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: TD1104

Electrochemotherapy of tumors as in situ vaccination boosted by immunogene electrotransfer

Electroporation is a platform technology for drug and gene delivery. When applied to cell in vitro or tissues in vivo, it leads to an increase in membrane permeability for molecules which otherwise cannot enter the cell. The therapeutic effectiveness of delivered chemotherapeutics or nucleic acids depends greatly on their successful and efficient delivery to the target tissue. Therefore, the understanding of different principles of drug and gene delivery is necessary and needs to be taken into account according to the specificity of their delivery to tumors and/or normal tissues.

This open access article is a Focused Research Review based on a presentation given at the Fourteenth International Conference on Progress in Vaccination against Cancer (PIVAC 14), held in Rome, Italy in September 2014. The article proposes a strategy where electrochemotherapy treated tumours could be used as a live vaccine in conjuction with gene electrotransfer to tumours.

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2015 | Action Number: FP1404

Bio-based Building Products and Fire Safe Design of Buildings - Recent Developments - FP1404 Working Group Meeting

  • Author(s): Giraldo Forero, M.P., Lacasta Palacio, A.M.

This book of abstracts marks the beginning of our work towards a common understanding about fire safe use of bio‐based building products and a more harmonized and stronger market for these products. Although this is just the first Working Group meeting of COST Action FP1404, more than 25 participating countries contributed with 50 abstracts covering their national ambitions and challenges. This demonstrates the interest in the subject as well as the motivation of national research institutes, universities and industries to improve existing building techniques, materials, design approaches and regulations, moving towards more sustainable buildings that use extensively bio‐based products and are as safe in fire conditions as the current buildings with non‐combustible materials.

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2015 | Action Number: FP1404

Proceedings of the 1st European Workshop Fire Safety of Green Buildings

2015 | Action Number: IS1007

Culture in, for, and as Sustainable Development - Conclusions from the COST Action IS1007 - Investigating Cultural Sustainability

Culture matters in sustainable development. Yet, almost 30 years after the Brundtland publication "Our Common Future"and despite a few recent attempts by transnational and international organisations, and some cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific endeavours, the incorporation of culture into sustainability debates seems to be great scientific and political challenge, and one that questions the prevailing conventional sustainability discourses. 

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2015 | Action Number: TU1208

Recommendations for the Safety of People and Instruments in Ground-Penetrating Radar and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting

  • Pages: 68
  • Author(s): R. Persico (Italy), A. Provenzano (Italy), C. Trela (Germany), M. Sato (Japan), K. Takahashi (Japan), S. Arcone (USA), S. Koppenjan (USA), L. G. Stolarczyk (USA), E. C. Utsi (United Kingdom), S. Ebihara (Japan), K. Wada (Japan), E. Pettinelli (Italy) and L. Pajewski (Italy)
  • Publisher(s): EAGE Publications bv
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-94-62-82162-0

This book offers an in-depth overview on the risks associated to Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting, providing the reader with practical recommendations for the safety of people and instruments.

The book stems out from the COST Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" . It also benefited from the significant contribution of renowned experts not involved in the Action.

Among the main topics dealt with in the book, the reader will find:

  • general recommendations for a safe prospecting and minimal safety equipment to be brought in the field;
  • specific advice for experimental campaigns carried out in challenging environmental situations;
  • appropriate precautions related to specific kinds of GPR applications;
  • dangers associated to electromagnetic emissions and European regulations for GPR manufacturers and end-users.

The book includes a short medical first aid guide as well, which is specifically conceived for near-surface geophysical prospecting. Suggestions for correct use and safe transport of the equipment are also provided.

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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: 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: ES0903

Biogeosciences journal EUROSPEC Special Issue – spectral sampling tools for vegetation biophysical parameters and flux measurements

Action ES0903 published a series of articles in a dedicated Biogeosciences Journal's EUROSPEC special issue . Here is the complete list:

  • Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photo- synthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors
  • Optical sampling of the flux tower footprint
  • Seasonal variation in vegetation water content estimated from proximal sensing and MODIS time series in a Mediterranean Fluxnet site
  • Deploying four optical UAV-based sensors over grassland: challenges and limitations
  • Remotely sensed land-surface energy fluxes at sub- field scale in heterogeneous agricultural landscape and coniferous plantation
  • Monitoring of carbon dioxide fluxes in a subalpine grassland ecosystem of the Italian Alps using a multispectral sensor
  • Retrieval of the Photochemical Reflectance Index for assessing xanthophyll cycle activity: A comparison of near-surface optical sensors
  • On the relationship between ecosystem-scale hyperspectral reflectance and CO2 exchange in European mountain grasslands

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