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Automatic WSDL-guided Test Case Generation for PropEr Testing of Web Services
Leonidas Lampropoulos,Konstantinos Sagonas
Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science , 2012, DOI: 10.4204/eptcs.98.3
Abstract: With web services already being key ingredients of modern web systems, automatic and easy-to-use but at the same time powerful and expressive testing frameworks for web services are increasingly important. Our work aims at fully automatic testing of web services: ideally the user only specifies properties that the web service is expected to satisfy, in the form of input-output relations, and the system handles all the rest. In this paper we present in detail the component which lies at the heart of this system: how the WSDL specification of a web service is used to automatically create test case generators that can be fed to PropEr, a property-based testing tool, to create structurally valid random test cases for its operations and check its responses. Although the process is fully automatic, our tool optionally allows the user to easily modify its output to either add semantic information to the generators or write properties that test for more involved functionality of the web services.
Apical ballooning syndrome: a case report
Konstantinos M Lampropoulos, Dimitrios Kotsas, Themistoklis A Iliopoulos
BMC Research Notes , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-698
Abstract: This is a case of a 40-year-old Caucasian male without any health related problems that was submitted to an urgent coronary angiography because of acute chest pain and marked precordial T-wave inversions suggestive of acute myocardial ischemia. Coronary angiography showed no significant stenosis of the coronary arteries. Left ventriculography showed systolic apical ballooning with mild basal hypercontraction.Physicians should be aware of the presentation of apical ballooning syndrome, and the chest pain after following acute stress should not be readily attributed to anxiety.Apical ballooning syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy, Gebrochenes-Herz-Syndrom, or simply stress cardiomyopathy, is a type of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in which there is a sudden temporary weakening of the myocardium. As this weakening can be triggered by emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one, a break-up, or constant anxiety, the condition is also known as the broken heart syndrome. Stress cardiomyopathy is a well-recognized cause of acute heart failure, lethal ventricular arrhythmias, and ventricular rupture [1]. It mimics acute coronary syndromes and is characterized by reversible left ventricular apical ballooning in the absence of angiographically significant coronary artery stenosis. Studies report that 1.7-2.2% of patients originally treated as suspected acute coronary event, were subsequently diagnosed with apical ballooning syndrome. In Japanese, “tako-tsubo” means “fishing pot for trapping octopus,” and the left ventricle of a patient diagnosed with this condition indeed resembles that shape [2]. This is a presentation of a 40-year-old Caucasian male without a pertinent medical history that was referred for an urgent coronary angiography because of acute chest pain and marked precordial T-wave inversions suggestive of acute myocardial ischemia. Coronary angiography revealed no significant steno
Early bare-metal stent thrombosis presenting with cardiogenic shock: a case report
Konstantinos M Lampropoulos, Themistoklis A Iliopoulos, Werner Budts
Journal of Medical Case Reports , 2011, DOI: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-509
Abstract: We present the case of a 64-year-old Caucasian man from Greece, with symptoms and electrocardiographic findings suggestive of acute inferior myocardial infarction, who complained of chest pain and rapidly developed cardiogenic shock 48 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention.The most common cause of early bare-metal stent thrombosis is stent malapposition. Intravascular ultrasound is the preferred method to recognize predictors of coronary events that are not detected by angiography.Stents have improved the safety and efficacy of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) by reducing acute or imminent vessel closure and by reducing restenosis rates compared with conventional balloon angioplasty [1]. In addition, coronary vasomotor reactivity has been found intact after stent implantation and long-term clinical and angiographic follow-up have attested to the durability of their action [2]. Nevertheless, coronary stent thrombosis remains a serious complication of PCI.A 64-year-old male Caucasian patient was admitted to our hospital with clinical and electrocardiographical findings suggesting acute inferior myocardial infarction. Our patient had a history of hypertension and dyslipidemia but was not taking any medication at the time of admission. Laboratory findings were suggestive of acute cardiac ischemia. His plasma levels of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic, troponin I, creatine kinase and creatine kinase MB isoenzyme were increased. The first transthoracic echocardiogram executed at our emergency department showed hypokinesia of the inferior and posterior left ventricular wall. Our patient received 600 mg clopidogrel, 325 mg aspirin and 5000 U of unfractionated heparin and was then transferred to the catheterization laboratory, while receiving glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (abciximab) intravenously.Coronary angiography showed atheromatosis of his left anterior descending artery and his left circumflex artery without any evidence of severe stenose
Correction: Visualization of the intracavitary blood flow in systemic ventricles of Fontan patients by contrast echocardiography using particle image velocimetry
Konstantinos Lampropoulos, Werner Budts, Alexander Van de Bruaene, Els Troost, Joost P van Melle
Cardiovascular Ultrasound , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1476-7120-10-18
Abstract: The correct legend for Figure 1 is:Sequence analysis of systemic ventricular flow during systole and diastole in Fontan patients. The vortex from the Fontan group was consistently shorter, wider and rounder. The vortices were located at the centre of the left ventricle throughout diastole and systole and did not redirect flow in a coherent, sequential fashion as in controls. The location, shape and sphericity of the main vortices differ clearly from controls in all cardiac cycle [early diastole(A), late diastole(B), ejection (C)].The correct legend for Figure 2 is:Sequence analysis of systemic ventricular flow during systole and diastole in controls. The vortex from the control group was compact, elliptically shaped, and located apically. The location, shape and sphericity of the main vortices differ clearly from the Fontan group in all cardiac cycle [early diastole(A), late diastole(B), ejection (C)].It was also noted the legends for the Additional file 1 and Addition file 2 were also incorrect:The correct legend for Additional file 1 is:The flow patterns of a 38 year old female without cardiac abnormalitiesThe correct legend for Additional file 2 is:The flow pattern of a 29 year old male with Fontan circulation.The authors would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.
Visualization of the intracavitary blood flow in systemic ventricles of Fontan patients by contrast echocardiography using particle image velocimetry
Konstantinos Lampropoulos, Werner Budts, Alexander Van de Bruaene, Els Troost, Joost P van Melle
Cardiovascular Ultrasound , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1476-7120-10-5
Abstract: Twenty-three patients (8 Fontan and 15 normal patients) underwent echocardiography with intravenous contrast agent (Sonovue?) administration. Dedicated software was used to perform particle image velocimetry (PIV) and to visualize intracavitary flow in the systemic ventricles of the patients. Vortex parameters including vortex depth, length, width, and sphericity index were measured. Vortex pulsatility parameters including relative strength, vortex relative strength, and vortex pulsation correlation were also measured.The data from this study show that it is feasible to perform particle velocimetry in Fontan patients. Vortex length (VL) was significantly lower (0.51 ± 0.09 vs 0.65 ± 0.12, P = 0.010) and vortex width (VW) (0.32 ± 0.06 vs 0.27 ± 0.04, p = 0.014), vortex pulsation correlation (VPC) (0.26 ± 0.25 vs -0.22 ± 0.87, p = 0.05) were significantly higher in Fontan patients. Sphericity index (SI) (1.66 ± 0.48 vs 2.42 ± 0.62, p = 0.005), relative strength (RS) (0.77 ± 0.33 vs 1.90 ± 0.47, p = 0.0001), vortex relative strength (VRS) (0.18 ± 0.13 vs 0.43 ± 0.14, p = 0.0001) were significantly lower in the Fontan patients group.PIV using contrast echocardiography is feasible in Fontan patients. Fontan patients had aberrant flow patterns as compared to normal hearts in terms of position, shape and sphericity of the main vortices. The vortex from the Fontan group was consistently shorter, wider and rounder than in controls. Whether vortex characteristics are related with clinical outcome is subject to further investigation.Particle image velocimetry is a new technique of determining the velocity and the direction of fluid streams by analyzing the change in position of small particles that drift with the fluid. With the recent development of echocardiographic technology, it is now possible to apply this approach to contrast-enhanced echocardiographic imaging [1-3].The growing knowledge about the structure and function of the ventricle [4] was of high interest to us in
Radio Access Selection in Integrated UMTS/WLAN Networks  [PDF]
Int'l J. of Communications, Network and System Sciences (IJCNS) , 2009, DOI: 10.4236/ijcns.2009.29094
Abstract: Heterogeneous networks combine different access technologies. An important problem in such networks is the selection of the most suitable radio access network. To perform this task efficiently, a lot of information is required, such as signal strength, QoS, monetary cost, battery consumption, and user preferences. These are well known issues and a considerable effort has been made to tackle them using a number of solutions. These efforts improve the performance of vertical handover but also add considerable complexity. In this paper, we introduce an enhanced algorithm for radio access network selection, which is simple, flexible and applicable to future mobile systems. Its main characteristics are the distribution of the radio access selection process among the mobile terminal and the core network, the evaluation of mobile terminal connections separately and the primary role of user preferences in the final decision. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated through simulation results, which show that the algorithm provides a high rate of user satisfaction. It decreases the messages required for the vertical handovers in the whole network and it alleviates the core network from the processing of unnecessary requests.
Beyond the Dirac Phase Factor: Dynamical Quantum Phase-Nonlocalities in the Schrödinger Picture  [PDF]
Konstantinos Moulopoulos
Journal of Modern Physics (JMP) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/jmp.2011.211156
Abstract: Generalized solutions of the standard gauge transformation equations are presented and discussed in physical terms. They go beyond the usual Dirac phase factors and they exhibit nonlocal quantal behavior, with the well-known Relativistic Causality of classical fields affecting directly the phases of wavefunctions in the Schrödinger Picture. These nonlocal phase behaviors, apparently overlooked in path-integral approaches, give a natural account of the dynamical nonlocality character of the various (even static) Aharonov-Bohm phenomena, while at the same time they seem to respect Causality. For particles passing through nonvanishing magnetic or electric fields they lead to cancellations of Aharonov-Bohm phases at the observation point, generalizing earlier semiclassical experimental observations (of Werner & Brill) to delocalized (spread-out) quantum states. This leads to a correction of previously unnoticed sign-errors in the literature, and to a natural explanation of the deeper reason why certain time-dependent semiclassical arguments are consistent with static results in purely quantal Aharonov-Bohm configurations. These nonlocalities also provide a remedy for misleading results propagating in the literature (concerning an uncritical use of Dirac phase factors, that persists since the time of Feynman’s work on path integrals). They are shown to conspire in such a way as to exactly cancel the instantaneous Aharonov-Bohm phase and recover Relativistic Causality in earlier “paradoxes” (such as the van Kampen thought-experiment), and to also complete Peshkin’s discussion of the electric Aharonov-Bohm effect in a causal manner. The present formulation offers a direct way to address time-dependent single- vs double-slit experiments and the associated causal issues—issues that have recently attracted attention, with respect to the inability of current theories to address them.
Classical Quantum Field Theory Based on the Hypothesis of the Absolute Reference System  [PDF]
Konstantinos Patrinos
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics (JAMP) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/jamp.2019.74052
Abstract: The quantum field theory based on the hypothesis of the absolute reference system is a classical non-relativistic theory, which is compatible with current quantum theory. This conclusion arises when one compares the theoretical results of quantum electrodynamics using the basic principles of this hypothesis. Wave equation, which replaces this of Schrodinger, is the classical wave equation of a peculiar electromagnetic wave, derived from the study of particle structure.
The Physics of an Absolute Reference System  [PDF]
Konstantinos Patrinos
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics (JAMP) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/jamp.2019.73033
Abstract: The hypothesis of the absolute reference system, unlike the existing physics theories, is not based on the concept of relativity (that is, it is not based on a relativistic description like Galileo’s relativity or Einstein’s theory of relativity). The absolute reference system is the framework of material in which any activity in the universe has begun. Also, each inertial reference system is accompanied by a peculiar electromagnetic wave due to the structure of matter. The physics of the absolute system of reference is based on three basic principles. The first of these principles is that the electromagnetic field quantitative estimates are made in the inertial reference system of the source of the electromagnetic field. The second principle is that the basic constituent of matter is “bound photons, which make up the internal structure of the elementary particles. The third principle is that the framework of material of an inertial system undergoes a contraction of length which is a real physical contraction and a corresponding real change in “time flow, not due to the geometry of space-time, but is due to the internal operation of the micro-structure of matter. These principles have the effect of changing the relativistic physical magnitudes, such as velocity, momentum and kinetic energy, into physical magnitudes described as absolute. This theory is consistent with experimental data so far and provides satisfactory answers to physics problems such as dark matter, particle physics experiments to confirm the dynamics, interpretation of experimental results of measurement of neutrinos velocity that are incompatible with the relativity, and magnetic induction experiments which are not explained by the classical electromagnetic theory.
Topical calcineurin inhibitors in systemic lupus erythematosus
Christos E Lampropoulos, David P D’Cruz
Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management , 2010, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S3193
Abstract: pical calcineurin inhibitors in systemic lupus erythematosus Review (3584) Total Article Views Authors: Christos E Lampropoulos, David P D’Cruz Published Date April 2010 Volume 2010:6 Pages 95 - 101 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S3193 Christos E Lampropoulos, David P D’Cruz Lupus Research Unit, Rayne Institute, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK Abstract: Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) encompasses a variety of lesions that may be refractory to systemic or topical agents. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE) are the most common lesions in clinical practice. The topical calcineurin inhibitors, tacrolimus and pimecrolimus, have been used to treat resistant cutaneous lupus since 2002 and inhibit the proliferation and activation of T-cells and suppress immune-mediated cutaneous inflammation. This article reviews the mechanism of action, efficacy, adverse effects, and the recent concern about their possible carcinogenic effect. Although the total number of patients is small and there is only one relevant randomized controlled study, the data are encouraging. Many patients, previously resistant to systemic agents or topical steroids, improved after four weeks of treatment. DLE and SCLE lesions were less responsive, reflecting the chronicity of the lesions, although more than 50% of patients still showed improvement. Topical calcineurin inhibitors may be a safe and effective alternative to topical steroids for CLE although the only approved indication is for atopic dermatitis.
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