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Luo J.,Innovation Village | Wu Y.,University of Southampton
Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control | Year: 2015

Efficient scheduling of vehicles and allocating container storage locations are important in container terminal operations. This research investigates the integration of these two problems for the unloading process in an automated container terminal. The detailed schedule for each vehicle during the unloading process and the allocated storage location for each container are determined. A mixed-integer programming (MIP) is provided. A series of experiments are carried out: existing solver for small-sized problems and a genetic algorithm (GA) for large-sized problems. The solutions from GA are compared with the optimal solutions obtained from existing optimisation solver in small-sized problems. The results show that both the model and solution methods are efficient in solving the integrated optimisation problem. © 2015, Acta Press. All rights reserved.

Qureshi A.W.,Innovation Village | Apperly I.A.,University of Birmingham | Samson D.,University of Nottingham
Cognition | Year: 2010

Previous research suggests that perspective-taking and other " theory of mind" processes may be cognitively demanding for adult participants, and may be disrupted by concurrent performance of a secondary task. In the current study, a Level-1 visual perspective task was administered to 32 adults using a dual-task paradigm in which the secondary task tapped executive function. Results suggested that the secondary task did not affect the calculation of perspective, but did affect the selection of the relevant (Self or Other) perspective for a given trial. This is the first direct evidence of a cognitively efficient process for " theory of mind" in adults that operates independently of executive function. The contrast between this and previous findings points to a distinction between simple perspective-taking and the more complex and cognitively demanding abilities more typically examined in studies of " theory of mind" It is suggested that these findings may provide a parsimonious explanation of the success of infants on 'indirect' measures of perspective-taking that do not explicitly require selection of the relevant perspective. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Moubarak P.M.,Innovation Village
IET Control Theory and Applications | Year: 2015

The new algorithm presented in this study, called TRAC (trust-region reflective adaptive controller), performs online adaptive control of time-varying linear or linearisable systems subject to parametric disturbances. The process of accomplishing such adaptive control consists of feeding the measured output signal back to TRAC-which occupies the outer loop of a control scheme-as well as the reference signal. Knowing the order of the closed-loop system in the inner loop, a parametric model of the time-varying output is derived as a function of the system's variables, such as damping and natural frequencies. Using trust-region optimisation, these parameters are estimated in real-time by recursively fitting the actual output into the parametric model. This allows for the location of the actual poles to be estimated in the s-domain after the poles have been shifted by the disturbance. Accordingly, the gains are re-tuned in order to return the actual poles to their desired location and absorb the disturbance. The primary advantage of TRAC relative to the state-of-the-art is its computational simplicity which is owed to search space restriction and heuristic approximations with trust-region search. A video of a sample application describing real-time TRAC-based control can be found on the IET's Digital Library. © The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2015.

Neiner D.,Innovation Village | Sevryugina Y.V.,Texas Christian University | Schubert D.M.,Innovation Village
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2016

The compound known since the 19th century as ammonium octaborate was structurally characterized revealing the ammonium salt of the ribbon isomer of the heptaborate anion, [B7O9(OH)5]2-, with boric acid and water molecules. Of composition (NH4)2B7.75O12.63·4.88H2O, it approximates the classical ammonium octaborate composition (NH4)2B8O13·6H2O and has the structural formula {(NH4)2[B7O9(OH)5]}4·3B(OH)3·5H2O. It spontaneously forms at room temperature in solid-state mixtures of ammonium tetraborate and ammonium pentaborate. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with a = 11.4137(2) Å, b = 11.8877(2) Å, c = 23.4459(3) Å, β = 90.092(1)°, V = 3181.19(8) Å3, and Z = 2 and contains well-ordered ammonium cations and [B7O9(OH)5]2- anions and disordered B(OH)3 and H2O molecules linked by extensive H bonding. Expeditious solid-state formation of the heptaborate anion under ambient conditions has important implications for development of practical syntheses of industrially useful borates. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

Berkeley N.,Innovation Village | Jarvis D.,Innovation Village | Begley J.,Innovation Village
International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management | Year: 2012

Whilst traditional automotive manufacturing regions continue to face tremendous competitive pressures new opportunities are emerging with strong governmental support to encourage the manufacture and adoption of low carbon vehicles (LCVs). This paper examines such opportunities in the West Midlands region of the UK, where the automotive 'cluster' remains one of the largest in the country and where failure to adapt to changing markets could prove economically and socially damaging. It suggests that the region should build on its strengths at the upper end of the technology spectrum and establish itself as a leader in the area of LCV technologies. In doing so, it is recognised that a coordinated and holistic approach is required, involving multiple layers of government, backed up by a strong and supportive policy framework. As such, the abolition of regional government in England presents a serious challenge. Whether new local delivery structures can fill the void given the centralisation of power, policy and funding for economic development remains to be seen and casts doubt on the extent to which potential opportunities and benefits presented by low carbon vehicles are fully realised. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Davies I.,Innovation Village | Haas O.L.C.,Innovation Village
2015 European Control Conference, ECC 2015 | Year: 2015

The paper presents new results for the robust guaranteed cost control problem for a nonlinear neutral system having infinite delay with a given quadratic cost function. A delay dependent stability criterion, based on a model transformation technique, is proposed. A state feedback control law is then designed using the Razumikhin stability approach and the Lyapunov matrix equation to ensure not only the closed-loop systems robust stability but guarantee that the closed-loop cost function value remains within a specified bound. The problem of designing the optimal guaranteed cost controller is also given in terms of inequalities. An example illustrates the theoretical results. © 2015 EUCA.

Tidewater Sandals Llc and Innovation Village | Date: 2010-02-02

Footwear. Retail store and on-line retail store services featuring footwear.

Malcolm J.A.,Innovation Village
British Journal of Politics and International Relations | Year: 2016

• Illustrates the way in which the pursuit of a 'war on terror' in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States of America on 11 September 2001 framed a policy environment that securitised UK ports. • Provides a detailed elaboration of counter-terrorism practice in UK ports in the context of responses to international terrorism, laying out a typology that others interested in port security can work from. • Highlights the spatial dimension to the securitisation of UK ports alongside its temporal dimension, noting the pursuit, particularly by the British state and port owners, for greater knowledge about, and through this control over, activities associated with UK ports. • Contributes towards efforts to more clearly map and conceptualise maritime security by illustrating the way in which security practice within the shore component of the maritime domain-ports-was justified and practices institutionalised. This article lays out a typology of counter-terrorism practice in the UK ports in the context of responses to international terrorism, providing a mechanism to examine port security. Focusing on developments in the years after the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code came into force on 1 July 2004, the article first lays out the policy environment in which counter-terrorism practice was implemented, arguing that the securitisation of UK ports was framed by the pursuit of the 'war on terror'. With this complete, the article moves to elaborate the typology, examining 'legislation and regulations', 'institutional developments and infrastructure changes' alongside 'working practices' implemented. The article concludes by utilising the typology to argue that the counter-terrorism security response relating to UK ports in this context was constantly evolving, layered and increasingly expansive in scope, highlighting a spatial dimension to the securitisation of UK ports. © The Author(s) 2016.

News Article | June 2, 2015

Idemudia Dima-Okojie, WeChat Country Manager (Nigeria) believes that a mobile strategy for companies and brands is more than just sending SMS or publishing posts on social media. He told Innovation Village the need for a mobile strategy becomes imperative due to the fact that most services out there are not designed for mobile, and with more people getting smartphones. “Your customer or audience should be able to transact with, consume your mobile focused content or service directly on their smartphone,” he said. He announced the company is reaching out to young developers and entrepreneurs who may have unique services and would like to get these to the market. “Already plans are in the works for a set of events to give people the opportunity to pitch their services/ideas, which we’ll eventually support to make them a reality,” he said.

ACI, an NGO that focuses on exposing young people below 30 to technology, is raising $150,000 on Indiegogo to enable it train 10,000 Nigerian kids between ages 10 and 14 in robotics. The group aims to 50 students across 200 secondary schools across six Nigerian cities including Lagos, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure, Ile-Ife and Abeokuta. Aside secondary school students, ACI will also be training 80 girls at the Women’s Technology Empowerment Center (W-TEC), 50 kids at Kids and Teens Resource Center, Akure, and 100 kids at two orphanages in Lagos. On the Indiegogo campaign page, ACI said the fund will cover full Lego robotic kits; one set to six students, transportation and lunch allowance for the the 800 volunteer instructors and also branding and logistics. The project lead, Olaoluwa Balogun told Innovation Village, that the groups wants “to expose our young students to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on LEGO-based robotics projects. We want Nigerian kids to begin to think creatively and innovate like their international counterparts. ACI said it would establish robotics club in each of the schools and make the schools compete on a regular basis. The first inter-school robotics competition will hold in December 2015. The robotics training program will kickoff in September 2015 through April 2016 with each school having a cumulative 12 hour lesson. You can view the campaign and fund the project here.

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