Barbara Hughes

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Despite the evidence from the literature of the benefits of collaboration, a collaborative practice model in the acute-care setting remains the exception rather than the dominant practice. The purpose of this study was to evaluate attitudes toward collaboration among nurses and physicians practicing in an acute care community hospital. The sample included(More)
Applications of inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communication that make use of vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) will often require reliable communication that provides guaranteed real-time message propagation. This paper describes an event-based middleware, called RT-STEAM. Unlike other event systems, RT-STEAM does not rely on a centralized event(More)
Mobile applications, for example mobile robots, are playing an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. Since components of these applications share their environment with each other and with humans , they need to coordinate their behaviour to respect strong safety constraints. Unfortunately, they typically make use of wireless networks in which(More)
Air pollution, traffic congestion, stress and accidents are common features of today's road transportation experience. New approaches to improving the efficiency and safety of transportation systems are therefore required. Existing work on safe high-speed motorway driving, however, either assumes that vehicles are driverless and/or is limited to local(More)
Applications of inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communication that make use of vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) will often require reliable communication that provides guaranteed real-time message propagation. This paper describes an event-based middleware, called RT-STEAM, designed to meet these requirements. Unlike other event systems, RT-STEAM(More)
Most previous work on real-time event-based communication has assumed infrastructure-based networks. The underlying assumption of this work is that application components are stationary and that a fixed network infrastructure exists to facilitate communication between them [1]. Ad hoc wireless networks comprise sets of mobile nodes connected by wireless(More)
Augmented reality and group communication in wireless ad-hoc networks form relatively new fields of research. When using group communication ordering and timeliness requirements are important. Moreover, when using wireless ad-hoc networks, the possibility of network partition is a serious consideration. In this paper we explore these three issues in the(More)
A wheelchair undergoes vibrations while traveling over obstacles and uneven surfaces, resulting in whole body vibration of the person sitting in the wheelchair. According to clinicians, people with spinal cord injury (SCI) report that vibration evokes spasticity. The relatively new Spinergy wheelchair wheels (Spinergy, Inc; San Diego, California) are(More)