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Lee D.-K.,KAIST | Lee J.-S.,KAIST | Han J.-H.,KAIST | Yoshiyuki K.,FIT
2010 World Automation Congress, WAC 2010 | Year: 2010

To construct the system matrix of a small flight vehicle model for pure plunging motion, the aerodynamic forces acting on the small flight vehicle model were measured using a Magnetic Suspension and Balance System (MSBS) for various angles of attack and elevator deflection angles. The MSBS, a kind of non-contact type balance installed onto the KAIST low speed wind tunnel, replaced the conventional mechanical balance system, so that the support interference effects in wind tunnel tests were eliminated. Furthermore, it enables us to easily control and change the position and the attitude of an object. The stability coefficients and the stability derivatives of a small flight vehicle model were obtained from the results of wind tunnel tests and the equation of motion of the small flight vehicle model was constructed in the state-space form, which is called the system matrix of the small flight vehicle model. © 2010 TSI Press.


Cowles J.M.,University of Minnesota | Wragg P.D.,University of Minnesota | Wright A.J.,FIT | Powers J.S.,University of Minnesota | And 2 more authors.
Global Change Biology | Year: 2016

Ecosystems worldwide are increasingly impacted by multiple drivers of environmental change, including climate warming and loss of biodiversity. We show, using a long-term factorial experiment, that plant diversity loss alters the effects of warming on productivity. Aboveground primary productivity was increased by both high plant diversity and warming, and, in concert, warming (≈1.5 °C average above and belowground warming over the growing season) and diversity caused a greater than additive increase in aboveground productivity. The aboveground warming effects increased over time, particularly at higher levels of diversity, perhaps because of warming-induced increases in legume and C4 bunch grass abundances, and facilitative feedbacks of these species on productivity. Moreover, higher plant diversity was associated with the amelioration of warming-induced environmental conditions. This led to cooler temperatures, decreased vapor pressure deficit, and increased surface soil moisture in higher diversity communities. Root biomass (0-30 cm) was likewise consistently greater at higher plant diversity and was greater with warming in monocultures and at intermediate diversity, but at high diversity warming had no detectable effect. This may be because warming increased the abundance of legumes, which have lower root : shoot ratios than the other types of plants. In addition, legumes increase soil nitrogen (N) supply, which could make N less limiting to other species and potentially decrease their investment in roots. The negative warming × diversity interaction on root mass led to an overall negative interactive effect of these two global change factors on the sum of above and belowground biomass, and thus likely on total plant carbon stores. In total, plant diversity increased the effect of warming on aboveground net productivity and moderated the effect on root mass. These divergent effects suggest that warming and changes in plant diversity are likely to have both interactive and divergent impacts on various aspects of ecosystem functioning. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


PubMed | University of Minnesota and FIT
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Global change biology | Year: 2016

Ecosystems worldwide are increasingly impacted by multiple drivers of environmental change, including climate warming and loss of biodiversity. We show, using a long-term factorial experiment, that plant diversity loss alters the effects of warming on productivity. Aboveground primary productivity was increased by both high plant diversity and warming, and, in concert, warming (1.5 C average above and belowground warming over the growing season) and diversity caused a greater than additive increase in aboveground productivity. The aboveground warming effects increased over time, particularly at higher levels of diversity, perhaps because of warming-induced increases in legume and C4 bunch grass abundances, and facilitative feedbacks of these species on productivity. Moreover, higher plant diversity was associated with the amelioration of warming-induced environmental conditions. This led to cooler temperatures, decreased vapor pressure deficit, and increased surface soil moisture in higher diversity communities. Root biomass (0-30 cm) was likewise consistently greater at higher plant diversity and was greater with warming in monocultures and at intermediate diversity, but at high diversity warming had no detectable effect. This may be because warming increased the abundance of legumes, which have lower root : shoot ratios than the other types of plants. In addition, legumes increase soil nitrogen (N) supply, which could make N less limiting to other species and potentially decrease their investment in roots. The negative warming diversity interaction on root mass led to an overall negative interactive effect of these two global change factors on the sum of above and belowground biomass, and thus likely on total plant carbon stores. In total, plant diversity increased the effect of warming on aboveground net productivity and moderated the effect on root mass. These divergent effects suggest that warming and changes in plant diversity are likely to have both interactive and divergent impacts on various aspects of ecosystem functioning.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Fit4D, a New York City-based health technology company, announced today that former Prudential Healthcare President, Sam Havens, and Susan Duffy, former McCann Healthcare President, have joined its Board of Strategic Advisors. Both Sam and Susan will advise Fit4D as it continues to deliver on its mission of empowering people with diabetes. Fit4D has demonstrated success in improving the health of people with diabetes through its technology-enabled services. The appointment of both Sam and Susan demonstrates Fit4D’s commitment to further accelerate its growth through its pharmaceutical, payer and provider distribution channels. “Sam has years of healthcare experience, beginning at Prudential and then leading and advising 15 payer and health IT companies,” said David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D. “We are excited to have him join the Fit4D team as we scale patient volumes within regional and national health plans. Susan’s experience delivering impactful solutions to pharmaceutical clients will support our continued innovation in diabetes and non-diabetes market segments. Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the reach of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs), allowing them to manage a patient population more than five times larger than traditional inpatient settings. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverage the proprietary technology platform to engage patients with a personalized plan that addresses the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include basic education about the condition, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psychosocial barriers and more. “I am honored to join the Fit4D Board of Advisors,” said Sam Havens, former Prudential Healthcare President and board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and TelaDoc. “I am tremendously excited to make an impact guiding the growth of the company as it continues to leverage its technology platform in the market.” “Fit4D is an innovative health IT company,” said Susan Duffy, former President of McCann Healthcare. “I’m thrilled to join the team and help expand their reach so they can help more people through their expert health coaching.” Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and Diabetes Research Institute.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Fit4D, a New York City-based health technology company, announced today that Jeff Becker, J.D., founding partner at Epstein Becker & Green, will join its Board of Directors. Fit4D has demonstrated success in improving the health of people with diabetes through its technology-enabled services. By appointing Mr. Becker to the board, Fit4D demonstrates its continued commitment to bring industry thought leaders into its team to further accelerate its growth through its pharmaceutical, payer and provider clients. Jeff Becker co-founded Epstein Becker & Green in 1973 and provides strategic advice and legal guidance to a wide range of health care organizations. Mr. Becker was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (1995 to 2017) and selected as one of the leading health care attorneys in New York by Chambers USA. “We are honored to have Jeff Becker join the Fit4D board,” said David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D. “Today’s healthcare landscape is complex and Jeff’s business and legal acumen is critical to successfully navigating this landscape while achieving our business and social mission." “I am tremendously excited to join the Fit4D team and support the company improving the health of people with diabetes. Fit4D’s technology-enabled services deliver innovation and measurable value to its clients and I look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” said Jeff Becker. Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the reach of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs), allowing them to manage a patient population more than five times larger than traditional inpatient settings. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverage the Fit4D technology platform to engage patients with a personalized plan that addresses the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include diabetes education, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psycho-social barriers and more. About Fit4D Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and the Diabetes Research Institute.


Hiyama M.,Fukuoka Institute of Technology | Ikeda M.,Seikei University | Barolli L.,FIT | Takizawa M.,Seikei University
Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing | Year: 2010

In this paper, we present the performance analysis of two link state routing protocols: OLSR and B.A.T.M.A.N.. We investigate the effect of mobility and topology changing in the throughput of a MANET testbed. We study the impact of best-effort traffic for two link state routing protocols. We also investigate the impact of multiflow traffic in the network. Experimental time is 10 s. In this work, we consider three experimental models and we assess the performance of our testbed in terms of throughput, round trip time and packet loss. From our experiments, we found that B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol has better goodput than OLSR protocol. However, for mobile nodes, OLSR protocol has better goodput than B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol. © Springer-Verlag 2010.


Oda T.,Fukuoka Institute of Technology | Barolli A.,Seikei University | Xhafa F.,University of Barcelona | Barolli L.,FIT | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing | Year: 2013

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) have become an important networking infrastructure for providing cost-efficient broadband wireless connectivity. WMNs are showing their applicability in deployment of medical, transport and surveillance applications in urban areas, metropolitan, neighboring communities and municipal area networks. In this paper, we deal with connectivity and coverage problem of WMN. Because these problems are known to be NP-Hard, we propose and implement a system based on Genetic Algorithms (GAs). We evaluate the performance of the proposed system by different scenarios using different metrics such as client distribution, crossover rate, mutation rate, coverage area and giant component. The simulation results show that for 32 × 32 and 64 × 64 grid area, Linear Ranking is good selection operator and offers the best network connectivity and user coverage. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Martinez G.,FIT | Val L.,FIT
Proceedings of the 2014 Latin American Computing Conference, CLEI 2014 | Year: 2014

This paper presents the development of a distributed computing framework based on standard web technologies. The workload is specified as Javascript code, split into pieces served via HTTP and executed by web workers inside the clients' web browser. Initially developed to run genetic algorithms in a parallel fashion, our implementation has been generalized into a system powerful enough to run any kind of computationally intensive work. It allows running a distributed algorithm in a huge number of different devices. There are no special software requirements since every modern platform with a powerful CPU and a network connection has at least one web browser available. The tests show tasks can be run in web browsers in a secure and efficient manner. We show the great portability and performance achieved using a simple test bed problem. © 2014 IEEE.


News Article | October 29, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Expanding its executive team by adding four new positions to its senior team, FIT4MOM - the world’s largest wellness company with programs exclusively and thoughtfully designed for moms - continues its impressive growth. Following months of consulting with the company and seeing strong advancements financially and culturally, Ash Robinson has been hired as chief executive officer. In a new position to the company, Whitney Benjamin has been hired as senior director of content and product, while Farel Bischoff Hruska has been promoted to global fitness director and Erin Rymsa has been promoted to vice president of franchise operations. Entering its 15th year in business, FIT4MOM’s chief founding mom Lisa Druxman realized it was time to evolve the business and her role. That in order for the company to reach its mission of serving one million moms, she needed a CEO and senior team who understood the market space of the modern mom, how to reach her and how to successfully scale the business. Druxman is evolving her role to focus on developing FIT4MOM’s expanding instructor and franchise teams, developing new product lines and direct to consumer verticals, and touring the company’s various locations throughout the country. “This company strives to be a leader for working mothers so we can create positive change in our society for all modern families,” said Druxman. “Thanks in huge part to Ash’s leadership and our new team, we have a work environment that is inclusive of motherhood and the talent we are able to attract, keep and engage is priceless as a result.” As CEO, Robinson brings a perfect blend of franchise business ownership and COO experience, having grown her own 50-unit franchise brand which was acquired by Kidville in 2009, where she was brought on to lead the company. While Robinson was COO for Kidville, Inc, she provided executive leadership of its franchise division, supporting the overall growth of the consumer brand, and inspired a culture of collaboration and results. The company was rooted in early childhood education and marketing to moms in the same stage of life as FIT4MOM clients. “I want to amplify FIT4MOM’s mission and Lisa’s vision,” said Robinson. “I want women who work here and invest here as franchisees to earn more with their hustle hours, yet do so with ease and grace. I want to own the conversation on mom's well being online and in our local communities. I want to preserve the organic goodness of this brand, while showing the world that FIT4MOM is the Hero of Motherhood, which is the real core of the brand our community of franchisees and instructors have created.” The talent at the helm of FIT4MOM is rounded out with newly named global fitness director Hruska, who has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and is one of the most accredited and experienced trainers in the prenatal and postnatal industry. She has been with FIT4MOM since the beginning, and leads the development and training of the company’s 3,000+ instructors. Also a veteran to the team, but in a new role, is VP of franchise operations Rymsa. She brings more than 15 years of experience in program development and training in the private and public sector and will oversee all franchisee initiatives from their onboarding to their ongoing success and training, while managing operations for the entire company. Benjamin, a wellness marketing industry veteran, has been hired to the new position of senior director of content and product, where she oversees all aspects of FIT4MOM’s product and service offerings, in addition to branding and marketing. Benjamin is helping to shape how the story of FIT4MOM is told and ensuring the company’s products and programs truly deliver on making mamas healthier and happier. To join the FIT4MOM village, visit http://www.fit4mom.com and learn more about the fitness programs offered, how to become an instructor or how to start a franchise. About FIT4MOM Founded in 2001, FIT4MOM is the world’s largest wellness company with programs exclusively and thoughtfully designed for moms. When mama joins the FIT4MOM village she truly learns to take care of herself through fitness and nutrition, often for the first time. She can mentally and physically prepare for motherhood in FIT4BABY, regain her fitness with her babe(s) by her side in Stroller Strides or Stroller Barre, or push herself through high intensity interval and nutrition training in Body Back. In more than 1,300 locations nationwide, FIT4MOM has built a real village of fitness professionals that nurture the total wellness of mothers. Equipping moms with the tools of self-care and connectedness, allowing her to find her own strength in motherhood, and evolve in the family and career of her choosing. With FIT4MOM women discover their greatest inner and physical strength, connect with like-minded mamas, and find a sisterhood in motherhood that is greatly lacking in today’s modern world. For more information visit http://www.fit4mom.com or become a fan at Facebook.com/CORPFIT4MOM.

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