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Article

QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY

1. Introduction Quality assurance in microbiological diagnostics is the sum of all activities in a laboratory in order to guarantee the reliability of the obtained results. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined quality assurance as “the total process thanks to which the quality of laboratory results may be guaranteed.” This means the right result, at the right time, on the right and properly collected material, from the right patient, interpreted in accordance with the current

Ewa Młodzińska, Waleria Hryniewicz

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 205–211

Research Article

Measuring the quality impacts on the performance in transport company

The paper deals with the problem of service quality, quantification of the level of quality and evaluation of service quality in freight road transport companies. The impact of the transport service quality on the performance of road freight transport is necessary to quantify a level of service quality but also define and objectively evaluate the performance of road freight transport with the help of an appropriate set of performance indicators and methods. For examining relation and

Ivana ŠIMKOVÁ, Vladimír KONEČNÝ, Štefan LIŠČÁK, Ondrej STOPKA

Transport Problems , ISSUE 3, 113–124

Original Paper

RNA Quality Control Using External Standard RNA

In this paper, we propose a new evaluation method using external standard RNA for quality control of the extracted RNA. RNA Integrity Number and UV absorption are generally used as a basis for RNA quality control; however, these methods do not always reflect the quality of mRNA. While standard RNA is supposedly designed on the basis of mRNA, it has the potential to be used to evaluate the quality of the mRNA. In this study, we took into consideration the three essential factors, viz., yield of

TAKEMA HASEGAWA, JUNKO TAKAHASHI, HITOSHI IWAHASHI

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 3, 347–353

Article

REAL-TIME FORECASTING METHOD OF URBAN AIR QUALITY BASED ON OBSERVATION SITES AND THIESSEN POLYGONS

This paper proposes a real-time urban air quality forecasting method based on monitoring sites and Thiessen polygon. Firstly, the concentration of pollutants affecting air quality is obtained through the real-time observations of the monitoring sites deployed in wireless sensor network, according to which the air quality index (AQI) can be calculated and air quality levels and categories can be graded. Then, Thiessen polygons are constructed based on the monitoring sites and the air quality

Xuefeng Liu, Fenxiao Ye, Yuling Liu, Xiange Xie, Jingjing Fan

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 2065–2082

Article

PREDICTION OF SEWAGE QUALITY BASED ON FUSION OF BPNETWORKS

Sewage treatment system is a complicated nonlinear system with multi-variables, chemical reaction, biological process and altered loads, hard to describe mathematically. Thus prediction of the effluent quality parameters of sewage treatment plant has being a challenge. In this paper we adopt fusion of two BP networks to predict sewage quality parameters with a popular process Cyclic Activated Sludge System (CASS). We take use of SVM (support vector machine) to classify the input data into two

Lijuan Wang

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 909–926

Article

SHIFT IN METHODOLOGY AND POPULATION CENSUS QUALITY

The article refers to the shift in methods to conduct a population census: from a conventional enumeration through a sample survey and a mixed approach to administrative data, as a new standard in statistics. The paper compares two Polish censuses of 2002 and 2011. It is aimed at quality assessment in the case of both: the traditional method (2002 census) and the combined approach (2011 census). The quality of census data is discussed with essential aims and objectives to provide reliable

Elżbieta Gołata

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 4, 631–658

Research Article

Image Quality Testing: Selection of Images for Assessing Test Subject Input

Determining image quality is dependent to some degree on human interpretation.  Although entirely subjective methods of evaluating image quality may be adequate for consumer applications, they are not acceptable for security and safety applications where operator interpretation may lead to missing a threat or finding threats where they do not exist.  Therefore, methods must be developed to ensure that the imagery used in security and safety applications are of sufficient quality to

John Jendzurski, Nicholas G. Paulter, Francine Amon, Eddie Jacobs, Al Bovik, Todd Goodall

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–4

Research Article

The Relationship between Personality Disorders and Quality of Life in Adolescent Outpatients

During recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the benefits of the early detection and treatment of personality disorders in adolescents. Previous studies of adults have shown that the number of personality disorder criteria met is negatively correlated with a patient’s quality of life and general functioning.The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of personality disorders, particularly with regard to the correlation between the number of personality disorder

Hans Ole Korsgaard, Svenn Torgersen, Tore Wentzel-Larsen, Randi Ulberg

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 3, 180–189

Research Article

Perceived Service Quality of Youth Public Transport Passengers

This research aims to explore the dimension of perceived service quality of youth public transport passengers. This research is important due to the lack of research that focuses on perceived service quality of youth public transport passengers. This research employed quantitative research methodology. Survey was performed in order to gather research data. The respondents are 233 youth public transport passengers in Bogor and Tangerang, Indonesia. Exploratory factor analysis, validity analysis

Medi YARMEN, Sik SUMAEDI

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 99–111

Research Article

Finnish schoolchildren’s perceived health-related quality of life deteriorates remarkably with age

Background: Information on individuals’ functioning and disability is needed for numerous purposes in social and health care. Objective: The purpose of the study was to assess the perceived health-related quality of life of Finnish schoolchildren aged from 7 to 17 years. We were interested to ascertain if changes of health-related quality of life with age could be discovered. Method: The quality of life data (N = 4,776) were collected using Revidierter KINDer Lebensqualitä

Tarja Paakkonen, Heikki Paakkonen

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 4, 152–158

Research Article

QUALITY CRITERIA WHEN ASSESSING COMPETITIVENESS IN ROAD TRANSPORT SERVICES

Summary. The paper presents the criteria of quality that ensures competitiveness of transport services, marked indicators of quality road transport service applied smoothing factor of fluctuations in the demand for automobile transport services as well as selected characteristics of comprehensive quality in road transport services.

Mikhail KRASNYANSKIY, Nikolai PENSHIN

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 15–20

Article

QUALITY OF INSTITUTIONS AND TOTAL FACTOR PRODUCTIVITY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

The key challenge for mid- and long-term policy in the European Union countries is to use the potentials of knowledge-based economy (KBE), which is a condition for maintaining high total factor productivity in Europe. For this reason, the relationship between the quality of an institutional system and total factor productivity in the EU countries has been examined. The quality of the institutional system is defined here from the perspective of incentives that influence the use of the potential

Adam P. Balcerzak, Michał Bernard Pietrzak

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 497–514

Article

INDOOR ENVIRONMENT QUALITY EVALUATION IN DWELLINGS: A POLISH CASE STUDY

The indoor environment determines the occupants’ comfort and significantly affects the energy consumed for heating and ventilating the building premises. Therefore, the proper complex thermal diagnostics of existing buildings requires a fair assessment of indoor environment conditions. The method for measuring and assessing the quality of the thermal environment and the quality of the indoor air is demonstrated through the example of two single-family houses and one apartment in a multi-family

Jan KACZMARCZYK, Aleksandra LIPCZYŃSKA, Przemysław KATEUSZ

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 163–171

Article

A BLIND ASSESSMENT METHOD OF IMAGE COMPRESSION QUALITY BASED ON IMAGE VARIANCE

The assessment of image compression result can not only evaluate the quality of image compression results and to a certain extent, can also find the advantages and drawbacks of various compression methods. At the same time, it can provide a reference for the compressed image restoration. Firstly, the classification and shortages of image quality assessment methods are presented. Then, several objective assessment methods usually used for image compression quality are introduced and the recent

Qun Zhou, Xiongwei Liu

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 2131–2148

Research paper

Chronotype and sleep quality as a subphenotype in association studies of clock genes in mood disorders

Genetic background and clinical picture of mood disorders (MD) are complex and may depend on many genes and their potential interactions as well as environmental factors. Therefore, clinical variations, or endophenotypes, were suggested for association studies. The aim of the study was to investigate association between the chronotype (CH) and quality of sleep characteristics with polymorphisms CLOCK, ARNTL, TIMELESS and PER3 genes in MD. We included a total sample of 111 inpatients and 126

Monika Dmitrzak-Węglarz, Joanna Pawlak, Monika Wiłkość, Izabela Miechowicz, Małgorzata Maciukiewicz, Wanda Ciarkowska, Dorota Zaremba, Joanna Hauser

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 32–42

Article

CONSTRUCTION OF TRACEABILITY SYSTEM FOR MAINTENANCE OF QUALITY AND SAFETY OF BEEF

In order to allow consumers to trace to the whole process of beef breeding, production and processing after purchasing beef, to achieve smart, fast and practical goals for quality and safety of beef traceability system, B / S (Browser / Server) mode architecture is used to build quality beef traceability system based on RFID technology in this paper. First, the system is analyzed, the structure and database system are designed and the key technologies to achieve traceability system is explored

Wanli Zhang, Xiaoying Yang, Qixiang Song

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 782–800

Original Paper

The quality of life of children with epilepsy in Poland – the opinion of children and their parents

Background. Every chronic illness, including epilepsy, has a negative effect on both the quality of life of the sufferer as well as on their relationship with their surroundings. Aims. To investigate the quality of life of children suffering from epilepsy and analyse how they assessed and scored their experiences compared to their parents. Materials and methods. The study included 209 children with epilepsy and their parents. The research tool was a questionnaire for gathering demographic and

Dorota Talarska, Michał Michalak, Patrycja Talarska

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 2, 105–113

Article

FACTORS AFFECTING GROUNDWATER QUALITY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EXPLOITATION OF SMALL DRINKING WATER INTAKES

In this work, attention has been paid to the problem of quality of groundwater, which is the main source of supply of drinking water for rural inhabitants. In particular, the important factors for the groundwater quality in rural areas have been presented. This paper also shows the impact of the quality and quantity of available water resources on the exploitation of chosen small water intakes. Results of research on the quality parameters of groundwater, obtained in 2012÷2016 for selected

Robert NOWAK, Anna IMPEROWICZ-PAWLACZYK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 153–161

Article

CURRENT VENTILATION AND AIR QUALITY PROBLEMS AGAINST HISTORICAL SOLUTIONS

The paper describes the issue of ventilation and air quality in buildings with reference to regular tightening of heating standards. The purpose of the work is to show the risks related to excessive insulation of buildings, which is thought to have a negative influence on users’ well-being and health. The development of issues related to thermal comfort has often led to erroneous solutions. As a result, problems such as “Sick Building Syndrome” and “Building Related Illness” has developed in

Rafał RADZIEWICZ-WINNICKI

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 29–36

Clinical Practice

Toward a new generation of quality registries for neurodevelopmental disorders: the example of NEUROPSYK

Swedish healthcare quality registries are tools for the evaluation and improvement of clinical services and population-based research. There are presently 11 national quality registries that focus on psychiatric disorders; but none cover all neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) as defined by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Health care

Anna Löfgren Wilteus, Frida Bartonek, Jacqueline Borg, Sven Bölte

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 3, 141–146

Article

AN AIR QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM FOR URBAN AREAS BASED ON THE TECHNOLOGY OF WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS

Air pollution is one of environmental issues that cannot be ignored. The heavy transportation and urbanization result in the air pollutants concentrated in certain areas. Inhaling pollutants for a long time causes damages in human health. Traditional air quality monitoring methods, such as building air quality monitoring stations, are typically expensive. In addition, monitoring stations are generally less densely deployed and provide low resolution sensing data. This paper proposes an urban

Jen-Hao Liu, Yu-Fan Chen, Tzu-Shiang Lin, Chia-Pang Chen, Po-Tang Chen, Tzai-Hung Wen, Chih-Hong Sun, Jehn-Yih Juang, Joe-Air Jiang

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 191–214

research-article

Image processing approach for grading tobacco leaf based on color and quality

triggers the mechanization of tobacco manufacture to push mass production. Therefore, many types of research that support tobacco manufacture especially the tobacco leaf grading system are conducted and sponsored by agribusiness companies. Most of the research works employ image processing techniques to determine the quality of tobacco leaf (Ni et al., 2009; Zhang and Zhang, 2011; Liu et al., 2012; Mallikarjuna and Guru, 2013; Bin et al., 2016; Jianqiang et al., 2018). It was expected because image

Agus Harjoko, Adhi Prahara, Tri Wahyu Supardi, Ika Candradewi, Reza Pulungan, Sri Hartati

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–10

Research Article

NEW METHOD TO ASSESS SERVICE QUALITY IN CARE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY

A simple but dependable electronic device, Con-Dis, has been developed to gain reliable information on elderly persons’ perceptions of their well-being. The device has been tested and proven to be technically functional and dependable. It was tested in two care homes for the elderly and two private homes to evaluate whether it provided reliable information about the service quality. This report illustrates the practical usage of the device and shows its efficiency in gathering reliable service

Jori Reijula, Toni Rosendahl, Kari Reijula, Paula Roilas, Heikki Roilas, Raimo Sepponen

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 14–26

research-article

Non-destructive, non-invasive, in-line real-time phase-based reflectance for quality monitoring of fruit

The food quality monitoring in the production process is essential. The quality of the food depends on many parameters which are categorized as internal and external parameters. External parameters include the color, shape, surface, hardness, softness, odor, taste, etc., whereas internal parameters include sugar, water, acidity, internal defects, etc. The processing and storage requirements of agro-based products are determined by assessing the initial quality of the fruit or the vegetables

M. Assaad

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–10

Article

GENERATING AND MODELING OF BRAKING CURVE AND THE ASSESSMENT OF THE QUALITY OF AUTOMATIC STOPPING OF THE TRAIN

This paper presents the theory about generating the braking curve and the analysis of the influence of the braking controller parameters on the generation of the braking curve of the train. In this paper, computed examples of braking quality developed using generic quality factor are shown, and on the basis of the calculations, weight components of the factor and an additional criterion for assessing the quality of braking were proposed. It has been demonstrated that the developed algorithms

Jan Anuszczyk, Andrzej Gocek, Krzysztof Pacholski, Bartosz Dominikowski

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 13–25

research-article

Do ankle, hindfoot, and heel ultrasound findings predict the symptomatology and quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis patients?

Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and progressive systemic disease that leads progressively to joint damage and disability(1,2). Approximately half of patients with RA report foot or ankle joints symptoms as the first manifestation of the disease(3,4), and in time 71% of these patients develop walking disability(5). The quality of life (QoL) in RA patients is poorer compared to the general population, and even lower in those with foot involvement, especially regarding mobility

Oana Șerban, Iulia Papp, Corina Delia Bocșa, Mihaela Cosmina Micu, Maria Bădărînză, Adriana Albu, Daniela Fodor

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 81, e70–e82

Article

THE CHALLENGES OF THE POPULATION CENSUS ROUND OF 2020. OUTLINE OF THE METHODS OF QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF POPULATION CENSUS DATA

The author begins with the challenges of the population census round of 2020 and gives an outline of the methods of quality assessment of population census data. Next, the synthesis of two Eurostat documents (2007, 2009) and UN Statistics Division (2010) monograph relating to census data quality assessment are considered. Special attention is paid to three methods of census quality assessment: (i) demographic method, (ii) post-enumeration survey, and (iii) comparison with existing household

Jan Kordos

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 1, 115–138

Research paper

Image Quality Assessment Method for Underwater Acoustic Communication Based on Digital Watermarking

This paper proposes a method of reduced-reference image quality assessment based on watermarking algorithm in underwater acoustic channel. By embedding the watermark image into the original one, then delivering the combined image through the channel distortion, the same channel distortion would be exposed to the original and the watermark image. In the receiver,we use the blind extraction methods to recover the watermark image and use the watermark degradation to evaluate the quality of the

YUAN Fei, YE Zheng-Shan, LIN Cong-Ren, CHENG En

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 752–771

Article

ADAPTATION OF THE SERVQUAL METHOD FOR TESTING THE QUALITY OF PASSENGER AIR SERVICES

The aim of the paper is to present the author’s attempt to adapt the Servqual Method to study the quality attributes of passenger air services. This market is witnessing a growing dynamic of competition intensity and a distinctive trend consisting of focusing on improving the quality of the most important determinants in basic areas of this business. The method of comprehensive evaluation of this process and its consequences on the Polish market has so far not been scientifically

Joanna HAWLENA

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 139–150

Research Article

DEALING WITH HETEROSKEDASTICITY WITHIN  THE MODELING OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE  OF OLDER PEOPLE

Using the estimation method of ordinary least squares leads to unreliable results in the case of heteroskedastic linear regression model. Other estimation methods are described, including weighted least squares, division of the sample and heteroskedasticity-consistent covariance matrix estimators, all of which can give estimators with better properties than ordinary least squares. The methods are presented giving the example of modelling quality of life of older people, based on a data set from

Katarzyna Jabłońska

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 423–452

research-article

THERMAL IMPROVEMENT IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN VIEW OF THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY – CASE STUDY FOR POLISH DWELLING

outdoor parts (both walls and a roof), Window replacement, Central heating improvement. Window replacement, being one of the major aspects in thermal refurbishment, frequently results in the deterioration of indoor environment conditions. Modern windows with a low heat transfer coefficient are airtight and lead to insufficient air exchange in buildings [5] as well as the rise in relative humidity and CO2 concentration. The air quality in rooms depends on the air parameters, including air temperature

Monika BLASZCZOK, Andrzej BARANOWSKI

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 3, 121–130

Research Article

THE NEW URBANIST PRINCIPLE OF QUALITY OF LIFE FOR URBAN REGENERATION

Abstract Quality of life (QOL) is a crucial but complex concept, determined by the insights of multiple disciplines. This paper applies the holistic approach to planning known as New Urbanism (NU) to the analysis of QOL, and argues that this movement should no longer be thought of simply as dedicated to halting urban sprawl, but also as providing guiding principles for the process of urban regeneration within the city. The study therefore aims to verify the relationship between NU principles

Monika Maria CYSEK-PAWLAK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 21–30

Research Article

A TOTAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT SOLUTION FOR SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR NLFM WAVEFORM GENERATION AND EVALUATION IN A COMPLEX RANDOM MEDIA

A Design, simulation and optimal selection of non-linear frequency modulation waveforms (NLFM) based on correlated ambiguity function (AF) quality analysis for the purpose of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is done in this article. The selected optimum CNLFM waveform in contribution with other waveforms are applied directly into a SAR image formation algorithm (IFA) and their quality metrics in comparison to other waveforms are derived and analyzed in a complex random media (CRM). The total

Iman Heidarpour Shahrezaei, Morteza Kazerooni, Mohsen Fallah

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 174–198

Original Paper

Biocontrol of Gray Mold Decay in Pear by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Strain BA3 and its Effect on Postharvest Quality Parameters

The economic losses caused by postharvest fruits diseases have attracted global attention. Traditional chemical fungicide could not meet the need of humans. In recent years, microbial agent which has begun to take the place of chemical fungicide comes into people’s vision. The aim of this paper was to investigate the potential of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain BA3 for its biocontrol capability on gray mold decay of pears and its effect on postharvest quality of pears. Compared with

Hui Qu, Longyu Zhao, Fengchun Zhao, Yufang Liu, Zhengyou Yang

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 171–176

Research Article

THE METHODOLOGY OF RATING QUALITY STANDARDS IN THE REGIONAL PASSENGER TRANSPORT

Quality has a fundamental influence to the services in passenger transport. The main objective of transport is to satisfy customers’ (passengers’) requirements on the qualitative, flexible, fast and safe carriage of people and goods. Organisers of transport (public authority), providers of transport services and their customers have a different view on the perception of quality. This fact is influenced by unsystematic assessment to the quality measurement as well as by ignorance of the

Vladislav ZITRICKÝ, Jozef GAŠPARÍK, Lumír PEČENÝ

Transport Problems , ISSUE SE, 59–72

Article

Application of Improved BP Neural Network in Hybrid Control Model of Lime Quality

I. INTRODUCTION The production control process of the rotary kiln is the production of high quality lime under the premise of stable output. The automatic control system of lime rotary kiln can control the quality of the product by controlling the operation of the fuel quantity, air quantity, and equipment. However, the quality of lime can not be obtained in real time, and the production control system can not get the product quality information in time [1]. At present, the control system of

Lingli Zhu, Tingzhong Wang

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 4, 83–86

Research Article

Modeling and Prediction of Surface Water Contamination using On-line Sensor Data

Water contamination is a great disadvantage to humans and aquatic life. Maintaining the aesthetics and quality of water bodies is a priority for environmental stake holders. The water quality sensor data can be analyzed over a period of time to give an indication of pollution incidents and could be a useful forecasting tool. Here we show our initial finding from statistical analysis on such sensor data from one of the lakes of the river Lea, south of Luton. Our initial work shows patterns which

Tochukwu K. Anyachebelu, Marc Conrad, Tahmina Ajmal

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–5

Research paper

AN INITIAL RESEARCH ON OUTPUT WELL-BEING INDEX APPLIED TO RESIDENTS IN WEALTHY COUNTIES FROM CHINA 

Sampling from three wealthy counties in Shandong province (n = 855), this research examined the characteristics of an output well-being index, and the index shows good internal consistency reliability and ideal construct validity. It could be used as an instrument to evaluate the quality of life of Chinese citizens. The index was applied to an analysis of the quality of life of the residents from three wealthy counties. It shows that the level of the quality of life of the rural residents is

Zhanjun Xing, Xiaxia Qu

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 441–460

research-article

EVALUATION OF QUALITY OF BOTTOM SEDIMENTS OF WATER RESERVOIR PORAJ BY APPLYING SEDIMENT QUALITY GUIDELINES AND SPIATAL ANALYSIS

1. INTRODUCTION Accurate assessment of the quality of the aquatic environment is related to the analysis of contamination of bottom sediments, as they reveal the essential features of aquatic ecosystems. Bottom sediments constitute a habitat of many organisms, they participate in the biogeochemical process of elements circulation and they are the place of deposition and chemical changes of many compounds entering the waters. Due to the structure of sediments they form a natural geosorbent, in

Katarzyna ROZPONDEK, Rafał ROZPONDEK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 141–147

research-article

The effects of Meloidogyne incognita and Heterodera glycines on the yield and quality of edamame (Glycine max l.) in Arkansas

harvested when the pods at the upper nodes are filled with green seeds, before the pods start to turn yellow and senesce. Because edamame is most commonly marketed in the pod, the condition and quality of both the pods and seeds is of major importance. Although edamame has been grown in the USA since the late 1800s (Conlon, 2009), its popularity has recently increased because it is a high protein, vegetable-based, healthy food. From 2003 to 2007, US gross sales of edamame increased from $18m to $30m

J. E. Wilkes, T. L. Kirkpatrick

Journal of Nematology , 1–15

Article

Assessment of a Non-Optical Water Quality Property Using Space-based Imagery in Egyptian Coastal Lake

I. INTRODUCTION Increasing demands and progressive development process have compromised sustainability potential of the coastal lakes in Egypt. The quality of water resources dictates beneficial uses offered as well as functionality of the aquatic ecosystem, especially with the alarming pollution level associated with the anthropogenic activities. Thus, continuous monitoring and frequent update of water resources status are required for sound management planning and corrective measure scenarios

Hala O. Abayazid, Ahmed El-Adawy

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 3, 53–64

Article

Research on Robust Model for Web Service Selection

Most existing service quality models use defined Quality of Service parameters for service selection.Since a large number of uncertainties exist, the QoS performance indicators in the runtime of the composite services obtained through the model and method based on the determined QoS will be worse even beyond the range acceptable to the users. Web services can solve this problem and become the most reasonable solution in the current application environment. Web services can solve this problem

Wei Yanxi, Yu Fan, Ma Xing, Yu Haige, Yang Wenhui

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 2, 118–120

Research Article

PATROL INSPECTION AND TIME STUDY TO IMPROVE QUALITY

inspect the parameter that increase the rejection or rework with more attention .on the whole this concept helps the inspector to improve the quality of the product by inspecting more components according to the frequency of the component.

R. Vijayan, P. Karthikeyan, J. Bharanichandar, R. Palanisamy, T.Thanka Geetha

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 459–470

Article

COOLING DEMAND IN MUSEUM PREMISES – NUMERICAL PREDICTION AND MEASUREMENT VALIDATION

The paper presents the results of identification and assessment of the energy demand for cooling purposes in the museum building. The analysis of cooling demand and assessment of indoor air quality were performed by the simulation analysis and validated by the measurement campaign of the indoor air quality in the building under consideration. For the purpose of thermal analysis the IDA ICE software was used. All simulations were carried out using meteorological data recorded by the local

Joanna FERDYN-GRYGIEREK, Andrzej BARANOWSKI

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 125–135

Article

Design of Monitoring System for Rural Drinking Water Source Based on WSN

In order to solve the existing traditional rural drinking water monitoring in a lot of manpower, material resources, real-time, this paper introduces a WSN based on the rural drinking water source monitoring system design, the system consists of five parts: water quality monitoring, soil monitoring node node, node, routing node and gateway server. Water quality monitoring node, soil monitoring nodes send the collected data to the gateway node through the wireless module sent directly, or

Zexin Lin, Weixing Wang, Huili Yin, Sheng Jiang, Guohui Jiao, Jieping Yu

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 4, 5–9

Article

MONITORING OF NITRATES AND PHOSPHATES IN WASTEWATER: CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES AND FURTHER CHALLENGES

Consumers expect water supply companies to deliver safe drinking water that meets both health quality standards and aesthetic requirements such as colour, turbidity, taste and odour. Current water quality assessment methods of these parameters, which form the basis for sound water resources management, are mainly laboratory based, require fresh supply of chemicals, trained staff and are time consuming. Real-time water quality monitoring is essential for National and International Health and

O. Korostynska, A. Mason, A. Al-Shamma’a

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 149–176

research-article

SAFETY ANALYSIS OF TAP WATER BIOSTABILITY

decrease in the flow velocity of water and, consequently, in unfavourable flow conditions that cause deterioration of water quality in the water supply network. Types of the secondary water contamination in the water supply system are [4–6]: chemical contamination (most often corrosion products of iron and steel) and microbiological contamination. The main factors causing the secondary water contamination in the water supply network include, among others, type of material from which the pipes are made

Barbara TCHÓRZEWSKA-CIEŚLAK, Dorota PAPCIAK, Katarzyna PIETRUCHA-URBANIK, Andżelika PIETRZYK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 1, 149–154

Research Article

THE USE OF OPTICAL SENSORS TO ESTIMATE PASTURE QUALITY

plant growth and reduce the potential for an adverse environmental effect. Pasture management is of major importance in New Zealand. This paper describes the operation of multispectral (Crop Circle™ and CROPSCAN™) and hyper spectral sensors (ASD Field Spec® Pro) to explore the pasture quality and quantity. The ability to manage these factors is an important component in grazing, livestock management, and a key driver of animal performance and productivity. The results indicate that these sensors

R.R. Pullanagari, I. Yule, W. King, D. Dalley, R. Dynes

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 125–137

Research Article

Psychiatric problems and quality of life in a clinical sample of adolescents: The role of peer relations

Background:The quality of peer relations is linked to mental health in childhood and adolescence, but few studies have investigated its clinical relevance. In particular, the potential mediating role of peer functioning in the associations between different dimensions of symptoms and quality of life (QoL) has not been sufficiently examined.Objective:In a clinical sample of adolescents, we examined peer relations in light of psychiatric diagnoses, as well as QoL and symptoms of mental health

Ingunn Ranøyen, Eva Gulliksrud, Marit S. Indredavik, Frode Stenseng

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 4, 183–192

Article

A LOGISTIC SERVICE MODEL FOR DISABLED PERSONS IN MOBILITY BY TOWN-SERVICE BUSES

The paper dwells on the methodology for assessing the efficiency of transport services in transportation of disabled people on the local urban regular bus routes. Proposed methodology is based on the level of organization of transport system and logistics approaches and principles for determining the quality of adaptation to requirements of disabled people transportation. The paper describes the identification of the conditions for coordination of regular urban bus routes for disabled persons

Pridon GOGIASHVILI, Gocha LEKVEISHVILI, David KBILASHVILI, Jumber CHOGOVADZE, Vazha DOGRASHVILI

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 159–167

Article

MODELING OF PASSENGERS’ CHOICE USING INTELLIGENT AGENTS WITH REINFORCEMENT LEARNING IN SHARED INTERESTS SYSTEMS; A BASIC APPROACH

before. The paper considers several algorithms of agent behavior, one of which is based on reinforcement learning. Overall, the algorithms take into account the history of the agents’ previous trips and the quality of transport services. The outcomes could be applied in assessing the quality of the transport system from the point of view of passengers.

Sergey VIKHAREV, Maxim LYAPUSTIN, Danil MIRONOV, Irina NIZOVTSEVA, Vladimir SINITSYN

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 43–53

Article

UNIVERSAL DESIGN. METHOD OF QUALITY RESEARCHES OF RESIDENTIAL SPACE

Results: The method was applied to 4 large housing estates, where a total of 356 seats were examined, and 130 were assessed in a negative way. The managers of surveyed settlements were acquainted with results and modernization proposals, which were soon implemented in their neighborhoods. Conclusions and recommendations: The main task developed by the author of the research method is to improve the quality of urban spaces of large housing estates. However, due to its universal character it can also be

Beata KOMAR

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 13–19

Case Study

THE IMPACT OF TRAILER CONDITIONS ON THE QUALITY OF REFRIGERATED FOOD TRANSPORT SERVICES – A CASE STUDY

The carriage of food products, in particular fresh products, is particularly sensitive to transport conditions. The aim of this paper is to examine the effect of trailer conditions on the quality of refrigerated food transport services. Six wireless measuring devices installed permanently in 3 trailers were used for the analysis. The built-in transmitter sensors have enabled the collection of data in the areas of temperature, humidity, pressure, shock and light intensity. Monitoring parameters

Teresa GAJEWSKA, Augustyn LORENC

Transport Problems , ISSUE 3, 97–108

Research Article

COMPRESSED AIR QUALITY INCREASE FOR ROLLING STOCK PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS BASED ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The energy efficiency increase problem for railway rolling stock pneumatic systems compressed air preparation is directly connected with its purification and drying technology choice. In the presented materials in the article, the authors find a solution to the problem based on realization analysis of different factors that affect compressed air quality, purification and drying technology choice, as well as based on energy efficiency analysis. To realize the energy-saving events at railway

Tatiana RIPOL-SARAGOSI, Leonid RIPOL-SARAGOSI, Igor SMYCHOK

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 13–21

Research Article

Application of Microwave Spectroscopy Analysis on Determining Quality of Vegetable Oil

Recently there has been an increasing interest in the classification of edible oils as an effective means to examine authenticity and to detect possible adulteration of virgin olive oils with seed oils or low-quality olive oils. Classical methods based on gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) are too expensive for widespread industrial use and require samples to be analysed in dedicated laboratories thus incurring a significant time penalty.  This paper

S. B. Osman, O. Korostynka, A. Mason, J. D. Cullen, A. I. Al-Shamma’a

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–4

Research paper

USING THE DAY RECONSTRUCTION METHOD TO QUANTIFY TIME SPENT SUFFERING AMONG OLDER ADULTS WITH CHRONIC PAIN

associated with lower income, negative mood, and lower life satisfaction and quality of life.

Dylan M. Smith

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 429–440

Article

CONDITION FOR APPLICATION OF LOGISTIC PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE OF URBAN PUBLIC PASSENGER TRANSPORT IN THE CITY OF OMSK

The task of increasing efficiency and quality of public transport has gotten special acuteness for large cities of Russia in connection with expansion of service by commercial carriers. There have no works done on the city of Omsk, where the transport system has its own characteristics. In this paper, characteristics of Omsk urban public transport are researched. The scheme that clearly demonstrates what factors have a negative impact on the development and functioning of the Omsk passenger

Sergey MOCHALIN, Mariya KASPER, Oleg NIKIFOROV, Grigory LEVKIN

Transport Problems , ISSUE SE, 71–86

Article

DEVELOPMENT OF SMALLAREA ESTIMATION IN OFFICIAL STATISTICS

The author begins with a general assessment of the mission of the National Statistics Institutes (NSIs), main producers of official statistics, which are obliged to deliver high quality statistical information on the state and evolution of the population, the economy, the society and the environment. These statistical results must be based on scientific principles and methods. They must be made available to the public, politics, economy and research for decision-making and information purposes

Jan Kordos

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 1, 105–132

Research Article

COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY DIAGNOSTICS CARRIED OUT IN A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING – A CASE STUDY

Abstract The article presents the case study of the comprehensive diagnosis of an existing residential building with natural ventilation. The results of quick diagnostics of thermal insulation of the building, the heating system, ventilation, domestic hot water preparation and the quality of the environment in the rooms were presented. Based on the data obtained by measurements, the energy performance of the building was prepared using the building certification calculation method. The energy

Dorota BARTOSZ

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 137–150

Article

THE IDENTIFICATION OF TRAINING NEEDS FOR  HUMAN CAPITAL QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN POLAND – A STATISTICAL APPROACH

databases describing the quality of human capital in Poland should be analysed in order to identify those competencies that graduates of universities are missing. The arsenal of possible statistical tools applicable for that purpose covers a wide range of techniques, from the simplest methods of descriptive statistics to ad-vanced multivariate statistical analysis. The study will attempt to identify the missing soft competences based on existing statistical data, e.g. Polish human capital database.

Marta Dziechciarz–Duda, Józef Dziechciarz

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 4, 723–736

Research Article

A NOVEL PACKET QUEUING AND SCHEDULING ALGORITHM AND ITS LINK SHARING PERFORMANCE FOR HOME ROUTER

A home router, or a home gateway, is the node that resides between a public network and a home network for computers to share Internet connections. To insert customized queuing and scheduling codes into the embedded Linux kernel is a way to make the Linux-based home routers support Quality of Service (QoS). It is desirable that the small Linux kernel adopts an efficient queuing and scheduling algorithm to support link sharing, priority and traffic shaping. The algorithm presented in this paper

Jin Yan, Chen Xiaoyuan

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 135–160

Review Paper

The epileptic multifactorial patient’s burden. Review of the topic

decreased quality of life. Decreased self-esteem and major stigma are also frequent, linked to social, economic and personal negative consequences. Age also plays a role, younger people being more stigmatized given the interdiction to drive or difficulty in getting a job. In the elderly, seizures may have an impact on mental status, mood and sleep. Gender may also contribute, particularly involving women in childbearing age, linked to the fear or depression due to the possibility of AED-induced

José Pimentel

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 2, 167–172

Research Article

An Enhanced Scheme in Controlling Both Coverage and Quality of Service in Wireless Sensor Networks

With the increasing number of applications for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), different Quality of Services (QoS) levels based on the type of applications are required. An increasing research interest has been noted in the provision of QoS support in WSNs. QoS support in WSNs is challenging because of very limited resources, such as battery power, processing power, memory, and bandwidth. An earlier study introduced a QoS control approach based on the Gur Game. The Gur Game-based scheme can

Hao-Li Wang, Rong-Guei Tsai, Long-Sheng Li

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 772–790

Article

QUALITY OF LIFE AND POVERTY IN UKRAINE – PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT BASED ON THE SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING INDICATORS

The paper provides an overview of the information sources, methodology and main findings of the research of quality of life and poverty using indicators of subjective well-being applied by state statistics agencies in Ukraine. The paper describes the system of indicators for self-evaluation of the attained level of well-being, the level of satisfaction from meeting the basic living needs, and the limitations in consumption abilities of selected population groups due to hard conditions. In

Oleksandr Osaulenko

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 2, 237–247

Article

DAYLIGHTING IN SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR DESIGN OF OFFICES

The paper presents issues concerning realization of paradigm of sustainable design in the achitectural design of offices. Special attention is given to relevant technical, formal and functional solutions, being the domain of interior architects creating the built environments of adequate indoor quality with substantial reduction of negative impact on natural environment. Presented sustainable architectural interiors, completed in the last decade, have gained cerificates established by

Magdalena CELADYN

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 5–12

Article

COMPREHENSIVE ON SITE THERMAL DIAGNOSTICS OF BUILDINGS - POLISH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

University of Technology in Gliwice was a leader of the scientific-industrial consortium implementing the task. The main objectives of Task 4 and achieved relevant results are presented in the paper. A new method for the rapid on-site thermal diagnosis of a building envelope and systems of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and domestic hot water preparation and the diagnosis of indoor environment quality, as well as a method for drawing up energy performance certificates based on the measurements

Zbigniew POPIOLEK, Przemysław KATEUSZ

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 125–132

Research Article

Numerical Synthesis of the Track Alignment and Applications. Part I: The Synthesis Method

vehicle lateral vibrations. The Part I of this paper demonstrates the method to synthesize the track alignment and its basic elements – the power spectral density of the track irregularities, as per ORE B176 and the values associated with the track quality levels, mentioned in the UIC 518 Leaflet. The Part II introduces the results of the numerical simulations regarding the dynamic behaviour of the railway vehicle during the circulation on a tangent track with lateral irregularities, synthesized as in

Mădălina DUMITRIU

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 19–28

Article

STANDARD ARPU CALCULATION IMPROVEMENT USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT TECHNIQUES

Recognizing how developing browsing behaviour could result in greater return for service providers through more efficient data usage without compromising Quality of Service (QoS), this paper proposes a new innovative model to describe the distribution and occurrence of behavioural errors in data usage models. We suggest: a) that the statistics of behavioural errors can be described in terms of locomotive inefficiencies, which increases error probability depending on the time elapsed since the

Soorena Merat, P.Eng, Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, P.Eng.

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 1917–1934

research-article

Effect of adding a capsule with activated charcoal to abdominal ultrasound preparation on image quality

world since it is available, safe and non-invasive. In routine abdominal ultrasound, patient preparation involving fasting for 8 hours and having a light meal the night before the examination is a common practice to avoid digestive motility and gases that may cause artifacts and degrade image quality. Even though patient preparation before abdominal ultrasound plays a major role in ensuring better visualization of internal organs and pathologies by minimizing artifacts caused by abdominal gases

Ahmed Abdul Jabar, Ibrahim Abbas, Nabeel Mishah, Mohammed Wazan, Motaen Tomehy

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 80, e12–e17

Short Communication

The Prevalence of Campylobacter spp. in Polish Poultry Meat

Anna Szosland-Fałtyn, Beata Bartodziejska, Joanna Królasik, Beata Paziak-Domańska, Dorota Korsak, Magdalena Chmiela

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 117–120

Short Report

Can pregnant women accurately report snoring? A pilot study

Jane Warland, Jacinta Carpentieri, Jillian Dorrian

Eat, Sleep, Work , ISSUE 1, 57–64

Mini Review

Biochar-Rhizosphere Interactions – a Review

Sławomir Głuszek, Lidia Sas-Paszt, Beata Sumorok, Ryszard Kozera

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 151–161

Article

Developing O&M Standards for Australasia

In 2013, members of the Orientation and Mobility Association of Australasia ratified a Quality Framework for the O&M profession, including an OMAA Code of Ethics and OMAA Standards of Practice. The OMAA Quality Framework took a six member committee four years to develop and involved extensive collaboration across Australia and New Zealand. During the process, the Committee discussed such themes as best practice, exemplary performance, minimum standards, independence, and self-determination

Lil Deverell, M.Ed., Grad Dip O&M, B.Ed., COMS., Bronwen Scott, M.Ed., Grad Dip O&M, B. Psych. COMS, Mark Battista, M.Ed., (Special Ed/O&M), B.Ed., Jeremy Hill, Grad Dip O&M, B.Sc., BA(Hons)Psych.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 34–44

Research Article

Self Organizing Sensor Network to Enhance Event Coverage

We are proposing a self deploying mobile sensor network which is empowered with event based relocation of redundant sensors for enhancing the quality of event sensing. Energy efficient Cell quorum based protocol is used for communication between event location and redundant sensors. Computationally light cascaded reorganization of sensor is suggested for relocation of sensors. The proposed method provides good coverage as it dynamically relocates the sensors either for avoiding coverage hole or

S. Indu, Venu Kesam, Santanu Chaudhury, Asok Bhattacharyya

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 53–74

Article

EXOPOLYSACCHARIDE-PRODUCING LACTIC ACID BACTERIA – HEALTH-PROMOTING PROPERTIES AND APPLICATION IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

cells, though some probiotic strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were shown to be capable of EPS degradation [75]. Some LAB strains used in the dairy industry to produce fermented milks, e.g., yoghurt, kefir, sour milk and other fermented milk drinks, are able to synthesize EPS (the so-called EPS(+) strains). The application of EPS(+) strains may have highly positive effects on the rheological properties and quality of the manufactured fermented products [7, 12]. The EPS produced by lactic acid

Anna M. Berthold-Pluta, Antoni St. Pluta, Monika Garbowska, Lidia Stasiak-Różańska

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 191–204

research-article

Low cost structured-light based 3D surface reconstruction

Background Being an important quality parameter for many different products, the surface levelness requires close and continuous monitoring during manufacturing. Surfaces in manufactured objects can be classified into different categories, which include ideal surfaces that have neither slope nor roughness; surfaces that have some slope without roughness; and surfaces with both slope and roughness (Fig. 1). Depending on the applications and final use of a product, appropriate inspection of

Yijun Yan, Maher Assaad, Jaime Zabalza, Jinchang Ren, Huimin Zhao

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–11

Research Article

PROPOSAL AND APPLICATION OF METHODOLOGY OF REVITALISATION OF REGIONAL RAILWAY TRACK IN SLOVAKIA AND SERBIA. PART 2: STATE OF REGIONAL TRANSPORT IN SLOVAKIA AND SERBIA

This paper discusses a proposal of methodology of revitalisation of regional railway tracks and regional railway traffic, liberalization and competition in railway transport, quality requirements in regional traffic, principles of the contract on transport services in the public interest and with the current state of regional passenger transport in Slovakia and Serbia. This is Part 2 which is dedicated to study the current situation of regional railway transport in Slovakia and Serbia, the

Jaroslav MAŠEK, Juraj ČAMAJ, Sanjin MILINKOVIĆ, Slavko VESKOVIĆ, Martin KENDRA

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 107–119

Article

Normalization techniques for gas sensor array as applied to classification for black tea

Assessment of black tea quality is a difficult task due to the presence of a large number of chemical compounds. The present day practice in the tea industry for this purpose is to employ the tea-tasters, who evaluate the quality based on their experience and professional acumen. There is a dire need in the industry to assess the tea quality objectively using instrumental methods. In this pursuit, an electronic nose instrument with five gas sensors has been developed and deployed for declaring

Bipan Tudu, Bikram Kow, Nabarun Bhattacharyya, Rajib Bandyopadhyay

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 176–189

Research Article

What happens at the aroma of coffee beans after roasting?

The coffee aroma is one of the most important quality evaluation criteria employed for coffee commercialization and consumption. The purpose of this study was following the roasting process VOCs creations with the novel Electronic Nose equipped whit 2 of 6 MOX nanowire sensors. The nanowires exhibit exceptional crystalline quality and a very high length-to-width ratio, resulting in enhanced sensing capability as well as long-term material stability for prolonged operation. Four different

Veronica Sberveglieri, Andrea Pulvirenti, Elisabetta Comini, Estefania Nunez Carmona

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–4

Article

Simulation Study Low Voltage Power Line Carrier Communication in Noisy Environments

Studies have shown that there are a lot of low-voltage power line is one of the main obstacles to strong noise limit for data transmission quality. Power line noise can be divided into steady background noise, narrowband interference noise, sudden impulse noise and periodic noise. Background noise is distributed throughout the communication band, low-voltage power line up white Gaussian noise 22dB [133 or more. Sudden noise is generated by the random access or disconnect electrical equipment

Ye Jun, Sun Hongliang, Li songnong, Hou Xingzhe

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 4, 98–101

Research Article

3D LASER SCANNING TECHNIQUE FOR THE INSPECTION AND MONITORING OF RAILWAY TUNNELS

Railway tunnel inspection and monitoring has predominantly been a visual and manual procedure, which is time-consuming and subjective, giving rise to variance in standards and quality. Thus, alternative, novel, automated techniques need to be developed, for more efficient and reliable tunnel examination. The reported research aimed to investigate the application of a laser scanning technique for the inspection of tunnel degradation and structural integrity. The proposed method may either

Han-Mei CHEN, Cristian ULIANOV, Ramy SHALTOUT

Transport Problems , ISSUE SE, 73–84

Article

Assessment of Globodera pallida RNA Extracted from Solanum Roots

results once the animals entered their hosts’ roots. We have compared several extraction procedures to ascertain whether a single protocol was capable of recovering high-quality, high-molecular-weight RNA from newly hatched J2 larva as well as from larva embedded in roots of both potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Desiree) and a very distantly related species, Solanum sisymbriifolium. Although it was possible to recover large amounts of RNA from J2 larvae using Proteinase K

N. CAROL CASAVANT, JOSEPH C. KUHL, FANGMING XIAO, ALLAN B. CAPLAN, LOUISE-MARIE DANDURAND

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 1, 12–20

research-article

Control of Meloidogyne incognita in sweetpotato with fluensulfone

necrotic spots (Lawrence et al., 1986). Apart from a reduction in quality, a general reduction in yield (kg/ha) is also common (Roberts and Scheuerman, 1984; Overstreet, 2009). Economic damage thresholds for the RKN species M. incognita depend on the cultivar and environmental factors, but Ferris (1978) reported a threshold level of 5 s-stage juveniles (J2) per 1 kg soil for a sandy soil. Lawrence et al. (1986) found a damage threshold of 10 J2 per 500 cm3 soil for cracking of storage roots. Overstreet

Antoon Ploeg, Scott Stoddard, J. Ole Becker

Journal of Nematology , 1–8

Article

CELL BANKS PREPARATION IN BIOPHARMACEUTICALS PRODUCTION

banks, production, isolation and purification of protein, characterization of the substance, final formulation of the medicinal product and its authorisation are subject to rigorous controls by international regulatory authorities, such as: The United States Food and Drug Administration – FDA, European Medicines Agency – EMA (European Medicines Agency), European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare – EDQM, and World Health Organization – WHO. These organisation ensure the

Agnieszka Sobolewska-Ruta, Piotr Zaleski

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 87–100

Research Article

MULTI-TARGET, MULTI-SENSOR TRACKING BASED ON QUALITY-OF-INFORMATION AND FORMAL BAYESIAN FRAMEWORKS

Juo-Yu Lee, Kung Yao

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 842–857

abstract

Abstracts of the 2018 International Guide Dogs Federation (IGDF) Seminar

assessing applicants in a unique environment like ours and we need to understand the answer to the question “how can you decrease recruitment risk, improve the outcome and increase the probability of a quality hire?” We need a rigorous recruitment approach to support clear identification of talent resulting in a confident quality hire. Our approach is efficient, scalable, robust, transparent and developmental. Members of the Leadership Group at Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs will share the approach

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 1–17

Article

The Research of Tai’an Big Data Ecological Status Based on IPV9

fewer outstanding talents enter the medical system year by year. B. Unbalanced development of medical resources From 2010 to 2016, the compound growth rate of the number of diagnosis and treatment and the number of institutions in tertiary hospitals were 10.7% and 8.3%, respectively, while that of primary hospitals was only 1.5% and 0.4%. The traditional mode of medical treatment makes the tertiary hospitals overcrowded, resulting in poor medical experience and serious waste of high-quality

Gao Yalin, Ma Yihua

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 2, 1–9

Article

Research on the Tunnel Geological Radar Image Flaw Detection Based on CNN

I. INTRODUCTION There are a large number of tunnel projects in the construction project. The quality defects of the tunnel may affect the construction schedule, increase the engineering cost, damage the mechanical equipment and even endanger the lives of the constructor. Geological radar detection method[1-2] is the mainstream method of tunnel lining detection at present, and has excellent performance in the detection of reinforcement and arch spacing, plain concrete structure, etc.[3]. However

He Li, Yubian Wang

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, 44–53

Research Article

IDENTIFICATION OF TWO TYPES OF ROTTEN MEAT USING AN ELECTRONIC NOSE FOR FOOD QUALITY CONTROL

Nihad Benabdellah, Khalid Hachami, Mohammed Bourhaleb, Naima Benazzi

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 673–695

Article

WAYS TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC WITHIN THE URBAN TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Tamaz MORCHADZE, Nunu RUSADZE

Transport Problems , ISSUE 3, 65–77

original-paper

Characterization of Microbial Diversity and Community Structure in Fermentation Pit Mud of Different Ages for Production of Strong-Aroma Baijiu

et al. 2017). In general the quality of Baijiu is improved when the fermentation pit (FP) age is more than five years (Zhao et al. 2012), and becomes relatively stable when the FP age is about 30 years (Tao et al. 2014). Fig. 1. The production (A) and the FP (B) of strong-aroma Baijiu. A: The concentration of rice husks is about 20% of sorghum (dry weight); the main chemical composition of the fresh grain (sorghum and rice husks) are starch (48.1–50.4%), protein (5.3–8.3%), fat (3.2–3.7

XU-JIA WANG, HONG-MEI ZHU, ZHI-QIANG REN, ZHI-GUO HUANG, CHUN-HUI WEI, JIE DENG

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 151–164

Research Article

ANALYSIS OF PERIODICAL TECHNICAL INSPECTION SYSTEMS IN AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORT. THE EXPERIENCES OF POLAND AND RUSSIA

The increasing number of road accidents nowadays seems to by a global problem. Apart from the obvious causes of accidents, such as violation of road traffic rules by drivers and pedestrians, the drunk driving, poor quality of road infrastructure, the technical faults of vehicles should also be take into account. Reasons of technical failures can be the failure of parts, components and assemblies caused by aging, poor quality or non-observance of technological norms when they are installed. It

Jan FILIPCZYK, Irina MAKAROVA, Eduard BELYAEV

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 121–128

Article

MULTI-SCALE COMPRESSED SENSING BASED ON SPLIT AUGMENTED LAGRANGIAN SHRINKAGE ALGORITHM FOR IMAGE SUPER-RESOLUTION RECONSTRUCTION

- resolution can produce the low subbands with high frequency. And an split augmented lagrangian shrinkage algorithm is exploited for compressed sensing image reconstruction , which can improve reconstruction image quality and convergence rate. Experimental results has shown that the proposed method can reconstruct the image with less iterative time by using fewer samples, improve the computational efficiency as well as achieve the images with high quality.

Tian Shu-yao, Hu Chun-hai

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 563–579

Research Article

Detection of microbial contamination in potable water by Nanowire technology

spoilage and quality control. The aim of this study was test the ability of a novel EN for the detection of bacterial presence in potable water in cooperation with analytical (pH) and optical (photometer) techniques. The achieved results notably advocate the use of EN in industry laboratories as a very important tool in water quality control.

Estefanía Núñez Carmona, Veronica Sberveglieri, Andrea Ponzoni, Dario Zappa, Andrea Pulvirenti

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 5, 1–4

Article

A SOFTWARE MODULE FOR MULTI-CRITERIA SUPPLIERS’ SELECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE SPARE PARTS LOGISTIC

Reliability of vehicles is characterized not only by the quality of production but also by the quality of subsequent maintenance. In this paper, we consider the possible spare parts logistics risks, as they have a huge influence on vehicles’ maintenance. One of the widespread methods to analyze the reliability of complex systems is Fault Tree Analysis (FTA). To identify and systematize all possible risks in spare parts logistics, we have built the Problem Tree. For managing identified

Irina MAKAROVA, Ksenia SHUBENKOVA, Polina BUYVOL, Eduard MUKHAMETDINOV

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 105–116

Research Article

Implications of work time flexibility for health promoting behaviours

Support for labour market flexibility has been growing internationally and in Australia for several decades (Sala et al. 2012; SEO 2013), leading to a more fluid set of working times. Employment and working times are recognised as a determinant of worker health, and while the effects of employment can be positive or negative for health, the distinguishing factor is the quality of the job characteristics, such as hours, income, flexibility, and degree of control (D’Souza et al. 2003). We review

Malbon Eleanor, Carey Dr. Gemma

Evidence Base , ISSUE 4, 1–17

Article

A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH FOR THE SELECTION OF THE ARCHITECT/ENGINEER PROFESSIONAL IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

This paper presents a model for selecting Architect/Engineer (A/E) professionals for construction projects. The model takes into account all relevant criteria considered by the owner. These criteria were identified through a comprehensive literature review, and were then clustered into seven groups, namely firm background; past experience; technical resources; management capabilities; financial stability; quality assurance; and innovation capability. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was

Sadi ASSAF, Mohammad A. HASSANAIN, Laith HADIDI, Azfar AMMAN

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 5–14

Research Article

DISCRIMINANT COORDINATES ANALYSIS IN THE CASE OF MULTIVARIATE REPEATED MEASURES DATA

The main aim of the paper is to adapt the classical discriminant coordinates analysis to multivariate repeated measures data. The proposed solution is based on the relationship between the discriminant coordinates and canonical variables. The quality of these new discriminant coordinates is examined on some real data. 

Mirosław Krzyśko, Wojciech Łukaszonek, Waldemar Wołyński

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 495–506

Research paper

EXPLOITING ORDINAL DATA FOR SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING EVALUATION 

The evaluation of subjective well-being, and of similar issues related to quality of life, is usually addressed through composite indicators or counting procedures. This leads to inconsistencies and inefficiency in the treatment of ordinal data that, in turn, affect the quality of information provided to scholars and to policy-makers. In this paper we take a different path and prove that the evaluation of multidimensional ordinal well-being can be addressed in an effective and consistent way

Marco Fattore, Filomena Maggino, Alberto Arcagni

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 409–428

Article

A MACHINE VISION SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATION OF THEAFLAVINS AND THEARUBIGINS IN ORTHODOX BLACK TEA

Orthodox black tea quality depends upon the amount of certain organic compounds present and out of these, theaflavins (TF) and thearubigins (TR) are the most important ones While TF is responsible for attractive golden colour, increased brightness and astringency in tea liquor, TR is reddish brown, reduces the brightness of tea liquor and contribute mostly for the ashy taste of the liquor with minor improvement in astringency. The rapid estimation of TF and TR thus may resolve the problem of

Amitava Akuli, Abhra Pal, Gopinath Bej, Tamal Dey, Arunangshu Ghosh, Bipan Tudu, Nabarun Bhattacharyya, Rajib Bandyopadhyay

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 709–731

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