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  • 51.
    Al-Battat, Ahmed
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Anwer, Noora
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Utvärdering utifrån ett mjukvaruutveckling perspektiv av ramverk för SharePoint2017Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The functionality was tested by two different tests, which showed that the product is suitable for usage in the intranet within a company or an organization, there are great benefits from using intranet as a tool for sharing of information. A good intranet contributes to a better flow of information and effective cooperation. SharePoint is a platform for intranet with interactive features, it makes the job easier for staff and even the company. The framework Omnia is a solution designed for Microsoft SharePoint 2013.This essay evaluates how Omnia acts as a framework and what the product is suitable for. Omnia framework evaluates carefully and is an independent assessment carried during this essay. The evaluation is based on scientific studies which are based on the qualitative and quantitative research methodology. The evaluator's main areas are based on system performance, scalability, architecture and functionality. A test prototype develops during the process in the form of an employee vacation request application by the development framework Omnia.The framework Omnia is considered to be suitable for the development of interactive web-based applications for SharePoint. The architecture for the system meets the requirements for scalable systems because it is based on the tier architecture. The system also has good performance but it needs to be improved if the number of users exceeds one thousand. The functionality of this product is quite suitable for the system's usage.

  • 52. Albrecht, Stefano V.
    et al.
    Beck, J. Christopher
    Buckeridge, David L.
    Botea, Adi
    Caragea, Cornelia
    Chi, Chi-hung
    Damoulas, Theodoros
    Dilkina, Bistra
    Eaton, Eric
    Fazli, Pooyan
    Ganzfried, Sam
    Giles, C. Lee
    Guillet, Sebastien
    Holte, Robert
    Hutter, Frank
    Koch, Thorsten
    Leonetti, Matteo
    Lindauer, Marius
    Machado, Marlos C.
    Malitsky, Yuri
    Marcus, Gary
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering.
    Rossi, Francesca
    Shaban-Nejad, Arash
    Thiebaux, Sylvie
    Veloso, Manuela
    Walsh, Toby
    Wang, Can
    Zhang, Jie
    Zheng, Yu
    Reports on the 2015 AAAI Workshop Series2015In: The AI Magazine, ISSN 0738-4602, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 90-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AAAI's 2015 Workshop Program was held Sunday and Monday, January 25-26, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, USA. The AAAI-15 workshop program included 16 workshops covering a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence. Most workshops were held on a single day. The titles of the workshops included Algorithm Configuration; Artificial Intelligence and Ethics; Artificial Intelligence Applied to Assistive Technologies and Smart Environments; Artificial Intelligence for Cities; Artificial Intelligence for Transportation: Advice, Inter-activity, and Actor Modeling; Beyond the Turing Test; Computational Sustainability; Computer Poker and Imperfect Information; Incentive and Trust in E-Communities; Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots; Learning for General Competency in Video Games; Multiagent Interaction without Prior Coordination; Planning, Search, and Optimization; Scholarly Big Data: AI Perspectives, Challenges, and Ideas; Trajectory-Based Behaviour Analytics; and World Wide Web and Public Health Intelligence.

  • 53.
    Al-Breihi, Mohammed
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Utveckling av laboration om trefastransformatorn: En studie om transformatorer2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This degree project was carried out on behalf of the unit for Computer

    and Electrical engineering at the School of Technology and Health, KTH.

    This study about transformers, their function and uses, the way they’re

    built, how the core and windings, which are the most important parts of a

    transformer, are made and what kind of materials are used to make them.

    Several types of transformers and their functions are described. A crucial

    part of the study has been to search for different ways to develop

    transformers to make them environmentally safer and to increase their

    life-span. As such this work describes different transformer oils, what

    advantages and disadvantages they have compared to mineral oils, what

    properties they have and in what way they’re less harmful for the

    environment. HVDC units transform high voltages from Alternating

    Current to Direct Current to lessen the resistive losses and energy losses

    which lead to a cleaner environment.

    The theory examination of the transformer is the basis for the formation

    of a lab for educational use, among others in a course about electrical

    power that’s included in Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at

    KTH.

  • 54.
    Ali, Abdi
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    START AND STOP COSTS FOR SECONDARY REGULATION OF FORTUM HYDROPOWER PLANTS2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Kopiera in engelskt abstract från rapporten.

  • 55. Alkner, B.
    et al.
    Norrbrand, Lena
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Tesch, P.
    Neuromuscular adaptations following 90 days bed rest with or without resistance exercise.2016In: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, ISSN 2375-6322, Vol. 87, no 7, p. 610-617Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 56.
    Allert, Anna-Lena
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.
    Att mäta lean-utveckling: En sammanställning av metoder för att mäta utveckling inom lean och en fallstudie på ett företag2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Lean produktion (LP) etablerades som begrepp i början av 1990-talet och har sedan dess spridit sig över världen och många företag vill i dag arbeta efter konceptet. Detta innebär att arbetsförhållanden för många arbetstagare påverkas och konsekvenserna för dem är inte helt klarlagda. Ett forskningsprojekt har inletts på STH/KTH för att undersöka hur arbetsförhållanden och hälsa påverkas över tid vid införande av LP. I detta projekt fanns därför ett behov av att kunna mäta eller uppskatta om någon utveckling kan relateras till införandet av LP och en önskan om en kartläggning av metoder som använts för att göra detta.Utifrån dessa behov blev syftet med föreliggande arbete att genom en litteraturstudie undersöka och sammanställa metoder som använts för att göra en bedömning eller skattning av ett företags utveckling inom lean. En intervjuguide skulle också testas gentemot resultatet av studien för att undersöka om effekter av en lean-implementering kunde synliggöras med hjälp av intervjuguiden och i vilken omfattning den täckte in de områden som kommit fram i litteraturstudien. Detta gjordes genom en fallstudie på ett företag som började arbeta med lean under 2007.För att ge en förståelse för lean produktion, historik och utveckling ges inledningsvis en beskrivning av konceptets historiska utveckling fram till och med i dag, tillsammans med dess begrepp, metoder och verktyg. Den begreppsförvirring som råder beskrivs och konsekvenserna av detta tillsammans med bristerna på en enhetlig definition av lean produktion tas upp. Av detta följer en viss problematik kring att mäta/skatta en utveckling inom lean vilken också diskuteras.Litteratursökningen resulterade i tolv olika metoder som presenteras kort tillsammans med de lean-faktorer som angetts. Med lean-faktor avses det område, faktor eller indikator som i metoden använts för att fånga upp en utveckling inom lean. Den faktor som togs upp av två eller flera metoder ansågs höra till de vanligaste. Totalt kunde 43 sådana identifieras. I dessa metoder kunde också sex olika systemkomponenter identifieras som berörda vid en lean-implementering i företaget.Som ett stöd vid mätning av lean-utveckling togs en utvecklingstrappa fram. Den användes i bedömningen av fallföretaget. Med hjälp av intervjuguiden framträdde en god bild av företagets arbete inom lean inom några områden. Med utgångspunkt i resultatet av litteraturstudien bör intervjuguiden kompletteras med frågor kring leverantörssamverkan, kunder och kvalitet för att analysen av ett företags lean-utveckling skall bli mer heltäckande.

  • 57.
    Almén, Lena
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Design Measures for Construction Site Safety2012In: The Conference of the Nordic Ergonomics Society, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract:Since the 1st of January 2009, all Clients in Sweden are required to appoint a Health and Safety Coordinator for the design and planning phase of their building projects. Telephone interviews were carried out with the Coordinators of 42 building projects during 2010. They were asked to give examples of occupational hazards in the projects and to report how these were handled in the design and planning phase. Trauma risks as well as MSD-risks were identified in the design and planning phase. The hazards were mostly generally described and seldomly taken care of by design changes.

  • 58.
    Almén, Lena
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Projekteringens möjligheter att minska risken för arbetsskador i byggproduktionen.: En fallstudie av säkerhetsstyrning i två byggprojekt.2009Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning

    Arbetsolycksfrekvensen bland bygg ‐ och anläggningsarbetare är högre, och pensionsåldern lägre, än genomsnittet i det svenska arbetslivet.

    Tidigare studier visar att projektörer har möjligheter att påverka arbetsmiljön i produktionen, ju tidigare i byggprocessen desto större är påverkansmöjligheterna.

    Enligt svensk lag har projektörer och byggherrar ansvar för arbetsmiljön i produktion. Den 1 januari 2009 skärptes Arbetsmiljölagen så att deras ansvar blev tydligare.

    Två byggprojekt, båda projekterade för januari 2009, studerades. I båda projekten var det en totalentreprenör som ansvarade för att projektera och producera flerbostadshus.

    Syftet med studien var att finna samband mellan arbetsmiljörisker i produktionen och beslut tagna under projekteringsskedet.

    Hantverkare och tjänstemän i produktionen identifierade riskfyllda arbetsmoment, vilka eventuellt hade varit möjliga att förebygga under projekteringsfasen. Fallen dokumenterades och presenterades för dem som hade deltagit i projekteringen av byggnaden. För vart och ett av fallen, ombads projektörerna att beskriva bakgrunden, vilka beslut som hade tagits och varför. I föreliggande rapport presenteras de riskfyllda arbetsmomenten och varför dessa uppstod. Analyser av fallen gjorde det möjligt att förstå vad projektörer kan göra för att förhindra arbetsskador i produktionen, och varför det ibland inte är möjligt.

    Studien visar att projektörer i många fall, inte var medvetna om arbetsmiljökonsekvenserna, och saknade rutiner för att identifiera, eliminera och hantera arbetsmiljörisker under projekteringsskedet. Krav från byggherre, lagar, stadsbyggnadskontor och bransch har begränsat projektörernas handlingsutrymme. Det har även funnits begränsningar vid inköp av produkter, på grund av svårigheter att få tag i produkter och material som är bra ur arbetsmiljösynpunkt samt restriktioner kopplade till avtal. Det har också varit problem med samordning och styrning av konsulter och underentreprenörer.

    Byggherren har ett viktigt ansvar för arbetsmiljön i byggprojekt. Det är av stor vikt att byggherren prioriterar säker arbetsmiljö genom hela byggprojektet, från det tidiga projekteringsskedet tills byggnaden är färdigställd.

    I varje skede av ett byggprojekt behövs rutiner för att samtliga aktörer ska beakta arbetsmiljökonsekvenser av sina beslut, parallellt med konsekvenser för produktivitet och produkt.

    För att åstadkomma förbättrad säkerhetsstyrning i byggprocessen, måste byggföretagen prioritera arbetsmiljöfrågan. Totalentreprenörer har, genom sitt ansvar för både projektering och produktion, goda möjligheter till arbetsmiljöstyrning. Det behövs rutiner för riskanalys i projekteringen, liksom på företagets olika avdelningar, och tillräcklig kompetens inom företaget. Centrala riktlinjer bör tas fram för att stimulera att erfarenheter och säkerhetsinsikter hos individer i hela produktionskedjan tas till vara inför framtida projekt.

    Projekteringens möjligheter att minska risken för arbetsskador i byggproduktionen 2009 6

    För att kunna identifiera, eliminera och hantera arbetsmiljörisker krävs både arbetsmiljökompetens och kompetens om produktionsmetoder. Kunniga hantverkare och tjänstemän från produktionen bör delta under projekteringen och i förberedelserna inför produktionsstart.

    Tillverkare av byggprodukter och byggelement behöver ta arbetsmiljöfrågan i beaktande i högre grad, för att utveckla produkter som är lätta att hantera och möjliga att montera utan risk för arbetsskada.

    Lagstiftningen har initierat förbättringar av säkerhetsstyrningen i byggprocessen. Genom användande av säkerhetsledningssystem kan det ske en ytterligare utveckling mot en säkrare arbetsmiljö i byggproduktionen. Riskfaktorerna som har identifierats i studien kan utgöra en grund för relevanta bedömningskriterier för intern och extern arbetsmiljörevision.

  • 59.
    Almén, Lena
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Projektörer kan minska risken för arbetsskador2012In: VVS-Forum, ISSN 0346-4644, no 3, p. 72-73Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Ungefär en fjärdedel av alla arbetsplatsolyckor med dödlig utgång sker på byggarbetsplatser. Antalet anmälda arbetsskador per sysselsatt är cirka 50 procent högre i byggbranschen än genomsnittet i Sverige. Vanligast är belastningsskador, både akuta och på grund av långvarig belastning. Arbetsgivaren ansvarar för att arbetstagarna ska kunna utföra sina arbetsuppgifter utan att bli skadade eller sjuka. Men förutsättningarna för entreprenörernas skadeförebyggande arbete är olika i olika projekt. De beror bland annat på:- typ av projekt: ROT eller nybyggnation- tidsramar- ekonomiska ramar- byggnadens design: form, konstruktioner,byggprodukter- säkerhetsinformationen från projektering till produktion.

  • 60.
    Almén, Lena
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Larsson, Tore J
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Health and safety coordinators in building projects2014In: Built Environment Project and Asset Management, ISSN 2044-124X, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 251-263Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – In order to reduce the number of injuries on construction sites, a European Directive prescribes that the clients shall appoint safety and health coordinators in their projects. The purpose of this paper is to find out who are appointed to be health and safety coordinators for the design and planning phase and what they do in order to prevent injuries on sites. Design/methodology/approach – Since the 1st of January 2009, there shall be a coordinator for the design and planning phase in Swedish construction projects. Telephone interviews were made with the coordinators in 42 Swedish building projects.

    Findings – The coordinators’ education and experiences varied widely, as well as their descriptions of their duties: no duties, administration and active injury prevention. The coordinators who were classified as most active had at least one additional leading role in the projects. Research limitations/implications – The study is qualitative for an increased understanding, not a statistical reflection of the coordinator population.

    Practical implications – The legislation needs to clarify whether the early conceptual phase of the project is included in the coordinator’s commission and whether she/he is supposed to participate in identifying, assessing and reducing risks through design changes. These clarifications will have an influence on when the coordinator should be appointed and what competence she/he needs. Originality/value – The study increases the understanding of how the health and safety coordinators of the planning and projecting phase of building projects perceive their mission and what factors, according to them, have an influence on what they do.

  • 61.
    Almén, Lena
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Larsson, Tore J
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Possibilities for designers to reduce the risk of work injury in the production phase of a building project2010In: On the Road to Vision Zero?: Construction, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    (71) Possibilities for designers to reduce the risk of work injury in the production phase of a building project. Lena Almén, Tore J Larsson, (School of Technology and Health, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden) Work related injuries and diseases are more frequent among construction workers than the labour market in average. Thus, there is a need of more preventive work during the design and planning phase. Two building projects, both productions of new apartment buildings with a design and construct contractor, were studied. Unsafe conditions were identified by workers and managers at the construction sites. The unsafe conditions were presented to the designers and planners. They were asked to describe the correlated decisions during the design and planning phase; when they were taken, why and by whom.

    Influence from outside the company was related to the clients, the town planning department, laws, a trade association and to the design of building products. The managers at the construction sites did not get any information, from the designers and planners, of what occupational risks there were in any of the projects. The routines for how to identify and handle hazards in the designing and planning phase were not sufficient. Furthermore, the designers explained, that they did not have enough competence in construction methods to be able to foresee occupational consequences at the construction sites when they designed rare constructions. The designers and planners did not follow up occupational risks at any of the construction sites. In order to get a safer working environment at construction sites, the top managers in the building companies need to define the acceptable safety level and put the safety issue on the agenda for all employees in the company, along with quality, costs and time schedule. Safety need to be communicated with those outside the company who have an influence on the working environment, and included in contracts with consultants, subcontractors and suppliers.

  • 62.
    Almén, Lena
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Larsson, Tore J.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    The Health and Safety Coordinators´Potential to Prevent Injuries on Construction Sites2012In: Working on Safety, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The risk of occupational disease and serious injury in the building and construction industry is high. The earlier in the construction process, the greater are the possibilities to reduce hazards.

    According to the Swedish legislation, Architects and Design Engineers shall, within the framework of their assignment, ensure that aspects of health and safety are considered during the construction of a building as well as in the use of the finished building.

    Since the 1st of January 2009, Clients (natural or legal persons for whom projects are carried out) in Sweden are obliged to appoint a Health and Safety Coordinator for the design and planning of the building. The Coordinators must have the educational skills and experience needed to perform their duties.

    The aim of this study was to find out what persons are appointed to be coordinators, how they perceive their duties and, potentially, what could facilitate the Health and Safety Coordinators’ activities and construction site safety.

    Telephone interviews were carried out with 40 Health and Safety Coordinators for the design and planning phase of 42 building projects during 2010.

    The Coordinators education and experiences varied to a large degree. Their description of duties also varied greatly, from no duties, to administrative duties, to active injury prevention.

    According to the Coordinators, the following factors had a positive influence on their possibilities to act for injury prevention:

    • The Coordinator is appointed early in the process
    • The Coordinator has authority in the project
    • The Client prioritizes occupational safety
    • There is knowledge of construction methods in the design team
  • 63.
    Almén, Lena
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Larsson, Tore J
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Thunqvist, Eva-Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    The Influence of the Designer on the Risk of Falling from Heights and of Exposure to Excessive Workloads on two Contruction Sites2012In: Safety Science Monitor, ISSN 1443-8844, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 2-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Workers on construction sites are exposed to an excessive risk of being injured at work. This study identifies occupational hazards on two construction sites – hazards that were related to the design of the building – and undertakes an analysis of the basis upon which related design decisions were made.Risks of falling from heights were related to the shape of the building. Risks related to an excessive workload were related to the weight of building products and possibilities to use equipment to avoid manual transports.The hazards were discussed at focus group meetings. During these meetings, the participants showed an increased understanding of safety issues in the project, each other's views and difficulties, and their own ability to facilitate acceptable risk levels for others.Some hazards were not foreseen during the design and planning phase. According to the architects, their knowledge about construction methods was not sufficient to predict hazards related to the shape of the building.Other hazards were foreseen, though considered to be primarily the contractor's responsibility. Consultants in the design and planning phase, on behalf of the client, were focused on quality, time schedule and economy, more than on occupational safety. There were building products on the market which were designed to fulfil functional regulatory requirements and requests from consumers, but not sufficient enough to ensure that they could be handled without exposure to an excessive workload. The demands and routines in the project did not ensure that project-specific hazard information was given to the contractor. 

  • 64.
    Al-Qaysi, Bashar
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Björk, Sara
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Evaluation of tools for automatedacceptance testing of webapplications2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Auddly provides a music management tool that gathers all information about a musical piece in oneplace. The acceptance testing on their web application is done manually, which has become bothtime and money consuming. To solve this problem, an evaluation on automated acceptance testingwas done to find a testing tool suitable for their web application. The evaluation was performed byfinding the current existing testing strategies to later compare the tools implementing these strategies.When analyzing the results it was found that two testing strategies were best suited for automatedacceptance testing. The Visual Recognition strategy that identifies components using screenshotsand the Record and Replay strategy that identifies them by their underlying ID. The choice betweenthem depends on which of these properties are modified more often.It was also found that automating acceptance testing is best applied for regression testing, otherwiseit should be performed with a manual approach.It was made clear that the Selenium tool, which uses the Record and Replay strategy, was best suitedfor Auddly’s acceptance testing. Selenium is able to test AJAX-calls with a manual modificationand is a free and open source tool with a large community.

  • 65.
    Alsmo, Thomas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Fluid and Climate Technology (closed 20090101).
    Holmberg, Sture
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Fluid and Climate Technology (closed 20090101).
    Causes of Poor Air Quality in Swedish Schools2006Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This literature survey distinguishes between building and other factors influencing air quality. It does not identify building factors sufficient to account for occupant complaints. It concludes that buildings are often blamed for adverse health effects without sufficient grounds. The risk is there will be too much focusing on the wrong underlying problem when remedying so-called sick buildings. The study shows the importance of ensuring that factors independent of the school building, including the choices of environments and activities, are important for the indoor environment.

  • 66. Alsmo, Thomas
    et al.
    Holmberg, Sture
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health, CTMH.
    Sick buildings or not: Indoor air quality and health problems in schools2007In: Indoor + Built Environment, ISSN 1420-326X, E-ISSN 1423-0070, Vol. 16, no 6, p. 548-555Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Poor indoor air in schools has become a wide-spread problem with serious effects on occupant health. Resultant costs can be considerable at both local and national government levels. These include absenteeism and rehabilitation as well as building alterations and even demolition and rebuilding. This project aims to show factors contributing to health problems in Swedish schools. It includes a literature survey and particle measurements taken during various activities. Due to the fact that today there is no standard for indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools, in this project we used the outdoor air surrounding the building as an indicator. Results showed that indoor school environments had high airborne pollution levels, to a degree that probably causes health problems for many people. Regarding IAQ, this project shows the importance of taking into consideration choices in activities and furnishing of the building.

  • 67.
    Alsén, Caroline
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Kostnadsfördelar med IoT för hissystem2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Internet of things is today a development that is strongly moving forward to make society more con-trolled by technology, modern and it will be easier for many people. This technology can be used in many diffrent industries and work areas, such as elevator monitoring. This report evaluates the benefits with Internet of things within elevator monitoring. The company Safeline Sweden AB has developed a product that will make it easier to monitor elevators from a distance. An investigation of this product has been done and what their advantages were. After that, a buisness model was formed for Safelines new product IMS. By interviewing potential customers, the information about the sitaution today and the approach for new technology was discovered. The information from the interviews was then used to create a good and sustainable business model for Safeline.A buisness model was created for Safeline Sweden AB and the produkt IMS. The business model describes how the company should launch the new product, how the customer relations should be created, developed and retained. The information from the interviews made it clear that the IMS should be sold as a system solution because it is considered to be more attractive and be more valu-able for the customers.

  • 68.
    Alvarez, Victor
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Fahlstedt, Madelen
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Halldin, Peter
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Kleiven, Svein
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Importance of neck muscle tonus in head kinematics during pedestrian accidents2013In: 2013 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, 2013, p. 747-761Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Unprotected pedestrians are an exposed group in the rural traffic and the most vulnerable human body region is the head which is the source of many fatal injuries. This study was performed to gain a better understanding of the influence that the neck muscle tonus has on head kinematics during pedestrian accidents. This was done using a detailed whole body FE model and a detailed FE vehicle model. To determine the influence of the muscle tonus a series of simulations were performed where the vehicle speed, pedestrian posture and muscle tonus were varied. Since the human reaction time for muscle activation is in the order of the collision time, the pedestrian was assumed to be prepared for the oncoming vehicle in order to augment the possible influence of muscle tonus. From the simulations performed, kinematic data such as head rotations, trajectory and velocities were extracted for the whole collision event, as well as velocity and accelerations at head impact. These results show that muscle tonus can influence the head rotation during a vehicle collision and therefore alter the head impact orientation. The level of influence on head rotation was in general lower than when altering the struck leg forward and backward, but in the same order of magnitude for some cases. The influence on head accelerations was higher due to muscle tonus than posture in all cases.

  • 69.
    Alvarez, Victor S
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Kleiven, Svein
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Importance of Windscreen Modelling Approach for Head Injury Prediction2016In: 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the capability of two modelling approaches in capturing  both accelerations and deformations from head impacts, and to evaluate the effect of modelling approach on  brain injury prediction. The first approach is a so‐called smeared technique, in which the properties of the two  glass  sheets and  the intermediate  polyvinyl  butyral  (PVB) are  combined and  divided into  two  coinciding  shell layers, of which one can fracture. The second approach consists of three shell layers, representing the glass and  PVB,  separated by  the  distance of  their  thickness, using a non‐local  failure criterion  to initiate  fracture in  the  glass.  The  two  modelling  approaches  are  compared  to  impact  experiments  of  flat  circular  windscreens,  measuring  deformations  and  accelerations  as  well  as  accelerations  from  impacts  against  full  vehicle  windscreens.  They  are  also  used  to  study  head‐to‐windscreen  impacts  using  a  detailed  Finite  Element  (FE)  model,  varying  velocity,  impact  direction  and  impact  point.  Only  the  non‐local  failure  model  is  able  to  adequately  capture  both  the accelerations and  deformations  of an  impactor. The FE  head model  simulations  also reveal that the choice of modelling approach has a large effect on the both localisation of the strain in the  brain and the characteristics of the strain‐time curve, with a difference in peak strain between 8% and 40%.  

  • 70. Ambort, D.
    et al.
    Johansson, M.E.V.
    Gustafsson, J. K.
    Nilsson, Harriet
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Structural Biotechnology.
    Ermund, A.
    Johansson, B.R.
    Koeck, Philip J. B.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Structural Biotechnology (Closed 20130701).
    Hebert, Hans
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Structural Biotechnology (Closed 20130701).
    Hansson, G.C.
    Calcium and pH-dependent packing and release of the gel-forming MUC2 mucin2012In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 109, no 15, p. 5645-5650Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    MUC2, the major colonic mucin, forms large polymers by N-terminal trimerization and C-terminal dimerization. Although the assembly process for MUC2 is established, it is not known how MUC2 is packed in the regulated secretory granulae of the goblet cell. When the N-terminal VWD1-D2-D'D3 domains (MUC2-N) were expressed in a goblet-like cell line, the protein was stored together with full-length MUC2. By mimicking the pH and calcium conditions of the secretory pathway we analyzed purified MUC2-N by gel filtration, density gradient centrifugation, and transmission electron microscopy. At pH 7.4 the MUC2-N trimer eluted as a single peak by gel filtration. At pH 6.2 with Ca2+ it formed large aggregates that did not enter the gel filtration column but were made visible after density gradient centrifugation. Electron microscopy studies revealed that the aggregates were composed of rings also observed in secretory granulae of colon tissue sections. TheMUC2-N aggregates were dissolved by removing Ca2+ and raising pH. After release from goblet cells, the unfolded full-length MUC2 formed stratified layers. These findings suggest a model for mucin packing in the granulae and the mechanism for mucin release, unfolding, and expansion.

  • 71. Amon, M
    et al.
    Keramidas, Michail E.
    Kounalakis, S
    Kölegård, Roger
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Simpson, L
    MacDonald, I
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Mekjavic, IB
    Effect of hypoxia on postprandial blood glucose and insulin response2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 72.
    Amri, Abdurrahman
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Hashosh, Wameedh
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Visualisering av storadatamängder i en webbläsare2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Scania AB owns the complex test systems that generate complex and large amounts of data. To take advantage of this data, it must be stored in a suitable database, de-pending on the data type. One of these test systems is Hardware-In-the-Loop which tests electrical system and produces large amounts of electrical signals. The data of these electrical signals will be saved in the form of JSON files.In the current system, these data are stored and visualized in an inefficient manner. The purpose of this study was to investigate 4 relevant databases that can handle JSON files. The second part of this work was to visualize signals in the web brow-ser.Results of investigations show that two databases were more qualified to replace the current database. CouchDB and PostgreSQL was a test-item to measure their performance in terms of response time in relation to file size and the number of signals.Results of the tests show that CouchDB has higher performance for retrieving data than PostgreSQL. Then, a prototype was developed in order to visualize the signals in the web browser.

  • 73. Anand, N.
    et al.
    Meijer, D.
    van Duin, J. H. R.
    Tavasszy, L.
    Meijer, Sebastiaan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Health Care Logistics. Delft Univ Technol, Netherlands.
    Validation of an agent based model using a participatory simulation gaming approach: The case of city logistics2016In: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, ISSN 0968-090X, E-ISSN 1879-2359, Vol. 71, p. 489-499Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Agent-based modeling is used for simulating the actions and interactions of autonomous entities aiming to assessing their effects on the system as a whole. At an abstract level, an agent-based model (ABM) is a representation of the many simple agents and interactions among them. The decision making of the agents is based on the rules given to them. In an ABM, the model output is the result of internal decision-making and may differ with alteration in the decision path. On the contrary, with the set of rules embedded in agents, their behavior is modeled to take a ‘certain action’ in a ‘certain situation’. It suggests that the internal decision making behavior of agents is truly responsible for the model output and thus it cannot be ignored while validating ABMs. This research article focuses on the validating agents’ behavior by evaluating decision-making processes of agents. For this purpose, we propose a validation framework based on a participatory simulation game. Using this framework we engage a human player (i.e. a domain stakeholder) to allow us to collect information about choices and validate the behavior of an individual agent. A proof-of-concept game is developed for a city logistics ABM to test the framework.

  • 74.
    Andersson, Andreas
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Spirometri med en smarttelefon: Utveckling av en app för att mäta rotationshastigheten till en spirometerprototyp för smarttelefoner2017Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The goal with this bachelor thesis was to develop an application with an algorithm to measure the rotation speed of a prototype, as a low-cost solution for measuring spirometry with a smartphone. In a pilot study it was investigated how a smartphone can be used to measure health and what algorithms there are to detect motion in videos. After the pilot study an app with the function to record a video by using the camera of a smartphone and then use an algorithm to detect the rotation speed in the spirometry-prototype’s turbine was developed. To make it work it is important that the rotation speed is low enough so it does not exceed half of the cameras fps. Therefore, to capture the rotation speed of the spirometry-prototype’s turbine the rotation needs to be limited and a smartphone with a camera with at least 120 fps is required.The result of this work is an algorithm that can measure the rotation speed in the spirometry prototype turbine. The algorithm is detecting the peaks in a PPG. To minimize the computation time and to increase the accuracy the algorithm analyses the colour intensity over a ROI in every frame. There is great potential to use this algorithm to further develop this alternative method of measuring spirometry.

  • 75.
    Andersson, Cajsa
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Finding a cost-optimal preventive maintenance interval: A study on ECG devices in Region Östergötland2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Medical equipment maintenance is costly and the question has been raised whether the amount of preventive maintenance (PM) today is effective from a cost perspective. The goal was therefore to find the cost-optimal interval on which PM should be performed. By analysing data on previous maintenance actions and failures of ECG devices in Region Östergötland, a model describing the relation between preventive maintenance interval length and number of failures was found. Together with average costs of maintenance actions, this was used to calculate the total maintenance costs for different preventive maintenance intervals. The optimal interval was found to be 450 days on a 10 year perspective, but decreasing for longer perspectives. Even though the result is specific for ECG in Region Östergötland, the methodology, with some adjustments and improvements, could be used for other devices to decide the optimal maintenance interval and for example also to evaluate when to invest in new devices.

  • 76.
    Andersson, Cajsa
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Wallgren, Johanna
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Utvärdering av nya ät-träningsmetoder2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Mandometer® Method helps people with eating disorders by teaching them how to eat ina ”correct” way by training with a product called Mandometer®. The users learn the correcteating behavior by receiving feedback from the display on the Mandometer® handheldcomputer on whether they eat too fast or too slow during the meal. Mando Group AB, thecompany which has developed the Mandometer® Method, has also created a computerprogram that works as a simulation of a meal with the Mandometer®. The purpose of thisstudy was to examine if training with the simulation could give the same effect as trainingwith Mandometer®. By letting a group of healthy testpersons practice with the simulationduring three weeks a result was given which clearly showed that the eating behavior of thetest persons had changed in the desired direction. The result indicates that there is a possibilityto add the simulation to the Mandometer® Method in the future. However, more testing anddeveloping of the program is first required.To improve Mandometer® further, a new version of the product has been developed wherethe handheld computer has been replaced by a cellphone and its functions by anapplication. The functionality and usability of the application was tested with the methodcognitive walkthrough, which showed that most of the pages of the application maintaineda high standard. With some adjustment of the pages where the usability was low, theapplication should be able to replace the old version of Mandometer® in the future.

  • 77.
    Andersson, Dan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Data- och elektroteknik.
    Implementation av prototyp för inomhuspositionering2013Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Development of technology constantly creates new opportunities but it can also mean major chang-es for companies and organizations. Today phones, tablets, laptops, mobile communications and cloud technology make it possible to be no longer bound by the time, location or device in order to work. The change means that a new office type that is more flexible and space efficient due to no fixed workplaces, is becoming more common. A problem with this type of offices that are known as flex-offices is that it is not obvious where or when a colleague is in the office, especially if it is large office with multiple floors.

    The aim of this work is to develop and implement a Location-Based Service for the company Connecta AB. The service will enable users to use their mobile phone to share their current workplace location in an office environment.

    The result of this work is a Location-Based Service that enables a user to use an Android phone with support for Near Field Communcication to share their current workplace position. The cloud-based server solution, Windows Azure is used to store indexed workplace positions.

  • 78.
    Andersson, Elin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Filipsson, Emma
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Upphandling av medicintekniska produkter inom sjukvården i Sverige2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Since 1994, the Public Procurement Act has undergone changes aimed to improve the procurement process and promoting innovation. In order to promote innovation there are a number of government agencies that offer financial assistance, especially to small business with innovative ideas. Despite these efforts, newly established small businesses have difficulties entering the market.

    The study investigates whether changes have been made in the public procurement of medical devices with regard to price and quality prioritization. The priority criteria is presented by the contracting authority as percentage in the allocation criteria. The study is limited to in vitro diagnostic products contracting in Swedish healthcare between the years 2009 and 2015. All tenders, companies that apply for participation in procurement, were analyzed based on sales, number of employees and year of establishment with the purpose of evaluating differences between winning tenders and other tenders.

    The result shows that prioritization has been increasingly on price rather than the quality. Regarding the winning tenders the study shows that larger, more established companies dominates the market. Noteworthy is that this dominance has increased over theses last years. The increase may be due to a spiral effect that is created when winning tenders get an increased economic power. 

  • 79.
    Andersson, Frida
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Finite Element Modeling of Skull Fractures: Material model improvements of the skull bone in theKTH FE head model2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The main aim of this project was to develop a model for predicting skull fractures of a 50th percentile male, using a finite element head model developed at the Neuronics department of KTH, Royal Instituteof Technology. The skull bone is modeled as a three layered bone, where the outer and inner tables are modeled as shell elements, while the diploë is modeled by two layers of solid elements. The material model of the tables was changed from the material model MAT_PLASTIC_KINEMATIC to a material model including a damage parameter to soften the damaged material and to enable ploting of the damage of the skull bone. Due to the coarse mesh of the FE head model the material model was not allowed to include any erosion, deleting element as they reach their ultimate strain. With these requests, two materials from the LS-DYNA material library seemed appropriate: material 81,MAT_PLASTICITY_WITH_DAMAGE and material 105, MAT_DAMAGE_2.

    To evaluate these materials and adjust the input parameters a dog bone FE model was developed and tension tests were simulated with this model, equivalent to tension tests performed on equally shaped skull bone specimens. The material simulating a behavior most similar to the behavior from the tension tests turned out to be material 81. This material model was then implemented in the full FE head model for further input parameter adjustment and validation. Four different cadaver experiments were simulated, with different impacting objects: sphere, box, cylinder and flat cylinder surface, and impacted areas of the head: vertex, temporo-parietal and frontal. The forces obtained in the simulations were compared to the forces of the cadaver experiments. The fracture prediction was based on the damage parameter, which could be plotted to visualize the areas where the ultimate strain was exceeded and thereby the area most likely to be fractured. This parameter was then compared to the documented fractures from the cadaver experiments.

    The result showed that using material 81 with the input parameter EPPFR=0.05 gave the overall most accurate forces and fracture predictions. The breaking stress, σB, did not affect the fractures significantly but a reduced σB resulted in reduction of the peak forces. The thickness of the diploë did not have any significant impact on the fracture occurrence, but a thinner diploë had a reducing impact on the peak forces as well.

  • 80.
    Andersson, Ida
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Falck, Josefina
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Förstudie för utveckling av en höj- och sänkbar pall i operationsmiljö2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 81.
    Andersson, Ida
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Hedvall, Anders
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Relationships Between Skin Properties and Body Water Level2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A need for a quantitative method to determine body water level has been identified by a team of Clinical Innovation Fellows at the Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health (CTMH). A reliable way to determine body water level would bring great benefits to the healthcare sector, where no optimal method is available at the time of writing. A possible solution is a sensor that would measure alterations in skin properties due to changes in total body water. CTMH has had an idea of such a sensor, which is evaluated in this work. At an early stage of this evaluation process, it became clear that the research regarding correlations between skin properties and body hydration level was not sufficient to warrant the initiation of a sensor development process. Therefore, the main objective of this thesis became to investigate such correlations.

    An extensive literature review is presented, from which an experiment was developed. The experiment was performed on four human test subjects and involved measurements of skin thickness and elasticity parameters, before and after a weight loss of 3.2-3.7 % due to dehydration. The results showed clear decreases in skin thickness and indications of alterations in skin distensibility as well as in the skin’s immediate elastic response to applied negative pressure. It could also be seen that skin at different body sites does not respond in the same way - calves showed more distinct results than thighs and volar forearm.

    The material provided in this thesis encourages further studies of the correlation between the mentioned properties and total body water. If a predictable correlation can be found, a sensor development process could start. A reliable way to determine body water level would bring great benefits to the healthcare sector, where no optimal method is available at the time of writing.

  • 82.
    Andersson, Jesse
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
    Localized Sustainable Water Management in Practice: Ecological Engineering as a means for an eco-cyclic water system at the Berga Greenhouse Project2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    AbstractDue to a growing concern towards issues of sustainability and sustainable development as well as resource scarcity there is a need for increased local cultivation. Cold climate conditions in Sweden make greenhouses necessary for the cultivation of many species. In order to increase the sustainability of greenhouse production processes water cycles should be nearly closedloop cycles. To demonstrate this in practice the Berga Greenhouse project under development by the Centre for Health and Building at the Royal Institute of Technology is used to provide a visionary example. Through precipitation data and a water budget analysis a water reclamation rate of 85% was determined in order to bring the facility to water neutral status. On site water treatment through the use of ecological engineering was analyzed through the use of a multiple-case study of three prevalent technologies (Living Machines®, Organica Water, and Solar Aquatics™) which determined that Living Machines® was the most appropriate technology based upon factors related system performance and footprint.

  • 83.
    Andersson, Karin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Eklund, Jörgen
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Lean Projects and Sustainability in the Swedish Agricultural Sector2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 84.
    Andersson, Karin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Eklund, Jörgen
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Work environment, Lean and Agriculture2014In: PROCEEDINGS: 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management & 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference: Volume I + II, IEA Press , 2014, p. 661-666Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lean has become the predominant management concept in industry, but its effect on the work environment is debated. Lean has now reached farms and garden nurseries. This paper aims to identify consequences for the physical and psychosocial work environment when Lean was applied in micro-businesses in the agricultural sector. Observations, a questionnaire and interviews were used as methods. It was concluded that the psychosocial work environment became more structured and less stressful. The physical work environment was partly improved by less transportation on the farm. However, consideration of the physical work environment was insufficient.

  • 85.
    Andersson, Katarina
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Neuronic Engineering.
    Optimization of the Implantation Angle for a Talar Resurfacing Implant: A Finite Element Study2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLTs) are the third most common type of osteochondral lesion and can cause pain and instability of the ankle joint. Episurf Medical AB is a medical technology company that develops individualized implants for patients who are suffering from focal cartilage lesions. Episurf have recently started a project that aims to implement their implantation technique in the treatment of OLTs.

    This master thesis was a part of Episurf’s talus project and the main goal of the thesis was to find the optimal implantation angle of the Episurf implant when treating OLTs. The optimal implantation angle was defined as the angle that minimized the maximum equivalent (von Mises) strain acting on the implant shaft during the stance phase of a normal gait cycle. It is desirable to minimize the strain acting on the implant shaft, since a reduction of the strain can improve the longevity of the implant.

    To find the optimal implantation angle a finite element model of an ankle joint treated with the Episurf implant was developed. In the model an implant with a diameter of 12 millimeters was placed in the middle part of the medial side of the talar dome. An optimization algorithm was designed to find the implantation angle, which minimized the maximum equivalent strain acting on the implant shaft. The optimal implantation angle was found to be a sagittal angle of 12.5 degrees and a coronal angle of 0 degrees. Both the magnitude and the direction of the force applied to the ankle joint in the simulated stance phase seemed to influence the maximum equivalent strain acting on the implant shaft.

    A number of simplifications have been done in the simulation of this project, which might affect the accuracy of the results. Therefore it is recommended that further, more detailed, simulations based on this project are performed in order to improve the result accuracy.

  • 86.
    Andersson, Katarina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Löfgren, Carita
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Partial Development of a Water Purification System Using Heat from Solar Energy, with Focus on Bangladesh2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 87.
    Andersson, Klara
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Busch Paulsson, Esther
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Accuracy Validation of Pulse Oximeters used at Hospitals: A Cross-Sectional Study performed in Stockholm2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis had the purpose to look into the accuracy of the pulse oximeter, the experienced as well as the actual. A pulse oximeter utilizes optics to non-invasively estimate the oxygen saturation (SO2) in the blood with an indirect value (SpO2). The accuracy of the pulse oximeter and its two belonging sensors (ear and finger) was compared against the method that is considered to give the most reliable value of this parameter, i.e. arterial blood gas test (SaO2). The experienced accuracy was evaluated with the help of a questionnaire. The target group was healthcare professionals at four main hospitals in Stockholm, and further three departments were chosen at each hospital; lung, cardiology, and emergency department. Additional data was collected with help of measurements performed on patients, where readings from pulse oximeters were compared against arterial blood gas tests. Data was collected from two measurement sites on the body, the ear and the finger. Differences between SpO2 and SaO2 as well as differences between ear and finger for the same pulse oximeter were investigated. The result from the two methods indicated that the healthcare professionals were aware of existing deviations between SpO2 and SaO2, and some also had strategies to deal with them. The trend of the collected data was analyzed to draw a conclusion of the most accurate pulse oximeter according to the tests. There was not enough data collected to make any statistical conclusion, but according to the data none of the pulse oximeters fulfilled the set requirement. Differences existed when SpO2 was compared against SaO2, and also when SpO2 from the ear and finger for the same pulse oximeter were compared against each other. According to the data, one pulse oximeter was concluded to be more accurate than the others. Suggestions for future work can be to collect a bigger amount of data to be able to draw a statistical conclusion, and eventually focus on interviews to look deeper into the healthcare professionals’ strategies and workflow. 

  • 88.
    Andersson, Klara
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Busch Paulsson, Esther
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Utvärdering av användarvänlighet hos hjälpmedel för ät-träning2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mandometer® is a medical device, which assists patients with overweight and eating disorders to normalize their eating beahavior. Mandometer® has been developed by Mando Group AB and is used on Mandometer- and Mandolean Clinics in Sweden, USA and Australia in their treatment. A new version of Mandometer® has been recently developed, from generation four to generation five. It consists of a light scale and a mobile app, instead of a scale and a computer.  No previous study about the usability of the new version has been done. On behalf of Mando Group AB has such an evaluation been executed using questionnaires and conversations with both patients and healthy individuals. The results have been compiled and analyzed, and based on this a conclusion has been drawn. The usability is sufficient, but there are some deficiencies. This can be fixed by the suggested improvements and the written instruction manual. The result also shows that the development of the product is a clear improvement compared to the previous version.

  • 89.
    Andersson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Hansson, Mats
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Systematisk kunskapsbrist i skolan?: Arbetsmiljöarbete utan udd2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Swedish employers are obliged by law to systematically plan, direct and control activities so that the working environment meets the prescribed requirements. However, evidence indicates that this work is not performed satisfactorily in many schools. This case study aims at mapping out and clarifying how measures towards planning, directing and controlling activities are organized in two public compulsory schools.

     

    The overall purpose of the study is to shed light on elements and conditions that hinder a successful implementation of work environment measures. Our main research questions are: Does the way the municipalities have organized the working environment measures reach the requirements in the law and how controls and follow-ups are performed. Data was collected through the municipalities’ steering documents together with a survey in combination with follow-up interviews with key figures.

     

    Results show that the working environment measures in both schools are organized and performed in similar ways and that the problems reported to a large extent are the same. The unanimous picture shows an organization that is not capable of identifying and handling all important risks. Conclusions from the study indicate that there is a lack of knowledge concerning working environments measures on all levels in the organizations.

  • 90.
    Andersson, Lisa
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Det passar inte alla: Arbetstillfredställelse, produktivitet och stress i kontorslandskap2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The open-plan offices at Boliden has been renovated. The company wanted an evaluation of what the employees thought about the physical work environment in the new offices. The company also wanted the study to present improvement for deficiencies in the physical environment.

     

    The aim of this study was to identify positive and negative aspects of the physical working environment factors and to identify correlation between the physical work environment factors and job satisfaction, productivity and stress. A second purpose was also to present some improvement for the physical work environment. A part of the questionnaire was to evaluate if there existed any difference between the sexes regarding the physical work environment. To examine these aspects this study used a questionnaire as well a system group seminar to develop possible improvements.

     

    The results from the questionnaire show that the employees were pleased with the ventilation, the furniture’s functionality and the aesthetics of the office. The questionnaire also found dissatisfaction with glare, outlook and temperature but mostly the audial privacy in the office.

     

    Previous studies have shown that there is a correlation between physical work environment factors, job satisfaction and productivity but inconsistent evidence for work environment and stress. This study showed significant relationship between the auditory privacy, job satisfaction and productivity but not between auditory privacy and stress, which corresponds to the previous studies.

     

    The improvements presented at the system group seminar was to introduce guidelines to reduce noise and divide the office into smaller offices. To improve the auditory privacy this study suggests that a combination of redeploying employees in the open-plan office, dividing the office in to smaller office areas and introduces guidelines of how the employees should behave in the open-plan office.

  • 91.
    Andersson, Marcus
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
    Implementation av en metod för prestandamätning av sensorkommunikation med Bluetooth low energy2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Internet of Things develops and grows constantly. It becomes increasingly common that applications and units are connected through a network. One of the technologies used for wirelessly linking together units is Bluetooth Low Energy. Preferences for the quality of a connection can vary. It is therefore important to conduct measurements of performance in order to know advantages and disadvantages that a networking technology has. 

    This thesis is about measurements of performance during data transfers between mobile devices and wireless sensors, as well as monitoring parameters that are given during the measurements. One method using monitoring packets inspired from previously made research, were designed and implemented in a system for Bluetooth Low Energy, which was then evaluated.

    The result was that two systems were created that presented data loss, delay variation and throughput, continuously on a mobile device. One system used the method with monitoring packets. The other system used a self-made method which made measurements with high precision, but that places higher demands on functions and performance of the sensor node, and on the mobile device. Experiments were conducted by using the systems and resulting values were analyzed.

  • 92. Andersson, Marlene
    et al.
    Jia, Qiupin
    Abella, Ana
    Lee, Xiau-Yeen
    Landreh, Michael
    Purhonen, Pasi
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Hebert, Hans
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Structural Biotechnology.
    Tenje, Maria
    Robinson, Carol V.
    Meng, Qing
    Plaza, Gustavo R.
    Johansson, Jan
    Rising, Anna
    Biomimetic spinning of artificial spider silk from a chimeric minispidroin2017In: Nature Chemical Biology, ISSN 1552-4450, E-ISSN 1552-4469, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 262-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Herein we present a chimeric recombinant spider silk protein (spidroin) whose aqueous solubility equals that of native spider silk dope and a spinning device that is based solely on aqueous buffers, shear forces and lowered pH. The process recapitulates the complex molecular mechanisms that dictate native spider silk spinning and is highly efficient; spidroin from one liter of bacterial shake-flask culture is enough to spin a kilometer of the hitherto toughest as-spun artificial spider silk fiber.

  • 93.
    Andersson, Olle
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Characterization of an On-chip Photonic Waveguide gas Sensor2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Gas sensing in medical applications requiresmall, precise and sensitive sensors. This projecthas developed a laboratory setup for characterisationof a waveguide-based gas sensor for carbon dioxide andmethane working in the mid-IR range of 2 - 10 μm. Thissetup utilizes an IR-camera to image the waveguideswhen a mid-IR laser is coupled into them. Along thelaboratory work, a program for optimisation of waveguidelength has been made and a study of on-marketmedical carbon dioxide sensors has been done. Thelaboratory setup shows potential for good measurementof waveguide losses, but several problems was identifiedwith the measurement methods currently used. Fromthe sensor study, the standard performance for currentsensors is presented as well as areas where gas sensorscould be improved. Size, speed and accuracy were someof the characteristics a waveguide-based sensor couldimprove on and open up for new sensor application in,for example, hand-held medical devices.

  • 94. Andersson, Per
    et al.
    Björkholm, Peter
    Haasl, Sjoerd
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health, CTMH.
    Johannisson, Pontus
    Johnsson, Christer
    Stigwall, Johan
    Södermalm, Svante
    MEMS-based inertial navigation instrumentation for high-dynamic applications2009In: COMS 2009, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 95.
    Andersson, Simon
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Lundberg, Fabian
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Analys av resursbehovet per patient på akutmottagningen vid Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The staff of the emergency department at Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna has in recent years experienced a higher workload, although the number of patients has not increased. Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset do not possess a set method to analyze the resource needs of different patient groups, and the difference between them. The project would thus give Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset a better understanding of different patients' resource needs in the form of a resource consumption model. This model was created through discussions with staff and analysis of data from Karolinska's internal data warehouse, Karda. From this a patient group distribution was created with the aim of grouping patients with similar resource needs. Time studies and surveys were conducted and compiled at the emergency department to generate important information. Analysis of the results obtained suggests that patients have, in recent years, become more ill and therefore more costly for the hospital. A resource consumption model has been created which can analyze and compare the patients' burden of care with one another by three parameters. These are priority and monitoring, period of residence and on-call salary increment. However, this model is not currently able to analyze all parameters simultaneously, only individually. In order to analyze parameters simultaneously the model and calculations would need to be revised. This could be a continuous study for further work in this specific area.  

  • 96. Andersson, Thord
    et al.
    Romu, Thobias
    Karlsson, Anette
    Norén, Bengt
    Forsgren, Mikael F
    Smedby, Örjan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Medical Image Processing and Visualization. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Medical Imaging. Linköping University.
    Kechagias, Stergios
    Almer, Sven
    Lundberg, Peter
    Borga, Magnus
    Leinhard, Olof Dahlqvist
    Consistent intensity inhomogeneity correction in water-fat MRI2015In: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ISSN 1053-1807, E-ISSN 1522-2586, Vol. 42, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the water-signal performance of the consistent intensity inhomogeneity correction (CIIC) method to correct for intensity inhomogeneities

    METHODS: Water-fat volumes were acquired using 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3.0T symmetrically sampled 2-point Dixon three-dimensional MRI. Two datasets: (i) 10 muscle tissue regions of interest (ROIs) from 10 subjects acquired with both 1.5T and 3.0T whole-body MRI. (ii) Seven liver tissue ROIs from 36 patients imaged using 1.5T MRI at six time points after Gd-EOB-DTPA injection. The performance of CIIC was evaluated quantitatively by analyzing its impact on the dispersion and bias of the water image ROI intensities, and qualitatively using side-by-side image comparisons.

    RESULTS: CIIC significantly ( P1.5T≤2.3×10-4,P3.0T≤1.0×10-6) decreased the nonphysiological intensity variance while preserving the average intensity levels. The side-by-side comparisons showed improved intensity consistency ( Pint⁡≤10-6) while not introducing artifacts ( Part=0.024) nor changed appearances ( Papp≤10-6).

    CONCLUSION: CIIC improves the spatiotemporal intensity consistency in regions of a homogenous tissue type.

  • 97. Andrade, Pedro Amarante
    et al.
    Wistbacka, Greta
    Larsson, Hans
    Sodersten, Maria
    Hammarberg, Britta
    Simberg, Susanna
    Svec, Jan G.
    Granqvist, Svante
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    The Flow and Pressure Relationships in Different Tubes Commonly Used for Semi-occluded Vocal Tract Exercises2016In: Journal of Voice, ISSN 0892-1997, E-ISSN 1873-4588, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 36-41Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This experimental study investigated the back pressure (Pback) versus flow (U) relationship for 10 different tubes commonly used for semi-occluded vocal tract exercises, that is, eight straws of different lengths and diameters, a resonance tube, and a silicone tube similar to a Lax Vox tube. All tubes were assessed with the free end in air. The resonance tube and silicone tube were further assessed with the free end under water at the depths from 1 to 7 cm in steps of 1 cm. The results showed that relative changes in the diameter of straws affect Pback considerably more compared with the same amount of relative change in length. Additionally, once tubes are submerged into water, Pback needs to overcome the pressure generated by the water depth before flow can start. Under this condition, only a small increase in Pback was observed as the flow was increased. Therefore, the wider tubes submerged into water produced an almost constant Pback determined by the water depth, whereas the thinner straws in air produced relatively large changes to Pback as flow was changed. These differences may be taken advantage of when customizing exercises for different users and diagnoses and optimizing the therapy outcome.

  • 98.
    Andreasson, Jörgen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Ahlstrom, Linda
    Eriksson, Andrea
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Dellve, Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    The importance of healthcare managers’ organizational preconditions and support resources for their appraisal of planned change and its outcomes2017In: Journal of Hospital Administration, ISSN 1927-6990, E-ISSN 1927-7008, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Healthcare managers are expected to lead and manage planned organizational change intended to improve healthcare process quality. However, their complex working conditions offer limited decision control, and healthcare managers often feel ill prepared and inadequately supported to perform their duties. Healthcare managers have previously described their need for organizational support, but we lack knowledge of the preconditions and resources that help managers implement planned change.Methods: This prospective cohort study examined healthcare managers at three Swedish hospitals implementing lean production and two Swedish hospitals implementing their own improvement model. Questionnaire data from 2012, 2103, and 2014 were used in following up. We used t-tests and a linear mixed model design in analysing the data.Results: Healthcare managers who perceived strong support from managers, employees, colleagues, and the organization and managers with the longest managerial experience had the least negative appraisal of change. Managers who perceived strong support from employees, management, and the organizational structure perceived higher levels of healthcare process quality.Conclusions: Long managerial experience and strong support from managers, employees, and the organization are important formanagers’ appraisal of, work on, and successful implementation of planned change. Top management must therefore ensure that the healthcare managers have sufficient managerial experience and support before they delegate to them the responsibility to implement planned change.

  • 99.
    Andreasson, Jörgen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Eriksson, Andrea
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Dellve, Lotta
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.
    Health care managers' views on and approaches to implementing models for improving care processes2016In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 24, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To develop a deeper understanding of health-care managers' views on and approaches to the implementation of models for improving care processes. Background: In health care, there are difficulties in implementing models for improving care processes that have been decided on by upper management. Leadership approaches to this implementation can affect the outcome. Method: In-depth interviews with first- and second-line managers in Swedish hospitals were conducted and analysed using grounded theory. Results: 'Coaching for participation' emerged as a central theme for managers in handling top-down initiated process development. The vertical approach in this coaching addresses how managers attempt to sustain unit integrity through adapting and translating orders from top management. The horizontal approach in the coaching refers to managers' strategies for motivating and engaging their employees in implementation work. Conclusion and implications for nursing management: Implementation models for improving care processes require a coaching leadership built on close manager-employee interaction, mindfulness regarding the pace of change at the unit level, managers with the competence to share responsibility with their teams and engaged employees with the competence to share responsibility for improving the care processes, and organisational structures that support process-oriented work. Implications for nursing management are the importance of giving nurse managers knowledge of change management.

  • 100.
    Anthikat-Albert, Benedict D.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering.
    Yiallourou, Theresia I.
    Haba-Rubio, Jose
    Heinzer, Raphael
    Fonari, Eleonora
    Chevrey, Nicolas
    Santini, Francesco
    Stergiopulos, Nikolaos
    Martin, Bryn A.
    Continuous positive airway pressure impacts cerebral blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid motion: A phase contrast mri study2012In: Proceedings Of The ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B, ASME Press, 2012, p. 569-570Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The physiological impacts of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are not yet fully understood. In this study we developed an MRI protocol to assess the impact of CPAP on cerebral hemodynamics and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hydrodynamics in the upper cervical spine. MRI measurements were obtained on 14 healthy male subjects. The preliminary results indicated that the CSF pulsation decreased and venous outflow was altered with CPAP usage in comparison to the baseline values. Cerebral arterial flow was not impacted by CPAP usage. These findings support the hypothesis that the CSF system can act to dampen cerebral blood flow (CBF) pulsations.

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