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  • 1.
    Abbas, Mhd Yazan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science.
    Ferzali, Ali
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science.
    A mobile Application development in the Android Studio platform for leave applications2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, there is a mobile application for almost every need, for instance, training, games, and news applications. Almost all the companies have also their own mobile applications that facilitate the daily communication between their employees and supervisors. In this thesis, the development process of an Android application for the company Askås is created, where the employees can for example send a Flex application or sick leave application, see their registered personal information and edit them. The final result of the project is almost what Askås asked for, An Android application that facilitates their employees’ daily needs. The development process, the results, and the encountered problems are also represented in a more detailed manner in the thesis. 

  • 2.
    Abbas, Muhammad Tahir
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Jibran, Muhammad Ali
    Jeju Natl Univ, Dept Comp Engn, Jeju 63243, South Korea..
    Afaq, Muhammad
    Sarhad Univ Sci & Informat Technol, Pakistan..
    Song, Wang-Cheol
    Jeju Natl Univ, South Korea..
    An adaptive approach to vehicle trajectory prediction using multimodel Kalman filter2020In: European transactions on telecommunications, ISSN 1124-318X, E-ISSN 2161-3915, article id e3734Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With the aim to improve road safety services in critical situations, vehicle trajectory and future location prediction are important tasks. An infinite set of possible future trajectories can exit depending on the current state of vehicle motion. In this paper, we present a multimodel-based Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), which is able to predict a set of possible scenarios for vehicle future location. Five different EKF models are proposed in which the current state of a vehicle exists, particularly, a vehicle at intersection or on a curve path. EKF with Interacting Multiple Model framework is explored combinedly for mathematical model creation and probability calculation for that model to be selected for prediction. Three different parameters are considered to create a state vector matrix, which includes vehicle position, velocity, and distance of the vehicle from the intersection. Future location of a vehicle is then used by the software-defined networking controller to further enhance the safety and packet delivery services by the process of flow rule installation intelligently to that specific area only. This way of flow rule installation keeps the controller away from irrelevant areas to install rules, hence, reduces the network overhead exponentially. Proposed models are created and tested in MATLAB with real-time global positioning system logs from Jeju, South Korea.

  • 3.
    Abbas, Muhammad Tahir
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Muhammad, Afaq
    Sarhad Univ Sci & Informat Technol, Dept Comp Sci & IT, Peshawar, Pakistan.
    Song, Wang-Cheol
    Jeju Natl Univ, Dept Comp Engn, Jeju, South Korea.
    Road-Aware Estimation Model for Path Duration in Internet of Vehicles (IoV)2019In: Wireless personal communications, ISSN 0929-6212, E-ISSN 1572-834X, Vol. 109, no 2, p. 715-738Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Internet of Vehicles (IoV), numerous routing metrics have been used to assess the performance of routing protocols such as, packet delivery ratio, throughput, end-to-end delay and path duration. Path duration is an influential design parameter, among these routing metrics, that determines the performance of vehicular networks. For instance, in highly dynamic scenarios, it can be used to predict link life time in on-demand routing protocols. In this paper, we propose an infrastructure-assisted hybrid road-aware routing protocol which is capable of enhanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. A remarkable aspect of the proposed protocol is that it establishes a link between path duration and fundamental design parameters like vehicular velocity, density, hop count and transmission range. Although, a lot of research has been previously performed, a well defined analytical model for IoV is not available in the literature. Precisely, a relation between path duration and vehicular velocity has not been validated in the previous studies. Experimental results show that the increased packet delivery ratio with reduced end-to-end delay can be achieved by the prediction of path duration. Proposed model for path duration is validated by getting experimental results from network simulator 3 (NS3) and analytical results from MATLAB. In addition, SUMO simulator was used to generate real time traffic on the roads of Gangnam district, South Korea.

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  • 4.
    Abbott, Jessica K.
    et al.
    Lund University.
    Chippindale, Adam K.
    Queens University, Kingston, CAN.
    Morrow, Edward H. (Ted)
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    The microevolutionary response to male-limited X-chromosome evolution in Drosophila melanogaster reflects macroevolutionary patterns2020In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology, ISSN 1010-061X, E-ISSN 1420-9101, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 738-750Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to its hemizygous inheritance and role in sex determination, the X-chromosome is expected to play an important role in the evolution of sexual dimorphism and to be enriched for sexually antagonistic genetic variation. By forcing the X-chromosome to only be expressed in males over >40 generations, we changed the selection pressures on the X to become similar to those experienced by the Y. This releases the X from any constraints arising from selection in females and should lead to specialization for male fitness, which could occur either via direct effects of X-linked loci or trans-regulation of autosomal loci by the X. We found evidence of masculinization via up-regulation of male-benefit sexually antagonistic genes and down-regulation of X-linked female-benefit genes. Potential artefacts of the experimental evolution protocol are discussed and cannot be wholly discounted, leading to several caveats. Interestingly, we could detect evidence of microevolutionary changes consistent with previously documented macroevolutionary patterns, such as changes in expression consistent with previously established patterns of sexual dimorphism, an increase in the expression of metabolic genes related to mito-nuclear conflict and evidence that dosage compensation effects can be rapidly altered. These results confirm the importance of the X in the evolution of sexual dimorphism and as a source for sexually antagonistic genetic variation and demonstrate that experimental evolution can be a fruitful method for testing theories of sex chromosome evolution.

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  • 5. Abdel-Rehim, M.
    et al.
    Altun, Zeki
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    New trend in sample preparation: On-line microextraction in packed syringe (MEPS) for LC and GC applications, Part II, Determination of ropivacaine and its metabolites in human plasma samples using MEPS-LC-MS-MS2004In: J. Mass Spectr., 39 (2004) 1488-1493Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6. Abdel-Rehim, M.
    et al.
    Carlsson, Gunilla
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Paper Surface Centre. Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Materials Science.
    Bielenstein, M.
    Arvidsson, T.
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Evaluation of Solid-Phase microextraction (SPME) for Study of the protein Binding in Human Plasma Samples,2000In: J. Chromatogr. Sci., 38 (2000) 458-464Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7. Abdel-Rehim, M.
    et al.
    Hassan, Z.
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Hassan, M.
    Determination of Busulphan in plasma samples by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) using on-line derivatization utilizing solid-phase microextraction (SPME)2003In: J. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, 25 (2003) 400-406Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8. Abdel-Rehim, M.
    et al.
    Skansen, P.
    Vita, M.
    Hassan, Z.
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Hassan, M.
    Microextraction in packed syringe / liquid chromatography /electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (MEPS/LC/MS/MS) for quantification of olomoucine in human plasma samples2005In: Anal.Chim. Acta., 539 (2005) 35-39Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Abdel-Rehim, Mohamed
    et al.
    AstraZeneca R&D Södertälje, Södertälje, Sweden.
    Andersson, L.I.
    AstraZeneca R&D Södertälje, Södertälje, Sweden.
    Altun, Zeki
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Microextraction in Packed Syringe Online with Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry: Molecularly imprinted polymer as packing material for MEPS in selective extraction of ropivacaine from plasma2006In: Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies, ISSN 1082-6076, E-ISSN 1520-572X, Vol. 29, no 12, p. 1725-1736Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The excellent performance of a new sample preparation method, microextraction in packed syringe (MEPS), was recently illustrated by online LC‐MS and GS‐MS assays of local anaesthetics in plasma samples. In the method, approximately 1 mg of solid packing material was inserted into a syringe (100–250 µL) as a plug. Sample preparation took place on the packed bed. The new method was easy to use, fully automated, of low cost, and rapid in comparison with previously used methods. This paper presents the use of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as packing material for higher extraction selectivity. Development and validation of a method for MIP‐MEPS online with LC‐MS‐MS using ropivacaine in plasma as model compound were investigated. A bupivacaine imprinted polymer was used. The method was validated and the standard curves were evaluated by means of quadratic regression and weighted by inverse of the concentration: 1/x for the calibration range 2–2000 nM. The applied polymer could be used more than 100 times before the syringe was discarded. The extraction recovery was 60%. The results showed high correlation coefficients (R 2 >0.999) for all runs. The accuracy, given as a percentage deviation from the nominal concentration values, ranged from -6% to 3%. The precision, given as the relative standard deviation, at three different concentrations (QC samples) was consistently about 3% to 10%. The limit of quantification was 2 nM.

  • 10. Abdel-Rehim, Mohamed
    et al.
    Dahlgren, Marie
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Quantification of ropivacaine and its major metabolites in human urine samples utilizing microextraction in packed syringe automated with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (MEPS-LC-MS-MS)2006In: J. Sep. Sci., 29 (2006) 1658-1661Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11. Abdel-Rehim, Mohamed
    et al.
    Dahlgren, Marie
    Claude, Saturnin
    Tabacchi, Raphael
    Blomberg, Lars G
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
    Microextraction in packed syringe (MEPS) utilizing methylcyanopropyl silarylene as coating polymer for extraction of drugs in biological samples,2006In: J. Liq. Chromatogr. & Relat. Technol., 29 (2006) No. 17, 2537-2544Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Abdollahi, Kamran
    et al.
    Computer and Science Department Iran University of Science and Technology Tehran, Iran.
    Shams Shafigh, Alireza
    Computer and Science Department Iran University of Science and Technology Tehran, Iran.
    Kassler, Andreas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Computer Science. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Centre for HumanIT.
    Improving Performance of On Demand Multicast Routing by deleting lost join query packet2010In: Proceedings of The Sixth Advanced International Conference on Telecommunications - AICT 2010, IEEE conference proceedings, 2010, p. 316-322Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A Mobile ad hoc network is a collection of wireless nodes that dynamically organize themselves to form a network without the need for any fixed infrastructure or centralized administration. The network topology dynamically changes frequently in an unpredictable manner since nodes are free to move. Support for multicasting is essential in such environment as it is considered to be an efficient way to deliver information from source nodes to many client nodes. A problem with multicast routing algorithms is their efficiency as their forwarding structure determines the overall network resource consumption makes them significantly less efficient than unicast routing algorithms. In this research, we improve the performance of the popular ODMRP multicast routing protocol by restricting the domain of join query packets, which have been lost. This is achieved by augmenting the join query packets with minimum extra information (one field), which denotes the number of the visited node from previous forwarding group. Simulation results show, that our mechanisms significantly reduce the control traffic and thus the overall latency and power consumption in the network.

  • 13.
    Abdullahi, Beyar
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
    Nordström, Karin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
    Automatisering av multiplikationstabellerna: En studie om automatisering av multiplikationstabellerna2020Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research had shown that students lacked knowledge in the multiplication tables. Automating the tables gives students good conditions to succeed in other areas of mathematics. The purpose of this study was to create knowledge about teacher’s perceptions of automating the multiplication tables and to examine how many of the pupils had automated the tables. The purpose was also to identify what methods teachers use to support students in multiplication table automation. The study was conducted with a survey and the results were followed up with focus group interviews. The results showed that many teachers value the automation of the multiplication tables because it prepares the students for other mathematics areas and it relieves the student’s working memory. The methods most teachers used in their teaching were digital teaching platforms and various worksheets such as drill training of the tables.

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  • 14.
    Abecasis, David
    et al.
    University of the Algarve, Portugal.
    Steckenreuter, Andre
    University of the Azores, Portugal.
    Reubens, Jan
    Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium.
    Aaestrup, Kim
    DTU, Denmark.
    Alos, Josep
    Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados (CSIC-UIB), Spain.
    Badalamenti, Fabio
    CNR-IAMC, Italy.
    Bajona, Lenore
    Dalhousie University, Canada.
    Boylan, Patrick
    Loughs Agency, UK.
    Deneudt, Klaas
    Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium.
    Greenberg, Larry
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    Brevé, Niels
    Sportfisserij Nederland, The Netherlands.
    Hernandez, Francisco
    Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium.
    Humphries, Nick
    The Marine Biological Association of the U.K, UK.
    Meyer, Carl
    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA.
    Sims, David
    University of Southampton, UK.
    Thorstad, Eva B.
    Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway.
    Walker, Alan M.
    Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK.
    Whoriskey, Fred
    Dalhousie University, Canada.
    Alfonso, Pedro
    University of the Azores, Portugal.
    A review of acoustic telemetry in Europe and the need for a regional aquatic telemetry network2018In: Animal Biotelemetry, E-ISSN 2050-3385, Vol. 6, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Globally, there are a large and growing number of researchers using biotelemetry as a tool to studyaquatic animals. In Europe, this community lacks a formal network structure. The aim of this study is to review the useof acoustic telemetry in Europe and document the contribution of cross-boundary studies and inter-research groupcollaborations. Based on this, we explore the potential benefits and challenges of a network approach to identifyfuture priorities and best practices for aquatic biotelemetry research in Europe.

    Results: Over the past decade, there was an approximately sevenfold increase in the number of acoustic telemetrystudies published on marine and diadromous species in Europe compared to a sixfold increase globally. Over 90%of these studies were conducted on fishes and undertaken in coastal areas, estuaries, or rivers. 75% of these studieswere conducted by researchers based in one of five nations (Norway, UK, France, Portugal, and Spain) and, eventhough 34% were based on collaborations between scientists from several countries, there was only one study withan acoustic receiver array that extended beyond the borders of a single country. In recent years, acoustic telemetryin European waters has evolved from studying behavioural aspects of animals (82.2%), into more holistic approachesaddressing management-related issues (10%), tagging methods and effects (5%), and technology and data analysisdevelopment (2.8%).

    Conclusions: Despite the increasing number of publications and species tracked, there is a prominent lack ofplanned and structured acoustic telemetry collaborations in Europe. A formal pan-European network structure wouldpromote the development of (1) a research platform that could benefit the acoustic telemetry community throughcapacity building, (2) a centralized database, and (3) key deployment sites and studies on priority species requiringresearch in Europe. A network may increase efficiency, expand the scope of research that can be undertaken, promoteEuropean science integration, enhance the opportunities and success of acquiring research funding and, ultimately,foster regional and transatlantic collaborations. It may also help address research priorities such as the large-scalesocietal challenges arising from climate change impacts and assist the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive viaidentification of good environmental status of endangered or commercially important species.

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  • 15.
    Aboueata, N.
    et al.
    Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
    Alrasbi, S.
    Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
    Erbad, A.
    Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
    Kassler, Andreas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Bhamare, Deval
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Supervised machine learning techniques for efficient network intrusion detection2019In: Proceedings - International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN, IEEE, 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cloud computing is gaining significant traction and virtualized data centers are becoming popular as a cost-effective infrastructure in telecommunication industry. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) are being widely deployed and utilized by end users, including many private as well as public organizations. Despite its wide-spread acceptance, security is still the biggest threat in cloud computing environments. Users of cloud services are under constant fear of data loss, security breaches, information theft and availability issues. Recently, learning-based methods for security applications are gaining popularity in the literature with the advents in machine learning (ML) techniques. In this work, we explore applicability of two well-known machine learning approaches, which are, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Support Vector Machines (SVM), to detect intrusions or anomalous behavior in the cloud environment. We have developed ML models using ANN and SVM techniques and have compared their performances. We have used UNSW-NB-15 dataset to train and test the models. In addition, we have performed feature engineering and parameter tuning to find out optimal set of features with maximum accuracy to reduce the training time and complexity of the ML models. We observe that with proper features set, SVM and ANN techniques have been able to achieve anomaly detection accuracy of 91% and 92% respectively, which is higher compared against that of the one achieved in the literature, with reduced number of features needed to train the models.

  • 16.
    Abrahamsson, Henrik
    et al.
    RISE SICS.
    Abdesslem, Fehmi Ben
    RISE SICS.
    Ahlgren, Bengt
    RISE SICS.
    Björkman, Mats
    Mälardalen University.
    Brunström, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Marsh, Ian
    RISE SICS.
    Selecting Operator in 3G/4G Networks for Time-Critical C-ITS Applications2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Abrahamsson, Henrik
    et al.
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ben Abdesslem, Fehmi
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ahlgren, Bengt
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Brunström, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Marsh, Ian
    RISE SICS, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Bjorkman, Mats
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Connected Vehicles in Cellular Networks: Multi-access versus Single-access Performance2018In: 2018 NETWORK TRAFFIC MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS CONFERENCE (TMA), IEEE, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Connected vehicles can make roads traffic safer and more efficient, but require the mobile networks to handle time-critical applications. Using the MONROE mobile broadband measurement testbed we conduct a multi-access measurement study on buses. The objective is to understand what network performance connected vehicles can expect in today's mobile networks, in terms of transaction times and availability. The goal is also to understand to what extent access to several operators in parallel can improve communication performance. In our measurement experiments we repeatedly transfer warning messages from moving buses to a stationary server. We triplicate the messages and always perform three transactions in parallel over three different cellular operators. This creates a dataset with which we can compare the operators in an objective way and with which we can study the potential for multi-access. In this paper we use the triple-access dataset to evaluate single-access selection strategies, where one operator is chosen for each transaction. We show that if we have access to three operators and for each transaction choose the operator with best access technology and best signal quality then we can significantly improve availability and transaction times compared to the individual operators. The median transaction time improves with 6% compared to the best single operator and with 61% compared to the worst single operator. The 90-percentile transaction time improves with 23% compared to the best single operator and with 65% compared to the worst single operator.

  • 18.
    Abramovich, Shosana
    et al.
    University of Haifa, ISR.
    Persson, Lars-Erik
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Rearrangements and Jensen type inequalities related to convexity, superquadracity, strong convexity and 1-quasiconvexity2020In: Journal of Mathematical Inequalities, ISSN 1846-579X, E-ISSN 1848-9575, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 641-659Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we derive and discuss some newtheorems related to all rearrangementsof a given set inRn, denoted(x)and use the results to prove some new Jensen type inequalitiesfor convex, superquadratic, strongly convex and 1-quasiconvex functions.

  • 19.
    Abramovich, Shoshana
    et al.
    University of Haifa, Israel.
    Persson, Lars-Erik
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). The Arctic University of Norway, Norway.
    Some new Hermite-Hadamard and Fejer type inequalities without convexity/concavity2020In: Mathematical Inequalities & Applications, ISSN 1331-4343, E-ISSN 1848-9966, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 447-458Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we discuss the Hermite-Hadamard and Fejer inequalities vis-a-vis the convexity concept. In particular, we derive some new theorems and examples where Hermite-Hadamard and Fejer type inequalities are satisfied without the assumptions of convexity or concavity on the actual interval [a,b]

  • 20.
    Abshirini, Ehsan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013). KTH, Geoinformatik.
    Koch, Daniel
    KTH, Arkitektur.
    Rivers as integration devices in cities2016In: City, Territory and Architecture, E-ISSN 2195-2701, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: As dynamic systems rivers and cities have been in interaction under changing relations over time, and the morphology of many cities has risen through a long and steady struggle between the city functions and the river system flowing inside. This makes river cities an interesting case to study how the presence of geographical features interacts with spatial morphology in the formation of cities.

    Methods: The basis of this research is enabled by utilizing a novel model for cross-city comparison presented by Hillier in his Santiago keynote in 2012 called a “star model”. This is done on large samples of cities investigating concurrent configurations, as well as how the properties in this star model react to specific forms of disturbance.

    Results: Results illustrate that the foreground network as identified through maximum choice values in cities are more vital to the structure of cities than the bridges. The overall syntactic structure tends to retain its character (degree of distributedness) and the location of its foreground network (which street segments constitute the foreground network) even when bridges are targeted. Furthermore, counter to the initial hypothesis, river cities tend to change less than non-river cities after targeted disturbance of the systems. Finally, the results show that while there is a statistical morphological difference between river cities and non-river cities, this difference is not directly explained through the bridges.

    Conclusion: Integrating space syntax with statistical and geospatial analysis can throw light on the way in which the properties of city networks and urban structure reflect the relative effect of rivers on the morphology of river cities. The paper, finally, contributes through offering one piece of a better perception of the structure of river-cities that can support strategies of river-cities interaction as well as enhance our knowledge on the constraints and limits to that interaction.

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  • 21. Abu Bakar, Sakhinah
    et al.
    Taheri, Javid
    The University of Sydney, Australia.
    Zomaya, Albert
    The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
    Characterization of essential proteins in proteins interaction networks2013In: Journal of Quality Measurement and Analysis, ISSN 1823-5670, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 11-26Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22. Acedo, L.
    et al.
    Santos, A.
    Bobylev, Alexander
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Mathematics.
    On the derivation of a high-velocity tail from the Boltzmann-Fokker-Planck equation for shear flow2002In: J. Statist. Phys, Vol. 109:5-6Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Achberger, Christine
    et al.
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Chen, Deliang
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Rayner, David
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Nyberg, Lars
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Centre for Climate and Safety.
    Persson, Gunn
    SMHI.
    Future rainfall and flooding in Sweden: an integrative project to support climate-adaptation actions2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24. Ackelh, A.S.
    et al.
    Colombo, R.M.
    Hille, S.C.
    Muntean, Adrian
    Institute for Complex Molecular Systems & Centre for Analysis, Scientific computing and Applications, Eindhoven University of Technology.
    Preface to "modeling with measures"2015In: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, ISSN 1547-1063, E-ISSN 1551-0018, Vol. 12, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Acker, Pascal
    et al.
    University of Freiburg, Germany.
    Rzesny, Luisa
    University of Freiburg, Germany.
    Marchiori, Cleber F. N.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Araujo, Carlos Moyses
    Uppsala universitet.
    Esser, Birgit
    University of Freiburg, Germany.
    π-Conjugation Enables Ultra-High Rate Capabilities and Cycling Stabilities in Phenothiazine Copolymers as Cathode-Active Battery Materials2019In: Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN 1616-301X, E-ISSN 1616-3028, Vol. 29, no 45, article id 1906436Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, organic battery cathode materials have emerged as an attractive alternative to metal oxide–based cathodes. Organic redox polymers that can be reversibly oxidized are particularly promising. A drawback, however, often is their limited cycling stability and rate performance in a high voltage range of more than 3.4 V versus Li/Li+. Herein, a conjugated copolymer design with phenothiazine as a redox‐active group and a bithiophene co‐monomer is presented, enabling ultra‐high rate capability and cycling stability. After 30 000 cycles at a 100C rate, >97% of the initial capacity is retained. The composite electrodes feature defined discharge potentials at 3.6 V versus Li/Li+ due to the presence of separated phenothiazine redox centers. The semiconducting nature of the polymer allows for fast charge transport in the composite electrode at a high mass loading of 60 wt%. A comparison with three structurally related polymers demonstrates that changing the size, amount, or nature of the side groups leads to a reduced cell performance. This conjugated copolymer design can be used in the development of advanced redox polymers for batteries.

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  • 26.
    Ackleh, Azmy S.
    et al.
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA.
    Colombo, Rinaldo M.
    University of Brescia, Italy.
    Goatin, Paola
    Team ACUMES, INRIA, France.
    Hille, Sander
    Leiden University, The Netherlands.
    Muntean, Adrian
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Mathematical modeling with measures2019In: Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, ISSN 0028-9825, Vol. 20, no September, p. 218-220Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Ackleh, Azmy S.
    et al.
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA.
    Colombo, Rinaldo M.
    University of Brescia, Italy.
    Goatin, Paola
    Universite Côte d’Azur, France.
    Hille, Sander
    Leiden University, Netherlands.
    Muntean, Adrian
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Special issue: Mathematical modeling with measures2020In: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, ISSN 1547-1063, E-ISSN 1551-0018, no 3, p. 2451-2452Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 28.
    Ackleh, Azmy S.
    et al.
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA.
    Lyons, Rainey
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Saintier, Nicolas
    Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    High resolution finite difference schemes for a size structured coagulation-fragmentation model in the space of radon measures2023In: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, ISSN 1547-1063, E-ISSN 1551-0018, Vol. 20, no 7, p. 11805-11820Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we develop explicit and semi-implicit second-order high-resolution finite difference schemes for a structured coagulation-fragmentation model formulated on the space of Radon measures. We prove the convergence of each of the two schemes to the unique weak solution of the model. We perform numerical simulations to demonstrate that the second order accuracy in the Bounded-Lipschitz norm is achieved by both schemes.

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  • 29.
    Acklehl, Azmy S.
    et al.
    Univ Louisiana Lafayette, Lafayette, LA USA..
    Colombo, Rinaldo Ni.
    Univ Brescia, Brescia, Italy..
    Goatinl, Paola
    Univ Cote Azur, CNRS, LIAD, Inria, Sophia Antiolis, France..
    Hille, Sander
    Leiden Univ, Leiden, Netherlands..
    Muntean, Adrian
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Special issue: Mathematical Modeling with Measures: Preface2020In: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, ISSN 1547-1063, E-ISSN 1551-0018, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 2451-2452Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Adachi, Jonathan D.
    et al.
    McMaster University, CAN.
    Adami, Silvano
    University Verona, ITA.
    Gehlbach, Stephen
    University Massachusetts, USA..
    Anderson, Frederick A.
    University Massachusetts, USA.
    Boonen, Steven
    Katholieke University Leuven, BEL.
    Chapurlat, Roland D.
    University Lyon, FRA .
    Compston, Juliet E.
    University Cambridge, GBR.
    Cooper, Cyrus
    University Southampton, GBR ; University Oxford, GBR.
    Delmas, Pierre
    University Lyon, FRA .
    Díez-Pérez, Adolfo
    University Barcelona, ESP.
    Greenspan, Susan L.
    University Pittsburgh, USA.
    Hooven, Frederick H.
    University Massachusetts, USA.
    LaCroix, Andrea Z.
    Fred Hutchinson Canc Res Ctr, USA.
    Lindsay, Robert
    Helen Hayes Hospital, USA.
    Netelenbos, J. Coen
    Vrije University, NLD.
    Wu, Olivia
    University Glasgow, GBR.
    Pfeilschifter, Johannes
    Alfried Krupp Hospital, DEU.
    Roux, Christian
    Paris Descartes University, FRA.
    Saag, Kenneth G.
    University Alabama, USA.
    Sambrook, Philip N.
    University Sydney, AUS.
    Silverman, Stuart
    University Calif Los Angeles, USA.
    Siris, Ethel S.
    Columbia University, USA.
    Nika, Grigor
    University Massachusetts, USA.
    Watts, Nelson B.
    University Cincinnati, USA.
    Impact of Prevalent Fractures on Quality of Life: Baseline Results From the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women2010In: Mayo Clinic proceedings, ISSN 0025-6196, E-ISSN 1942-5546, Vol. 85, no 9, p. 806-813Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To examine several dimensions of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in postmenopausal women who report previous fractures, and to provide perspective by comparing these findings with those in other chronic conditions (diabetes, arthritis, lung disease).

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fractures are a major cause of morbidity among older women. Few studies have examined HRQL In women who have had prior fractures and the effect of prior fracture location on HRQL. In this observational study of 57,141 postmenopausal women aged 55 years and older (enrollment from December 2007 to March 2009) from 17 study sites in 10 countries, HRQL was measured using the European Quality of Life 5 Dimensions Index (EQ-5D) and the health status, physical function, and vitality questions of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36).

    RESULTS: Reductions in EQ-5D health-utility scores and SF-36 measured health status, physical function, and vitality were seen in association with 9 of 10 fracture locations. Spine, hip, and upper leg fractures resulted in the greatest reductions In quality of life (EQ-5D scores, 0.62, 0.64, and 0.61, respectively, vs 0.79 without prior fracture). Women with fractures at any of these 3 locations, as well as women with a history of multiple fractures (EQ-5D scores, 0.74 for 1 prior fracture, 0.68 for 2, and 0.58 for >= 3), had reductions in HRQL that were similar to or worse than those in women with other chronic diseases (0.67 for diabetes, 0.69 for arthritis, and 0.71 for lung disease).

    CONCLUSION: Previous fractures at a variety of bone locations, particularly spine, hip, and upper leg, or involving more than 1 location are associated with significant reductions in quality of life.

  • 31.
    Adamczyk, Krzysztof
    et al.
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Trondheim, Norway.
    Søndenå, Rune
    Department for Solar Energy, IFE, Kjeller, Norway.
    Stokkan, Gaute
    Sintef Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim, Norway.
    Looney, Erin
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.
    Jensen, Mallory
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.
    Lai, Barry
    Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439, USA.
    Rinio, Markus
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).
    Di Sabatino, Marisa
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, A. Getz vei 2B, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway.
    Recombination activity of grain boundaries in high-performance multicrystalline Si during solar cell processing2018In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 123, no 5, p. 1-6, article id 055705Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, we applied internal quantum efficiency mapping to study the recombination activity of grain boundaries in High Performance Multicrystalline Silicon under different processing conditions. Wafers were divided into groups and underwent different thermal processing, consisting of phosphorus diffusion gettering and surface passivation with hydrogen rich layers. After these thermal treatments, wafers were processed into heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer solar cells. Light Beam Induced Current and Electron Backscatter Diffraction were applied to analyse the influence of thermal treatment during standard solar cell processing on different types of grain boundaries. The results show that after cell processing, most random-angle grain boundaries in the material are well passivated, but small-angle grain boundaries are not well passivated. Special cases of coincidence site lattice grain boundaries with high recombination activity are also found. Based on micro-X-ray fluorescence measurements, a change in the contamination level is suggested as the reason behind their increased activity.

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  • 32.
    Adamczyk, Krzysztof
    et al.
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Trondheim, Norway.
    Søndenå, Rune
    Department for Solar Energy, IFE, Kjeller, Norway.
    You, Chang Chuan
    Department for Solar Energy, IFE, Kjeller, Norway.
    Stokkan, Gaute
    Sintef Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim, Norway.
    Lindroos, Jeanette
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).
    Rinio, Markus
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).
    Di Sabatino, Marisa
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Trondheim, Norway.
    Recombination Strength of Dislocations in High-Performance Multicrystalline/Quasi-Mono Hybrid Wafers During Solar Cell Processing2018In: Physica Status Solidi (a) applications and materials science, ISSN 1862-6300, E-ISSN 1862-6319, Vol. 215, no 2, article id 1700493Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wafers from a hybrid silicon ingot seeded in part for High Performance Multicrystalline, in part for a quasi-mono structure, are studied in terms of the effect of gettering and hydrogenation on their final Internal Quantum Efficiency.The wafers are thermally processed in different groups – gettered and hydrogenated. Afterwards, a low temperature heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer cell process is applied to minimize the impact of temperature. Such procedure made it possible to study the effect of different processing steps on dislocation clusters in the material using the Light Beam Induced Current technique with a high spatial resolution. The dislocation densities are measuredusing automatic image recognition on polished and etched samples. The dislocation recombination strengths are obtained by a correlation of the IQE with the dislocation density according to the Donolato model. Different clusters are compared after different process steps. The results show that for the middle of the ingot, the gettering step can increase the recombination strength of dislocations by one order of magnitude. A subsequent passivation with layers containing hydrogen can lead to a decrease in the recombination strength to levels lower than in ungettered samples.

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  • 33.
    Adams, Paul C.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). University of Texas at Austin, USA.
    Geographies of media and communication II: Arcs of communication2018In: Progress in Human Geography, ISSN 0309-1325, E-ISSN 1477-0288, Vol. 42, no 4, p. 590-599Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Some of the most perceptive contributions to the geographic study of media and communication have been in areas of landscapes studies and geohumanities. To bring landscape and geohumanities insights together more explicitly with communication and media, this progress report draws on George Revill’s concept of an ‘arc of sound’, expanding the concept’s scope to an arc of communication – a dynamic trajectory connecting one vantage point to another through various translations and shifts. It is a mix of integration and translation that forms its own space, place and time, integrating elements of embodied performance, multiple sensory modalities, temporality, absence and excess. Arcs of communication often depend on collaboration and can produce transformations of identity. The concept of the arc of communication enables discovery of numerous threads connecting landscape studies to geohumanities while deepening geographical understandings of media and communication.

  • 34. Adams, Robin
    et al.
    Fischer, Sally
    Pears, Arnold
    Börstler, Jürgen
    Boustedt, Jonas
    Dalenius, Peter
    Eken, Gunilla
    Heyer, Tim
    Jacobsson, Andreas
    Lindberg, Vanja
    Molin, Bemgt
    Moström, Jan-Erik
    Wiggberg, Mattias
    What is the Word for "Engineering" in Swedisch: Swedish Students Conceptions of their Discipline2007Report (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Adamsson, Annika
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
    En Montessori-inspirerad pedagogik utmanar högpresterande elever matematiskt: En kvalitativ studie om vilka strategier lärare som använder en Montessori- inspirerad pedagogik i årskurs 1-3 anser utmanar och stimulerar högpresterande elever i matematik.2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studiens syfte var att ta reda på vilka strategier lärare som använder en Montessori-inspirerad pedagogik anser stimulerar och utmanar högpresterande elever i matematik samt om de upplevde några svårigheter eller problem med att undervisa högpresterande elever i matematik. För att undersöka det har sex kvalitativa intervjuer genomförts med lärare som har varit eller som är verksamma i årskurserna 1-3. Resultatet av intervjuerna visar att lärarna har en gemensam uppfattning om att en Montessori-inspirerad pedagogik utmanar och stimulerar högpresterande elever i matematik eftersom grundtanken i Montessori-pedagogiken är "eleven i centrum". Det här innebär att lärarna måste utgå från varje elevs förutsättningar, behov och aktuella kunskapsnivå. I resultatet framkommer också att lärarna använder sig av olika strategier i form av matematikbok från en högre årskurs, special- och fördjupningsområden, åldersintegrering och lärande med flera sinnen för att stimulera och utmana de högpresterande eleverna matematiskt. Det framgår också i resultatet att lärarna inte upplever några större problem eller svårigheter i undervisningen av högpresterande elever i matematik. De belyser ändå att den egna matematiska kompetensen, tidsbrist och eget kontrollbehov ibland kan utgöra hinder för att stimulera och utmana de högpresterande eleverna tillräckligt. Utifrån studien kan man dra slutsatserna att lärare som använder en Montessori-inspirerad pedagogik lägger stor vikt vid att hitta rätt strategi för rätt elev, vilket bidrar till att de högpresterande eleverna får utmaning och stimulans. De olika hindren som lärarna belyser skulle kunna minskas med fortbildning och samarbete mellan årskurserna. 

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  • 36.
    Adamsson, Tim
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.
    Kravrekommendation: En undersökning för kravrekommendationer för Nya Intranätets forum på Karlstad Universitet2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 37.
    Addo, Louis
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    Hajiesmaeili, Mahboobeh
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    Piccolo, John
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    Watz, Johan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013).
    Growth and mortality of sympatric Atlantic salmon and brown trout fry in fluctuating and stable flows2023In: Ecology of Freshwater Fish, ISSN 0906-6691, E-ISSN 1600-0633, no 2, p. 282-290Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sub-daily fluctuations in streamflow may have adverse effects on the biota downstream of dams in hydropeaking-regulated rivers. Although the stranding of salmonid fry is one documented effect of hydropeaking, little is known about the species-specific behavioural and subsequent growth effects of sub-daily flow fluctuations. We investigated the effects of sub-daily flow fluctuation on growth, mortality and behaviour of sympatric Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and brown trout (S. trutta) fry (29–34 mm) in a laboratory experiment. The fluctuating flow treatment negatively affected growth and increased mortality for trout but not for salmon. The level of aggressive behaviour was similar in the fluctuating- and stable-flow treatments. Within the fluctuating flow treatment, there was a trend that more fishes were visibly active above the substrate during low than high flow. These findings suggest that hydropeaking-induced flow fluctuations may affect fry of different salmonid species in different ways and that brown trout fry may be more vulnerable to hydropeaking effects than Atlantic salmon fry. It can therefore be important to consider the possibility of divergent reactions by different fish species under hydropeaking situations and to incorporate species-specific strategies to conserve culturally and economically relevant riverine fish species.

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  • 38.
    Aderne, Rian E.
    et al.
    Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio, BRA.
    Borges, Bruno Gabriel A. L.
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro-UFRJ, BRA.
    Avila, Harold C.
    University of Atlantic, COL.
    von Kieseritzky, Fredrik
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Hellberg, Jonas
    Chemtron AB, Sweden.
    Koehler, Marlus
    Universidade Federal do Paraná-UFPR, BRA.
    Cremona, Marco
    Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio, BRA.
    Roman, Lucimara S.
    Universidade Federal do Paraná-UFPR, BRA.
    Araujo, Moyses C.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013). Uppsala University.
    Rocco, Maria Luiza M.
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro-UFRJ, BRA.
    Marchiori, Cleber
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).
    On the energy gap determination of organic optoelectronic materials: the case of porphyrin derivatives2022In: Materials Advances, E-ISSN 2633-5409, no 3, p. 1791-1803Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The correct determination of the ionization potential (IP) and electron affinity (EA) as well as the energy gap is essential to properly characterize a series of key phenomena related to the applications of organic semiconductors. For example, energy offsets play an essential role in charge separation in organic photovoltaics. Yet there has been a lot of confusion involving the real physical meaning behind those quantities. Experimentally the energy gap can be measured by direct techniques such as UV-Vis absorption, or indirect techniques such as cyclic voltammetry (CV). Another spectroscopic method is the Reflection Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (REELS). Regarding data correlation, there is little consensus on how the REELS' energy gap can be interpreted in light of the energies obtained from other methodologies such as CV, UV-Vis, or photoemission. In addition, even data acquired using those traditional techniques has been misinterpreted or applied to derive conclusions beyond the limits imposed by the physics of the measurement. A similar situation also happens when different theoretical approaches are used to assess the energy gap or employed to explain outcomes from experiments. By using a set of porphyrin derivatives as model molecules, we discuss some key aspects of those important issues. The peculiar properties of these porphyrins demonstrate that even straightforward measurements or calculations performed in a group of very similar molecules need a careful interpretation of the outcomes. Differences up to 660 meV (similar to 190 meV) are found comparing REELS (electrochemical) measurements with UV-Vis energy gaps, for instance. From the theoretical point of view, a reasonable agreement with electrochemical measurements of the IP, EA, and the gap of the porphyrins is only obtained when the calculations involve the full thermodynamics of the redox processes. The purpose of this work is to shed light on the differences and similarities of those aforementioned characterization methods and provide some insight that might help one to develop a critical analysis of the different experimental and theoretical methodologies.

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  • 39.
    Adolfsson, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Channel Estimation Optimization in 5G New Radio using Convolutional Neural Networks2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Channel estimation is the process of understanding and analyzing the wireless communication channel's properties. It helps optimize data transmission by providing essential information for adjusting encoding and decoding parameters. This thesis explores using a Convolutional Neural Network~(CNN) for channel estimation in the 5G Link Level Simulator, 5G-LLS, developed by Tietoevry. The objectives were to create a Python framework for channel estimation experimentation and to evaluate CNN's performance compared to the conventional algorithms Least Squares~(LS), Minimum Mean Square Error~(MMSE) and Linear Minimum Mean Square Error~(LMMSE). Two distinct channel model scenarios were investigated in this study.

    The results from the study suggest that CNN outperforms LMMSE, LS, and MMSE regarding Mean Squared Error~(MSE) for both channel models, with LMMSE at second place. It managed to lower to the MSE by 85\% compared to the LMMSE for the correlated channel and 78\% for the flat fading channel. In terms of the overall system-level performance, as measured by Bit-Error Rate (BER), the CNN only managed to outperform LS and MMSE. The CNN and the LMMSE yielded similar results. This was due to that the LMMSE's MSE was still good enough to demodulate the symbols for the QPSK modulation scheme correctly. 

    The insights in this thesis work enables Tietoevry to implement more machine learning algorithms and further develop channel estimation in 5G telecommunications and wireless communication networks through experiments in 5G-LLS. Given that the CNN did not increase the performance of the communication system, future studies should test a broader range of channel models and consider more complex modulation schemes. Also, studying other and more advanced machine learning techniques than CNN is an avenue for future research.

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  • 40.
    Adolfsson, Oscar
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
    Effekter av inkuberingstemperatur hos juvenil atlantlax (Salmo salar L.)2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Rising temperatures, because of climate change, will have major consequences for the world's fish populations, including the Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. The greatest temperature changes are expected to occur during winter, which will affect S. salar since the eggs are developing during this time of year. Several studies have shown that elevated temperatures during embryogenesis cause morphological changes, in S. Salar, that are shown in later life stages. Some of these studies indicate that eggs incubated at high temperatures should generate parr with deeper bodies. To investigate whether high temperatures during the egg stage cause changes in body shape, parr from normal and high temperature incubated eggs, referred to as as “cold” and “warm” fish, respectively, were examined. A box-truss of euclidean distances between 10 landmarks on the fish body and a discriminant function analysis (DFA) was used to determine which of the distances best discriminated between the two groups. The test showed a significant discrimination between cold and warm parr regarding body shape where cold parr had greater heads and warm parr were deeper over the tail region and showed greater distances between the pelvic fin and the front attachment of the anal fin. 67,3 % of all parr where correctly classified by the test. These results support those notions that indicates that the incubation temperature is important for the morphological development of S. salar although it does not support the hypothesis.

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  • 41. Adolfsson, Sandra
    Matematikverkstad: hur kan lärare och elever arbeta där?2010Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The starting point of this work has been to get knowledge about teachers working in a mathematical workshop with the students. I also wanted to investigate what students think about math, both within the workshop and in traditional teaching.

    To achieve this I chose to interview a teacher in charge within the framework of a mathematical workshop, and six students in the 5th grade. I also did a lesson observation with the purpose to see how well the teacher’s tutoring agrees with the results of the interview.

    In this study I have discovered that the lessons in the mathematical workshop are planned after what the students are working with in the textbook. The teacher opens the lessons with the whole class and then splits it up in groups. In the interview the respondent conveys the importance of discussions among the students where they can explain their thoughts, especially for the weaker students that, thanks to the discussions are able to show their knowledge more. This is something I did not see during my lesson observation, however. The students also seemed to miss this when I spoke to them in the interview. They describe that they cannot see the connection between what they learn in the workshop and the textbook.

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  • 42.
    Affonso, Igor de Paiva
    et al.
    Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil; Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Campus Ponta Grossa, Brazil.
    Karling, Leticia Cucolo
    Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil.
    Takemoto, Ricardo Massato
    Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia Ictiologia e Aqüicultura – Nupélia, Maringá, Brazil.
    Gomes, Luiz Carlos
    Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brazil; Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia Ictiologia e Aqüicultura – Nupélia, Maringá, Brazil.
    Nilsson, Per Anders
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (from 2013). Department of Biology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Light-induced eye-fluke behavior enhances parasite life cycle2017In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, ISSN 1540-9295, E-ISSN 1540-9309, Vol. 15, no 6, p. 340-341Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 43.
    Afifi, Haitham
    et al.
    Hasso Platter Institute, Germany.
    Ramaswamy, Arunselvan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Karl, Holger
    Hasso Platter Institute, Germany.
    Reinforcement learning for autonomous vehicle movements in wireless multimedia applications2023In: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, ISSN 1574-1192, E-ISSN 1873-1589, Vol. 92, article id 101799Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We develop a Deep Reinforcement Learning (DeepRL)-based, multi-agent algorithm to efficiently control autonomous vehicles that are typically used within the context of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), in order to boost application performance. As an application example, we consider wireless acoustic sensor networks where a group of speakers move inside a room. In a traditional setup, microphones cannot move autonomously and are, e.g., located at fixed positions. We claim that autonomously moving microphones improve the application performance. To control these movements, we compare simple greedy heuristics against a DeepRL solution and show that the latter achieves best application performance. As the range of audio applications is broad and each has its own (subjective) per-formance metric, we replace those application metrics by two immediately observable ones: First, quality of information (QoI), which is used to measure the quality of sensed data (e.g., audio signal strength). Second, quality of service (QoS), which is used to measure the network's performance when forwarding data (e.g., delay). In this context, we propose two multi-agent solutions (where one agent controls one microphone) and show that they perform similarly to a single-agent solution (where one agent controls all microphones and has a global knowledge). Moreover, we show via simulations and theoretical analysis how other parameters such as the number of microphones and their speed impacts performance.

  • 44.
    Afzal, Samira
    et al.
    Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria.
    Ferlin-Reiter, SimoneKarlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). Red Hat Ab.Hoßfeld, TobiasUniversity of Würzburg, Germany.Schatz, RaimundAustrian Institute of Technology, Austria.Timmerer, ChristianAlpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria.
    GMSys '23: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Green Multimedia Systems2023Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Towards Secure Multipath TCP Communication2017Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The evolution in networking coupled with an increasing demand to improve user experience has led to different proposals to extend the standard TCP. Multipath TCP (MPTCP) is one such extension that has the potential to overcome few inherent limitations in the standard TCP. While MPTCP's design and deployment progresses, most of the focus has been on its compatibility. The security aspect is confined to making sure that the MPTCP protocol itself offers the same security level as the standard TCP.

    The topic of this thesis is to investigate the unexpected security implications raised by using MPTCP in the traditional networking environment. The Internet of today has security middle-boxes that perform traffic analysis to detect intrusions and attacks. Such middle-boxes make use of different assumptions about the traffic, e.g., traffic from a single connection always arrives along the same path. This along with many other assumptions may not be true anymore with the advent of MPTCP as traffic can be fragmented and sent over multiple paths simultaneously.

    We investigate how practical it is to evade a security middle-box by fragmenting and sending traffic across multiple paths using MPTCP. Realistic attack traffic is used to evaluate such attacks against Snort IDS to show that these attacks are feasible. We then go on to propose possible solutions to detect such attacks and implement them in an MPTCP proxy. The proxy aims to extend the MPTCP performance advantages to servers that only support standard TCP, while ensuring that intrusions can be detected as before. Finally, we investigate the potential MPTCP scenario where security middle-boxes only have access to some of the traffic. We propose and implement an algorithm to perform intrusion detection in such situations and achieve a nearly 90% detection accuracy. Another contribution of this work is a tool, that converts IDS rules into equivalent attack traffic to automate the evaluation of a middle-box.

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  • 46.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Brunström, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Lindskog, Stefan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013). SINTEF Digital, Trondheim, NOR.
    Using Features of Encrypted Network Traffic to Detect Malware2021In: Secure IT Systems: 25th Nordic Conference, NordSec 2020, Virtual Event, November 23–24, 2020, Proceedings / [ed] Mikael Asplund; Simin Nadjm-Tehrani, Springer Publishing Company, 2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Encryption on the Internet is as pervasive as ever. This hasprotected communications and enhanced the privacy of users. Unfortu-nately, at the same time malware is also increasingly using encryptionto hide its operation. The detection of such encrypted malware is cru-cial, but the traditional detection solutions assume access to payloaddata. To overcome this limitation, such solutions employ traffic decryp-tion strategies that have severe drawbacks. This paper studies the usageof encryption for malicious and benign purposes using large datasets andproposes a machine learning based solution to detect malware using con-nection and TLS metadata without any decryption. The classification isshown to be highly accurate with high precision and recall rates by usinga small number of features. Furthermore, we consider the deployment as-pects of the solution and discuss different strategies to reduce the falsepositive rate.

  • 47.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Garcia, Johan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Lindskog, Stefan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Partial Signature Matching in an MPTCP World using Insert-only Levenshtein DistanceManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Garcia, Johan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Lindskog, Stefan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Brunström, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Slice Distance: An Insert-Only Levenshtein Distance with a Focus on Security Applications2018In: Proceedings of NTMS 2018 Conference and Workshop, New York: IEEE, 2018, p. 1-5Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Levenshtein distance is well known for its use in comparing two strings for similarity. However, the set of considered edit operations used when comparing can be reduced in a number of situations. In such cases, the application of the generic Levenshtein distance can result in degraded detection and computational performance. Other metrics in the literature enable limiting the considered edit operations to a smaller subset. However, the possibility where a difference can only result from deleted bytes is not yet explored. To this end, we propose an insert-only variation of the Levenshtein distance to enable comparison of two strings for the case in which differences occur only because of missing bytes. The proposed distance metric is named slice distance and is formally presented and its computational complexity is discussed. We also provide a discussion of the potential security applications of the slice distance.

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  • 49.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Garcia, Johan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Lindskog, Stefan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Brunström, Anna
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Using Partial Signatures in Intrusion Detection for Multipath TCP2019In: Secure IT-systems: 24th Nordic Conference, NordSec 2019, Aalborg, Denmark, November 18–20, 2019, Proceedings / [ed] Aslan Askarov, René Rydhof Hansen, Willard Rafnsson, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019, p. 71-86Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Traditional security mechanisms such as signature basedintrusion detection systems (IDSs) attempt to find a perfect match of aset of signatures in network traffic. Such IDSs depend on the availabilityof a complete application data stream. With emerging protocols such asMultipath TCP (MPTCP), this precondition cannot be ensured, result-ing in false negatives and IDS evasion. On the other hand, if approximatesignature matching is used instead in an IDS, a potentially high numberof false positives make the detection impractical. In this paper, we showthat, by using a specially tailored partial signature matcher and knowl-edge about MPTCP semantics, the Snort3 IDS can be empowered withpartial signature detection. Additionally, we uncover the type of Snort3rules suitable for the task of partial matching. Experimental results withthese rules show a low false positive rate for benign traffic and highdetection coverage for attack traffic.

  • 50.
    Afzal, Zeeshan
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Lindskog, Stefan
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (from 2013).
    Automated Testing of IDS Rules2015In: Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops (ICSTW), 2015 IEEE Eighth International Conference on, IEEE, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As technology becomes ubiquitous, new vulnerabilities are being discovered at a rapid rate. Security experts continuously find ways to detect attempts to exploit those vulnerabilities. The outcome is an extremely large and complex rule set used by Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs) to detect and prevent the vulnerabilities. The rule sets have become so large that it seems infeasible to verify their precision or identify overlapping rules. This work proposes a methodology consisting of a set of tools that will make rule management easier.

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