21 January 2017

Call for papers: "Composite Materials: Fabrication, Engineering and Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation.

Currently, it is possible to define composite materials as “engineered materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct on a macroscopic level within the finished structure“. Recently, the use of advanced composites has been augmented in numerous areas of science and technology due to their exceptional mechanical and physical properties. Therefore, composites have the potential to substitute conventional materials in several fields of application such as automotive, biomedical, aeronautical and aerospace as well as in other areas in advanced industries.
 
We welcome the submission of high-quality research articles with experimental and computational developments applied in composite materials: fabrication, engineering and applications are welcome.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Polymeric matrix composites
  • Metal matrix composites
  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Nanocomposites
  • Biomedical composites
  • Structural composites
  • Hybrid composites
  • Green composites
  • Functional composites
  • Smart composites
  • Wood composites
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 October, 2017
Final versions due: 31 December, 2017


20 January 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Vehicle Performance

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Vehicle Performance are now available here for free:
  • Modelling and optimisation of pure electric vehicle powertrains: a comparison of single and two speed transmissions
  • Design validation of active trailer steering systems for improving the low-speed manoeuvrability of multi-trailer articulated heavy vehicles using driver-hardware/software-in-the-loop real-time simulations
  • Articulated heavy vehicle lateral dynamic analysis using an automated frequency response measuring technique
  • Driver vigilance level detection systems: a literature survey

Special issue published: "Advances in Evolutionary Computation, Fuzzy Logic and Swarm Intelligence"

International Journal of Swarm Intelligence 2(2/3/4) 2016
  • Task scheduling using multi-objective hamming discrete particle swarm optimisation in distributed systems
  • Evolutionary optimisation of atrial fibrillation diagnostic algorithms
  • Power factor and motor efficiency optimisation of three-phase linear induction motor using NSGA-II algorithm
  • An application of particle swarm optimisation method for solving network reconfiguration problem in distribution system
  • Optimal dipole planar antenna array design for different UHF band applications using cuckoo search algorithm
  • Exploring avoidance strategies and neighbourhood topologies in particle swarm optimisation 
  • Application of comprehensive learning particle swarm optimisation algorithm for maximum likelihood DOA estimation in wireless sensor networks
  • Fluctuation prediction of stock market index by adaptive evolutionary higher order neural networks
  • Chemical reaction optimisation: a hybrid technique applied to functional link artificial neural networks with least mean square learning for foreign exchange rates forecasting

Call for papers: "Measurement Science in Machining Technology"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials.

Measurement science is an essential part of modern engineering and technology, but it is not easy to define. It is possible to define measurement as “the assignment of a number to a characteristic of an object or event, which can be compared with other objects or events”. For this purpose, an improvement of the technical capability to use the concept of measurement is very important for the modern manufacturing industry.
 
Articles with experimental and computational developments applied in measurement science in machining technology are welcome. This special issue invites submissions of high-quality research articles related to measurement science in machining technology.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Accuracy and precision
  • Data analysis
  • Dimensional metrology
  • Industrial metrology
  • Reliability and sampling
  • Standardisation
  • Uncertainly
  • Experimental techniques
  • Image and signal processing
  • Instrumentation
  • Machining processes
  • Tool wear
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Cutting forces and cutting temperatures
  • Surface finish and surface integrity
  • Vibration and acoustic emission techniques
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 October, 2017
Final versions due: 31 December, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics are now available here for free:
  • Robust audio watermarking based on multi-carrier modulation
  • Shape descriptors-based generalised scheme for handwritten character recognition
  • Image denoising based on adaptive spatial segmentation and multi-scale correlation in directionlet domain
  • Multiobjective genetic algorithm-based adaptive wavelet design
  • Automatic continuous speech recogniser for Dravidian languages using the auto associative neural network
  • Automatic number plate recognition system by character position method
  • Genetic algorithms-based dominant feature selection for face detection application
  • Using ROI with ISOM compression to medical image
  • RVM-based human action classification through Gabor and Haar feature extraction
  • Frame differencing-based segmentation for low bit rate video codec using H.264
  • Towards a distributed and parallel schema for active appearance model implementation
  • Two approaches-based L2-SVMs reduced to MEB problems for dialect identification

Emotional security system

A security system is being developed that analyses the user’s brainwaves. The system then determines whether the user is in a fit mental state and grants them access to resources only if appropriate. Such a system might be used to control entry to a building, access to computer resources or even the withdrawal of money from an automated teller machine. It could also have applications in the military, electronic learning, and healthcare, according to research published in the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms.

Most security systems simply expect a PIN or password while biometric systems look for a fingerprint, a view of the user’s iris or retina or some other mundane but unique characteristic. Now, Violeta Tulceanu of the University of Iasi is adding an emotion detector to biometric security.
“The true engine of motivation is our capacity to perceive pleasure and fear pain, and thus, reward and punishment,” explains Tulceanu. “Our ability to react to dangerous situations is directly related to our capacity to relate to our environment, and our sense of self-preservation.” As such, if one is in a well-balanced emotional state one will react to external factors according to context, group expectations, education, cultural background, social norms and personal inclinations, these are what game theory refers to as rational players. However, we are emotional creatures subject to wants and desires, lusts, greed, happiness and sadness, as well as the psychoactive effects of chemical stimulants that might make access to particular resources in some contexts inappropriate or hazardous.

In the new approach, Tulceanu first trains the system to recognise a user’s emotional “fingerprint” based on the patterns of electrical brainwaves they generate when presented with specific, evocative auditive stimuli. Each emotional state is matched to a given pattern and these are then associated with particular configurations of the system that allow or preclude access to given resources. When the user next presents requesting access, the system simply measures the current electrical brain activity and if the result of processing the credentials matches the “emotional fingerprint” access is granted or refused accordingly.

The system might thus be used to assess whether a person is acting responsibly and of their own accord. Tulceanu suggests that such a system could be used to ensure the safety and security of individuals and those around them that might be at risk if access is granted to particular resources. After all, any of us might suffer from depression, stress, or anxiety, as well as substance abuse which might affect detrimentally decisions made when accessing sensitive resources. Future work on this system involves being able to predict slow variations in the emotional state that may indicate a degenerative mental illness or chronic depression, helping prevent critical episodes.

Until recently, studies of emotion have been tarred with a somewhat pseudoscientific brush dating back to the nineteenth century and such quackery as phrenology. However, modern research techniques show that far from being ineffable, emotion is completely neurological, and lies at the core of all learning mechanisms. Thus, it can be treated more objectively in appropriate contexts.


Tulceanu, V. (2017) ‘Brainwave authentication using emotional patterns‘, Int. J. Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.1-31.

19 January 2017

Call for papers: "Intelligent Computation Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms.

Traditional intelligent computation systems proselytize research areas due to their capability to deal with commercial applications for next-generation technologies. Intelligent computation systems afford knowledge ambiguity and allow perspicacity in the decision-making process on research topics, with applications in every sector of the economy. Hybridisation of intelligent computation systems creates huge opportunities for both developers and researchers from intellectual fields and industries worldwide.
 
We are seeing developments in disparate areas and the onset of prevalent intelligent computation resources for finding real-time applications. Intelligent computational systems are mainly concerned with sustaining facile solutions using supervised machine learning, artificial neural networks, computer graphics, fuzzy systems, natural language processing, neural-symbolic processing, scientific computing, swarm intelligence, collaborative intelligence and intelligent computation system architectures.
 
This special issue aims to convey the extensive scope of issues related to the practice and theory of intelligent computation systems, and thus to inspire researchers to work for the benefit of mankind with factual analysis in research areas such as information security, computers and digital techniques, digital imaging, biomedical engineering and health informatics, management and data systems.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Intelligent computation system architectures
  • Intelligent system natural language processing
  • Algorithms for intelligent computation systems
  • Collaborative Intelligence
  • Machine learning and data systems
  • Fuzzy systems and artificial intelligence
  • Glow worm swarm intelligence
  • Soft computing approach and intelligent computation system
  • Wired/wireless integrated networks
  • Advanced intelligent computation paradigms
  • Intelligence for security
  • Bio-Inspired intelligent computing
  • Evolutionary computation and data science
  • Cyber intelligent computation system
  • Intelligent interfaces and hybrid systems
  • Bioinformatics and computational systems
  • Digital imaging and biomedical engineering
  • Ant colony optimisation
  • Knowledge-based intelligent system
  • Network approaches to big data science
  • Telecommunication networks and wireless/mobile network security
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 10 August, 2018
Final versions due: 30 November, 2018

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Bio-Inspired Metaheuristics and Their Engineering Applications: Part 1"

International Journal of Metaheuristics 5(3/4) 2016
  • Enriched artificial bee colony metaheuristic for hierarchical goal programming engineering design problems
  • An empirical study of population-based metaheuristics for the multiple-choice multidimensional knapsack problem
  • Bi-criteria parallel machine scheduling using nature-inspired hybrid flower pollination algorithm
  • Prediction of the bottled propane gas sales using a neural network-based model
  • Optimal design of PIDA controller for induction motor using Spider Monkey Optimization algorithm

18 January 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients 2017

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Flying with cosmic radiation

Regulations on exposure to cosmic radiation for air passengers and crew exist but the public and air crews generally know very little about the risks, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation.

Without the protection of 5 miles of the Earth’s atmosphere above them, air travellers are more exposed to cosmic radiation than those who keep their feet firmly on the ground. There is a problem of accumulation for frequent flyers and air crews. However, despite the fact that regulations on exposure do exist in Europe and elsewhere, the public and air crews themselves are largely unaware of the issue, says Nataša Tomic-Petrovic of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, at the University of Belgrade, in Serbia. She has investigated this problem and presented a number of research studies on the risks to flyers associated with exposure to ionizing radiation from solar flares and outer space.

Tomic-Petrovic points out that exposure to ionizing radiation is an important risk factor for the development of cancer as the ionizing effect damages biomolecules. Among those biomolecules is DNA, mutations in which can trigger the uncontrolled cell replication of cancer. Cancer can sometimes result from repeated small doses of radiation of which we are completely unaware in our day to day lives our bodies not having the built in equivalent of a radiation detector. However, the effect of exposure to cosmic radiation on cancer risk is yet to be proven.

“European or worldwide environmental legislation is necessary, but also modern environmental education,” suggests Tomic-Petrovic. “Investments in the knowledge of citizens and informing them of the risks of radiation in aviation, its effects and manner of protection should become the priority for all of us.”

Tomic-Petrovic, N.M. (2016) ‘Radiation in aviation – risks and legal protection’, Int. J. Sustainable Aviation, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.159–169.

Call for papers: "New Technologies in the Big Data Era"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication.

In the era of big data, the complexity of data analysis and information extraction has grown dramatically. There is an increasing demand for scalable solutions that can handle the storage and acquisition bandwidth of current sensing and data analysis systems. Every discussion on big data usually includes a passing reference to the ubiquity of sensors: as we collect more data through sensors, we'll need tools to take advantage of data. The focus has been primarily on the tools that help you store and manage, visualise and summarise, and finally, analyse and make sense of big data collections. Since the leading big data innovators have tended to be web companies, data acquisition has often involved data exhaust or crawled data. The mechanics and details of collecting data from the physical world have garnered less attention.
 
Rather than store and discard many signals/measurements, it would be more efficient if one can acquire only the necessary signals to begin with. Nowadays, to keep abreast with the development in computational technologies, the big data processing system and the information management system have undergone a great change with the new computation method is getting more popular and the internet technology has also evolved swiftly, the new method has impact on the big data processing and information management system changes.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Big data analysis algorithms
  • Sparse representation for pattern recognition and classification
  • Dictionary learning for sparse representation and modelling
  • Sparsity-based event detection and classification in sensor networks
  • Algorithms for big data mining
  • Compressive sensing methods in big data storage
  • Measurement/sampling procedures
  • Mathematical theory of compressive sensing
  • Compressive sensing for multiple signals or with additional information
  • Hardware implementation of compressive sensing systems
  • Applications of compressive sensing
  • Big data systems and engineering method in big data era
  • Big data novel theory, algorithm and applications
  • Big data Infrastructure, MapReduce and cloud computing
  • Big data visualisation
  • Big data semantics, scientific discovery and intelligence
  • Big data performance analysis and large-scale deployment
  • Big data placement, scheduling, and optimisation
  • Storage and computation management of big data
  • Large-scale big data workflow management
  • Mobility and big data
  • Sensor network, social network and big data
  • Big data applications in social network/web service/health/and so on
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 April, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 June, 2017
Final versions due: 15 August, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Process Systems Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Configurations for multiple thermal energy storages in thermal networks
  • Analytical and experimental investigation of thermal efficiency improvement of thermochemical water splitting for hydrogen production
  • Economic and environmental analysis of a green energy hub with energy storage under fixed and variable pricing structures
  • Smart grids vs. storage management
  • Heat management in a campus cafeteria with optimal insulation thickness for thermal comfort of a space-variant manikin
  • Automotive underbody diffuser for battery thermal management
  • Robust hydro-thermal power system controller considering energy capacitor system and wind power source
  • Incentives for the reuse of electric vehicle batteries for load-shifting in residences
  • Energy and exergy analyses of power generation via an integrated biomass post-firing combined-cycle
  • Improving the accuracy of the single diode PV models
  • gpuMF: a framework for parallel hybrid metaheuristics on GPU with application to the minimisation of harmonics in multilevel inverters
  • Single phase low THD optimised inverter for PV voltage regulation

New Editor for International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

Dr. Idil Atak from Ryerson University in Canada has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

17 January 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering"

International Journal of Big Data Intelligence 4(1) 2017
  • PaloPro: a platform for knowledge extraction from big social data and the news
  • Optimising column family for OLAP queries in HBase
  • A knowledge-based integrated framework for increasing social management intelligence
  • Additional paper
  • HCEm model and a comparative workload analysis of Hadoop cluster

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials are now available here for free:
  • Experimental investigation of effect of roller burnishing process parameters on surface roughness and surface hardness of C40E steel
  • Chip formation characteristics in the machining of titanium alloys: a review
  • Morphological investigation of Ti-6Al-4V chips produced by conventional turning
  • Experimental investigation on part quality and metallic particle emission when milling 6061-T6 aluminium alloy
  • Experimental investigation on electrical discharge machining of RENE80 nickel super alloy
  • Prediction of critical thrust force for exit-ply delamination during drilling composite laminates: thermo-mechanical analysis
  • Effects of electrode configuration on MRR and EWR during electric discharge machining of Al/10wt%SiCp-MMC
  • Influence of process parameters on material removal rate and surface roughness in WED-machining of Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy
  • Study the effect of black layer on electrode wear ratio in powder mixed electric discharge machining of titanium alloys
  • Machinability of carbon/epoxy composites by electrical discharge machining

Call for papers: "Mergers and Acquisitions in the High-tech Industry: Investment Strategies, Value Creation and Innovation"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have been studied using different approaches that have generated a considerable amount of empirical and theoretical studies, resulting in a high fragmentation of points of view (Capasso and Meglio, 2005). This phenomenon is particularly true for high-tech sectors that have been increasingly characterised by a significant expansion of M&As’ activity (Chadam and Pastuszak 2013; Rossi et al., 2013). Furthermore, the very definition of “hi-tech M&A” also presents difficulties. In fact, M&As in high technology sectors concern two different typologies of acquisitions: the acquisition of high-tech companies and acquisitions in which technology is only one component of the acquired firm’s assets (Ahuja and Katila 2001).
 
The purpose of this Special Issue is to analyse the phenomenon of mergers and acquisitions in high-tech sectors. Recent years have witnessed an impressive wave of M&As, but these operations, despite their popularity, have produced mixed results for their stakeholders and presented no systemic vision (Rossi, 2015).
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • M&A and value creation
  • M&A in different countries,
  • M&A in different industries (high-tech vs. traditional)
  • M&A as financial choice
  • Organisational changes in M&As
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2017
Final versions due: 15 September, 2017
 
 
References
Ahuja, G. and Katila, R. (2001), "Technological acquisitions and the innovation performance of acquiring firms: a longitudinal Study", Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 197-220
Capasso, A. and Meglio, O. (2005), "Knowledge transfer in mergers and acquisition: how frequent acquirers lean to manage the integration process", in Capasso, A., Dagnino, G.B. and Lanza, A. (Eds), Strategic Capabilities and Knowledge Transfer within and between Organizations, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
Chadam, J. and Pastuszak, Z. (2013), "Acquisitions: how should a project be successfully executed?", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 113, No. 9, pp. 1270-1285
Rossi, M., Tarba, S.Y. and Raviv, A. (2013), "Mergers and acquisitions in the hightech industry: a literature review", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 66-82.
Rossi, M., Thrassou, A. and Vrontis, D. (2015), "Biotechnological mergers and acquisitions: features, trends and new dynamics", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 91-109

16 January 2017

Special issue published: "Advances in Computational Science, Information Technology and Engineering"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 14(1) 2017
  • Multimodal approach for non-tagged indoor identification and tracking using smart floor and pyroelectric infrared sensors
  • Cloud-assisted data management in wireless body area networks
  • A new strategy for bridging the semantic gap in image retrieval
  • A scalable Map Reduce tasks scheduling: a threading-based approach
Additional papers
  • A resource allocation evolutionary algorithm for OFDM system
  • A GPU-based statistical image up-sampling method by using edge templates
  • The risk control evaluation for supply chain based on knowledge management
  • Combining the IMM with second order debiased converted measurement for detonation control

Call for papers: "Anatomy of Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship: Past, Present and Future"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

Little attention, if any, has been paid to one of the most recent “branches” of entrepreneurship: cultural and creative entrepreneurship. Sometimes, correctly or wrongly confused with social entrepreneurship, creative and cultural entrepreneurship has emerged as an independent research field in the last decades.
 
From the pioneering article by Paul DiMaggio in 1982, cultural and creative entrepreneurship as a research and teaching field has developed significantly in the last thirty years. In the Netherlands, and in many parts of continental Europe, in North America and Australia, cultural and creative entrepreneurship has flourished and degrees or specific courses are now part of the regular educational offerings by arts, social sciences and business faculties. As an academic field, cultural and creative entrepreneurship knowledge circulates in many well-known international conferences (EURAM, EGOS, IECER, among others) and academic journals are devoting special attention on this nascent field. Looking back at these developments we wish to invite contributions that reflect upon the academic journey of this recent field.
 
This special issue seeks to identify the epistemological development of cultural and creative entrepreneurship over time. More specifically, the objective is to detect the paradigmatic shifts in this field, to gain an understanding of its evolution, trajectory changes, present state and possible future developments.
 
The development of the concept of cultural and creative entrepreneurship during the last decades occurred at different levels: intergovernmental or policy and academic level. The United Nations, as well as the European Parliament and European Commission, have all focused on the emergence of a new paradigm in which entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation represent the key drivers of the economy (UNESCO/PNUD Report on the creative economy, 2013, European Parliament, 2013, European Commission, 2010). This specific focus on the creative and cultural activities as a blueprint of the new entrepreneurial dynamics may be explained as a way to understand better the effects of creativity on entrepreneurship and innovation and its relationship to the social, cultural and geographical context. Moreover, it implies the recognition of the role of the cultural and creative entrepreneur to the vitality and health of economies at national and international levels as well.
 
Richard Caves’s work published in 2000 on creative industries opened up the stream on entrepreneurship studies within the cultural and creative sectors. Several conceptual/theoretical articles (among others, Ellmeier, 2003; Rae, 2005; Swedberg, 2006, Klamer, 2011; Mokyr, 2013; Essig, 2015) and some books (Henry, 2008; HKU, 2010; Henry and De Bruyn, 2011, Lazzeretti, 2013; Kuhlke et al. 2015) have been published on these topics since then. However, looking at this existing literature, we can observe a very fragmented production in which it is hardly possible to discern clear focuses, orientations and approaches. Single pieces focusing on specific - but relevant - aspects are there but the skeleton of the discipline seems to be weak and fragile. Presently, limited knowledge is produced about the emergence, development and current state of cultural entrepreneurship research today (Hausmann and Heinze 2014).
 
Applying Linneo’s approach, we have species but no clear nomenclature of creative and cultural entrepreneurship. This “nomenclature” and its development in paradigms should be thoroughly investigated first to understand the genealogy, dynamics and implications of this new discipline and second to be able to trace some possible feature developments. Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to develop a critical reflection on the state of the art of this discipline and understand where we actually are: “As a body of literature develops, it is useful to stop occasionally, take inventory for the work that has been done, and identify new directions and challenges for the future” (Low and MacMillan, 1998, p. 139).
 
Bearing this in mind, we aim to initiate constructive discussions on selected issues concerning cultural and creative entrepreneurship, which will frame the future research agenda. Moreover, we want to have an interdisciplinary approach including contributions from entrepreneurship and management, sociology, psychology, innovation and creative and cultural industries. We wish to invite contributions that reflect on two main areas: theories and concepts, and education in cultural and creative entrepreneurship.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Theories and Concepts: Is there a theoretical core in cultural and creative entrepreneurship? Are the theories that are used and taught simply re-contextualised entrepreneurship theories? Are there some main ideas and concepts that have emerged over the last decades that could point to an emerging differentiation and a distinct identity for cultural and creative entrepreneurship? To what extent do cultural and creative entrepreneurship differ from other varieties of entrepreneurship? What are the shared grounds of cultural and creative entrepreneurship with the other varieties of entrepreneurship? Focusing on the last two decades, what research themes and trends have been most consistent within the field of cultural and creative entrepreneurship? Why and how can we explain their consistency?
  • Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Education: How has the cultural and creative entrepreneurship curriculum developed over the last two decades? Are the existing programs capturing the specificity of culture and creativity entrepreneurship or simply reproducing the formats adopted in business school environments for teaching entrepreneurship? Are there significant changes? From an historical perspective, what can we say about the paradigms in cultural and creative entrepreneurship education so far? Are there any relevant links between the theory and the education practice?
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 20 April, 2017
Notification to authors: 10 June, 2017
Final versions due: 30 July, 2017

Special issue published: "Refugee (Re)Settlement: Law, Policy and Service Provision in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK"

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 3(1) 2017
  • Aspirational yet precarious: compliance of New Zealand refugee settlement policy with international human rights obligations
  • Refugee healthcare in Canada: responses to the 2012 changes to the interim federal health program 
  • Settling refugees in Australia: achievements and challenges
  • The rights of resettled refugees in the UK: lessons for 'new' resettlement states and rights based advocacy for refugees
  • Coming and going: the impacts of precarious work and non-citizenship on immigrant in- and out-migration in New Brunswick

Research Picks Extra – January 2017

Amping innovation up to “11”
There are pros and cons to innovation that emerges from the activities of hobbyists according to researchers in Finland who have taken the CreamSound guitar amplifier as a case study. They point out that the product users and the innovators being one and the same are inevitably highly passionate about the work. Conversely, except in rare cases, resources at the disposal of the innovators are limited. The findings add to the small but growing knowledge surrounding customer- and user-centred innovation an increasingly important topic in product development and subsequent marketing of novel products and new designs of old products. The advent of social networking could hobbyist innovators could gain skills and become more effective through greater communication and connectivity.
Salmela, E., Häkkinen, K. and Rantala, J. (2017) ‘Hobbyists as a super group of user-centred innovation – case CreamSound guitar amplifier’, Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp.223–245.

More power to your elbow
Biomechanics is yet to reach its full potential consistent with improving healthcare delivery, according to researchers in India. The team’s analysis of a persistent and ubiquitous joint problem – elbow pain, often referred to as tennis elbow, or golfer’s elbow depending on the specific location of the problem, has allowed them to show how biomechanics coupled with software might be more efficaciously employed in understanding such a problem. Fundamentally, they have determined the nature of the forces involved in elbow flexion and the angle through which the elbow functions most effectively. While, the specific case offers a good example of an analysis with a biomechanics approach, it also serves as a model for how biomechanics might mature.
Pujari, S., Venkatesh, T. and Kumar, M.D.S. (2016) ‘Analysis of Muscle moment and reaction force of elbow joint during flexion moment’, Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp.370–376

The tourist age
The competitiveness of any given tourist attraction depends on happy visitors who enjoy the visit and feel they got value for money and would consider a return revisit or at the least recommend the attraction to other people. The age of visitors to an attraction is critical to profiling the tourist demographic especially given that certain types of attraction may be broadly of more interest to certain age groups than others. Moreover, the image of a given destination may give potential visitors in different age groups preconceptions about that attraction and either encourage or discourage them from visiting. A US study offers new insights into how age affects satisfaction and points to new approaches to tourist marketing and business practices that could bolster the industry.
Li, J., Ali, F. and Kim, W.G. (2017) ‘Age matters: how demographics influence visitor perception and attitude at the destination level’, Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp.149–164.

Optimising sperm
Complex problems often require complex answers. However, mimicking natural processes such as the way in which a bee colony seeks out flowers rich in nectar, bats hunt flying insects, or ants control the colony can be a way to find simpler solutions to such problems. Indeed, a whole field has grown out of biomimetic optimisation. Now, a team from Egypt and Yemen has turned to the natural process of how sperm follow a chemical attractant given off by the egg to achieve internal fertilisation as a novel way to optimise certain problems. The team has coded a computer algorithm that mimics the behaviour of many sperm of different “motility” flowing towards the ovum in the reproductive tract guided by a chemoattractant. The algorithm can then solve a global optimisation problem without resorting to much more long-winded trial-and-error approaches commonly used for such engineering problems as design of gear trains or liquid transport containers.
Raouf, O.A. and Hezam, I.M. (2017) ‘Sperm motility algorithm: a novel metaheuristic approach for global optimisation’, Int. J. Operational Research, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp.143–163.

15 January 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies are now available here for free:
  • Negotiating boundaries at (central) margins: migrants and sex work in a South African border town
  • 'Debordering' and 'rebordering': discriminatory and racial discourses of borders under globalisation
  • Medico-legal borders and the shaping of health services for Afghans in Iran: physical, social, bureaucratic, and public health conditions of care
  • Asylum v. sovereignty in the 21st century: how nation-states breach international law to block access to asylum
  • US refugee resettlement policy and international human rights treaty obligations: a mixed record

Inderscience is media partner for Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases Europe 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases Europe 2017 (15-16 May 2017, Berlin, Germany).

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Call for papers: "Creativity Management and Engineering"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.

This Special Issue will focus on the areas of creativity management and engineering with a particular emphasis in human resource management and production engineering.
 
It seeks cultural and geographic diversity in studies of human resource management and engineering and uses that have a special impact on organisational communications, change processes and work practices, reflecting the diversity of societal and infrastructural conditions.
 
Creativity management and engineering, worldwide, is facing enormous challenges by sweeping political, social and economic changes. Whether we are a manager, an engineer, a policy maker, a strategist, a practitioner, or a researcher, we need to know what is happening, in both national and international environments, to be able to understand and develop effective responses to meet these new demands and challenges.
 
We aim to increase the knowledge and effectiveness of all those involved in creativity management and engineering whether in the profit or non-profit sectors or in the public or private sectors.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Human resources management
  • Culture and organisational behaviour
  • Management innovation
  • Organisational creativity
  • Creativity management
  • Sustainable organisational practices and innovation
  • Sustainable management
  • Production engineering
  • Strategic management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business strategy
  • Interdisciplinary management
  • Decision analysis
  • Production management
  • Logistics
  • Knowledge management
  • Operations strategy and planning
  • Scheduling and control
  • Optimisation techniques
  • Statistical and computational methods
  • Quality management
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Inventory management

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2017
Final versions due: 30 December, 2017