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PLoS: Publication List The range of PLOS titles is expanding and now includes a number of new websites. Below, we describe the role of each group of products and how they fit together to support our mission of leading a transformation in research communication. Original Content These titles vary in the speed of publication, the nature of the peer review and selection process that takes place ahead of publication, and the breadth and nature of content that is published. Study on an automatic sorting system for Date fruits Abstract In the present study, a machine vision based, online sorting system was developed, the aim being to sort Date fruits (Berhee CV.) based at different stages of maturity, namely Khalal, Rotab and Tamar to meet consumers’ demands. The system comprises a conveying unit, illumination and capturing unit, and sorting unit.

NASA Cost Symposium This year the annual NASA Cost Symposium will be sponsored by the Strategic Investments Division. The NASA Cost Symposium is our communities chance to exchange ideas, best practices, methodologies, and lessons learned. The NASA cost analysis community includes all Centers as well as HQ and represents an essential function to the agency. We look forward to seeing the tradition of the Agency’s finest analysts and estimators at NASA continue to make our community better. Recognition of the community’s efforts and affording the community an opportunity to present in a professional forum will continue to foster their individual and community growth as well as improve the overall analysis community at NASA. Open Science and Crowd Science: Selected Sites and Resources Open Science and Crowd Science: Selected Sites and Resources Diane (DeDe) Dawson Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canadadiane.dawson@usask.ca Copyright 2012, Diane (DeDe) Dawson. Used with permission. Table of Contents

Robot co-active learning adjusts to context-driven user preferences Researchers at the Cornell University created an algorithm which enables robots to “coactively learn” from humans and make adjustments while an action is in progress. Their approach relies on a combination of machine learning, object and user association, and trajectory adjustment could allow robots to operate more reliably when it comes to object manipulation and safety during human-robot interaction. Assembly lines relying on robots usually have many marks and warnings in assembly areas to increase the safety of people that might be inside them while robots are working. However, most of these robots perform their tasks in memorized routines and accidents do occur. Aside safety, robots being developed to serve as aid in our homes have another set of problems, ranging from handling objects according to their properties, to safety when it comes to their movement or tool handling.

Software Assurance Documentation Links to the current releases of our software assurance documents are provided below. When new documents are created, or existing documents are updated, the list of links will be revised accordingly. NASA Software Assurance Standard (NASA-STD-8739.8) NASA Software Safety Standard (NASA-STD-8719.13C) NASA Software Safety Guidebook (PDF, large file, >6MB) CIA: The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online

Industry 4.0: Agility in production? Industry 4.0 is paving the way for a social and technological revolution that will drastically change the entire industrial landscape. Why 4.0? As since the 18th century, when the first Industrial Revolution began, it is the fourth wave of major technological changes. There is brand new video footage available from the German Engineering Association VDMA featuring different Industry 4.0 projects of players such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Bosch, SAP, Siemens as well as Wittenstein. What this video shows: Industry 4.0 is a sophisticated approach changing the entire global value chain: communication, planning, logistics and production. Actually, Industry 4.0 is a paradigm shift. OWL If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

GE to facilitate manufacturing transformation with software suite GE Intelligent Platforms has released significant updates to its suite of Proficy Manufacturing software. These solutions have been designed specifically to meet the strategic objectives of manufacturers as they transform their operations to meet the new realities of business potential enabled by the Industrial Internet. According to a recent poll by LNS Research, manufacturing executives pegged the following imperatives as strategic: 66% said consistent quality 56% said responsiveness to customer demands 49% said increasing production capacity and capabilities

Patent Searching - Library Guide at Wichita State University Wichita State University's Ablah Library is one of 84 U.S. Patent and Trademark Research Centers (PTRCs) in the country and the only PTRC in Kansas. Since receiving this designation in 1991, we have received copies of U.S. patents and a variety of patent and trademark searching tools in both print and electronic formats, as well as extensive training in providing patent and trademark research assistance. The Library is open to the public, and we assist with preliminary patent and trademark research by appointment at no charge. Aluminium manufacturing company: transformation, research & innovation At Constellium, aluminium is more than a metal. It is the material that takes the shape of our ideas - so that our ideas may shape the world. At the forefront of industry A global leader in aluminium transformation, Constellium designs and manufactures innovative and high value-added aluminium products and components. Our technologically advanced solutions serve a broad range of applications around the world. Ideas, materialized

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