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Bengtsson L.,Karolinska Institutet | Gaudart J.,Aix - Marseille University | Lu X.,Karolinska Institutet | Lu X.,Defence College of Management and Technology | And 6 more authors.
Scientific Reports

Effective response to infectious disease epidemics requires focused control measures in areas predicted to be at high risk of new outbreaks. We aimed to test whether mobile operator data could predict the early spatial evolution of the 2010 Haiti cholera epidemic. Daily case data were analysed for 78 study areas from October 16 to December 16, 2010. Movements of 2.9 million anonymous mobile phone SIM cards were used to create a national mobility network. Two gravity models of population mobility were implemented for comparison. Both were optimized based on the complete retrospective epidemic data, available only after the end of the epidemic spread. Risk of an area experiencing an outbreak within seven days showed strong dose-response relationship with the mobile phone-based infectious pressure estimates. The mobile phone-based model performed better (AUC 0.79) than the retrospectively optimized gravity models (AUC 0.66 and 0.74, respectively). Infectious pressure at outbreak onset was significantly correlated with reported cholera cases during the first ten days of the epidemic (p < 0.05). Mobile operator data is a highly promising data source for improving preparedness and response efforts during cholera outbreaks. Findings may be particularly important for containment efforts of emerging infectious diseases, including high-mortality influenza strains. © 2015, Nature Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Source

Tan S.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Xia Q.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Basu A.,University of Alberta | Lou J.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Zhang M.,Defence College of Management and Technology
Journal of Modern Optics

We propose a new spatial mapping method for hybrid vision systems consisting of an omnidirectional camera and an active perspective camera. We calculate the relative position between the optical centers of the two cameras based on pre-acquisition parameters of two sample points from the observed scene, avoiding the difficulty and error in direct measurement, and at the same time using fewer points. We derive the formula of the relative position between the omnidirectional cameras optical center and the active cameras optical center from the distance between two points, and give a method for calculating the corresponding pan and tilt angles of the active camera from the coordinates in the omnidirectional image. Simulation and real experiments show that the two-point spatial mapping method has higher estimation accuracy than the homography calibration method, and at the same time has higher consistency among test points. © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

Maphanga R.R.,University of Limpopo | Sayle D.C.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Sayle T.X.T.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Ngoepe P.E.,University of Limpopo
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Various polymorphs of MnO2 are widely used as electrode materials in Li/MnO2 batteries. Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) is the most electrochemically active form of MnO2 and is very difficult to characterize. Their structural details are still largely unknown owing to the poor quality of X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns obtained from most MnO2 samples. Simulated amorphisation and crystallization technique was used to derive microstructural models for Li-MnO2 which included most microstructural details that one would expect to find in the real material. Specifically, pyrolusite-MnO2, comprising about 25000 atoms, was amorphised (strain-induced) under molecular dynamics (MD) and different concentrations of lithium ions were inserted. Each system was then crystallized under MD simulation. The resulting models conformed to the pyrolusite polymorph, with microstructural features including: extensive micro-twinning and more general grain-boundaries, stacking faults, dislocations and isolated point defects and defect clusters. Molecular graphical images, showing the atom positions for the microstructural features together with simulated XRD patterns they give rise to, are presented and compared with measured XRD. The calculated XRD are in accord with experiment thus validating the structural models. © 2011 the Owner Societies. Source

He T.,Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit | He T.,Imperial College London | Zhang J.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Carpenter J.-P.,Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Purpose: To propose an automated truncation method for myocardial T2* measurement and evaluate this method on a large population of patients with iron loading in the heart and scanned at multiple magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers. Materials and Methods: A total of 550 thalassemia patients were scanned at 20 international centers using a variety of MR scanners (Siemens, Philips, or GE). A single mid-ventricular short axis slice was imaged. All patient data were anonymized before the T2* were measured by expert observers using standard techniques. These same datasets were then retrospectively processed using the proposed automated truncation method by another independent observer and the resulting T2* measurements were compared with those of expert readings. Results: The T2* measurements using the automated method showed good agreement with those measured by expert observers using standard techniques (P = 0.95) with a low coefficient of variation (1.6%). Conclusion: This study demonstrates feasibility and good reproducibility of a new automated truncation method for myocardial T2* measurement. This approach simplifies the overall analysis and can be easily incorporated into T2* analysis software to facilitate further development of a fully automated myocardial tissue iron quantification. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Speight L.R.,Defence College of Management and Technology | Rowland D.,Defence College of Management and Technology
Military Operations Research

This paper marks the completion of a process that started with the construction of a model of the approach phase of an infantry assault, based on the evidence of peacetime trials. In the next phaseitmovedontoinclude the behavioural effects induced by the combat environment, as established by historical analysis. In this final phase a representation of group morale is added, and the simulation is extended in order to cover the final assault and the chances of attack success. The paper first gives an account of the few available formal studies of these last two topics. It then moves on to review some of the most important features that can be noted in the very many anecdotal accounts of combat that have been published. A description is then provided of the several components of the developed model. Itis shown that key outputs from this modelarewellinlinewiththecorresponding quantified results of historical analysis. Illustrations are given of some of these outputs, and simple equations are provided that will produce predictions of such criteria as casualties, or chances of attack success, as functions of opposing numbers, terrain or force effectiveness. The paper concludes with a discussion of some wider implications that follow from this paper, including the difficulties of extrapolating from one military culture to another. Source

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