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Innab N.,University of New England of Australia | Kayed A.,Fahad Bin Sultan University | Sajeev A.S.M.,University of New England of Australia
Proceedings of 2012 IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology, ICIST 2012 | Year: 2012

Ontology provides means to describe concepts effectively. It has become an increasingly useful tool in understanding concepts in various fields of Information Systems and Technology. The aim of this paper is to build and evaluate an ontology that standardizes concepts and semantics of requirements modelling notations, in order to provide a common understanding of those concepts among software engineers. This ontology will lead to easy learning of modelling diagram concepts for new system developers. It will also allow software engineers to move from one modelling notation to another easily. © 2012 IEEE.

Yasseen Z.,French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation | Verroust-Blondet A.,French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation | Nasri A.,Fahad Bin Sultan University
Pattern Recognition | Year: 2016

One of the main challenges in shape matching is overcoming intra-class variation where objects that are conceptually similar have significant geometric dissimilarity. The key to a solution around this problem is incorporating the structure of the object in the shape descriptor which can be described by a connectivity graph customarily extracted from its skeleton. In a slightly different perspective, the structure may also be viewed as the arrangement of protruding parts along its boundary. This arrangement does not only convey the protruding part's ordering along the anti clockwise direction, but also these parts on different levels of detail. In this paper, we propose a shape matching method that estimates the distance between two objects by conducting a part-to-part matching analysis between their visual protruding parts. We start by a skeleton-based segmentation of the shape inspired by the Chordal Axis Transform. Then, we extract the segments that represent the protruding parts in its silhouette on varied levels of detail. Each one of these parts is described by a feature vector. A shape is thus described by the feature vectors of its parts in addition to their angular and linear proximities to each other. Using dynamic programming, our algorithm finds a minimal cost correspondence between parts. Our experimental evaluations validate the proposition that part correspondence allows conceptual matching of precisely dissimilar shapes. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

Kayed A.,Fahad Bin Sultan University | El-Qawasmeh E.,King Saud University | Qawaqneh Z.,Jordan University of Science and Technology
Information and Management | Year: 2010

Many web search engines retrieve enormous amounts of irrelevant information in answer to users' queries. The semantic web provides a promising approach to improve search operation. For specific domains, ontologies can capture concepts to help machines deal with data semantically. Our aim in writing this paper was to show how to measure the closeness (relevancy) of retrieved web sites to user query-concepts and re-rank them accordingly. We therefore proposed a new relevancy measure to re-rank retrieved documents. We termed the approach "ontology concepts" and it on the domain of electronic commerce. Results suggested that we could re-rank the retrieved documents (web sites) according to their relevancy to the search query. Our method depends on the frequency of the "ontology concepts" in the retrieved documents and uses this to compute their relevancy. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All righs reserved.

Gourtsoyannis E.,Fahad Bin Sultan University
Advances in Space Research | Year: 2010

The ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera Mechanism has been analyzed using geometrical, calculus, trigonometric and complex variable methods. This analysis demonstrates that the Mechanism modeled the variations in the Moon's angular velocity as seen from the Earth, to better than 1 part in 200. A major implication of this analysis is that the Antikythera Mechanism of the 2nd century BCE modeled the anomalistic motion of the Moon more accurately than Ptolemy's account of Hipparchus's theory of the 2nd century CE. In the present work, mathematics, astronomy, history and methodology of the sciences combine in the study of a unique artifact, preserved for posterity in an ancient ship that sank in the Mediterranean 2100 years ago and recovered by Greek sponge divers at the dawn of the 20th century. © 2010 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Haydar M.,Fahad Bin Sultan University | Haydar M.,University of Montreal | Sahraoui H.,University of Montreal
Information and Software Technology | Year: 2013

Context: In the past decade, the World Wide Web has been subject to rapid changes. Web sites have evolved from static information pages to dynamic and service-oriented applications that are used for a broad range of activities on a daily basis. For this reason, thorough analysis and verification of Web Applications help assure the deployment of high quality applications. Objectives: In this paper, an approach is presented to the formal verification and validation of existing web applications. The approach consists of using execution traces of a web application to automatically generate a communicating automata model. The obtained model is used to model checking the application against predefined properties, to perform regression testing, and for documentation. Methods: Traces used in the proposed approach are collected by monitoring a web application while it is explored by a user or a program. An automata-based model is derived from the collected traces by mapping the pages of the application under test into states and the links and forms used to browse the application into transitions between the states. Properties, meanwhile, express correctness and quality requirements on web applications and might concern all states of the model; in many cases, these properties concern only a proper subset of the states, in which case the model is refined to designate the subset of the global states of interest. A related problem of property specification in Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) over only a subset of states of a system is solved by means of specialized operators that facilitate specifying properties over propositional scopes in a concise and intuitive way. Each scope constitutes a subset of states that satisfy a propositional logic formula. Results: An implementation of the verification approach that uses the model checker Spin is presented where an integrated toolset is developed and empirical results are shown. Also, Linear Temporal Logic is extended with propositional scopes. Conclusion: a formal approach is developed to build a finite automata model tuned to features of web applications that have to be validated, while delegating the task of property verification to an existing model checker. Also, the problem of property specification in LTL over a subset of the states of a given system is addressed, and a generic and practical solution is proposed which does not require any changes in the system model by defining specialized operators in LTL using scopes. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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