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The Internet of Things

by Ulrich Sendler

Industrie 4. 0 and the Internet of Things have been positioned on the international stage as important initiatives of a promising future: Who is dealing in data from the digital factory? Germany has its "Plattform Industrie 4. 0", China "Made in China 2025" and the USA the "Industrial Internet Consortium". Who is leading the fourth industrial revolution? The digitalization of industry is changing the global economy and society. Technology is supplying the opportunities to do so. Humans must decide just how far artificial intelligence should go, and what machines should learn - to create new and improved work instead of fewer jobs. In addition to Ulrich Sendler and eight German industry and research experts, the CEO of Xinhuanet in Beijing has also contributed to this book.

Klimawandel hautnah

by Gabriele Kerber

Mit welchen Folgen des Klimawandels k#65533;mpfen Bewohner flacher Inseln sowohl im Pazifik wie auch in der Nordsee? Dieses Sachbuch kl#65533;rt auf einf#65533;hlsame Weise anhand von ganz pers#65533;nlichen Geschichten #65533;ber den Klimawandel im Allgemeinen und #65533;ber die konkreten Auswirkungen f#65533;r die Inselbewohner auf. Ruita Maawa aus Marakei muss zusehen, wie das vordringende Meer langsam das angestammte Familienland und ihr Haus wegsp#65533;lt. Tetaua Lara aus Kiritimati vertreibt das durch El Ni#65533;o bedingte warme Wasser die Fische in der Lagune, so dass er nicht mehr wei#65533;, wohin er die Touristen auf seinen Flugangeltouren bringen soll. F#65533;r Halligbewohner dagegen geht das Leben weiter wie bisher, sie f#65533;llen bei Sturmflutalarm die Badewanne mit Trinkwasser und verschotten ihre H#65533;user. Im Gegensatz zu den Atollbewohnern sind sie seit Jahrhunderten daran gew#65533;hnt, dass ihre Insel regelm#65533;#65533;ig unter Wasser steht. Auf meinen Reisen habe ich mit vielen Menschen #65533;ber ihr Leben und die Ver#65533;nderung des Klimas ges prochen und viele Folgen des Klimawandels selber beobachtet. F#65533;r die Bewohner flacher Inseln sind die Folgen des Klimawandels nicht l#65533;nger ein abstraktes Konstrukt der Zukunft, sondern sind l#65533;ngst sp#65533;rbar geworden, was mir durch etliche Gespr#65533;che mit Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern vor Ort best#65533;tigt wurde. Viele Probleme sind dabei f#65533;r die Bewohner der S#65533;dsee und der Nordsee identisch, aber wie gehen sie damit um? Welche Unterst#65533;tzung steht ihnen im Kampf gegen die Folgen des Klimawandels zur Verf#65533;gung? Und wie sehen Betroffene die Zukunft?

Mitarbeitermotivation ist lernbar

by Andrea Kerres Peter Bechtel Detlef Friedrich

Wissen, das motiviert Motivierte Mitarbeiter entscheiden uber den Erfolg eines Unternehmens. Das gilt vor allem fur Einrichtungen im Gesundheitswesen. Denn die 'Kunden' sind in einer Lebenssituation, in der sie motivierte und engagierte Zuwendung besonders zu schatzen wissen. Dieses Handbuch richtet sich an Fuhrungskrafte des mittleren Pflegemanagements in der stationaren und ambulanten Kranken- und Altenpflege und ist hervorragend geeignet als Standardwerk in den Stationsleitungskursen und im Studiengang Pflegemanagement. Es erleichtert den Einstieg in Fuhrungspositionen, denn es vermittelt Fuhrungskraften in Gesundheitsfachberufen praxisnahe Anleitungen und Strategien und unterstutzt bei der Mitarbeiterfuhrung und -motivation. Neben den notwendigen theoretischen Grundlagen gibt es ihnen konkrete Instrumente zum Fuhren und Motivieren von Mitarbeitern an die Hand. "

Mitarbeiterbefragungen optimieren

by Ralf Linke

Dieses Fachbuch bietet F#65533;hrungskr#65533;ften und Beratern wertvolle Hinweise und konkrete Handlungsanweisungen, wie sie Mitarbeiterbefragungen so gestalten, dass sie zu einem effektiven F#65533;hrungsinstrument werden. Zahlreiche Interviews mit Personalleitern und Dienstleistern sowie die Beratererfahrung des Autors in einer weltweit t#65533;tigen Unternehmensberatung bilden die Grundlage f#65533;r die praxisorientierte Darstellung. Anhand von Best Practices zeigt Ralf Linke auf, wie die Mitarbeiterbeteiligung gesteigert und eine h#65533;here Wirksamkeit auf Unternehmensebene erreicht werden kann. So k#65533;nnen Mitarbeiterbefragungen F#65533;hrungskr#65533;fte unterst#65533;tzen, Mitarbeiter motivieren und binden und damit den Erfolg des Unternehmens nachweisbar steigern.

E-Democracy – Privacy-Preserving, Secure, Intelligent E-Government Services

by Sokratis K. Katsikas Vasilios Zorkadis

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th International Conference on E-Democracy, E-Democracy 2017, held in Athens, Greece, in December 2017. The 18 revised full papers presented were carefully selected from 44 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on e-democracy; privacy; information dissemination and freedom of expression; social networks; electronic identity authentication; ICT in government and in the economy.

A Christian Guide to Liberating Desire, Sex, Partnership, Work, and Reproduction

by Thia Cooper

What is good sex from the perspective of liberation theology? Thia Cooper argues that sex can be a way to know God. God created humans with a desire to be in relation with each other. From this understanding, sexual desire, sex, and partnerships are re-imagined positively. Good sex is enjoyable and mutual, an aspect of communion. Good sexual relationships share power, empower the participants, and the wider community. From the perspective of liberation theologies and an analysis of biblical texts, the Christian tradition, and the reality of our sexual experience, this book reframes theologies of partnership, sex work, and reproduction through the celebration of desire and sex.

Formal Methods: Foundations and Applications

by Simone Cavalheiro José Fiadeiro

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 20th Brazilian Symposium on Formal Methods, SBMF 2017, which took place in Recifel, Brazil, in November/December 2017. The 16 papers presented together with three invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 37 submissions. They are organized in the following topical sections: formal methods integration and experience reports; model checking; refinement and verification; and semantics and languages.

Advanced Maintenance Policies for Shock and Damage Models

by Toshio Nakagawa Xufeng Zhao

This book surveys the recent development of maintenance theory, advanced maintenance techniques with shock and damage models, and their applications in computer systems dealing with efficiency problems. It also equips readers to handle multiple maintenance, informs maintenance policies, and explores comparative methods for several different kinds of maintenance. Further, it discusses shock and damage modelling as an important failure mechanism for reliability systems, and extensively explores the degradation processes, failure modes, and maintenance characteristics of modern, highly complex systems, especially for some key mechanical systems designed for specific tasks.

Contactless VLSI Measurement and Testing Techniques

by Selahattin Sayil

This book provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in optical contactless probing approaches, in order to fill a gap in the literature on VLSI Testing. The author highlights the inherent difficulties encountered with the mechanical probe and testability design approaches for functional and internal fault testing and shows how contactless testing might resolve many of the challenges associated with conventional mechanical wafer testing. The techniques described in this book address the increasing demands for internal access of the logic state of a node within a chip under test.

Music and the Generosity of God

by Gerald C. Liu

What if sounds everywhere lavish divine generosity? Merging insights from Jean-Luc Marion with musical ingenuity from Pierre Boulez and John Cage's 4'33", Gerald C. Liu blends the phenomenological, theological, and musical to formulate a hypothesis that in all places, soundscapes instantiate divine giving without boundary. He aims to widen apprehension of holiness in the world, and privileges the ubiquity of sound as a limitless and easily accessible portal for discovering the inexhaustible magnitude of divine giving.

Sensors, Algorithms and Applications for Structural Health Monitoring

by Bastien Chapuis Eric Sjerve

This book provides insights into sensor development for structural health monitoring. Current technological advances mean that the field is changing rapidly, making standardization an ongoing challenge. As such, the book gathers several essential contributions in the area of sensor development, including macro-fiber composite sensors for crack detection and optical fiber Bragg gratings for flaw detection. It also discusses the use of the welds in the structure as sensors, and probability estimation of detection for various sensor configurations. In addition, it presents methods based on vibration signal variations to detect small defects in composite components or to monitor large structures. Last but not least, the book includes special structural health monitoring applications in industrial components such as a nuclear boiler support spines and industrial presses as well as in corrosion monitoring of pipes.

Chinese Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing Based on Naturally Annotated Big Data

by Deyi Xiong Maosong Sun Xiaojie Wang Baobao Chang

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 15th China National Conference on Computational Linguistics, CCL 2016, and the 4th International Symposium on Natural Language Processing Based on Naturally Annotated Big Data, NLP-NABD 2016, held in Yantai City, China, in October 2016. The 29 full papers and 8 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 85 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: semantics; machine translation; multilinguality in NLP; knowledge graph and information extraction; linguistic resource annotation and evaluation; information retrieval and question answering; text classification and summarization; social computing and sentiment analysis; and NLP applications.

Leadership Theory and Research

by Christian Harrison

This book provides a concise yet comprehensive literature review on leadership. As well as offering critical insight into leadership research, the author addresses emerging paradigms and identifies new approaches. A vital tool for leadership students and scholars, the text will enable readers to demonstrate a critical awareness of current developments both in theory and practice of leadership and its importance in modern organizations. Both scholars and practitioners will find the engaging discussion in this book particularly useful as the author offers practical ideas for development and a much-needed unified theory on leadership.

Research Advances in the Mathematical Education of Pre-service Elementary Teachers

by Gabriel J. Stylianides Keiko Hino

This book examines new trends and developments in research related to the mathematical education of pre-service elementary teachers, and explores the implications of these research advances for theory and practice in teacher education. The book is organized around the following four overarching themes: pre-service teachers' mathematics content and mathematics-specific pedagogical preparation; professional growth through activities and assessment tools used in mathematics teacher preparation programs; pre-service mathematics teachers' knowledge and beliefs; and perspectives on noticing in the preparation of elementary mathematics teachers. Including contributions from researchers working in 11 different countries, the book offers a forum for discussing and debating the state of the art regarding the mathematical preparation of pre-service elementary teachers. By presenting and discussing the findings of research conducted in different countries, the book offers also opportunities to readers to learn about varying teacher education practices around the world, such as: innovative practices in advancing or assessing teachers' knowledge and beliefs, similarities and differences in the formal mathematics education of teachers, types of and routes in teacher education, and factors that can influence similarities or differences.

The Late Triassic World

by Lawrence H. Tanner

This volume presents the latest science on all significant geological and paleontological aspects of the Earth during the Late Triassic Period. Rather than presenting a collection of narrowly focused research papers, the volume consists of a series of peer-reviewed chapters on specific aspects of the Late Triassic world (e. g. , tectonics, magmatism, paleobotany, climate, etc. ), all authored by experts in the subject of their respective chapters. Each chapter reviews and summarizes the latest findings in these fields and also includes a review of the pertinent literature. The author list is very broadly international and forms a veritable who's who of expertise in these fields. The book is loosely organized to present the physical aspects of Earth during the Late Triassic at the outset, followed by the paleontological aspects. The latter section is further organized to present the record of the marine environment first before moving onto land, with fauna followed by flora. The volume closes with a review of the end-Triassic extinctions.

Smartphone Start-ups

by Claudio Giachetti

This book provides detailed examination of start-up companies which entered the smartphone industry following the revolution triggered by Apple with its iPhone in 2007. Analytical case studies explore the rationale behind the business models, financing cycles, and factors that helped start-ups sustain their own growth and survival. By studying these companies through the lens of entrepreneurship and competitor analysis, the author investigates not only the opportunities that can arise from technological evolution, but also the uncertainty that has developed surrounding the industry's future. Topics covered include value proposition development, evaluation of the effectiveness of business models, and market competition analysis, unveiling thought-provoking results about this rapidly changing industry. Scholars of entrepreneurship, business strategy and innovation management will find this timely book a valuable contribution to the field.

International Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Environmental Education: A Reader

by Giuliano Reis Jeff Scott

The present book shares critical perspectives on the conceptualization, implementation, discourses, policies, and alternative practices of environmental education (EE) for diverse and unique groups of learners in a variety of international educational settings. Each contribution offers insights on the authors' own processes of re-imagining an education in/about/for the environment that are realized through their teaching, research and other ways of "doing" EE. Overall, environmental education has been aimed at giving people a wider appreciation of the diversity of cultural and environmental systems around them as well as the urge to overcome existing problems. In this context, universities, schools, and community-based organizations struggle to promote sustainable environmental education practices geared toward the development of ecologically literate citizens in light of surmountable challenges of hyperconsumerism, environmental depletion and socioeconomic inequality. The extent that individuals within educational systems are expected to effectively respond to--as well as benefit from--a "greener" and more just world becomes paramount with the vision and analysis of different successes and challenges embodied by EE efforts worldwide. This book fosters conversations amongst researchers, teacher educators, schoolteachers, and community leaders in order to promote new international collaborations around current and potential forms of environmental education. This book reflects many successful international projects and perspectives on the theory and praxis of environmental education. An eclectic mix of international scholars challenge environmental educators to engage issues of reconciliation of correspondences and difference across regions. In their own ways, authors stimulate critical conversations that seem pivotal for necessary re-imaginings of research and pedagogy across the grain of cultural and ecological realities, systematic barriers and reconceptualizations of environmental education. The book is most encouraging in that it works to expand the creative commons for progress in teaching, researching and doing environmental education in desperate times. -- Paul Hart, Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Regina (Canada), Melanson Award for outstanding contributions to environmental and outdoor education (Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)'s Jeske Award for Leadership and Service to the Field of EE and Outstanding Contributions to Research in EE. In an attempt to overcome simplistic and fragmented views of doing Environmental Education in both formal and informal settings, the collected authors from several countries/continents present a wealth of cultural, social, political, artistic, pedagogical, and ethical perspectives that enrich our vision on the theoretical and practical foundations of the field. A remarkable book that I suggest all environmental educators, teacher educators, policy and curricular writers read and present to their students in order to foster dialogue around innovative ways of experiencing an education about/in/for the environment. -- Rute Monteiro, Professor of Science Education, Universidade do Algarve/ University of Algarve (Portugal).

Cloud-Based Cyber-Physical Systems in Manufacturing

by Lihui Wang Xi Vincent Wang

This book presents state-of-the-art research, challenges and solutions in the area of cloud-based cyber-physical systems (CPS) used in manufacturing. It provides a comprehensive review of the literature and an in-depth treatment of novel methodologies, algorithms and systems in the area of architecture design, cyber security, process planning, monitoring and control. The book features detailed descriptions of how to derive solutions in a cloud environment where physical machines can be supported by cyber decision systems when engaged in real operations. It presents a range of novel ideas and is characterized by a balanced approach in terms of scope vs. depth and theory vs. applications. It also takes into account the need to present intellectual challenges while appealing to a broad readership, including academic researchers, practicing engineers and managers, and graduate students. Dedicated to the topic of cloud-based CPS and its practical applications in manufacturing, this book benefits readers from all manufacturing sectors, from system design to lifecycle engineering and from process planning to machine control. It also helps readers to understand the present challenges and future research directions towards factories of the future, helping them to position themselves strategically for career development.

Advances in Feature Selection for Data and Pattern Recognition

by Lakhmi C. Jain Urszula Stańczyk Beata Zielosko

This book presents recent developments and research trends in the field of feature selection for data and pattern recognition, highlighting a number of latest advances. The field of feature selection is evolving constantly, providing numerous new algorithms, new solutions, and new applications. Some of the advances presented focus on theoretical approaches, introducing novel propositions highlighting and discussing properties of objects, and analysing the intricacies of processes and bounds on computational complexity, while others are dedicated to the specific requirements of application domains or the particularities of tasks waiting to be solved or improved. Divided into four parts - nature and representation of data; ranking and exploration of features; image, shape, motion, and audio detection and recognition; decision support systems, it is of great interest to a large section of researchers including students, professors and practitioners.

Compilation for Secure Multi-party Computation

by Stefan Katzenbeisser Niklas Büscher

This book presents a holistic view on compiler assisted practical secure multi-party computation (MPC) over Boolean circuits. It discusses that two or more parties jointly evaluate a function over their inputs in such a way that each party keeps its input unknown to the other parties in MPC. MPC provides a generic way to construct Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, which protect sensitive data during processing steps in untrusted environments. A major obstacle in the past was to generate MPC applications by hand. Recently, special compilers have been developed to build all kinds of applications. This book also explains in detail how efficient MPC applications can be created automatically from ANSI-C, thus, bridging the areas of cryptography, compilation and hardware synthesis. It also gives an insight into the requirements for creating efficient applications for MPC and is hence of interest to not only researchers in the area of MPC but also developers realizing practical applications with MPC. For a better understanding of the complete compile chain from ANSI-C to circuits, which is the 'machine code' of MPC, the authors first give the necessary background information on MPC protocols, Boolean logic, and logic synthesis. Then the authors describe the various compilation steps required to translate any code into an adequate circuit description. Afterwards, the authors introduce a variety of optimization techniques for two classes of MPC protocols, namely techniques that improve the runtime of applications in constant- and multi-round MPC protocols. The authors also illustrate how efficient parallelization of MPC protocols can be achieved using the assistance of compilers. It presents the effectiveness of the proposed techniques by giving a detailed evaluation on benchmarking applications. Most of the aforementioned techniques are implemented in our open source compiler that is accompanying this book and allows to study compilation for MPC in practice. Researchers who are interested in practical secure multi-party computation (MPC), and developers who are interested in realizing MPC applications in practice will find this book useful as a reference, as well as advanced-level students in computer science.

The Dark Arrow of Time

by Massimo Villata

This riveting scientific novel combines adventure, love, suspense, magic, pathos, and mystery in a carefully woven plot that is full of unexpected twists and turns. The author is an astrophysicist who has developed an alternative theory, which holds that traveling in time is possible. Time is, in fact, the real protagonist of the novel and of the intrigue surrounding the attempt to seize the secret of Time's other arrow, the dark arrow normally hidden from us, which points back at our past. The underlying premise is that antimatter is nothing more than common matter moving backwards in time. The justification for this interpretation has been with us for some time, "hiding in plain sight" within Maxwell's equations, the Lorentz transformations, the CPT theorem of relativistic quantum mechanics, and Feynman diagrams. While the science underlying the narrative is explained whenever necessary, sometimes with the aid of simple mathematical formulas, these scientific asides account for only a small part of the book, which will appeal to a wide audience, including readers who are far from being science buffs.

Information Systems and Neuroscience

by Jan Vom Brocke René Riedl Pierre-Majorique Léger Fred D. Davis Adriane B. Randolph

This book presents the proceedings of the Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2016, reporting on topics at the intersection of Information Systems (IS) research, neurophysiology and the brain sciences. Readers will discover the latest findings from top scholars in the field of NeuroIS, which offer detailed insights on the neurobiology underlying IS behavior, essential methods and tools and their applications for IS, as well as the application of neuroscience and neurophysiological theories to advance IS theory.

From Particle Systems to Partial Differential Equations

by Patrícia Gonçalves Ana Jacinta Soares

This book focuses on mathematical problems concerning different applications in physics, engineering, chemistry and biology. It covers topics ranging from interacting particle systems to partial differential equations (PDEs), statistical mechanics and dynamical systems. The purpose of the second meeting on Particle Systems and PDEs was to bring together renowned researchers working actively in the respective fields, to discuss their topics of expertise and to present recent scientific results in both areas. Further, the meeting was intended to present the subject of interacting particle systems, its roots in and impacts on the field of physics and its relation with PDEs to a vast and varied public, including young researchers. The book also includes the notes from two mini-courses presented at the conference, allowing readers who are less familiar with these areas of mathematics to more easily approach them. The contributions will be of interest to mathematicians, theoretical physicists and other researchers interested in interacting particle systems, partial differential equations, statistical mechanics, stochastic processes, kinetic theory, dynamical systems and mathematical modeling aspects.

Christianity, Globalization, and Protective Homophobia

by Kapya Kaoma

This book examines how socio-political assumptions inform and shape the contestation of sexuality on the African continent. Across Africa, the idea that homosexuality is un-African, un-Christian, un-natural, and un-cultural is now well established. This book analyzes politically- and religiously-inspired protective homophobia within the context of Africa's socioeconomic and political place in the global community. The author builds upon on-the-ground research and his groundbreaking previous studies on the cultural politics of globalization in Africa to present a wide, complex, and interdisciplinary understanding of Africa's sexual politics.

Educational Technology to Improve Quality and Access on a Global Scale

by Kay A. Persichitte Atwi Suparman Michael Spector

This is an edited volume based on expanded versions of the best 30 papers presented at ETWC 2016 in Bali. Included are contributions from the keynote speakers of ETWC 2016: Robert Branch, Tian Belawati, Steve Harmon, Johannes Cronj#65533;, Marc Childress, Mike Spector, Chairul Tanjung, and Rudiantara. The work is organized into the following sections: (a) Effective Technology Integration in Teaching and Learning, (b) Quality Design, Development and Implementation, (c) Innovation and Creativity in Distance Education, and (d) Open Access, Courses and Resources.

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