with the classic `exploitation vs exploration' trade-off that is difficult to quantify. We therefore study the problem in the framework of restless multi-armed bandit processes and perform a Whittle's indexability analysis. Whittle's indexability is traditionally known ...

  15. Factors associated with patient absenteeism for scheduled endoscopy

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    Victor K Wong; Hong-Bin Zhang; Robert Enns

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To identify risk factors to help predict which patients are likely to fail to appear for an endoscopic procedure. METHODS: This was a retrospective, chart review, cohort study in a Canadian, tertiary care, academic, hospital-based endoscopy clinic. Patients included were: those undergoing esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy and patients who failed to appear were compared to a control group. The main outcome measure was a multivariate analysis of factors associated with truancy from scheduled endoscopic procedures. Factors analyzed included gender, age, waiting time, type of procedure, referring physician, distance to hospital, first or subsequent endoscopic procedure or encounter with gastroenterologist, and urgency of the procedure. RESULTS: Two hundred and thirty-four patients did not show up for their scheduled appointment. Compared to a control group, factors statistically significantly associated with truancy in the multivariate analysis were: non-urgent vs urgent procedure (OR 1.62, 95% CI 1.06, 2.450), referred by a specialist vs a family doctor (OR 2.76, 95% CI 1.31, 5.52) and office-based consult prior to endoscopy vs consult and endoscopic procedure during the same appointment (OR 2.24, 95% CI 1.33, 3.78). CONCLUSION: Identifying patients who are not scheduled for same-day consult and endoscopy, those referred by a specialist, and those with non-urgent referrals may help reduce patient truancy.

  16. No-show at a forensic psychiatric outpatient clinic : risk factors and reasons

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    Feitsma, W. Nathalie; Popping, Roel; Jansen, Danielle E. M. C.

    2012-01-01

    Nonattendance for and late cancellations of scheduled appointments, that is no-show, is a well-known phenomenon in psychiatric outpatient clinics. Research on the topic of no-show for initial and consecutive appointments in the field of forensic psychiatry is scarce. This study therefore aims to det

  17. Survey On Scheduling And Radio Resources Allocation In Lte

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    Fayssal Bendaoud

    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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    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. PMID:24391724

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  2. [Principles of nutrition in patients with newly appointed stoma].

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    Pachocka, Lucyna Małgorzata; Urbanik, Anna

    2016-01-01

    The treatment of intestinal stoma is often a difficult experience for patients and results in numerous problems in the physical, psychological and social aspects. Therefore, post-operative care of the patient with the newly appointed stoma should be taken by therapeutic team consisting of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists and social workers. Appropriate nutritional education of patients aims to improve their quality of life and to prevent from unpleasant ailments formed after the operation. The specific type of stoma may decide about certain dietary recommendations. The presented work provides a practical dietary recommendations for patients with newly appointed stoma. PMID:27162293

  3. 75 FR 42831 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1065, Schedule C, Schedule D, Schedule K-1...

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    ... Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1065, Schedule C, Schedule D, Schedule K-1, Schedule L, Schedule M-1, Schedule M-2, and Schedule M-3 AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service...)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 1065 (U.S. Return of Partnership Income),...

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

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    A. Stawowy

    2012-04-01

    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.

  5. Automating Mid- and Long-Range Scheduling for NASA's Deep Space Network

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    Johnston, Mark D.; Tran, Daniel; Arroyo, Belinda; Sorensen, Sugi; Tay, Peter; Carruth, Butch; Coffman, Adam; Wallace, Mike

    2012-01-01

    NASA has recently deployed a new mid-range scheduling system for the antennas of the Deep Space Network (DSN), called Service Scheduling Software, or S(sup 3). This system is architected as a modern web application containing a central scheduling database integrated with a collaborative environment, exploiting the same technologies as social web applications but applied to a space operations context. This is highly relevant to the DSN domain since the network schedule of operations is developed in a peer-to-peer negotiation process among all users who utilize the DSN (representing 37 projects including international partners and ground-based science and calibration users). The initial implementation of S(sup 3) is complete and the system has been operational since July 2011. S(sup 3) has been used for negotiating schedules since April 2011, including the baseline schedules for three launching missions in late 2011. S(sup 3) supports a distributed scheduling model, in which changes can potentially be made by multiple users based on multiple schedule "workspaces" or versions of the schedule. This has led to several challenges in the design of the scheduling database, and of a change proposal workflow that allows users to concur with or to reject proposed schedule changes, and then counter-propose with alternative or additional suggested changes. This paper describes some key aspects of the S(sup 3) system and lessons learned from its operational deployment to date, focusing on the challenges of multi-user collaborative scheduling in a practical and mission-critical setting. We will also describe the ongoing project to extend S(sup 3) to encompass long-range planning, downtime analysis, and forecasting, as the next step in developing a single integrated DSN scheduling tool suite to cover all time ranges.

  6. Hybridization of Evolutionary and Swarm Intelligence Techniques for Job Scheduling Problem

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    V.Selvi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available For more than a decade, scheduling of jobs has been an attractive research subject for researchers. There are several different ways to schedule jobs, and the threads which make them up. As well, the job scheduling is one of the active research fields, where the researchers work to enhance the efficiency of the job scheduling process in a scheduling environment. In existing hybrid techniques, some efficient factors related to jobs like turnaround time, job execution time and more have not been considered in the job scheduling process. The main drawback is lack of factors in the scheduling process which reduces the performance. To overcome such drawback in the existing methods, an adaptive ABC technique is proposed. In this proposed adaptive ABC technique, the term adaptiveness is achieved by using mutation, crossover and velocity in the employed bee phase for finding the new food sources. The adaptive ABC algorithm optimally allocates the jobs to the accurate processors or resources. Moreover, these existing techniques mostly concentrate on two major factors such as the minimization of the makespan and the completion time. The adaptiveness improves the efficiency of scheduling process when compared to the two conventional hybrid job scheduling techniques. The experimental result shows the performance of the proposed job scheduling process.

  7. Improved online algorithms for parallel job scheduling and strip packing

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    Hurink, J.L.; Paulus, J.J.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we consider the online scheduling of jobs which require processing on a number of machines simultaneously. These jobs are presented to a decision maker one by one, where the next job becomes known as soon as the current job is scheduled. The objective is to minimize the makespan (P|onl

  8. A Fixed Schedule and Successful Collaboration--An Oxymoron?

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    Ludmer, Robin

    2008-01-01

    In this first of two articles on making the most of fixed schedules in library media centers, the author discusses the fixed library media center schedule at her school, which allows for some flexibility to help the library media specialist support authentic student learning through collaboration with teachers. She discusses the administrative and…

  9. 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....

  10. 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...

  11. Integrating process models with planning and scheduling in refining operations

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    Mullick, Sanjeev [Aspen Technology, Inc., Houston, TX (United States)

    2012-10-15

    The refining industry is experiencing increased volatility on a global basis. This is felt in areas such as crude supply and demand fluctuations, product availability, pricing and, therefore, refining margins. These factors have a direct impact on business operations. This volatility requires refiners to make complex business decisions with the agility to adapt to changing market conditions. These decisions determine the choice of crudes and their supply sources, playing a key role in determining the profitability of operations. Tools that help enable the optimisation of these decisions provide significant value and contribute to the success of refining operations. Different decision-support tools have been developed for specific business functions, such as process modelling, design, simulation and optimisation, production planning and scheduling, performance monitoring, energy management and more. These solutions improve accuracy and reduce decision making time. However, there has been little integration between the functions. Solutions are now available for new best practices that improve integrated operating efficiencies and profitability. (orig.)

  12. Long range planning, scheduling and budgeting for the environmental compliance program at the Rocky Flats Plant

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    This paper reports how the Rocky Flats RCRA/CERCLA group at the Rocky Flats Plant in Golden, Colorado is developing a computerized schedule and budget management system. The system will aggregate schedule, budgets, and regulatory commitments provided by RCRA/CERCLA program managers. The system will provide tabular and graphical representations of the schedule and budget information at various levels of detail. The system will perform a variety of analyses on the schedule and budget. The RCRA/CERCLA group will use the results to develop realistic compliance schedules and the budgets necessary to meet them. Presentation of the schedules and budgets in a consistent graphical and tabular form will give a good appreciation of the remediation costs as understood by the RCRA/CERCLA group. The system will then be used to test resource availability and remediation period scenarios, differing from the optimal combination as determined by the RCRA/CERCLA group

  13. Using Planning, Scheduling and Execution for Autonomous Mars Rover Operations

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    Estlin, Tara A.; Gaines, Daniel M.; Chouinard, Caroline M.; Fisher, Forest W.; Castano, Rebecca; Judd, Michele J.; Nesnas, Issa A.

    2006-01-01

    With each new rover mission to Mars, rovers are traveling significantly longer distances. This distance increase raises not only the opportunities for science data collection, but also amplifies the amount of environment and rover state uncertainty that must be handled in rover operations. This paper describes how planning, scheduling and execution techniques can be used onboard a rover to autonomously generate and execute rover activities and in particular to handle new science opportunities that have been identified dynamically. We also discuss some of the particular challenges we face in supporting autonomous rover decision-making. These include interaction with rover navigation and path-planning software and handling large amounts of uncertainty in state and resource estimations. Finally, we describe our experiences in testing this work using several Mars rover prototypes in a realistic environment.

  14. A Unified View on Planning, Scheduling and Dispatching in Production Systems

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    Wu, Kan

    2014-01-01

    Planning, scheduling and dispatching play critical roles in the operations of a supply chain. Their definitions are clearly given through a unified view in this paper. The distinction between planning and scheduling is analyzed from the view point of microeconomics and queueing theory. The distinction between scheduling and dispatching is analyzed from the view point of computational complexity and hierarchical decomposition. Based on the elasticity of price and capacity, planning can be sepa...

  15. A Fuzzy Expert System Architecture Implementing Onboard Planning and Scheduling for Autonomous Small Satellite

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    Jiajun, Yang; Guodong, Xu; Xibin, Chao; Xingrui, Ma

    1998-01-01

    A crucial element in achieving small satellite fully autonomy is onboard automated planning and scheduling. Though lots of successful applications about it in spacecraft operations have recently been reported, and all of them are important for the development of this field, the inherent fuzziness and uncertainty of planning and scheduling was ignored made the achieving of onboard automated planning and scheduling system become idealization and no reality. In response to above-mentioned requir...

  16. Fractionation schedules for cancers of the head and neck

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    Purpose/Objective: This refresher course reviews current research activity and treatment results in the field of radiation therapy fractionation. The presentation emphasizes worldwide studies of altered fractionation, highlighting head and neck cancer as the primary teaching model. Basic radiobiological principles guiding the development of altered fractionation regimens, and advancing the understanding of fractionation effects on normal and tumor tissue are reviewed. A 'standard' prescription of 2 Gy x 35 fractions = 70 Gy may not provide the optimal balance between primary tumor control and late normal tissue effects for all patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The last decade has witnessed the treatment of thousands of head and neck cancer patients with curative radiotherapy using altered fractination schedules designed to improve overall treatment results. Although the number of different fractionation regimens currently being investigated continues to increase, the common guiding principles behind their design are relatively simple. Common fractionation terminology (i.e., accelerated hyperfractionation) will be reviewed, as well as a brief summary of radiobiological concepts pertaining to tumor potential doubling time, tumor proliferation kinetics, overall treatment time and fraction size-dependence of acute and late tissue effects. Several well known head and neck fractionation schedules from around the world (Manchester Christie Hospital-United Kingdom, Princess Margaret Hospital-Canada, Massachusetts General Hospital-USA, MD Anderson Hospital-USA, University of Florida-USA, Mount Vernon Hospital CHART-United Kingdom, RTOG and EORTC trials-USA and Europe) will be summarized with regard to design-rationale, treatment technique and results. The design of several current cooperative group trials investigating altered head and neck fractionation will be presented, as well as concepts prompting the pilot evaluation of several brand new

  17. Coordinating space telescope operations in an integrated planning and scheduling architecture

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    Muscettola, Nicola; Smith, Stephen F.; Cesta, Amedeo; D'Aloisi, Daniela

    1992-01-01

    The Heuristic Scheduling Testbed System (HSTS), a software architecture for integrated planning and scheduling, is discussed. The architecture has been applied to the problem of generating observation schedules for the Hubble Space Telescope. This problem is representative of the class of problems that can be addressed: their complexity lies in the interaction of resource allocation and auxiliary task expansion. The architecture deals with this interaction by viewing planning and scheduling as two complementary aspects of the more general process of constructing behaviors of a dynamical system. The principal components of the software architecture are described, indicating how to model the structure and dynamics of a system, how to represent schedules at multiple levels of abstraction in the temporal database, and how the problem solving machinery operates. A scheduler for the detailed management of Hubble Space Telescope operations that has been developed within HSTS is described. Experimental performance results are given that indicate the utility and practicality of the approach.

  18. Integrated approach in solving parallel machine scheduling and location (ScheLoc) problem

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    Mohsen Rajabzadeh; Mohsen Ziaee; Ali Bozorgi-Amiri

    2016-01-01

    Scheduling and layout planning are two important areas of operations research, which are used in the areas of production planning, logistics and supply chain management. In many industries locations of machines are not specified, previously, therefore, it is necessary to consider both location and scheduling, simultaneously. This paper presents a mathematical model to consider both scheduling and layout planning for parallel machines in discrete and continuous spaces, concurrently. The prelim...

  19. 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.

  20. 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....

  1. Disk Scheduling: Selection of Algorithm

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    Yashvir, S.; Prakash, Om

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to take some aspects of disk scheduling and scheduling algorithms. The disk scheduling is discussed with a sneak peak in general and selection of algorithm in particular.

  2. REPNET: project scheduling and workflow optimization for Construction Projects

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    Marco Alvise Bragadin

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Project planning and control are core processes for construction management. In practice project planning is achieved by network - based techniques like Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM.Indeed many researchers and practitioners claims that networking techniques as such do not provide a suitable model for construction projects. Construction process modeling should incorporate for specific features of resource flows through project activities. So an improved resource scheduling method for construction is developed, called REPNET, based on a precedence network plotted on a resource–space chart and presented with a flow-line chart. The heuristics of REPNET are used to carry out resource timing while optimizing processes flows and resource usage. The method has been tested on a sample project.

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

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    Remigiusz Romuald Iwańkowicz

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    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.

  4. Impact of flexible scheduling on employee performance regarding stress and work-family conflict

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    Raja Abdul Ghafoor Khan; Furqan Ahmad Khan; Dr. Muhammad Aslam Khan; Mohsin Shakeel

    2011-01-01

    Stress, work-family conflicts and flexible scheduling are three of the most important elements in organizational studies. The focus of current study is to understand the effect of Stress,work family conflicts and flexible scheduling on employee’s performance and also to understand whether flexible scheduling helps in reducing stress and work-family conflicts or not. The back bone of this study is the secondary data comprised of comprehensive literature review. A survey has also been conducted...

  5. SafeTREC - UCTC Seminar: Flexible Work Schedules and Transportation Behavior at UC Berkeley

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    Ng, Wei-Shiuen

    2014-01-01

    Flexible work schedules could be a solution to the problems of increasing transportation demand, congestion, energy use, and carbon emissions. The higher the flexibility of work schedule, the less time employees would spend commuting to work. Hence, reducing trip frequency and total distance traveled. Flexible work schedules have been studied extensively in transportation studies, especially in areas of peak period congestion, road pricing, transit services peak and off-peak utilization, and ...

  6. Optimizing the Slab Yard Planning and Crane Scheduling Problem using a Two-Stage Heuristic

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    Dohn, Anders; Clausen, Jens

    2010-01-01

    Abstract In this paper, we present the Slab Yard Planning and Crane Scheduling Problem. The problem has its origin in steel production facilities with a large throughput. A slab yard is used as a buffer for slabs that are needed in the upcoming production. Slabs are transported by cranes and the problem considered here is concerned with the generation of schedules for these cranes. The problem is decomposed and modeled in two parts, namely a planning problem and a scheduling proble...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Effective scheduling of looking and talking during rapid automatized naming.

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    Gordon, Peter C; Hoedemaker, Renske S

    2016-05-01

    Rapid automatized naming (RAN) is strongly related to literacy gains in developing readers, reading disabilities, and reading ability in children and adults. Because successful RAN performance depends on the close coordination of a number of abilities, it is unclear what specific skills drive this RAN-reading relationship. The current study used concurrent recordings of young adult participants' vocalizations and eye movements during the RAN task to assess how individual variation in RAN performance depends on the coordination of visual and vocal processes. Results showed that fast RAN times are facilitated by having the eyes 1 or more items ahead of the current vocalization, as long as the eyes do not get so far ahead of the voice as to require a regressive eye movement to an earlier item. These data suggest that optimizing RAN performance is a problem of scheduling eye movements and vocalization given memory constraints and the efficiency of encoding and articulatory control. Both RAN completion time (conventionally used to indicate RAN performance) and eye-voice relations predicted some aspects of participants' eye movements on a separate sentence reading task. However, eye-voice relations predicted additional features of first-pass reading that were not predicted by RAN completion time. This shows that measurement of eye-voice patterns can identify important aspects of individual variation in reading that are not identified by the standard measure of RAN performance. We argue that RAN performance predicts reading ability because both tasks entail challenges of scheduling cognitive and linguistic processes that operate simultaneously on multiple linguistic inputs. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26689309

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Scheduling PVM Tasks

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    鞠九滨; 王勇; 等

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes a PVM task scheduler designed and implemented by the authors.The scheduler supports selecting idle workstations,scheduling pool tasks and dynamically produced subtasks.It can improve resource utilization,reduce job response time and simplify programming.

  13. Modeling the Violation of Reward Maximization and Invariance in Reinforcement Schedules

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    La Camera, Giancarlo; Richmond, Barry J.

    2008-01-01

    It is often assumed that animals and people adjust their behavior to maximize reward acquisition. In visually cued reinforcement schedules, monkeys make errors in trials that are not immediately rewarded, despite having to repeat error trials. Here we show that error rates are typically smaller in trials equally distant from reward but belonging to longer schedules (referred to as “schedule length effect”). This violates the principles of reward maximization and invariance and cannot be predi...

  14. Energy and CO2 efficient scheduling of smart appliances in active houses equipped with batteries

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    Paridari, Kaveh; Parisio, Alessandra; Sandberg, Henrik; Johansson, Karl Henrik

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present a novel method for scheduling smart appliances and batteries, in order to reduce both the electricity bill and the CO2 emissions. Mathematically, the scheduling problem is posed as a multi-objective Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP), which can be solved by using standard algorithms. A case study is performed to assess the performance of the proposed scheduling framework. Numerical results show that the new formulation can decrease both the CO2 emissions and the...

  15. gOntt, a Tool for Scheduling and Executing Ontology Development Projects

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    Suárez-Figueroa, Mari Carmen; A. GÓMEZ-PÉREZ; Muñoz-García, O.; Vigo, Martin

    2010-01-01

    Nowadays the ontology engineering field does not have any method that guides ontology practitioners when planning and scheduling their ontology development projects. The field also lacks the tools that help ontology practitioners to plan, schedule, and execute such projects. This paper tries to contribute to the solution of these problems by proposing the identification of two ontology life cycle models, the definition of the methodological basis for scheduling ontology projects, and a tool c...

  16. Ship Scheduling and Cost Analysis for Route Planning in Liner Shipping

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    Shih-Chan Ting; Gwo-Hshiung Tzeng

    2003-01-01

    Liner shipping companies can benefit significantly by improving ship scheduling and cost analysis in service route planning by systematic methods. This paper proposes a dynamic programming (DP) model for ship scheduling and identifies cost items relevant to the planning of a service route, which can help planners make better scheduling decisions under berth time-window constraints, as well as estimate more accurately voyage fixed costs and freight variable costs in liner service route plannin...

  17. An integrated approach to process planning and scheduling using genetic algorithms

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    Husbands, Philip

    1995-01-01

    This thesis presents a new integrated approach to process planning aad job-shop scheduling. The relationship between planning and scheduling is reassessed and the line between the two tasks is made significantly more blurred than in the usual treatment. Scheduling is traditionally seen as the task of finding an optimal way of interleaving a number of fixed plans which are to be executed concurrently and which must share resources. The implicit assumption is that once planning has finished ...

  18. Molar optimization versus delayed reinforcement as explanations of choice between fixed-ratio and progressive-ratio schedules.

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    Mazur, J. E.; Vaughan, W

    1987-01-01

    In a discrete-trials procedure, pigeons chose between a fixed-ratio 81 schedule and a progressive-ratio schedule by making a single peck at the key correlated with one or the other of these schedules. The response requirement on the progressive-ratio schedule began at 1 and increased by 10 each time the progressive-ratio schedule was chosen. Each time the fixed-ratio schedule was chosen, the requirement on the progressive-ratio schedule was reset to 1 response. In conditions where there was n...

  19. Comparative Study a Performance and Capability Scheduling Techniques in Grid Computing

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    Mohd Kamir Yusof

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows the comparative study about existing scheduling technique in grid computing. This paper also shows the performance and capability for each scheduling technique. Four existing scheduling technique are AppLeS, Condor-G, Nimrod/G and GrADS have been studied and analyzed. Several experiments have been done for each technique by using simulation and tested in real grid. The results shows a performance and capability for each scheduling technique and was analyzed in summary table.

  20. 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...