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  1. Cluster-based control of nonlinear dynamics

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    Kaiser, Eurika; Spohn, Andreas; Cattafesta, Louis N; Morzynski, Marek

    2016-01-01

    The ability to manipulate and control fluid flows is of great importance in many scientific and engineering applications. Here, a cluster-based control framework is proposed to determine optimal control laws with respect to a cost function for unsteady flows. The proposed methodology frames high-dimensional, nonlinear dynamics into low-dimensional, probabilistic, linear dynamics which considerably simplifies the optimal control problem while preserving nonlinear actuation mechanisms. The data-driven approach builds upon a state space discretization using a clustering algorithm which groups kinematically similar flow states into a low number of clusters. The temporal evolution of the probability distribution on this set of clusters is then described by a Markov model. The Markov model can be used as predictor for the ergodic probability distribution for a particular control law. This probability distribution approximates the long-term behavior of the original system on which basis the optimal control law is de...

  2. DEMAC: A Cluster-Based Topology Control for Ad Hoc Networks

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    Abhishek Majumder

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The presence of transient network links, mobility and limited battery power of mobile nodes in MANETs poses a hefty challenge for such networks to scale and perform efficiently when subjected to varying network condition. Most of the topology control algorithms proposed have high control overhead to discover and maintain route from source to destination. They also have very high topology maintenance cost. To minimize routing overhead and topology maintenance cost CBRP (Cluster Based Routing Protocol was developed. It performs better than other approaches in most of the cases. In this paper, an energy and mobility aware clustering approach is presented. The clustering approach is incorporated in a DSR like protocol for routing in MANET to evaluate the performance improvement gained due to clustering using proposed approach. Rate of cluster head changes, throughput of the network, delay and routing overhead is evaluated using NS2. Simulation results reveal that proposed approach has better performance in comparison with CBRP.

  3. Cluster-based control of a separating flow over a smoothly contoured ramp

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    Kaiser, Eurika; Noack, Bernd R.; Spohn, Andreas; Cattafesta, Louis N.; Morzyński, Marek

    2017-01-01

    The ability to manipulate and control fluid flows is of great importance in many scientific and engineering applications. The proposed closed-loop control framework addresses a key issue of model-based control: The actuation effect often results from slow dynamics of strongly nonlinear interactions which the flow reveals at timescales much longer than the prediction horizon of any model. Hence, we employ a probabilistic approach based on a cluster-based discretization of the Liouville equation for the evolution of the probability distribution. The proposed methodology frames high-dimensional, nonlinear dynamics into low-dimensional, probabilistic, linear dynamics which considerably simplifies the optimal control problem while preserving nonlinear actuation mechanisms. The data-driven approach builds upon a state space discretization using a clustering algorithm which groups kinematically similar flow states into a low number of clusters. The temporal evolution of the probability distribution on this set of clusters is then described by a control-dependent Markov model. This Markov model can be used as predictor for the ergodic probability distribution for a particular control law. This probability distribution approximates the long-term behavior of the original system on which basis the optimal control law is determined. We examine how the approach can be used to improve the open-loop actuation in a separating flow dominated by Kelvin-Helmholtz shedding. For this purpose, the feature space, in which the model is learned, and the admissible control inputs are tailored to strongly oscillatory flows.

  4. Traffic Adaptive Distributed Backoff Control Mechanism for Cluster-Based IEEE802.15.4 WSNs with Traffic Fluctuations

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    Mori, Kazuo; Naito, Katsuhiro; Kobayashi, Hideo

    The traffic adaptive 2-level active period control has been proposed as a traffic adaptation mechanism to handle temporal and spatial (geographical) traffic fluctuations in cluster-based wireless sensor networks (WSNs) employing IEEE802.15.4 medium access control (MAC). This paper proposes a traffic adaptive distributed backoff control mechanism for cluster-based WSNs with the traffic adaptive 2-level active period control to enhance the system performance, especially transmission performance. The proposed mechanism autonomously adjusts the starting time of the backoff procedure for channel accesses in the contention access period (CAP) specified by the IEEE802.15.4 MAC, and then distributes the channel access timing over a wide range within the CAP, which can mitigate channel access congestion. The results of computer simulations show that the proposed mechanism can improve the transmission delay performance while keeping the enhancement in throughput and energy consumption at the cluster-based WSNs under non-uniform traffic environments.

  5. A cluster-based randomized controlled trial promoting community participation in arsenic mitigation efforts in Bangladesh

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    George Christine

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To reduce arsenic (As exposure, we evaluated the effectiveness of training community members to perform water arsenic (WAs testing and provide As education compared to sending representatives from outside communities to conduct these tasks. Methods We conducted a cluster based randomized controlled trial of 20 villages in Singair, Bangladesh. Fifty eligible respondents were randomly selected in each village. In 10 villages, a community member provided As education and WAs testing. In a second set of 10 villages an outside representative performed these tasks. Results Overall, 53% of respondents using As contaminated wells, relative to the Bangladesh As standard of 50 μg/L, at baseline switched after receiving the intervention. Further, when there was less than 60% arsenic contaminated wells in a village, the classification used by the Bangladeshi and UNICEF, 74% of study households in the community tester villages, and 72% of households in the outside tester villages reported switching to an As safe drinking water source . Switching was more common in the outside-tester (63% versus community-tester villages (44%. However, after adjusting for the availability of arsenic safe drinking water sources, well switching did not differ significantly by type of As tester (Odds ratio =0.86[95% confidence interval 0.42-1.77. At follow-up, among those using As contaminated wells who switched to safe wells, average urinary As concentrations significantly decreased. Conclusion The overall intervention was effective in reducing As exposure provided there were As-safe drinking water sources available. However, there was not a significant difference observed in the ability of the community and outside testers to encourage study households to use As-safe water sources. The findings of this study suggest that As education and WAs testing programs provided by As testers, irrespective of their residence, could be used as an effective, low cost

  6. A Substractive Clustering Based Fuzzy Hybrid Reference Control Design for Transient Response Improvement of PID Controller

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    Endra Joelianto

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The well known PID controller has inherent limitations in fulfilling simultaneously the conflicting control design objectives. Parameters of the tuned PID controller should trade off the requirement of tracking set-point performances, disturbance rejection and stability robustness. Combination of hybrid reference control (HRC with PID controller results in the transient response performances can be independently achieved without deteriorating the disturbance rejection properties and the stability robustness requirement. This paper proposes a fuzzy based HRC where the membership functions of the fuzzy logic system are obtained by using a substractive clustering technique. The proposed method guarantees the transient response performances satisfaction while preserving the stability robustness of the closed loop system controlled by the PID controller with effective and systematic procedures in designing the fuzzy hybrid reference control system.

  7. A Cluster-Based Dual-Adaptive Topology Control Approach in Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Gui, Jinsong; Zhou, Kai; Xiong, Naixue

    2016-09-25

    Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) can improve wireless network performance. Sensors are usually single-antenna devices due to the high hardware complexity and cost, so several sensors are used to form virtual MIMO array, which is a desirable approach to efficiently take advantage of MIMO gains. Also, in large Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), clustering can improve the network scalability, which is an effective topology control approach. The existing virtual MIMO-based clustering schemes do not either fully explore the benefits of MIMO or adaptively determine the clustering ranges. Also, clustering mechanism needs to be further improved to enhance the cluster structure life. In this paper, we propose an improved clustering scheme for virtual MIMO-based topology construction (ICV-MIMO), which can determine adaptively not only the inter-cluster transmission modes but also the clustering ranges. Through the rational division of cluster head function and the optimization of cluster head selection criteria and information exchange process, the ICV-MIMO scheme effectively reduces the network energy consumption and improves the lifetime of the cluster structure when compared with the existing typical virtual MIMO-based scheme. Moreover, the message overhead and time complexity are still in the same order of magnitude.

  8. FINANCIAL CONTROL OF UNIVERSITIES

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    Tatiana A. Pankratova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The task of financial control is in the showdown deviations from accepted standardsand violations of the principles of legality, efficiency, effectiveness and efficiencyof resource management. Availability of financial control in the public institution(university is a prerequisite for efficient operation in the field of education forthe purpose of preventing, detecting andcombating fi nancial crimes.

  9. Soldier universal robot controller

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    Hyams, Jeffrey; Batavia, Parag; Liao, Elizabeth; Somerville, Andrew

    2008-04-01

    The Soldier Universal Robot Controller (SURC) is a modular OCU designed for simultaneous control of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles. It has a well defined, published API., defined using XML schemas, that allows other potential users of the system to develop their own modules for rapid integration with SURC. The SURC architecture is broken down into three layers: User Interface, Core Functions, and Transport. The User Interface layer is the front end module which provides the human computer interface for user control of robots. The Core layer is further divided into the following modules: Capabilities, Tactical, Mobility, and World Model. The Capabilities module keeps track of the known robots and provides a list of specifications and services. The Mobility module provides path planning via D*, while the Tactical module provides higher level mission planning (multi-agent/multi-mission) capabilities for collaborative operations. The World Model module is a relational database which stores world model objects. Finally, a Transport module provides translation from the SURC architecture to the robot specific messaging protocols (such as JAUS). This allows fast integration of new robot protocols into an existing SURC implementation to enable a new system to rapidly leverage existing SURC capabilities. The communication between different modules within the SURC architecture is done via XML. This gives developers and users the flexibility to extend existing messages without breaking backwards compatibility. The modularity of SURC offers users and developers alike the capability to create custom modules and plug them into place, as long as they follow the pre defined messaging API for that module.

  10. Control of single-phase islanded PV/battery streetlight cluster based on power-line signaling

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    Quintana, Pablo; Garcia, Jorge; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2013-01-01

    should be utilized as efficiently as possible. This paper proposes a coordinated control strategy based on power-line signaling (PLS), instead of common communications, for a single-phase minigrid in which each unit can operate in different operation modes taking into account the resource limitation...... types of renewable energy sources (RES) and energy storage systems (ESS). Specifically, the recharging process of secondary battery, the most prominent ESS, should be done in a specific manner to preserve its life-time, microgrid line voltage must be kept within the bounds and the energy offered by RES....... The whole system is explained ahead and finally, Hardware in the loop results obtained with a dSPACE are presented in order to validate the proposed control strategy....

  11. Man, Controller of the Universe

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    Olowin, R. P.

    2011-06-01

    The Man, Controller of the Universe painted by the renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the gigantic mural of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City is overlooked by a telescope. We acknowledge this instrument as the Plaskett Telescope at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, Canada.

  12. Cluster Based Text Classification Model

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    2011-01-01

    We propose a cluster based classification model for suspicious email detection and other text classification tasks. The text classification tasks comprise many training examples that require a complex classification model. Using clusters for classification makes the model simpler and increases th...... datasets. Our model also outperforms A Decision Cluster Classification (ADCC) and the Decision Cluster Forest Classification (DCFC) models on the Reuters-21578 dataset....

  13. A universal heliostat control system

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    Gross, Fabian; Geiger, Mark; Buck, Reiner

    2017-06-01

    This paper describes the development of a universal heliostat control system as part of the AutoR project [1]. The system can control multiple receivers and heliostat types in a single application. The system offers support for multiple operators on different machines and is designed to be as adaptive as possible. Thus, the system can be used for different heliostat field setups with only minor adaptations of the system's source code. This is achieved by extensive usage of modern programming techniques like reflection and dependency injection. Furthermore, the system features co-simulation of a ray tracer, a reference PID-controller implementation for open volumetric receivers and methods for heliostat calibration and monitoring.

  14. A Cluster- Based Secure Active Network Environment

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    CHEN Xiao-lin; ZHOU Jing-yang; DAI Han; LU Sang-lu; CHEN Gui-hai

    2005-01-01

    We introduce a cluster-based secure active network environment (CSANE) which separates the processing of IP packets from that of active packets in active routers. In this environment, the active code authorized or trusted by privileged users is executed in the secure execution environment (EE) of the active router, while others are executed in the secure EE of the nodes in the distributed shared memory (DSM) cluster. With the supports of a multi-process Java virtual machine and KeyNote, untrusted active packets are controlled to securely consume resource. The DSM consistency management makes that active packets can be parallelly processed in the DSM cluster as if they were processed one by one in ANTS (Active Network Transport System). We demonstrate that CSANE has good security and scalability, but imposing little changes on traditional routers.

  15. Adaptive fuzzy controllers based on variable universe

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    李洪兴

    1999-01-01

    Adaptive fuzzy controllers by means of variable universe are proposed based on interpolation forms of fuzzy control. First, monotonicity of control rules is defined, and it is proved that the monotonicity of interpolation functions of fuzzy control is equivalent to the monotonicity of control rules. This means that there is not any contradiction among the control rules under the condition for the control rules being monotonic. Then structure of the contraction-expansion factor is discussed. At last, three models of adaptive fuzzy control based on variable universe are given which are adaptive fuzzy control model with potential heredity, adaptive fuzzy control model with obvious heredity and adaptive fuzzy control model with successively obvious heredity.

  16. Cluster-based adaptive metric classification

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    Giotis, Ioannis; Petkov, Nicolai

    2012-01-01

    Introducing adaptive metric has been shown to improve the results of distance-based classification algorithms. Existing methods are often computationally intensive, either in the training or in the classification phase. We present a novel algorithm that we call Cluster-Based Adaptive Metric (CLAM) c

  17. Cluster-based adaptive metric classification

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    Giotis, Ioannis; Petkov, Nicolai

    2012-01-01

    Introducing adaptive metric has been shown to improve the results of distance-based classification algorithms. Existing methods are often computationally intensive, either in the training or in the classification phase. We present a novel algorithm that we call Cluster-Based Adaptive Metric (CLAM)

  18. Cluster based Intrusion Detection System for Manets

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    Nisha Dang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Manets are the ad hoc networks that are build on demand or instantly when some mobile nodes come in the mobility range of each other and decide to cooperate for data transfer and communication. Therefore there is no defined topology for Manets. They communicate in dynamic topology which continuously changes as nodes are not stable. Due to this lack of infrastructure and distributed nature they are more vulnerable for attacks and provide a good scope to malicious users to become part of the network. To prevent the security of mobile ad hoc networks many security measures are designed such as encryption algorithms, firewalls etc. But still there is some scope of malicious actions. So, Intrusion detection systems are proposed to detect any intruder in the network and its malicious activities. Cluster based intrusion detection system is also designed to restrict the intruders activities in clusters of mobile nodes. In clusters each node run some intrusion detection code to detect local as well as global intrusion. In this paper we have taken insight of intrusion detection systems and different attacks on Manet security. Then we proposed how overhead involved in cluster based intrusion detection system can be reduced.

  19. Academic Quality Control in Nigerian Universities: Exploring Lecturers' Perceptions

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    Obiekezie, E. O.; Ejemot-Nwadiaro, R. I.; Essien, M. I.; Timothy, A. Essien

    2014-01-01

    The level of job performance, international comparability and competitiveness of Nigerian university graduates are burning issues. Consequently, the academic quality of Nigerian universities has come under severe criticism. Since university lecturers are key players in quality control in universities, this study explored their perceptions of…

  20. Academic Quality Control in Nigerian Universities: Exploring Lecturers' Perceptions

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    Obiekezie, E. O.; Ejemot-Nwadiaro, R. I.; Essien, M. I.; Timothy, A. Essien

    2014-01-01

    The level of job performance, international comparability and competitiveness of Nigerian university graduates are burning issues. Consequently, the academic quality of Nigerian universities has come under severe criticism. Since university lecturers are key players in quality control in universities, this study explored their perceptions of…

  1. Cosmological Constraints with Clustering-Based Redshifts

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    Kovetz, Ely D; Rahman, Mubdi

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that observations lacking reliable redshift information, such as photometric and radio continuum surveys, can produce robust measurements of cosmological parameters when empowered by clustering-based redshift estimation. This method infers the redshift distribution based on the spatial clustering of sources, using cross-correlation with a reference dataset with known redshifts. Applying this method to the existing SDSS photometric galaxies, and projecting to future radio continuum surveys, we show that sources can be efficiently divided into several redshift bins, increasing their ability to constrain cosmological parameters. We forecast constraints on the dark-energy equation-of-state and on local non-gaussianity parameters. We explore several pertinent issues, including the tradeoff between including more sources versus minimizing the overlap between bins, the shot-noise limitations on binning, and the predicted performance of the method at high redshifts. Remarkably, we find that, once this ...

  2. Cluster-based exposure variation analysis.

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    Samani, Afshin; Mathiassen, Svend Erik; Madeleine, Pascal

    2013-04-04

    Static posture, repetitive movements and lack of physical variation are known risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and thus needs to be properly assessed in occupational studies. The aims of this study were (i) to investigate the effectiveness of a conventional exposure variation analysis (EVA) in discriminating exposure time lines and (ii) to compare it with a new cluster-based method for analysis of exposure variation. For this purpose, we simulated a repeated cyclic exposure varying within each cycle between "low" and "high" exposure levels in a "near" or "far" range, and with "low" or "high" velocities (exposure change rates). The duration of each cycle was also manipulated by selecting a "small" or "large" standard deviation of the cycle time. Theses parameters reflected three dimensions of exposure variation, i.e. range, frequency and temporal similarity.Each simulation trace included two realizations of 100 concatenated cycles with either low (ρ = 0.1), medium (ρ = 0.5) or high (ρ = 0.9) correlation between the realizations. These traces were analyzed by conventional EVA, and a novel cluster-based EVA (C-EVA). Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied on the marginal distributions of 1) the EVA of each of the realizations (univariate approach), 2) a combination of the EVA of both realizations (multivariate approach) and 3) C-EVA. The least number of principal components describing more than 90% of variability in each case was selected and the projection of marginal distributions along the selected principal component was calculated. A linear classifier was then applied to these projections to discriminate between the simulated exposure patterns, and the accuracy of classified realizations was determined. C-EVA classified exposures more correctly than univariate and multivariate EVA approaches; classification accuracy was 49%, 47% and 52% for EVA (univariate and multivariate), and C-EVA, respectively (p analysis are the advantages

  3. Interface control procedures for university satellite programmes

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    Perez Lebbink, L.; Hamann, R.J.; Bouwmeester, J.; Brouwer, G.F.

    2009-01-01

    Now that more and more universities have joined the CubeSat community and have their own satellite in Earth orbit, it is expected that the planned successors will be of higher complexity. These successors within a university satellite programme will often house more technically ad-vanced subsystems

  4. Interface control procedures for university satellite programmes

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    Perez Lebbink, L.; Hamann, R.J.; Bouwmeester, J.; Brouwer, G.F.

    2009-01-01

    Now that more and more universities have joined the CubeSat community and have their own satellite in Earth orbit, it is expected that the planned successors will be of higher complexity. These successors within a university satellite programme will often house more technically ad-vanced subsystems

  5. Clustering Based Approximation in Facial Image Retrieval

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    R.Pitchaiah

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The web search tool returns a great many pictures positioned by the essential words separated from the encompassing content. Existing article acknowledgment systems to prepare characterization models from human-named preparing pictures or endeavor to deduce the connection/probabilities in the middle of pictures and commented magic words. Albeit proficient in supporting in mining comparatively looking facial picture results utilizing feebly named ones, the learning phase of above bunch based close estimations is shortened with idleness elements for ongoing usage which is fundamentally highlighted in our showings. So we propose to utilize shading based division driven auto face location methodology combined with an adjusted Clustering Based Approximation (CBA plan to decrease the dormancy but then holding same proficiency amid questioning. The specialized phases of our proposed drew closer is highlighted in the accompanying stream diagram. Every phase of the above specialized procedure guarantees the question results at tremendously lessened handling time in this way making our method much achievable for ongoing usage

  6. COOPERATIVE CLUSTERING BASED ON GRID AND DENSITY

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    HU Ruifei; YIN Guofu; TAN Ying; CAI Peng

    2006-01-01

    Based on the analysis of features of the grid-based clustering method-clustering in quest(CLIQUE) and density-based clustering method-density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN), a new clustering algorithm named cooperative clustering based on grid and density(CLGRID) is presented. The new algorithm adopts an equivalent rule of regional inquiry and density unit identification. The central region of one class is calculated by the grid-based method and the margin region by a density-based method. By clustering in two phases and using only a small number of seed objects in representative units to expand the cluster, the frequency of region query can be decreased, and consequently the cost of time is reduced. The new algorithm retains positive features of both grid-based and density-based methods and avoids the difficulty of parameter searching. It can discover clusters of arbitrary shape with high efficiency and is not sensitive to noise. The application of CLGRID on test data sets demonstrates its validity and higher efficiency, which contrast with traditional DBSCAN with R* tree.

  7. Universal fuzzy models and universal fuzzy controllers for discrete-time nonlinear systems.

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    Gao, Qing; Feng, Gang; Dong, Daoyi; Liu, Lu

    2015-05-01

    This paper investigates the problems of universal fuzzy model and universal fuzzy controller for discrete-time nonaffine nonlinear systems (NNSs). It is shown that a kind of generalized T-S fuzzy model is the universal fuzzy model for discrete-time NNSs satisfying a sufficient condition. The results on universal fuzzy controllers are presented for two classes of discrete-time stabilizable NNSs. Constructive procedures are provided to construct the model reference fuzzy controllers. The simulation example of an inverted pendulum is presented to illustrate the effectiveness and advantages of the proposed method. These results significantly extend the approach for potential applications in solving complex engineering problems.

  8. The Effects of Cluster-Based Mentoring Programme on Classroom Teaching Practices: Lessons from Pakistan

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    Rizvi, Meher; Nagy, Philip

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents and evaluates a teacher training approach called the cluster-based mentoring programme (CBMP) for the professional development of government primary school teachers in Pakistan. The study sought to find differences in the teaching practices between districts where the CBMP was used (intervention) and control districts where it…

  9. Variable universe stable adaptive fuzzy control of nonlinear system

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    李洪兴; 苗志宏; 王加银

    2002-01-01

    A kind of stable adaptive fuzzy control of nonlinear system is implemented using variable universe method. First of all, the basic structure of variable universe adaptive fuzzy controllers is briefly introduced. Then the contraction-expansion factor that is a key tool of variable universe method is defined by means of integral regulation idea, and a kind of adaptive fuzzy controllers is designed by using such a contraction-expansion factor. The simulation on first order nonlinear system is done. Secondly, it is proved that the variable universe adaptive fuzzy control is asymptotically stable by use of Lyapunov theory. The simulation on the second order nonlinear system shows that its simulation effect is also quite good. Finally a useful tool, called symbolic factor, is proposed, which may be of universal significance. It can greatly reduce the settling time and enhance the robustness of the system.

  10. Variable universe adaptive fuzzy control on the quadruple inverted pendulum

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    李洪兴; 苗志宏; 王家银

    2002-01-01

    This paper focuses on the control problem of the quadruple inverted pendulum by variable universe adaptive fuzzy control.First,the mathematical model on the quadruple inverted pendulum is described and its controllability is versified.Then,an efficient controller on the quadruple inverted pendulum is designed by using variable universe adaptive fuzzy control theory.Finally the simulation of the quadruple inverted pendulum is shown in detail.Besides,the experimental results on the hardware systems,i.e.real object systems,on a single inverted pendulum,a double inverted pendulum and a triple inverted pendulum are briefly introduced.``

  11. Formative Evaluation of a University Birth Control Education Program.

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    Huettman, Julie K. Doidge; Sarvela, Paul D.

    1992-01-01

    A university birth control education program was created to improve student knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Students attended a birth control class before visiting the health clinic for prescriptions. Pre- and posttest questionnaires and clinician assessments indicated knowledge of birth control improved significantly, and students became…

  12. Formative Evaluation of a University Birth Control Education Program.

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    Huettman, Julie K. Doidge; Sarvela, Paul D.

    1992-01-01

    A university birth control education program was created to improve student knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Students attended a birth control class before visiting the health clinic for prescriptions. Pre- and posttest questionnaires and clinician assessments indicated knowledge of birth control improved significantly, and students became…

  13. Outsourcing University Degrees: Implications for Quality Control

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    Edwards, Julie; Crosling, Glenda; Edwards, Ron

    2010-01-01

    Education institutions worldwide have and continue to seek opportunities to spread their offerings abroad. While the provision of courses to students located overseas through partner institutions has many advantages, it raises questions about quality control that are not as applicable to other forms of international education. This paper uses a…

  14. Outsourcing University Degrees: Implications for Quality Control

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    Edwards, Julie; Crosling, Glenda; Edwards, Ron

    2010-01-01

    Education institutions worldwide have and continue to seek opportunities to spread their offerings abroad. While the provision of courses to students located overseas through partner institutions has many advantages, it raises questions about quality control that are not as applicable to other forms of international education. This paper uses a…

  15. Energy Aware Cluster Based Routing Scheme For Wireless Sensor Network

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    Roy Sohini

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Wireless Sensor Network (WSN has emerged as an important supplement to the modern wireless communication systems due to its wide range of applications. The recent researches are facing the various challenges of the sensor network more gracefully. However, energy efficiency has still remained a matter of concern for the researches. Meeting the countless security needs, timely data delivery and taking a quick action, efficient route selection and multi-path routing etc. can only be achieved at the cost of energy. Hierarchical routing is more useful in this regard. The proposed algorithm Energy Aware Cluster Based Routing Scheme (EACBRS aims at conserving energy with the help of hierarchical routing by calculating the optimum number of cluster heads for the network, selecting energy-efficient route to the sink and by offering congestion control. Simulation results prove that EACBRS performs better than existing hierarchical routing algorithms like Distributed Energy-Efficient Clustering (DEEC algorithm for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks and Energy Efficient Heterogeneous Clustered scheme for Wireless Sensor Network (EEHC.

  16. Universal computer control system (UCCS) for space telerobots

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    Bejczy, Antal K.; Szakaly, Zoltan

    1987-01-01

    A universal computer control system (UCCS) is under development for all motor elements of a space telerobot. The basic hardware architecture and software design of UCCS are described, together with the rich motor sensing, control, and self-test capabilities of this all-computerized motor control system. UCCS is integrated into a multibus computer environment with direct interface to higher level control processors, uses pulsewidth multiplier power amplifiers, and one unit can control up to sixteen different motors simultaneously at a high I/O rate. UCCS performance capabilities are illustrated by a few data.

  17. The Clustering-based Power-controlled Routing in the Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks%移动无线传感器网络中基于簇的功率控制路由

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    施裕琴; 张申

    2014-01-01

    Two WSN-oriented protocols viz . power-controlled routing (PCR ) and its enhanced version , i .e . enhanced power-controlled routing (EPCR) were presented in this paper ,In both the protocols ,fixed transmission power is employed in the clustering phase but when ordinary nodes are about to send their data to their respective cluster-heads ,they change their transmission power according to their distance from their cluster-head .While in PCR ,the nodes are associated with the cluster-head on the basis of weight ,in EPCR it is done on the basis of distance .In addition to the protocols ,we are suggesting a packet loss recovery mechanism for the PCR and EPCR . Simulation results show that both protocols work well for mobile and static networks in achieving high packet delivery ratio ,high network throughput and high network lifetime by using variable transmission powers and smart clustering .%提出两个WSN协议,即功率控制路由(PCR)协议和增强功率控制路由(EPCR)协议,在两个协议中,固定传送功率只用于聚簇阶段,当普通节点传送传感数据到簇头时,将根据节点本身与簇头之间的距离,改变发送功率。在PCR中,节点在权重值的基础上与簇头相关,而在EPCR中,节点则是在基本距离的基础上与簇头相关。除了协议,还为PCR和EPCR提出了包丢失恢复机制。仿真结果显示,两个协议无论是在移动和静态网络中都工作良好,通过使用不同的功率和智能聚簇,可实现较高的包交付率和网络呑吐量,延长了网络的生存时间。

  18. Modeling, Identification and Control at Telemark University College

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    Bernt Lie

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Master studies in process automation started in 1989 at what soon became Telemark University College, and the 20 year anniversary marks the start of our own PhD degree in Process, Energy and Automation Engineering. The paper gives an overview of research activities related to control engineering at Department of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Cybernetics.

  19. Toward Control of Universal Scaling in Critical Dynamics

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    2016-01-27

    to synergistically combine two powerful and very successful theories for non-linear stochastic dynamics of cooperative multi-component systems , namely...we have now defined various tractable theoretical model systems that will allow the external control of universal dynamical scaling features through...competition models in evolutionary game theory and population dynamics . His calculations specifically address the purported mapping of these systems

  20. Fuzzy Universal Model Approximator for Distributed Solar Collector Field Control

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    Elmetennani, Shahrazed

    2014-07-01

    This paper deals with the control of concentrating parabolic solar collectors by forcing the outlet oil temperature to track a set reference. A fuzzy universal approximate model is introduced in order to accurately reproduce the behavior of the system dynamics. The proposed model is a low order state space representation derived from the partial differential equation describing the oil temperature evolution using fuzzy transform theory. The resulting set of ordinary differential equations simplifies the system analysis and the control law design and is suitable for real time control implementation. Simulation results show good performance of the proposed model.

  1. Clustering-based redshift estimation: application to VIPERS/CFHTLS

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    Scottez, V; Granett, B R; Moutard, T; Kilbinger, M; Scodeggio, M; Garilli, B; Bolzonella, M; de la Torre, S; Guzzo, L; Abbas, U; Adami, C; Arnouts, S; Bottini, D; Branchini, E; Cappi, A; Cucciati, O; Davidzon, I; Fritz, A; Franzetti, P; Iovino, A; Krywult, J; Brun, V Le; Fèvre, O Le; Maccagni, D; Małek, K; Marulli, F; Polletta, M; Pollo, A; Tasca, L A M; Tojeiro, R; Vergani, D; Zanichelli, A; Bel, J; Coupon, J; De Lucia, G; Ilbert, O; McCracken, H J; Moscardini, L

    2016-01-01

    We explore the accuracy of the clustering-based redshift estimation proposed by M\\'enard et al. (2013) when applied to VIPERS and CFHTLS real data. This method enables us to reconstruct redshift distributions from measurement of the angular clus- tering of objects using a set of secure spectroscopic redshifts. We use state of the art spectroscopic measurements with iAB 0.5 which allows us to test the accuracy of the clustering-based red- shift distributions. We show that this method enables us to reproduce the true mean color-redshift relation when both populations have the same magnitude limit. We also show that this technique allows the inference of redshift distributions for a population fainter than the one of reference and we give an estimate of the color-redshift mapping in this case. This last point is of great interest for future large redshift surveys which suffer from the need of a complete faint spectroscopic sample.

  2. Intelligent Hybrid Cluster Based Classification Algorithm for Social Network Analysis

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    S. Muthurajkumar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose an hybrid clustering based classification algorithm based on mean approach to effectively classify to mine the ordered sequences (paths from weblog data in order to perform social network analysis. In the system proposed in this work for social pattern analysis, the sequences of human activities are typically analyzed by switching behaviors, which are likely to produce overlapping clusters. In this proposed system, a robust Modified Boosting algorithm is proposed to hybrid clustering based classification for clustering the data. This work is useful to provide connection between the aggregated features from the network data and traditional indices used in social network analysis. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm improves the decision results from data clustering when combined with the proposed classification algorithm and hence it is proved that of provides better classification accuracy when tested with Weblog dataset. In addition, this algorithm improves the predictive performance especially for multiclass datasets which can increases the accuracy.

  3. Development of universal antidotes to control aptamer activity.

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    Oney, Sabah; Lam, Ruby T S; Bompiani, Kristin M; Blake, Charlene M; Quick, George; Heidel, Jeremy D; Liu, Joanna Yi-Ching; Mack, Brendan C; Davis, Mark E; Leong, Kam W; Sullenger, Bruce A

    2009-10-01

    With an ever increasing number of people taking numerous medications, the need to safely administer drugs and limit unintended side effects has never been greater. Antidote control remains the most direct means to counteract acute side effects of drugs, but, unfortunately, it has been challenging and cost prohibitive to generate antidotes for most therapeutic agents. Here we describe the development of a set of antidote molecules that are capable of counteracting the effects of an entire class of therapeutic agents based upon aptamers. These universal antidotes exploit the fact that, when systemically administered, aptamers are the only free extracellular oligonucleotides found in circulation. We show that protein- and polymer-based molecules that capture oligonucleotides can reverse the activity of several aptamers in vitro and counteract aptamer activity in vivo. The availability of universal antidotes to control the activity of any aptamer suggests that aptamers may be a particularly safe class of therapeutics.

  4. Fast Affinity Propagation Clustering based on Machine Learning

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    Shailendra Kumar Shrivastava; J. L. Rana; DR.R.C.JAIN

    2013-01-01

    Affinity propagation (AP) was recently introduced as an un-supervised learning algorithm for exemplar based clustering. In this paper a novel Fast Affinity Propagation clustering Approach based on Machine Learning (FAPML) has been proposed. FAPML tries to put data points into clusters based on the history of the data points belonging to clusters in early stages. In FAPML we introduce affinity learning constant and dispersion constant which supervise the clustering process. FAPML also enforces...

  5. Cluster-based localization and tracking in ubiquitous computing systems

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    Martínez-de Dios, José Ramiro; Torres-González, Arturo; Ollero, Anibal

    2017-01-01

    Localization and tracking are key functionalities in ubiquitous computing systems and techniques. In recent years a very high variety of approaches, sensors and techniques for indoor and GPS-denied environments have been developed. This book briefly summarizes the current state of the art in localization and tracking in ubiquitous computing systems focusing on cluster-based schemes. Additionally, existing techniques for measurement integration, node inclusion/exclusion and cluster head selection are also described in this book.

  6. Seminal Quality Prediction Using Clustering-Based Decision Forests

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    Hong Wang

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Prediction of seminal quality with statistical learning tools is an emerging methodology in decision support systems in biomedical engineering and is very useful in early diagnosis of seminal patients and selection of semen donors candidates. However, as is common in medical diagnosis, seminal quality prediction faces the class imbalance problem. In this paper, we propose a novel supervised ensemble learning approach, namely Clustering-Based Decision Forests, to tackle unbalanced class learning problem in seminal quality prediction. Experiment results on real fertility diagnosis dataset have shown that Clustering-Based Decision Forests outperforms decision tree, Support Vector Machines, random forests, multilayer perceptron neural networks and logistic regression by a noticeable margin. Clustering-Based Decision Forests can also be used to evaluate variables’ importance and the top five important factors that may affect semen concentration obtained in this study are age, serious trauma, sitting time, the season when the semen sample is produced, and high fevers in the last year. The findings could be helpful in explaining seminal concentration problems in infertile males or pre-screening semen donor candidates.

  7. Variable universe adaptive fuzzy control on the quadruple inverted pendulum

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    LI; Hongxing(

    2002-01-01

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  8. The challenge of tobacco control at a university hospital

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    Full Text Available Objective: To identify the actions taken by the Commission of Tobacco Control (CTC to control smoking in the hospital environment.Methods: Descriptive and exploratory retrospective documentary research conducted at a university hospital in southern Brazil, in 2014. The content of the minutes of CTC meetings was used to create a database, and the rounds reports were descriptively analyzed. We sought to identify the most relevant actions from 2005 to 2014.Results: The CTC implemented the Tobacco-Free Environment programme restricted cigarette smoking to designated areas and subsequently deactivated these areas. The only remaining outdoor smoking area in 2014 was deactivated.Conclusion: CTC actions have contributed to tobacco control in the hospital environment. This study will hopefully serve as a model to encourage other institutions to implement similar actions.

  9. Research and Implementation of Unsupervised Clustering-Based Intrusion Detection

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    Luo Min; Zhang Huan-guo; Wang Li-na

    2003-01-01

    An unsupervised clustering-based intrusion de tection algorithm is discussed in this paper. The basic idea of the algorithm is to produce the cluster by comparing the distances of unlabeled training data sets. With the classified data instances, anomaly data clusters can be easily identified by normal cluster ratio and the identified cluster can be used in real data detection. The benefit of the algorithm is that it doesnt need labeled training data sets. The experiment concludes that this approach can detect unknown intrusions efficiently in the real network connections via using the data sets of KDD99.

  10. Research and Implementation of Unsupervised Clustering-Based Intrusion Detection

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    LuoMin; ZhangHuan-guo; WangLi-na

    2003-01-01

    An unsupervised clustering-based intrusion detection algorithm is discussed in this paper. The basic idea of the algorithm is to produce the cluster by comparing the distances of unlabeled training data sets. With the classified data instances, anomaly data clusters can be easily identified by normal duster ratio and the identified cluster can be used in real data detection. The benefit of the algorithm is that it doesn't need labeled training data sets. The experiment coneludes that this approach can detect unknown intrusions efficiently in the real network connections via using the data sets of KDD99.

  11. Cluster-based global firms' use of local capabilities

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    Andersen, Poul Houman; Bøllingtoft, Anne

    2011-01-01

    knowledge base as a mediating variable, the purpose of this paper is to examine how globalization affected the studied firms’ use of local cluster-based knowledge, integration of local and global knowledge, and networking capabilities. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative case studies of nine firms...... knowledge were highly active in local knowledge use, whereas CBFs characterized by a more implicit knowledge base did not use localized knowledge. Research limitations/implications – The study is exploratory and covers three clusters in one small and open developed economy. Further corroboration through...... takes a micro-oriented perspective and focus on clusters in Denmark, a small and mature economy...

  12. Management Control Models in the Activity of Cuban university internationatization

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    Maylin Sacasas López

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Higher education can adapt to the new requirements of society and thus help to overcome the currentdisadvantageous position against globalization processes, incorporating international cooperation aspart of their institutional mission and vision. Contribute to the integration and the impact on the threeessential processes: Teaching, Research and Graduate Studies and the University Extension. Theneed to integrate the different systems of management and control stems own organizationaldevelopment and changes in the environment, the tendency is to plan, improve and control processesof the organization. This article aims to make the analysis of various models of management controland the design of a tool to measure the level of integration of research and internationalization process(NINV & int at The Higher Polytechnic Institute "José Antonio Echeverría" (CUJAE. We used differentmethods and techniques within the theoretical methods: analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction,in the empirical: expert consultation, and statistical methods.  

  13. MODELING AND CONTROL OF A UNIVERSAL PART FEEDER

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    Du Winncy

    2005-01-01

    The modeling and motion control of a universal part feeder is addressed. The feeder consists of a flat plate (or called bed) and a part placed on the plate. The bed can vibrate side-by-side (in x axis), back and forth (in y axis), clockwise and counter clockwise (about z axis), actuated by three linear motors (voice coils). When the bed does these vibrations, the part placed on the plat will have position and/or orientation change due to the interaction between the two contact surfaces. By controlling the ways in which the plate vibrates, the position and orientation of the part can be controlled. The two vibration profiles of the bed are investigated in the research: the high-low vibration mode and the bang-bang vibration mode. The motion equations of the bed and the part as well as the control schemes for the high-low vibration mode are presented. Both simulation and real-time testing verify the system's dynamic model and indicate the feasibilities of the developed control laws.

  14. Reliability analysis of cluster-based ad-hoc networks

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    Cook, Jason L. [Quality Engineering and System Assurance, Armament Research Development Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States); Ramirez-Marquez, Jose Emmanuel [School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (United States)], E-mail: Jose.Ramirez-Marquez@stevens.edu

    2008-10-15

    The mobile ad-hoc wireless network (MAWN) is a new and emerging network scheme that is being employed in a variety of applications. The MAWN varies from traditional networks because it is a self-forming and dynamic network. The MAWN is free of infrastructure and, as such, only the mobile nodes comprise the network. Pairs of nodes communicate either directly or through other nodes. To do so, each node acts, in turn, as a source, destination, and relay of messages. The virtue of a MAWN is the flexibility this provides; however, the challenge for reliability analyses is also brought about by this unique feature. The variability and volatility of the MAWN configuration makes typical reliability methods (e.g. reliability block diagram) inappropriate because no single structure or configuration represents all manifestations of a MAWN. For this reason, new methods are being developed to analyze the reliability of this new networking technology. New published methods adapt to this feature by treating the configuration probabilistically or by inclusion of embedded mobility models. This paper joins both methods together and expands upon these works by modifying the problem formulation to address the reliability analysis of a cluster-based MAWN. The cluster-based MAWN is deployed in applications with constraints on networking resources such as bandwidth and energy. This paper presents the problem's formulation, a discussion of applicable reliability metrics for the MAWN, and illustration of a Monte Carlo simulation method through the analysis of several example networks.

  15. Clustering-based redshift estimation: application to VIPERS/CFHTLS

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    Scottez, V.; Mellier, Y.; Granett, B. R.; Moutard, T.; Kilbinger, M.; Scodeggio, M.; Garilli, B.; Bolzonella, M.; de la Torre, S.; Guzzo, L.; Abbas, U.; Adami, C.; Arnouts, S.; Bottini, D.; Branchini, E.; Cappi, A.; Cucciati, O.; Davidzon, I.; Fritz, A.; Franzetti, P.; Iovino, A.; Krywult, J.; Le Brun, V.; Le Fèvre, O.; Maccagni, D.; Małek, K.; Marulli, F.; Polletta, M.; Pollo, A.; Tasca, L. A. M.; Tojeiro, R.; Vergani, D.; Zanichelli, A.; Bel, J.; Coupon, J.; De Lucia, G.; Ilbert, O.; McCracken, H. J.; Moscardini, L.

    2016-10-01

    We explore the accuracy of the clustering-based redshift estimation proposed by Ménard et al. when applied to VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS) and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS) real data. This method enables us to reconstruct redshift distributions from measurement of the angular clustering of objects using a set of secure spectroscopic redshifts. We use state-of-the-art spectroscopic measurements with iAB 0.5 which allows us to test the accuracy of the clustering-based redshift distributions. We show that this method enables us to reproduce the true mean colour-redshift relation when both populations have the same magnitude limit. We also show that this technique allows the inference of redshift distributions for a population fainter than the reference and we give an estimate of the colour-redshift mapping in this case. This last point is of great interest for future large-redshift surveys which require a complete faint spectroscopic sample.

  16. High Dimensional Data Clustering Using Fast Cluster Based Feature Selection

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    Karthikeyan.P

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Feature selection involves identifying a subset of the most useful features that produces compatible results as the original entire set of features. A feature selection algorithm may be evaluated from both the efficiency and effectiveness points of view. While the efficiency concerns the time required to find a subset of features, the effectiveness is related to the quality of the subset of features. Based on these criteria, a fast clustering-based feature selection algorithm (FAST is proposed and experimentally evaluated in this paper. The FAST algorithm works in two steps. In the first step, features are divided into clusters by using graph-theoretic clustering methods. In the second step, the most representative feature that is strongly related to target classes is selected from each cluster to form a subset of features. Features in different clusters are relatively independent; the clustering-based strategy of FAST has a high probability of producing a subset of useful and independent features. To ensure the efficiency of FAST, we adopt the efficient minimum-spanning tree (MST using the Kruskal‟s Algorithm clustering method. The efficiency and effectiveness of the FAST algorithm are evaluated through an empirical study. Index Terms—

  17. A new approach to geographic routing for location aided cluster based MANETs

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Routing has been the main challenge for ad hoc networks due to dynamic topology as well as resource constraints. Completely GPS(Global Positioning System free as well as GPS scarce positioning systems for wireless, mobile, ad-hoc networks has been proposed recently by many authors. High computational overhead and high mobility of the nodes typically require completely GPS enabled MANETs for higher performance. In this article, Improved Location aided Cluster based Routing Protocol (ILCRP for GPS enabled MANETs has been evaluated for performance metrics such as end to end delay, control overhead, and packet delivery ratio. Use of cluster based routing as well as exact location information of the nodes in ILCRP reduces the control overhead resulting in higher packet delivery ratio. GPS utility in nodes reduces the end to end delay even during its high mobility. Simulations are performed using NS2 by varying the mobility (speed of nodes as well as number of the nodes. The results illustrate that ILCRP performs better compared to other protocols.

  18. Implementation of Universal Control on a Decoherence-Free Qubit

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    Fortunato, E M; Hodges, J; Teklemariam, G; Cory, D G; Fortunato, Evan M.; Viola, Lorenza; Hodges, Jonathan; Teklemariam, Grum; Cory, David G.

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate storage and manipulation of one qubit encoded into a decoherence-free subspace (DFS) of two nuclear spins using liquid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. The DFS is spanned by states that are unaffected by arbitrary collective phase noise. Encoding and decoding procedures reversibly map an arbitrary qubit state from a single data spin to the DFS and back. The implementation demonstrates the robustness of the DFS memory against engineered dephasing with arbitrary strength as well as a substantial increase in the amount of quantum information retained, relative to an un-encoded qubit, under both engineered and natural noise processes. In addition, a universal set of logical manipulations over the encoded qubit is also realized. Although intrinsic limitations prevent maintaining full noise tolerance during quantum gates, we show how the use of dynamical control methods at the encoded level can ensure that computation is protected with finite distance. We demonstrate noise-tolerant ...

  19. SEQUENTIAL CLUSTERING-BASED EVENT DETECTION FOR NONINTRUSIVE LOAD MONITORING

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    Karim Said Barsim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of change-point detection has been well studied and adopted in many signal processing applications. In such applications, the informative segments of the signal are the stationary ones before and after the change-point. However, for some novel signal processing and machine learning applications such as Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM, the information contained in the non-stationary transient intervals is of equal or even more importance to the recognition process. In this paper, we introduce a novel clustering-based sequential detection of abrupt changes in an aggregate electricity consumption profile with accurate decomposition of the input signal into stationary and non-stationary segments. We also introduce various event models in the context of clustering analysis. The proposed algorithm is applied to building-level energy profiles with promising results for the residential BLUED power dataset.

  20. Fast Affinity Propagation Clustering based on Machine Learning

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    Shailendra Kumar Shrivastava

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Affinity propagation (AP was recently introduced as an un-supervised learning algorithm for exemplar based clustering. In this paper a novel Fast Affinity Propagation clustering Approach based on Machine Learning (FAPML has been proposed. FAPML tries to put data points into clusters based on the history of the data points belonging to clusters in early stages. In FAPML we introduce affinity learning constant and dispersion constant which supervise the clustering process. FAPML also enforces the exemplar consistency and one of 'N constraints. Experiments conducted on many data sets such as Olivetti faces, Mushroom, Documents summarization, Thyroid, Yeast, Wine quality Red, Balance etc. show that FAPML is up to 54 % faster than the original AP with better Net Similarity.

  1. Cluster-Based Distributed Algorithms for Very Large Linear Equations

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    2006-01-01

    In many applications such as computational fluid dynamics and weather prediction, as well as image processing and state of Markov chain etc., the grade of matrix n is often very large, and any serial algorithm cannot solve the problems. A distributed cluster-based solution for very large linear equations is discussed, it includes the definitions of notations, partition of matrix, communication mechanism, and a master-slaver algorithm etc., the computing cost is O(n3/N), the memory cost is O(n2/N), the I/O cost is O(n2/N), and the communication cost is O(Nn), here, N is the number of computing nodes or processes. Some tests show that the solution could solve the double type of matrix under 106×106 effectively.

  2. Cluster-based distributed face tracking in camera networks.

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    Yoder, Josiah; Medeiros, Henry; Park, Johnny; Kak, Avinash C

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, we present a distributed multicamera face tracking system suitable for large wired camera networks. Unlike previous multicamera face tracking systems, our system does not require a central server to coordinate the entire tracking effort. Instead, an efficient camera clustering protocol is used to dynamically form groups of cameras for in-network tracking of individual faces. The clustering protocol includes cluster propagation mechanisms that allow the computational load of face tracking to be transferred to different cameras as the target objects move. Furthermore, the dynamic election of cluster leaders provides robustness against system failures. Our experimental results show that our cluster-based distributed face tracker is capable of accurately tracking multiple faces in real-time. The overall performance of the distributed system is comparable to that of a centralized face tracker, while presenting the advantages of scalability and robustness.

  3. Weighted Clustering Based Preemptive Scheduling For Real Time System

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    H.S Behera

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a new improved clustering based scheduling algorithm for a single processor environment is proposed. In the proposed method, processes are organized into non-overlapping clusters.For each process the variance from the median, is calculated and compared with the variance from the means of other clusters. Each process is assigned to the cluster associated with the closest median. The new median of each cluster is calculated and the procedure is repeated until the medians are fixed. Weight is assigned to each cluster using the externally assigned priorities and the burst time. The cluster with highest weight is executed first and jobs are scheduled using the Round Robin algorithm with calculated dynamic time slice.. The experimental study of the proposed scheduling algorithm shows that the high priority jobs can be executed first to meet the deadlines and also prevents starvation of processes at the same time which is crucial in a real time system.

  4. Performance Improvement of Cache Management In Cluster Based MANET

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    Abdulaziz Zam

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Caching is one of the most effective techniques used to improve the data access performance in wireless networks. Accessing data from a remote server imposes high latency and power consumption through forwarding nodes that guide the requests to the server and send data back to the clients. In addition, accessing data may be unreliable or even impossible due to erroneous wireless links and frequently disconnections. Due to the nature of MANET and its high frequent topology changes, and also small cache size and constrained power supply in mobile nodes, the management of the cache would be a challenge. To maintain the MANET’s stability and scalability, clustering is considered as an effective approach. In this paper an efficient cache management method is proposed for the Cluster Based Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (C-B-MANET. The performance of the method is evaluated in terms of packet delivery ratio, latency and overhead metrics.

  5. Universal learning network and its application to chaos control.

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    Hirasawa, K; Wang, X; Murata, J; Hu, J; Jin, C

    2000-03-01

    Universal Learning Networks (ULNs) are proposed and their application to chaos control is discussed. ULNs provide a generalized framework to model and control complex systems. They consist of a number of inter-connected nodes where the nodes may have any continuously differentiable nonlinear functions in them and each pair of nodes can be connected by multiple branches with arbitrary time delays. Therefore, physical systems, which can be described by differential or difference equations and also their controllers, can be modeled in a unified way, and so ULNs may form a super set of neural networks and fuzzy neural networks. In order to optimize the ULNs, a generalized learning algorithm is derived, in which both the first order derivatives (gradients) and the higher order derivatives are incorporated. The derivatives are calculated by using forward or backward propagation schemes. These algorithms for calculating the derivatives are extended versions of Back Propagation Through Time (BPTT) and Real Time Recurrent Learning (RTRL) of Williams in the sense that generalized node functions, generalized network connections with multi-branch of arbitrary time delays, generalized criterion functions and higher order derivatives can be deal with. As an application of ULNs, a chaos control method using maximum Lyapunov exponent of ULNs is proposed. Maximum Lyapunov exponent of ULNs can be formulated by using higher order derivatives of ULNs, and the parameters of ULNs can be adjusted so that the maximum Lyapunov exponent approaches the target value. From the simulation results, it has been shown that a fully connected ULN with three nodes is able to display chaotic behaviors.

  6. PC-Cluster based Storage System Architecture for Cloud Storage

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    Yee, Tin Tin

    2011-01-01

    Design and architecture of cloud storage system plays a vital role in cloud computing infrastructure in order to improve the storage capacity as well as cost effectiveness. Usually cloud storage system provides users to efficient storage space with elasticity feature. One of the challenges of cloud storage system is difficult to balance the providing huge elastic capacity of storage and investment of expensive cost for it. In order to solve this issue in the cloud storage infrastructure, low cost PC cluster based storage server is configured to be activated for large amount of data to provide cloud users. Moreover, one of the contributions of this system is proposed an analytical model using M/M/1 queuing network model, which is modeled on intended architecture to provide better response time, utilization of storage as well as pending time when the system is running. According to the analytical result on experimental testing, the storage can be utilized more than 90% of storage space. In this paper, two parts...

  7. An improved unsupervised clustering-based intrusion detection method

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    Hai, Yong J.; Wu, Yu; Wang, Guo Y.

    2005-03-01

    Practical Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) based on data mining are facing two key problems, discovering intrusion knowledge from real-time network data, and automatically updating them when new intrusions appear. Most data mining algorithms work on labeled data. In order to set up basic data set for mining, huge volumes of network data need to be collected and labeled manually. In fact, it is rather difficult and impractical to label intrusions, which has been a big restrict for current IDSs and has led to limited ability of identifying all kinds of intrusion types. An improved unsupervised clustering-based intrusion model working on unlabeled training data is introduced. In this model, center of a cluster is defined and used as substitution of this cluster. Then all cluster centers are adopted to detect intrusions. Testing on data sets of KDDCUP"99, experimental results demonstrate that our method has good performance in detection rate. Furthermore, the incremental-learning method is adopted to detect those unknown-type intrusions and it decreases false positive rate.

  8. A Secure Cluster-Based Multipath Routing Protocol for WMSNs

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    Jamal N. Al-Karaki

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The new characteristics of Wireless Multimedia Sensor Network (WMSN and its design issues brought by handling different traffic classes of multimedia content (video streams, audio, and still images as well as scalar data over the network, make the proposed routing protocols for typical WSNs not directly applicable for WMSNs. Handling real-time multimedia data requires both energy efficiency and QoS assurance in order to ensure efficient utility of different capabilities of sensor resources and correct delivery of collected information. In this paper, we propose a Secure Cluster-based Multipath Routing protocol for WMSNs, SCMR, to satisfy the requirements of delivering different data types and support high data rate multimedia traffic. SCMR exploits the hierarchical structure of powerful cluster heads and the optimized multiple paths to support timeliness and reliable high data rate multimedia communication with minimum energy dissipation. Also, we present a light-weight distributed security mechanism of key management in order to secure the communication between sensor nodes and protect the network against different types of attacks. Performance evaluation from simulation results demonstrates a significant performance improvement comparing with existing protocols (which do not even provide any kind of security feature in terms of average end-to-end delay, network throughput, packet delivery ratio, and energy consumption.

  9. Cluster based parallel database management system for data intensive computing

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    Jianzhong LI; Wei ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes a computer-cluster based parallel database management system (DBMS), InfiniteDB, developed by the authors. InfiniteDB aims at efficiently sup-port data intensive computing in response to the rapid grow-ing in database size and the need of high performance ana-lyzing of massive databases. It can be efficiently executed in the computing system composed by thousands of computers such as cloud computing system. It supports the parallelisms of intra-query, inter-query, intra-operation, inter-operation and pipelining. It provides effective strategies for managing massive databases including the multiple data declustering methods, the declustering-aware algorithms for relational operations and other database operations, and the adaptive query optimization method. It also provides the functions of parallel data warehousing and data mining, the coordinator-wrapper mechanism to support the integration of heteroge-neous information resources on the Internet, and the fault tol-erant and resilient infrastructures. It has been used in many applications and has proved quite effective for data intensive computing.

  10. A secure cluster-based multipath routing protocol for WMSNs.

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    Almalkawi, Islam T; Zapata, Manel Guerrero; Al-Karaki, Jamal N

    2011-01-01

    The new characteristics of Wireless Multimedia Sensor Network (WMSN) and its design issues brought by handling different traffic classes of multimedia content (video streams, audio, and still images) as well as scalar data over the network, make the proposed routing protocols for typical WSNs not directly applicable for WMSNs. Handling real-time multimedia data requires both energy efficiency and QoS assurance in order to ensure efficient utility of different capabilities of sensor resources and correct delivery of collected information. In this paper, we propose a Secure Cluster-based Multipath Routing protocol for WMSNs, SCMR, to satisfy the requirements of delivering different data types and support high data rate multimedia traffic. SCMR exploits the hierarchical structure of powerful cluster heads and the optimized multiple paths to support timeliness and reliable high data rate multimedia communication with minimum energy dissipation. Also, we present a light-weight distributed security mechanism of key management in order to secure the communication between sensor nodes and protect the network against different types of attacks. Performance evaluation from simulation results demonstrates a significant performance improvement comparing with existing protocols (which do not even provide any kind of security feature) in terms of average end-to-end delay, network throughput, packet delivery ratio, and energy consumption.

  11. Energy Efficient Cluster Based Scheduling Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Janani, E Srie Vidhya; Kumar, P Ganesh

    2015-01-01

    The energy utilization of sensor nodes in large scale wireless sensor network points out the crucial need for scalable and energy efficient clustering protocols. Since sensor nodes usually operate on batteries, the maximum utility of network is greatly dependent on ideal usage of energy leftover in these sensor nodes. In this paper, we propose an Energy Efficient Cluster Based Scheduling Scheme for wireless sensor networks that balances the sensor network lifetime and energy efficiency. In the first phase of our proposed scheme, cluster topology is discovered and cluster head is chosen based on remaining energy level. The cluster head monitors the network energy threshold value to identify the energy drain rate of all its cluster members. In the second phase, scheduling algorithm is presented to allocate time slots to cluster member data packets. Here congestion occurrence is totally avoided. In the third phase, energy consumption model is proposed to maintain maximum residual energy level across the network. Moreover, we also propose a new packet format which is given to all cluster member nodes. The simulation results prove that the proposed scheme greatly contributes to maximum network lifetime, high energy, reduced overhead, and maximum delivery ratio.

  12. Utility-guided Clustering-based Transaction Data Anonymization

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    Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Transaction data about individuals are increasingly collected to support a plethora of applications, spanning from marketing to biomedical studies. Publishing these data is required by many organizations, but may result in privacy breaches, if an attacker exploits potentially identifying information to link individuals to their records in the published data. Algorithms that prevent this threat by transforming transaction data prior to their release have been proposed recently, but they may incur significant utility loss due to their inability to: (i accommodate a range of different privacy requirements that data owners often have, and (ii guarantee that the produced data will satisfy data owners’ utility requirements. To address this issue, we propose a novel clustering-based framework to anonymizing transaction data, which provides the basis for designing algorithms that better preserve data utility. Based on this framework, we develop two anonymization algorithms which explore a larger solution space than existing methods and can satisfy a wide range of privacy requirements. Additionally, the second algorithm allows the specification and enforcement of utility requirements, thereby ensuring that the anonymized data remain useful in intended tasks. Experiments with both benchmark and real medical datasets verify that our algorithms significantly outperform the current state-of-the-art algorithms in terms of data utility, while being comparable in terms of efficiency.

  13. WORMHOLE ATTACK MITIGATION IN MANET: A CLUSTER BASED AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUE

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    Subhashis Banerjee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET is a self configuring, infrastructure less network of mobile devices connected by wireless links. Loopholes like wireless medium, lack of a fixed infrastructure, dynamic topology, rapid deployment practices, and the hostile environments in which they may be deployed, make MANET vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks and Wormhole attack is one of them. During this attack a malicious node captures packets from one location in the network, and tunnels them to another colluding malicious node at a distant point, which replays them locally. This paper presents a cluster based Wormhole attack avoidance technique. The concept of hierarchical clustering with a novel hierarchical 32- bit node addressing scheme is used for avoiding the attacking path during the route discovery phase of the DSR protocol, which is considered as the under lying routing protocol. Pinpointing the location of the wormhole nodes in the case of exposed attack is also given by using this method.

  14. Two Tier Cluster Based Data Aggregation (TTCDA) in Wireless Sensor Network

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    Dnyaneshwar, Mantri; Prasad, Neeli R.; Prasad, Ramjee

    2012-01-01

    the packet count reached at the sink. Here, we propose Two Tier Cluster based Data Aggregation (TTCDA) algorithm for the randomly distributed nodes to minimize computation and communication cost. The TTCDA is energy and bandwidth efficient since it reduces the transmission of the number of packets......Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) often used for monitoring and control applications where sensor nodes collect data and send it to the sink. Most of the nodes consume their energy in transmission of data packets without aggregation to sink, which may be located at single or multi hop distance....... The direct transmission of data packets to the sink from nodes in the network causes increased communication costs in terms of energy, average delay and network lifetime. In this context, the data aggregation techniques minimize the communication cost with efficient bandwidth utilization by decreasing...

  15. Two Tier Cluster Based Data Aggregation (TTCDA) in Wireless Sensor Network

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    Dnyaneshwar, Mantri; Prasad, Neeli R.; Prasad, Ramjee;

    2012-01-01

    . The direct transmission of data packets to the sink from nodes in the network causes increased communication costs in terms of energy, average delay and network lifetime. In this context, the data aggregation techniques minimize the communication cost with efficient bandwidth utilization by decreasing...... the packet count reached at the sink. Here, we propose Two Tier Cluster based Data Aggregation (TTCDA) algorithm for the randomly distributed nodes to minimize computation and communication cost. The TTCDA is energy and bandwidth efficient since it reduces the transmission of the number of packets......Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) often used for monitoring and control applications where sensor nodes collect data and send it to the sink. Most of the nodes consume their energy in transmission of data packets without aggregation to sink, which may be located at single or multi hop distance...

  16. A New Cluster-based Wormhole Intrusion detection algorithm for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

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    Roy, Debdutta Barman; Chaki, Nabendu

    2010-01-01

    In multi-hop wireless systems, the need for cooperation among nodes to relay each other's packets exposes them to a wide range of security attacks. A particularly devastating attack is the wormhole attack, where a malicious node records control traffic at one location and tunnels it to another compromised node, possibly far away, which replays it locally. Routing security in ad hoc networks is often equated with strong and feasible node authentication and lightweight cryptography. Unfortunately, the wormhole attack can hardly be defeated by crypto graphical measures, as wormhole attackers do not create separate packets. They simply replay packets already existing on the network, which pass the cryptographic checks. Existing works on wormhole detection have often focused on detection using specialized hardware, such as directional antennas, etc. In this paper, we present a cluster based counter-measure for the wormhole attack, that alleviates these drawbacks and efficiently mitigates the wormhole attack in MAN...

  17. Causes, Consequences and Control of Students' Crises in Public and Private Universities in Nigeria

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    Adeyemi, T. O.

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigated the causes, consequences and control of students' crises in public and private universities in Nigeria. Students' crises involve making protest by students' in pressing their demand on various issues with university authorities. In this regard, the study population comprised all the 81 universities in the country from which…

  18. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Kathmandu University

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    Kathmandu University is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution located in Dhulikhel, Nepal. In the 20+ years of its operation, it has established itself as one of the frontrunners of higher education in the country.

  19. Cluster-based Multihop Synchronization Scheme for Femtocell Network

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Femtocell technology has been drawing considerable attention as a cost-effective means of improving cellular coverage and capacity. It is connected to the core network through an IP backhaul and can only use timing protocols such as IEEE1588 or Network Time Protocol (NTP. Furthermore, the femtocell is installed indoor, and cannot use a GPS antenna for time synchronization.  High-precision crystal oscillators can solve the timing problem, but they are often too expensive for consumer grade devices. Therefore, femtocell Base Station (fBS synchronization is one of the principle technical trends in femtocell deployment. Since fBSand macrocell Base Station (mBS network operates on the same frequency under a licensed spectrum, fBS network can interfere with the macrocell network. In addition, fBSs can also interfere with each other if multiple units are in close proximity. Furthermore, in a flat fBS structured network using IEEE 1588 synchronization algorithm and fBS-fBS synchronization scheme creates offset and frequency error which results inaccurate synchronization. In order to reduce offset and frequency error (skew, this paper proposed a cluster-based multihop synchronization scheme to achieve precise in fBS neighbor nodes. The proposed scheme is able to reduce the offset and skew significantly.ABSTRAK: Teknologi Femtocell telah menjadi tumpuan sebagai alat yang kos-efektif dalam memperbaiki liputan mudahalih dan kapasiti. Ia menghubungkan jaringan teras melalui IP backhaul dan hanya boleh menggunakan protokol masa seperti IEEE1588 atau Protokol Jaringan Masa (NTP. Seterusnya, femtocell dipasang di dalam, dan tidak boleh menggunakan antena GPS untuk sinkronisasi masa. Osilator Kristal yang tinggi kejituannya boleh menyelesaikan masalah masa, tetapi ianya mahal bagi gred peranti consumer. Oleh itu, sinkronisasi Stesen Asas femtocell (fBS adalah salah satu tren teknikal prinsip dalam deployment femtocell. Memandangkan fBS dan jaringan

  20. Behavioral Activation for Moderately Depressed University Students: Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Gawrysiak, Michael; Nicholas, Christopher; Hopko, Derek R.

    2009-01-01

    Although depression is prevalent among university students, limited and dated research has examined the efficacy of behavioral interventions in treating this population (C. Lee, 2005). On the basis of a modified version of the Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD; D. R. Hopko & C. W. Lejuez, 2007; C. W. Lejuez, D. R. Hopko, & S. D.…

  1. American University Mobilizes to Gain Control Over Its Assets.

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    Millman, Howard

    1997-01-01

    Describes how American University's facility, financial, and information system managers created a comprehensive asset-identification, condition, and valuation database. Discusses assemblage of the team, project design, lessons learned, the use of barcodes to track materials, and the payoff of being able to generate specific numbers for budgeting…

  2. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Birzeit University

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    The physics department at Birzeit University is organizing a Masterclass on particle physics on Tuesday 5th March as part of the International Masterclasses run by IPPOG, where many of high school students and undergraduate students are participating to learn more about particles, the LHC and the ATLAS experiment. The activities of the day include lectures, event analysis with real data from the LHC and virtual visit to CERN via video conference.

  3. Evaluation of information technology impact on effective internal control in the University system

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    Sanusi Fasilat, A., E-mail: Fasilat17@gmail.com; Hassan, Haslinda, E-mail: lynn@uum.edu.my [School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah (Malaysia)

    2015-12-11

    Information Technology (IT) plays a key role in internal control system in various organizations in terms of maintaining records and other internal services. Internal control system is defined as an efficient control procedures set up by firm to safeguard resources and to assure the reliability and accuracy of both financial and non-financial records in line with applicable governance and procedure to acquire the established goal and objectives. This paper focuses on the impact of IT on internal control system in the Nigerian universities. Data are collected from three different universities via questionnaire. Descriptive statistics is used to analyze the data; Chi-square is performed to test the hypothesis. The results of the hypothesis showed that IT has a positive relationship with the effective internal control activities in the University system. It is concluded that the adoption of IT will significantly improve the effectiveness of the internal control system operations in the University in terms of quality service delivery.

  4. An improvement of speed control performances of a two-mass system using a universal approximator

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    Lee, Kyo Beum; Blåbjerg, Frede

    2007-01-01

    A new control scheme using a universal approximator based on a radial basis ti.tnction network (RBFN) is proposed and investigated for improving the control characteristics of the high-performance motion control system. This control method presents better performance in the corresponding speed vi...

  5. Probabilistic Universal Learning Networks and their Applications to Nonlinear Control Systems

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    Probabilistic Universal Learning Networks (PrULNs) are proposed, which are learning networks with a capability of dealing with stochastic signals. PrULNs are extensions of Universal Learning Networks (ULNs). ULNs form a superset of neural networks and were proposed to provide a universal framework for modeling and control of nonlinear large-scale complex systems. A generalized learning algorithm has been devised for ULNs which can also be used in a unified manner for almost all kinds of learn...

  6. Universal Brushless-DC Motor Controller for Space Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The goal of this SBIR is to adapt an initial prototype ultra-miniature high-performance brushless-DC-motor controller, code named 'Puck', for use by NASA across a...

  7. Obesity, Body Image, Depression, and Weight-control Behaviour Among Female University Students in Korea

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    Jun, Eun Mi; Choi, Seung Bae

    2014-01-01

    .... The purpose of the study was to examine obesity, body image, depression, and weight-control behaviour among Korean female university students and investigate the differences in body image, depression...

  8. Sexual assault resistance education for university women: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial (SARE trial)

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    Senn, Charlene Y; Eliasziw, Misha; Barata, Paula C; Thurston, Wilfreda E; Newby-Clark, Ian R; Radtke, H Lorraine; Hobden, Karen L

    2013-01-01

    .... The aim of this randomized controlled trial is to determine whether a novel, small-group sexual assault resistance education program can reduce the incidence of sexual assault among university...

  9. Control system and method for a universal power conditioning system

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    Lai, Jih-Sheng; Park, Sung Yeul; Chen, Chien-Liang

    2014-09-02

    A new current loop control system method is proposed for a single-phase grid-tie power conditioning system that can be used under a standalone or a grid-tie mode. This type of inverter utilizes an inductor-capacitor-inductor (LCL) filter as the interface in between inverter and the utility grid. The first set of inductor-capacitor (LC) can be used in the standalone mode, and the complete LCL can be used for the grid-tie mode. A new admittance compensation technique is proposed for the controller design to avoid low stability margin while maintaining sufficient gain at the fundamental frequency. The proposed current loop controller system and admittance compensation technique have been simulated and tested. Simulation results indicate that without the admittance path compensation, the current loop controller output duty cycle is largely offset by an undesired admittance path. At the initial simulation cycle, the power flow may be erratically fed back to the inverter causing catastrophic failure. With admittance path compensation, the output power shows a steady-state offset that matches the design value. Experimental results show that the inverter is capable of both a standalone and a grid-tie connection mode using the LCL filter configuration.

  10. Grade control in a quartz deposit using universal fuzzy kriging

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    Ángeles Saavedra González

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Adaptamos el método universal de predicción por Krigeado a contextos con datos inciertos o imprecisos. Empleando la teoría de conjuntos difusos, desarrollamos un Krigeado difuso niversal que utilizamos para estimar tipos de calidades en un depósito de cuarzo. El método modela la tendencia de los datos por combinación lineal de funciones que dependen de las coordenadas de cada punto, que son números fuzzy. La dependencia espacial entre los datos es determinada por medio de covariogramas no difusos. El método propuesto proporciona úmeros difusos y varianzas no difusas en puntos no muestreados. Finalmente, los números difusos estimados son convertidos en calidades de cuarzo y representados gráfi camente. Por medio del modelo obtenido empleando números difusos ha sido posible efectuar minería selectiva del depósito mineral dependiendo de la demanda del mercado para los tres productos explotados.

  11. The relationship between motivational structure, sense of control, intrinsic motivation and university students' alcohol consumption.

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    Shamloo, Zohreh Sepehri; Cox, W Miles

    2010-02-01

    The aim of this study was to determine how sense of control and intrinsic motivation are related to university students' motivational structure and alcohol consumption. Participants were 94 university students who completed the Personal Concerns Inventory, Shapiro Control Inventory, Helplessness Questionnaire, Intrinsic-Extrinsic Aspirations Scale, and Alcohol Use Questionnaire. Results showed that sense of control and intrinsic motivation were positively correlated with adaptive motivation and negatively correlated with alcohol consumption. Mediational analyses indicated that adaptive motivation fully mediated the relationship between sense of control/intrinsic motivation and alcohol consumption.

  12. Universe

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    Updated for 2011, the Universe, is one book in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond. Perennial subjects in earth science, life science, and physical science are all explored in detail. Amazing graphics-more than 1,000 per title-combined with concise summaries help students understand complex subjects. Correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-9, each title also contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary.

  13. Universe

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    2009-01-01

    The Universe, is one book in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series that is correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-8. The Britannica Illustrated Science Library is a visually compelling set that covers earth science, life science, and physical science in 16 volumes.  Created for ages 10 and up, each volume provides an overview on a subject and thoroughly explains it through detailed and powerful graphics-more than 1,000 per volume-that turn complex subjects into information that students can grasp.  Each volume contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary help and an index.

  14. Crystallization of organically templated phosphomolybdate cluster-based solids from aqueous solution

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    Minakshi Asnani; Dinesh Kumar; T Duraisamy; Arunachalam Ramanan

    2012-11-01

    The paper reports the synthesis and structural characterization of several organic-inorganic solids involving phosphomolybdate clusters. The Strandberg-type {P2Mo$^{\\text{VI}}_{5}$O23} and the lower-valent {P4Mo$^{V}_{6$O31} cluster based solids were isolated in the presence of (ethylenediamine) by controlling pH of the reaction medium. The lower-valent cluster invariably requires the presence of a suitable metal cation for further stabilization. A detailed investigation of the system was carried out where three different weak acids viz. oxalic acid, succinic acid and glycine were used in the entire pH range (1-12). Our results establish that the organic amine () is alone capable of reducing the molybdenum core in the absence of an organic acid at a suitable pH. Hence, pH of the reaction medium combined with suitable temperature favours the formation of lower-valent phosphomolybdate cluster. Higher pH favours the precipitation of a new sodium hydrogen phosphate.

  15. A Cluster-Based Architecture to Structure the Topology of Parallel Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Juan R. Diaz

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A wireless sensor network is a self-configuring network of mobile nodes connected by wireless links where the nodes have limited capacity and energy. In many cases, the application environment requires the design of an exclusive network topology for a particular case. Cluster-based network developments and proposals in existence have been designed to build a network for just one type of node, where all nodes can communicate with any other nodes in their coverage area. Let us suppose a set of clusters of sensor nodes where each cluster is formed by different types of nodes (e.g., they could be classified by the sensed parameter using different transmitting interfaces, by the node profile or by the type of device: laptops, PDAs, sensor etc. and exclusive networks, as virtual networks, are needed with the same type of sensed data, or the same type of devices, or even the same type of profiles. In this paper, we propose an algorithm that is able to structure the topology of different wireless sensor networks to coexist in the same environment. It allows control and management of the topology of each network. The architecture operation and the protocol messages will be described. Measurements from a real test-bench will show that the designed protocol has low bandwidth consumption and also demonstrates the viability and the scalability of the proposed architecture. Our ccluster-based algorithm is compared with other algorithms reported in the literature in terms of architecture and protocol measurements.

  16. A cluster-based architecture to structure the topology of parallel wireless sensor networks.

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    Lloret, Jaime; Garcia, Miguel; Bri, Diana; Diaz, Juan R

    2009-01-01

    A wireless sensor network is a self-configuring network of mobile nodes connected by wireless links where the nodes have limited capacity and energy. In many cases, the application environment requires the design of an exclusive network topology for a particular case. Cluster-based network developments and proposals in existence have been designed to build a network for just one type of node, where all nodes can communicate with any other nodes in their coverage area. Let us suppose a set of clusters of sensor nodes where each cluster is formed by different types of nodes (e.g., they could be classified by the sensed parameter using different transmitting interfaces, by the node profile or by the type of device: laptops, PDAs, sensor etc.) and exclusive networks, as virtual networks, are needed with the same type of sensed data, or the same type of devices, or even the same type of profiles. In this paper, we propose an algorithm that is able to structure the topology of different wireless sensor networks to coexist in the same environment. It allows control and management of the topology of each network. The architecture operation and the protocol messages will be described. Measurements from a real test-bench will show that the designed protocol has low bandwidth consumption and also demonstrates the viability and the scalability of the proposed architecture. Our ccluster-based algorithm is compared with other algorithms reported in the literature in terms of architecture and protocol measurements.

  17. Efficient Cluster Based Multicast Tree for Secure Multicast Communication for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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    D.Suganya Devi

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Secure multicast communication in mobile adhoc networks is challenging due to its inherent characteristics of infrastructure-less architecture with lack of central authority, limited resources such as bandwidth, time and power. Hence key management is the fundamental challenge in achieving secure communication using multicast key distribution in mobile adhoc networks. In many multicast interactions, due to its frequent node mobility, new member can join and current members can leave at a time due to node failure which causes delay in multicast transmission. This paper proposes a new efficient cluster based multicast tree (CBMT algorithm for secure multicast Communication, in which source node uses Multicast version of Destination Sequenced Distance Vector(MDSDV routing protocol to collects its 1 hop neighbors to form cluster and each node which have child node is elected as the Local controllers of the created clusters. It also tolerates the faults that causes due to failure of nodes. Simulation results shows the demonstration of CBMT using MDSDV have better system performance in terms of end to end delay and fault tolerance rate under varying network conditions.

  18. Understanding coastal change using shoreline trend analysis supported by cluster-based segmentation

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    Burningham, Helene; French, Jon

    2017-04-01

    Shoreline change analysis is a well defined and widely adopted approach for the examination of trends in coastal position over different timescales. Conventional shoreline change metrics are best suited to resolving progressive quasi-linear trends. However, coastal change is often highly non-linear and may exhibit complex behaviour including trend-reversals. This paper advocates a secondary level of investigation based on a cluster analysis to resolve a more complete range of coastal behaviours. Cluster-based segmentation of shoreline behaviour is demonstrated with reference to a regional-scale case study of the Suffolk coast, eastern UK. An exceptionally comprehensive suite of shoreline datasets covering the period 1881 to 2015 is used to examine both centennial- and intra-decadal scale change in shoreline position. Analysis of shoreline position changes at a 100 m alongshore interval along 74 km of coastline reveals a number of distinct behaviours. The suite of behaviours varies with the timescale of analysis. There is little evidence of regionally coherent shoreline change. Rather, the analyses reveal a complex interaction between met-ocean forcing, inherited geological and geomorphological controls, and evolving anthropogenic intervention that drives changing foci of erosion and deposition.

  19. MCBT: Multi-Hop Cluster Based Stable Backbone Trees for Data Collection and Dissemination in WSNs.

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    Shin, Inyoung; Kim, Moonseong; Mutka, Matt W; Choo, Hyunseung; Lee, Tae-Jin

    2009-01-01

    We propose a stable backbone tree construction algorithm using multi-hop clusters for wireless sensor networks (WSNs). The hierarchical cluster structure has advantages in data fusion and aggregation. Energy consumption can be decreased by managing nodes with cluster heads. Backbone nodes, which are responsible for performing and managing multi-hop communication, can reduce the communication overhead such as control traffic and minimize the number of active nodes. Previous backbone construction algorithms, such as Hierarchical Cluster-based Data Dissemination (HCDD) and Multicluster, Mobile, Multimedia radio network (MMM), consume energy quickly. They are designed without regard to appropriate factors such as residual energy and degree (the number of connections or edges to other nodes) of a node for WSNs. Thus, the network is quickly disconnected or has to reconstruct a backbone. We propose a distributed algorithm to create a stable backbone by selecting the nodes with higher energy or degree as the cluster heads. This increases the overall network lifetime. Moreover, the proposed method balances energy consumption by distributing the traffic load among nodes around the cluster head. In the simulation, the proposed scheme outperforms previous clustering schemes in terms of the average and the standard deviation of residual energy or degree of backbone nodes, the average residual energy of backbone nodes after disseminating the sensed data, and the network lifetime.

  20. Cluster-based statistics for brain connectivity in correlation with behavioral measures.

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    Cheol E Han

    Full Text Available Graph theoretical approaches have successfully revealed abnormality in brain connectivity, in particular, for contrasting patients from healthy controls. Besides the group comparison analysis, a correlational study is also challenging. In studies with patients, for example, finding brain connections that indeed deepen specific symptoms is interesting. The correlational study is also beneficial since it does not require controls, which are often difficult to find, especially for old-age patients with cognitive impairment where controls could also have cognitive deficits due to normal ageing. However, one of the major difficulties in such correlational studies is too conservative multiple comparison correction. In this paper, we propose a novel method for identifying brain connections that are correlated with a specific cognitive behavior by employing cluster-based statistics, which is less conservative than other methods, such as Bonferroni correction, false discovery rate procedure, and extreme statistics. Our method is based on the insight that multiple brain connections, rather than a single connection, are responsible for abnormal behaviors. Given brain connectivity data, we first compute a partial correlation coefficient between every edge and the behavioral measure. Then we group together neighboring connections with strong correlation into clusters and calculate their maximum sizes. This procedure is repeated for randomly permuted assignments of behavioral measures. Significance levels of the identified sub-networks are estimated from the null distribution of the cluster sizes. This method is independent of network construction methods: either structural or functional network can be used in association with any behavioral measures. We further demonstrated the efficacy of our method using patients with subcortical vascular cognitive impairment. We identified sub-networks that are correlated with the disease severity by exploiting diffusion

  1. Circadian Clock Genes Universally Control Key Agricultural Traits.

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    Bendix, Claire; Marshall, Carine M; Harmon, Frank G

    2015-08-01

    Circadian clocks are endogenous timers that enable plants to synchronize biological processes with daily and seasonal environmental conditions in order to allocate resources during the most beneficial times of day and year. The circadian clock regulates a number of central plant activities, including growth, development, and reproduction, primarily through controlling a substantial proportion of transcriptional activity and protein function. This review examines the roles that alleles of circadian clock genes have played in domestication and improvement of crop plants. The focus here is on three groups of circadian clock genes essential to clock function in Arabidopsis thaliana: PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATORs, GIGANTEA, and the evening complex genes early flowering 3, early flowering 4, and lux arrhythmo. homologous genes from each group underlie quantitative trait loci that have beneficial influences on key agricultural traits, especially flowering time but also yield, biomass, and biennial growth habit. Emerging insights into circadian clock regulation of other fundamental plant processes, including responses to abiotic and biotic stresses, are discussed to highlight promising avenues for further crop improvement. Copyright © 2015 The Author. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Closed-loop torque feedback for a universal field-oriented controller

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    De Doncker, Rik W. A. A.; King, Robert D.; Sanza, Peter C.; Haefner, Kenneth B.

    1992-01-01

    A torque feedback system is employed in a universal field-oriented (UFO) controller to tune a torque-producing current command and a slip frequency command in order to achieve robust torque control of an induction machine even in the event of current regulator errors and during transitions between pulse width modulated (PWM) and square wave modes of operation.

  3. Macroeconomic impacts of Universal Health Coverage : Synthetic control evidence from Thailand

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    M. Rieger (Matthias); N. Wagner (Natascha); A.S. Bedi (Arjun Singh)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractWe study the impact of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) on various macroeconomic outcomes in Thailand using synthetic control methods. Thailand is compared to a weighted average of control countries in terms of aggregate health and economic performance over the period 1995 to 2012. Our re

  4. Design and Application of Variable Universe Fuzzy Controller Based on Cat Swarm Optimization

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    Haipeng Pan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel variable universe fuzzy controller based on cat swarm optimization (CSO-VUFC is proposed to regulate the temperature of the reactor system, which is characterized by nonlinearity, large time delay, and uncertainty. In CSO-VUFC, firstly, corresponding contraction-expansion factors with the function form were, respectively, introduced for the input and output fuzzy universes of the controller. Then, cat swarm optimization was used to optimize the relevant parameter values in the contraction-expansion factor function to achieve the intelligence optimization of the contraction-expansion factors, based on the system performance test function as an evaluation index; the contradiction between the universe adjustment and control accuracy of the fuzzy controller will be effectively solved to achieve the online self-adjustment of the universe. The simulation results indicate that the variable universe adaptive fuzzy control method based on the cat swarm optimization has the features of high precision adjustment, short transient time, and hard real-time.

  5. Hypersensitive dual-function luminescence switching of a silver-chalcogenolate cluster-based metal-organic framework

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    Huang, Ren-Wu; Wei, Yong-Sheng; Dong, Xi-Yan; Wu, Xiao-Hui; Du, Chen-Xia; Zang, Shuang-Quan; Mak, Thomas C. W.

    2017-07-01

    Silver(I) chalcogenide/chalcogenolate clusters are promising photofunctional materials for sensing, optoelectronics and solar energy harvesting applications. However, their instability and poor room-temperature luminescent quantum yields have hampered more extensive study. Here, we graft such clusters to adaptable bridging ligands, enabling their interconnection and the formation of rigid metal-organic frameworks. By controlling the spatial separation and orientation of the clusters, they then exhibit enhanced stability (over one year) and quantum yield (12.1%). Ultrafast dual-function fluorescence switching (volatile organic compounds. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction of the inclusion materials, obtained by single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation, enables precise determination of the position of the small molecules within the framework, elucidating the switching mechanism. The work enriches the cluster-based metal-organic framework portfolio, bridges the gap between silver chalcogenide/chalcogenolate clusters and metal-organic frameworks, and provides a foundation for further development of functional silver-cluster-based materials.

  6. Clustering-based interference management in densely deployed femtocell networks

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Deploying femtocells underlaying macrocells is a promising way to improve the capacity and enhance the coverage of a cellular system. However, densely deployed femtocells in urban area also give rise to intra-tier interference and cross-tier issue that should be addressed properly in order to acquire the expected performance gain. In this paper, we propose an interference management scheme based on joint clustering and resource allocation for two-tier Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM-based femtocell networks. We formulate an optimization task with the objective of maximizing the sum throughput of the femtocell users (FUs under the consideration of intra-tier interference mitigation, while controlling the interference to the macrocell user (MU under its bearable threshold. The formulation problem is addressed by a two-stage procedure: femtocells clustering and resource allocation. First, disjoint femtocell clusters with dynamic sizes and numbers are generated to minimize intra-tier interference. Then each cluster is taken as a resource allocation unit to share all subchannels, followed by a fast algorithm to distribute power among these subchannels. Simulation results show that our proposed schemes can improve the throughput of the FUs with acceptable complexity.

  7. Impaired theory of mind in first-episode schizophrenia: comparison with community, university and depressed controls.

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    Kettle, Jonathan W L; O'Brien-Simpson, Laurie; Allen, Nicholas B

    2008-02-01

    First order theory of mind, as measured by the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test' Revised, is impaired in schizophrenia. However, no study has investigated whether this occurs in first-episode schizophrenia. Also, it is unclear whether such a deficit is specific to schizophrenia, and whether convenience control samples, particularly undergraduate university students, represent valid comparison groups. This study investigated theory of mind ability, measured by the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test' Revised, in a group of first-episode schizophrenia outpatients (n=13) and three control groups: outpatients with non-psychotic major depression (n=14), individuals from the general community (n=16) and from an undergraduate university course (n=27). The schizophrenia group exhibited significant theory of mind impairments compared to both non-psychiatric control groups but not the depression group. Unexpectedly, the depression group was not significantly impaired compared to the community control group, and the university control group exhibited superior theory of mind ability relative to all three groups. The findings indicate theory of mind deficits in first episode schizophrenia and support the implementation of theory of mind interventions in first-episode schizophrenia treatment programs. Results also indicate that community rather than university control groups represent more valid comparison groups in first-episode schizophrenia research.

  8. Microgrid Central Controller Development and Hierarchical Control Implementation in the Intelligent MicroGrid Lab of Aalborg University

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    Meng, Lexuan; Savaghebi, Mehdi; Andrade, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the development of a microgrid central controller in an inverter-based intelligent microgrid (iMG) lab in Aalborg University, Denmark. The iMG lab aims to provide a flexible experimental platform for comprehensive studies of microgrids. The complete control system applied...... in this lab is based on the hierarchical control scheme for microgrids and includes primary, secondary and tertiary control. The structure of the lab, including the lab facilities, configurations and communication network, is first introduced. Primary control loops are developed in MATLAB....../Simulink and compiled to dSPACEs for local control purposes. In order to realize system supervision and proper secondary and tertiary management, a LabVIEW-based microgrid central controller is also developed. The software and hardware schemes are described. An example case is introduced and tested in the iMG lab...

  9. New Results in Fuzzy Clustering Based on the Concept of Indistinguishability Relation

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    NEW RESULTS IN Fuzzy CLUSTERING BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF INDISTINGUISHABILITY RELATION KEYWORDS R . Lopez de Mantaras Facultat d ’Informatica...Universitat Politecnica de Barcelona Dulcet, 12. Barcelona-34. Spain. L. Valverde* Dept. de Matematiques i Estadistica Universitat Politecnica de... r -cluster that extend Ruspini’s definition (Ruspini, 1982). Our definition is based on the new concept of indis- tinguishability relation (Trillas

  10. LMEEC: Layered Multi-Hop Energy Efficient Cluster-based Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Khelifi, Manel

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we propose LMEEC, a cluster-based routing protocol with low energy consumption for wireless sensor networks. Our protocol is based on a strategy which aims to provide a more reasonable exploitation of the selected nodes (cluster-heads) energy. Simulation results show the effectiveness of LMEEC in decreasing the energy consumption, and in prolonging the network lifetime, compared to LEACH.

  11. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Bern

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    Fresher's day for potential future bachelor students Infotage für Studieninteressierte Bachelor Once a year the University of Bern organizes two information days for young potential future bachelor students. Young aspiring candidates interested in a career in physics will be shown the forefront of physics research, where a trip around the university physics laboratories, and a direct video link to the ATLAS Control room at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is part of the program. A physicist from Bern will present directly from the ATLAS control room for a direct and personal view into the physics at the LHC, the Higgs particle, the generation of mass, antimatter, the origin of the universe and the involvement of the Bern high-energy physics team in the ATLAS experiment. This also allows for fruitful discussions about their own perspectives of perhaps becoming a CERN physicist one day. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2012/Bern-2012.html

  12. An observatory control system for the University of Hawai'i 2.2m Telescope

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    McKay, Luke; Erickson, Christopher; Mukensnable, Donn; Stearman, Anthony; Straight, Brad

    2016-07-01

    The University of Hawai'i 2.2m telescope at Maunakea has operated since 1970, and has had several controls upgrades to date. The newest system will operate as a distributed hierarchy of GNU/Linux central server, networked single-board computers, microcontrollers, and a modular motion control processor for the main axes. Rather than just a telescope control system, this new effort is towards a cohesive, modular, and robust whole observatory control system, with design goals of fully robotic unattended operation, high reliability, and ease of maintenance and upgrade.

  13. Planning an Authority Control Project at a Medium-Sized University Library.

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    Zhang, Sha Li

    2001-01-01

    Authority control is a vital part of providing students and faculty with adequate access to collections in university libraries. Small and medium-sized libraries find it challenging to meet rising user expectations and provide adequate access in an online environment through appropriate authority work. A planning process is offered on an authority…

  14. Randomized Controlled Trial of the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) with Undergraduate University Students

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    Houston, J. Brian; First, Jennifer; Spialek, Matthew L.; Sorenson, Mary E.; Mills-Sandoval, Toby; Lockett, McKenzie; First, Nathan L.; Nitiéma, Pascal; Allen, Sandra F.; Pfefferbaum, Betty

    2017-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) with college students. Participants: College students (aged 18-23) from a large Midwest US university who volunteered for a randomized controlled trial during the 2015 spring semester. Methods: College students were randomly assigned to an…

  15. State University of New York Research Foundation: Controls over Direct Costs. Report 93-S-64.

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    New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.

    An evaluation was done of the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation's controls over direct expenditures for research and sponsored activities. The Foundation is a private, non-profit educational corporation established to expand the educational mission of SUNY through fund raising, administration of gifts and grants, and…

  16. Randomized Controlled Trial of the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) with Undergraduate University Students

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    Houston, J. Brian; First, Jennifer; Spialek, Matthew L.; Sorenson, Mary E.; Mills-Sandoval, Toby; Lockett, McKenzie; First, Nathan L.; Nitiéma, Pascal; Allen, Sandra F.; Pfefferbaum, Betty

    2017-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI) with college students. Participants: College students (aged 18-23) from a large Midwest US university who volunteered for a randomized controlled trial during the 2015 spring semester. Methods: College students were randomly assigned to an…

  17. Food Control and a Citizen Science Approach for Improving Teaching of Genetics in Universities

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    Borrell, Y. J.; Muñoz-Colmenero, A. M.; Dopico, E.; Miralles, L.; Garcia-Vazquez, E.

    2016-01-01

    A Citizen Science approach was implemented in the laboratory practices of Genetics at the University of Oviedo, related with the engaging topic of Food Control. Real samples of food products consumed by students at home ("students as samplers") were employed as teaching material in three different courses of Genetics during the academic…

  18. Obesity, Body Image, Depression, and Weight-control Behaviour Among Female University Students in Korea

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    Jun, Eun Mi; Choi, Seung Bae

    2014-01-01

    Background: Obesity has become epidemic worldwide and 31.0% of Korean adults are obese. Obesity is the main cause of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, and cancer. The purpose of the study was to examine obesity, body image, depression, and weight-control behaviour among Korean female university students and investigate the differences in body image, depression, and weight-control behaviour with respect to obesity. Methods: This study examined obesity, body ima...

  19. Flexible System Integration and Advanced Hierarchical Control Architectures in the Microgrid Research Laboratory of Aalborg University

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    Meng, Lexuan; Hernández, Adriana Carolina Luna; Diaz, Enrique Rodriguez

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the system integration and hierarchical control implementation in an inverter-based microgrid research laboratory (MGRL) in Aalborg University, Denmark. MGRL aims to provide a flexible experimental platform for comprehensive studies of microgrids. The structure of the laboratory...... system supervision, advanced secondary and tertiary management are realized in a microgrid central controller. The software and hardware schemes are described. Several example case studies are introduced and performed in order to achieve power quality regulation, energy management and flywheel energy...

  20. A Universal Portable Appliance for Stellarator W7-X Power Supply Controlling

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    2001-01-01

    In the project Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), the popular fieldbus Profibus has been determined as a uniform connection between the central control system and all the subordinate systems. A universal embedded control system has been developed for W7-X power supply con trolling. Siemens 80C167CR microcontroller is used as the central control unit of the system. With a user-defined printed circuit board (PCB) several control buses, i.e., Profibus, CAN, IEEE 488, RS485 and RS 232 have been connected to the microcontroller. The corresponding hardware interfaces for the control buses have been designed. A graphic liquid crystal display(LCD) and a user-defined keyboard are used as user interface. The control software will be developed with a C-like language, i.e., C166 for the controller.

  1. Intervention for hazardous alcohol use and high level of stress in university freshmen: a comparison between an intervention and a control university.

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    Andersson, Claes; Johnsson, Kent O; Berglund, Mats; Ojehagen, Agneta

    2009-12-11

    The first year of university studies is associated with increased levels of alcohol drinking and stress. This study examines the one-year outcome of both primary and secondary interventions of one alcohol programme and one stress intervention programme at an intervention university in comparison with a control university. At the intervention university all freshmen were offered a primary prevention programme for hazardous alcohol use and stress management and, in addition, those who had high ratings for stress and/or hazardous alcohol use were offered a secondary intervention programme for alcohol consumption and/or stress management. Freshmen still attending the two universities one year later responded to follow-up questionnaires. The primary alcohol and stress interventions were associated with lower alcohol expectancies and mental symptoms, but no differences in AUDIT scores (-0.2, CI 95% -0.5 to 0.1), estimated blood alcohol concentrations or stress in comparison to freshmen at the control university. The secondary alcohol interventions were associated with decreased AUDIT (-1.1, CI 95% -2.0 to -0.2) as well as alcohol expectancies, blood alcohol concentrations, stress and mental symptoms in comparison to high-risk freshmen at the control university. The secondary stress interventions were associated with decreased mental symptoms and alcohol expectancies, but not stress, AUDIT scores (-0.6, CI 95% -1.4 to 0.2) and blood alcohol concentrations in comparison to high-risk freshmen at the control university. This study suggests that both primary and secondary alcohol and stress interventions have 1-year effects in university freshmen and could be implemented in university settings.

  2. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Al-Quds University

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    ATLAS virtual visit features Al-Quds University, a Palestinian university with campuses in Abu Dis and Beit Hanina-Jerusalem. As part of the "Physics Without Frontiers" project, funded by ICTP, Al-Quds is hosting a one day particle physics masterclass. During the day the students are given an introduction to particle physics, the LHC and the ATLAS Experiment, before having the chance to analyse real LHC data. This virtual visit comprises of a live tour around the ATLAS control room and the opportunity to ask questions to the ATLAS physicists.

  3. Universal fuzzy integral sliding-mode controllers for stochastic nonlinear systems.

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    Gao, Qing; Liu, Lu; Feng, Gang; Wang, Yong

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, the universal integral sliding-mode controller problem for the general stochastic nonlinear systems modeled by Itô type stochastic differential equations is investigated. One of the main contributions is that a novel dynamic integral sliding mode control (DISMC) scheme is developed for stochastic nonlinear systems based on their stochastic T-S fuzzy approximation models. The key advantage of the proposed DISMC scheme is that two very restrictive assumptions in most existing ISMC approaches to stochastic fuzzy systems have been removed. Based on the stochastic Lyapunov theory, it is shown that the closed-loop control system trajectories are kept on the integral sliding surface almost surely since the initial time, and moreover, the stochastic stability of the sliding motion can be guaranteed in terms of linear matrix inequalities. Another main contribution is that the results of universal fuzzy integral sliding-mode controllers for two classes of stochastic nonlinear systems, along with constructive procedures to obtain the universal fuzzy integral sliding-mode controllers, are provided, respectively. Simulation results from an inverted pendulum example are presented to illustrate the advantages and effectiveness of the proposed approaches.

  4. Cluster Based Location-Aided Routing Protocol for Large Scale Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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    Wang, Yi; Dong, Liang; Liang, Taotao; Yang, Xinyu; Zhang, Deyun

    Routing algorithms with low overhead, stable link and independence of the total number of nodes in the network are essential for the design and operation of the large-scale wireless mobile ad hoc networks (MANET). In this paper, we develop and analyze the Cluster Based Location-Aided Routing Protocol for MANET (C-LAR), a scalable and effective routing algorithm for MANET. C-LAR runs on top of an adaptive cluster cover of the MANET, which can be created and maintained using, for instance, the weight-based distributed algorithm. This algorithm takes into consideration the node degree, mobility, relative distance, battery power and link stability of mobile nodes. The hierarchical structure stabilizes the end-to-end communication paths and improves the networks' scalability such that the routing overhead does not become tremendous in large scale MANET. The clusterheads form a connected virtual backbone in the network, determine the network's topology and stability, and provide an efficient approach to minimizing the flooding traffic during route discovery and speeding up this process as well. Furthermore, it is fascinating and important to investigate how to control the total number of nodes participating in a routing establishment process so as to improve the network layer performance of MANET. C-LAR is to use geographical location information provided by Global Position System to assist routing. The location information of destination node is used to predict a smaller rectangle, isosceles triangle, or circle request zone, which is selected according to the relative location of the source and the destination, that covers the estimated region in which the destination may be located. Thus, instead of searching the route in the entire network blindly, C-LAR confines the route searching space into a much smaller estimated range. Simulation results have shown that C-LAR outperforms other protocols significantly in route set up time, routing overhead, mean delay and packet

  5. [Outcomes of Infection Control Team Inspections at the Dental Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University].

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    Sunakawa, Mitsuhiro; Matsumoto, Hiroyuki; Okihata, Rie; Tsuruoka, Hiromi; Yamada, Yuichi; Adachi, Toshiko; Izumi, Yuichi

    2015-07-01

    In the Dental Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, an infection control team (ICT) has been formed to inspect each diagnosis department of clinics and wards in order to identify problems regarding nosocomial infection control. In this study, we analyzed the inspection reports and highlighted the following serious problems: 1) inadequate hygienic hand-washing for out- and in-patient treatment, 2) incomplete wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) by dental health care workers, 3) necessity of environmental improvement in the clinics, and 4) cross-infection risk induced by. the continuous use of treatment devices without appropriate disinfection. The ICT provided feedback to the inspected departments, suggesting solutions to problems regarding nosocomial infection control. In order to enhance infection control in our hospital, dental healthcare practitioners must make further efforts on nosocomial infection control and prevention, and act according to their position by continuously educating students and enlightening hospital staff about the importance of infection control.

  6. Buffering Role of Locus of Control on Stress among the College/University Teachers of Bahawalpur

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The present research is aimed to ascertain the role of locus of control in mediating or coping on various degree/levels of stress among the college/university teachers of Bahawalpur. For that purpose a sample of N=200 male/female college/university teacherswas selected by convenient sampling. Research tools, Locus of control by Julian Rotter (1966 and Stress questionnaire by International Stress Management Association UK, (2009 were administered for data collection. After the collection of data it was analyzedby SPSS. The results shows that the teachers identified with internal locus of control reveal low level of stress as contrast to the teachers with external locus of control. The study also confirms that high internal locus of control determines high coping andmediating ability of stress among the teachers. The study also pointed out that the teachers with external locus of control were more incline or prone to stress. Furthermore, Pearson and Spearman’s Correlation results at significant level of .000 show that bothvariables are highly correlated. Similarly, overall Mean of locus of control and Coefficient of variation reveals the high consistency role in relation with stress.

  7. A Gloss Composition and Context Clustering Based Distributed Word Sense Representation Model

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    Tao Chen

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in learning a distributed representation of word sense. Traditional context clustering based models usually require careful tuning of model parameters, and typically perform worse on infrequent word senses. This paper presents a novel approach which addresses these limitations by first initializing the word sense embeddings through learning sentence-level embeddings from WordNet glosses using a convolutional neural networks. The initialized word sense embeddings are used by a context clustering based model to generate the distributed representations of word senses. Our learned representations outperform the publicly available embeddings on half of the metrics in the word similarity task, 6 out of 13 sub tasks in the analogical reasoning task, and gives the best overall accuracy in the word sense effect classification task, which shows the effectiveness of our proposed distributed distribution learning model.

  8. An Integrated Intrusion Detection Model of Cluster-Based Wireless Sensor Network

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    Xuemei Sun; Bo Yan; Xinzhong Zhang; Chuitian Rong

    2015-01-01

    Considering wireless sensor network characteristics, this paper combines anomaly and mis-use detection and proposes an integrated detection model of cluster-based wireless sensor network, aiming at enhancing detection rate and reducing false rate. Adaboost algorithm with hierarchical structures is used for anomaly detection of sensor nodes, cluster-head nodes and Sink nodes. Cultural-Algorithm and Artificial-Fish-Swarm-Algorithm optimized Back Propagation is applied to mis-use detection of Si...

  9. Clustering-based fragmentation and data replication for flexible query answering in distributed databases

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    2014-01-01

    One feature of cloud storage systems is data fragmentation (or sharding) so that data can be distributed over multiple servers and subqueries can be run in parallel on the fragments. On the other hand, flexible query answering can enable a database system to find related information for a user whose original query cannot be answered exactly. Query generalization is a way to implement flexible query answering on the syntax level. In this paper we study a clustering-based fragmentat...

  10. LMEEC: Layered Multi-Hop Energy Efficient Cluster-based Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Khelifi, Manel

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we propose LMEEC, a cluster-based rout- ing protocol with low energy consumption for wireless sensor networks. Our protocol is based on a strategy which aims to provide a more equitable exploitation of the selected nodes (cluster-heads) energy. Simulation results show the effective- ness of LMEEC in decreasing the energy consumption, and in prolonging the network lifetime, compared to LEACH.

  11. Design, synthesis and photochemical properties of the first examples of iminosugar clusters based on fluorescent cores

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    Mathieu L. Lepage

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis and photophysical properties of the first examples of iminosugar clusters based on a BODIPY or a pyrene core are reported. The tri- and tetravalent systems designed as molecular probes and synthesized by way of Cu(I-catalysed azide–alkyne cycloadditions are fluorescent analogues of potent pharmacological chaperones/correctors recently reported in the field of Gaucher disease and cystic fibrosis, two rare genetic diseases caused by protein misfolding.

  12. A university-based distributed satellite mission control network for operating professional space missions

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    Kitts, Christopher; Rasay, Mike

    2016-03-01

    For more than a decade, Santa Clara University's Robotic Systems Laboratory has operated a unique, distributed, internet-based command and control network for providing professional satellite mission control services for a variety of government and industry space missions. The system has been developed and is operated by students who become critical members of the mission teams throughout the development, test, and on-orbit phases of these missions. The mission control system also supports research in satellite control technology and hands-on student aerospace education. This system serves as a benchmark for its comprehensive nature, its student-centric nature, its ability to support NASA and industry space missions, and its longevity in providing a consistent level of professional services. This paper highlights the unique features of this program, reviews the network's design and the supported spacecraft missions, and describes the critical programmatic features of the program that support the control of professional space missions.

  13. A Survey on the Taxonomy of Cluster-Based Routing Protocols for Homogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Naeimi, Soroush; Ghafghazi, Hamidreza; Chow, Chee-Onn; Ishii, Hiroshi

    2012-01-01

    The past few years have witnessed increased interest among researchers in cluster-based protocols for homogeneous networks because of their better scalability and higher energy efficiency than other routing protocols. Given the limited capabilities of sensor nodes in terms of energy resources, processing and communication range, the cluster-based protocols should be compatible with these constraints in either the setup state or steady data transmission state. With focus on these constraints, we classify routing protocols according to their objectives and methods towards addressing the shortcomings of clustering process on each stage of cluster head selection, cluster formation, data aggregation and data communication. We summarize the techniques and methods used in these categories, while the weakness and strength of each protocol is pointed out in details. Furthermore, taxonomy of the protocols in each phase is given to provide a deeper understanding of current clustering approaches. Ultimately based on the existing research, a summary of the issues and solutions of the attributes and characteristics of clustering approaches and some open research areas in cluster-based routing protocols that can be further pursued are provided. PMID:22969350

  14. A Survey on the Taxonomy of Cluster-Based Routing Protocols for Homogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Hiroshi Ishii

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The past few years have witnessed increased interest among researchers in cluster-based protocols for homogeneous networks because of their better scalability and higher energy efficiency than other routing protocols. Given the limited capabilities of sensor nodes in terms of energy resources, processing and communication range, the cluster-based protocols should be compatible with these constraints in either the setup state or steady data transmission state. With focus on these constraints, we classify routing protocols according to their objectives and methods towards addressing the shortcomings of clustering process on each stage of cluster head selection, cluster formation, data aggregation and data communication. We summarize the techniques and methods used in these categories, while the weakness and strength of each protocol is pointed out in details. Furthermore, taxonomy of the protocols in each phase is given to provide a deeper understanding of current clustering approaches. Ultimately based on the existing research, a summary of the issues and solutions of the attributes and characteristics of clustering approaches and some open research areas in cluster-based routing protocols that can be further pursued are provided.

  15. Perception of violence in courtship between university students: control or love?

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    María Leticia Flores Palacios

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Violence between courting couples is a central theme in many research works. In this particular study we analysed the perception of violence within courtship between university students. One of the most important findings was that psychological and emotional violence – consisting in controlling the other person and using nicknames to humiliate him/her – was the most common. Both sexes agree that both men and women may be the aggressors or the victims of this kind of violence.

  16. ASSESSMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS OF STUDENTS IN IT-BASED CONTROLLED EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OF A UNIVERSITY

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    Evgeiy Nikolaevich Boyarov

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The article looks at the problem of estimating professional skills of students, the process of their building and assessing their level in IT-based controlled educational environment of a university. The author presents research findings of professional skills level of future educational professionals in the field of Life Safety[1] based on their academic results.Goal: to develop and show by experiments efficiency of building professional skills of students in IT-based controlled educational environment of a university.Results: increasing the level of professional skills in IT-based controlled educational environment of a university.Scope of application of results: field of higher professional education.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12731/2218-7405-2013-7-1[1] Life Safety or Fundamentals of Health and Safety is a secondary school subject, which involves teaching basic rules of how to act in dangerous situations in everyday life (natural disasters, fires, terrorist attacks, etc., provide first aid, etc.

  17. Opportunism of University Lecturers As a Way to Adaptate the External Control Activities Strengthening

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    Full Text Available At the present the Russian government is undertaking a higher education system reform actively introducing management tools of new public management. Implementation of these instruments is accompanied by the transformation of universities in the customer-oriented organizations and lecturers into the employees. There is a substitution of incentives based on the existing informal norms of academic standards and reputation mechanisms of control to the incentives based on the quasi-market conditions artificially generated by the state and corresponding to the mechanisms of external assessment and monitoring. Practices changing used by lecturers to follow their interests is the inevitable result and more widespread form is opportunism. The purpose of the paper is to characterize the forms of manifestation of opportunistic behavior of university lecturers emerging as a result of changes in the nature of lecturers’ contract in the conditions of university governance managerisation. The main forms of lecturers’ opportunism and assesses of its degree based on data analysis of the two waves of the expert survey on the problems of assessing the impact of implementation mechanisms of external evaluation of their activities and the questionnaire survey of lecturers more than 40 Russian universities of different status are described as well as lecturers’ strategy of behavior, which are presented as a combination of different severity practices used by opportunistic behavior is highlighted. It shows the relation between the non-observance of academic freedom and the choice of lecturers’ strategies conduct. It is proved that the lecturers of Russian universities depending on the accumulated stocks of human and social capital as well as the resource capacity of separate universities are choosing different strategies to follow their own interests, which differ in the level of shirking in different areas of activity. All this is accompanied by

  18. Digital motion control for Ontario Power Generation's universal delivery machine

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    2003-07-01

    The Universal Delivery Machine (UDM) has thirteen axes of motion with a variety of precision positioning requirements designed to deliver reactor channel maintenance tooling into the CANDU fuel channels. These axes of motion provide the UDM with the capability to home and lock to the fuel channels, remove and replace the closure and shield plugs, advance, retract and rotate rams for fuel removal and for the deployment of the inspection and maintenance tooling. This paper describes the digital motion control system used on UDM. It will review the benefits of a digital motion control system while looking at the drive components used on the UDM. (author)

  19. Combining a Multi-Agent System and Communication Middleware for Smart Home Control: A Universal Control Platform Architecture

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    Song Zheng

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the smart home field has gained wide attention for its broad application prospects. However, families using smart home systems must usually adopt various heterogeneous smart devices, including sensors and devices, which makes it more difficult to manage and control their home system. How to design a unified control platform to deal with the collaborative control problem of heterogeneous smart devices is one of the greatest challenges in the current smart home field. The main contribution of this paper is to propose a universal smart home control platform architecture (IAPhome based on a multi-agent system and communication middleware, which shows significant adaptability and advantages in many aspects, including heterogeneous devices connectivity, collaborative control, human-computer interaction and user self-management. The communication middleware is an important foundation to design and implement this architecture which makes it possible to integrate heterogeneous smart devices in a flexible way. A concrete method of applying the multi-agent software technique to solve the integrated control problem of the smart home system is also presented. The proposed platform architecture has been tested in a real smart home environment, and the results indicate that the effectiveness of our approach for solving the collaborative control problem of different smart devices.

  20. Disturbance Observer Based Control of Multirotor Helicopters Based on a Universal Model with Unstructured Uncertainties

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    Ye Xie

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To handle different perspectives of unstructured uncertainties, two robust control techniques on the basis of a universal model are studied in this paper. Rather than building a model only applicable to a specific small-scale multirotor helicopter (MHeli, the paper proposes a modeling technique to develop a universal model-framework. Particularly, it is straightforward to apply the universal model to a certain MHeli because the contribution and allocation matrix is proposed in the model-framework. Based on the model uncertainties, the load perturbation of the rotor is the primary focus due to its indispensable importance in the tracking performance. In contrast to the common methods, it is proposed to take this unstructured uncertainty in that external disturbance and designs disturbance observer (DOB. In addition, a class of lead-compensator is specifically designed as for compensating phase lag induced by DOB. Compared with H∞ loop-shaping, greater robust tracking performance on rejecting load perturbation could be achieved as a tradeoff between robust stability and tracking performance which is successfully avoided with DOB-based control strategy.

  1. Authority control. Operational aspects in a university context and new experiences

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    Sabina Cavicchi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Accuracy in management and presentation of data is probably the most relevant feature that characterizes libraries catalogues in the wide universe of information available online. This characteristic, which originates from the basic need of organizing knowledge, requires a constant activity of control. Authority control is part of such an activity.This paper examines authority control of personal names, and how it is carried out.The first part shows the international standards and local codes that govern it: these are necessary to understand the activities that create the network of links and references of the data in a catalogue entry. This activity is also influenced by the management information system; the second part of the paper thus examines the Italian Sistema Bibliotecario Nazionale and specifically the library system of the University of Florence, through an analysis of procedures, workflows and monitoring activities. The third part points out the importance of verifying data and access points in databases and in the web itself, in addition to catalogues, in order to manage information in a uniform and shared way.This work aims at showing the topicality of controlling access points to information in order to avoid data proliferation, an event that ultimately produces ‘noise’ in the activities of information retrieval and data description. It also aims at stressing the importance of promoting correct information in the web within a set of sharing policies pursued by library cooperation systems, also through technologies currently offered by the web itself.

  2. Sleeping Cluster based Medium Access Control Layer Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

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    T. R. Rangaswamy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Wireless sensor networks play a vital role in remote area applications, where human intervention is not possible. In a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN each and every node is strictly an energy as well as bandwidth constrained one. Problem statement: In a standard WSN, most of the routing techniques, move data from multiple sources to a single fixed base station. Because of the greater number of computational tasks, the existing routing protocol did not address the energy efficient problem properly. In order to overcome the problem of energy consumption due to more number of computational tasks, a new method is developed. Approach: The proposed algorithm divides the sensing field into three active clusters and one sleeping cluster. The cluster head selection is based on the distance between the base station and the normal nodes. The Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA mechanism is used to make the cluster remain in the active state as well as the sleeping state. In an active cluster 50% of nodes will be made active and the remaining 50% be in sleep state. A sleeping cluster will be made active after a period of time and periodically changes its functionality. Results: Due to this periodic change of state, energy consumption is minimized. The performance of the Low Energy Adaptive and Clustering Hierarchy (LEACH algorithm is also analyzed, using a network simulator NS2 based on the number of Cluster Heads (CH, Energy consumption, Lifetime and the number of nodes alive. Conclusion: The simulation studies were carried out using a network simulation tool NS2, for the proposed method and this is compared with the performance of the existing protocol. The superiority of the proposed method is highlighted.

  3. Management of Energy Consumption on Cluster Based Routing Protocol for MANET

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    Hosseini-Seno, Seyed-Amin; Wan, Tat-Chee; Budiarto, Rahmat; Yamada, Masashi

    The usage of light-weight mobile devices is increasing rapidly, leading to demand for more telecommunication services. Consequently, mobile ad hoc networks and their applications have become feasible with the proliferation of light-weight mobile devices. Many protocols have been developed to handle service discovery and routing in ad hoc networks. However, the majority of them did not consider one critical aspect of this type of network, which is the limited of available energy in each node. Cluster Based Routing Protocol (CBRP) is a robust/scalable routing protocol for Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) and superior to existing protocols such as Ad hoc On-demand Distance Vector (AODV) in terms of throughput and overhead. Therefore, based on this strength, methods to increase the efficiency of energy usage are incorporated into CBRP in this work. In order to increase the stability (in term of life-time) of the network and to decrease the energy consumption of inter-cluster gateway nodes, an Enhanced Gateway Cluster Based Routing Protocol (EGCBRP) is proposed. Three methods have been introduced by EGCBRP as enhancements to the CBRP: improving the election of cluster Heads (CHs) in CBRP which is based on the maximum available energy level, implementing load balancing for inter-cluster traffic using multiple gateways, and implementing sleep state for gateway nodes to further save the energy. Furthermore, we propose an Energy Efficient Cluster Based Routing Protocol (EECBRP) which extends the EGCBRP sleep state concept into all idle member nodes, excluding the active nodes in all clusters. The experiment results show that the EGCBRP decreases the overall energy consumption of the gateway nodes up to 10% and the EECBRP reduces the energy consumption of the member nodes up to 60%, both of which in turn contribute to stabilizing the network.

  4. Cluster based on sequence comparison of homologous proteins of 95 organism species - Gclust Server | LSDB Archive [Life Science Database Archive metadata

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  5. Food control and a citizen science approach for improving teaching of Genetics in universities.

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    Borrell, Y J; Muñoz-Colmenero, A M; Dopico, E; Miralles, L; Garcia-Vazquez, E

    2016-09-10

    A Citizen Science approach was implemented in the laboratory practices of Genetics at the University of Oviedo, related with the engaging topic of Food Control. Real samples of food products consumed by students at home (students as samplers) were employed as teaching material in three different courses of Genetics during the academic year 2014-2015: Experimental Methods in Food Production (MBTA) (Master level), and Applied Molecular Biology (BMA) and Conservation Genetics and Breeding (COMGE) (Bachelor/Degree level). Molecular genetics based on PCR amplification of DNA markers was employed for species identification of 22 seafood products in COMGE and MBTA, and for detection of genetically modified (GM) maize from nine products in BMA. In total six seafood products incorrectly labeled (27%), and two undeclared GM maize (22%) were found. A post-Laboratory survey was applied for assessing the efficacy of the approach for improving motivation in the Laboratory Practices of Genetics. Results confirmed that students that worked on their own samples from local markets were significantly more motivated and better evaluated their Genetic laboratory practices than control students (χ(2)  = 12.11 p = 0.033). Our results suggest that citizen science approaches could not be only useful for improving teaching of Genetics in universities but also to incorporate students and citizens as active agents in food control. © 2016 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 44(5):450-462, 2016.

  6. Tobacco use among black South African university students: attitudes, risk awareness and health locus of control

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    K Peltzer

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To provide data on African/black South African university students’ tobacco use status, belief in the benefits to health of not smoking, risk awareness in terms of knowledge of the links between smoking and disease, health locus of control, value for health, subjective health status and well-being. Design: Cross sectional. Setting: University of the North Subjects: 793 Black University students from non-health courses chosen by random sampling, of these 370 (46.7% were males and 423 (53.3% were females in the age range of 18 to 25 years (M age 21.0 years, SD=3.48. Main Outcome Measures: A measure of smoking, the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale, the Health as a Value Scale, and a measure for subjective health and subjective well-being. Results: The average prevalence of current tobacco use was 15% in men and 1% in women. The proportion of tobacco users who were classified as light users (1-10 per day averaged 10% in men and 1% in women. Age and being male were significantly positively associated with status and frequency of tobacco use. Awareness of the link between smoking and lung cancer was high (93%, but awareness of the role of smoking in heart disease was very low (16%. The importance to health of not smoking was associated with smoking status (non-smoking versus smoking. Overall, 75% of the current smokers stated that they would like to reduce the amount they smoked. Poor subjective health status and low subjective well-being was associated with smoking status. No significant differences were found among non-tobacco users and tobacco users in relation to the three subscales of the Health Locus of Control (Internal, Chance, and Powerful others and Value for health. Conclusion: For about 9% of the male students investigated, a high risk exists to become regular tobacco users for the next 30 years.

  7. A "cluster" based search scheme in peer-to-peer network

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    李振武; 杨舰; 史旭东; 白英彩

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents a "cluster" based search scheme in peer-to-peer network. The idea is based on the fact that data distribution in an information society has structured feature. We designed an algorithm to cluster peers that have similar interests. When receiving a query request, a peer will preferentially forward it to another peer which belongs to the same cluster and shares more similar interests. By this way search efficiency will be remarkably improved and at the same time good resilience against peer failure (the ability to withstand peer failure) is reserved.

  8. The fluid dynamics of a downer fluidised bed using a cluster-based approach (CBA

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    Germán González Silva

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The fluid dynamics of a downer reactor were numerically resolved by adapting a mathematical conservation model. The mathematical model was based on the solid and fluid properties and physical characteristics using a cluster-based approach (CBA. Comparing the numerical results to the experimental data found in the literature indicated that the mathematical model could satisfactorily predict the experimental data. The mathematical simulation determined that there were three fluid dynamic areas in the downer reactor which were characterized by accelerated, slowed-down and fully-developed flow. The fully developed flow area in the downer decreased with increased gas surface speed keeping solid flux constant.

  9. A Novel Efficient Cluster-Based MLSE Equalizer for Satellite Communication Channels with -QAM Signaling

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    Dalakas Vassilis

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In satellites, nonlinear amplifiers used near saturation severely distort the transmitted signal and cause difficulties in its reception. Nevertheless, the nonlinearities introduced by memoryless bandpass amplifiers preserve the symmetries of the -ary quadrature amplitude modulation ( -QAM constellation. In this paper, a cluster-based sequence equalizer (CBSE that takes advantage of these symmetries is presented. The proposed equalizer exhibits enhanced performance compared to other techniques, including the conventional linear transversal equalizer, Volterra equalizers, and RBF network equalizers. Moreover, this gain in performance is obtained at a substantially lower computational cost.

  10. Cluster-based Intrusion Detection in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks

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    Di Wu; Zhisheng Liu; Yongxin Feng; Guangxing Wang

    2004-01-01

    There are inherent vulnerabilities that are not easily preventable in the mobile Ad-Hoc networks.To build a highly secure wireless Ad-Hoc network,intrusion detection and response techniques need to be deployed;The intrusion detection and cluster-based Ad-Hoc networks has been introduced,then,an architecture for better intrusion detection based on cluster using Data Mining in wireless Ad-Hoc networks has been shown. A statistical anomaly detection approach has been used.The anomaly detection and trace analysis have been done locally in each node and possibly through cooperation with clusterhead detection in the network.

  11. A Study of Video Scenes Clustering Based on Shot Key Frames

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    CAI Bo; ZHANG Lu; ZHOU Dong-ru

    2005-01-01

    In digital video analysis, browse, retrieval and query, shot is incapable of meeting needs. Scene is a cluster of a series of shots, which partially meets above demands. In this paper, an algorithm of video scenes clustering based on shot key frame sets is proposed. We use X2 histogram match and twin histogram comparison for shot detection. A method is presented for key frame set extraction based on distance of non adjacent frames, further more, the minimum distance of key frame sets as distance of shots is computed, eventually scenes are clustered according to the distance of shots. Experiments of this algorithm show satisfactory performance in correctness and computing speed.

  12. Construction and application of Red5 cluster based on OpenStack

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    Wang, Jiaqing; Song, Jianxin

    2017-08-01

    With the application and development of cloud computing technology in various fields, the resource utilization rate of the data center has been improved obviously, and the system based on cloud computing platform has also improved the expansibility and stability. In the traditional way, Red5 cluster resource utilization is low and the system stability is poor. This paper uses cloud computing to efficiently calculate the resource allocation ability, and builds a Red5 server cluster based on OpenStack. Multimedia applications can be published to the Red5 cloud server cluster. The system achieves the flexible construction of computing resources, but also greatly improves the stability of the cluster and service efficiency.

  13. Cluster Based Hybrid Niche Mimetic and Genetic Algorithm for Text Document Categorization

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available An efficient cluster based hybrid niche mimetic and genetic algorithm for text document categorization to improve the retrieval rate of relevant document fetching is addressed. The proposal minimizes the processing of structuring the document with better feature selection using hybrid algorithm. In addition restructuring of feature words to associated documents gets reduced, in turn increases document clustering rate. The performance of the proposed work is measured in terms of cluster objects accuracy, term weight, term frequency and inverse document frequency. Experimental results demonstrate that it achieves very good performance on both feature selection and text document categorization, compared to other classifier methods.

  14. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by leading universities of Russian Federation

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    Science Festival in Russian Federation is a programme of events which take place at the leading scientific centres and museums in Russia. At the Science Festival scientists, engineers and students show to visitors the advances of modern science and technology in all scopes of life. Today the leading universities of Russia will feature a multipoint video conference with the LHC control room at CERN. This will give visitors of the Science Festival the opportunity to ask questions to the physicists involved about the Large Hadron Collider experiments, Higgs particles and antimatter. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2012/Russia-2012.html

  15. The Adoption of Internal Audit as a Governance Control Mechanism in Australian Public Universities--Views from the CEOs

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    2012-01-01

    This study draws on the multi-theoretical approach to governance and the views of university chief executive officers (CEOs) to examine the extent to which internal auditing as a control mechanism is adopted in Australian public universities under an environment of change management. The findings highlight negative consequences of change and their…

  16. Intentions and Trait Self-Control Predict Fruit and Vegetable Consumption during the Transition to First-Year University

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    Tomasone, Jennifer R.; Meikle, Natasha; Bray, Steven R.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To examine the independent and combined effects of Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) variables and trait self-control (TSC) in the prediction of fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC) among first-year university students. Participants: Seventy-six first-year undergraduate university students. Methods: In their first week of class…

  17. Standardization of the Self Control and Self-Management Skills Scale (SCMS) on the Student of University of Najran

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    Al-Smadi, Marwan Saleh; Bani-Abduh, Yahya Mohammed

    2017-01-01

    This study aimed to standardize self-control and self-management skills (SCMS), Mezo 2009 , on students in the university of Najran And to identify the psychometric properties of the scale in the Arab Environment the society of Najran University student by taking a number of Procedures (Validity and reliability of the Scale ) and to get the Arabic…

  18. Intentions and Trait Self-Control Predict Fruit and Vegetable Consumption during the Transition to First-Year University

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    Tomasone, Jennifer R.; Meikle, Natasha; Bray, Steven R.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To examine the independent and combined effects of Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) variables and trait self-control (TSC) in the prediction of fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC) among first-year university students. Participants: Seventy-six first-year undergraduate university students. Methods: In their first week of class…

  19. The Adoption of Internal Audit as a Governance Control Mechanism in Australian Public Universities--Views from the CEOs

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    Christopher, Joe

    2012-01-01

    This study draws on the multi-theoretical approach to governance and the views of university chief executive officers (CEOs) to examine the extent to which internal auditing as a control mechanism is adopted in Australian public universities under an environment of change management. The findings highlight negative consequences of change and their…

  20. Mobile phone brief intervention applications for risky alcohol use among university students: a randomized controlled study.

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    Gajecki, Mikael; Berman, Anne H; Sinadinovic, Kristina; Rosendahl, Ingvar; Andersson, Claes

    2014-07-02

    Brief interventions via the internet have been shown to reduce university students' alcohol intake. This study tested two smartphone applications (apps) targeting drinking choices on party occasions, with the goal of reducing problematic alcohol intake among Swedish university students. Students were recruited via e-mails sent to student union members at two universities. Those who gave informed consent, had a smartphone, and showed risky alcohol consumption according to the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) were randomized into three groups. Group 1 had access to the Swedish government alcohol monopoly's app, Promillekoll, offering real-time estimated blood alcohol concentration (eBAC) calculation; Group 2 had access to a web-based app, PartyPlanner, developed by the research group, offering real-time eBAC calculation with planning and follow-up functions; and Group 3 participants were controls. Follow-up was conducted at 7 weeks. Among 28574 students offered participation, 4823 agreed to join; 415 were excluded due to incomplete data, and 1932 fulfilled eligibility criteria for randomization. Attrition was 22.7-39.3 percent, higher among heavier drinkers and highest in Group 2. Self-reported app use was higher in Group 1 (74%) compared to Group 2 (41%). Per-protocol analyses revealed only one significant time-by-group interaction, where Group 1 participants increased the frequency of their drinking occasions compared to controls (p = 0.001). Secondary analyses by gender showed a significant difference among men in Group 1 for frequency of drinking occasions per week (p = 0.001), but not among women. Among all participants, 29 percent showed high-risk drinking, over the recommended weekly drinking levels of 9 (women) and 14 (men) standard glasses. Smartphone apps can make brief interventions available to large numbers of university students. The apps studied using eBAC calculation did not, however, seem to affect alcohol consumption among

  1. A Novel Clustering-Based Feature Representation for the Classification of Hyperspectral Imagery

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    Qikai Lu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a new clustering-based feature extraction algorithm is proposed for the spectral-spatial classification of hyperspectral imagery. The clustering approach is able to group the high-dimensional data into a subspace by mining the salient information and suppressing the redundant information. In this way, the relationship between neighboring pixels, which was hidden in the original data, can be extracted more effectively. Specifically, in the proposed algorithm, a two-step process is adopted to make use of the clustering-based information. A clustering approach is first used to produce the initial clustering map, and, subsequently, a multiscale cluster histogram (MCH is proposed to represent the spatial information around each pixel. In order to evaluate the robustness of the proposed MCH, four clustering techniques are employed to analyze the influence of the clustering methods. Meanwhile, the performance of the MCH is compared to three other widely used spatial features: the gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM, the 3D wavelet texture, and differential morphological profiles (DMPs. The experiments conducted on four well-known hyperspectral datasets verify that the proposed MCH can significantly improve the classification accuracy, and it outperforms other commonly used spatial features.

  2. Multi-Feature Segmentation and Cluster based Approach for Product Feature Categorization

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    Bharat Singh

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available At a recent time, the web has become a valuable source of online consumer review however as the number of reviews is growing in high speed. It is infeasible for user to read all reviews to make a valuable or satisfying decision because the same features, people can write it contrary words or phrases. To produce a useful summary of domain synonyms words and phrase, need to be a group into same feature group. We focus on feature-based opinion mining problem and this paper mainly studies feature based product categorization from the number of users - generated review available on the different website. First, a multi-feature segmentation method is proposed which segment multi-feature review sentences into the single feature unit. Second part of speech dictionary and context information is used to consider the irrelevant feature identification, sentiment words are used to identify the polarity of feature and finally an unsupervised clustering based product feature categorization method is proposed. Clustering is unsupervised machine learning approach that groups feature that have a high degree of similarity in a same cluster. The proposed approach provides satisfactory results and can achieve 100% average precision for clustering based product feature categorization task. This approach can be applicable to different product.

  3. Distributed Information Compression for Target Tracking in Cluster-Based Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Liao, Shi-Kuan; Lai, Kai-Jay; Tsai, Hsiao-Ping; Wen, Chih-Yu

    2016-06-22

    Target tracking is a critical wireless sensor application, which involves signal and information processing technologies. In conventional target position estimation methods, an estimate is usually demonstrated by an average target position. In contrast, this work proposes a distributed information compression method to describe the measurement uncertainty of tracking problems in cluster-based wireless sensor networks. The leader-based information processing scheme is applied to perform target positioning and energy conservation. A two-level hierarchical network topology is adopted for energy-efficient target tracking with information compression. A Level 1 network architecture is a cluster-based network topology for managing network operations. A Level 2 network architecture is an event-based and leader-based topology, utilizing the concept of information compression to process the estimates of sensor nodes. The simulation results show that compared to conventional schemes, the proposed data processing scheme has a balanced system performance in terms of tracking accuracy, data size for transmission and energy consumption.

  4. Association between problematic Internet use and impulse control disorders among Iranian university students.

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    Mazhari, Shahrzad

    2012-05-01

    Previous studies have examined the relationship between problematic Internet use (PIU) with pathological gambling and impulsivity. However, few studies have investigated the association between PIU and other impulse control disorders. This study aimed to assess whether PIU is related to compulsive buying, kleptomania, trichotillomania, intermittent explosive disorder, and pyromania, among a sample of Iranian university students. A cross-sectional study design was used among a random sample of (n=950) university students. Self-reported questionnaires, including demographic, Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ) and Minnesota Impulse Disorders Interview were utilized. The prevalence of PIU was 21.2 percent. Students with diagnosis of either compulsive buying, or intermittent explosive disorder, or pyromania had significantly higher scores on PIUQ compared to the students without the diagnosis. Multivariate regression analyses indicated that in the male gender, the diagnosis of either compulsive buying or intermittent explosive disorder were significant predictors of the risk of the PIU. The results support the proposal that PIU should be considered as a spectrum of impulse control disorder.

  5. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Infection Control among Dental Students at Sana’a University, Yemen

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    Halboub, Esam Saleh; Al-Maweri, Sadeq Ali; Al-Jamaei, Aisha Ahmed; Tarakji, Bassel; Al-Soneidar, Walid Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding infection control procedures among senior dental students. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey was conducted among 145 4th- and 5th-year dental students at the Faculty of Dentistry, Sana’a University, Yemen. The self-administered questionnaire was comprised of 20 open- and close-ended items regarding barrier techniques, vaccination status, infection control practices, and awareness. Data were analyzed with a Chi-square test. A P ≤ 0.05 was considered significant. Results: The response rate was 72% (145 out of 204 potential respondents). Overall, 71.7% of the students had been vaccinated for hepatitis B and only 9.5% were tested for post-hepatitis B virus immunization serology. While the vast majority (96.6%) reported always wearing gloves for all dental procedures, the use of face masks and eyewear were reported by only 53.8% and 14.0% of students, respectively, with no significant difference between genders and year of study (P > 0.05). A significantly higher percentage of 5th-year students (58.9%) showed positive attitudes toward the treatment of patients with infectious diseases, as compared to only 31.0% of 4th year students (P < 0.01). A great number of students (62%) reported non-sterile occupational percutaneous and mucous injuries while treating their patients. Conclusions: These unsatisfactory findings highlight the necessity of continued infection control education in order to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding infection control among dental students at Sana’a University. PMID:26028896

  6. Controlling cost escalation of healthcare: making universal health coverage sustainable in China.

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    Tang, Shenglan; Tao, Jingjing; Bekedam, Henk

    2012-01-01

    An increasingly number of low- and middle-income countries have developed and implemented a national policy towards universal coverage of healthcare for their citizens over the past decade. Among them is China which has expanded its population coverage by health insurance from around 29.7% in 2003 to over 90% at the end of 2010. While both central and local governments in China have significantly increased financial inputs into the two newly established health insurance schemes: new cooperative medical scheme (NCMS) for the rural population, and urban resident basic health insurance (URBMI), the cost of healthcare in China has also been rising rapidly at the annual rate of 17.0%% over the period of the past two decades years. The total health expenditure increased from 74.7 billion Chinese yuan in 1990 to 1998 billion Chinese yuan in 2010, while average health expenditure per capital reached the level of 1490.1 Chinese yuan per person in 2010, rising from 65.4 Chinese yuan per person in 1990. The repaid increased population coverage by government supported health insurance schemes has stimulated a rising use of healthcare, and thus given rise to more pressure on cost control in China.There are many effective measures of supply-side and demand-side cost control in healthcare available. Over the past three decades China had introduced many measures to control demand for health care, via a series of co-payment mechanisms. The paper introduces and discusses new initiatives and measures employed to control cost escalation of healthcare in China, including alternative provider payment methods, reforming drug procurement systems, and strengthening the application of standard clinical paths in treating patients at hospitals, and analyses the impacts of these initiatives and measures. The paper finally proposes ways forward to make universal health coverage in China more sustainable.

  7. Compliance with infection control practices in an university hospital dental clinic

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    Mutters, Nico T.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available [english] Aim: Compliance with infection control practices is the key to quality care and excellence in dentistry. Infection control remains one of the most cost-beneficial interventions available. However, implementing control procedures requires full compliance of the whole dental team. The aim of our study was to measure the compliance in daily clinical practice.Methods: The compliance with infection control practices in dentistry by dental health care personnel (DHCP in a German university dental clinic was observed during clinical work. In addition, a survey was conducted to assess the individual knowledge about infection control procedures. Contamination of the workplace during invasive dental procedures was tested, as well.Results: A total of 58 invasive dental treatments implying close contacts between HCWs and patients were scrutinized. All HCWs (100% wore gloves during dental work, but in some cases (female dentists: 14.3%; dental assistants: 28.6% gloves were neither changed nor hands were disinfected between different activities or patient contacts (female dentists: 68.6%; male dentists: 60.9%; dental assistants: 93%. Only 31.4% of female and 39.1% of male dentists carried out adequate hygienic hand disinfection after removing gloves. Male dentists wore significantly more often (100% protective eyewear compared to 77.1% of female dentists (p<0.05. In addition, most of female dentists (62.9% and dental assistants (80.7% wore jewelry during dental procedures. Conclusion: Despite the knowledge of distinct hygiene procedures only a small percentage of dental staff performs hygiene practices according to recommended guidelines. Strict audit is clearly needed in the dental setting to ensure compliance with infection control guidelines to prevent transmission of pathogens. Our results provide insights for the development of a targeted education and training strategy to enhance compliance of dental staff especially of dental assistants with

  8. Maximization of the Supportable Number of Sensors in QoS-Aware Cluster-Based Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks

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    Thi-Tham Nguyen

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a practical low-complexity MAC (medium access control scheme for quality of service (QoS-aware and cluster-based underwater acoustic sensor networks (UASN, in which the provision of differentiated QoS is required. In such a network, underwater sensors (U-sensor in a cluster are divided into several classes, each of which has a different QoS requirement. The major problem considered in this paper is the maximization of the number of nodes that a cluster can accommodate while still providing the required QoS for each class in terms of the PDR (packet delivery ratio. In order to address the problem, we first estimate the packet delivery probability (PDP and use it to formulate an optimization problem to determine the optimal value of the maximum packet retransmissions for each QoS class. The custom greedy and interior-point algorithms are used to find the optimal solutions, which are verified by extensive simulations. The simulation results show that, by solving the proposed optimization problem, the supportable number of underwater sensor nodes can be maximized while satisfying the QoS requirements for each class.

  9. Maximization of the supportable number of sensors in QoS-aware cluster-based underwater acoustic sensor networks.

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    Nguyen, Thi-Tham; Le, Duc Van; Yoon, Seokhoon

    2014-03-07

    This paper proposes a practical low-complexity MAC (medium access control) scheme for quality of service (QoS)-aware and cluster-based underwater acoustic sensor networks (UASN), in which the provision of differentiated QoS is required. In such a network, underwater sensors (U-sensor) in a cluster are divided into several classes, each of which has a different QoS requirement. The major problem considered in this paper is the maximization of the number of nodes that a cluster can accommodate while still providing the required QoS for each class in terms of the PDR (packet delivery ratio). In order to address the problem, we first estimate the packet delivery probability (PDP) and use it to formulate an optimization problem to determine the optimal value of the maximum packet retransmissions for each QoS class. The custom greedy and interior-point algorithms are used to find the optimal solutions, which are verified by extensive simulations. The simulation results show that, by solving the proposed optimization problem, the supportable number of underwater sensor nodes can be maximized while satisfying the QoS requirements for each class.

  10. Health literacy and diabetes control in patients attending a university outpatient clinic in Argentina

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    Alexander Ariza Bolivar

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Health literacy (HL is a measure of a patient ability to read, understand and to take decisions on medical instructions. Patients with inadequate HL have poorer health outcomes than those with adequate HL. There is little information on HL levels in diabetic patients in Argentina. The aim of this study was to explore the association between HL and glycemic control in diabetic patients from a university hospital in Argentina. HL was assessed with the Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults (SAHLSA, glycemic control through glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c; 156 patients (58% women took part in the study. Average SAHLSA score was 35 (range: 11-50. Patients with inadequate values of HL had HbA1c of 8.15% vs. 7.15% among those with adequate HL (p = 0.0001. The multiple linear regression shows that inadequate HL was significantly associated with poorer glycemic control (β = -0.05 IC 95% -0.07; -0.02, p < 0.001. Efforts should focus on developing interventions to improve glycemic control among patients with inadequate HL.

  11. [Health literacy and diabetes control in patients attending a university outpatient clinic in Argentina].

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    Ariza Bolivar, Alexander; Lanteri, Martín E; Cícero, Carla Y; Pérez, Adriana; Puchulu, Félix M; Mejía, Raúl

    2017-01-01

    Health literacy (HL) is a measure of a patient ability to read, understand and to take decisions on medical instructions. Patients with inadequate HL have poorer health outcomes than those with adequate HL. There is little information on HL levels in diabetic patients in Argentina. The aim of this study was to explore the association between HL and glycemic control in diabetic patients from a university hospital in Argentina. HL was assessed with the Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults (SAHLSA), glycemic control through glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c); 156 patients (58% women) took part in the study. Average SAHLSA score was 35 (range: 11-50). Patients with inadequate values of HL had HbA1c of 8.15% vs. 7.15% among those with adequate HL (p = 0.0001). The multiple linear regression shows that inadequate HL was significantly associated with poorer glycemic control (β = -0.05 IC 95% -0.07; -0.02, p < 0.001). Efforts should focus on developing interventions to improve glycemic control among patients with inadequate HL.

  12. Knowledge and attitudes of infection prevention and control among health sciences students at University of Namibia.

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    Ojulong, J; Mitonga, K H; Iipinge, S N

    2013-12-01

    Health Sciences students are exposed early to hospitals and to activities which increase their risk of acquiring infections. Infection control practices are geared towards reduction of occurrence and transmission of infectious diseases. To evaluate knowledge and attitudes of infection prevention and control among Health Science students at University of Namibia. To assess students' knowledge and attitudes regarding infection prevention and control and their sources of information, a self-administered questionnaire was used to look at standard precautions especially hands hygiene. One hundred sixty two students participated in this study of which 31 were medical, 17 were radiography and 114 were nursing students. Medical students had better overall scores (73%) compared to nursing students (66%) and radiology students (61%). There was no significant difference in scores between sexes or location of the high school being either in rural or urban setting. Serious efforts are needed to improve or review curriculum so that health sciences students' knowledge on infection prevention and control is imparted early before they are introduced to the wards.

  13. Glycemic control in diabetic patients in King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) - Riyadh - Saudi Arabia.

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    Al-Rowais, Norah Abdullah

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate glycemic control of diabetic patients at the King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A cross sectional study was conducted among diabetic patients attending KKUH, Riyadh. Patients were identified through the hospital pharmacy records, over a one year period (January-December, 2009). A total of 20,000 patients were identified, and 1520 patients were selected by a simple random method. Medical charts were reviewed, the data were collected in a specially designed data sheet: and entered in a computer, and finally analyzed using a SPSS program. About 90% of patients were older than 40 years old and 90% were overweight or obese. Fasting blood sugar was above 7.2 mmol/L in 60% of the patients and random blood sugar was more than 10 mmol/L in about 70% of patients. The overall glycemic control as evaluated by HBA1C was acceptable in about 40% of the patients. Cholesterol level was normal in more than 70% of patients while triglyceride was normal in 56% of patients. In about half of the patients systolic blood pressure was not controlled, while in 27% the diastolic blood pressure was above the target level. The control of diabetes and its associated cardiovascular risk factors in this hospital - based survey, in Riyadh is far from optimal. Further studies are needed to find out the possible causes for this defective care of diabetic patients.

  14. Analysis and Controller Design of a Universal Bidirectional DC-DC Converter

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    Kou-Bin Liu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, first the operating principles of a non-isolated universal bidirectional DC-DC converter are studied and analyzed. The presented power converter is capable of operating in all power transferring directions in buck/boost modes. Zero voltage switching can be achieved for all the power switches through proper modulation strategy design, therefore, the presented converter can achieve high efficiency. To further improve the efficiency, the relationship between the phase-shift angle and the overall system efficiency is analyzed in detail, an adaptive phase-shift (APS control method which determines the phase-shift value between gating signals according to the load level is then proposed. As the modulation strategy is a software-based solution, there is no requirement for additional circuits, therefore, it can be implemented easily and instability and noise susceptibility problems can be reduced. To validate the correctness and the effectiveness of the proposed method, a 300 W prototyping circuit is implemented and tested. A low cost dsPIC33FJ16GS502 digital signal controller is adopted in this paper to realize the power flow control, DC-bus voltage regulation and APS control. According to the experimental results, a 12.2% efficiency improvement at light load and 4.0% efficiency improvement at half load can be achieved.

  15. Self-control and academic performance: Two field studies on university citizenship behavior and counterproductive academic behavior

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    Zettler, Ingo

    2011-01-01

    Self-control affects, among other things, individuals' performance and criminal or deviant behavior. Herein, the construct of self-control is linked to rather specific criteria in an academic context, as derived from findings in the area of organizational psychology. Specifically, it is assumed...... that students' self-control impacts university citizenship behavior positively and counterproductive academic behavior negatively. Two correlative field studies, at which one is predictive, using different questionnaires to assess self-control support both hypotheses....

  16. New vision for Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP): Universal access - "reaching the un-reached".

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    Sachdeva, Kuldeep Singh; Kumar, Ashok; Dewan, Puneet; Kumar, Ajay; Satyanarayana, Srinath

    2012-05-01

    The Phase II (2006-2012) of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has been successful in achieving its objectives. Tuberculosis (TB) disease burden (prevalence and mortality) in India has reduced significantly when compared to 1990 levels, and India is on track to achieve the TB related millennium development goals. Despite significant progress, TB still continues to be one of the major public health problems in the country, and intensified efforts are required to reduce TB transmission and accelerate reductions in TB incidence, particularly in urban areas and difficult terrains. Achieving 'Universal access' is possible and necessary for the country. RNTCP during the 12 th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) aims to achieve 'Universal access' to quality assured TB diagnosis and treatment and elaborate plans are being made. This requires broad and concerted efforts and support from all stakeholders with substantial enhancement of commitment and financing at all levels. This paper describes the new vision of RNTCP and an overview of how this will be achieved.

  17. Universal Control of Ion Qubits in a Scalable Microfabricated Planar Trap

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    Herold, Creston D; Merrill, J True; Meier, Adam M; Brown, Kenton R; Volin, Curtis; Amini, Jason M

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate universal quantum control over chains of ions in a surface-electrode ion trap, including all the fundamental operations necessary to perform algorithms in a one-dimensional, nearest-neighbor quantum computing architecture. We realize both single-qubit operations and nearest-neighbor entangling gates with Raman laser beams, and we interleave the two gate types. We report average single-qubit gate fidelities as high as 0.970(1) for two-, three-, and four-ion chains, characterized with randomized benchmarking. We generate Bell states between the nearest-neighbor pairs of a three-ion chain, with fidelity up to 0.84(2). We combine one- and two-qubit gates to perform quantum process tomography of a CNOT gate in a two-ion chain, and we report an overall fidelity of 0.76(3).

  18. Universal control of ion qubits in a scalable microfabricated planar trap

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    Herold, C. D.; Fallek, S. D.; Merrill, J. T.; Meier, A. M.; Brown, K. R.; Volin, C. E.; Amini, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate universal quantum control over chains of ions in a surface-electrode ion trap, including all the fundamental operations necessary to perform algorithms in a one-dimensional, nearest-neighbor quantum computing architecture. We realize both single-qubit operations and nearest-neighbor entangling gates with Raman laser beams, and we interleave the two gate types. We report average single-qubit gate fidelities as high as 0.970(1) for two-, three-, and four-ion chains, characterized with randomized benchmarking. We generate Bell states between the nearest-neighbor pairs of a three-ion chain, with fidelity up to 0.84(2). We combine one- and two-qubit gates to perform quantum process tomography of a cnot gate in a two-ion chain, and we report an overall fidelity of 0.76(3).

  19. Lorentz meets Fano spectral line shapes: A universal phase and its laser control

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    Ott, Christian; Raith, Philipp; Meyer, Kristina; Laux, Martin; Evers, Jörg; Keitel, Christoph H; Greene, Chris H; Pfeifer, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Symmetric Lorentzian and asymmetric Fano line shapes are fundamental spectroscopic signatures that quantify the structural and dynamical properties of nuclei, atoms, molecules, and solids. This study introduces a universal temporal-phase formalism, mapping the Fano asymmetry parameter q to a phase {\\phi} of the time-dependent dipole-response function. The formalism is confirmed experimentally by laser-transforming Fano absorption lines of autoionizing helium into Lorentzian lines after attosecond-pulsed excitation. We also prove the inverse, the transformation of a naturally Lorentzian line into a Fano profile. A further application of this formalism amplifies resonantly interacting extreme-ultraviolet light by quantum-phase control. The quantum phase of excited states and its response to interactions can thus be extracted from line-shape analysis, with scientific applications in many branches of spectroscopy.

  20. The robotic and remotely controlled telescope at the University of Athens Observatory

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    Gazeas, K.

    2016-12-01

    A fully automatic remote telescope and dome control system has been installed at the University of Athens Observatory (UOAO) in August 2012. It was constructed in the Laboratory of Astronomy and Applied Optics of the department and incorporated the already existing automation for observations and data gathering techniques. The system proved to be reliable and functions faultlessly up to date, enabling the astronomers to observe remotely from any place, using the network. The observing nights have been increased significantly after the first year of remote operation, reaching the number of 280 observing nights per year (77% annual usage), half of which are characterized as photometric nights of highest quality. This utility favours long-term monitoring projects of blazars and long periodic variables in general.

  1. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Genova

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    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Virtual Visit is included in the program of the Course in Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics at the Physics Department of the Genova University. Students are introduced to experimental techniques and instrumentation and run few experiences in the laboratory. Besides that, they visit the Department groups that are involved both in Nuclear or High Energy Particle physics experiments. In this context, the ATLAS team will open them the doors to laboratory where ~1/3 of the Pixel detector has been built and where we are currently assembling and qualifying part of the electrical services and modules for the Insertable B layer (IBL) that will be installed in 2014 in ATLAS. Students will be introduced to LHC, ATLAS and the physics program before having the possibility to meet ATLAS physicists in ATLAS control room. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2012/Genova-2012.html

  2. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Genova University

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    2013-01-01

    The ATLAS Virtual Visit is included in the program of the Course in Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics at the Physics Department of the Genova University. Students are introduced to experimental techniques and instrumentation and run few experiences in the laboratory. Besides that, they visit the Department groups that are involved both in Nuclear or High Energy Particle physics experiments. In this context, the ATLAS team will open them the doors to laboratory where ~1/3 of the Pixel detector has been built and where we are currently assembling and qualifying part of the electrical services and modules for the Insertable B layer (IBL) that will be installed in 2014 in ATLAS. Students will be introduced to LHC, ATLAS and the physics program before having the possibility to meet ATLAS physicists in ATLAS control room. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/Genova-2013_2.html

  3. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Genova University

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    2013-01-01

    The ATLAS Virtual Visit is included in the program of the Course in Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics at the Physics Department of the Genova University. Students are introduced to experimental techniques and instrumentation and run few experiences in the laboratory. Besides that, they visit the Department groups that are involved both in Nuclear or High Energy Particle physics experiments. In this context, the ATLAS team will open them the doors to laboratory where ~1/3 of the Pixel detector has been built and where we are currently assembling and qualifying part of the electrical services and modules for the Insertable B layer (IBL) that will be installed in 2014 in ATLAS. Students will be introduced to LHC, ATLAS and the physics program before having the possibility to meet ATLAS physicists in ATLAS control room. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/Genova-2013_1.html

  4. Cluster-Based Multipolling Sequencing Algorithm for Collecting RFID Data in Wireless LANs

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    Choi, Woo-Yong; Chatterjee, Mainak

    2015-03-01

    With the growing use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), it is becoming important to devise ways to read RFID tags in real time. Access points (APs) of IEEE 802.11-based wireless Local Area Networks (LANs) are being integrated with RFID networks that can efficiently collect real-time RFID data. Several schemes, such as multipolling methods based on the dynamic search algorithm and random sequencing, have been proposed. However, as the number of RFID readers associated with an AP increases, it becomes difficult for the dynamic search algorithm to derive the multipolling sequence in real time. Though multipolling methods can eliminate the polling overhead, we still need to enhance the performance of the multipolling methods based on random sequencing. To that extent, we propose a real-time cluster-based multipolling sequencing algorithm that drastically eliminates more than 90% of the polling overhead, particularly so when the dynamic search algorithm fails to derive the multipolling sequence in real time.

  5. Cluster-based spectrum sensing for cognitive radios with imperfect channel to cluster-head

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    Ben Ghorbel, Mahdi

    2012-04-01

    Spectrum sensing is considered as the first and main step for cognitive radio systems to achieve an efficient use of spectrum. Cooperation and clustering among cognitive radio users are two techniques that can be employed with spectrum sensing in order to improve the sensing performance by reducing miss-detection and false alarm. In this paper, within the framework of a clustering-based cooperative spectrum sensing scheme, we study the effect of errors in transmitting the local decisions from the secondary users to the cluster heads (or the fusion center), while considering non-identical channel conditions between the secondary users. Closed-form expressions for the global probabilities of detection and false alarm at the cluster head are derived. © 2012 IEEE.

  6. Address allocation for MANET merge and partition using cluster based routing.

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    Singh, Sugandha; Rajpal, Navin; Sharma, Ashok

    2014-01-01

    Network merges and partitions occur quite often in MANET wherein address auto-configuration is a critical requirement. There are various approaches for address auto-configuration in MANETs which allocate address to the nodes in a dynamic and distributed manner in which HOST ID and MANET ID are assigned on the basis of their Base value. MANET merges and partitions employing Cluster Based Routing Protocol require a node to be assigned as the Cluster Head (CH). This paper presents the Election Algorithm which assigns a node as the Cluster Head on the basis of its weight. Through simulation using the NS-2, it has been shown that the Election Algorithm improves the packet delivery ratio (PDR) significantly and decreases the packet delay to a great extent in comparison to the existing AODV protocol.

  7. CLUSTER BASED TIME DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS SCHEDULING SCHEME FOR ZIGBEE WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS

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    P. Anandhakumar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee Wireless Sensor Networks, an efficient scheduling mechanism is required for reliable data transmission. Further, concurrent transmission of huge data through CSMA/CA incurs more packet collision rate. This complicated condition has to be eliminated to improve the system throughput. In this study, we propose to deploy cluster based TDMA scheduling mechanism for IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee Wireless Sensor Networks. This TDMA slot allocation strategy allocates slots to the nodes based on queue occupancy information. It assigns TDMA slots starting from nodes with high queue occupancy value. Nodes that have high queue occupancy value will probably get long TDMA slot period. We prove the proficiency of our mechanism using Network Simulator 2 (NS-2. Our approach fairly allocates slots to the nodes and considerably reduces packet collision rate."

  8. DISTRIBUTED CERTIFICATE AUTHORITY IN CLUSTER-BASED MANET USING MULTI SECRET SHARING SCHEME

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    Mohammed Azza

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Providing secure communications in mobile ad hoc networks (MANET is an important and difficult problem, due to a lack of a key management infrastructure. The authentication is an important security service in (MANETs. To provide a node authentication service we use a fully distributed certificate authorities (FDCA based on the threshold cryptography. In this paper we propose an efficient and verifiable multi secret sharing scheme in cluster-based MANET with a low computation system. Our scheme is based on the overdetermined linear system equation in Galois fields GF(2r. We have analyzed our scheme based on security and performance criteria, and compared with existing approaches. The efficiency of our proposed schemes was verified and evaluated by simulation. Simulation results show that this approach is scalable.

  9. Cluster-based reduced-order modelling of a mixing layer

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    Kaiser, Eurika; Cordier, Laurent; Spohn, Andreas; Segond, Marc; Abel, Markus; Daviller, Guillaume; Niven, Robert K

    2013-01-01

    We propose a novel cluster-based reduced-order modelling (CROM) strategy of unsteady flows. CROM builds on the pioneering works of Gunzburger's group in cluster analysis (Burkardt et al. 2006) and Eckhardt's group in transition matrix models (Schneider et al. 2007) and constitutes a potential alternative to POD models. This strategy processes a time-resolved sequence of flow snapshots in two steps. First, the snapshot data is clustered into a small number of representative states, called centroids, in the state space. These centroids partition the state space in complementary non-overlapping regions (centroidal Voronoi cells). Departing from the standard algorithm, the probability of the clusters are determined, and the states are sorted by transition matrix consideration. Secondly, the transitions between the states are dynamically modelled via a Markov process. Physical mechanisms are then distilled by a refined analysis of the Markov process, e.g. with the finite-time Lyapunov exponent and entropic methods...

  10. FUZZY CLUSTERING BASED BAYESIAN FRAMEWORK TO PREDICT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AMONG CHILDREN

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    M R Sumathi

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available According to World Health Organization, 10-20% of children and adolescents all over the world are experiencing mental disorders. Correct diagnosis of mental disorders at an early stage improves the quality of life of children and avoids complicated problems. Various expert systems using artificial intelligence techniques have been developed for diagnosing mental disorders like Schizophrenia, Depression, Dementia, etc. This study focuses on predicting basic mental health problems of children, like Attention problem, Anxiety problem, Developmental delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder(PDD, etc. using the machine learning techniques, Bayesian Networks and Fuzzy clustering. The focus of the article is on learning the Bayesian network structure using a novel Fuzzy Clustering Based Bayesian network structure learning framework. The performance of the proposed framework was compared with the other existing algorithms and the experimental results have shown that the proposed framework performs better than the earlier algorithms.

  11. An Energy Efficient Unequal Cluster Based Routing Protocol For WSN With Non-Uniform Node Distribution

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    Dhanoop K Dhanpal

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Clustering is an efficient method for increasing the lifetime of wireless sensor network systems. The current clustering algorithms generate clusters of almost equal size. This will cause hot spot problem in multi-hop sensor networks. In this paper an energy efficient varying sized clustering algorithm EEVSCA and routing protocol are introduced for non-uniform node distributed wireless sensor network system. EEVSCA helps for the construction of clusters of varying size at the same time unequal cluster based routing algorithm forces each cluster head to choose node with higher energy as their next hop. The unequal size of clusters can balance the energy consumption among clusters. Theoretical analysis and simulation results show that EECSVA balance energy consumption well among the cluster heads and increase the network lifetime effectively.

  12. Taking Control of Enrollment Management at Small Private Universities: Creating an Interactive Interface

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    Maltz, Elliot

    2007-01-01

    Enrollment management is a process critical to most small private universities that rely on tuition for a significant portion of their operating budgets. Often these universities rely on outside consultants to help them in performing this important process. This case study describes how university assets were used to create an interactive…

  13. Air quality benefits of universal particle filter and NOx controls on diesel trucks

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    Tao, L.; Mcdonald, B. C.; Harley, R.

    2015-12-01

    Heavy-duty diesel trucks are a major source of black carbon/particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions on urban and regional scales. These emissions are relevant to both air quality and climate change. Since 2010 in the US, new engines are required to be equipped with emission control systems that greatly reduce both PM and NOx emissions, by ~98% relative to 1988 levels. To reduce emissions from the legacy fleet of older trucks that still remain on the road, regulations have been adopted in Califonia to accelerate the replacement of older trucks and thereby reduce associated emissions of PM and NOx. Use of diesel particle filters will be widespread by 2016, and universal use of catalytic converters for NOx control is required by 2023. We assess the air quality consequences of this clean-up effort in Southern California, using the Community Multiscale Air Quality model (CMAQ), and comparing three scenarios: historical (2005), present day (2016), and future year (2023). Emissions from the motor vehicle sector are mapped at high spatial resolution based on traffic count and fuel sales data. NOx emissions from diesel engines in 2023 are expected to decrease by ~80% compared to 2005, while the fraction of NOx emitted as NO2 is expected to increase from 5 to 18%. Air quality model simulations will be analyzed to quantify changes in NO2, black carbon, particulate matter, and ozone, both basin-wide and near hot spots such as ports and major highways.

  14. Universal control and error correction in multi-qubit spin registers in diamond.

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    Taminiau, T H; Cramer, J; van der Sar, T; Dobrovitski, V V; Hanson, R

    2014-03-01

    Quantum registers of nuclear spins coupled to electron spins of individual solid-state defects are a promising platform for quantum information processing. Pioneering experiments selected defects with favourably located nuclear spins with particularly strong hyperfine couplings. To progress towards large-scale applications, larger and deterministically available nuclear registers are highly desirable. Here, we realize universal control over multi-qubit spin registers by harnessing abundant weakly coupled nuclear spins. We use the electron spin of a nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond to selectively initialize, control and read out carbon-13 spins in the surrounding spin bath and construct high-fidelity single- and two-qubit gates. We exploit these new capabilities to implement a three-qubit quantum-error-correction protocol and demonstrate the robustness of the encoded state against applied errors. These results transform weakly coupled nuclear spins from a source of decoherence into a reliable resource, paving the way towards extended quantum networks and surface-code quantum computing based on multi-qubit nodes.

  15. Dietary compliance and its association with glycemic control among poorly controlled type 2 diabetic outpatients in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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    Tan, S L; Juliana, S; Sakinah, H

    2011-12-01

    Compliance with medical nutrition therapy is important to improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine dietary compliance and its association with glycemic control among outpatients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM). In this cross-sectional study, patients who had a glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level of at least 6.5%, after attending a diet counseling session at the Outpatient Dietetic Clinic, HUSM, were enrolled. Out of 150 diabetic patients reviewed between 2006 and 2008, 61 adults (32 men and 29 women) agreed to participate in this study. A questionnaire-based interview was used to collect socio-demographic, clinical and diabetes self-care data. The patient's dietary compliance rate was determined by the Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities (SDSCA) measure. Anthropometric and biological measurements were also taken. Only 16.4% of the respondents adhered to the dietary regimen provided by dietitians. Among the 7 dietary self-care behaviours, item number 6 (eat lots of food high in dietary fibre such as vegetable or oats) had the highest compliant rate (54.1%); whereas item number 3 (eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day) had the lowest compliant rate (23.0%). There was a significant association between gender (p = 0.037) and fasting blood sugar (FBS) (p = 0.007) with the compliance status. Dietary non-compliance is still common among T2DM patients. Dietitians need to improve their skills and use more effective intervention approaches in providing dietary counseling to patients.

  16. Universal School-Based Depression Prevention 'Op Volle Kracht': a Longitudinal Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Tak, Yuli R; Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Anna; Gillham, Jane E; Van Zundert, Rinka M P; Engels, Rutger C M E

    2016-07-01

    The longitudinal effectiveness of a universal, adolescent school-based depression prevention program Op Volle Kracht (OVK) was evaluated by means of a cluster randomized controlled trial with intervention and control condition (school as usual). OVK was based on the Penn Resiliency Program (PRP) (Gillham et al. Psychological Science, 6, 343-351, 1995). Depressive symptoms were assessed with the Child Depression Inventory (Kovacs 2001). In total, 1341 adolescents participated, Mage = 13.91, SD = 0.55, 47.3 % girls, 83.1 % Dutch ethnicity; intervention group n = 655, four schools; control group n = 735, five schools. Intent-to-treat analyses revealed that OVK did not prevent depressive symptoms, β = -0.01, SE = 0.05, p = .829, Cohen's d = 0.02, and the prevalence of an elevated level of depressive symptoms was not different between groups at 1 year follow-up, OR = 1.00, 95 % CI = 0.60-1.65, p = .992, NNT = 188. Latent Growth Curve Modeling over the 2 year follow-up period showed that OVK did not predict differences in depressive symptoms immediately following intervention, intercept: β = 0.02, p = .642, or changes in depressive symptoms, slope: β = -0.01, p = .919. No moderation by gender or baseline depressive symptoms was found. To conclude, OVK was not effective in preventing depressive symptoms across the 2 year follow-up. The implications of these findings are discussed.

  17. The information system of learning quality control in higher education institutions: achievements and problems of European universities

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    Orekhova Elena

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the main trends in the development of the system of learning quality control connected with the European integration of higher education and the democratization of education. The authors analyze the state of information systems of learning quality control existing in European higher education and identify their strong and weak points. The authors show that in the learning process universities actively use innovative analytic methods as well as modern means of collecting, storing and transferring information that ensure the successful management of such a complex object as the university of the 21st century.

  18. 高校财务内部控制的探讨%Financial Internal Control in Colleges and Universities

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    吴留全

    2016-01-01

    According to the actual situation of financial internal control in colleges and universities, the importance of establishing and perfecting the internal control of the financial affairs in colleges and universities is emphasized,and some countermeasures are put forward.%对目前高校财务内部控制存在的问题进行了诊断,阐述了高校健全和完善财务内部控制的必要性,提出了解决问题的对策。

  19. Modelling and Experimental Study on Active Energy-Regenerative Suspension Structure with Variable Universe Fuzzy PD Control

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    Jiang Liu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel electromagnetic active suspension with an energy-regenerative structure is proposed to solve the suspension’s control consumption problem. For this new system, a 2-DOF quarter-car model is built, and dynamics performances are studied using the variable universe fuzzy theory and the PD control approach. A self-powered efficiency concept is defined to describe the regenerative structure’s contribution to the whole control consumption, and its influent factors are also discussed. Simulations are carried out using software Matlab/Simulink, and experiments are conducted on the B-class road. The results demonstrate that the variable universe fuzzy control can recycle more than 18 percent vibration energy and provide over 11 percent power for the control demand. Furthermore, the new suspension system offers a smaller body acceleration and decreases dynamic tire deflection compared to the passive ones, so as to improve both the ride comfort and the safety.

  20. A Clustering-Based Model-Building EA for Optimization Problems with Binary and Real-Valued Variables

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    Sadowski, Krzysztof L.; Bosman, Peter A. N.; Thierens, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    We propose a novel clustering-based model-building evolutionary algorithm to tackle optimization problems that have both binary and real-valued variables. The search space is clustered every generation using a distance metric that considers binary and real-valued variables jointly in order to captur

  1. Integrating E-Learning and Classroom Learning for Engineering Quality Control unit - Curtin University Experience

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    Ali M. Darabi Golshani

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Engineering employers expect engineering graduates to possess a wide range of skills that goes beyond their technical knowledge. It is vital that graduates have skills which demonstrate that they are responsible for their own development and careers. Some of these skills include; communication abilities, organizational skills, self-promotion, the ability to work as part of a team, be an effective problem solver, be a critical thinker, have good negotiation skills, have the ability to be a leader and being able to network effectively. Department of Civil Engineering at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia offers a Master of Engineering Management degree for Engineers from various disciplines. One of the units taught in this Master degree program is Engineering Quality Control. It was decided to incorporate these non-technical skills in this unit by using an e-learning platform (Blackboard together with an adaptation of the Seven Principles of Good Practice and Dr Meredith Belbin’s team role theory to divide participants into groups. At the end of the unit, most of the participants were showing improvements in their non-technical skills.

  2. Operational control of radiation conditions in Space Monitoring Data Center of Moscow State University

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    Kalegaev, Vladimir; Shugay, Yulia; Bobrovnikov, Sergey; Kuznetsov, Nikolay; Barinova, Vera; Myagkova, Irina; Panasyuk, Mikhail

    2016-07-01

    Space Monitoring Data Center (SMDC) of Moscow State University provides mission support for Russian satellites and give operational analysis of radiation conditions in space. SMDC Web-sites (http://smdc.sinp.msu.ru/ and http://swx.sinp.msu.ru/) give access to current data on the level of solar activity, geomagnetic and radiation state of Earth's magnetosphere and heliosphere in near-real time. For data analysis the models of space environment factors working online have been implemented. Interactive services allow one to retrieve and analyze data at a given time moment. Forecasting applications including solar wind parameters, geomagnetic and radiation condition forecasts have been developed. Radiation dose and SEE rate control are of particular importance in practical satellite operation. Satellites are always under the influence of high-energy particle fluxes during their orbital flight. The three main sources of particle fluxes: the Earth's radiation belts, the galactic cosmic rays, and the solar energetic particles (SEP), are taken into account by SMDC operational services to estimate the radiation dose caused by high-energy particles to a satellite at LEO orbits. ISO 15039 and AP8/AE8 physical models are used to estimate effects of galactic cosmic rays and radiation belt particle fluxes. Data of geosynchronous satellites (GOES or Electro-L1) allow to reconstruct the SEP fluxes spectra at a given low Earth orbit taking into account the geomagnetic cut-off depending on geomagnetic activity level.

  3. Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase: a universal internal control for Western blots in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

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    Wu, Yonghong; Wu, Min; He, Guowei; Zhang, Xiao; Li, Weiguang; Gao, Yan; Li, Zhihui; Wang, Zhaoyan; Zhang, Chenggang

    2012-04-01

    In the current study, we examined the expression level of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) protein in a number of organisms and the stability of GAPDH under various conditions. Our results revealed that GAPDH is present in multiple Escherichia coli strains, the yeast strain GS115, Caenorhabditis elegans, rat PC12 cells, and both mouse and rat brain. Furthermore, GAPDH was stably expressed under different concentrations of inducer and at different times of induction in E. coli (BL21) cells and yeast GS115 cells. Stable expression of GAPDH protein was also observed in C.elegans and PC12 cells that were treated with different concentrations of paraquat or sodium sulfite, respectively. In addition, we were able to detect and identify the endogenous gapA protein in E.coli via immunoprecipitation and MALDI-TOF-MS analysis. Endogenous gapA protein and exogenously expressed (subcloned) GAPDH proteins were detected in E. coli BL21 but not for gapC. With the exception of gapC in E. coli, the various isoforms of GAPDH possessed enzymatic activity. Finally, sequence analysis revealed that the GAPDH proteins were 76% identical, with the exception of E. coli gapC. Taken together, our results indicate that GAPDH could be universally used as an internal control for the Western blot analysis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic samples.

  4. Universal synthesis of air stable, phase pure, controllable FeSe2 nanocrystals

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    Wei, Chengrong; Bai, Yongxiao; Deng, Aiying; Bao, Yan

    2016-04-01

    Iron diselenium (FeSe2) is a promising semiconductor for thin-film solar cells because it has a suitable band gap (E g = 1.0 eV) and high absorption coefficient. Despite these prospects, the controllable synthesis of FeSe2 nanostructures and the diversity of their geometries has hardly been studied previously. Here, we described a successful synthesis of phase-pure, high-quality, and stable orthorhombic FeSe2 nanocrystals (NCs) in aqueous solvents. A variety of morphologies of the FeSe2 NCs were achieved by adjusting synthetic methods. FeSe2 nanoparticles with diameters of 30-100 nm were synthesized in the presence of ethylenediamine (en). Moreover, the synthetic approach developed for nanoparticles proved to be quite universal and could be modified to produce nanowires and octahedrons, with which structure the material could display high crystallinity. The diameter of the FeSe2 nanowires was 300-500 nm with a length exceeding 2 μm. The octahedrons displayed lateral dimensions of 1 μm. Meanwhile, the probable growth mechanism and fabrication process of the NCs were proposed. Polycrystalline FeSe2 thin films were fabricated by modifying the sedimentation method. The obvious photoconductivity of FeSe2 has already been observed, and it was considered to be one candidate of solar cell for the very first time.

  5. Alcohol assessment and feedback by email for university students: main findings from a randomised controlled trial.

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    McCambridge, Jim; Bendtsen, Marcus; Karlsson, Nadine; White, Ian R; Nilsen, Per; Bendtsen, Preben

    2013-11-01

    Brief interventions can be efficacious in changing alcohol consumption and increasingly take advantage of the internet to reach high-risk populations such as students. To evaluate the effectiveness of a brief online intervention, controlling for the possible effects of the research process. A three-arm parallel groups design was used to explore the magnitude of the feedback and assessment component effects. The three groups were: alcohol assessment and feedback (group 1); alcohol assessment only without feedback (group 2); and no contact, and thus neither assessment nor feedback (group 3). Outcomes were evaluated after 3 months via an invitation to participate in a brief cross-sectional lifestyle survey. The study was undertaken in two universities randomising the email addresses of all 14 910 students (the AMADEUS-1 study, trial registration: ISRCTN28328154). Overall, 52% (n = 7809) of students completed follow-up, with small differences in attrition between the three groups. For each of the two primary outcomes, there was one statistically significant difference between groups, with group 1 having 3.7% fewer risky drinkers at follow-up than group 3 (P = 0.006) and group 2 scoring 0.16 points lower than group 3 on the three alcohol consumption questions from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) (P = 0.039). This study provides some evidence of population-level benefit attained through intervening with individual students.

  6. A Universal Communication Framework and Navigation Control Software for Mobile Prototyping Platforms

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    Andreas Mitschele-Thiel

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In our contribution we would like to describe two new aspects of our low-cost mobile prototyping platform concept: a new hardware communication framework as well as new software features for navigation and control of our mobile platform. The paper is an extension of the ideas proposed in REV2009 [1] and is based on the therein used hardware platform and the monitoring and management software. This platform is based on the Quadrocopter concept – autonomous flying helicopter-style robots – and includes additional off-the-shelf parts. This leads to a universal mobile prototyping platform for communication tasks providing both mobile phone and WiFi access. However, the platform can provide these functions far more quickly than a technician on the ground might be able to. We will show that with our concept we can easily adapt the platform to the individual needs of the user, which leads to a very flexible and semi-autonomous system.

  7. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of Milano

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    The Universita` degli Studi di Milano is the largest of the universities in Milano and one of the largest in Italy. It is a public teaching and research university with 10 faculties, 31 departements, 22 doctoral schools, a teaching staff of 2,178 professors and approximately 65,000 students. During the "Open Day", organized every year, the university presents its programs for undergraduate education. All day long potential students can meet professors and other students and learn about the university programs, researches, activities and services.

  8. Cluster-based centralized data fusion for tracking maneuvering targets using interacting multiple model algorithm

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    V Vaidehi; K Kalavidya; S Indira Gandhi

    2004-04-01

    The interacting multiple model (IMM) algorithm has proved to be useful in tracking maneuvering targets. Tracking accuracy can be further improved using data fusion. Tracking of multiple targets using multiple sensors and fusing them at a central site using centralized architecture involves communication of large volumes of measurements to a common site. This results in heavy processing requirement at the central site. Moreover, track updates have to be obtained in the fusion centre before the next measurement arrives. For solving this computational complexity, a cluster-based parallel processing solution is presented in this paper. In this scheme, measurements are sent to the data fusion centre where the measurements are partitioned and given to the slave processors in the cluster. The slave processors use the IMM algorithm to get accurate updates of the tracks. The master processor collects the updated tracks and performs data fusion using ‘weight decision approach’. The improvement in the computation time using clusters in the data fusion centre is presented in this paper.

  9. Cluster-Based Context-Aware Routing Protocol for Mobile Environments

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    Ahmed. A. A. Gad-ElRab

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mobile environment has many issues due to mobility, energy limitations and status changing over time. Routing method is an important issue and has a significant impact in mobile networks, whereas selecting the optimum routing path will reduce the wasting in network resources, reduce network overhead and increase network reliability and lifetime. To decide which path will achieve the networks objectives, we need to construct a new routing algorithm that uses context attributes of a mobile device such as available bandwidth, residual energy, connection number and mobility value. In this paper, we propose a new mobile nodes ranking scheme based on the combination of two multi-criteria decision making approaches, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP and the technique for order performance by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS in Fuzzy environments. The Fuzzy AHP is used to analyze the structure of the clusterhead selection problem and to determine weights of the criteria, while the Fuzzy TOPSIS method is used to obtain the final mobile node ranking value. By basing on node ranking, we propose a new cluster based routing algorithm select the optimal clusterheads and the best routing path. Our simulation results show that the proposed method increases the network accuracy and lifetime and reduces network overhead.

  10. Cluster-based Dynamic Energy Management for Collaborative Target Tracking in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Dao-Wei Bi

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available A primary criterion of wireless sensor network is energy efficiency. Focused onthe energy problem of target tracking in wireless sensor networks, this paper proposes acluster-based dynamic energy management mechanism. Target tracking problem isformulated by the multi-sensor detection model as well as energy consumption model. Adistributed adaptive clustering approach is investigated to form a reasonable routingframework which has uniform cluster head distribution. Dijkstra’s algorithm is utilized toobtain optimal intra-cluster routing. Target position is predicted by particle filter. Thepredicted target position is adopted to estimate the idle interval of sensor nodes. Hence,dynamic awakening approach is exploited to prolong sleep time of sensor nodes so that theoperation energy consumption of wireless sensor network can be reduced. The sensornodes around the target wake up on time and act as sensing candidates. With the candidatesensor nodes and predicted target position, the optimal sensor node selection is considered.Binary particle swarm optimization is proposed to minimize the total energy consumptionduring collaborative sensing and data reporting. Experimental results verify that theproposed clustering approach establishes a low-energy communication structure while theenergy efficiency of wireless sensor networks is enhanced by cluster-based dynamic energymanagement.

  11. Cluster-based analysis for personalized stress evaluation using physiological signals.

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    Xu, Qianli; Nwe, Tin Lay; Guan, Cuntai

    2015-01-01

    Technology development in wearable sensors and biosignal processing has made it possible to detect human stress from the physiological features. However, the intersubject difference in stress responses presents a major challenge for reliable and accurate stress estimation. This research proposes a novel cluster-based analysis method to measure perceived stress using physiological signals, which accounts for the intersubject differences. The physiological data are collected when human subjects undergo a series of task-rest cycles, incurring varying levels of stress that is indicated by an index of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory. Next, a quantitative measurement of stress is developed by analyzing the physiological features in two steps: 1) a k -means clustering process to divide subjects into different categories (clusters), and 2) cluster-wise stress evaluation using the general regression neural network. Experimental results show a significant improvement in evaluation accuracy as compared to traditional methods without clustering. The proposed method is useful in developing intelligent, personalized products for human stress management.

  12. A Cluster Based Routing Protocol in Wireless Sensor Network for Energy Consumption

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    M.Shanthi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Wireless sensor network (WSN is a new and fast advancing technology, which is opening up many opportunities in the field of remote sensing and data monitoring. Even though the advances in embedded systems, the energy consumption is still open issue in WSNs. Recently there has been growing interest in the applications of sensor networks. The radio transmission and reception consumes a lot of energy, one of the important issues in wireless sensor network is the inherent limited battery power within network sensor nodes. Since sensors are generally constrained in on-board energy supply, efficient management of the network is crucial in extending the life of the sensor. In addition to maximizing the lifespan of sensor nodes, it is preferable to distribute the energy dissipated throughout the wireless sensor network in order to maximize overall network performance. In this paper, the focus is mainly driven over the survey of the hierarchical cluster-based available routings in Wireless Sensor Network for energy consumption. Low-Energy Adaptive Clustering Hierarchy (LEACH protocol is one of the best hierarchical protocols utilizing the probabilistic model to manage the energy consumption of WSN. Simulation results, shows the energy consumption over time of three nodes with distance to the Base Station.

  13. Unmasking Outliers in Large Distributed Databases Using Cluster Based Approach: CluBSOLD

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    A. Rama Satish

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    Full Text Available Outliers are dissimilar or inconsistent data objects with respect to the remaining data objects in the data set or which are far away from their cluster centroids. Detecting outliers in data is a very important concept in Knowledge Data Discovery process for finding hidden knowledge. The task of detecting the outliers has been studied in a large number of research areas like Financial Data Analysis, Large Distributed Systems, Biological Data Analysis, Data Mining, Scientific Applications, Health monitoring, etc., Existing research study of outlier detection shows that Density Based outlier detection techniques are robust. Identifying outliers in a distributed environment is not a simple task because processing with a distributed database raises two major issues. First one is rendering massive data which are generated from different databases. And the second is data integration, which may cause data security violation and sensitive information leakage. Handling distributed database is a difficult task. In this paper, we present a cluster based outliers detection to spot outliers in large and vibrant (updated dynamically distributed database in which cell density based centralized detection is used to succeed in dealing with massive data rendering problem and data integration problem. Experiments are conducted on various datasets and the obtained results clearly shows the robustness of the proposed technique forv finding outliers in large distributed database.

  14. Investigation of open clusters based on IPHAS and APASS survey data

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    Dambis, A. K.; Glushkova, E. V.; Berdnikov, L. N.; Joshi, Y. C.; Pandey, A. K.

    2017-02-01

    We adapt the classical Q-method based on a reddening-free parameter constructed from three passband magnitudes to the filter set of Isaac Newton Telescope Photometric Hα Survey and combine it with the maximum-likelihood-based cluster parameter estimator by Naylor & Jeffries (2006) to determine the extinction, heliocentric distances, and ages of young open clusters using Hαri data. The method is also adapted for the case of significant variations of extinction across the cluster field. Our technique is validated by comparing the colour excesses, distances, and ages determined in this study with the most bona fide values reported for the 18 well-studied young open clusters in the past and a fairly good agreement is found between our extinction and distance estimates and earlier published results, although our age estimates are not very consistent with those published by other authors. We also show that individual extinction values can be determined rather accurately for stars with (r - i) > 0.1. Our results open up a prospect for determining a uniform set of parameters for northern clusters based on homogeneous photometric data, and for searching for new, hitherto undiscovered open clusters.

  15. Cluster-Based Maximum Consensus Time Synchronization for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks †

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    Wang, Zhaowei; Zeng, Peng; Zhou, Mingtuo; Li, Dong; Wang, Jintao

    2017-01-01

    Time synchronization is one of the key technologies in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSNs), and clustering is widely used in WSNs for data fusion and information collection to reduce redundant data and communication overhead. Considering IWSNs’ demand for low energy consumption, fast convergence, and robustness, this paper presents a novel Cluster-based Maximum consensus Time Synchronization (CMTS) method. It consists of two parts: intra-cluster time synchronization and inter-cluster time synchronization. Based on the theory of distributed consensus, the proposed method utilizes the maximum consensus approach to realize the intra-cluster time synchronization, and adjacent clusters exchange the time messages via overlapping nodes to synchronize with each other. A Revised-CMTS is further proposed to counteract the impact of bounded communication delays between two connected nodes, because the traditional stochastic models of the communication delays would distort in a dynamic environment. The simulation results show that our method reduces the communication overhead and improves the convergence rate in comparison to existing works, as well as adapting to the uncertain bounded communication delays. PMID:28098750

  16. Cluster-Based Maximum Consensus Time Synchronization for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Zhaowei Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Time synchronization is one of the key technologies in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSNs, and clustering is widely used in WSNs for data fusion and information collection to reduce redundant data and communication overhead. Considering IWSNs’ demand for low energy consumption, fast convergence, and robustness, this paper presents a novel Cluster-based Maximum consensus Time Synchronization (CMTS method. It consists of two parts: intra-cluster time synchronization and inter-cluster time synchronization. Based on the theory of distributed consensus, the proposed method utilizes the maximum consensus approach to realize the intra-cluster time synchronization, and adjacent clusters exchange the time messages via overlapping nodes to synchronize with each other. A Revised-CMTS is further proposed to counteract the impact of bounded communication delays between two connected nodes, because the traditional stochastic models of the communication delays would distort in a dynamic environment. The simulation results show that our method reduces the communication overhead and improves the convergence rate in comparison to existing works, as well as adapting to the uncertain bounded communication delays.

  17. The symptom cluster-based approach to individualize patient-centered treatment for major depression.

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    Lin, Steven Y; Stevens, Michael B

    2014-01-01

    Unipolar major depressive disorder is a common, disabling, and costly disease that is the leading cause of ill health, early death, and suicide in the United States. Primary care doctors, in particular family physicians, are the first responders in this silent epidemic. Although more than a dozen different antidepressants in 7 distinct classes are widely used to treat depression in primary care, there is no evidence that one drug is superior to another. Comparative effectiveness studies have produced mixed results, and no specialty organization has published recommendations on how to choose antidepressants in a rational, evidence-based manner. In this article we present the theory and evidence for an individualized, patient-centered treatment model for major depression designed around a targeted symptom cluster-based approach to antidepressant selection. When using this model for healthy adults with major depressive disorder, the choice of antidepressants should be guided by the presence of 1 of 4 common symptom clusters: anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and pain. This model was built to foster future research, provide a logical framework for teaching residents how to select antidepressants, and equip primary care doctors with a structured treatment strategy to deliver optimal patient-centered care in the management of a debilitating disease: major depressive disorder.

  18. An Energy-Efficient Cluster-Based Vehicle Detection on Road Network Using Intention Numeration Method

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    Deepa Devasenapathy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The traffic in the road network is progressively increasing at a greater extent. Good knowledge of network traffic can minimize congestions using information pertaining to road network obtained with the aid of communal callers, pavement detectors, and so on. Using these methods, low featured information is generated with respect to the user in the road network. Although the existing schemes obtain urban traffic information, they fail to calculate the energy drain rate of nodes and to locate equilibrium between the overhead and quality of the routing protocol that renders a great challenge. Thus, an energy-efficient cluster-based vehicle detection in road network using the intention numeration method (CVDRN-IN is developed. Initially, sensor nodes that detect a vehicle are grouped into separate clusters. Further, we approximate the strength of the node drain rate for a cluster using polynomial regression function. In addition, the total node energy is estimated by taking the integral over the area. Finally, enhanced data aggregation is performed to reduce the amount of data transmission using digital signature tree. The experimental performance is evaluated with Dodgers loop sensor data set from UCI repository and the performance evaluation outperforms existing work on energy consumption, clustering efficiency, and node drain rate.

  19. Object Tracking Using Adaptive Covariance Descriptor and Clustering-Based Model Updating for Visual Surveillance

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    Lei Qin

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available We propose a novel approach for tracking an arbitrary object in video sequences for visual surveillance. The first contribution of this work is an automatic feature extraction method that is able to extract compact discriminative features from a feature pool before computing the region covariance descriptor. As the feature extraction method is adaptive to a specific object of interest, we refer to the region covariance descriptor computed using the extracted features as the adaptive covariance descriptor. The second contribution is to propose a weakly supervised method for updating the object appearance model during tracking. The method performs a mean-shift clustering procedure among the tracking result samples accumulated during a period of time and selects a group of reliable samples for updating the object appearance model. As such, the object appearance model is kept up-to-date and is prevented from contamination even in case of tracking mistakes. We conducted comparing experiments on real-world video sequences, which confirmed the effectiveness of the proposed approaches. The tracking system that integrates the adaptive covariance descriptor and the clustering-based model updating method accomplished stable object tracking on challenging video sequences.

  20. A cluster-based method for marine sensitive object extraction and representation

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    Xue, Cunjin; Dong, Qing; Qin, Lijuan

    2015-08-01

    Within the context of global change, marine sensitive factors or Marine Essential Climate Variables have been defined by many projects, and their sensitive spatial regions and time phases play significant roles in regional sea-air interactions and better understanding of their dynamic process. In this paper, we propose a cluster-based method for marine sensitive region extraction and representation. This method includes a kernel expansion algorithm for extracting marine sensitive regions, and a field-object triple form, integration of object-oriented and field-based model, for representing marine sensitive objects. Firstly, this method recognizes ENSO-related spatial patterns using empirical orthogonal decomposition of long term marine sensitive factors and correlation analysis with multiple ENSO index. The cluster kernel, defined by statistics of spatial patterns, is initialized to carry out spatial expansion and cluster mergence with spatial neighborhoods recursively, then all the related lattices with similar behavior are merged into marine sensitive regions. After this, the Field-object triple form of is used to represent the marine sensitive objects, both with the discrete object with a precise extend and boundary, and the continuous field with variations dependent on spatial locations. Finally, the marine sensitive objects about sea surface temperature are extracted, represented and analyzed as a case of study, which proves the effectiveness and the efficiency of the proposed method.

  1. A Cluster based Key Management Scheme for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Seema Verma

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs explore aquatic environment to facilitate various underwater surveillance applications. However, UWSN unique features also impose new challenges such as limited bandwidth, huge propagation delay, mobile nature of nodes and high error rates. UWSNs deployment in unattended environment further exacerbates their vulnerabilities to the attacks. These challenges make security solutions proposed for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN impractical to be applicable for UWSN. This paper analyzes the problem of security and mobility in UWSN and proposes Cluster based Key management Protocol (CKP, a new key management protocol for hierarchical networks where sensor nodes form cluster around more capable nodes. CKP also proposes a new communication architecture that handles mobility efficiently and minimizes the impact of a node compromisation to itself. CKP provides confidentiality, authentication, integrity and freshness. The performance evaluation demonstrates that the CKP is energy and storage-efficient. Further, we investigate the survivability and the security of the CKP against various security threats in order to evaluate its effectiveness.

  2. Predictor-Year Subspace Clustering Based Ensemble Prediction of Indian Summer Monsoon

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    Moumita Saha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Forecasting the Indian summer monsoon is a challenging task due to its complex and nonlinear behavior. A large number of global climatic variables with varying interaction patterns over years influence monsoon. Various statistical and neural prediction models have been proposed for forecasting monsoon, but many of them fail to capture variability over years. The skill of predictor variables of monsoon also evolves over time. In this article, we propose a joint-clustering of monsoon years and predictors for understanding and predicting the monsoon. This is achieved by subspace clustering algorithm. It groups the years based on prevailing global climatic condition using statistical clustering technique and subsequently for each such group it identifies significant climatic predictor variables which assist in better prediction. Prediction model is designed to frame individual cluster using random forest of regression tree. Prediction of aggregate and regional monsoon is attempted. Mean absolute error of 5.2% is obtained for forecasting aggregate Indian summer monsoon. Errors in predicting the regional monsoons are also comparable in comparison to the high variation of regional precipitation. Proposed joint-clustering based ensemble model is observed to be superior to existing monsoon prediction models and it also surpasses general nonclustering based prediction models.

  3. K2: A new method for the detection of galaxy clusters based on CFHTLS multicolor images

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    Thanjavur, Karun; Crampton, David

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a new method, K2, optimized for the detection of galaxy clusters in multicolor images. Based on the Red Sequence approach, K2 detects clusters using simultaneous enhancements in both colors and position. The detection significance is robustly determined through extensive Monte-Carlo simulations and through comparison with available cluster catalogs based on two different optical methods, and also on X-ray data. K2 also provides quantitative estimates of the candidate clusters' richness and photometric redshifts. Initially K2 was applied to 161 sq deg of two color gri images of the CFHTLS-Wide data. Our simulations show that the false detection rate, at our selected threshold, is only ~1%, and that the cluster catalogs are ~80% complete up to a redshift of 0.6 for Fornax-like and richer clusters and to z ~0.3 for poorer clusters. Based on Terapix T05 release gri photometric catalogs, 35 clusters/sq deg are detected, with 1-2 Fornax-like or richer clusters every two square degrees. Catalogs co...

  4. Cluster-Based Maximum Consensus Time Synchronization for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Wang, Zhaowei; Zeng, Peng; Zhou, Mingtuo; Li, Dong; Wang, Jintao

    2017-01-13

    Time synchronization is one of the key technologies in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSNs), and clustering is widely used in WSNs for data fusion and information collection to reduce redundant data and communication overhead. Considering IWSNs' demand for low energy consumption, fast convergence, and robustness, this paper presents a novel Cluster-based Maximum consensus Time Synchronization (CMTS) method. It consists of two parts: intra-cluster time synchronization and inter-cluster time synchronization. Based on the theory of distributed consensus, the proposed method utilizes the maximum consensus approach to realize the intra-cluster time synchronization, and adjacent clusters exchange the time messages via overlapping nodes to synchronize with each other. A Revised-CMTS is further proposed to counteract the impact of bounded communication delays between two connected nodes, because the traditional stochastic models of the communication delays would distort in a dynamic environment. The simulation results show that our method reduces the communication overhead and improves the convergence rate in comparison to existing works, as well as adapting to the uncertain bounded communication delays.

  5. An effective cluster-based model for robust speech detection and speech recognition in noisy environments.

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    Górriz, J M; Ramírez, J; Segura, J C; Puntonet, C G

    2006-07-01

    This paper shows an accurate speech detection algorithm for improving the performance of speech recognition systems working in noisy environments. The proposed method is based on a hard decision clustering approach where a set of prototypes is used to characterize the noisy channel. Detecting the presence of speech is enabled by a decision rule formulated in terms of an averaged distance between the observation vector and a cluster-based noise model. The algorithm benefits from using contextual information, a strategy that considers not only a single speech frame but also a neighborhood of data in order to smooth the decision function and improve speech detection robustness. The proposed scheme exhibits reduced computational cost making it adequate for real time applications, i.e., automated speech recognition systems. An exhaustive analysis is conducted on the AURORA 2 and AURORA 3 databases in order to assess the performance of the algorithm and to compare it to existing standard voice activity detection (VAD) methods. The results show significant improvements in detection accuracy and speech recognition rate over standard VADs such as ITU-T G.729, ETSI GSM AMR, and ETSI AFE for distributed speech recognition and a representative set of recently reported VAD algorithms.

  6. Direct Adaptive Fuzzy Sliding Mode Control with Variable Universe Fuzzy Switching Term for a Class of MIMO Nonlinear Systems

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    Guo Haigang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Combining adaptive fuzzy sliding mode control with fuzzy or variable universe fuzzy switching technique, this study develops two novel direct adaptive schemes for a class of MIMO nonlinear systems with uncertainties and external disturbances. The proposed control schemes consist of fuzzy equivalent control terms, fuzzy switching control terms (in scheme one or variable universe fuzzy switching control terms (in scheme two, and compensation control terms. The compensation control terms are used to relax the assumption on fuzzy approximation error. Based on Lyapunov stability theory, the parameters update laws are adaptively tuned online and the global asymptotic stability of the closed-loop system can be guaranteed. The major contribution of this study is to develop a novel framework for designing direct adaptive fuzzy sliding mode control scheme facing model uncertainties and external disturbances. The derived schemes can effectively solve the chattering problem and the equivalent control calculation in that environment. Simulation results performed on a two-link robotic manipulator demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed control schemes.

  7. A Competency Model for Process Dynamics and Control and Its Use for Test Construction at University Level

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    Taskinen, Päivi H.; Steimel, Jochen; Gräfe, Linda; Engell, Sebastian; Frey, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    This study examined students' competencies in engineering education at the university level. First, we developed a competency model in one specific field of engineering: process dynamics and control. Then, the theoretical model was used as a frame to construct test items to measure students' competencies comprehensively. In the empirical…

  8. Validation and standardization of gene expression data for microarray and real time quantitative PCR using universal external RNA controls

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    This presentation will introduce newly developed universal external ribonucleic acid (RNA) controls and their applications on different platforms of microarray and quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) including SYBR Green® and TaqMan® probe-based chemistries. Data obtained fro...

  9. The Interrelationship of Social Anxiety with Anxiety, Depression, Locus of Control, Ways of Coping and Ego Strength amongst University Students

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    Shepherd, Robin-Marie; Edelman, Robert J.

    2009-01-01

    This is the first study to investigate the interrelationship of social anxiety with the variables anxiety, depression, locus of control, ego strength and ways of coping in a sample of university students. There were high scores of social anxiety which were related to high scores on measures of anxiety and depression, low ego strength, external…

  10. Characterization of control rod worths and fuel rod power peaking factors in the university of Utah TRIGA Mark I reactor

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    Alroumi Fawaz; Kim Donghoon; Schow Ryan; Jevremovic Tatjana

    2016-01-01

    Control rod reactivity (worths) for the three control rods and fuel rod power peaking factors in the University of Utah research reactor (100 kW TRIGA Mark I) are characterized using the AGENT code system and the results described in this paper. These values are compared to the MCNP6 and existing experimental measurements. In addition, the eigenvalue, neutron spatial flux distributions and reaction rates are analyzed and discussed. The AGENT code system is ...

  11. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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    Every year in April technical enterprises, universities and research centres are invited to organise an open day for girls: Girl`s Day - `Future Prospects for Girls`. The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers about 20 workshops covering a wide spectrum of activities.

  12. Auditors of the Managerial University: Neo-Liberal Business Advisers or Paternal Controllers?

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    Reid, Ian C.

    2009-01-01

    Universities are increasingly being seen as commercial enterprises, and are represented as particular types of business entities in manuals provided to university managers. Critical discourse analysis is employed in this paper to construct an analytical framework for the study of managerial advice, which is then used to examine the manual provided…

  13. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of M`sila

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    The University of M`sila is one of the largest universities in Algeria. It includes seven faculties, 30 departments and two institutes, it offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to around 30,000 students, graduating of them more than 4000 students each year.

  14. Health-related locus of control and health behaviour among university students in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany

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    Helmer Stefanie M

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Health control beliefs were postulated to be associated with health behaviour. However, the results of studies assessing these associations suggest that they might not be universal. Among young adults associations have been reported, but the evidence is limited. The objective of this analysis was to re-examine these associations in a sample of university students in Germany. Findings Data from a multicentre cross-sectional study among university students in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was used (N=3,306. The Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale with three dimensions (one internal and two external and six aspects of health behaviour (smoking habits, alcohol use, drug consumption, being over-/ or underweight, physical activity, and importance of healthy nutrition were evaluated. Students with stronger internal locus of control paid more attention to healthy nutrition and displayed a higher level of physical activity. Individuals with a stronger belief in health professionals were less likely to use drugs and paid more attention to healthy nutrition. Furthermore, higher scores in the second external locus of control dimension (beliefs in luck or chance were associated with a higher likelihood of current smoking, lower physical activity and less attention to healthy nutrition. Conclusions Students engaged more strongly in unhealthy behaviour if they believed that luck determines health. In contrast, believing in having control over one’s own health was associated with more healthy behaviour. These findings support the need to consider health control beliefs while designing preventive strategies in this specific population.

  15. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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    The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) was formed on 1st January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new University brought together the rich histories of both former universities which encompass disadvantage and advantage respectively. During the "Be a Scientist for a Week" program high school learners in their final two years of school will have the opportunity to spend a week at either the Westville, or Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of Kwazulu-Natal. The Westville campus will host approximately 30 students who were the top achievers in mathematics and science from the 20 feeder schools to the university. In order to foster their appreciation for science and assist the students to explore the wide variety of scientific endeavors available to them they will spend blocks of 3 hours hosted by research groups in physics, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, geology, biological sciences, and computer science. Within the ...

  16. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by The Federal University of Santa Catarina

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    The Associated School of the Federal University of Santa Catarina is a public federal institution located in Florianópolis receiving students from 6 to 18 years old. Physics is taught in the last three school years by 3 teachers, 2 of them were in the CERN teachers Portuguese Language School program in 2009 and 2013. In the year 2013, the program for teaching Modern Physics was implemented consisting in a series of seminars to the students by the school teachers or researchers at the University. In this context, the virtual visit to ATLAS is an excellent opportunity for the students to know more about the universe of the Particle Physics research.

  17. Clustering-based classification of road traffic accidents using hierarchical clustering and artificial neural networks.

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    Taamneh, Madhar; Taamneh, Salah; Alkheder, Sharaf

    2017-09-01

    Artificial neural networks (ANNs) have been widely used in predicting the severity of road traffic crashes. All available information about previously occurred accidents is typically used for building a single prediction model (i.e., classifier). Too little attention has been paid to the differences between these accidents, leading, in most cases, to build less accurate predictors. Hierarchical clustering is a well-known clustering method that seeks to group data by creating a hierarchy of clusters. Using hierarchical clustering and ANNs, a clustering-based classification approach for predicting the injury severity of road traffic accidents was proposed. About 6000 road accidents occurred over a six-year period from 2008 to 2013 in Abu Dhabi were used throughout this study. In order to reduce the amount of variation in data, hierarchical clustering was applied on the data set to organize it into six different forms, each with different number of clusters (i.e., clusters from 1 to 6). Two ANN models were subsequently built for each cluster of accidents in each generated form. The first model was built and validated using all accidents (training set), whereas only 66% of the accidents were used to build the second model, and the remaining 34% were used to test it (percentage split). Finally, the weighted average accuracy was computed for each type of models in each from of data. The results show that when testing the models using the training set, clustering prior to classification achieves (11%-16%) more accuracy than without using clustering, while the percentage split achieves (2%-5%) more accuracy. The results also suggest that partitioning the accidents into six clusters achieves the best accuracy if both types of models are taken into account.

  18. A Cluster-based Method to Map Urban Area from DMSP/OLS Nightlights

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    Zhou, Yuyu; Smith, Steven J.; Elvidge, Christopher; Zhao, Kaiguang; Thomson, Allison M.; Imhoff, Marc L.

    2014-05-05

    Accurate information of urban areas at regional and global scales is important for both the science and policy-making communities. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program/Operational Linescan System (DMSP/OLS) nighttime stable light data (NTL) provide a potential way to map urban area and its dynamics economically and timely. In this study, we developed a cluster-based method to estimate the optimal thresholds and map urban extents from the DMSP/OLS NTL data in five major steps, including data preprocessing, urban cluster segmentation, logistic model development, threshold estimation, and urban extent delineation. Different from previous fixed threshold method with over- and under-estimation issues, in our method the optimal thresholds are estimated based on cluster size and overall nightlight magnitude in the cluster, and they vary with clusters. Two large countries of United States and China with different urbanization patterns were selected to map urban extents using the proposed method. The result indicates that the urbanized area occupies about 2% of total land area in the US ranging from lower than 0.5% to higher than 10% at the state level, and less than 1% in China, ranging from lower than 0.1% to about 5% at the province level with some municipalities as high as 10%. The derived thresholds and urban extents were evaluated using high-resolution land cover data at the cluster and regional levels. It was found that our method can map urban area in both countries efficiently and accurately. Compared to previous threshold techniques, our method reduces the over- and under-estimation issues, when mapping urban extent over a large area. More important, our method shows its potential to map global urban extents and temporal dynamics using the DMSP/OLS NTL data in a timely, cost-effective way.

  19. A Security Mechanism for Cluster-Based WSN against Selective Forwarding

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    Hai Zhou

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A wireless sensor network (WSN faces a number of outsider and insider attacks, and it is difficult to detect and defend against insider attacks. In particular, an insider selective-forwarding attack, in which the attackers select some of the received packets to drop, most threatens a WSN. Compared to a distributed WSN, a cluster-based WSN will suffer more losses, even the whole network’s destruction, if the cluster head is attacked. In this paper, a scheme solving the above issues is proposed with three types of nodes, the Cluster Head (CH, the Inspector Node (IN and Member Nodes (MNs. The IN monitors the CH’s transmission to protect the cluster against a selective-forwarding attack; the CH forwards packets from MNs and other CHs, and randomly checks the IN to ascertain if it works properly; and the MNs send the gathered data packets to the CH and evaluate the behaviors of the CH and IN based on their own reputation mechanism. The novelty of our scheme is that in order to take both the safety and the lifespan of a network into consideration, the composite reputation value (CRV including forwarding rate, detecting malicious nodes, and surplus energy of the node is utilized to select CH and IN under the new suggested network arrangement, and the use of a node’s surplus energy can balance the energy consumption of a node, thereby prolonging the network lifespan. Theoretical analysis and simulation results indicate that the proposed scheme can detect the malicious node accurately and efficiently, so the false alarm rate is lowered by 25.7% compared with Watchdog and the network lifespan is prolonged by 54.84% compared with LEACH (Low Energy Adaptive Clustering Hierarchy.

  20. A Security Mechanism for Cluster-Based WSN against Selective Forwarding.

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    Zhou, Hai; Wu, Yuanming; Feng, Li; Liu, Daolei

    2016-09-20

    A wireless sensor network (WSN) faces a number of outsider and insider attacks, and it is difficult to detect and defend against insider attacks. In particular, an insider selective-forwarding attack, in which the attackers select some of the received packets to drop, most threatens a WSN. Compared to a distributed WSN, a cluster-based WSN will suffer more losses, even the whole network's destruction, if the cluster head is attacked. In this paper, a scheme solving the above issues is proposed with three types of nodes, the Cluster Head (CH), the Inspector Node (IN) and Member Nodes (MNs). The IN monitors the CH's transmission to protect the cluster against a selective-forwarding attack; the CH forwards packets from MNs and other CHs, and randomly checks the IN to ascertain if it works properly; and the MNs send the gathered data packets to the CH and evaluate the behaviors of the CH and IN based on their own reputation mechanism. The novelty of our scheme is that in order to take both the safety and the lifespan of a network into consideration, the composite reputation value (CRV) including forwarding rate, detecting malicious nodes, and surplus energy of the node is utilized to select CH and IN under the new suggested network arrangement, and the use of a node's surplus energy can balance the energy consumption of a node, thereby prolonging the network lifespan. Theoretical analysis and simulation results indicate that the proposed scheme can detect the malicious node accurately and efficiently, so the false alarm rate is lowered by 25.7% compared with Watchdog and the network lifespan is prolonged by 54.84% compared with LEACH (Low Energy Adaptive Clustering Hierarchy).

  1. Cross-layer cluster-based energy-efficient protocol for wireless sensor networks.

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    Mammu, Aboobeker Sidhik Koyamparambil; Hernandez-Jayo, Unai; Sainz, Nekane; de la Iglesia, Idoia

    2015-04-09

    Recent developments in electronics and wireless communications have enabled the improvement of low-power and low-cost wireless sensors networks (WSNs). One of the most important challenges in WSNs is to increase the network lifetime due to the limited energy capacity of the network nodes. Another major challenge in WSNs is the hot spots that emerge as locations under heavy traffic load. Nodes in such areas quickly drain energy resources, leading to disconnection in network services. In such an environment, cross-layer cluster-based energy-efficient algorithms (CCBE) can prolong the network lifetime and energy efficiency. CCBE is based on clustering the nodes to different hexagonal structures. A hexagonal cluster consists of cluster members (CMs) and a cluster head (CH). The CHs are selected from the CMs based on nodes near the optimal CH distance and the residual energy of the nodes. Additionally, the optimal CH distance that links to optimal energy consumption is derived. To balance the energy consumption and the traffic load in the network, the CHs are rotated among all CMs. In WSNs, energy is mostly consumed during transmission and reception. Transmission collisions can further decrease the energy efficiency. These collisions can be avoided by using a contention-free protocol during the transmission period. Additionally, the CH allocates slots to the CMs based on their residual energy to increase sleep time. Furthermore, the energy consumption of CH can be further reduced by data aggregation. In this paper, we propose a data aggregation level based on the residual energy of CH and a cost-aware decision scheme for the fusion of data. Performance results show that the CCBE scheme performs better in terms of network lifetime, energy consumption and throughput compared to low-energy adaptive clustering hierarchy (LEACH) and hybrid energy-efficient distributed clustering (HEED).

  2. Selective Cluster-Based Temperature Monitoring System for Homogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Sudhanshu Tyagi; Sudeep Tanwar; Sumit Kumar Gupta; Neeraj Kumar; Joel JPC Rodrigues

    2014-01-01

    Over the past few decades, there has been a revolution in ICT, and this has led to the evolution of wireless sensor networks (WSN), in particular, wireless body area networks. Such networks comprise a specialized collection of sensor nodes (SNs) that may be deployed randomly in a body area network to collect data from the human body. In a health monitoring system, it may be es-sential to maintain constant environmental conditions within a specific area in the hospital. In this paper, we propose a tempera-ture-monitoring system and describe a case study of a health-monitoring system for patents critically ill with the same disease and in the same environment. We propose Enhanced LEACH Selective Cluster (E-LEACH-SC) routing protocol for monitoring the tem-perature of an area in a hospital. We modified existing Selective Cluster LEACH protocol by using a fixed-distance-based thresh-old to divide the coverage region in two subregions. Direct data transmission and selective cluster-based data transmission ap-proaches were used to provide short-range and long-distance coverage for the collection of data from the body of ill patients. Ex-tensive simulations were run by varying the ratio of node densities of the two subregions in the health-monitoring system. Last Node Alive (LNA), which is a measure of network lifespan, was the parameter for evaluating the performance of the proposed scheme. The simulation results show that the proposed scheme significantly increases network lifespan compared with traditional LEACH and LEACH-SC protocols, which by themselves improve the overall performance of the health-monitoring system.

  3. Relationship between organizational effectiveness and the personnel managers’ position of control in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

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    VIDA KESHTKARAN

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The main objective of all organizations is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the personnel’s performance and this partly depends on effective management. Managers are valuable assets and studying their behavior and personality dimensions may provide important guide for effectiveness and efficiency improvement. In this connection, the objective of this research is to determine the association between organizational effectiveness and the personnel managers’ position of control in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Methods: The present research is a cross-sectional study. The statistical societies of this research included all personnel and personnel managers in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. 168 subjects of 8 departments were selected through accidental-stratified sampling and the data for the managers of these departments were also collected. Two questionnaires, organizational effectiveness and Ratters’ position of control, were used for data collection. Results: The results of this research showed that there was a significant association between organizational effectiveness and managers’ position of control. However, we didn’t find a statistically significant association between organizational effectiveness and managers’ position of control in terms of their sex, managerial experience and education. Conclusion: As managers with internal position of control are more effective than those with external position of control, we can appoint individuals with internal control position to managerial posts. Furthermore, we can train managers to shift their external position of control to the internal one.

  4. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by The Federal University of Campina Grande

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    2013-01-01

    The XXXI EFNNE will be produced with the suport from the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), the State University of Paraíba and the Federal Institute for Education, Science and Technology of Paraíba. The event, already part of the Brazilian scientific calendar, is an important opportunity for exchange of ideas about physics or the teaching of physics in the regions North and Northeast of the country.

  5. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Pedagogical University of Mozambique

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    The Pedagogical University (PU) of Mozambique main office is in Maputo and it will make a virtual visit to the ATLAS experiment, at CERN. This university is the largest of the country with 40 thousand students. It has delegations in all 10 provinces of Mozambique under the management of the dean Doctor Rogério José Uthui. UP is a reference institution focused in forming education professionals.

  6. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Salento in Lecce

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    The Scientific Culture Week is a traditional early-spring event for the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy. Every year, during the entire Week, about a thousand students visit our University and our laboratories, interested in knowing more about our research and teaching activities. We plan to include a seminar on ATLAS research activities and recent results, together with a dedicated ATLAS Virtual Visit for the morning (between 10am and 11am) on Wednesday April 9, 2014.

  7. Policy of Innovation Clustering Based on the Public-Private Partnership in Contemporary Russia

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    Oleg Vasilyevich Inshakov

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents an analysis of trends in organizational, industrial and infrastructural development of innovative territorial clusters (ITC in the Russian Federation. Parameters and characteristics of subsidies allocated from various sources for these purposes in 2013-2015 are disclosed. The study of the conducted ITC’s support policies reflects the concentration of clusters’ control levers by the regional authorities, that causes certain risks of clustering processes containment in general. The spatial and temporal unevenness of clusters’ organizational development process, the instability of their financial support and strengthening the vertical channels of influence that could give rise to corruption, stagnation and ignoring the views of cluster participants when making strategic decisions are revealed. The authors reveal the necessity of conceptual enrichment of the methods and tools of formation and implementation of ITC’s strategies aimed at achieving high feasibility and concretization of their goals and means, providing strong link between tactical measures and ongoing projects, and balancing the interests of stakeholders. It is proved in the article that the urgent task of enhancing the state of clustering policy in Russia has become a framework to improve the quality of ITC’s projects initiated and creating an adequate system for monitoring the effectiveness of their implementation. While assessing the ITC projects it is proposed to take into account the investment effectiveness, associated with the home region development strategy, sectoral strategies, profile programs of companies’ innovative development on the public-private partnership basis, regional universities development programs, as well as the similar projects implemented in other regions of Russia.

  8. Risk Perception of HIV/AIDS and Low Self-Control Trait: Explaining Preventative Behaviors Among Iranian University Students.

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    Esmaeilzadeh, Safooreh; Allahverdipour, Hamid; Fathi, Behrouz; Shirzadi, Shayesteh

    2015-07-30

    In spite of developed countries there are progressive trend about HIV/AIDS and its' aspects of transmission in the low socio-economic societies. The aim of this was to explain the youth's behavior in adopting HIV/AIDS related preventive behaviors in a sample of Iranian university students by emphasizing on fear appeals approaches alongside examining the role of self-control trait for explaining adoption on danger or fear control processes based on Extended Parallel Process Model (EPPM). A sample of 156 randomly selected university students in Jolfa, Iran was recruited in a predictive cross-sectional study by application of a researcher-designed questionnaire through self-report data collection manner. Sexual high risk behaviors, the EPPM variables, self-control trait, and general self-efficacy were measured as theoretical framework. Findings indicated that 31.3% of participants were in the fear control process versus 68.7% in danger control about HIV/AIDS and also the presence of multi-sex partners and amphetamine consumption amongst the participants. Low self-control trait and low perceived susceptibility significantly were related to having a history of multi-sex partners while high level of self-efficacy significantly increased the probability of condom use. Findings of the study were indicative of the protective role of high level of self-control, perceived susceptibility and self-efficacy factors on youth's high-risk behaviors and their preventative skills as well.

  9. An application of the KNND method for detecting nearby open clusters based on Gaia-DR1

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    Gao, Xin-Hua

    2017-05-01

    This paper presents a preliminary test of the k-th nearest neighbor distance (KNND) method for detecting nearby open clusters based on Gaia-DR1. We select 38 386 nearby stars (< 100 {pc}) from the Gaia-DR1 catalog, and then use the KNND method to detect overdense regions in three-dimensional space. We find two overdense regions (the Hyades and Coma Berenices (Coma Ber) open clusters), and obtain 57 reliable cluster members. Based on these cluster members, the distances to the Hyades and Coma Ber clusters are determined to be 46.0±0.2 and 83.5±0.3 pc, respectively. Our results demonstrate that the KNND method can be used to detect open clusters based on a large volume of astrometry data.

  10. A 10-Week Multimodal Nutrition Education Intervention Improves Dietary Intake among University Students: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

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    Mohd Razif Shahril

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing multimodal nutrition education intervention (NEI to improve dietary intake among university students. The design of study used was cluster randomised controlled design at four public universities in East Coast of Malaysia. A total of 417 university students participated in the study. They were randomly selected and assigned into two arms, that is, intervention group (IG or control group (CG according to their cluster. The IG received 10-week multimodal intervention using three modes (conventional lecture, brochures, and text messages while CG did not receive any intervention. Dietary intake was assessed before and after intervention and outcomes reported as nutrient intakes as well as average daily servings of food intake. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA and adjusted effect size were used to determine difference in dietary changes between groups and time. Results showed that, compared to CG, participants in IG significantly improved their dietary intake by increasing their energy intake, carbohydrate, calcium, vitamin C and thiamine, fruits and 100% fruit juice, fish, egg, milk, and dairy products while at the same time significantly decreased their processed food intake. In conclusion, multimodal NEI focusing on healthy eating promotion is an effective approach to improve dietary intakes among university students.

  11. Implementing Coping Power Adapted as a Universal Prevention Program in Italian Primary Schools: a Randomized Control Trial.

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    Muratori, Pietro; Bertacchi, Iacopo; Giuli, Consuelo; Nocentini, Annalaura; Lochman, John E

    2016-09-24

    Behavioral problems in schools can cause serious harm to the emotional and social well-being of students and limit their ability to achieve their full academic potential. A prior pilot study on the universal application of Coping Power showed a significant decrease in the hyperactivity behaviors of five classes. The next step was to test whether Coping Power Universal could be successfully implemented by teachers in a variety of Italian schools. The sample involved 40 third- and fourth-grade classes (901 students) from public schools located in three Italian cities. Twenty classes were randomly assigned to Coping Power Universal, and 20 classes were randomly assigned to the control group, which received the strictly standard academic curriculum of Italian elementary schools. At each assessment period, the teachers completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. The findings showed a significant reduction in hyperactive and inattention behaviors and conduct problems and emotional symptoms in the intervention classes compared with the control classes. This study suggests that Coping Power model can be delivered in school settings at both universal and targeted prevention levels and that in this multi-tiered prevention model, teachers can learn a set of intervention skills which can be delivered with flexibility, thus reducing some of the complexity and costs of schools using multiple interventions.

  12. Quality Control and Validation Boundaries in a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government: 'Mode 2' and the Future of University Research

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    2010-01-01

    How is quality control organized in the new "Mode 2" of the production of scientific knowledge? When institutional boundaries are increasingly blurred in a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government relations, criteria for quality control in the production of scientific knowledge can be expected to change at the interfaces. The categorization in terms of two modes of knowledge production was introduced by Gibbons et al. (1994) in order to describe changes in the networks of scientific communications (funding patterns, research configurations, styles of knowledge management, etc.). These changes were mainly specified as institutional parameters in order to deal with the subjects of R&D management and S&T policies, that is, ex ante (Spiegel-Ring 1973 Van den Daele et al. 1979). We focus on the 'validation boundaries' emerging from the differences between Mode 1 and Mode 2 that is, on the criteria for quality control that can analytically and reflexively be brought to the fore ex post. The shift from...

  13. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of Kwazulu-Natal

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    The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) was formed on 1st January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. During the "Be a Scientist for a Week" program high school learners in their final two years of school will have the opportunity to spend a week at either the Westville, or Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of Kwazulu-Natal. The Westville campus will host approximately 30 students who were the top achievers in mathematics and science from the 20 feeder schools to the university. Within the physics department students will follow the masterclasses progam where they will be given an introduction to particle physics, the LHC and the ATLAS Experiment, before having the chance to analyse real LHC data. Their session will end with the virtual visit to the ACR. - See more at: http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/Kwazulu-Natal-2013.html

  14. 高龄骨科患者持续桡动脉压力监测的"集束化护理"%Cluster-based care on old osteology patient with continued radial artery pressure monitoring

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    陆翠玲; 张瑞甫; 张玉想; 王宇

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To observe effect of cluster based care on old osteology patient with continued radial artery pressure monitoring and role of catheterization complications. Method:Patients were randomly divided into control group and treatment group. Artery catheterization success rate and complications were compared between the control group and cluster based care group. Result:The artery catheterization success rate was higher (P<0. 05) in treatment group. While the incidence of catheter complications was significantly lower in treatment group (P <0. 01). Conclusion:①Cluster-based care is an effective method of clinical care of critically ill patients, but also a reflection of the quality management philosophy. ②"Cluster-based care" can improve the success rate and decrease complications of catheterization in old osteology patients.③Cluster-based care benefits for bothe patients and doctors.%目的:探讨入住ICU的高龄骨科患者持续桡动脉压力监测"集束化护理"对其穿刺置管成功率及并发症的预防护理措施.方法:随机选择患者,设立对照组,观察实施此护理方法前、后动脉穿刺置管成功率、并发症发生情况等指标的变化.结果:以上各指标经对照研究,"集束化护理"组桡动脉穿刺置管成功率高于对照组(P<0.05),置管后并发症发生率也较对照组显著下降(P<0.01).结论:①"集束化护理"是一种有效的危重患者临床护理方法,同时也是危重症护理质量管理理念的一种体现;②"集束化护理"能够提高高龄骨科患者桡动脉置管的成功率及降低置管后并发症的发生,有利于观察患者病情;③"集束化护理"有益于保护医、患双方,切实将人文管理融入到危重患者的护理之中.

  15. An Improved Location aided Cluster Based Routing Protocol with Intrusion Detection System in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Routing and security are the main challenges for ad hoc networks due to dynamic topology as well as resource constraints. A designed protocol must provide scalable routing with better security. Lack of any central coordination and shared wireless medium makes them more vulnerable to attacks than wired networks. And also resource constraints such as limited energy and size also play an important role in the protocols designed for security. Approach: In this study, Improved Location aided Cluster based Routing Protocol (ILCRP for GPS enabled MANETs was analysed in MANETs with malicious nodes and an Intrusion Detection System was used to increase the packet delivery ratio. ILCRP makes use of location aided routing in the presence of cluster based routing Protocol. Results: Use of location information with security against attacks results in high packet delivery ratio for the cluster based routing protocol. Simulations are performed using NS2 by varying the number of nodes. Conclusion: The results illustrate ILCRP provides higher delivery ratio with IDS.

  16. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of Montréal

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    The particle physics research group in the University of Montréal is holding a Masterclass to highlight the exciting results from the LHC at CERN. The particle physics group is involved into experimental and theoretical physics. The experimentalists are involved in the ATLAS experiment, direct dark matter detection (PICASSO experiment), B-meson factories (BELLE-II) and an experiment in TRIUMF, Vancouver, studying nuclear reaction creating stars (TIGRESS). On the theory side of things, two approaches are represented: phenomenology and field theory. The University of Montréal (UdeM) has Quebec`s largest sponsored research income and the third largest in Canada and is the second largest university in Canada in terms of student enrolment.

  17. Mental health promotion of Iranian university students: the effect of self-esteem and health locus of control.

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    Moshki, M; Amiri, M; Khosravan, S

    2012-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of self-esteem and health control belief on promoting students' mental health. In so doing, 144 students from two medical universities in the north-east of Iran were recruited into study. They were pair-matched and randomly assigned to case and control groups. The data were collected through Goldberg's General Health Questionnaire-28, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control and Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scales. The results showed that there were significant differences between the groups before and after the intervention. The external components of health locus of control (chance and powerful others) showed a significant decrease but the internal health locus of control and self-esteem revealed a significant increase after the intervention (P self-esteem and mental health promotion of the students. This will require additional monitoring and uninterrupted attempts to be effective.

  18. Web Services Cluster Based on Tags%基于标签的Web服务聚类

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    王宇琛

    2015-01-01

    Web服务数量的不断增加使得服务发现逐渐成为研究热点,同时,也为Web服务发现带来了巨大的挑战。传统的Web服务发现或是通过对UDDI上的服务注册信息进行关键词匹配,或是基于WSDL文档的Web服务聚类来实现的,然而这两种服务发现方法都不能满足用户的需求。目前,由于标签能够体现信息及信息之间的关联性而在Web服务上得以广泛的利用,基于现有的聚类技术,提出基于标签的Web服务聚类方法。对于标签数较少的服务,通过推荐算法为其推荐标签并与WSDL文档中的特征相合进行聚类。在实验中,该算法与现有Web聚类算法进行比较并得到更好的结果,证明该算法的有效性。%With the increasing number of Web service, Web service discovery becomes a hotspot. Current infrastructures of Web services discovery, such as keywords-based matching with UDDI registration information and WSDL-based Web service cluster becomes inefficient. Now tags are widely applied in Web service. Proposes Web services cluster based on tags combing with WSDL document information. For those Web services which have fewer tags, we recommend tags by tag recommend algorithm. In the experiment, we compare this method with other Web services cluster algorithms and demonstrate the effectiveness of this method.

  19. 浅析高校内部会计控制%Analysis on Internal Accounting Control in Colleges and Universities

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    王竹

    2013-01-01

    With the in-depth implementation of the strategy of reinvigorating the country through science and education, it promotes the reform in colleges and universities. To standardize the funding and using, it is needed to build a perfect internal accounting control system. On this basis, the paper tries to analyze the issue, hoping to improve the internal accounting control in colleges and universities.%随着科教兴国战略的深入实施,高校也加快了体制改革的步伐.要使大量的资金筹集和使用活动符合国家相关法律法规,就需要高校建立完善的内部会计控制制度.正基于此,笔者试图通过本文分析,完善我国高校内部会计控制.

  20. Perceived Academic Control and Academic Emotions Predict Undergraduate University Student Success: Examining Effects on Dropout Intention and Achievement

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    Respondek, Lisa; Seufert, Tina; Stupnisky, Robert; Nett, Ulrike E.

    2017-01-01

    The present study addressed concerns over the high risk of university students' academic failure. It examined how perceived academic control and academic emotions predict undergraduate students' academic success, conceptualized as both low dropout intention and high achievement (indicated by GPA). A cross-sectional survey was administered to 883 undergraduate students across all disciplines of a German STEM orientated university. The study additionally compared freshman students (N = 597) vs. second-year students (N = 286). Using structural equation modeling, for the overall sample of undergraduate students we found that perceived academic control positively predicted enjoyment and achievement, as well as negatively predicted boredom and anxiety. The prediction of dropout intention by perceived academic control was fully mediated via anxiety. When taking perceived academic control into account, we found no specific impact of enjoyment or boredom on the intention to dropout and no specific impact of all three academic emotions on achievement. The multi-group analysis showed, however, that perceived academic control, enjoyment, and boredom among second-year students had a direct relationship with dropout intention. A major contribution of the present study was demonstrating the important roles of perceived academic control and anxiety in undergraduate students' academic success. Concerning corresponding institutional support and future research, the results suggested distinguishing incoming from advanced undergraduate students. PMID:28326043

  1. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of Valencia

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    2013-01-01

    Open Days at Park Scientific of the University of Valencia hosts Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular (IFIC). The annual open house day and the ScienceExpo (Expociencia) have a large turnout and create a playful environment where thousands of citizens can explore the Park`s facilities, both academic and business. Each year, more than 3.000 people came to learn about science and have fun also, gathering scientists and public together. IFIC is the only research institute on Particle Physics placed at Park Scientific of the University of Valencia, so virtual visit to ATLAS is a great oportunity to reach general public.

  2. “Shifting in” migration control. Universalism and immigration in Costa Rica

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    K. Voorend (Koen)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractWhen the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), the flagship institution of Costa Rica’s ‘exceptional’ -solidary and universal- social policy regime, entered in financial crisis in 2011, the already difficult social integration of Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica became even more

  3. Universal access to megastigmanes through controlled cyclisation towards highly substituted cyclohexenes.

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    González-Delgado, José A; Romero, Miguel A; Pischel, Uwe; Arteaga, Jesús F

    2017-01-04

    We report the selective formation of cyclohexenes with a tetrasubstituted double bond, the structural key element of megastigmanes. For this purpose the ZrCl4-mediated epoxide ring opening of epoxy-geranylacetone was employed. This approach provides a universal entry to the preparation of the members of the megastigmane family, which was exemplified in the asymmetric synthesis of tectoionol B.

  4. Private Pre-University Education in Romania: Mixing Control with Lack of Strategy

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    Stanus, Cristina

    2014-01-01

    This paper approaches private provision of pre-university education in Romania, exploring available data on the sector's size and main characteristics and evaluating the extent to which the current regulatory framework enables positive effects in terms of freedom of choice, quality, equity, and social cohesion. The paper argues that the lack…

  5. Measles (Rubeola): The Control of an Outbreak at a Large University.

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    Bridgewater, Sharon C.; Lotz, Doris I.

    1984-01-01

    This article discusses the immunization program that followed an outbreak of measles (rubeloa) at Indiana University. Factors that may have contributed to the outbreak were less natural immunity in this age group, absence of school legislation requiring immunization, and use of killed vaccine which did not provide immunity. (Author/DF)

  6. “Shifting in” migration control. Universalism and immigration in Costa Rica

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    K. Voorend (Koen)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractWhen the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), the flagship institution of Costa Rica’s ‘exceptional’ -solidary and universal- social policy regime, entered in financial crisis in 2011, the already difficult social integration of Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica became even more

  7. Private Pre-University Education in Romania: Mixing Control with Lack of Strategy

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    Stanus, Cristina

    2014-01-01

    This paper approaches private provision of pre-university education in Romania, exploring available data on the sector's size and main characteristics and evaluating the extent to which the current regulatory framework enables positive effects in terms of freedom of choice, quality, equity, and social cohesion. The paper argues that the lack of a…

  8. Administering Examinations for Quality Control in Distance Education: The National Open University of Nigeria Perspective

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    Ibara, E. C.

    2008-01-01

    Examination is an important tool for evaluating students learning outcome and require proper planning to meet high standards. This paper therefore examines the processes leading to administration of face-to-face examination in distance education with focus on the National Open University of Nigeria. It highlighted some procedures such as test…

  9. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by The University of Delaware

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    2013-01-01

    The University of Delaware along with MAGPI (Metropolitan Area GigaPoP in Philadelphia for Internet2) and Internet2 are excited to host "Network Delaware Day: Advancing Research and Education Initiatives Across the First State." Discover the power of advanced networking opportunities in research and education throughout the First State.

  10. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by The University of Birmingham

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    2014-01-01

    The particle physics research group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham is holding a Masterclass to highlight the exciting results from the LHC at CERN. The particle physics group is involved strongly in the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at the LHC.

  11. Distributed optimal control and congestion management in the universal smart energy framework

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    Nguyen, Dinh Bao; Scherpen, Jacquelien M.A.; Bliek, Frits; Kramer, Wouter; Larsen, Gunn K.H.

    2016-01-01

    This paper studies the supply-demand matching problem in the hierarchical market-based structure of the Universal Smart Energy Framework [12]. A mismatch between the forecasted and the actual load in smart electricity grids can arise due to the intermittent nature of the renewable energy sources. To

  12. Civil Society and Control of Corruption: Assessing Governance of Romanian Public Universities

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    Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina; Dusu, Andra Elena

    2011-01-01

    Romania is perceived as the most corrupt EU member state according to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. In 2008-2009, a grassroots coalition of civil society organizations and education stakeholders created the Coalition for Clean Universities which organized the first assessment of integrity of the Romanian higher education…

  13. Civil Society and Control of Corruption: Assessing Governance of Romanian Public Universities

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    Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina; Dusu, Andra Elena

    2011-01-01

    Romania is perceived as the most corrupt EU member state according to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. In 2008-2009, a grassroots coalition of civil society organizations and education stakeholders created the Coalition for Clean Universities which organized the first assessment of integrity of the Romanian higher education…

  14. State University of New York Controls Over Telephone Systems at Selected Campuses.

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    New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.

    The State University of New York (SUNY) consists of 29 State-operated campuses. Campuses of the SUNY system each operate and manage their own telephone systems. Campuses may own or lease their own telephone system called a private branch exchange (PBX). A PBX makes a campus a miniature telephone company with the ability to add and delete telephone…

  15. Which Tasks Best Discriminate between Dyslexic University Students and Controls in a Transparent Language?

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    Re, Anna Maria; Tressoldi, Patrizio E.; Cornoldi, Cesare; Lucangeli, Daniela

    2011-01-01

    The need for a battery for testing adult dyslexia, and especially university students, is being increasingly recognized in view of the increased number of adult requests for a dyslexia examination in relation to both assistance and protection from discrimination. The present study examines the discriminative validity of a battery we have…

  16. Internet Tools for Language Learning: University Students Taking Control of Their Writing

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    Conroy, Mark A.

    2010-01-01

    Many excellent corpus-based language learning resources (e.g., concordancers) have been freely available on the Internet for some time. Google assisted language learning (GALL) is also gaining increasing acceptance. These tools are a potential resource for English as an additional language (EAL) university students who want to independently…

  17. The Effects of Locus of Control on University Students' Mobile Learning Adoption

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    Hsia, Jung-Wen

    2016-01-01

    Since mobile devices have become cheaper, easily accessible, powerful, and popular and the cost of wireless access has declined gradually, mobile learning (m-learning) has begun to spread rapidly. To further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of m-learning for university students, it is critical to understand whether they use m-learning.…

  18. Prevention programs for body image and eating disorders on University campuses: a review of large, controlled interventions.

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    Yager, Zali; O'Dea, Jennifer A

    2008-06-01

    Body dissatisfaction, dieting, eating disorders and exercise disorders are prevalent among male and female university students worldwide. Male students are also increasingly adopting health-damaging, body-image-related behaviors such as excessive weight lifting, body building and steroid abuse. Given the severity and difficulty of treating eating disorders, prevention of these problems is a recognized public health goal. Health promotion and health education programs have been conducted in the university setting since the mid 1980s, but few have achieved significant improvements in target health attitudes and behaviors. In this paper, 27 large, randomized and controlled health promotion and health education programs to improve body dissatisfaction, dieting and disordered eating and exercise behaviors of male and female college students are reviewed. In general, health education programs to improve body image and prevent eating disorders in the university setting have been limited by small sample sizes and the exclusion of male students. The majority of studies were conducted among either female undergraduate psychology students or women that were recruited using on-campus advertising. The latter reduces the ability to generalize results to the whole university population, or the general community. In addition, there has been a paucity of longitudinal studies that are methodologically sound, as only 82% (22/27) of interventions included in the review used random assignment of groups, and only 52% (n = 14) included follow-up testing. Information-based, cognitive behavioral and psycho-educational approaches have been the least effective at improving body image and eating problems among university students. Successful elements for future initiatives are identified as taking a media literacy- and dissonance-based educational approach, incorporating health education activities that build self-esteem, and using computers and the internet as a delivery medium. A newly

  19. Characterization of control rod worths and fuel rod power peaking factors in the university of Utah TRIGA Mark I reactor

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    Alroumi Fawaz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Control rod reactivity (worths for the three control rods and fuel rod power peaking factors in the University of Utah research reactor (100 kW TRIGA Mark I are characterized using the AGENT code system and the results described in this paper. These values are compared to the MCNP6 and existing experimental measurements. In addition, the eigenvalue, neutron spatial flux distributions and reaction rates are analyzed and discussed. The AGENT code system is widely benchmarked for various reactor types and complexities in their geometric arrangements of the assemblies and reactor core material distributions. Thus, it is used as a base methodology to evaluate neutronics variables of the research reactor at the University of Utah. With its much shorter computation time than MCNP6, AGENT provides agreement with the MCNP6 within a 0.5 % difference for the eigenvalue and a maximum difference of 10% in the power peaking factor values. Differential and integral control rod worths obtained by AGENT show well agreement with MCNP6 and the theoretical model. However, regulating the control rod worth is somewhat overestimated by both MCNP6 and AGENT models when compared to the experimental/theoretical values. In comparison to MCNP6, the total control rod worths and shutdown margin obtained with AGENT show better agreement to the experimental values.

  20. Parallel Processing of Numerical Tsunami Simulations on a High Performance Cluster based on the GDAL Library

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    Schroeder, Matthias; Jankowski, Cedric; Hammitzsch, Martin; Wächter, Joachim

    2014-05-01

    Thousands of numerical tsunami simulations allow the computation of inundation and run-up along the coast for vulnerable areas over the time. A so-called Matching Scenario Database (MSDB) [1] contains this large number of simulations in text file format. In order to visualize these wave propagations the scenarios have to be reprocessed automatically. In the TRIDEC project funded by the seventh Framework Programme of the European Union a Virtual Scenario Database (VSDB) and a Matching Scenario Database (MSDB) were established amongst others by the working group of the University of Bologna (UniBo) [1]. One part of TRIDEC was the developing of a new generation of a Decision Support System (DSS) for tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS) [2]. A working group of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences was responsible for developing the Command and Control User Interface (CCUI) as central software application which support operator activities, incident management and message disseminations. For the integration and visualization in the CCUI, the numerical tsunami simulations from MSDB must be converted into the shapefiles format. The usage of shapefiles enables a much easier integration into standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Since also the CCUI is based on two widely used open source products (GeoTools library and uDig), whereby the integration of shapefiles is provided by these libraries a priori. In this case, for an example area around the Western Iberian margin several thousand tsunami variations were processed. Due to the mass of data only a program-controlled process was conceivable. In order to optimize the computing efforts and operating time the use of an existing GFZ High Performance Computing Cluster (HPC) had been chosen. Thus, a geospatial software was sought after that is capable for parallel processing. The FOSS tool Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL/OGR) was used to match the coordinates with the wave heights and generates the

  1. The United Nations Global Compact Progress Reports as Management Control Instruments for Social Responsibility at Spanish Universities

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    Amber Wigmore-Álvarez

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Sustainability and social responsibility (SR have emerged as a new way of managing all types of organizations. It is necessary that the resulting policy be integrated transversely in the control processes. The environment is especially demanding of higher education institutions (HEIs and universities when it comes to behaving in a socially responsible manner due to their great influence in society. Many universities have adhered to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC principles to prove their commitment and gain legitimacy. The Communication on Progress (COP is a management tool that helps to understand the level of implementation of the principles. Furthermore, COP analysis aids in establishing a process of continuous improvement in the management of the impacts that institutions have on their stakeholders. The aim of this study was to analyze the Spanish universities that have joined the Global Compact. Through a descriptive methodology, we identified the aspects that reflect this commitment and how this is integrated into their operational and educational processes. The results have shown that it is necessary to promote the integration of different international initiatives to guide the SR of universities. There are deficiencies in their SR management systems that prevent them from being more transparent, and it was found that in some cases, they are not aware of the implications the commitment can have in developed countries.

  2. Universal construction of control Lyapunov functions for a class of nonlinear systems

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    2007-01-01

    A method is developed by which control Lyapunov functions of a class of nonlinear systems can be constructed systematically.Based on the control Lyapunov function,a feedback control is obtained to stabilize the closed-loop system.In addition,this method is applied to stabilize the Benchmark system.A simulation shows the effectiveness of the method.

  3. Arbitrary quantum control of qubits in the presence of universal noise

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    Green, TJ

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available be expressed in terms of experimentally relevant spectral characteristics of the noise and of the control, over all Cartesian directions. We formulate control matrices in the time domain to capture the effects of piecewise-constant control, and convert them...

  4. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Bonn

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    2013-01-01

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Bonn will host a five day camp for high school students on July 22 - 26. The camp is organized by the school lab of the University of Bonn "Physics Workshop Rhineland" and supported by the Foundation for Physics and Astronomy in Bonn. The topics of the camp include also particle physics, in particular current research at the Large Hadron Collider. Students will be introduced to experimental techniques at the LHC and will have the opportunity to analyze current data of the ATLAS experiment and to search even for the Higgs-particle. During the virtual visit of CERN students will talk to young scientists currently working in Geneva and ask them questions about their work, the experiments and the life at the world largest high energy research center.

  5. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Barcelona

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    2013-01-01

    Future Learning is an initiative at the University of Barcelona - Faculty of Pedagogy and Education - aimed at developing research on the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspects of the use of ICT in learning settings, with special emphasis on virtual learning and eLearning. In the framework of the PATHWAY EU project, Future Learning is leading a series of teacher training activities around the CERN mini-exhibition that is touring Spain this year.

  6. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Birmingham

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    2013-01-01

    The particle physics research group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham is holding a Masterclass to highlight the exciting results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN: the existence of a new particle which may be the long sought Higgs boson. The particle physics group is involved strongly in the ATLAS, ATLAS and LHCb experiments at the LHC.

  7. A universal setup for active control of a single-photon detector

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    Liu, Qin; Skaar, Johannes [Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Lamas-Linares, Antía; Kurtsiefer, Christian [Centre for Quantum Technologies and Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Makarov, Vadim, E-mail: makarov@vad1.com [Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Gerhardt, Ilja, E-mail: ilja@quantumlah.org [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstraße 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2014-01-15

    The influence of bright light on a single-photon detector has been described in a number of recent publications. The impact on quantum key distribution (QKD) is important, and several hacking experiments have been tailored to fully control single-photon detectors. Special attention has been given to avoid introducing further errors into a QKD system. We describe the design and technical details of an apparatus which allows to attack a quantum-cryptographic connection. This device is capable of controlling free-space and fiber-based systems and of minimizing unwanted clicks in the system. With different control diagrams, we are able to achieve a different level of control. The control was initially targeted to the systems using BB84 protocol, with polarization encoding and basis switching using beamsplitters, but could be extended to other types of systems. We further outline how to characterize the quality of active control of single-photon detectors.

  8. Feasibility study of the University of Utah TRIGA reactor power upgrade in respect to control rod system

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    Cutic, Avdo

    The objectives of this thesis are twofold: to determine the highest achievable power levels of the current University of Utah TRIG Reactor (UUTR) core configuration with the existing three control rods, and to design the core for higher reactor power by optimizing the control rod worth. For the current core configuration, the maximum reactor power, eigenvalue keff, shutdown margin, and excess reactivity have been measured and calculated. These calculated estimates resulted from thermal power calibrations, and the control rod worth measurements at various power levels. The results were then used as a benchmark to verify the MCNP5 core simulations for the current core and then to design a core for higher reactor power. This study showed that the maximum achievable power with the current core configuration and control rod system is 150kW, which is 50kW higher than the licensed power of the UUTR. The maximum achievable UUTR core power with the existing fuel is determined by optimizing the core configuration and control rod worth, showing that a power upgrade of 500 kW is achievable. However, it requires a new control rod system consisting of a total of four control rods. The cost of such an upgrade is $115,000.

  9. Interactive Virtual Reactor and Control Room for Education and Training at Universities and Nuclear Power Plants

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    Satoh, Yoshinori; Li, Ye; Zhu, Xuefeng; Rizwan, Uddin [University of Illinois, Urbana (United States)

    2014-08-15

    Efficient and effective education and training of nuclear engineering students and nuclear workers are critical for the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants. With an eye toward this need, we have focused on the development of 3D models of virtual labs for education, training as well as to conduct virtual experiments. These virtual labs, that are expected to supplement currently available resources, and have the potential to reduce the cost of education and training, are most easily developed on game-engine platforms. We report some recent extensions to the virtual model of the University of Illinois TRIGA reactor.

  10. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

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    2013-01-01

    On June 27th, 2013, a Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Experiment at CERN will take place. This Virtual Visit will be presented by Professor Amadeu Albino Jr (IFRN), Anderson Guedes (SEEC/RN) and Denis Damazio (researcher at the ATLAS experiment/CERN). The event will take place in LAPEFA - the Laboratory for Research in Physics and Astronomy Teaching - located in the Department of theoretical and experimental physics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). The event will start at 9 a.m. local time. - See more at: http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/Natal-2013.html

  11. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Liverpool Hope University

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    2013-01-01

    The Centre for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME), directed by Prof. Sarantos Psycharis, is a centre of excellence at the Education Faculty of Liverpool Hope University. With the aim to support informed-by-research activities that enhance teaching and learning of science and mathematics, CSME develops pedagogical resources for primary and secondary schools and in-service teacher programs inspired by research in Inquiry Based Science Education, whereby it acts as an interface between School Science, Mathematics and STEM, immersing students in a learning environment conducive to understanding how scientists solve problems and develop scientific paradigms and take a note of evidence.

  12. A control rule for planning promotion in a Nigerian university setting

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the attainability problem in a graded manpower system, where the objective is to maximise the total throughput. The problem is modelled as a linear programming problem (LPP and the evolution of structures in the system is described using the Markov chain model. The decision variables are the promotion rates. Results from the LPP provide a guide to the administrative authority of the system on how promotion and retrenchment should be implemented. The utility of the model is demonstrated using a university setting in Nigeria.

  13. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the McGill University in Montreal

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    This will be the fourth year that McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has run a physics masterclass. Students from colleges across Quebec province have been invited to participate in a day of events. The students will have lectures about black holes, dark matter as well as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The students will also have the opportunity to pose questions to two post-docs working for McGill, but based at CERN, thanks to ATLAS virtual visits. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2012/Montreal-2012.html

  14. Cost-Effective Control Systems for Colleges and Universities: A New Paradigm.

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    Hubbell, Loren Loomis; Dougherty, Jennifer Dowling

    This report addresses the issue of maintaining adequate controls within a streamlined or restructured financial affairs environment at an institution of higher education. It presents a new paradigm for control structures designed to more effectively meet administrators' needs--both in terms of cost and risk management. The first section: (1)…

  15. An Analysis of University Students' Levels of Self-Control According to Their Ego States

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    Kaygusuz, Canani; Ozpolat, Ahmet Ragip

    2016-01-01

    Problem Statement: Although it is well known that parents' methods of raising their children significantly affect their children's personalities and how they face life, this study has been designed because there is a lack of specific research on which ego states of adults are associated with self-control. In the present study, self-control and ego…

  16. A universal setup for active control of a single-photon detector

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    Liu, Qin; Kurtsiefer, Christian; Skaar, Johannes; Makarov, Vadim; Gerhardt, Ilja

    2013-01-01

    The influence of bright light on a single-photon detector has been described in a number of recent publications. The impact, especially on quantum key distribution (QKD), is important, and a number of hacking experiments have been tailored to achieve a full control of single-photon detectors in a QKD setup. Special attention has been given to avoid introducing further errors into a QKD system. Here we describe the design and technical details of an apparatus that allows to attack a quantum-cryptographic connection. The described apparatus is capable of controlling free-space and fiber-based systems and minimize the amount of unwanted clicks in the system. With different control diagrams, we are able to achieve a different level of control. We further outline how the quality of active control of single-photon detectors can be characterized.

  17. The Concept and Control Capabilities of Universal Electric Vehicle Prototype using LabView Software

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    Skowronek, Hubert; Waszczuk, Kamil; Kowalski, Maciej; Karolczak, Paweł; Baral, Bivek

    2016-10-01

    The concept of drive control prototype electric car designed in assumptions for sales in the markets of developing countries, mainly in South Asia has been presented in the article. The basic requirements for this type of vehicles and the possibility of rapid prototyping onboard equipment for the purpose of preliminary tests have been presented. The control system was composed of a PC and measurement card myRIO and has two operating modes. In the first of them can simulate changes of each components parameters and checking of program proper functioning. In the second mode, instead of the simulation it is possible to control the real object.

  18. Advanced, Adaptive, Modular, Distributed, Generic Universal FADEC Framework for Intelligent Propulsion Control Systems (Preprint)

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    A-10 • S-3 • SH-2G • AH-1W • Bell 214 • JAS 39 • F-16 • B-2 • SK-60 • LCA • F-14D • F-2 • U-2 • F/A-18 E/F • YF-23 • YF/A-22 • T-50 • X-45 Military...control / EHM EM Motor / Actuation Control Energy Harvesting Sensors Wireless data transfer Propulsion Control Goals A Model for an Open Architecture to

  19. The low level radio frequency control system for DC-SRF photo-injector at Peking University

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    Wang, Fang; Lin, Lin; Hao, Jiankui; Quan, Shengwen; Zhang, Baocheng; Liu, Kexin

    2014-01-01

    A low level radio frequency (LLRF) control system is designed and constructed at Peking University, which is for the DC-SRF photo injector operating at 2K. Besides with continuous wave (CW), the system is also reliable with pulsed RF and pulsed beam, the stability of amplitude and phase can achieve 0.13% and 0.1{\\deg}respectively. It is worth noting that the system works perfectly when the cavity is driven at both generator driven resonator (GDR) and self-excited loop (SEL), the latter is useful in measuring the performance of the cavity.

  20. Comparisons of Belief-Based Personality Constructs in Polish and American University Students: Paranormal Beliefs, Locus of Control, Irrational Beliefs, and Social Interest.

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    Tobacyk, Jerome J.; Tobacyk, Zofia Socha

    1992-01-01

    Uses Social Learning Theory to compare 149 university students from Poland with 136 university students from the southern United States for belief-based personality constructs and personality correlates of paranormal beliefs. As hypothesized, Poles reported a more external locus of control and significantly greater endorsement of irrational…

  1. Design and Construction of Distributed Control System (DCS) Based Power Distribution in University Campus

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    Yin Yin Winn; Hla Myo Tun; Su Su Yi Mon

    2014-01-01

    ... and the embedded controllers that function in two way data exchanges between the two. This system uses PIC 18F4550 microcontroller to collect electrical parameters of devices in each departments...

  2. The Motion Path Study of Measuring Robot Based on Variable Universe Fuzzy Control

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    Ma Guoqing

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available For the problem of measuring robot requires a higher positioning, firstly learning about the error overview of the system, analysised the influence of attitude, speed and other factors on systematic errors. Then collected and analyzed the systematic error curve in the track to complete the planning process. The last adding fuzzy control in both cases, by comparing with the original system, can found that the method based on fuzzy control system can significantly reduce the error during the motion.

  3. Dynamics and universal scaling law in geometrically-controlled sessile drop evaporation.

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    Sáenz, P J; Wray, A W; Che, Z; Matar, O K; Valluri, P; Kim, J; Sefiane, K

    2017-03-15

    The evaporation of a liquid drop on a solid substrate is a remarkably common phenomenon. Yet, the complexity of the underlying mechanisms has constrained previous studies to spherically symmetric configurations. Here we investigate well-defined, non-spherical evaporating drops of pure liquids and binary mixtures. We deduce a universal scaling law for the evaporation rate valid for any shape and demonstrate that more curved regions lead to preferential localized depositions in particle-laden drops. Furthermore, geometry induces well-defined flow structures within the drop that change according to the driving mechanism. In the case of binary mixtures, geometry dictates the spatial segregation of the more volatile component as it is depleted. Our results suggest that the drop geometry can be exploited to prescribe the particle deposition and evaporative dynamics of pure drops and the mixing characteristics of multicomponent drops, which may be of interest to a wide range of industrial and scientific applications.

  4. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by University of São Paulo

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    On 03/07/2013, we will have a conference to students from the University of São Paulo (USP), part of the Post Graduation Program in Interdisciplinary Science Education. This program comprises the following areas: Teaching of Physics, Teaching of Chemistry and Teaching of Biology. The event will be enriched by a Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Detector at CERN/Switzerland. The attendees to the virtual tour are enrolled on the course "Complements of Electromagnetism", from the Teaching of Physics area. A total of 21 students are expected, most of them are high school teachers in public and private schools in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. - See more at: http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/SaoPaulo2013.html

  5. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Rio Grande do Sul Federal University

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    The first State Encounter for the Physics Teaching of Rio Grande do Sul, EEEFis-RS, was organized in 2005 by the Physics Institute of the Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS), via the Post-graduation in Physics Teaching, as one more initiative to promote the learning of Physics. Produced in the Center for Reference for Physics Teaching of UFRGS (CREF-UFGRS), in the Vale Campus, the event had support from CAPES. It counted 134 registered people for 3 days of very intense activity, visible here. New editions were produced since then, each time with more people. The V EEEFis-RS will happen between October 17th and 19th, 2013. More information is available here. - See more at: http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/PortoAlegre-2013.html

  6. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Genova University

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    Manuel Peleteiro is an outstanding school in Galicia and in Spain. We form our approximately 1600 students from the ages of 3-18 in educational excellence, in which the level we achieve in science subjects is high. At present, due to the growth of cutting-edge technology, we can fly from our new campus inaugurated in 2009 to the ATLAS detector and CERN facilities to have our students take part in the latest achievements in modern physics research accomplished by CERN and to be exposed to their enthusiasm, boldness and talent which has taken them to advance in the knowledge of the structure of matter and the origin of the universe. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/SantiagoComp-2013.html

  7. 508.58 MHz synchronous universal counter for beam control system of SPring-8

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    Suzuki, H; Hara, M; Hori, T; Kawashima, Y; Ohashi, Y; Ohshima, T; Tani, N; Yonehara, H

    1999-01-01

    A synchronous universal counter was developed for beam handling and monitoring in SPring-8. It works at 508.58 MHz radio frequency and has a 30-bit width. Its two main features are a dividing function with an arbitrary positive integer and a digital delay function with a time interval over 2 s. The counter numbers all of the RF buckets of the SPring-8 storage ring from 0 to 2435. Successful installation of the counter and a signal transmission system with a low time jitters provided precise beam injection into a targeted RF bucket and furthermore into the RF buckets previously filled for addition. As an application, it can be used as a programmable digital delay module to give a reference timing for synchrotron light experiments. It can be adopted in most accelerators operated throughout the world to achieve easy beam injection. The design, performance and applications of the counter and a precise signal transmission system are described. (author)

  8. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the Technical University of Dresden

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    The German programme "Netzwerk Teilchenwelt" is a network of 24 particle physics institutes in Germany and CERN which offers students and teachers the unique opportunity to get to know particle physics in hands-on exercises. With real data from CERN the participants of our workshops are able to do experiments and work like a particle physicists! Today, the participants of a particle physics camp held at the Technical University of Dresden where "Netzwerk Teilchenwelt" is coordinated are invited to virtually visit CERN and its experiments and ask questions about work and life at the world's greatest collider. Scientists from the Dresden Institute of Particle Physics currently working at CERN will answer questions about the experiments, their research and report about their exciting time in Geneva. http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2012/Dresden-2012.html

  9. Effectiveness of evidence-based medicine training for undergraduate students at a Chinese Military Medical University: a self-controlled trial

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    Ma, Xiangyu; Xu, Bin; Liu, Qingyun; Zhang, Yao; Xiong, Hongyan; Li, Yafei

    2014-01-01

    .... A self-controlled trial was conducted with 251 undergraduate students at a Chinese Military Medical University, using a validated questionnaire regarding the students' evidence-based practice (EBP) about knowledge (EBP-K), attitude (EBP...

  10. Ten-year follow-up of cluster-based asthma phenotypes in adults. A pooled analysis of three cohorts.

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    Boudier, Anne; Curjuric, Ivan; Basagaña, Xavier; Hazgui, Hana; Anto, Josep M; Bousquet, Jean; Bridevaux, Pierre O; Dupuis-Lozeron, Elise; Garcia-Aymerich, Judith; Heinrich, Joachim; Janson, Christer; Künzli, Nino; Leynaert, Bénédicte; de Marco, Roberto; Rochat, Thierry; Schindler, Christian; Varraso, Raphaëlle; Pin, Isabelle; Probst-Hensch, Nicole; Sunyer, Jordi; Kauffmann, Francine; Siroux, Valérie

    2013-09-01

    The temporal stability of adult asthma phenotypes identified using clustering methods has never been addressed. Longitudinal cluster-based methods may provide novel insights in the study of the natural history of asthma. To compare the stability of cluster-based asthma phenotype structures a decade apart in adults and to address the individuals' phenotypic transition across these asthma phenotypes. The latent transition analysis was applied on longitudinal data (twice, 10 yr apart) from 3,320 adults with asthma who took part in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults, or the Epidemiological Study on Genetics and Environment of Asthma. Nine variables covering personal and phenotypic characteristics measured twice, 10 years apart, were simultaneously considered. Latent transition analysis identifies seven asthma phenotypes (prevalence range, 8.4-20.8%), mainly characterized by the level of asthma symptoms (low, moderate, high), the allergic status, and pulmonary function. Phenotypes observed 10 years apart showed strong similarities. The probability of membership in the same asthma phenotype at both times varied across phenotypes from 54 to 88%. Different transition patterns were observed across phenotypes. Transitions toward increased asthma symptoms were more frequently observed among nonallergic phenotypes as compared with allergic phenotypes. Results showed a strong stability of the allergic status over time. Adult asthma phenotypes identified by a clustering approach, 10 years apart, were highly consistent. This study is the first to model the probabilities of transitioning over time between comprehensive asthma phenotypes.

  11. An Efficient Cluster Based Web Object Filters From Web Pre-Fetching And Web Caching On Web User Navigation

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    A. K. Santra

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The World Wide Web is a distributed internet system, which provides dynamic and interactive services includes on line tutoring, video/audio conferencing, e-commerce, and etc., which generated heavy demand on network resources and web servers. It increase over the past few year at a very rapidly rate, due to which the amount of traffic over the internet is increasing. As a result, the network performance has now become very slow. Web Pre-fetching and Caching is one of the effective solutions to reduce the web access latency and improve the quality of service. The existing model presented a Cluster based pre-fetching scheme identified clusters of correlated Web pages based on users access patterns. Web Pre-fetching and Caching cause significant improvements on the performance of Web infrastructure. In this paper, we present an efficient Cluster based Web Object Filters from Web Pre-fetching and Web caching scheme to evaluate the web user navigation patterns and user references of product search. Clustering of web page objects obtained from pre-fetched and web cached contents. User Navigation is evaluated from the web cluster objects with similarity retrieval in subsequent user sessions. Web Object Filters are built with the interpretation of the cluster web pages related to the unique users by discarding redundant pages. Ranking is done on users web page product preferences at multiple sessions of each individual user. The performance is measured in terms of Objective function, Number of clusters and cluster accuracy.

  12. Distributed Position Localization and Tracking (DPLT) of Malicious Nodes in Cluster Based Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET)

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a robust distributed malicious node detection and precise localization and tracking method is proposed for Cluster based Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET). Certificate Authority (CA) node is selected as the most stable node among trusted nodes, surrounded by Registration Authority nodes (RAs) in each cluster to generate the Dynamic Demilitarized Zone (DDMZ) to defend CA from probable attackers and mitigate the authentication overhead. The RAs also co-operate with member nodes to detect a target node and determine whether it is malicious or not, by providing the public key certificate and trust value. In addition, Internet Protocol (IP) based Triangulation and multi-lateration method are deployed based on using the average time difference of Time of Arrival (ToA) and Time of Departure (ToD) of the management packets. Triangulation uses three reference nodes which are elected within each cluster based on Best Criterion Function (BCF) to localize each member node inside the cluster in 2D. Multi-latera...

  13. 6 June 2008 - Chancellor F. Tomàs Vert, University of Valencia, visiting ATLAS control room and experimental area with Collaboration Spokesperson P. Jenni.

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    2008-01-01

    6 June 2008 - Chancellor F. Tomàs Vert, University of Valencia, visiting ATLAS control room and experimental area with Collaboration Spokesperson P. Jenni. Other participants: Prof. Francisco José Botella, Director, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, University of València and CSIC Prof. José Peñarrocha, Dean, Faculty of Physics Prof. Antonio Ferrer, Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, University of València and CSIC Prof. Antonio Pich, University of València, Member of IFIC (CSIC - Univ. València), Coordinator of CPAN, Spanish National Centre for Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics.

  14. The effects of a pedometer-based intervention on first-year university students: A randomized control trial.

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    Sharp, Paul; Caperchione, Cristina

    2016-01-01

    To assess the effects of a 12-week pedometer-based intervention on the physical activity behavior, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and psychological well-being of first-year university students. First-year university students (N = 184) were recruited during September 2012 and randomly assigned to an intervention or a control group. Intervention participants were provided with a pedometer, monthly tracking logs, and follow-up e-mails. Control participants received no intervention. Physical activity, HRQOL, and psychological well-being were measured at baseline and post intervention. Data were analyzed using multivariate/univariate analysis of variance (MANOVA/ANOVA). All participants experienced an increase in mild physical activity (p < .01) from baseline to follow-up. The intervention failed to produce significant differences between groups for physical activity (p = .28), HRQOL (p = .80), or psychological well-being (p = .72). Psychological well-being (p < .001), vigorous physical activity (p = .04), and mental health status (p < .001) decreased across the duration of the study. More intensive interventions may be required to elicit physical activity behavior change.

  15. Effect of Simulation on the Confidence of University Nursing Students in Applying Cardiopulmonary Assessment Skills: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Tawalbeh, Loai I

    2017-08-01

    Simulation is an effective teaching strategy. However, no study in Jordan has examined the effect of simulation on the confidence of university nursing students in applying heart and lung physical examination skills. The current study aimed to test the effect of simulation on the confidence of university nursing students in applying heart and lung physical examination skills. A randomized controlled trial design was applied. The researcher introduced the simulation scenario regarding cardiopulmonary examination skills. This scenario included a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation and video for the experimental group (n= 35) and a PowerPoint presentation and a video showing a traditional demonstration in the laboratory for the control group (n = 34). Confidence in applying cardiopulmonary physical examination skills was measured for both groups at baseline and at 1 day and 3 months posttest. A paired t test showed that confidence was significantly higher in the posttest than in the pretest for both groups. An independent t test showed a statistically significant difference (t(67) = -42.95, p confidence in applying physical examination skills. Both simulation and traditional training in the laboratory significantly improved the confidence of participants in applying cardiopulmonary assessment skills. However, the simulation training had a more significant effect than usual training in enhancing the confidence of nursing students in applying physical examination skills.

  16. Body image and weight control in young adults: international comparisons in university students from 22 countries.

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    Wardle, J; Haase, A M; Steptoe, A

    2006-04-01

    Young women in the United States and Western Europe are notoriously concerned about weight but less is known about attitudes to weight in other regions of the world. This study explores the associations between body mass index (BMI), weight perceptions, and attempts to lose weight in male and female university students from 22 countries. Data were collected from 18,512 university students, using standardised methods, as part of the International Health Behaviour Survey. Measures included weight, height, perception of overweight, and weight loss status. BMI was calculated from weight and height, but was categorised into gender and country-standardised deciles rather than the conventional weight categories in response to the inaccuracy of self-reports. Perceived overweight and weight loss status were plotted against country-standardised BMI deciles. The 22 countries were grouped into five geopolitical/economic areas for regional analyses: North-Western Europe and the USA, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Pacific Asia, South America. Perceived overweight compared across the five regions. Perceived overweight increased systematically across BMI deciles in all countries. More women than men felt overweight at any decile. Women had low levels of perceived overweight in the lowest decile but rates rapidly increased to 50% by the 5th decile. Men, even in the highest deciles, were less aware that they are overweight and few of them were trying to lose weight. Women had a faster rise of weight loss attempts over the BMI deciles but nevertheless the proportion trying to lose in the highest decile did not exceed 75%. Perceived overweight profiles across BMI deciles were similar across all regions, suggesting that perceptions of overweight derive from local comparisons. The patterning for trying to lose weight was more diverse, with men and women from Asian countries showing higher levels of trying to lose weight at all deciles. This study shows the international

  17. A universal gyroscope driving circuit with 70dB amplitude control range

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    Abdelghany, Mohamed A.

    2010-08-01

    A CMOS variable gain driving circuit with output signal amplitude control for gyroscopes with wide range of quality factors is presented. The driving circuit can be used for gyroscopes with Q values higher than 500. The circuit uses a current-commutating switching mixer to control the gyroscope driving signal level. Conventional driving circuits use automatic gain control (AGC) which suffers from limited linear range and the need for an off-chip capacitor for the peak detector and loop filter. Two stage variable gain amplifier is used in the proposed design to ensure enough gain for oscillation for such a wide range of quality factors. Analog and digital amplitude control methods are used to cover wide range of driving signal amplitude with enough accuracy to hit the maximum driving signal level without sacrificing gyroscope linearity. Due to the high DC gain of the amplifier chain, DC offset resulting from mismatches might saturate the amplifier output. DC offset correction is employed using a secondary negative feedback loop. The proposed driving circuit is being fabricated in 0.6μm CMOS technology. © 2010 IEEE.

  18. Universal mechanisms of sound production and control in birds and mammals

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    Elemans, Coen; Rasmussen, Jeppe Have; Herbst, Christian T.

    2015-01-01

    As animals vocalize, their vocal organ transforms motor commands into vocalizations for social communication. In birds, the physical mechanisms by which vocalizations are produced and controlled remain unresolved because of the extreme difficulty in obtaining in vivo measurements. Here, we introd...

  19. Efficacy of a Universal Parent Training Program (HOPE-20): Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Leung, Cynthia; Tsang, Sandra; Kwan, H. W.

    2017-01-01

    Objective: This study examined the efficacy of Hands-On Parent Empowerment-20 (HOPE-20) program. Methods: Eligible participants were parents residing in Hong Kong with target children aged 2 years attending nursery schools. Cluster randomized control trial was adopted, with 10 schools (110 participants) assigned to intervention group and 8 schools…

  20. Towards a Universal Approach Based on Omics Technologies for the Quality Control of Food.

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    Ferri, Emanuele; Galimberti, Andrea; Casiraghi, Maurizio; Airoldi, Cristina; Ciaramelli, Carlotta; Palmioli, Alessandro; Mezzasalma, Valerio; Bruni, Ilaria; Labra, Massimo

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    In the last decades, food science has greatly developed, turning from the consideration of food as mere source of energy to a growing awareness on its importance for health and particularly in reducing the risk of diseases. Such vision led to an increasing attention towards the origin and quality of raw materials as well as their derived food products. The continuous advance in molecular biology allowed setting up efficient and universal omics tools to unequivocally identify the origin of food items and their traceability. In this review, we considered the application of a genomics approach known as DNA barcoding in characterizing the composition of foodstuffs and its traceability along the food supply chain. Moreover, metabolomics analytical strategies based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Mass Spectroscopy (MS) were discussed as they also work well in evaluating food quality. The combination of both approaches allows us to define a sort of molecular labelling of food that is easily understandable by the operators involved in the food sector: producers, distributors, and consumers. Current technologies based on digital information systems such as web platforms and smartphone apps can facilitate the adoption of such molecular labelling.

  1. Cognitive refocusing treatment for insomnia: a randomized controlled trial in university students.

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    Gellis, Les A; Arigo, Danielle; Elliott, Jennifer C

    2013-03-01

    This investigation assessed the efficacy of a technique specifically designed to change the style and content of presleep thoughts in order to reduce nighttime cognitive arousal and decrease insomnia severity. This investigation, termed "cognitive refocusing treatment for insomnia" (CRT-I), previously improved sleep in a small sample of veterans with primary insomnia. In this investigation, university students with poor sleep were randomly assigned to attend either one session of CRT-I and sleep hygiene education (SH: n=27) or one session of only SH (n=24). Insomnia severity (assessed by the Insomnia Severity Index) and nighttime arousal (assessed by the Pre-Sleep Arousal Scale) were measured at baseline and 1month posttreatment. A significant Group×Time interaction for insomnia severity suggested more improved sleep over time for those receiving CRT-I+SH. A trend for a Group×Time interaction showed decreased cognitive arousal over time among those receiving CRT-I. These findings provide preliminary support for the efficacy of CRT-I for insomnia treatment among college students. Continued study of CRT-I in a community-based sample appears warranted.

  2. Towards a Universal Approach Based on Omics Technologies for the Quality Control of Food

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    Emanuele Ferri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the last decades, food science has greatly developed, turning from the consideration of food as mere source of energy to a growing awareness on its importance for health and particularly in reducing the risk of diseases. Such vision led to an increasing attention towards the origin and quality of raw materials as well as their derived food products. The continuous advance in molecular biology allowed setting up efficient and universal omics tools to unequivocally identify the origin of food items and their traceability. In this review, we considered the application of a genomics approach known as DNA barcoding in characterizing the composition of foodstuffs and its traceability along the food supply chain. Moreover, metabolomics analytical strategies based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR and Mass Spectroscopy (MS were discussed as they also work well in evaluating food quality. The combination of both approaches allows us to define a sort of molecular labelling of food that is easily understandable by the operators involved in the food sector: producers, distributors, and consumers. Current technologies based on digital information systems such as web platforms and smartphone apps can facilitate the adoption of such molecular labelling.

  3. Improving tuberculosis control through the partnership between university and the health system

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    Mariana Soares Valença

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB control is linked to the availability of qualified methods for microbiological diagnostics; however, microscopy with limited sensitivity is the only method available in many locations. The objective of this study was to evaluate the introduction of culture, drug susceptibility testing (DST, and genotyping in the routine of a Municipal Program of Tuberculosis Control. METHODS: Direct microscopy of sputum and culture in Ogawa-Kudoh were performed on 1,636 samples from 787 patients. DST of positive cultures was performed by resazurin microtiter assay and genotyping by mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units-variable number tandem repeat. RESULTS: A total 91 patients with TB were identified. The culture increased case detection by 32% compared with the microscopy; acquired resistance was 3.3% and the genotyping showed high genetic diversity. CONCLUSIONS: Ogawa-Kudoh contributed significantly to the increase in case detection and is suitable for implementation in poor-resource locations. The acquired resistance rate was lower than that reported in a recent Brazilian survey. The high genetic diversity is possibly related to the high TB prevalence in the population, as well as to early detection and suitable treatment of patients. The interaction between research and health care is important for reorienting the practice, transferring technology, and improving TB control.

  4. Mobile Phone Apps for University Students With Hazardous Alcohol Use: Study Protocol for Two Consecutive Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Gajecki, Mikael; Fredriksson, Morgan; Sinadinovic, Kristina; Andersson, Claes

    2015-01-01

    Background About 50% of university students overconsume alcohol, and drinking habits in later adulthood are to some extent established during higher educational studies. Several studies have demonstrated that Internet-based interventions have positive effects on drinking habits among university students. Our recent study evaluated two mobile phone apps targeting drinking choices at party occasions via personalized feedback on estimated blood alcohol concentration (eBAC) for students with hazardous drinking. No changes in drinking parameters were found over a seven-week period apart from an increase in number of drinking occasions among men for one of the apps tested. Up to 30% of the study participants drank at potentially harmful levels: higher than the national recommended number of standard drinks per week (a maximum of 9 for women and 14 for men) in Sweden. Objective (1) To evaluate improved versions of the two mobile phone apps tested in our prior trial, in a new, 3-armed randomized controlled trial among university students with at least hazardous drinking habits according to the Alcohol Use Disorders Identifications Test (AUDIT; Study 1). (2) After 6 weeks, to target study participants showing alcohol consumption higher than the national recommended levels for standard drinks per week by offering them participation in a second, 2-armed randomized trial evaluating an additional mobile phone app with skill enhancement tasks (Study 2). (3) To follow participants at 6, 12 and 18 weeks after recruitment to Study 1 and at 6 and 12 weeks after recruitment to Study 2. Methods Two randomized controlled trials are conducted. Study 1: Students are recruited at four Swedish universities, via direct e-mail and advertisements on Facebook and student union web sites. Those who provide informed consent, have a mobile phone, and show at least hazardous alcohol consumption according to the AUDIT (≥6 for women; ≥8 points for men) are randomized into three groups. Group 1

  5. Mobile Phone Apps for University Students With Hazardous Alcohol Use: Study Protocol for Two Consecutive Randomized Controlled Trials.

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    Berman, Anne H; Gajecki, Mikael; Fredriksson, Morgan; Sinadinovic, Kristina; Andersson, Claes

    2015-12-22

    About 50% of university students overconsume alcohol, and drinking habits in later adulthood are to some extent established during higher educational studies. Several studies have demonstrated that Internet-based interventions have positive effects on drinking habits among university students. Our recent study evaluated two mobile phone apps targeting drinking choices at party occasions via personalized feedback on estimated blood alcohol concentration (eBAC) for students with hazardous drinking. No changes in drinking parameters were found over a seven-week period apart from an increase in number of drinking occasions among men for one of the apps tested. Up to 30% of the study participants drank at potentially harmful levels: higher than the national recommended number of standard drinks per week (a maximum of 9 for women and 14 for men) in Sweden. (1) To evaluate improved versions of the two mobile phone apps tested in our prior trial, in a new, 3-armed randomized controlled trial among university students with at least hazardous drinking habits according to the Alcohol Use Disorders Identifications Test (AUDIT; Study 1). (2) After 6 weeks, to target study participants showing alcohol consumption higher than the national recommended levels for standard drinks per week by offering them participation in a second, 2-armed randomized trial evaluating an additional mobile phone app with skill enhancement tasks (Study 2). (3) To follow participants at 6, 12 and 18 weeks after recruitment to Study 1 and at 6 and 12 weeks after recruitment to Study 2. Two randomized controlled trials are conducted. Study 1: Students are recruited at four Swedish universities, via direct e-mail and advertisements on Facebook and student union web sites. Those who provide informed consent, have a mobile phone, and show at least hazardous alcohol consumption according to the AUDIT (≥6 for women; ≥8 points for men) are randomized into three groups. Group 1 has access to the Swedish

  6. Ultrafast universal quantum control of a quantum-dot charge qubit using Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference.

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    Cao, Gang; Li, Hai-Ou; Tu, Tao; Wang, Li; Zhou, Cheng; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Jiang, Hong-Wen; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2013-01-01

    A basic requirement for quantum information processing is the ability to universally control the state of a single qubit on timescales much shorter than the coherence time. Although ultrafast optical control of a single spin has been achieved in quantum dots, scaling up such methods remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate complete control of the quantum-dot charge qubit on the picosecond scale [corrected], orders of magnitude faster than the previously measured electrically controlled charge- or spin-based qubits. We observe tunable qubit dynamics in a charge-stability diagram, in a time domain, and in a pulse amplitude space of the driven pulse. The observations are well described by Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference. These results establish the feasibility of a full set of all-electrical single-qubit operations. Although our experiment is carried out in a solid-state architecture, the technique is independent of the physical encoding of the quantum information and has the potential for wider applications.

  7. Ultrafast universal quantum control of a quantum-dot charge qubit using Landau–Zener–Stückelberg interference

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    Cao, Gang; Li, Hai-Ou; Tu, Tao; Wang, Li; Zhou, Cheng; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Jiang, Hong-Wen; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2013-01-01

    A basic requirement for quantum information processing is the ability to universally control the state of a single qubit on timescales much shorter than the coherence time. Although ultrafast optical control of a single spin has been achieved in quantum dots, scaling up such methods remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate complete control of the quantum-dot charge qubit on the picosecond scale, orders of magnitude faster than the previously measured electrically controlled charge- or spin-based qubits. We observe tunable qubit dynamics in a charge-stability diagram, in a time domain, and in a pulse amplitude space of the driven pulse. The observations are well described by Landau–Zener–Stückelberg interference. These results establish the feasibility of a full set of all-electrical single-qubit operations. Although our experiment is carried out in a solid-state architecture, the technique is independent of the physical encoding of the quantum information and has the potential for wider applications. PMID:23360992

  8. Alcohol email assessment and feedback study dismantling effectiveness for university students (AMADEUS-1: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Alcohol causes huge problems for population health and for society, which require interventions with individuals as well as populations to prevent and reduce harms. Brief interventions can be effective and increasingly take advantage of the internet to reach high-risk groups such as students. The research literature on the effectiveness of online interventions is developing rapidly and is confronted by methodological challenges common to other areas of e-health including attrition and assessment reactivity and in the design of control conditions. Methods/design The study aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief online intervention, employing a randomized controlled trial (RCT design that takes account of baseline assessment reactivity, and other possible effects of the research process. Outcomes will be evaluated after 3 months both among student populations as a whole including for a randomized no contact control group and among those who are risky drinkers randomized to brief assessment and feedback (routine practice or to brief assessment only. A three-arm parallel groups trial will also allow exploration of the magnitude of the feedback and assessment component effects. The trial will be undertaken simultaneously in 2 universities randomizing approximately 15,300 students who will all be blinded to trial participation. All participants will be offered routine practice intervention at the end of the study. Discussion This trial informs the development of routine service delivery in Swedish universities and more broadly contributes a new approach to the study of the effectiveness of online interventions in student populations, with relevance to behaviors other than alcohol consumption. The use of blinding and deception in this study raise ethical issues that warrant further attention. Trial registration ISRCTN28328154

  9. Feasibility study of the university of Utah TRIGA reactor power upgrade - Part I: Neutronics-based study in respect to control rod system requirements and design

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    Ćutić Avdo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a summary of extensive studies in determining the highest achievable power level of the current University of Utah TRIGA core configuration in respect to control rod requirements. Although the currently licensed University of Utah TRIGA power of 100 kW provides an excellent setting for a wide range of experiments, we investigate the possibility of increasing the power with the existing fuel elements and core structure. Thus, we have developed numerical models in combination with experimental procedures so as to assess the potential maximum University of Utah TRIGA power with the currently available control rod system and have created feasibility studies for assessing new core configurations that could provide higher core power levels. For the maximum determined power of a new University of Utah TRIGA core arrangement, a new control rod system was proposed.

  10. Universal Simulation of Hamiltonians Using a Finite Set of Control Operations

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    Wocjan, P; Janzing, D; Beth, T; Wocjan, Pawel; Roetteler, Martin; Janzing, Dominik; Beth, Thomas

    2001-01-01

    Any quantum system with a non-trivial Hamiltonian is able to simulate any other Hamiltonian evolution provided that a sufficiently large group of unitary control operations is available. We show that there exist finite groups with this property and present a sufficient condition in terms of group characters. We give examples of such groups in dimension 2 and 3. Furthermore, we show that it is possible to simulate an arbitrary bipartite interaction by a given one using such groups acting locally on the subsystems.

  11. Model Predictive Control of HVAC Systems: Implementation and Testing at the University of California, Merced

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    Haves, Phillip; Hencey, Brandon; Borrell, Francesco; Elliot, John; Ma, Yudong; Coffey, Brian; Bengea, Sorin; Wetter, Michael

    2010-06-29

    A Model Predictive Control algorithm was developed for the UC Merced campus chilled water plant. Model predictive control (MPC) is an advanced control technology that has proven successful in the chemical process industry and other industries. The main goal of the research was to demonstrate the practical and commercial viability of MPC for optimization of building energy systems. The control algorithms were developed and implemented in MATLAB, allowing for rapid development, performance, and robustness assessment. The UC Merced chilled water plant includes three water-cooled chillers and a two million gallon chilled water storage tank. The tank is charged during the night to minimize on-peak electricity consumption and take advantage of the lower ambient wet bulb temperature. The control algorithms determined the optimal chilled water plant operation including chilled water supply (CHWS) temperature set-point, condenser water supply (CWS) temperature set-point and the charging start and stop times to minimize a cost function that includes energy consumption and peak electrical demand over a 3-day prediction horizon. A detailed model of the chilled water plant and simplified models of the buildings served by the plant were developed using the equation-based modeling language Modelica. Steady state models of the chillers, cooling towers and pumps were developed, based on manufacturers performance data, and calibrated using measured data collected and archived by the control system. A detailed dynamic model of the chilled water storage tank was also developed and calibrated. Simple, semi-empirical models were developed to predict the temperature and flow rate of the chilled water returning to the plant from the buildings. These models were then combined and simplified for use in a model predictive control algorithm that determines the optimal chiller start and stop times and set-points for the condenser water temperature and the chilled water supply temperature. The

  12. Quality Control Status of Radiology Centers of Hospitals Associated with Mashhad University of Medical Sciences

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    Hamid Gholamhosseinian-Najjar

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Using ionization radiation for diagnostic and treatment fields has increased worldwide dramatically. This issue causes an increase in the absorbed and collective doses in society noticeably. With regard to two main principles in radiation protection, i.e., justification and optimization, it is necessary to have imaging process with minimum dose to patients and personnel. For achieving this, it is vital to perform quality control tests regularly. On this topic, many studies have been performed and reported worldwide  which  show necessities and meaningfulness of QC tests. Materials and Methods In this study, Unfors Mult-O-Meter model 303 is used for surveying accuracy of kVp and time, linearity of exposure with mAs, and reproducibility of exposure. Results According to recommendations of AAPM (2002 and ICRP 103, in this study, 27% of apparatuses in accuracy of kVp, 45% in accuracy of timer, and 30% in accuracy of reproducibility were out of accepted range. Conclusion In surveyed apparatuses, both ends of operating range have large errors in therefore it is recommended that these devices should not be used  in the mentioned regions. Performing strict quality control on all radioactive devices is one of the radiation protection priorities that should be done periodically .With regard to the results, repair, substitution or omition of  some devices are suggested.

  13. Interference Mitigation in IEEE 802.15.4-A Cluster Based Scheduling Approach

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    G. M. Tamilselvan

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: In universal networking environments; two or more heterogeneous communication systems coexisting in a single place. Especially, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs based on IEEE 802.11b specifications and Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs based on IEEE 802.15.4 specifications need to coexist in the same Industrial, Science and Medial (ISM band. If the WPAN communication coverage is expanded using a cluster-tree network topology, then the 802.15.4 network is more susceptible to interference from neighboring WLANs. Approach: In this study, we propose an adaptive transmission power aware cluster scheduling algorithm using multiple channels in a WPAN in the presence of WLAN interference. Results: The algorithm includes node identification, channel allocation, clustering and time scheduling. To evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm, the performance metrics such as Bit error, Packet Error Rate (PER, Throughput, Average End-End Delay and Average Jitter is measured through Qualnet simulation. PER is calculated from bit error rate. The simulation results are compared with the conventional TDMA scheme. Conclusion/Recommendations: The measurement result shows that the proposed algorithm is effective in an IEEE 802.15.4 cluster-tree network in the presence of multiple IEEE 802.11 interferers.

  14. DEVELOPING UNIVERSAL INSTALLATION WITH AUTOMATIC MONITORING AND CONTROL PROCESS OF MIXING, WHIPPING AND MOLDING BISCUIT DOUGH

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    E. I. Ponomareva

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    Full Text Available As products of high nutritional value can be used bakery products from a mixture of rye and wheat flour with the application of a grain of rye. Use whole grains assumes control of its quality according to organoleptic, physico-chemical and hygienic indices. Method of determining the color characteristics of grain scanner-metric method us-ing tablet scanner HP ScanJet 3570C with application of computer processing of images in RGB color mode is proposed. Application of the method to determine the color characteristics showed that rye, prepared in different ways, has different intensity of coloring, and the maximum intensity of the color components is observed at native grain.

  15. Self-adaptive prediction of cloud resource demands using ensemble model and subtractive-fuzzy clustering based fuzzy neural network.

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    Chen, Zhijia; Zhu, Yuanchang; Di, Yanqiang; Feng, Shaochong

    2015-01-01

    In IaaS (infrastructure as a service) cloud environment, users are provisioned with virtual machines (VMs). To allocate resources for users dynamically and effectively, accurate resource demands predicting is essential. For this purpose, this paper proposes a self-adaptive prediction method using ensemble model and subtractive-fuzzy clustering based fuzzy neural network (ESFCFNN). We analyze the characters of user preferences and demands. Then the architecture of the prediction model is constructed. We adopt some base predictors to compose the ensemble model. Then the structure and learning algorithm of fuzzy neural network is researched. To obtain the number of fuzzy rules and the initial value of the premise and consequent parameters, this paper proposes the fuzzy c-means combined with subtractive clustering algorithm, that is, the subtractive-fuzzy clustering. Finally, we adopt different criteria to evaluate the proposed method. The experiment results show that the method is accurate and effective in predicting the resource demands.

  16. Knowledge discovery about quality of life changes of spinal cord injury patients: clustering based on rules by states.

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    Gibert, Karina; García-Rudolph, Alejandro; Curcoll, Lluïsa; Soler, Dolors; Pla, Laura; Tormos, José María

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, an integral Knowledge Discovery Methodology, named Clustering based on rules by States, which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and statistical methods as well as interpretation-oriented tools, is used for extracting knowledge patterns about the evolution over time of the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients with Spinal Cord Injury. The methodology incorporates the interaction with experts as a crucial element with the clustering methodology to guarantee usefulness of the results. Four typical patterns are discovered by taking into account prior expert knowledge. Several hypotheses are elaborated about the reasons for psychological distress or decreases in QoL of patients over time. The knowledge discovery from data (KDD) approach turns out, once again, to be a suitable formal framework for handling multidimensional complexity of the health domains.

  17. Self-Adaptive Prediction of Cloud Resource Demands Using Ensemble Model and Subtractive-Fuzzy Clustering Based Fuzzy Neural Network

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    Chen, Zhijia; Zhu, Yuanchang; Di, Yanqiang; Feng, Shaochong

    2015-01-01

    In IaaS (infrastructure as a service) cloud environment, users are provisioned with virtual machines (VMs). To allocate resources for users dynamically and effectively, accurate resource demands predicting is essential. For this purpose, this paper proposes a self-adaptive prediction method using ensemble model and subtractive-fuzzy clustering based fuzzy neural network (ESFCFNN). We analyze the characters of user preferences and demands. Then the architecture of the prediction model is constructed. We adopt some base predictors to compose the ensemble model. Then the structure and learning algorithm of fuzzy neural network is researched. To obtain the number of fuzzy rules and the initial value of the premise and consequent parameters, this paper proposes the fuzzy c-means combined with subtractive clustering algorithm, that is, the subtractive-fuzzy clustering. Finally, we adopt different criteria to evaluate the proposed method. The experiment results show that the method is accurate and effective in predicting the resource demands. PMID:25691896

  18. Structural variation from heterometallic cluster-based 1D chain to heterometallic tetranuclear cluster: Syntheses, structures and magnetic properties

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    Zhang, Shu-Hua; Zhao, Ru-Xia; Li, He-Ping; Ge, Cheng-Min; Li, Gui; Huang, Qiu-Ping; Zou, Hua-Hong

    2014-08-01

    Using the solvothermal method, we present the comparative preparation of {[Co3Na(dmaep)3(ehbd)(N3)3]·DMF}n (1) and [Co2Na2(hmbd)4(N3)2(DMF)2] (2), where Hehbd is 3-ethoxy-2-hydroxy-benzaldehyde, Hhmbd is 3-methoxy-2-hydroxy-benzaldehyde, and Hdmaep is 2-dimethylaminomethyl-6-ethoxy-phenol, which was synthesized by an in-situ reaction. Complexes 1 and 2 were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Complex 1 is a novel heterometallic cluster-based 1-D chain and 2 is a heterometallic tetranuclear cluster. The {Co3IINa} and {Co2IINa2} cores display dominant ferromagnetic interaction from the nature of the binding modes through μ1,1,1-N3- (end-on, EO).

  19. Universal real-time control framework and Internet of Things for fast-paced research and development based production environments

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    Chaoui, Hicham

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    This paper introduces a universal real-time control platform for complex research and development (R&D) based products design. The inherent complexity in R&D projects makes products development a difficult task to undertake. The use of state of the art development tools for modeling, simulation, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) validation contributes to a complexity reduction. However, R&D projects still require significant development time since many design iterations are usually necessary before final solution, which increases the cost. In most R&D processes, these tools are not used beyond rapid prototyping since development for mass production is usually performed in another environment, using different tools. This paper presents a fast and cost effective way of R&D-based products development, speeding-up time to market.

  20. Personalised normative feedback for preventing alcohol misuse in university students: Solomon three-group randomised controlled trial.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Young people tend to over-estimate peer group drinking levels. Personalised normative feedback (PNF aims to correct this misperception by providing information about personal drinking levels and patterns compared with norms in similar aged peer groups. PNF is intended to raise motivation for behaviour change and has been highlighted for alcohol misuse prevention by the British Government Behavioural Insight Team. The objective of the trial was to assess the effectiveness of PNF with college students for the prevention of alcohol misuse. METHODOLOGY: Solomon three-group randomised controlled trial. 1751 students, from 22 British Universities, allocated to a PNF group, a normal control group, or a delayed measurement control group to allow assessment of any measurement effects. PNF was provided by email. Participants completed online questionnaires at baseline, 6- and 12-months (only 12-months for the delayed measurement controls. Drinking behaviour measures were (i alcohol disorders; (ii frequency; (iii typical quantity, (iv weekly consumption; (v alcohol-related problems; (vi perceived drinking norms; and (vii positive alcohol expectancies. Analyses focused on high-risk drinkers, as well as all students, because of research evidence for the prevention paradox in student drinkers. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Follow-up rates were low, with only 50% and 40% responding at 6- and 12-months, respectively, though comparable to similar European studies. We found no evidence for any systematic attrition bias. Overall, statistical analyses with the high risk sub-sample, and for all students, showed no significant effects of the intervention, at either time-point, in a completed case analysis and a multiple imputation analysis. CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence for the effectiveness of PNF for the prevention of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems in a UK student population. REGISTRATION: Controlled-Trials.com ISRCTN30784467.

  1. Standard precautions and infection control, medical students' knowledge and behavior at a Saudi university: the need for change.

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    Amin, Tarek Tawfik; Al Noaim, Khalid Ibrahim; Bu Saad, Mohammed Ahmed; Al Malhm, Turki Ahmed; Al Mulhim, Abdullah Abdulaziz; Al Awas, Marwah Abdulaziz

    2013-04-21

    No previous studies have reported the knowledge of Saudi medical students about Standard Precautions (SPs) and infection control. The objectives of this study were to assess medical students' knowledge in clinical years at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia about SPs' and to explore their attitudes toward the current curricular/training in providing them with effective knowledge and necessary skills with regard to SPs. This cross sectional study targeted students in clinical stage at College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. A pre-tested anonymous self administered data collection form was used. Inquires about students' characteristics, general concepts of infection control/SPs, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, sharp injuries and disposal, and care of health providers were included. The main source of information for each domain was also inquired. The second part dedicated to explore the attitudes toward the curricular and teaching relevant to SPs. A total of 251 students were included. Knowledge scores in all domains were considerably low, 67 (26.7%) students scored ? 24 (out of 41points) which was considered as an acceptable level of knowledge, 22.2% in 4th year, 20.5% in 5th year and 36.8% in 6th year. Sharp injuries, personal protective equipment and health care of the providers showed the least knowledge scores. The main sources of knowledge were self learning, and informal bed side practices The majority of students' believed that the current teaching and training are insufficient in providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills regarding SPs. The overall knowledge scores for SPs were low especially in the domains of hand hygiene, sharp management, and personal protective equipment reflecting insufficient and ineffective instructions received by medical students through the current curriculum posing them vulnerable to health facilities related infections. Proper curricular reform and training are required to protect

  2. Serologic control against hepatitis B virus among dental students of the University of Granada, Spain

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    Rojas, Laura; Liébana-Cabanillas, Francisco; Bernal, Carmen; Castillo, Francisca; Rodríguez-Archilla, Alberto; Castillo, Ana; Liébana, José

    2015-01-01

    Background To evaluate the immunological situation against hepatitis B virus (HBV) of a cohort of dentistry students, to analyze the behavior of the levels of hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) after the administration of one or three vaccine doses, and to determine the influence of age and sex on the immune response. Material and Methods This retrospective cohort study included students attending the School of Dentistry of the institution where the study was performed from 2005 to 2012 who had completed the public health vaccination calendar for HBV at the age of 12-13. Data on age, sex, basal anti-HBs levels, post-vaccination anti-HBs results and final anti-HBs levels were collected. Comparisons of the basal and final levels, as well as associations regarding age and sex, were performed by means of the Student t and Chi-square tests. Results Of the 359 students, 97 (27.02%) had basal antibody concentrations Dentistry students. Key words:Dental students, hepatitis B virus, serologic control. PMID:26241457

  3. Operating Effect Evaluation of University Internal Accounting Control: A case of One University%高等学校内部会计控制运行效果评价—以某高校为例

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    王冀茹

    2013-01-01

    会计控制运行评价是对内部会计控制执行有效性的检测,目前我国内部会计控制的评价标准体系尚未健全,需要健全一套完善的、符合实际的、具有可操作性的评价标准体系.本文以会计规范为指导,从某高校会计控制体系的现状和财务状况入手,并逐一分析了影响高校内部会计控制有效运行的关键控制点、高校会计控制的运行机制,并在此基础上初步构建高校内部会计控制体系.%Accounting control operation assessment is the effective testing on the implementation of internal accounting control. At present, China's internal accounting control evaluation standard system has not been perfect, which needs to improve a set of perfect, actual and operable evaluation standard system. Based on the accounting norms for guidance, starting from status and financial situation of a university accounting control system, this paper singly analyzes the key control point affecting effective operation of university internal accounting control, and operating mechanism of university accounting control, based on this, constructs the university internal accounting control system.

  4. Performance Analysis of a Cluster-Based MAC Protocol for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

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    Jesús Alonso-Zárate

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available An analytical model to evaluate the non-saturated performance of the Distributed Queuing Medium Access Control Protocol for Ad Hoc Networks (DQMANs in single-hop networks is presented in this paper. DQMAN is comprised of a spontaneous, temporary, and dynamic clustering mechanism integrated with a near-optimum distributed queuing Medium Access Control (MAC protocol. Clustering is executed in a distributed manner using a mechanism inspired by the Distributed Coordination Function (DCF of the IEEE 802.11. Once a station seizes the channel, it becomes the temporary clusterhead of a spontaneous cluster and it coordinates the peer-to-peer communications between the clustermembers. Within each cluster, a near-optimum distributed queuing MAC protocol is executed. The theoretical performance analysis of DQMAN in single-hop networks under non-saturation conditions is presented in this paper. The approach integrates the analysis of the clustering mechanism into the MAC layer model. Up to the knowledge of the authors, this approach is novel in the literature. In addition, the performance of an ad hoc network using DQMAN is compared to that obtained when using the DCF of the IEEE 802.11, as a benchmark reference.

  5. Personal Continuity of Care in a University-Based Primary Care Practice: Impact on Blood Pressure Control.

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    Nik Sherina Hanafi

    Full Text Available Continuity of care is an important quality outcome of patient care. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between personal continuity and blood pressure (BP control among the patients with hypertension in an academic primary care centre. Between January and May 2012, we conducted a retrospective review of medical records of patients with hypertension who had been followed up for at least 1 year in the Primary Care Clinic, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia. In this setting, doctors who provided care for hypertension included postgraduate family medicine trainees, non-trainee doctors and academic staff. Systematic random sampling (1:4 was used for patient selection. BP control was defined as less than 130/80 mm Hg for patients with diabetes mellitus, proteinuria and chronic kidney disease and less than 140/90 mm Hg for all other patients. Continuity of care was assessed using the usual provider continuity index (UPCI, which is the ratio of patient visits to the usual provider to the total number of visits to all providers in 1 year. A UPC index of zero denotes no continuity while an index of one reflects perfect continuity with only the usual provider. We reviewed a total of 1060 medical records. The patients' mean age was 62.0 years (SD 10.4. The majority was women (59.2% and married (85.7%. The mean number of visits in a year was 3.85 (SD 1.36. A total of 72 doctors had provided consultations (55 postgraduate family medicine trainees, 8 non-trainee doctors and 9 academic staff. The mean UPCI was 0.43 (SD 0.34. Target BP was achieved in 42% of the patients. There was no significant relationship between BP control and personal continuity after adjustment for total number of visits. Continuity of care was not associated with BP control in our centre. Further studies are needed to explore the reasons for this.

  6. Personal Continuity of Care in a University-Based Primary Care Practice: Impact on Blood Pressure Control.

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    Hanafi, Nik Sherina; Abdullah, Adina; Lee, Ping Yein; Liew, Su May; Chia, Yook Chin; Khoo, Ee Ming

    2015-01-01

    Continuity of care is an important quality outcome of patient care. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between personal continuity and blood pressure (BP) control among the patients with hypertension in an academic primary care centre. Between January and May 2012, we conducted a retrospective review of medical records of patients with hypertension who had been followed up for at least 1 year in the Primary Care Clinic, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia. In this setting, doctors who provided care for hypertension included postgraduate family medicine trainees, non-trainee doctors and academic staff. Systematic random sampling (1:4) was used for patient selection. BP control was defined as less than 130/80 mm Hg for patients with diabetes mellitus, proteinuria and chronic kidney disease and less than 140/90 mm Hg for all other patients. Continuity of care was assessed using the usual provider continuity index (UPCI), which is the ratio of patient visits to the usual provider to the total number of visits to all providers in 1 year. A UPC index of zero denotes no continuity while an index of one reflects perfect continuity with only the usual provider. We reviewed a total of 1060 medical records. The patients' mean age was 62.0 years (SD 10.4). The majority was women (59.2%) and married (85.7%). The mean number of visits in a year was 3.85 (SD 1.36). A total of 72 doctors had provided consultations (55 postgraduate family medicine trainees, 8 non-trainee doctors and 9 academic staff). The mean UPCI was 0.43 (SD 0.34). Target BP was achieved in 42% of the patients. There was no significant relationship between BP control and personal continuity after adjustment for total number of visits. Continuity of care was not associated with BP control in our centre. Further studies are needed to explore the reasons for this.

  7. Data Randomization and Cluster-Based Partitioning for Botnet Intrusion Detection.

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    Al-Jarrah, Omar Y; Alhussein, Omar; Yoo, Paul D; Muhaidat, Sami; Taha, Kamal; Kim, Kwangjo

    2016-08-01

    Botnets, which consist of remotely controlled compromised machines called bots, provide a distributed platform for several threats against cyber world entities and enterprises. Intrusion detection system (IDS) provides an efficient countermeasure against botnets. It continually monitors and analyzes network traffic for potential vulnerabilities and possible existence of active attacks. A payload-inspection-based IDS (PI-IDS) identifies active intrusion attempts by inspecting transmission control protocol and user datagram protocol packet's payload and comparing it with previously seen attacks signatures. However, the PI-IDS abilities to detect intrusions might be incapacitated by packet encryption. Traffic-based IDS (T-IDS) alleviates the shortcomings of PI-IDS, as it does not inspect packet payload; however, it analyzes packet header to identify intrusions. As the network's traffic grows rapidly, not only the detection-rate is critical, but also the efficiency and the scalability of IDS become more significant. In this paper, we propose a state-of-the-art T-IDS built on a novel randomized data partitioned learning model (RDPLM), relying on a compact network feature set and feature selection techniques, simplified subspacing and a multiple randomized meta-learning technique. The proposed model has achieved 99.984% accuracy and 21.38 s training time on a well-known benchmark botnet dataset. Experiment results demonstrate that the proposed methodology outperforms other well-known machine-learning models used in the same detection task, namely, sequential minimal optimization, deep neural network, C4.5, reduced error pruning tree, and randomTree.

  8. A Low-Latency TDMA Scheduler for Multi-hop Cluster Based MANETs with Directional Antennas

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    Iannacone, Michael; Al-Mousa, Yamin; Martin, Nicholas; Shenoy, Nirmala; Fischer, John

    For Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) applications which involve large propagation delays and/or directional antennas, a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Medium Access Control (MAC) is a resource- and bandwidth-efficient solution. Meanwhile, clustering is a solution to the scalability and high mobility which is commonly required by MANETs. Here we develop a system which combines a TDMA MAC using directional antennas with the Multi-Meshed Tree (MMT) algorithm, which handles clustering and routing tasks. Some of the benefits of this combination include being able to synchronously schedule all intra-cluster routes as they are formed, being able to optimize the intra-cluster schedules for low latency, and being able to calculate these schedules with knowledge of only the intra-cluster topology, which is already maintained by MMT. We first analytically determine the end-to-end latency under various cases, and then confirm these results for several cases through OPNET simulation. Additionally, we note the high degree of slot re-use which is possible due to the use of directional antennas, which is demonstrated by the simulation results.

  9. Structurally coupled inversion of ERT and refraction seismic data combined with cluster-based model integration

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    Hellman, Kristofer; Ronczka, Mathias; Günther, Thomas; Wennermark, Marcus; Rücker, Carsten; Dahlin, Torleif

    2017-08-01

    Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and refraction seismics are among the most frequently used geophysical methods for site-investigations and the combined results can be very helpful to fill in the gaps between the point measurements made by traditional geotechnical methods such as Cone Penetration Test (CPT), core-drilling and geophysical borehole logging. The interpretation of the results from a geophysical investigation constituting a single method often yields ambiguous results. Hence, an approach utilizing multiple techniques is often necessary. To facilitate interpretation of such a combined dataset, we propose a more controlled and objective approach and present a method for a structurally coupled inversion of 2D electrical resistivity and refraction seismic data using unstructured meshes. Mean shift clustering is used to combine the two images and to compare the separate and coupled inversion methodologies. Two synthetic examples are used to demonstrate the method, and a field-data example is included as a proof of concept. In all cases a significant improvement by the coupling is visible. The methodology can be used as a tool for improved data interpretation and for obtaining a more comprehensive and complete picture of the subsurface by combining geophysical methods.

  10. 高校财务内部控制问题及对策分析%Analysis of Problems of University's Financial Internal Control and Countermeasures

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    王鸿

    2011-01-01

    完善高校财务内部控制不仅能查错防弊,更重要的是能提高办学效率和组织机构的有效经营.本文就目前高校财务管理内部控制方面存在的主要问题进行了分析,并提出加强高校财务管理内部控制的方法与对策.%Improving the financial internal control of universities can not only detect faults and frauds, but the more important is to improve the efficiency of school-running and effective management of organization. In this paper, the main problems of current financial internal control of universities were analyzed, and methods and countermeasures to strengthen the financial internal control of universities were put forward.

  11. Screening and Brief Interventions for Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Use among University Students in South Africa: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Hendry van der Heever

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI for alcohol problems among university students in South Africa. The study design for this efficacy study is a randomized controlled trial with 6- and 12-month follow-ups to examine the effects of a brief alcohol intervention to reduce alcohol use by hazardous and harmful drinkers in a university setting. The unit of randomization is the individual university student identified as a hazardous or harmful drinker attending public recruitment venues in a university campus. University students were screened for alcohol problems, and those identified as hazardous or harmful drinkers were randomized into an experimental or control group. The experimental group received one brief counseling session on alcohol risk reduction, while the control group received a health education leaflet. Results indicate that of the 722 screened for alcohol and who agreed to participate in the trial 152 (21.1% tested positive for the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT (score 8 or more. Among the 147 (96.7% university students who also attended the 12-month follow-up session, the intervention effect on the AUDIT score was −1.5, which was statistically significant (P = 0.009. Further, the depression scores marginally significantly decreased over time across treatment groups, while other substance use (tobacco and cannabis use, self-rated health status and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD scores did not change over time across treatment groups. The study provides evidence of effective brief intervention by assistant nurses with hazardous and harmful drinkers in a university setting in South Africa. The short duration of the brief intervention makes it a realistic candidate for use in a university setting.

  12. Projections of Temperature-Attributable Premature Deaths in 209 U.S. Cities Using a Cluster-Based Poisson Approach

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    Schwartz, Joel D.; Lee, Mihye; Kinney, Patrick L.; Yang, Suijia; Mills, David; Sarofim, Marcus C.; Jones, Russell; Streeter, Richard; St. Juliana, Alexis; Peers, Jennifer; hide

    2015-01-01

    Background: A warming climate will affect future temperature-attributable premature deaths. This analysis is the first to project these deaths at a near national scale for the United States using city and month-specific temperature-mortality relationships. Methods: We used Poisson regressions to model temperature-attributable premature mortality as a function of daily average temperature in 209 U.S. cities by month. We used climate data to group cities into clusters and applied an Empirical Bayes adjustment to improve model stability and calculate cluster-based month-specific temperature-mortality functions. Using data from two climate models, we calculated future daily average temperatures in each city under Representative Concentration Pathway 6.0. Holding population constant at 2010 levels, we combined the temperature data and cluster-based temperature-mortality functions to project city-specific temperature-attributable premature deaths for multiple future years which correspond to a single reporting year. Results within the reporting periods are then averaged to account for potential climate variability and reported as a change from a 1990 baseline in the future reporting years of 2030, 2050 and 2100. Results: We found temperature-mortality relationships that vary by location and time of year. In general, the largest mortality response during hotter months (April - September) was in July in cities with cooler average conditions. The largest mortality response during colder months (October-March) was at the beginning (October) and end (March) of the period. Using data from two global climate models, we projected a net increase in premature deaths, aggregated across all 209 cities, in all future periods compared to 1990. However, the magnitude and sign of the change varied by cluster and city. Conclusions: We found increasing future premature deaths across the 209 modeled U.S. cities using two climate model projections, based on constant temperature

  13. Determination of absolute proper motion of open clusters based on the UCAC2 catalogue for distances between 200 and 500 pc from the Sun

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    Orellana, R.; de Biasi, M. S.

    We present a kinematical study of open clusters based on the UCAC2 catalogue position and proper motions up to magnitud V=16.0, for distances between 200 and 500 pc from the Sun. We determined absolute proper motions and membership of the following open clusters: NGC 752, IC 348, Collinder 132, Allesi 3 and Stephenson 1. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  14. Two-year randomized controlled clinical study of a one step universal adhesive and a 2-step self-etch adhesive in Class II resin composite restorations

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    van Dijken, Jan WV; Pallesen, Ulla

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    Purpose: To evaluate in a randomized clinical evaluation the 2-year clinical durability of a one-step universal adhesive bonding system and compare it intraindividually with a 2-step self-etch adhesive in Class II restorations. Materials and Methods: Each of 57 participants (mean age 58.3 yr......) success rates (p>0.05). Annual failure rates were 1.8% and 2.6%, respectively.The main reason for failure was resin composite fracture. Conclusion: Class II resin composite restorations placed with a one-step universal adhesive showed good short time effectiveness.......) received at least two, as similar as possible, extended Class II restorations. The cavities in each of the 60 individual pairs of cavities were randomly distributed to the 1-step universal adhesive (All Bond Universal: AU) and the control 2-step self-etch adhesive (Optibond XTR: OX). A low shrinkage resin...

  15. Quality Control Review of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP FY 2014 Single Audit of Carnegie Mellon University

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    Mellon University (Report No. DODIG-2016-034) We are providing this report for your information and use. We considered management comments on a draft...Mellon University Mission Our mission is to provide independent, relevant, and timely oversight of the Department of Defense that supports the...ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA 22350-1500 December 17, 2015 Audit Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Board of Trustees Carnegie Mellon University Director, Sponsored

  16. Three-Input Single-Output Electronically Controllable Dual-Mode Universal Biquad Filter Using DO-CCCIIs

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    Full Text Available This article presents a dual-mode (voltage-mode and current-mode universal biquadratic filter performing completely standard functions: lowpass, highpass, bandpass, band-reject, and allpass functions, based on plus-type dual-output second-generation, current controlled, current conveyor (DO-CCCII+. The features of the circuit are that the bandwidth and natural frequency can be tuned electronically via the input bias currents: the circuit description is very simple, consisting of merely 2 DO-CCCIIs and 2 capacitors: the circuit can provide either the voltage-mode or current-mode filter without changing circuit topology. Additionally, each function response can be selected by suitably selecting input signals with digital method. Without any external resistors, the proposed circuit is very suitable to further develop into an integrated circuit. The PSPICE simulation results are depicted. The given results agree well with the theoretical anticipation. The maximum power consumption is approximately 1.81 mW at ±1.5 V supply voltages.

  17. [Quality of life according to self-perceived weight, weight control behaviors, and gender among adolescent university students in Mexico].

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    Hidalgo-Rasmussen, Carlos Alejandro; Hidalgo-San Martín, Alfredo; Rasmussen-Cruz, Bettylú; Montaño-Espinoza, Rosa

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze quality of life (QoL) according to self-perceived weight and weight control behaviors, by gender. The sample consisted of 2,401 adolescent students (17-19 years of age) enrolled from 2007 to 2009 at a Mexican university; 61.9% were women, 19.4% worked, and 99.2% were single. An online self-administered questionnaire was used that included the perceptual module of the YQOL-R and seven items on body weight, adapted from YRBS 2007. 52% of women and 31.7% of men were attempting to lose weight. The highest QoL scores were in students who felt they were near the right weight, those who were attempting to maintain the same weight, and those who exercised. Lowest QoL was reported by those who considered themselves overweight, were trying to lose weight, were eating less, were skipping meals, or were using unsupervised dieting, vomiting, or laxatives. In women, QoL differed between those maintaining the same weight, gaining weight, and losing weight, while QoL in men only differed for those attempting to gain weight. The findings could be useful in educational processes, preventive programs, and assessment of interventions.

  18. Malignant melanoma and radiotherapy: past myths, excellent local control in 146 studied lesions at Georgetown University, and improving future management

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    Jahanshahi, Pooya; Nasr, Nadim; Unger, Keith; Batouli, Ali; Gagnon, Gregory J

    2012-01-01

    .... We conducted a retrospective study of all patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy at Georgetown University Hospital from May 2002 through November 2008...

  19. Improving cluster-based methods for investigating potential for insect pest species establishment: region-specific risk factors

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    Michael J. Watts

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Existing cluster-based methods for investigating insect species assemblages or profiles of a region to indicate the risk of new insect pest invasion have a major limitation in that they assign the same species risk factors to each region in a cluster. Clearly regions assigned to the same cluster have different degrees of similarity with respect to their species profile or assemblage. This study addresses this concern by applying weighting factors to the cluster elements used to calculate regional risk factors, thereby producing region-specific risk factors. Using a database of the global distribution of crop insect pest species, we found that we were able to produce highly differentiated region-specific risk factors for insect pests. We did this by weighting cluster elements by their Euclidean distance from the target region. Using this approach meant that risk weightings were derived that were more realistic, as they were specific to the pest profile or species assemblage of each region. This weighting method provides an improved tool for estimating the potential invasion risk posed by exotic species given that they have an opportunity to establish in a target region.

  20. A robust cluster-based dynamic-super-node scheme for hybrid peer-to-peer network

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    2007-01-01

    Hybrid peer-to-peer (P2P) system can improve the performance of the entire system using super-peer. But it is difficult to measure a peer's capability exactly and ensure high reliability of the network. This paper proposes a scheme to solve these problems. Firstly, we present a hybrid P2P network in which the upper layer is Chord network and the lower layer is cluster. Then we provide a strategy to measure a peer's capability so that a cluster can be organized to be a sorting network in which peers are classified into three types: dynamic-super-node (DSN), backup-node (BN) and ordinary-node (ON). In a cluster, DSN and BNs are strongly connected. And based on this, we present an algorithm DSN flood min (DSNFM) to select DSN BN and maintain consensus of the cluster. Furthermore, we do a reliability analysis of the cluster based on churn rate of the network and gathered three rules of thumb from our simulations.

  1. ~PEKING UNIVERSITY

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    Type of Company: Government institution. New Preparartions and Late-Model Drug Delivery System Technical Plaform of Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a national technical plaform for developing new and important drugs. The person in charge for the platform is a pharmaceutical science professor of Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The plaform selects the following as the main research areas: late-model carrier drug delivery system, biotechnological drug delivery system, mucous and transdermal drug delivery system, oral controlled-release drug delivery system, and four corresponding research teams are set up to study in depth the main problems and key issues.

  2. An Infection Control Program for a 2009 Influenza A H1N1 Outbreak in a University-Based Summer Camp

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    Tsalik, Ephraim L.; Cunningham, Coleen K.; Cunningham, Hannah M.; Lopez-Marti, Maria G.; Sangvai, Devdutta G.; Purdy, William K.; Anderson, Deverick J.; Thompson, Jessica R.; Brown, Monte; Woods, Christopher W.; Jaggers, L. Brett; Hendershot, Edward F.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives: Describe two 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreaks in university-based summer camps and the implementation of an infection control program. Participants: 7,906 campers across 73 residential camps from May 21-August 2, 2009. Methods: Influenza-like-illness (ILI) was defined as fever with cough and/or sore throat. Influenza A was identified…

  3. The Effects of a Pedometer-Based Intervention on First-Year University Students: A Randomized Control Trial

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    Sharp, Paul; Caperchione, Cristina

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To assess the effects of a 12-week pedometer-based intervention on the physical activity behavior, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and psychological well-being of first-year university students. Participants: First-year university students (N = 184) were recruited during September 2012 and randomly assigned to an intervention…

  4. Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) quality control of solar radiation data on the Gangneung-Wonju National University radiation station

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    Zo, Il-Sung; Jee, Joon-Bum; Kim, Bu-Yo; Lee, Kyu-Tae

    2017-02-01

    Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU) radiation station has been collecting data on global, direct, and diffuse solar radiation since 2011. We conducted a quality control (QC) assessment of GWNU data collected between 2012 and 2014, using procedures outlined by the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN). The QC process involved the comparison of observations, the correction of observational equipment, the examination of physically possible limits, and the comparative testing of observations and model calculations. Furthermore, we performed a shading check of the observational environment around the GWNU solar station. For each solar radiation element (observed every minute), we performed a QC check and investigated any flagged problems. 98.31% of the data were classified as good quality, while the remaining 1.69% were flagged as bad quality based on the shading check and comparison tests. We then compared the good-quality data to the global solar radiation data observed at the Gangwon Regional Office of Meteorology (GROM). After performing this comparison, the determination coefficient (R2; 0.98) and standard deviation (SD; 0.92 MJ m-2) increased compared to those computed before the QC check (0.97 and 1.09 MJ m-2). Even considering the geographical differences and weather effects between the two stations, these results are statistically significant. However, we also confirmed that the quality of the GROM data deteriorated in relation to weather conditions because of poor maintenance. Hence, we conclude that good-quality observational data rely on the maintenance of both observational equipment and the surrounding environment under optimal conditions.

  5. Structural variation from heterometallic cluster-based 1D chain to heterometallic tetranuclear cluster: Syntheses, structures and magnetic properties

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    Zhang, Shu-Hua, E-mail: zsh720108@163.com [College of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Zhao, Ru-Xia; Li, He-Ping; Ge, Cheng-Min; Li, Gui; Huang, Qiu-Ping [College of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Zou, Hua-Hong, E-mail: zouhuahong@163.com [School of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541004 (China)

    2014-08-15

    Using the solvothermal method, we present the comparative preparation of ([Co{sub 3}Na(dmaep){sub 3}(ehbd)(N{sub 3}){sub 3}]·DMF){sub n} (1) and [Co{sub 2}Na{sub 2}(hmbd){sub 4}(N{sub 3}){sub 2}(DMF){sub 2}] (2), where Hehbd is 3-ethoxy-2-hydroxy-benzaldehyde, Hhmbd is 3-methoxy-2-hydroxy-benzaldehyde, and Hdmaep is 2-dimethylaminomethyl-6-ethoxy-phenol, which was synthesized by an in-situ reaction. Complexes 1 and 2 were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Complex 1 is a novel heterometallic cluster-based 1-D chain and 2 is a heterometallic tetranuclear cluster. The (Co{sub 3}{sup II}Na) and (Co{sub 2}{sup II}Na{sub 2}) cores display dominant ferromagnetic interaction from the nature of the binding modes through μ{sub 1,1,1}-N{sub 3}{sup –} (end-on, EO). - Graphical abstract: Two novel cobalt complexes have been prepared. Compound 1 consists of tetranuclear (Co{sub 3}{sup II}Na) units, which further formed a 1-D chain. Compound 2 is heterometallic tetranuclear cluster. Two complexes display dominant ferromagnetic interaction. - Highlights: • Two new heterometallic complexes have been synthesized by solvothermal method. • The stereospecific blockade of the ligands in the synthesis system seems to be the most important synthetic parameter. • The magnetism studies show that 1 and 2 exhibit ferromagnetic interactions. • Complex 1 shows slowing down of magnetization and not blocking of magnetization.

  6. The effectiveness of brief personalized normative feedback in reducing alcohol-related problems amongst University students: protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    Foxcroft David R

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Studies have shown that university/college students tend to have an exaggerated view of the quantities of alcohol being consumed by their peers. Making students aware of this misperception may help change behaviour and reduce problem drinking. Methods/Design A Solomon Three Group Design will be used. There is one intervention group and two control groups, controlling separately for measurement and for intervention effects. Recruitment, consent, randomisation and data collection are all on-line. The primary outcomes are AUDIT Score, weekly consumption, perceived social norms, and alcohol related problems; secondary outcomes include alcohol expectancies and other health behaviours. Discussion This trial will provide information on the effectiveness of an on-line personalized normative feedback intervention for alcohol misuse in university students. Trial registration International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number: ISRCTN30784467

  7. 高校产业税务风险管控%Management and Control of the Tax Risk of University Industry

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    严先锋; 顾岚敏

    2011-01-01

    As a class of business risk, tax risk of university industry is always a significant risk factor can not be ignored. This paper introduces the concept of tax risk, analyzes the causes of tax risk of university industry, and proposes the measures to manage and control the tax risk of university industry, for reference.%作为商业风险的一类,高校产业税务风险始终是一个不可忽略的重要风险因素.文中介绍了税务风险的概念,分析了高校产业税务风险形成原因,并提出了高校产业税务风险的管控措施,以供参考.

  8. 高校内部控制新探讨%A New Probe into the Internal Control in Colleges and Universities

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    杨雅兰

    2011-01-01

    With the deepening of reform in colleges and universities, gradually enlarging the decision making power, and the diversification of economy pattern, it is imperative to establish impeccable internal control. Based on the national long-term educational plan and the requirements of the enterprise internal control standard, with the current problems of the internal control in colleges and universities, the paper puts forward some methods for the development of internal control in colleges and universities, such as strengthening the of internal control, building positive internal control environment, establishing and perfecting the internal control system, implementing comprehensive budget management and internal control auditing and so on.%随着高校改革的深入发展,高校自主权的逐步扩大,经济模式的多元化,建立完善的内部控制制度已经势在必行。基于国家对未来中长期教育发展的要求,同时借鉴《企业内部控制基本规范》,结合当前高校内部控制中存在的问题,本文提出强化内部控制意识、营造积极的内部控制环境、建立健全内部控制制度、实施全面预算管理及内部控制审计等实现高校内部控制的途径与方法。

  9. 我国高校内部会计控制系统设计%The Design of the Internal Accounting Control System in Chinese Colleges and Universities

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    葛玉杰

    2011-01-01

    At present, quite a few chinese colleges and universities have internal accounting control systems whose design isn't perfect and has caused a lot of problems in practice. The colleges and universities should comprehend the theory of internal control deeply and implement the regulations of internal accounting control thoroughly. The improvement of the internal accounting control system designing should be centered by the key sections that influence the reformation and development of colleges and universities, which include financing and investing, extra-budget revenue, fund expenditure, real assets and so on.%现今,我国很多高校都有内部会计控制系统,但设计并不完善,实施过程中问题很多。高校对内部控制理论的理解有待深化,对《内部会计控制规范》的贯彻也不够彻底。改进内部会计控制系统设计,应当以影响高校改革与发展的关键环节为突破口,具体包括筹资与投资、预算外收入、经费支出和高校实物资产等方面。

  10. Risk factors for overweight and obesity in adolescents of a Brazilian University: a case-control study Factores de riesgo para el sobrepeso y a obesidad en adolescentes de una Universidad de Brasil: un estudio de casos-control

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    I. H. Carvalho Francescantonio Menezes; M. Borges Neutzling; J. A. de Aguiar Carrazedo Taddei

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the risk factors associated to overweight and obesity in freshmen of a public university in the Center-West region of Brazil. Methods: A case-control study comprising 1,465 adolescents, identifying 106 cases (Body Mass Index (BMI)> = 85th percentile of National Center for Health Statistics -NCHS) and 233 controls (BMI > 5th and < 85th percentile of NCHS). Interviews were made to collect information on socioeconomic data, eating habits, physical activity and health habits....

  11. A theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students (U@Uni:LifeGuide): results from a repeat randomized controlled trial.

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    Cameron, David; Epton, Tracy; Norman, Paul; Sheeran, Paschal; Harris, Peter R; Webb, Thomas L; Julious, Steven A; Brennan, Alan; Thomas, Chloe; Petroczi, Andrea; Naughton, Declan; Shah, Iltaf

    2015-12-07

    This paper reports the results of a repeat trial assessing the effectiveness of an online theory-based intervention to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in new university students. The original trial found that the intervention reduced the number of smokers at 6-month follow-up compared with the control condition, but had non-significant effects on the other targeted health behaviours. However, the original trial suffered from low levels of engagement, which the repeat trial sought to rectify. Three weeks before staring university, all incoming undergraduate students at a large university in the UK were sent an email inviting them to participate in the study. After completing a baseline questionnaire, participants were randomly allocated to intervention or control conditions. The intervention consisted of a self-affirmation manipulation, health messages based on the theory of planned behaviour and implementation intention tasks. Participants were followed-up 1 and 6 months after starting university. The primary outcome measures were portions of fruit and vegetables consumed, physical activity levels, units of alcohol consumed and smoking status at 6-month follow-up. The study recruited 2,621 students (intervention n=1346, control n=1275), of whom 1495 completed at least one follow-up (intervention n=696, control n=799). Intention-to-treat analyses indicated that the intervention had a non-significant effect on the primary outcomes, although the effect of the intervention on fruit and vegetable intake was significant in the per-protocol analyses. Secondary analyses revealed that the intervention had significant effects on having smoked at university (self-report) and on a biochemical marker of alcohol use. Despite successfully increasing levels of engagement, the intervention did not have a significant effect on the primary outcome measures. The relatively weak effects of the intervention, found in both the original and repeat trials, may be due to the focus on

  12. A theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students (U@Uni): results from a randomised controlled trial.

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    Epton, Tracy; Norman, Paul; Dadzie, Aba-Sah; Harris, Peter R; Webb, Thomas L; Sheeran, Paschal; Julious, Steven A; Ciravegna, Fabio; Brennan, Alan; Meier, Petra S; Naughton, Declan; Petroczi, Andrea; Kruger, Jen; Shah, Iltaf

    2014-06-05

    Too few young people engage in behaviours that reduce the risk of morbidity and premature mortality, such as eating healthily, being physically active, drinking sensibly and not smoking. This study sought to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a theory-based online health behaviour intervention (based on self-affirmation theory, the Theory of Planned Behaviour and implementation intentions) targeting these behaviours in new university students, in comparison to a measurement-only control. Two-weeks before starting university all incoming undergraduates at the University of Sheffield were invited to take part in a study of new students' health behaviour. A randomised controlled design, with a baseline questionnaire, and two follow-ups (1 and 6 months after starting university), was used to evaluate the intervention. Primary outcomes were measures of the four health behaviours targeted by the intervention at 6-month follow-up, i.e., portions of fruit and vegetables, metabolic equivalent of tasks (physical activity), units of alcohol, and smoking status. The study recruited 1,445 students (intervention n = 736, control n = 709, 58% female, Mean age = 18.9 years), of whom 1,107 completed at least one follow-up (23% attrition). The intervention had a statistically significant effect on one primary outcome, smoking status at 6-month follow-up, with fewer smokers in the intervention arm (8.7%) than in the control arm (13.0%; Odds ratio = 1.92, p = .010). There were no significant intervention effects on the other primary outcomes (physical activity, alcohol or fruit and vegetable consumption) at 6-month follow-up. The results of the RCT indicate that the online health behaviour intervention reduced smoking rates, but it had little effect on fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity or alcohol consumption, during the first six months at university. However, engagement with the intervention was low. Further research is needed before strong conclusions can be

  13. 加强高校内部会计控制的探讨%A discussion on strengthening the internal accounting control in colleges and universities

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    蔡兰英

    2012-01-01

    This article analyzed present situation and necessity of strengthening internal accounting control of universities.Based on the conclusions,this article put forward some countermeasures to strengthen the internal accounting control in colleges and universities,so as to improve capital efficiency,and prevent fraud and criminal behavior.%本文分析了高等院校内部会计控制存在的问题,以及加强高校内部会计控制的必要性,在此基础上,有针对性地提出了加强高等院校内部会计控制的措施,以提高资金运行效率,防止各类舞弊和犯罪行为的发生。

  14. Personality traits in established schizophrenia: aspects of usability and differences between patients and controls using the Swedish universities Scales of Personality

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    Abstract Background: Personality is considered as an important aspect that can affect symptoms and social function in persons with schizophrenia. The personality questionnaire Swedish universities Scales of Personality (SSP) has not previously been used in psychotic disorder. Aims: To investigate if SSP has a similar internal consistency and factor structure in a psychosis population as among healthy controls and if patients with psychotic disorders differ from non-psychotic individuals in th...

  15. High speed flux feedback for tuning a universal field oriented controller capable of operating in direct and indirect field orientation modes

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    De Doncker, Rik W. A. A.

    1992-01-01

    The direct (d) and quadrature (q) components of flux, as sensed by flux sensors or determined from voltage and current measurements in a direct field orientation scheme, are processed rapidly and accurately to provide flux amplitude and angular position values for use by the vector rotator of a universal field-oriented (UFO) controller. Flux amplitude (linear or squared) is provided as feedback to tune the UFO controller for operation in direct and indirect field orientation modes and enables smooth transitions from one mode to the other.

  16. Association between Health Locus of Control and Health Promotion Behaviors among Employees’ Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in 2013-14

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Work is an important source for establishing livelihoods and social occasions; however, it can also damage on person's health. The aim of the present study was to study of association between health locus of control and health promoting behaviors among employees of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 208 employees of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences by using convenience sampling method. Data were collected by using standard questionnaires of health-promoting lifestyle and multidimensional health locus of control. Data analysis done by SPSS software version 20. Descriptive indicators and linear regression test was used. Results: Among regression models which related to health promoting behavior and its six dimensions, only there was a significant association between total behavior, physical activity and interpersonal relationship dimensions. Between demographic factors and health locus of control only internal health locus of control explained the health promoting behavior and it explained health promoting behavior changes  within 3.2% (R2=3.2%. None of the three health locus of control explained physical activity dimensions, while internal health locus of control explained interpersonal relation dimension positively and chance locus of control explained interpersonal relation dimension negatively and explained interpersonal relation changes within 4.9% (R2=4.9%. Conclusion: Due to the effect of internal health locus of control on health promotion behavior and interpersonal relationships, we should try to internalize locus of control by performing counseling programs to step toward improving employee health by improving behaviors related to health.

  17. Single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based coordination polymers: Reactant- and stoichiometry-dependent syntheses, effective photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Jinfang, E-mail: zjf260@jiangnan.edu.cn [China-Australia Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China); Wang, Chao [China-Australia Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China); Wang, Yinlin; Chen, Weitao [China-Australia Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials, Scientific Research Academy, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Cifuentes, Marie P.; Humphrey, Mark G. [Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Zhang, Chi, E-mail: chizhang@jiangnan.edu.cn [China-Australia Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China)

    2015-11-15

    The systematic study on the reaction variables affecting single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based coordination polymers (CPs) is firstly demonstrated. Five anionic single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based CPs {[Pr_4N][WS_4Cu_3(CN)_2]}{sub n} (1), {[Pr_4N][WS_4Cu_4(CN)_3]}{sub n} (2), {[Pr_4N][WOS_3Cu_3(CN)_2]}{sub n} (3), {[Bu_4N][WOS_3Cu_3(CN)_2]}{sub n} (4) and {[Bu_4N][MoOS_3Cu_3(CN)_2]}{sub n} (5) were prepared by varying the molar ratios of the starting materials, and the specific cations, cluster building blocks and central metal atoms in the cluster building blocks. 1 possesses an anionic 3D diamondoid framework constructed from 4-connected T-shaped clusters [WS{sub 4}Cu{sub 3}]{sup +} and single CN{sup −} bridges. 2 is fabricated from 6-connected planar ‘open’ clusters [WS{sub 4}Cu{sub 4}]{sup 2+} and single CN{sup −} bridges, forming an anionic 3D architecture with an “ACS” topology. 3 and 4 exhibit novel anionic 2-D double-layer networks, both constructed from nest-shaped clusters [WOS{sub 3}Cu{sub 3}]{sup +} linked by single CN{sup −} bridges, but containing the different cations [Pr{sub 4}N]{sup +} and [Bu{sub 4}N]{sup +}, respectively. 5 is constructed from nest-shaped clusters [MoOS{sub 3}Cu{sub 3}]{sup +} and single CN{sup −} bridges, with an anionic 3D diamondoid framework. The anionic frameworks of 1-5, all sustained by single CN{sup −} bridges, are non-interpenetrating and exhibit huge potential void volumes. Employing differing molar ratios of the reactants and varying the cluster building blocks resulted in differing single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based CPs, while replacing the cation ([Pr{sub 4}N]{sup +} vs. [Bu{sub 4}N]{sup +}) was found to have negligible impact on the nature of the architecture. Unexpectedly, replacement of the central metal atom (W vs. Mo) in the cluster building blocks had a pronounced effect on the framework. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activities of heterothiometallic

  18. 柔性太阳能帆板振动变论域白适应模糊控制%Vibration Control of Flexible Solar Panel Based on Variable Universe Adaptive Fuzzy Control

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    许睿; 李东旭

    2012-01-01

    The fuzzy vibration control for the flexible solar panel with piezoelectric smart structure was studied in this paper. The dynamical equations of the solar panel were derived. Based on period variable universe, a variable universe adaptive fuzzy controller was designed according to the speciality of the vibration, which improved precision and adaptive ability of fuzzy control. The simulation results showed that the variable universe adaptive fuzzy controller could suppress the vibrations of the flexible spacecraft solar panel effectively, and it was better than the simple fuzzy controller.%研究了有压电智能结构的柔性太阳能帆板振动的模糊控制。建立了帆板的动力学方程,针对振动问题的特殊性,采用周期变论域设计了变论域自适应模糊控制器,提高了模糊控制的精度和自适应性能。仿真结果表明:变论域自适应模糊控制能有效抑制柔性太阳能帆板的振动,并明显优于简单模糊控制。

  19. Core Web Sites of Universities of Islamic world Countries Capitals

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    Farshid Danesh

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to serve the Islamic researchers, providing a web site is inevitable for Islamic Universities which are in transition from the real to the virtual world and. Today, almost all the major universities in Islamic community have websites. But, in the realization of their mission, it is not clear to what extant these universities were successful in terms of information dissemination. The aim of this paper was to determine the core web sites and evaluate the effectiveness, ranking and collaboration rate among these websites. The formulas of core website determination, co-links and in-links analysis and revised web impact factor were used beside cluster and multidimensional analysis methods in this study. Results showed that "King Saud University" website in Saudi Arabia had the highest visibility and the most authoritative website among all university websites. Also, co-link analysis showed that major Islamic university websites had collaboration in 12 clusters based on clustering analysis and in 11 clusters based on multidimensional analysis, where two of them (Iran and Turkey were national clusters in cluster analysis method. Results analysis indicated that web designers in these universities must identify how to attract links and web traffic in order to promote the quality and content of websites. However, the ultimate success of a website was dependent upon factors such as quality, size, language, and the approximate age of a website which was not limited to one or two factors.

  20. 高校创新型内部控制体系研究%Research on Innovative Internal Control System at Colleges and Universities

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    毛丹; 孔祥忠

    2015-01-01

    The construction of innovative internal control system is an important part to push forward the reform of colleges and universities, its implementation will effectively reduce the management risk, improve the management level and teaching quality. Firstly this paper analyzes the present situation of internal control at colleges and universities, points out the shortages of internal control system construction and weak links. Secondly this paper expounds the connotation of the innovation internal control system in detail and how to construct it. At last this paper provides policy suggestions on how to further strengthen implementation of the innovative internal control system at colleges and universities.%创新型内部控制体系建设是推进高校制度改革的重要环节,它的实施将会有效降低高校管理风险,提高高校管理水平和教学质量。论文首先对高校内部控制现状进行了分析,指出了内控体系建设的不足和薄弱环节;其次详细阐述了创新型内部控制体系的内涵及构建思路;最后文章进一步就如何加强创新型内部控制体系在高校的贯彻实施提供了政策建议。

  1. Self-Control and Academic Performance: Two Field Studies on University Citizenship Behavior and Counterproductive Academic Behavior

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    Zettler, Ingo

    2011-01-01

    Self-control affects, among other things, individuals' performance and criminal or deviant behavior. Herein, the construct of self-control is linked to rather specific criteria in an academic context, as derived from findings in the area of organizational psychology. Specifically, it is assumed that students' self-control impacts university…

  2. Internet-based guided self-help for university students with anxiety, depression and stress: a randomized controlled clinical trial.

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    Day, Victor; McGrath, Patrick J; Wojtowicz, Magdalena

    2013-07-01

    Anxiety, depression and stress, often co-occurring, are the psychological problems for which university students most often seek help. Moreover there are many distressed students who cannot, or choose not to, access professional help. The present study evaluated the efficacy of an internet-based guided self-help program for moderate anxiety, depression and stress. The program was based on standard cognitive behavior therapy principles and included 5 core modules, some of which involved options for focusing on anxiety and/or depression and/or stress. Trained student coaches provided encouragement and advice about using the program via e-mail or brief weekly phone calls. Sixty-six distressed university students were randomly assigned to either Immediate Access or a 6-week Delayed Access condition. Sixty-one percent of Immediate Access participants completed all 5 core modules, and 80% of all participants completed the second assessment. On the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales-21, Immediate Access participants reported significantly greater reductions in depression (ηp(2)=. 07), anxiety (ηp(2)=. 08) and stress (ηp(2)=. 12) in comparison to participants waiting to do the program, and these improvements were maintained at a six month follow-up. The results suggest that the provision of individually-adaptable, internet-based, self-help programs can reduce psychological distress in university students. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Modeling of a data exchange process in the Automatic Process Control System on the base of the universal SCADA-system

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    Topolskiy, D.; Topolskiy, N.; Solomin, E.; Topolskaya, I.

    2016-04-01

    In the present paper the authors discuss some ways of solving energy saving problems in mechanical engineering. In authors' opinion one of the ways of solving this problem is integrated modernization of power engineering objects of mechanical engineering companies, which should be intended for the energy supply control efficiency increase and electric energy commercial accounting improvement. The author have proposed the usage of digital current and voltage transformers for these purposes. To check the compliance of this equipment with the IEC 61850 International Standard, we have built a mathematic model of the data exchange process between measuring transformers and a universal SCADA-system. The results of modeling show that the discussed equipment corresponds to the mentioned Standard requirements and the usage of the universal SCADA-system for these purposes is preferable and economically reasonable. In modeling the authors have used the following software: MasterScada, Master OPC_DI_61850, OPNET.

  4. 高校内部控制及其体系的构建%Internal Control Mechanism and Its System Construction in Colleges and Universities

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    章欢平

    2015-01-01

    Along with the implementation of the strategy of prospering the nation relying on science and education as well as the deepening of the reform of management system, profound changes have taken place in the pattern of teaching, scientific research, and management system, in their social service function and in the fundraising channels of colleges and universities. Thus there appeared a new challenge to their internal control mechanism. By discussing how to display the values by means of internal control in the governance of universities and how to achieve the effective way of organizational goals, the present paper reveals the status quo and problems in the in-ternal control mechanism at universities and attempts to establish a relatively complete internal control system and the goal assessment rating. The practice and innovation of internal control in the management of colleges and uni-versities are then explored and studied.%随着我国科教兴国战略实施和管理体制改革的不断深入,高校的教学、科研与管理模式、社会服务功能、筹资渠道等均发生了深刻的变化,对高校内部控制方面提出了新的挑战。分析了高校内部控制的特点、现状与存在的问题,探讨了内部控制在高校治理中如何体现其价值主张、如何实现组织目标的途径,构建了较完整的高校内部控制体系及内部控制目标等级评定表,并对内部控制在高校治理中的实践与创新进行了探索与研究。

  5. Performance of the Operating Room Personnel in following of the standards of Infection Control in the Educational Hospitals of Yasuj University of Medical Sciences in 2009

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Surgical wound infection is one of the common nosocomial infections. During operation, members of the surgical team which are in contact with the tissue incision should observe the standards of infection control in the operating room since it has a great role in prevention and control of these infections. The present study aimed to determine the performance of the operating room personnel in observing the standards of infection control in educational hospitals of Yasuj University of Medical Sciences in 2009. Materials & Methods: Forty two operating room personnel participated in this cross-sectional analytic-descriptive study. A check list was used for unnoticeably collecting the data about the performance of personnel in respect of infection control standards at three different times. Their performances were classified into four levels (very weak, weak, moderate and good and the results were shown as absolute and relative frequency distribution. Data were analyzed using Chi-square and Fischer exact test by the SPSS software. Results: Performance of personnel in following the standards of infection control in this study was moderate. Conclusion: The results indicate that the participants of the study do not follow some of the standards of infection control in the operating rooms. Therefore, further activities of the committees of infection control and using of new antiseptic for surgical scrub are recommended.

  6. Investigating the usefulness of a cluster-based trend analysis to detect visual field progression in patients with open-angle glaucoma.

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    Aoki, Shuichiro; Murata, Hiroshi; Fujino, Yuri; Matsuura, Masato; Miki, Atsuya; Tanito, Masaki; Mizoue, Shiro; Mori, Kazuhiko; Suzuki, Katsuyoshi; Yamashita, Takehiro; Kashiwagi, Kenji; Hirasawa, Kazunori; Shoji, Nobuyuki; Asaoka, Ryo

    2017-04-27

    To investigate the usefulness of the Octopus (Haag-Streit) EyeSuite's cluster trend analysis in glaucoma. Ten visual fields (VFs) with the Humphrey Field Analyzer (Carl Zeiss Meditec), spanning 7.7 years on average were obtained from 728 eyes of 475 primary open angle glaucoma patients. Mean total deviation (mTD) trend analysis and EyeSuite's cluster trend analysis were performed on various series of VFs (from 1st to 10th: VF1-10 to 6th to 10th: VF6-10). The results of the cluster-based trend analysis, based on different lengths of VF series, were compared against mTD trend analysis. Cluster-based trend analysis and mTD trend analysis results were significantly associated in all clusters and with all lengths of VF series. Between 21.2% and 45.9% (depending on VF series length and location) of clusters were deemed to progress when the mTD trend analysis suggested no progression. On the other hand, 4.8% of eyes were observed to progress using the mTD trend analysis when cluster trend analysis suggested no progression in any two (or more) clusters. Whole field trend analysis can miss local VF progression. Cluster trend analysis appears as robust as mTD trend analysis and useful to assess both sectorial and whole field progression. Cluster-based trend analyses, in particular the definition of two or more progressing cluster, may help clinicians to detect glaucomatous progression in a timelier manner than using a whole field trend analysis, without significantly compromising specificity. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  7. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by The State University of Londrina in Paraná

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    The State University of Londrina in Paraná will organize the XVIII Physics Week. During the meeting, there will be a lecture by professor Pedro Abreu from the Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics Laboratory of Portugal about particle physics in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The lecture will be followed by a virtual visit to the ATLAS experiment at CERN, Switzerland with teachers Denis Damazio (BNL/CERN) and Yara Coutinho (UFRJ/CERN). - See more at: http://atlas-live-virtual-visit.web.cern.ch/atlas-live-virtual-visit/2013/Londrina-2013.html

  8. Single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based coordination polymers: Reactant- and stoichiometry-dependent syntheses, effective photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Jinfang; Wang, Chao; Wang, Yinlin; Chen, Weitao; Cifuentes, Marie P.; Humphrey, Mark G.; Zhang, Chi

    2015-11-01

    The systematic study on the reaction variables affecting single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based coordination polymers (CPs) is firstly demonstrated. Five anionic single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based CPs {[Pr4N][WS4Cu3(CN)2]}n (1), {[Pr4N][WS4Cu4(CN)3]}n (2), {[Pr4N][WOS3Cu3(CN)2]}n (3), {[Bu4N][WOS3Cu3(CN)2]}n (4) and {[Bu4N][MoOS3Cu3(CN)2]}n (5) were prepared by varying the molar ratios of the starting materials, and the specific cations, cluster building blocks and central metal atoms in the cluster building blocks. 1 possesses an anionic 3D diamondoid framework constructed from 4-connected T-shaped clusters [WS4Cu3]+ and single CN- bridges. 2 is fabricated from 6-connected planar 'open' clusters [WS4Cu4]2+ and single CN- bridges, forming an anionic 3D architecture with an "ACS" topology. 3 and 4 exhibit novel anionic 2-D double-layer networks, both constructed from nest-shaped clusters [WOS3Cu3]+ linked by single CN- bridges, but containing the different cations [Pr4N]+ and [Bu4N]+, respectively. 5 is constructed from nest-shaped clusters [MoOS3Cu3]+ and single CN- bridges, with an anionic 3D diamondoid framework. The anionic frameworks of 1-5, all sustained by single CN- bridges, are non-interpenetrating and exhibit huge potential void volumes. Employing differing molar ratios of the reactants and varying the cluster building blocks resulted in differing single cyanide-bridged Mo(W)/S/Cu cluster-based CPs, while replacing the cation ([Pr4N]+ vs. [Bu4N]+) was found to have negligible impact on the nature of the architecture. Unexpectedly, replacement of the central metal atom (W vs. Mo) in the cluster building blocks had a pronounced effect on the framework. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activities of heterothiometallic cluster-based CPs were firstly explored by monitoring the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation, which reveals that 2 exhibits effective photocatalytic properties.

  9. Universal Usability

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    Horton, Sarah; Leventhal, Laura

    Universal usability of World Wide Web (Web) environments—that is, having 90% of households as successful users—requires universal access, usability, and universal design. Factors such as Web technology and user-centered design contribute to universal access and usability, but key to universal usability is a universal design methodology. Universal design principles for the Web follow from universal design principles for the built environment, and emphasize perceptibility, self-explanation, and tailorability for the user. Universally usable Web environments offer the benefit of expanded participation, as well as the unanticipated benefits that generally follow from innovative design initiatives. However, to achieve Web universal usability, Web designers need tools that facilitate the design of intuitive interfaces without sacrificing universal access.

  10. Impact of an infection-control program on nurses' knowledge and attitude in pediatric intensive care units at Cairo University hospitals.

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    Galal, Yasmine S; Labib, John R; Abouelhamd, Walaa A

    2014-04-01

    Healthcare-associated infection is a prominent problem among patients in pediatric intensive care units (PICU) as it could result in significant morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and increase in medical care costs. The role of nurses is extremely important in preventing hazards and sequela of healthcare-associated infections. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a health education program regarding infection-control measures on nurses' knowledge and attitude in PICUs at Cairo University hospitals. This was a pre-post test interventional study in which a convenient sample of 125 nurses was taken from the nursing staff in different PICUs at Cairo University hospitals. The study took place in three phases. In the first phase, the nursing staff's knowledge, attitude and practice concerning infection-control measures were tested using a self-administered pretested questionnaire and an observation checklist. The second phase included health education sessions in the form of powerpoint and video presentations; and in the third phase the nurses' knowledge and attitude on infection-control measures were reassessed. A significantly higher level of knowledge was revealed in the postintervention phase as compared with the preintervention phase with regards to the types of nosocomial infections (94.4 vs. 76.8%, Pcontrol nosocomial infections (89.6 vs. 68%, Pcontrol measures could protect them completely from acquiring infection (79.2 vs. 65.6%, P=0.033). Statistically significant higher total knowledge and attitude scores were revealed in the postintervention phase as compared with the preintervention one (Pattitude after educational program was offered to the nursing staff. Educational training programs should be multidisciplinary interventions in the era of quality control to help healthcare workers realize the importance of basic infection-control measures in reducing pediatric morbidity and mortality and improving the quality of care.

  11. Intentional portal pressure control is key to improving the outcome of living donor liver transplantation: the Kyoto University Hospital experience.

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    Ogura, Yasuhiro; Hori, Tomohide; Uemoto, Shinji

    2008-01-01

    This study indicates that intentional portal pressure control under 20 mmHg can improve patient survival not only for recipients of small-for-size grafts but also in classically appropriately sized grafts undergoing A-LDLT. In a retrospective analysis of 100 transplants with intentional portal pressure control, we found that patient survival was significantly better at an even lower final portal pressure of 15 mmHg. As a result, we have adjusted our target portal pressure control protocol, targeting a final portal pressure below 15 mmHg. Portal pressure control allows living donors to donate the smaller left lobe in many cases, which is safer in terms of living donors' post-operative morbidity. As intentional portal pressure control can overcome size-mismatching between the donor and recipient, we propose that it may also be applied to deceased donor liver grafts and in the split-liver transplant setting when the graft size is considered small for the recipient. Intentional portal pressure control can be applied in many liver transplantation situations to overcome small-for-size problems.

  12. Research on Financial Management and Control for Chinese Non-governmental Universities%民办高校财务管理与控制研究

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    郭新; 邓盼盼

    2014-01-01

    民办高校财务管理水平的高低,直接影响着民办高校的长远利益和持续发展。因此,对自收自支民办高校财务管理问题的研究,对提高其管理水平和管理质量具有重大意义。本文剖析了民办高校财务管理中面临的若干问题及成因,结合民办高校的实际情况,从财务管理指导思想、管理制度、业务流程、内控监督等方面提出相应的改进建议,以期为民办高校加强内部管控,推进精细管理,促进健康发展提供指引。%Financial management is an important part of the higher education administration, and it is of special importance for the development of a non-governmental university with its expense covered by its earning. This article probes into several problems and their causes that are faced by the financial management department of non-governmental universities. Based on the actual situations of non-governmental universities, suggestions are proposed to improve financial management from guiding ideology, management system, business process, internal control and supervision, which strengthen internal monitoring, realize fine-grained financial management, and ultimately safeguard the healthy development of non-governmental universities.

  13. A Cluster-based Virtual MIMO Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks%基于分簇的传感网虚拟MIMO协议

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    宋世玮; 仇建

    2015-01-01

    提出一种应用于无线传感网的新型分簇式虚拟MIMO协议。协议基于簇头轮换,避免大量重新分簇带来的拓扑维护开销,从而提高网络能量效率。在簇间路由中,提出一种新型的“跨跳”操作,以平衡网络中不同节点与簇的能耗和生命周期。仿真实验结果表明,该协议较现有的的虚拟MIMO在能耗总量和均衡上均具有更好的效果。%This paper proposes a novel cluster-based virtual MIMO protocol for wireless sensor networks .The protocol adopts cluster-head rotation to avoid massive re-clustering energy waste as well as improving energy efficiency of the entire network.In the inter-cluster routing, a new operation named “over-jump” is introduced to make energy consumption and lifetime balance among different nodes .The simulation results show that the proposed protocol is more effectively in energy saving and balance, compared with traditional cluster-based virtual MIMO systems.

  14. Large, larger, largest--a family of cluster-based tantalum copper aluminides with giant unit cells. I. Structure solution and refinement.

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    Weber, Thomas; Dshemuchadse, Julia; Kobas, Miroslav; Conrad, Matthias; Harbrecht, Bernd; Steurer, Walter

    2009-06-01

    This is the first of two parts, where we report the structure determination of a novel family of cluster-based intermetallic phases of unprecedented complexity: cF444-Al(63.6)Ta(36.4) (AT-19), a = 19.1663 (1) A, V = 7040 A3, cF(5928-x)-Al(56.6)Cu(3.9)Ta(39.5), x = 20 (ACT-45), a = 45.376 (1) A, V = 93,428 A(3) and cF(23,256-x)-Al(55.4)Cu(5.4)Ta(39.1), x = 122 (ACT-71), a = 71.490 (4) A, V = 365,372 A3. The space group is F43m in all three cases. These cluster-based structures are closely related to the class of Frank-Kasper phases. It is remarkable that all three structures show the same average structure that resembles the cubic Laves phase.

  15. 7 March 2013 -Stanford University Professor N. McKeown FREng, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and B. Leslie, Creative Labs visiting CERN Control Centre and the LHC tunnel with Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers.

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    2013-01-01

    7 March 2013 -Stanford University Professor N. McKeown FREng, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and B. Leslie, Creative Labs visiting CERN Control Centre and the LHC tunnel with Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers.

  16. 红外感应节电器在教室照明中的应用%Application of infrared illumination automatic control equipment in university classroom

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    洪涛; 王力军

    2012-01-01

    某校教学楼宇和教室多,学生上课或者上自习没有固定教室,长明灯等浪费电导致电能损耗过大,为解决这一问题,引入了红外感应照明自动控制设备,通过制定相应控制策略,使得耗电量下降,而且减少了后期和电工管理成本.%The university teaching buildings and classrooms lamp waste electrical leads electric energy loss too large due to the students attend classes or study having no fixed classroom, in order to solve this problem, the paper introduces the infrared illumination automatic control equipment, through the development of the corresponding control strategy, decreasing power consumption and electrician management cost.

  17. Controllability of depth dose distribution for neutron capture therapy at the Heavy Water Neutron Irradiation Facility of Kyoto University Research Reactor.

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    Sakurai, Yoshinori; Kobayashi, Tooru

    2002-10-01

    The updating construction of the Heavy Water Neutron Irradiation Facility of the Kyoto University Research Reactor has been performed from November 1995 to March 1996 mainly for the improvement in neutron capture therapy. On the performance, the neutron irradiation modes with the variable energy spectra from almost pure thermal to epi-thermal neutrons became available by the control of the heavy-water thickness in the spectrum shifter and by the open-and-close of the cadmium and boral thermal neutron filters. The depth distributions of thermal, epi-thermal and fast neutron fluxes were measured by activation method using gold and indium, and the depth distributions of gamma-ray absorbed dose rate were measured using thermo-luminescent dosimeter of beryllium oxide for the several irradiation modes. From these measured data, the controllability of the depth dose distribution using the spectrum shifter and the thermal neutron filters was confirmed.

  18. University Loan Risk Control and Guard Discussion%高校贷款风险控制与防范机制安全

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    李楠

    2009-01-01

    The university loan is the university enhances own synthesis strength, to realize the leap frog development one fund raising way, but it also has certain loan administration out of control problem in its operation process and the fund operates, the total liabilities rate of rise to be excessively quickly improper, the loans interest increases, the present accounting system to the latent financial risk to reflect that the financial risk which and other social risks not full, uses in tightness of money which repays and so on to cause. This article proposed the university loan school financial risk corresponding guard and the countermeasure measure from the risk control and the guard angle.%高校贷款是高校提高自身综合实力、实现跨越式发展的一种资金筹措方式,但在其运作过程中也存在着一定的贷款管理失控问题和因资金运作不当、负债总额增长速度过快、贷款利息增加、现行会计制度对潜在财务风险反映不充分、用于还贷的资金不足等等所导致的财务风险及其他社会风险.从风险控制与防范的角度提出高校贷款办学财务风险相应的防范与对策措施.

  19. Advanced power converters for universal and flexible power management in future electricity network -  Report on Control Strategies

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    Ciobotaru, Mihai; Iov, Florin; Zanchetta, Pericle

    The present document summarizes the work that has been done in Work Package 5 (WP5) where the focus is on modelling and control of the Uniflex-PM system. The models used in the WP5 are described in detail. Since the grid synchronization and monitoring techniques play an important role in the cont......The present document summarizes the work that has been done in Work Package 5 (WP5) where the focus is on modelling and control of the Uniflex-PM system. The models used in the WP5 are described in detail. Since the grid synchronization and monitoring techniques play an important role...

  20. 控制职能对大学执行力的影响%Effect of the control functions on university executive power

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    张奎

    2014-01-01

    Based upon the research on influential factors of execution at home and abroad ,the model of factors influencing university executive power is set up with an analysis of Chinese colleges and universi‐ties .The result shows that control function has a significant effect on the college execution ,and the suggestions to strengthen the managerial control function of university and further to enhance its execu‐tive power are finally put forward .%以我国部分高等院校为研究对象,在总结国内外学者关于执行力影响因素的研究结论基础上,构建了控制职能对大学执行力影响因素模型。研究结果显示控制职能的两个方面,即确立标准与信息沟通,对大学执行力水平影响显著。提出了加强大学管理控制职能,促进大学执行力水平提高的建议。

  1. Analysis of University Library Based on Access Control Data%基于门禁数据的高校图书馆使用分析

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    周琳

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays ,most university libraries are equipped with access control system ,which enables working staff to manage library better .However ,with the continued use of the access control system ,the database is increasing .The researche and exploitation of this big data is very limited in China .This thesis takes the library of Inner Mongolia Normal University as an example to make statistics ,comparison and a‐nalysis ,for better services to readers .%现今国内各个高校图书馆基本都配有门禁系统,能够更加便于工作人员对进馆读者的管理。然而随着门禁系统的持续使用,门禁数据库数据的不断增加,根据此项海量数据的研究和利用却在国内进行的很有限。本文将以内蒙古师范大学盛乐校区图书馆为例,对门禁数据进行统计、对比和分析,为更好地服务读者提供数据支撑。

  2. Long-term outcome of a randomized controlled universal prevention trial through a positive parenting program: is it worth the effort?

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Approximately 20% of children experience internalizing or externalizing DSM-IV-TR disorders. This prevalence rate cannot be reduced through treatment only. Effective preventive interventions are therefore urgently needed. The aim of the current investigation is to evaluate the two-year efficacy of the group Triple P parenting program administered universally for the prevention of child behavior problems. Methods Based on their respective preschool, N = 280 families were randomly assigned either to the parent training or to the control group. The efficacy was analyzed using multi-source assessments, including questionnaires by mother and father, behavioral observation of mother-child interaction, and teacher evaluations. Results At the 2-year follow-up, both parents in the Triple P intervention reported significant reductions in dysfunctional parenting behavior, and mothers also an increase in positive parenting behavior. In addition, mothers reported significant reductions in internalizing and externalizing child behavior. Single-parent mothers in the Triple P intervention did not report significant changes in parenting or child problem behavior which is primarily due to inexplicable high positive effects in single parent mothers of the control group. Neither mother-child interactions nor teacher ratings yielded significant results. Conclusions The results support the long-term efficacy of the Triple P - group program as a universal prevention intervention for changing parenting behavior in two-parent households, but not necessarily in single-parent mothers.

  3. Protocol for the Mindful Student Study: a randomised controlled trial of the provision of a mindfulness intervention to support university students' well-being and resilience to stress.

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    Galante, Julieta; Dufour, Geraldine; Benton, Alice; Howarth, Emma; Vainre, Maris; Croudace, Timothy J; Wagner, Adam P; Stochl, Jan; Jones, Peter B

    2016-11-09

    Levels of stress in UK university students are high, with an increase in the proportion of students seeking help in recent years. Academic pressure is reported as a major trigger. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce stress and is popular among students, but its effectiveness in this context needs to be ascertained. In this pragmatic randomised controlled trial, we hypothesise that the provision of a preventative mindfulness intervention in universities could reduce students' psychological distress during the examination period (primary outcome), improve their resilience to stress up to at least 1 year later, reduce their use of mental health support services and improve academic performance. At least 550 University of Cambridge students free from active crises or severe mental illness will be randomised to joining an 8-week mindfulness course or to mental health provision as usual (one-to-one allocation rate). Psychological distress will be measured using the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation Outcome Measure at baseline, postintervention, examination term and 1-year follow-up. Other outcomes are use of mental health services, inability to sit examinations or special circumstance requests, examination grades, well-being, altruism and coping measured with ecological momentary assessment. Outcome assessment and intention-to-treat primary analysis using linear mixed models adjusted for baseline scores will be blind to intervention allocation. We will also conduct per-protocol, subgroup and secondary outcome analyses. An Independent Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee will be set up. We will systematically monitor for, and react to, possible adverse events. An advisory reference group will comprise student representatives, members of the University Counselling Service and other student welfare staff. Approval has been obtained from Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee (PRE.2015.060). Results will be published in peer-reviewed journals. A lay

  4. Universal Robot Hand Equipped with Tactile and Joint Torque Sensors: Development and Experiments on Stiffness Control and Object Recognition

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    Hiroyuki NAKAMOTO

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Various humanoid robots have been developed and multifunction robot hands which are able to attach those robots like human hand is needed. But a useful robot hand has not been depeveloped, because there are a lot of problems such as control method of many degrees of freedom and processing method of enormous sensor outputs. Realizing such robot hand, we have developed five-finger robot hand. In this paper, the detailed structure of developed robot hand is described. The robot hand we developed has five fingers of multi-joint that is equipped with joint torque sensors and tactile sensors. We report experimental results of a stiffness control with the developed robot hand. Those results show that it is possible to change the stiffness of joints. Moreover we propose an object recognition method with the tactile sensor. The validity of that method is assured by experimental results.

  5. Universal Robot Hand Equipped with Tactile and Joint Torque Sensors: Development and Experiments on Stiffness Control and Object Recognition

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    Hiroyuki NAKAMOTO; Kobayashi, Futoshi; Nobuaki IMAMURA; Shirasawa, Hidenori; Kojima, Fumio

    2007-01-01

    Various humanoid robots have been developed and multifunction robot hands which are able to attach those robots like human hand is needed. But a useful robot hand has not been depeveloped, because there are a lot of problems such as control method of many degrees of freedom and processing method of enormous sensor outputs. Realizing such robot hand, we have developed five-finger robot hand. In this paper, the detailed structure of developed robot hand is described. The robot hand we developed...

  6. Effects of Music Therapy on the Cardiovascular and Autonomic Nervous System in Stress-Induced University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Lee, Kyoung Soon; Jeong, Hyeon Cheol; Yim, Jong Eun; Jeon, Mi Yang

    2016-01-01

    Stress is caused when a particular relationship between the individual and the environment emerges. Specifically, stress occurs when an individual's abilities are challenged or when one's well-being is threatened by excessive environmental demands. The aim of this study was to measure the effects of music therapy on stress in university students. Randomized controlled trial. Sixty-four students were randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 33) or the control group (n = 31). Music therapy. Initial measurement included cardiovascular indicators (blood pressure and pulse), autonomic nervous activity (standard deviation of the normal-to-normal intervals [SDNN], normalized low frequency, normalized high frequency, low/high frequency), and subjective stress. After the first measurement, participants in both groups were exposed to a series of stressful tasks, and then a second measurement was conducted. The experimental group then listened to music for 20 minutes and the control group rested for 20 minutes. A third and final measurement was then taken. There were no significant differences between the two groups in the first or second measurement. However, after music therapy, the experimental group and the control group showed significant differences in all variables, including systolic blood pressure (p = .026), diastolic blood pressure (p = .037), pulse (p stress (p = .026). Classical music tends to relax the body and may stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. These results suggest music therapy as an intervention for stress reduction.

  7. Control Grouped Pedagogical Experiment to Test the Performance of Second-generation Web Maps and the Traditional Maps at the University of Debrecen

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    Dániel Balla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Almost every component of the information society is influenced by elements built on communication technology. Learning also tends to be related to the dynamic usage of computers. Nowadays, a number of applications (online or offline are also available that engage large groups of potential users and simultaneously provide a virtual environment to facilitate learning. This study introduces the self-developed interactive blind map teaching-examining e-learning system of the University of Debrecen. Results of testing the system with a control group are also presented.Both experimental and control groups of students were required to sita test of topographic knowledge following a semester of study. The pass mark for the test was 80%. The experimental group used the new digital environment to study, while the control group prepared for their exam using paper maps in the traditional way. The key research questions addressed by the study were to determine whether exam results obtained by the group using the ‘digital’ method better than those of the control's; and if there were a difference between the exam performances of the two groups, was this statistically significant and, therefore, likely to occur in other similar scenarios?

  8. The Relationship of Experiential Avoidance, Familial Emotional Atmosphere and Self-Control with Online Gaming Addiction in Bachelor Student of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz

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    Arash Zandipayam

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: online game addiction is considered as a compulsive, excessive, uncontrollable and destructive physical and psychological behavior. With regard to the problem of persons with addiction to online gaming in the fields of experiential avoidance, families emotional atmosphere and self-control, this study was carried out with the aim of determining the relationship of experiential avoidance, families emotional atmosphere and self-control with online gaming addiction in the bachelor student of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz. Materials and Methods: The research design was descriptive and correlational, performed on 200 bachelor student of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran. Sampling was conducted using multi-stage random sampling. Information were collected via SPSS 16 and to analyze the data, Pearson’s correlation and regression (inter tests were used. Results: The results showed a significant positive correlation in familial emotional atmosphere and experiential avoidance with addiction to online games and there was a significant negative correlation between self-control and addiction to online games. Regression analysis indicated that familial emotional atmosphere determined 28% of the variance of addiction to online games. Conclusions: The results confirmed the relationship of addiction to online games with familial emotional atmosphere and experiential avoidance, also emphasized on the importance of family environment in intensified use of internet. The results of this study can be used to plan appropriate interventions, including awareness among students and practitioners in the field of symptoms and consequences of addiction to online games, and try to correct the use of internet among users, to prevent and effectively manage this disorder.

  9. The CLIMATE schools combined study: a cluster randomised controlled trial of a universal Internet-based prevention program for youth substance misuse, depression and anxiety.

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    Teesson, Maree; Newton, Nicola C; Slade, Tim; Chapman, Cath; Allsop, Steve; Hides, Leanne; McBride, Nyanda; Mewton, Louise; Tonks, Zoe; Birrell, Louise; Brownhill, Louise; Andrews, Gavin

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    Anxiety, depressive and substance use disorders account for three quarters of the disability attributed to mental disorders and frequently co-occur. While programs for the prevention and reduction of symptoms associated with (i) substance use and (ii) mental health disorders exist, research is yet to determine if a combined approach is more effective. This paper describes the study protocol of a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the CLIMATE Schools Combined intervention, a universal approach to preventing substance use and mental health problems among adolescents. Participants will consist of approximately 8400 students aged 13 to 14-years-old from 84 secondary schools in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland, Australia. The schools will be cluster randomised to one of four groups; (i) CLIMATE Schools Combined intervention; (ii) CLIMATE Schools - Substance Use; (iii) CLIMATE Schools - Mental Health, or (iv) Control (Health and Physical Education as usual). The primary outcomes of the trial will be the uptake and harmful use of alcohol and other drugs, mental health symptomatology and anxiety, depression and substance use knowledge. Secondary outcomes include substance use related harms, self-efficacy to resist peer pressure, general disability, and truancy. The link between personality and substance use will also be examined. Compared to students who receive the universal CLIMATE Schools - Substance Use, or CLIMATE Schools - Mental Health or the Control condition (who received usual Health and Physical Education), we expect students who receive the CLIMATE Schools Combined intervention to show greater delays to the initiation of substance use, reductions in substance use and mental health symptoms, and increased substance use and mental health knowledge. This trial is registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials registry, ACTRN12613000723785.

  10. Implementation of quality control performance criteria and approved guidelines for upgrading of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures in Alexandria University hospitals.

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    Rizk, Mohamed Moustafa M; el-Badawi, Nashwa A; Moez, Pacint E; Khattab, Azza A

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    The aim of the present work was to assess the quality of work in Clinical Pathology Department, Alexandria Main University Hospital, Egypt; as regards the pre-analytical and analytical phases of testing; for later accreditation. This evaluation was performed using inspection sheets that were designed according to the CAP 2006 recommendations. All checklist questions that could not be answered "yes" were considered deficiencies and had to be corrected before being accredited. The questions were classified into ten groups; each group contained a number of questions concerning one of the pre-analytical and analytical assessment activities. We ranked our results into 4 categories according to the degree of fulfillment. The total number of questions that were answered "no" at the start and the end of the study accounted for 64/101 (63.4%) and 34/101 (33.7%) questions respectively. Most of the deficiencies were detected in the pre-analytical phase of the testing process; the first two checklists were used for the evaluation of this phase. At the start of the study, the degree of requirements fulfillment in checklist I and II were 0% and 21.1% respectively. By the end of the study the degree of fulfillment became, 85.7% and 63.2% respectively. Average number of sample rejection due to different causes was evaluated before and after implementing CAP recommendations; these causes include haemolysis, clotted serum, quantity not sufficient, and lost samples; the percentage of rejected samples before implementing CAP recommendations was 15.8%, 1.81%, 0.70%, and 0.51% respectively, while after implementing CAP recommendations it was 7%, 0.77%, 0.08%, and 0.05%, respectively. We concluded that the presence of standardized protocol for the pre-analytical activities had improved the quality of samples received by the lab, and we also concluded that accreditation allows laboratories to evaluate their performance, their compliance with the requirements of the accrediting association

  11. Relationships Between Health Behaviors, Self-Efficacy, and Health Locus of Control of Students at the Universities of the Third Age.

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    Zielińska-Więczkowska, Halina

    2016-02-16

    BACKGROUND This study aimed to determine the relationship of health behaviors with the health locus of control and the sense of self-efficacy against the background of socio-economic factors and self-rated health among students of the Universities of the Third Age (U3As). MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 320 U3A students, with mean age of 67.5 years. The following research tools were used: Health Behavior Inventory (HBI), Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale (MHLC), Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES), and an original survey of the author's own design. RESULTS Mean total HBI and GSES scores were 90.63 and 30.12, respectively. These results are satisfactory. A slight predominance of internal health locus of control was documented. A number of significant correlations were found between the HBI, GSES, and MHLC scores, except for the MHLC subscale expressing the influence of chance. Educational attainment was shown to have a significant impact on the scores for the positive attitude and proper dietary habits subscales of HBI, as well as on the GSES scores. Economic status of the participants influenced the levels of positive attitude, internal health locus of control, and self-efficacy. Furthermore, internal health locus of control was found to be modulated by subjective health of the respondents. The scores for external health locus of control and the influence of chance increased significantly with age. CONCLUSIONS The currently noticeable emphasis placed on lifelong education should serve as a good prognostic factor for health behaviors and personal health resources for years to come.

  12. The near-universal experience of regret among smokers in four countries: findings from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey.

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    Fong, Geoffrey T; Hammond, David; Laux, Fritz L; Zanna, Mark P; Cummings, K Michael; Borland, Ron; Ross, Hana

    2004-12-01

    Regret may be a key variable in understanding the experience of smokers, the vast majority of whom continue to smoke while desiring to quit. We present data from the baseline wave (October-December 2002) of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey, a random-digit-dialed telephone survey of a cohort of over 8,000 adult smokers across four countries--Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia--to estimate the prevalence of regret and to identify its predictors. The proportion of smokers who agreed or agreed strongly with the statement "If you had to do it over again, you would not have started smoking" was extremely high--about 90%--and nearly identical across the four countries. Regret was more likely to be experienced by older smokers, women, those who had tried to quit more often, those who perceived quitting as conferring benefits, those with higher levels of perceived addiction, those who worried about future damage to health, those who perceived smoking as lowering their quality of life, those who perceived higher monetary costs of smoking, and those who believed that smoking is not socially acceptable. This predictive model was the same in all four countries. Regret is thus a near-universal experience among smokers in all four countries, and the factors that predict regret are universal across these four countries. Among other implications for cessation treatment and smoking prevention, this near universality of regret casts doubt on the view of some policy analysts and economists that the decisions to take up and continue smoking are welfare-maximizing for the consumer.

  13. Zhejiang University

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    玄之

    2008-01-01

    In September 1998,a new Zhejiang University was established on the basis of the amalgamation of the four former individual universities,namely Zhejiang University,Hangzhou University,Zhejiang Agricultural University and Zhejiang Medical University,which were all located in the garden city of Hangzhou.Approved by the State Council,the founding of the new Zhejiang University has been a significant move in the reform and development of China’s higher education.The four universities have grown out of the same ancestry,the Qiushi(with the literal meaning of "seeking truth" in Chinese) Academy,which was founded a century ago as one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in China.As a result,they have all inherited from it the spirit of "Qiushi" and at the same time,built up their owndistinctive features in teaching and research.

  14. Fractal universe

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    Khokhlov, D L

    1999-01-01

    The model of the universe is considered in which background of the universe is not defined by the matter but is a priori specified as a homogenous and isotropic flat space. The scale factor of the universe follows the linear law. The scale of mass changes proportional to the scale factor. This leads to that the universe has the fractal structure with a power index of 2.

  15. Meeting the Challenges of Longitudinal Cluster-Based Trials in Schools: Lessons From the Chicago Trial of Positive Action.

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    Lewis, Kendra M; DuBois, David L; Ji, Peter; Day, Joseph; Silverthorn, Naida; Bavarian, Niloofar; Vuchinich, Samuel; Acock, Alan; Malloy, Margaret; Schure, Marc; Flay, Brian R

    2016-11-07

    We describe challenges in the 6-year longitudinal cluster randomized controlled trial (CRCT) of Positive Action (PA), a social-emotional and character development (SECD) program, conducted in 14 low-income, urban Chicago Public Schools. Challenges pertained to logistics of study planning (school recruitment, retention of schools during the trial, consent rates, assessment of student outcomes, and confidentiality), study design (randomization of a small number of schools), fidelity (implementation of PA and control condition activities), and evaluation (restricted range of outcomes, measurement invariance, statistical power, student mobility, and moderators of program effects). Strategies used to address the challenges within each of these areas are discussed. Incorporation of lessons learned from this study may help to improve future evaluations of longitudinal CRCTs, especially those that involve evaluation of school-based interventions for minority populations and urban areas.

  16. Five-year experience of critical incidents associated with patient-controlled analgesia in an Irish University Hospital.

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    Ahmad, I

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a common and effective means of managing post-operative pain. We sought to identify factors that may lead to critical incidents (CIs) in patient safety when using PCA in our institution. METHODS: An observational study of prospectively collected data of patients who received PCA from 2002 to 2006 was performed. All CIs were documented and analysed by staff members of the acute pain service (APS). Cause analysis of CIs was undertaken to determine if measures can be instituted to prevent recurrence of similar events. RESULTS: Over eight thousand patients (8,240) received PCA. Twenty-seven CIs were identified. Eighteen were due to programming errors. Other CIs included co-administration of opioids and oversedation. CONCLUSION: In our institution, the largest contributory factor to CIs with PCAs was programming error. Strategies to minimize this problem include better education and surveillance.

  17. Evening types among german university students score higher on sense of humor after controlling for big five personality factors.

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    Randler, Christoph

    2008-10-01

    Humor research has focused on relationships between humor and various personality traits. As personality and morningness-eveningness, as well as personality and humor, are related based on genetics and neurobehavioral function, one might also expect a relationship between humor and chronotype. 197 students responded to the Composite Scale of Morningness as a measure of chronotype, the Sense of Humor Questionnaire and a 10-item version of the Big Five Inventory. Individuals scoring as evening types reported a greater sense of humor than morning individuals, with higher morningness scores. In a stepwise linear regression, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness, and Chronotype each accounted for a significant amount of variance in sense of Humor scores. That is, the relationship between scores on Sense of Humor and evening orientation was significant after controlling for personality dimensions. Eveningness was related to sense of Humor scores in women but not in men. Social but not cognitive humor was predicted by eveningness.

  18. Control of Surge in Centrifugal Compressor by Using a Nozzle Injection System: Universality in Optimal Position of Injection Nozzle

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    Toshiyuki Hirano

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The passive control method for surge and rotating stall in centrifugal compressors by using a nozzle injection system was proposed to extend the stable operating range to the low flow rate. A part of the flow at the scroll outlet of a compressor was recirculated to an injection nozzle installed on the inner wall of the suction pipe of the compressor through the bypass pipe and injected to the impeller inlet. Two types of compressors were tested at the rotational speeds of 50,000 rpm and 60,000 rpm with the parameter of the circumferential position of the injection nozzle. The present experimental results revealed that the optimum circumferential position, which most effectively reduced the flow rate for the surge inception, existed at the opposite side of the tongue of the scroll against the rotational axis and did not depend on the compressor system and the rotational speeds.

  19. Candidates for Intracluster Planetary Nebulae in the Virgo Cluster based on the Suprime-Cam Narrow-Band Imaging in O[III] and Halpha

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    Okamura, S; Arnaboldi, M; Freeman, K C; Ando, H; Doi, M; Furusawa, H; Gerhard, O E; Hamabe, M; Kimura, M; Kajino, T; Komiyama, Yu; Miyazaki, S; Nakata, F; Napolitano, N R; Ouchi, M; Pannella, M; Sekiguchi, M; Shimasaku, K; Yagi, M

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    We have identified 38 candidates of intracluster planetary nebulae (ICPNe) in a $34'\\times27'$ field in the core of the Virgo cluster based on the Suprime-Cam imaging through two narrow-band filters centered at the redshifted wavelengths of the [OIII]$\\lambda=5007\\AA$ and the Halpha \\lambda=6563\\AA lines. Broad-band images in V and R bands are used to check for any emissions in the adjacent continuum. We describe the method briefly and present the list of intracluster planetary nebulae candidates, together with their finding charts. The ICPN candidates show a highly inhomogeneous distribution, which may suggest an association with the M86-M84 subcluster. Fraction of diffuse intracluster light with respect to total light in galaxies is estimated to be about 10%, leading to an estimate of about 20% for the baryon fraction. Spectroscopic follow up and a wider survey are critical to reveal the nature of intracluster stellar population.

  20. 一种基于分簇的优化定向扩散路由协议%A Cluster- based Optimizing Directed Diffusion Routing Protocol

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    梁小宇; 刘泉; 刘新华

    2011-01-01

    提出了一种优化的路由协议CBODD( cluster- based optimizing directed diffusion).该协议是一种利用被动分簇来简化网络拓扑、抑制泛洪传播产生的冗余消息,从而节约能量,实现能源有效性的定向扩散路由协议.详细描述了CBODD协议及其实现算法,并在NS2上进行了仿真,实验结果表明,该协议相比传统的定向扩散路由协议具有更好的能源有效性和更小的网络延迟.当节点大规模增加时,仍然具有良好的性能.%An optimized routing protocol CBODD (cluster - based optimizing directed diffusion) that was used for directed diffusion was presented to fully utilize the benefits of clustering in the wireless sensor network. CBODD is an energy - efficient routing protocol based on passive clustering, which predigests network topology and saves energy by suppressing the redundant message in plain flooding. The CBODD protocol and its implementation algorithm were described in detail. The routing protocol was simulated in NS2. The results show that CBODD is more energy - efficient and has a good performance even when the number of nodes increased in large scale than traditional directed diffusion routing protocol.

  1. Cluster-based comparison of the peptide mass fingerprint obtained by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. A case study: long-term stability of rituximab.

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    Villacorta, Pablo J; Salmerón-García, Antonio; Pelta, David A; Cabeza, José; Lario, Antonio; Navas, Natalia

    2015-03-07

    We evaluated the use of the peptide mass fingerprint (PMF) obtained by matrix assisted laser desorption and ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) to track changes in the structure of a protein. The first problem we had to overcome was the inherent complexity of the PMF, which makes it difficult to compare. We dealt with this problem by developing a cluster-based comparison algorithm which takes into account the proportional error made by the mass spectrometer. This procedure involves grouping together similar masses in an intelligent manner, so that we can determine which data correspond to the same peptide (any slight differences can be explained as experimental errors), and which of them are too different and thus more likely to represent different peptides. The proposed algorithm was applied to track changes in a commercially available monoclonal antibody (mAb), namely rituximab (RTX), prepared under the usual hospital conditions and stored refrigerated (4 °C) and frozen (-20 °C) for a long term study. PMFs were obtained periodically over three months. For each checked time, five replicates of the PMFs were obtained in order to evaluate the similarities between them by means of the occurrences of the particular peptides (m/z). After applying the algorithm to the PMF, different approaches were used to analyse the results. Surprisingly, all of them suggested that there were no differences between the two storage conditions tested, i.e. the RTX samples were almost equally well preserved when stored refrigerated at 4 °C or frozen at -20 °C. The cluster-based methodology is new in protein mass spectrometry and could be useful as an easy test for major changes in proteins and biopharmaceutics for diverse applications in industry and other fields, and could provide additional stability data in relation to the practical use of anticancer drugs.

  2. Design and FPGA Implementation of a Universal Chaotic Signal Generator Based on the Verilog HDL Fixed-Point Algorithm and State Machine Control

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    Qiu, Mo; Yu, Simin; Wen, Yuqiong; Lü, Jinhu; He, Jianbin; Lin, Zhuosheng

    In this paper, a novel design methodology and its FPGA hardware implementation for a universal chaotic signal generator is proposed via the Verilog HDL fixed-point algorithm and state machine control. According to continuous-time or discrete-time chaotic equations, a Verilog HDL fixed-point algorithm and its corresponding digital system are first designed. In the FPGA hardware platform, each operation step of Verilog HDL fixed-point algorithm is then controlled by a state machine. The generality of this method is that, for any given chaotic equation, it can be decomposed into four basic operation procedures, i.e. nonlinear function calculation, iterative sequence operation, iterative values right shifting and ceiling, and chaotic iterative sequences output, each of which corresponds to only a state via state machine control. Compared with the Verilog HDL floating-point algorithm, the Verilog HDL fixed-point algorithm can save the FPGA hardware resources and improve the operation efficiency. FPGA-based hardware experimental results validate the feasibility and reliability of the proposed approach.

  3. Judicial Humility and Self-Control in University Administrative Case%高校行政案件中的司法谦抑与自制

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    耿宝建

    2013-01-01

      要:对行政诉讼制度而言,应逐渐将包括高等学校在内的行使公共职能组织的管理行为纳入受案范围,打破此类组织自身对纠纷解决的垄断和对司法审查的排斥。而司法在高校行政案件审查时,也应当保持司法谦抑和自制,适当尊重高校自主权,减少司法干预学术的嫌疑。司法的谦抑和自制,在受案范围、受理时机、审查依据、审查强度、裁判方式等诸多方面,都应当予以体现和坚持。%For administrative litigation system, management behavior of organizations including higher learning institutions exercising public functions should be gradually incorporated into the scope of cases accepted, in order to break their dispute resolution monopoly and judicial review exclusion. While in university administrative case review, judicature should also maintain judicial humility and self-control to properly respect university autonomy and reduce suspicion of its academic intervention. Judicial humility and self-control should be reflected and adhered to in many aspects, including the scope of cases accepted, acceptance time, review basis, review intensity, judgment mode, etc.

  4. Effects of physical therapy and relaxation techniques on the parameters of pain in university students with tension-type headache: A randomised controlled clinical trial.

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    Álvarez-Melcón, A C; Valero-Alcaide, R; Atín-Arratibel, M A; Melcón-Álvarez, A; Beneit-Montesinos, J V

    2016-08-01

    Non-pharmacological treatments help control tension-type headache; however, evidence about their effectiveness is still limited. This study evaluates the effectiveness of physical therapy based on cervical spine kinesiotherapy and posture correction exercises compared to a programme of relaxation techniques only (Schultz's Autogenic Training, AT). Tension-type headache is very common among university students. We randomly selected 152 university students with a diagnosis of tension-type headache according to the criteria of the International Headache Society. Eighty-four were women (55.3%) and 68 were men (44.7%). Mean age was 20.42±2.36 years. The study design is a randomised controlled trial of a non-pharmacological intervention with a blinded evaluation of response variables. We compared the results of two independent samples: AT was used in one of the groups while the other group received AT plus cervical spine kinesiotherapy and posture correction training. Patients recorded any changes in the parameters of pain (frequency, intensity, and duration) and drug consumption in a headache diary before treatment, at 4 weeks, and at 3 months. Both interventions achieved a decrease in all the parameters of pain; however, decreases in frequency and intensity were more significant in the combined treatment group (Pactive, non-invasive therapies as AT and cervical spine kinesiotherapy, and especially the combination of both, effectively reduce tension-type headache by preventing and managing the potential psychophysical causes of this disorder. Future research should aim to assess the long-term effects of these interventions. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. Household cost-benefit equations and sustainable universal childhood immunisation: a randomised cluster controlled trial in south Pakistan [ISRCTN12421731

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    Ledogar Robert J

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Household decision-makers decide about service use based largely on the costs and perceived benefits of health interventions. Very often this leads to different decisions than those imagined by health planners, resulting in under-utilisation of public services like immunisation. In the case of Lasbela district in the south of Pakistan, only one in every ten children is immunised despite free immunisation offers by government health services. Methods/design In 32 communities representative of Lasbela district, 3344 households participated in a baseline survey on early child health. In the 18 randomly selected intervention communities, we will stimulate discussions on the household cost-benefit equation, as measured in the baseline. The reference (control communities will also participate in the three annual follow-up surveys, feedback of the general survey results and the usual health promotion activities relating to immunisation, but without focussed discussion on the household cost-benefit equations. Discussion This project proposes knowledge translation as a two-way communication that can be augmented by local and international evidence. We will document cultural and contextual barriers to immunisation in the context of household cost-benefit equations. The project makes this information accessible to health managers, and reciprocally, makes information on immunisation effects and side effects available to communities. We will measure the impact of this two-way knowledge translation on immunisation uptake.

  6. University Internationalization and University Autonomy

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    Turcan and Gulieva deepen our theoretical understanding of the process of university internationalisation by exploring the relationship between university internationalisation and university autonomy. They conjecture that the process of university internationalisation and its sustainability are d......, dissimilar, and sometimes conflicting dimensions of the financial, legal, organisational, staffing, and academic autonomy of the host country, are compromising key aspects of their own autonomy and core mission?...

  7. Targeted prevention of common mental health disorders in university students: randomised controlled trial of a transdiagnostic trait-focused web-based intervention.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A large proportion of university students show symptoms of common mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and eating disorders. Novel interventions are required that target underlying factors of multiple disorders. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of a transdiagnostic trait-focused web-based intervention aimed at reducing symptoms of common mental disorders in university students. METHOD: Students were recruited online (n=1047, age: M=21.8, SD=4.2 and categorised into being at high or low risk for mental disorders based on their personality traits. Participants were allocated to a cognitive-behavioural trait-focused (n=519 or a control intervention (n=528 using computerised simple randomisation. Both interventions were fully automated and delivered online (trial registration: ISRCTN14342225. Participants were blinded and outcomes were self-assessed at baseline, at 6 weeks and at 12 weeks after registration. Primary outcomes were current depression and anxiety, assessed on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9 and Generalised Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD7. Secondary outcome measures focused on alcohol use, disordered eating, and other outcomes. RESULTS: Students at high risk were successfully identified using personality indicators and reported poorer mental health. A total of 520 students completed the 6-week follow-up and 401 students completed the 12-week follow-up. Attrition was high across intervention groups, but comparable to other web-based interventions. Mixed effects analyses revealed that at 12-week follow up the trait-focused intervention reduced depression scores by 3.58 (p<.001, 95%CI [5.19, 1.98] and anxiety scores by 2.87 (p=.018, 95%CI [1.31, 4.43] in students at high risk. In high-risk students, between group effect sizes were 0.58 (depression and 0.42 (anxiety. In addition, self-esteem was improved. No changes were observed regarding the use of alcohol or disordered eating. CONCLUSIONS

  8. Cluster Based Message Dissemination for Broadcasting the Emergency/Warning Messages using a Novel Scheduling in VANETS

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    M. A. Berlin,

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Vehicular ad hoc networks are a special case of mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs. Unlike MANETs, VANET nodes are moving very fast. It becomes quite challenging to maintain a stable path for broadcasting Emergency and Warning (E/ W messages from a risk zone. So routing takes an important role in VANETs. Reducing network overhead, avoiding network congestion, traffic congestion andincreasing packet delivery ratio are the major issues of routing in VANETs. So it is essential to broadcast the risk notification (RN messages such as accident and injury prevention messages, congestion control messages, road condition and other emergency/ warning messages in time to the rear vehicles. In this paper we propose a novel approach to categorize the messages and to give priority for the E/ W messages using a scheduling algorithm. The neighboring vehicles broadcast the RN messages from the risk zone using inter- zone clusters and intra- zone clusters communication to the rear vehicle by applying the proposed scheduling algorithm. Our simulation results show that this approach performs well and produce less network overhead, congestion control and high packet delivery ratio. We compared our approach with the existing protocol.

  9. ROTOR UNBALANCE LOAD CONTROL OF WIND TURBINE BASED ON UNIVERSAL MODEL%基于泛模型的风轮不平衡载荷控制

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    王晓东; 姚兴佳

    2012-01-01

    针对大型变速变桨风电机组风轮的非线性特征和难以建立精确模型的问题,设计了一种基于泛模型的风轮不平衡载荷自适应控制器.根据传感器测量的叶根载荷,对3个叶片进行独立变桨控制,通过3个叶片的桨距角差异来减小风轮的不平衡载荷.在此基础上,以双馈变速变桨机组为对象,通过仿真对该控制器进行了测试,结果表明该方法用于减小风轮的不平衡载荷是可行且有效的.%With the increasing of wind turbine size and rotor diameter, the wind shear, turbulence and tower shadow more and more affect the load of large scale turbine. Dynamic unbalance load become a key in large scale wind turbine design. It is approved that the pitch control can impact on the rotor loads. Considering the difficulty to build the exact model and non-linear character of rotor, an individual controller banded on universal model was developed in to mitigate the rotor unbalance load for variable speed wind turbine. The controller adjusts the pitch angle of three blades individually based on the measurement load. The pitch angle difference could reduce the effect of wind diversification in the rotor plane. The controller was simulated based on a doubly fed variable speed wind turbine model. The simulation result verified that it is feasible and effective.

  10. Development and evaluation of the efficacy of a web-based 'social norms'-intervention for the prevention and reduction of substance use in a cluster-controlled trial conducted at eight German universities.

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    Helmer, Stefanie M; Muellmann, Saskia; Zeeb, Hajo; Pischke, Claudia R

    2016-03-11

    Previous research suggests that perceptions of peer substance use are associated with personal use. Specifically, overestimating use in the peer group is predictive of higher rates of personal substance use. 'Social norms'-interventions are based on the premise that changing these misperceived social norms regarding substance use by providing feedback on actual norms is associated with a reduction in personal substance use. Studies conducted in the U.S.A. suggest that 'social norms'-feedback is an effective strategy for reducing substance use among university students. It is unknown whether the effects of a 'social norms'-feedback on substance use can be replicated in a sample of German university students. The objective of this article is to describe the study design and aims of the 'INternet-based Social norms-Intervention for the prevention of substance use among Students' (INSIST)-study, a cluster-controlled trial examining the effects of a web-based 'social norms'- intervention in students enrolled at four intervention universities with those enrolled at four delayed intervention control universities. The INSIST-study is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health. Eight universities in four regions in Germany will take part in the study, four serving as intervention and four as delayed intervention control universities (randomly selected within a geographic region). Six hundred students will be recruited at each university and will be asked to complete a web-based survey assessing personal and perceived substance use/attitudes towards substance use at baseline. These data will be used to develop the web-based 'social norms'-feedback tailored to gender and university. Three months after the baseline survey, students at intervention universities will receive the intervention. Two months after the launch of the intervention, students of all eight universities will be asked to complete the follow-up questionnaires to assess changes in perceptions of

  11. Stanford University

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    李琳

    2007-01-01

    The Leland Stanford Junior University,commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford),is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San Joséin an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County.Situated adjacent to the city of Palo Alto,California,Stanford lies at the heart of the Silicon Valley,both geographically and historically.

  12. Effectiveness of evidence-based medicine training for undergraduate students at a Chinese Military Medical University: a self-controlled trial.

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    Ma, Xiangyu; Xu, Bin; Liu, Qingyun; Zhang, Yao; Xiong, Hongyan; Li, Yafei

    2014-07-04

    To evaluate the effect of the integration of evidence-based medicine (EBM) into medical curriculum by measuring undergraduate medical students' EBM knowledge, attitudes, personal application, and anticipated future use. A self-controlled trial was conducted with 251 undergraduate students at a Chinese Military Medical University, using a validated questionnaire regarding the students' evidence-based practice (EBP) about knowledge (EBP-K), attitude (EBP-A), personal application (EBP-P), and future anticipated use (EBP-F). The educational intervention was a 20-hour EBM course formally included in the university's medical curriculum, combining lectures with small group discussion and student-teacher exchange sessions. Data were analyzed using paired t-tests to test the significance of the difference between a before and after comparison. The difference between the pre- and post-training scores were statistically significant for EBP-K, EBP-A, EBP-P, and EBP-F. The scores for EBP-P showed the most pronounced percentage change after EBM training (48.97 ± 8.6%), followed by EBP-A (20.83 ± 2.1%), EBP-K (19.21 ± 3.2%), and EBP-F (17.82 ± 5.7%). Stratified analyses by gender, and program subtypes did not result in any significant changes to the results. The integration of EBM into the medical curriculum improved undergraduate medical students' EBM knowledge, attitudes, personal application, and anticipated future use. A well-designed EBM training course and objective outcome measurements are necessary to ensure the optimum learning opportunity for students.

  13. Developing an Effective Model for Shale Gas Flow in Nano-scale Pore Clusters based on FIB-SEM Images

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    Jiang, W. B.; Lin, M.; Yi, Z. X.; Li, H. S.

    2016-12-01

    Nano-scale pores existed in the form of clusters are the controlling void space in shale gas reservoir. Gas transport in nanopores which has a significant influence on shale gas' recoverability displays multiple transport regimes, including viscous, slippage flow and Knudsen diffusion. In addition, it is also influenced by pore space characteristics. For convenience and efficiency consideration, it is necessary to develop an upscaling model from nano pore to pore cluster scale. Existing models are more like framework functions that provide a format, because the parameters that represent pore space characteristics are underdetermined and may have multiple possibilities. Therefore, it is urgent to make them clear and obtained a model that is closer to reality. FIB-SEM imaging technology is able to acquire three dimensional images with nanometer resolution that nano pores can be visible. Based on the images of two shale samples, we used a high-precision pore network extraction algorithm to generate equivalent pore networks and simulate multiple regime (non-Darcy) flow in it. Several structural parameters can be obtained through pore network modelling. It is found that although the throat-radius distributions are very close, throat flux-radius distributions of different samples can be divided into two categories. The variation of tortuosity with pressure and the overall trend of throat-flux distribution changes with pressure are disclosed. A deeper understanding of shale gas flow in nano-scale pore clusters is obtained. After all, an upscaling model that connects absolute permeability, apparent permeability and other characteristic parameters is proposed, and the best parameter scheme considering throat number-radius distribution and flowing porosity for this model is selected out of three schemes based on pore scale results, and it can avoid multiple-solution problem and is useful in reservoir modelling and experiment result analysis, etc. This work is supported by

  14. A randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a universal school-based depression prevention program 'Op Volle Kracht' in the Netherlands

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    Tak Yuli R

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The incidence of depressive symptoms increases during adolescence, from 10.0% to 24.5% at age 11 to 15, respectively. Experiencing elevated levels of depressive symptoms increases the risk of a depressive disorder in adulthood. A universal school-based depression prevention program Op Volle Kracht (OVK was developed, based on the Penn Resiliency Program, aimed at preventing the increase of depressive symptoms during adolescence and enhancing positive development. In this study the effectiveness of OVK will be tested and possible mediators of program effects will be focus of study as well. Method The effectiveness of OVK will be tested in a randomized controlled trial with two conditions, intervention (OVK and control condition (care as usual. Schools are randomly assigned to research conditions. OVK will be incorporated in the school curriculum, maximizing program attendance. OVK consists of 16 lessons of 50 min, given by trained psychologists to groups of 11-15 students. OVK contains Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, social skills training, problem solving and decision making. Outcomes are measured at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months follow up, to monitor long term program effects. Primary outcome is level of depressive symptoms, secondary outcomes are: anxiety, hopelessness, cognitive bias, substance use, truancy, life satisfaction, coping, self-efficacy, optimism, happiness, friendship, school performance and school attitude. The questionnaires for students will be administered in the school setting. Parents will complete a questionnaire at baseline only. Discussion In this paper the study into the effectiveness of the depression prevention program OVK was described. It is expected that OVK will prevent the increase in depressive symptoms during adolescence and enhance positive development in the intervention condition, compared to the control condition. If OVK will be effective, it can be implemented in the school context by which

  15. Research on internal control construction of bidding and procurement in colleges and universities%高校招标采购内部控制建设研究

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    李延召; 祝光英

    2016-01-01

    该文分析了高校招标采购涉及的内部控制具体要素及存在的问题和风险,研究了高校招标采购在风险评估、内部环境、控制活动、信息与沟通、内部监督等方面的建设和完善措施,提出了设置独立统一的招标采购部门、加强事前事中与事后控制、建立决策论证和审批制度、采用信息管理系统和电子化招投标平台、建立回访和后评价制度、建立风险评估机制等对策和方法,使招标采购更加符合内部控制理念,更好地实现服务学校发展的目标。%This article analyzes the internal control elements involved in bidding and procurement ,and analyzes the problems and risks of bidding and procurement in internal environment ,control activities ,information and communication ,internal supervision ,etc .To solve the problems and risks ,this article studies the measures of internal control construction ,such as setting up an independent unified bidding and procurement management department ,establishing decision argumentation and approval system ,using information management systems and electronic bidding and procurement platform ,establishing a post‐evaluation system and a risk assessment mechanism ,in order to better serve the development of colleges and universities .

  16. Harvard University

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    李琳

    2007-01-01

    Harvard University, which celebrated its 370th anniversary in 2006, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the University has grown from nine students with a

  17. Overseas Universities.

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    Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas, London (England).

    The following articles and reports are presented in this publication of "Overseas Universities:""Appropriate Technology and University Education," by John Twidell; "The Training of Engineering Staff for Higher Education Institutions in Developing Countries," by D. W. Daniel, C. A. Leal, J. H. Maynes and T. Wilmore;…

  18. Innovative Universities.

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    Barsi, Louis M.; Kaebnick, Gweneth W.

    1989-01-01

    The phenomenon of innovation within the university is examined, noting the possibility of innovation as a key to college vitality. A study was conducted using a group of institutions that demonstrated recent innovative spirit. Members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), each has been recognized in an annual…

  19. Exercise as an Intervention to Reduce Study-Related Fatigue among University Students: A Two-Arm Parallel Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Full Text Available Many university students experience high levels of study-related fatigue. This high prevalence, and the negative impact of fatigue on health and academic performance, call for prevention and reduction of these symptoms. The primary aim of the current study was to investigate to what extent an exercise intervention is effective in reducing three indicators of study-related fatigue (emotional exhaustion, overall fatigue, and need for recovery. Effects of exercise on secondary outcomes (sleep quality, self-efficacy, physical fitness, and cognitive functioning were also investigated.Participants were students with high levels of study-related fatigue, currently not exercising or receiving other psychological or pharmacological treatments, and with no medical cause of fatigue. They were randomly assigned to either a six-week exercise intervention (low-intensity running three times a week, n = 49 or wait list (no intervention, n = 48. All participants were measured before the intervention (T0, and immediately after the intervention (T1. Exercisers were also investigated 4 weeks (T2 and 12 weeks (T3 after the intervention.Participants in the exercise condition showed a larger decrease in two of the three indicators of study-related fatigue (i.e., overall fatigue and need for recovery as compared to controls. Additionally, sleep quality and some indicators of cognitive functioning improved more among exercisers than among controls. No effects were found for self-efficacy, and physical fitness. The initial effects of the exercise intervention lasted at follow-up (T2 and T3. At 12-week follow up (T3, 80% of participants in the exercise condition still engaged in regular exercise, and further enhancements were seen for emotional exhaustion, overall fatigue, and sleep quality.These results underline the value of low-intensity exercise for university students with high levels of study-related fatigue. The follow-up effects that were found in this study imply

  20. The Factors and Control of Financial Risk in the Colleges and Universities%高校财务风险的成因及控制

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    汪小华; 李托

    2014-01-01

    With the expansion of our higher education scale, colleges and universities have entered into a period of rapid expansion and funding appropriation has far cannot satisfy the development needs, so self-raised funds havea growing proportion of school funds. Because of backward internal control system construction, lack of financial management, weak consciousness of increasing income and reducing ex-penditure and lack of guard and responsibility consciousness,the problems of financial risk are increasingly prominent.The government should reasonably increase funding and make full use of social forces to raise;define the property and improve the responsibility and the financial risk consciousness;perfect the loan approval system, strengthen loan management supervision;enhance university-enterprise co-operation, improve the competitiveness of school-run enterprises;improve the budgetary management, improve the level of financial man-agement;build financial risk early warning system, improve the internal control.%随着我国高等教育规模的扩张,高校进入快速膨胀时期,财政拨款已经远远不能满足高校发展的需要,自筹资金占学校办学经费的比重越来越大。由于内部控制制度建设滞后,财务管理不力,开源节流意识淡薄,财务风险的防范意识和责任意识缺乏等原因,使高校财务风险日益突出。我国高校控制财务风险的措施是:合理增加财政拨款,充分利用社会力量筹资;明晰高校产权,提高高校责任意识和财务风险意识;完善高校借贷审批制度,加强贷款管理监督;加强校企合作,提高校办企业的竞争力;完善预算管理,提高财务管理水平;构建高校财务风险预警系统,健全高校内部控制。

  1. Universe Awareness

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    Sankatsing Nava, Tibisay; Russo, Pedro

    2015-08-01

    Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is an educational programme coordinated by Leiden University that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age.UNAWE's twofold vision uses our Universe to inspire and motivate very young children: the excitement of the Universe provides an exciting introduction to science and technology, while the vastness and beauty of the Universe helps broaden the mind and stimulate a sense of global citizenship and tolerance. UNAWE's goals are accomplished through four main activities: the coordination of a global network of more than 1000 astronomers, teachers and educators from more than 60 countries, development of educational resources, teacher training activities and evaluation of educational activities.Between 2011 and 2013, EU-UNAWE, the European branch of UNAWE, was funded by the European Commission to implement a project in 5 EU countries and South Africa. This project has been concluded successfully. Since then, the global project Universe Awareness has continued to grow with an expanding international network, new educational resources and teacher trainings and a planned International Workshop in collaboration with ESA in October 2015, among other activities.

  2. A decision support system to improve medical diagnosis using a combination of k-medoids clustering based attribute weighting and SVM.

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    Peker, Musa

    2016-05-01

    The use of machine learning tools has become widespread in medical diagnosis. The main reason for this is the effective results obtained from classification and diagnosis systems developed to help medical professionals in the diagnosis phase of diseases. The primary objective of this study is to improve the accuracy of classification in medical diagnosis problems. To this end, studies were carried out on 3 different datasets. These datasets are heart disease, Parkinson's disease (PD) and BUPA liver disorders. Key feature of these datasets is that they have a linearly non-separable distribution. A new method entitled k-medoids clustering-based attribute weighting (kmAW) has been proposed as a data preprocessing method. The support vector machine (SVM) was preferred in the classification phase. In the performance evaluation stage, classification accuracy, specificity, sensitivity analysis, f-measure, kappa statistics value and ROC analysis were used. Experimental results showed that the developed hybrid system entitled kmAW + SVM gave better results compared to other methods described in the literature. Consequently, this hybrid intelligent system can be used as a useful medical decision support tool.

  3. Synthesis, structures, and fluorescence properties of two d-d heterometallic cluster-based complexes constructed by N-(phosphonomethyl) iminodiacetic acid

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    Li, Sa-Ying

    2016-12-01

    Two novel d-d heterometallic cluster-based complexes constructed by N-(Phosphonomethyl)imino-diacetic acid (H4PMIDA) multifunctional ligand, [Cu2Zn2(PMIDA)2(H2O)3]·3H2O(1), [ZnNi14(PMIDA)6(H2O)18]·(NO3)6·15H2O(2), have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, thermal analyses, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The complex 1 is one-dimensional heteronuclear molecular chain, which is further extends into a 3D supramolecular network through very extensive Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The compound 2 is a rare novel zero-dimensional heteronuclear molecular cluster, which is further extends into a 3D supramolecular network through very extensive Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds. Moreover, the solid-state fluorescence properties of the two complexes have also been investigated at room temperature.

  4. Controle Interno e as Fundações de apoio à pesquisa universitária: uma análise do funcionamento do Controle Interno nas Fundações da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina no ano de 2010 = Internal Control and foundations to support university research: a review of the functioning of internal control in the foundations of the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2010

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    Natalia Kirchner Azevedo

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O Controle Interno tem por finalidade planejar, organizar e supervisionar informações por meio de medidas que buscam proteger o patrimônio, incrementar a eficiência operacional e promover obediência às diretrizes administrativas. Por gerenciar recursos públicos, o Controle Interno torna-se um importante órgão que atua como supervisor dos procedimentos internos. Diante disso, este artigo tem como objetivo verificar a existência e a atuação do Controle Interno nas cinco Fundações de Amparo à Pesquisa da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo, com abordagem qualitativa dos dados e fontes de coleta dos dados primária. Conclui-se que, apesar da importância do Controle Interno, apenas três Fundações apresentam um órgão de controle; constatou-se também que alguns dos procedimentos que auxiliam o desenvolvimento harmônico e possibilitam maior eficiência nas operações não são praticados em várias das Fundações analisadas, procedimentos como: plano de carreira, relatórios de desempenho, manuais internos, rotação de funcionários e segregação de funções. Os Controles Internos analisados demonstram integralizar informações entre os setores contábil, administrativo, financeiro, de pessoal e a unidade de gerenciamento de projetos. Os gestores reconhecem a importância do Controle Interno para a Fundação e são unanimes em afirmar o interesse nisso para a promoção da eficiência operacional.Internal control is designed to plan, organize and supervise information through measures that seek to protect assets, increase operational efficiency and promote adherence to administrative policies. Manage public resources for internal control becomes an important organ of internal control that acts as a supervisor of internal procedures. Thus, this study aims to verify the existence and operation of internal control in five Foundations of the Federal University of Santa Catarina. This is a

  5. The universe

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    Osborne, Richard

    2012-01-01

    Where did the Universe come from? The single biggest and most difficult question that there is. From early religions through Greek Philosophy and Western Science man has attempted to discover the meaning of our place in the Universe. In the last twenty years these debates have been cast in a new light by amazing discoveries, big bang theory and ideas about new sub-atomic layers. The nature of Time and Space are truly up for grabs. With a witty and accessible style Osborne leads us on a historical and informative journey through the philosophies of the universe including the importance

  6. Ontology Partitioning: Clustering Based Approach

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The semantic web goal is to share and integrate data across different domains and organizations. The knowledge representations of semantic data are made possible by ontology. As the usage of semantic web increases, construction of the semantic web ontologies is also increased. Moreover, due to the monolithic nature of the ontology various semantic web operations like query answering, data sharing, data matching, data reuse and data integration become more complicated as the size of ontology increases. Partitioning the ontology is the key solution to handle this scalability issue. In this work, we propose a revision and an enhancement of K-means clustering algorithm based on a new semantic similarity measure for partitioning given ontology into high quality modules. The results show that our approach produces meaningful clusters than the traditional algorithm of K-means.

  7. Cluster-based tangible programming

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    Smith, Andrew C

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Clustering is the act of grouping items that belong together. In this paper we explore clustering as a means to construct tangible program logic, and specifically as a means to use multiple tangible objects collectively as a single tangible program...

  8. Sustainable Universities

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    Grindsted, Thomas Skou

    2011-01-01

    , has put a counter pressure on the university, forcing it to review its role as a driver for sustainable development. Today, universities and intergovernmental institutions have developed more than 31 SHE declarations, and more than 1400 universities have signed a SHE declaration globally. However....... Declarations tend to have impact on three trends. Firstly, there is emerging international consensus on the university’s role and function in relation to sustainable development; secondly, the emergence of national legislation, and thirdly, an emerging international competition to be leader in sustainable......Declarations on Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) can be viewed as a piece of international regulation. Over the past 30 years research at universities has produced convincing data to warn about deterioration of the environment, resource scarcity and the need for sustainability. This in turn...

  9. USAID University

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    US Agency for International Development — USAID University is USAID's learning management system. Features include 1) Access online courses 2) Register for instructor-led courses 3)Access your student...

  10. PEKING UNIVERSITY

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    2011-01-01

    Type of Company: Government institution. New Preparartions and Late-Model Drug Delivery System Technical Plaform of Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a national technical plaform for developing new and important drugs. The person in charge for the platform is a pharmaceutical science professor of Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The plaform selects the following as the main research areas: late-model carrier drug delivery system, biotechnological drug delivery system,

  11. Undulant Universe

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    2004-12-01

    If the equation of state for ''dark energy'' varies periodically, the expansion of the Universe may have undergone alternating eras of acceleration and deceleration. We examine a specific form that survives existing observational tests, does not single out the present state of the Universe as exceptional, and suggests a future much like the matter-dominated past: a smooth expansion without a final inflationary epoch.

  12. The Beliefs, Attitudes and Views of University Students about Anger and the Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Oriented Anger Control and Anxiety Management Programs on Their Anger Management Skill Levels

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    Karahan, T. Fikret; Yalçin, B. Murat; Erbas, Melda M.

    2014-01-01

    This study was designed as a qualitative focus group using a randomized controlled trail with a mixed methodology. The study has dual aims. First we searched the beliefs, attitudes and views of 176 university students on how to deal with anger using eight focus discussion groups. The anxiety and anger levels of these students were investigated…

  13. The Undesirable Behaviors of Students in Academic Classrooms, and the Discipline Strategies Used by Faculty Members to Control Such Behaviors from the Perspective of the College of Education Students in King Saud University

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    Al Qahtani, Norah Saad Sultan

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to identify the undesirable students' behaviors in academic classrooms, and the disciplinary, preventive and therapeutic strategies that will be used by faculty members to control those behaviors from the perspective of the College of Education's students in King Saud University. The results of the study has shown that the…

  14. Clustering-Based PU Active Text Classification Method%一种基于聚类的PU主动文本分类方法

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    刘露; 彭涛; 左万利; 戴耀康

    2013-01-01

    文本分类是信息检索的关键问题之一。提取更多的可信反例和构造准确高效的分类器是 PU(positive and unlabeled)文本分类的两个重要问题。然而,在现有的可信反例提取方法中,很多方法提取的可信反例数量较少,构建的分类器质量有待提高。分别针对这两个重要步骤提供了一种基于聚类的半监督主动分类方法。与传统的反例提取方法不同,利用聚类技术和正例文档应与反例文档共享尽可能少的特征项这一特点,从未标识数据集中尽可能多地移除正例,从而可以获得更多的可信反例。结合 SVM 主动学习和改进的 Rocchio 构建分类器,并采用改进的TFIDF(term frequency inverse document frequency)进行特征提取,可以显著提高分类的准确度。分别在3个不同的数据集中测试了分类结果(RCV1,Reuters-21578,20 Newsgoups)。实验结果表明,基于聚类寻找可信反例可以在保持较低错误率的情况下获取更多的可信反例,而且主动学习方法的引入也显著提升了分类精度。%Text classification is a key technology in information retrieval. Collecting more reliable negative examples, and building effective and efficient classifiers are two important problems for automatic text classification. However, the existing methods mostly collect a small number of reliable negative examples, keeping the classifiers from reaching high accuracy. In this paper, a clustering-based method for automatic PU (positive and unlabeled) text classification enhanced by SVM active learning is proposed. In contrast to traditional methods, this approach is based on the clustering technique which employs the characteristic that positive and negative examples should share as few words as possible. It finds more reliable negative examples by removing as many probable positive examples from unlabeled set as possible. In the process of building classifier, a term weighting scheme TFIPNDF (term

  15. Cluster-based networks: 1D and 2D coordination polymers based on {MnFe2(μ3-O)}-type clusters.

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    Dulcevscaia, Galina M; Filippova, Irina G; Speldrich, Manfred; van Leusen, Jan; Kravtsov, Victor Ch; Baca, Svetlana G; Kögerler, Paul; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio

    2012-05-07

    A straightforward approach to heterometallic Mn-Fe cluster-based coordination polymers is presented. By employing a mixed-valent μ(3)-oxo trinuclear manganese(II/III) pivalate cluster, isolated as [Mn(II)Mn(III)(2)O(O(2)CCMe(3))(6)(hmta)(3)]·(solvent) (hmta = hexamethylenetetramine; solvent = n-propanol (1), toluene (2)) in the reaction with a μ(3)-oxo trinuclear iron(III) pivalate cluster compound, [Fe(3)O(O(2)CCMe(3))(6)(H(2)O)(3)]O(2)CCMe(3)·2Me(3)CCO(2)H, three new heterometallic {Mn(II)Fe(III)(2)} cluster-based coordination polymers were obtained: the one-dimensional polymer chain compounds {[MnFe(2)O(O(2)CCMe(3))(6)(hmta)(2)]·0.5MeCN}(n) (3) and {[MnFe(2)O(O(2)CCMe(3))(6)(hmta)(2)]·Me(3)CCO(2)H·(n-hexane)}(n) (4) and the two-dimensional layer compound {[MnFe(2)O(O(2)CCMe(3))(6)(hmta)(1.5)]·(toluene)}(n) (5). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals a μ(3)-oxo trinuclear pivalate cluster building block as the main constituent in all polymer compounds. Different M:hmta ratios in 1-5 are related to the different structural functions of the N-containing ligand. In clusters 1 and 2, three hmta ligands are monodentate, whereas in chains 3 and 4 two hmta ligands act as bridging ligands and one is a monodentate ligand; in 5, all hmta molecules act as bidentate bridges. Magnetic studies indicate dominant antiferromagnetic interactions between the metal centers in both homometallic {Mn(3)}-type clusters 1 and 2 and heterometallic {MnFe(2)}-type coordination polymers 3-5. Modeling of the magnetic susceptibility data to a isotropic model Hamiltonian yields least-squares fits for the following parameters: J(1)(Mn(II)-Mn(III)) = -6.6 cm(-1) and J(2)(Mn(III)-Mn(III)) = -5.4 cm(-1) for 1; J(1) = -5.5 cm(-1) and J(2)(Mn(III)-Mn(III)) = -3.9 cm(-1) for 2; J(1)(Mn(II)-Fe(III)) = -17.1 cm(-1) and J(2)(Fe(III)-Fe(III)) = -43.7 cm(-1) for 3; J(1) = -23.8 cm(-1) and J(2) = -53.4 cm(-1) for 4; J(1) = -13.3 cm(-1) and J(2) = -35.4 cm(-1) for 5. Intercluster coupling

  16. The geo-spatial information infrastructure at the Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses, University of Ibadan, Nigeria: an emerging sustainable One-Health pavilion.

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    Olugasa, B O

    2014-12-01

    The World-Wide-Web as a contemporary means of information sharing offers a platform for geo-spatial information dissemination to improve education about spatio-temporal patterns of disease spread at the human-animal-environment interface in developing countries of West Africa. In assessing the quality of exposure to geospatial information applications among students in five purposively selected institutions in West Africa, this study reviewed course contents and postgraduate programmes in zoonoses surveillance. Geospatial information content and associated practical exercises in zoonoses surveillance were scored.. Seven criteria were used to categorize and score capability, namely, spatial data capture; thematic map design and interpretation; spatio-temporal analysis; remote sensing of data; statistical modelling; the management of spatial data-profile; and web-based map sharing operation within an organization. These criteria were used to compute weighted exposure during training at the institutions. A categorical description of institution with highest-scoring of computed Cumulative Exposure Point Average (CEPA) was based on an illustration with retrospective records of rabies cases, using data from humans, animals and the environment, that were sourced from Grand Bassa County, Liberia to create and share maps and information with faculty, staff, students and the neighbourhood about animal bite injury surveillance and spatial distribution of rabies-like illness. Uniformly low CEPA values (0-1.3) were observed across academic departments. The highest (3.8) was observed at the Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses (CCPZ), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where geospatial techniques were systematically taught, and thematic and predictive maps were produced and shared online with other institutions in West Africa. In addition, a short course in zoonosis surveillance, which offers inclusive learning in geospatial applications, is taught at CCPZ. The paper

  17. 基于Docker容器的Web集群设计与实现%Design and implementation of Web cluster based on Docker container

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    刘熙; 胡志勇

    2016-01-01

    针对完全虚拟化技术不能快速部署Web集群及自适应动态扩容的问题。本文提出了一种基于Docker容器组建Web集群的设计方案。该方案主要采用了Docker容器引擎打包Web应用环境镜像生成应用容器,并利用Nginx对业务流量进行负载均衡的方法。系统设计完成后,通过Ruby On Rails框架生成的Web应用打印容器IP地址的方式验证集群是否正常工作。实验结果表明,通过Docker容器部署Web集群系统开销小,能有效的满足Web集群的部署和扩容需求。%For the full virtualization technology can not rapid deploy Web cluster and adaptive dynamic expansion problem This paper presents a design scheme of Web cluster based on Docker container. This scheme mainly uses the Docker container engine to pack the Web application environment image to generate the application container, and use Nginx to loading balancing. After the completion of the system design, We use the Ruby on Rails framework to generated web applications to print the IP address of contaniner to verify whether the cluster is working correctly. The experimental results show that the Docker cluster system can effectively meet the requirements of Web cluster deployment and expansion.

  18. A comparison of performance of automatic cloud coverage assessment algorithm for Formosat-2 image using clustering-based and spatial thresholding methods

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    Hsu, Kuo-Hsien

    2012-11-01

    Formosat-2 image is a kind of high-spatial-resolution (2 meters GSD) remote sensing satellite data, which includes one panchromatic band and four multispectral bands (Blue, Green, Red, near-infrared). An essential sector in the daily processing of received Formosat-2 image is to estimate the cloud statistic of image using Automatic Cloud Coverage Assessment (ACCA) algorithm. The information of cloud statistic of image is subsequently recorded as an important metadata for image product catalog. In this paper, we propose an ACCA method with two consecutive stages: preprocessing and post-processing analysis. For pre-processing analysis, the un-supervised K-means classification, Sobel's method, thresholding method, non-cloudy pixels reexamination, and cross-band filter method are implemented in sequence for cloud statistic determination. For post-processing analysis, Box-Counting fractal method is implemented. In other words, the cloud statistic is firstly determined via pre-processing analysis, the correctness of cloud statistic of image of different spectral band is eventually cross-examined qualitatively and quantitatively via post-processing analysis. The selection of an appropriate thresholding method is very critical to the result of ACCA method. Therefore, in this work, We firstly conduct a series of experiments of the clustering-based and spatial thresholding methods that include Otsu's, Local Entropy(LE), Joint Entropy(JE), Global Entropy(GE), and Global Relative Entropy(GRE) method, for performance comparison. The result shows that Otsu's and GE methods both perform better than others for Formosat-2 image. Additionally, our proposed ACCA method by selecting Otsu's method as the threshoding method has successfully extracted the cloudy pixels of Formosat-2 image for accurate cloud statistic estimation.

  19. 一种分层分簇的组密钥管理方案%A HIERARCHICAL CLUSTERING-BASED GROUP KEY MANAGEMENT SCHEME

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    李珍格; 游林

    2014-01-01

    为了满足无线传感器网络组通信的安全,提出一种分层分簇的组密钥管理方案。该方案采用分层的体系结构,将组中节点分为管理层和普通层。BS通过构造特殊的组密钥多项式更新普通层组密钥,而管理层则采用二元单向函数进行组密钥的协商。分析表明,该方案很好满足了无线传感器网络中组密钥管理的前向安全性,后向安全性,并且减小了存储开销、计算开销和通信开销。%In this paper,a hierarchical clustering-based group key management scheme is proposed in order to satisfy the secure group communication in wireless sensor network.The proposed scheme adopts the hierarchical architecture and divides the nodes in the group into master-node layer and terminal layer.The group key of terminal layer is updated by constructing a special group key polynomial in BS,and the binary one-way function is used by the master-node layer for group key negotiation.Analysis demonstrates that the scheme well satisfies the forward security and backward security of the group key management in WSN,and reduces the storage overhead,computation overhead and communication overhead as well.

  20. The clustering-based case-based reasoning for imbalanced business failure prediction: a hybrid approach through integrating unsupervised process with supervised process

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    Li, Hui; Yu, Jun-Ling; Yu, Le-An; Sun, Jie

    2014-05-01

    Case-based reasoning (CBR) is one of the main forecasting methods in business forecasting, which performs well in prediction and holds the ability of giving explanations for the results. In business failure prediction (BFP), the number of failed enterprises is relatively small, compared with the number of non-failed ones. However, the loss is huge when an enterprise fails. Therefore, it is necessary to develop methods (trained on imbalanced samples) which forecast well for this small proportion of failed enterprises and performs accurately on total accuracy meanwhile. Commonly used methods constructed on the assumption of balanced samples do not perform well in predicting minority samples on imbalanced samples consisting of the minority/failed enterprises and the majority/non-failed ones. This article develops a new method called clustering-based CBR (CBCBR), which integrates clustering analysis, an unsupervised process, with CBR, a supervised process, to enhance the efficiency of retrieving information from both minority and majority in CBR. In CBCBR, various case classes are firstly generated through hierarchical clustering inside stored experienced cases, and class centres are calculated out by integrating cases information in the same clustered class. When predicting the label of a target case, its nearest clustered case class is firstly retrieved by ranking similarities between the target case and each clustered case class centre. Then, nearest neighbours of the target case in the determined clustered case class are retrieved. Finally, labels of the nearest experienced cases are used in prediction. In the empirical experiment with two imbalanced samples from China, the performance of CBCBR was compared with the classical CBR, a support vector machine, a logistic regression and a multi-variant discriminate analysis. The results show that compared with the other four methods, CBCBR performed significantly better in terms of sensitivity for identifying the

  1. Text Clustering Based on Automatic Partition of Feature Item Weight%基于特征项权重自动分解的文本聚类

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    余永红; 柏文阳

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces a novel automatic text clustering method, in which the Genetic Algorithm(GA) is applied to the global optimal and high searching efficient feature selection to achieve dimensionality reduction, then appropriate number of partitions of document set are created according to the different combinations of feature weights, and each document partition is clustered into an initial clusters based on dynamic programming technique, and all initial clusters are clustered using the same method to final text clusters. Experimental results show the method can achieve dimensionality reduction efficiently, improve the text clustering precision, and decrease the clustering time.%提出一种自动文本聚类方法,应用遗传算法进行全局和快速的文本特征项选择以实现降维处理,引入概率匿名思想,根据文本中不同特征项权重的组合,基于动态规划设计一个优化的多项式时间聚类算法,将文本集划分成适当个数的分区,并对每个分区进行聚类,从而形成初始聚类,采用相同方法对所有初始聚类进行再聚类,形成最终的文本聚类.实验结果表明,该方法既能实现文本特征项的有效选择,又能较好地改善文本聚类效果和性能.

  2. Three novel Cu6S6 cluster-based coordination compounds: synthesis, framework modulation and the sensing of small molecules and Fe(3+) ions.

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    Song, Jiang-Feng; Li, Si-Zhe; Zhou, Rui-Sha; Shao, Jia; Qiu, Xiao-Min; Jia, Ying-Ying; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Xiao

    2016-08-01

    Three novel Cu6S6 cluster-based coordination compounds formulated as [Cu(mpymt)3]2 (1), {(CuBr4)[Cu(mpymt)6]}n (2), and {(CuI6)[Cu(mpymt)6]}n (3) (Hmpymt = 4-methylpyrimidine-2-thione), have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, powder X-ray diffraction and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Structural analysis reveals that compound 1 shows a distorted octahedral core of six copper atoms (Cu6S6) constructed from four α and two β type N[double bond, length as m-dash]C-SH parts from six mpymt(-) anions. Compound 2 displays an interesting 3D framework constructed from Cu6S6 and Cu4Br4 Cu(i) clusters simultaneously, interestingly, six mpymt(-) with α type N[double bond, length as m-dash]C-SH parts are involved in the formation of Cu6S6. Compound 3 displays an infinite 1D framework constructed from Cu6S6 and Cu6I6 Cu(i) clusters, notably, four α and two β type N[double bond, length as m-dash]C-SH parts are involved in the formation of the Cu6S6 cluster, however, only mpymt(-) ligands containing α type N[double bond, length as m-dash]C-SH parts form the bridged Cu6I6 cluster. The experimental results reveal that halogen ions finely modulate the structural features of compounds 1-3. The fluorescent properties of compounds 1-3 in the solid state and in various solvent emulsions were investigated in detail, the results of which indicate that compounds 1-3 are all highly sensitive naked eye colorimetric sensors for NB, 2-NT and Fe(3+) (NB = nitrobenzene and 2-NT = 2-nitrotoluene).

  3. K2: A New Method for the Detection of Galaxy Clusters Based on Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey Multicolor Images

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    Thanjavur, Karun; Willis, Jon; Crampton, David

    2009-11-01

    We have developed a new method, K2, optimized for the detection of galaxy clusters in multicolor images. Based on the Red Sequence approach, K2 detects clusters using simultaneous enhancements in both colors and position. The detection significance is robustly determined through extensive Monte Carlo simulations and through comparison with available cluster catalogs based on two different optical methods, and also on X-ray data. K2 also provides quantitative estimates of the candidate clusters' richness and photometric redshifts. Initially, K2 was applied to the two color (gri) 161 deg2 images of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey Wide (CFHTLS-W) data. Our simulations show that the false detection rate for these data, at our selected threshold, is only ~1%, and that the cluster catalogs are ~80% complete up to a redshift of z = 0.6 for Fornax-like and richer clusters and to z ~ 0.3 for poorer clusters. Based on the g-, r-, and i-band photometric catalogs of the Terapix T05 release, 35 clusters/deg2 are detected, with 1-2 Fornax-like or richer clusters every 2 deg2. Catalogs containing data for 6144 galaxy clusters have been prepared, of which 239 are rich clusters. These clusters, especially the latter, are being searched for gravitational lenses—one of our chief motivations for cluster detection in CFHTLS. The K2 method can be easily extended to use additional color information and thus improve overall cluster detection to higher redshifts. The complete set of K2 cluster catalogs, along with the supplementary catalogs for the member galaxies, are available on request from the authors.

  4. 23rd June 2010 - University of Bristol Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department and Professor of Aerospace Dynamics N. Lieven visiting CERN control centre with Beams Department Head P. Collier, visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with R. Veness and CMS control centre with Collaboration Spokesperson G. Tonelli and CMS User J. Goldstein.

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    Jean-Claude Gadmer

    2010-01-01

    23rd June 2010 - University of Bristol Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department and Professor of Aerospace Dynamics N. Lieven visiting CERN control centre with Beams Department Head P. Collier, visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with R. Veness and CMS control centre with Collaboration Spokesperson G. Tonelli and CMS User J. Goldstein.

  5. Research on Single Neuron PID Control for Electronic Universal Material Testing Machine%电子万能材料试验机单神经元PID控制器研究

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    杨敏

    2011-01-01

    A single neuron PID control is applied to the control of electronic universal material testing machine based on the traditional PID control. This paper researches on its structure and control algorithm and uses MATLAB/SIMULINK software for traditional PID control and single neuron PID control separately to simulate it. The results show that the single neuron PID control is more effective in realizing constant force,constant displacement and permanent deformation control of the electronic universal material testing machine.%在分析传统PID控制的基础上,提出将单神经元PID控制应用于电子万能材料试验机的控制上.对其结构和控制算法进行研究,并利用MATLAB/SIMU LINK对电子万能材料试验机传统PID控制和单神经元PID控制进行仿真研究,结果表明单神经元PID控制更有利于电子万能材料试验机实现恒力、恒位移和恒变形控制.

  6. On Constructing Basic Framework of the University Internal Control under the Conditions of Centralized Treasury Payment System%国库集中支付条件下高校内部控制基本框架构建

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    司金山

    2012-01-01

    高校作为中央或地方财政预算单位,现已全面实行国库集中支付制度,高校的财务管理也发生了重大变化。国库集中支付制度实行的好坏,很大程度上取决于国库集中支付制度内部控制的好坏。分析了国库制度实行后高校内部控制方面出现的问题,并结合实际情况综合运用COSO框架来构建国库集中支付条件下地方高校内部控制的基本框架,希望以此来完善高校内部控制体系,保障国库集中支付制度在高校有良好实施效果。%Universities as central or local budget unit is now filly implement centralized treasury payment system, bringing about significant changes in the financial management of universities. Whether the result is good or bad depends largely on its internal control. This paper analyzes the university internal control problems in the implementation of the treasury system, using the COSO framework and combining with the actual situation to build the basic framework of the university internal control under the conditions of eentralized treasury payment system in order to improve the college internal control system and to safeguard the implementation of centralized payment system in the universities.

  7. Risk factors for overweight and obesity in adolescents of a Brazilian University: a case-control study Factores de riesgo para el sobrepeso y a obesidad en adolescentes de una Universidad de Brasil: un estudio de casos-control

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    I. H. Carvalho Francescantonio Menezes

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To analyze the risk factors associated to overweight and obesity in freshmen of a public university in the Center-West region of Brazil. Methods: A case-control study comprising 1,465 adolescents, identifying 106 cases (Body Mass Index (BMI> = 85th percentile of National Center for Health Statistics -NCHS and 233 controls (BMI > 5th and Objetivo: Analizar los factores de riesgo asociados con el sobrepeso y la obesidad en estudiantes de primer curso de una universidad pública en la zona centro-oeste de Brasil. Métodos: Estudio de casos-control en 1465 adolescentes, identificando 106 casos (IMC = índice de masa corporal> percentil 85 del Centro Nacional de Estadística Sanitaria (NCHS y 233 controles (IMC > percentil 5,< percentil 85 de NCHS. Se realizaron entrevistas para recopilar datos sobre condiciones socio-económicas, hábitos alimentarios, actividad física y hábitos saludables. Se obtuvieron por vía telefónica los datos sobre el peso y la talla de los padres. Resultados: El análisis de regresión logística multivariable y jerárquica, no condicional, mostró que el sobrepeso y la obesidad se asociaban de forma positiva al sexo masculino (odds ratio (OR 2,25, con un intervalo de confianza (IC del 95% de 1,37-3,69, al IMC materno (OR 3,45, con IC 95% de 2,16-5,8, al sobrepeso en la infancia (OR 2,81, IC 95% de 1,62-4,85, consumo de frutas inferior a una vez al día (OR 1,84, IC 95% de 1,05-3,21 y el hábito de dietas de adelgazamiento (OR 6,33, IC 95% de 2,68-14,94. Conclusión: Los resultados refuerzan la necesidad de intervenciones educativas en edades tempranas, implicando a toda la familia, para controlar el exceso de peso.

  8. The effectiveness of the Incredible Years Parents and Babies Program as a universal prevention intervention for parents of infants in Denmark: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial

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    Pontoppidan, Maiken W.

    2015-01-01

    support parents in providing sensitive and responsive care, and reinforce healthy development for their infants. This study aims to evaluate the impact of the Incredible Years™ Parents and Babies Program in a universal setting for parents with infants. Methods/Design: This is a pragmatic, two......-arm, parallel, pilot, randomized controlled trial (RCT) where 128 families with newborn infants up to four-months-old are recruited in two municipalities in Denmark. Families are randomized to the Incredible Years Parents and Babies Program or usual care with a 2:1 allocation ratio. The primary outcome....... Discussion: This is the first RCT of the Incredible Years Parents and Babies Program, and one of the first rigorous evaluations of a universally offered preventive intervention for parents with infants. The trial will provide important information on the effectiveness of a relatively brief, universally...

  9. New Universities

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    Burgett, Bruce

    2011-01-01

    The public-private alliance signals a future in which self-serving agreements could become the coin of the realm. Such a future would be a betrayal of the historical promise of public universities to innovate in ways that expand access to higher education. Given the rise of market-based models in educational policy circles, the threat of the…

  10. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

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    HIV/AIDS PERCEPTION AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG NIGERIAN. UNIVERSITY .... DO not like 118111511 _ 49 55 '1 Giving them money for treatment 21 3.7. Not available ... fact of the presence of the disease in the country. Whereas ...

  11. Princeton University

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    榕榕

    2007-01-01

    Recognized globally for academic excellence, Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning. Princeton provides an academic and social setting where students quickly can become active members of the campus community. From the first day of class to Commencement, the opportunities for personal growth are countless.

  12. A randomized controlled trial of a brief online intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in new university students: Combining self-affirmation, theory of planned behaviour messages, and implementation intentions.

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    Norman, Paul; Cameron, David; Epton, Tracy; Webb, Thomas L; Harris, Peter R; Millings, Abigail; Sheeran, Paschal

    2017-09-20

    Excessive alcohol consumption increases when students enter university. This study tests whether combining (1) messages that target key beliefs from the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) that underlie binge drinking, (2) a self-affirmation manipulation to reduce defensive processing, and (3) implementation intentions (if-then plans to avoid binge drinking) reduces alcohol consumption in the first 6 months at university. A 2 (self-affirmation) × 2 (TPB messages) × 2 (implementation intention) between-participants randomized controlled trial with 6-month follow-up. Before starting university, students (N = 2,951) completed measures of alcohol consumption and were randomly assigned to condition in a full-factorial design. TPB cognitions about binge drinking were assessed immediately post-intervention (n = 2,682). Alcohol consumption was assessed after 1 week (n = 1,885), 1 month (n = 1,389), and 6 months (n = 892) at university. TPB cognitions were assessed again at 1 and 6 months. Participants who received the TPB messages had significantly less favourable cognitions about binge drinking (except perceived control), consumed fewer units of alcohol, engaged in binge drinking less frequently, and had less harmful patterns of alcohol consumption during their first 6 months at university. The other main effects were non-significant. The findings support the use of TPB-based interventions to reduce students' alcohol consumption, but question the use of self-affirmation and implementation intentions before starting university when the messages may not represent a threat to self-identity and when students may have limited knowledge and experience of the pressures to drink alcohol at university. Statement of contribution What is already known on this subject? Alcohol consumption increases when young people enter university. Significant life transitions represent potential teachable moments to change behaviour. Interventions with a strong theoretical

  13. Counselor-Versus Provider-Based HIV Screening in the Emergency Department: Results From the Universal Screening for HIV Infection in the Emergency Room (USHER) Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Walensky, Rochelle P.; Reichmann, William M.; Arbelaez, Christian; Wright, Elizabeth; Katz, Jeffrey N.; Seage, George R.; Safren, Steven A.; Hare, Anna Q.; Novais, Anna; Losina, Elena

    2012-01-01

    Objective We compare rates of rapid HIV testing, test offer, and acceptance in an urban emergency department (ED) when conducted by dedicated HIV counselors versus current members of the ED staff. Methods The Universal Screening for HIV Infection in the Emergency Room [USHER] trial is a prospective randomized controlled trial that implemented an HIV screening program in the ED of an urban tertiary medical center. ED patients were screened and consented for trial enrollment by an USHER research assistant. Eligible subjects were randomized to rapid HIV testing (oral OraQuick) offered by a dedicated counselor (counselor arm) or by an ED provider (provider arm). In the counselor arm, counselors—without other clinical responsibilities—assumed nearly all testing-related activities (consent, counseling, delivery of test results). In the provider arm, trained ED emergency service assistants (nursing assistants) consented and tested the participant in the context of other ED-related responsibilities. In this arm, ED house officers, physician assistants, or attending physicians provided HIV test results to trial participants. Outcome measures were rates of HIV testing and test offer among individuals consenting for study participation. Among individuals offered the test, test acceptance was also measured. Results From February 2007 through July 2008, 8,187 eligible patients were approached in the ED, and 4,855 (59%) consented and were randomized to trial participation. The mean age was 37 years, 65% were women, and 42% were white. The overall testing rate favored the counselor arm (57% versus 27%; P < .001); 80% (1,959/2,446) of subjects in the counselor arm were offered an HIV test compared with 36% (861/2,409) in the provider arm (P < .001). HIV test acceptance was slightly higher in the provider arm (counselor arm 71% versus provider arm 75%; P = .025). Conclusion Routine rapid HIV testing in the ED was accomplished more frequently by dedicated HIV counselors than by

  14. Hierarchical Cluster-based Partial Least Squares Regression (HC-PLSR is an efficient tool for metamodelling of nonlinear dynamic models

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    Omholt Stig W

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Deterministic dynamic models of complex biological systems contain a large number of parameters and state variables, related through nonlinear differential equations with various types of feedback. A metamodel of such a dynamic model is a statistical approximation model that maps variation in parameters and initial conditions (inputs to variation in features of the trajectories of the state variables (outputs throughout the entire biologically relevant input space. A sufficiently accurate mapping can be exploited both instrumentally and epistemically. Multivariate regression methodology is a commonly used approach for emulating dynamic models. However, when the input-output relations are highly nonlinear or non-monotone, a standard linear regression approach is prone to give suboptimal results. We therefore hypothesised that a more accurate mapping can be obtained by locally linear or locally polynomial regression. We present here a new method for local regression modelling, Hierarchical Cluster-based PLS regression (HC-PLSR, where fuzzy C-means clustering is used to separate the data set into parts according to the structure of the response surface. We compare the metamodelling performance of HC-PLSR with polynomial partial least squares regression (PLSR and ordinary least squares (OLS regression on various systems: six different gene regulatory network models with various types of feedback, a deterministic mathematical model of the mammalian circadian clock and a model of the mouse ventricular myocyte function. Results Our results indicate that multivariate regression is well suited for emulating dynamic models in systems biology. The hierarchical approach turned out to be superior to both polynomial PLSR and OLS regression in all three test cases. The advantage, in terms of explained variance and prediction accuracy, was largest in systems with highly nonlinear functional relationships and in systems with positive feedback

  15. 基于聚类的图像稀疏去噪方法%Clustering based sparse model for image denoising

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    叶敏超; 钱沄涛; 沈言浩

    2011-01-01

    Non-local means and sparse models are two important denoising methods attracting many attentions during the recent years. The non-local means method uses the weighted average of the pixels that share similar neighborhoods as the denoised result, and the sparse denoising method recovers the non-noisy components of an image by a sparse representation with a few atoms in a dictionary. Based on these two denoising methods, we propose a clustering based sparse model for image denoising, which first partitions the image patches according to their similarities, and then uses e1/e2 norm regularization to make the similar image patches in the same cluster share the same sparse structure when they are represented by overcompleted dictionary. For dictionary selection, two dictionaries Discrete Cosin Transformation ( DCT) dictionary and bi-orthogonal wavelet dictionary are chosen to represent both smooth components and detail components of the image. Experiment results show that the proposed method has better performance of image denoising compared with some traditional sparse denoising methods.%在图像去噪方法的研究中,非局部均值算法与稀疏去噪算法是近几年受到广为关注的方法.非局部均值算法将具有邻域相似性的像素点作加权平均;而稀疏去噪算法是将图像的非噪声部分用过完备字典进行稀疏表示.基于上述两种方法的思想,本文提出了基于聚类的稀疏去噪方法,该方法结合了非局部均值算法与稀疏去噪算法的优点,对相似的图像块进行聚类,并通过施加l1/l2范数的正则化约束,对同一类中的图像块在过完备字典上进行相同结构的稀疏表示,从而达到去噪目的.在字典的选择上,本文使用DCT字典和双正交小波字典,能够同时保留原图像中的平滑分量与细节分量.实验结果表明,本文方法比传统的稀疏去噪方法有更好的去噪效果.

  16. University writing

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    Miguel Zabalza Beraza

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Writing in the University is a basic necessity and a long-range educational purpose. One of the basic characteristics of the university context is that it requires writing both as a tool of communication and as a source of intellectual stimulation. After establishing the basic features of academic writing, this article analyzes the role of writing for students (writing to learn and for teachers (write to plan, to reflect, to document what has been done. The article also discusses the contributions of writing for both students and teachers together: writing to investigate. Finally, going beyond what writing is as academic tool, we conclude with a more playful and creative position: writing for pleasure and enjoyment.

  17. University physics

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    Arfken, George

    1984-01-01

    University Physics provides an authoritative treatment of physics. This book discusses the linear motion with constant acceleration; addition and subtraction of vectors; uniform circular motion and simple harmonic motion; and electrostatic energy of a charged capacitor. The behavior of materials in a non-uniform magnetic field; application of Kirchhoff's junction rule; Lorentz transformations; and Bernoulli's equation are also deliberated. This text likewise covers the speed of electromagnetic waves; origins of quantum physics; neutron activation analysis; and interference of light. This publi

  18. University lobbying

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    Richman, Barbara T.

    In the past year, an increasing number of individual academic institutions have lobbied in Congress for new science facilities funds thus circumventing the traditional peer review process of evaluating the merits of such facilities. As an attempt to stem this rising tide, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) governing council and the Association of American Universities (AAU) recently and independently issued strong statements condemning lobbying by individual universities and enthusiastically supporting the peer review system.“Informed peer judgments on the scientific merits of specific proposals, in open competition, should be a central element in the awarding of all federal funds for science,” the NAS resolution stated. AAU, meanwhile, implored “scientists, leaders of America's universities, and members of Congress” to “refrain from actions that would make scientific decisions a test of political influence rather than a judgment on the quality of the work to be done.” Roughly 50 research institutions constitute AAU; the two AAU Canadian members did not vote on the consortium's statement.

  19. Human universe

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    Cox, Brian

    2014-01-01

    Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity. Clumps of atoms in a universe with more galaxies than people. And yet a human being is necessary for the question itself to exist, and the presence of a question in the universe - any question - is the most wonderful thing. Questions require minds, and minds bring meaning. What is meaning? I don't know, except that the universe and every pointless speck inside it means something to me. I am astonished by the existence of a single atom, and find my civilisation to be an outrageous imprint on reality. I don't understand it. Nobody does, but it makes me smile. This book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place i...

  20. The Impact of Curtin University's Activity, Food and Attitudes Program on Physical Activity, Sedentary Time and Fruit, Vegetable and Junk Food Consumption among Overweight and Obese Adolescents: A Waitlist Controlled Trial

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    Straker, Leon M.; Howie, Erin K.; Smith, Kyla L.; Fenner, Ashley A; Kerr, Deborah A; Olds, Tim S.; Abbott, Rebecca A; Smith, Anne J

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: To determine the effects of participation in Curtin University's Activity, Food and Attitudes Program (CAFAP), a community-based, family-centered behavioural intervention, on the physical activity, sedentary time, and healthy eating behaviours of overweight and obese adolescents. METHODS: In this waitlist controlled clinical trial in Western Australia, adolescents (n = 69, 71% female, mean age 14.1 (SD 1.6) years) and parents completed an 8-week intervention followed by 12 months ...

  1. Design of power grid management control system of university based on PLC of low current detection%基于小电流检测的PLC学校电网管理控制系统设计

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    姚亦娟

    2011-01-01

    For the usage feature and the type of loss of power grid of university, the paper adopts Siemens PLC as the control centre, designs a based on low current detection power grid management control system for monitoring the power using in classroom or laboratory. Adopts the power control strategy combining time with center monitoring to realize effective management of power grid of university, to ensure the safety of power grid of university, to realize the aim of energy saving and emission reduction.%针对校园电网系统使用上的特点及损耗类型,采用西门子PLC为控制核心,设计了一套基于小电流检测的具有对教室或实验室电源使用监控的电网管理控制系统.应用时间及中心监控相结合电源管控策略,实现校园电网有效地管理,保证了校园电网安全,达到了节能减排的目的.

  2. Power Flow Control through a Multi-Level H-Bridge-based Power Converter for Universal and Flexible Power Management in Future Electrical Grids

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    Iov, Florin; Bifaretti, Steffano; Zanchetta, Pericle

    2008-01-01

    The paper proposes a novel power conversion system for Universal and Flexible Power Management (UNIFLEX-PM) in Future Electricity Network. The structure is based on three AC-DC converters each one connected to a different grid, (representing the main grid and/or various distributed generation sys...

  3. The Role of Age and Gender in the Relationship between (Attitude, Subjective Norm and Perceived Behavioural Control) and Adoption of E-Learning at Jordanian Universities

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    altawallbeh, Manal; Thiam, Wun; alshourah, Sultan; Fong, Soon Fook

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to examine the moderating factors that effect on adaption e-learning among students in Jordanian universities. Two models of e-learning that are observed among adopting institutions are: E-learning as a supplement to traditional classroom model have been introduced by the respondents in this research. The paper takes a…

  4. A randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a universal school-based depression prevention program 'Op Volle Kracht' in the Netherlands

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    Tak, Y.R.; Zundert, R.M.P. van; Kuijpers, R.C.W.M.; Vlokhoven, B.S. van; Rensink, H.F.W.; Engels, R.C.M.E.

    2012-01-01

    Background: The incidence of depressive symptoms increases during adolescence, from 10.0% to 24.5% at age 11 to 15, respectively. Experiencing elevated levels of depressive symptoms increases the risk of a depressive disorder in adulthood. A universal school-based depression prevention program Op

  5. The relative impact of country of origin and universal contingencies on internationalization strategies and corporate control in multinational enterprises : Worldwide and European perspectives

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    Harzing, A.W.; Sorge, A.

    2003-01-01

    We examine the importance of country-of-origin effects and of universal contingencies such as industrial recipes in organizational practices at the international level of multinational enterprises. This is based on a study comparing European (Finnish, French, German, Dutch, Swiss, Swedish, British),

  6. Cost effectiveness and budgetary impact of the Boston University approach to Psychiatric Rehabilitation for societal participation in people with severe mental illness : a randomised controlled trial protocol

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    Sanches, Sarita A.; Swildens, Wilma E.; van Busschbach, Jooske T.; Stant, A. Dennis; Feenstra, Talitha L.; van Weeghel, Jaap

    2015-01-01

    Background: People with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) frequently experience problems with regard to societal participation (i.e. work, education and daily activities outside the home), and require professional support in this area. The Boston University approach to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (BPR) is

  7. Universal overgroup

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    Arnal, Didier; Selmi, Mohamed; Zergane, Amel

    2011-01-01

    A way to separate irreducible unitary representations π for a Lie group G by moment sets is to use an infinite-dimensional overgroup G˜ and extensions of each representation π to a representation π˜ of G˜, in such a manner that the moment set of π˜ characterizes π. In this paper we propose a universal overgroup G˜, which is an infinite-dimensional Fréchet-Lie group. We extend each π to a Hamiltonian action π˜ of G˜. The moment set of π˜ characterizes π.

  8. Open University

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    Pentz,M

    1975-01-01

    Michel Pentz est née en Afrique du Sud et venu au Cern en 1957 comme physicien et président de l'associaion du personnel. Il est également fondateur du mouvement Antiapartheid de Genève et a participé à la fondation de l'Open University en Grande-Bretagne. Il nous parle des contextes pédagogiques, culturels et nationaux dans lesquels la méthode peut s'appliquer.

  9. Yale University

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    李琳

    2007-01-01

    Being one of the world's great universities, Yale enrolls no less than 11,000 students from more than one hundred countries. And the 3,200-member faculty is a richly diverse group of men and women who are leaders in their respective fields. The 260 buildings in Yale include contributions from distinguished architects of every period in its history. The central campus of Yale now covers 310 acres (125 hectares) stretching from the School of Nursing in downtown New Haven to tree-shaded residential neighbor...

  10. Construction on Internal Accounting Control in Colleges and Universities Based on Economic Risks%基于经济风险的高校内部会计监控制度建设

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    李兆华; 梁兰姬

    2011-01-01

    由于高校大量合并、自筹经费,引发了高校会计信息失真,个别高校甚至存在严重的会计造假行为,追踪其缘由,大部分是因为高校内部会计监控存在着问题。目前,高校应进一步明确会计事项相关人员的职责权限;会计基础工作必须要严谨,手续要齐全;尽快进行财产清查;建立符合高校的控制标准;引入外部审计;提高内控人员素质;充分发挥内部审计的监控手段;建立现代高校管理体制和监控体制相结合的模式;做到实施内部会计监控制度与贯彻实施《会计法》,并以《内部控制配套指引》相结合;积极开展事前事中审计。%Merging and self-financing of universities lead to their accounting information distortion, and some universities even appear serious accounting fraud partly due to improper internal accounting control. Now the universities should further clarify duty and permission of accounting-related persons, take strict and complete procedure in basic accounting, and property inventory as soon as possible, build control standard fit for universities, introduce external auditing, increase personnel quality of internal control, play supervision role of internal auditing, establish a pattern combining modern university management system and supervision system, carry out internal accounting control system, Accounting Law and Guidelines for Internal Control, and pre-auditing and interim auditing.

  11. Geneva University

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    2009-01-01

    École de physique - Département de physique nucléaire et corpusculaire 24, quai Ernest-Ansermet 1211 GENÈVE 4 Tél: (022) 379 62 73 - Fax: (022) 379 69 92 Wednesday 13 May 2009 PARTICLE PHYSICS SEMINAR at 17:00 – Stückelberg Auditorium Observing the extreme universe with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Prof. Olaf Reimer / Stanford University The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (FGST, formerly GLAST) is an international observatory-type satellite mission with a physics program spanning from gamma-ray astronomy to particle astrophysics and cosmology. FGST was launched on June 11, 2008 and is successfully conducting science observations of the high-energy gamma-ray sky since August 2008. A varienty of discoveries has been made already, including monitoring rapid blazar variability, the existence of GeV gamma-ray bursts, and numerous new gamma-ray sources of different types, including those belonging to previously unknown gamma-ray source classes like msPSRs, globula...

  12. Geneva University

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    2009-01-01

    École de physique - Département de physique nucléaire et corspusculaire 24, quai Ernest-Ansermet 1211 GENÈVE 4 Tél: (022) 379 62 73 - Fax: (022) 379 69 92 Monday 9 March 2009 COLLOQUIUM at 17:00 – Stückelberg Auditorium Are We Descended From Heavy Neutrinos? Prof. Boris Kayser / Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Center, Geneva, Illinois, USA) Neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the universe. The discovery that they have nonzero masses has raised a number of very interesting questions about them, and about their connections to other areas of physics and to cosmology. After briefly reviewing what has been learned about the neutrinos so far, we will identify the major open questions, explain why they are interesting, and discuss ideas and plans for answering them through future experiments. We will highlight a particularly intriguing question: Are neutrinos the key to understanding why the universe contains matter but almost no antimatter, making it s...

  13. Predictive Current Control of a 7-level AC-DC back-to-back Converter for Universal and Flexible Power Management System

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    Bifaretti, Steffano; Zanchetta, Pericle; Iov, Florin

    2008-01-01

    /or various distributed generation systems. Effective and accurate power flow control is demonstrated through simulation in Matlab- Simulink environment on a model based on a two-port structure and using a Predictive Control technique. Control of different Power flow profiles has been successfully tested...

  14. Evaluation of strategies to control Fab light chain dimer during mammalian expression and purification: A universal one-step process for purification of correctly assembled Fab.

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    Spooner, Jennifer; Keen, Jenny; Nayyar, Kalpana; Birkett, Neil; Bond, Nicholas; Bannister, David; Tigue, Natalie; Higazi, Daniel; Kemp, Benjamin; Vaughan, Tristan; Kippen, Alistair; Buchanan, Andrew

    2015-07-01

    Fabs are an important class of antibody fragment as both research reagents and therapeutic agents. There are a plethora of methods described for their recombinant expression and purification. However, these do not address the issue of excessive light chain production that forms light chain dimers nor do they describe a universal purification strategy. Light chain dimer impurities and the absence of a universal Fab purification strategy present persistent challenges for biotechnology applications using Fabs, particularly around the need for bespoke purification strategies. This study describes methods to address light chain dimer formation during Fab expression and identifies a novel CH 1 affinity resin as a simple and efficient one-step purification for correctly assembled Fab.

  15. Long-term outcome of a randomized controlled universal prevention trial through a positive parenting program: is it worth the effort?

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    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Approximately 20% of children experience internalizing or externalizing DSM-IV-TR disorders. This prevalence rate cannot be reduced through treatment only. Effective preventive interventions are therefore urgently needed. The aim of the current investigation is to evaluate the two-year efficacy of the group Triple P parenting program administered universally for the prevention of child behavior problems. Methods Based on their respective preschool, N = 280 families were ra...

  16. Long-term outcome of a randomized controlled universal prevention trial through a positive parenting program: is it worth the effort?

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    2010-01-01

    Background Approximately 20% of children experience internalizing or externalizing DSM-IV-TR disorders. This prevalence rate cannot be reduced through treatment only. Effective preventive interventions are therefore urgently needed. The aim of the current investigation is to evaluate the two-year efficacy of the group Triple P parenting program administered universally for the prevention of child behavior problems. Methods Based on their respective preschool, N = 280 families were randomly as...

  17. Long-term outcome of a randomized controlled universal prevention trial through a positive parenting program: is it worth the effort?

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    2010-01-01

    Background Approximately 20% of children experience internalizing or externalizing DSM-IV-TR disorders. This prevalence rate cannot be reduced through treatment only. Effective preventive interventions are therefore urgently needed. The aim of the current investigation is to evaluate the two-year efficacy of the group Triple P parenting program administered universally for the prevention of child behavior problems. Methods Based on their respective preschool, N = 280 families were randomly a...

  18. 大学生时间管理倾向、心理控制源与学业拖延的关系%Relationship among University Students' Time Management Disposition,Locus of Control and Academic Procrastination

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    李嫱

    2012-01-01

    To study the relationship among university students' time management disposition, locus of control and academic procrastination. Methods A questionnaire survey was conducted among 284 university students by using Adolescent time management disposition scale, Intenal -external locus of control scale and the Procrastination scale. Results: The degree of students' academic procrastination is lower than average. The locus of control was significant positively correlated with procrastination on other tasks. Academic procrastination and other task's procrastination have negative correlation with time management. Conclusion: The academic procrastination was affected by time management disposition and locus of control in some way.%目的:探讨大学生时间管理倾向、心理控制源与学业拖延的关系.方法:采用时间管理倾向量表、心理控制源量表、学业拖延量表对284名大学生进行调查.结果:大学生总体学业拖延程度低于平均水平,心理控制源与非学习任务的拖延程度呈显著正相关,总体学业拖延和时间管理倾向成显著的负相关.结论:大学生学业拖延行为可能受到时间管理倾向、心理控制源的影响.

  19. Geneva University

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    2008-01-01

    Ecole de physique - Département de physique nucléaire et corpusculaire 24, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 1211 GENEVE 4 Tél: (022) 379 62 73 Fax: (022) 379 69 92 Monday 28 April 2008 PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM at 17.00 – Stückelberg Auditorium Gravity : an Emergent Perspective by Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan, Pune University Dean, Ganeshkhind, Pune, India I will motivate and describe a novel perspective in which gravity arises as an emergent phenomenon, somewhat like elasticity. This perspective throws light on several issues which are somewhat of a mystery in the conventional approach. Moreover it provides new insights on the dark energy problem. In fact, I will show that it is necessary to have such an alternative perspective in order to solve the cosmological constant problem.Information: http://theory.physics.unige.ch/~fiteo/seminars/COL/collist.html

  20. Geneva University

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    École de physique - Département de physique nucléaire et corspusculaire 24, quai Ernest-Ansermet 1211 GENÈVE 4 Tél: (022) 379 62 73 - Fax: (022) 379 69 92 Monday 7 December 2009 PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM at 17:00 – Stückelberg Auditorium Topological insulators and topological superconductors Professor Shoucheng Zhang Department of Physics, Stanford University, CA   Recently, a new class of topological states has been theoretically predicted and experimentally realized. The topological insulators have an insulating gap in the bulk, but have topologically protected edge or surface states due to the time reversal symmetry. In two dimensions the edge states give rise to the quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect, in the absence of any external magnetic field. I shall review the theoretical prediction of the QSH state in HgTe/CdTe semiconductor quantum wells, and its recent experimental observation. The edge states of the QSH state supports fr...