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  • 1.
    Abdelaziz, Ahmed
    et al.
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Ang, Tanfong
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Sookhak, Mehdi
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Khan, Suleman
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Liew, Cheesun
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Akhunzada, Adnan
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Survey on network virtualization using openflow: Taxonomy, opportunities, and open issues2016In: KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, ISSN 1976-7277, Vol. 10, no 10, 4902-4932 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The popularity of network virtualization has recently regained considerable momentum because of the emergence of OpenFlow technology. It is essentially decouples a data plane from a control plane and promotes hardware programmability. Subsequently, OpenFlow facilitates the implementation of network virtualization. This study aims to provide an overview of different approaches to create a virtual network using OpenFlow technology. The paper also presents the OpenFlow components to compare conventional network architecture with OpenFlow network architecture, particularly in terms of the virtualization. A thematic OpenFlow network virtualization taxonomy is devised to categorize network virtualization approaches. Several testbeds that support OpenFlow network virtualization are discussed with case studies to show the capabilities of OpenFlow virtualization. Moreover, the advantages of popular OpenFlow controllers that are designed to enhance network virtualization is compared and analyzed. Finally, we present key research challenges that mainly focus on security, scalability, reliability, isolation, and monitoring in the OpenFlow virtual environment. Numerous potential directions to tackle the problems related to OpenFlow network virtualization are likewise discussed

  • 2.
    Abd-Ellah, Mahmoud Khaled
    et al.
    Al-Madina Higher Institute for Engineering and Technology.
    Awad, Ali Ismail
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Khalaf, Ashraf A. M.
    Minia University, Egypt.
    Hamed, Hesham F. A.
    Minia University, Egypt.
    Classification of Brain Tumor MRIs Using a Kernel Support Vector Machine2016In: Building Sustainable Health Ecosystems: 6th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2016, Tampere, Finland, September 16-18, 2016, Proceedings / [ed] Hongxiu Li, Pirkko Nykänen, Reima Suomi, Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Gunilla Widén, Ming Zhan, Springer International Publishing , 2016, 151-160 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of medical images has been continuously increasing, which makes manual investigations of every image a difficult task. This study focuses on classifying brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs) as normal, where a brain tumor is absent, or as abnormal, where a brain tumor is present. A hybrid intelligent system for automatic brain tumor detection and MRI classification is proposed. This system assists radiologists in interpreting the MRIs, improves the brain tumor diagnostic accuracy, and directs the focus toward the abnormal images only. The proposed computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system consists of five steps: MRI preprocessing to remove the background noise, image segmentation by combining Otsu binarization and K-means clustering, feature extraction using the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) approach, and dimensionality reduction of the features by applying the principal component analysis (PCA) method. The major features were submitted to a kernel support vector machine (KSVM) for performing the MRI classification. The performance evaluation of the proposed system measured a maximum classification accuracy of 100 % using an available MRIs database. The processing time for all processes was recorded as 1.23 seconds. The obtained results have demonstrated the superiority of the proposed system.

  • 3.
    Abd-Ellah, Mahmoud Khaled
    et al.
    Electronic and Communication Department Al-Madina Higher Institute for Engineering and Technology, Giza.
    Awad, Ali Ismail
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Khalaf, Ashraf A. M.
    Faculty of Engineering, Minia University.
    Hamed, Hesham F. A.
    Faculty of Engineering, Minia University.
    Design and implementation of a computer-aided diagnosis system for brain tumor classification2017In: 2016 28th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM), 2017, 73-76 p., 7847911Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems have become very important for the medical diagnosis of brain tumors. The systems improve the diagnostic accuracy and reduce the required time. In this paper, a two-stage CAD system has been developed for automatic detection and classification of brain tumor through magnetic resonance images (MRIs). In the first stage, the system classifies brain tumor MRI into normal and abnormal images. In the second stage, the type of tumor is classified as benign (Noncancerous) or malignant (Cancerous) from the abnormal MRIs. The proposed CAD ensembles the following computational methods: MRI image segmentation by K-means clustering, feature extraction using discrete wavelet transform (DWT), feature reduction by applying principal component analysis (PCA). The two-stage classification has been conducted using a support vector machine (SVM). Performance evaluation of the proposed CAD has achieved promising results using a non-standard MRIs database.

  • 4.
    Abedin, Md. Zainal
    et al.
    University of Science and Technology Chittagong.
    Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed
    University of Science and Technology Chittagong.
    Hossain, Mohammad Shahadat
    University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    Andersson, Karl
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Karim, Razuan
    University of Science and Technology Chittagong.
    An Interoperable IP based WSN for Smart Irrigation Systems2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) have been highly developed which can be used in agriculture to enable optimal irrigation scheduling. Since there is an absence of widely used available methods to support effective agriculture practice in different weather conditions, WSN technology can be used to optimise irrigation in the crop fields. This paper presents architecture of an irrigation system by incorporating interoperable IP based WSN, which uses the protocol stacks and standard of the Internet of Things paradigm. The performance of fundamental issues of this network is emulated in Tmote Sky for 6LoWPAN over IEEE 802.15.4 radio link using the Contiki OS and the Cooja simulator. The simulated results of the performance of the WSN architecture presents the Round Trip Time (RTT) as well as the packet loss of different packet size. In addition, the average power consumption and the radio duty cycle of the sensors are studied. This will facilitate the deployment of a scalable and interoperable multi hop WSN, positioning of border router and to manage power consumption of the sensors.

  • 5.
    Abedin, Md. Zainal
    et al.
    University of Science and Technology, Chittagong.
    Paul, Sukanta
    University of Science and Technology, Chittagong.
    Akhter, Sharmin
    University of Science and Technology, Chittagong.
    Siddiquee, Kazy Noor E Alam
    University of Science and Technology, Chittagong.
    Hossain, Mohammad Shahadat
    University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    Andersson, Karl
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Selection of Energy Efficient Routing Protocol for Irrigation Enabled by Wireless Sensor Networks2017In: Proceedings of 2017 IEEE 42nd Conference on Local Computer Networks Workshops, 445 Hoes Lane, P.O. Box 133, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, 2017, 75-81 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are playing remarkable contribution in real time decision making by actuating the surroundings of environment. As a consequence, the contemporary agriculture is now using WSNs technology for better crop production, such as irrigation scheduling based on moisture level data sensed by the sensors. Since WSNs are deployed in constraints environments, the life time of sensors is very crucial for normal operation of the networks. In this regard routing protocol is a prime factor for the prolonged life time of sensors. This research focuses the performances analysis of some clustering based routing protocols to select the best routing protocol. Four algorithms are considered, namely Low Energy Adaptive Clustering Hierarchy (LEACH), Threshold Sensitive Energy Efficient sensor Network (TEEN), Stable Election Protocol (SEP) and Energy Aware Multi Hop Multi Path (EAMMH). The simulation is carried out in Matlab framework by using the mathematical models of those algortihms in heterogeneous environment. The performance metrics which are considered are stability period, network lifetime, number of dead nodes per round, number of cluster heads (CH) per round, throughput and average residual energy of node. The experimental results illustrate that TEEN provides greater stable region and lifetime than the others while SEP ensures more througput.

  • 6.
    Abolmasoumi, Amirhossein
    et al.
    Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Arak University.
    Sayyaddelshad, Saleh
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Observer design for a class of nonlinear delayed systems with unknown inputs and Markovian jump parameters2012In: ICCAS 2012: 12th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, 2012, 1848-1852 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The problem of full-order observer design for a class of delayed nonlinear systems with unknown inputs and Markovian jumping parameters is considered. The design method is formulated as solving a set of linear matrix inequalities (LMI's). Extending the results of nonlinear observer design to Markovian jump systems with time-varying delays is the main advantages of this paper. The sufficient LMI conditions are dependent on both the upper and lower bounds of delay. The effectiveness of the proposed method is shown via an illustrative example.

  • 7.
    Abrishambaf, Reza
    et al.
    Department of Engineering Technology Miami University Hamilton, OH.
    Bal, Mert
    Department of Engineering Technology Miami University Hamilton, OH.
    Vyatkin, Valeriy
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Distributed Home Automation System Based on IEC 61499 Function Blocks and Wireless Sensor Networks2017In: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT), Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, 1354-1359 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, a distributed home automation system will be demonstrated. Traditional systems are based on a central controller where all the decisions are made. The proposed control architecture is a solution to overcome the problems such as the lack of flexibility and re-configurability that most of the conventional systems have. This has been achieved by employing a method based on the new IEC 61499 function block standard, which is proposed for distributed control systems. This paper also proposes a wireless sensor network as the system infrastructure in addition to the function blocks in order to implement the Internet-of-Things technology into the area of home automation as a solution for distributed monitoring and control. The proposed system has been implemented in both Cyber (nxtControl) and Physical (Contiki-OS) level to show the applicability of the solution.

  • 8.
    Abrishambaf, Reza
    et al.
    Department of Engineering Technology, Miami University, Hamilton, OH.
    Bal, Mert
    Department of Engineering Technology, Miami University, Hamilton, OH.
    Vyatkin, Valeriy
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Distributed home automation system based on IEC61499 function blocks and wireless sensor networks2017In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, 1354-1359 p., 7915561Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, a distributed home automation system will be demonstrated. Traditional systems are based on a central controller where all the decisions are made. The proposed control architecture is a solution to overcome the problems such as the lack of flexibility and re-configurability that most of the conventional systems have. This has been achieved by employing a method based on the new IEC 61499 function block standard, which is proposed for distributed control systems. This paper also proposes a wireless sensor network as the system infrastructure in addition to the function blocks in order to implement the Internet-of-Things technology into the area of home automation as a solution for distributed monitoring and control. The proposed system has been implemented in both Cyber (nxtControl) and Physical (Contiki-OS) level to show the applicability of the solution

  • 9.
    Abudayyeh, H.A.
    et al.
    Department of Physics, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.
    Barghouthi, I.A.
    Department of Physics, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.
    Slapak, Rikard
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Nilsson, Hans
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics / Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Centrifugal acceleration at high altitudes above the polar cap: A Monte Carlo simulation2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 8, 6409-6426 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A Monte Carlo simulation was used to study the outflow of O+ and H+ ions along three flight trajectories above the polar cap up to altitudes of about 15 RE. Barghouthi (2008) developed a model on the basis of altitude and velocity-dependent wave-particle interactions and a radial geomagnetic field which includes the effects of ambipolar electric field and gravitational and mirror forces. In the present work we improve this model to include the effect of the centrifugal force, with the use of relevant boundary conditions. In addition, the magnetic field and flight trajectories, namely, the central polar cap (CPC), nightside polar cap (NPC), and cusp, were calculated using the Tsyganenko T96 model. To simulate wave-particle interactions, the perpendicular velocity diffusion coefficients for O+ ions in each region were determined such that the simulation results fit the observations. For H+ ions, a constant perpendicular velocity diffusion coefficient was assumed for all altitudes in all regions as recommended by Nilsson et al. (2013). The effect of centrifugal acceleration was simulated by considering three values for the ionospheric electric field: 0 (no centrifugal acceleration), 50, and 100 mV/m. It was found that the centrifugal acceleration increases the parallel bulk velocity and decreases the parallel and perpendicular temperatures of both ion species at altitudes above about 4 RE. Centrifugal acceleration also increases the temperature anisotropy at high altitudes. At a given altitude, centrifugal acceleration decreases the density of H+ ions while it increases the density of O+ ions. This implies that with higher centrifugal acceleration more O+ ions overcome the potential barrier. It was also found that aside from two exceptions centrifugal acceleration has the same effect on the velocities of both ions. This implies that the centrifugal acceleration is universal for all particles. The parallel bulk velocities at a given value of ionospheric electric field were highest in the cusp followed by the CPC followed by the NPC. In this study a region of no wave-particle interaction was assumed in the CPC and NPC between 3.7 and 7.5 RE. In this region the perpendicular temperature was found to decrease with altitude due to perpendicular adiabatic cooling.

  • 10.
    Acharya, Soam
    et al.
    Cornell University, Ithaca.
    Smith, Brian P
    Cornell University, Ithaca.
    Parnes, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Characterizing user access to videos on the World Wide Web1999In: Multimedia computing and networking 2000 / [ed] Klara Nahrstedt, Bellingham, Wash: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 1999, 130-141 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite evidence of rising popularity of video on the web (or VOW), little is known about how users access video. However, such a characterization can greatly benefit the design of multimedia systems such as web video proxies and VOW servers. Hence, this paper presents an analysis of trace data obtained from an ongoing VOW experiment in Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. This experiment is unique as video material is distributed over a high bandwidth network allowing users to make access decisions without the network being a major factor. Our analysis revealed a number of interesting discoveries regarding user VOW access. For example, accesses display high temporal locality: several requests for the same video title often occur within a short time span. Accesses also exhibited spatial locality of reference whereby a small number of machines accounted for a large number of overall requests. Another finding was a browsing pattern where users preview the initial portion of a video to find out if they are interested. If they like it, they continue watching, otherwise they halt it. This pattern suggests that caching the first several minutes of video data should prove effective. Lastly, the analysis shows that, contrary to previous studies, ranking of video titles by popularity did not fit a Zipfian distribution.

  • 11.
    Agreste, Santa
    et al.
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina.
    De Meo, Pasquale
    of Ancient and Modern Civilizations, University of Messina.
    Fiumara, Giacomo
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina.
    Piccione, Giuseppe
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina.
    Piccolo, Sebastiano
    Department of Management Engineering - Engineering Systems Division at the Technical University of Denmark.
    Rosaci, Domenico
    DIIES Department, University of Reggio Calabria Via Graziella.
    Sarné, Giuseppe M. L.
    DICEAM Department, University of Reggio Calabria Via Graziella.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    An empirical comparison of algorithms to findcommunities in directed graphs and theirapplication in Web Data Analytics2017In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, E-ISSN 2332-7790, Vol. 3, no 3, 289-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Detecting communities in graphs is a fundamental tool to understand the structure of Web-based systems and predict their evolution. Many community detection algorithms are designed to process undirected graphs (i.e., graphs with bidirectional edges) but many graphs on the Web - e.g. microblogging Web sites, trust networks or the Web graph itself - are often directed. Few community detection algorithms deal with directed graphs but we lack their experimental comparison. In this paper we evaluated some community detection algorithms across accuracy and scalability. A first group of algorithms (Label Propagation and Infomap) are explicitly designed to manage directed graphs while a second group (e.g., WalkTrap) simply ignores edge directionality; finally, a third group of algorithms (e.g., Eigenvector) maps input graphs onto undirected ones and extracts communities from the symmetrized version of the input graph. We ran our tests on both artificial and real graphs and, on artificial graphs, WalkTrap achieved the highest accuracy, closely followed by other algorithms; Label Propagation has outstanding performance in scalability on both artificial and real graphs. The Infomap algorithm showcased the best trade-off between accuracy and computational performance and, therefore, it has to be considered as a promising tool for Web Data Analytics purposes.

  • 12.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Haptic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Assistive technologies have improved the situation in society for visually impaired individuals.The rapid development the last decades have made both work and education much more accessible. Despite this, moving about independently is still a major challenge, one that at worst can lead to isolation and a decreased quality of life. To aid in the above task, devices exist to help avoid obstacles (notably the white cane), and navigation aids such as accessible GPS devices. The white cane is the quintessential aid and is much appreciated, but solutions trying to convey distance and direction to obstacles further away have not made a big impact among the visually impaired. Onefundamental challenge is how to present such information non-visually. Sounds and synthetic speech are typically utilised, but feedback through the sense of touch (haptics) is also used, often in the form of vibrations. Haptic feedback is appealing because it does not block or distort sounds from the environment that are important for non-visual navigation. Additionally, touch is a natural channel for information about surrounding objects, something the white cane so successfully utilises. This doctoral thesis explores the question above by presenting the development and evaluations of dierent types of haptic navigation aids. The goal has been to attain a simple user experience that mimics that of the white cane. The idea is that a navigation aid able to do this should have a fair chance of being successful on the market. Theevaluations of the developed prototypes have primarily been qualitative, focusing on judging the feasibility of the developed solutions. They have been evaluated at a very early stage, with visually impaired study participants.Results from the evaluations indicate that haptic feedback can lead to solutions that are both easy to understand and use. Since the evaluations were done at an early stage in the development, the participants have also provided valuable feedback regarding design and functionality. They have also noted many scenarios throughout their daily lives where such navigation aids would be of use.The thesis document these results, together with ideas and thoughts that have emerged and been tested during the development process. This information contributes to the body of knowledge on dierent means of conveying information about surrounding objects non-visually.

  • 13.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    The Development of a Virtual White Cane Using a Haptic Interface2014Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    For millions of visually impaired individuals worldwide, independent navigation is a major challenge. The white cane can be used to avoid obstacles close-by, but it does not aid in navigation as it is difficult to get a large-scale view of the environment. Technological aids have been developed, notably ones based on GPS, but they have not been widely adopted. This thesis approaches the problem from different perspectives. Firstly, current navigation aids are examined from a user-interaction perspective, leading to some design guidelines on how to present spatial information non-visually. Secondly, a prototype of a new navigation aid (the Virtual White Cane) is proposed, and a field trial with visually impaired participants is described. The idea behind the Virtual White Cane is to utilise the intuitive way humans avoid obstacles by touch, and specifically to leverage the experience white cane users already have. This is accomplished by scanning the environment with a laser rangefinder, and presenting the range information using a haptic interface. The regular white cane is easy to use because it behaves like an extended arm, and so does the Virtual White Cane, albeit working at a much greater distance than the regular cane. A field trial with six experienced white cane users was conducted to assess the feasibility of this kind of interaction. The participants carried out a trial procedure where they traversed a prepared environment using the Virtual White Cane. They did not receive extensive training prior to the trial, the point being that if the Virtual White Cane behaves like a regular one, it should be quick to learn for a white cane user. The results show that spatial information can be feasibly conveyed using a haptic interface. This is demonstrated by the ease with which the field trial participants familiarised themselves with the system, notably adopting a similar usage pattern. In interviews that were conducted following the trial procedures, the participants expressed interest in the idea and thought that being a white cane user helped them use the Virtual White Cane. Despite knowing how to operate the system, the participants found locating objects to be difficult. An extended training period would likely have made this easier, but this problem could also be lessened by understanding what model parameters (such as the length of the virtual cane) should be used.

  • 14.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Fredriksson, Håkan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Den seende rullstolen2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In its current form, the white cane has been used by visually impaired people for almost a hundred years. It is an intuitive device that helps visually impaired people navigate independently. For people who, in addition to a visual impairment, also have impaired movement, this independence is not as certain. If a wheelchair or a walker is needed, human assistance might be a necessity.MICA (Mobile Internet Connected Assistant) is a computerized wheelchair that has been equipped with a laser rangefinder that can measure the distance to obstacles in the environment. This information has been used to make the wheelhair able to drive on its own, avoiding obstacles, so that users unable to drive a wheelchair themselves are able to use it.The latest addition to MICA - a virtual white cane - allows visually impaired wheelchair users to virtually touch obstacles in their environment, and thus navigate in a similar way to those using a regular white cane. This is accomplished by generating a simplified 3D model based on the data acquired from the laser rangefinder, and sending this data to a haptic device, allowing users to feel the 3D model.The virtual white cane is still in an early development stage. The first test drive of MICA with the virtual white cane (together known as "The Sighted Wheelchair") was performed on 2011-05-10. A short video called "The Sighted Wheelchair" can be found on YouTube.Future work will focus on developing the software that communicates with the laser rangefinder and the haptic device to improve the user experience. Efforts will also be made to overcome the limitations of the laser rangefinder, improving the 3D model.

  • 15.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Fredriksson, Håkan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Obstacle Avoidance Using Haptics and a Laser Rangefinder2013In: 2013 IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts: Tokya, Japan, 7-9 Nov 2013, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2013, 76-81 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In its current form, the white cane has been used by visually impaired people for almost a century. It is one of the most basic yet useful navigation aids, mainly because of its simplicity and intuitive usage. For people who have a motion impairment in addition to a visual one, requiring a wheelchair or a walker, the white cane is impractical, leading to human assistance being a necessity. This paper presents the prototype of a virtual white cane using a laser rangefinder to scan the environment and a haptic interface to present this information to the user. Using the virtual white cane, the user is able to "poke" at obstacles several meters ahead and without physical contact with the obstacle. By using a haptic interface, the interaction is very similar to how a regular white cane is used. This paper also presents the results from an initial field trial conducted with six people with a visual impairment.

  • 16.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Presentation of Spatial Information in Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired2015In: Journal of Assistive Technologies, ISSN 1754-9450, E-ISSN 2042-8723, Vol. 9, no 3, 174-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this article is to present some guidelines on how different means of information presentation can be used when conveying spatial information non-visually. The aim is to further the understanding of the qualities navigation aids for visually impaired individuals should possess.Design/methodology/approach: A background in non-visual spatial perception is provided, and existing commercial and non-commercial navigation aids are examined from a user interaction perspective, based on how individuals with a visual impairment perceive and understand space.Findings: The discussions on non-visual spatial perception and navigation aids lead to some user interaction design suggestions. Originality/value: This paper examines navigation aids from the perspective of non-visual spatial perception. The presented design suggestions can serve as basic guidelines for the design of such solutions.

  • 17.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Prellwitz, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Röding, Jenny
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    An Initial Field Trial of a Haptic Navigation System for Persons with a Visual Impairment2015In: Journal of Assistive Technologies, ISSN 1754-9450, E-ISSN 2042-8723, Vol. 9, no 4, 199-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to describe conceptions of feasibility of a haptic navigation system for persons with a visual impairment (VI). Design/methodology/approach– Six persons with a VI who were white cane users were tasked with traversing a predetermined route in a corridor environment using the haptic navigation system. To see whether white cane experience translated to using the system, the participants received no prior training. The procedures were video-recorded, and the participants were interviewed about their conceptions of using the system. The interviews were analyzed using content analysis, where inductively generated codes that emerged from the data were clustered together and formulated into categories. Findings– The participants quickly figured out how to use the system, and soon adopted their own usage technique. Despite this, locating objects was difficult. The interviews highlighted the desire to be able to feel at a distance, with several scenarios presented to illustrate current problems. The participants noted that their previous white cane experience helped, but that it nevertheless would take a lot of practice to master using this system. The potential for the device to increase security in unfamiliar environments was mentioned. Practical problems with the prototype were also discussed, notably the lack of auditory feedback. Originality/value– One novel aspect of this field trial is the way it was carried out. Prior training was intentionally not provided, which means that the findings reflect immediate user experiences. The findings confirm the value of being able to perceive things beyond the range of the white cane; at the same time, the participants expressed concerns about that ability. Another key feature is that the prototype should be seen as a navigation aid rather than an obstacle avoidance device, despite the interaction similarities with the white cane. As such, the intent is not to replace the white cane as a primary means of detecting obstacles.

  • 18.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Prellwitz, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Röding, Jenny
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Virtuell vit käpp för den seende rullstolen2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Ahlmark, Daniel Innala
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    van Deventer, Jan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Hyyppä, Kalevi
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Hand-held navigation aid for visually impaired using haptic feedback2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The white cane is used by many visually impaired individuals as the primary aid for avoiding obstacles. In this it is unparalleled, but it cannot provide a large-scale view of the surroundings the way vision does. This makes navigating independently a challenge for the visually impaired. We are developing the Virtual White Cane (VWC), a device that uses sensors and haptic technologies to complement the limited view of the cane. Sensors makes it possible to probe obstacles far beyond the range of the white cane, and haptic feedback is familiar to users of the regular cane. The purpose of this device is to act as a complement to the standard cane, providing information about the surroundings that are beyond the cane's reach. This kind of extended view not only helps in anticipating obstacles, but also to navigate. The presentation will focus on the hardware of the currently developed prototype, in addition to some initial user experiences.

  • 20.
    Ahmad, Iftikhar
    et al.
    Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Noor, Rafidah Md
    Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Ali, Ihsan
    Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
    Imran, Muhammad
    College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Characterizing the role of vehicular cloud computing in road traffic management2017In: International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, ISSN 1550-1329, E-ISSN 1550-1477, Vol. 13, no 5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vehicular cloud computing is envisioned to deliver services that provide traffic safety and efficiency to vehicles. Vehicular cloud computing has great potential to change the contemporary vehicular communication paradigm. Explicitly, the underutilized resources of vehicles can be shared with other vehicles to manage traffic during congestion. These resources include but are not limited to storage, computing power, and Internet connectivity. This study reviews current traffic management systems to analyze the role and significance of vehicular cloud computing in road traffic management. First, an abstraction of the vehicular cloud infrastructure in an urban scenario is presented to explore the vehicular cloud computing process. A taxonomy of vehicular clouds that defines the cloud formation, integration types, and services is presented. A taxonomy of vehicular cloud services is also provided to explore the object types involved and their positions within the vehicular cloud. A comparison of the current state-of-the-art traffic management systems is performed in terms of parameters, such as vehicular ad hoc network infrastructure, Internet dependency, cloud management, scalability, traffic flow control, and emerging services. Potential future challenges and emerging technologies, such as the Internet of vehicles and its incorporation in traffic congestion control, are also discussed. Vehicular cloud computing is envisioned to have a substantial role in the development of smart traffic management solutions and in emerging Internet of vehicles

  • 21.
    Ahmed, Ejaz
    et al.
    The Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya.
    Yaqoob, Ibrar
    The Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya.
    Targio Hashem, Ibrahim Abaker
    The Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya.
    Khan, Imran
    Schneider Electric Industries, Grenoble.
    Ahmed, Abdelmuttlib Ibrahim Abdalla
    The Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya.
    Imran, Muhammad
    College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    The role of big data analytics in Internet of Things2017In: Computer Networks, ISSN 1389-1286, E-ISSN 1872-7069Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The explosive growth in the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the exponential increase in data consumption only reflect how the growth of big data perfectly overlaps with that of IoT. The management of big data in a continuously expanding network gives rise to non-trivial concerns regarding data collection efficiency, data processing, analytics, and security. To address these concerns, researchers have examined the challenges associated with the successful deployment of IoT. Despite the large number of studies on big data, analytics, and IoT, the convergence of these areas creates several opportunities for flourishing big data and analytics for IoT systems. In this paper, we explore the recent advances in big data analytics for IoT systems as well as the key requirements for managing big data and for enabling analytics in an IoT environment. We taxonomized the literature based on important parameters. We identify the opportunities resulting from the convergence of big data, analytics, and IoT as well as discuss the role of big data analytics in IoT applications. Finally, several open challenges are presented as future research directions.

  • 22.
    Aires, Filipe
    et al.
    Estellus, Paris.
    Prigent, Catherine
    Estellus, Paris.
    Orlandi, Emiliano
    Cologne university.
    Milz, Mathias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Eriksson, Patrick
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Crewell, Susanne
    Cologne university.
    Lin, Chung-Chi
    ESA, ESTEC.
    Kangas, Ville
    ESA, ESTEC.
    Microwave hyperspectral measurements for temperature and humidity atmospheric profiling from satellite: The clear-sky case2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, ISSN 2169-897X, E-ISSN 2169-8996, Vol. 120, no 21, 11334-11351 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the benefits of a satellite HYper-spectral Microwave Sensor (HYMS) for the retrieval of atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles, in the context of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). In the infrared, hyper-spectral instruments have already improved the accuracy of NWP forecasts. Microwave instruments so far only provide observations for a limited number of carefully selected channels. An information content analysis is conducted here to assess the impact of hyper-spectral microwave measurements on the retrieval of temperature and water vapor profiles under clear-sky conditions. It uses radiative transfer simulations over a large variety of atmospheric situations. It accounts for realistic observation (instrument and radiative transfer) noise and for a priori information assumptions compatible with NWP practices. The estimated retrieval performance of the HYMS instrument is compared to those of the microwave instruments to be deployed on board the future generation of European operational meteorological satellites (MetOp-SG). The results confirm the positive impact of a HYMS instrument on the atmospheric profiling capabilities compared to MetOp-SG. Temperature retrieval uncertainty, compared to a priori information, is reduced by 2 to 10%, depending on the atmospheric height, and improvement rates are much higher than what will be obtained with MetOp-SG. For humidity sounding these improvements can reach 30%, a significant benefit as compared to MetOp-SG results especially below 250 hPa. The results are not very sensitive to the instrument noise, under our assumptions. The main impact provided by the hyper-spectral information originates from the higher resolution in the O2 band around 60 GHz. The results are presented over ocean at nadir but similar conclusions are obtained for other incidence angles and over land

  • 23.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Berglund, Linn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Noël, Maxime
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Linder, Tomas
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Light scattering in cellulose nanofibre suspensions: Model and experiments2016In: Computers in Chemistry Proceeding from ACS National Meeting San Diego: Proceeding from ACS National Meeting San Diego, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2016, 122- p., CELL 235Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Here light scattering theory is used to assess the size distribution in a suspension of cellulose as it is fibrillated from micro-scaled to nano-scaled fibres. A model based on Monte carlo simulations of the scattering of photons by different sizes of cellulose fibres was used to predict the UV-IF spectrum of the suspensions. Bleached cellulose hardwood pulp was tested and compared to the visually transparent tempo-oxidised hardwood cellulose nanofibres (CNF) suspension. The theoretical results show that different diameter size classes exhibit very different scattering patterns. These classes could be identified in the experimental results and used to establish the size class dominating the suspension. A comparison to AFM/microscope size distribution was made and the results indicated that using the UV-IF light scattering spectrum maybe more reliable that size distribution measurement using AFM and microscopy on dried CNF samples. The UV-IF spectrum measurement combined with the theoretical prediction can be used even at this initial stage of development of this model to assess the degree of fibrillation when processing CNF.

  • 24. Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Estimating suspended fibre material properties by modelling ultrasound attenuation2006In: Mathematical Modeling of Wave Phenomena: conference on mathematical modeling of wave phenomea, Växjö, Sweden, 14 - 19 August 2005 / [ed] Börje Nilsson; Louis Fishman, Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2006, 250-259 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An analytical model for use in the inverse problem of estimating material properties of suspended fibres from ultrasonic attenuation has been developed. The ultrasound attenuation is derived theoretically from the energy losses arising when a plane wave is scattered and absorbed off an infinitely long, isotropic, viscoelastic cylinder. By neglecting thermal considerations and assuming low viscosity in the suspending fluid, we can make additional assumptions that provide us with a tractable set of equations that can be solved analytically. The model can then be to used in inverse methods of estimating material properties. We verify the model with experimentally obtained values of attenuation for saturated Nylon fibres. The experimental results from Nylon fibres show local peaks in the attenuation which are thought to be due to the resonant absorption at the eigenfrequencies of the fibres. The results of the experiments show that the model is sufficiently sensitive to detect differences in different types of Nylon. Applications for suspended fibre characterization can be found in the paper manufacturing industry.

  • 25. Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Material property estimates from ultrasound attenuation in fibre suspensions2009In: Ultrasonics, ISSN 0041-624X, E-ISSN 1874-9968, Vol. 49, no 4-5, 432-437 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An investigation of a new method for measuring fibre material properties from ultrasonic attenuation in a dilute suspension of synthetic fibres of uniform geometry is presented. The method is based on inversely solving an ultrasound scattering and absorption model of suspended fibres in water for the material properties of the fibres. Experimental results were obtained from three suspensions of nylon 66 fibres each with different fibre diameters. A forward solution to the model with reference material values is compared to experimental data to verify the model's behaviour. Estimates of the shear and Young's modulus, the compressional wave velocity, Poisson's ratio and loss tangent from nylon 66 fibres are compared to data available from other sources. Experimental data confirms that the model successfully predicts that the resonance features in the frequency response of the attenuation are a function of diameter. Consistent estimated values for the compressional wave velocity and the Poisson's ratio were found to be difficult to obtain but in combination gave values of shear modulus within previously reported values and with low sensitivity to noise. Young's modulus was underestimated by 54% but was consistent and had low sensitivity to noise. The underestimation is believed to be caused by the assumption of isotropic material used in the model. Additional tests on isotropic fibre would confirm this. Further analysis of the model sensitivity and the reasons for the resonance features are required.

  • 26.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Sounding Out Paper Pulp: Ultrasound Spectroscopy of Dilute Viscoelastic Fibre Suspensions Acoustics and Ultrasonics2006Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A model of attenuation of ultrasound in fibre suspensions is compared to a model of backscattering pressure from submersed cylinders subjected to a sound wave. This analysis is carried out in the region where the wavelength is of the same order as that of the diameter of the fibre. In addition we assume the cylinder scatterer to have no intrinsic attenuation and the longitudinal axis of the scatterer is assumed to be perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the incident wave. Peaks in the frequency response of both the backscattering pressure, expressed in the form of a form function, and the attenuation are shown to correspond. Similarities between the models are discussed. Since the peaks in the form function are due to resonance of the cylinder, we infer that the peaks in the attenuation are also due to resonance. The exact nature of the waves causing the resonance are still unclear however the first resonance peaks are related to the shear wave and hence the shear modulus of the material. The aim is to use the attenuation model for solving the inverse problem of calculating paper pulp material properties from attenuation measurements. The implications of these findings for paper pulp property estimation is that the supporting fluid could, if possible, be matched to density of that of pulp fibres and that the estimation of material properties should be improved by selecting a frequency range that in the region of the first resonance peaks.

  • 27.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Delsing, Jerker
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Estimating material properties of solid and hollow fibers in suspension using ultrasonic attenuation2013In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, ISSN 0885-3010, E-ISSN 1525-8955, Vol. 60, no 7, 1424-1434 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Estimates of the material properties of hollow fibers suspended in a fluid using ultrasound measurements and a simple, computationally efficient analytical model are made. The industrial application is to evaluate the properties of wood fibers in paper pulp. The necessity of using a layered cylindrical model (LCM) as opposed to a solid cylindrical model (SCM) for modeling ultrasound attenuation in a suspension of hollow fibers is evaluated. The two models are described and used to solve the inverse problem of estimating material properties from attenuation in suspensions of solid and hollow polyester fibers. The results show that the measured attenuation of hollow fibers differs from that of solid fibers. Elastic properties estimates using LCM with hollow-fiber suspension measurements are similar to those using SCM with solid-fiber suspension measurements and compare well to block polyester values for elastic moduli. However, using the SCM with the hollow-fiber suspension did not produce realistic estimations. In conclusion, the LCM gives reasonable estimations of hollow fiber properties and the SCM is not sufficiently complex to model hollow fibers. The results also indicate that the use of a distributed radius in the model is important in estimating material properties from fiber suspensions.

  • 28.
    Aittamaa, Simon
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Programming embedded real-time systems: implementation techniques for concurrent reactive objects2011Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An embedded system is a computer system that is a part of a larger device with hardware and mechanical parts. Such a system often has limited resources (such as processing power, memory, and power) and it typically has to meet hard real-time requirements. Today, as the area of application of embedded systems is constantly increasing, resulting in higher demands on system performance and a growing complexity of embedded software, there is a clear trend towards multi-core and multi-processor systems. Such systems are inherently concurrent, but programming concurrent systems using the traditional abstractions (i.e., explicit threads of execution) has been shown to be both difficult and error-prone. The natural solution is to raise the abstraction level and make concurrency implicit, in order to aid the programmer in the task of writing correct code. However, when we raise the abstraction level, there is always an inherent cost. In this thesis we consider one possible concurrency model, the concurrent reactive object approach that offers implicit concurrency at the object level. This model has been implemented in the programming language Timber, which primarily targets development of real-time systems. It is also implemented in TinyTimber, a subset of the C language closely matching Timber’s execution model. We quantify various costs of a TinyTimber implementation of the model (such as context switching and message passing overheads) on a number of hardware platforms and compare them to the costs of the more common thread-based approach. We then demonstrate how some of these costs can be mitigated using stack resource policy. On a separate track, we present a feasibility test for garbage collection in a reactive real-time system with automatic memory management, which is a necessary component for verification of correctness of a real-time system implemented in Timber

  • 29.
    Aittamaa, Simon
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Eriksson, Johan
    Lindgren, Per
    Uniform scheduling of internal and external events under SRP-EDF2010In: Annual International Conference on Real-Time and Embedded Systems ( RTES 2010): 1-2 November 2010, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With the growing complexity of modern embedded real-time systems, scheduling and managing of resources has become a daunting task. While scheduling and resource management for internal events can be simplified by adopting a commonplace real-time operating system (RTOS), scheduling and resource management for external events are left in the hands of the programmer, not to mention managing resources across the boundaries of external and internal events. In this paper we propose a unified system view incorporating earliest deadline first (EDF) for scheduling and stack resource policy (SRP) for resource management. From an embedded real-time system view, EDF+SRP is attractive not only because stack usage can be minimized, but also because the cost of a pre-emption becomes almost as cheap as a regular function call, and the number of preemptions is kept to a minimum. SRP+EDF also lifts the burden of manual resource management from the programmer and incorporates it into the scheduler. Furthermore, we show the efficiency of the SRP+EDF scheme, the intuitiveness of the programming model (in terms of reactive programming), and the simplicity of the implementation.

  • 30.
    Akbar, Mariam
    et al.
    COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Javaid, Nadeem
    COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Kahn, Ayesha Hussain
    COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Imran, Muhammad Al
    College of Computer and Information Sciences, Almuzahmiyah, King Saud University.
    Shoaib, Muhammad
    College of Computer and Information Sciences, Almuzahmiyah, King Saud University.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Efficient Data Gathering in 3D Linear Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks Using Sink Mobility2016In: Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, E-ISSN 1424-8220, Vol. 16, no 3, 404Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the unpleasant and unpredictable underwater environment, designing an energy-efficient routing protocol for underwater wireless sensor networks (UWSNs) demands more accuracy and extra computations. In the proposed scheme, we introduce a mobile sink (MS), i.e., an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), and also courier nodes (CNs), to minimize the energy consumption of nodes. MS and CNs stop at specific stops for data gathering; later on, CNs forward the received data to the MS for further transmission. By the mobility of CNs and MS, the overall energy consumption of nodes is minimized. We perform simulations to investigate the performance of the proposed scheme and compare it to preexisting techniques. Simulation results are compared in terms of network lifetime, throughput, path loss, transmission loss and packet drop ratio. The results show that the proposed technique performs better in terms of network lifetime, throughput, path loss and scalability

  • 31.
    Akkaya, Kemal
    et al.
    Southern Illinois University.
    Aust, Stefan
    NEC Communication Systems, Ltd..
    Hollick, Matthias
    TU Darmstadt.
    Itaya, Satoko
    Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT.
    Kantarci, Burak
    University of Ottawa.
    Pfeiffer, Tom
    TU Berlin.
    Senel, Fatih
    International Antalya University.
    Strayer, Tim
    BBN Technologies.
    Andersson, Karl
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science. Pervasive and Mobile Computing Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology.
    Message from the demonstrations chair2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the sixth Demonstration Session at the IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) 2014. We were looking for demonstrations for all topics covered by the main conference as well as all the workshops held in conjunction with the conference. The technical demonstrations were strongly encouraged to show innovative and original research. The main purpose of the demo session is to provide demonstrations that validate important research issues and/or show innovative prototypes.

  • 32.
    Akos, Dennis
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Ene, A.
    Stanford University.
    Thor, Jonas
    A prototyping platform for multi-frequency GNSS receivers2003In: ION GPS/GNSS Proceedings, Institute of Navigation, The , 2003Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The future satellite positioning/navigation systems (i.e. GPS and Galileo) will provide civil signals on multiple frequencies, similar to those currently available for military purposes only. This paper presents a direct RF sampling front end design well suited for multiple frequency satellite navigation receiver design. No frequency downconversion is necessary; rather the particular frequency bands of interest are intentionally aliased using a wide band analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The resulting samples are passed to the memory space of a host PC for storage, and are saved to disk for eventual processing of the multiple frequency transmissions. The present paper describes the design of the front-end, validates its concept with collected data, and discusses the variations on the design of a generic multiple frequency GPS front end. Methods for processing the data obtained by the front end design are also presented.

  • 33.
    Akos, Dennis
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    From, Markus
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Karlsson, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Larsson, Kjell
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Receiver measured time in the VDL mode 4 system2000In: IEEE 2000 Position Location and Navigation Symposium: San Diego, California, March 13 - 16, 2000, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2000, 309-316 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper details an investigation into the receiver measured time (RMT) concept of VDL Mode 4, basically the ability to derive estimates of time from the transmission of the VDL Mode 4 signals themselves. The RMT concept is based on determining the accurate time of transmission by measuring the time of arrival (TOA) of a received signal. The reverse aspect, or that of user position, can also be computed in the same manner and all computed simulations hold for errors in position. If synchronized time is available, or can be derived, then the user position can be computed based on signals from known transmitter locations. A complete, end-to-end RMT simulation model for the Gaussian filtered frequency shift keying (GFSK) and differential 8-phase shift keying (D8PSK) modulation techniques has been developed in which various transmitters, channels and receiver models as well as an RMT measurement system have been included. The timing results, which are included, are described in terms of two-sigma errors as a function of signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs). The performance varies for the different receiver structures over the typical operation region and for a 1-bit differential GFSK detector the two-sigma error is as low as 0.40 microseconds, corresponding to a ranging error of approximately 120 meters. When incorporating co-channel interference (CCI), multipath and Doppler frequency shifts the RMT performance has been shown to decrease in terms of higher two-sigma errors

  • 34.
    Akos, Dennis
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Stockmaster, Michael
    Rockwell Collins, Cedar Wells.
    Tsui, James B.Y.
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton.
    Caschera, Joe
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton.
    Direct bandpass sampling of multiple distinct RF signals1999In: IEEE Transactions on Communications, ISSN 0090-6778, E-ISSN 1558-0857, Vol. 47, no 7, 983-988 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A goal in the software radio design philosophy is to place the analog-to-digital converter as near the antenna as possible. This objective has been demonstrated for the case of a single input signal. Bandpass sampling has been applied to downconvert, or intentionally alias, the information bandwidth of a radio frequency (RF) signal to a desired intermediate frequency. The design of the software radio becomes more interesting when two or more distinct signals are received. The traditional approach for multiple signals would be to bandpass sample a continuous span of spectrum containing all the desired signals. The disadvantage with this approach is that the sampling rate and associated discrete processing rate are based on the span of spectrum as opposed to the information bandwidths of the signals of interest. Proposed here is a technique to determine the absolute minimum sampling frequency for direct digitization of multiple, nonadjacent, frequency bands. The entire process is based on the calculation of a single parameter-the sampling frequency. The result is a simple, yet elegant, front-end design for the reception and bandpass sampling of multiple RF signals. Experimental results using RF transmissions from the US Global Positioning System-Standard Position Service (GPS-SPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) are used to illustrate and verify the theory

  • 35.
    Alakärppä, Ismo
    et al.
    University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.
    Andersson, Karl
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Johansson, Dan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Hosio, Simo
    University of Oulu.
    Ojala, Timo
    University of Oulu.
    NIMO overall architecture and service enablers2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes the architecture and service enablers developed in the NIMO project. Furthermore, it identifies future challenges and knowledge gaps in upcoming ICT service development for public sector units empowering citizens with enhanced tools for interaction and participation. We foresee crowdsourced applications where citizens contribute with dynamic, timely and geographically spread gathered information.

  • 36.
    Alam, Quratulain
    et al.
    Department of Computer Sciences, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar.
    Tabbasum, Saher
    Department of Computer Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Malik, Saif U.R.
    Department of Computer Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Malik, Masoom
    Department of Computer Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.
    Ali, Tamleek
    Department of Computer Sciences, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar.
    Akhunzada, Adnan
    Center for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR), University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur.
    Khan, Samee U.
    Department of electrical and computer engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Buyya, Rajkumar
    Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems, (CLOUDS) Laboratory, Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne.
    Formal Verification of the xDAuth Protocol2016In: IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, ISSN 1556-6013, E-ISSN 1556-6021, Vol. 11, no 9, 1956-1969 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) offers a flexible paradigm for information flow among collaborating organizations. As information moves out of an organization boundary, various security concerns may arise, such as confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity that needs to be addressed. Moreover, verifying the correctness of the communication protocol is also an important factor. This paper focuses on the formal verification of the xDAuth protocol, which is one of the prominent protocols for identity management in cross domain scenarios. We have modeled the information flow of xDAuth protocol using High Level Petri Nets (HLPN) to understand protocol information flow in a distributed environment. We analyze the rules of information flow using Z language while Z3 SMT solver is used for verification of the model. Our formal analysis and verification results reveal the fact that the protocol fulfills its intended purpose and provides the security for the defined protocol specific properties, e.g. secure secret key authentication, Chinese wall security policy and secrecy specific properties, e.g. confidentiality, integrity, authenticity.

  • 37.
    Albano, Michele
    et al.
    CISTER, ISEP/INESC-TEC Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
    Barbosa, Paulo Miguel
    CISTER, ISEP/INESC-TEC Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
    Silva, Jose
    CISTER, ISEP/INESC-TEC Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
    Duarte, Roberto
    CISTER, ISEP/INESC-TEC Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
    Ferreira, Luis Lino
    CISTER, ISEP/INESC-TEC Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
    Delsing, Jerker
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Quality of Service on the Arrowhead Framework2017In: 2017 IEEE 13th International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS), Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quality of Service (QoS) is an important enabler for communication in industrial environments. The Arrowhead Framework was created to support local cloud functionalities for automation applications by means of a Service Oriented Architecture. To this aim, the framework offers a number of services that ease application development, among them the QoSSetup and the Monitor services, the first used to verify and configure QoS in the local cloud, and the second for online monitoring of QoS. This paper describes how the QoSSetup and Monitor services are provided in a Arrowhead-compliant System of Systems, detailing both the principles and algorithms employed, and how the services are implemented. Experimental results are provided, from a demonstrator built over a real-time Ethernet network.

  • 38.
    Albayrak, Sahin
    et al.
    TU Berlin.
    Elkotob, Muslim
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Toker, Ahmet
    TU Berlin.
    Smart middleware for mutual service-network awareness in evolving 3GPP networks: network aware applications & application aware networks2008In: 2008 3rd International Conference on Communication System Software and Middleware and workshops: [COMSWARE 2008]; Bangalore, India, 6 - 10 January 2008, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2008, 44-50 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have designed a smart middleware and are working on implementing and deploying it as a landmark architectural piece run by nodes of the Future Internet. The middleware we propose aims as a main goal at making applications and services fully network-aware in the sense that they utilize network resources and tune their own demands based on what the underlying networks can offer. On the other hand, the smart middleware makes networks service aware in the sense that networks also adapt their configuration to service demands. Challenges of the Future Internet such as scalability, increased interoperability, and smart collaboration between engines are addressed by our middleware. Focusing on 3GPP networks including IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks, this paper presents the architectural design of our middleware and shows in two showcases how and why it is capable of addressing future challenges. Scenarios such as service and network-aware coordinated load balancing and "always-best-connected" as a service verify the merits of our smart middleware design.

  • 39.
    Alcazar, Magnus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    "Ideas are simple. Implementation is Hard.": En Fallstudie om Nyckelfaktorer för Implementering av Planeringssystem inom Hemtjänsten2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Home care are a very common form of care and many prefer this form of care in front of hospitalized care. The home care service is therefore in need of a planning system in order to plan its work as efficiently as possible. Many of these implementations fail.

    Purpose: Many implementations in the home care service fail. The purpose of this paper is therefore to investigate what critical success factors project managers should focus on to achieve a successfull implementation.

    Method: This study has been conducted with a qualitative study as research method. A literature study was carried out by finding previous research in the field, which was then used as a theoretical framework. This was then compared with the empirical evidence acquired through semi-structured interviews with people with experience of implementations in the home care industry.

    Result: The result shows that the CSF’s that appeared in the literature study should also be used in practice. In addition, three new factors were identified

    Conclusion: All of the CSF’s presented in the literature study were reinforced by the interviews conducted with the informants in this study. References to how these should be used have also been developed. For example, the focus on the factor resources should primarily be put on the resource time.This study also concludes that depending on the type of organization it is about, such as small private companies, private medium-sized companies or municipal-owned businesses, focus should be on different CSF’s.

  • 40.
    Al-Dulaimi, Anwer
    et al.
    ECE, University of Toronto.
    Anpalagan, Alagan
    WINCORE Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto.
    Bennis, Mehdi
    University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu.
    Vasilakos, Athanasios
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    5G Green Communications: C-RAN Provisioning of CoMP and Femtocells for Power Management2016In: 2015 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband (ICUWB): Montreal, Canada, 4-7 October 2015, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2016, 7324392Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The fifth generation (5G) wireless network is expected to have dense deployments of cells in order to provide efficient Internet and cellular connections. The cloud radio access network (C-RAN) emerges as one of the 5G solutions to steer the network architecture and control resources beyond the legacy radio access technologies. The C-RAN decouples the traffic management operations from the radio access technologies leading to a new combination of virtualized network core and fronthaul architecture. In this paper, we first investigate the power consumption impact due to the aggressive deployments of low-power neighborhood femtocell networks (NFNs) under the umbrella of a coordinated multipoint (CoMP) macrocell. We show that power savings obtained from employing low power NFN start to decline as the density of deployed femtocells exceed certain threshold. The analysis considers two CoMP sites at the cell-edge and intra-cell areas. Second, to restore the power efficiency and network stabilization, a C-RAN model is proposed to restructure the NFN into clusters to ease the energy burden in the evolving 5G systems. Tailoring this to traffic load, selected clusters will be switched off to save power when they operate with low traffic loads

  • 41.
    Alepuz, Javier Pérez
    et al.
    University of Alicante.
    Emami, Reza
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Pomares, Jorge
    University of Alicante.
    Direct image-based visual servoing of free-floating space manipulators2016In: Aerospace Science and Technology, ISSN 1270-9638, E-ISSN 1626-3219, Vol. 55, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an image-based controller to perform the guidance of a free-floating robot manipulator. The manipulator has an eye-in-hand camera system, and is attached to a base satellite. The base is completely free and floating in space with no attitude control, and thus, freely reacting to the movements of the robot manipulator attached to it. The proposed image-based approach uses the system's kinematics and dynamics model, not only to achieve a desired location with respect to an observed object in space, but also to follow a desired trajectory with respect to the object. To do this, the paper presents an optimal control approach to guiding the free-floating satellite-mounted robot, using visual information and considering the optimization of the motor commands with respect to a specified metric along with chaos compensation. The proposed controller is applied to the visual control of a four-degree-of-freedom robot manipulator in different scenarios.

  • 42.
    Alerby, Theodor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
    Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure: D0032D Examensarbete2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In a world were data / network infrastructures grows by the day, it is not unfamiliar for tools that streamline the work and provides a great scalability is put into production. In this paper I will describe one of these solutions called ACI (Application Centric The infrastructure). Cisco ACI is possible thanks to a combination of different components that interact with dedicated hard / software, in this paper the fundamentals behind these different components will be described what ACI is and how it works. This will be compared to a traditional data solution implemented by myself. For four weeks, I worked at Axians IT in Solna researching automation / streamlining solutions and what pros / cons they have on real IT companies and data centers. During these four weeks I worked parallel to my research conducting an implementation of a data solution to the company EEHunddagis to give them their own production environment and then compare my hand configured solution with an automation solution and what pros / cons they both bring with them Automation is something that has risen up in the later years and is still on the rise. I will therefore in this paper explain why these types of solutions are necessary and who could use them in their own network environment. 

  • 43.
    Alexhs, Kostas
    et al.
    University of Patras, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    University of Patras, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    Autonomous quadrotor position and attitude PID/PIDD control in GPS-denied environments2011In: International Review of Automatic Control, ISSN 1974-6059, E-ISSN 1974-6067, Vol. 4, no 3Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the control problem of an unmanned quadrotor in the absence of absolute position measurement data (e.g. GPS, external cameras). Based on an attached Inertia Measurement Unit, a sonar and an optic flow sensor, the quadrotor’s translational and rotational motion-vector is estimated using sensor fusion algorithms. A control scheme consisted of three Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers for the translational motions, combined with three Proportional-Integral-Derivative-second Derivative (PIDD) controllers for the attitude dynamics is utilized in order to achieve accurate position hold and attitude tracking. The controller is implemented on a quadrotor prototype in indoor position hold experiments and aggressive attitude regulation maneuvers.

  • 44.
    Alexis, Kostas
    et al.
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    University of Patras.
    Experimental Constrained Optimal Attitude Control of a Quadrotor subject to Wind Disturbances2014In: International Journal of Control, ISSN 0020-7179, E-ISSN 1366-5820, Vol. 12, no 6, 1289-1302 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The design and experimental verification of a Constrained Finite Time Optimal Controller (CFTOC) for attitude maneuvers of an Unmanned Quadrotor operating under severe wind conditions is the subject of this article. The quadrotor’s nonlinear dynamics are linearized in various operating points resulting in a set of piecewise affine models. The CFTO–controller is designed for set-point maneuvers taking into account the switching between the linear models and the state and actuation constraints. The control scheme is applied on experimental studies on a prototype quadrotor operating both in absence and under presence of forcible atmospheric disturbances. Extended experimental results indicate that the proposed control approach attenuates the effects of induced wind–gusts while performing accurate attitude set–point maneuvers.

  • 45.
    Alexis, Kostas
    et al.
    Electrical and Computer Science Department, University of Patras.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    Electrical and Computer Science Department, University of Patras.
    Model predictive quadrotor control: attitude, altitude, and position experimental studies2012In: IET Control Theory & Applications, ISSN 1751-8644, E-ISSN 1751-8652, Vol. 6, no 12, 1812-1827 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the control problem of an unmanned quadrotor in an indoor environment where there is lack of absolute localization data. Based on an attached Inertia Measurement Unit, a sonar and an optic flow sensor, the state vector is estimated using sensor fusion algorithms. A novel Switching Model Predictive Controller is designed in order to achieve precise trajectory control, under the presence of forcible wind–gusts. The quadrotor’s attitude, altitude and horizontal linearized dynamics result in a set of Piecewise Affine models, enabling the controller to account for a larger part of the quadrotor’s flight envelope while modeling the effects of atmospheric disturbances as additive–affine terms in the system. The proposed controller algorithm accounts for the state and actuation constraints of the system. The controller is implemented on a quadrotor prototype in indoor position tracking, hovering and attitude maneuvers experiments. The experimental results indicate the overall system’s efficiency in position/altitude/attitude set–point maneuvers.

  • 46.
    Alexis, Kostas
    et al.
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    On trajectory tracking model predictive control of an unmanned quadrotor helicopter subject to aerodynamic disturbances2014In: Asian journal of control, ISSN 1561-8625, E-ISSN 1561-8625, Vol. 16, no 1, 209-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article a Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy for the trajectory tracking of an unmanned quadrotor helicopter is presented. The quadrotor’s dynamics are modeled by a set of Piecewise Affine (PWA) systems around different operating points of the translational and rotational motions. The proposed control scheme is dual and is consisted by an integral MPC for the translational motions, followed by a MPC–scheme for the quadrotor’sattitude motions’ tracking. By the utilization of PWA representations, the controller is computed for a larger part of the quadrotor’s flight envelope. Theproposed dual control scheme is able to calculate optimal control actions with robustness against atmospheric disturbances (e.g. wind gusts) and physical constraints of the quadrotor (e.g. maximum lifting forces or fixed thrust limitations in order to extend flight endurance). Extended simulation studies prove the efficiency of the MPC–scheme, both in trajectory tracking and aerodynamic disturbances attenuation.

  • 47.
    Alexis, Kostas
    et al.
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Switching model predictive attitude control for a quadrotor helicopter subject to atmospheric disturbances2011In: Control Engineering Practice, ISSN 0967-0661, E-ISSN 1873-6939, Vol. 19, no 10, 1195-1207 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article a Switching Model Predictive Attitude Controller for an Unmanned quadrotor Helicopter subject to atmospheric disturbances is presented. The proposed control scheme is computed based on a Piecewise Affine (PWA) model of the quadrotor’s attitude dynamics, where the effects of the atmospheric turbulence are taken into consideration as additive disturbances. The switchings among the PWA models are ruled by the rate of the rotation angles and for each PWA system a corresponding model predictive controller is computed. The suggested algorithm is verified in experimental studies in the execution of sudden maneuvers subject to forcible wind disturbances. The quadrotor rejects the induced wind–disturbances while performing accurate attitude tracking.

  • 48.
    Alexis, Kostas
    et al.
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Papachristos, Christos
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Nikolakopoulos, George
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Tzes, Anthony
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras.
    Model predictive quadrotor indoor position control2011In: 19th Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation (MED 2011): [Aquis Corfu Holiday Palace], Corfu, Greece, 20 - 23 June 2011, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the control problem of quadrotors in environments where absolute-localization data (GPS, positioning from external cameras) is inadequate. Based on an attached IMU and an optical flow sensor the quadrotor’s translational velocity is estimated using an Extended Kalman Filter. Subject to the velocity measurements, the roll, pitch and yaw (RPY) angles, the angular rates and the translational accelerations a switching Model Predictive Controller is designed. The quadrotor dynamics is linearized at various operating points according to the angular rates and the RP angles. The switching is inferred according to the various linearized models of the quadrotor. The controller is applied on a quadrotor prototype in low-altitude position hold maneuvers at very constrained environments. The experimental results indicate the overall system’s efficiency in position/altitude set–point maneuvers.

  • 49.
    Alhamazani, Khalid
    et al.
    University of New South Wales, Sydney.
    Ranjan, Rajiv
    CSIRO, Canberra.
    Mitra, Karan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Rabhi, Fethi
    University of New South Wales, Sydney.
    Jayaraman, Prem Prakash
    CSIRO, Canberra.
    Khan, Samee Ullah
    North Dakota State University, Fargo.
    Guabtni, Adnene
    NICTA, Sydney.
    Bhatnagar, Vasudha
    University of Delhi.
    An overview of the commercial cloud monitoring tools: research dimensions, design issues, and state-of-the-art2015In: Computing, ISSN 0010-485X, E-ISSN 1436-5057, Vol. 97, no 4, 357-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cloud monitoring activity involves dynamically tracking the Quality of Service (QoS) parameters related to virtualized resources (e.g., VM, storage, network, appliances, etc.), the physical resources they share, the applications running on them and data hosted on them. Applications and resources configuration in cloud computing environment is quite challenging considering a large number of heterogeneous cloud resources. Further, considering the fact that at given point of time, there may be need to change cloud resource configuration (number of VMs, types of VMs, number of appliance instances, etc.) for meet application QoS requirements under uncertainties (resource failure, resource overload, workload spike, etc.). Hence, cloud monitoring tools can assist a cloud providers or application developers in: (i) keeping their resources and applications operating at peak efficiency, (ii) detecting variations in resource and application performance, (iii) accounting the service level agreement violations of certain QoS parameters, and (iv) tracking the leave and join operations of cloud resources due to failures and other dynamic configuration changes. In this paper, we identify and discuss the major research dimensions and design issues related to engineering cloud monitoring tools. We further discuss how the aforementioned research dimensions and design issues are handled by current academic research as well as by commercial monitoring tools.

  • 50.
    Alhamazani, Khalid
    et al.
    School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales.
    Ranjan, Rajiv
    CSIRO Digital Productivity, Acton.
    Jayaraman, Prem
    CSIRO Digital Productivity, Acton.
    Mitra, Karan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Liu, Chang
    Sydney University of Technology.
    Rabhi, Fethi
    School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales.
    Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
    Wang, Lizhe
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.
    Cross-Layer Multi-Cloud Real-Time Application QoS Monitoring and Benchmarking As-a-Service Framework2016In: I E E E Transactions on Cloud Computing, ISSN 2168-7161Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cloud computing provides on-demand access to affordable hardware (e.g., multi-core CPUs, GPUs, disks, and networking equipment) and software (e.g., databases, application servers and data processing frameworks) platforms with features such as elasticity, pay-per-use, low upfront investment and low time to market. This has led to the proliferation of business critical applications that leverage various cloud platforms. Such applications hosted on single/multiple cloud provider platforms have diverse characteristics requiring extensive monitoring and benchmarking mechanisms to ensure run-time Quality of Service (QoS) (e.g., latency and throughput). This paper proposes, develops and validates CLAMBS—Cross-Layer Multi Cloud Application Monitoring and Benchmarking as-a-Service for efficient QoS monitoring and benchmarking of cloud applications hosted on multi-clouds environments. The major highlight of CLAMBS is its capability of monitoring and benchmarking individual application components such as databases and web servers, distributed across cloud layers (*-aaS), spread among multiple cloud providers. We validate CLAMBS using prototype implementation and extensive experimentation and show that CLAMBS efficiently monitors and benchmarks application components on multi-cloud platforms including Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.  

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