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What's new in DIAL
July 2016

Welcome from Professor Duncan McFarlane 

Welcome to the summer edition of the DIAL newsletter. I just was passed the June 2016 edition of the New Scientist which runs a banner headline "When machines take over the world."

It discussed the implication for human activities and in particular employment. While such debates are rather futuristic, it aligns quite well with some changes I have been making to my undergraduate automation courses for next year. As well as what and how to automate there will be an increased emphasis on why we should automate and where the priorities for automation development might lie. And those priorities might be around - for example - the role of people in automation and where societal rather just commercial benefits will be achieved.


In this issue we welcome new lecturer Alexandra Brintrup to DIAL and also sadly farewell Petra Kasmanova who has been a great administrator for DIAL over the last four year.

Best paper award for the ITALI team

Philip Woodall, Vaggelis Giannikas, Wenrong Lu and Duncan McFarlane were proud recipients of the best paper award and a cheque for 1000 Euros from the 2016 International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ).
 

DIAL visits YH Global in China

Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Philip Woodall, Vaggelis Giannikas and Wenrong Lu, visited YH Global’s headquarters in June as part of the ITALI project funded by the company.
 

Duncan McFarlane: the future of automation
Professor Duncan McFarlane, Head of DIAL, was a speaker at the Hypercat 2016 Summit on collaborative innovation at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 20 June.

 

 

DIAL at the Airline Operations Conference

Alena Puchkova, research associate in DIAL, participated in the AGIFORS Airline Operations Conference that was held on the 16-19th May 2016 in Seattle, USA. 

 

Construction as Manufacturing (CaM) Industrial Review

DIAL has recently initiated an industrial review of Construction as Manufacturing (CaM) in collaboration with the Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (CSIC) and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
 

New book on asset management

Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory Raj Srinivasan and Ajith Parlikad had a new book, Whole-life Value-Based Decision-Making in Asset Management, published by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
 

 
Members news - New visitor in DIAL
Runhua (Ryan) Xu

Runhua is a PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland. He obtained his MSc in Communication Electronics with high distinction at the TU Munich. At the same time he also obtained an honour degree in Technology Management at the Centre for Digital Technology & Management, a joint institution of LMU and TU Munich.
His BSc in engineering at the Tongji University, China focused on electronic and information engineering. From 2007 to 2010, he worked for three years as a hardware engineer at IBM in Shanghai, China. During his master study in Germany, he worked as a venture investment analyst at Senovo, and a software engineer at Fujitsu Technology Solution in Munich.
His research interests are Internet of Things technologies, Machine learning applications and Mobile consumer behavior.
 
Latest Research Publications

P. Woodall, V. Giannikas, W. Lu, and D. McFarlane. Data state tracking: labelling good quality data to improve warehouse operations. In ICIQ 2016: 21st International Conference on Information Quality, Ciudad Real, Spain, June 2016. Best paper award

L. Wijffels, V. Giannikas, P. Woodall, and D. McFarlane. An enhanced cycle counting approach utilising historical inventory data. In MIM 2016: 8th IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control, 2016.

S. Pan, Y. Han, B. Qiao, E. Grover-Silva, and V. Giannikas. Mining customer-related data to enhance home delivery in e-commerce: an experimental study. In ILS 2016: 6th International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain, Bordeaux, France, June 2016

Masood, T., McFarlane, D.C., Schooling, J., Fielding, A. and Downes, J. (2016). “Future-proofing assessment of infrastructure assets”, Proceedings of International Conference of Smart Infrastructure & Construction, held in Cambridge during 27-29 June, URL: http://www.icsic.eng.cam.ac.uk/.

Masood, T., Yilmaz, G., McFarlane, D.C., Parlikad, A.K., Harwood, K. and Dunn, R. (2016). “Information future-proofing assessment for infrastructure assets”, Proceedings of International Conference of Smart Infrastructure & Construction, held in Cambridge during 27-29 June, URL: http://www.icsic.eng.cam.ac.uk/.

Adams, J., González-Prida, V., Parlikad, A., Shambhu, J., Guillen, A., Crespo, A.; Notion and Discussion of a Dynamic Criticality Concept; 50th ESReDA Seminar on Safety and reliability enhancement throughout Europe, May 18th -19th 2016, Sevilla, Spain

Adams, J., Srinivasan, R., Parlikad, A., González-Prida, V., A., Crespo, A.; Towards Dynamic Criticality-Based Maintenance Strategy for Industrial Assets;  3rd IFAC AMEST on Workshop Maintenance Technologies for Performance Enhancement, October 19-21, 2016 Biarritz, FRANCE

González-Prida, V., Shambhu, J., Guillen, A., Adams, J., Peres, F., Crespo, A.; An Approach to Risk Quantification Based on Pseudo-Random Failure Rates;  3rd IFAC AMEST on Workshop Maintenance Technologies for Performance Enhancement, October 19-21, 2016 Biarritz, FRANCE

P. Woodall, A. Borek, M. Oberhofer, and J. Gao. 2016. Data Quality Problems in ETL: The State of the Practice in Large Organisations. In proceedings of the International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ). Ciudad Real, Spain.

G. Frizelle and P. Woodall. 2016. Big Data, Data Loss and Observation Analysis. In proceedings of the International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ). Ciudad Real, Spain


Ledwoch, A., Brintrup, A., Mehnen, J., Tiwari, A., Systemic Risk Assessment in Complex Supply Networks, IEEE Systems Journal special issue Risk Analytics in Industrial Systems
 
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