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    A Contemporary Higher Education Student-Choice Model and Decision Making Process In International Campus Universities In Developing Countries: A Case Study of Iran

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Etemadoleslami Bakhtiyari, Ali (Author) ; Miremadi, Alireza (Supervisor)
    In the last two decades of the twentieth century, international Campus universities around the world were emphasized on financial sources rather than public or government universities. Therefore, the competition for qualified students has increased contemporarily with the student awareness about the programs and services offered by international campus universities located in Iran. The purpose of this study is to discover the factors that influence students’ choice model and decision making process in an international campus .To achieve it, we first performed the exploratory research to extract the factors which influence the students’ choice model by reviewing literature review and we... 

    Application of Game Theory in Stakeholder Management in Megaprojects; a Multiple Case Study

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Pourriahi, Houman (Author) ; Alvachi, Amin (Supervisor) ; Ghadimi, Behshad (Co-Supervisor)
    As the size and the scope of infrastructure projects have expanded, so has the array of stakeholders, either involved or affected. Such projects frequently take years to come together and develop over time through the efforts of project promoters and the participation of various stakeholders. Stakeholders through participation and input will help to legitimize and develop large scale project initiatives.This study used a longitudinal multiple case study approach that analyzed two tolled fixed crossing megaprojects. Activity research hits benchmarks before and after developments and shifts in participation strategies and stakeholders. Subsequently, we identify the main and key issues related... 

    A Fuzzy Multi-Criteria Approach to Sustainable Development Case Study of Hendurabi Island in Iran

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Mounesan, Ali Asghar (Author) ; Abrishamchi, Ahmad (Supervisor) ; Maknoon, Reza (Co-Supervisor)
    The main objective of this research is to provide a framework by which decision-makers can evaluate and compare alternatives for sustainable development planning under uncertain dynamic future considering the risk and uncertainty associated with human judgment as well as the uncertain future. This approach combines the Delphi method, fuzzy set theory, and a discrete multi-criteria method based on prospect theory (TODIM). TODIM (an acronym in Portuguese for iterative MCDM) method is a particular multi-criteria approach based on the prospect theory. A qualitative Delphi technique is used to identify a set of qualitative sustainability criteria and to rate the alternatives accordingly. The... 

    Detection of DDOS Attacks in Network Traffic through Clustering based and Machine Learning Classification

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Kazim Al Janabi, Ali Hossein (Author) ; Peyvandi, Hossein (Supervisor)
    Today, with the development of technology, cyberattacks are on the rise. Personal and corporate computer systems can be exposed to various threats and dangers of hackers and malware, including information theft, forgery, and denial of service, which can cause great material and moral damage to individuals and organizations. So, it is necessary to take security measures in this regard. Many security mechanisms are available to prevent security vulnerabilities against various threats. In this study, first, after carefully studying network attacks, we identify the criteria for identifying attacks that can be executed in network traffic and explain how to calculate them. The current research... 

    Evaluation of Multi-criteria Decision-making Capabilities in Construction Projects

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Abdollahi, Azadeh (Author) ; Haji, Alireza (Supervisor)
    Today, the major part of the capital of each country, especially developing countries, is devoted to its construction and construction projects. On the other hand, one of the growth and economic factors of any society is the success of its development projects. In fact, one of the activities of developing countries to build economic infrastructure is the implementation of infrastructure development projects that account for the bulk of the country's budget annually, and therefore the principled planning of these projects is from the requirements and it is necessary to achieve the lowest cost-to-productivity ratio. In Iran, which is considered as a developing country, a significant amount is... 

    Prioritizing and Clustering Customers in a Supply Chain with Perishable and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) (Case Study of Ramak Company)

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology kargar, Sanaz (Author) ; Rafiee, Majid (Supervisor)
    Knowing different groups of customers and building effective communication with them in such a way as to guarantee the future economic interests of the organization is a very important issue in today's businesses. The attraction of profitable customers, as well as the preservation of valuable old customers, are both important, except for the precise identification of their features. The value of customer longevity plays an important role in customer segmentation, and there are numerous researches that focuses on customer value with the aim of making more profit for the organization, most of which have life-cycle customer value models as the main inputs for segmentation cCustomers have been... 

    A Novel Framework for Change Management Leadership with Focus on Human Resource (HR) Factors

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Javan Bakht, Mohammad (Author) ;
    The world around us changes almost every second, so the economy in this world feels it more by every single minute. When we look at the organizational structures, they experience lots of things for keeping the companies competitive and the human resources have the main role among the other stimulating factors.The human resource management and its improvements have done a lot in this century to organize and manage the human problems in organizations. After that those companies that had more effective strategies become on top of this important management system. By changing fast the work models companies experience more and immediate changes that may not happen even through the years. In this... 

    Hybrid Approach based on QFD for Improving the Selection of Product Suppliers

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Mohammadian, Aidin (Author) ; Mostafavi, Mostafa (Supervisor)
    Multi-Criteria Decision-Making models have been considered by many researchers in recent years. In this study, considering the transition matrix, the probability of changing in the priories of the customers in the framework of a hybrid QFD-ANP has been proposed. The developed methodology is implemented to solve the supplier selection problem, one of the most important problems in the supply chain management, in a dairy manufacturer in Iran. The company is one of the most prominent companies that has a big segment of the dairy market. The results show the efficiency of the proposed methodology for multi-criteria decision-making problems.• Chapter 1) General research reasons for the purpose... 

    Design and Development of Green Supply Chain Management for Industries with Fast Moving Consumer Goods Using Multi-Standard Decision Making Methods

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Rahshabdiz, Maryam (Author) ; Rafiei, Majid (Supervisor)
    Environmental management with emphasis on protecting environment is today one of the most important problems for customers, governments, employees and competitors, and international and global pressures has required organizations to produce environmentally consistent products and services. This challenge has resulted in emergence of a new concept namely green supply change management in the realm of business which is a combination of environmental thinking and supply chain, which will be followed by competitive advantages for firms. This approach has widely attracted the attention of industries, governments and institutions relevant to environment. The aim of this study is to identify main... 

    A Model for the Selection and Prioritization of Project Portfolio in the Project-Based Organizations

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Sharifi, Atefe (Author) ; Hajji, Alireza (Supervisor)
    During recent years a variety of decision making models for project selecting and priorities have been developed. Most of these models used quantitative indicators for projects evaluating and focused on financial and economic indicators. In this project, a decision support system for project portfolio management in construction industry has been developed. The most important feature of this model that distinct it from others is its relationship with the organization's strategies. On one hand, this model focuses on the organization to ensuring that the projects selected for investment, meet the portfolio strategy and on the other hand, it focuses on project management to delivering projects... 

    An Efficient Decision Making Model for Reducing the Rate of Crashes in Accidents in Iran

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Paydar Zarnaghi, Mahnaz (Author) ; Kourosh, Eshghi (Supervisor)
    Today the losses due to road accidents in Iran are very high. For this reason, it is essential to investigate the effective factors on the road accidents. Therefore, at first, there is a need to identify the solutions of reducing the accidents, their priories and finally their efficiency improvement. In this research, using Hierarchical Analysis Method, the solutions to reduce the accidents are prioritized and then In order to conduct the AHP analysis, Expert Choice software was chosen. According to research findings, the factors that lead to accidents are categorized as: Human factors, road environmental factors, vehicle, natural factors and managerial factors. The findings show that in... 

    Identify and Assessment of Project's Risks Based on PMBOK's Standard - Case Study: Construct an Aquaculture Site in Abadan

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Kamaei, Amin (Author) ; Shadrokh, Shahram (Supervisor)
    Risk is an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on a project’s objectives. Identification and assessment of risk in a measurable way are so important for project managers to decide better. This thesis studies how to identify and assess the project’s risks in Fishery industry based on the Project management body of knowledge (PMBOK 2008) as a global standard. Constructing an aquaculture site in Abadan city has some risks which are identified in the first steps of the study and in the following steps these risks will be prioritized by the use of qualitative analysis and figured out which risks have major effects on projects objectives. In last step... 

    Forecasting Residential Natural Gas Consumption in Tehran Using Machine Learning Methods

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Khazaei, Armin (Author) ; Maleki, Abbas (Supervisor)
    According to increasing energy demand in Iran and the world, the role of natural gas as a relatively clean and cost-effective source has received more attention. Given the high share of the residential sector in the country's natural gas consumption, providing a model for forecasting the demand of this sector is of great importance for policy makers and decision makers in this field. In the present study, we employ three popular methods of machine learning, support vector regression, artificial neural network and decision tree to predict the consumption of natural gas in the residential sector in Tehran according to meteorological parameters (including temperature, precipitation and wind... 

    Iran’s Economic Strategies to Participate Japan’s LNG Market by Using Game Theory

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Mirzakhani, Mahdi (Author) ; Maleki, Abbas (Supervisor)
    Iran has the second largest gas reserves in the world with huge gas reserves about 32 trillion cubic meters. The expansion of gas exports in recent decades has been accompanied by liquefied natural gas exports, with the LNG industry growing rapidly due to the inability to export gas via pipeline to distant markets. The expansion of the LNG industry around the world, there have been various markets for this product that the Southeast Asian market being the largest market for this product and Japan is the largest importer in this sector.Specific mechanisms of the Japanese market, which have separated it from the rest of the LNG importing countries, are the extension of long-term contracts for... 

    Iran’s Strategies to Access to China’s LNG Markets: Using Game Theory

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Ranjgari, Hossein (Author) ; Maleki, Abbas (Supervisor)
    This study will examine the interests of Iran in entering one of the largest and most outreaching LNG markets which is China. In order to examine these interests, understanding China's policy on importing LNG and the competitive environment in this market is necessary. First, the decision theory is used to simulate China's policy on adjusting the import mix during the demand growth period of 2011 to 2017.This provides a simulated picture of its policy on increasing demand for the 2020. Then, the behavior of other LNG exporting countries to China is analyzed using game theory approach. By analyzing the sensitivity of the parameters in which uncertainty exist, it was revealed that Iran's... 

    Strategies for Iranian Natural Gas Resources by Economic Optimization Based on MCDM Analysis

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Bakhteeyar, Halleh (Author) ; Maleki, Abbas (Supervisor)
    Due to rising demand of Natural gas in the global market and expected natural gas production soar in Iran which holds largest natural gas reserved in the world, addressing the optimal allocation of natural gas resources considering the role of Iran in global trade is of utmost importance to researchers as well as policy makers . The aim of this research is to develop a decision making tool which optimally allocate the natural gas resources. To develop this tool, qualitative and quantitative models of Multi-Criteria decision making considering energy security, economic and environment criteria are coupled to find the bests alternative options of natural gas exploration and the economic... 

    Game Theory Approach in Decisional Process of Multi-Carrier Energy Systems in the Context of Energy Hub

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Sobhani, Omid (Author) ; Sabouhi, Yadollah (Supervisor) ; Rajabi Ghahnavieh, Abbas (Co-Advisor)
    By increasing the penetration of distributed generation (DG) technologies such as photovoltaiec, μCHP etc, power generation system is moving from a centralized network to a distributed scheme with different generation units at lower level of voltage.This trend will provide the opportunity for cosumers to make decision when and which source of energy to use, due to the owner’s objectives. Here, to investigate these aspects, we use the energy hub framework, considering different energy carrier networks, DGs and storage devices. In this thesis, we model and simulate an energy system containing three interconnected energy hubs, which serve as interface between suppliers and consummers. In an... 

    Development of an Effective Method to Support Severe Accident Management in Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Saghafi, Mahdi (Author) ; Ghofrani, Mohammad Bagher (Supervisor)
    Following Three Mile Island (TMI) accident in 1979, first severe accident (SA) in Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), Accident Management Support Tools (AMSTs) were developed and installed in a number of NPPs. Lessons learned from Fukushima accident highlighted importance of Accident Management (AM) in mitigation severe radiological consequences after a SA and suggested reconsiderations of AM program which in turn created the need for AMSTs adaption and modernization. An efficient AMSTs should have the following principal capabilities: (1) Identification of accidents and diagnosis of the plant damage state (PDS), (2) Prediction of accident progress path and (3) Source term analysis and prediction... 

    Development of Decision Support Tool for Evaluating Building Energy Efficiency Projects for Energy Service Companies Network

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Memarifar, Mohammad (Author) ; Roshandel, Ramin (Supervisor)
    In this thesis the superstructure of continuous monitoring system has been developed to help energy service companies’ network. Suggested superstructure consists of three main sections: data acquisition, data analysis and decision-making, optimizer. Historical data and data which picked up by sensors are imported in decision support tool. Input data are analyzed by technical, economical and environmental models and converted to actionable indicator for best management of the project to promote energy saving project. Because the ESCO income obtained from the energy saving project, development of analytical decision support tool will help ESCO to evaluate the procedure of the project.... 

    Evaluation of Methanol Value Chain

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Soleimani, Ali (Author) ; Maleki, Abbas (Supervisor) ; Hosseini, Ali (Supervisor)
    In this research, a general model is proposed aiming at establishment of optimized application of Methane gas with maximum added value. That is, maximum added value of methane for different applications of methane including consumption as fuel, export and injection-to-wells are calculated and compared. Accordingly, results of this study are used for decision making regarding Iran’s most important gas reservoirs. In this study, maximum present net value of investment concerning comparison of petrochemical industry input and export to a number of selected countries in addition to injection in 20 years is calculated based on a specific discount rate. It is noteworthy that the scope of this...