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See detailA17044 Community health workers for non-communicable disease interventions in the digital age
Mishra, Shiva Raj; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Neupane, Dinesh et al

in Journal of Hypertension (2018, October)

Objectives: In this study, we review the evidence and discuss how the digitalization affects the CHWs programs for tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs ... [more ▼]

Objectives: In this study, we review the evidence and discuss how the digitalization affects the CHWs programs for tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Methods: We conducted a review of literature covering two databases: PubMED and Embase. A total of 97 articles were abstracted for full text review of which 21 are included in the analysis. Existing theories were used to construct a conceptual framework for understanding how digitalization affects the prospects of CHW programs for NCDs. Results: We identified three benefits and three challenges of digitalization. Firstly, it will help improve the access and quality of services, notwithstanding its higher establishment and maintenance costs. Secondly, it will add efficiency in training and personnel management. Thirdly, it will leverage the use of data generated across grass-roots platforms to further research and evaluation. The challenges posed are related to funding, health literacy of CHWs, and systemic challenges related to motivating CHWs. More than 60 digital platforms were identified, including mobile based networking devices (used for behavioral change communication), Web-applications (used for contact tracking, reminder system, adherence tracing, data collection, and decision support), videoconference (used for decision support) and mobile applications (used for reminder system, supervision, patients’ management, hearing screening, and tele-consultation). Conclusion: The digitalization efforts of CHW programs are afflicted by many challenges, yet the rapid technological penetration and acceptability coupled with the gradual fall in costs constitute encouraging signals for the LMICs. Both CHWs interventions and digital technologies are not inexpensive, but they may provide better value for the money. [less ▲]

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See detailAcceptability and Acceptance of Autonomous Mobility on Demand: The Impact of an Immersive Experience
Distler, Verena UL; Lallemand, Carine UL; Thierry, Bellet

in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2018, April)

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to fundamentally change existing transportation systems. Beyond legal concerns, these societal evolutions will critically depend on user acceptance. As an emerging ... [more ▼]

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to fundamentally change existing transportation systems. Beyond legal concerns, these societal evolutions will critically depend on user acceptance. As an emerging mode of public transportation [7], Autonomous mobility on demand (AMoD) is of particular interest in this context. The aim of the present study is to identify the main components of acceptability (before first use) and acceptance (after first use) of AMoD, following a user experience (UX) framework. To address this goal, we conducted three workshops (N=14) involving open discussions and a ride in an experimental autonomous shuttle. Using a mixed-methods approach, we measured pre-immersion acceptability before immersing the participants in an on-demand transport scenario, and eventually measured post-immersion acceptance of AMoD. Results show that participants were reassured about safety concerns, however they perceived the AMoD experience as ineffective. Our findings highlight key factors to be taken into account when designing AMoD experiences. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate error estimate in energy norm using a nearly-equilibrated kinematically-admissible displacement recovery technique
Nadal, E.; González-Estrada, O. A.; Ródenas, J. J. et al

in Pimienta, P M (Ed.) 10th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM 2012) (2012)

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See detailAccurate evaluation of K in XFEM using error estimation in quantities of interest based on equilibrated recovery
González-Estrada, O. A.; Ródenas, J. J.; Nadal, E. et al

in Bordas, Stéphane; Kerfriden, P (Eds.) 2nd International Conference on the Extended Finite Element Method (2011)

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See detailAccurate evaluation of stress intensity factors using error estimation in quantities of interest based on equilibrated recovery
González-Estrada, O. A.; Ródenas, J. J.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Oliver, J; Jirasek, M; Allix, O (Eds.) et al Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures. Proceedings of CFRAC 2011 (2011)

During the last years the use of error estimators which measure the error in a quantity of interest defined by the analyst, instead of the energy norm, have become increasingly popular as they provide an ... [more ▼]

During the last years the use of error estimators which measure the error in a quantity of interest defined by the analyst, instead of the energy norm, have become increasingly popular as they provide an error indicator for goal oriented adaptivity procedures. In this paper we propose an a posteriori recovery-based error estimation procedure which considers the stress intensity factor K typical of singular problems as the quantity of interest in finite element (FE) approximations. In general, error estimators in quantities of interest have been based on residual techniques and, although recovery techniques have been often preferred when considering the error in energy norm due to their robustness and simplicity, so far, there is no available procedure which considers an equilibrated recovery technique that can be used in standard FE frameworks. In [1] a standard SPR recovery technique is used to obtain an error measure of the J-integral, which is closely related to the value of the SIF. However, it does not consider any equilibrium constraints or the singularity near the crack tip, thus the obtained recovered stress field is not well suited for this kind of problems. The technique proposed herein relies on the enhanced superconvergent patch recovery technique presented in [2] to evaluate highly accurate recovered stress fields of the primal and dual problems, which are then used to obtain a sharp error estimate. The primal problem is simply the problem under analysis. To formulate the dual problem we consider the linear interaction integral representing K to obtain the applied loads of the dual FE approximation to solve. The high accuracy of the recovered stress fields for both the primal and dual solutions is obtained by decomposing the raw stress field obtained from the finite element approximations into singular and smooth parts, and enforcing the fulfilment of boundary and internal equilibrium equations. The results indicate an accurate estimation of the error in K for benchmark problems with exact solution. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate fracture modelling using meshless methods, the visibility criterion and level sets: Formulation and 2D modelling
Zhuang, Xiaoying; Augarde, Charles; Bordas, Stéphane UL

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2011), 86(2), 249-268

Fracture modelling using numerical methods is well-advanced in 2D using techniques such as the extended finite element method (XFEM). The use of meshless methods for these problems lags somewhat behind ... [more ▼]

Fracture modelling using numerical methods is well-advanced in 2D using techniques such as the extended finite element method (XFEM). The use of meshless methods for these problems lags somewhat behind, but the potential benefits of no meshing (particularly in 3D) prompt continued research into their development. In methods where the crack face is not explicitly modelled (as the edge of an element for instance), two procedures are instead used to associate the displacement jump with the crack surface: the visibility criterion and the diffraction method. The visibility criterion is simple to implement and efficient to compute, especially with the help of level set coordinates. However, spurious discontinuities have been reported around crack tips using the visibility criterion, whereas implementing the diffraction method in 3D is much more complicated than the visibility criterion. In this paper, a tying procedure is proposed to remove the difficulty with the visibility criterion so that crack tip closure can be ensured while the advantages of the visibility criterion can be preserved. The formulation is based on the use of level set coordinates and the element-free Galerkin method, and is generally applicable for single or multiple crack problems in 2D or 3D. The paper explains the formulation and provides verification of the method against a number of 2D crack problems. [less ▲]

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See detailAn accurate, stable and efficient domain-type meshless method for the solution of MHD flow problems
Bourantas, Georgios UL; Skouras, Eugene; Loukopoulos, Vasilios et al

in Journal of Computational Physics (2009), 228

The aim of the present paper is the development of an efficient numerical algorithm for the solution of magnetohydrodynamics flow problems for regular and irregular geometries subject to Dirichlet ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present paper is the development of an efficient numerical algorithm for the solution of magnetohydrodynamics flow problems for regular and irregular geometries subject to Dirichlet, Neumann and Robin boundary conditions. Toward this, the meshless point collocation method (MPCM) is used for MHD flow problems in channels with fully insulating or partially insulating and partially conducting walls, having rectangular, circu- lar, elliptical or even arbitrary cross sections. MPC is a truly meshless and computationally efficient method. The maximum principle for the discrete harmonic operator in the mesh- free point collocation method has been proven very recently, and the convergence proof for the numerical solution of the Poisson problem with Dirichlet boundary conditions have been attained also. Additionally, in the present work convergence is attained for Neumann and Robin boundary conditions, accordingly. The shape functions are constructed using the Moving Least Squares (MLS) approximation. The refinement procedure with meshless methods is obtained with an easily handled and fully automated manner. We present results for Hartmann number up to 105 . The numerical evidences of the proposed meshless method demonstrate the accuracy of the solutions after comparing with the exact solution and the conventional FEM and BEM, for the Dirichlet, Neumann and Robin boundary con- ditions of interior problems with simple or complex boundaries. [less ▲]

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See detailACTIVITY-TRAVEL BEHAVIOUR IN THE CONTEXT OF WORKPLACE RELOCATION
Sprumont, François UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Travel behaviour analysis is a complex task because of the myriad of determinants influencing decision makers. The commuting trip constitutes an important travel purpose, but is not the dominant one ... [more ▼]

Travel behaviour analysis is a complex task because of the myriad of determinants influencing decision makers. The commuting trip constitutes an important travel purpose, but is not the dominant one. Because of its spatial and temporal concentration, the commuting flow is an ideal target for mobility management measures aiming at decreasing its negative externalities. Nevertheless, commuting travels are done in the frame of a more complex activity-travel chain, and some choices, whether on the short term (e.g. commuting mode choice) or in the longer term (e.g. where to live, buy a car) are done considering an ensemble of trips. Our research hypothesis is that workplace relocation, or more generally an event that strongly affects travellers’ trip chains, induces different and interrelated responses. Our research aim is to gain insight into this complex decision-making process, in order to better understand its relation with transport policy measures. [less ▲]

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See detailAdapting the IFM Framework to Functional Approaches Across Disciplines
Eisenbart, Boris UL; Gericke, Kilian UL; Blessing, Lucienne UL

in Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (2013)

Conceptual design is considered one of the most demanding design tasks requiring a joint effort of the involved designers, particularly in interdisciplinary design. The IFM framework intends to support ... [more ▼]

Conceptual design is considered one of the most demanding design tasks requiring a joint effort of the involved designers, particularly in interdisciplinary design. The IFM framework intends to support interdisciplinary collaboration of designers, by linking the different functional modelling perspectives, which are prominent in the different disciplines. The presented analysis aims to answer the question, which particular adaptations are required, in order to enable and improve the application of the IFM framework across disciplines. The paper presents a comparison of the framework with established functional approaches proposed in literature. It is shown, in which ways the specific contents addressed in the individual steps of the reviewed functional approaches can be mapped onto corresponding views in the IFM framework. The findings suggest that the IFM framework is interoperable with the reviewed functional approaches without necessitating fundamental changes. Furthermore, specific potentials for the improvement of its applicability across disciplines are derived. Finally, the paper discusses specific adaptations of the IFM framework, in order to improve its applicability. [less ▲]

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See detailAn adaptive flow anticipatory control using daily iterative learning in urban traffic networks
Huang, Wei; Tampere, Chris M.J.; Viti, Francesco UL

Scientific Conference (2014, June)

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See detailAdaptive high-gain extended kalman filter and applications
Boizot, Nicolas Richard UL

Doctoral thesis (2010)

The work concerns the ``observability problem” --- the reconstruction of a dynamic process's full state from a partially measured state--- for nonlinear dynamic systems. The Extended Kalman Filter (EKF ... [more ▼]

The work concerns the ``observability problem” --- the reconstruction of a dynamic process's full state from a partially measured state--- for nonlinear dynamic systems. The Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) is a widely-used observer for such nonlinear systems. However it suffers from a lack of theoretical justifications and displays poor performance when the estimated state is far from the real state, e.g. due to large perturbations, a poor initial state estimate, etc… We propose a solution to these problems, the Adaptive High-Gain (EKF). Observability theory reveals the existence of special representations characterizing nonlinear systems having the observability property. Such representations are called observability normal forms. A EKF variant based on the usage of a single scalar parameter, combined with an observability normal form, leads to an observer, the High-Gain EKF, with improved performance when the estimated state is far from the actual state. Its convergence for any initial estimated state is proven. Unfortunately, and contrary to the EKF, this latter observer is very sensitive to measurement noise. Our observer combines the behaviors of the EKF and of the high-gain EKF. Our aim is to take advantage of both efficiency with respect to noise smoothing and reactivity to large estimation errors. In order to achieve this, the parameter that is the heart of the high-gain technique is made adaptive. \textit{Voila}, the Adaptive High-Gain EKF. A measure of the quality of the estimation is needed in order to drive the adaptation. We propose such an index and prove the relevance of its usage. We provide a proof of convergence for the resulting observer, and the final algorithm is demonstrated via both simulations and a real-time implementation. Finally, extensions to multiple output and to continuous-discrete systems are given. [less ▲]

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See detailAn adaptive high-gain observer for nonlinear systems
Boizot, Nicolas UL; Busvelle, Eric; Gauthier, Jean-Paul

in Automatica (2010), 46(9), 1483-1488

In this paper the authors provide a solution to the noise sensitivity of high-gain observers. The resulting nonlinear observer possesses simultaneously 1) extended Kalman filter's good noise filtering ... [more ▼]

In this paper the authors provide a solution to the noise sensitivity of high-gain observers. The resulting nonlinear observer possesses simultaneously 1) extended Kalman filter's good noise filtering properties, and 2) the reactivity of the high-gain extended Kalman filter with respect to large perturbations. The authors introduce innovation as the quantity that drives the gain adaptation. They prove a general convergence result, propose guidelines to practical implementation and show simulation results for an example. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive Isogeometric analysis for plate vibrations: An efficient approach of local refinement based on hierarchical a posteriori error estimation
Yu, Peng; Anitescu, Cosmin; Tomar, Satyendra UL et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2018), 342

This paper presents a novel methodology of local adaptivity for the frequency-domain analysis of the vibrations of Reissner–Mindlin plates. The adaptive discretization is based on the recently developed ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a novel methodology of local adaptivity for the frequency-domain analysis of the vibrations of Reissner–Mindlin plates. The adaptive discretization is based on the recently developed Geometry Independent Field approximaTion (GIFT) framework, which may be seen as a generalization of the Iso-Geometric Analysis (IGA).Within the GIFT framework, we describe the geometry of the structure exactly with NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines), whilst independently employing Polynomial splines over Hierarchical T-meshes (PHT)-splines to represent the solution field. The proposed strategy of local adaptivity, wherein a posteriori error estimators are computed based on inexpensive hierarchical h-refinement, aims to control the discretization error within a frequency band. The approach sweeps from lower to higher frequencies, refining the mesh appropriately so that each of the free vibration mode within the targeted frequency band is sufficiently resolved. Through several numerical examples, we show that the GIFT framework is a powerful and versatile tool to perform local adaptivity in structural dynamics. We also show that the proposed adaptive local h-refinement scheme allows us to achieve significantly faster convergence rates than a uniform h-refinement. [less ▲]

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See detailEine adaptive Produktentwicklungsmethodik als Beitrag zur Prozessgestaltung in der Produktentwicklung
Meißner, Moritz; Gericke, Kilian UL; Gries, Bruno et al

in Proceedings of 16th Symposium Design for X (2005)

In den letzen Jahrzehnten ist eine Vielzahl von Modellen zur methodischen Unterstützung des Produktentwicklungsprozesses (PEP) entstanden. Diese präskriptiven Modelle beinhalten oft den impliziten ... [more ▼]

In den letzen Jahrzehnten ist eine Vielzahl von Modellen zur methodischen Unterstützung des Produktentwicklungsprozesses (PEP) entstanden. Diese präskriptiven Modelle beinhalten oft den impliziten Anspruch, in jeder Branche und auf die Entwicklung jeder Art von Produkten anwendbar zu sein. Um dem gerecht zu werden, beschreiben die Modelle den PEP auf einem relativ abstrakten Niveau. Eine Anpassung an den Kontext der Produktentwicklung erfolgt in der Regel nicht. Existierende Ansätze ermöglichen eine Analyse des Kontexts aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln, bieten jedoch keine konkreten Vorschläge, wie diese Analyse in den Prozess der Produktentwicklung einfließen kann. Welche Auswirkungen ausgewählte Kontextfaktoren auf tatsächliche PEP haben, geht aus einer schriftlichen Befragung von 1000 deutschen Unternehmen des produzierenden Gewerbes hervor. Es werden die Grundlagen einer Vorgehensweise beschrieben, welche basierend auf dem Kontext der Produktentwicklung die Gestaltung effektiver, effizienter, transparenter und methodisch unterstützter Produktentwicklungsprozesse ermöglichen soll. [less ▲]

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See detailAn adaptive singular ES-FEM for mechanics problems with singular field of arbitrary order
Nguyen-Xuan, H.; Liu, G. R.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2013), 253

This paper presents a singular edge-based smoothed finite element method (sES-FEM) for mechanics problems with singular stress fields of arbitrary order. The sES-FEM uses a basic mesh of three-noded ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a singular edge-based smoothed finite element method (sES-FEM) for mechanics problems with singular stress fields of arbitrary order. The sES-FEM uses a basic mesh of three-noded linear triangular (T3) elements and a special layer of five-noded singular triangular elements (sT5) connected to the singular-point of the stress field. The sT5 element has an additional node on each of the two edges connected to the singular-point. It allows us to represent simple and efficient enrichment with desired terms for the displacement field near the singular-point with the satisfaction of partition-of-unity property. The stiffness matrix of the discretized system is then obtained using the assumed displacement values (not the derivatives) over smoothing domains associated with the edges of elements. An adaptive procedure for the sES-FEM is proposed to enhance the quality of the solution with minimized number of nodes. Several numerical examples are provided to validate the reliability of the present sES-FEM method. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive smoothed stable extended finite element method for weak discontinuities for finite elasticity
Jansari, Chintan; Natarajan, Sundararajan; Beex, Lars UL et al

in European Journal of Mechanics. A, Solids (2019), 78

In this paper, we propose a smoothed stable extended finite element method (S2XFEM) by combining the strain smoothing with the stable extended finite element method (SXFEM) to efficiently treat inclusions ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a smoothed stable extended finite element method (S2XFEM) by combining the strain smoothing with the stable extended finite element method (SXFEM) to efficiently treat inclusions and/or voids in hyperelastic matrix materials. The interface geometries are implicitly represented through level sets and a geometry based error indicator is used to resolve the geometry. For the unknown fields, the mesh is refined based on a recovery based error indicator combined with a quadtree decomposition guarantee the method’s accuracy with respect to the computational costs. Elements with hanging nodes (due to the quadtree meshes) are treated as polygonal elements with mean value coordinates as the basis functions. The accuracy and the convergence properties are compared to similar approaches for several numerical examples. The examples indicate that S2XFEM is computationally the most efficient without compromising the accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive support domain implementation on the Moving Least Squares approximation for Mfree methods applied on elliptic and parabolic PDE problems using strong-form description
Bourantas, Georgios UL; Skouras, Eugene; Nikiforidis, George

in Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences (2009), 43

The extent of application of meshfree methods based on point collocation (PC) techniques with adaptive support domain for strong form Partial Differential Equations (PDE) is investigated. The basis ... [more ▼]

The extent of application of meshfree methods based on point collocation (PC) techniques with adaptive support domain for strong form Partial Differential Equations (PDE) is investigated. The basis functions are constructed using the Moving Least Square (MLS) approximation. The weak-form description of PDEs is used in most MLS methods to circumvent problems related to the increased level of resolution necessary near natural (Neumann) boundary conditions (BCs), dislocations, or regions of steep gradients. Alternatively, one can adopt Radial Basis Function (RBF) approximation on the strong-form of PDEs using meshless PC methods, due to the delta function behavior (exact solution on nodes). The present approach is one of the few successful attempts of using MLS approximation [Atluri, Liu, and Han (2006), Han, Liu, Rajendran and Atluri (2006), Atluri and Liu (2006)] instead of RBF approximation for the meshless PC method using strong-form description. To increase the accuracy of the MLS interpolation method and its robustness in problems with natural BCs, a suitable support domain should be chosen in order to ensure an optimized area of coverage for interpolation. To this end, the basis functions are constructed using two different approaches, pertinent to the dimension of the support domain. On one hand, a compact form for the support domain is retained by keeping its radius constant. On the other hand, one can control the number of neighboring nodes as the support domain of each point. The results show that some inaccuracies are present near the boundaries using the first approach, due to the limited number of nodes belonging to the support domain, which results in failed matrix inversion. Instead, the second approach offers capability for fully matrix inversion under many (if not all) circumstances, resulting in basis functions of increased accuracy and robustness. This PC method, applied along with an intelligent adaptive refinement, is demonstrated for elliptic and for parabolic PDEs, related to many flow and mass transfer problems. [less ▲]

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See detailAn adaptive variational Quasicontinuum methodology for lattice networks with localized damage
Rokos, Ondrej; Peerlings, Ron; Zeman, Jan et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017), 112(2),

Lattice networks with dissipative interactions can be used to describe the mechanics of discrete meso‐structures of materials such as 3D‐printed structures and foams. This contribution deals with the ... [more ▼]

Lattice networks with dissipative interactions can be used to describe the mechanics of discrete meso‐structures of materials such as 3D‐printed structures and foams. This contribution deals with the crack initiation and propagation in such materials and focuses on an adaptive multiscale approach that captures the spatially evolving fracture. Lattice networks naturally incorporate non‐locality, large deformations and dissipative mechanisms taking place inside fracture zones. Because the physically relevant length scales are significantly larger than those of individual interactions, discrete models are computationally expensive. The Quasicontinuum (QC) method is a multiscale approach specifically constructed for discrete models. This method reduces the computational cost by fully resolving the underlying lattice only in regions of interest, while coarsening elsewhere. In this contribution, the (variational) QC is applied to damageable lattices for engineering‐scale predictions. To deal with the spatially evolving fracture zone, an adaptive scheme is proposed. Implications induced by the adaptive procedure are discussed from the energy‐consistency point of view, and theoretical considerations are demonstrated on two examples. The first one serves as a proof of concept, illustrates the consistency of the adaptive schemes and presents errors in energies. The second one demonstrates the performance of the adaptive QC scheme for a more complex problem. [less ▲]

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