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Updated: 2016-12-02T19:00:00.147+00:00

 



Special issue published: "Managing Emerging Technologies and Industries in East Asia"

2016-12-02T19:00:00.155+00:00

International Journal of Technology Management 72(1/2/3) 2016
  • Differences in science based innovation by technology life cycles: the case of solar cell technology
  • Catch-up strategy of an emerging firm in an emerging country: analysing the case of Huawei vs. Ericsson with patent data
  • Typical modes and characteristics of reverse innovation: a multiple cases study on five enterprises operated in China
  • How can small firms benefit from open innovation? The case of new drug development in Taiwan
  • A study on technological trajectory of light emitting diode in Taiwan by using patent data
  • Roadmapping for industrial emergence and innovation gaps to catch-up: a patent-based analysis of OLED industry in China
  • Establishing a CoPs-based innovation ecosystem to enhance competence - the case of CGN in China
  • The effect of symbiosis strategy on opportunity creation: case study of new ventures in China
  • Strategic transformation through innovation in emerging industry: a case study
  • An assessment of innovation policy in Taiwan's electric vehicle industry
  • The influential factors on the diffusion of smartwatches in Korea






Call for papers: "Smart Converging Technology"

2016-12-02T15:00:12.999+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Convergence Computing.

Recent booming developments of web-based technologies and mobile applications has facilitated a dramatical growth of new techniques' implementations. Enabling a smart life has become a popular research topic with an urgent demand. Therefore, we will focus on different innovations and interdisciplinary research work in the area of smart converging technologies.

We will not only take stock of trends and developments in the globally competitive environment, but we will also provide future directions to young researchers and practitioners. This special issue would be of immense benefit to researchers, academicians, industry and participants from technical institutes, R & D organisations and students working in the field of smart converging technology.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Smart Computing and Communication (SmartTech-2017), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Bio-inspired optimisation
  • Community information systems
  • Digital photogrammetry
  • Remote sensing, GIS and GPS
  • Disaster management
  • DNA computing/ neuro informatics
  • Bio-informatics
  • Forest genomics and informatics
  • Green computing
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Hybrid evolutionary algorithms/ hybrid Intelligent systems
  • Agricultural informatics and communication/ irrigation informatics

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 June, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 August, 2017
Final versions due: 15 October, 2017






Special issue published: "Advanced Computing in Intelligent Systems"

2016-12-01T17:00:09.370+00:00

International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics 4(3/4) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Computer Vision 2015 (ISCV2015).
  • A multi-objective approach for micro grid energy management based on fuzzy multi-agent decision-making process
  • Energy management in a hybrid PV/wind/battery system using a type-1 fuzzy logic computer algorithm 
  • Intelligent multi-agent system for smart microgrid energy management
  • Optimal intelligent control for a variable-speed wind turbine using general regression neural network and adaptive PSO algorithm
  • An interval type-2 fuzzy logic PSS with the optimal H∞ tracking control for multi-machine power system
  • New air traffic management approach based on expert system and using real-time scheduling algorithms
  • A hybrid optimal weighting scheme and machine learning for rendering sentiments in tweets
  • Object tracking in video via particle filter
  • Beautification and efficiency improvement of 3D modelling with the help of geometric constraints














Research Picks – December 2016

2016-12-01T13:10:44.157+00:00

Smart phone marketing around the worldManufacturers of smart phones are constantly on the lookout for new trends in adoption of their products. One aspect on which they must focus is cultural differences, according to a study from Finland. The authors of this paper have looked at differences in smart phone uses across three major regions Uzbekistan, South Korea, and Turkey. They found that social influence was the strongest predictor of behavioural intention to use a smartphone among South Korean participants, this rings true given how other sociological research suggests that country has a highly collectivistic society. By contrast, people in Turkey are apparently more individualistic and this correlates with a lack of social influence on smart phone uptake. For Uzbekistan, internet penetration is still very low and in general only the rich can be adopters of advanced technology at the present time, so economics is the main influence on uptake rather than personal or collective choice.Sanakulov, N. and Karjaluoto, H. (2017) ‘A cultural comparison study of smartphone adoption in Uzbekistan, South Korea and Turkey’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp.85-103.Young escapists won’t tolerate in-app adsAdvertising embedded in smart phone apps is a common way the developers of those apps make money from users either in addition to any fee they charge to download the app in the first place or any in-app purchases for additional options. A new study from the US of young smart phone users suggests that they are more accepting of in-app advertising if the smart phone application in question helps them in some significant way or provides them with information they deem important, as opposed to offering games, entertainment, or various forms of escapism. Specifically young people enjoy music and video apps widely and find that such apps allow them to develop their personal identity. It is advertising in these apps that is least tolerated by users and such a revelation could help marketers and advertisers adapt their business models.Logan, K. (2017) ‘Attitudes towards in-app advertising: a uses and gratifications perspective’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp.26-48.Head for the clouds during a disasterComputer scientists in Japan have developed a two-level security and communications system that would be resilient to power outages that might occur during and immediately after a natural or other disaster such as earthquake or terrorist attack. The first tier could sustain communications and information systems for the public without relying on commercial power suppliers by mirroring critical information on cloud servers elsewhere. The second tier takes control of personal computers at the power level so that they can be safely rebooted without damage to hard drives (and so data loss) at the first warning signs of a critical problem such as early tremors just before an imminent earthquake. Again the latter utilizes remote backup to mirror critical data. The system has already been put in place at Ibaraki University in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 2011 and could be implemented elsewhere.Noguchi, H., Ohtaki, Y. and Kamada, M. (2016) ‘A university information system made robust against natural disasters by taking advantage of remotely distributed campuses‘, Int. J. Space-Based and Situated Computing, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp.147-154.Library navigationYou can quickly find the book you’re after even in the biggest library thanks to a navigation system being developed for smart phones by computer scientists in Japan. They explain that FeliCa cards (contactless RFID cards) act as indoor landmarks where the global positioning system (GPS) simply does not work and without the need for costly indoor markers such as beacons. The app allows the reader to quickly search the library catalogue, [...]






Call for papers: "Soft Computing Approaches and Intelligent Systems"

2016-11-30T17:00:14.887+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications.

In recent times the degree of complexity has grown in various industrial processes particularly in terms of performance and robustness. This paves the way for the emergence of a new technology called “intelligent systems”. In a broad outlook, intelligent systems are governed by soft computing approaches. The principal computing approaches involved are neural network computing, fuzzy logic, general algorithms and apparent reasoning.
 
In the existing system of health informatics, it provides only the information of some abnormal symptoms in the patient. The issue on this type of system is deficient of on-system surveillance of the patient. Hence, with the computing approaches in recent trends of intelligent system enhances the process of on-system analysis. Also in industries, in order to empower it by the adoption of Internet of Things(IoT), intelligent equipment and big data by solving the issue on traditional industries of analysing complex and manual machinery. This advancement takes the manufacturing intelligence to a smart level. It also overcomes the issue of using traditional manufacturing process to a digital manufacturing environment by utilising the advanced techniques such as big data analysis to handle the larger amount of database required for manufacturing processes in the high-tech industries with the new advanced control and resource optimisation.
 
The special issue aims for the advancement in the health informatics through on-system analytics by providing required information continuously instead of reporting only on symptoms. It also focuses on the automation in the industry by providing it with a digitised environment for the manufacturing process by involving big data analysis within it.
 
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International conference on I-SMAC (IoT in Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) (I-SMAC 2017), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Pervasive e-health care intelligent systems
  • Fuzzy intelligent system for pediatric care
  • Fuzzy sets and neural networks
  • Evolutionary algorithms for intelligent systems
  • Advanced equipment control
  • Intelligent planning and allocation of corporate resources
  • Intelligence and informatics based manufacturing
  • Simulation optimisation of intelligent systems
  • Modeling, analysing and performance evaluation of a factory
  • Intelligent e-diagnosis system
  • Intelligent systems for big data processing
  • Imaging systems and applications
  • Big data case studies in health care field
  • Data mining for Intelligent Information systems
  • Wireless advanced systems
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 March, 2017
Notification to authors: 20 May, 2017
Final versions due: 10 August, 2017





Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Experimental Design and Process Optimisation

2016-11-30T15:00:24.594+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Experimental Design and Process Optimisation are now available here for free:
  • Experimental process design for sorption capacity of Kogi and Ibusa clay activated with HNO3 and H2SO4 acids in palm oil bleaching
  • Mathematical foundations of noise reduction in theatre ballistic missile defence radar systems
  • The prediction of missile trajectories using a Kalman filter: a simulation study
  • Projection properties of no-confounding designs for six, seven and eight factors in 16 runs









Call for papers: "Happiness and Well-Being in Africa"

2016-11-29T17:00:25.109+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Happiness and Development.

In spite of enjoying more than two decades of resurgence in economic growth, a report by the World Bank on the achievement of the millennium development goal (MDG) extreme poverty target revealed that extreme poverty has been decreasing in all regions of the world with the exception of Africa where about half of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were considerably off-track from reaching the MDG extreme poverty target by the year 2015 (see World Bank, 2015; Asongu & Nwachukwu, 2016). Meanwhile the statistics of the World Bank substantially contrast with another study in the same year which revealed that nine of the top ten countries with the healthiest diets were from Sub-Saharan Africa, namely (ranked from 1st to 10th): Chad, Sierra Leone, Mali, Gambia, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Israel and Somalia (see Gander, 2015). This apparent contradiction between poverty standards that are assessed in monetary terms and the quality of food with which money can buy, is a clear indication that much is yet unknown about poverty, well-being and happiness.
 
In light of the above, this special issue aims to advance scholarship on well-being and happiness in Africa. We, therefore welcome theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions which address any relevant areas that can enhance extant knowledge on linkages between poverty, happiness and well-being in Africa.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Measurements of well-being and happiness
  • Well-being, happiness and sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Determinants of happiness and well-being
  • Environmental quality and well-being
  • Trust and happiness
  • Information and communication technology and happiness
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June 2017
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2017
Final versions due: 30 December 2017
 
 
References:
Asongu, S.A, & Nwachukwu, J. C., (2016). "The Mobile Phone in the Diffusion of Knowledge for Institutional Quality in Sub Saharan Africa", World Development, 86(October), pp.133-147.
Gander, K., (2015). "Revealed: the countries with the best and worst diets in the world", The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/revealed-the-countries-with-the-best-and-worst-diets-in-the-world-10057363.html (Accessed: 24/11/2016).
World Bank (2015). "World Development Indicators", World Bank Publications http://www.gopa.de/fr/news/world-bank-release-world-development-indicators-2015 (Accessed: 25/04/2015).






Blue skies thinking ready for takeoff

2016-11-29T13:01:46.793+00:00

Nervous flyers and crew alike would prefer jet airliners not to vibrate so much at take off. Research published in the International Journal of Aerodynamics points to blue skies thinking that might explain the phenomenon and find ways to reduce the safety and image problems associated with this troubling aircraft noise.

Engineer Stanislaw Raczynski of the Universidad Panamericana, in Mexico City, Mexico, has used a gas flow simulation tool to follow the way in which low acoustic oscillations develop on the underside of an aircraft’s wings as it gains speed ready for takeoff. Aside from being noisy and worrying to some passengers, there is a serious engineering issue that can arise if the oscillations match the resonant frequency of the wings or fuselage. Raczynski’s simulations point to specific vibration patterns, their amplitude and frequency, that arise under certain conditions. Perhaps of greatest concern is that he has identified several low, sub-acoustic frequencies (so-called infrasound as opposed to ultrasound which is above the audible frequency range). Such oscillations can produce forces of up to several hundred kilograms per square meter of wing area.

“The air movement around the wing produces several infrasound frequencies, explains Raczynski, “Those oscillations may not be strong enough to cause damage but these frequencies can enter into resonance with the fuselage andproduce quite strong effects.” He adds, that, “During takeoff, such infrasound frequencies may also coincide with the natural frequency of the air column between the wing and the ground which could multiply the effect.”

While there are numerous design features in place in modern aircraft to reduce audible noise and some vibration, these low frequency oscillations are more worrying from a structural engineering point of view. “Model parameters used in simulations are always charged with some degree of uncertainty,” adds Raczynski. “Perhaps, more useful is the qualitative outcome of the simulations, rather than the quantitative results given that the problem is closely connected to aircraft safety”. He concludes that deeper investigations should be carried out to aid the design of new aircraft and avoid accidents.

Raczynski, S. (2016) ‘Why a jetliner vibrates during takeoff: simulating air oscillations under the wing‘, Int. J. Aerodynamics, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.125-132.



Special issue published: "Accounting Research in Germany"

2016-11-28T19:00:02.748+00:00

International Journal of Critical Accounting 8(3/4) 2016
  • Preparers' perceptions on the consequences of introducing IFRS for SMEs - evidence from German small and medium-sized entities
  • Increased materiality judgments in financial accounting and external audit: a critical comparison between German and international standard setting
  • Are 'Big Four audits' really better? - Some remarks on the 'Big Four dichotomy' in the German audit market
  • Methods for the analysis of verbal reporting instruments - a comparison of different approaches 
  • Critical theory: Immanuel Kant's critics of philosophy-critical accounting
Additional paper
  • New inflection points identified in the evolution of IAS 38 Intangible Assets: a critical approach



Special issue published: "Current Trends and Improvements in Software Engineering Practices"

2016-11-28T17:00:05.231+00:00

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 54(4) 2016
  • Software change prediction: a literature review
  • Historical prioritisation and reprioritisations using hierarchical historical R-tree
  • Rewriting rule-based model for aspect-oriented software evolution
  • Method-level incremental code clone detection using hybrid approach
  • Enhancing the fault prediction accuracy of CK metrics using high precision cohesion metric
  • QM4MAS: a quality model for multi-agent systems
  • Investigating the relationship between project constraints and appropriate iteration length in agile development through simulations
  • Optimised class point approach for software effort estimation using adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system model
  • Identification of crosscutting concerns at design level
  • Combined architectural framework for the selection of architectures using ATAM, FAHP and CBAM
  • Requirements driven test prioritisation approach for web service composition



Call for papers: "Inventory Systems and Fuzzy Set Theory"

2016-11-28T15:00:10.991+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Supply Chain and Inventory Management.

Inventory systems deal with any activities to manage the inventory of raw materials, works in process, finished products, spares and equipment. Since the date that the first essential inventory system called economic order Quantity (EOQ) model was created by Ford Whitman Harris, several models have been developed and implemented in industry. Nowadays, the increasing complexity of inventory management advocates for inventory models that explicitly consider the uncertainty of process and data. In this context, fuzzy set theory can be employed to effectively and efficiently explain and incorporate uncertain data, and fuzzy-based systems can directly aid decision-making in the real world. Specifically, fuzzy methods and techniques can be properly adopted to formulate real patterns in inventory systems.

The aim of this special issue is to contribute to the exchange of progress and advancements in the state-of-the-art of fuzzy inventory management and control models, as well as the future directions in this area. We aim to collect the most recent outstanding theoretical and practical research to help and support academics and practitioners engaged in inventory management fields. The contributed papers will attempt to cover algorithms, methodologies and applications in mentioned areas to deal with practices, policies and strategies.

Both technical and survey/review papers are welcome. We will select high-quality papers that pay attention to new methodologies to deal with the emerging problems. Specifically, papers must demonstrate substantial new contributions, and authors must explicitly indicate the scientific advances compared to the previously published research literature.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Fuzzy application of EOQ and EPQ rules
  • Uncertainty in supply chain management
  • Joint and multi-echelon inventory models
  • Newsvendor models
  • Reverse logistics and closed loop supply chain
  • Errors and asymmetric data in inventory control systems
  • Collaborative inventory models
  • Innovative replenishment rules
  • Performance evaluation in operations and supply chains
  • Management of uncertainties in inventory control system

Important Dates
Submission of Manuscripts: 1 March, 2017
Notification to Authors: 1 June, 2017
Final Versions Due: 1 September, 2017



Special issue published: "Building Information Modelling and the Product Lifecycle Management Perspective"

2016-11-28T13:35:06.978+00:00

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management 9(3) 2016
  • Principles and recommendations for client information requirements for BIM enabled construction projects in Qatar
  • Mechanical contractors: the key for supply chain integration in lifecycle BIM
  • Building information modelling-enabled best practices in AEC and takeaways for Finnish shipbuilding industry
  • Cross industry learning: a comparative study of product lifecycle management and building information modelling






Call for papers: "Innovations and New Frontiers for International Marketing and Management"

2016-11-25T15:00:19.416+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business and Globalisation.

In recent years, international business has witnessed significant changes; thus presenting new challenges within the fields of international marketing and management. The information revolution brought about by technological advances, new developments within the supply chain, and the increased importance of innovation and new business models are just some of the dynamic environmental shifts, which are changing the landscape.

In a fast changing market place, business organisations will need to better understand how to preserve their core competencies, whilst seeking out new ones in a proactive quest to compete effectively. Running parallel to this, however, is the enormous pressure internationalisation and global competition places on organisations; thus often resulting in the need to readdress or refocus on business processes, as a means to offer improved value for all the stakeholders involved, particularly the end consumer (Crawford & Nahmias, 2010).

The aim of this special issue is to provide a comprehensive synopsis of new ideas, developments or concepts within the international and business management domains, with a view to understanding some of the key challenges and subsequent practical implications for both SMEs and multinational companies. Papers may be conceptual or empirical and should cover in broad terms, the main theme of “New Frontiers for International Marketing and Management”. More specifically, the key objective of the special issue is to provide coverage of the following broad themes:
  • Future issues of international marketing
  • Future issues for international management
  • Circular economy
  • Digital transformations
  • Value co- creation
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 14th International CIRCLE Conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Marketing (consumer behavior; digital and social media; brand innovations)
  • Culture and consumption innovation
  • Circular economy (ecological interchange between organisations and consumers; ecological and ethical trading practices)
  • Strategy and organisation
  • Supply chain management
  • Accounting and finance
  • Economic issues
  • Quality assurance
  • Tourism, hospitality
  • Technology and innovation

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2016
Notification to authors: 1 March, 2017
Final versions due: 1 May, 2017









Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage

2016-11-24T17:00:26.298+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage are now available here for free:
  • Lessons from higher education: adapting Lean Six Sigma to account for structural differences in application domains
  • Lean implementation in the geriatric care sector in Sweden
  • Applying Lean Six Sigma tools to reduce the rate of slips, trips and falls for Joint Commission field staff
  • DFSS in marketing: designing an innovative value co-creation campaign
  • Using ISO (PDCA) and SCOR (PSMD) concepts for strategic partnership