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Case D.M.,Northwest Missouri State University | Stylios C.D.,Knowledge Computing
2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, SSCI 2016 | Year: 2016

The power market is becoming more complex as independent small producers are entering it but their energy offerings are often based on alternative sources which may be dependent on transient weather conditions. Power market auction behavior is a typical large-scale system characterized by huge amounts of data and information that have to be taken into consideration to make decisions. Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) offer a method for using the knowledge and experience of domain experts to describe the behavior of a complex system. This paper discusses FCM representation and development, and describes the use of FCM to develop a behavioral model of the system. This paper then presents the soft computing approach of FCM for modeling complex power market behavior. The resulting FCM models a variety of factors that affect individual participant behaviors during power auctions and provides an abstract conceptual model of the interacting entities for a specific case problem. © 2016 IEEE.

Case D.M.,Northwest Missouri State University | Stylios C.D.,Knowledge Computing
Annual Conference of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society - NAFIPS | Year: 2017

Project management is a complex process impacted by numerous factors either from the external environment and/or internal factors completely or partially under the project manager's control. Managing projects successfully involves a complex amalgamation of comprehensive, informed planning, dynamic assessment and analysis of changes in external and internal factors, and the development and communication of updated strategies over the life of the project. Project management involves the interaction and analysis of many systems and requires the continuous integration and evaluation of large amounts of information. Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) allow us to encode project management knowledge and experiential results to create a useful model of the interacting systems. This paper covers the representation and development of a construction project management FCM that provides an integrated view of the most important concepts affecting construction project management and risk management. This paper then presents the soft computing approach of FCM to project management (PM) modeling and analysis. The resulting PM-FCM models the interaction of internal and external factors and offers an abstract conceptual model of interacting concepts for construction project management application. © 2016 IEEE.

Georgoulas G.,Knowledge Computing | Tsoumas I.P.,Siemens AG | Antonino-Daviu J.A.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | Climente-Alarcon V.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | And 3 more authors.
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics | Year: 2014

This paper presents an advanced signal processing method applied to the diagnosis of rotor asymmetries in asynchronous machines. The approach is based on the application of complex empirical mode decomposition to the measured start-up current and on the subsequent extraction of a specific complex intrinsic mode function. Unlike other approaches, the method includes a pattern recognition stage that makes possible the automatic identification of the signature caused by the fault. This automatic detection is achieved by using a reliable methodology based on hidden Markov models. Both experimental data and a hybrid simulation-experimental approach demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology. © 1982-2012 IEEE.

Xu H.,Knowledge Computing | Guo S.,Knowledge Computing | Chen K.,Knowledge Computing
IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering | Year: 2014

With the wide deployment of public cloud computing infrastructures, using clouds to host data query services has become an appealing solution for the advantages on scalability and cost-saving. However, some data might be sensitive that the data owner does not want to move to the cloud unless the data confidentiality and query privacy are guaranteed. On the other hand, a secured query service should still provide efficient query processing and significantly reduce the in-house workload to fully realize the benefits of cloud computing. We propose the random space perturbation (RASP) data perturbation method to provide secure and efficient range query and kNN query services for protected data in the cloud. The RASP data perturbation method combines order preserving encryption, dimensionality expansion, random noise injection, and random projection, to provide strong resilience to attacks on the perturbed data and queries. It also preserves multidimensional ranges, which allows existing indexing techniques to be applied to speedup range query processing. The kNN-R algorithm is designed to work with the RASP range query algorithm to process the kNN queries. We have carefully analyzed the attacks on data and queries under a precisely defined threat model and realistic security assumptions. Extensive experiments have been conducted to show the advantages of this approach on efficiency and security. © 1989-2012 IEEE.

Stylios C.D.,Knowledge Computing | Georgoulas G.,Knowledge Computing
IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering | Year: 2011

Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) is an abstract soft computing modeling methodology that has been applied in many areas quite successfully. In this paper we discuss its modeling applicability to complex logistics systems involved in an intermodal container terminal and the way it could represent and handle the vast amount of information by an abstract point of view based on a decentralized approach, where the supervisor of the system is modeled as an FCM. We also investigate its applicability as a metamodel of the intermodal terminal in a simulation-optimization framework. Experts have a key role in developing the FCM as they describe a general operational and behavioral model of the system using concepts for the main aspects of the system, and weighted directed edges to represent causality. On the other hand, when data is available, data driven approaches have also been proposed for the development of FCM models. The FCM representation and implementation is discussed to develop a behavioral model of any complex system mainly based on a hierarchical structure, as well as its use as a metamodel of the system. © 2011 IEEE.

Kolios S.,Knowledge Computing | Stylios C.D.,Knowledge Computing
Applied Geography | Year: 2013

This study investigates the Land Use & Land Cover (LULC) changes in a coastal area of the southwest part of Epirus region, called Preveza, situated in North-western Greece. Remote sensing imagery coming from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) sensor on board at the Landsat 7 satellite platform is used for this purpose. More specifically, we identified LULC changes in this environmentally sensitive coastal area, using Landsat image scenes for the dates of June 19th, 2000 and July 22nd, 2009. During this period, there was an increasing tourist activity and a high growth in the construction sector of the study area. The land-use changes were identified, examining several vegetation indices and band combinations, along with the implementation of different well-known classification techniques. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and the Brightness Index (BI) have proved to be the most suitable indices to successfully identify discrete land surface classes for this study area. Regarding the classifiers, a series of traditional and modern algorithms were tested. The Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and the Support Vector Machines (SVMs) gave improved results in comparison to other more traditional classification techniques. The best overall accuracy for the study area was achieved with the SVM classifier and reached 96.25% and 97.15% on the dates of June 19th, 2000 and July 22nd, 2009 respectively. The classification results depicted notable urbanization, small deforestation and important LULC changes in the agriculture sector, indicating a rapid coastal environment change in the region of interest. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Kolios S.,Knowledge Computing | Georgoulas G.,Knowledge Computing | Stylios C.,Knowledge Computing
International Journal of Remote Sensing | Year: 2013

This study presents the successful application of artificial neural networks (ANNs) for downscaling Meteosat Second Generation thermal infrared satellite imagery. The scope is to examine, propose, and develop an integrated methodology to improve the spatial resolution of Meteosat satellite images. The proposed approach may contribute to the development of a general methodology for monitoring and downscaling Earth's surface characteristics and cloud systems, where there is a clear need for contiguous, accurate, and high-spatial resolution data sets (e.g. improvement of climate model input data sets, early warning systems about extreme weather phenomena, monitoring of parameters such as solar radiation fluxes, land-surface temperature, etc.). Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) images are used to validate the downscaled Meteosat images. In terms of the ANNs, a multilayer perceptron (MLP) is used and the results are shown to compare favourably against a linear regression approach. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis.

Stylios C.D.,Knowledge Computing | Georgopoulos V.C.,Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki
IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) | Year: 2011

Medical Decision Support Systems (MDSS) are very important constructions that are incorporated into Intelligent Information E-Health Systems aiming to produce warnings or to consult and suggest clinical judgments either to inexperienced medical professionals or in their lighter versions to the general public through medical advisors websites. Soft Computing (SC) techniques, especially those that are based on exploiting human knowledge and experience, are extremely useful to model complex decision making procedures and thus, they have a key role in development such MDSS. Such a modeling methodology is Fuzzy Cognitive Maps which is suitable to represent human reasoning and to infer conclusions and decisions in a human-like way. In order to develop an integrated stand alone MDSS, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps could be complemented by other Soft Computing techniques such as Genetic Algorithms and/or Case Based Reasoning and so to construct more efficient advanced Medical Decision Support Systems. The synergism and complementary of these methodologies may pave the way to new sophisticated systems. © 2011 IFAC.

Knowledge Computing | Date: 2011-05-27

Date-warehouse systems are populated using an enhanced Extraction-Load-Transform (ETL) process and system by employing three ideas: Out-of-order-fill ETL, relative-ordering index (ROI), and dependent queries. Out-of-order-fill ETL allows a data warehouse to accept the loading of data files in any order, and does not require the loading of any previous backup data files in order to provide some functionality to end users under the view that some functionality or data access is better than none at all. Dependent queries are processes that use defined data structures for use in constructing, extracting, and validating each record to be written in said data-warehouse system in order to ensure that referential integrity is maintained and that no orphaned data is pushed into the data warehouse. Finally, ROI is a process wherein a value is determined, based on the constraints of the source data, which indicates the relative newness of the data.

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