Publications

In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.


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2015 | Action Number: A35

Social Networks, Political Institutions and Rural Societies

This book is a collection of essays on social networks, social capital, and kinship in historical and contemporary rural societies. They span a wide range of European countries and historical situations, from early modern Flanders and Italy to present-day Austria and Armenia. All the essays describe in detail how people on the countryside connected with one another in formal or informal relations. In doing so, the authors use and critically discuss methods of historical interpretation, social network analysis, and econometrics.

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2015 | Action Number: IC0806

Intelligent Monitoring, Control, and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems

This book describes the challenges that critical infrastructure systems face, and presents state of the art solutions to address them. How can we design intelligent systems or intelligent agents that can make appropriate real-time decisions in the management of such large-scale, complex systems? What are the primary challenges for critical infrastructure systems? The book also provides readers with the relevant information to recognize how important infrastructures are, and their role in connection with a society’s economy, security and prosperity. It goes on to describe state-of-the-art solutions to address these points, including new methodologies and instrumentation tools (e.g. embedded software and intelligent algorithms) for transforming and optimizing target infrastructures.

The book is the most comprehensive resource to date for professionals in both the private and public sectors, while also offering an essential guide for students and researchers in the areas of modeling and analysis of critical infrastructure systems, monitoring, control, risk/impact evaluation, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and infrastructure dependencies/interdependencies. The importance of the research presented in the book is reflected in the fact that currently, for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and that, by 2050, roughly 70% of the world’s total population is expected to live in cities.

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2015 | Action Number: IC0902

Cognitive Radio and Networking for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks - Recent Advances and Visions for the Future

  • Pages: 405
  • Author(s): Di Benedetto, M.-G., Cattoni, A., Fiorina, J., Bader, F., De Nardis, L. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer

This book, written by leading experts from academia and industry, offers a condensed overview on hot topics among the Cognitive Radios and Networks scientific and industrial communities (including those considered within the framework of the European COST Action IC0902) and presents exciting visions for the future. Examples of the subjects considered include the design of new filter bank-based air interfaces for spectrum sharing, medium access control design protocols, the design of cloud-based radio access networks, an evolutionary vision for the development and deployment of cognitive TCP/IP, and regulations relevant to the development of a spectrum sharing market. The concluding chapter comprises a practical, hands-on tutorial for those interested in developing their own research test beds. By focusing on the most recent advances and future avenues, this book will assist researchers in understanding the current issues and solutions in Cognitive Radios and Networks designs.

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2015 | Action Number: IS0805

Managing Crises, Making Peace - Towards a Strategic EU Vision for Security and Defense

This collection offers valuable insights for understanding how a distinctive EU vision on peace missions has emerged and whether it is there to last. Bringing an innovative perspective to European Union engagement in peace operations, this volume combines theoretical reflection with the analysis of empirical case studies that illustrate not only the EU's action in the framework of its Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), but also how it engages with other actors in the field including international organisations, non-governmental organisations and local citizens.

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2015 | Action Number: BM0902

Congenital Erythrocytosis and Hereditary Thormbocytosis - Clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. A practical guide with clinical studies

  • Author(s): Bento C., Cario H., Gardie, B., Hermouet S., McMullin M.F. coord.
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The present book presents the latest knowledge on congenital erythrocytosis (CE) and hereditary thrombocytosis (HT), with the aim to help pediatricians, family practitioners and hematologists to diagnose CE and HT more easily.  

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2015 | Action Number: FA1005

The Impact of Food Bioactives on Health

  • Author(s): Verhoeckx, K., Cotter, P., López-Expósito, I., Kleiveland, C., Lea, T., Mackie, A., Requena, T., Swiatecka, D., Wichers, H. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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The book is an asset to researchers wishing to study the health benefits of their foods and food bioactives of interest and highlights which in vitro/ex vivo assays are of greatest relevance to their goals, what sort of outputs/data can be generated and, as noted above, highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the various assays. It is also an important resource for undergraduate students in the ‘food and health’ arena.

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2015 | Action Number: TU1304

Trends and Challenges for Wind Energy Harvesting

WINERCOST is a COST Action aiming to merge the efforts of the European research groups working on the Wind Energy Technology (WET) and the pathways to introduce it by means of robust applications to the urban and suburban built environment, thus enhancing the concept of Smart Future Cities. This Action revisits safe, cost-effective and societally accepted wind energy technology for consideration in the design and development of the future urban/suburban habitat. The Workshop “Trends and Challenges for Wind Energy Harvesting “ addresses the state of art of Wind Energy Technology from the point of view of the applications on wind simulation and characterisation, Built Environment Wind Energy Technology (BWT) advances, ON- and OFFSHORE projects and the social acceptance of WET installations.

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2015 | Action Number: TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

This book, based on Transport and Urban Development COST Action TU1208, presents the most advanced applications of ground penetrating radar (GPR) in a civil engineering context, with documentation of instrumentation, methods and results. It explains clearly how GPR can be employed for the surveying of critical transport infrastructure, such as roads, pavements, bridges and tunnels and for the sensing and mapping of underground utilities and voids. Detailed attention is also devoted to use of GPR in the inspection of geological structures and of construction materials and structures, including reinforced concrete, steel reinforcing bars and pre/post-tensioned stressing ducts. Advanced methods for solution of electromagnetic scattering problems and new data processing techniques are also presented. Readers will come to appreciate that GPR is a safe, advanced, non destructive and noninvasive imaging technique that can be effectively used for the inspection of composite structures and the performance of diagnostics relevant to the entire life cycle of civil engineering works.

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2015 | Action Number: IS0906

Revitalising Audience Research - Innovations in European Audience Research

The revitalisation of audience studies is not only about new approaches and methods; it entails a crossing of disciplines and a bridging of long-established boundaries in the field. The aim of this volume is to capture the boundary-crossing processes that have begun to emerge across the discipline in the form of innovative, interdisciplinary interventions in the audience research agenda. Contributions to this volume seek to further this process though innovative, audience-oriented perspectives that firmly anchor media engagement within the diversity of contexts and purposes to which people incorporate media in their daily lives, in ways often unanticipated by industries and professionals.

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2015 | Action Number: IC1001

Transactional Memory. Foundations, Algorithms, Tools, and Applications

The advent of multi-core architectures and cloud-computing has brought parallel programming into the mainstream of software development. Unfortunately, writing scalable parallel programs using traditional lock-based synchronisation primitives is well known to be a hard, time consuming, and error-prone task.

Transactional Memory (TM) promises to free programmers from the complexity of conventional synchronization schemes, simplifying the development and verification of concurrent programs, enhancing code reliability, and boosting productivity.

Over the last decade TM has been subject to intense research on a broad range of aspects including hardware and operating systems support, language integration, as well as algorithms and theoretical foundations. In such a vast inter-disciplinary domain, the Euro-TM COST Action (IC1001) has served as a catalyzer and a bridge for the various research communities looking at disparate, yet subtly interconnected, aspects of TM.

This book emerged from the idea of having Euro-TM experts compile recent results in the TM area in a single and consistent volume. Contributions have been carefully selected and revised to provide a broad coverage of several fundamental issues associated with the design and implementation of TM systems, including their theoretical underpinnings, programming language integration and verification tools, hardware supports, distributed TM systems, self-tuning mechanisms, as well as lessons learnt from building TM-based applications.

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2014 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3)

COST Action TU1001 on Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3) ends its Annual Discussion Papers with this volume offering in total 22 Country Profiles and 45 Case Studies encouraging cross-comparisons. Once again readers are challenged to answer the "why", "what", "who" and "which-way" issues of Public Private Partnerships in transport and wonder about their evolution.

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2014 | Action Number: E50

The Biology of Reaction Wood

The book is a fundamental reference source on reaction wood for wood scientists and technologists, plant biologists, silviculturists, forest ecologists, and anyone involved in the growing of trees and the processing of wood. It brings together our current understanding of all aspects of reaction wood, and is the first book to discuss both compression wood and tension wood.

Trees produce reaction wood to maintain the vertical orientation of their stems and the optimum angle of each branch. They achieve this by laying down fibre cell walls in which differences in physical and chemical structure from those of normal fibres are expressed as differential stresses across the stem or branch. This process, while of obvious value for the survival of the tree, causes serious problems for the utilisation of timber. Timber derived from trees containing significant amounts of reaction wood is subject to dimensional instability on drying, causing twisting, bending and splitting. It is also difficult to work as timber, and for the pulp and paper industry the cost of removing the increased amount of lignin in compression wood is substantial. This has both practical and economic consequences for industry.

Understanding the factors controlling reaction wood formation and its effect on wood structure is therefore fundamental to our understanding of the adaptation of trees to their environment and to the sustainable use of wood.

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2014 | Action Number: 735

Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions of Gases and Particles

  • Pages: 315
  • Author(s): Edited by Peter S. Liss and Martin T. Johnson
  • Publisher(s): Springer Open
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-642-25642-4
  • State-of-the-art account of the exchange of matter between ocean and atmosphere
  • Coherent synthesis of the topic of matter exchange by leading international experts
  • Covers the implications of exchange to marine / atmospheric chemistry, climate and Earth-system science 

The oceans and atmosphere interact through various processes, including the transfer of momentum, heat, gases and particles. In this book leading international experts come together to provide a state-of-the-art account of these exchanges and their role in the Earth-system, with particular focus on gases and particles.  Chapters in the book cover: i) the ocean-atmosphere exchange of short-lived trace gases; ii) mechanisms and models of interfacial exchange (including transfer velocity parameterisations); iii) ocean-atmosphere exchange of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide; iv) ocean atmosphere exchange of particles and v) current and future data collection and synthesis efforts. The scope of the book extends to the biogeochemical responses to emitted / deposited material and interactions and feedbacks in the wider Earth-system context.  

This work constitutes a highly detailed synthesis and reference; of interest to higher-level university students (Masters, PhD) and researchers in ocean-atmosphere interactions and related fields (Earth-system science, marine / atmospheric biogeochemistry / climate).  Production of this book was supported and funded by the EU COST Action 735 and coordinated by the International SOLAS (Surface Ocean- Lower Atmosphere Study) project office.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Methods for Analyzing Social Media

Social media is becoming increasingly attractive for users. It is a fast way to communicate ideas and a key source of information. It is therefore one of the most influential mediums of communication of our time and an important area for audience research. The growth of social media invites many new questions such as: How can we analyze social media? Can we use traditional audience research methods and apply them to online content? Which new research strategies have been developed? Which ethical research issues and controversies do we have to pay attention to? This book focuses on research strategies and methods for analyzing social media and will be of interest to researchers and practitioners using social media, as well as those wanting to keep up to date with the subject. 

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

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2014 | Action Number: BM1001

Brain Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease

The interaction of cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM) determines their polarity, their shape, form and is providing cues for survival and proliferation. The brain, in comparison with other organs, shows an extremely complex architecture, in which neurons, glial cells and blood vessels are interacting to create and maintain a dynamic network, in which beneficial synaptic connections needs to be actively maintained and other remodelled in response to changes in signalling input.

Similar to other organ systems, cell-cell interactions based on direct contacts via cadherins and signalling receptors, as well as cell-matrix interactions are controlling the organisation of glial cells and neurons, as well as the projections of neurites and location of synapses. All these structures are embedded within an ECM scaffold formed by fiber- or network-forming proteins and membrane-anchored or secreted glycosaminoglycans. This volume is about normal physiological functions of neural ECM, its role in brain diseases, development of methods to image the ECM and therapeutically target it, and to generate artificial neural ECM.

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