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Brain-Computer Interfaces for Human Augmentation

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ISBN: 9783039219063 9783039219070 Year: Pages: 128 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-907-0 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Psychology
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The field of Brain–Computer Interfaces (BCIs) has grown rapidly in the last few decades, allowing the development of faster and more reliable assistive technologies based on direct links between the brain and an external device. Novel applications of BCIs have also been proposed, especially in the area of human augmentation, i.e., enabling people to go beyond human limitations in sensory, cognitive and motor tasks. Brain-imaging techniques, such as electroencephalography, have been used to extract neural correlates of various brain processes and transform them, via machine learning, into commands for external devices. Brain stimulation technology has allowed to trigger the activation of specific brain areas to enhance the cognitive processes associated to the task at hand, hence improving performance. BCIs have therefore extended their scope from assistive technologies for people with disabilities to neuro-tools for human enhancement. This Special Issue aims at showing the recent advances in BCIs for human augmentation, highlighting new results on both traditional and novel applications. These include, but are not limited to, control of external devices, communication, cognitive enhancement, decision making and entertainment.

Satellite Altimetry for Earth Sciences

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ISBN: 9783038976806 9783038976813 Year: Pages: 484 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-681-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Physics (General) --- Geophysics and Geomagnetism
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Satellite altimetry is a radar technique for measuring the topography of the Earth’s surface. It was initially designed for measuring the ocean’s topography, with reference to an ellipsoid, and for the determination of the marine geoid. Satellite altimetry has provided extremely valuable information on ocean science (e.g., circulation surface geostrophic currents, eddy structures, wave heights, and the propagation of oceanic Kelvin and Rossby waves). With more than 25 years of observations, it is also becoming vital to climate research, providing accurate measurements of sea level variations from regional to global scales. Altimetry has also demonstrated a strong potential for geophysical, cryospheric, and hydrological research and is now commonly used for the monitoring of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheet topography and of terrestrial surface water levels. This book aims to present reviews and recent advances of general interest in the use of radar altimetry in Earth sciences. Manuscripts are related to any aspect of radar altimetry technique or geophysical applications. We also encourage manuscripts resulting from the application of new altimetric technology (SAR, SARin, and Ka band) and improvements expected from missions to be launched in the near future (i.e., SWOT).

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satellite altimetry --- Envisat --- SARAL --- unsupervised classification --- K-medoids --- Greenland Sea --- Fram Strait --- upper layer thickness --- satellite altimeter --- two-layer ocean model --- South China Sea --- coastal altimetry --- sea surface height --- Jason-2 --- waveform retracking --- satellite altimetry --- inland water --- CryosSat-2 SAR --- Mekong Basin --- water level time series --- classification --- stack data --- altimetry --- Ka-band --- data processing --- calibration --- validation --- altimetry --- SAR --- calibration --- validation --- sea surface height --- coastal altimetry --- validation --- tide gauge --- altimetry --- Ka-band --- oceanography --- hydrology --- ice --- geodesy --- Jason-2 --- Hong Kong coast --- retracking --- X-TRACK --- ALES --- PISTACH --- radar altimetry --- coastal altimetry --- sea surface height --- topography of the intertidal zone --- ERS-2 --- ENVISAT --- SARAL --- CryoSat-2 --- altimetry --- water level --- discharge --- Sentinel-3 --- satellite altimetry --- microwave radiometer --- wet tropospheric correction --- wet path delay --- sensor calibration --- HY-2A --- waveform retracking --- range precision --- marine gravity --- radar altimetry --- waveform --- dielectric permittivity --- soil moisture --- satellite altimetry --- SWOT --- western Mediterranean Sea --- fine scale --- SWOT simulator --- ROMS model --- filtering --- storm surge --- satellite altimetry --- calibration --- numerical modelling --- FVCOM --- ocean tides --- coastal altimetry --- ALES retracker --- ocean geostrophy --- water volume transport --- satellite geodesy --- space gravity --- altimetry --- Argo --- Southern Ocean --- ACC --- lake level --- lake volume --- evaporation --- streamflow --- Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) --- altimetry --- Landsat --- Aral Sea --- altimetry --- water levels --- validation --- Inner Niger Delta --- altimetry --- orbit decay --- drifting orbit --- geodetic orbit --- leads --- satellite altimetry --- CryoSat-2 --- classification --- peakiness --- polar ocean

Analysis for Power Quality Monitoring

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ISBN: 9783039281107 / 9783039281114 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-111-4 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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We are immersed in the so-called digital energy network, continuously introducing new technological advances for a better way of life. Numerous emerging words are in the spotlight, namely: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Industry 4.0, etc. To achieve this formidable goal, systems should work more efficiently, and this fact inevitably leads to power quality (PQ) assurance. Apart from its economic losses, a bad PQ implies serious risks for machines, and consequently for people. Many researchers are endeavoring to develop new analysis techniques, instruments, measurement methods, and new indices and norms that match and fulfil the requirements regarding the current operation of the electrical network. This book offers a compilation of the some recent advances in this field. The chapters range from computing issues to technological implementations, going through event detection strategies and new indices and measurement methods that contribute significantly to the advancement of PQ analysis. Experiments have been developed within the frames of research units and projects, and deal with real data from industry and public buildings. Human beings have an unavoidable commitment with sustainability, which implies adapting PQ monitoring techniques to our dynamic world, defining a digital and smart concept of quality for electricity.

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power system measurements --- dynamic phasor estimation --- Kalman filters --- phasor measurement --- power quality --- signal waveform compression --- higher-order statistics (HOS) --- power quality (PQ) --- computational solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) --- smart grid (SG) applications --- harmonics --- constant amplitude trend --- fourth-order statistics --- detection --- spectral kurtosis --- low-voltage DC networks --- power quality disturbances --- power quality monitoring --- DC power quality indices --- voltage ripple --- reconfigurable computing --- FPGA --- power quality --- spectral kurtosis --- digital signal processing --- embedded system --- power quality disturbance --- convolution neural network --- improved principal component analysis --- wind-grid distribution --- power quality (PQ) --- embedded microcontroller --- low cost monitor --- sensor node --- wireless sensor network --- IoT --- RMS voltage estimation --- low computational cost --- limited resources hardware --- power event detection --- energizing warning --- power quality --- voltage sags --- islanding operation --- induction machines --- modelling --- distribution networks --- power quality --- phasor measurement units --- voltage fluctuations --- flicker --- modulation --- power distribution systems --- smart grids --- dense-mesh topology --- municipal distribution network --- smart grid --- power quality monitor --- long-term --- operation analysis --- power quality (PQ) --- PQ indices and thresholds --- reliability --- sensors and instruments for PQ --- big data --- machine learning --- soft computing --- statistical signal processing --- data scalability --- data compression

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