Cognitive Radio Engineering

A cognitive radio is a transceiver that is aware of its environment, the regulations governing its operation, and its users’ needs, priorities, and operational privileges. It can take intelligent action to configure itself to perform its mission based on that awareness and is capable of learning and reasoning from past experience. Cognitive Radio Engineering is both a text and a reference book about cognitive radio architecture and i...

Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice

All fire fighters need the safe and controlled "real life" training offered through live fire exercises in order to be fully prepared for the hazards of the fireground. Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice Revised First Edition provides a definitive guide on how to ensure safe and realistic live fire training for both students and instructors. Updated to address all the requirements for NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Trainin...

Nano-CMOS and Post-CMOS Electronics: Devices and Modelling

The demand for ever smaller and more portable electronic devices has driven metal oxide semiconductor-based (CMOS) technology to its physical limit with the smallest possible feature sizes. This presents various size-related problems such as high power leakage, low-reliability, and thermal effects, and is a limit on further miniaturization. To enable even smaller electronics, various nano-devices including carbon nanotube transistors...

A Concise Overview of the Finite Element Method

This book presents a straightforward introduction to the finite element method, error analysis, and adaptive refinement. It provides an easy-to-read overview that allows the contents of other finite element books and finite element courses to be seen in perspective as the various procedures are encountered. Furthermore, it provides developments that improve the procedures contained in the standard finite element textbook. As a result...

Vehicle-to-Grid: Linking electric vehicles to the smart grid

Vehicle-to-Grid: Linking Electric Vehicles to the Smart Grid provides an integrated treatment of smart grid using electric vehicles by exploring the connection between the stationary grid and PEV power storage. Plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to provide substantial storage to a city's grid, a key component in mitigating intermittency issues of power sources. However the batteries of these vehicles also ...

Advanced Topics in Environmental Health and Air Pollution Case Studies

The book describes the effects of air pollutants, from the indoor and outdoor spaces, on the human physiology. Air pollutants can influence inflammation biomarkers, can influence the pathogenesis of chronic cough, can influence reactive oxygen species (ROS) and can induce autonomic nervous system interactions that modulate cardiac oxidative stress and cardiac electrophysiological changes, can participate in the onset and exacerbation...

Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know

Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young, and care for our elderly. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independ...

Schutzbauwerke Gegen Wildbachgefahren

Die Wildbachverbauung umfasst die Gesamtheit aller Maßnahmen, die in oder an einem Wildbach oder in seinem Einzugsgebiet ausgeführt werden, um insbesondere das Bachbett und die angrenzenden Hänge zu sichern, Hochwasser und Feststoffe schadlos abzuführen und die Wirkung von Hochwasserereignissen auf ein zumutbares Ausmaß zu senken. Dazu gehören die Unterbindung der Geschiebebildung und der Rückhalt von Verwitterungsprodukten, die Verb...

Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers

Program PIC microcontrollers to drive small motors Get your motors running in no time using this easy-to-follow guide. Detailed circuit diagrams and hands-on tutorials show you, step by step, how to program PIC microcontrollers to power a wide variety of small motors. You'll learn how to configure all the hardware and software components and test, troubleshoot, and debug your work. Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers is fi...

From Materials to Structures

From Materials to Structures: Advancement through Innovation is a collection of peer-reviewed papers presented at the 22nd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM22) held in Sydney Australia, from 11-14 December 2012 by academics, researchers and practising engineers mainly from Australasia and the Asia-Pacific region. The topics under discussion include: • Biomechanics • Composite structures and m...