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      Volume 42, Issue 1

      January 2017,   pages  1-141

    • Bridging semantic gap between high-level and low-level features in content-based video retrieval using multi-stage ESN–SVM classifier


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      Content-based video retrieval system aims at assisting a user to retrieve targeted video sequence in a large database. Most of the search engines use textual annotations to retrieve videos. These types of engines offer a low-level abstraction while the user seeks high-level semantics. Bridging this type of semantic gap in video retrieval remains an important challenge. In this paper, colour, texture and shapes are considered to below-level features and motion is a high-level feature. Colour histograms convert the RGB colour space into YcbCr and extract hue and saturation values from frames. After colour extraction, filter mask is applied and gradient value is computed. Gradient and threshold values are compared to draw the edge map. Edges are smoothed for sharpening to remove the unnecessary connected components. These diverse shapes are thenextracted and stored in shape feature vectors. Finally, an SVM classifier is used for classification of low-level features. For high-level features, depth images are extracted for motion feature identification and classification is done via echo state neural networks (ESN). ESN are a supervised learning technique and follow the principle of recurrent neural networks. ESN are well known for time series classification and also proved their effective performance in gesture detection. By combining the existing algorithms, a high-performance multimedia event detection system is constructed. The effectiveness and efficiency of proposed event detection mechanism is validated using MSR 3D action pair dataset. Experimental results show that the detection accuracy of proposedcombination is better than those of other algorithms.

    • Minimisation of total tardiness for identical parallel machine scheduling using genetic algorithm


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      In recent years research on parallel machine scheduling has received an increased attention. This paper considers minimisation of total tardiness for scheduling of n jobs on a set of m parallel machines. A spread-sheet-based genetic algorithm (GA) approach is proposed for the problem. The proposed approach is a domain-independent general purpose approach, which has been effectively used to solve this class of problem.The performance of GA is compared with branch and bound and particle swarm optimisation approaches. Two set of problems having 20 and 25 jobs with number of parallel machines equal to 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are solved with the proposed approach. Each combination of number of jobs and machines consists of 125 benchmark problems; thus a total for 2250 problems are solved. The results obtained by the proposed approach are comparable with two earlier approaches. It is also demonstrated that a simple GA can be used to produce results that are comparable with problem-specific approach. The proposed approach can also be used to optimise any objectivefunction without changing the basic GA routine.

    • Model for improving the accuracy of relevant project selection in analogy using differential evolution algorithm


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      Software effort estimation is the process of calculating the effort required to develop a software product based on the input parameters that are usually partial in nature. It is an important task but the most difficult and complicated step in the software product development. Estimation requires detailed information about project scope, process requirements and resources available. Inaccurate estimation leads to financial lossand delay in the projects. Due to the intangible nature of software, most of the software estimation process unreliable. But there is a strong relationship between effort estimation and project management activities.Various methodologies have been employed to improve the procedure of software estimation. This paper reviews journal articles on software development to get the direction in the future estimation research. Several methods for software effort estimation are discussed in this paper, including the data sets widely used and metrics used for evaluation. The use of evolutionary computational tools in the estimation is dealt with in detail.A new model for estimation using differential evolution algorithm called DEAPS is proposed and its advantagesare discussed.

    • Reconfiguration on nanocrossbar using material implication


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      Reconfigurable architectures (FPGA) with embedded memory elements face problems in retaining data for longer duration due to leakage current as it becomes dominant in nanometer devices in conventional technologies. Also, LUT-based designs consume more area, are slow in processing data and dissipate more power because of complex interconnection network. Memristor, a new nonvolatile memory element, can be usedto overcome these limitations. In this paper, we propose an implication-NOR logic-gate-based FPGA architecture using memristors for implementation of logic functions and with embedded memory for storing data. The automation algorithm for the same is presented.

    • Numerical solution of fuzzy boundary value problems using Galerkin method


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      This paper proposes a new technique based on Galerkin method for solving nth order fuzzy boundary value problem. The proposed method has been illustrated by considering three different cases depending upon the sign of coefficients with benchmark example problems. To show the applicability of the proposed method, an application problem related to heat conduction has also been studied. The results obtained by the proposed methods are compared with the exact solution and other existing methods for demonstrating the validity and efficiency of the present method.

    • Thermal comfort analysis of hostels in National Institute of Technology Calicut, India


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      Thermal comfort study was carried out in the hostels of National Institute of Technology Calicut,Kerala, which is located in a warm humid climatic zone of India. Measurements of ambient temperature, globe temperature, relative humidity, air velocity and illuminance were carried out in eight hostels, and in parallel a paper-based survey was conducted among students to know about their Thermal Preference Vote (TPV) and Thermal Sensation Vote (TSV) based on an ASHRAE seven-point scale. Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) and Predicted Percentage Dissatisfied (PPD) have been evaluated based on Fanger’s theory of thermal comfort by utilizing the field measurements. Preferred operative temperature and neutral effective temperature were obtained based on the Predicted Mean Vote (PMV). Similarly the preferred operative temperature and neutraleffective temperature were identified, for both Thermal Sensation Vote (TSV) and Thermal Preference Vote (TPV). Thermal comfort conditions for 80% satisfaction were also determined in each case. Correlations between the Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) and the Thermal Sensation Vote (TSV) as well as between the Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) and the Thermal Preference Vote (TPV) were obtained.

    • Basalt: structural insight as a construction material


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      The need for the development of novel and innovative materials is instrumental at every stage of societal improvements, leading to the overall development of a country. One such material of abundant source is basalt. The use of basalt in different forms like fibre, rod, grid and laminates has captured the interest of society from the 20th century onwards. Lately, basalt fibre has attracted attention as a possible construction material due to its properties such as high modulus of elasticity, high elastic strength, corrosion resistance, high-temperature resistance, extended operating temperature range and ease of handling. This paper explores the state of the art of basalt used in the construction industry with the overall layout of different subcategories of historical background starting from fibre development and different chemical and mechanical fibre properties to its applications in the field. Comparative studies have also been reported with respect to other high-strength fibre like glass, steel and carbon fibre based on different physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Along with these, a review hasbeen done on the usage of different basalt products like aggregate, rod, fibre, mesh, etc. in structural applications. The review also tends to identify critical constraints that restrain the implementation of basalt as a global construction material, thereby opening avenues of needed research. An insight on inconsistency reported in the literature with respect to the behaviour of basalt-fibre-reinforced composites is also expressed in this paper. The overall idea is to gain information and identify and prioritize research areas of the possible applications of basalt towards sustainable construction.

    • Recovery of naringin from kinnow (Citrus reticulata Blanco) peels by adsorption–desorption technique using an indigenous resin


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      A process technology has been developed for recovery of naringin from kinnow (citrus) peels,which is a waste. The kinnow peels were boiled with water to extract naringin into water. It was adsorbed on an indigenous macroporous resin, Indion PA-500. Naringin was recovered from the saturated resin by desorption with ethanol as a solvent. The equilibrium and kinetic studies for both adsorption and desorption are presented.The Langmuir isotherm described the adsorption equilibrium data. However, desorption data were best described by the Toth isotherm. Adsorption and desorption kinetic data were found to follow a pseudo-secondorder rate equation and second-order rate equation, respectively. Recovery of naringin was about 49% w/w (based on naringin present in peel-boiled extract). The purity of final products was 91–94% w/w.

    • A modified Burzynski criterion for anisotropic pressure-dependent materials


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      In this paper the Burzynski criterion, which was introduced for isotropic pressure-dependent materials, is modified for anisotropic pressure-dependent materials in plane-stress condition. The modified criterion can be calibrated with 10 experimental data points such as tensile stress at 0°, 45° and 90°, compressive stress at 0° and 90° and R-values in tensile stress at 0°, 45° and 90° from rolling direction and also biaxial tensilestress and tensile R-value. To identify the anisotropic parameters an error function is set up through comparison of the predicted yield stresses and R-values with those from experiments. Then the Downhill simplex method is applied to solve 10 high-nonlinearity equations. Finally, considering Al 2008-T4 (BCC), Al 2090-T3 (FCC),AZ31 (HCP) and also Mg–0.5% Th alloy, Mg–4% Li alloy, pure textured magnesium, textured magnesium andTi–4Al–1/4O2, which are HCP materials with ep¼ 1%; 5%; 10% as case studies and comparing the results for the modified Burzynski criterion with experiments, it is shown that the Burzynski criterion is appropriate for pressure-dependent anisotropic materials with proper accuracy.

    • Mechanical properties of concrete to cyclic uniaxial tensile loading using variable waveforms


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      The mechanical properties of concrete under cyclic tensile loading using square waveform, sine waveform and ramp waveform are studied. The experiments are performed on a closed-loop electro-hydraulic servo-controlled material testing system (MTS). The axial strain, dissipated energy per loading cycle, the damage evolution law and deformation modulus are mainly studied. The results show that the three-stageevolution law of axial strain and damage variable of concrete under ramp waveform and sine waveform are more obvious than those under the square waveform. The dissipated energy changes at different stages of fatigue life.At the beginning and end of the fatigue life, the rate of dissipated energy is higher than that at the medium stage of the fatigue time, which is attributed to the formation of cracks. The evolution of deformation modulus of concrete subjected to cyclic tensile loading using three loading waveforms also shows three stages: fast increase in the damage—increase at a slow constant rate—and accelerated increase in damage until failure.

    • Cyclic; uniaxial tension; dissipated energy; damage evolution; waveform; concrete


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      Distillation is one of the most widely used separation unit operations in process industries, although it is quite energy intensive. In many cases, the enormous energy requirements for distillation make it economically infeasible to carry out the separation. Thermally coupled distillation system (TCDS) is an advanced distillation method that provides significant energy savings of about 30% as compared with conventional distillation column sequences. The most well-known TCDS sequence, the Petlyuk configuration, has some operational challenges due to bidirectional vapour flow, which makes its implementation difficult in two-column mode. To overcome these limitations, a number of unidirectional vapour flow configurations have been proposedin the literature. The work on simulation analysis for such configurations is limited. In this paper, simulation models for two such configurations are developed, analyzed and compared with the Petlyuk and conventional distillation column sequences for separation of equimolar mixture of benzene–toluene–ethylbenzene.

    • Post-buckling behaviour of carbon-nanotube-reinforced nanocomposite plate


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      The aim of the present paper is to investigate the buckling and post-buckling behaviour ofnanocomposite plate having randomly oriented carbon nanotubes (CNTs) reinforced in magnesium (Mg) under uni-axial compression. The effect of non-bonded interaction at the interface between CNT and matrix is considered through a cohesive zone model, used to predict the elastic property of the interphase, while evaluating the elastic properties of the nanocomposite using a representative volume element. A special purpose program based on finite-element formulation is developed to study the buckling and post-buckling behaviour of nanocomposite plate. The formulation is based on first-order shear deformation theory in conjunction with geometrical non-linearity as per von Karman’s assumptions. A parametric study is conducted to investigate theeffects of interphase between CNT and matrix, short-CNT and long-CNT reinforcements and boundary conditions on buckling and post-buckling response of nanocomposite plate. It is found that imperfect bonding between CNT and Mg results in the loss of buckling and post-buckling strength, as compared with perfect bonding, of CNT–Mg nanocomposite plate. It is also concluded that buckling and post-buckling strength ishigher for long-CNT-reinforced nanocomposite plate than that of short-CNT einforcement, irrespective of bonding between CNT and matrix material.

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