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Shih Chien University is a private university in Taiwan. It has two campuses: one in Dazhi, Zhongshan District, Taipei and the other in Neimen District, Kaohsiung. Its professional performance and courses in design has been regarded in the '60 top D-schools in the world' by BusinessWeek in 2006. Its Master in Industrial Design program was selected into "the best 30 design programs" in the world by BusinessWeek in 2009. Wikipedia.


Lee Y.-H.,Chung Yuan Christian University | Chiou J.-S.,Shih Chien University
Energy | Year: 2011

We develop a two-step methodology to facilitate an examination of the impact of oil shocks on stock returns. Oil price volatility is monitored in this study through the use of a regime-switching model, with the presence of jumps subsequently being taken into consideration to examine the asymmetric effects of oil prices on stock returns. Our analysis provides quite conclusive results based upon the use of a regime-switching model with consideration of jumps; that is, when there are significant fluctuations in oil prices (West Texas Intermediate; WTI), the resultant unexpected asymmetric price changes lead to negative impacts on S&P 500 returns. However, the same result does not hold in a regime of lower oil price fluctuations. We therefore suggest that the achievement of a well diversified portfolio should involve the consideration of oil price shocks, which, as a consequence, should also help to improve the accuracy of hedging against oil price risks. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Hung S.-C.,Shih Chien University
Journal of the Electrochemical Society | Year: 2011

Large scale GaN nanorods arrays with a density of around 1.5 10 10 cm-2 vertically standing on an N-type GaN template were fabricated and subjected to deflection by using a conductive atomic force microscope CrPt tip. The largest value of piezoelectric current for a bended GaN nanorod 80 nm in diameter and 300 nm in length with an aspect ratio of 4 is -250 pA. The piezoelectric current decreased significantly when the aspect ratio is increased. However, no output current was observed for the nanorods with aspect ratio of 1. The fluctuating current is below 30 pA. The results agree well with the results of the noise level experiment. The influence of electrostatic potential, carrier density and conductivity of the etched nitrides nanorods have also been discussed. Furthermore, the full-width-at-half-maximum of the largest current peak was estimated to be 31.25 ms as the tip was scanned over a single nanorod at a scanning velocity of 500 nms. These accumulated electrons released from etched nanorods in a very short time interval can produce a significantly large electric current pulse indicating that the nanoscale mechanical energy conversion could possibly be realized to self-powering nanomaterial based wireless devices by using semiconductor processing technology. © 2011 The Electrochemical Society. Source


Huang H.-C.,Shih Chien University
Journal of Applied Gerontology | Year: 2012

The demand for senior housing in Taiwan is increasing with aging populations and rising life expectancies. However, the unique characteristics of the aging population provide challenges to the senior housing industry. This study proposes a model based on a modified theory of planned behavior to investigate the factors underlying older adults' intention to move into senior housing in Taiwan. A structural equation analysis showed that the model provided good predictive power. The underlying beliefs leading to the formation of attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control were also examined to provide a more comprehensive framework for studying the formation of seniors' intention. Implications and recommendations to help the senior housing industry develop appropriate strategies and encourage seniors to move into senior housing are also provided. © 2012 The Author(s). Source


Lin T.-K.,Shih Chien University
Advances in Mechanical Engineering | Year: 2014

This study proposes a new adaptive vision-based method combining discrete wavelet transform- (DWT-) based feature extraction and support vector machine (SVM) classification for automated inspection in manufacturing. This method involves transforming input optical images into a gray-level space and adaptively segmenting them by using region growing combined with DWT-based feature extraction based on support vector machines (SVMs). A multiclassifier SVM is first used to solve multicase problems in inspection. The SVM can be used to effectively classify samples based on the segmented images combined with the image features and perform superior multiclass classification. The proposed algorithm can select the most suitable features for the inspection from many features. The method achieves high-performance inspections and produces more favorable results than existing methods do. © 2014 Tsun-Kuo Lin. Source


Yu C.-S.,Shih Chien University
Journal of Electronic Commerce Research | Year: 2012

Fast advances in the wireless technology and the intensive penetration of cell phones have motivated banks to spend large budget on building mobile banking systems, but the adoption rate of mobile banking is still underused than expected. Therefore, research to enrich current knowledge about what affects individuals to use mobile banking is required. Consequently, this study employs the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) to investigate what impacts people to adopt mobile banking. Through sampling 441 respondents, this study empirically concluded that individual intention to adopt mobile banking was significantly influenced by social influence, perceived financial cost, performance expectancy, and perceived credibility, in their order of influencing strength. The behavior was considerably affected by individual intention and facilitating conditions. As for moderating effects of gender and age, this study discovered that gender significantly moderated the effects of performance expectancy and perceived financial cost on behavioral intention, and the age considerably moderated the effects of facilitating conditions and perceived self-efficacy on actual adoption behavior. Source

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