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Authors' results for the following problems


Enterprise Storage Management System
by Dan Glasser, Madeline Hardojo, Anand Sundaram, Nate Wells, Mohamed Fayad (Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Domain: Plant Workflow

Enterprise Storage Management System is an interactive and user-friendly program that will enable the Lincoln Telephone Company to efficiently manage their storage system. With this system, the Lincoln Telephone Company will be able to monitor the file system in the storage, optimally backup; both manually and automatically, recover their data while maintaining its correctness, and provide statistic information as a reference for the system administrator. The system also provides some maintenance functions such as identifying bad or full disks, assigning and redirecting available resources while keeping the integrity of the system, and compressing the inactive files.

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Internet Based Supply Chain Management System
by Saravanan Raju, Pradeep Rajendran, Visweswara Rao Kottapalli, Mohamed Fayad (Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Domain: Internet Workflow

A supply chain is a network of suppliers, factories, warehouses, distribution centers and retailers, through which raw materials are acquired, transformed, produced and delivered to the customer. An effective and efficient way of managing this network is called a Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). Given the fact that any local decision may have its effects widespread it is pertinent to design a system that will cater to the future challenges particularly in a volatile market scenario. The prime purpose of this project is to analyze and design a Web-based generic SCMS. As such, the project requires a thorough understanding of supply chain management practices and a melding of that understanding with Web-based software development and operation.

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MyFamilyReunion
by Aness Dhala, Sanhitha Seerapu, Vandana Sunkara, Mohamed Fayad (Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Domain: Internet Workflow

The problem is to design and implement a platform for communication for family and friends as a Web-based application and it is called MyFamilyReunion.com. The application should enable members of the family or a group to post messages, share photos, maintain group calendars a nd address books, send group emails, view latest logins of all the other members and chat with any of the members who are online. When a user goes to MyFamilyReunion.com, he is given the option of creating a new family or logging on to an existing family. A user who chooses to create a new group is then taken to the registration page and is prompted to fill out the registration form. At the end of the process, he chooses his login name, password and a family name. He then logs on to the system and is taken to his family page. Here, he can add family or group members, post messages, share photos, store events in the calendar, add common contacts to the address book and send emails.

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Quotation and Bidding System
by John Ericksan, Yi Chen, Yuhui Jiao, Mohamed Fayad (Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Domain: Workflow Support

The purpose of this project is to analyze and design a bidding/quotation system for a small second-tier contractor in the telecommunications infrastructure industry. The primary goal is to provide a user-friendly, accurate and secure system for receiving quotations from customers, procuring quotations from subcontractors and material vendors, building internal labor and material fabrication pricing, and assembling all of the previous into a coherent and timely response to the request for quotation. Additional factors/problems to consider are the issues of price negotiations and quotation addendums. Bids are currently completed through a combination of MS WordŽ documents and MS ExcelŽ spreadsheets, and thus a primary motivation behind this project is the fact that the current system is paper and spreadsheet-based.

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Web Based e-Commerce Shopping System
by Yun Feng, Kurt Weiss, Mohamed Fayad (Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Domain: E-Commerce

Doe's Electronics was founded in the rural town of Burwell, NE and currently serves the electronics needs of the local community, ranchers, and farmers. Customers have been known to travel up to 100 miles to shop at the store. The store has very few employees and handles all operations in house. Computer information systems are currently being used for bookkeeping and inventory.

To eliminate the disadvantages (far away store, very few employees to handle all operations) and improve its business, Doe's Electronics decides to build an e-Commerce shopping system. The e-Commerce shopping system should meet several system requirements, such as Allow customers to view products and to make purchases from their home and Allow customers to view products and to make purchases from their home, and information requirements, such as Product selections, Billing information, and Shipping information.

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Robotic Motion Control in a Restricted Domain
by Larry Kucera (The Boeing Company)
Domain: Automation

BifCo repairs two-dimensional structural panels. Mr. Bif has hired you to design the motion control for his proprietary repair process. A robotic arm assembly performs the repairs in an environmental chamber. The repairs can be done without totally disassembling the panel. So in addition to defining the section to be repaired, exclusion zones must be observed for features that protrude from the assembled portion of the panel. Further, the robotic arms must stay within the walls of the repair chamber. You must design a system that supports all robotic motion: "Manual" moves commanded by the operator, and automatic motion that moves the tool back and forth across the repair zone a segment at a time, from the starting edge to the end of the repair zone. Your design must support a graphical display that shows the zones of work, exclusion zones, the real-time position of the robot's arms, as well as the end position for each move of the robot's arms.

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