GREG N. GREGORIOU is Assistant Professor of Finance and coordinator of faculty research in the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York (Plattsburgh). He received his BA in economics from Concordia University and his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Quebec at Montreal. He is an associate with the Peritus Group in Montreal and the hedge fund editor and an editorial board member for Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation (London). Gregoriou has published over forty articles on hedge funds and CTAs for peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Futures Markets, European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, European Journal of Finance, and Journal of Asset Management. He is coauthor or coeditor of three books on hedge funds and CTAs: Performance Evaluation of Hedge Funds; Hedge Funds: Strategies, Risk Assessment, and Returns; and Commodity Trading Advisors: Risk, Performance Analysis, and Selection (Wiley).
JOE ZHU is Associate Professor of Operations in the Department of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Zhu received his PhD in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Zhu has published two books focusing on performance evaluation using Data Envelopment Analysis and has developed the DEAFrontier software. An associate editor of the Omega journal, he is an expert in methods of performance measurement. Dr. Zhu has published over forty refereed papers in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, IIE Transactions, and the Journal of Operational Research Society.
Frontiers in Biochip Technology serves as an essential collection of new research in the field of biochip technology. This comprehensive collection covers emerging technologies and cutting –edge research in the field of biochip technology, with all chapters written by the international stars of this evolving field.
Key topics and current trends in biochip technology covered include:
-microarray technology and its applications
- drug discovery
- detection technology
- lab-on-chip technology and bioinformatics.
Frontiers in Biochip Technology is an important volume for all biotechnologists, bioengineers, genetic engineers, pharmacological researchers, and general bench researchers who want to be up-to-date on the latest advances in the rapidly growing field of biochip technology.
Dr. Wan-Li Xing, Tsinghua University School of Medicine, National Engineering Research Center for Beijing Biochip Technology (NERCBBT), and CapitalBio Corporation, Beijing, China
Dr. Xing is a Professor at Medical Systems Biology Research Center, Tsinghua University School of Medicine, and also serves as the Executive Deputy Director at NERCBBT, CapitalBio Corporation, a world-leader in biochip research. Dr. Xing has published widely and obtained many patents and applications.
Dr. Jing Cheng, Tsinghua University School of Medicine, National Engineering Research Center for Beijing Biochip Technology (NERCBBT), and CapitalBio Corporation, Beijing, China
Dr. Jing Cheng is the Cheung Kong Professor at Medical Systems Biology Research Center, Tsinghua University School of Medicine, the Director of NERCBBT and CEO & CTO of CapitalBio. Dr. Cheng developed the world’s first system of laboratory-on-a-chip in 1998; this work was featured in the front-cover story of the June 1998 issue of Nature Biotechnology and cited as the breakthrough of the year by Science in the same year. He has been awarded Nanogen’s most prestigious award Nano Grant, Distinguished Achievement Award for Overseas Chinese Scholars Returned, China’s Science & Technology Award for Outstanding Youth, and Qiushi Technology Transfer Award for Outstanding Youth. Dr. Cheng has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers. In addition, he has obtained over 60 European and U.S. patents and applications.
For this reason, academics and industry set-up the EC supported Scientific Workshop -Early Nutrition and its Later Consequences: New Opportunities. The prime objective of the Workshop was to generate a sound exchange of the latest scientific developments within the field of early nutrition to look for opportunities for new preventive health concepts. Further, a closer look was taken at the development of food applications which could provide (future) mothers and infants with improved nutrition that will ultimately lead to better future health. The Workshop was organised by the Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Munich, Germany in collaboration with the Danone Institutes and the Infant Nutrition Cluster, a collaboration of three large research projects funded by the EU.
Many of the contributors have important roles to play in a new EC supported integrated project: Early nutrition programming of adult health (EARNEST) which will take place between 2005 and 2010 and will involve more than 40 research centres. Further Workshops on the same theme are planned as part of this project.
The book focuses on single machine and parallel machine scheduling problems to minimize either the maximum completion time or the sum of completion times of all jobs, provided that the processing times are subject to various effects. Models that describe deterioration, learning and general non-monotone effects to be considered include positional, start-time dependent, cumulative and their combinations, which cover most of the traditionally used models. The authors also consider more enhanced models in which the decision-maker may insert certain Rate-Modifying Activities (RMA) on processing machines, such as for example, maintenance or rest periods. In any case, the processing times of jobs are not only dependent on effects mentioned above but also on the place of a job in a schedule relative to an RMA. For most of the enhanced models described in the book, polynomial-time algorithms are presented which are based on similar algorithmic ideas such as reduction to linear assignment problems (in a full form or in a reduced form), discrete convexity, and controlled generation of options.