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Advances in Human and Machine Navigation Systems

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ISBN: 9781838805647 9781838805654 9781838807788 Year: Pages: 96 DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.75272 Language: English
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Subject: Mechanical Engineering
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Advances in Human and Machine Navigation Systems provides a platform for practicing researchers, academics, PhD students, and other scientists to design, analyze, evaluate, process, and implement diversiform issues of navigation systems, including life-improving advances in human navigation systems and advances improving machine navigation systems. The five chapters of the book demonstrate the capabilities of navigation systems to solve scientific and engineering problems with varying degrees of complexity.

XoveTIC 2019: The 2nd XoveTIC Conference (XoveTIC 2019) A Coruña, Spain, 5–6 September 2019

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ISBN: 9783039214433 9783039214440 Year: Pages: 158 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-444-0 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Computer Science
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This issue of Proceedings gathers papers presented at XOVETIC2019 (A Coruña, Spain, 5-6 September 2019), a conference with the main goal of bringing together young researchers working in big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, HPC(High-performance computing), cybersecurity, bioinformatics, natural language processing, 5G and others areas from the field of ICT (Information Communications Technology), and offering a platform to present the results of their research to a national audience in Galicia and north of Portugal. This second edition aims to serve as the basis of this event, which will be consolidated over time and acquire international projection. The conference is co-funded by Xunta de Galicia and European Union. European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Mobile Mapping Technologies

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ISBN: 9783039280186 9783039280193 Year: Pages: 334 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-019-3 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Mobile Mapping technologies have seen a rapid growth of research activity and interest in the last years, due to the increased demand of accurate, dense and geo-referenced 3D data. Their main characteristic is the ability of acquiring 3D information of large areas dynamically. This versatility has expanded their application fields from the civil engineering to a broader range (industry, emergency response, cultural heritage...), which is constantly widening. This increased number of needs, some of them specially challenging, is pushing the Scientific Community, as well as companies, towards the development of innovative solutions, ranging from new hardware / open source software approaches and integration with other devices, up to the adoption of artificial intelligence methods for the automatic extraction of salient features and quality assessment for performance verification The aim of the present book is to cover the most relevant topics and trends in Mobile Mapping Technology, and also to introduce the new tendencies of this new paradigm of geospatial science.

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cultural heritage --- restoration --- indoor mapping --- laser scanning --- wearable mobile laser system --- 3D digitalization --- SLAM --- visual landmark sequence --- indoor topological localization --- convolutional neural network (CNN) --- second order hidden Markov model --- ORB-SLAM2 --- binary vocabulary --- small-scale vocabulary --- rapid relocation --- terrestrial laser scanning --- tunnel central axis --- tunnel cross section --- enhanced RANSAC --- quadric fitting --- constrained nonlinear least-squares problem --- visual simultaneous localization and mapping --- dynamic environment --- RGB-D camera --- encoder --- OctoMap --- IMMS --- indoor mapping --- MLS --- mobile laser scanning --- SLAM --- point clouds --- 2D laser scanner --- 2D laser range-finder --- LiDAR --- LRF --- sensors configurations --- Lidar localization system --- unmanned vehicle --- segmentation-based feature extraction --- category matching --- multi-group-step L-M optimization --- map management --- indoor mapping --- room type tagging --- semantic enrichment --- grammar --- Bayesian inference --- indoor localization --- crowdsourcing trajectory --- fingerprinting --- smartphone --- mobile mapping --- laser scanning --- self-calibration --- 3D point clouds --- geometric features --- motion estimation --- trajectory fusion --- mobile mapping --- sensor fusion --- optical sensors --- robust statistical analysis --- portable mobile mapping system --- handheld --- 3D processing --- point cloud --- Vitis vinifera --- terrestrial laser scanning --- plant vigor --- mobile mapping --- precision agriculture --- vine size --- visual positioning --- indoor scenes --- automated database construction --- image retrieval

Applications of Computational Intelligence to Power Systems

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ISBN: 9783039217601 9783039217618 Year: Pages: 116 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-761-8 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Electric power systems around the world are changing in terms of structure, operation, management and ownership due to technical, financial, and ideological reasons. Power systems keep on expanding in terms of geographical areas, asset additions, and the penetration of new technologies in generation, transmission, and distribution. The conventional methods for solving the power system design, planning, operation, and control problems have been extensively used for different applications, but these methods suffer from several difficulties, thus providing suboptimal solutions. Computationally intelligent methods can offer better solutions for several conditions and are being widely applied in electrical engineering applications. This Special Issue represents a thorough treatment of computational intelligence from an electrical power system engineer’s perspective. Thorough, well-organised, and up-to-date, it examines in detail some of the important aspects of this very exciting and rapidly emerging technology, including machine learning, particle swarm optimization, genetic algorithms, and deep learning systems. Written in a concise and flowing manner by experts in the area of electrical power systems who have experience in the application of computational intelligence for solving many complex and difficult power system problems, this Special Issue is ideal for professional engineers and postgraduate students entering this exciting field.

Distributed Energy Resources Management

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ISBN: 9783038977186 Year: Pages: 236 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-719-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Physics (General) --- Science (General)
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At present, the impact of distributed energy resources in the operation of power and energy systems is unquestionable at the distribution level, but also at the whole power system management level. Increased flexibility is required to accommodate intermittent distributed generation and electric vehicle charging. Demand response has already been proven to have a great potential to contribute to an increased system efficiency while bringing additional benefits, especially to the consumers. Distributed storage is also promising, e.g., when jointly used with the currently increasing use of photovoltaic panels. This book addresses the management of distributed energy resources. The focus includes methods and techniques to achieve an optimized operation, to aggregate the resources, namely, by virtual power players, and to remunerate them. The integration of distributed resources in electricity markets is also addressed as a main drive for their efficient use.

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ac/dc hybrid microgrid --- adaptive droop control --- autonomous operation --- distributed generation --- energy management system --- aggregator --- optimal bidding --- electricity markets --- probabilistic programming --- microgrid --- uncertainty --- hierarchical game --- non-cooperative game (NCG) --- energy trading --- pricing strategy --- demand response --- distributed generation --- microgrid --- real-time simulation --- consensus algorithm --- diffusion strategy --- distributed system --- energy management system --- microgrid operation --- optimal operation --- microgrids --- renewable energy --- storage --- scheduling --- co-generation --- decision-making under uncertainty --- domestic energy management system --- energy flexibility --- interval optimization --- stochastic programming --- Unit Commitment (UC) --- Demand Response (DR) --- Demand Response Unit Commitment (DRUC) --- Cat Swarm Optimization (CSO) --- average consensus algorithm (ACA) --- black start --- local controller --- microgrid (MG) --- multi-agent system (MAS) --- power system restoration (PSR) --- demand-side energy management --- multiplier method --- Powell direction acceleration method --- advance and retreat method --- thermal comfort --- transmission line --- fault localization --- time series --- ARIMA --- discrete wavelet transformer --- demand response --- virtual power plant --- energy flexibility potential --- aggregators --- business model --- building energy flexibility --- aggregator --- clustering --- demand response --- distributed generation

Visible Light Communication and Positioning

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ISBN: 9783039214358 9783039214365 Year: Pages: 144 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-436-5 Language: English
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In recent years, wireless communications have significantly evolved due to the advanced technology of smartphones;, portable devices; and the rapid growth of Internet of Things, e-Health, and intelligent transportation systems . Moreover, there is anare increasing need fors of emerging intelligent services like positioning and sensing in athe future intelligence society. Recent years have witnessed the growing research interests and activities in the communication and intelligencet services in the optical wireless spectrum, as a complementary technology to more

Glassy Materials Based Microdevices

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ISBN: 9783038976189 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-619-6 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Electrical and Nuclear Engineering --- General and Civil Engineering --- Technology (General)
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Microtechnology has changed our world since the last century, when silicon microelectronics revolutionized sensor, control and communication areas, with applications extending from domotics to automotive, and from security to biomedicine. The present century, however, is also seeing an accelerating pace of innovation in glassy materials; as an example, glass-ceramics, which successfully combine the properties of an amorphous matrix with those of micro- or nano-crystals, offer a very high flexibility of design to chemists, physicists and engineers, who can conceive and implement advanced microdevices. In a very similar way, the synthesis of glassy polymers in a very wide range of chemical structures offers unprecedented potential of applications. The contemporary availability of microfabrication technologies, such as direct laser writing or 3D printing, which add to the most common processes (deposition, lithography and etching), facilitates the development of novel or advanced microdevices based on glassy materials. Biochemical and biomedical sensors, especially with the lab-on-a-chip target, are one of the most evident proofs of the success of this material platform. Other applications have also emerged in environment, food, and chemical industries. The present Special Issue of Micromachines aims at reviewing the current state-of-the-art and presenting perspectives of further development. Contributions related to the technologies, glassy materials, design and fabrication processes, characterization, and, eventually, applications are welcome.

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micro-crack propagation --- severing force --- quartz glass --- micro-grinding --- microfluidics --- single-cell analysis --- polymeric microfluidic flow cytometry --- single-cell protein quantification --- glass molding process --- groove --- roughness --- filling ratio --- label-free sensor --- optofluidic microbubble resonator --- detection of small molecules --- chalcogenide glass --- infrared optics --- precision glass molding --- aspherical lens --- freeform optics --- micro/nano patterning --- 2D colloidal crystal --- soft colloidal lithography --- strain microsensor --- vectorial strain gauge --- compound glass --- microsphere --- resonator --- lasing --- sensing --- microresonator --- whispering gallery mode --- long period grating --- fiber coupling --- distributed sensing --- chemical/biological sensing --- direct metal forming --- glassy carbon micromold --- enhanced boiling heat transfer --- metallic microstructure --- microspheres --- microdevices --- glass --- polymers --- solar energy --- nuclear fusion --- thermal insulation --- sol-gel --- Ag nanoaggregates --- Yb3+ ions --- down-shifting --- photonic microdevices --- alkali cells --- MEMS vapor cells --- optical cells --- atomic spectroscopy --- microtechnology --- microfabrication --- MEMS --- microfluidic devices --- laser materials processing --- ultrafast laser micromachining --- ultrafast laser welding --- enclosed microstructures --- glass --- porous media --- fluid displacement --- spray pyrolysis technique --- dielectric materials --- luminescent materials --- photovoltaics --- frequency conversion --- device simulations --- europium --- luminescence --- hybrid materials --- microdevices --- light --- photon --- communications --- waveguides --- fibers --- biosensors --- microstructured optical fibers --- whispering gallery modes --- light localization --- optofluidics --- lab-on-a-chip --- femtosecond laser --- laser micromachining --- diffusion

Swarm Robotics

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ISBN: 9783038979227 9783038979234 Year: Pages: 310 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-923-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Computer Science
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Collectively working robot teams can solve a problem more efficiently than a single robot, while also providing robustness and flexibility to the group. Swarm robotics model is a key component of a cooperative algorithm that controls the behaviors and interactions of all individuals. The robots in the swarm should have some basic functions, such as sensing, communicating, and monitoring, and satisfy the following properties:

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3D model identification --- shape normalization --- weighted implicit shape representation --- panoramic view --- scale-invariant feature transform --- optimization --- meta-heuristic --- parallel technique --- Swarm intelligence algorithm --- artificial flora (AF) algorithm --- bionic intelligent algorithm --- particle swarm optimization --- artificial bee colony algorithm --- swarm robotics --- search --- surveillance --- behaviors --- patterns --- comparison --- swarm behavior --- Swarm Chemistry --- self-organization --- asymmetrical interaction --- genetic algorithm --- cooperative target hunting --- multi-AUV --- improved potential field --- surface-water environment --- signal source localization --- multi-robot system --- event-triggered communication --- consensus control --- time-difference-of-arrival (TDOA) --- Cramer–Rao low bound (CRLB) --- optimal configuration --- UAV swarms --- path optimization --- multiple robots --- formation --- sliding mode controller --- nonlinear disturbance observer --- system stability --- formation control --- virtual structure --- formation reconfiguration --- multi-agents --- robotics --- unmanned aerial vehicle --- swarm intelligence --- particle swarm optimization --- search algorithm --- underwater environment --- sensor deployment --- event-driven coverage --- fish swarm optimization --- congestion control --- modular robots --- self-assembly robots --- environmental perception --- target recognition --- autonomous docking --- formation control --- virtual linkage --- virtual structure --- formation reconfiguration --- mobile robots --- robotics --- swarm robotics --- formation control --- coordinate motion --- obstacle avoidance --- n/a

New Developments in Statistical Information Theory Based on Entropy and Divergence Measures

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ISBN: 9783038979364 9783038979371 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-937-1 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Social Sciences --- Sociology --- Statistics
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This book presents new and original research in Statistical Information Theory, based on minimum divergence estimators and test statistics, from a theoretical and applied point of view, for different statistical problems with special emphasis on efficiency and robustness. Divergence statistics, based on maximum likelihood estimators, as well as Wald’s statistics, likelihood ratio statistics and Rao’s score statistics, share several optimum asymptotic properties, but are highly non-robust in cases of model misspecification under the presence of outlying observations. It is well-known that a small deviation from the underlying assumptions on the model can have drastic effect on the performance of these classical tests. Specifically, this book presents a robust version of the classical Wald statistical test, for testing simple and composite null hypotheses for general parametric models, based on minimum divergence estimators.

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sparse --- robust --- divergence --- MM algorithm --- Bregman divergence --- generalized linear model --- local-polynomial regression --- model check --- nonparametric test --- quasi-likelihood --- semiparametric model --- Wald statistic --- composite likelihood --- maximum composite likelihood estimator --- Wald test statistic --- composite minimum density power divergence estimator --- Wald-type test statistics --- Bregman divergence --- general linear model --- hypothesis testing --- influence function --- robust --- Wald-type test --- log-linear models --- ordinal classification variables --- association models --- correlation models --- minimum penalized ?-divergence estimator --- consistency --- asymptotic normality --- goodness-of-fit --- bootstrap distribution estimator --- thematic quality assessment --- relative entropy --- logarithmic super divergence --- robustness --- minimum divergence inference --- generalized renyi entropy --- minimum divergence methods --- robustness --- single index model --- model assessment --- statistical distance --- non-quadratic distance --- total variation --- mixture index of fit --- Kullback-Leibler distance --- divergence measure --- ?-divergence --- relative error estimation --- robust estimation --- information geometry --- centroid --- Bregman information --- Hölder divergence --- indoor localization --- robustness --- efficiency --- Bayesian nonparametric --- Bayesian semi-parametric --- asymptotic property --- minimum disparity methods --- Hellinger distance --- Berstein von Mises theorem --- measurement errors --- robust testing --- two-sample test --- misspecified hypothesis and alternative --- 2-alternating capacities --- composite hypotheses --- corrupted data --- least-favorable hypotheses --- Neyman Pearson test --- divergence based testing --- Chernoff Stein lemma --- compressed data --- Hellinger distance --- representation formula --- iterated limits --- influence function --- consistency --- asymptotic normality --- location-scale family --- n/a

Physiological Responses to Abiotic and Biotic Stress in Forest Trees

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ISBN: 9783039215140 9783039215157 Year: Pages: 294 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-515-7 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Environmental Engineering
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As sessile organisms, plants have to cope with a multitude of natural and anthropogenic forms of stress in their environment. Due to their longevity, this is of particular significance for trees. As a consequence, trees develop an orchestra of resilience and resistance mechanisms to biotic and abiotic stresses in order to support their growth and development in a constantly changing atmospheric and pedospheric environment. The objective of this Special Issue of Forests is to summarize state-of-art knowledge and report the current progress on the processes that determine the resilience and resistance of trees from different zonobiomes as well as all forms of biotic and abiotic stress from the molecular to the whole tree level.

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drought --- mid-term --- non-structural carbohydrate --- soluble sugar --- starch --- Pinus massoniana --- salinity --- Carpinus betulus --- morphological indices --- gas exchange --- osmotic adjustment substances --- antioxidant enzyme activity --- ion relationships --- Populus simonii Carr. (poplar) --- intrinsic water-use efficiency --- tree rings --- basal area increment --- long-term drought --- hydrophilic polymers --- Stockosorb --- Luquasorb --- Konjac glucomannan --- photosynthesis --- ion relation --- Fagus sylvatica L. --- Abies alba Mill. --- N nutrition --- mixed stands --- pure stands --- soil N --- water relations --- 24-epiBL application --- salt stress --- ion contents --- chloroplast ultrastructure --- photosynthesis --- Robinia pseudoacacia L. --- elevation gradient --- forest type --- growth --- leaf properties --- Pinus koraiensis Sieb. et Zucc. --- Heterobasidion parviporum --- Heterobasidion annosum --- Norway spruce --- disturbance --- water availability --- pathogen --- infection --- Carpinus turczaninowii --- salinity treatments --- ecophysiology --- photosynthetic responses --- organic osmolytes --- ion homeostasis --- antioxidant enzymes --- glutaredoxin --- subcellular localization --- expression --- tapping panel dryness --- defense response --- rubber tree --- Ca2+ signal --- drought stress --- living cell --- Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) --- plasma membrane Ca2+ channels --- signal network --- Aleppo pine --- Greece --- photosynthesis --- water potential --- ?13C --- sap flow --- canopy conductance --- climate --- molecular cloning --- functional analysis --- TCP --- DELLA --- GA-signaling pathway --- Fraxinus mandshurica Rupr. --- wood formation --- abiotic stress --- nutrition --- gene regulation --- tree --- bamboo forest --- cold stress --- physiological response --- silicon fertilization --- plant tolerance --- reactive oxygen species --- antioxidant activity --- proline --- Populus euphratica --- salt stress --- salicylic acid --- malondialdehyde --- differentially expressed genes --- n/a

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