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Just Ordinary Robots: Automation from Love to War

Lamber Royakkers, Rinie van Est
September 04, 2015

A social robot is a robot that interacts and communicates with humans or other autonomous physical agents by following social behaviors and rules attached to its role. We seem to accept the use of robots that perform dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs. But how far do we want to go with the automation...

The Dirty Side of the Garment Industry: Fast Fashion and Its Negative Impact on Environment and Society

Nikolay Anguelov
September 04, 2015

When thinking about lowering or changing consumption to lower carbon footprints, the obvious offenders come easily to mind: petroleum and petroleum products, paper and plastic, even food. But not clothes. Although the clothing industry is the second largest polluter after agriculture, most...

Remote Sensing of Impervious Surfaces in Tropical and Subtropical Areas

Hongsheng Zhang, Hui Lin, Yuanzhi Zhang, Qihao Weng
September 01, 2015

Remote Sensing of Impervious Surfaces in Tropical and Subtropical Areas offers a complete and thorough system for using optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensing data for improving impervious surface estimation (ISE). Highlighting tropical and subtropical areas where there is...

Food Policy: Looking Forward from the Past

Janel Obenchain, Arlene Spark
August 26, 2015

Access to safe, adequate, and nutritionally balanced food is a cornerstone of public health. Food Policy: Looking Forward from the Past examines the influences of grassroots movements, the government, and industry on the US food systems. The authors explore the intersection of food and nutrition...

Understanding Spectrum Liberalisation

Martin Sims, Toby Youell, Richard Womersley
August 26, 2015

Until the 1990s, almost all spectrum licenses were given away practically for free—even the first mobile licenses which laid the foundation for multi-billion dollar companies that dominate stock markets around the world. In the past fifteen years, there has been a concerted attempt to liberalise...

Cities and Disasters

Davia Cox Downey
August 20, 2015

Cities and Disasters presents interdisciplinary and multinational perspectives on emergency management policy, economic development, and the various factors that affect the recovery process after natural disasters strike urban areas. The book has three central themes: policy, urbanity, and the...

Building Smart Cities: Analytics, ICT, and Design Thinking

Carol L. Stimmel
August 13, 2015

The term "smart city" defines the new urban environment, one that is designed for performance through information and communication technologies. Given that the majority of people across the world will live in urban environments within the next few decades, it's not surprising that massive effort...

Integrated Land Use Planning for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

M. V. Rao, V. Suresh Babu, Suman Chandra, G. Ravindra Chary
August 13, 2015

Land represents an important resource for the economic life of a majority of people in the world. The way people handle and use land resources impacts their social and economic well-being as well as the sustained quality of land resources. Land use planning is also integral to water resources...

Redefining U.S. Education: A Systematic Approach to Teaching

William F. Roth, Ian M. Roth
July 29, 2015

A growing number of educators are beginning to believe that as we move into a different kind of world with different possibilities, the traditional approach to teaching is no longer the most productive. They are beginning to understand that if we are to continue progressing as a nation, we need to...

Education Management and Management Science: Proceedings of the International Conference on Education Management and Management Science (ICEMMS 2014), August 7-8, 2014, Tianjin, China

Dawei Zheng
July 28, 2015

This proceedings volume contains selected papers presented at the 2014 International Conference on Education Management and Management Science (ICEMMS 2014), held August 7-8, 2014, in Tianjin, China. The objective of ICEMMS2014 is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as...

Smart on Crime: The Struggle to Build a Better American Penal System

Garrick L. Percival
July 28, 2015

The most punitive era in American history reached its apex in the 1990s, but the trend has reversed in recent years. Smart on Crime: The Struggle to Build a Better American Penal System examines the factors causing this dramatic turnaround. It relates and echoes the increasing need and desire on...

Intelligent Cities: Enabling Tools and Technology

Pethuru Raj, Anupama C. Raman
June 15, 2015

The emergence of highly promising and potent technologies has enabled the transition of ordinary objects into smart artifacts—providing wider connectivity of digitized entities that can facilitate the building of connected cities. This book provides readers with a solid foundation on the latest...