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At the Origins of Modernity

by Justo Corti Varela José María Beneyto

This book is based on an international project conducted by the Institute for European Studies of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and a seminar on Vitoria and International Law which took place on July 2nd 2015 in the convent of San Esteban, the place where Vitoria spent his most productive years as Chair of Theology at the University of Salamanca. It argues that Vitoria not only lived at a time bridging the Middle Ages and Modernity, but also that his thoughts went beyond the times he lived in, giving us inspiration for meeting current challenges that could also be described as "modern" or even post-modern. There has been renewed interest in Francisco de Vitoria in the last few years, and he is now at the centre of a debate on such central international topics as political modernity, colonialism, the discovery of the "Other" and the legitimation of military interventions. All these subjects include Vitoria's contributions to the formation of the idea of modernity and modern international law. The book explores two concepts of modernity: one referring to the post-medieval ages and the other to our times. It discusses the connections between the challenges that the New World posed for XVIth century thinkers and those that we are currently facing, for example those related to the cyberworld. It also addresses the idea of international law and the legitimation of the use of force, two concepts that are at the core of Vitoria's texts, in the context of "modern" problems related to a multipolar world and the war against terrorism. This is not a historical book on Vitoria, but a very current one that argues the value of Vitoria's reflections for contemporary issues of international law.

Edible Wild Plants: An alternative approach to food security

by Nidaa Haroon Mushtaq Ahmad Shabnum Shaheen

This text focuses on underutilized wild plants that can help to reduce food deficiency in developing nations. Edible wild plants are viewed as a potential solution for overcoming food insecurity for families in these regions, with a specific focus on sustainable production and conservation measures. Detailed analysis of specific wild plants is provided, including the nutritional contents of each plant. A full list of edible wild plants is included for the benefit of researchers, plus a pictorial guide for easy identification of these plants. Specific case studies are provided in which edible wild plants are used to reduce food insecurity, and the diversity of edible wild plants is studied from a global perspective. In developing countries, a significant obstacle to human survival is the increasing gap between food availability and the growing human population. Food insecurity results in less consumption of fruits and vegetables and leads to mineral and vitamin deficiency for individuals in these regions. Edible Wild plants: An alternative approach to food security focuses on growing and using wild plants in order to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition. Wild edible plants are inexpensive and are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and minerals. As the first book to specifically focus on edible wild plants and their vital role in food security and nutrition, this text is incredibly valuable to any researcher studying innovative potential solutions to food deficiency in the developing world.

An Introduction to Machine Learning

by Miroslav Kubat

This book presents basic ideas of machine learning in a way that is easy to understand, by providing hands-on practical advice, using simple examples, and motivating students with discussions of interesting applications. The main topics include Bayesian classifiers, nearest-neighbor classifiers, linear and polynomial classifiers, decision trees, neural networks, and support vector machines. Later chapters show how to combine these simple tools by way of "boosting," how to exploit them in more complicated domains, and how to deal with diverse advanced practical issues. One chapter is dedicated to the popular genetic algorithms.

Model-Based Safety and Assessment

by Yiannis Papadopoulos Marco Bozzano

​This book constitutes the proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Model-Based Safety and Assessment, IMBSA 2017, held in Trento, Italy, in September 2017. The 17 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 29 initial submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on safety process; safety models and languages; fault detection and propagation; safety assessment in the automotive domain; and case studies.

Business Process Management

by Akhil Kumar Gregor Engels Josep Carmona

This book constitutes the proceedings of the BPM Forum from the International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2017, held in Barcelona, Spain, September 2017. The BPM Forum hosts innovative research which has a high potential of stimulating discussions. The papers selected for the forum are expected to showcase fresh ideas from exciting and emerging topics in BPM, even if they are not yet as mature as the regular papers at the conference. The volume contains 11 full papers carefully reviewed and selected from 97 submissions. Each paper was reviewed by a team comprising of a senior PC and four regular PC members who engage in a discussion phase after the initial reviews were prepared. The authors eventually receive four review reports, and a meta-review that summarizes the reviews and the discussion. The selected papers cover topics related to process models and metrics, mining and compliance, and to other innovative ideas such as gamification, smart devices and digital innovation as far as they pertain to BPM.

Business Process Management Forum

by Akhil Kumar Gregor Engels Josep Carmona

This book constitutes the proceedings of the BPM Forum from the International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2017, held in Barcelona, Spain, September 2017. The BPM Forum hosts innovative research which has a high potential of stimulating discussions. The papers selected for the forum are expected to showcase fresh ideas from exciting and emerging topics in BPM, even if they are not yet as mature as the regular papers at the conference. The volume contains 11 full papers carefully reviewed and selected from 97 submissions. Each paper was reviewed by a team comprising of a senior PC and four regular PC members who engage in a discussion phase after the initial reviews were prepared. The authors eventually receive four review reports, and a meta-review that summarizes the reviews and the discussion. The selected papers cover topics related to process models and metrics, mining and compliance, and to other innovative ideas such as gamification, smart devices and digital innovation as far as they pertain to BPM.

Sustaining River Ecosystems and Water Resources

by Ellen Wohl

This work is designed to broaden the scope with which many people regard a river. Rivers are commonly regarded from a very simplistic perspective as conduits for downstream flows of water. In this context, it may be considered acceptable and necessary to engineer the channel to either facilitate such flows (e. g. , channelization, levees) or limit flows and store water (e. g. , water supply reservoirs, flood control). The book presents the concept of a river as a spatially and temporally complex ecosystem that is likely to be disrupted in unexpected and damaging ways by direct river engineering and by human activities throughout a drainage basin. Viewing a river as a complex ecosystem with nonlinear responses to human activities will help to promote a more nuanced and effective approach to managing river ecosystems and to sustaining the water resources that derive from rivers. In this context, water resources refers to ecosystem services including water supply, water quality, flood control, erosion control, and riverine biota (e. g. , freshwater fisheries). Chapters in this book draw extensively on existing literature but integrate this literature from a fresh perspective. General principles are expanded upon and illustrated with photographs, line drawings, tables, and brief, site-specific case studies from rivers around the world.

Crisanta Knight: Inherent Fate

by Geanna Culbertson

I had learned a lot in the last couple of days. I’d figured out how to defeat a fairytale villain with a Toyota 4Runner, how to surf on furniture (à la Aladdin and his magic carpet), and how to confront my wicked step-grandmother. But these bizarre lessons were only just the beginning. If I was to overcome the obstacles in my path, I had plenty of learning left to do—about myself, and about my enemies. Between Nadia the queen of villains, and the leader of the Fairy Godmothers, I was in for a lot of trouble in this final phase of our quest to alter our fates. Separated from our friends, Daniel and I had to work together to traverse the kingdom of Alderon and evade the antagonists who were trying to destroy us. Moreover, we had to do it while figuring out whether or not we could truly be friends. Not an easy sell when I was prophesized to put an end to his girlfriend. Can you say awkward? With our mission drawing to a close, my significance to Nadia, my relationship with Natalie Poole, and my magical power were about to be revealed. But among these great truths, little did I know I was on the verge of discovering a strength that would be infinitely more powerful—one that had been inside me all along. . .

Soldier's Rescue

by Betina Krahn

He has to find good in the world again... Warmhearted Kate Everly is a veterinarian with a special love for dogs. But she's about to find out if her inner strength and unique "puppy whisperer" skills extend to healing wounded humans, too. Florida state trooper Nick Stanton, a struggling single dad, is former military, and his army exploits led him to avoid dogs with a passion. Then a fateful rescue on a lonely back road brings the veteran and the veterinarian together over a gravely injured dog. Before long, Kate has her hands and heart full with a man coming to terms with his traumatic past...

A Father's Pledge

by Eleanor Jones

Can this single dad rise to the challenge? Luke Travis may be a father, but he's never really been a dad to Ben. When the nine-year-old enrolls at the boarding school where Luke works, Luke knows it's time to step up. Except his son wants nothing to do with him. And then there's Kat Molloy, the child therapist whose "help" conflicts with everything he believes about raising kids. Some part of him realizes they both want what's best for Ben-and that same part of him wonders why he's so drawn to Kat despite their differences. But Luke can't risk letting romance get in the way of his relationship with his son...

Bullseye: SEAL

by Carol Ericson

A navy SEAL's mission is to protect a vulnerable target, not give in to temptation... Saving Gina De Santos from attempted kidnappings is one thing. But navy SEAL sniper Josh Elliott's assignment requires getting close to the ravishing widow to ascertain what she knows. And that feels more dangerous than combat. In her presence, Josh has to remind himself she's not to be trusted. Gina's drug-kingpin father had been negotiating with terrorists when a CIA raid killed him and Gina's husband. Now someone is after the vulnerable single mom and her little boy. While traveling to the Caribbean in search of clues, Josh and Gina find their sizzling desire overpowering. But when they're attacked again, they must overcome their mutual mistrust to survive at the hands of an unknown enemy.

Texas Witness

by Barb Han

Six foot two of raw masculinity is her best witness protection Face-to-face with the woman who jilted him, Colin O'Brien tells himself he's over her. What the charming rancher doesn't know is that the man Melissa Roark Rancic married has forced her-and her infant daughter-to live a charade of love. And now, about to testify to his criminal deeds, she's shaken by rekindled feelings for Colin and scared that he'll discover her child is his. Though angry, Colin vows to protect Melissa from her vengeful ex...while safeguarding his own heart. But once he steps up, he can't step away. No danger can keep Colin from the woman he never stopped loving.

What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?: Culturally Responsive Instruction in Deeper Learning Classrooms

by Deborah Rosalia Esparza Dr James A. Bellanca Dr Eleanor Renee Rodriguez

Now in its third edition, this powerful book features timely new content from innovative schools and teachers, focusing on reaching struggling students. The authors illuminate how to raise student achievement by upholding high expectations, while teaching with cultural responsiveness. Discover how to: Lead all students to deeper learning, grounded in critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, collaboration—and the “5th C,” cultural awareness Support the latest standards for college and career readiness and English Language Proficiency/Development Incorporate technology into teaching and learning in innovative ways, adaptable to varying resource levels Implement K-12 lesson plans that support individualized, project-based learning

Criminal Love?: Queer Theory, Culture, and Politics in India

by R Raj Rao

Criminal Love? takes up the challenge of studying the wide gamut of lived reality of the Indian queer, against the backdrop of a set of theories. Written by a man who has been openly gay for the last 40 years, this book picks up issues, concepts, and theories within the realm of queer studies and dissects them against the day-to-day experiences of Indian queers. Digging deep into his own experiences and those of the people with whom he has come into contact, Rao highlights the sites of transgression within a seemingly monosexual society and analyzes all the aspects of the struggle of being queer in a repressive atmosphere.

Transnational Religious Movements: Faith’s Flows

by Jonathan D James

This book studies the concepts and philosophies governing globalized faiths. Transnational Religious Movements is a convincing narrative of how global religions have moved beyond spirituality to become key players in the world of welfare, education, economics, politics, and international relations. It examines the major faiths of the world, viz., Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and a sect. of Hinduism, to demonstrate transnational religious movements in the wake of globalization. The book focuses on the strategies and practices of six representative religious organizations that operate transnationally and helps us understand how they are formed, structured, and institutionalized in society, and how they operate. It dwells on how individuals, groups, media, and state as well as non-state actors come to terms with these organizations. World religions do not simply respond to globalization; they also shape and affect the future dynamics of globalization.

Systems Thinking for Effective Managers: The Road Less Travelled

by Mr Prashun Dutta

Traditional education has been extremely biased towards science, owing primarily to the success that science has demonstrated in the last three centuries. While the methods of science are greatly, if not fully, responsible for its success, these are grossly inadequate in the context of societal systems and the complexities that managers and leaders deal with. The real world is markedly different and heavily interconnected. Systems thinking is the perfect antidote to the stagnation that characterizes managerial theories and practices. Conventional management, constrained by a sanitized world view, is no longer able to deliver as it did in the past. Expanding horizons and thinking holistically unveils the big picture and builds a body of knowledge more suited to the changing times we live in.

Weaving Analytics for Effective Decision Making

by Tanushri Banerjee Arindam Banerjee

Weaving Analytics for Effective Decision Making helps managers unleash the power of analytics. It provides a roadmap for implementing analytics and securing a high return on investment for the organization. The book is meant primarily for decision makers, business leaders and business problem solvers who are engaged in decision-making roles in organizations. Several books have established the need for analytics in decision making; this book moves one step ahead and explains how managers can maximize the benefits of analytics in organizations. It spells out the sequence business managers should adopt towards building business intelligence-driven organizations. Practicing analysts will also find this book helpful in redirecting their focus from the technical aspects of analytics towards a business orientation whereby they can focus on the value addition that analytical outputs provide to support decision making. The book will guide them to tailor their analytics towards creating business value and showcasing the same.

Children’s Views on Their Lives and Well-being

by Gwyther Rees

This book presents a comprehensive overview of findings from the Children's Worlds project - the most extensive and diverse study to have been conducted globally on children's own views of their lives. It provides a unique comparative insight into the similarities and differences in children's lives and well-being around the world, including findings that challenge prevailing assumptions of where, and in what contexts, children might experience a 'good childhood'. The book draws out the key messages and implications from the study and identifies directions for future work on child well-being. It will be of interest to researchers and students in the field of childhood studies, as well as a wide range of professionals and organisations concerned with improving children's quality of life.

Formal Modeling and Analysis of Timed Systems

by Gilles Geeraerts Alessandro Abate

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Formal Modeling and Analysis of Timed Systems, FORMATS 2017, held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017. ​ The aim of FORMATS is to promote the study of fundamental and practical aspects of timed systems, and to bring together researchers from different disciplines that share interests in modelling and analysis of timed systems and, as a generalization, hybrid systems.

Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery

by Ines Janusch Nicole M. Artner Walter G. Kropatsch

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 20th IAPR International Conference on Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery, DGCI 2017, held in Vienna, Austria, in September 2017. The 28 revised full papers presented together with 3 invited talks were carefully selected from 36 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on geometric transforms; discrete tomography; discrete modeling and visualization; morphological analysis; discrete shape representation, recognition and analysis; discrete and combinatorial topology; discrete models and tools; models for discrete geometry.

Computer Security – ESORICS 2017

by Einar Snekkenes Dieter Gollmann Simon N. Foley

The two-volume set, LNCS 10492 and LNCS 10493 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 22nd European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, ESORICS 2017, held in Oslo, Norway, in September 2017. The 54 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 338 submissions. The papers address issues such as data protection; security protocols; systems; web and network security; privacy; threat modeling and detection; information flow; and security in emerging applications such as cryptocurrencies, the Internet of Things and automotive.

Computer Security – ESORICS 2017

by Einar Snekkenes Dieter Gollmann Simon N. Foley

The two-volume set, LNCS 10492 and LNCS 10493 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 22nd European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, ESORICS 2017, held in Oslo, Norway, in September 2017. The 54 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 338 submissions. The papers address issues such as data protection; security protocols; systems; web and network security; privacy; threat modeling and detection; information flow; and security in emerging applications such as cryptocurrencies, the Internet of Things and automotive.

Speech and Computer

by Iosif Mporas Rodmonga Potapova Alexey Karpov

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Speech and Computer, SPECOM 2014, held in Novi Sad, Serbia. The 56 revised full papers presented together with 3 invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 100 initial submissions. It is a conference with long tradition that attracts researchers in the area of computer speech processing (recognition, synthesis, understanding etc. ) and related domains (including signal processing, language and text processing, multi-modal speech processing or human-computer interaction for instance).

Interactive Collaborative Robotics

by Roman Meshcheryakov Gerhard Rigoll Andrey Ronzhin

This book constitutes the proceedings of the Second International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Robotics, ICR 2017, held in Hatfield, UK, in September 2017, as a satellite event of the 19th International Conference on Speech and Computer, SPECOM 2017. The 30 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 51 submissions. This new conference invites researchers in the area of social robotics and collaborative robotics to share experience in human-machine interaction research and development of robotic and cyberphysical systems. Topics addressed are: assistive robots, child-robot interaction, collaborative robotics, educational robotics, human-robot interaction, medical robotics, robotic mobility systems, robots at home, robot control and communication, social robotics, as well as safety robot behavior.

Smart Energy Research. At the Crossroads of Engineering, Economics, and Computer Science

by Christoph Weber Christian Derksen

This volume consists of revised selected papers presented at the 3rd and 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Research, SmartER Europe 2016 and 2017, held in Essen, Germany, in February 2016 and 2017. The 13 full papers included in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 25 submissions. The papers discuss recent advances and experiences in building and using new IT-based solutions for Smart Grids and Smart Markets combining the knowledge of different disciplines such as engineering, business management and economics as well as computer science. They reflect the versatility and the complexity of the transformation process in the energy sector and also show the great need for research that is required to achieve the high targets for a digitized and sustainable energy landscape.

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