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    Temporal relation classification in Persian and english contexts

    , Article International Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP, Hissar ; September , 2013 , Pages 261-269 ; 13138502 (ISSN) Torbati, M. E ; Ghassem-Sani, G ; Mirroshandel, S. A ; Yaghoobzadeh, Y ; Hosseini, N. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    This paper introduces the first pattern-based Persian Temporal Relation Classifier (PTRC) that finds the type of temporal relations between pairs of events in the Persian texts. The proposed system uses support vector machines (SVMs) equipped by combinations of simple, convolution tree, and string subsequence kernels (SSK). In order to evaluate the algorithm, we have developed a Persian TimeBank (PTB) corpus. PTRC not only increases the performance of the classification by applying new features and SSK, but also alleviates the probable adverse effects of the Free Word Orderness (FWO) of Persian on temporal relation classification. We have also applied our proposed algorithm to two standard... 

    Stable throughput analysis for a cooperative WLAN with primary and secondary users

    , Article 2012 6th International Symposium on Telecommunications, IST 2012 ; 2012 , Pages 535-540 ; 9781467320733 (ISBN) Nazari, M. A ; Ashtiani, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    In this paper, we propose a new scenario in order to increase the total throughput of a WLAN. In this scenario, some secondary users (SUs) are considered in a primary WLAN such that SUs cooperate with primary users (PUs) in transmitting the primary packets. Each SU sends its packets as well as the primary packets collided at the access point, but overheard successfully at the SU, by random access the primary WLAN. We show that SUs cooperation is able to compensate their adverse effect in the WLAN, so total throughput in the WLAN increases without a significant degrading effect for the stability region of PUs. To this end, we use an analytical model based on open queueing networks. By solving... 

    Adverse effects of graphene incorporated in TiO 2 photocatalyst on minuscule animals under solar light irradiation

    , Article Journal of Materials Chemistry ; Volume 22, Issue 43 , 2012 , Pages 23260-23266 ; 09599428 (ISSN) Akhavan, O ; Ghaderi, E ; Rahimi, K ; Sharif University of Technology
    The adverse effect of graphene-titanium oxide composite films (containing sheet-like surface morphology) on Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes (as a model for minuscule animals) was investigated in a solar light-induced photocatalytic process. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrated photocatalytic reduction of the chemically exfoliated graphene oxide sheets included in the TiO 2 film. Furthermore, formation of TiC and Ti-O-C bonds in the composite film (obtained through annealing at 450 °C in air) resulted in a substantial delay in the recombination rate of the photoexcited electron-hole pairs and more efficient photocatalytic processes. The composite film showed a type of... 

    Experimental study of polymer flooding in fractured systems using five-spot glass micromodel: The role of fracture geometrical properties

    , Article Energy Exploration and Exploitation ; Volume 30, Issue 5 , 2012 , Pages 689-706 ; 01445987 (ISSN) Abedi, B ; Ghazanfari, M ; Kharrat, R ; Sharif University of Technology
    SAGE  2012
    Water flooding is being widely used in the petroleum industry and has been considered as a simple inexpensive secondary recovery method. But in fractured formations, existence of fracture system in reservoir rock induces an adverse effect on oil recovery by water flooding. Polymer flooding has been successfully applied as an alternative enhanced oil recovery method in fractured formations. But, the role of fracture geometrical properties on macroscopic efficiency of polymer flooding is not yet well-understood, especially in fractured five-spot systems. In this work five-spot glass micromodel, because of micro-visibility, ease of multiple experimentations and also presence of the unexplored... 

    Investigation of the effects of compact fluorescent lamps in power distribution systems

    , Article 2011 10th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, EEEIC.EU 2011 - Conference Proceedings, 8 May 2011 through 11 May 2011 ; May , 2011 , Page(s): 1 - 4 ; 9781424487820 (ISBN) Ghafuri, M ; Kazemi, A. R ; Dehghanian, P ; Vakilian, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    The desire to decrease electrical loading by using energy efficient lighting has resulted in a high level of attention to replacing conventional incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). In Iran from energy management point of view, people are encouraged by ministry of power to use CFLs. Also after elimination of subsidies, the substantial increase in electric energy price resulted in a high level of penetration of CFLs in electricity grid. CFL is a nonlinear load, therefore it injects harmonic to the network. In past, due to lower application of CFL, these harmonics were ignored, however today by the widespread application of CFLs; these small sources are combined and have... 

    Effects of short term and long term Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Field on depressive disorder in mice: Involvement of nitric oxide pathway

    , Article Life Sciences ; Volume 146 , 2016 , Pages 52-57 ; 00243205 (ISSN) Madjid Ansari, A ; Farzam Pour, S ; Sadr, A ; Shekarchi, B ; Majid Zadeh, A. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Inc 
    Aims Previous reports on the possible effects of Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields (ELF MF) on mood have been paradoxical in different settings while no study has yet been conducted on animal behavior. In addition, it was shown that ELF MF exposure makes an increase in brain nitric oxide level. Therefore, in the current study, we aimed to assess the possible effect(s) of ELF MF exposure on mice Forced Swimming Test (FST) and evaluate the probable role of the increased level of nitric oxide in the observed behavior. Main methods Male adult mice NMRI were recruited to investigate the short term and long term ELF MF exposure (0.5 mT and 50 Hz, single 2 h and 2 weeks 2 h a day). Locomotor... 

    Can lumbosacral orthoses cause trunk muscle weakness? A systematic review of literature

    , Article Spine Journal ; Volume 17, Issue 4 , 2017 , Pages 589-602 ; 15299430 (ISSN) Azadinia, F ; Ebrahimi Takamjani, E ; Kamyab, M ; Parnianpour, M ; Cholewicki, J ; Maroufi, N ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Inc  2017
    Background Wearing lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) is one of the most common treatments prescribed for conservative management of low back pain. Although the results of randomized controlled trials suggest effectiveness of LSO in reducing pain and disability in these patients, there is a concern that prolonged use of LSO may lead to trunk muscle weakness and atrophy. Purpose The present review aimed to evaluate available evidence in literature to determine whether LSO results in trunk muscle weakness or atrophy. Study Design This is a systematic review. Methods A systematic search of electronic databases including PubMed, Scopus, ScienceDirect, and Medline (via Ovid) followed by hand search of... 

    The effects of excitation control systems on parallel operation of DG with the main grid

    , Article International Journal of Power and Energy Systems ; Volume 28, Issue 4 , 2008 , Pages 438-447 ; 10783466 (ISSN) Kazemi, S ; Parniani, M ; Rasouli, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    This paper presents actual cases of steady reactive power oscillation of distributed generations (DGs) during parallel operation with the main grid. The cause of the problem was found to be the adverse effects of excitation system voltage regulation. It is shown, through preliminary investigation and detailed simulation studies, that how the excitation control system can be modified to overcome this problem. On-site test results verify the analysis results and effectiveness of the remedial actions. Finally, general practical recommendations are offered for excitation control of synchronous generator-based DG, such that it performs properly, both in grid connected and in islanding conditions  

    Intralesional immunotherapy compared to cryotherapy in the treatment of warts

    , Article International Journal of Dermatology ; Volume 56, Issue 4 , 2017 , Pages 474-478 ; 00119059 (ISSN) Khozeimeh, F ; Jabbari Azad, F ; Mahboubi Oskouei, Y ; Jafari, M ; Tehranian, S ; Alizadehsani, R ; Layegh, P ; Sharif University of Technology
    Blackwell Publishing Ltd  2017
    Background: Warts are the most common clinical manifestation of the human papilloma-virus infection in the skin and mucous membranes. In spite of the various therapeutic modalities for nongenital skin warts, there is still no single method to be used as an approved treatment. In this study, we compared the efficacy of immunotherapy and cryotherapy on wart lesions. Methods: Sixty patients with verruca vulgaris and plantar warts were randomly divided into two groups. One group received intralesional injection of candida antigen repeated every 3 weeks until complete improvement of all warts or for a maximum of three sessions. The second group was treated by cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen for... 

    Diffuse emissions of particles from iron ore piles by wind erosion

    , Article Environmental Engineering Science ; Volume 28, Issue 5 , 2011 , Pages 333-339 ; 10928758 (ISSN) Afshar Mohajer, N ; Torkian, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Industrial air pollution from point and nonpoint sources of steel complexes has drawn increasingly more public attention in the past decades. Previous research efforts have been more concentrated on point sources of particulate emissions from these complexes. However, wind-induced particulate emissions from iron ore storage piles not only result in ambient air pollution but also increase economic adverse effects to the industry by loss of process raw materials. Experiments were conducted to assess the impact of wind speed and humidity on particulate emission rates from iron ore storage piles. A wind-generating system and specific iron ore, experimental piles (L:W:H of 30:11.5:5 cm) were... 

    Short-term effects of particle size fractions on circulating biomarkers of inflammation in a panel of elderly subjects and healthy young adults

    , Article Environmental Pollution ; Volume 223 , 2017 , Pages 695-704 ; 02697491 (ISSN) Hassanvand, M. S ; Naddafi, K ; Kashani, H ; Faridi, S ; Kunzli, N ; Nabizadeh, R ; Momeniha, F ; Gholampour, A ; Arhami, M ; Zare, A ; Pourpak, Z ; Hoseini, M ; Yunesian, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Systemic inflammation biomarkers have been associated with risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We aimed to clarify associations of acute exposure to particulate matter (PM10(PM < 10 μm), PM2.5-10(PM 2.5–10 μm), PM2.5(PM < 2.5 μm), PM1-2.5(PM 1–2.5 μm), and PM1 (PM < 1 μm)) with systemic inflammation using panels of elderly subjects and healthy young adults. We followed a panel of 44 nonsmoking elderly subjects living in a retirement home and a panel of 40 healthy young adults living in a school dormitory in Tehran city, Iran from May 2012 to May 2013. Blood biomarkers were measured one every 7–8 weeks and included white blood cells (WBC), high sensitive C-reactive protein...