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Mzumbe University is a public university in Morogoro, Tanzania. It was established in 2001. Wikipedia.

Afsarmanesh H.,University of Amsterdam | Camarinha-Matos L.M.,New University of Lisbon | Msanjila S.S.,Mzumbe University
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C: Applications and Reviews | Year: 2011

Both research and practice have shown that preexistence of long-term associations/clusters of active and competitive organizations, the so-called virtual organizations breeding environments (VBEs), can greatly enhance dynamic creation of virtual organizations (VOs). During the past decade, a number of VBEs are formed worldwide, mostly among organizations located in a common region that, in principle, have common business culture and other similarities, and primarily focus on static lines of activities. The second-generation VBEs addressed in this paper; however, aim to focus on associations/clusters that are not bound to geographical regions or static lines of activities, and wish to act as well recognized and competitive entities in the society/market, facilitating time/cost effective and fluid configuration, and establishment of dynamic VOs. The proposed VBEs apply supporting information and communication technology infrastructures, tools, and services that provide common grounds for the interaction and cooperation among their member organizations. Furthermore, these multiregional VBEs assist with the needed evolution of VOs, introducing new approaches and mechanisms to build trust, define the needed collaboration business culture, and establish the common value systems and working/sharing principles among their independent organizations, among others. The paper introduces a number of models, methodologies, and tools that are designed and developed supporting both the management as well as successful operation of the second-generation VBEs. © 2010 IEEE.

Maguya A.S.,Lappeenranta University of Technology | Maguya A.S.,Mzumbe University | Junttila V.,Lappeenranta University of Technology | Kauranne T.,Lappeenranta University of Technology
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing | Year: 2013

Light Detection and Ranging (li. dar) has become a valuable tool in forest inventory because it yields accurate measurements of tree heights. However, tree height can be accurate only if the height of the ground, i. e., the Digital Terrain Model (dtm) is first accurately established.Although great advances have been made in li. dar technology over the past decade, filtering li. dar data for Digital Terrain Model (dtm) interpolation is still a challenge, especially in steep and complex terrain with forest cover. Several algorithms proposed in the literature address this challenge but their performance deteriorates with the decreasing point density caused by the presence of forest cover and steep slopes. In this paper, we propose a new adaptive algorithm for dtm interpolation from li. dar data in steep terrain with forest cover. The algorithm partitions the input data and estimates a section of the dtm by fitting a linear or quadratic trend surface, or uses cubic spline interpolation depending on the complexity of the section of terrain. The performance of the algorithm is tested in three ways: by visual assessment, by comparison of the tree-height estimates produced using the generated dtm with those obtained using field survey, and by use of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (isprs) test data. Test results show that the algorithm can cope well with steep slopes and low li. dar point densities, giving a more accurate estimate of average tree height compared to conventional algorithms. The algorithm can be used for dtm extraction in large scale forest inventory projects in challenging environments-complex terrain and low li. dar point densities. © 2013 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Inc. (ISPRS).

Msanjila S.S.,Mzumbe University
International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies | Year: 2013

Trust is not a single concept that can uniformly be applied to all cases for trust-based decision-making and its measurement depends on actors' perception and thus can never be measured with the single criterion. Developing fact-based mechanisms for assessing the level of trust in organisations is amenable to large collaborative networks, in which some members do not know each other. This article presents a conceptual model in terms of mathematical equations for supporting trust analysis in organisations. The model, and thus its related mechanisms for assessing the level of trust in an organisation comprise trust criteria, known factors and intermediate factors. The paper also presents a model for assessing trustworthiness of organisations based on mathematical equations formulated applying systems engineering and system thinking concepts. It concludes by presenting the implementation and functionalities of a trust management system. Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Afsarmanesh H.,University of Amsterdam | Msanjila S.S.,Mzumbe University | Camarinha-Matos L.M.,New University of Lisbon
Information Systems Frontiers | Year: 2012

The ePAL initiative aimed at developing a roadmap for extension of professional active life of the retiring and retired knowledge workers in developed countries and specifically in Europe. Three main perspectives are identified in this roadmap, and defined to comprehensively address relevant dimensions of the ePAL environment. These three perspectives consist of: (1) the technological perspective that addresses the needed technology and the support services, (2) the societal perspective that addresses both the human factors and the societal aspects, and (3) the organizational perspective that addresses both the economic / managerial and governmental aspects of these environments. This document however aims to zoom in on the technological perspective of the roadmap. Following a brief description of the three main perspectives of the ePAL environment, it introduces the four main ICT research and development areas that are identified for strengthening and realization of active ageing. The technological perspective of the ePAL's vision constitutes a substantial part of the roadmap recommendations. © The Author(s) 2011.

Msanjila S.S.,Mzumbe University | Afsarmanesh H.,University of Amsterdam
Production Planning and Control | Year: 2011

The market is continuously evolving to match the pace of business transactions conducted in today's technically connected and digitalised world. Organisations need to be properly prepared to either individually or in collaboration with others match the market evolution, which is characterised by: the increasing intensity of competition on acquisition of opportunities, the demand for the large amount of resources and large number of different competencies, and the continuous increase scarcity of resources, among others. Collaborative networks of organisations have therefore manifested in the market addressing these challenges. Establishing fruitful collaboration is challenging and therefore a proper approach to mediate collaboration among organisations is needed to support resolving the emerging disputes during their interactions. Creating trust among organisations is a base requirement for them to quickly join their efforts in the dynamic formation of a goal-oriented collaborative network, in order to respond to market opportunities, and thus committing themselves to the established collaboration. But trust between two organisations dynamically evolves over time. This article addresses the aspects of modelling of evolution of trustworthiness of organisations as a way to raise the understanding of trust concept and applying these concepts to enhance and mediate collaboration among organisations. It also addresses the aspects related to different forms of trust models in organisations as well as characterisation of the life cycle of trust in organisations. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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