Volume 9, Number 1, 2012

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Regular Paper
The Dynamics and Bifurcation Control of a Singular Biological Economic Model
Ning Li, Hai-Yi Sun, Qing-Ling Zhang
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0609-5
The objective of this paper is to study systematically the dynamics and control strategy of a singular biological economic model that is described by a differential-algebraic equation. It is shown that when the economic profit passes through zero, this model exhibits the transcritical bifurcation, the Hopf bifurcation, and the limit cycle. In particular, the system undergoes the singularity induced bifurcation at the positive equilibrium, which can result in impulse. Then, state feedback controllers closer to the actual control strategies are designed to eliminate the unexpected singularity induced bifurcation and stabilize the positive equilibrium under the positive profit. Finally, numerical simulations verify the results and illustrate the effectiveness of the controllers. Also, the model with positive economic profit is shown numerically to have different dynamics.
Robust Stability and Stabilization of Discrete Singular Systems with Interval Time-varying Delay and Linear Fractional Uncertainty
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 8-15, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0610-z
The robust stability and robust stabilization problems for discrete singular systems with interval time-varying delay and linear fractional uncertainty are discussed. A new delay-dependent criterion is established for the nominal discrete singular delay systems to be regular, causal and stable by employing the linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach. It is shown that the newly proposed criterion can provide less conservative results than some existing ones. Then, with this criterion, the problems of robust stability and robust stabilization for uncertain discrete singular delay systems are solved, and the delay-dependent LMI conditions are obtained. Finally, numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
FuzEmotion as a Backward Kansei Engineering Tool
Xun Xu, Hsiang-Hung Hsiao, Wei-Lin Wang
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 16-23, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0611-y
Kansei engineering, also known as kansei ergonomics or emotional engineering, aims at analysing and incorporating customer's feeling and demands into product function and product design. Founded in the late 1970's, kansei is now considered as a key consumer-oriented technology for new product development. This paper described a system called FuzEmotion for the purpose of assessing the kansei aspects of a product by considering design attributes of a product. Fuzzy logic is used to represent kansei words and process fuzzy input. The system has been successfully implemented to ascertain gender inclination of a mobile phone. Principal parameters of a mobile phone are considered, i.e., length, width, thickness, and mass. The system can inform gender inclination of a mobile phone with accuracy up to 76%. This is based on a set of 92 mobile phone samples from the five major mobile phone manufacturers.
Design of Robotic Visual Servo Control Based on Neural Network and Genetic Algorithm
Hong-Bin Wang, Mian Liu
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 24-29, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0612-x
A new visual servo control scheme for a robotic manipulator is presented in this paper, where a back propagation (BP) neural network is used to make a direct transition from image feature to joint angles without requiring robot kinematics and camera calibration. To speed up the convergence and avoid local minimum of the neural network, this paper uses a genetic algorithm to find the optimal initial weights and thresholds and then uses the BP algorithm to train the neural network according to the data given. The proposed method can effectively combine the good global searching ability of genetic algorithms with the accurate local searching feature of BP neural network. The Simulink model for PUMA560 robot visual servo system based on the improved BP neural network is built with the Robotics Toolbox of Matlab. The simulation results indicate that the proposed method can accelerate convergence of the image errors and provide a simple and effective way of robot control.
Handling Multiple Objectives with Biogeography-based Optimization
Hai-Ping Ma, Xie-Yong Ruan, Zhang-Xin Pan
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 30-36, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0613-9
Biogeography-based optimization (BBO) is a new evolutionary optimization method inspired by biogeography. In this paper, BBO is extended to a multi-objective optimization, and a biogeography-based multi-objective optimization (BBMO) is introduced, which uses the cluster attribute of islands to naturally decompose the problem. The proposed algorithm makes use of nondominated sorting approach to improve the convergence ability efficiently. It also combines the crowding distance to guarantee the diversity of Pareto optimal solutions. We compare the BBMO with two representative state-of-the-art evolutionary multi-objective optimization methods, non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II (NSGA-II) and archive-based micro genetic algorithm (AMGA) in terms of three metrics. Simulation results indicate that in most cases, the proposed BBMO is able to find much better spread of solutions and converge faster to true Pareto optimal fronts than NSGA-II and AMGA do.
A Fast Calculation of Metric Scores for Learning Bayesian Network
Qiang Lv, Xiao-Yan Xia, Pei-De Qian
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 37-44, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0614-8
Frequent counting is a very so often required operation in machine learning algorithms. A typical machine learning task, learning the structure of Bayesian network (BN) based on metric scoring, is introduced as an example that heavily relies on frequent counting. A fast calculation method for frequent counting enhanced with two cache layers is then presented for learning BN. The main contribution of our approach is to eliminate comparison operations for frequent counting by introducing a multi-radix number system calculation. Both mathematical analysis and empirical comparison between our method and state-of-the-art solution are conducted. The results show that our method is dominantly superior to state-of-the-art solution in solving the problem of learning BN.
LQG Controller Design Applied to a Pneumatic Stewart-Gough Platform
Karmjit Singh Grewal, Roger Dixon, John Pearson
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 45-53, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0615-7
This paper is concerned with the practical application control of a pneumatically actuated Stewart-Gough platform with 6-degrees of freedom (6-DOF). The control approach for motion control of the platform is presented using a modern control technique, namely, linear quadratic Gaussinn (LQG) with reference tracking. The LQG controller is the combination of a Kalman filter, i.e., a linear-quadratic estimator (LQE) with a linear-quadratic regulator (LQR). The robustness of the control scheme is accessed under various load conditions, and the experimental results are shown.
Dynamic Consensus of High-order Multi-agent Systems and Its Application in the Motion Control of Multiple Mobile Robots
Zhong-Qiang Wu, Yang Wang
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 54-62, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0616-6
In this paper, the leader-following consensus problem for multi-agent linear dynamic systems is considered. All agents and leader have identical multi-input multi-output (MIMO) linear dynamics that can be of any order, and only the output information of each agent is delivered throughout the communication network. When the interaction topology is fixed, the leader-following consensus is attained by H dynamic output feedback control, and the sufficient condition of robust controllers is equal to the solvability of linear matrix inequality (LMI). The whole analysis is based on spectral decomposition and an equivalent decoupled structure achieved, and the stability of the system is proved. Finally, we extended the theoretical results to the case that the interaction topology is switching. The simulation results for multiple mobile robots show the effectiveness of the devised methods.
METrust: A Mutual Evaluation-based Trust Model for P2P Networks
Chun-Ling Cheng, Xiao-Long Xu, Bing-Zhen Gao
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 63-71, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0617-5
It is necessary to construct an effective trust model to build trust relationship between peers in peer-to-peer (P2P) network and enhance the security and reliability of P2P systems. The current trust models only focus on the consumers' evaluation to a transaction, which may be abused by malicious peers to exaggerate or slander the provider deliberately. In this paper, we propose a novel trust model based on mutual evaluation, called METrust, to suppress the peers' malicious behavior, such as dishonest evaluation and strategic attack. METrust considers the factors including mutual evaluation, similarity risk, time window, incentive, and punishment mechanism. The trust value is composed of the direct trust value and the recommendation trust value. In order to inhibit dishonest evaluation, both participants should give evaluation information based on peers' own experiences about the transaction while computing the direct trust value. In view of this, the mutual evaluation consistency factor and its time decay function are proposed. Besides, to reduce the risk of computing the recommendation trust based on the recommendations of friend peers, the similarity risk is introduced to measure the uncertainty of the similarity computing, while similarity is used to measure credibility. The experimental results show that METrust is effective, and it has advantages in the inhibition of the various malicious behaviors.
All-optical Quantitative Framework for Bioluminescence Tomography with Non-contact Measurement
Xue-Li Chen, Heng Zhao, Xiao-Chao Qu, Duo-Fang Chen, Xiao-Rui Wang, Ji-Min Liang
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 72-80, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0618-4
In this contribution, we present an all-optical quantitative framework for bioluminescence tomography with non-contact measurement. The framework is comprised of four indispensable steps: extraction of the geometrical structures of the subject, light flux reconstruction on arbitrary surface, calibration and quantification of the surface light flux and internal bioluminescence reconstruction. In particular, the geometrical structures are retrieved using a completely optical method and captured under identical viewing conditions with the bioluminescent images. As a result, the proposed framework avoids the utilization of computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging to provide the geometrical structures. On the basis of experimental measurements, we evaluate the performance of the proposed all-optical quantitative framework using a mouse shaped phantom. Preliminary result reveals the potential and feasibility of the proposed framework for bioluminescence tomography.
Analysis of Nonlinear Electrical Circuits Using Bernstein Polynomials
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 81-86, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0619-3
In electrical circuit analysis, it is often necessary to find the set of all direct current (d.c.) operating points (either voltages or currents) of nonlinear circuits. In general, these nonlinear equations are often represented as polynomial systems. In this paper, we address the problem of finding the solutions of nonlinear electrical circuits, which are modeled as systems of n polynomial equations contained in an n-dimensional box. Branch and Bound algorithms based on interval methods can give guaranteed enclosures for the solution. However, because of repeated evaluations of the function values, these methods tend to become slower. Branch and Bound algorithm based on Bernstein coefficients can be used to solve the systems of polynomial equations. This avoids the repeated evaluation of function values, but maintains more or less the same number of iterations as that of interval branch and bound methods. We propose an algorithm for obtaining the solution of polynomial systems, which includes a pruning step using Bernstein Krawczyk operator and a Bernstein Coefficient Contraction algorithm to obtain Bernstein coefficients of the new domain. We solved three circuit analysis problems using our proposed algorithm. We compared the performance of our proposed algorithm with INTLAB based solver and found that our proposed algorithm is more efficient and fast.
An Efficient Frontier for Sum Deviation JIT Sequencing Problem in Mixed-model Systems via Apportionment
Tanka Nath Dhamala, Gyan Bahadur Thapa, Hong-Nian Yu
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 87-97, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0620-x
In this paper, the sum deviation just-in-time (JIT) sequencing problem in mixed-model production systems is studied relating with the discrete apportionment problem together with their respective mathematical formulations. The assignment formulation for the first problem is briefly discussed followed by the existence of JIT cyclic sequences. Presenting the concise discussion on divisor methods for the discrete apportionment problem, we have proposed two mean-based divisor functions for this problem claiming that they are better than the existing divisors; hence, we found a better bound for the JIT sequencing problem. The linkage of both the problems is characterized in terms of similar type of objective functions. The problems are shown equivalent via suitable transformations and similar properties. The joint approaches for the two problems are discussed in terms of global and local deviations proposing equitably ecient solution.
Brief Paper
Synchro-control of Twin-rudder with Cloud Model
Sheng Liu, Xu-Cheng Chang
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 98-104, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0621-9
In ships having two rudders, an angle error exists if there is a difference in structural and electrical parameters in two steering gear systems. Such an error also results in reduced efficiency of ship maneuverability during navigation. For the sake of reducing the angle error, a synchro-ballistic control approach based on cloud model is proposed in this paper. First, the mechanism model of steering gear system is introduced. Second, the structure of synchro-control system of twin-rudder is proposed based on the master-slave control strategy. Third, synchro-ballistic controller based on cloud model is designed to solve the nonlinearity and uncertainty of system. Finally, the designed controller is tested via simulation under two different situations. The simulated results demonstrate that this method is simple and has stronger robustness against the variation of states and parameters of plants. Hence, the validity and reliability of the method is proved for synchro-control of two rudders, which is a significant engineering application.
Observer Design for Systems with Time-delayed States
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 105-107, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0622-8
Recently, the conditions of observers that can estimate directly Kx(t) for an arbitrarily given K, and that are free of the effect of time delayed states of the system, are formulated. This paper points out that, because of the equivalence in formulation, the existing conditions for unknown input observers can be used to establish directly a new set of sufficient conditions for that recent observer. This new set of sufficient conditions is much simpler, and therefore much more useful and significant, than the sufficient conditions derived in that recent paper. This new set of sufficient conditions also reveals some basic mistakes of that recent paper. In addition, this paper reveals the severe restrictiveness of this new set of conditions and proposes a fundamentally new observer design formulation that can relax that set of conditions significantly.
EMAP: An Efficient Mutual Authentication Protocol for Passive RFID Tags
Guo-Rui Li, Ying Wang, Cui-Rong Wang, Jing-Sha He
2012, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 108-112, doi: 10.1007/s11633-012-0623-7
Radio frequency identification (RFID) system is a contactless automatic identification system, which uses small and low cost RFID tags. The primary problem of current security and privacy preserving schemes is that, in order to identify only one single tag, these schemes require a linear computational complexity on the server side. We propose an efficient mutual authentication protocol for passive RFID tags that provides confidentiality, untraceability, mutual authentication, and efficiency. The proposed protocol shifts the heavy burden of asymmetric encryption and decryption operations on the more powerful server side and only leaves lightweight hash operation on tag side. It is also efficient in terms of time complexity, space complexity, and communication cost, which are very important for practical large-scale RFID applications.