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  • 901.
    Aspehag, Louise
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Klaic, Marina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Sjuksköterskans upplevelse av omvårdnaden till patienter med psykisk ohälsa inom den somatiska vården: En litteraturstudie2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Psykisk ohälsa har ökat och anses vara ett folkhälsoproblem vilket kan vara en utmaning för hälso- och sjukvården på grund av den ökade samsjukligheten hos denna patientgrupp. Personer med psykisk ohälsa upplever ofta allmänhetens attityder som negativa. Detta upplever de även hos personalen inom den somatiska vården där deras fysiska behov inte tas på allvar och de känner sig oftast ignorerade. Sjuksköterskan förväntas kunna vårda patienter med psykisk ohälsa trots otillräcklig utbildning.

    Syfte: Syftet var att beskriva sjuksköterskans upplevelse av omvårdnaden till patienter med psykisk ohälsa inom den somatiska vården.

    Metod: En litteraturstudie där sju vetenskapliga artiklar med kvalitativ ansats användes. Som analysmetod valdes Graneheim och Lundmans (2004) tolkning av innehållsanalysen där kondensering, kodning och kategorisering av de bärande meningsenheterna gjordes.

    Resultat: Resultatet presenteras i tre huvudkategorier och tre underkategorier. Huvudkategorierna är: upplevelser kopplade till patientkontakten, upplevelser kopplade till organisationen, upplevelser av brist på kompetens. Underkategorier är: avvikande beteende, tidsbrist, miljön och brist på stöd.

    Slutsats: Resultatet visar tydligt förekomsten av negativa attityder på rund av bristfällig kunskap och utbildning hos sjuksköterskor gentemot patienter med psykisk ohälsa. Rädsla och oro är starkt framträdande faktorer som påverkar omvårdnaden och interaktionen mellan patienten och sjuksköterskan. Litteraturstudien kan bidra till ökad förståelse av problematiken och därmed leda till förbättrade utbildningar och jämlik vård.

  • 902.
    Aspenberg, Patrick
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Nilsson, Oscar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Hur utformar företagen sina belöningssystem?2003Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose with our research of the new car salesmen in Blekinge is to clarify how their reward systems are constructed. From a manager perspective we also intend to find out how they perceive their reward system, and if they would like to have it further elaborated. We also intend to find out whether their reward system results in those effects they sought after, and if the system results in a positive economic result

  • 903.
    Asplund, Carina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Outsourcing – på vilka grunder? En fallstudie av underlagen vid outsourcingbeslut2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Outsourcing - on what grounds, a case study of the basis for outsourcing decisions Author: Carina Asplund Supervisor: Eva Wittbom Division: Finance, Management and Social Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology Course: Master thesis in business administration, 15 ECTS Background and problem discussion: The outsourcing decision can be taken on many different grounds and the most common motivators in private enterprise are, strategic motivators such as to streamline operations and focus on the core business or cost-saving motivators. Many companies outsource parts of their business without a thorough feasibility study, due to the senior executives' personal experiences, family relationships, feelings, or successful anecdotes of other companies' successful outsourcing projects. Decisions based on trends or feeling can have a direct negative impact on the long-term outcome of the outsourcing activity due to lack of analysis and preparation. In order to make sustainable decisions, it is important to take time to conduct a thorough feasibility study to predict the costs, challenges, opportunities and activities that an outsourcing project is meant to bring. Objective: The aim of this work is to analyze three cases of outsourcing by using a general model. The model is based on the theories that have emerged in the literature study of what a feasibility study should contain and what differences between the pre-calculus and post-calculus that mostly are detected. The model aims to be a tool for future outsourcing feasibility studies to identify different types of costs, activities and impact. Method: The chosen research method is a exploratory case study in which the feasibility study compares with the project results regarding costs and knowledge transfer of the three selected projects for the production transfer. Theory: The theoretical part of the paper describes the main theories in the areas of outsourcing study, decision making, risk, cost and selection of the outsourcing partner. In addition, it treats the subject tacit knowledge and transfer because it is a critical parameter in an outsourcing decision. Analysis: The three projects which have been analyzed were different in nature. Common for all of them is that all three require a feasibility study, estimated cost and budget and a method for knowledge. The analysis is made in comparison with the model for a feasibility study prepared on the basis of theories. Conclusion: All the projects in the case study have had a different focus than cost reduction, and they would probably have been carried out even if the calculations had shown an increased in costs. Decisions about outsourcing are already mentally made when the formal decision will be taken. It’s common that calculations of the feasibility study are often heavily underestimated. I have unfortunately not been able to find any evidence of why the difference between the pre-calculus and the post-calculus occur, neither in the literature study, nor in the cases. My idea is that a time-pressed pre-and a non-correlated model for pre-and post-calculation make it difficult to make a complete comparison. Once the project is completed, everybody are already on their way to the next mission and to then set aside time to do a thorough after calculation of a completed project is rarely a priority.

  • 904. Aspvall, Bengt
    et al.
    Halldorsson, MM
    Manne, F
    Approximations for the general block distribution of a matrix2001In: Theoretical Computer Science, ISSN 0304-3975, E-ISSN 1879-2294, Vol. 262, no 1-2, p. 145-160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The general block distribution of a matrix is a rectilinear partition of the matrix into orthogonal blocks such that the maximum sum of the elements within a single block is minimized. This corresponds to partitioning the matrix onto parallel processors so as to minimize processor load while maintaining regular communication patterns. Applications of the problem include various parallel sparse matrix computations, compilers for high-performance languages, particle in cell computations, video and image compression, and simulations associated with a communication network. We analyze the performance guarantee of a natural and practical heuristic based on iterative refinement, which has previously been shown to give good empirical results. When p2 is the number of blocks, we show that the tight performance ratio is Theta(rootp). When the matrix has rows of large cost, the details of the objective function of the algorithm are shown to be important, since a naive implementation can lead to a Ohm (p) performance ratio. Extensions to more general cost functions, higher-dimensional arrays, and randomized initial configurations are also considered. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 905. Aspvall, Bengt
    et al.
    Pettersson, Eva
    Från datorernas värld2007In: Nämnaren, ISSN 0348-2723 , Vol. 34, no 2, p. 44-48Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 906.
    Assarsson, Amy
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Röndahl, Pernilla
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Bara de som vågar, lever livet... En litteraturstudie om motivation vid förändringsarbete vid övervikt2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Övervikten är en betydande riskfaktor för dåligt allmänt hälsotillstånd, sjuklighet och dödlighet. För att påverka detta hälsotillstånd är motivationen av stor betydelse. Motivation styr beteendet och har vanligtvis två sidor, den stimulerar beteendet och leder beteendet mot ett mål. Genom att stödja den enskilde med att sätta realistiska och uppnåbara mål kan sjuksköterskan underlätta förändringsarbetet. Målet med beteendeförändring är att uppnå förändringar som medför positiva hälsoeffekter för den enskilda individen. Syftet med studien var att belysa motivation i samband med förändringsarbete, i detta fall vid övervikt. Resultaten visar att motivation krävs för att en helhjärtad förändring ska kunna ske, och att det är viktigt att komma ihåg att beteendeförändring handlar om tankesätt. En person som ska gå ner i vikt måste tidigt inse att det krävs tid, kraft och tålamod att uppnå en livsstilsförändring. För att nå insikt om att en livsstilsförändring behöver göras är det ovärderligt med stöd från en professionell. Hinder för beteendeförändring var t.ex. tidsbrist, stress och bristande stöd. Möjligheterna till varför motivation till livsstilsförändring uppstår, var t.ex. missnöjdhet med sitt utseende, rädsla för döden eller förändrade livsförhållanden. Vid viktnedgång underlättar det att vara med en homogen viktminskningsgrupp med kontrakt och regelbundna träffar. Detta skapar ett positivt grupptryck och en positiv känsla av att vara kontrollerad av en professionell. Genom att som professionell veta vilka motivationsfaktorer som styr människor kan detta användas vid motivationsarbete. Som metod har kvalitativ litteraturstudie använts i studien.

  • 907.
    Assarsson, Carina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Åkesson-Blomberg, Ing-Marie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Strävan för företaget Karlskrona Musikfest att uppnå maximal publiktillströmning – En analys av Nyårsrevyn DNA 2003/04 och dess promotionmix2004Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning Abstract Titel: Strävan för företaget Karlskrona Musikfest att uppnå maximal publiktillströmning – En analys av Nyårsrevyn DNA 2003/04 och dess promotionmix Title: The Company Karlskrona Musikfest´s efforts to reach maximum attendance – An analysis of the New Years review DNA 2003/04 and their promotion mix. Författare/Authors: Carina Assarsson & Ing-Marie Åkesson-Blomberg Handledare/Supervisor: Tom Michel Institution: Institutionen för Ekonomi och Management, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola Department: Department of Business Administration, Blekinge Institute of Technology Kurs: Kandidatarbete i företagsekonomi, 10 poäng Course: Bachelor thesis in Business Administration, 10 credits. Syfte: Studien undersöker hur Karlskrona Musikfest har marknadsfört Nyårsrevyn och om den valda promotionmixen var bra. Undersökningen svarar även på frågan om vilken ålderskategori som främst tilltalas av Nyårsrevyn. Slutligen så ger den en bättre förståelse för liknande evenemangs promotionmixer. Purpose: The study examines how the New Years review in Karlskrona markets their show and if their promotionmix has been successful. The study also answers the question of which age group the review interests. Finally it will give a better understanding for other arrangements to their advertising and promotion mixes. Metod: Undersökningen är en deduktiv och kvantitativ fallstudie. Den har också en kvalitativ ansats, då intervjuer med producenten för nyårsrevyn genomförts. Method: The study is a case study and it’s deductive and quantitative. Because of the meeting with the producer, it is also a bit qualitative. Slutsatser: De slutsatser författarna kommit fram till genom studien är att företaget Karlskrona Musikfest som producerar Nyårsrevyn, genom sin nysatsning på TV reklam använt sig av en bra promotionmix. Den mest uppmärksammande reklamen var i nämnd ordning, annonsering, TV reklam och affischering. Denna rangordning stämmer väl överens med vilken reklam som nyårsrevyns publik tilltalas av. Åldern på revypubliken visade sig vara förhållandevis hög och revyn attraherar inte den unga publiken i så stor utsträckning. Åtminstone inte de som är under 40 år. Om evenemanget önskar ändra sin målgrupp och försöka attrahera även de yngre åldersgrupperna i framtiden behöver företaget förmodligen se över sin promotionmix och troligtvis satsa ännu mer kapital på marknadsföringen. Results: The study concludes that the company who arranges the review had an effective mix of advertising, the decision to include the TV-commercials happened to be a good choice. Those types of advertising that were most noticed, was advertising in a newspaper, TV-commercials and posters. When it came to acceptable advertising the same order did appear. The analysis shown, that the New Years review did not attract younger people, to a great extent. The age of the audience was quite advanced. If the company wants to attract younger people as well, they have to reconsider their commercial channels. Finally enlarge the budget of advertising may be necessary.

  • 908.
    Assarsson, Emelie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning.
    Tillgänglighet hela vägen - för funktionshindrade men även för alla andra - fallstudie: några service- och rekreationsmålpunkter i Båstad tätort samt större stråk däremellan2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Det är viktigt att alla kan känna sig fria att använda den fysiska miljön. För det krävs bl.a. en god tillgänglighet. År 2001 antog riksdagen en nationell handlingsplan för handikappolitiken som ger riktlinjer om ökad tillgänglighet bl.a. ska enkelt avhjälpta hinder åtgärdas senast år 2010. Rent konkret ledde planen bl.a. till Boverkets föreskrifter och allmänna råd som anger att enkelt avhjälpta hinder ska vara åtgärdade senast år 2010. I examensarbetet har jag undersökt om tillgängligheten gäller hela vägen, d.v.s. mellan samt vid olika målpunkter. Genom att granska några viktiga service- och rekreationsmålpunkter i Båstad tätort har det på flera ställen visat sig flaskhalsar som hindrar hela vägens framkomlighet eller orienterbarhet. En viktig slutsats av arbetet är att nyckeln till god tillgänglig miljö är att hitta de svaga punkterna.

  • 909.
    Assarsson, Rrezarta Kadrija & Maria
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    KOMMUNIKATION OCH SAMARBETE: Upplevelser av förutsättningar för informellt lärande i olika arbetsmiljöer2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Syftet med denna studie är att utveckla kunskap om medarbetarnas upplevelser av hur strukturen på den fysiska arbetsmiljön påverkar deras förutsättningar för det informella lärandet. Studien har en hermeneutisk ansats för att tolka och förstå medarbetarnas upplevelser. För att besvara vår forskningsfråga utfördes datainsamlingen i form av halvstrukturerade intervjuer med åtta medarbetare som arbetar inom samma organisation men i två olika arbetslag. Medarbetarna sitter och arbetar i olika strukturer av fysiska arbetsmiljöer. Resultatet av studien visar att arbetslaget som satt och arbetade i öppet kontorslandskap upplevde att de hade lättare för att kommunicera och samarbeta då de satt bredvid varandra och arbetade. Dock upplevdes strukturen påverka kommunikationen på så sätt att individerna inte alltid kunde föra en dialog. Medarbetarna som satt och arbetade i cellkontor å andra sidan upplevde att dörren ibland kunde vara ett hinder i deras kommunikation och samarbete med de andra. För att kommunicera och samarbeta med andra behövde medarbetaren visa sig tillgänglig genom att hålla sin dörr öppen.

  • 910.
    Asteborg, Marcus
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Signal Processing.
    Svanberg, Niklas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Signal Processing.
    Implementation Considerations for Active Noise Control in Ventilation Systems2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The most common method to attenuate noise in ventilation systems today is passive silencers. For these to efficiently attenuate frequencies below 400 Hz such silencers need to be large and a more neat solution to attenuate low frequencies is to use active noise control (ANC). The usage of ANC in ventilation systems is well known and there are several commercial products available. ANC is not, however, used on a wide basis due to its often high price and poor performance. Since the price is an important factor in ANC systems the expensive laboratory filters and the amplifier that is currently used in the experimental setup at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) need to be replaced with cheaper ones, but without too much performance loss. For easier implementation in ventilation systems the placement of the reference microphone is important, the shorter distance from the anti-noise loud speaker the easier the ANC system is to implement. But if the distance is so small that the ANC system is no longer causal the performance will be decreased and if the reference microphone is close enough to pick up acoustic feedback from the anti-noise loud speaker the performance will also be decreased. In this thesis the expensive laboratory filters will be exchanged to cheaper alternatives, power and total harmonic distortion (THD) measurements will be done on the amplifier that is driving the loud speaker and the reference microphones position will be investigated with measurements on the group delay of the system and the acoustic feedback between the loud speaker and the reference microphone.

  • 911.
    Astermark, Cathrine
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Sjöstrand, Carina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Tolvåringars upplevelse av smärta i samband med blodprovstagning i skolmiljö: jämförelse pojkar och flickor2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Nålstick är för barn ofta en upplevelse förenad med obehag. Det finns ett stort antal studier kring barns smärtupplevelser i samband med nålstick, men de är uteslutande utförda i sjukhusmiljö eller liknande miljöer. Syftet med denna studie var att jämföra tolvåriga pojkars och flickors upplevelse av smärta i samband med venös blodprovstagning i skolmiljö och se om det föreligger någon skillnad mellan könen. Materialet är hämtat ur en enkät från en pågående studie om dold celiaki, ETICS, och metoden som användes var kvantitativ. Frågorna som valdes ur enkäten berör upplevelsen av blodprovstagningen. Resultatet är baserat på 46 pojkar och 36 flickor, och visade att flickorna upplevde mer smärta än pojkarna. Begreppet trygghet diskuteras utifrån ett sjuksköterskeperspektiv.

  • 912.
    Astifan, Talia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Verbal kommunikation och lärande på arbetsplatsen2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Syftet med denna undersökning är att söka förstå chefens och medarbetarens upplevelser av faktorer som påverkar den verbala kommunikationen mellan parterna samt att synliggöra om dessa faktorer kan skapa förutsättningar för lärande. Jag har använt en hermeneutisk tolkande ansats. Intervjuerna gjordes på två avdelningar i samma organisation. Jag har tolkat resultatet med hjälp av Illeris’ teori om lärande samt med hjälp av teorier om dialog och dialogkompetens. Resultatet visar att faktorer såsom tillgänglighet, tydlighet, lyhördhet, ansvar, socialt samspel och öppenhet i kommunikation är några av dessa faktorer som enligt informanterna påverkar kommunikationen på arbetsplatsen. Tolkningen av resultatet visat att faktorer ger förutsättningar för lärande.

  • 913. Astor, Philipp
    et al.
    Adam, Marc
    Jerčić, Petar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Creative Technologies.
    Schaaff, Kristina
    Weinhardt, Christof
    Integrating biosignals into information systems: A NeuroIS tool for improving emotion regulation2013In: Journal of Management Information Systems, ISSN 0742-1222, E-ISSN 1557-928X, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 247-277Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Traders and investors are aware that emotional processes can have material consequences on their financial decision performance. However, typical learning approaches for debiasing fail to overcome emotionally driven financial dispositions, mostly because of subjects' limited capacity for self-monitoring. Our research aims at improving decision makers' performance by (1) boosting their awareness to their emotional state and (2) improving their skills for effective emotion regulation. To that end, we designed and implemented a serious game-based NeuroIS tool that continuously displays the player's individual emotional state, via biofeedback, and adapts the difficulty of the decision environment to this emotional state. The design artifact was then evaluated in two laboratory experiments. Taken together, our study demonstrates how information systems design science research can contribute to improving financial decision making by integrating physiological data into information technology artifacts. Moreover, we provide specific design guidelines for how biofeedback can be integrated into information systems

  • 914.
    Ataeian, Seyed Mohsen
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Darbandi, Mehrnaz Jaberi
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Analysis of Quality of Experience by applying Fuzzy logic: A study on response time2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    To be successful in today's competitive market, service providers should look at user's satisfaction as a critical key. In order to gain a better understanding of customers' expectations, a proper evaluations which considers intrinsic characteristics of perceived quality of service is needed. Due to the subjective nature of quality, the vagueness of human judgment and the uncertainty about the degree of users' linguistic satisfaction, fuzziness is associated with quality of experience. Considering the capability of Fuzzy logic in dealing with imprecision and qualitative knowledge, it would be wise to apply it as a powerful mathematical tool for analyzing the quality of experience (QoE). This thesis proposes a fuzzy procedure to evaluate the quality of experience. In our proposed methodology, we provide a fuzzy relationship between QoE and Quality of Service (QoS) parameters. To identify this fuzzy relationship a new term called Fuzzi ed Opinion Score (FOS) representing a fuzzy quality scale is introduced. A fuzzy data mining method is applied to construct the required number of fuzzy sets. Then, the appropriate membership functions describing fuzzy sets are modeled and compared with each other. The proposed methodology will assist service providers for better decision-making and resource management.

  • 915.
    Atai, Elnaz
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology. Kvinna.
    Akil, Shiraz
    Blekinge Institute of Technology. Kvinna.
    Sjuksköterskans upplevelse av att vårda äldre patienter i livets slutskede inom hemsjukvård.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 916.
    Atchukatla, Mahammad suhail
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Algorithms for efficient VM placement in data centers: Cloud Based Design and Performance Analysis2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Content: Recent trends show that cloud computing adoption is continuously increasing in every organization. So, demand for the cloud datacenters tremendously increases over a period, resulting in significantly increased resource utilization of the datacenters. In this thesis work, research was carried out on optimizing the energy consumption by using packing of the virtual machines in the datacenter. The CloudSim simulator was used for evaluating bin-packing algorithms and for practical implementation OpenStack cloud computing environment was chosen as the platform for this research.

     

    Objectives:  In this research, our objectives are as follows

    • Perform simulation of algorithms in CloudSim simulator.
    • Estimate and compare the energy consumption of different packing algorithms.
    • Design an OpenStack testbed to implement the Bin packing algorithm.

     

    Methods:

    We use CloudSim simulator to estimate the energy consumption of the First fit, the First fit decreasing, Best fit and Enhanced best-fit algorithms. Design a heuristic model for implementation in the OpenStack environment for optimizing the energy consumption for the physical machines. Server consolidation and live migration are used for the algorithms design in the OpenStack implementation. Our research also extended to the Nova scheduler functionality in an OpenStack environment.

     

    Results:

    Most of the case the enhanced best-fit algorithm gives the better results. The results are obtained from the default OpenStack VM placement algorithm as well as from the heuristic algorithm developed in this simulation work. The comparison of results indicates that the total energy consumption of the data center is reduced without affecting potential service level agreements.

     

    Conclusions:

    The research tells that energy consumption of the physical machines can be optimized without compromising the offered service quality. A Python wrapper was developed to implement this model in the OpenStack environment and minimize the energy consumption of the Physical machine by shutdown the unused physical machines. The results indicate that CPU Utilization does not vary much when live migration of the virtual machine is performed.

  • 917.
    Atilmis, Birkan
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science.
    Hoff, Linda
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science.
    IPv6: Inte längre frågan OM och inte så mycket NÄR utan snarare HUR!2001Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Problemområde: Idag har Internet blivit var mans egendom. Detta innebär tyvärr en hel del problem. Det tydligaste vi står inför idag är att IP-adresserna håller på att ta slut. För att bli av med problemet används olika temporära lösningar ("lappningsteknik") men även en permanent lösning utvecklas, nämligen Ipv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).Det nya protokollet löser adressbristen men har även många andra funktioner så som säkerhet och bättre routinglösningar. Vi ställde oss då frågan varför har ingen övergång skett trots dessa fördelar. Frågeställning: Var i övergången mellan IPv4 och IPv6 står vi idag? Varför har inte övergången mellan IPv4 och IPv6 redan skett? Vilka är de största anledningarna och vilka fler möjliga finns det? Slutsats: Arbetet visar att tiden för en övergång ännu inte är inne. Huvudanledningarna är att det saknas produkter och en allmän anledning för en migration.

  • 918.
    Atla, Prashant
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Communication Systems.
    Power Profiling of different Heterogeneous Computers2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context: In the present world, there is an increase in the usage of com- munication services. The growth in the usage and services relying on the communication network has brought in the increase in energy consumption for all the resources involved like computers and other networking compo- nent. Energy consumption has become an other efficient metric, so there is a need of efficient networking services in various fields which can be obtained by using the efficient networking components like computers. For that pur- pose we have to know about the energy usage behavior of that component. Similarly as there is a growth in use of large data-centers there is a huge requirement of computation resources. So for an efficient use of these re- sources we need the measurement of each component of the system and its contribution towards the total power consumption of the system. This can be achieved by power profiling of different heterogeneous computers for es- timating and optimizing the usage of the resources.

    Objectives: In this study, we investigate the power profiles of different heterogeneous computers, under each system component level by using a predefined workload. The total power consumption of each system compo- nent is measured and evaluated using the open energy monitor(OEM). Methods: In oder to perform the power profile an experimental test bed is implemented. Experiments with different workload on each component are conducted on all the computers. The power for all the system under test is measured by using the OEM which is connected to each system under test(SUT).

    Results: From the results obtained, the Power profiles of different SUT’s are tabulated and analyzed. The power profiles are done in component level under different workload scenarios for four different heterogeneous comput- ers. From the results and analysis it can be stated that there is a variation in power consumed by each component of a computer based on its con- figuration. From the results we evaluate the property of super positioning principle. 

  • 919.
    Atuyota-Ejughemre, Kesiena
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Promoting Mobile Financial Transactions: A Case Study Zain Sierra Leone2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title – Promoting Mobile Financial Transactions: A Case study of Zain Sierra Leone Author – Kesiena Atuyota-Ejughemre Supervisor - Anders Hederstierna Department: School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology Course: Master’s thesis in business administration, 15 credits (ECTS). Background and Problem Discussion: There are challenges associated with overly cash based societies. The use of mobile financial systems could address some of these challenges. Understanding the factors that influence people’s willingness to use mobile systems for financial transactions could be significant in developing strategies to transition from traditional payment systems to mobile financial transaction systems. Purpose – The purpose of this is to assess contribution of customer trust and perception of customer focus to the willingness of GSM subscribers to use the mobile system for financial transactions and how the understanding derived from these factors can be used to develop strategies to promote a transition from cashed based society to mobile financial transactions. Method- Quantitative and deductive approach was used. 300 GSM respondents who were selected with a multistage sampling method in three locations were surveyed. Interviewers were used to get data on perceived customer focus level, customer trust and willingness to engage in mobile financial transactions. Theory – Theory section looks at the concepts relating to customer trust and customer perception of customer focus and pertinent subconstructs applicable to the engagement in mobile financial transactions. Analysis – I have used correlational analysis to verify the level of association between customer trust, customer focus perception, socio demographic factors and the willingness to engage in mobile financial transactions. In order to verify the influence of income, a non parametric test was done. Conclusions – The analysis of the data results showed that there is a strong positive association between the willingness to use mobile for financial transactions. Also, the analysis revealed a positive correlation between the perception of customer focus by subscribers and the willingness to engage in mobile financial transactions. There was no significant influence by demographic factors such as age and gender on the willingness to engage in mobile financial transactions. A 3 phased implementation strategy was proposed for the deployment of a mobile financial transaction system.

  • 920.
    Auer, Florian
    et al.
    University of Innsbruck, AUT.
    Felderer, Michael
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
    Lenarduzzi, Valentina
    Tampere University of Technology, FIN.
    Towards defining a microservice migration framework2018In: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Association for Computing Machinery , 2018, Vol. Part F147763Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Microservices are more and more popular. As a result, some companies started to believe that microservices are the solution to all of their problems and rush to adopt microservices without sufficient knowledge about the impacts. Most of the time they expect to decrease their maintenance effort or to ease the deployment process. However, re-architecting a system to microservices is not always beneficial. In this work we propose a work-plan to identify a decision framework that supports practitioners in the understanding of possible migration based benefits and issues. This will lead to more reasoned decisions and mitigate the risk of migration. © 2018 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).

  • 921.
    Augustsson, Catarina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Barns oro och rädsla inför planerad operation. Den perioperativa sjuksköterskans omvårdnadsåtgärder som kan minska barns oro och rädsla2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Dagligen kommer barn till sjukhus inför en planerad operation. De flesta barn är mer eller mindre ängsliga. De kommer till en okänd miljö och vet inte vad som ska hända. Att inte veta vad som ska hända skapar oro och rädsla. Barns oro och rädsla inför planerad operation kan även påverka barnets beteende negativt efter operationen med bland annat separationsångest och sömnsvårigheter. Hur barn reagerar kan bero på olika faktorer som till exempel ålder, tidigare erfarenhet och hur informationen inför operationen ges. Syftet med litteraturstudien var att beskriva barns oro och rädsla inför en planerad operation. Vidare var syftet att beskriva den perioperativa sjuksköterskans omvårdnadsåtgärder som kan minska densamma. Granskning och manifest innehållsanalys gjordes av fem kvalitativa och 10 kvantitativa artiklar. Resultatet visade att barn som skulle genomgå en planerad operation kände att de blev tvingade till en oförutsägbar och plågsam situation som de måste uthärda. De var ledsna och rädda när de kom till sjukhuset. De visste inte vad de ville veta för de hade inte kunskapen om vad som skulle hända. De oroade sig bland annat för själva operationen, smärta och nålar. Oron och rädslan påverkade barnet negativt även efter operationen med ökad smärta och sömnproblem. För att minska barns oro och rädsla finns fler omvårdnadsåtgärder som den perioperativa sjuksköterskan kan använda sig av. Några exempel är information med lek och den perioperativa dialogen. Barn som deltagit i information med lek hade signifikant lägre rädsla både före och efter den planerade operationen. Barn med särskilda behov som informerades med hjälp av den perioperativa dialogen visste innan vad som skulle hända och kände sig inte rädda.

  • 922.
    Augustsson, Catarina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Patientens upplevelse av den perioperativa omvårdnaden i samband med ett dagkirurgiskt ingrepp: En intervjustudie2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: En stor del av alla patienter opereras idag dagkirurgiskt vilket innebär att operation och utskrivning sker samma dag. Patienterna vistas därför allt kortare tid på sjukhuset vilket innebär att mötena mellan sjuksköterska och patient också blir korta. Det är den perioperativa sjuksköterskans ansvar att ge en god omvårdnad till den dagkirurgiska patienten för att han/hon ska känna sig trygg, delaktig och välinformerad. För att kunna utveckla och förbättra den perioperativa omvårdnaden är det viktigt att få ta del av patientens upplevelse av denna. Syfte: Syftet med studien var att beskriva patientens upplevelse av den perioperativa omvårdnaden i samband med ett dagkirurgiskt ingrepp vid en öron- näs och hals klinik. Metod: Studien genomfördes som en intervjustudie med sex patienter. Materialet analyserades med hjälp av kvalitativ innehållsanalys efter en modell som beskrivs av Graneheim och Lundman. Resultat: Patienterna är mycket nöjda med personalens omvårdnadsåtgärder som skapar en lugn och trygg känsla. Ur patienternas berättelser framkom informationens påverkan på hela den perioperativa fasen. Patienterna önskade en specifik och individuellt utformad information och en möjlighet till personlig kontakt för att ställa och få svar på frågor innan operationen. Slutsats: Resultatet visade att patienterna upplevde den perioperativa omvårdnaden som god men att informationen och tillgängligheten på vald klinik behöver förändras och förbättras.

  • 923.
    Augustsson, Christopher
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
    Dynamic vs Static user-interface: Which one is easier to learn? And will it make you more efficient?2019Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Excel offers great flexibility and allows non-programmers to create complex functionality – but at the same time, it can become very nested with cells pointing to other cells, especially if there have been many changes over a more extended period. This has happened to ICS – a small company who has its focus on calibration, out of an array of different things relating to material testing. The system they have for field calibrations today have been overly complicated and hard to maintain and consists of multiple Excel spreadsheets. The conclusion has been that a new system needs to be developed – but question how, remains. By creating a prototype using modern web-technologies, this study has evaluated if a web application can meet the specific functional requirements ICS have and if it is a suitable solution for a new system. The prototype was put under manual user test, and the results find that the prototype meets all the requirements, meaning that a webapplication could work as a replacement. During the user tests, this study has also evaluated the differences in learnability and efficiency of users, between the static user interface of the current Excel-based system and the dynamic user interface of the web-based prototype. The users have performed a calibration with both systems, and parameters such as time to completion or number of errors made have been recorded. By comparing the test results from both systems, this study has concluded that a dynamic user interface is more likely to improve learnability for novice users, but have a low impact on efficiency for expert users.

  • 924.
    Augustsson, Jens
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Signal Processing.
    Full duplex Konferenstelefon1997Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport analyserar ekosläckning för en full duplex högtalartelefon. Systemet bygger på en LMS-algoritm som har implementerats på en TMS320C3 1 signalprocessor. Arbetet har gått ut på att undertrycka ekon genom utnyttja så mycket som möjligt av processoms kapacitet. Möjligheterna för att två eller fler personer skall kunna tala med varandra på att ledigt sätt genom en högtalartelefon påverkas mycket av de ekon som finns i systemet. Högtalartelefonens mikrofon fångar upp ljudet ifrån sin egen högtalare och skickar detta ljud tillbaka genom telefonnätet. Utan någon form av ekokontroll uppstår ett irriterande eko av sin egen röst i telefonen. Ju längre fardröjning som telefonnätet tillför, ju mer irriterande blir ekot. Konventionella högtalartelefoner använder röstaktivering av mikrofonen för att bli av med ekot. Detta medför att de samtalande partertema inte både kan höra och prata med varandra samtidigt. Detta kallas i kommunikationssammanhang Halv-Duplex. Denna onaturliga form av samtal medför att bägge börjar tala samtidigt och att de avbryter varandra. 1 mitt arbete tittar jag närmare på metoder för ekokontroll med mål att bägge parterna skall både kunna tala med och höra varandra simultant, sk. Full-Duplex, utan rundgång. Teorierna kring adaptiv ekosläckning har varit kända sedan Iänge men det är inte förrän på senare tid som det finns processorer som klarar av beräkningarna’ i realtid. TMS320C3 1 ‘an har inte riktigt den önskvärda beräkningskapaciteten för realtidsberäkning av langa adaptiva FIR-filter. En filterlängd på 300 filter koefficienter uppnåddes. För att nå upp till denna längd användes en metod med adaptering bara på halva bandbredden, 1500 Hz. Den andra halvan av bandbredden, 1500 - 3500 Hz, i ett telefonnät lämnades ofiltrerad. Ett stort bekymmer visade sig vara att finna en lamplig metod för att besluta när adaptering får ske. En enkel sk. taldetektor implementerades för detta endamål.

  • 925.
    Augustsson, Susanne
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Petersson, Nicklas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Beslutsprocesser under företagsetableringen – En studie av tre tjänsteföretag2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Summary Title: Decision-making processes during the establishment of a business - A study of three service companies. Authors: Susanne Augustsson and Nicklas Petersson Supervisor: Henrick Gyllberg and Björn Ljunggren Department: School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology. Course: Bachelor’s thesis in Business Administration, 15 credits. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to study decision making in business creation in the service companies. Method: We have chosen to use a qualitative approch in our study where our primary data was collected through interviews with the founders of each company. Results: Our result show that the company we have studied use a combination of the causation -and effectuationprocesses. We do not see any clear pattern that effectuation is used in a greater extent than causation. Keywords Start-up process, establishment process, causation, effectuation

  • 926.
    Augustsson, Tommy
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Zenthio, Camilla
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Föräldrars upplevelser i samband med sjukhusansluten vård i Sverige när barnet i familjen drabbas av leukemi2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Det framkommer i bakgrunden att det i Sverige varje år insjuknar ungefär 90 barn av sjukdomen leukemi. När barnets sjukdom uppkommer är det inte bara barnet som drabbas utan även hela familjen och det kan utlösas en krisreaktion hos de inblandade. Syftet med studien var att belysa föräldrars upplevelser i samband med sjukhusansluten vård i Sverige när barnet i familjen drabbas av sjukdomen leukemi. Metoden som valdes var litteraturstudie innefattande tre skönlitterära böcker skrivna av barnets föräldrar. Analysmetoden som användes var Burnards (1996) innehållsanalys, som görs i fyra steg. I resultatet framgick att föräldrarna kunde uppleva en psykosocial påfrestning och att de blev expert på sitt barns sjukdom. Det fanns dock tillfällen när föräldrarna upplevde glädjestunder i tillvaron blandat med känslor av hopp/hopplöshet. I slutsatsen framgår att stora framsteg inom forskningen av sjukdomen leukemi har gjorts de senaste åren, men fortfarande finns det mycket kvar att göra.

  • 927.
    Aurell, Marie
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Wernersson, Camilla
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    'Shackles would have been cheaper': the use of humour as a subjectification strategy on an assembly line2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 928. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Jeffery, RossWohlin, ClaesHandzic, Meliha
    Managing Software Engineering Knowledge2003Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 929. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Petersson, Håkan
    Wohlin, Claes
    State-of-the-art: Software Inspections after 25 Years2002In: Software testing, verification & reliability, ISSN 0960-0833, E-ISSN 1099-1689, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 133-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Software inspections, which were originally developed by Michael Fagan in 1976, are an important means to verify and achieve sufficient quality in many software projects today. Since Fagan's initial work, the importance of software inspections has been long recognized by software developers and many organizations. Various proposals have been made by researchers in the hope of improving Fagan's inspection method. The proposals include structural changes to the process and several types of support for the inspection process. Most of the proposals have been empirically investigated in different studies. This is a review paper focusing on the software inspection process in the light of Fagan's inspection method and it summarizes and reviews other types of software inspection processes that have emerged in the last 25 years. This paper also addresses important issues related to the inspection process and examines experimental studies and their findings that are of interest with the purpose of identifying future avenues of research in software inspection.

  • 930. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    A Value-Based Approach in Requirements Engineering: Explaining Some of the Fundamental Concepts2007Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 931. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    Aligning Requirements with Business Objectives: A Framework for Requirements Engineering Decisions2005Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As software development continues to increase in complexity, involving far-reaching consequences, there is a need for decision support to improve the decision making process in requirements engineering (RE) activities. This research begins with a detailed investigation of the complexity of decision making during RE activities on organizational, product and project levels. Secondly, it presents a conceptual model which describes the RE decision making environment in terms of stakeholders, information requirements, decision types and business objectives. The purpose of this model is to facilitate the development of decision support systems in RE and to help further structure and analyse the decision making process in RE.

  • 932. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    Applying Decision-Making Models in Requirements Engineering.2002Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 933. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    The Fundamental Nature of Requirements Engineering Activities as a Decision-Making Process2003In: Information and Software Technology, ISSN 0950-5849, E-ISSN 1873-6025, Vol. 45, no 14, p. 945-954Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The requirements engineering (RE) process is a decision-rich complex problem solving activity. This paper examines the elements of organization-oriented macro decisions as well as process-oriented micro decisions in the RE process and illustrates how to integrate classical decision-making models with RE process models. This integration helps in formulating a common vocabulary and model to improve the manageability of the RE process, and contributes towards the learning process by validating and verifying the consistency of decision-making in RE activities.

  • 934. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    Petersson, Håkan
    Increasing the Understanding of Effectiveness in Software Inspections Using Published Data Sets2005In: Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, ISSN 1443-458X , Vol. 37, no 3, p. 51-64Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since its inception into software engineering software inspection has been viewed as a cost-effective way of increasing software quality. Despite this many questions remain unanswered regarding, for example, ideal team size or cost effectiveness. This paper addresses some of these questions by performing an analysis using 30 published data sets from empirical experiments of software inspections. The main question is concerned with determining a suitable team size for software inspections. The effectiveness of different team sizes is also studied. Furthermore, the differences in mean effectiveness between different team sizes are investigated based on the inspection environmental context, document types and reading technique. It is concluded that it is possible to choose a suitable team size based on the effectiveness of inspections. This can be used as a tool to assist in the planning of inspections. A particularly interesting result is that variation in the effectiveness between different teams is considerably higher for certain types of documents than for others. Our findings contain important information for anyone planning, controlling or managing software inspections.

  • 935. Aurum, Aybüke
    et al.
    Wohlin, Claes
    Porter, A.
    Aligning Software Project Decisions: A Case Study2006In: International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, ISSN 0218-1940 , Vol. 16, no 6, p. 795-818Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 936. A.V., Fidalgo
    et al.
    G.R., Alves
    M.A., Marques
    M.C, Viegas
    M.C, Costa-Lobo
    U., Henandez-Jayo
    J., Garcia-Zúbia
    Ingvar, Gustavsson
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering.
    Adapting remote labs to learning scenarios: Case studies using VISIR and remotElectLab2014In: Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologias del Aprendizaje, ISSN 1932-8540, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 33-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Remote laboratories are an emergent technological and pedagogical tool at all education levels, and their widespread use is an important part of their own improvement and evolution. This paper describes several issues encountered on laboratorial classes, on higher education courses, when using remote laboratories based on PXI systems, either using the VISIR system or an alternate in-house solution. Three main issues are presented and explained, all reported by teachers, that gave support to students' use of remote laboratories. The first issue deals with the need to allow students to select the actual place where an ammeter is to be inserted on electric circuits, even incorrectly, therefore emulating real-world difficulties. The second one deals with problems with timing when several measurements are required at short intervals, as in the discharge cycle of a capacitor. In addition, the last issue deals with the use of a multimeter in dc mode when reading ac values, a use that collides with the lab settings. All scenarios are presented and discussed, including the solution found for each case. The conclusion derived from the described work is that the remote laboratories area is an expanding field, where practical use leads to improvement and evolution of the available solutions, requiring a strict cooperation and information-sharing between all actors, i.e., developers, teachers, and students.

  • 937.
    Avadutala, Vidya Sagar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Dynamic analysis of cracks in Composite Materials2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Dynamic analysis of damages in materials is a difficult task and it is currently not known what importance different possible mechanisms carry. It is to a large extent due to the difficulty of measuring the dynamic behavior of cracks, debonds and delaminations inside material. It there exists a need to simulate the action of different mechanisms in order to understand the basic physics and possibly identify the signatures of measured vibration and acoustic signals. In this work we study vibrational responses from a specimen which has different types of non-linearities like fractures in it and understand various factors concerned with fracture location, fracture behavior and so on. After finding the fracture location and fracture size, stress intensity factors can be calculated and from them fatigue tests and other failure tests can be done.

  • 938.
    Avalos, Daniel Angel Rodriguez
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Att leva med urininkontinens efter prostatektomi2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Prostatektomi är en av de vanligaste behandlingar mot prostatacancer. En av biverkningarna som majoriteten av de män som går igenom ingreppet är urininkontinens. Syfte: Att belysa hur det är att leva med urininkontinens efter en prostatektomi på grund av prostatacancer. Metod: Det är en kvalitativ litteraturstudie baserad på nio artiklar som analyserades utifrån Graneheim och Lundmans modell. Resultat: Män med urininkontinens upplever sitt tillstånd ovärdigt och skäms över att läcka urin. De hanterar sitt tillstånd genom att se det i ett större sammanhang och att prova sig fram med skydd. Slutsats: Att leva med urininkontinens upplevs vara besvärligt. Förändringarna i den kroppsliga funktionen påverkar på sättet att se sig själva och livet. Trots besvären finns dock hopp om försoning med sitt tillstånd.

  • 939.
    Avdic, Adnan
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
    Ekholm, Albin
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
    Anomaly Detection in an e-Transaction System using Data Driven Machine Learning Models: An unsupervised learning approach in time-series data2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Detecting anomalies in time-series data is a task that can be done with the help of data driven machine learning models. This thesis will investigate if, and how well, different machine learning models, with an unsupervised approach,can detect anomalies in the e-Transaction system Ericsson Wallet Platform. The anomalies in our domain context is delays on the system.

    Objectives: The objectives of this thesis work is to compare four different machine learning models ,in order to find the most relevant model. The best performing models are decided by the evaluation metric F1-score. An intersection of the best models are also being evaluated in order to decrease the number of False positives in order to make the model more precise.

    Methods: Investigating a relevant time-series data sample with 10-minutes interval data points from the Ericsson Wallet Platform was used. A number of steps were taken such as, handling data, pre-processing, normalization, training and evaluation.Two relevant features was trained separately as one-dimensional data sets. The two features that are relevant when finding delays in the system which was used in this thesis is the Mean wait (ms) and the feature Mean * N were the N is equal to the Number of calls to the system. The evaluation metrics that was used are True positives, True Negatives, False positives, False Negatives, Accuracy, Precision, Recall, F1-score and Jaccard index. The Jaccard index is a metric which will reveal how similar each algorithm are at their detection. Since the detection are binary, it’s classifying the each data point in the time-series data.

    Results: The results reveals the two best performing models regards to the F1-score.The intersection evaluation reveals if and how well a combination of the two best performing models can reduce the number of False positives.

    Conclusions: The conclusion to this work is that some algorithms perform better than others. It is a proof of concept that such classification algorithms can separate normal from non-normal behavior in the domain of the Ericsson Wallet Platform.

  • 940. Avdiu, Qendrim
    et al.
    Maliqi, Patriot
    Cash or no cash?: En kvalitativ studie på varför banker valt att behålla/avveckla kontanthantering och vilka upplevda konsekvenser har det medfört för relationen mellan dem och kunderna.2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 941. Avdonina, Elena D.
    et al.
    Ibragimov, Nail H.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
    Heat conduction in anisotropic media: Nonlinear self-adjointness and conservation laws2012In: Discontinuity, Nonlinearity and Complexity, ISSN 2164-6376, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 237-251Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nonlinear self-adjointness of the anisotropic nonlinear heat equation is investigated. Mathematical models of heat conduction in anisotropic media with a source are considered and a class of self-adjoint models is identified. Conservation laws corresponding to the symmetries of the equations in question are computed.

  • 942. Avdonina, Elena D.
    et al.
    Ibragimov, Nail H.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
    Khamitova, Raisa
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
    Exact solutions of gasdynamic equations obtained by the method of conservation laws2013In: Communications in nonlinear science & numerical simulation, ISSN 1007-5704, E-ISSN 1878-7274, Vol. 18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the present paper, the recent method of conservation laws for constructing exact solutions for systems of nonlinear partial differential equations is applied to the gasdynamic equations describing one-dimensional and three-dimensional polytropic flows. In the one-dimensional case singular solutions are constructed in closed forms. In the threedimensional case several conservation laws are used simultaneously. It is shown that the method of conservation laws leads to particular solutions different from group invariant solutions.

  • 943.
    Avinash, Avinash
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Alampally, Shravan Kumar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Verification of Crane Control Algorithm2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the present world the heavy machine applications have grown more sophisticated. Crane is designed in such a way to perform the tasks that are hard for human beings, in order to make the work faster and easier. In this area of crane utilization, forwarder movement is the key in performing most of the tasks. Forwarder movement plays an important role in tasks such as collecting logs from the ground and moving them from one place to another. These types of cranes find a wide range of utilization in forestry applications. In order to perform these tasks movement of the forwarder has to be according. Depending on the loads to carry the size of the forwarder also varies. Partial automation of the crane movement in the form of forwarder movement is the area of interest. Aim of the thesis is to concentrate on automation of crane link, to be more specific, the prismatic link. This can be achieved through the verification of the mechanism and similarity of the two algorithms in the Matlab system and in the DASA system.

  • 944.
    Avogbedoh, Sowu
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Asamoah, Freda Owusu
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    The Effects of Customer Relationship Marketing Practices on Customer Satisfaction among the Customers of Ghana Oil Company Limited.2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Ghanaian economy has recently received massive growth for various reasons. However, much of the growth is attributed to the recent discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities. This phenomenon has led to the springing up of many Oil Marketing Companies (OMC’S) which of latest count has 84 OMC’S and counting. This number of OMC’s has led to the adoption of various Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) activities and practices to outwit other competitors in the industry. Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) is one of such OMC’s and the focus of this study. Our study was aimed at studying the complex concept of Customer Satisfaction in the light of the Customer Relationship Marketing practices of the company. We are aware that in order for a company to prosper it must retain its clientele. This study will find out if the CRM practices of GOIL are enough to keep its customers satisfied, loyal and content. The study made use of questionnaires and randomly selected a sample size which signifies 10 % of the total dealer population and corporate customers and 5 lubricant resellers. In conclusion, it was revealed that, the main dimensions of perceived service quality in GOIL are Tangibility, responsiveness and empathy and thus needs to be improved to meet the customer’s satisfaction.

  • 945. Avritzer, Alberto
    et al.
    Beecham, Sarah
    Britto, Ricardo
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
    Kroll, Josiane
    Menaché, Daniel
    Noll, John
    Paasivaara, Maria
    Extending Survivability Models for Global Software Development with Media Synchronicity Theory2015In: Proceeding of the IEEE 10th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, IEEE Communications Society, 2015, p. 23-32Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we propose a new framework to assess survivability of software projects accounting for media capability details as introduced in Media Synchronicity Theory (MST). Specifically, we add to our global engineering framework the assessment of the impact of inadequate conveyance and convergence available in the communication infrastructure selected to be used by the project, on the system ability to recover from project disasters. We propose an analytical model to assess how the project recovers from project disasters related to process and communication failures. Our model is based on media synchronicity theory to account for how information exchange impacts recovery. Then, using the proposed model we evaluate how different interventions impact communication effectiveness. Finally, we parameterize and instantiate the proposed survivability model based on a data gathering campaign comprising thirty surveys collected from senior global software development experts at ICGSE'2014 and GSD'2015.

  • 946.
    Avutu, Neeraj
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Performance Evaluation of MongoDB on Amazon Web Service and OpenStack2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context

    MongoDB is an open-source, scalable, NoSQL database that distributes the data over many commodity servers. It provides no single point of failure by copying and storing the data in different locations. MongoDB uses a master-slave design rather than the ring topology used by Cassandra. Virtualization is the technique used for accessing multiple machines in a single host and utilizing the various virtual machines. It is the fundamental technology, which allows cloud computing to provide resource sharing among the users.

    Objectives

    Studying and identifying MongoDB, Virtualization on AWS and OpenStack. Experiments were conducted to identify the CPU utilization associated when Mongo DB instances are deployed on AWS and physical server arrangement. Understanding the effect of Replication in the Mongo DB instances and its effect on MongoDB concerning throughput, CPU utilization and latency.

    Methods

    Initially, a literature review is conducted to design the experiment with the mentioned problems. A three node MongoDB cluster runs on Amazon EC2 and OpenStack Nova with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as an operating system. Latency, throughput and CPU utilization were measured using this setup. This procedure was repeated for five nodes MongoDB cluster and three nodes production cluster with six types of workloads of YCSB.

    Results

    Virtualization overhead has been identified in terms of CPU utilization and the effects of virtualization on MongoDB are found out in terms of CPU utilization, latency and throughput.

    Conclusions

    It is concluded that there is a decrease in latency and increases throughput with the increase in nodes. Due to replication, increase in latency was observed.

  • 947.
    Awais, Muhammad
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Multichannel Wiener Filtering for Speech Enhancement in Modulation Domain2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Normally speech signals are contaminated with noise and interference that reduces the intelligibility of speech during communication. In order to make speech signals e ective and useful, they need to be enhanced from the noisy speech signal. In speech processing eld many speech enhancement techniques are developed and are providing very good results. Multichannel microphone array is also one of the techniques used for speech enhancement, that provides better results than the single channel speech enhancement. Moreover, Wiener filtering is the most commonly used technique for multichannel microphone array for speech enhancement. The main focus of this thesis is to implement multichannel microphone array using Wiener filtering in the modulation domain system and also in the time domain system to enhance the speech. Both are implemented successfully and validated e ectively by considering diff erent parameters, i,e; Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), Signal to Noise Ratio Improvement (SNRI) and Mean Opinion Score (MOS). Both the systems are tested with one female and one male speech distorted with diff erent types of noise at -5dB,0dB,5dB,10dB,15dB and 20dB SNR. The values are calculated for the diff erent number of subbands, as the main focus is on modulation domain system. It provided efficient results in terms of SNRI and MOS score.

  • 948.
    Awan, Nasir Majeed
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Alvi, Adnan Khadem
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Predicting software test effort in iterative development using a dynamic Bayesian network2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    It is important to manage iterative projects in a way to maximize quality and minimize cost. To achieve high quality, accurate project estimates are of high importance. It is challenging to predict the effort that is required to perform test activities in an iterative development. If testers put extra effort in testing then schedule might be delayed, however, if testers spend less effort then quality could be affected. Currently there is no model for test effort prediction in iterative development to overcome such challenges. This paper introduces and validates a dynamic Bayesian network to predict test effort in iterative software development. In this research work, the proposed framework is evaluated in a number of ways: First, the framework behavior is observed by considering different parameters and performing initial validation. Then secondly, the framework is validated by incorporating data from two industrial projects. The accuracy of the results has been verified through different prediction accuracy measurements and statistical tests. The results from the verification confirmed that the framework has the ability to predict test effort in iterative projects accurately.

  • 949.
    Awan, Rashid
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.
    Requirements Engineering Process Maturity Model for Market Driven Projects: The REPM-M Model2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Several software projects are over budgeted or have to face failures during operations. One big reason of this is Software Company develops wrong software due to wrong interpretation of requirements. Requirements engineering is one of the well known discipline within Software engineering which deals with this problem. RE is the process of eliciting, analyzing and specifying requirements so that there won’t be any ambiguity between the development company and the customers. Another emerging discipline within requirements engineering is requirements engineering for market driven projects. It deals with the requirements engineering of a product targeting a mass market. In this thesis, a maturity model is developed which can be used to assess the maturity of requirements engineering process for market driven projects. The objective of this model is to provide a quick assessment tool through which a company would be able to know what are the strengths and weaknesses of their requirements engineering process.

  • 950.
    Awan, Zafar Iqbal
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Telecommunication Systems.
    Azim, Abdul
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Telecommunication Systems.
    Network Emulation, Pattern Based Traffic Shaping and KauNET Evaluation2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Quality of Service is major factor for a successful business in modern and future network services. A minimum level of services is assured indulging quality of Experience for modern real time communication introducing user satisfaction with perceived service quality. Traffic engineering can be applied to provide better services to maintain or enhance user satisfaction through reactive and preventive traffic control mechanisms. Preventive traffic control can be more effective to manage the network resources through admission control, scheduling, policing and traffic shaping mechanisms maintaining a minimum level before it get worse and affect user perception. Accuracy, dynamicity, uniformity and reproducibility are objectives of vast research in network traffic. Real time tests, simulation and network emulation are applied to test uniformity, accuracy, reproducibility and dynamicity. Network Emulation is performed over experimental network to test real time application, protocol and traffic parameters. DummyNet is a network emulator and traffic shaper which allows nondeterministic placement of packet losses, delays and bandwidth changes. KauNet shaper is a network emulator which creates traffic patterns and applies these patterns for exact deterministic placement of bit-errors, packet losses, delay changes and bandwidth changes. An evaluation of KauNet with different patterns for packet losses, delay changes and bandwidth changes on emulated environment is part of this work. The main motivation for this work is to check the possibility to delay and drop the packets of a transfer/session in the same way as it has happened before (during the observation period). This goal is achieved to some extent using KauNet but some issues with pattern repetitions are still needed to be solved to get better results. The idea of history and trace-based traffic shaping using KauNet is given to make this possibility a reality.

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