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  • 2351.
    Yang, Geng
    et al.
    Zhejiang Univ, Coll Mech Engn, State Key Lab Fluid Power & Mechatron Syst, Hangzhou 310058, Zhejiang, Peoples R China..
    Jiang, Mingzhe
    Univ Turku, Dept Future Technol, SF-20500 Turku, Finland..
    Ouyang, Wei
    Inst Pasteur, Imaging & Modeling Unit, F-75015 Paris, France..
    Ji, Guangchao
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Xie, Haibo
    Zhejiang Univ, Coll Mech Engn, State Key Lab Fluid Power & Mechatron Syst, Hangzhou 310058, Zhejiang, Peoples R China..
    Rahmani, Amir M.
    Univ Calif Irvine, Dept Comp Sci, Irvine, CA 92697 USA.;TU Wien, Inst Comp Technol, A-1040 Vienna, Austria..
    Liljeberg, Pasi
    Univ Turku, Dept Future Technol, SF-20500 Turku, Finland..
    Tenhunen, Hannu
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH). Univ Turku, Dept Future Technol, SF-20500 Turku, Finland..
    IoT-Based Remote Pain Monitoring System: From Device to Cloud Platform2018In: IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics, ISSN 2168-2194, E-ISSN 2168-2208, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 1711-1719Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Facial expressions are among behavioral signs of pain that can be employed as an entry point to develop an automatic human pain assessment tool. Such a tool can be an alternative to the self-report method and particularly serve patients who are unable to self-report like patients in the intensive care unit and minors. In this paper, a wearable device with a biosensing facial mask is proposed to monitor pain intensity of a patient by utilizing facial surface electromyogram (sEMG). The wearable device works as a wireless sensor node and is integrated into an Internet of Things (IoT) system for remote pain monitoring. In the sensor node, up to eight channels of sEMG can be each sampled at 1000 Hz, to cover its full frequency range, and transmitted to the cloud server via the gateway in real time. In addition, both low energy consumption and wearing comfort are considered throughout the wearable device design for long-term monitoring. To remotely illustrate real-time pain data to caregivers, a mobile web application is developed for real-time streaming of high-volume sEMG data, digital signal processing, interpreting, and visualization. The cloud platform in the system acts as a bridge between the sensor node and web browser, managing wireless communication between the server and the web application. In summary, this study proposes a scalable IoT system for real-time biopotential monitoring and a wearable solution for automatic pain assessment via facial expressions.

  • 2352.
    Yang, Liyun
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Development and validation of a novel iOS application for measuring arm inclination2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Work in demanding postures is a known risk factor for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), specifically work with elevated arms may cause neck/shoulder disorders. Such a disorder is a tragedy for the individual, and costly for society. Technical measurements are more precise in estimating the work exposure, than observation and self-reports, and there is a need for uncomplicated methods for risk assessments. The aim of this project was to develop and validate an iOS application for measuring arm elevation angle.

    Such an application was developed, based on the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope of the iPhone/iPod Touch. The application was designed to be self-exploratory. Directly after a measurement, 10th, 50th and 90th percentiles of angular distribution and median angular velocity, and percentage of time above 30°, 60°, and 90° are presented. The focused user group, ergonomists, was consulted during the user interface design phase. Complete angular datasets may be exported via email as text files for further analyses.

    The application was validated by comparison to the output of an optical motion capture system for four subjects. The two methods correlated above 0.99, with absolute error below 4.8° in arm flexion and abduction positions. During arm swing movements, the average root-mean-square differences (RMSDs) were 3.7°, 4.6° and 6.5° for slow (0.1 Hz), medium (0.4 Hz) and fast (0.8 Hz) arm swings, respectively. For simulated painting, the mean RMSDs was 5.5°.

    Since the accuracy was similar to other tested field research methods, this convenient and “low-cost” application should be useful for ergonomists, for risk assessments or educational use. The plan is to publish this iOS application on Apple Store (Apple Inc.) for free. New user feedback may further improve the user interface.

  • 2353.
    Yang, Liyun
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Grooten, W. J. A.
    Forsman, M.
    An iPhone application for upper arm posture and movement measurements2017In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 65, p. 492-500Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is a need for objective methods for upper arm elevation measurements for accurate and convenient risk assessments. The aims of this study were (i) to compare a newly developed iOS application (iOS) for measuring upper arm elevation and angular velocity with a reference optical tracking system (OTS), and (ii) to compare the accuracy of the iOS incorporating a gyroscope and an accelerometer with using only an accelerometer, which is standard for inclinometry. The iOS-OTS limits of agreement for static postures (9 subjects) were -4.6° and 4.8°. All root mean square differences in arm swings and two simulated work tasks were <6.0°, and all mean correlation coefficients were >0.98. The mean absolute iOS-OTS difference of median angular velocity was <13.1°/s, which was significantly lower than only using an accelerometer (<43.5°/s). The accuracy of this iOS application compares well to that of today's research methods and it can be useful for practical upper arm measurements.

  • 2354.
    Yang, Liyun
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Lu, Ke
    Abtahi, Farhad
    Lindecrantz, Kaj
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Ergonomics.
    Seoane, Fernando
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Ergonomics.
    Forsman, Mikael
    Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
    Eklund, Jörgen
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Ergonomics.
    A pilot study of using smart clothes for physicalworkload assessment2017In: JOY AT WORK, Lund, Sweden, 2017, p. 169-170Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2355.
    Yang, Zhen
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Ståställningens påverkan på lederna i de nedre extremiteterna: en pilotstudie2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Barn med en allvarlig cerebral pares (CP) diagnos har begränsad eller obefintlig förmåga att stå självständigt. Tillståndet medför även en stor risk för subluxation i höftlederna. En befintlig teori bland ortopeder och sjukgymnaster idag är att hjälpmedel för ståträning för barn med CP, såsom ståskal, med höfter i ett abducerade läge kan motverka höftledernas negativa utveckling. Hittills saknas det dock vetenskapliga bevis för denna teori.

    TeamOlmed Barn & Ungdom tillverkar ståskal med 30 graders abduktionsvinkel enligt teorin ovan. Men kunskaperna inom området är begränsade och företaget önskade undersöka om hypotesen stämmer och hur de biomekaniska förutsättningarna påverkas av ståskalen.

    Detta examensarbete fokuserar på olika ståställningar i abduktion för en frisk person och dess inverkan i de nedre extremiteterna i syfte att undersöka den befintliga teorin. Rörelseanalyssystemet Vicon Nexus användes för datainsamling och analys av moment kring knälederna. Vid analys av krafterna i höftlederna användes OpenSim, ett simuleringsprogram för det muskuloskeletala systemet i 3D.

    Resultatet från Vicon visar att knäna har ett inre varusmoment i frontalplanet, vilket är ofarligt för knälederna, i såväl abducerade som vanlig höftposition. Simuleringsresultatet från OpenSim visar att kraftvektorernas riktningar ändras i samband med ändringar av abduktionsvinklar. Detta betyder att kraftvektorernas riktningar i höfterna, uttryckta i femurs koordinatsystem, är snarlika för ståpositioner med olika abduktionsvinklar. Beloppet av kontaktkraften ökade dock med ökande höftabduktionsvinkel.

    Momenten som uppstår vid olika ståställningar är ofarliga för knälederna och kraftvektorernas riktningar i höfterna är oberoende av abduktionsvinklarna för en frisk person. Den enda skillnaden i höftbelastning med stående i höftabduktion var ökade belopp av höftkontaktkrafter. För att noggrannt kunna utvärdera huruvida en ökad kontaktkraft kan påverka höftens tendens att migrera ur led, samt huruvida liknande observationer finns hos patienter med CP skador i sina ståskal, krävs det vidare studier. Tack vare observationerna av denna pilotstudie kan man ställa mer relevanta studiefrågor kring biomekaniska mekanismer i en större studie med barn med CP-diagnoser.

  • 2356.
    Ye, Luming
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Perception Metrics in Medical Imaging2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2357. Yogev, Daniel
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Pisot, Rado
    Biolo, Gianni
    di Prampero, Pietro
    Narici, Marco
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Effect of 21 days of horizontal bed rest on behavioural thermoregulation2010In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN 1439-6319, E-ISSN 1439-6327, Vol. 108, no 2, p. 281-288Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study investigated the effect of 21 days of horizontal bed rest on cutaneous cold and warm sensitivity, and on behavioural temperature regulation. Healthy male subjects (N = 10) were accommodated in a hospital ward for the duration of the study and were under 24-h medical care. All activities (eating, drinking, hygiene, etc.) were conducted in the horizontal position. On the 1st and 22nd day of bed rest, cutaneous temperature sensitivity was tested by applying cold and warm stimuli of different magnitudes to the volar region of the forearm via a Peltier element thermode. Behavioural thermoregulation was assessed by having the subjects regulate the temperature of the water within a water-perfused suit (T (wps)) they were wearing. A control unit established a sinusoidal change in T (wps), such that it varied from 27 to 42A degrees C. The subjects could alter the direction of the change of T (wps), when they perceived it as thermally uncomfortable. The magnitude of the oscillations towards the end of the trial was assumed to represent the upper and lower boundaries of the thermal comfort zone. The cutaneous threshold for detecting cold stimulus decreased (P < 0.05) from 1.6 (1.0)A degrees C on day 1 to 1.0 (0.3)A degrees C on day 22. No effect was observed on the ability to detect warm stimuli or on the regulated T (wps). We conclude that although cold sensitivity increased after bed rest, it was not of sufficient magnitude to cause any alteration in behavioural thermoregulatory responses.

  • 2358.
    Yu, Sicong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Hamid Muhammad, Hamed
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
    Denoising of SPECT-image sinogram-data before reconstruction2014In: WMSCI 2014 - 18th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings, 2014, Vol. 1, p. 202-206Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nuclear medicine images have low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) due to several physical limitations which degrade the image quality considerably. In this study, the Gaussian filter and the patch confidence Gaussian filter (PCG) were used to improve the image quality for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT). The new approach applies these filtering methods on the acquired 2D-projections before reconstructing the image. The new approach was evaluated on a SPECT dataset and the performance was compared with several conventional methods presented in the literature.

  • 2359.
    Yu, Sicong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Hamid Muhammed, Hamed
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Comparison of Pre- and Post-Reconstruction Denoising Approaches in Positron Emission Tomography2016In: THE 1ST 2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (IBIOMED 2016), IEEE, 2016, p. 63-68Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Positron Emission Tomography (PET), image quality is highly degraded by noise. Therefore, two main PETimage denoising approaches can be used: pre- and postreconstruction denoising. In the pre-reconstruction approach the PET sinogram is denoised before forwarding it to the image reconstruction algorithm. On the other hand, the reconstructed PET-image is denoised in the post-reconstruction approach. In this study, comparison of image quality of the resulting images of the pre- and post-reconstruction approaches is performed. In both types of approaches, the Gaussian filter, the Non-Local Means filter (NLM), the Block-Matching and 3D filter (BM3D), the K-Nearest Neighbors Filter (KNN) and the Patch Confidence K-Nearest Neighbors Filter (PCkNN) are utilized. These approaches are evaluated on a simulated PET-phantom dataset, a real-life physical thorax-phantom PET dataset as well as a reallife MicroPET-scan dataset of a mouse. The performance is measured using the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) in addition to the Contrast-to-Noise Ratio (CNR) in the resulting images.

  • 2360.
    Yu, Sicong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
    Hamid Muhammed, Hamed
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Noise Type Evaluation in Positron Emission Tomography Images2016In: THE 1ST 2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (IBIOMED 2016), IEEE, 2016, p. 101-106Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Positron Emission Tomography (PET), the coincident emission of gamma photon pairs constitutes the useful signals that should be detected and processed to reconstruct the desired PET images of the studied objects. However, along with the useful signal, noise is also generated and added to the detected signals that are sorted with respect to their line-ofresponse and arranged as a sinogram for each two-dimensional slice. In this paper, the type and properties of noise in PET sinogram data will be evaluated. Furthermore, the effect of the used linear and non-linear image denoising and reconstruction procedures on the type of noise will be analyzed. For this purpose, the Gaussian filter, the Median filter, the Patch Confidence k-Nearest Neighbor filter (PCkNN) and the Block Matching 3D filter (BM3D) were used to denoise PET image data, as well as the maximum likelihood expectation maximization algorithm (MLEM) and the Filtered Back Projection algorithm (FBP) to reconstruct the PET images.

  • 2361.
    Yu, Sicong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
    Hamid Muhammed, Hamed
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
    PET image improvement using the Patch Confidence K-Nearest Neighbors Filter2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Positron Emission Tomography (PET), the resulted images are highly deteriorated by noise. In this study, we propose a new denoising framework using the Patch Confidence K-Nearest Neighbors Filter (PCKNN) to reduce noise in the sinogram before forwarding it to the reconstruction procedure. This method has been evaluated on a simulated PET image of a phantom, and the performance has been compared with several conventional methods in the literature. The results have shown that the PET image quality can be substantially improved in term of increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR

  • 2362.
    Yusuf Isse, Muna
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Tahar Aissa, Safia
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Ventilering av koldioxid ur kardiotomi-reservoar2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    During heart surgeries it is necessary to direct the blood away from the heart and connect the patient to an extra corporeal circulation (ECC) with an associated reservoir (cardiotomy-reservoir). In the open wound a continuous flow of carbon dioxide is insufflated. This is to de-air the wound so that no air enters the heart and large vessels during surgery. An exchange of gases occurs between the tissue of the wound and the applied carbon dioxide. Throughout the surgery the wound will bleed and that blood will be evacuated in to the cardiotomy-reservoir. This can increase the total carbon dioxide level of the patient.

    The subject that was studied in this report was how to decrease the carbon dioxide levels in the blood. The method used was to fill the cardiotomy-reservoir with chosen volumes of water and simultaneously insufflate carbon dioxide and air. This was to measure the effectiveness of the evacuation of carbon dioxide. The results were that, despite water levels and carbon dioxide supply, one was able to ventilate the reservoir. The conclusion is that the higher air supply that is used the better ventilation will be achieved.

  • 2363. Zahid, W.
    et al.
    Johnson, Jonas
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Westholm, C.
    Eek, C.
    Skulstad, R.
    Fosse, E.
    Winter, Reider
    Edvardsen, T.
    Mitral annular excursion in patients with suspected non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome can identify coronary occlusion and predict mortality2012In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 33, p. 912-912Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2364. Zahid, Wasim
    et al.
    Johnson, Jonas
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Westholm, Carl
    Eek, Christian H.
    Haugaa, Kristina H.
    Smedsrud, Marit Kristine
    Skulstad, Helge
    Fosse, Erik
    Winter, Reidar
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Edvardsen, Thor
    Mitral Annular Displacement by Doppler Tissue Imaging May Identify Coronary Occlusion and Predict Mortality in Patients with Non-ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction2013In: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, ISSN 0894-7317, E-ISSN 1097-6795, Vol. 26, no 8, p. 875-884Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Mitral annular displacement (MAD) is a simple marker of left ventricular (LV) systolic function. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that MAD can distinguish patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions (NSTEMIs) from those with significant coronary artery disease without infarctions, identify coronary occlusion, and predict mortality in patients with NSTEMIs. MAD was compared with established indices of LV function. Methods: In this retrospective study, 167 patients with confirmed NSTEMIs were included at two Scandinavian centers. Forty patients with significant coronary artery disease but without myocardial infarctions were included as controls. Doppler tissue imaging was performed at the mitral level of the left ventricle in the three apical planes, and velocities were integrated over time to acquire MAD. LV ejection fraction, global longitudinal strain (GLS), and wall motion score index were assessed according to guidelines. Results: MAD and GLS could accurately distinguish patients with NSTEMIs from controls. During 48.6 +/- 12.1 months of follow-up, 22 of 167 died(13%). MAD, LV ejection fraction, and GLS were reduced and wall motion score index was increased among those who died compared with those who survived (P<.001, P<.001, P<.001, and P=.02, respectively). Multivariate Cox proportional-hazards analyses revealed that MAD was an independent predictor of death (hazard ratio, 1.36; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.73; P=.01). MAD and GLS were reduced and wall motion score index was increased in patients with coronary artery occlusion compared with those without occlusion (P=.006, P=.001, and P=.02), while LV ejection fraction did not differ (P=.20). Conclusions: MAD accurately identified patients with NSTEMIs, predicted mortality, and identified coronary occlusion in patients with NSTEMIs.

  • 2365. Zahnd, G.
    et al.
    Larsson, Matilda
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Gao, H.
    Serusclat, A.
    Vray, D.
    D'Hooge, J.
    A novel method to generete synthetic ultrasound data of the carotid artery based on in vivo observation as a tool to validate algorithm accuracy2012In: 2012 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2012, p. 1674-1677Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ultrasound imaging represents a well designed modality to estimate the motion of biological tissues in vivo, from which relevant clinical information can be assessed. However, the lack of ground truth constitutes a challenging issue when it comes to evaluate the accuracy of computerized methods. Indeed, quantification of the reliability of experimental results often involves manual or visual human operations, which may introduce subjectivity and variability. Nonetheless, numerical simulation of the imaged tissues allow a comparison with a known reference. For this purpose, we propose in this work a realistic kinematic multi-layer model of the common carotid artery. A set of 10 models was generated by randomly positioning scatterers, on which intensity, specular reflection, and bi-dimensional motion over the duration of one cardiac cycle were applied. Two computerized methods, namely a block-matching method and a segmentation method, were also applied on our model using identical parameter settings as those used for in vivo clinical data, in the objective to assess their accuracy. The tracking errors were 42 ± 40 μm and 12 ± 10 μm in the longitudinal and radial directions, respectively. The segmentation errors were 28±18 μm for the lumen diameter, and 15±10 μm for the intima-media thickness. We conclude from these results that our model can constitute a reliable method to quantify the accuracy of computerized algorithms.

  • 2366.
    Zalet, Ayman
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Vklass datalagring: En studie om datalagring på ett kostands- och prestandaeffektivt sätt2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study in this report examines data storage for the application Vklass. The problem that has been studied in this work is that the application receives and stores a big amount of files which are stored on a server locally in Stockholm where back up is made to another server on a regular basis. Today’s implemented solution for data storage endorse that the server that stores the files continues to grow each month without further structure since all the upload files is stored in the same folder which yields a more complex and less lucid storage and management for the data. This yields limitations for the performance of the application when the backup-copy needs to be restored. The owners of the application request a solu-tion that gives a more effective management of the stored data with a cost and performance effective technique. The solution that will be presented in this study should also enable stor-ing data with a more lucid and convenient structure.

    The studied methods for the solution include storing data locally and data storage in the biggest public cloud services. The investigation and analysis of the chosen methods proved that data storage in cloud services fulfilled the requirements for the identified solution as opposed to the methods for storing data locally that proved to yield deficits which would not fulfill these requirements. The deduction of this study identified Microsoft Azure Sto-rage to be the best public cloud solution for the given problem since data is stored in a per-formance and structure effective way. It was also proven that even the most expensive sto-rage solution provided by Azure Storage lowered the costs for data storage by 84 percent compared to today’s data storage solution during the first five years.

  • 2367. Zetterberg, C
    et al.
    Hemphälä, H
    Nylén, Per
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Workshop in visual ergonomics2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Increased use of computers is common across many work sectors. Prolonged near work at a computer screen is associated with both visual discomfort and neck/shoulder discomfort and pain. Inadequate visual ergonomics at a computer workstation can also influence both visual and neck/shoulder discomfort. The new provision from the Swedish Work Environment Authority on prevention of musculoskeletal disorders includes risk assessment of occupational visual conditions. These assessments require practitioners to have knowledge of the topic, as well as experience with practical assessment tools.

    The first part of the workshop proposed here will involve a presentation of the theories underlying visual ergonomic practices and a discussion of the most important factors to assess at a computer workstation. These factors include contrast, font size, resolution, glare, reflexion, non-visual flicker, and edge sharpness. The second part of the workshop, will allow participants hands-on practice in measuring and evaluating visual ergonomics at a computer workstation.

  • 2368.
    Zhang, Chen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Health Informatics and Logistics.
    Grandits, Thomas
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Härenstam, Karin
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Hauge, Jannicke
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM).
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Health Informatics and Logistics.
    A systematic literature review of simulation models for non-technical skill training in healthcare logistics2018In: Advances in Simulation, ISSN 2059-0628, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Resource allocation in patient care relies heavily on individual judgements of healthcare professionals. Such professionals perform coordinating functions by managing the timing and execution of a multitude of care processes for multiple patients. Based on advances in simulation, new technologies that could be used for establishing realistic representations have been developed. These simulations can be used to facilitate understanding of various situations, coordination training and education in logistics, decision-making processes, and design aspects of the healthcare system. However, no study in the literature has synthesized the types of simulations models available for non-technical skills training and coordination of care. A systematic literature review, following the PRISMA guidelines, was performed to identify simulation models that could be used for training individuals in operative logistical coordination that occurs on a daily basis. This article reviewed papers of simulation in healthcare logistics presented in the Web of Science Core Collections, ACM digital library, and JSTOR databases. We conducted a screening process to gather relevant papers as the knowledge foundation of our literature study. The screening process involved a query-based identification of papers and an assessment of relevance and quality. Two hundred ninety-four papers met the inclusion criteria. The review showed that different types of simulation models can be used for constructing scenarios for addressing different types of problems, primarily for training and education sessions. The papers identified were classified according to their utilized paradigm and focus areas. (1) Discrete-event simulation in single-category and single-unit scenarios formed the most dominant approach to developing healthcare simulations and dominated all other categories by a large margin. (2) As we approached a systems perspective (cross-departmental and cross-institutional), discrete-event simulation became less popular and is complemented by system dynamics or hybrid modeling. (3) Agent-based simulations and participatory simulations have increased in absolute terms, but the share of these modeling techniques among all simulations in this field remains low. An extensive study analyzing the literature on simulation in healthcare logistics indicates a growth in the number of examples demonstrating how simulation can be used in healthcare settings. Results show that the majority of studies create situations in which non-technical skills of managers, coordinators, and decision makers can be trained. However, more system-level and complex system-based approaches are limited and use methods other than discrete-event simulation.

  • 2369.
    Zhang, Chen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Hanchi, Hamza
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Evaluating the Effect of Centralized Administration on Health Care Performances Using Discrete-Event Simulation2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2370.
    Zhang, Chen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Hanchi, Hamza
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Identifying Influential Factors of Patient Length of Stay In a Surgery Center: a Simulation Modelling Approach2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2371.
    Zhang, Rui
    et al.
    University of Passau.
    Freund, Martin
    University of Passau.
    Amft, Oliver
    University of Passau.
    Cheng, Jingyuan
    DFKI.
    Zhou, Bo
    DFKI.
    Lukowicz, Paul
    DFKI.
    Seoane, Fernando
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH). Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för vård, arbetsliv och välfärd.
    Chabrecek, Peter
    Sefar AG.
    A generic sensor fabric for multi-modal swallowing sensing in regular upper-body shirts2016In: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ACM Digital Library, 2016, p. 46-47Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigate a generic fabric material as basis for resistive pressure and bio-impedance sensors and apply the fabric in a shirt collar for swallowing spotting. A pilot study confirmed the signal performance of both sensor types.

  • 2372.
    Zheng, Miaomiao
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Medical Imaging.
    Ultrasound Contrast Agents: Fabrication, size distribution and visualization2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Ultrasound contrast agents composed of micro-bubble filled with gas are introduced to increase the backscattered power from blood. Their intravenously injection results in the improved contrast in the images.

    The aim of this master thesis project is to manufacture MB suspension at varied temperature and shear forces and to inspect the size distribution and concentration of the PVA-shelled micro-bubble with standard methods according to the developed protocol. A pulser-receiver (Panametrics PR 5072) setup combined with two transducers (2.25 MHz and 5 MHz) was used to investigate the backscattered enhancement of the micro-bubble suspension.

    Images were collected with transmission optical microscope (OLYMPUS IX71) with the aid of counting chamber. The diameter and concentration of the micro-bubbles were analyzed by Image J. The pulser-receiver setup was used to test the acoustic response.

    The mean diameter of micro-bubbles was from 2.03 to 4.38 µm with a standard deviation between 0.40 and 1.12 µm and the micro-bubble concentration varied from 0.07× to 5.22× MBs/ml. The enhancement of the ultrasound backscattered power was greater than 20 dB or even reached 30 dB when the energy was increased. 

  • 2373.
    Zheng, Miaomiao
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Härmark, Johan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Structural Biotechnology.
    Grishenkov, Dmitry
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Janerot Sjöberg, Birgitta
    CLINTEC, Department of Medical Imaging and Technology, Karolinska Institute.
    Polymer-Shelled Ultrasound Contrast Agents with controlled size and polydispersity.2011In: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology & Medicine, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ultrasound imaging techniques can be greatly improved by the use of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs). Gas bubbles encapsulated into biocompatible polymer shell are of particular interest of this work. Shell of the bubbles produced from Poly-Vinyl-Alcohol (PVA) offers considerable chemical versatility and stability. However, questions regarding the size and polydispersity of the microbubbles must be further investigated. The ideal UCAs should not obstruct the blood flow in pulmonary capillaries which diameter is less than 10 μm. From the technical perspective UCAs should modify the acoustic properties of a region of interest, by increasing backscattered efficiency. In order to enhance the ultrasound response UCAs should be engineered with narrow size distribution. In the present work PVA-shelled UCAs with controlled size and polydispersity is manufactured under varied parameters of the manufacturing protocol. It was observed that temperature of the surrounding atmosphere has major effect on the size of the UCAs, while polydispersity is regulated by geometry and speed of the disperser. Finally, the acoustic response of these microbubbles is tested using developed ultrasound test rig. The enhancement of the backscattered power of about 25 dB from a suspension of the microbubbles is observed at 5 MHz ultrasound frequency. Keeping in mind that in clinical practice ultrasound scatter from the blood is of about 30 dB weaker than scatter from surrounding tissue, introduction of novel PVA microbubbles will potentially improve diagnosis of the cardiovascular patients.

  • 2374.
    Zhong, Xueying
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Mucin preparation and assembly into new biomaterials2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mucins, the main macromolecular constituent responsible for gel-forming property in mucus, have great potential to act as new biological hydrogel for medical applications. Click chemistry reaction is an attractive tool to be applied in both bioconjugation and material science to form covalent bonds between molecules. Herein the click chemistry reaction of tetrazine-norbornene ligation was adapted to form click mucin hydrogel using purified commercial available bovine submaxillary mucin (BSM). This study included the characterization, purification and chemical modification of commercial available BSM. The flow filtration purification was chosen after investigating the effectiveness and yields of four different purification strategies. The reactivity of tetrazine and norbornene-functionalized BSM was evident from the formation of robust mucin hydrogel within minutes after mixing the two components. 

  • 2375.
    Zhu, Lin
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Structural Biotechnology.
    Structural studies of HDL and applications of EM on membrane proteins2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A large number of proteins interact with biological membranes, either integrated in the membrane (PepTSo2), embedded on a membrane surface (5-lipoxygenase) or encircling a cutout of lipid bilayer (apolipoprotein1 (apoA-I). They function as transporters, receptors or biocatalysts in cellular processes like inflammation or cholesterol transport which are touched upon here. Malfunction of specific membrane proteins are the cause for several diseases or disorders.

    Knowledge of protein structure supports understanding of its mechanism of function. Here, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used for structure determination. To obtain structure information to high resolution for membrane proteins, normally surrounded by lipids, demands specific methods and materials for stabilization. Stabilized in detergent the structure of the bacterial transporter PepTSo2 was shown to form a tetramer even bound to substrate. However, with a protein based stabilizer, Salipro, the structure of PepTSo2 could be determined to high resolution.

    High density lipoprotein (HDL) in blood plasma, involved in the removal of cholesterol from peripheral tissues, have a central role in cardiovascular function, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

    The HDL-particle is composed of two copies of ApoA1 and around hundred lipid molecules. From TEM data, for the first time the clearly discoidal shape could be shown by 3-dimendional reconstructions. These were used for modelling the ApoA1 protein dimer by a "biased fitting" procedure. The results indicate how ApoA1 folds around a lipid bilayer in a disc-shaped structure.

    Modified HDL called nanodiscs were here used to show the Ca2+ dependent binding of 5-lipoxygenase on the nanodisc bilayer and thereby increased production of the inflammatory mediator leukotrieneA4. Dimerization of 5-lipoxygenase inactivates these functions.

  • 2376.
    Zhu, Lin
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Structural Biotechnology.
    Structural Studies of High Density Lipoprotein by Electron Microscopy and Flexible FittingManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 2377.
    Zhu, Lin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Structural Biotechnology. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Petrlova, J.
    Gysbers, P.
    Hebert, Hans
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Structural Biotechnology. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Wallin, S.
    Jegerschöld, Caroline
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH). Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Lagerstedt, J. O.
    Structures of apolipoprotein A-I in high density lipoprotein generated by electron microscopy and biased simulations2017In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, ISSN 0304-4165, E-ISSN 1872-8006, Vol. 1861, no 11, p. 2726-2738Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a key protein for the transport of cholesterol from the vascular wall to the liver. The formation and structure of nascent HDL, composed of apoA-I and phospholipids, is critical to this process. Methods: The HDL was assembled in vitro from apoA-I, cholesterol and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) at a 1:4:50 molar ratio. The structure of HDL was investigated in vitreous samples, frozen at cryogenic temperatures, as well as in negatively stained samples by transmission electron microscopy. Low resolution electron density maps were next used as restraints in biased Monte Carlo simulations of apolipoprotein A-I dimers, with an initial structure derived from atomic resolution X-ray structures. Results: Two final apoA-I structure models for the full-length structure of apoA-I dimer in the lipid bound conformation were generated, showing a nearly circular, flat particle with an uneven particle thickness. Conclusions: The generated structures provide evidence for the discoidal, antiparallel arrangement of apoA-I in nascent HDL, and propose two preferred conformations of the flexible N-termini.

  • 2378. Zhuang, C.
    et al.
    Marquez, Juan C.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Medical sensors, signals and systems. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
    Qu, H. E.
    He, X.
    Lan, N.
    A neuromuscular electrical stimulation strategy based on muscle synergy for stroke rehabilitation2015In: International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER, IEEE Computer Society, 2015, p. 816-819Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent experiments have suggested that the central nervous system (CNS) makes use of muscle synergies as a neural strategy to simplify the control of a variety of movements by using a single pattern of neural command signal. This nature of muscle coordination could have great significance in the treatment and rehabilitation of upper limb impairments for hemiparetic patients post stroke. The use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for neural prosthetics or therapeutic applications has been demonstrated as a promising clinical intervention for stroke patients to recover motor function of the upper extremity. However, the existing NMES systems do not provide control methods for the patient to achieve an individualized and functional rehabilitation training. In this research work, muscle synergies from the flexionextension elbow antagonistic muscles were studied. Using motion information and EMG signals, muscle synergies were extracted using non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) method. Reconstructed signals obtained from the muscle synergies were then applied to the virtual arm (VA) model to test a synergy based NMES strategy. Results show close resemblance to the original elbow trajectory of normal movements and thus the feasibility to control movements in stroke patients for rehabilitation.

  • 2379.
    Zika-Wiktorsson, Annika
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
    Sundström, Per
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Engwall, Mats
    VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.
    Project Overload: An Exploratory Study of Work and Management in Multi-Project Settings2006In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 24, no 5, p. 385-394Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates psychosocial aspects of work in multi-project settings and how project members and project managers at operational level perceive their work situation. Work in a multi-project setting entails a complicated situation characterized by tight schedules, multi-tasking, increased coordination expenditures, and a large amount of set-up time when alternating between tasks. The study addresses the issue of project overload, a construct that in this study reflects perceived fragmentation, disruption and inefficiency, caused by switching between assignments for separate but simultaneous projects. An explorative approach was adopted for the study, and new models were created and investigated. The primary source of data was a web-based questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered to project co-workers (n = 392) in nine companies in Sweden (response rate: 81%). The companies represented manufacturing, pharmaceutical and construction industries, and all occupied a leading position on their respective markets. The results show that almost one-third of the respondents were under perceived project overload, and that 21% (p ≤ .001) of the variance on this variable could be explained by four factors. In order of magnitude, these factors were: (1) lack of opportunities for recuperation, (2) inadequate routines, (3) scarce time resources, and (4) a large number of simultaneous projects. Further, the study indicated that there are associations between high level of project overload and (a) high levels of psychological stress reactions, (b) decreased competence development, and (c) deviations from time schedules.

  • 2380.
    Zomer, Lara-Britt
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science.
    Daamen, Winnie
    TU Delft.
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Hoogendoorn, Serge
    TU Delft.
    Managing Crowds: The Possibilities and Limitations of Crowd Information During Urban Mass Events2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Thischapter,basedonamixedmethodresearchapproach,offersinsights into possibilities and limitations of using ICT measures for crowd management and distribution during urban mass events (UMEs). Based on literature, practical applications and analyses of research results, we propose crowd management should consider characteristics of both crowds and UMEs to increase information effectiveness. In relation to urban planning, results show that possibilities to influence a crowd’s behavior depend on available (and known) choice sets offered in various locations, while distances towards locations across city centers appear less important. Limitations appear to be related to scarce knowledge on what drives crowd members to adapt or adhere to their activity choice behavior. Such insights are essential for smart cities striving for an optimal use of infrastructural capacity, as both the ambiguous effects of ICT measures, as well as a crowd’s self-organizing capacity should be taken into account for delaying, solving and preventing dis- ruptions of pedestrian flows in city centers. 

  • 2381.
    Zomer, Lara-Britt
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Moustaid, Elhabib
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    A META-MODEL FOR INCLUDING SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND DATA INTO SMART CITY MANAGEMENT SIMULATIONS2015In: 2015 WINTER SIMULATION CONFERENCE (WSC), IEEE , 2015, p. 1705-1716Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Smart city management can be regarded to bridge different realms of thinking about cities, i.e. 1) the city as complex-adaptive system, 2) socio-technical operational control center and 3) multi-actor policy-making. Underpinned by different world views and theoretical bodies, integration of the three realms puts forward new demands on simulation approaches and challenges current knowledge and available technology regarding integration of sub-models across different systems. In order to support urban transportation management, a holistic approach is needed that semantically connects the three realms by incorporation of human behavior and knowledge. Combining research on knowledge management and computer science, this paper presents a novel meta-framework as socio-technical hybrid simulation language to generalize integration of simulations, gaming and data for modeling urban transportation.

  • 2382. Zomer, Lara-Britt
    et al.
    Moustaid, Elhabib
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics.
    A Meta-Model for Including Social Behavior and Data into Simulation in the Smart City Context2015In: Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] L. Yilmaz, W. K. V. Chan, I. Moon, T. M. K. Roeder, C. Macal, and M. D. Rossetti, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    mart city management can be regarded to bridge different realms of thinking about cities, i.e., 1) the city as complex-adaptive system, 2) socio-technical operational control center and 3) multi-actor policy-making. Underpinned by different world views and theoretical bodies, integration of the three realms puts forward new demands on simulation approaches and challenges current knowledge and available technology regarding integration of sub-models across different systems. In order to support urban transportation management, a holistic approach is needed that semantically connects the three realms by incorporation of human behavior and knowledge. Combining research on knowledge management and computer science, this paper presents a novel meta-framework as socio-technical hybrid simulation language to generalize integration of simulations, gaming and data for modeling urban transportation.

  • 2383. Zou, H.
    et al.
    Kleiven, Svein
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Neuronic Engineering.
    Schmiedelera, J. P.
    The effect of brain mass and moment of inertia on relative brain-skull displacement during low-severity impacts2007In: International Journal of Crashworthiness, ISSN 1358-8265, E-ISSN 1754-2111, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 341-353Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in automobile crashes. The sensitivity of human brain injury prediction to small parameter changes is a critical element of both experimental and mathematical work yet to be adequately investigated. This work proposes a new analytical human brain injury model to determine the parameters to which injury prediction is most sensitive. The trajectory sensitivity analysis explicitly indicates that injury prediction is most sensitive to brain mass moment of inertia, followed by brain mass. A number of finite element (FE) simulations were executed with various brain sizes. The maximum relative brain motions decrease with decreased brain size, and they are very close in the FE and analytical models. We conclude that brain mass moment of inertia, primarily, and brain mass, secondarily, should be varied in focused experimental and FE modeling work to ensure that conclusions are not drawn from individual data points at which injury predictions are highly sensitive to small parameter changes.

  • 2384.
    Zou, Hong
    et al.
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University.
    Kleiven, Svein
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Neuronic Engineering.
    Schmiedeler, James P.
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University.
    The Effect of Brain Mass and Moment of Inertia on Relative Brain-Skull Displacement in Low-Severity Impacts2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2385.
    Åberg, Jenny
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Möjligheter och hinder för det förebyggande arbetsmiljöarbetet: En intervjustudie med en enhet på Feelgood Företagshälsa och två av deras kundföretag inom byggbranschen.2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The occupational health services (OHS) in Sweden is provided as an impartial expert advice to client companies and shall identify and explain the relationship between work, organization, productivity and health. In general, client companies use the occupational health services particularly for reactive services, when illness has already occured in the company. Construction workers staying constantly in a hazardous environment and are exposed to heavy lifting, monotonous movements and bad working positions. It is therefore important to examine how occupational health can contribute to the preventive work environment for client companies to meet the challenges of the construction work.Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate the opportunities and barriers that exist to the preventive work of occupational health services.Method: A literature review and an interview study was conducted in spring 2013. Scientific papers and other documents were obtained through databases available through the libraries at the Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gothenburg and Halmstad University. Ten individual semi-structural interviews were carried out with a safety engineer and an account manager at a Feelgood unit, as well as with supervisors, safety representatives and with people who had an HR and working position on two of Feelgoods client companies in the construction industry.Results: The analysis revealed eight themes that represented opportunities and barriers to preventive work environment: consultative approach, systematic work environment management, workplaces visits, competence, marketing and communication, management, lack of coordination between professions in occupational health services and customer agreement.Conclusion: The occupational health service needs to take greater responsibility in preventive work environment and challenging client companies to advise them in good working solutions. Occupational health services also needs to be better at marketing their business to client companies to know what they can use OHS for. Feelgood are professional and have high competence in the individual conversations but can improve their professional skills at organizational level. The client companies demand field visits and they saw that OHS has a role in performing technical measurements and help in the process of job rotation. Preventive health services should be written into the agreement in order to be utilized to a greater extent.

  • 2386. Åborg, C
    et al.
    Fernström, E
    Ericson, Mats O
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.
    Work content and satisfaction before and after a reorganisation of data entry work.1998In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 473-80Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to analyse the psychosocial and physical effects of a reorganisation of data entry work at a data processing unit with 153 employees. The reorganisation was planned to redistribute the repetitive work and improve health and satisfaction as well as efficiency. Methods used were questionnaires and, for a sub-group of 22 participants, interviews, diaries and video recordings. During the one-and-a-half-year study period the data processing unit was closed down and the employees transferred to units with more varied tasks. The reorganisation gave opportunities to improve working conditions. The results of this study show that important improvements were achieved. The majority of the 22 participants got less data entry work and the changes permitted a better work-load distribution. However, the work content after the reorganisation still did not provide satisfactory mental variation for most of the subjects, and the changes did not seem to affect health complaints.

  • 2387.
    Åkerberg, Mathias
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Tibbling, Anders
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Säker identitetshantering på internet: Att minimera bedrägerier och öka konsumentens säkerhet och inflytande vid e-handel2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    There's a high risk that an unauthorized party can gain access to and use a consumer's iden-tity. This while the ability to control how and when a personal identity is used is small. The question to be answered were regarding how identity theft and online fraud could be mi-nimized and give the consumers a greater influence and more control over the management of their identity online.

    The goal was to centralize and establish a common approach for identity management on-line, with greater benefits for consumers. Through central service individual consumers would be able to set conditions for which online shops and services would be able to access their identities and grant access in each specific transaction. This would remove the need for non-central control of identities and as a result remove the need for independent storage of identity information.

    The solution would result in a system model with the potential to authenticate the consu-mer, managing conditions for how individual identity documents may be used online and to provide the consumer with a online history by sending notifications of events that has occurred with regard to a specific identity.

    A prototype was developed to demonstrate the basic functionality in practice. This included the functionality to authenticate the consumer with Mobile BankID, send notifications about events and check existing conditions regarding a specific identity. This prototype came to consist of a simplified system according to the model developed, an associated API, and two models representing an online store and a payment provider that would utilize the functionality of the system by calling the API.

    The proposed solution was evaluated through two interviews with experts in the fields of IT Security and e-commerce. The conclusion was that identity fraud would probably drop drastically and the individual consumer influence and awareness would be fortified. The main reason for this was considered to be primarily through the consistent and standardized way for authentication of and communication with the consumer. This would remove the individual risk for online services.

    The challenge with this proposed solution is believed to be getting consumers, online re-tailers and payment providers to accept a central solution instead of relying on internally developed and disconnected solution.

  • 2388.
    Åkerlund (Björklund), Cecilia
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Incorporating blood coagulation factors in polypyrrole and PEDOT2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2389.
    Ånell, Rickard
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Sundblad, Patrik
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Gennser, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Vaskulära gasbubblor hos jaktplanspiloter under olika flygprofiler2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2390.
    Åström Paulsson, Sofia
    et al.
    Uppsala Universitet.
    Schmidt, Lisa
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Eriksson, Tomas
    Uppsala Universitet.
    Nyman, Teresia
    Uppsala Universitet.
    Parmsund, Marianne
    Torgén, Margareta
    Svartengren, Magnus
    Uppsala Universitet.
    Procurement and implementation processes for Occupational Health Services in SwedenIn: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, E-ISSN 1432-1246Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This study investigates how contracts with OHS-providers in Sweden are established and implemented  to explore i) the procurement process ii) contractual terms and conditions and iii) processes for implementing and evaluating the services provided.

    Methods: Review and analysis of 17 OHS contracts using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Follow-up interviews were conducted with Human Resource managers, management, health and safety representatives and OHS professionals.

    Results: Contracts with OHS providers were mainly drawn up by HR departments. First-line managers or health and safety representatives were not involved. The contracts were not integrated with the companies’ occupational health and safety management. The organisations lacked knowledge on when or why to use services from their OHS provider, which promoted reactive rather than preventive interventions. Terms and conditions of contracts were found to be quite irrelevant to what services that were actually utilised.

    Conclusions: Important factors in creating conditions for a more preventive and group-oriented use of OHS expertise could be 1) the inclusion of first-line managers and health and safety representatives in needs analysis and implementation processes, 2) the definition of relevant, achievable and measurable goals regarding the collaboration and 3) the arrangement of regularly meetings with the OHS-provider.

  • 2391.
    Öhman, Daniel
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Vi sitter tillsammans: Upplevelser av samhörighet och ledarskap i ett traditionellt kontorslandskap.2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The office is the working environment in which an increasing proportion of the population spends their days . One type of office are open plan offices which are characterized by several people sitting together in the same room without spatial boundaries . The general discourse of this kind of offices is that they constitute an advantageous design that allows organizational changes without the need for redevelopment . From a work perspective, this office design is both criticized and acclaimed . Problems with noise is frequently reported in research which can lead to ill health. At the same time quantitative studies shows that these office designs can both positively and negatively affect the cohesion and leadership at work. A deeper understanding of how office design affects cohesion and leadership is missing. This interview study aims to examine employees ' and managers' perceptions of how the open plan office affect the cohesion and leadership at work.

    Based on twelve personal interviews , six employees and six managers of a public administration, the interview answers were transcribed and thematised.

    Nineteen themes emerged that described how the open plan office impact on cohesion and leadership. Among these nineteen, thirteen themes were common , meaning that they occurred among both employees and managers to some extent. Six themes were explicit , meaning that they occurred only among either employees or managers. Five of the explicit themes occurred only among managers. The most frequent common theme underlying several cohesion and leadership enhancement factors were to sit together, which have a clear connection to the open plan office design.

    The open plan office was perceived to contribute to the cohesion at work in a positive way . However, there was a difference in the quality of depth between the groups in their answers. In the case of the impact on leadership , most managers and employees agree that the design contributed substantially to the manager's availability . There in was a difference between employees and managers , whether it was a positive or negative attribute . The study shows that there is a difficulty in determining where office design's influence ends and where the labor organization's impact begins.

  • 2392.
    Öhman, Maj-Britt
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Sandström, Camilla
    Umeå University.
    Thunqvist, Eva-Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
    Designing Dam Safeties: Perspectives on large scale dams within the intra-actions of technology, nature and human decision making2013In: International Commission of Large Dams, ICOLD, Seattle, 2013: International Symposium, Seattle: ICOLD , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analyzing the intra-actions between the actors involved, this paper presents results from interviews and participatory observations with local authorities, local inhabitants, power companies representatives as well as dam operators. We argue that the Swedish model for dam safety currently is suffering from a major deficiency as the expertise and understanding of the technical constructions remain among the dam owners and that the societal authority in charge of supervising the dam owners work have no capability of achieving the same level of understanding and thus to take informed and relevant decisions. Furthermore we argue that the lack of technical understanding of dams and hydropower outside of the dam sector has become a huge threat to dam safety as state representatives and political decision makers currently allow and even encourage mining exploitation both next to high risk classified hydropower dams and even within existing hydropower reservoirs.

    We argue that the actual challenge to safeguard an increased dam safety is by bridging the gap between the multitude of different actors– engineers/operators, users, political decision makers -   in order to generate new understandings and new methodologies to deal with risk, safety and security. It is necessary to bridge the gaps between the sectors and actors involved, and that this should be done through investment in close collaboration between the dam sector and engineering research on the one hand and social sciences and humanities on the other – to ensure understandings of political decision making as well as of technical artifacts and water flows.

    The geographical focus is on two rivers – the Ume River and the Lule River in the north of Sweden. Both rivers are of major importance for national production of electricity, and the rivers are water suppliers for a large amount of inhabitants.

  • 2393. Öhman, May-Britt
    et al.
    Thunqvist, Eva-Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Challenging Genocide: Decolonizing Methods against Aggressive Swedish State Colonization of Sàmi Lands and Waters2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2394.
    Öhman, May-Britt
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Centrum för Genusvetenskap.
    Thunqvist, Eva-Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Human Bodies and the Forces of Nature: Regulated Rivers, Safety and Embodied Knowledge2012In: International Commission for Large Dams International Symposium, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses the human bodies involved in the regulated rivers, via the technology of design and operation of remote controland surveillance systems. It draws on case studies of hydropower in Sweden, both historical and current events, from studies madewithin an ongoing research project. Within current civil engineering education, training as well as within societal and company leveldecision making on large scale technical systems, the human body, with its knowledges, emotions and affections, as well as itsvulnerabilities are to a large extent disregarded. The body of the engineer/ operator is considered uninteresting and replaceable whileat the same time as it is viewed as a never failing machine. New technologies for camera surveillance and monitoring have providedopportunities to assemble data on a dam and the water flowing through it. We argue that these new technologies may contribute to adecreased dam safety, as it reinforces this paradigm of a detached human body - working like a never failing machine, always in controlof nature’sforces. We suggest that more attention is paid to the human bodies – emotions, affections and societal contexts – workingwith the design and operation of remote control and surveillance systems

  • 2395.
    Öhman, May-Britt
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Centrum för Genusvetenskap.
    Thunqvist, Eva-Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Sandström, Camilla
    Umeå universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
    Udén, M
    Luleå Tekniska universitet.
    Supradisciplinary conversations on Security, Risk and Resilience around Dams in Sub Arctica2010In: International Commission for Large Dams International Symposium, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hydropower is often promoted as an environmentally friendly and renewable energy resource. Yet, it is since long established that this energy source indeed has numerous negative environmental impacts, and the negative social impacts have been established by researchers in several cases. At the same time it is an ageing technology, within which aging dams are confronting climate change with the result that it is a carrier of number of threats against both human security and sustainable development.

    The paper forms the basis for a recently launched research project involving four scientific disciplines - history of science and technology; political science; gender, technology and organization and land and water resource management.  In the paper, the possibilities for a supradisciplinary approach to analyze the sociotechnical aspects of security, safety and risk in regard to large dams within Sub Arctica are discussed. Supradisciplinarity refers in this case to the involvement of both social and natural/technical sciences as well as the involvement of practitioners/constructors/dam owners etc and local inhabitants around the dams.

    In focus is the question on how the current narrow and technically oriented dam safety concept could or maybe should be broadened to include differing attitudes and values, from different perspectives depending on gender, ethnicity and situated knowledge.

    Empirical examples are drawn from on an ongoing study of the Lule River, the most hydroexploited river in Sweden, located within the Swedish part of Sapmi, within which local reindeer herders are being interviewed along with interviews with actors within the Swedish setting of dam safety. Departing from these empirical examples, attempts to identify the current understandings of the socio-technical constructions of dams, scientific perceptions of water flows and a changing climate within the framing of dam safety and discuss how can these understandings could be influenced by supradisciplinary conversations and exchange.

  • 2396.
    Österman, Cecilia
    et al.
    Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University.
    Rose, Linda M
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Assessing financial impact of maritime ergonomics on company level: a case study2015In: Maritime Policy & Management, ISSN 0308-8839, E-ISSN 1464-5254, Vol. 42, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present paper reports a case study examining a conceptual framework for assessing financial impact of occupational maritime ergonomics in a Swedish shipping company. Specifically, the aim was to study the availability and applicability of suggested determinants for operational performance, routines for estimating the effects of ergonomics and the customer’s (sea transport buyer’s) demands for ergonomics management on the case company. The results show that the determinants and subcategories for operational performance in terms of productivity, efficiency and quality are present and applicable, albeit not measured to any large extent. No routines or specific methods for measuring or estimating cost and effects of ergonomics investments, accidents and operational disturbances were found. Further, the results show that the sea transport buyers increasingly express interest for and place demands related to maritime ergonomics, for instance, through compliance of specific standards and guiding principles linked to maritime ergonomics. It is concluded that in order to support and enable managers’ ability to make well-informed decisions and prioritizations, between investments, ergonomic or other, increased knowledge is needed of the financial effects of ergonomics on company core value processes. There is also a need to develop and implement usable tools to simplify these measuring procedures.

  • 2397.
    Österman, Cecilia
    et al.
    Chalmers ChalmersUniversity of Technology,Shipping and Marine Technology,.
    Rose, Linda M
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics (Closed 20130701).
    Osvalder, Anna-Lisa
    Chalmers University of Technology, Product and Production Development.
    Exploring Maritime Ergonomics from a Bottom Line Perspective2010In: WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs (JoMA), ISSN 1651-436X, E-ISSN 1654-1642, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 153-168Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present paper reports a study composed of three research activities exploring the economics of ergonomics in a shipping context. First, a literature study aimed to review previous studies on the economics of ergonomics in general and within the maritime domain in particular; and moreover, to ascertain the key ergonomic factors addressed in contemporary maritime ergonomic research. Second, the concept of ergonomics was probed from a stakeholder perspective through nine semi-structured qualitative  interviews. Third, structured interviews were held with representatives of ten Swedish shipping companies to investigate if the shipowners are aware of and calculate the economic effects of ergonomics. The results show that severalmodels and methods have been developed to estimate costs and benefits of ergonomics in other industries, but no studies were found from the shipping industry.Whether these methods can be readily adapted to the shipping industry has to be investigated further. While contemporary maritime ergonomic literature showed a focus on physical ergonomic and health and safety issues, the results of the stakeholder interviews indicated a focus on organizational ergonomics. The Swedish shipowners calculate the costs of sick-leave, but do not estimate the economic effects of ergonomics on a regular basis.

  • 2398.
    Östlund, Britt
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Being in for different reasons. Implementing robots into daily life of elderly people in multi-diciplinary collaboration2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2399.
    Östlund, Britt
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Deconstructing the Path Towards “Homo Digitalis”2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2400.
    Östlund, Britt
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Digitizing Health Care Welfare technology as a way to meet digital and demographic challenges in Sweden2017In: 2017 4th International Conference on Systems And Informatics (ICSAI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, p. 78-83Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Digitizing health care takes place in parallel with demographic changes posing one of the greatest social changes of our time. Although modern elderly care has evolved closely related to technological development and evaluated by established methods, digitization places new demands on approaches as a result of its systemic characteristics and its potential to bridge different environments and social contexts and the involvement of elderly users. This paper is paying attention to three challenges: digitizing already existing technological environments; implementing technology in new arenas outside hospitals and laboratories; and the imbalance between perceptions of elderly users and their actual needs and demands. The conclusions point out that digitization provides opportunities to deepen or reflections on technology and implementation, develop multidisciplinary collaborations and enhance proactive engagements to make new technologies work.

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