The work of this thesis falls in the field of the embedded real-time computer systems, more precisely the embedded software in the vehicles for the emergent driving assistance systems. The thesis work was supported by the European project (RoadSense) whose objective was the evaluation of the driving assistance systems (ADAS) for the next generations of vehicles. The three principal axes of the thesis are: First, the development of a dynamic reconfigurable middleware called SCOOT-R. Second, the development of end-to-end real-time scheduling strategies in order to schedule SCOOT-R operations with the main goal of end-to-end QoS guarantee. Finally, the development of feedback-based scheduling schemes to schedule driving assistance systems. The adaptation in this scheme is carried out according to the current driving situation and the driver behavior, which will further lead to the change of the associated driving assistance function''s criticalness.
This book explores the petroleum-related assistance by Norway. Based on Norway’s own experience, aid is given to resource-rich, economically poor countries. The thesis will contribute to see Norway’s bilateral cooperation, with Angola in particular, in a different light. Norway is often, especially by Norwegians themselves, glorified and has a high ethical reputation. Through three International Relations theories –soft power, centerperiphery and nationalism –the research question is tested. Through readings and interviews, I have found reason to believe my perception of Norwegian petroleum aid is well-grounded. Based on findings from interviews, both from private and public sector, it can be argued that the results from public petroleum aid are of insignificant size compared to the effort, and that the concept in general is naive. Possible other purposes for petroleum-related assistance are presented in the conclusion.
This project was carried out in the Innovative Computational Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory (ICEML) @ Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA under the guidance of Dr. Lonny L Thompson and with considerable financial assistance from Michelin and BMW. In this thesis, the properties and effects of different material models are analyzed on a non-pneumatic tire when computational procedures like footprint analysis, vibration due to high speed rolling and energy loss from impact rolling over obstacles are performed.
Livelihood among Kaabong people was long known to depend on livestock and the high cultural importance and economic values attached to it. Significant shift in the traditional livelihood means to crop production and petty trade in local brews, firewood and charcoal was noted. Considering the effect of humanitarian food assistance on traditional social safety nets with reference to consumption adjustment, livestock sales and migration, it was observed that humanitarian food assistance affects traditional social safety nets at varying magnitudes. Food assistance relates well with coping behaviours. Livestock sales and food assistance relations was largely impartial. Food assistance and migration relations was positive and insignificant. Efforts to protect traditional livelihood assets while providing food security support to the household is indorsed to safeguard and rebuild livelihoods. Food assistance can be a tool to protect community customary livelihoods in their desired occupation not withstanding other options. This is important to ease closer monitoring of community safety nets as shift in livelihood strategies without desired alternative may create destitution and dependency