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Book Series: Information Revolution and Global Politics ISBN: 9780262042451 9780262541961 Year: Pages: 472 Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Science (General) --- Political Science
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A study of Internet blocking and filtering around the world: analyses by leading researchers and survey results that document filtering practices in dozens of countries.Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens—most often about politics, but sometimes relating to sexuality, culture, or religion. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in more than three dozen countries, offering the first rigorously conducted study of an accelerating trend. Internet filtering takes place in more than three dozen states worldwide, including many countries in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Related Internet content-control mechanisms are also in place in Canada, the United States and a cluster of countries in Europe. Drawing on a just-completed survey of global Internet filtering undertaken by the OpenNet Initiative (a collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, and the University of Cambridge) and relying on work by regional experts and an extensive network of researchers, Access Denied examines the political, legal, social, and cultural contexts of Internet filtering in these states from a variety of perspectives. Chapters discuss the mechanisms and politics of Internet filtering, the strengths and limitations of the technology that powers it, the relevance of international law, ethical considerations for corporations that supply states with the tools for blocking and filtering, and the implications of Internet filtering for activist communities that increasingly rely on Internet technologies for communicating their missions. Reports on Internet content regulation in forty different countries follow, with each two-page country profile outlining the types of content blocked by category and documenting key findings.ContributorsRoss Anderson, Malcolm Birdling, Ronald Deibert, Robert Faris, Vesselina Haralampieva [as per Rob Faris], Steven Murdoch, Helmi Noman, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Mary Rundle, Nart Villeneuve, Stephanie Wang, Jonathan Zittrain

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Nonlinear Gaussian Filtering : Theory, Algorithms, and Applications

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Book Series: Karlsruher Schriften zur Anthropomatik / Lehrstuhl für Interaktive Echtzeitsysteme, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie ; Fraunhofer-Inst. für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung IOSB Karlsruhe ISSN: 18636489 ISBN: 9783731503385 Year: Volume: 19 Pages: V, 270 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000045491 Language: ENGLISH
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Computer Science
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By restricting to Gaussian distributions, the optimal Bayesian filtering problem can be transformed into an algebraically simple form, which allows for computationally efficient algorithms. Three problem settings are discussed in this thesis: (1) filtering with Gaussians only, (2) Gaussian mixture filtering for strong nonlinearities, (3) Gaussian process filtering for purely data-driven scenarios. For each setting, efficient algorithms are derived and applied to real-world problems.

Linear Estimation in Interconnected Sensor Systems with Information Constraints

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Book Series: Karlsruhe Series on Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems / Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Laboratory ISSN: 18673813 ISBN: 9783731503422 Year: Volume: 16 Pages: XVII, 227 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000045577 Language: ENGLISH
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Mathematics
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A ubiquitous challenge in many technical applications is to estimate an unknown state by means of data that stems from several, often heterogeneous sensor sources. In this book, information is interpreted stochastically, and techniques for the distributed processing of data are derived that minimize the error of estimates about the unknown state. Methods for the reconstruction of dependencies are proposed and novel approaches for the distributed processing of noisy data are developed.

Deterministic Sampling for Nonlinear Dynamic State Estimation

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Book Series: Karlsruhe Series on Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems / Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Laboratory ISSN: 18673813 ISBN: 9783731504733 Year: Volume: 18 Pages: XVI, 167 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000051670 Language: ENGLISH
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Computer Science
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The goal of this work is improving existing and suggesting novel filtering algorithms for nonlinear dynamic state estimation. Nonlinearity is considered in two ways: First, propagation is improved by proposing novel methods for approximating continuous probability distributions by discrete distributions defined on the same continuous domain. Second, nonlinear underlying domains are considered by proposing novel filters that inherently take the underlying geometry of these domains into account.

Audio Signal Processing

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ISBN: 9783038423515 9783038423508 Year: Pages: X, 436 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-351-5 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Acoustics --- Electrical and Nuclear Engineering
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Audio signal processing is a highly active research field where digital signal processing theory meets human sound perception and real-time programming requirements. It has a wide range of applications in computers, gaming, and music technology, to name a few of the largest areas. Successful applications include, for example, perceptual audio coding, digital music synthesizers, and music recognition software. The fact that music is now often listened to using headphones from a mobile device leads to new problems related to background noise control and signal enhancement. Developments in processor technology, such as parallel computing, are changing the way signal-processing algorithms are designed for audio.Topics covered, but were not limited to, the following areas:- Audio signal analysis- Music information retrieval- Enhancement and restoration of audio- Audio equalization and filtering- Audio effects processing- Sound synthesis and modeling- Audio coding- Sound capture and noise control- Sound source separation- Room acoustics and spatial audio- Signal processing for headphones and loudspeakers- High-performance computing in audio

Remixe auf Hostingplattformen

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Book Series: Internet und Gesellschaft ISBN: 9783161560255 9783161560354 Year: DOI: 10.1628/9783161560354 Language: German
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101765
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Remixers recombine copyright-protected audiovisual material and distribute it via hosting platforms. To what extent does copyright law allow remixing and what is the impact of platforms' policies and filtering mechanisms for user uploads? Henrike Maier employs a comparative legal approach and focuses on the role of creative users' fundamental rights to investigate these questions.

Ultrasonic Guided Waves

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ISBN: 9783039282982 9783039282999 Year: Pages: 376 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-299-9 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The propagation of ultrasonic guided waves in solids is an important area of scientific inquiry, primarily due to their practical applications for nondestructive characterization of materials, such as nondestructive inspection, quality assurance testing, structural health monitoring, and providing a material state awareness. This Special Issue of Applied Sciences covers all aspects of ultrasonic guided waves (e.g., phased array transducers, meta-materials to control wave propagation characteristics, scattering, attenuation, and signal processing techniques) from the perspective of modeling, simulation, laboratory experiments, or field testing. In order to fully utilize ultrasonic guided waves for these applications, it is necessary to have a firm grasp of their requisite characteristics, which include that they are multimodal, dispersive, and are comprised of unique displacement profiles through the thickness of the waveguide.

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electromagnetic wave --- group velocity --- time-frequency domain reflectometry --- dispersive medium --- ultrasonic guided wave --- nondestructive testing --- square steel bar --- non-detection zone --- surface flaw --- Rayleigh wave --- scattering --- modified BEM --- reconstruction --- adhesive joint --- single lap joint --- non-destructive testing --- damage identification --- Lamb waves --- scanning laser vibrometry --- signal processing --- ultrasonic guided waves --- axial transmission --- ultrasonic guided waves --- fiber optics --- fiber Bragg grating --- nondestructive testing --- structural health monitoring --- pipe inspection --- partial wave method --- slowness curves --- lamb wave --- stoneley wave --- mode sorting --- acoustic leakage --- rayleigh wave --- surface waves --- elastodynamics --- guided waves --- lamb wave --- dispersion curves --- phase velocity --- group velocity --- signal processing --- SH0 mode --- circumferential scanning --- synthetic aperture focusing --- exploding reflector model --- Lamb wave --- local wavenumber --- air-coupled transducer --- wavenumber domain filtering --- hybrid and non-contact system --- signal processing --- SNR --- split-spectrum processing --- ultrasonic guided waves --- signal processing --- defect detection --- spatial domain --- array analysis --- pipeline inspection --- ultrasonic guided waves (UGWs) --- metamaterial --- resonator --- low-frequency --- lamb wave --- adaptive filtering --- leaky normalized mean square --- ultrasonic guided waves --- pipeline inspection --- SNR enhancement --- signal processing --- guided wave --- multi-wire cable --- wave structure --- contact acoustic nonlinearity --- energy transfer --- rail --- ultrasonic guided wave --- semi-analytical finite element --- single mode extraction algorithm --- defect location --- signal processing --- defect detection --- torsional wave --- power spectrum --- sliding window --- pipeline inspection --- ultrasonic guided-waves (UGWs) --- magnetostrictive patch transducer --- shear mode --- soft magnetic patch --- dynamic magnetic field optimization --- signal strength enhancement --- acoustic emission --- nondestructive testing --- leakage location --- fault diagnosis --- n/a --- lamb waves --- composite --- ultrasonic testing --- numerical modelling --- pressure vessels

Optical MEMS

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ISBN: 9783039213030 9783039213047 Year: Pages: 172 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-304-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Optical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microoptoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS), or optical microsystems are devices or systems that interact with light through actuation or sensing at a micro- or millimeter scale. Optical MEMS have had enormous commercial success in projectors, displays, and fiberoptic communications. The best-known example is Texas Instruments’ digital micromirror devices (DMDs). The development of optical MEMS was impeded seriously by the Telecom Bubble in 2000. Fortunately, DMDs grew their market size even in that economy downturn. Meanwhile, in the last one and half decade, the optical MEMS market has been slowly but steadily recovering. During this time, the major technological change was the shift of thin-film polysilicon microstructures to single-crystal–silicon microsructures. Especially in the last few years, cloud data centers are demanding large-port optical cross connects (OXCs) and autonomous driving looks for miniature LiDAR, and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) demands tiny optical scanners. This is a new wave of opportunities for optical MEMS. Furthermore, several research institutes around the world have been developing MOEMS devices for extreme applications (very fine tailoring of light beam in terms of phase, intensity, or wavelength) and/or extreme environments (vacuum, cryogenic temperatures) for many years. Accordingly, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on (1) novel design, fabrication, control, and modeling of optical MEMS devices based on all kinds of actuation/sensing mechanisms; and (2) new developments of applying optical MEMS devices of any kind in consumer electronics, optical communications, industry, biology, medicine, agriculture, physics, astronomy, space, or defense.

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scanning micromirror --- electromagnetic actuator --- angle sensor --- flame retardant 4 (FR4) --- variable optical attenuator (VOA) --- wavelength dependent loss (WDL) --- polarization dependent loss (PDL) --- micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) --- tunable fiber laser --- echelle grating --- DMD chip --- MEMS scanning micromirror --- fringe projection --- laser stripe scanning --- quality map --- large reflection variations --- 3D measurement --- laser stripe width --- vibration noise --- MLSSP --- MEMS scanning mirror --- wavefront sensing --- digital micromirror device --- ocular aberrations --- dual-mode liquid-crystal (LC) device --- infrared Fabry–Perot (FP) filtering --- LC micro-lenses controlled electrically --- spectrometer --- infrared --- digital micromirror device (DMD) --- signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) --- stray light --- programmable spectral filter --- digital micromirror device --- optical switch --- microscanner --- input shaping --- open-loop control --- quasistatic actuation --- residual oscillation --- usable scan range --- higher-order modes --- resonant MEMS scanner --- electrostatic --- parametric resonance --- NIR fluorescence --- intraoperative microscope --- 2D Lissajous --- fluorescence confocal --- metasurface --- metalens --- field of view (FOV) --- achromatic --- Huygens’ metalens --- bio-optical imaging --- optical coherence tomography --- confocal --- two-photon --- spectrometer --- MEMS mirror --- electrothermal bimorph --- Cu/W bimorph --- electrothermal actuation --- reliability --- n/a

Forest Hydrology and Watershed

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ISBN: 9783039213856 9783039213863 Year: Pages: 206 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-386-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General)
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Hydrological processes in forested watersheds are influenced by environmental, physiological, and biometric factors such as precipitation, radiation, temperature, species type, leaf area, and extent and structure of forest ecosystems. Over the past two centuries, forest coverage and forest structures have been impacted globally by anthropogenic activities, for example, forest harvesting, and conversion of forested landscapes for plantations and urbanization. In addition, since the industrial revolution, climate change has resulted in profound impacts on forest ecosystems due to higher carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration or CO2 fertilization, warmer temperatures, changes in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and natural disturbances. As a result, hydrological processes in forested watersheds have been altered by these natural and anthropogenic factors and these changes are expected to accelerate due to future changing climatic conditions.

Sea Surface Roughness Observed by High Resolution Radar

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ISBN: 9783039217465 9783039217472 Year: Pages: 202 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-747-2 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Oceanography
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Changes in sea surface roughness are usually associated with a change in the sea surface wind field. This interaction has been exploited to measure sea surface wind speed by scatterometry. A number of features on the sea surface associated with changes in roughness can be observed by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) because of the change in Bragg backscatter of the radar signal by damping of the resonant ocean capillary waves. With various radar frequencies, resolutions, and modes of polarization, sea surface features have been analyzed in numerous campaigns, bringing various datasets together, thus allowing for new insights into small-scale processes at a larger areal coverage. This Special Issue aims at investigating sea surface features detected by high spatial resolution radar systems, such as SAR.

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