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Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems

by Tomáš Vojnar, Lijun Zhang

The LNCS 11427 and 11428 proceedings set constitutes the proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, TACAS 2019, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic, in April 2019, held as part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2019. The tot...

Projection-Based Clustering through Self-Organization and Swarm Intelligence
Projection-Based Clustering through Self-Organization and Swarm Intelligence

by Michael Christoph Thrun

It covers aspects of unsupervised machine learning used for knowledge discovery in data science and introduces a data-driven approach to cluster analysis, the Databionic swarm(DBS). DBS consists of the 3D landscape visualization and clustering of data. The 3D landscape enables 3D printing of high-dimensional data structures.The clustering and numbe...

Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches
Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches

by Gilbert Ritschard, Matthias Studer

This open access book provides innovative methods and original applications of sequence analysis (SA) and related methods for analysing longitudinal data describing life trajectories such as professional careers, family paths, the succession of health statuses, or the time use. The applications as well as the methodological contributions propo...

Computer Vision Metrics
Computer Vision Metrics

by Scott Krig

Computer Vision Metrics provides an extensive survey and analysis of over 100 current and historical feature description and machine vision methods, with a detailed taxonomy for local, regional and global features. This book provides necessary background to develop intuition about why interest point detectors and feature descriptors actually work, ...

Market Segmentation Analysis
Market Segmentation Analysis

by Sara Dolnicar, Bettina Grün, Friedrich Leisch

This book offers something for everyone working with market segmentation: practical guidance for users of market segmentation solutions; organisational guidance on implementation issues; guidance for market researchers in charge of collecting suitable data; and guidance for data analysts with respect to the technical and statistical aspects of mark...

Modern Mathematics Education for Engineering Curricula in Europe
Modern Mathematics Education for Engineering Curricula in Europe

by Seppo Pohjolainen, Tuomas Myllykoski, Christian Mercat, Sergey Sosnovsky

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the core subjects comprising mathematical curricula for engineering studies in five European countries and identifies differences between two strong traditions of teaching mathematics to engineers. The collective work of experts from a dozen universities critically examines various aspects of higher ma...

Hardy Inequalities on Homogeneous Groups
Hardy Inequalities on Homogeneous Groups

by Michael Ruzhansky, Durvudkhan Suragan

This book provides an extensive treatment of Hardy inequalities and closely related topics from the point of view of Folland and Stein's homogeneous (Lie) groups. The place where Hardy inequalities and homogeneous groups meet is a beautiful area of mathematics with links to many other subjects. While describing the general theory of Hardy, Rellich,...

Think Stats
Think Stats

by Allen Downey

If you know how to program, you have the skills to turn data into knowledge, using tools of probability and statistics. This concise introduction shows you how to perform statistical analysis computationally, rather than mathematically, with programs written in Python. By working with a single case study throughout this thoroughly revised book, ...

Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics
Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics

by Shahriar Akramullah

Digital Video Concepts, Methods, and Metrics: Quality, Compression, Performance, and Power Trade-off Analysis is a concise reference for professionals in a wide range of applications and vocations. It focuses on giving the reader mastery over the concepts, methods and metrics of digital video coding, so that readers have sufficient understanding to...

Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories
Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories

by Konstantinos Tserpes, Chiara Renso, Stan Matwin

This free book constitutes the refereed post-conference proceedings of the First International Workshop on Multiple-Aspect Analysis of Semantic Trajectories, MASTER 2019, held in conjunction with the 19th European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ECML PKDD 2019, in Würzburg, Germany, in September 2019. The 8 ful...

Bioimage Data Analysis Workflows
Bioimage Data Analysis Workflows

by Kota Miura, Nataša Sladoje

This Open Access textbook provides students and researchers in the life sciences with essential practical information on how to quantitatively analyze data images. It refrains from focusing on theory, and instead uses practical examples and step-by step protocols to familiarize readers with the most commonly used image processing and analysis platf...

Learning Landscape Ecology
Learning Landscape Ecology

by Sarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner

This title meets a great demand for training in spatial analysis tools accessible to a wide audience. Landscape ecology continues to grow as an exciting discipline with much to offer for solving pressing and emerging problems in environmental science. Much of the strength of landscape ecology lies in its ability to address challenges over large are...

Advances in Discrete Differential Geometry
Advances in Discrete Differential Geometry

by Alexander I. Bobenko

This is one of the first books on a newly emerging field of discrete differential geometry and an excellent way to access this exciting area. It surveys the fascinating connections between discrete models in differential geometry and complex analysis, integrable systems and applications in computer graphics. The authors take a closer look at discre...

Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy
Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy

by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, Maximo Torero

This book provides fresh insights into concepts, methods and new research findings on the causes of excessive food price volatility. It also discusses the implications for food security and policy responses to mitigate excessive volatility. The approaches applied by the contributors range from on-the-ground surveys, to panel econometrics and innova...

The Economy as a Complex Spatial System
The Economy as a Complex Spatial System

by Pasquale Commendatore, Ingrid Kubin, Spiros Bougheas, Alan Kirman, Michael Kopel, Gian Italo Bischi

This collected volume represents the final outcome of the COST Action IS1104 "The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation".Visualizing the EU as a complex and multi-layered network, the book is organized in three parts, each of them dealing with a different level of analysis: At the macro-l...

Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development
Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development

by Vinod Thomas, Namrata Chindarkar

This book presents methods to evaluate sustainable development using economic tools. The focus on sustainable development takes the reader beyond economic growth to encompass inclusion, environmental stewardship and good governance. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for outcomes. In illustrating the SDGs, the book employs thr...

Cloud-Based Benchmarking of Medical Image Analysis
Cloud-Based Benchmarking of Medical Image Analysis

by Allan Hanbury, Henning Müller, Georg Langs

This book presents the VISCERAL project benchmarks for analysis and retrieval of 3D medical images (CT and MRI) on a large scale, which used an innovative cloud-based evaluation approach where the image data were stored centrally on a cloud infrastructure and participants placed their programs in virtual machines on the cloud. The book presents the...

Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems

by Dirk Beyer, Marieke Huisman, Fabrice Kordon, Bernhard Steffen

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, TACAS 2001. The 36 revised full papers presented together with an invited contribution were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 125 submissions. The papers are organized in sections on ...

Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics
Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics

by Michalis Michaelides, Gavin T. Brown, Hanna Eklöf, Elena Papanastasiou

This book presents a person-centered exploration of student profiles, using variables related to motivation to do school mathematics derived from the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) data. Statistical cluster analysis is used to identify groups of students with similar motivational profiles, across grades and over...

Quantization on Nilpotent Lie Groups
Quantization on Nilpotent Lie Groups

by Veronique Fischer, Michael Ruzhansky

This book presents a consistent development of the Kohn-Nirenberg type global quantization theory in the setting of graded nilpotent Lie groups in terms of their representations. It contains a detailed exposition of related background topics on homogeneous Lie groups, nilpotent Lie groups, and the analysis of Rockland operators on graded Lie groups...

Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking
Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking

by Christiana Gregoriou

This open access edited collection examines representations of human trafficking in media ranging from British and Serbian newspapers, British and Scandinavian crime novels, and a documentary series, and questions the extent to which these portrayals reflect the realities of trafficking. It tackles the problematic tendency to under-report particula...

Finding the Limits of the Limes
Finding the Limits of the Limes

by Philip Verhagen, Jamie Joyce, Mark Groenhuijzen

This book demonstrates the application of simulation modelling and network analysis techniques in the field of Roman studies. It summarizes and discusses the results of a 5-year research project carried out by the editors that aimed to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the socio-economic development of the Dutch part o...

Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology
Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology

by Hal Caswell

This book shows how to use sensitivity analysis in demography. It presents new methods for individuals, cohorts, and populations, with applications to humans, other animals, and plants. The analyses are based on matrix formulations of age-classified, stage-classified, and multistate population models. Methods are presented for linear and nonlinear,...

Air Quality Integrated Assessment
Air Quality Integrated Assessment

by Giorgio Guariso, Marialuisa Volta

This book reports on the results of an extended survey conducted across Europe within the framework of the APPRAISAL FP7 project to determine the extent to which an integrated assessment approach to air quality is being adopted, on the one hand, by regional and local authorities to develop air quality plans and, on the other, by researchers. Follow...

Error-Correction Coding and Decoding
Error-Correction Coding and Decoding

by Martin Tomlinson, Cen Jung Tjhai, Marcel Ambroze, Mohammed Ahmed, Mubarak Jibril

This book discusses both the theory and practical applications of self-correcting data, commonly known as error-correcting codes. The applications included demonstrate the importance of these codes in a wide range of everyday technologies, from smartphones to secure communications and transactions. Written in a readily understandable style, the boo...

Advancing Human Assessment
Advancing Human Assessment

by Randy Bennett, Matthias von Davier

​This book describes the extensive contributions made toward the advancement of human assessment by scientists from one of the world's leading research institutions, Educational Testing Service. The book's four major sections detail research and development in measurement and statistics, education policy analysis and evaluation, scientific psycho...

Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas
Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas

by Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, W. Neil Adger, Susan E. Hanson, Md. Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin

This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. It does so by focusing on ecosystem services in the world's largest, most populous and most iconic delta region, that of the Ganges-Brahmaputra de...

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace
Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and pea...

Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis
Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

by Håkan Gunneriusson

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu's field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern 'battlespace', particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bou...

Think Bayes
Think Bayes

by Allen Downey

If you know how to program with Python and also know a little about probability, you're ready to tackle Bayesian statistics. With this book, you'll learn how to solve statistical problems with Python code instead of mathematical notation, and use discrete probability distributions instead of continuous mathematics. Once you get the math out of the ...

Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa
Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa

by Christian Henning, Ousmane Badiane, Eva Krampe

The book examines the methodological challenges in analyzing the effectiveness of development policies. It presents a selection of tools and methodologies that can help tackle the complexities of which policies work best and why, and how they can be implemented effectively given the political and economic framework conditions of a country. The cont...

Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions
Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions

by Siddharth Sareen

"This compact book argues that ideas about accountability and legitimation – drawn from work on environmental governance – can open up new analytical perspectives on what is holding back effective energy system transformation. With bite-size chapters and illustrative cases that draw on the work of five expert witnesses, this is a novel int...

Computational Conflict Research
Computational Conflict Research

by Emanuel Deutschmann, Jan Lorenz, Luis G. Nardin, Davide Natalini, Adalbert F. X. Wilhelm

This free book brings together a set of original studies that use cutting-edge computational methods to investigate conflict at various geographic scales and degrees of intensity and violence. Methodologically, this book covers a variety of computational approaches from text mining and machine learning to agent-based modelling and social network an...

An Invitation to Statistics in Wasserstein Space
An Invitation to Statistics in Wasserstein Space

by Victor M. Panaretos, Yoav Zemel

This open access book presents the key aspects of statistics in Wasserstein spaces, i.e. statistics in the space of probability measures when endowed with the geometry of optimal transportation. Further to reviewing state-of-the-art aspects, it also provides an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of this current topic, as well as an overvie...

Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014
Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014

by Hideki Takayasu, Nobuyasu Ito, Itsuki Noda, Misako Takayasu

The proceedings of the international conference "SMSEC2014", a joint conference of the first "Social Modeling and Simulations" and the 10th "Econophysics Colloquium", held in Kobe in November 2014 with 174 participants, are gathered herein. Cutting edge scientific researches on various social phenomena are reviewed. Ne...

Model Tests and Numerical Simulations of Liquefaction and Lateral Spreading
Model Tests and Numerical Simulations of Liquefaction and Lateral Spreading

by Bruce L. Kutter, Majid T. Manzari, Mourad Zeghal

This book presents work collected through the Liquefaction Experiments and Analysis Projects (LEAP) in 2017. It addresses the repeatability, variability, and sensitivity of lateral spreading observed in twenty-four centrifuge model tests on mildly sloping liquefiable sand. The centrifuge tests were conducted at nine different centrifuge facilitie...

Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research
Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research

by Alastair H. Leyland, Peter P. Groenewegen

This book is a practical introduction to multilevel modelling or multilevel analysis (MLA) – a statistical technique being increasingly used in public health and health services research. The authors begin with a compelling argument for the importance of researchers in these fields having an understanding of MLA to be able to judge not only the g...

Ionospheric Multi-Spacecraft Analysis Tools
Ionospheric Multi-Spacecraft Analysis Tools

by Malcolm Wray Dunlop, Hermann Lühr

This book provides a comprehensive toolbox of analysis techniques forionospheric multi-satellite missions. The immediate need for this volume was motivatedby the ongoing ESA Swarm satellite mission, but the tools that are described are generaland can be used for any future ionospheric multi-satellite mission with comparableinstrumentation. In addi...

Measure, Integration & Real Analysis
Measure, Integration & Real Analysis

by Sheldon Axler

This open access textbook welcomes students into the fundamental theory of measure, integration, and real analysis. Focusing on an accessible approach, Axler lays the foundations for further study by promoting a deep understanding of key results. Content is carefully curated to suit a single course, or two-semester sequence of courses, creating a v...

The Elements of Data Analytic Style
The Elements of Data Analytic Style

by Jeff Leek

The dramatic change in the price and accessibility of data demands a new focus on data analytic literacy. This book is intended for use by people who perform regular data analyses. It aims to give a brief summary of the key ideas, practices, and pitfalls of modern data analysis. One goal is to summarize in a succinct way the most common difficultie...

Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA
Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA

by Udo Kuckartz, Stefan Rädiker

This book presents strategies for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods data with MAXQDA software, and provides guidance on implementing a variety of research methods and approaches, e.g. grounded theory, discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis, using the software. In addition, it explains specific topics, such as transcription, build...

Essentials of Business Analytics
Essentials of Business Analytics

by Bhimasankaram Pochiraju, Sridhar Seshadri

This comprehensive edited volume is the first of its kind, designed to serve as a textbook for long-duration business analytics programs. It can also be used as a guide to the field by practitioners. The book has contributions from experts in top universities and industry. The editors have taken extreme care to ensure continuity across the chapters...

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry
Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

by Miguel Valcárcel Cases, Ángela I. López-Lorente, Ma Ángeles López-Jiménez

This book offers a completely new approach to learning and teaching the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. It summarizes 250 basic concepts of the field on the basis of slides. Each of the nine chapters offers the following features: - Introduction: Summary. General scheme. Teaching objectives. - Text containing the explanation of each slide. - ...

Excel Data Analysis
Excel Data Analysis

by Hector Guerrero

This book offers a comprehensive and readable introduction to modern business and data analytics. It is based on the use of Excel, a tool that virtually all students and professionals have access to. The explanations are focused on understanding the techniques and their proper application, and are supplemented by a wealth of in-chapter and end-of-c...

Applied Bioinformatics
Applied Bioinformatics

by Paul M. Selzer, Richard J. Marhöfer, Oliver Koch

This book introduces readers to the basic principles of bioinformatics and the practical application and utilization of computational tools, without assuming any prior background in programming or informatics. It provides a coherent overview of the complex field and focuses on the implementation of online tools, genome databases and software that c...

Eye Tracking Methodology
Eye Tracking Methodology

by Andrew T. Duchowski

Focusing on recent advances in analytical techniques, this third edition of Andrew Duchowski’s successful guide has been revised and extended. It includes new chapters on calibration accuracy, precision and correction; advanced eye movement analysis; binocular eye movement analysis; practical gaze analytics; eye movement synthesis. Eye Tracking ...

Fundamentals of Business Process Management
Fundamentals of Business Process Management

by Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa, Jan Mendling, Hajo A. Reijers

This book covers the entire Business Process Management (BPM) lifecycle, from process identification to process monitoring, covering along the way process modelling, analysis, redesign and automation. Concepts, methods and tools from business management, computer science and industrial engineering are blended into one comprehensive and inter-discip...

Argumentation Theory: A Pragma-Dialectical Perspective
Argumentation Theory: A Pragma-Dialectical Perspective

by Frans H. van Eemeren

The book offers a compact but comprehensive introductory overview of the crucial components of argumentation theory. In presenting this overview, argumentation is consistently approached from a pragma-dialectical perspective by viewing it pragmatically as a goal-directed communicative activity and dialectically as part of a regulated critical excha...

Building Energy Modeling with OpenStudio
Building Energy Modeling with OpenStudio

by Larry Brackney, Andrew Parker, Daniel Macumber, Kyle Benne

This book teaches the fundamentals of building energy modeling and analysis using open source example applications built with the US DOE's OpenStudio modeling platform and EnergyPlus simulation engine. Designed by researchers at US National Laboratories to support a new generation of high performance buildings, EnergyPlus and OpenStudio are revolut...

ArcGIS for Environmental and Water Issues
ArcGIS for Environmental and Water Issues

by William Bajjali

This textbook is a step-by-step tutorial on the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in environmental and water resource issues. It provides information about GIS and its applications, specifically using the most advanced ESRI GIS technology and its extensions. Eighteen chapters cover GIS applications in the field of earth sciences ...

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2
Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2

by Glenn Arnold, Suzanne Kyle

Intermediate Financial Accounting Volume 2 developed in collaboration by Athabasca University and Lyryx, is intended for the second of two in Intermediate Financial Accounting courses. It presumes that students have already completed the Introductory Financial Accounting, and the first Intermediate Financing Accounting course. The textbook reflects...

Vote Buying in Indonesia
Vote Buying in Indonesia

by Burhanuddin Muhtadi

Muhtadi's analysis of vote-buying in post-democratization Indonesia is original, profound, subtle, nuanced, and convincing as well as beautifully organized and well written. Equally important, its imaginative policy prescriptions will be widely read and cited as a significant contribution to the literature of comparative electoral politics. —Wil...

Higher Education Reforms in Romania
Higher Education Reforms in Romania

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Jamil Salmi

Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework. The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development ...

Science and Technology Governance and Ethics
Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

by Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding

This book analyzes the possibilities for effective global governance of science in Europe, India and China. Authors from the three regions join forces to explore how ethical concerns over new technologies can be incorporated into global science and technology policies. The first chapter introduces the topic, offering a global perspective on embeddi...

Stable Isotopes to Trace Migratory Birds and to Identify Harmful Diseases
Stable Isotopes to Trace Migratory Birds and to Identify Harmful Diseases

by G.J. Viljoen, A.G. Luckins, I. Naletoski

This manuscript discusses the potentials of the approaches as mentioned below to monitor the AIVs in WMW. Molecular diagnostic platforms enable for accurate detection of the AIVs in the feces of infected birds. Similar technologies can be used to determine the bird species through DNA barcoding, enabling non-invasive research on the epidemiology of...

Research Assessment in the Humanities
Research Assessment in the Humanities

by Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel

This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.This book analyses and discusses the recent developments for assessing research quality in the humanities and related fields in the social sciences. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. Whi...

Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education
Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education

by Brian R. Belland

This book uses meta-analysis to synthesize research on scaffolding and scaffolding-related interventions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Specifically, the volume examines the extent to which study quality, assessment type, and scaffolding characteristics (strategy, intended outcome, fading schedule, scaffoldin...

Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods
Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods

by Pierre Beckouche, Pierre Besnard, Hugues Pecout

This atlas provides a macro-regional overview of the areas that surround the European Union, from the Sahara to the Middle East, Western Balkans to European Russia, Turkey to the Arctic. Detailing key socio-economic data as well as developmental trends, the maps provide a comprehensive territorial analysis at a local scale and explore the potential...

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era
The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era

by Christopher Vito

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally. Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideolog...

The Gene Ontology Handbook
The Gene Ontology Handbook

by Christophe Dessimoz, Nives Škunca

This book provides a practical and self-contained overview of the Gene Ontology (GO), the leading project to organize biological knowledge on genes and their products across genomic resources. Written for biologists and bioinformaticians, it covers the state-of-the-art of how GO annotations are made, how they are evaluated, and what sort of analyse...

Knowledge and Networks
Knowledge and Networks

by Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer

This book discusses a core question in many fields of the social sciences, namely how to create, share and adopt new knowledge. It creates an original space for conversation between two lines of research that have developed largely in parallel for a long time: social network theory and the geography of knowledge. This book considers that relational...

Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370
Bayesian Methods in the Search for MH370

by Sam Davey, Neil Gordon, Ian Holland, Mark Rutten, Jason Williams

This book demonstrates how nonlinear/non-Gaussian Bayesian time series estimation methods were used to produce a probability distribution of potential MH370 flight paths. It provides details of how the probabilistic models of aircraft flight dynamics, satellite communication system measurements, environmental effects and radar data were constructed...

Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy
Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy

by Masami Onoda, Oran R Young

The result of a workshop bringing together an international advisory board of experts in science, satellite technologies, industry innovations, and public policy, this book addresses the current and future roles of satellite Earth observations in solving large-scale environmental problems. The book showcases the results of engaging distinct communi...

Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems
Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems

by Jürgen Beyerer, Christian Kühnert, Oliver Niggemann

This book proceedings presents new approaches to Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, experiences and visions. It contains some selected papers from the international Conference ML4CPS - Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems, which was held in Karlsruhe, October 23-24, 2018. Cyber Physical Systems are characterized by their ability to...

Technologies for Development
Technologies for Development

by Silvia Hostettler, Samira Najih Besson, Jean-Claude Bolay

This book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as h...

Differential Undercounts in the U.S. Census
Differential Undercounts in the U.S. Census

by William P.  O’Hare

This book describes the differences in US census coverage, also referred to as "differential undercount", by showing which groups have the highest net undercounts and which groups have the greatest undercount differentials, and discusses why such undercounts occur. In addition to focusing on measuring census coverage for several demograph...

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities
Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities

by Davide Geneletti, Chiara Cortinovis, Linda Zardo, Blal Adem Esmail

This book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are currently includ...

Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy
Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy

by A. Richard Thompson, James Moran, George Swenson Jr.

The 3rd edition of this indispensable book in radio interferometry provides extensive updates to the 2nd edition, including results and technical advances from the past decade; discussion of arrays that now span the full range of the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum observable from the ground, 10 MHz to 1 THz; an analysis of factors that ...

3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology
3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology

by John McCarthy, Jonathan Benjamin, Trevor Winton, Wendy van Duivenvoorde

This book was inspired by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology International Workshop held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in November 2016. Content is based on, but not limited to, the work presented at the workshop which was dedicated to 3D recording and interpretation for maritime archaeology. The volume consists of ...

IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency
IMPROVE - Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency

by Oliver Niggemann, Peter Schüller

This open access work presents selected results from the European research and innovation project IMPROVE which yielded novel data-based solutions to enhance machine reliability and efficiency in the fields of simulation and optimization, condition monitoring, alarm management, and quality prediction. Prof. Dr. Oliver Niggemann is Professor for Ar...

Model-Based Demography
Model-Based Demography

by Thomas Burch

Late in a career of more than sixty years, Thomas Burch, an internationally known social demographer, undertook a wide-ranging methodological critique of demography. This open access volume contains a selection of resulting papers, some previously unpublished, some published but not readily accessible [from past meetings of The International Union...

Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering
Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering

by Alessandra Russo, Andy Schürr

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering, FASE 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018.The 19 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed ...

Biofuels and Sustainability
Biofuels and Sustainability

by Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama, Osamu Saito, Masahiro Matsuura

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to c...

Situating Children of Migrants across Borders and Origins
Situating Children of Migrants across Borders and Origins

by Claudio Bolzman, Laura Bernardi, Jean-Marie Le Goff

This open access wide-ranging collation of papers examines a host of issues in studying second-generation immigrants, their life courses, and their relations with older generations. Tightly focused on methodological aspects, both quantitative and qualitative, the volume features the work of authors from numerous countries, from differing discipline...

Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers
Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers

by Piotr Prokopowicz, Jacek Czerniak, Dariusz Mikołajewski, Łukasz Apiecionek, Dominik Ślȩzak

This book offers comprehensive coverage on Ordered Fuzzy Numbers, providing readers with both the basic information and the necessary expertise to use them in a variety of real-world applications. The respective chapters, written by leading researchers, discuss the main techniques and applications, together with the advantages and shortcomings of t...

Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture

by Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca

The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation. Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing...

Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity
Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity

by Patrick Simon, Victor Piché, Amélie Gagnon

This book examines the question of collecting and disseminating data on ethnicity and race in order to describe characteristics of ethnic and racial groups, identify factors of social and economic integration and implement policies to redress discrimination. It offers a global perspective on the issue by looking at race and ethnicity in a wide vari...

Programming Languages and Systems
Programming Languages and Systems

by Amal Ahmed

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 27th European Symposium on Programming, ESOP 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018. The 36 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 114 submissions. The ...

Variant Construction from Theoretical Foundation to Applications
Variant Construction from Theoretical Foundation to Applications

by Jeffrey Zheng

This book presents theoretical framework and sample applications of variant construction. The first part includes the components variant logic, variant measurements, and variant maps, while the second part covers sample applications such as variation with functions, variant stream ciphers, quantum interference, classical/quantum random sequences, w...

Understanding Risks and Uncertainties in Energy and Climate Policy
Understanding Risks and Uncertainties in Energy and Climate Policy

by Haris Doukas, Alexandros Flamos, Jenny Lieu

This book analyzes and seeks to consolidate the use of robust quantitative tools and qualitative methods for the design and assessment of energy and climate policies. In particular, it examines energy and climate policy performance and associated risks, as well as public acceptance and portfolio analysis in climate policy, and presents methods for ...

Perspectives on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated Therapy
Perspectives on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated Therapy

by Yuji Kuge, Tohru Shiga, Nagara Tamaki

This work is devoted to understanding the recent advances in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologies along with their application to integrated medical therapy and future drug development. This anthology is based on the international symposium in 2015 entitled "Perspective on Nuclear Medicine for Molecular Diagnosis and Integrated ...

Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes
Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes

by Markus Broer, Yifan Bai, Frank Fonseca

This open-access book focuses on trends in educational inequality using twenty years of grade 8 student data collected from 13 education systems by the IEA's Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) between 1995 and 2015. While the overall positive association between family socioeconomic status (SES) and student achievement is well document...

Taking the EU to Court
Taking the EU to Court

by Christian Adam, Michael Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu

This book provides an exhaustive picture of the role that annulment conflicts play in the EU multilevel system. Based on a rich dataset of annulment actions since the 1960s and a number of in-depth case studies, it explores the political dimension of annulment litigation, which has become an increasingly relevant judicial tool in the struggle over ...

MARE-WINT
MARE-WINT

by Wiesław Ostachowicz, Malcolm McGugan, Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Marcin Luczak

This book provides a holistic, interdisciplinary overview of offshore wind energy, and is a must-read for advanced researchers. Topics, from the design and analysis of future turbines, to the decommissioning of wind farms, are covered. The scope of the work ranges from analytical, numerical and experimental advancements in structural and fluid mech...

Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe
Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe

by Boris Begović, Dušan Popović

This book provides answers to key open questions concerning competition policy in emerging economies, with a focus on South Eastern Europe. The contributions address two major issues. One is the design of competition policy and the national competition authorities that enforce it, including the topics of competition advocacy and state aid control; ...

Collaborative Curriculum Design for Sustainable Innovation and Teacher Learning
Collaborative Curriculum Design for Sustainable Innovation and Teacher Learning

by Jules Pieters, Joke Voogt, Natalie Pareja Roblin

This book provides insight into what it takes to actively involve teachers in the curriculum design process. It examines different aspects of teacher involvement in collaborative curriculum design, with specific attention to its implications for sustainable curriculum innovation and teacher learning. Divided into six sections, the book starts out b...

Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety
Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety

by Joonhong Ahn, Franck Guarnieri, Kazuo Furuta

This book summarizes presentations and discussions from the two-day international workshop held at UC Berkeley in March 2015, and derives questions to be addressed in multi-disciplinary research toward a new paradigm of nuclear safety. The consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011 have fuelled the debate on nuclear safet...

Visualizing Mortality Dynamics in the Lexis Diagram
Visualizing Mortality Dynamics in the Lexis Diagram

by Roland Rau, Christina Bohk-Ewald, Magdalena Muszyńska, James Vaupel

This book visualizes mortality dynamics in the Lexis diagram. While the standard approach of plotting death rates is also covered, the focus in this book is on the depiction of rates of mortality improvement over age and time. This rather novel approach offers a more intuitive understanding of the underlying dynamics, enabling readers to better und...

New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy
New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy

by José María Cavanillas, Edward Curry, Wolfgang Wahlster

In this book readers will find technological discussions on the existing and emerging technologies across the different stages of the big data value chain. They will learn about legal aspects of big data, the social impact, and about education needs and requirements. And they will discover the business perspective and how big data technology can be...

Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology
Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology

by Roland Clift, Angela Druckman

How can we design more sustainable industrial and urban systems that reduce environmental impacts while supporting a high quality of life for everyone? What progress has been made towards reducing resource use and waste, and what are the prospects for more resilient material-efficient economies? What are the environmental and social impacts of glob...

Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics
Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics

by Maurizio Tiepolo, Alessandro Pezzoli, Vieri Tarchiani

This book aims to inspire decision makers and practitioners to change their approach to climate planning in the tropics through the application of modern technologies for characterizing local climate and tracking vulnerability and risk, and using decision-making tools. Drawing on 16 case studies conducted mainly in the Caribbean, Central America, W...

Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria
Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria

by Julia Dahlvik

This open access monograph provides sociological insight into governmental action on the administration of asylum in the European context. It offers an in-depth understanding of how decision-making officials encounter and respond to structural contradictions in the asylum procedure produced by diverging legal, political, and administrative objectiv...

Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland
Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland

by Laure Sandoz

This book analyses the strategies of migration intermediaries from the public and private sectors in Switzerland to select, attract, and retain highly skilled migrants who represent value to them. It reveals how state and economic actors define "wanted immigrants" and provide them with privileged access to the Swiss territory and labour m...

Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories
Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories

by Dónal O’Mathúna, Vilius Dranseika, Bert Gordijn

This book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapter...

Counteracting Urban Heat Island Effects in a Global Climate Change Scenario
Counteracting Urban Heat Island Effects in a Global Climate Change Scenario

by Francesco Musco

Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) are a microclimatic phenomenon which manifests as a significant increase in the temperature of cities compared to their surrounding areas. Recently the phenomenon has been enforced by the tendency to climate change and in particular by extreme climate events. This book presents and analyzes the results of a project to deve...

Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement
Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement

by Bernard Veldkamp, Cor Sluijter

This book presents a multitude of different, yet related, innovations in educational measurement and provides insight in their practical possibilities.The book not only addresses several improvements in the quality of educational measurement and innovations in (inter)national large scale assessments, but also several advances in psychometrics and i...

Wellbeing Economics
Wellbeing Economics

by Paul Dalziel, Caroline Saunders, Joe Saunders

Economists have long sought to maximise economic growth, believing this to be their best contribution to improving human welfare. That approach is not sustainable in the face of ongoing issues such as global climate change, environmental damage, rising inequality and enduring poverty. Alternatives must be found. This book addresses that challenge....

Managed Software Evolution
Managed Software Evolution

by Ralf Reussner, Michael Goedicke, Wilhelm Hasselbring, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Jan Keim, Lukas Märtin

This book presents the outcomes of the "Design for Future - Managed Software Evolution" priority program 1593, which was launched by the German Research Foundation ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)") to develop new approaches to software engineering with a specific focus on long-lived software systems. The different lifecy...

Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation
Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation

by Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern, Nina Merhaut

This book deals with contestations "from below" of legal policies and implementation practices in asylum and deportation. Consequently, it covers three types of mobilization: solidarity protests against the deportation of refused asylum seekers, refugee activism campaigning for residence rights and inclusion, and restrictive protests agai...

Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling
Methodological Investigations in Agent-Based Modelling

by Eric Silverman

This book examines the methodological complications of using complexity science concepts within the social science domain. The opening chapters take the reader on a tour through the development of simulation methodologies in the fields of artificial life and population biology, then demonstrates the growing popularity and relevance of these method...

Handbook of Mathematical Geosciences
Handbook of Mathematical Geosciences

by B.S. Daya Sagar, Qiuming Cheng, Frits Agterberg

This Open Access handbook published at the IAMG's 50th anniversary, presents a compilation of invited path-breaking research contributions by award-winning geoscientists who have been instrumental in shaping the IAMG. It contains 45 chapters that are categorized broadly into five parts (i) theory, (ii) general applications, (iii) exploration and re...

Stochastics of Environmental and Financial Economics
Stochastics of Environmental and Financial Economics

by Fred Espen Benth, Giulia Di Nunno

These Proceedings offer a selection of peer-reviewed research and survey papers by some of the foremost international researchers in the fields of finance, energy, stochastics and risk, who present their latest findings on topical problems. The papers cover the areas of stochastic modeling in energy and financial markets; risk management with envir...

Research on Teaching and Learning Probability
Research on Teaching and Learning Probability

by Carmen Batanero, Egan Chernoff, Joachim Engel, Hollylynne Lee, Ernesto Sánchez

This book summarizes the vast amount of research related to teaching and learning probability that has been conducted for more than 50 years in a variety of disciplines. It begins with a synthesis of the most important probability interpretations throughout history: intuitive, classical, frequentist, subjective, logical propensity and axiomatic vie...

Ukrainian Migration to the European Union
Ukrainian Migration to the European Union

by Olena Fedyuk, Marta Kindler

This book brings together research findings from a variety of disciplines in this integrated study of the migration of Ukrainian nationals to the EU. It contextualizes and historicizes this migration against the background of the series of crises experienced by Ukraine and the wider region over the last thirty or so years, from the dissolution of t...

Affect and Mathematics Education
Affect and Mathematics Education

by Markku Hannula, Gilah Leder, Francesca Morselli, Maike Vollstedt, Qiaoping Zhang

This book, inspired by the ICME 13 topic study group "Affect, beliefs and identity in mathematics education", presents the latest trends in research in the area. Following an introduction and a survey chapter providing a concise overview of the state-of-art in the field of mathematics-related affect, the book is divided into three main se...

Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age
Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age

by Georg Rehm, Thierry Declerck

This open access volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 27th biennial conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, GSCL 2017, held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017, which focused on language technologies for the digital age. The 16 full papers and 10 short papers included in the proceeding...

Collective Actions in Europe
Collective Actions in Europe

by Csongor István Nagy

This book offers an analytical presentation of how Europe has created its own version of collective actions. In the last three decades, Europe has seen a remarkable proliferation of collective action legislation, making class actions the most successful export product of the American legal scholarship. While its spread has been surrounded by distru...

Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns
Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns

by Toshio Sekimura, H. Frederik Nijhout

This book facilitates an integrative understanding of the development, genetics and evolution of butterfly wing patterns. To develop a deep and realistic understanding of the diversity and evolution of butterfly wing patterns, it is essential and necessary to approach the problem from various kinds of key research fields such as "evo-devo,&quo...

Wellbeing and Devolution
Wellbeing and Devolution

by Jennifer Wallace

"In this book, Wallace elegantly shows how committed government intervention can improve wellbeing with rigour and impact. It's an essential read for anyone concerned with the future of the UK."Julia Unwin, CBE"As someone who commissioned one of the first attempts to learn from the devolved nations I am delighted to see this publicat...

Clinical Text Mining
Clinical Text Mining

by Hercules Dalianis

This book describes the results of natural language processing and machine learning methods applied to clinical text from electronic patient records.It is divided into twelve chapters. Chapters 1-4 discuss the history and background of the original paper-based patient records, their purpose, and how they are written and structured. These initial ch...

Mobilities of Knowledge
Mobilities of Knowledge

by Heike Jöns, Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan

This collection of essays examines how spatial mobilities of people and practices, technologies and objects, knowledge and ideas have shaped the production, circulation, and transfer of knowledge in different historical and geographical contexts. Targeting an interdisciplinary audience, Mobilities of Knowledge combines detailed empirical analyses w...

New Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Segregation
New Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Segregation

by Mark  Fossett

This book introduces new methods for measuring and analyzing residential segregation. It begins by placing all popular segregation indices in the "difference of group means" framework wherein index scores can be obtained as simple differences of group means on individual-level residential attainments scored from area racial composition. ...

Deltas in the Anthropocene
Deltas in the Anthropocene

by Robert J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson

The Anthropocene is the human-dominated modern era that has accelerated social, environmental and climate change across the world in the last few decades. This book examines the challenges the Anthropocene presents to the sustainable management of deltas, both the many threats as well as the opportunities. In the world's deltas the Anthropocene is ...

Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design
Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

by Jacques-Eric Bergez, Elise Audouin, Olivier Therond

There is wide agreement on the need to change the prevalent agricultural models, given their negative impacts and their incompatibility with current societal issues. Agroecological transition has been promoted as a potential solution to the ecological, social and economic problems generated by these models. It however involves a systemic, multi-sca...

Efficient Learning Machines
Efficient Learning Machines

by Mariette Awad, Rahul Khanna

Machine learning techniques provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional methods for extracting underlying relationships between information and data and for predicting future events by processing existing information to train models. Efficient Learning Machines explores the major topics of machine learning, including knowledge discovery, cla...

Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty

by Vincent A. W. J. Marchau, Warren E. Walker, Pieter J. T. M. Bloemen, Steven W. Popper

This book focuses on both the theory and practice associated with the tools and approaches for decisionmaking in the face of deep uncertainty. It explores approaches and tools supporting the design of strategic plans under deep uncertainty, and their testing in the real world, including barriers and enablers for their use in practice. The book broa...

Integrating Immigrants in Europe
Integrating Immigrants in Europe

by Peter Scholten, Han Entzinger, Rinus Penninx, Stijn Verbeek

This book explores how research and policymaking in the field of migrant integration have developed historically and how this interrelationship plays out in the strongly politicised climate of opinions on migration in Europe. It features interdisciplinary theoretical contributions as well as original empirical studies on research-policy dialogues a...

Solar Particle Radiation Storms Forecasting and Analysis
Solar Particle Radiation Storms Forecasting and Analysis

by Olga Malandraki, Norma Crosby

Solar energetic particles (SEPs) emitted from the Sun are a major space weather hazard motivating the development of predictive capabilities. This book presents the results and findings of the HESPERIA (High Energy Solar Particle Events forecasting and Analysis) project of the EU HORIZON 2020 programme. It discusses the forecasting operational tool...

Learning Neo4j
Learning Neo4j

by Rik Van Bruggen

Neo4j is the world's leading graph database and offers users a radical new way of dealing with connected data. This book has been created to help you get to grips with it, providing you with an accessible route through a tool built to contend with the complexity of modern data. Learn the fundamental concepts behind Neo4j, and put them into practice...

Modeling and Simulation in Python
Modeling and Simulation in Python

by Allen Downey

Modeling and Simulation in Python is an introduction to physical modeling using a computational approach. It is organized in three parts: - The first part presents discrete models, including a bikeshare system and world population growth. - The second part introduces first-order systems, including models of infectious disease, thermal systems, an...

Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities
Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities

by Giovanni Nicola Pes, Pasqualina Porretta

In recent years, the European Commission has attached increasing importance to the use of financial engineering instruments rather than traditional grant-based financing for the microcredit sector, considering these to be the most efficient option available. This book presents a study of capacity building and structural funds in public managing au...

Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834
Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834

by Rachel E. Bennett

This free book provides the most in-depth study of capital punishment in Scotland between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century to date. Based upon an extensive gathering and analysis of previously untapped resources, it takes the reader on a journey from the courtrooms of Scotland to the theatre of the gallows. It introduces them to seve...

Intercultural Dialogue in the European Education Policies
Intercultural Dialogue in the European Education Policies

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Susanne C. Ylönen

This free book analyses intercultural dialogue as a concept, policy and ideal in European education policy documentation. The core European transnational organizatons – the Council of Europe and the European Union – have actively promoted policies to engender inclusive societies and respond to challenges that diversification may entail. This bo...

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing
The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing

by Martina Zimmermann

This is the first book-length exploration of the thoughts and experiences expressed by dementia patients in published narratives over the last thirty years. It contrasts third-person caregiver and first-person patient accounts from different languages and a range of media, focusing on the poetical and political questions these narratives raise: wha...

Statistical Population Genomics
Statistical Population Genomics

by Julien Y. Dutheil

This open access volume presents state-of-the-art inference methods in population genomics, focusing on data analysis based on rigorous statistical techniques. After introducing general concepts related to the biology of genomes and their evolution, the book covers state-of-the-art methods for the analysis of genomes in populations, including demog...

Meaning-Making for Living
Meaning-Making for Living

by Koji Komatsu

This Open Access Brief analyzes the dynamics in which children's selves emerge through their everyday activities of meaning construction, both in their relationships with family and within school education. It begins with a discussion of new psychological inquiries into children's selves and builds upon the innovative theoretical notion of the Pres...

Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing
Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing

by Pim van Dijk, Deniz Başkent, Etienne Gaudrain, Emile de Kleine, Anita Wagner, Cris Lanting

The International Symposium on Hearing is a prestigious,triennial gathering where world-class scientists present and discuss the most recent advances in the field of human and animal hearing research. The 2015 edition will particularly focus on integrative approaches linking physiological, psychophysical and cognitive aspects of normal and impaired...

Cohesion, Coherence and Temporal Reference from an Experimental Corpus Pragmatics Perspective
Cohesion, Coherence and Temporal Reference from an Experimental Corpus Pragmatics Perspective

by Cristina Grisot

This book provides new methodological and theoretical insights into temporal reference and its linguistic expression, from a cross-linguistic experimental corpus pragmatics approach. Verbal tenses, in general, and more specifically the categories of tense, grammatical and lexical aspect are treated as cohesion ties contributing to the temporal cohe...

Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia
Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia

by John Cockburn, Yazid Dissou, Jean-Yves Duclos, Luca Tiberti

Public spending on infrastructure plays an important role in promoting economic growth and poverty alleviation. Empirical studies unequivocally show that under-investment in infrastructure limits economic growth. At the same time, numerous other studies have shown that investment in infrastructure can be an effective tool in fighting poverty reduct...

Teacher Quality, Instructional Quality and Student Outcomes
Teacher Quality, Instructional Quality and Student Outcomes

by Trude Nilsen, Jan-Eric Gustafsson

This volume offers insights from modeling relations between teacher quality, instructional quality and student outcomes in mathematics across countries. The relations explored take the educational context, such as school climate, into account. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement's Trends in Mathematics and Sc...

Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures
Managing the Complexity of Critical Infrastructures

by Roberto Setola, Vittorio Rosato, Elias Kyriakides, Erich Rome

This book summarizes work being pursued in the context of the CIPRNet (Critical Infrastructure Preparedness and Resilience Research Network) research project, co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is intended to provide concrete and on-going support to the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) r...

Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia
Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia

by Almas Heshmati, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Guanghua Wan

This book looks at the major policy challenges facing developing Asia and how the region sustains rapid economic growth to reduce multidimensional poverty through socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable measures. Asia is facing many challenges arising from population growth, rapid urbanization, provision of services, climate change and t...

Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences

by Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of ch...

Evolution, Monitoring and Predicting Models of Rockburst
Evolution, Monitoring and Predicting Models of Rockburst

by Chunlai Wang

This open book focuses on investigating predicting precursor information and key points of rockburst in mining engineering through laboratory experiment, theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and case studies. Understanding the evolution patterns for the microstructure instability of rock is a prerequisite for rockburst prediction. The book pr...

The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008
The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

by Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver, Roberto García Ruiz

This book provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production. With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Met...

Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine
Good Research Practice in Non-Clinical Pharmacology and Biomedicine

by Anton Bespalov, Martin C. Michel, Thomas Steckler

This free book provides up-to-date information on best practice to improve experimental design and quality of research in non-clinical pharmacology and biomedicine....

Think Data Structures
Think Data Structures

by Allen Downey

If you're a student studying computer science or a software developer preparing for technical interviews, this practical book will help you learn and review some of the most important ideas in software engineering - data structures and algorithms - in a way that's clearer, more concise, and more engaging than other materials. By emphasizing prac...

Signal Computing
Signal Computing

by Michael Stiber, Bilin Zhang Stiber, Eric C. Larson

In this book, you will learn how digital signals are captured, represented, processed, communicated, and stored in computers. The specific topics we will cover include: physical properties of the source information (such as sound or images), devices for information capture (microphones, cameras), digitization, compression, digital signal representa...

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Financial Accounting

by Henry Dauderis, David Annand

Introduction to Financial Accounting is intended for a first course in introductory financial accounting. It has been extensively edited by Athabasca University and reflects current International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). A corporate approach is utilized versus beginning with a sole proprietorship emphasis and then converting to a corpo...

English Composition
English Composition

by Ann Inoshita, Karyl Garland, Kate Sims, Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma, Tasha Williams

This open book has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for English 100 (first-year college composition). The content aligns to learning outcomes across all campuses in the University of Hawai'i system. It was designed, written, and edited during a three day book sprint in May, 2019....

Electromagnetics, Volume 1
Electromagnetics, Volume 1

by Steven W. Ellingson

Electromagnetics, volume 1 by Steven W. Ellingson is a 225-page, peer-reviewed open educational resource intended for electrical engineering students in the third year of a bachelor of science degree program. It is intended as a primary textbook for a one-semester first course in undergraduate engineering electromagnetics. The book employs the &quo...

Annotated Algorithms in Python
Annotated Algorithms in Python

by Massimo Di Pierro

This book is assembled from lectures given by the author over a period of 10 years at the School of Computing of DePaul University. The lectures cover multiple classes, including Analysis and Design of Algorithms, Scientific Computing, Monte Carlo Simulations, and Parallel Algorithms. These lectures teach the core knowledge required by any scientis...

The Pangenome
The Pangenome

by Hervé Tettelin, Duccio Medini

This open access book offers the first comprehensive account of the pan-genome concept and its manifold implications. The realization that the genetic repertoire of a biological species always encompasses more than the genome of each individual is one of the earliest examples of big data in biology that opened biology to the unbounded. The study ...

Security Infrastructure Technology for Integrated Utilization of Big Data
Security Infrastructure Technology for Integrated Utilization of Big Data

by Atsuko Miyaji, Tomoaki Mimoto

This open access book describes the technologies needed to construct a secure big data infrastructure that connects data owners, analytical institutions, and user institutions in a circle of trust. It begins by discussing the most relevant technical issues involved in creating safe and privacy-preserving big data distribution platforms, and especia...

Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biologists
Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biologists

by Bernhard Haubold, Angelika Börsch-Haubold

This self-contained textbook covers fundamental aspects of sequence analysis in evolutionary biology, including sequence alignment, phylogeny reconstruction, and coalescent simulation. It addresses these aspects through a series of over 400 computer problems, ranging from elementary to research level to enable learning by doing. Students solve the ...

Economics as Applied Ethics
Economics as Applied Ethics

by Wilfred Beckerman

This important textbook has been revised and updated to continue its focus on the link between ethics and economic policy analysis, whilst ensuring that perspectives addressing the moral limits of the market, latest behavioural economics literature, and the changes in inequality over the years are included. Basic philosophical concepts are systemat...

Mass Spectrometry
Mass Spectrometry

by Jürgen H Gross

This 3rd edition of the highly successful book, acclaimed for its comprehensiveness, accuracy, and excellent illustrations and photographs now comes with updated coverage plus numerous didactical improvements:The number of figures has notably increased, with about one third of them now presented in color. More photographs and schematics make it eas...

An Introduction to Zooarchaeology
An Introduction to Zooarchaeology

by Diane Gifford-Gonzalez

This volume is a comprehensive, critical introduction to vertebrate zooarchaeology, the field that explores the history of human relations with animals from the Pliocene to the Industrial Revolution.​ The book is organized into five sections, each with an introduction, that leads the reader systematically through this swiftly expanding field. Sec...

Structural Dynamics
Structural Dynamics

by Mario Paz, Young Hoon Kim

The 6th edition of Structural Dynamics: Theory and Computation is the complete and comprehensive text in the field. It presents modern methods of analysis and techniques adaptable to computer programming clearly and easily. The book is ideal as a text for advanced undergraduates or graduate students taking a first course in structural dynamics. It ...

Managing Media and Digital Organizations
Managing Media and Digital Organizations

by Eli M. Noam

What does it take for success in the media business? Creativity, innovation, and performance, of course. Plus experience and good judgment. However, it also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. This book summarizes the major dimensions of a business school curriculum and applies them to the entire media, media-tech, ...

The Data Science Design Manual
The Data Science Design Manual

by Steven S. Skiena

This engaging and clearly written textbook/reference provides a must-have introduction to the rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of data science. It focuses on the principles fundamental to becoming a good data scientist and the key skills needed to build systems for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. The Data Science Design Manual...

Enterprise Cloud Strategy
Enterprise Cloud Strategy

by Barry Briggs, Eduardo Kassner

Enterprise Cloud Strategy - Guidance for enterprises looking for proven methods to take their application portfolio to the cloud. What if you were able to achieve both efficiency and innovation in all business domains and applications across your entire portfolio? What if you could take advantage of the cloud and all of its resources and feature...

Machine Learning Yearning
Machine Learning Yearning

by Andrew Ng

AI is transforming numerous industries. Machine Learning Yearning, a free ebook from Andrew Ng, teaches you how to structure Machine Learning projects. This book is focused not on teaching you ML algorithms, but on how to make ML algorithms work. After reading Machine Learning Yearning, you will be able to: - Prioritize the most promising direc...

Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities
Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities

by Lars Klüver, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen, Marie Louise Jørgensen

Policy-making to address grand challenges faces greater complexity than any previous project of modernization. Future scenarios are haunted by uncertainty and there is real ambivalence as to the values that policy should strive for. In this situation decision-makers look to research and innovation to provide answers and solutions. But neither can t...

The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks
The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks

by Michele Walters, Robert J. Scholes

Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled...

Safer Healthcare
Safer Healthcare

by Charles Vincent, René Amalberti

The authors of this book set out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the healthcare system from the frontline to the regulation and governance of the system. There have been many advances in patien...

The Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education
The Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education

by Sung Je Cho

This book comprises the Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), which was held at COEX in Seoul, Korea, from July 8th to 15th, 2012. ICME-12 brought together 4700 experts from 100 countries, working to understand all of the intellectual and attitudinal challenges in the subject of mathematics education as...

Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

by Thora Hands

This book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenne...

Computational Thinking Education
Computational Thinking Education

by Siu-Cheung Kong, Harold Abelson

This book offers a comprehensive guide, covering every important aspect of computational thinking education. It provides an in-depth discussion of computational thinking, including the notion of perceiving computational thinking practices as ways of mapping models from the abstraction of data and process structures to natural phenomena. Further, it...

Understanding Society and Natural Resources
Understanding Society and Natural Resources

by Michael J. Manfredo, Jerry J. Vaske, Andreas Rechkemmer, Esther A. Duke

In this edited open access book leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environment...

Innovative Medicine
Innovative Medicine

by Kazuwa Nakao, Nagahiro Minato, Shinji Uemoto

This book is devoted to innovative medicine, comprising the proceedings of the Uehara Memorial Foundation Symposium 2014. It remains extremely rare for the findings of basic research to be developed into clinical applications, and it takes a long time for the process to be achieved. The task of advancing the development of basic research into clini...

Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future
Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future

by Tomoyuki Takahashi

This book overviews environmental issues 4 years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, covering a wide range of areas related to radiation and radioactivity. The topics discussed are necessary to make clear the relationship between the results of research and Fukushima's revitalized future. The chapters are divided into four parts: Part 1 presents ...

Library and Information Sciences
Library and Information Sciences

by Chuanfu Chen, Ronald Larsen

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a res...

Updates on Myopia
Updates on Myopia

by Marcus Ang, Tien Y. Wong

This book discusses basic clinical concepts of myopia, prevention of progression and surgical treatments for myopia and pathological myopia. It also summarises the latest evidence and best practices for managing myopia, high myopia and its complications. Written by leading experts, the book addresses clinical diagnosis and interpretation of imaging...

Networks in the Russian Market Economy
Networks in the Russian Market Economy

by Markku Lonkila

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the significance of networks among the firms operative in the contemporary Russian software industry in the St. Petersburg region....

Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences
Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences

by Felicity Callard, Des Fitzgerald

This book offers a provocative account of interdisciplinary research across the neurosciences, social sciences and humanities. Rooting itself in the authors' own experiences, the book establishes a radical agenda for collaboration across these disciplines. This book is open access under a CC-BY license....

Promoting Active Citizenship
Promoting Active Citizenship

by Karl Henrik Sivesind, Jo Saglie

This book analyses the considerable variation in the shares of private provision for core services in education, health and social services, in the Scandinavian countries.The chapters compare countries, service areas, and the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Each focuses on different levels of change: the mix of welfare providers, nationa...

High Resolution Imaging in Microscopy and Ophthalmology
High Resolution Imaging in Microscopy and Ophthalmology

by Josef F. Bille

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the application of the newest laser and microscope/ophthalmoscope technology in the field of high resolution imaging in microscopy and ophthalmology. Starting by describing High-Resolution 3D Light Microscopy with STED and RESOLFT, the book goes on to cover retinal and anterior segment imaging and imag...

Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves
Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves

by Aad C. Smaal, Joao G. Ferreira, Jon Grant, Jens K. Petersen, Øivind Strand

The aim of this book is to review and analyse the goods and services of bivalve shellfish. How they are defined, what determines the ecological functions that are the basis for the goods and services, what controversies in the use of goods and services exist, and what is needed for sustainable exploitation of bivalves from the perspective of the va...

Entrepreneurial Cognition
Entrepreneurial Cognition

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

This book investigates the inter-relationship between the mind and a potential opportunity to explore the psychology of entrepreneurship. Building on recent research, this book offers a broad scope investigation of the different aspects of what goes on in the mind of the (potential) entrepreneur as he or she considers the pursuit of a potential op...

The Crisis for Young People
The Crisis for Young People

by Andy Green

This book provides an original and challenging analysis of one of the most pressing social issues of our times: intergenerational inequality. Based on recent mixed-method research, it explores the extent and scope of generational divides through an up-to-date analysis of the changing opportunities for young people in Britain across different life d...

Determinants of Financial Development
Determinants of Financial Development

by Yongfu Huang

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the emergence of both financial markets and carbon markets, and provides an in-depth investigation on the fundamental determinants of financial development....

Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate
Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate

by Shuzo Nishioka

This book presents good practices in Asia and ASEAN countries for effectively promoting advances in response to climate change, which can help to achieve sustainable development in Asia and around the world. As a proposal, the aim is to influence the discussions at COP 21 by providing a positive agenda with concrete actions from an Asian perspectiv...

Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
Asian Century… on a Knife-edge

by John West

This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century" by examining the Asia's rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employi...

Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship
Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

In this book, the authors present a challenge for future research to build a stronger, more complete understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena. They argue that this more complete picture of entrepreneurial phenomena will likely come from scholars who undertake at least some trailblazing projects; from scholars who broaden the range of research que...

Social Theory of Fear
Social Theory of Fear

by Geoffrey R. Skoll

In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion....

Ranaviruses
Ranaviruses

by Matthew J. Gray, V. Gregory Chinchar

The first book of its kind, this work discusses the global extent of ranaviruses, principles of ranavirus ecology and evolution. The research included provides guidance on designing ranavirus surveillance studies to determine risk. Ranaviruses are are double-stranded DNA viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease in amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Rana...

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America
The Dynamics of Opportunity in America

by Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun

Across the country, our children are beginning life from very different starting points. Some have aspirations and believe they can be achieved. For too many others, aspirations are tempered, if not dashed, by the sobering realities of everyday life. These different starting points place children on distinctly different trajectories of growth and d...

Talent Development in European Higher Education
Talent Development in European Higher Education

by Dr. Marca V.C. Wolfensberger

This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systemati...

Trade Unions on YouTube
Trade Unions on YouTube

by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba

This book investigates how trade unions representing different social classes use YouTube videos for renewal purposes. Information and communication technology has undoubtedly offered new opportunities for social movements, but while research suggests that these new means of communication can be used for trade union revitalization, few studies hav...

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large volume of monitoring data has been collected about the soil, air, dust, and seawater, along with data about an immense number of foods supplied to the market. Little is known, however, about the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture, information about which is vital. Although more than 80% of...

The European Higher Education Area
The European Higher Education Area

by Adrian Curaj, Liviu Matei, Remus Pricopie, Jamil Salmi, Peter Scott

Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Encouraged by the success of the 2011 fir...

Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development
Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development

by Ephraim Nkonya, Alisher Mirzabaev, Joachim von Braun

This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of...

Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures
Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures

by Mikołaj Bojańczyk, Alex Simpson

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computational Structures, FOSSACS 2012, held as part of the joint European Conference on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2012, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, in March/April 2012. The 29 papers presented in this book toget...

Aquaculture Perspective of Multi-Use Sites in the Open Ocean
Aquaculture Perspective of Multi-Use Sites in the Open Ocean

by Bela H. Buck, Richard Langan

This volume addresses the potential for combining large-scale marine aquaculture of macroalgae, molluscs, crustaceans, and finfish, with offshore structures, primarily those associated with energy production, such as wind turbines and oil-drilling platforms. The volume offers a comprehensive overview and includes chapters on policy, science, engine...

Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg:
Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg:

by Elif Keskiner

This book maps the youth transitions of descendants of migrants from Turkey living in Amsterdam and Strasbourg, through a comparative mixed-methods research design. As such, it is of interest to discussions in youth sociology, social mobility and second-generation research. The book follows transition trajectories of the second-generation, from sch...

Volcanic Unrest
Volcanic Unrest

by Joachim Gottsmann, Jürgen Neuberg, Bettina Scheu

This book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics le...

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society
Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

by Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, Peter Farago

Using longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course, this book describes how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen years. What are the different trajectories in terms of mobi...

Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Inter-American Development Bank, Matteo Grazzi, Carlo Pietrobelli

This volume uses the study of firm dynamics to investigate the factors preventing faster productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, pushing past the limits of traditional macroeconomic analyses. Each chapter is dedicated to an examination of a different factor affecting firm productivity - innovation, ICT usage, on-the-job-training, fi...

Anti-fragile ICT Systems
Anti-fragile ICT Systems

by Kjell Jørgen Hole

This book introduces a novel approach to the design and operation of large ICT systems. It views the technical solutions and their stakeholders as complex adaptive systems and argues that traditional risk analyses cannot predict all future incidents with major impacts. To avoid unacceptable events, it is necessary to establish and operate anti-frag...

Computer and Information Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences

by Tadeusz Czachórski, Erol Gelenbe, Krzysztof Grochla, Ricardo Lent

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, ISCIS 2016, held in Krakow, Poland, in October 2016. The 29 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 65 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on smart algorithms; data classific...

The Everyday Life of an Algorithm
The Everyday Life of an Algorithm

by Daniel Neyland

This book begins with an algorithm - a set of IF...THEN rules used in the development of a new, ethical, video surveillance architecture for transport hubs. Readers are invited to follow the algorithm over three years, charting its everyday life. Questions of ethics, transparency, accountability and market value must be grasped by the algorithm in ...

The Essence of Software Engineering
The Essence of Software Engineering

by Volker Gruhn, Rüdiger Striemer

This book includes contributions by leading researchers and industry thought leaders on various topics related to the essence of software engineering and their application in industrial projects. It offers a broad overview of research findings dealing with current practical software engineering issues and also pointers to potential future developme...

Delusions in Context
Delusions in Context

by Lisa Bortolotti

'This is an excellent and engaging resource on delusions. The idea that delusions should not be seen as radically different from other beliefs… is an important challenge to much contemporary thinking and practice. It should be of interest to anyone studying delusional beliefs, and to all those who aim to help people who are troubled by them.'Phil...

Sensor Technologies
Sensor Technologies

by Michael J. McGrath, Cliodhna Ní Scanaill

Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications explores the key aspects of sensor technologies, covering wired, wireless, and discrete sensors for the specific application domains of healthcare, wellness and environmental sensing. It discusses the social, regulatory, and design considerations specific to these domains. ...

Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough
Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough

by Anne-Greet Keizer, Will Tiemeijer, Mark Bovens

This book sets out to explain the reasons for the gap between "knowing" and "doing" in view of self-reliance, which is more and more often expected of citizens. In today's society, people are expected to take responsibility for their own lives and be self-reliant. This is no easy feat. They must be on constant high alert in area...

European Traditions in Didactics of Mathematics
European Traditions in Didactics of Mathematics

by Werner Blum, Michèle Artigue, Maria Alessandra  Mariotti, Rudolf Sträßer, Marja Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen

This book discusses several didactic traditions in mathematics education in countries across Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the Czech and Slovakian Republics, and the Scandinavian states. It shows that while they all share common features both in the practice of learning and teaching at school and in research and develop...

Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy
Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy

by Eveline Gebhardt, Sue Thomson, John Ainley, Kylie Hillman

This book presents a systematic investigation into internationally comparable data gathered in ICILS 2013. It identifies differences in female and male students' use of, perceptions about, and proficiency in using computer technologies. Teachers' use of computers, and their perceptions regarding the benefits of computer use in education, are also a...

Bioeconomy
Bioeconomy

by Iris Lewandowski

This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdiscipli...

Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation
Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation

by Nuno Crato, Paolo Paruolo

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Juan Garbajosa, Xiaofeng Wang, Ademar Aguiar

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2018, held in Porto, Portugal, in May 2018. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice, and XP 2018 provided a playful and informal environment to learn and trigger discussions around its main th...

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, Rob D. van den Berg

This book is open access under a Creative Commons license.This authoritative book presents the ever progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action. It builds upon a selection of relevant and practical papers and presentations given at the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held...

The Globalization of Science Curricula
The Globalization of Science Curricula

by Oliver Stacey, Giulia De Lazzari, Hilary Grayson, Hazel Griffin, Emily Jones, Amanda Taylor, David Thomas

Globalization is a powerful force with far reaching impacts on education and education policy. The growth of large scale international surveys of student achievement and the increasing role played by intergovernmental agencies in education means that the influence that globalization exerts on education is likely to increase even further in the futu...

Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe
Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Luisa Passerini, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Iris van Huis

This book discusses political, economic, social, and humanitarian challenges that influence both how people deal with their past and how they build their identities in contemporary Europe. Ongoing debates on migration, on local, national, inter- and transnational levels, prove that it is a divisive issue with regards to understanding European integ...

Advancing Energy Policy
Advancing Energy Policy

by Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison

This book advocates for the Social Sciences and Humanities to be more involved in energy policymaking. It forms part of the European platform for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities' activities, and works on the premise that crossing disciplines is essential. All of its contributions are highly interdisciplinary, with each chapter grounde...

Sonic Skills
Sonic Skills

by Karin Bijsterveld

It is common for us today to associate the practice of science primarily with the act of seeing—with staring at computer screens, analyzing graphs, and presenting images. We may notice that physicians use stethoscopes to listen for disease, that biologists tune into sound recordings to understand birds, or that engineers have created Geiger telle...

Constructing Roma Migrants
Constructing Roma Migrants

by Tina Magazzini, Stefano Piemontese

This book presents a cross-disciplinary insight and policy analysis into the effects of European legal and political frameworks on the life of 'Roma migrants' in Europe. It outlines the creation and implementation of Roma policies at the European level, provides a systematic understanding of identity-based exclusion and explores concrete case studi...

Collaborating Against Child Abuse
Collaborating Against Child Abuse

by Susanna Johansson, Kari Stefansen, Elisiv Bakketeig, Anna Kaldal

This edited collection explores the background and implementation of the Nordic Barnahus (or 'Children's House') model – recognised as one of the most important reforms related to children who are the victims of crime in the Nordic region. This book discusses both its potential to affect change and the challenges facing it. The model was introduc...

Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology
Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

This open access edited book captures the complexities and conflicts arising at the interface of intellectual property rights (IPR) and competition law. To do so, it discusses four specific themes: (a) policies governing functioning of standard setting organizations (SSOs), transparency and incentivising future innovation; (b) issue of royalties fo...

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (III)
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (III)

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Martin O`Brien, Keitaro Tanoi

This book presents the findings from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011. This third volume in the series reports on studies undertaken at contaminated sites such as farmland, forests, and marine and freshwater environment...

Teaching for Excellence and Equity
Teaching for Excellence and Equity

by Nathan Burroughs, Jacqueline Gardner, Youngjun Lee, Siwen Guo, Israel Touitou, Kimberly Jansen, William Schmidt

This book examines the interrelationship of national policy, teacher effectiveness, and student outcomes with a specific emphasis on educational equity. Using data from the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) conducted between 1995 and 2015, it investigates grade four and grade eight data to assess trends in key teac...

Knowledge and Action
Knowledge and Action

by Peter Meusburger, Benno Werlen, Laura Suarsana

This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experiment...

Life Cycle Management
Life Cycle Management

by Guido Sonnemann, Manuele Margni

This book provides insight into the Life Cycle Management (LCM) concept and the progress in its implementation. LCM is a management concept applied in industrial and service sectors to improve products and services, while enhancing the overall sustainability performance of business and its value chains. In this regard, LCM is an opportunity to diff...

Make Life Visible
Make Life Visible

by Yoshiaki Toyama, Atsushi Miyawaki, Masaya Nakamura, Masahiro Jinzaki

This book describes marked advances in imaging technology that have enabled the visualization of phenomena in ways formerly believed to be completelyimpossible. These technologies have made major contributions to the elucidation of the pathology of diseases as well as to their diagnosis and therapy. The volume presents various studies from molecula...

Disrupting Finance
Disrupting Finance

by Theo Lynn, John G. Mooney, Pierangelo Rosati, Mark Cummins

This open access Pivot demonstrates how a variety of technologies act as innovation catalysts within the banking and financial services sector. Traditional banks and financial services are under increasing competition from global IT companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and PayPal whilst facing pressure from investors to reduce costs, increase ag...

Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium 2018 (RERIS 2018)
Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium 2018 (RERIS 2018)

by Moeketsi Mpholo, Dirk Steuerwald, Tonny Kukeera

This book presents the proceedings of the 2nd Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium (RERIS 18), held in Maseru, Lesotho in January 2018. The symposium aimed to foster research cooperation on renewable energy between Africa and Europe - in academia, as well as the private and public sectors. Addressing thematic areas such as:...

Computation and the Humanities
Computation and the Humanities

by Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn

This book addresses the application of computing to cultural heritage and the discipline of Digital Humanities that formed around it. Digital Humanities research is transforming how the Human record can be transmitted, shaped, understood, questioned and imagined and it has been ongoing for more than 70 years. However, we have no comprehensive histo...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Hubert Baumeister, Horst Lichter, Matthias Riebisch

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2017, held in Cologne, Germany, in May 2017. The 14 full and 6 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 46 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: improving agile processes; agile i...

Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course
Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course

by Michel Oris, Caroline Roberts, Dominique Joye, Michèle Ernst Stähli

This book details tools and procedures for data collections of hard-to-reach, hard-to-survey populations. Inside, readers will discover first-hand insights from experts who share their successes as well as their failures in their attempts to identify and measure human vulnerabilities across the life course. Coverage first provides an introduction o...

Dignity in the 21st Century
Dignity in the 21st Century

by Doris Schroeder, Abol‐Hassan Bani-Sadr

This book offers a unique and insightful analysis of Western and Middle Eastern concepts of dignity and illustrates them with examples of everyday life. Dignity in the 21st Century - Middle East and West is unique and insightful for a range of reasons. First, the book is co-authored by scholars from two different cultures (Middle East and West). As...

Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation
Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation

by Thilo Lang, Franziska Görmar

Despite the emphasis of the European Regional Policy on territorial cohesion, regional disparities have been increasing within Europe in the past years. The metropolitan areas in almost all countries are considerably growing while regions outside of agglomerations are stagnating or even declining. Against this background this book aims to provide a...

Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident
Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

by Joonhong Ahn, Cathryn Carson, Mikael Jensen, Kohta Juraku, Shinya Nagasaki, Satoru Tanaka

This book focuses on nuclear engineering education in the post-Fukushima era. It was edited by the organizers of the summer school held in August 2011 in University of California, Berkeley, as part of a collaborative program between the University of Tokyo and UC Berkeley. Motivated by the particular relevance and importance of social-scientific ap...

Security in Computer and Information Sciences
Security in Computer and Information Sciences

by Erol Gelenbe, Paolo Campegiani, Tadeusz Czachórski, Sokratis Katsikas, Ioannis Komnios, Luigi Romano, Dimitrios Tzovaras

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the First International ISCIS Security Workshop 2018, Euro-CYBERSEC 2018, held in London, UK, in February 2018.The 12 full papers presented together with an overview paper were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 submissions. Security of distributed interconnected systems, software sy...

Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States
Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States

by Olaf Halvorsen Rønning, Ole Hammerslev

This edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences and similarities between civil legal aid schemes in the Nordic countries whilst outlining recent legal aid transformations in their respective welfare states. Based on in-depth studies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, the authors compare these cases with le...

Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation
Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation

by Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Christoph Aubrecht

Over the past decades, rapid developments in digital and sensing technologies, such as the Cloud, Web and Internet of Things, have dramatically changed the way we live and work. The digital transformation is revolutionizing our ability to monitor our planet and transforming the way we access, process and exploit Earth Observation data from satell...

Invited Lectures from the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
Invited Lectures from the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education

by Gabriele Kaiser, Helen Forgasz, Mellony Graven, Alain Kuzniak, Elaine Simmt, Binyan Xu

The book presents the Invited Lectures given at 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13). ICME-13 took place from 24th- 31st July 2016 at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg (Germany). The congress was hosted by the Society of Didactics of Mathematics (Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Mathematik - GDM) and took place under the...

Musical Haptics
Musical Haptics

by Stefano Papetti, Charalampos Saitis

This book offers an original interdisciplinary overview of the role of haptic feedback in musical interaction. Divided into two parts, part I examines the tactile aspects of music performance and perception, discussing how they affect user experience and performance in terms of usability, functionality and perceived quality of musical instruments. ...

Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides
Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides

by Kyoji Sassa, Matjaž Mikoš, Yueping Yin

This volume contains peer-reviewed papers from the Fourth World Landslide Forum organized by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (IPL), University of Ljubljana (UL) and Geological Survey of Slovenia in Ljubljana, Slovenia from May 29 to June 2, 2017. The compl...

Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals

by Sven Teske

This book presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, globally and across ten geographical regions. Based on state-of-the-art scenario modelling, it provides the vital missing link between renewable energy targets and the measures needed to achieve them. Bringing together the latest research in climate science, renewable en...

YOUMARES 8 – Oceans Across Boundaries: Learning from each other
YOUMARES 8 – Oceans Across Boundaries: Learning from each other

by Simon Jungblut, Viola Liebich, Maya Bode

This book presents the proceedings volume of the YOUMARES 8 conference, which took place in Kiel, Germany, in September 2017, supported by the German Association for Marine Sciences (DGM). The YOUMARES conference series is entirely bottom-up organized by and for YOUng MARine RESearchers. Qualified early career scientists moderated the scientific se...

Theories in and of Mathematics Education
Theories in and of Mathematics Education

by Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Andreas Vohns, Oliver Schmitt, Regina Bruder, Willi Dörfler

This survey provides an overview of German meta-discourse on theories and mathematics education as a scientific discipline, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Two theory strands are offered: a semiotic view related to Peirce and Wittgenstein (presented by Willibald Dörfler), and the theory of learning activity by Joachim Lompscher (presented by Regina B...

The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016
The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016

by Kirsi Latola, Hannele Savela

This book presents the most current research results and knowledge from five multidisciplinary themes: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments, Vulnerability of Arctic Societies, Local and Traditional Knowledge, Building Long-term Human Capacity, New Markets for the Arctic, including tourism and safety. The themes are those discussed at the first ever...

Enabling Things to Talk
Enabling Things to Talk

by Alessandro Bassi, Martin Bauer, Martin Fiedler, Thorsten Kramp, Rob van Kranenburg, Sebastian Lange, Stefan Meissner

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging network superstructure that will connect physical resources and actual users. It will support an ecosystem of smart applications and services bringing hyper-connectivity to our society by using augmented and rich interfaces. Whereas in the beginning IoT referred to the advent of barcodes and Radio Freque...

Coming to Terms with Superdiversity
Coming to Terms with Superdiversity

by Peter Scholten, Maurice Crul, Paul van de Laar

This book discusses Rotterdam as clear example of a superdiverse city that is only reluctantly coming to terms with this new reality. Rotterdam, as is true for many post-industrial cities, has seen a considerable backlash against migration and diversity: the populist party Leefbaar Rotterdam of the late Pim Fortuyn is already for many years the lar...

Exploring Resilience
Exploring Resilience

by Siri Wiig, Babette Fahlbruch

Resilience has become an important topic on the safety research agenda and in organizational practice. Most empirical work on resilience has been descriptive, identifying characteristics of work and organizing activity which allow organizations to cope with unexpected situations. Fewer studies have developed testable models and theories that can be...

Mercury Pollution in Minamata
Mercury Pollution in Minamata

by Hisashi Yokoyama

It overviews the poisoning which occurred in the 1950s and 1960s among the residents in Minamata who ate seafood contaminated with methylmercury discharged from the chemical factory, Chisso Corporation. It describes the history, symptoms pathogenesis and research on the causal agent, and discusses the responses of Chisso and the national and local ...

Compendium for Early Career Researchers in Mathematics Education
Compendium for Early Career Researchers in Mathematics Education

by Gabriele Kaiser, Norma Presmeg

The purpose of this Open Access compendium, written by experienced researchers in mathematics education, is to serve as a resource for early career researchers in furthering their knowledge of the state of the field and disseminating their research through publishing. To accomplish this, the book is split into four sections: Empirical Methods, Impo...

Foundations of Quantum Theory
Foundations of Quantum Theory

by Klaas Landsman

This book studies the foundations of quantum theory through its relationship to classical physics. This idea goes back to the Copenhagen Interpretation (in the original version due to Bohr and Heisenberg), which the author relates to the mathematical formalism of operator algebras originally created by von Neumann. The book therefore includes compr...

Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Dilated Cardiomyopathy

by Gianfranco Sinagra, Marco Merlo, Bruno Pinamonti

This book presents a comprehensive overview of dilated cardiomyopathy, providing readers with practical guidelines for its clinical management. The first part of the book analyzes in detail the disease's pathophysiology, its diagnostic work up as well as the prognostic stratification, and illustrates the role of genetics and gene-environment intera...

Interface Oral Health Science 2016
Interface Oral Health Science 2016

by Keiichi Sasaki, Osamu Suzuki, Nobuhiro Takahashi

This volume broadens understanding of dentistry and promotes interdisciplinary research across a wide range of related fields, based on the symposium entitled "Innovative Research for Biosis–Abiosis Intelligent Interface 2016". It aims to create highly functional and autonomic intelligent interface by combining highly functional interfa...

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research
New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon, Madeleine Gabriel

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social ...

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education

by Brian Doig, Julian Williams, David Swanson, Rita Borromeo Ferri, Pat Drake

This book is the first major publication on the topic of "Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education" and arose from the work of the first International Topic Study Group of the same name at the ICME-13 conference in Hamburg in 2016. It offers extensive theoretical insights, empirical research, and practitioner accounts of interdisciplinary ...

Uses of Technology in Upper Secondary Mathematics Education
Uses of Technology in Upper Secondary Mathematics Education

by Stephen Hegedus, Colette Laborde, Corey Brady, Sara Dalton, Hans-Stefan Siller, Michal Tabach, Jana Trgalova, Luis Moreno-Armella

This survey addresses the use of technology in upper secondary mathematics education from four points of view: theoretical analysis of epistemological and cognitive aspects of activity in new technology mediated learning environments, the changes brought by technology in the interactions between environment, students and teachers, the interrelation...

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

by Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer

This book provides a comprehensive European perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, gerontology, ...

New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration
New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration

by Cláudia Pereira, Joana Azevedo

This book offers a comparative overview on Portuguese emigration in Europe and outside the EU in times of recession. It looks at Portuguese emigrants who, after the crisis of 2008, moved both intra-EU, such as UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, but also into countries with historical links, such as the USA and Canada, and to Portuguese spe...

Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa
Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi

Good education changes lives. It is therefore unsurprising that improved schooling plays a central part in most development strategies. At the same time, the expansion of school attainment alone is not sufficient to guarantee improved welfare. This book focuses on one country in West Africa, Togo, to explore what a country that has successfully inc...

Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education
Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education

by Paul Drijvers, Lynda Ball, Bärbel Barzel, M. Kathleen Heid, Yiming Cao, Michela Maschietto

This topical survey provides an overview of the current state of the art in technology use in mathematics education, including both practice-oriented experiences and research-based evidence, as seen from an international perspective. Three core themes are discussed: Evidence of effectiveness; Digital assessment; and Communication and collaboration....

Developmental State Building
Developmental State Building

by Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book modifies and revitalizes the concept of the 'developmental state' to understand the politics of emerging economy through nuanced analysis on the roles of human agency in the context of structural transformation. In other words, there is a revived interest in the 'developmental state' concept. The nature of the 'emerging state' is characte...

Alternatives to Animal Testing
Alternatives to Animal Testing

by Hajime Kojima, Troy Seidle, Horst Spielmann

This book presents recent advances in the pure sciences that are of significance in the quest for alternatives to the use of animals in research and describes a variety of practical applications of the three key guiding principles for the more ethical use of animals in experiments – replacement, reduction, and refinement, collectively known as th...

Handbook of Life Course Health Development
Handbook of Life Course Health Development

by Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman

This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan p...

Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design
Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design

by Michael Herzog, Gregory Francis, Aaron Clarke

This open access textbook provides the background needed to correctly use, interpret and understand statistics and statistical data in diverse settings. Part I makes key concepts in statistics readily clear. Parts I and II give an overview of the most common tests (t-test, ANOVA, correlations) and work out their statistical principles. Part III pr...

Autonomous Driving
Autonomous Driving

by Markus Maurer, J. Christian Gerdes, Barbara Lenz, Hermann Winner

This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respo...

Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

by Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Charlotte Jensen

This book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions...

Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal
Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal

by Ken Nakajima

This book covers essential aspects of transmutation technologies, highlighting especially the advances in Japan. The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has caused us to focus attention on a large amount of spent nuclear fuels stored in NPPs. In addition, public anxiety regarding the treatment and disposal of high-level radi...

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Abebe Shimeles, Audrey Verdier-Chouchane, Amadou Boly

What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? This collection of papers offers technical analyses, policy recommendations and an overview of success stories to date. Each carefully selected paper provides valuable insights for improved policy making and defines relevant strategic priorities on Afri...

Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)
Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)

by Lionel Mabit, William Blake

This book is the first comprehensive guideline for the beryllium-7 (Be-7) technique that can be applied to evaluate short-term patterns and budgets of soil redistribution in agricultural landscapes. While covering the fundamental and basic concepts of the approach, this book distinguishes itself from other publications by offering step-by-step inst...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This book describes the coming about and first results of the AiREAS "healthy city" cooperative in the city of Eindhoven and Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. AiREAS is an initiative focused on the multidisciplinary co-creation of healthy cities using the core human value of human health and air quality as guiding principle fo...

Inorganic Constituents in Soil
Inorganic Constituents in Soil

by Masami Nanzyo, Hitoshi Kanno

This book is a must-read for students of and beginners in soil science. In a well-organized and easy-to-follow manner, it provides basic outlines of soil minerals, new methods and recent developments in the field, with a special focus on visual aids. The chapters on primary minerals, secondary minerals, non-crystalline inorganic constituents and ...

Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty
Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty

by Ulrike Müßig

Legal studies and consequently legal history focus on constitutional documents, believing in a nominalist autonomy of constitutional semantics.Reconsidering Constitutional Formation in the late 18th and 19th century, kept historic constitutions from being simply log-books for political experts through a functional approach to the interdependencies ...

Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D
Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D

by Agota Szende, Bas Janssen, Juan Cabases

The EQ-5D instrument, as a standardized, cross-culturally validated measure of self-assessed health has a hugely important role in understanding population health within and across countries. Over the past two decades a wealth of international population health survey data have been accumulated by the EuroQol Group from research conducted in many c...

European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies
European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Remus Pricopie

Higher education has thrived in Europe for the last three decades supported by the powerful policy narratives of the European construction and knowledge society. The two together called for better-integrated societies with higher economic competitiveness, superior employment, and social cohesion. Extraordinary developments in higher education durin...

Evolutionary Genomics
Evolutionary Genomics

by Maria Anisimova

This book addresses the challenge of analyzing and understanding the evolutionary dynamics of complex biological systems at the genomic level, and elaborates on some promising strategies that would bring us closer to uncovering of the vital relationships between genotype and phenotype. After a few educational primers, the book continues with sectio...

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis

by Jean-Michel Lafleur, Mikolaj Stanek

This book looks at the migration of Southern European EU citizens (from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece) who move to Northern European Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom) in response to the global economic crisis.Its objective is twofold. First, it identifies the scale and nature of this new Southern European emigration and exam...

Integrated Groundwater Management
Integrated Groundwater Management

by Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Randall J. Hunt, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Andrew Ross

The aim of this book is to document for the first time the dimensions and requirements of effective integrated groundwater management (IGM). Groundwater management is a formidable challenge, one that remains one of humanity's foremost priorities. It has become a largely non-renewable resource that is overexploited in many parts of the world. In the...

Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming

by Philippe Kruchten, Steven Fraser, François Coallier

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019, held in Montreal, QC, Canada, in May 2019. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a hybrid forum where agile researchers, academics, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and...

Biotechnologies for Plant Mutation Breeding
Biotechnologies for Plant Mutation Breeding

by Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak, Thomas H. Tai, Jochen Kumlehn, Bradley J. Till

This book offers 19 detailed protocols on the use of induced mutations in crop breeding and functional genomics studies, which cover topics including chemical and physical mutagenesis, phenotypic screening methods, traditional TILLING and TILLING by sequencing, doubled haploidy, targeted genome editing, and low-cost methods for the molecular charac...

The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World
The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World

by Marilyn Strutchens, Rongjin Huang, Leticia Losano, Despina Potari, Márcia Cristina de Costa Trindade Cyrino, João Pedro da Ponte, Rose Mary Zbiek

This volume shares and discusses significant new trends and developments in research and practices related to various aspects of preparing prospective secondary mathematics teachers from 2005–2015. It provides both an overview of the current state-of-the-art and outstanding recent research reports from an international perspective. The authors co...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas. The 2nd edition has been updated with a range of...

Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment
Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment

by Valentina Della Fina, Rachele Cera

Fundamental rights for all people with disabilities, education and employment are key for the inclusion of people with autism. They play as facilitators for the social inclusion of persons with autism and as multipliers for their enjoyment of other fundamental rights. After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection...

The Legacy of Felix Klein
The Legacy of Felix Klein

by Hans-Georg Weigand, William McCallum, Marta Menghini, Michael Neubrand, Gert Schubring

This book provides an overview of Felix Klein's ideas, highlighting developments in university teaching and school mathematics related to Klein's thoughts, stemming from the last century. It discusses the meaning, importance and the legacy of Klein's ideas today and in the future, within an international, global context. Presenting extended version...

Teaching and Learning of Calculus
Teaching and Learning of Calculus

by David Bressoud, Imène Ghedamsi, Victor Martinez-Luaces, Günter Törner

This survey focuses on the main trends in the field of calculus education. Despite their variety, the findings reveal a cornerstone issue that is strongly linked to the formalism of calculus concepts and to the difficulties it generates in the learning and teaching process. As a complement to the main text, an extended bibliography with some of the...

Open Source Systems: Towards Robust Practices
Open Source Systems: Towards Robust Practices

by Federico Balaguer, Roberto Di Cosmo, Alejandra Garrido, Fabio Kon, Gregorio Robles, Stefano Zacchiroli

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 13th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2017, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 2017. The 16 revised full papers and 3 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 32 submissions. The papers cover a wide range of topics related to free, l...

The Huawei and Snowden Questions
The Huawei and Snowden Questions

by Olav Lysne

PreliminaryThis book answers two central questions: firstly, is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? Secondly, can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers? In separate chapters the book takes readers through the state of the art in fields of comp...

Tuberculosis in Adults and Children
Tuberculosis in Adults and Children

by Dorothee Heemskerk, Maxine Caws, Ben Marais, Jeremy Farrar

This work contains updated and clinically relevant information about tuberculosis. It is aimed at providing a succinct overview of history and disease epidemiology, clinical presentation and the most recent scientific developments in the field of tuberculosis research, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. It may serve as a practical resour...

Water Resource Systems Planning and Management
Water Resource Systems Planning and Management

by Daniel P. Loucks, Eelco van Beek

This revised, updated textbook presents a systems approach to the planning, management, and operation of water resources infrastructure in the environment. Previously published in 2005 by UNESCO and Deltares (Delft Hydraulics at the time), this new edition, written again with contributions from Jery R. Stedinger, Jozef P. M. Dijkman, and Monique T...

Enhanced Living Environments
Enhanced Living Environments

by Ivan Ganchev, Nuno Garcia, Ciprian Dobre, Constandinos Mavromoustakis, Rossitza Goleva

This book is the final publication of the COST Action IC1303 "Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)" project.Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is an area of research based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), medical research, and sociological research. AAL is based on the notion tha...

Computer Aided Verification
Computer Aided Verification

by Isil Dillig, Serdar Tasiran

The book set LNCS 11561 and 11562 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Computer Aided Verification, CAV 2019, held in New York City, USA, in July 2019. The 52 full papers presented together with 13 tool papers and 2 case studies, were carefully reviewed and selected from 258 submissions. The papers were organ...

Brain and Human Body Modeling
Brain and Human Body Modeling

by Sergey Makarov, Marc Horner, Gregory Noetscher

This book describes modern applications of computational human modeling with specific emphasis in the areas of neurology and neuroelectromagnetics, depression and cancer treatments, radio-frequency studies and wireless communications. Special consideration is also given to the use of human modeling to the computational assessment of relevant regula...

Programming for Computations - MATLAB/Octave
Programming for Computations - MATLAB/Octave

by Svein Linge, Hans Petter Langtangen

This book presents computer programming as a key method for solving mathematical problems. There are two versions of the book, one for MATLAB and one for Python. The book was inspired by the Springer book TCSE 6: A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python (by Langtangen), but the style is more accessible and concise, in keeping with the needs o...

Lone Parenthood in the Life Course
Lone Parenthood in the Life Course

by Laura Bernardi, Dimitri Mortelmans

Lone parenthood is an increasing reality in the 21st century, reinforced by the diffusion of divorce and separation. This volume provides a comprehensive portrait of lone parenthood at the beginning of the XXI century from a life course perspective. The contributions included in this volume examine the dynamics of lone parenthood in the life course...

Designing Urban Food Policies
Designing Urban Food Policies

by Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoit Daviron, Julie Debru, Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

This book is for scientists and experts who work on urban food policies. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the urban food system sustainability and how it can be tackled by local governments. Written by a collective of researchers, this book describes the existing conceptual frameworks for an analysis of urban food policies, at ...

Energy in Africa
Energy in Africa

by Manfred Hafner, Simone Tagliapietra, Lucia de Strasser

This book presents a picture of the current energy challenges on the African continent (and the Sub-Saharan region in particular) and proposes pathways to an accelerated energy transition. Starting with an analysis of the status quo and the outlook for Africa's energy demand and energy access, it provides an account of the available resources, incl...

United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order
United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

by Cedric de Coning, Mateja Peter

This open access volume explores how UN peace operations are adapting to four trends in the changing global order: (1) the rebalancing of relations between states of the global North and the global South; (2) the rise of regional organisations as providers of peace; (3) the rise of violent extremism and fundamentalist non-state actors; and (4) incr...

High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications
High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

by Joanna Kołodziej, Horacio González-Vélez

This book is the final compendium of case studies emanated from the 4-year COST Action IC1406 "High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications" (cHiPSet). Funded by the European Commission from 2015, cHiPSet has created a sustainable reference network linking applied research in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Mod...

Pro TBB
Pro TBB

by Michael Voss, Rafael  Asenjo, James Reinders

This book is a modern guide for all C++ programmers to learn Threading Building Blocks (TBB). Written by TBB and parallel programming experts, this book reflects their collective decades of experience in developing and teaching parallel programming with TBB, offering their insights in an approachable manner. Throughout the book the authors present ...

Advances in Wheat Genetics: From Genome to Field
Advances in Wheat Genetics: From Genome to Field

by Yasunari Ogihara, Shigeo Takumi, Hirokazu Handa

This proceedings is a collection of 46 selected papers that were presented at the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (IWGS). Since the launch of the wheat genome sequencing project in 2005, the arrival of draft genome sequences has marked a new era in wheat genetics and genomics, catalyzing rapid advancement in the field. This book provide...

The Emigrant Communities of Latvia
The Emigrant Communities of Latvia

by Rita Kaša, Inta Mieriņa

This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and – in the case of return migration - re-integration in their home country. In the context of European migration, the book describes the case of Latvia, which is interesting...

Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea
Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea

by Michael Gilek, Mikael Karlsson, Sebastian Linke, Katarzyna Smolarz

This edited volume presents a comprehensive and coherent interdisciplinary analysis of challenges and possibilities for sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystem by combining knowledge and approaches from natural and social sciences. Focusing on the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) and associated multi-level, multi-sector and multi-a...

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions
R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the ...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas....

Teaching Tolerance in a Globalized World
Teaching Tolerance in a Globalized World

by Andrés Sandoval-Hernández, Maria Magdalena Isac, Daniel Miranda

This open access thematic report identifies factors and conditions that can help schools and education systems promote tolerance in a globalized world. The IEA's International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS) is a comparative research program designed to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens,...

Knowledge and Institutions
Knowledge and Institutions

by Johannes Glückler, Roy Suddaby, Regina Lenz

This book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabli...

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches
Global History and New Polycentric Approaches

by Manuel Perez Garcia, Lucio De Sousa

Rethinking the ways global history is envisioned and conceptualized in diverse countries such as China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, this collections considers how global issues are connected with our local and national communities. It examines how the discipline had evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its eme...

Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands
Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands

by Marc C. Willemsen

Governments have known since the 1960s that smoking results in irreversible health damage. This book examines why governments have done so little to combat this when they have been aware of the problem and its solutions for decades. What are the strategies and decisions that make a difference, given that policy environments are often not conducive ...

Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies
Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies

by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz

This book covers the main issues, challenges and techniques concerning the application of qualitative methodologies to the study of migration. It discusses theoretical, epistemological and empirical questions that must be considered before, during, and after undertaking qualitative research in migration studies. It also covers recent innovative dev...

Snow Sports Trauma and Safety
Snow Sports Trauma and Safety

by Irving S. Scher, Richard M. Greenwald, Nicola Petrone

This book covers the latest in snow sport epidemiology, snow sport injuries and treatment, and biomechanical/mechanical engineering related to snow sports injuries (mechanisms of injury, injury prevention by equipment design, injury prevention by design of resort features, and more). It brings together a collection of papers from the International ...

Modelling our Changing World
Modelling our Changing World

by Jennifer L. Castle, David F. Hendry

This book focuses on the concepts, tools and techniques needed to successfully model ever-changing time-series data. It emphasizes the need for general models to account for the complexities of the modern world and how these can be applied to a range of issues facing Earth, from modelling volcanic eruptions, carbon dioxide emissions and global temp...

Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics
Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics

by Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogeneti...

Dynamics of Long-Life Assets
Dynamics of Long-Life Assets

by Stefan N. Grösser, Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona, Göran Granholm

The editors present essential methods and tools to support a holistic approach to the challenge of system upgrades and innovation in the context of high-value products and services. The approach presented here is based on three main pillars: an adaptation mechanism based on a broad understanding of system dependencies; efficient use of system knowl...

Nordic Mediation Research
Nordic Mediation Research

by Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian

This book presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively. Each study highlights important aspects of mediation, including the role of children in family mediation, the evolution and ambivalent application of restorative justice in the Nordic countries, the confusion of roles in cour...

The Philosophy of Mathematics Education
The Philosophy of Mathematics Education

by Paul Ernest, Ole Skovsmose, Jean Paul van Bendegem, Maria Bicudo, Roger Miarka, Ladislav Kvasz, Regina Moeller

This survey provides a brief and selective overview of research in the philosophy of mathematics education. It asks what makes up the philosophy of mathematics education, what it means, what questions it asks and answers, and what is its overall importance and use? It provides overviews of critical mathematics education, and the most relevant mode...

Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture
Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture

by Todd S. Rosenstock, Mariana C. Rufino, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, Lini Wollenberg, Meryl Richards

​​This book provides standards and guidelines for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and removals in smallholder agricultural systems and comparing options for climate change mitigation based on emission reductions and livelihood trade-offs. Globally, agriculture is directly responsible for about 11% of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a...

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education

by Julian Williams, Wolff-Michael Roth, David Swanson, Brian Doig, Susie Groves, Michael Omuvwie, Rita Borromeo Ferri, Nicholas Mousoulides

This book provides an essential introduction to the state-of the-art in interdisciplinary Mathematics Education. First, it begins with an outline of the field's relevant historical, conceptual and theoretical backgrounds, what "discipline" means and how inter-, trans-, and meta-disciplinary activities can be understood. Relevant theoretic...

Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality
Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality

by Margaret O'Brien, Karin Wall

This book portrays men's experiences of home alone leave and how it affects their lives and family gender roles in different policy contexts and explores how this unique parental leave design is implemented in these contrasting policy regimes. The book brings together three major theoretical strands: social policy, in particular the literature on...

Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations
Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

The Bluefin Tuna Fishery in the Bay of Biscay
The Bluefin Tuna Fishery in the Bay of Biscay

by José Luis Cort , Pablo Abaunza

This book is an original contribution to the knowledge on fishing and research associated with one of the most enigmatic fish of our seas: bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L.). Based on available evidence, it reconstructs the possible methods used to catch large spawners in the Strait of Gibraltar thousands of years ago and describes the much more re...

Internet of Things
Internet of Things

by Leon Strous, Vinton Cerf

First IFIP International Cross-Domain Conference, IFIPIoT 2018, Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018, Poznan, Poland, September 18-19, 2018, Revised Selected Papers...

Empirical Research in Statistics Education
Empirical Research in Statistics Education

by Andreas Eichler, Lucía Zapata-Cardona

This ICME-13 Topical Survey provides a review of recent research into statistics education, with a focus on empirical research published in established educational journals and on the proceedings of important conferences on statistics education. It identifies and addresses six key research topics, namely: teachers' knowledge; teachers' role in stat...

Values and Valuing in Mathematics Education
Values and Valuing in Mathematics Education

by Philip Clarkson, Wee Tiong Seah, JeongSuk Pang

This engaging free book discusses how a values and valuing perspective can facilitate a more effective mathematics pedagogical experience, and allows readers to explore multiple applications of the values perspective across different education systems. It also clearly shows that teaching mathematics involves not only reasoning and feelings, but als...

Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy
Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy

by Arthur Pecher, Jens Peter Kofoed

Тhis book offers a concise, practice-oriented reference-guide to the field of ocean wave energy. The ten chapters highlight the key rules of thumb, address all the main technical engineering aspects and describe in detail all the key aspects to be considered in the techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters. Written in an easy-to-underst...

Habitats and Biota of the Gulf of Mexico: Before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Habitats and Biota of the Gulf of Mexico: Before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by C. Herb Ward

The Gulf of Mexico is an open and dynamic marine ecosystem rich in natural resources but heavily impacted by human activities, including agricultural, industrial, commercial and coastal development. Nutrients and pollutants from coastal communities and dozens of rivers flow into the Gulf, including material from the Mississippi River watershed, whi...

Finite Difference Computing with PDEs
Finite Difference Computing with PDEs

by Hans Petter Langtangen, Svein Linge

This easy-to-read book introduces the basics of solving partial differential equations by means of finite difference methods. Unlike many of the traditional academic works on the topic, this book was written for practitioners. Accordingly, it especially addresses: the construction of finite difference schemes, formulation and implementation of algo...

Integration Processes and Policies in Europe
Integration Processes and Policies in Europe

by Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Rinus Penninx

In this book, experts on integration processes, integration policies, transnationalism, and the migration and development framework provide an academic assessment of the 2011 European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, which calls for integration policies in the EU to involve not only immigrants and their society of settlement, ...

S-BPM in the Wild
S-BPM in the Wild

by Albert Fleischmann, Werner Schmidt, Christian Stary

This is the first book to present field studies on the application of subject-oriented business process management (S-BPM). Each case presents a specific story and focuses on an essential modeling or implementation issue, and most end with implications or suggestions for further studies. Significant variables and success factors are identified that...

Self-Assembled Molecules – New Kind of Protein Ligands
Self-Assembled Molecules – New Kind of Protein Ligands

by Irena Roterman, Leszek Konieczny

The subject of this book relates to protein ligands with particular structural and complexation properties. They are composed of self-assembled molecules, capable of penetrating as a unit into proteins outside the binding site. The ribbon-like supramolecular system only permits the penetration of self-assembled molecules into the protein-body and f...

Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science
Fundamentals of Clinical Data Science

by Pieter Kubben, Michel Dumontier, Andre Dekker

This book comprehensively covers the fundamentals of clinical data science, focusing on data collection, modelling and clinical applications. Topics covered in the first section on data collection include: data sources, data at scale (big data), data stewardship (FAIR data) and related privacy concerns. Aspects of predictive modelling using tec...

Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe

by Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann, Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis, Gail Bolan

This book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively...

Beyond Safety Training
Beyond Safety Training

by Corinne Bieder, Claude Gilbert, Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche

This book investigates why, despite more and more resources devoted to safety training, expectations are not entirely met, particularly in the industrial sectors that have already achieved a high safety level. It not only reflects the most precious viewpoints of experts from different disciplines, different countries, with experiences in various in...

Rethinking the Internet of Things
Rethinking the Internet of Things

by Francis daCosta, Byron Henderson

Rethinking the Internet of Things was a 2014 Jolt Award Finalist, the highest honor for a programming book. And the amazing part is that there is no code in the book. Over the next decade, most devices connected to the Internet will not be used by people in the familiar way that personal computers, tablets and smart phones are. Billions of inter...

The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy
The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy

by Gabriella Romano

This book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression fo...

Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities
Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities

by Birgit Glorius, Jeroen Doomernik

This book describes how the numerous arrivals of asylum seekers since 2015 shaped reception and integration processes in Europe. It addresses the structuration of asylum and reception systems, and spaces and places of reception on European, national, regional and local level. It also analyses perceptions and discourses on asylum and refugees, their...

Between Mobility and Migration
Between Mobility and Migration

by Peter Scholten, Mark van Ostaijen

This book offers a critical perspective on intra-European mobility and migration by using new empirical data and theoretical discussions. It develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of the consequences of intra-European movement for sending and receiving urban regions in The Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Poland and Czech Republic. The ...

Ethics and Civil Drones
Ethics and Civil Drones

by María de Miguel Molina, Virginia Santamarina Campos

This book disseminates some of the results of the European H2020 AiRT Project (Technology transfer of RPAs for the creative industry). In particular, it presents findings related to mitigating safety and security concerns when civil drones are piloted by the service sector (mainly, the creative industry). European policies regarding drones generall...

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development
Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development

by Franz W. Gatzweiler, Joachim von Braun

The aim of the book is to present contributions in theory, policy and practice to the science and policy of sustainable intensification by means of technological and institutional innovations in agriculture. The research insights re from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The purpose of this book is to be a reference for students, scholars and prac...

Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades
Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades

by Maria Bartolini Bussi, Xu Hua Sun

This twenty-third ICMI Study addresses for the first time mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school (and pre-school) setting, while also taking international perspectives, socio-cultural diversity and institutional constraints into account. One of the main challenges of designing the first ICMI primary school study of this kind is the...

Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent
Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent

by Ammar Wahbi, Lee Heng, Gerd Dercon

This book provides methods for the estimation of Biomass Water Equivalent (BEW), an essential step for improving the accuracy of area-wide soil moisture by cosmic-ray neutron sensors (CRNS). Three techniques are explained in detail: (i) traditional in-situ destructive sampling, (ii) satellite based remote sensing of plant surfaces, and (iii) biom...

Nanoinformatics
Nanoinformatics

by Isao Tanaka

This book brings out the state of the art on how informatics-based tools are used and expected to be used in nanomaterials research. There has been great progress in the area in which "big-data" generated by experiments or computations are fully utilized to accelerate discovery of new materials, key factors, and design rules. Data-intensi...

Programming for Computations - Python
Programming for Computations - Python

by Svein Linge, Hans Petter Langtangen

This book presents computer programming as a key method for solving mathematical problems. There are two versions of the book, one for MATLAB and one for Python. The book was inspired by the Springer book TCSE 6: A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python (by Langtangen), but the style is more accessible and concise, in keeping with the needs o...

Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India
Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India

by Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman

'This book… brings together high quality research, real world pragmatism and an understanding of the politics of Indian food systems.' – Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN and 2018 World Food Prize Laureate'[The authors] have done a masterful job of [demonstrating] paradoxes of India's rapid economic growth concurrently with… persisten...

International Comparative Studies in Mathematics
International Comparative Studies in Mathematics

by Jinfa Cai, Ida A.Mok, Vijay Reddy, Kaye Stacey

It argues that the main purpose of educational research is to improve student learning, and that international comparative studies are no exception....

Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany
Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany

by Nicole Wellbrock, Andreas Bolte

This book is an open access publication.Forest ecosystems in Central Europe are changing as a result of anthropogenic influences and changing climate conditions. As such, a large-scale monitoring programme was undertaken in order to understand the influence of site modification, deposition of air pollutants, and climate. This book presents the sci...

Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry
Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry

by Alberto Troccoli

This book showcases the burgeoning area of applied research at the intersection between weather and climate science and the energy industry. It illustrates how better communication between science and industry can help both sides. By opening a dialogue, scientists can understand the broader context for their work and the energy industry is able to ...

Communicative Figurations
Communicative Figurations

by Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter, Uwe Hasebrink

This open access volume is about how to research the influence of our changing media environment. Today, there is not one single medium that is the driving force of change. With the spreading of various technical communication media such as mobile phone and internet platforms, we are confronted with a media manifold of deep mediatization. But how c...

Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus
Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

by Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

This book provides insight on current patterns of migration in Switzerland, which fall along a continuum from long-term and permanent to more temporary and fluid. These patterns are shaped by the interplay of legal norms, economic drivers and societal factors. The various dimensions of this Migration-Mobility Nexus are investigated by means of new...

Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy
Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy

by Annemiek Punter, Cees A. Glas, Martina R. Meelissen

This volume offers insights from modelling measures of parental involvement and their relationship with student reading literacy across countries, exploring and incorporating cultural differences. This is a significant contribution to a field where cross-cultural comparisons from a triangulated perspective are sparse. For readers interested in expl...

A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions
A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions

by Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Stéphane Cullati, Amanda Sacker, David Blane

This book examines health trajectories and health transitions at different stages of the life course, including childhood, adulthood and later life. It provides findings that assess the role of biological and social transitions on health status over time.The essays examine a wide range of health issues, including the consequences of military servic...

Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants
Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants

by Hitoshi Sawada, Naokazu Inoue, Megumi Iwano

This book contains the proceedings of the International Symposium on the Mechanisms of Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants, where many plant and animal reproductive biologists gathered to discuss their recent progress in investigating the shared mechanisms and factors involved in sexual reproduction. This now is the first book that reviews re...

Reality Lost
Reality Lost

by Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard

This book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state.The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be convert...

The Challenge of Chance
The Challenge of Chance

by Klaas Landsman, Ellen van Wolde

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introductio...

Solidarity in Europe
Solidarity in Europe

by Christian Lahusen, Maria T. Grasso

This open access volume provides evidence-based knowledge on European solidarity and citizen responses in times of crisis. Does the crisis of European integration translate into a crisis of European solidarity, and if yes, what are the manifestations at the level of individual citizens? How strongly is solidarity rooted at the individual level, bot...

25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries
25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries

by Jeroen Huisman, Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin

This book is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved int...

Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology
Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

Genome Editing in Neurosciences
Genome Editing in Neurosciences

by Rudolf Jaenisch, Feng Zhang, Fred Gage

Innovations in molecular biology are allowing neuroscientists to study the brain with unprecedented resolution, from the level of single molecules to integrated gene circuits. Chief among these innovations is the CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology, which has the precision and scalability to tackle the complexity of the brain. This Colloque Médec...

Drones and the Creative Industry
Drones and the Creative Industry

by Virginia Santamarina-Campos, Marival Segarra-Oña

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied ...

Factories of the Future
Factories of the Future

by Tullio Tolio, Giacomo Copani, Walter Terkaj

This book presents results relevant in the manufacturing research field, that are mainly aimed at closing the gap between the academic investigation and the industrial application, in collaboration with manufacturing companies. Several hardware and software prototypes represent the key outcome of the scientific contributions that can be grouped int...

Twin-Control
Twin-Control

by Mikel Armendia, Mani Ghassempouri, Erdem Ozturk, Flavien Peysson

This book summarizes the results of the European research project "Twin-model based virtual manufacturing for machine tool-process simulation and control" (Twin-Control). The first part reviews the applications of ICTs in machine tools and manufacturing, from a scientific and industrial point of view, and introduces the Twin-Control appro...

Research on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at the Tertiary Level
Research on Teaching and Learning Mathematics at the Tertiary Level

by Irene Biza, Victor Giraldo, Reinhard Hochmuth, Azimeh Sadat Khakbaz, Chris Rasmussen

This topical survey focuses on research in tertiary mathematics education, a field that has experienced considerable growth over the last 10 years. Drawing on the most recent journal publications as well as the latest advances from recent high-quality conference proceedings, our review culls out the following five emergent areas of interest: mathem...

Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education

by Gabriele Kaiser

The book presents the Proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) and is based on the presentations given at the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13). ICME-13 took place from 24th- 31st July 2016 at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg (Germany). The congress was hosted by the Societ...

Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics
Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics

by Thomas Piecha, Peter Schroeder-Heister

This volume is the first ever collection devoted to the field of proof-theoretic semantics. Contributions address topics including the systematics of introduction and elimination rules and proofs of normalization, the categorial characterization of deductions, the relation between Heyting's and Gentzen's approaches to meaning, knowability paradoxes...

Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting
Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting

by Tommy Bengtsson, Nico Keilman

This book describes methods of mortality forecasting and discusses possible improvements. It contains a selection of previously unpublished and published papers, which together provide a state-of-the-art overview of statistical approaches as well as behavioural and biological perspectives. The different parts of the book provide discussions of cu...

Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries
Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries

by Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal

This report provides an overview of policy strategies on early childhood education settings (from birth to primary schooling) in eight countries. Data were collected using a policy questionnaire addressed to and completed by the National Research Coordinator(s) (NRC) of Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Poland, the Russian Federat...

New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology
New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology

by Naoko Sonoda

This book presents up-to-date information about museums and museology in present-day Asia, focusing on Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Thailand.Asian countries today have developed or are developing their own museology and museums, which are not simple copies of European or North American models. This book provides readers with carefully chosen examp...

The Illusion of Risk Control
The Illusion of Risk Control

by Gilles Motet, Corinne Bieder

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorl...

Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

This book reports the results from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in March 2011. This is the second volume from the research groups formed in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences of The University of ...

The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin
The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin

by Antonella Vastola

This book is focused on the challenges to implement sustainability in diverse contexts such as agribusiness, natural resource systems and new technologies. The experiences made by the researchers of the School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Science (SAFE) of the University of Basilicata offer a wide and multidisciplinary approach...

Automated Machine Learning
Automated Machine Learning

by Frank Hutter, Lars Kotthoff, Joaquin Vanschoren

This book presents the first comprehensive overview of general methods in Automated Machine Learning (AutoML), collects descriptions of existing systems based on these methods, and discusses the first series of international challenges of AutoML systems. The recent success of commercial ML applications and the rapid growth of the field has created ...

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South
Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South

by Arul Chib, Julian May, Roxana Barrantes

The second volume in the SIRCA book series investigates the impact of information society initiatives by extending the boundaries of academic research into the realm of practice. Global in scope, it includes contributions and research projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approach...

Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems
Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems

by Jun-ichiro Ishibashi, Kyoko Okino, Michinari Sunamura

This book is the comprehensive volume of the TAIGA ("a great river " in Japanese) project. Supported by the Japanese government, the project examined the hypothesis that the subseafloor fluid advection system (subseafloor TAIGA) can be categorized into four types, TAIGAs of sulfur, hydrogen, carbon (methane), and iron, according to the ...

S-BPM in the Production Industry
S-BPM in the Production Industry

by Matthias Neubauer, Christian Stary

This volume presents several case studies highlighting the latest findings in Industry 4.0 projects utilizing S-BPM features. Their potential is explored in detail, while the limits of engineering a company from a communication-centred perspective are also discussed. After a general introduction and an overview of the book in chapter 1, chapter 2 ...

Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China
Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China

by Gert Brunekreeft, Till Luhmann, Tobias Menz, Sven-Uwe Müller, Paul Recknagel

A series of reforms have greatly improved the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of the Chinese power sector. However, significant challenges remain: rapidly rising electricity demand, concerns about power system reliability and energy security, environmental degradation and climate change. China's government explicitly set up t...

Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds
Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds

by Kaoru Nakata, Hiroya Sugisaki

This book presents the results from the Japanese Fisheries Research Agency's 3-year intensive monitoring of radionuclides in a variety of fish, plankton, benthos, and their living environments after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in March 2011. The book reveals the dynamics of contamination processes in marine and freshwa...

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime
Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime

by Francesca Billiani, Laura Pennacchietti

Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime discusses the relationship between the novel and architecture during the Fascist period in Italy (1922-1943). By looking at two profoundly diverse aesthetic phenomena within the context of the creation of a Fascist State art, Billiani and Pennacchietti argue that an effort of construction,...

Teaching and Learning About Whole Numbers in Primary School
Teaching and Learning About Whole Numbers in Primary School

by Terezinha Nunes, Beatriz Vargas Dorneles, Pi-Jen  Lin, Elisabeth Rathgeb-Schnierer

This book offers a theory for the analysis of how children learn and are taught about whole numbers. Two meanings of numbers are distinguished – the analytical meaning, defined by the number system, and the representational meaning, identified by the use of numbers as conventional signs that stand for quantities. This framework makes it possible ...

The European Landing Obligation
The European Landing Obligation

by Sven Sebastian Uhlmann, Clara Ulrich, Steven J. Kennelly

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the European Landing Obligation policy from many relevant perspectives. It includes evaluations of its impacts at economical, socio-cultural, ecological and institutional levels. It also discusses the feasibility and benefits of several potential mitigation strategies. The book was timely published,...

Railway Ecology
Railway Ecology

by Luís Borda-de-Água, Rafael Barrientos, Pedro Beja, Henrique Miguel Pereira

This book provides a unique overview of the impacts of railways on biodiversity, integrating the existing knowledge on the ecological effects of railways on wildlife, identifying major knowledge gaps and research directions and presenting the emerging field of railway ecology. The book is divided into two major parts: Part one offers a general revi...

Solving PDEs in Python
Solving PDEs in Python

by Hans Petter Langtangen, Anders Logg

This book offers a concise and gentle introduction to finite element programming in Python based on the popular FEniCS software library. Using a series of examples, including the Poisson equation, the equations of linear elasticity, the incompressible Navier - Stokes equations, and systems of nonlinear advection - diffusion - reaction equations, it...

Sepsis Management in Resource-limited Settings
Sepsis Management in Resource-limited Settings

by Arjen M. Dondorp, Martin W. Dünser, Marcus J. Schultz

It constitutes a unique source of knowledge and guidance for all healthcare workers who care for patients with sepsis and septic shock in resource-limited settings. More than eighty percent of the worldwide deaths related to sepsis occur in resource-limited settings in low and middle-income countries. Current international sepsis guidelines cannot ...

Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools
Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools

by Alexander Supalov, Andrey Semin, Michael Klemm, Christopher Dahnken

Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools takes the reader on a tour of the fast-growing area of high performance computing and the optimization of hybrid programs. These programs typically combine distributed memory and shared memory programming models and use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and OpenMP for multi-threading to achieve...

The EBMT Handbook
The EBMT Handbook

by Enric Carreras, Carlo Dufour, Mohamad Mohty, Nicolaus Kröger

This Open Access 7th edition of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) handbook addresses the latest developments and innovations in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy. Consisting of 93 chapters, it has been written by 175 leading experts in the field. Discussing all types of stem cell and bone ...

The Future of the Law of the Sea
The Future of the Law of the Sea

by Gemma Andreone

It explores the diverse phenomena which are challenging the international law of the sea today, using the unique perspective of a simultaneous analysis of the national, individual and common interests at stake. This perspective, which all the contributors bear in mind when treating their own topic, also constitutes a useful element in the effort to...

Freshwater Microplastics
Freshwater Microplastics

by Martin Wagner, Scott Lambert

This volume focuses on microscopic plastic debris, also referred to as microplastics, which have been detected in aquatic environments around the globe and have accordingly raised serious concerns. The book explores whether microplastics represent emerging contaminants in freshwater systems, an area that remains underrepresented to date. Given th...

Evidence Use in Health Policy Making
Evidence Use in Health Policy Making

by Justin Parkhurst, Stefanie Ettelt, Benjamin Hawkins

This book provides a set of conceptual, empirical, and comparative chapters that apply a public policy perspective to investigate the political and institutional factors driving the use of evidence to inform health policy in low, middle, and high income settings. The work presents key findings from the Getting Research Into Policy (GRIP-Health) pro...

The Plight of Older Workers
The Plight of Older Workers

by Isabel Baumann

This book examines the economic, social, and psychological consequences of manufacturing plant closure at the individual level. Using an original data set of over 1,200 workers from Switzerland who lost their manufacturing jobs after the financial crisis of 2008, the author analyzes the determinants of reemployment, the sector of reemployment, and ...

Proceedings of the Scientific-Practical Conference "Research and Development - 2016"
Proceedings of the Scientific-Practical Conference "Research and Development - 2016"

by K. V. Anisimov, A. V. Dub, S. K. Kolpakov, A. V. Lisitsa, A. N. Petrov, V. P. Polukarov, O. S. Popel, V. A. Vinokurov

It relates to the III Annual Conference hosted by the Russian Federal Ministry of Education and Science in December 2016. This event has summarized, analyzed and discussed the interim results, academic outputs and scientific achievements of the Russian Federal Targeted Programme for Research and Development in priority areas of development of the R...

Housing Market Dynamics in Africa
Housing Market Dynamics in Africa

by El-hadj M. Bah, Issa Faye, Zekebweliwai F. Geh

This book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors invest...

Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector
Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

With technology standards becoming increasingly common, particularly in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, the complexities and contradictions at the interface of intellectual property law and competition law have emerged strongly. This book talks about how the regulatory agencies and courts in the United States, European U...

Biomineralization
Biomineralization

by Kazuyoshi Endo, Toshihiro Kogure, Hiromichi Nagasawa

This book is the proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Biomineralization (BIOMIN XIV) held in 2017 at Tsukuba. Over the past 45 years, biomineralization research has unveiled details of the characteristics of the nano-structure of various biominerals; the formation mechanism of this nano-structure, including the initial stage of cryst...

14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)
14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)

by Sergey Glagolev

This open access proceedings of the 14th International Council for Applied Mineralogy Congress (ICAM) in Belgorod, Russia cover a wide range of topics including applied mineralogy, advanced and construction materials, ore and industrial minerals, mineral exploration, cultural heritage, etc. It includes contributions to geometallurgy, industrial min...

Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy
Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy

by Jeffrey Johnson, Andrzej Nowak, Paul Ormerod, Bridget Rosewell, Yi-Cheng Zhang

The overall aim of this book, an outcome of the European FP7 FET Open NESS project, is to contribute to the ongoing effort to put the quantitative social sciences on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus is economics, and its implications on policy making, where the still dominant traditional approach increasingly struggles to capture ...

Business Models for the Data Economy
Business Models for the Data Economy

by Q Ethan McCallum, Ken Gleason

You're sitting on a pile of interesting data. How do you transform that into money? It's easy to focus on the contents of the data itself, and to succumb to the (rather unimaginative) idea of simply collecting and reselling it in raw form. While that's certainly profitable right now, you'd do well to explore other opportunities if you expect to be ...

What Is Data Science?
What Is Data Science?

by Mike Loukides

We've all heard it: according to Hal Varian, statistics is the next sexy job. Five years ago, in What is Web 2.0, Tim O'Reilly said that "data is the next Intel Inside." But what does that statement mean? Why do we suddenly care about statistics and about data? This report examines the many sides of data science - the technologies, the co...

Programming Persistent Memory
Programming Persistent Memory

by Steve Scargall

Beginning and experienced programmers will use this comprehensive guide to persistent memory programming. You will understand how persistent memory brings together several new software/hardware requirements, and offers great promise for better performance and faster application startup times - a huge leap forward in byte-addressable capacity compar...

Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law
Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law

by Alison Bone, Paul Maharg

The Assessment in Legal Education book series offers perspectives on assessment in legal education across a range of Common Law jurisdictions. Each volume in the series provides: Information on assessment practices and cultures within a jurisdiction.A sample of innovative assessment practices and designs in a jurisdiction.Insights into how assessm...

The Chinese Economic Transformation
The Chinese Economic Transformation

by Ligang Song, Yixiao Zhou, Luke Hurst

The Chinese Economic Transformation, the 19th volume in the China Update book series, provides an opportunity for young economists to share their views on various issues relating to the Chinese economic transformation. More than half of the contributors to this book are female scholars. Some of the contributors are rising stars in the studies of th...

Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime
Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime

by Helena Machado, Rafaela Granja

This book uses a critical sociological perspective to explore contemporary ways of reformulating the governance of crime through genetics. Through the lens of scientific knowledge and genetic technology, Machado and Granja offer a unique perspective on current trends in crime governance. They explore the place and role of genetics in criminal justi...

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement

by Steven K. Kapp

This book marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. Sandwiched by editorial chapters that include critical analysis, the book contains 19 chapters by 21 authors about th...

The Future of Software Quality Assurance
The Future of Software Quality Assurance

by Stephan Goericke

This book, published to mark the 15th anniversary of the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), is intended to raise the profile of software testers and their profession. It gathers contributions by respected software testing experts in order to highlight the state of the art as well as future challenges and trends. In addition, it covers...

Internal Diversity
Internal Diversity

by Sonja Moghaddari

This book explores the interrelation between diversity in migrants' internal relations and their experience of inequality in local and global contexts. Taking the case of Hamburg-based Iranians, it traces evaluation processes in ties between professionals - artists and entrepreneurs - since the 1930s, examining migrants' potential to act upon hiera...

Industrial Internet
Industrial Internet

by Jon Bruner

Consumer networks have revolutionized the way companies understand and reach their customers, making possible intricate measurement and accurate prediction at every step of every transaction. The same revolution is underway in our infrastructure, where new generations of sensor-laden power plants, cars and medical devices will generate vast quantit...

Migrating Big Data Analytics into the Cloud
Migrating Big Data Analytics into the Cloud

by Mike Barlow

Just how strong is the movement of big data analytics to the cloud? This report, based on a survey by O'Reilly data analyst John King, reveals that the desire among corporations to adopt big data-as-a-service is gaining momentum-and that many organizations with big data cloud experience are likely to expand their use. King's recent survey of IT ...

Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring
Lightweight Systems for Realtime Monitoring

by Sam Newman

If you're looking to access and make sense of all your data in real time, there's a more cost-effective and efficient way than using expensive commercial tool suites. In this O'Reilly report, Sam Newman from ThoughtWorks describes several small, freely available open source tools and frameworks for freeing data locked up in silos and letting it flo...

Think Python
Think Python

by Allen Downey

If you want to learn how to program, working with Python is an excellent way to start. This hands-on guide takes you through the language a step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design. This second edition and its supporting code have been updated for...

Think DSP
Think DSP

by Allen Downey

If you understand basic mathematics and know how to program with Python, you're ready to dive into signal processing. While most resources start with theory to teach this complex subject, this practical book introduces techniques by showing you how they're applied in the real world. In the first chapter alone, you'll be able to decompose a sound in...

Graph Databases
Graph Databases

by Ian Robinson, Jim Webber, Emil Eifrem

Discover how graph databases can help you manage and query highly connected data. With this practical book, you'll learn how to design and implement a graph database that brings the power of graphs to bear on a broad range of problem domains. Whether you want to speed up your response to user queries or build a database that can adapt as your busin...

Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research
Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research

by Jennifer Edmond

How does technology impact research practices in the humanities? How does digitisation shape scholarly identity? How do we negotiate trust in the digital realm? What is scholarship, what forms can it take, and how does it acquire authority? This diverse set of essays demonstrate the importance of asking such questions, bringing together establis...

Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice
Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice

by Ingrid Robeyns

How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing, freedom, and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from life? The capability approach, a theoretical framework pioneered by the philosopher and economist Amartya Sen in the 1980s, has become an increasingly influential way to ...

Essays on Paula Rego
Essays on Paula Rego

by Maria Manuel Lisboa

In these powerful and stylishly written essays, Maria Manuel Lisboa dissects the work of Paula Rego, the Portuguese-born artist considered one of the greatest artists of modern times. Focusing primarily on Rego's work since the 1980s, Lisboa explores the complex relationships between violence and nurturing, power and impotence, politics and the fam...

Graph Algorithms
Graph Algorithms

by Mark Needham, Amy Hodler

Learn how graph algorithms can help you leverage relationships within your data to develop intelligent solutions and enhance your machine learning models. With this practical guide, developers and data scientists will discover how graph analytics deliver value, whether they're used for building dynamic network models or forecasting real-world behav...

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research
Systematic Reviews in Educational Research

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Michael Kerres, Svenja Bedenlier, Melissa Bond, Katja Buntins

In this volume, international researchers of the field describe and discuss the systematic review method in its application to research in education. Alongside fundamental methodical considerations, reflections and practice examples are included and provide an introduction and overview on systematic reviews in education research. Reflections on th...

The Potato Crop
The Potato Crop

by Hugo Campos, Oscar Ortiz

This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption...

Programming for Computations - Python
Programming for Computations - Python

by Svein Linge, Hans Petter Langtangen

This book presents computer programming as a key method for solving mathematical problems. This second edition of the well-received book has been extensively revised: All code is now written in Python version 3.6 (no longer version 2.7). In addition, the two first chapters of the previous edition have been extended and split up into five new chapte...

Molecular Mechanism of Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension
Molecular Mechanism of Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension

by Toshio Nakanishi, H. Scott Baldwin, Jeffrey R. Fineman, Hiroyuki Yamagishi

This free book focuses on the molecular mechanism of congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, offering new insights into the development of pulmonary circulation and the ductus arteriosus. It describes in detail the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and morphogenesis of the heart, lungs and ductus arteriosus, covering a r...

Perspectives on European Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
Perspectives on European Earthquake Engineering and Seismology

by Atilla Ansal

This book collects 4 keynote and 15 theme lectures presented at the 2nd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (2ECEES), held in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 24 to 29, 2014. The conference was organized by the Turkish Earthquake Foundation - Earthquake Engineering Committee and Prime Ministry, Disaster and Emergency Managemen...

Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies
Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies

by Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guiton

This book provides insight into the implementation of Life Cycle approaches along the entire business value chain, supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability related to the development of industrial technologies, products, services and policies; and the development and management of smart agricultural systems, smart mobility syste...

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos
Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos

by Amelie G. Ramirez, Edward J. Trapido

This book gives an overview of the sessions, panel discussions, and outcomes of the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference, held in February 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and hosted by the Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.Latinos – the largest, youngest, and fastest-grow...

Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia
Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia

by Jens Drummer, Gafurjon Hakimov, Mamatair Joldoshov, Thomas Köhler, Svetlana Udartseva

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. This open access volume presents papers on vocational education, project-based learning and science didactic approaches, illustrating with sample cases, and with a special focus on Central Asian states. Thematically embedded in the area of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the book e...

Foundations of Trusted Autonomy
Foundations of Trusted Autonomy

by Hussein A. Abbass, Jason Scholz, Darryn J. Reid

This book establishes the foundations needed to realize the ultimate goals for artificial intelligence, such as autonomy and trustworthiness. Aimed at scientists, researchers, technologists, practitioners, and students, it brings together contributions offering the basics, the challenges and the state-of-the-art on trusted autonomous systems in a s...

Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Connectomics of the Brain
Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Connectomics of the Brain

by Henry Kennedy, David C. Van Essen, Yves Christen

This book has brought together leading investigators who work in the new arena of brain connectomics. This includes 'macro-connectome' efforts to comprehensively chart long-distance pathways and functional networks; 'micro-connectome' efforts to identify every neuron, axon, dendrite, synapse, and glial process within restricted brain regions; and '...

Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe
Same-Sex Families and Legal Recognition in Europe

by Marie Digoix

This free book focuses on family diversity from a legal, demographical and sociological perspective. It investigates what is at stake in the life of homosexuals in the field of family formation, parenting and parenthood, what it brings to everyday life, the support of the law, and what its absence implies. The book shows the paths leading to the ad...

Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design
Models, Methods and Tools for Product Service Design

by Laura Cattaneo, Sergio Terzi

This free book summarizes research being pursued within the Manutelligence project, the goal of which is to help enterprises develop smart, social and flexible products with high value added services. Manutelligence has improved Product and Service Design by developing suitable models and methods, and connecting them through a modular, collaborativ...

West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways
West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways

by Mora L. McLean

This open access edited collection explores obstacles that impede, and potential pathways toward improving, the material and psychological well-being of youth in and from West Africa. Contributors range from researchers to practitioners, offering a transatlantic, transcontinental set of perspectives on the mounting evidence that, whether they resid...

Divorce in Europe
Divorce in Europe

by Dimitri Mortelmans

This free book collects the major discussions in divorce research in Europe. It starts with an understanding of divorce trends. Why was divorce increasing so rapidly throughout the US and Europe and do we see signs of a turn? Do cohabitation breakups influence divorce trends or is there a renewed stability on the partner market?In terms of divorce...

Urban Planning Against Poverty
Urban Planning Against Poverty

by Jean-Claude Bolay

This free book revisits the theoretical foundations of urban planning and the application of these concepts and methods in the context of Southern countries by examining several case studies from different regions of the world. For instance, the case of Koudougou, a medium-sized city in one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, with ...

Protocols for Pre-Field Screening of Mutants for Salt Tolerance in Rice, Wheat and Barley
Protocols for Pre-Field Screening of Mutants for Salt Tolerance in Rice, Wheat and Barley

by Souleymane Bado, Brian P. Forster, Abdelbagi M.A. Ghanim, Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak, Günter Berthold, Liu Luxiang

This book offers effective, low-cost and user-friendly protocols for the pre-field selection of salt-tolerant mutants in cereal crops. It presents simple methods for measuring soil salinity, including soil sampling and the analysis of water-soluble salts, and describes a detailed, but simple, screening test for salt tolerance in rice, wheat and bar...

Vermin, Victims and Disease
Vermin, Victims and Disease

by Angela Cassidy

"Dr Cassidy draws pertinent general conclusions about generating policy and mediating the role of the expert in today's science-sceptic and increasingly polarised society... It is both a useful and original contribution, specifically to the history of zoonotic disease policy, and policy history more generally."—Helen Bynum, Author of Sp...

Understanding Values Work
Understanding Values Work

by Harald Askeland, Gry Espedal, Beate Jelstad Løvaas, Stephen Sirris

At the core of institutional theories, 'values' is a central term and figures in most definitions; however it remains understudied and under-explored. The editors of this open access book identify a resurgence of interest in the values-construct which underpins discussions of identity, 'ethos' and the purpose/nature of public and civic welfare prov...

Tensor Network Contractions
Tensor Network Contractions

by Shi-Ju Ran, Emanuele Tirrito, Cheng Peng, Xi Chen, Luca Tagliacozzo, Gang Su, Maciej Lewenstein

Tensor network is a fundamental mathematical tool with a huge range of applications in physics, such as condensed matter physics, statistic physics, high energy physics, and quantum information sciences. This open access book aims to explain the tensor network contraction approaches in a systematic way, from the basic definitions to the important a...

Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective
Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective

by Stefano Della Torre, Sara Cattaneo, Camilla Lenzi, Alessandra Zanelli

This free book explores the strategic importance and advantages of adopting multidisciplinary and multiscalar approaches of inquiry and intervention with respect to the built environment, based on principles of sustainability and circular economy strategies. A series of key challenges are considered in depth from a multidisciplinary perspective, sp...

Data Collection in Fragile States
Data Collection in Fragile States

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

'This free book addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists. It reflects experience in Africa but is highly relevant to other fragile states as well.'—Constantine Michalopoulos, John Hopkins University, USA and former Director of Economic Policy and Co-ordination at the World BankFragile countries face a triple data cha...

Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries
Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries

by Niccolò Aste, Stefano Della Torre, Cinzia Talamo, Rajendra Singh Adhikari, Corinna Rossi

This free book explores key issues and presents recent case studies in areas of importance for the transition to a circular model of development in emerging African countries that will minimize resource consumption and waste production. The topics covered include the development of sustainable housing models, energy and environmental issues in buil...

Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships
Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships

by Kankesu Jayanthakumaran, Reetu Verma, Guanghua Wan, Edgar Wilson

Asia's recent demographic transitions and rural - urban structural transformations are extraordinary and involve complexities that require in-depth study.The chapters within this volume examine those complexities using a range of traditional and nontraditional measures - such as multidimensional poverty, gaps, and polarization - to arrive at the co...

Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition
Handbook on Craniofacial Superimposition

by Sergio Damas, Oscar Cordón, Oscar Ibáñez

This free book is the first comprehensive guide to a new soft computing technique which is used in complex forensic cases. The chapters include detailed technical and practical overviews, and discussions about the latest tools, open problems and ethical and legal issues involved. The book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in fore...

Workers, Managers, Productivity
Workers, Managers, Productivity

by Akio Hosono, John Page, Go Shimada

This free book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as "Kaizen," and the ways it has been disseminated around the developing world. The novelty of this book is three-fold: it provides a contextualized view of the mechanisms of initiatives implementing Kaizen in developing countries; compared with productivity st...

Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology
Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology

by James A. Hampton, Yoad Winter

By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background...

Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems
Low-Dose Radiation Effects on Animals and Ecosystems

by Manabu Fukumoto

This free book summarizes the latest scientific findings regarding the biological effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in 2011. Various cases of changes in animals and organisms have been reported since the FNPP accident. However, it is often unknown whether they are actually due to radiation, since the dose or dos...

Spationomy
Spationomy

by Vít Pászto, Carsten Jürgens, Polona Tominc, Jaroslav Burian

This open access book is based on "Spationomy – Spatial Exploration of Economic Data", an interdisciplinary and international project in the frame of ERASMUS+ funded by the European Union. The project aims to exchange interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of economics and geomatics. For the newly introduced courses, interdisciplinar...

Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Risks
Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Risks

by Katsuhiro Kamae

This book covers seismic probabilistic risk assessment (S-PRA) and related studies which have become more important to increase the safety of nuclear facilities against earthquakes and tsunamis in the face of the many uncertainties after the Fukushima accident. The topics are (1) Active faults and active tectonics important for seismic hazard asses...

Loss and Damage from Climate Change
Loss and Damage from Climate Change

by Reinhard Mechler, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski, JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer

This book provides an authoritative insight on the Loss and Damage discourse by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy linked to this discourse and articulating its multiple concepts, principles and methods. Written by leading researchers and practitioners, it identifies practical and evidence-based policy options to inform the discourse...

Children and Peace
Children and Peace

by Nikola Balvin, Daniel J. Christie

This free book brings together discourse on children and peace from the 15th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, covering issues pertinent to children and peace and approaches to making their world safer, fairer and more sustainable. The book is divided into nine sections that examine traditional themes (social con...

The Amazing Journey of Reason
The Amazing Journey of Reason

by Mario Alemi

This free book explores questions such as why and how did the first biological cells appear? And then complex organisms, brains, societies and –now– connected human societies? Physicists have good models for describing the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang, but can we apply the same concepts to the evolution of aggregated matter –l...

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

by Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Hugo Gonçalves Dores

This open access edited volume offers an analysis of the entangled histories of education and development in twentieth-century Africa. It deals with the plurality of actors that competed and collaborated to formulate educational and developmental paradigms and projects: debating their utility and purpose, pondering their necessity and risk, and eva...

Sustainable Rice Straw Management
Sustainable Rice Straw Management

by Martin Gummert, Nguyen Van Hung, Pauline Chivenge, Boru Douthwaite

This free book on straw management aims to provide a wide array of options for rice straw management that are potentially more sustainable, environmental, and profitable compared to current practice. The book is authored by expert researchers, engineers and innovators working on a range of straw management options with case studies from Vietnam, th...

Industry 4.0 for SMEs
Industry 4.0 for SMEs

by Dominik T. Matt, Vladimír Modrák, Helmut Zsifkovits

This free book explores the concept of Industry 4.0, which presents a considerable challenge for the production and service sectors. While digitization initiatives are usually integrated into the central corporate strategy of larger companies, smaller firms often have problems putting Industry 4.0 paradigms into practice. Small and medium-sized ent...

Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism
Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism

by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson, John Chatwin, Natasha Tyler

This book investigates what international placements of healthcare employees in low resource settings add to the UK workforce and the efficacy of the its national health system. The authors present empirical data collected from a volunteer deployment project in Uganda focused on reducing maternal and new-born mortality and discuss the learning and ...

Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia
Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia

by Osamu Saito, Suneetha M Subramanian, Shizuka Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Takeuchi

This free book presents up-to-date analyses of community-based approaches to sustainable resource management of SEPLS (socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes) in areas where a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and the people who inhabit it is essential to ensure community and environmental well-being as well as t...

Advances in Pharma Business Management and Research
Advances in Pharma Business Management and Research

by Lars Schweizer, Theodor Dingermann, Otto Quintus Russe, Christian Jansen

This free book presents a unique collection of practical examples from the field of pharma business management and research. It covers a wide range of topics such as: 'Brexit and its Impact on pharmaceutical Law - Implications for Global Pharma Companies', 'Implementation of Measures and Sustainable Actions to Improve Employee's Engagement', 'Globa...

Manual of Digital Earth
Manual of Digital Earth

by Huadong Guo, Michael F. Goodchild, Alessandro Annoni

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is beco...

Participatory Research and Planning in Practice
Participatory Research and Planning in Practice

by Janez Nared, David Bole

This free book provides in-depth insights into participatory research and planning by presenting practical examples of its use. In particular, it describes theoretical and methodological aspects of participatory research and planning, as well as the implementation of participatory processes in fields such as transport planning, cultural heritage ma...

European E-Democracy in Practice
European E-Democracy in Practice

by Leonhard Hennen, Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen

This free book explores how digital tools and social media technologies can contribute to better participation and involvement of EU citizens in European politics. By analyzing selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels, it identifies the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of...

Peer Review, Peer Education, and Modeling in the Practice of Clinical Ethics Consultation
Peer Review, Peer Education, and Modeling in the Practice of Clinical Ethics Consultation

by Stuart G. Finder, Mark J. Bliton

This book about the Zadeh Project demonstrates and explores a core question in clinical ethics: how can ethics consultants be accountable in the face of a robust plurality of ethical standpoints, especially those that underwrite practices and methods for doing ethics consultation as well as those viewpoints and values encountered in daily clinical ...

Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment
Digital Transformation of the Design, Construction and Management Processes of the Built Environment

by Bruno Daniotti, Marco Gianinetto, Stefano Della Torre

This open access book focuses on the development of methods, interoperable and integrated ICT tools, and survey techniques for optimal management of the building process. The construction sector is facing an increasing demand for major innovations in terms of digital dematerialization and technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, advan...

Energy Justice Across Borders
Energy Justice Across Borders

by Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Wang Guoyu

We must find new and innovative ways of conceptualizing transboundary energy issues, of embedding concerns of ethics or justice into energy policy, and of operationalizing response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap; the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider ethical traditions that go beyond the ...

Early Geometrical Thinking in the Environment of Patterns, Mosaics and Isometries
Early Geometrical Thinking in the Environment of Patterns, Mosaics and Isometries

by Ewa Swoboda, Paola Vighi

This book discusses the learning and teaching of geometry, with a special focus on kindergarten and primary education. It examines important new trends and developments in research and practice, and emphasizes theoretical, empirical and developmental issues. Further, it discusses various topics, including curriculum studies and implementation, spat...

The Cold War in the Classroom
The Cold War in the Classroom

by Barbara Christophe, Peter Gautschi, Robert Thorp

This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today's history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past...

Safety Cultures, Safety Models
Safety Cultures, Safety Models

by Claude Gilbert, Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche, Corinne Bieder

The objective of this book is to help at-risk organizations to decipher the "safety cloud", and to position themselves in terms of operational decisions and improvement strategies in safety, considering the path already travelled, their context, objectives and constraints. What link can be established between safety culture and safety mod...

Boundary Value Problems, Weyl Functions, and Differential Operators
Boundary Value Problems, Weyl Functions, and Differential Operators

by Jussi Behrndt, Seppo Hassi, Henk de Snoo

This book presents a comprehensive survey of modern operator techniques for boundary value problems and spectral theory, employing abstract boundary mappings and Weyl functions. It includes self-contained treatments of the extension theory of symmetric operators and relations, spectral characterizations of selfadjoint operators in terms of the anal...

Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation
Children's Exploration and Cultural Formation

by Mariane Hedegaard, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

This open access book examines the educational conditions that support cultures of exploration in kindergartens. It conceptualises cultures of exploration, whether those cultures are created through children's own engagement or are demanded of them through undertaking specific tasks within different institutional settings. It shows how the conditio...

Semantic Systems. The Power of AI and Knowledge Graphs
Semantic Systems. The Power of AI and Knowledge Graphs

by Maribel Acosta, Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, Maria Maleshkova, Tassilo Pellegrini, Harald Sack, York Sure-Vetter

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Semantic Systems, SEMANTiCS 2019, held in Karlsruhe, Germany, in September 2019.The 20 full papers and 8 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 88 submissions. They cover topics such as: web semantics and linked (open) dat...

P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future
P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future

by Gabriella Pravettoni, Stefano Triberti

This open access volume focuses on the development of a P5 eHealth, or better, a methodological resource for developing the health technologies of the future, based on patients' personal characteristics and needs as the fundamental guidelines for design. It provides practical guidelines and evidence based examples on how to design, implement, use a...

Human and Organisational Factors
Human and Organisational Factors

by Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche, Corinne Bieder, Claude Gilbert

This open access book addresses several questions regarding the implementation of human and organisational factors (HOF) so that recent improvements in industrial safety can be built upon. It addresses sources of frustration in senior management with high expectations of operational recommendations and disquiet on the part of HOF specialists strugg...

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences
Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This is an open access book. Lewis F Richardson (1981-1953), a physicist by training, was a pioneer in meteorology and peace research and remains a towering presence in both fields. This edited volume reviews his work and assesses its influence in the social sciences, notably his work on arms races and their consequences, mathematical models, the s...

Agile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming
Agile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming

by Helen Sharp, Tracy Hall

This book contains the refereed proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2016, held in Edinburgh, UK, in May 2016.While agile development has already become mainstream in industry, this field is still constantly evolving and continues to spur an enormous interest both in industry and academia. To this end, ...

Sustainable Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing

by Rainer Stark, Günther Seliger, Jérémy Bonvoisin

Sustainability imposes an unprecedented challenge on society and has become the driving force of an urgent search for innovative solutions in all branches of economy. Manufacturing plays a key role in many areas of human living, and it is both part of the problem and of the solution. This book offers an overview of the broad field of research on s...

Real-time Linked Dataspaces
Real-time Linked Dataspaces

by Edward Curry

This book explores the dataspace paradigm as a best-effort approach to data management within data ecosystems. It establishes the theoretical foundations and principles of real-time linked dataspaces as a data platform for intelligent systems. The book introduces a set of specialized best-effort techniques and models to enable loose administrative ...

Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development
Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development

by Harry Lintsen, Frank Veraart, Jan-Pieter Smits, John Grin

This book examines more than two centuries of societal development using novel historical and statistical approaches. It applies the well-being monitor developed by Statistics Netherlands that has been endorsed by a significant part of the international, statistical community. It features The Netherlands as a case study, which is an especially inte...

Disability, Health and Human Development
Disability, Health and Human Development

by Sophie Mitra

This book introduces the human development model to define disability and map its links with health and wellbeing, based on Sen's capability approach. The author uses panel survey data with internationally comparable questions on disability for Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. It presents evidence on the prevalence of disability and its stron...

Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates
Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

by Marieke Slootman

Based on a study among higher-educated adult children of lower-class Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, this open access book explores processes of identification among social climbers with ethnic minority backgrounds. Using both survey data and open interviews with these 'minority climbers', the study details the contextual and te...

Politics of (Dis)Integration
Politics of (Dis)Integration

by Sophie Hinger, Reinhard Schweitzer

This open access book explores how contemporary integration policies and practices are not just about migrants and minority groups becoming part of society but often also reflect deliberate attempts to undermine their inclusion or participation. This affects individual lives as well as social cohesion. The book highlights the variety of ways in whi...

Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China
Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China

by Kung-Chung Liu, Uday S. Racherla

This book analyses intellectual property and innovation governance in the development of six key industries in India and China. These industries are reflective of the innovation and economic development of the two economies, or of vital importance to them: the IT Industry, the film industry, the pharmaceutical industry, plant varieties and food sec...

Your Post has been Removed
Your Post has been Removed

by Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale. While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, b...

YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future
YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future

by Simon Jungblut, Viola Liebich, Maya Bode-Dalby

This book summarizes peer-reviewed articles and the abstracts of oral and poster presentations given during the YOUMARES 9 conference which took place in Oldenburg, Germany, in September 2018. The aims of this book are to summarize state-of-the-art knowledge in marine sciences and to inspire scientists of all career stages in the development of fur...

A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe
A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe

by Gabriele Doblhammer, Jordi Gumà

This free book examines the triangle between family, gender, and health in Europe from a demographic perspective. It helps to understand patterns and trends in each of the three components separately, as well as their interdependencies. It overcomes the widely observable specialization in demographic research, which usually involves researchers stu...

The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque
The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque

by Jin-Hua Li, Lixing Sun, Peter M. Kappeler

This open access book summarizes the multi-disciplinary results of one of China's main primatological research projects on the endemic Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana), which had continued for over 30 years, but which had never been reported on systematically. Dedicated to this exceptional Old World monkey, this book makes the work of Chinese pri...

Contextual Process Digitalization
Contextual Process Digitalization

by Albert Fleischmann, Stefan Oppl, Werner Schmidt, Christian Stary

This free book presents an overview and step-by-step explanation of process management. It starts with the individual participants' perspectives on their work in a process and its structuring and harmonization, and then moves on to its specification in a model and how it is embedded in the organizational and IT environment of the company. Lastly, t...

CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology
CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology

by Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Ina Šuklje Erjavec, Therese Kenna, Michiel de Lange, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Gabriela Maksymiuk, Martijn de Waal

This book is about public open spaces, about people, and about the relationship between them and the role of technology in this relationship. It is about different approaches, methods, empirical studies, and concerns about a phenomenon that is increasingly being in the centre of sciences and strategies – the penetration of digital technologies in...

Responsible Innovation
Responsible Innovation

by Katharina Jarmai

This Open Access book, Responsible innovation provides benefits for society, for instance more sustainable products, more engagement with consumers and less anxiety about emerging technologies. As a governance tool it is mostly driven by research funders, including the European Commission, under the term "responsible research and innovation&qu...

Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration
Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration

by Gabriel Echeverría

This open access book provides an alternative theoretical framework of irregular migration that allows to overcome many of the contradictions and theoretical impasses displayed by the majority of approaches in current literature. The analytical framework allows moving from an interpretation biased by methodological nationalism, to a more general sy...

Physical Modeling in MATLAB
Physical Modeling in MATLAB

by Allen Downey

Modeling and simulation are powerful tools for explaining the world, making predictions, designing things that work, and making them work better. Learning to use these tools can be difficult; this book is my attempt to make the experience as enjoyable and productive as possible. By reading this book - and working on the exercises - you will lear...

Searching for Sharing
Searching for Sharing

by Daniela Merolla, Mark Turin

In a world where new technologies are being developed at a dizzying pace, how can we best approach oral genres that represent heritage? Taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, this volume explores the idea of sharing as a model to construct and disseminate the knowledge of literary heritage with the people who are represented by and in...

Warlike and Peaceful Societies
Warlike and Peaceful Societies

by Agner Fog

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called...

Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python
Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python

by Al Sweigart

There are many books that teach beginners how to write secret messages using ciphers. There are a couple books that teach beginners how to hack ciphers. As far as I can tell, there are no books to teach beginners how to write programs to hack ciphers. This book fills that gap. This book is for complete beginners who do not know anything about en...

Storytelling in Northern Zambia
Storytelling in Northern Zambia

by Robert Cancel

Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enabl...

Introduction to Financial Accounting: U.S. GAAP Adaptation
Introduction to Financial Accounting: U.S. GAAP Adaptation

by Henry Dauderis, David Annand, Donna L. Marchand

Introduction to Financial Accounting: U.S. GAAP, was intended for a first course in introductory financial accounting. It focuses on core introductory financial accounting topics that match pre-requisite requirements for students advancing to intermediate financial accounting. A corporate approach is utilized versus beginning with a sole proprietor...

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Principles of Microeconomics is an adaptation of the textbook, Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D. Curtis and I. Irvine, which provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomic theory, application and policy in a Canadian and global environment. This adaptation employs methods that use equations sparingly and do...

Research Methods in Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology

by Rajiv S. Jhangiani, I-Chant A. Chiang, Carrie Cuttler, Dana C. Leighton

A comprehensive open book for research methods classes. A peer-reviewed inter-institutional project....

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy
Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets, and Policy by D. Curtis and I. Irvine provides complete, concise coverage of introductory macroeconomics theory and policy. The textbook observes short-run macroeconomic performance, analysis, and policy motivated by the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s, the financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009, and...

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models
Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D.Curtis and I. Irvine provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomics theory, application and policy. The textbook begins with an explanation and development of the standard tools of analysis in the discipline and carries on to investigate the meaning of 'well-being' in the cont...

GIS Succinctly
GIS Succinctly

by Peter Shaw

Geographic information systems (GIS) use a complex mix of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology to provide everything from web-based interfaces, such as Bing Maps and Google Maps, to tracking applications for delivery services. With GIS Succinctly, author Peter Shaw guides you through it all, starting with a detailed examinatio...

Statistical Learning and Sequential Prediction
Statistical Learning and Sequential Prediction

by Alexander Rakhlin, Karthik Sridharan

This free book will focus on theoretical aspects of Statistical Learning and Sequential Prediction. Until recently, these two subjects have been treated separately within the learning community. The course will follow a unified approach to analyzing learning in both scenarios. To make this happen, we shall bring together ideas from probability and ...

Exploring Business
Exploring Business

by UMN

Exploring Business introduces students to business roles and concepts in an exciting way. This text will help you decide whether business is right for you and, if so, what areas of business you'd like to study further. Exploring Business is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receiv...

Gene Drives at Tipping Points
Gene Drives at Tipping Points

by Arnim von Gleich, Winfried Schröder

This open access book reports on a pilot project aiming at collecting information on the socio-ecological risks that could arise in the event of an uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. The researchers will, for instance, be taking a closer look at genetically engineered oilseed rape, genetically engineered o...

Transformation and Development
Transformation and Development

by Anja Mihr

This book features various studies on democratization, transformation, political and economic development, and security issues in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) geographical region and beyond. Written by experts and academics in the fields of human rights, security, transformation and development, particularly in pos...

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America

by Timothy MacNeill

This book outlines development theory and practice overtime as well as critically interrogates the "cultural turn" in development policy in Latin American indigenous communities, specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It becomes apparent that culturally sustainable development is both a new and old idea, which is simu...

Security in an Interconnected World
Security in an Interconnected World

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede

This open access book follows the idea that security policy must be based on strategic analysis. Defence policy and the role of the armed forces can subsequently be determined on the grounds of said analysis. More than ever, internal and external security, and developments both in the Netherlands and abroad are interconnected. The world order is sh...

Open Source Systems
Open Source Systems

by Vladimir Ivanov, Artem Kruglov, Sergey Masyagin, Alberto Sillitti, Giancarlo Succi

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 16th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2020, held in Innopolis, Russia, in May 2020.* The 12 revised full papers and 8 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 42 submissions. The papers cover a wide range of topics in the field of free/l...

Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment

by Michael Z. Hauschild, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Stig Irving Olsen

This book is a uniquely pedagogical while still comprehensive state-of-the-art description of LCA-methodology and its broad range of applications. The five parts of the book conveniently provide: I) the history and context of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with its central role as quantitative and scientifically-based tool supporting society’s trans...

Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology
Handbook of Evolutionary Research in Archaeology

by Anna Marie Prentiss

Evolutionary Research in Archaeology seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary evolutionary research in archaeology. The book will provide a single source for introduction and overview of basic and advanced evolutionary concepts and research programs in archaeology. Content will be organized around four areas of critical research in...

ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms
ENZYMES: Catalysis, Kinetics and Mechanisms

by N.S.  Punekar

This enzymology textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students covers the syllabi of most universities where this subject is regularly taught. It focuses on the synchrony between the two broad mechanistic facets of enzymology: the chemical and the kinetic, and also highlights the synergy between enzyme structure and mechanism. Designed f...

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education
Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

by Kamden K. Strunk, Leslie Ann Locke

This book presents an integrative approach to thinking about research methods for social justice. In today's education landscape, there is a growing interest in scholar-activism and ways of doing research that advances educational equity. This text provides a foundational overview of important theoretical and philosophical issues specific to this k...

Media and Digital Management
Media and Digital Management

by Eli M. Noam

Being a successful manager or entrepreneur in the media and digital sector requires creativity, innovation, and performance. It also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. Aimed at the college market, this book is a short, foundational volume on media management. It summarizes the major dimensions of a business school ...

Digital Business Models
Digital Business Models

by Bernd W. Wirtz

The spread of the Internet into all areas of business activities has put a particular focus on business models. The digitalization of business processes is the driver of changes in company strategies and management practices alike. This textbook provides a structured and conceptual approach, allowing students and other readers to understand the com...

Entertainment Science
Entertainment Science

by Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, Mark B. Houston

The entertainment industry has long been dominated by legendary screenwriter William Goldman’s “Nobody-Knows-Anything” mantra, which argues that success is the result of managerial intuition and instinct. This book builds the case that combining such intuition with data analytics and rigorous scholarly knowledge provides a source of sustainab...

MERS Coronavirus
MERS Coronavirus

by Rahul Vijay

This volume provides various techniques and methodologies currently used in the study of MERS-CoV. Chapters are divided into four parts detailing evolution and entry of MERS-coronavirus, genetic alteration and structural determination of MERS-coronavirus proteins, quantitation of virus and anti-viral factors, and mouse models for MERS -coronavirus....

Guide to Computer Network Security
Guide to Computer Network Security

by Joseph Migga Kizza

This definitive text/reference on computer network and information security presents a comprehensive guide to the repertoire of security tools, algorithms and best practices mandated by the rapidly evolving ubiquitous technology we are increasingly dependent on. Fully revised and updated, this timely new edition encompasses the latest developments ...

Research Methods for the Digital Humanities
Research Methods for the Digital Humanities

by lewis levenberg, Tai Neilson, David Rheams

This volume introduces the reader to the wide range of methods that digital humanities employ, and offers a practical guide to the study, interpretation, and presentation of cultural material and practices. In this instance, the editors consider digital humanities to include both the use of computing to understand cultural material in new ways, and...

Business Process Management Cases
Business Process Management Cases

by Jan vom Brocke, Jan Mendling

This book is the first to present a rich selection of over 30 real-world cases of how leading organizations conduct Business Process Management (BPM). The cases stem from a diverse set of industry sectors and countries on different continents, reporting on best practices and lessons learned. The book showcases how BPM can contribute to both exploit...

Social Psychology in Action
Social Psychology in Action

by Kai Sassenberg, Michael L.W. Vliek

This timely and applied textbook brings together leading scientists to illustrate how key theories and concepts in social psychology help to predict and explain behavior, and can be successfully applied to benefit social and practical problems. It focuses on robust theories and models known for their successful applications and covers a diverse ran...

Energy and the Wealth of Nations
Energy and the Wealth of Nations

by Charles A.S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

In this updated edition of a groundbreaking text, concepts such as energy return on investment (EROI) provide powerful insights into the real balance sheets that drive our "petroleum economy." Hall and Klitgaard explore the relation between energy and the wealth explosion of the 20th century, and the interaction of internal limits to grow...

Multimedia Big Data Computing for IoT Applications
Multimedia Big Data Computing for IoT Applications

by Sudeep Tanwar, Sudhanshu Tyagi, Neeraj Kumar

This book considers all aspects of managing the complexity of Multimedia Big Data Computing (MMBD) for IoT applications and develops a comprehensive taxonomy. It also discusses a process model that addresses a number of research challenges associated with MMBD, such as scalability, accessibility, reliability, heterogeneity, and Quality of Service (...

Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach
Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach

by Christian A. Conrad

This textbook examines the extent to which moral values play a role as productive forces for the economy, and explores the effect of ethical and unethical Behavior on the economy. It shows how ethics improves productivity in the economy, and provides specific ethics tools for practical application for students and managers. Stemming from an overall...

Probability and Statistics for Computer Science
Probability and Statistics for Computer Science

by David Forsyth

This book is aimed at computer science undergraduates late in sophomore or early in junior year, supplying a comprehensive background in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, probability, random variables, and statistical methods, including machine learning.With careful treatment of topics that fill the curricular needs for the course, Probab...

Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture
Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture

by Evie Kendal, Basia Diug

This book demonstrates how popular culture can be successfully incorporated into medical and health science curriculums, capitalising on the opportunity fictional media presents to humanise case studies. Studies show that the vast majority of medical and nursing students watch popular medical television dramas and comedies such as Grey’s Anatomy,...

Introducing Microsoft Power BI
Introducing Microsoft Power BI

by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

Introducing Microsoft Power BI enables you to evaluate when and how to use Power BI. Get inspired to improve business processes in your company by leveraging the available analytical and collaborative features of this environment. This book is targeted to a variety of readers. There are information workers and people who are totally new to the B...

Building Secure and Reliable Systems
Building Secure and Reliable Systems

by Betsy Beyer, Piotr Lewandowski, Ana Oprea, Paul Blankinship, Heather Adkins, Adam Stubblefield

Can a system be considered truly reliable if it isn't fundamentally secure? Or can it be considered secure if it's unreliable? Security is crucial to the design and operation of scalable systems in production, as it plays an important part in product quality, performance, and availability. In this book, experts from Google share best practices to h...

Algorithms
Algorithms

by Jeff Erickson

Algorithms are the lifeblood of computer science. They are the machines that proofs build and the music that programs play. Their history is as old as mathematics itself. This book is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic treatise on the design and analysis of algorithms, covering several fundamental techniques, with an emphasis on intuition and the proble...

Intelligence Unleashed
Intelligence Unleashed

by Rose Luckin, Wayne Holmes, Mark Griffiths, Laurie B. Corcier

This book on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) with two aims in mind. The first was to explain to a non-specialist, interested reader what AIEd is: its goals, how it is built, and how it works. After all, only by securing a certain degree of understanding can we move beyond the science-fiction imagery of AI, and the associated fears. The ...

Azure Cognitive Services Succinctly
Azure Cognitive Services Succinctly

by Ed Freitas

Azure Cognitive Services puts the power of AI and machine learning into the hands of software developers without requiring a PhD or years of experience in the field. With Azure Cognitive Services Succinctly, author Ed Freitas delivers an accessible guide to integrating computer vision, decision-making, speech, and more into your applications to giv...

Python Machine Learning Projects
Python Machine Learning Projects

by Lisa Tagliaferri, Michelle Morales, Ellie Birkbeck, Alvin Wan

As machine learning is increasingly leveraged to find patterns, conduct analysis, and make decisions - sometimes without final input from humans who may be impacted by these findings - it is crucial to invest in bringing more stakeholders into the fold. This book of Python projects in machine learning tries to do just that: to equip the developers ...

PHPUnit Manual
PHPUnit Manual

by Sebastian Bergmann

Edition for PHPUnit 9.1. Updated on Apr 2020...

A Graduate Course in Applied Cryptography
A Graduate Course in Applied Cryptography

by Dan Boneh, Victor Shoup

Cryptography is an indispensable tool used to protect information in computing systems. It is used everywhere and by billions of people worldwide on a daily basis. It is used to protect data at rest and data in motion. Cryptographic systems are an integral part of standard protocols, most notably the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, making ...