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In this section you can find an overview of all COST Publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Office. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. A link to the publication is shown when available. If the box "Copies Available" appears, an extra copy is available from the COST Office (email: publications@cost.eu). If not, please contact the relevant Action Chair, whose contact details can be found via the 'Domains and Actions' section of our website.


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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: 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: 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: A35

Wealth and Poverty in European Rural Societies from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

This book sheds new light on old problems of wealth, poverty and material culture in rural societies. Much of the debate has concentrated on north-west Europe and the Atlantic world.  This volume widens the geographic range to compare less well known areas, with case studies on the Mediterranean world (Catalonia and Greece), from central Europe (Bohemia and Hungary), and from the Nordic countries (Denmark). 

Methodologically, several papers link the possession of goods to the use of room space, while others highlight the importance of the channels for the circulation of goods, problems of stocks and flows of goods, and the complexities of urban/rural difference.  Finally, this book seeks to stimulate new comparative studies in living standards and lifestyles by providing an overview of achievements up till now.

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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.


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.


2014 | Action Number: ES0907

Dating, synthesis, and interpretation of palaeoclimatic records and model-data integration: advances of the intimate project (integration of ice core, marine and terrestrial records, COST Action ES0907)

  • Pages: 330
  • Author(s): Sune Olander Rasmussen, Achim Brauer, Ana Moreno and Didier Roche
  • Publisher(s): Elsevier
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Since 2010, the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) network has been operating as a COST Action (designated ES0907). This paper outlines the accomplishments of the INTIMATE COST Action in the context of how the INTIMATE ideas have evolved during the network's twenty-year life span, and highlights a number of challenges that can guide further work. In the second part of the paper, the contributions that compromise this INTIMATE special issue are introduced.

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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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2014 | Action Number: IC0805

High-Performance Computing on Complex Environments

With recent changes in multicore and general-purpose computing on graphics processing units, the way parallel computers are used and programmed has drastically changed. It is important to provide a comprehensive study on how to use such machines written by specialists of the domain.

This book provides recent research results in high-performance computing on complex environments, information on how to efficiently exploit heterogeneous and hierarchical architectures and distributed systems, detailed studies on the impact of applying heterogeneous computing practices to real problems, and applications varying from remote sensing to tomography.

The content spans topics such as Numerical Analysis for Heterogeneous and Multicore Systems; Optimization of Communication for High Performance Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Platforms; Efficient Exploitation of Heterogeneous Architectures, Hybrid CPU+GPU, and Distributed Systems; Energy Awareness in High-Performance Computing; and Applications of Heterogeneous High-Performance Computing.

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2014 | Action Number: MP0805

Novel gain materials and devices based on III-V-N/Bi compounds

  • Author(s): Prof. Ayse Erol, Prof. Mircea Guina, Prof. Naci Balkan, Prof. Xavier Marie, Prof. Dr. Mark Hopkinson, Prof. Judy Rorison, Prof. Cetin Arikan (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer Open
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This special issue of Nanoscale Research Letters contains articles based on talks given at the Final Meeting of COST Action MP0805, Novel Gain Materials and Devices Based on III-V-N/Bi Compounds, held in Istanbul, TURKEY during 24-26 September 2013.

COST Action MP0805 has been structured by four working groups with 20 COST countries and 1 Non-COST country. The aim of the COST Action was to focus on setting up a network of European researchers active in the field of novel semiconductors III-N-V, III-Bi-V and indium-rich GaInN gain materials and structured epitaxy. At the final meeting of the COST MP0805, papers on dilute nitride-based based devices, structured epitaxy, novel Bi-containing semiconductor structures, transport properties of dilute nitrides were presented and the articles based on the presentations are collected in this special issue as a final action publication. 

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2014 | Action Number: FA0807

Phytoplasmas and phytoplasma disease management: how to reduce their economic impact

  • Pages: 287
  • Author(s): Edited by Assunta Bertaccini
  • Publisher(s): IPGW (International Phytoplasmologist Working Group)
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-909922-0-9

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2014 | Action Number: TU0902

Understanding Cities: Advances in Integrated Assessment of Urban Sustainability

  • Pages: 214
  • Author(s): Edited by Richard Dawson, Olivier Heidrich, Stephen Dobson and Efren Feliu
  • Publisher(s): CESER, New Castle University
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9928437-0-0

The urgent need to reconfigure urban areas to consume fewer resources, generate less pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of extreme events and become more sustainable in general, is widely recognised. To address these issues, requires integrated thinking across a range of urban systems, topics, issues and perspectives that are traditionally considered separately.

This book introduces key results from the European Science Foundation funded COST Action TU0902 network that brought together researchers and practitioners involved in urban integrated assessment.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0801

Cyberbulling through the new media

  • Pages: 320
  • Author(s): Edited by Peter K Smith and Georges Steffgen
  • Publisher(s): Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis Group)
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This important new book is the result of a four-year international collaboration, funded by the EU, to better understand how we can cope and confront cyberbullying, and how new media technologies can be used to actually support the victims of such abuse. The articles initially define the historical and theoretical context to cyberbullying, before examining key issues involved in managing this pervasive phenomenon.

The book concludes with practical guidance to help confront the trauma that cyberbullying can cause. It will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, policy makers and administrators with an interest in how children and young people are rendered vulnerable to bullying and harassment through a variety of online channels.

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2014 | Action Number: TU0804

Survey Harmonisation with New Technologies Improvement (SHANTI)

  • Pages: 203
  • Author(s): Edited by Jimmy Armoogum
  • Publisher(s): Les colletions de l'INRETS
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-2-85782-704-7 | 0768-9756

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