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  • 1.
    Aarseth Larsson, Kim
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Chemical Characterisation of Nitrocellulose2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nitrocellulose is the main component in many types of ammunition, propellants and explosives. The principles of production for nitrocellulose have not changed much since the 19th century when it started being industrially produced for this purpose. The character of the nitrocellulose has a large effect on the end products abilities. The aim of this study was to develop a method that would be able to characterise and distinguish between nitrocellulose from different manufacturers to be able to relate the character of the nitrocellulose to the properties of ammunition, propellants and explosives. Samples were dissolved in acetone and analysed by GC/MS and data were then analysed by multivariable statistics. FTIR was also used to characterise the nitrocellulose. Results from both methods showed very small differences when chromatograms and spectra were analysed. This study shows that GC/MS and FTIR are not suitable for this type of characterisation. The differences between the data were not sufficient to be able to separate the samples from each other.

  • 2.
    Aarseth Larsson, Kim
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Inhibition of SIRT1 Alters Apoptotic and Sex Related Genes in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide - dependent deacetylase that belongs to the sirtuin protein family. The protein has been linked to both cancer through its effect on p53 and age related illnesses through its effect on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ). Recent data have shown a correlation between SIRT1, male fertility and spermatogenesis. Because the mechanism of sex differentiation in zebrafish is still not wellunderstood the sirt1 gene is an attractive target to study in order to improve our understanding of this topic. Zebrafish of different age were exposed to various concentrations of EX-527 toinhibit the SIRT1 protein. This was followed by qRT-PCR analysis of apoptotic and sex-related genes. Both apoptotic and sex-related gene expression levels were affected by the exposure. There were differences in genes that were affected, both between the concentrations of EX-527, and between the ages of the exposed zebrafish. The male- specific gene sexdetermining region Y box 9A (sox9a) was down-regulated at both studied EX-527 concentrations in both zebrafish larvae and juveniles. The exposure of the EX-527 resulted in no significant difference in sex-ratio. Further studies are required to describe the pathway for SIRT1 gene regulation in zebrafish.

  • 3. Abalos, M.
    et al.
    Abad, E.
    van Leeuwen, S. P. J.
    Lindström, Gunilla
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Fiedler, Heidelore
    UNEP Chemicals, CH-1219 Châtelaine (GE), Switzerland.
    de Boer, J.
    van Bavel, Bert
    Results for PCDD/PCDF and dl-PCBs in the first round of UNEPs biennial global interlaboratory assessment on persistent organic pollutants2013In: TrAC. Trends in analytical chemistry, ISSN 0165-9936, E-ISSN 1879-3142, Vol. 46, 98-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The first worldwide interlaboratory assesment on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention was organized in the Asian/Pacific, Latin American and African regions during 2009-11.

    A relatively large number of laboratories reported data for the PCDDs/PCDFs and dioxin-like PCBs, especially in the Asian region. Within the Asian region, several participants used high-resolution GC/high-resolution MS systems optimized for dioxin analysis. The availibility of High-resolution mass spectrometer instrumentation is limited in the Latin America and African regions, although recently several new laboratories for dioxins have started in the Latin American region.

  • 4.
    Abderhim, Walid Tajeddinn
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Morphological Analysis of β-catenin and E-cadherin in Colorectal Cancer2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 5.
    Abdul Khaliq, Ali
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Pecora, Federico
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Saffiotti, Alessandro
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Point-to-point safe navigation of a mobile robot using stigmergy and RFID technology2016In: 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016, 1497-1504 p., 7759243Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Reliable autonomous navigation is still a challenging problem for robots with simple and inexpensive hardware. A key difficulty is the need to maintain an internal map of the environment and an accurate estimate of the robot’s position in this map. Recently, a stigmergic approach has been proposed in which a navigation map is stored into the environment, on a grid of RFID tags, and robots use it to optimally reach predefined goal points without the need for internal maps. While effective,this approach is limited to a predefined set of goal points. In this paper, we extend this approach to enable robots to travel to any point on the RFID floor, even if it was not previously identified as a goal location, as well as to keep a safe distance from any given critical location. Our approach produces safe, repeatable and quasi-optimal trajectories without the use of internal maps, self localization, or path planning. We report experiments run in a real apartment equipped with an RFID floor, in which a service robot either reaches or avoids a user who wears slippers equipped with an RFID tag reader.

  • 6.
    Abdullah, Aram
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Oktay, Samuel
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Översyn av arbetstidsförläggning2013Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In order to keep up with the construction industry development it is important to be competitive. Many building contractors strive short construction times, which some- times can be difficult to achieve. In order to achieve short construction times you have to find clever solutions and a good production technic that ultimately gives a good re- sult. Shorter construction time contributes to lower costs for contractors.

    Something that is rare in today's construction industry is an extended working time this is something untried in Örebro. In the current situation a construction site opens about 07.00 and closes again for the day at 16.00, Monday to Friday. After 16.00 the construc- tion is stopped. This contributes to an inefficient use of the expenses found at a con- struction site. By extending the current working time with a few hours per day, it will hopefully contribute to a more efficiency use of the costs found at a construction site and also that the number of construction days decreases.

    In the current situation construction workers in PEAB se an extended working time negatively. According to PEAB this is because they do not understand their position in a business way within the company. PEAB argue that construction workers "permanent employment" is not a particularly secure employment. They argue that the only way to get a secure job is to PEAB in partnership with their employees can go get new jobs and deliver results together with their workers. The question then is how PEAB will be able to distinguish themselves from all other construction companies and gain a competitive advantage. According to Fredrik Ahl, Project Manager at PEAB, the solution is an ex- tended working time.

    This report aims to examine how a change in the current working time will affect the cost of a construction site. We also examined the reactions that occur among workers and officials when working hours are changing. 

  • 7.
    Abdullah, Muhammad
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Mobile Robot Navigation using potential fields andmarket based optimization2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A team of mobile robots moving in a shared area raises the problem of safe and autonomous navigation. While avoiding static and dynamic obstacles, mobile robots in a team can lead to complicated and irregular movements. Local reactive approaches are used to deal with situations where robots are moving in dynamic environment; these approaches help in safe navigation of robots but do not give optimal solution. In this work a 2-D navigation strategy is implemented, where a potential field method is used for obstacle avoidance. This potential field method is improved using fuzzy rules, traffic rules and market based optimization (MBO). Fuzzy rules are used to deform repulsive potential fields in the vicinity of obstacles. Traffic rules are used to deal situations where two robots are crossing each other. Market based optimization (MBO) is used to strengthen or weaken repulsive potential fields generated by other robots based on their importance. For the verification of this strategy on more realistic vehicles this navigation strategy is implemented and tested in simulation. Issues while implementing this method and limitations of this navigation strategy are also discussed. Extensive experiments are performed to examine the validity of MBO navigation strategy over traditional potential field (PF) method.

  • 8.
    Abu Baker Karim, Aria
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Schnelzer, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Optimering av glidlager och utveckling av dess konstruktion2012Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    We have in this project become engrossed in a plain bearing design that is located in a screw press. The screw press compact an unknown mass that is confidential. Robustus have a suggestion to over dimensioning the present plain bearing. The aim of this project was to analyze and to do an optimization on some plain bearings and compare them to the present bearing and to take the choice of material and the environment where the bearing is located into account. The analysis and the optimizations showed that the current plain bearing had the best geometry but not the optimal material selection. The project is in an early state and it needs some geometrical changes. The most important of everything is that the problem has been identified with the help of the wrecked plain bearing and with an excel model.

  • 9.
    Abuabaid, Hanan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Karlsson, Mattias
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Scherbak, Nikolai
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Olsson, Per-Erik
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Jass, Jana
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus alters inflammatory responses of bladder epithelial and macrophage-like cells in co-cultureManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Adayson, Christian
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ashor, Denkha
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Analysering av förbättringsförslag till byggproduktion - En studie baserad på Lean2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, production in the construction industry has evolved into a costlier construction. It has become poorer productivity and increased construction defect attributed to scientific development. They can include notes that 40% of employees time at work goes to value-added work. Construction industry is inefficient in comparison to other manufacturing industries which has 65-75% in value-added work. It is also clear that the costs in the construction sector can be reduced by 30-35%. The authorities in the various reports conveyed its current troubles and that the renovation industry needs.

    The study was done with the help of interviews and a questionnaire analysis on several construction sites to investigate if the problem persists. We chose to focus on four different construction companies working on similar sized projects. By this is obtained a greater overview of the practical work steps.

    The aim is to offer suggestions for improvement using Lean to building production.

    The work delineated on studying waste, orderliness, and continuous improvement.

    The work began with a thorough literature search and through scientific articles. This was done in order to get an overall picture of Lean and also to analyze the problem in the construction industry.

    Lean is about making work more efficiently by managing resources properly. It aims to eliminate unnecessary waste and making continuous improvements. It is an approach that has been used in manufacturing and have been designed by Toyota Automotive Group. Given its present situation in the construction industry want to study, explore opportunities Lean can bring in terms of efficiency and reduction of costs of production.

    It can be ascertained is that workplaces are still gaps in the understanding of what waste is. They are not sufficiently informed and prioritize sometimes the wrong kind of waste. During the interviews it became apparent major gaps in knowledge on the issue. Wrong priorities result that it becomes a messy workplace, which in turn makes it less environmentally friendly and can thus cause injuries.

    Through that process and maintain order in the workplace, it provides the opportunity for a larger workspace that is more flexible, higher quality of performance, employee ergonomics are better and there is less risk of injury.

  • 11.
    Ahmad, Abrar
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kras and Braf mutation analysis in colon cancer by pyrosequencing2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 12.
    Ahmed, Mobyen Uddin
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Banaee, Hadi
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Health monitoring for elderly: an application using case-based reasoning and cluster analysis2013In: ISRN Artificial Intelligence, ISSN 2090-7435, E-ISSN 2090-7443, Vol. 2013, no 2013, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a framework to process and analyze data from a pulse oximeter which measures pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation from a set of individuals remotely. Using case-based reasoning (CBR) as the backbone to the framework, records are analyzed and categorized according to how well they are similar. Record collection has been performed using a personalized health profiling approach where participants wore a pulse oximeter sensor for a fixed period of time and performed specific activities for pre-determined intervals. Using a variety of feature extraction in time, frequency and time-frequency domains, and data processing techniques, the data is fed into a CBR system which retrieves most similar cases and generates alarm and flag according to the case outcomes. The system has been compared with an expert's classification and 90% match is achieved between the expert's and CBR classification. Again, considering the clustered measurements the CBR approach classifies 93% correctly both for the pulse rate and oxygen saturation. Along with the proposed methodology, this paper provides a basis for which the system can be used in analysis of continuous health monitoring and be used as a suitable method as in home/remote monitoring systems.

  • 13.
    Ahmed, Mobyen Uddin
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Banaee, Hadi
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Rafael-Palou, Xavier
    Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, Barcelona, Spain.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Intelligent Healthcare Services to Support Health Monitoring of Elderly2015In: INTERNET OF THINGS: USER-CENTRIC IOT, PT I, Springer, 2015, Vol. 150, 178-186 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposed an approach of intelligent healthcare services to support health monitoring of old people through the project named SAAPHO. Here, definition and architecture of the proposed healthcare services are presented considering six different health parameters such as: 1) physical activity, 2) blood pressure, 3) glucose, 4) medication compliance, 5) pulse monitoring and 6) weight monitoring. The outcome of the proposed services is evaluated in a case study where total 201 subjects from Spain and Slovenia are involved for user requirements analysis considering 1) end users, 2) clinicians, and 3) field study analysis perspectives. The result shows the potentiality and competence of the proposed healthcare services for the users.

  • 14.
    Ahmed, Mobyen Uddin
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Islam, Asif Moinul
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    A case-based patient identification system using pulseoximeter and a personalized health profile2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes a case-based system framework in order to identify patient using their health parameters taken with physiological sensors. It combines a personalized health profiling protocol with a Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) approach. The personalized health profiling helps to determine a number of individual parameters which are important inputs for a clinician to make the final diagnosis and treatment plan. The proposed system uses a pulse oximeter that measures pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation. The measurements are taken through an android application in a smart phone which is connected with the pulseoximeter and bluetooth communication. The CBR approach helps clinicians to make a diagnosis, classification and treatment plan by retrieving the most similar previous case. The case may also be used to follow the treatment progress. Here, the cases are formulated with person’s contextual information and extracted features from sensor signal measurements. The features are extracted considering three domain analysis:1) time domain features using statistical measurement, 2) frequency domain features applying Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), and 3) time-frequency domain features applying Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT). The initial result is acceptable that shows the advancement of the system while combining the personalized health profiling together with CBR.

  • 15.
    Ahmed, Mobyen Uddin
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Physical Activity Classification for Elderly based on Pulse Rate2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Physical activity is one of the key components for elderly in order to be actively ageing. However, it is difficult to differentiate and identify the body movement and actual physical activity using only accelerometer measurement. Therefore, this paper presents an application of case-based retrieval classification scheme to classify the physical activity of elderly based on pulse rate measurements. Here, case-based retrieval approach used the features extracted from both time and frequency domain. The evaluation result shows the best accuracy performance while considering the combination of time and frequency domain features. According to the evaluation result while considering the control measurements, the sensitivity, specificity and overall accuracy are achieved as 95%, 96% and 96% respectively. Considering the test dataset, the system was succeeded to identify 13 physical activities out of 16 i.e. the percentage of the correctness was 81%.

  • 16.
    Ahmed, Mobyen Uddin
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Physical activity identification using supervised machine learning and based on pulse rate2013In: International Journal of Advanced Computer Sciences and Applications, ISSN 2156-5570, Vol. 4, no 7, 210-217 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Physical activity is one of the key components for elderly in order to be actively ageing. Pulse rate is a convenient physiological parameter to identify elderly’s physical activity since it increases with activity and decreases with rest. However, analysis and classification of pulse rate is often difficult due to personal variation during activity. This paper proposed a Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) approach to identify physical activity of elderly based on pulse rate. The proposed CBR approach has been compared with the two popular classification techniques, i.e. Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Neural Network (NN). The comparison has been conducted through an empirical experimental study where three experiments with 192 pulse rate measurement data are used. The experiment result shows that the proposed CBR approach outperforms the other two methods. Finally, the CBR approach identifies physical activity of elderly 84% accurately based on pulse rate

  • 17.
    Ahnström, Johan
    et al.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology, Uppsala, Sweden; Länsstyrelsen i Uppsala län, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Bengtsson, Jan
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Berg, Åke
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Hallgren, Lars
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Boonstra, Wijnand J.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Uppsala, Sweden; Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Björklund, Johanna
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Farmers' Interest in Nature and Its Relation to Biodiversity in Arable Fields2013In: International Journal of Ecology, ISSN 1687-9708, E-ISSN 1687-9716, 617352Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Biodiversity declines in farmland have been attributed to intensification of farming at the field level and loss of heterogeneity at the landscape level. However, farmers are not solely optimizing production; their actions are also influenced by social factors, tradition and interest in nature, which indirectly influence biodiversity but rarely are incorporated in studies of farmland biodiversity. We used social science methods to quantify farmers’ interest in nature on 16 farms with winter wheat fields in central Sweden, and combined this with biodiversity inventories of five organism groups (weeds, carabid beetles, bumblebees, solitary bees, and birds) and estimates of landscape composition andmanagement intensity at the field level.Agricultural intensity,measured as crop density, and farmers’ interest in nature explained variation in biodiversity, measured as the proportion of the regional species richness found on single fields. Interest in nature seemed to incorporate many actions taken by farmers and appeared to be influenced by both physical factors, for example, the surrounding landscape, and social factors, for example, social motivations.This study indicates that conservation of biodiversity in farmland, and design of new agri-environmental subsidy systems, would profit from taking farmers’ interest in nature and its relation to agricultural practices into account.

  • 18.
    Ahtiainen, Juhana
    et al.
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
    Stoyanov, Todor
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Saarinen, Jari
    GIM Ltd., Espoo, Finland.
    Normal Distributions Transform Traversability Maps: LIDAR-Only Approach for Traversability Mapping in Outdoor Environments2017In: Journal of Field Robotics, ISSN 1556-4959, E-ISSN 1556-4967, Vol. 34, no 3, 600-621 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Safe and reliable autonomous navigation in unstructured environments remains a challenge for field robots. In particular, operating on vegetated terrain is problematic, because simple purely geometric traversability analysis methods typically classify dense foliage as nontraversable. As traversing through vegetated terrain is often possible and even preferable in some cases (e.g., to avoid executing longer paths), more complex multimodal traversability analysis methods are necessary. In this article, we propose a three-dimensional (3D) traversability mapping algorithm for outdoor environments, able to classify sparsely vegetated areas as traversable, without compromising accuracy on other terrain types. The proposed normal distributions transform traversability mapping (NDT-TM) representation exploits 3D LIDAR sensor data to incrementally expand normal distributions transform occupancy (NDT-OM) maps. In addition to geometrical information, we propose to augment the NDT-OM representation with statistical data of the permeability and reflectivity of each cell. Using these additional features, we train a support-vector machine classifier to discriminate between traversable and nondrivable areas of the NDT-TM maps. We evaluate classifier performance on a set of challenging outdoor environments and note improvements over previous purely geometrical traversability analysis approaches.

  • 19.
    Aissaoui, Nesrine
    et al.
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Moth-Poulsen, Kasper
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Käll, Mikael
    Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Johansson, Peter
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Wilhelmsson, L. Marcus
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Albinsson, Bo
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    FRET enhancement close to gold nanoparticles positioned in DNA origami constructs2017In: Nanoscale, ISSN 2040-3364, E-ISSN 2040-3372, Vol. 9, no 2, 673-683 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Here we investigate the energy transfer rates of a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) pair positioned in close proximity to a 5 nm gold nanoparticle (AuNP) on a DNA origami construct. We study the distance dependence of the FRET rate by varying the location of the donor molecule, D, relative to the AuNP while maintaining a fixed location of the acceptor molecule, A. The presence of the AuNP induces an alteration in the spontaneous emission of the donor (including radiative and non-radiative rates) which is strongly dependent on the distance between the donor and AuNP surface. Simultaneously, the energy transfer rates are enhanced at shorter D-A (and D-AuNP) distances. Overall, in addition to the direct influence of the acceptor and AuNP on the donor decay there is also a significant increase in decay rate not explained by the sum of the two interactions. This leads to enhanced energy transfer between donor and acceptor in the presence of a 5 nm AuNP. We also demonstrate that the transfer rate in the three "particle" geometry (D + A + AuNP) depends approximately linearly on the transfer rate in the donor-AuNP system, suggesting the possibility to control FRET process with electric field induced by 5 nm AuNPs close to the donor fluorophore. It is concluded that DNA origami is a very versatile platform for studying interactions between molecules and plasmonic nanoparticles in general and FRET enhancement in particular.

  • 20.
    Akbari, Haris
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Amel, Hadzic
    Svensk vindkraft2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 21.
    Albaldawi, Hisham
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kobbah, Diana
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Dimensionering av Traverskranbana2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Crane Loads acts on runways which varies with time and cannot be treated as static loads, this allows that the static estimation is not secure enough, therefore the crane runways should be designed in such terms that it can handle static as well as dynamic crane loads.

    The work was chosen after feasibility studies which were made on the internet to get basic knowledge on the subject. The information was sought in Swedish, English and German in order to find relevant and reliable sources which deal with overhead crane runway according to Eurocode. Thanks to advice from Björn Åsted from the Steel Construction Institute (SBI), a book in German was found. In order to compare the results, a Swedish software CraneGirder EC3 was used during the project. The report contains a calculation method for a rolled section girder, calculations were based on Eurocode equations and regulations which were the design basis for the project. The report refer to how a crane runway must be designed with a high utilization level, a number of controls were made to ensure that the beam and its details, such as rail and welding are surely designed to fatigue and deformation. The design was based on load calculations for the overhead crane. Traditional calculations showed how different crane loads can be combined in load groups to achieve the highest impact on the beam, calculations showed that HEB 280 and dimensioning dominated only by load group 1 and 5. With the help of calculation software the results were largely consistent with the program but with some differences. For the delimitation that was assumed in the project the fatigue seemed to have an effect especially on some small details like weld.

  • 22.
    Albitar, Houssam
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Enabling a Robot for Underwater Surface Cleaning2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Biofouling build-up on submerged structures such as ships, petroleum and gas storage tanks, electric power plants, bridges, oil rigs etc. is a major problem that affects the surface material of the structure, the eventual hydrodynamic quality of the surface and in some cases the efficacy of cooling systems. Underwater cleaning is a solution to maintain submerged structures in order to assure proper functioning for as long as possible. Consequently, there has been an increased interest in the development of new technologies for robotised underwater cleaning systems.

    This thesis presents a new concept of a flexible crawling mechanism for an industrial underwater cleaning robot, which is evaluated from the viewpoint of its capability to work underwater, scanning the desired surface, and perform a cleaning task. The main research questions investigated in this thesis are: (1.) how to select the most important features in choosing the platform mechanism to fulfil the surface scanning operation, (2.) how to design the platform in order to bear the forces related to the cleaning task, (3.) how to maintain surface contact throughout cleaning, (4.) determine the significant parameters to be monitored in order to ensure stable positioning on the surface during the cleaning process and (5.) how to develop the control of actuators to realise the locomotion and to follow the desired trajectory.

    This thesis begins with a classification and discussion of the available solutions for underwater operation, taking into consideration the benefits and drawbacks, overall efficiency and environmental and human safety issues. From this survey, an underwater mobile robotic platform is designed to address the main requirements and industrial needs. Further, a study and simulation of its mobility and stability on the surface is performed and a complete scenario of the entire cleaning operation is presented. In addition, an overview of the required sensors and the control system is given. Finally, a new robotised system was developed to clean underwater surfaces with minimum active degrees of freedom. A successful simulation and real experimental results were obtained with a simplified lab-scale prototype. The thesis concludes with a summary of future works and outlook for the growing field of underwater cleaning robots.

    List of papers
    1. Underwater Robotics: Surface Cleaning Technics, Adhesion and Locomotion Systems
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Underwater Robotics: Surface Cleaning Technics, Adhesion and Locomotion Systems
    2016 (English)In: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, ISSN 1729-8806, E-ISSN 1729-8814, Vol. 13, 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Underwater robots are being developed for various applications ranging from inspection to maintenance and cleaning of submerged surfaces and constructions. These platforms should be able to travel on these surfaces. Furthermore, these platforms should adapt and reconfigure for underwater environment conditions and should be autonomous. Regarding the adhesion to the surface, they should produce a proper attaching force using a light-weight technics. Taking these facts into consideration, this paper presents a survey of different technologies used for underwater cleaning and the available underwater robotics solutions for the locomotion and the adhesion to surfaces.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    INTECH, 2016
    Keyword
    Underwater Robot, Underwater Cleaning, Bio-fouling, Adhesion, Locomotion
    National Category
    Computer Science
    Research subject
    Computer Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47813 (URN)10.5772/62060 (DOI)000368630700001 ()2-s2.0-85002271299 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2016-01-28 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
    2. New concept of in-water surface cleaning robot
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>New concept of in-water surface cleaning robot
    2013 (English)In: Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), 2013 IEEE International Conference onDate 4-7 Aug. 2013, IEEE conference proceedings, 2013, 1582-1587 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a new concept of flexible crawling mechanism to design an industrial underwater cleaning robot, which is evaluated from the viewpoint of the capability to work underwater, scanning the desired surface, and bearing the reactions. This can be used as a robotic application in underwater surface cleaning and maintenance. We designed a robot that realizes the motion by contraction and extraction using DC-motors and vacuum technology. In this study we first focused on realizing the adhesion, bearing reactions, and achieving a stable locomotion on the surface.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    IEEE conference proceedings, 2013
    Keyword
    climbing robot; inspection
    National Category
    Computer Science
    Research subject
    Computer Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30340 (URN)10.1109/ICMA.2013.6618150 (DOI)000335375900267 ()2-s2.0-84887901379 (Scopus ID)978-1-4673-5557-5 (ISBN)
    Conference
    2013 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), 4-7 aug. 2013, Takamatsu, Japan
    Available from: 2013-08-27 Created: 2013-08-27 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
    3. In-water surface cleaning robot: concept, locomotion and stability
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>In-water surface cleaning robot: concept, locomotion and stability
    2014 (English)In: International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, ISSN 2045-1067, Vol. 4, no 2, 104-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a new concept of flexible crawling mechanism in the design ofindustrial in-water cleaning robot, which is evaluated from the viewpoint of work and operationon an underwater surface. It enables the scanning and cleaning process performed by water jets,while keeping stable robot position on the surface by its capacity to bear and compensate the jetreactions. Such robotic platform can be used for cleaning and maintenance of various underwatersurfaces, including moving ships in the open sea. The designed robot implements its motions bycontraction and expansion of legged mechanism using standard motors and suction cupstechnology. In this study we focus at the conditions for achieving enough adhesion for keepingcontinuous contact between the robot and the surface and robot stability in different situations forthe basic locomotions.

    Keyword
    underwater robot, crawling robot, underwater surface cleaning
    National Category
    Computer Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35987 (URN)10.1504/IJMA.2014.062338 (DOI)000335375900267 ()2-s2.0-84904859302 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2014-08-19 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
    4. Stability study of underwater crawling robot on non-horizontal surface
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stability study of underwater crawling robot on non-horizontal surface
    2014 (English)In: Mobile Service Robotics: Clawar 2014: 17th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines: Poznan, Poland 21 - 23 July 2014, Singapore: World Scientific, 2014, 511-519 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a study of a concept of exible crawling mechanism todesign an industrial underwater cleaning robot, which is evaluated from theviewpoint of the capability to work underwater, scanning the desired surface,and bearing the reactions. This can be used as a robotic application in under-water surface cleaning and maintenance. In this study we focused on realizingthe adhesion on the surface in stationary and in motion, bearing reactions,enabling the needed locomotion types for scanning, and achieving the stabilityin dierent situations on the surface.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Singapore: World Scientific, 2014
    Keyword
    Crawling robot, underwater, locomotion, stability
    National Category
    Computer Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35985 (URN)000342693100061 ()2-s2.0-85007347787 (Scopus ID)978-981-4623-34-6 (ISBN)
    Conference
    Clawar 2014: 17th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots CLAWAR, Poznan, Poland, 21 - 23 July, 2014
    Available from: 2014-08-19 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
    5. Layered mission control architecture and strategy for crawling underwater cleaning robot
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Layered mission control architecture and strategy for crawling underwater cleaning robot
    2015 (English)In: International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, ISSN 2045-1059, Vol. 5, no 2/3, 114-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the mechanical design and the control system architecture of anunderwater robot, developed for bio-fouling cleaning surfaces. The robotic system presented herehas been designed to improve the productivity, reduce the environmental impacts, and excludethe hazards for the operators. The control system has a layered structure which is distributed intotwo blocks: cleaning robot, and on-board base station connected with power and control cablesand a water hose, to facilitate different modes of operations and to increase the system reliability.A low level control has been implemented on the robotic platform. The onboard station designedto be in different layers of the control system: manual, semiautonomous and autonomous modes.A scaled prototype has been implemented and tested to prove the concept, and to make certainthat the mechanical design and the chosen control system are perfectly suited to the mainfunctions of the robotic system.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    InderScience Publishers, 2015
    Keyword
    underwater robots, layered control system, crawling robots, bio-fouling cleaning
    National Category
    Computer Science
    Research subject
    Computer Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49753 (URN)10.1504/IJMA.2015.075957 (DOI)2-s2.0-84973596360 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
  • 23.
    Albitar, Houssam
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    In-water surface cleaning robot: concept, locomotion and stability2014In: International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, ISSN 2045-1067, Vol. 4, no 2, 104-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a new concept of flexible crawling mechanism in the design ofindustrial in-water cleaning robot, which is evaluated from the viewpoint of work and operationon an underwater surface. It enables the scanning and cleaning process performed by water jets,while keeping stable robot position on the surface by its capacity to bear and compensate the jetreactions. Such robotic platform can be used for cleaning and maintenance of various underwatersurfaces, including moving ships in the open sea. The designed robot implements its motions bycontraction and expansion of legged mechanism using standard motors and suction cupstechnology. In this study we focus at the conditions for achieving enough adhesion for keepingcontinuous contact between the robot and the surface and robot stability in different situations forthe basic locomotions.

  • 24.
    Albitar, Houssam
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    New concept of in-water surface cleaning robot2013In: Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), 2013 IEEE International Conference onDate 4-7 Aug. 2013, IEEE conference proceedings, 2013, 1582-1587 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a new concept of flexible crawling mechanism to design an industrial underwater cleaning robot, which is evaluated from the viewpoint of the capability to work underwater, scanning the desired surface, and bearing the reactions. This can be used as a robotic application in underwater surface cleaning and maintenance. We designed a robot that realizes the motion by contraction and extraction using DC-motors and vacuum technology. In this study we first focused on realizing the adhesion, bearing reactions, and achieving a stable locomotion on the surface.

  • 25.
    Albitar, Houssam
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Stability study of underwater crawling robot on non-horizontal surface2014In: Mobile Service Robotics: Clawar 2014: 17th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines: Poznan, Poland 21 - 23 July 2014, Singapore: World Scientific, 2014, 511-519 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a study of a concept of exible crawling mechanism todesign an industrial underwater cleaning robot, which is evaluated from theviewpoint of the capability to work underwater, scanning the desired surface,and bearing the reactions. This can be used as a robotic application in under-water surface cleaning and maintenance. In this study we focused on realizingthe adhesion on the surface in stationary and in motion, bearing reactions,enabling the needed locomotion types for scanning, and achieving the stabilityin dierent situations on the surface.

  • 26.
    Albitar, Houssam
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Dandan, Kinan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Layered mission control architecture and strategy for crawling underwater cleaning robot2015In: International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, ISSN 2045-1059, Vol. 5, no 2/3, 114-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the mechanical design and the control system architecture of anunderwater robot, developed for bio-fouling cleaning surfaces. The robotic system presented herehas been designed to improve the productivity, reduce the environmental impacts, and excludethe hazards for the operators. The control system has a layered structure which is distributed intotwo blocks: cleaning robot, and on-board base station connected with power and control cablesand a water hose, to facilitate different modes of operations and to increase the system reliability.A low level control has been implemented on the robotic platform. The onboard station designedto be in different layers of the control system: manual, semiautonomous and autonomous modes.A scaled prototype has been implemented and tested to prove the concept, and to make certainthat the mechanical design and the chosen control system are perfectly suited to the mainfunctions of the robotic system.

  • 27.
    Albitar, Houssam
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Dandan, Kinan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Underwater Robotics: Surface Cleaning Technics, Adhesion and Locomotion Systems2016In: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, ISSN 1729-8806, E-ISSN 1729-8814, Vol. 13, 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Underwater robots are being developed for various applications ranging from inspection to maintenance and cleaning of submerged surfaces and constructions. These platforms should be able to travel on these surfaces. Furthermore, these platforms should adapt and reconfigure for underwater environment conditions and should be autonomous. Regarding the adhesion to the surface, they should produce a proper attaching force using a light-weight technics. Taking these facts into consideration, this paper presents a survey of different technologies used for underwater cleaning and the available underwater robotics solutions for the locomotion and the adhesion to surfaces.

  • 28.
    Aldammad, Mohamad
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Current collector for heavy vehicles on electrified roads2014In: Proceedings of the 14th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, Mechatronics 2014 / [ed] Leo J De Vin and Jorge Solis, Karlstad: Karlstad University , 2014, 436-441 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a prototype of a novel current collector manipulator that can be mounted beneath a road vehicle between the front and rear wheels to collect electric power from road embedded power lines. The ground-level power supply concept for road vehicles is described and the kinematic model of this two degree of freedom manipulator is detailed. Finally, the power line detection, based on an array of inductive sensors, is discussed.

  • 29.
    Aldammad, Mohamad
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Current Collector for Heavy Vehicles on Electrified Roads: Field Tests2016In: Journal of Asian Electric Vehicles, ISSN 1348-3927, Vol. 14, no 1, 1751-1757 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the field tests and measurements performed on a novel current collector manipulator to be mounted beneath a heavy vehicle to collect electric power from road embedded power lines. We describe the concept of the Electric Road System (ERS) test track being used and give an overview of the test vehicle for testing the current collection. The emphasis is on the field tests and measurements to evaluate both the vertical accelerations that the manipulator’s end-effector is subject to during operation and the performance of the detection and tracking of the power line.

  • 30.
    Aldammad, Mohamad
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Current collector for heavy vehicles on electrified roads: kinematic analysisIn: International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, ISSN 1751-4088Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a prototype of a novel current collector manipulator to be be mounted beneath a heavy vehicle to collect electric power from road-embedded power lines. We describe the concept of the ground-level power supply system for heavy vehicles and its main components. The main requirements and constraints, such as safety, robustness to harsh road and weather operational conditions, ambient environment aspects and dynamic properties, are introduced. The emphasis is on the developed kinematic model, which provides the base for further development of the control system. We propose and derive an alternative approach for representing the inverse kinematics by a two-dimensional polynomial approximation that avoids the usage of complicated non-linear equations. Its simplicity is demonstrated by a numerical example with the basic parameters of the prototype. The basic motion sequences of the current collector and the way to control them are outlined. 

  • 31.
    Aldammad, Mohamad
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ananiev, Anani
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kalaykov, Ivan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Current Collector for Heavy Vehicles on Electrified Roads: Motion Control2015In: Journal of Asian Electric Vehicles, ISSN 1348-3927, Vol. 13, no 2, 1725-1732 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the adopted motion control schemes of a novel current collector manipulator to be mounted beneath a heavy hybrid electric vehicle to collect electric power from road embedded power lines. We describe our approach of power line detection and tracking based on an array of inductive proximity sensors. The emphasis is on the adopted motion control logic for sequential and closed loop motions to detect and track the power line respectively. We implement the sliding mode control approach for the closed loop control scheme as straightforward solution given the binary nature of the inductive proximity sensors being used. The overall architecture of the entire motion control system is presented. Finally, the implementation of the entire control logic in a form of a state machine is discussed.

  • 32.
    Alderholm, Daniel
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Torstensson, Mattias
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Funktionsbaserad undersökning av BENTLEYS POWERCIVIL FOR SWEDEN och Novapoint 19 DCM2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis was accomplished in cooperation with WSP Civils in Örebro in the

    spring of 2014. WSP Civil is in the consulting business of construction orientated

    in roads and terrain. Tools of engineering are crucial to be able to produce a

    good result. Therefore between the years of 2012 and 2013, WSP did an investigation

    regarding to which program would suit their demands. The projects task

    was to compare the existing tool Novapoint with a potential future program

    Bentleys PowerCivil for Sweden.

    The process was accomplished by creating a fictional road in both programs. Different

    functions were compared in a matrix table to be able to get a result in an

    illustrative way.

    The result in this rapport is in favor of PowerCivil for Sweden. It is mainly because

    of their templates but also because of their possibility to apply standards

    to the programs functions.

  • 33.
    Aldén, Michelle
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Wengelin, Nathalie
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    En systematisk litteraturstudie om olika undervisningsmetoders påverkan på elevers motivation i matematik.2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Pupils' achievement and knowledge in mathematics is a highly current issue that is discussed and compared both in Sweden and internationally. International measurements have for a long time pointed to a lower level of knowledge and in Sweden they discuss the reasons for these downward results. Researchers believe that pupils' attitude, adjustment and motivation to the subject of mathematics are one of the reasons when they are considered crucial to address the subject of mathematics. It also strives to answer the teaching methods that influence students' motivation. The Swedish curriculum for elementary school states that teaching should promote students' interest and the desire to learn, which represents a large part of the motivation of students. The choice of teaching method can thus influence students' motivation. In this systematic literature study, three different main categories of teaching methods appear in the results; Methods where the teacher is at the center, methods where technical aids are at the center and methods in which the student is at the center. The categories consist of articles that deal with different types of teaching methods, which in the result had an influence on student motivation.

  • 34.
    Alenkvist, Dennis
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Gränssnitt till panel-PC med touch för inställningar till inmatningsenheten i en konverteringsmaskin för wellpapp2013Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This project was made to create a modern HMI for a touch screen the form of a panel PC for industrial environments. The application was supposed to display data, such as alarm lists and machine settings, from the feed unit for a machine for conversion of corrugated cardboard. The project consisted of two main parts: Creating a graphical interface to display data and to establish a communication with the machine’s HMI to exchange the data. The aim of this work was to replace the current display which is old fashioned, an annoyance to customers and has limited potential for development.

  • 35.
    Alfredsson, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Larsson, Gustav
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Lokalisering och visualisering av område: En smartphone-applikation för en ökad trygghetskänsla2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The report is about different methods of localizing smartphones and the creation of an Android application. The application should visualize the Campus for Örebro university to raise awareness and the sense of security for people who are there at night. The

    implementation of the system is described along with the problems during development, and

    how they were solved.

  • 36.
    Algesten, Johannes
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Svedberg, Sofie
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    KONSTRUKTION AV AUTOMATISK PÅHASPLINGSPROCESS VID TILLVERKNING AV BANDSTÅL2012Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The mission that we have received is to design a device that will automate the coiling processin the manufacture of steel strip. The goal of this project is to develop a production documentation that will form the basis for further development of the product. The production documentation shall include drawings, list of components and a cost estimate. A pilot study was conducted where we visited one of the largest strip steel manufacturer to investigate the solutions they had to our problem. Based on what we saw, a concept generation was made that led to the concept that we proceeded with. In the process, we have placed great emphasis on making the design as simple as possible to get a reasonable production cost. We have also taken into account that the design will be integrated with existing equipment. Regarding cost, we have as far as possible tried to use standard components and standard dimensions of the material in the construction. Parts of the structure exposed to high forces have been analyzed by using ANSYS. The result is a construction with two arms using a belt to envelope the coil. The arm is controlled using a hydraulic cylinder, while the other is positioned when the belt is stretched. The construction will be placed above the coil and lowered when it is used.

  • 37.
    AL-Hindi, Rafah
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Yousef, Yousef
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    BIM Byggnadsinformationsmodellering BIM-användning hos de olika aktörerna2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Clarus Arkitekter as design companies often receive orders from contractors and clients asking for a BIM model. In most cases, the BIM model is not fully used, but 3D drawings or 2D drawings are available. Then asks the question "Does the client / contractor have the correct understanding of what BIM is?" Different players have different guidelines and requirements that the projector should follow, which can be perceived as defective by the projector just to know what is demanded from each client. The question the thesis will answer is "How should the consultant do the best to offer the right service and what goals the consultant will do.

    The purpose of this master thesis is to find out how BIM usage could facilitate the work as well as the communication between the various actors who is involved in a construction project. To investigate how the level of competence lies with the Client, Entrepreneur and Projectors / Architects and answerthe question "what is behind the skill difference that exists?".

    The work began with literature studies for the collection and compilation of information. Questions will be set up to later use them during interviews with different people from different companies. The interviews will take place with individuals from consultancy, contractor and client company.

    The interest in using BIM is high in the industry, but unfortunately there is a great deal of skills shortage. Customers and entrepreneurs plan to start using BIM more, which will happen in the coming years, but now, they do not want to take new risks and prefer to use traditional methods that are more secure. To be able to apply BIM more in the construction industry, more knowledge is needed.

  • 38.
    Al-Hussein, Heba
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    PLATSBASERAD HANTERING AV SÄKERHETSRISKER PÅ EN BYGGARBETSPLATS PÅ SKANSKA2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Should there be a risk working at construction sites?

    This is an issue that is daily discussed by many construction companies. The Construction industry is a major industry that reflects and provides the society with what it needs in order to function, such as residences, hospitals, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, ports etcetera. In order to provide the society all these different types of constructions, there is a risk for those who work at the construction site. Accidents and occupational diseases are about twice as common among construction workers compared to the average worker according to Swedish Work Environment Authority [1].

    Skanska is one of the leading construction companies in Sweden, and is working hard with occupational health and safety issues. There is a vision of zero construction site accidents. "Mitt Gröna Kvarter" is an infill and rebuild project that has focused extra on safety. This extra focus on safety was the reason why this particular project was chosen to study health and safety, and to see how this can be improved more. How the safety should be handled and solved varies depending on the activity to be done and the risk that occurs at that specific location. Skanska has with SBUF support published two reports on how a building drawing can be used to increase the safety on construction sites, by collecting information using a reference group working in different projects.

    This academic work shows a new way to categorize safety risks on construction sites. The report shows how safety risks can be documented on the building drawings and regulations. The categorization method and the risk documentation in drawing and regulations can lower the safety risks in the constructions sites.

    A construction time plan contains all the activities that must be done before a building is completed, and all the safety risks can be linked to the timetable even if this is an ineffective method. In this academic work, studying the project "Mitt Gröna Kvarter", approximately 50% of all the security risks can be linked to a specific location. Therefore both an activity and location specific account of risks is an optimal solution.

  • 39.
    Ali Ibrahim, Yusuf
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    KOMMUNIKATION OCH INFORMATIONSFLÖDE En studie av förbättringsmöjligheter vid Strängbetongs fabrik i Kungsör: COMMUNICATION AND FLOW OF INFORMATION A study of the improvement opportunities at Strängbetong plant in Kungsör2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Effective communication and unobstructed flow of information is essential for an organization's productivity and efficiency. Previous research on communication and information flow shows that the efficiency and productivity of an organization is correlated with how well the communication and information flow works in the organization. The aim of the work presented in this report is to map and analyze the communication and information flow in Strängbetongs plant in Kungsör. Among the methods used during this work are interviews with staff from different departments and open talks with the production staff in the factory. In addition to interviews and conversations with the staff, how gathered information is used for production monitoring and productivity improvement has also been analyzed.

    How communication and information flow can be improved are presented in the conclusion. The result shows how inadequate communication between different partners whose work hangs together give rise to reduced productivity, increased waiting times and leads to rework and discard.

  • 40.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Bridging the Semantic Gap between Sensor Data and Ontological Knowledge2015Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The rapid growth of sensor data can potentially enable a better awareness of the environment for humans. In this regard, interpretation of data needs to be human-understandable. For this, data interpretation may include semantic annotations that hold the meaning of numeric data. This thesis is about bridging the gap between quantitative data and qualitative knowledge to enrich the interpretation of data. There are a number of challenges which make the automation of the interpretation process non-trivial. Challenges include the complexity of sensor data, the amount of available structured knowledge and the inherent uncertainty in data. Under the premise that high level knowledge is contained in ontologies, this thesis investigates the use of current techniques in ontological knowledge representation and reasoning to confront these challenges. Our research is divided into three phases, where the focus of the first phase is on the interpretation of data for domains which are semantically poor in terms of available structured knowledge. During the second phase, we studied publicly available ontological knowledge for the task of annotating multivariate data. Our contribution in this phase is about applying a diagnostic reasoning algorithm to available ontologies. Our studies during the last phase have been focused on the design and development of a domain-independent ontological representation model equipped with a non-monotonic reasoning approach with the purpose of annotating time-series data. Our last contribution is related to coupling the OWL-DL ontology with a non-monotonic reasoner. The experimental platforms used for validation consist of a network of sensors which include gas sensors whose generated data is complex. A secondary data set includes time series medical signals representing physiological data, as well as a number of publicly available ontologies such as NCBO Bioportal repository.

  • 41.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Klugl, Franziska
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Knowing without telling: integrating sensing and mapping for creating an artificial companion2016In: Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016, 11:1-11:4 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper depicts a sensor-based map navigation approach which targets users, who due to disabilities or lack of technical knowledge are currently not in the focus of map system developments for personalized information. What differentiates our approach from the state-of-art mostly integrating localized social media data, is that our vision is to integrate real time sensor generated data that indicates the situation of dfferent phenomena (such as the physiological functions of the body) related to the user. The challenge hereby is mainly related to knowledge representation and integration. The tentative impact of our vision for future navigation systems is re ected within a scenario.

  • 42.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Automated reasoning using abduction for interpretation of medical signals2014In: Journal of Biomedical Semantics, ISSN 2041-1480, E-ISSN 2041-1480, Vol. 5, 35Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes an approach to leverage upon existing ontologies in order to automate the annotation of time series medical data. The annotation is achieved by an abductive reasoner using parsimonious covering theorem in order to determine the best explanation or annotation for specific user defined events in the data. The novelty of this approach resides in part by the system’s flexibility in how events are defined by users and later detected by the system. This is achieved via the use of different ontologies which find relations between medical, lexical and numerical concepts. A second contribution resides in the application of an abductive reasoner which uses the online and existing ontologies to provide annotations. The proposed method is evaluated on datasets collected from ICU patients and the generated annotations are compared against those given by medical experts.

  • 43.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Automatic annotation of sensor data streams using abductive reasoning2013In: Automatic Annotation of Sensor Data Streams using AbductiveReasoning, SCITEPRESS, 2013, 345-354 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Ontology alignment for classification of low level sensor data2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Reasoning for Improved Sensor Data Interpretation in a Smart Home2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper an ontological representation and reasoning paradigm has been proposed for interpretation of time-series signals. The signals come from sensors observing a smart environment. The signal chosen for the annotation process is a set of unintuitive and complexgas sensor data. The ontology of this paradigm is inspired form the SSNontology (Semantic Sensor Network) and used for representation of both the sensor data and the contextual information. The interpretation process is mainly done by an incremental ASP solver which as input receivesa logic program that is generated from the contents of the ontology. The contextual information together with high level domain knowledge given in the ontology are used to infer explanations (answer sets) for changes in the ambient air detected by the gas sensors.

  • 46.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Reasoning for sensor data interpretation: an application to air quality monitoring2015In: Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, ISSN 1876-1364, Vol. 7, no 4, 579-597 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we introduce a representation and reasoning model for the interpretation of time-series signals of a gas sensor situated in a sensor network. The interpretation process includes inferring high level explanations for changes detected over the gas signals. Inspired from the Semantic Sensor Network (SSN), the ontology used in this work provides an adaptive way of modelling the domain-related knowledge. Furthermore, exploiting (Incremental) Answer Set Programming (ASP) enables a declarative and automatic way of rule definition. Converting the ontology concepts and relations into ASP logic programs, the interpretation process defines a logic program whose answer sets are considered as eventual explanations for the detected changes in the gas sensor signals. The proposed approach is tested in a kitchen environment which contains several objects monitored by different sensors. The contextual information provided by the sensor network together with high level domain knowledge are used to infer explanations for changes in the ambient air detected by the gas sensors.

  • 47.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Towards Automatic Ontology Alignmentfor Enriching Sensor Data Analysis2013In: Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISSN 1865-0929, E-ISSN 1865-0937, Vol. 415, 179-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work ontology alignment is used to align an ontology comprising high level knowledge to a structure representing the results of low-level sensor data classification. To resolve inherent uncertainties from the data driven classifier, an ontology about application domain is aligned to the classifier output and the result is recommendation system able to suggest a course of action that will resolve the uncertainty. This work is instantiated in a medical application domain where signals from an electronic nose are classified into different bacteria types. In case of misclassifications resulting from the data driven classifier, the alignment to an ontology representing traditional microbiology tests suggests a subset of tests most relevant to use. The result is a hybrid classification system (electronic nose and traditional testing) that automatically exploits domain knowledge in the identification process.

  • 48.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Längkvist, Martin
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kiselev, Andrey
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Open GeoSpatial Data as a Source of Ground Truth for Automated Labelling of Satellite Images2016In: SDW 2016: Spatial Data on the Web, Proceedings / [ed] Krzysztof Janowicz et al., CEUR Workshop Proceedings , 2016, 5-8 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 49.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Pecora, Federico
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Context Recognition: Towards Automatic Query Generation2015In: Ambient Intelligence: 12th European Conference, AmI 2015, Athens, Greece, November 11-13, 2015, Proceedings, Springer, 2015, 205-218 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we present an ontology-based approach in designing knowledge model for context recognition (CR) systems. The main focus in this paper is on the use of an ontology to facilitate the generation of user-based queries to the CR system. By leveraging from the ontology, users need not know about sensor details and the structure of the ontology in expressing queries related to events of interest. To validate the approach and demonstrate the flexibility of the ontology for query generation, the ontology has been integrated in two separate application domains. The first domain considers a health care system implemented for the GiraffPlus project where the query generation process is automated to request information about activities of daily living. The second application uses the same ontology for an air quality monitoring application in the home. Since these two systems are independently developed for different purposes, the ease of applying the ontology upon them can be considered as a credit for its generality.

  • 50.
    Alirezaie, Marjan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Renoux, Jennifer
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Köckemann, Uwe
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Kristoffersson, Annica
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Karlsson, Lars
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Blomqvist, Eva
    RISE SICS East, Linköping, Sweden.
    Tsiftes, Nicolas
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Voigt, Thiemo
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Loutfi, Amy
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    An Ontology-based Context-aware System for Smart Homes: E-care@home2017In: Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, E-ISSN 1424-8220, Vol. 17, no 7, 1586Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Smart home environments have a significant potential to provide for long-term monitoring of users with special needs in order to promote the possibility to age at home. Such environments are typically equipped with a number of heterogeneous sensors that monitor both health and environmental parameters. This paper presents a framework called E-care@home, consisting of an IoT infrastructure, which provides information with an unambiguous, shared meaning across IoT devices, end-users, relatives, health and care professionals and organizations. We focus on integrating measurements gathered from heterogeneous sources by using ontologies in order to enable semantic interpretation of events and context awareness. Activities are deduced using an incremental answer set solver for stream reasoning. The paper demonstrates the proposed framework using an instantiation of a smart environment that is able to perform context recognition based on the activities and the events occurring in the home.

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