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Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, 2006. SOLI '06. IEEE International Conference on

Date 21-23 June 2006

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  • IEEE SOLI 2006 INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

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  • IEEE SOLI 2006 International Program Committee (IPC)

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  • Greetings from the General Chairs

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  • Understanding the Service Revolution

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  • Services research in China [Plenary speech]

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  • Services: The Other 75% of the Economy

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  • Service Operations & Logistics: Initiatives at the US National Science Foundation

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  • Using Mathematics to Solve Service Operations, Industrial, and Logistics Problems

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  • IT as a Service

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  • Research on the Evaluative System of Service Quality

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  • RFID - The Wireless Internet of Artifacts

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  • Transforming Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities

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  • Table of contents

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  • Prognostics in the control of logistics systems

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    The use of technological tools in logistics has the intention of increasing visibility, capacity and control in the supply chain. Decrease of uncertainties due to asymmetric data has been the constant challenge of management. Misdiagnosis of situations and equipment, inaccurate production planning, shrinkage and counterfeiting are some of the common problems as a consequence of erroneous information. The idea of prognostic logistics is to use real time information and an intelligent system to diagnose and predict early failures and hazardous situations. The automatic capture of information in prognostic logistics has the intent to reduce human errors. Automatic identification technologies enable the creation of a prognostic logistic network where real time information is used to make accurate forecasting, pushing a proactive supply chain instead of a reactive one View full abstract»

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  • The quality of design team factors on software effort estimation

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    Over the past ten couple of years, there is a variety of effort models proposed by academicians and practitioners at early stage of software development life cycle. Some addressed that efforts could be predicted using lines of codes (LOC) and COCOMO, others emphasized that it could be made using function point analysis (FPA) or others. The study seeks to develop a model that estimates software effort by studying and analyzing small and medium scale application software. To develop such a model, 50 completed software projects are collected from a software company. With the sample data, design team factors are identified and extracted. By applying them to simple regression analyses, a prediction of software of effort estimates with accuracy of MMRE=9% was constructed. The results give several benefits. First, the estimation problems are minimized due to the simple procedure used in identifying those factors. Second, the predicted software projects are only limited to a specific environment rather than being based upon industry environment. We believe the accuracy of effort estimates can be improved. According to the results analyzed, the work shows that it is possible to build up simple and useful prediction model based on data extracted at the early stage of software development life cycle. We hope this model can provide valuable ideas and suggestions for project designers for planning and controlling software projects in near future View full abstract»

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  • A Cargo Transportation Security Tool

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    United States border security has become a major concern in the recent past. In order to enhance border security, a system must be put in place to allow the tracking of shipments from origin to destination. Researchers at Purdue University, USA have developed a centralized, Internet based security tool which utilizes barcodes, RF technology, etc. to identify drivers and track the load integrity. This technology's two main focuses are private companies and the government. It can be used by a company to expedite the shipment and receiving process, streamline the billing/invoicing process, and to automate potential Federal Government container tracking requirements. The government can utilize this technology for shipping container validation, verification of load integrity, potential notification of special scenarios such as late or lost shipments, and as a tool to interact with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ACE database for border control View full abstract»

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  • Inventory classification enhancement with demand associations

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    The most common method for classifying inventory items is the annual dollar usage ranking method (ABC classification), which assumes, accordingly to the Pareto principle, that a small number of items account for a large share of the cost-volume, an intermediate category of moderate cost-volume items and a large number of low cost or usage items. However, using only one criterion for decision making, in some cases, may lead to mismanaging the assets. To reconcile these conflicts, instead of using multiple criteria with analytic hierarchy process, we look at the alternative options available for improving the classification performance. The intent of this paper is to discuss several aspects of well-known inventory classification strategies, and to propose a demand association criterion for classification enhancement. Experimental results for two warehouse datasets are included and analyzed View full abstract»

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  • Service Innovation in Organizational Contexts: An Agent-Oriented Methodology

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    Service innovation is critical to today's businesses. Unfortunately, the formulation and development of innovative service concepts have been impeded by the "semantic gap" between abstract business strategies and specific organizational and informational structures. To address this challenge, this paper explores the intersecting territories of service innovation, strategic management, and agent-oriented organization modeling, and proposes an integrated methodology that can systematically guide the creation and concretization of new service strategy into agent- and service-oriented specifications. This methodology is illustrated with a real-life based case study, and evaluated with a small behavioral experiment View full abstract»

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  • Reliable Description and Interactive Management of User Preferences in MPEG-21

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    MPEG-21 describes for us the future blueprint of multimedia application with the diversity of user preferences and environments. In fact, it is very necessary to form normative description of user preferences for multimedia application; however, there is no accepted model to provide formal and reliable representation. The method by statistical vector matrix (SVM) and interactive management is presented in this paper. The experimental results show that the method is active in the utilization and management of user preferences View full abstract»

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  • E-policy Making: A System Approach Based on Evaluting ICT's Impacts

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    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now widely accepted by developing countries as a critical tool in their efforts, so policy makers should develop ICT policies or e-policies in order to monitor and evaluate political, socio-economic and cultural impacts of ICT and also measure progress in the use of ICTs to achieve the development strategies and policies. The paper focuses on the ICT's impacts as an important part in developing e-policies, including a comprehensive model based on system approach, appropriate frameworks for determining affecting and affected elements of ICT and a conceptual framework for analyzing and prioritizing different dimensions of the society. The paper is helpful to development planners because their concern is the use of ICTs for the community and they measure the benefits and outcomes of using ICTs in development terms View full abstract»

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  • Detail Service: the necessary path for re-engineering the Chinese logistics enterprises' competitive advantage in the low margin age

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    The low margin age is coming to the logistics service industry in China. How to re-engineer enterprise's competitive advantage in this low margin age becomes a most concerned topic for the logistics service providers in China. In this paper, we point out that the detail service is one of the new competitive advantages for the Chinese logistics service providers. The concept of "detail service" and its importance are expounded. We provide a four phases mechanism for re-engineering the logistics service providers' competitive advantage based on the detail service. For the further research on the relationship between the logistics detail service and the competitive advantage, a survey is realized. The result shows that detail service is accepted by most people working in the logistics industry. This paper also discusses how to execute the detail service from the four important aspects (the operational resources, the customers, the external environment and the human resources). The framework of detail service innovation is also provided. Finally, the conclusion is summarized and some further research directions are suggested View full abstract»

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  • Task Scheduling using Parallel Genetic Simulated Annealing Algorithm

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    Task scheduling is a NP-hard problem and is an integral part of parallel and distributed computing. This paper combined with the advantages of genetic algorithm and simulated annealing, brings forward a parallel genetic simulated annealing algorithm and applied to solve task scheduling in grid computing. It first generates a new group of individuals through genetic operation such as reproduction, crossover, mutation, etc, and than simulated anneals independently all the generated individuals respectively. When the temperature in the process of cooling no longer falls, the result is the optimal solution on the whole. From the analysis and experiment result, it is concluded that this algorithm is superior to genetic algorithm and simulated annealing View full abstract»

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  • Hurst exponent estimation based on Modified Aggregated Variance Method

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    Hurst exponent is an important index to describe the fractional Brownian motion, many paper got the result based on big data sample. To small sample we designed a modified aggregated variance method to evaluate the Hurst exponent based on the aggregated variance method. We found that the new method could improve the R-squared when the sample data relatively small View full abstract»

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