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Huang G.Q.,University of Hong Kong | Qu T.,University of Hong Kong | Qu T.,China University of Technology | Zhang Y.,University of Hong Kong | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Production Research | Year: 2012

Automotive part and accessory manufacturers (APAMs) at the lower tiers of automotive vertical supply chains have been responding to major initiatives taken by leading vehicle assemblers in adopting RFID (radio frequency identification) and ubiquitous computing technologies to alleviate their manufacturing systems. RFID-enabled real-time traceability and visibility facilitate and enhance the implementation of advanced strategies such as just-in-time (JIT) lean/responsive manufacturing and mass customisation (MC). This paper reports on findings gained from a series of industrial field and pilot studies conducted within collaborating companies. Being typically small and medium sized, APAMs are faced with business and technical challenges that are summarised by the so-called three high problems, namely high cost, high risk and high level of technical skills. This research takes a more cost-effective pragmatic approach to overcome the three high problems by sharing out the problems among APAMs while taking a longer-term, expensive and lengthy, approach to absolutely reduce the problems. The sharing approach requires the establishment of an innovative service-oriented framework, abbreviated AUTOPS, based on the Product Service Systems (PSS) business model. RFID hardware devices are innovated into gateways as hardcore products to formulate a PSS. RFID-enabled real-time services are deployed at a common platform across members of an APAMs alliance. AUTOPS facilities are shared by APAM alliance members to reduce the start-up investment costs, reduce the level of required specialist skills, speed up installation processes and streamline maintenance services, and improve the reliability of the RFID gateway services. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Xu F.,Contemporary University | Zhang S.,Contemporary University
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering | Year: 2013

In order to reduce the network communication cost of the discovery of distributed services and improve the search efficiency and recall performance, researchers put forward a distributed service discovery strategy based on semantic in P2P environment. Firstly, they constructed an ontology model to describe the types of services, and then located the starting point of the search process on the associated Peer node based on semantic service classification. Secondly, a double layer parallel service discovery method was put forward. In UDDI layer, they used the classic keyword matching to search services in UDDI center. In the semantic layer, researchers used the semantic query and reasoning on the service ontology model. Finally, the performance of the proposed method was verified by experiment. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


The main aim of this paper is to reconstruct different aspects of the history of ideas of suicide, from antiquity to late modernity, and contemplate their dialectical tension. Reflexive suicide prevention, drawing on the ancient wisdom that the art of living is inseparable from the art of dying, takes advantage, it is argued, of the contradictory nature of suicide, and hence embraces, rather than trying to overcome, death, pain, grief, fear, hopelessness and milder depressions. This approach might facilitate the transformation of inner shame to inter-personal guilt, which is the precondition for coping with losses through grieving that is shared with others. The traditional projection of suicide on the 'Other', reinforced by modernity's bio-political suppression of death, has inhibited development of good suicide prevention. Awareness of the ambiguity and ambivalence found in suicide may work as a resource when measures are taken to address as many causal mechanisms as possible, and bringing special emphasis to external factors. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Muller A.,Contemporary University
Kybernetes | Year: 2015

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to target the problem of awareness of the history of cybernetics as a field with different actors inside and outside cybernetics. It provides a short overview on research and literature during the last two decades and pleads for a multiplicity of historical views. Design/methodology/approach – Historical research, review of literature. Findings – While it can be found that there was a growing historical interest in cybernetics, this cannot be claimed for the history of the American Society of Cybernetics (ASC) as an organization and a productive network. One reason seems to be the lack of archival sources. The article provides a proposal to reconstruct such an archive for the history of the ASC. Originality/value – Stimulation of historical awareness for and in cybernetics. © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Gunnarsson Payne J.,Contemporary University | Korolczuk E.,University of Stockholm
Sociology of Health and Illness | Year: 2016

This article examines how discourses on assisted reproductive technologies are locally appropriated, translated or contested in the specific cultural and political contexts of Poland and Sweden. The aim is to investigate how two national patients' organisations, namely the Polish association Nasz Bocian and the Swedish organisation Barnlängtan, articulate rights claims in the context of reproductive technologies. To this end, we investigate how these organisations utilise specific context-dependent and affectively laden political vocabularies in order to mobilise politically, and discuss how each of these two groups gives rise to a different set of politicised reproductive identities. In order to trace which political vocabularies the respective organisations utilise to mobilise their respective rights claims, we draw primarily on political discourse theory and concepts of political grammars and empty signifiers. Lastly, we discuss which political reproductive identities emerge as a result of these different versions of political mobilisation around assisted reproductive technologies. © 2016 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness


Xu F.,Contemporary University | Zhang S.S.,Contemporary University
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2013

With the background of the Aviation repair service industry, based on the analysis of the disadvantages of the past information technology solutions used in aviation repair management system, combined with the product lifecycle management concept, an aviation repair system structure based on the semantic service oriented architecture was built, which includes resource layer, basic structure layer, implementation layer and application layer. Finally, we discussed business process collaboration between enterprises. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


Gondim F.D.A.A.,Federal University of Ceará | Griesbach S.H.,Contemporary University | Thomas F.P.,Contemporary University
Neurology | Year: 2015

Objective: To discuss the neuropsychiatric phenomena described in Cantigas de Santa Maria (Canticles of St. Mary [CSM]). Background: CSM is a collection of 427 canticles composed in Galician-Portuguese between 1252 and 1284 at the Court of King Alfonso X the Wise of Spain (1221-1284). The canticles (of which 9 are repeated) include devotional and liturgical poems and 353 narrative stories consisting mainly of depictions of Marian miracles. Most are set to music and many are illustrated. Methods: We reviewed the canticles for description of miracles and other neuropsychiatric phenomena. Two neurologists reached a consensus about the descriptions. Results: Of the 353 miracles, 279 medically relevant facts (from 187 canticles) and 25 instances of resurrection were reported. Possible neuropsychiatric conditions were described in 98 canticles. Physicians were mentioned in 16 narratives. The most common neurologic conditions detailed were blindness (n 17), dystonia, weakness, and deformities (n 20). Other common conditions included psychosis (n 15), speech disorder/deaf-mutism (n 12), infections (n 15), sexual dysfunction/infertility/obstetrical-gynecologic issues (n 18), head trauma (n 5), ergotism/St. Anthony's fire (n 7), and others. There were 9 instances of prodromic mystical experiences/hallucinations heralding death. Conclusions: While limited by retrospection and interpretation of neuropsychiatric phenomena in the medieval context, these short accounts are among the first descriptions of neuropsychiatric conditions in early Portuguese/Galician. They reflect how medieval societies used rational and irrational approaches to understand occurrences in their lives. © 2015 American Academy of Neurology.


Wershler D.,Contemporary University
Journal of Electronic Publishing | Year: 2011

Beginning from the formative influence of Marshall McLuhan on the discourses of communication studies and media studies, this essay argues for a re-examination of the importance of poetics to these discourses. This re-examination would consist of two projects: an historical assessment of McLuhan's own use of modernist avant-garde poetics (because of the deformations and transfigurations that McLuhan visits on poetic texts); and an investigation into the relevance that contemporary poetry and poetics holds for communication studies and media studies.


Vifell A.C.,Contemporary University | Soneryd L.,Stockholm Center for Organizational Research
Sustainable Development | Year: 2012

This paper explores the conditions for taking the social dimension into consideration when trying to aim for increased sustainability through activities organized in projects. Among the three commonly accepted pillars of sustainable development - economic, ecological and social - the social dimension is often the most vague and least explicit in practical attempts to shape sustainable development. The aim with this study is to explore the role of organizing in shaping the balance between the pillars. The two cases examined are projects explicitly related to sustainable development goals set by the national government or parliament and implemented by other actors. The cases concern two topics: food production and electromagnetic fields. On the basis of relevant organizational dimensions and case analyses, the paper shows how the organization of sustainability shapes the ways in which the projects articulate the social dimension. This leads to practical advice for organizing new projects in the future. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and ERP Environment.


Edelman N.,Contemporary University
Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience | Year: 2014

The many changes in the etiopathogenic theories of hysteria, developed from the end of the 18th century to the end of World War I, can only be understood by studying the social, political, economic, and cultural transformations of the Western world during the same period. These transformations, presented below along with concurrent medical discoveries, make it possible to explain the ongoing metamorphosis of both hysteria and the image of the hysteric patient. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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