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Episodes in the transformation of our understanding of sound and space, from binaural listening in the nineteenth century to contemporary sound art. The relationship between sound and space has become central to both creative practices in music and sound art and contemporary scholarship on sound. Entire subfields have emerged in connection to the spatial aspects of sound, from spatial audio and sound installation to acoustic ecology and soundscape studies. But how did our understanding of sound become spatial? In Stereophonica, Gascia Ouzounian examines a series of historical episodes that transformed ideas of sound and space, from the advent of stereo technologies in the nineteenth century to visual representations of sonic environments today.
An engaging introduction to human and animal movement seen through the lens of mechanics.How do Olympic sprinters run so fast? Why do astronauts adopt a bounding gait on the moon? How do running shoes improve performance while preventing injuries? This engaging and generously illustrated book answers these questions by examining human and animal movement through the lens of mechanics. The authors present simple conceptual models to study walking and running and apply mechanical principles to a range of interesting examples. They explore the biology of how movement is produced, examining the structure of a muscle down to its microscopic force-generating motors. Drawing on their deep expertise, the authors describe how to create simulations that provide insight into muscle coordination during walking and running, suggest treatments to improve function following injury, and help design devices that enhance human performance. Throughout, the book emphasizes established principles that provide a foundation for understanding movement. It also describes innovations in computer simulation, mobile motion monitoring, wearable robotics, and other technologies that build on these fundamentals. The book is suitable for use as a textbook by students and researchers studying human and animal movement. It is equally valuable for clinicians, roboticists, engineers, sports scientists, designers, computer scientists, and others who want to understand the biomechanics of movement.
Advances in Engineering Research. Volume 39 first discusses clustering, a well-known problem in statistics and engineering concerning how to arrange a set of vectors (measurements) into a number of groups (clusters). The fundamental concepts of hierarchical algorithms are described, along with a review of the different linkage criterions and recent developments aimed at improving the pioneer versions. The authors presents recent developments regarding the use of water electrolysis, which results in the obtainment of syngas that may be used for power generation and the production of fuels and chemical intermediate compounds. A multi-objective optimization model for optimizing the operation of natural gas pipeline networks is developed for different network configurations, namely linear, branch and looped topologies. An overview of degummed biodiesel preparation is provided, along with a study of engine performance parameters such as brake power, brake thermal efficiency and brake specific fuel consumption of degummed biodiesel and their diesel blends. The authors go on to introduce the principles of the Distributed Reflective Denial of Service attack, discussing the threats of this kind of attack, as well as the impact on the victim server and victim network. In the closing study, a comprehensive model of a quadrotor is built with physical analysis, parameter and function identifications. The propeller and motor properties are tested in a wind tunnel in scheduled conditions in the presence of relative air flow.
In engineering, there are different design objectives for heat pump systems, such as the maximum coefficient of performance, the maximum net heat flow rate into the high temperature heat source and the best thermo-economic performance. As such, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of heat pump technology, focusing on system design, performance, optimization and applications associated with this technology. Following this, a research study on the optimal operation of a power system in the presence of renewable sources is presented, considering two objectives: decreasing power losses and improving the voltage level in the nodes of the electric network. A method for detecting short-path wormhole tunnels rather than relying solely on topological features of the network is described. In a wormhole attack, the malicious nodes generally work in pairs and set up a high-speed tunnel for long distances between them. An approach to multi-objective optimization techniques is presented and applied to either subtractive or additive manufacturing processes. Additionally, the suitability of multi-objective optimization methods is depicted through a case study related to the selective laser melting process. The performance evaluation of the binary heap tree-based discrete particle swarm optimization is presented and compared with existing Pareto dominance-based multi-objective techniques such as non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II and non-dominated sorting particle swarm optimization. In closing, the authors present a problem that highlights the influence that bidirectional power flows may have on solutions regarding the optimal allocation of energy storage systems in real microgrids in the developing country of Romania.
What new directions in China's digital economy mean for us all China is the largest homogenous digital market on Earth: unified by language, culture, and mobile payments. Not only a consumer market of unrivaled size, it's also a vast and hyperactive innovation ecosystem for new technologies. And as China's digital economy moves from a consumer-focused phase to an enterprise-oriented one, Chinese companies are rushing to capitalize on ways the newer wave of tech-the Internet of Things, AI, blockchain, cloud computing, and data analytics (iABCD)-can unlock value for their businesses from non-traditional angles. In China's Data Economy, Winston Ma-investment professional, capital markets attorney, adjunct professor of digital economy, and bestselling author-details the profound global implications of this new direction, including how Chinese apps for services such as food delivery expand so quickly they surpass their U.S. models within a couple of years, and how the sheer scale and pace of Chinese innovation might lead to an AI arms race in which China and the U.S. vie aggressively for leadership. How China's younger netizens participate in their evolving digital economy as consumers, creators, and entrepreneurs Why Online/Office (OMO, Online-merge-with-Offline) integration is viewed as the natural next step on from the O2O (Online-to-Offline) model used in the rest of the world The ways in which traditional Chinese industries such as retail, banking, and insurance are innovating to stay in the game What emerging markets can learn from China as they leapfrog past the personal computer age altogether, diving straight into the mobile-first economy Anyone interested in what's next for Chinese digital powerhouses-investors, governments, entrepreneurs, international business players-will find this an essential guide to what lies ahead as China's flexes new digital muscles to create new forms of value and challenge established tech giants across the world.
An examination of the datafication of family life--in particular, the construction of our children into data subjects. Our families are being turned into data, as the digital traces we leave are shared, sold, and commodified. Children are datafied even before birth, with pregnancy apps and social media postings, and then tracked through babyhood with learning apps, smart home devices, and medical records. If we want to understand the emergence of the datafied citizen, Veronica Barassi argues, we should look at the first generation of datafied natives: our children. In Child Data Citizen, she examines the construction of children into data subjects, describing how their personal information is collected, archived, sold, and aggregated into unique profiles that can follow them across a lifetime.
Water and wastewater infrastructure are a somewhat invisible, yet critical, part of modern life. Incredibly, many buried assets have been in service for 50-100 years and are still in good condition. Conversely, other systems fail well before their predicted design lives, causing property damage, injury, and even loss of life. In many cases, early detection could have prevented catastrophic failure, and understanding the state of underground infrastructure has become a key priority for many municipalities. Industry has responded with a number of new and innovative technologies for condition assessment, however, understanding these tools can be difficult, as many vendors treat their proprietary systems as trade secrets. Water and Wastewater Pipeline Assessment Technologies: Classification Systems, Sensors, and Results Interpretation provides a thorough guide to the technical workings of some of the most popular water and wastewater assessment technologies available, including CCTV crawlers, acoustic listening devices, laser sensors, 360 video cameras, pipe penetrating radar, and more. Features: Presents an overview of current technologies in CCTV inspection, including next generation video formats, high-definition resolution, and fisheye/sidescan technology. Provides helpful tips and tricks to cut through technical jargon and identify the technological specifications to compare between multiple vendors. Examines the pros and cons of competing technologies including laser and lidar, and provides an overview of unique approaches such as Pipe Penetrating Radar, Focused Electrode Leak Location, and more. Highlights the importance of coding standards, data management, and software tools that can be leveraged to create a successful asset management program. Water and Wastewater Pipeline Assessment Technologies: Classification Systems, Sensors, and Results Interpretation provides a mixture of theory and real-world, practical considerations ranging from deployment tips and data exchange formats to the technical limitations of different technologies. The book is a valuable resource for municipal employees, project engineers, and others involved in designing and implementing major inspection programs.
This book is presented to those, both young and old, who wish to have a non-technical account of the history, evolution and production of some of the every-day wonders of the modern industrial age; coupled with occasional glimpses of the wonderful object-lessons afforded by nature in her constructive activities in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms; and simple, understandable answers to the myriad puzzling questions arising daily in the minds of those for whom the fascination of the Why and How is always engrossing.
Presently, the petroleum and nuclear industries take the developing competition from solar and wind energy extremely seriously. Therefore, the advent of novel green energy solutions pose a threat to the conventional energy markets. On the other hand, green energy resources provide sustainable energy solutions with negligible environmental impacts. This book unveils fundamental areas to ensuring the sustainable and secure development and utilization of energy resources, and provides corresponding solutions. It discourses the latest progresses in green energy production with a deep insight into the impacts of green energy on society and the environment. Moreover, this book goes beyond theoretical knowledge and discusses the practical problems and their solutions related to energy and sustainable development.
This book refutes the 21st-century zeitgeist that views advancing technology as an unambiguous social good, and examines the effects of this uncritical acceptance and dependence. It argues that technology has become the new religion for the digital age, and that elevating technology to the status of deity serves as a mechanism to allow for the denial of problems created by reliance upon machines. From the release of toxins into the environment to the unsustainable energy demands of the modern era, technological dependence and overreach are driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Despite these problems, existential issues such as artificial intelligence, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons, there is an unwavering belief in the ability of technology, particularly any device labeled smart, to create a perfect future while denying the history of unmet promises and unintended consequences of technological innovation. In this book, the psychological underpinnings of these beliefs are explored from both a clinical and cognitive perspective. In addition, it critiques the social and economic forces that maintain our reliance on, or addiction to, technology, and examines the ethical and security issues associated with the control of advanced technology.
The sun is an ultimate source of clean energy which is available in abundance. One hour of solar energy retrieved from sunlight is equivalent to the world's total energy consumption in a complete year (i.e., 16 TW). The development of low cost and highly efficient photovoltaic technology is a vital scientific goal and researchers have been trying to achieve it in the past two decades. The novel synthesis technique for preparation of solar cells has attracted significant interest because of their smart features which include low-temperature synthesis, synthetic variability, and the probability of fabricating flexible, lightweight, and green photovoltaic cells. Nanotechnology is the technology of future. It has a wide ranging domain of applications in almost every field of human activity which include chemical engineering, materials science, medicine, electronics, energy sector, etc. Presently, the use of nanotechnology in manufacturing of solar cells is gaining a significant attention due to its ability to provide cost-efficient and eco-friendly green energy solutions. Each chapter of this book recapitulates the applications of nanotechnology for development of green energy solutions. Introductory chapters of the book also contain the applications of nanotechnology beyond photovoltaics, and the key fabrication techniques, followed illustration of particular nanostructure type produced by application of a certain synthesis technique. The book also examines the benefits of each nanotechnology technique with a stress on probable future avenues of research.