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  1. Agente adaptable, aprendizaje y estructura del ambiente: un enfoque alternativo

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    Arturo Lara Rivero

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se contrasta el concepto de agente programado con el de agente complejo adaptable, se presenta una nueva visión ligada al aprendizaje y la estructura del agente. La imagen del agente se analiza considerando los modelos internos, la práctica, el concepto de rutina y la influencia en su comportamiento, y la importancia del aprendizaje ex ante y ex post. Por último se muestra que la resolución de problemas está sujeta a restricciones del agente y se describen las formas de explorar el espacio de soluciones mediante tres tipos de exploración: exhaustiva, aleatoria y selectiva.

  2. ESTERILIZAÇÃO QUÍMICA E AGENTES GELEIFICANTES ALTERNATIVOS NA PROPAGAÇÃO VEGETATIVA IN VITRO DO ABACAXIZEIRO ‘VITÓRIA’

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    RODRIGO DA SILVA OLIVEIRA

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência da esterilização química do meio de cultura e de agentes geleificantes alternativos e sua influência no desenvolvimento in vitro e ex vitro de plantas de abacaxizeiro ‘Vitória’. O meio de cultivo utilizado foi composto pelos sais do MS e vitaminas de White, com 30 g L-1 de sacarose e 100 mg L-1 de mioinositol. Foram realizadas duasformas de esterilização dos meios de cultivo e das vidrarias: em autoclave a 121°C e com solução de hipoclorito de sódio (NaClO a 0,003% para enxágue das vidrarias e 0,0003% no meio de cultivo. Os agentesgeleificantes testados foram: M1: ágar (6,0 g L-1; M2: amido de milho (60,0 g L-1; M3: ágar (3,0 g L-1 + amido de milho (30,0 g L-1 e M4: ágar (3,0 g L-1 + amido de mandioca (30,0 g L-1. Após 30 dias de cultivo in vitro, constatou-se que o NaClO e os agentes geleificantes alternativos não interferiram nocrescimento e no desenvolvimento das mudas. Parte das mudas de cada tratamento foi aclimatizada durante 90 dias,após os quais se verificou que não houve influência dos agentes geleificantes no crescimento destas, e,para a maioria dos parâmetros avaliados, as mudas oriundas dos tratamentos envolvendo a esterilização química apresentaram resultados semelhantes ou superiores às dos meios autoclavados.

  3. Meios de cultura semi-seletivos para Macrophomina phaseolina

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    Selma Rogéria de Carvalho Nascimento

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi Golidanich é um fungo habitante do solo importante economicamente devido ao amplo número de espécies de plantas que infectam e da dificuldade do seu controle. Vários estudos envolvendo densidade de inóculo, taxonomia, sobrevivência, necessitam de meios de cultura seletivo ou semi-seletivo. O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar 16 meios de cultura quanto à especificidade a este patógeno, proporcionando maior porcentagem de detecção do seu crescimento e menor número de contaminações, para substituir o meio semi-seletivo RB modificado, rotineiramente utilizado em estudos deste patógeno. O meio semi-seletivo RB modificado é bastante eficiente e contém em sua composição o fungicida metalaxyl (inibidor de oomycetos, que atualmente não se encontra disponível comercialmente em formulação simples, sem adição do Mancozeb ou Clorotalonil que inibem o crescimento do fungo M. phaseolina. Os meios de cultura avaliados foram repicados com o inóculo do fungo produzido em substrato areno-orgânico, contido em bolsas de náilon, recuperados após 30 dias de um solo não autoclavado, contido em uma bandeja. Cada meio de cultura avaliado tiveram 7 repetições, representadas por uma placa de Petri. Para as comparações das médias das porcentagens do crescimento de M. phaseolina e do número de contaminantes foi utilizado o teste de Scott-knott a 5% de probabilidade e os valores em porcentagem foram transformados em arc sem (√/100. Dentre os meios de cultura avaliados os MSTP 1 [(BDA com tetraciclina 50 mg.L-1 mais propamocarb a 1 mL.L-1(Previcur N® 72,2% p.a.], MSRP 0,5 (BDA com rifampicina 100 mg.L-1 mais fungicida propamocarb a 0,5 mL.L-1 e MSRP 1 (BDA com rifampicina 100 mg.L-1 mais fungicida propamocarb a 1 mL.L-1 proporcionaram maior porcentagem e detecção do fungo M. phaseolina e menor número de contaminações por outros fungos e bactérias. Estes meios de cultura semi-seletivos podem ser

  4. Glyphosate em mistura com herbicidas alternativos para o manejo de plantas daninhas Glyphosate combined with alternative herbicides for vegetation management

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    P.A. Monquero; P.J. Christoffoleti; C.T.D. Santos

    2001-01-01

    O uso intensivo de glyphosate como herbicida não-seletivo tem selecionado espécies de plantas daninhas tolerantes. Dessa forma, é importante que sejam estudadas misturas de tanque com herbicidas de mecanismos de ação alternativos e que apresentem efeitos sinergísticos ou aditivos. Por essa razão, foi instalado um experimento inteiramente casualizado, composto por 13 tratamentos e 4 repetições, em casa de vegetação da Universidade de São Paulo - ESALQ/USP, Piracicaba-SP, com as plantas daninha...

  5. Controle alternativo de Colletotrichum acutatum agente causal da queda prematura dos frutos cítricos Alternative control of Colletotrichum acutatum, causal agent of postbloom fruit drop of citrus

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    Katia Cristina Kupper

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A queda prematura dos frutos cítricos (QPFC, causada por Colletotrichum acutatum, dados os grandes prejuízos que têm causado aos produtores, constitui-se numa doença de grande importância econômica. O controle da doença é feito predominantemente mediante uso de fungicidas, que eleva o custo de produção e afeta negativamente o meio ambiente. Diante disso, este trabalho teve por objetivo buscar um método alternativo de controle da QPFC, mediante o uso de agentes de biocontrole ou de biofertilizantes. Diferentes concentrações de biofertilizantes (originários de duas fontes distintas e denominados de Bio1 e Bio 2; três isolados de Bacillus subtilis (ACB-69; 72 e 77 e três isolados de Trichoderma spp. (ACB-14; 37 e 39 foram testados, isoladamente ou em combinação, sob condições de laboratório, quanto à capacidade inibitória da germinação de conídios de C. acutatum. Estudaram-se, ainda, a produção de metabólitos termoestáveis por B. subtilis e o efeito sobre a germinação do patógeno. Quinze isolados de B. subtilis foram testados quanto à capacidade de prevenir a infecção por C. acutatum em flores destacadas de lima- ácida 'Tahiti' e, no campo, foram instalados dois experimentos, visando a testar ACBs e biofertilizantes no controle da doença. Verificou-se que o isolado ACB-72 (B. subtilis e ACB-37 (T. pseudokoningii foram os que mais inibiram a germinação do patógeno. Quanto à produção de metabólitos termoestáveis, ACB-69 e 77 foram os mais eficientes em produzir substâncias antifúngicas, e em quantidades suficientes para inibirem a germinação do patógeno. A mistura dos quatro isolados de Bacillus (ACBs: 69; 72; 77 e AP3 foi o que apresentou maior porcentagem de inibição (73%. Os biofertilizantes (Bio1 e Bio2, em concentrações acima de 10% e, quando em associação com isolados de Trichoderma spp., promoveram maiores inibições na germinação de C. acutatum. Em testes com flores destacadas

  6. Meio semi-seletivo para isolamento de Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola

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    Peixoto Ana Rosa; Mariano Rosa de Lima Ramos; Viana Ivanise de Oliveira

    2006-01-01

    O cancro bacteriano causado por Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola é a fitobacteriose mais importante da videira no Submédio São Francisco. O isolamento de X. campestris pv. viticola de tecidos vegetais infectados é dificultado pela presença de contaminantes bacterianos, entre os quais Microbacterium barkeri. Objetivando-se a formulação de meio de cultura semi-seletivo, 22 isolados de X. campestris pv. viticola foram testados com relação a 30 antibióticos. O meio semi-seletivo NYDAM (extrato...

  7. Meio semi-seletivo para isolamento de Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola

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    Peixoto Ana Rosa

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available O cancro bacteriano causado por Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola é a fitobacteriose mais importante da videira no Submédio São Francisco. O isolamento de X. campestris pv. viticola de tecidos vegetais infectados é dificultado pela presença de contaminantes bacterianos, entre os quais Microbacterium barkeri. Objetivando-se a formulação de meio de cultura semi-seletivo, 22 isolados de X. campestris pv. viticola foram testados com relação a 30 antibióticos. O meio semi-seletivo NYDAM (extrato de carne 3, peptona 5, glicose 10, extrato de levedura 5, ágar 18 e ampicilina 0,1 em g L-1 inibiu M. barkeri e bactérias fitopatogênicas podendo ser utilizado para isolar X. campestris pv. viticola de hospedeiros com infecção natural em campo.

  8. AVALIAÇÃO DA DISPENSAÇÃO DE FÁRMACOS PARCIALMENTE SELETIVOS PARA COX-2

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    Cícero Cardoso VALLE FILHO

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Uma pesquisa foi realizada com o objetivo de avaliar um potencial aumento na venda de fármacos anti-inflamatórios não esteroidais (AINEs parcialmente seletivos para a COX-2 durante o período de julho de 2009 a junho de 2011, em uma drogaria localizada no município de Itaperuna, estado do Rio de Janeiro. Durante o período estudado foi dispensado um total de 802 AINEs parcialmente seletivos para a COX-2, dentre os quais 59,85% foram de nimesulida, 5,74% de etodolaco e 34,41% de meloxicam.   No primeiro semestre avaliado a dispensação total de AINEs parcialmente seletivos foi equivalente a 92, no segundo semestre a dispensação total foi equivalente a 159, no terceiro semestre a dispensação total foi de 219 AINEs parcialmente seletivos para COX-2 e no quarto semestre foram dispensados 332.  Os resultados indicaram maior dispensação dos medicamentos desta classe no mês de abril de 2011 sendo que tanto a nimesulida, quanto o meloxicam e o etodolaco foram mais dispensados no último semestre do estudo. De acordo com a metodologia utilizada pode-se concluir que a dispensação dos AINEs parcialmente seletivos vem crescendo a cada ano e que a nimesulida apresenta o maior índice de crescimento; a maior indicação da nimesulida tem sido para crianças; os meses correspondentes ao período de inverno apresentam maior dispensação de AINEs parcialmente seletivos para a COX-2.

  9. Los deportes alternativos en el deporte escolar

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    Herranz García, Adrián

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo de fin de grado trata sobre una propuesta de intervención educativa, que tiene como principal objetivo, realizar una mejora dentro del deporte escolar, intentando fomentar una educación en valores, como el respeto, la igualdad y la no discriminación. A través de la práctica de deportes para todos y todas.En primer lugar, he realizado una revisión de los autores que conocen y escriben sobre el deporte, posteriormente sobre el deporte escolar, después sobre los deportes alternativo...

  10. Las comparaciones interpersonales y la evaluación de estados sociales alternativos

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    Casas , Andrés Fernando

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Este ensayo revisa diferentes aproximaciones de la teoría económica para evaluar estados sociales alternativos, a partir de la formulación de una función de bienestar social que admita o niegue comparaciones interpersonales de utilidad. Analiza en especial los puntos de vista de la vieja y la nueva economía del bienestar. Y concluye que con los aportes de Amartya Sen al concepto de bienestar como funcionamiento y al de justicia como capacidad de elegir entre diversos funcionamientos, es posible considerar de manera distinta a los agentes y evaluar opciones alternativas de condiciones de vida.

  11. Rendimento dos meios seletivos para bactérias do gênero Fusobacterium

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    Wilson C. de Araújo

    1968-10-01

    Full Text Available Meios seletivos para Fusobacterium foram, comparados no aspecto de sua eficiência no isolamento dos microrganismos fusiformes e quanto à inibição da flora concomitante. Material não calcificado do sulco gengival foi homogeneizado e diluído em tampão de fosfato (0,067 M - pH 7,2; 0,1 ml foi semeado em agar sangue, no meio de Omata & Disraely, meio de Omata & Disraely sem sôro, meio de McMarthy & Snyder, agar sangue com vancomicina, meio de Onisi, meio de Onisi com sôro de cavalo e meio de Onisi com pH 7,0. Em todos os casos a incubação foi realizada em anaerobiose, em jarra tipo Brewer, com 95% nitrogênio e 5% gás carbônico, durante 4 dias. O meio de McCarthy & Snyder mostrou-se tão eficiente quanto o agar sangue em relação ao isolamento de Fusobacterium, ainda inibindo a flora concomitante, o meio de Omata & Disraely, com cristal violeta e estreptomicina, foi de certo modo inibidor também para Fusobacterium. O meio de Onisi, sugerido, sem sôro, possibilitou o isolamento de pequeno número de fusobactérias, provàvelmente as amostras não exigentes de proteínas naturais.

  12. SISTEMAS INMUNES ALTERNATIVOS Alternative Immune Systems

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    LUIS F. CADAVID

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales es una red compleja de moléculas, células y tejidos que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebra-dos mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposasas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos alternativos de inmunidad adaptativa, sugiere que en el transcurso de la evolución distintos grupos animales han encontrado soluciones alternativas al problema del reconocimiento inmunológico.The immune system in animals is a complex network of molecules, cells and tissues that coordinately maintain the physiological and genetic integrity of the organism. Traditionally, two classes of immunity have been considered, the innate immunity and the adaptive immunity. The former is ancestral, with limited variability and low discrimination. The latter is highly variable, specific and limited to jawed vertebrates. Adaptive immunity is based on antigen receptors that rearrange somatically to generate a nearly unlimited diversity of molecules. Likely, this mechanism of somatic recombination arose as a consequence of horizontal transfer of transposons and transposases from bacterial genomes in the ancestor of jawed vertebrates. The recent discovery in jawless vertebrates and invertebrates of alternative adaptive immune mechanisms, suggests that during

  13. Mujeres y mercado de trabajo del turismo alternativo en Veracruz

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    Isis Arlene Díaz-Carrión

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Resultado de su compromiso con una sustentabilidad social, el turismo alternativo es considerado una actividad para potenciar cambios en la tradicional división del trabajo. En esta investigación cualitativa se revisa la participación de las mujeres en el turismo alternativo del estado de Veracruz y se visibilizan segregaciones ocupacionales y simultaneidad en la realización de trabajo productivo- reproductivo y de cuidados. El enfoque de género se muestra como una herramienta potencial para observar el trabajo productivo de las mujeres y promover el acceso al espacio público y sus recursos.

  14. SISTEMAS INMUNES ALTERNATIVOS - Alternative Immune Systems

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    Cadavid Gutierrez Luis Fernando

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales es una red compleja de moléculas, células y tejidos que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposasas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos alternativos de inmunidad adaptativa, sugiere que en el transcurso de la evolución distintos grupos animales han encontrado soluciones alternativas al problema del reconocimiento inmunológico. Palabras claves: Sistema inmune, evolución, VLR, Dscam, Alorreconocimiento ABSTRACT The immune system in animals is a complex network of molecules, cells and tissues that coordinately maintain the physiological and genetic integrity of the organism. Traditionally, two classes of immunity have been considered, the innate immunity and the adaptive immunity. The former is ancestral, with limited variability and low discrimination. The latter is highly variable, specific and limited to jawed vertebrates. Adaptive immunity is based on antigen receptors that rearrange somatically to generate a nearly unlimited diversity of molecules. Likely, this mechanism of somatic recombination arose as a consequence of a horizontal transfer of transposons and transposases from bacterial genomes in the ancestor of jawed vertebrates. The recent discovery in jawless

  15. Motores alternativos de combustión interna

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    Forns Farrús, Sergi

    2005-01-01

    Motores alternativos de combustión interna ha sido concebido para proporcionar al lector una visión general de las diferentes partes y subsistemas de los motores alternativos de combustión interna, tanto de aplicación a plantas de tracción motriz para vehículos como a plantas estacionarias para generación de energía eléctrica. Su objetivo básico es cubrir las necesidades bibliográficas para el seguimiento de las asignaturas Ingeniería y Máquinas Térmicas y Ampliación de Motores Térmicos, que ...

  16. Advisable alternative fuels for Mexico; Combustibles alternativos convenientes para Mexico

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    Aguilar Gonzalez, Jorge Luis [ICA Fluor (Mexico)

    2007-07-15

    The alternative fuels are born with the goal of not damaging the environment; biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, LP gas, are the main alternative fuels. However, the biodiesel and bioetanol are the only completely renewable ones, this makes them ideal to be developed in Mexico, since the agricultural sector could be fortified, the technological independence be favored, improve the conservation of the oil resources and by all means not to affect the environment. On the other hand, also efficient cultivation techniques should be developed to guarantee the economy of the process. [Spanish] Los combustibles alternativos nacen con la meta de no danar el medio ambiente; el biodiesel, electricidad, etanol, hidrogeno, metanol, gas natural, gas LP, son los principales combustibles alternativos. No obstante, el biodiesel y el bioetanol son los unicos completamente renovables, esto los hace ideales para desarrollarse en Mexico, ya que se podria fortalecer el sector agricola, favorecer la independencia tecnologica, mejorar la administracion de los recursos petroleros y por supuesto no afectar al medio ambiente. Por otro lado tambien se tendrian que desarrollar tecnicas de cultivo eficientes para garantizar la economia del proceso.

  17. Uso de solventes alternativos no âmbito das biorefinarias

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    Silva, Sara Patrícia Magalhães da

    2013-01-01

    O presente trabalho foi dedicado ao pré-tratamento de biomassa lenho-celulósica através de dois solventes alternativos – líquidos iónicos (LIs) e fluídos supercríticos (FSCs). O estudo com líquidos iónicos focou-se em propor uma nova metodologia para o pré-tratamento da palha de trigo com o líquido iónico acetato de 1-etil-3-metilimidazólio ([emim][OAc]), que permitiu o fracionamento da mesma em frações de celulose, hemicelulose e lenhina num simples processo de três etapas. Com este proce...

  18. Los materiales alternativos estabilizados y su impacto ambiental

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    Rubén Salvador Roux Gutierrez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo es resultado de investigaciones desarrolladas a partir de la experimentación de materiales alternativos para la edificación, en especial, relacionado con Bloques de Tierra Comprimida (BTC, que han sido estabilizados con hidróxido de cal y cemento, buscando cumplir con las Normas Mexicanas, en el apartado referente a materiales para uso en mampostería de las edificaciones y así corroborar que estos materiales cumplen con requisitos de calidad, al igual que los materiales convencionales, aunado a la realización del análisis de ciclo de vida (ACV en dos poblaciones de BTC’s estabilizados con cementantes, buscando determinar su impacto ambiental y finalmente poder contrastarlos con las bases de datos existentes de materiales convencionales.

  19. Estudio del funcionamiento de motores alternativos de combustión interna mediante la utilización de combustibles alternativos

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    Perancho Janer, David

    2007-01-01

    En este proyecto se analizan los motores alternativos de combustión interna cuando son accionados mediante combustibles no usados comúnmente en automoción y que se presentan como alternativa a los actuales por sus beneficios medioambientales y su capacidad de explotación a largo plazo. El proyecto analiza cinco combustibles alternativos: el biodiesel, etanol, dimetil-éter, metano e hidrógeno como sustitutivos de la gasolina o el gasóleo. En primer lugar se describen las prop...

  20. Novo meio seletivo-indicador para detecção de Aeromonas e Plesiomonas: ágar UNISC New selective indicator medium for detection of Aeromonas and Plesiomonas: UNISC agar

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    Marion Pereira da Rocha

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se um novo meio seletivo-indicador (ágar UNISC para o isolamento de enteropatógenos clássicos e Aeromonas e Plesiomonas shigelloides. A capacidade de fermentação da xilose é indicada pela coloração amarela (fermentadores ou azul (não fermentadores que, aliada à prova da oxidase, constitui-se em indicador para a detecção de Aeromonas spp e Plesiomonas shigelloides. A produtividade e seletividade, avaliadas pelos índice de contagem absoluta e índice de contagem relativa indicam-no como uma alternativa aos coprocultivos clássicos porque permite, num só meio, o isolamento de Escherichia coli, Shigella spp, Salmonella spp, bem como, Aeromonas spp e Plesiomonas shigelloides, favorecendo o diagnóstico laboratorial das gastroenterites.We evaluated a new selective indicator medium (UNISC Agar for isolation of classical enteropathogens, Aeromonas spp and Plesiomonas shigelloides. The xylose fermentation capacity is indicated by a yellow color (fermenting agents or blue (no fermenting agent. This, together with the oxidase test, establishes it as an indicator for detecting Aeromonas and Plesiomonas shigelloides. Its productivity and selectivity, as assessed using the absolute count index and relative count index, indicate it as an alternative to the classical feces culturing media. This is because, in a single medium, it enables isolation of Escherichia coli, Shigella spp and Salmonella spp, in addition to Aeromonas and Plesiomonas shigelloides, thereby favoring the laboratory diagnosis of gastroenteritis.

  1. Glyphosate em mistura com herbicidas alternativos para o manejo de plantas daninhas Glyphosate combined with alternative herbicides for vegetation management

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    P.A. Monquero

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available O uso intensivo de glyphosate como herbicida não-seletivo tem selecionado espécies de plantas daninhas tolerantes. Dessa forma, é importante que sejam estudadas misturas de tanque com herbicidas de mecanismos de ação alternativos e que apresentem efeitos sinergísticos ou aditivos. Por essa razão, foi instalado um experimento inteiramente casualizado, composto por 13 tratamentos e 4 repetições, em casa de vegetação da Universidade de São Paulo - ESALQ/USP, Piracicaba-SP, com as plantas daninhas Richardia brasiliensis, Commelina benghalensis, Amaranthus hybridus, Galinsoga parviflora e Ipomoea grandifolia em misturas de tanque dos herbicidas chlorimuron-ethyl, sulfentrazone, carfentrazone, bentazon ou flumioxazin com glyphosate. As interações foram aditivas para as plantas daninhas I. grandifolia e C. benghalensis, e os herbicidas flumioxazin, sulfentrazone e carfentrazone aplicados isoladamente e em mistura com glyphosate foram os que proporcionaram os melhores níveis de controle. A interação de glyphosate com sulfentrazone foi antagônica em R. brasiliensis; a mistura de glyphosate com os demais herbicidas estudados foi aditiva, sendo os tratamentos com mistura de glyphosate e chlorimuron-ethyl ou flumioxazin os mais eficazes. Em A. hybridus, os tratamentos que apresentaram melhores níveis de controle foram o glyphosate e carfentrazone, aplicados isoladamente, e a mistura de glyphosate com flumioxazin, sulfentrazone, chlorimuron-ethyl e bentazon, sendo estes interações aditivas. No caso de G. parviflora, os tratamentos com flumioxazin e sulfentrazone apresentaram controle total, o mesmo acontecendo com as misturas de glyphosate com carfentrazone, flumioxazin, sulfentrazone, chlorimuron-ethyl ou bentazon.The intensive use of glyphosate as a non-selective herbicide for weed vegetation management has selected some tolerant weed species. Thus, it is important to study the synergistic or antagonic or additive effects of tank

  2. Esquemas alternativos de hemodiálise Alternative hemodialysis regimens

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    Jorge Paulo Strogoff de Matos

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A taxa de mortalidade entre os pacientes em hemodiálise (HD é extremamente elevada. A expectativa de vida restante de um paciente ao iniciar HD é apenas cerca de um quarto daquela da população geral com a mesma idade. O esquema convencional de HD, com três sessões semanais de cerca de quatro horas, foi estabelecido de maneira empírica há cerca de quatro décadas e merece ser reavaliado criticamente. Desde a falha do Estudo HEMO em demonstrar benefícios clínicos com o aumento do Kt/V de ureia nos pacientes em esquema convencional de HD, tem havido um crescente interesse pelos esquemas alternativos de HD com o intuito de prover um tratamento associado com uma melhor sobrevida. Dentre os esquemas mais promissores, destacam-se a HD diária de curta duração e a HD noturna prolongada. As limitações econômicas que inibem a aplicação dos conhecimentos emergentes nesta área devem ser vencidas.The mortality rate among patients on hemodialysis (HD is extremely high. Remaining life expectancy for a patient initiating HD is only approximately one quarter of that of the general population at the same age bracket. The conventional HD regimen based on four-hour sessions three times a week was empirically established nearly four decades ago and needs to be revisited. Since the failure of the HEMO Study to demonstrate the clinical benefits of higher urea Kt/V for patients on conventional HD, an increasing interest for alternative HD regimens has emerged aiming at providing a treatment for improving survival rates. Short daily HD and long nocturnal HD stand out as the most promising alternative regimens. Economical obstacles which could hinder the clinical application of emerging knowledge in the field should be overcome.

  3. Métodos Alternativos en Toxicología

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    Rosa Ibis Meneau Hernández

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El término alternativa en la experimentación animal describe cualquier cambio en los protocolos oficiales que contribuya al refinamiento de las técnicas, la reducción del número de animales utilizados o el reemplazo de los mismos.Estos principios se conocen como 3Rs y fueron definidos por Russell y Burch en su libro The principles of humane experimental technique. Las 3Rs provee una estrategia para el acercamiento racional a minimizar en los experimentos el uso y sufrimiento animal unido a un compromiso con la calidad del trabajo científico. La época moderna ha sumado argumentos (económicos, sociopolíticos y legales que unidos a la evolución de los conocimientos científicos, apoyan la aplicación de las 3Rs y el desarrollo de métodos alternativos. Sin embargo, solo una pequeña parte de estos métodos son aceptados por las entidades reguladoras para emplearse en la evaluación de riesgo. Esto se debe a que es necesario que el protocolo haya sido científicamente validado y demostrado que es tan seguro y fiable como el método tradicional que pretende reemplazar. Esta revisión provee una breve perspectiva sobre el tema alternativas en la experimentación animal enfocada en la validación de los métodos y su descripción. Se enumeran ventajas y desventajas y se muestran los principales métodos aceptados internacionalmente.

  4. Controle alternativo da podridão peduncular em manga

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    Severina Rodrigues de Oliveira Lins

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo dessa pesquisa foi verificar o efeito de produtos alternativos em mangas inoculadas com Lasiodiplodia theobromae e a influência desses sobre o crescimento micelial do fitopatógeno. Mangas foram tratadas com fosfato de potássio (FP (50, 100 e 150, ácido hidroxidobenzóico (AH (5, 10 e 15, cloreto de cálcio (CC (0,13, 0,26 e 0,39 (em milimolar, Luz ultravioleta (LUV (10; 20 e 30 min., extratos de alho (EA, melão-de-são-caetano (EM, casca de manga (ECM (25, 50 e 75% e água (testemunha. Inoculou-se 10m de suspensão de 10(6 conídios/mL de L. theobromae imediatamente (T1, 12 horas (T2 e 24 horas, após os tratamentos (T3. No T1, os melhores tratamentos foram FP (50 mmol e CC (0,13 mmol. No T2 foram CC (0,13 mmol, AH (5 mmol, EA (25% e FP (100 mmol. No T3 não houve diferença entre os tratamentos. In vitro, os produtos foram misturados ao meio de cultura. Após solidificação, depositaram-se no centro de cada placa, estruturas do fitopatógeno. Quarenta e oito horas após, mediu-se o diâmetro da colônia. Os melhores tratamentos foram FP (100 e 150 mmol, ECM (50 e 75% e EA (50%.

  5. Riscos e benefícios dos anti-inflamatórios não esteróides inibidores seletivos da ciclo-oxigenase 2

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    Tavares, Tânia Isabel Almeida

    2012-01-01

    Projeto de Pós-Graduação/Dissertação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciências Farmacêuticas. Os anti-inflamatórios não esteróides inibidores seletivos da ciclo-oxigenase-2 (Coxibes) são fármacos utilizados no tratamento da dor e inflamação crónica, principalmente em patologias de origem musculoesquelética, como a artrite reumatóide, osteoartrose e espondilite anquilosante. Os Coxibes têm como objetivo a inibição seleti...

  6. Selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition prevents bone resorption Inibidor seletivo de cicloxigenase-2 prevenindo reabsorção óssea

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    Carlos Augusto Nassar

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    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effect of a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 inhibitor (meloxicam on the alveolar bone loss progression in experimentally induced periodontitis. Forty (40 Wistar rats were separated into 8 experimental groups (n = 5. Cotton ligatures were placed at the gingival margin level of the lower right first molars of some rats. Four groups were treated for 5 or 15 days with an oral dose of 15 mg/kg of body weight/day of the selective COX-2 inhibitor. The other groups were used as positive control (sham or negative control in each experimental period. Standardized digital radiographs were taken after sacrifice at 5 and 15 days to measure the amount of bone loss at the mesial root surface of the first molar tooth in each rat. The treatment with meloxicam did not induce weight alteration or other visible systemic manifestations. One way analysis of variance (ANOVA indicated that groups treated with meloxicam, after 5 days, had significantly less alveolar bone loss (p O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de um inibidor seletivo da cicloxigenase-2 (COX-2 (meloxicam na progressão da perda óssea alveolar durante o desenvolvimento da doença periodontal experimental induzida. Quarenta (40 ratos Wistar foram separados em 8 grupos experimentais (n = 5. Ligaduras de fio de algodão foram colocadas na margem gengival do primeiro molar inferior direito de alguns ratos. Quatro grupos foram tratados por 5 ou 15 dias com uma dose oral de 15 mg/kg de peso corporal/dia do inibidor seletivo de COX-2. Os outros grupos foram usados como controle positivo (sham e controle negativo dentro de cada período experimental. Radiografias digitais padronizadas foram realizadas para medir a perda óssea na região mesial do primeiro molar inferior de cada rato. O efeito do tratamento com meloxicam não induziu alteração de peso ou outras manifestações sistêmicas visíveis. A Análise de Variância (ANOVA indicou que os

  7. Medios alternativos de resolución de conflictos en derecho administrativo

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    Olmo Alonso, Jesús del

    2004-01-01

    Premio de la Sociedad de Condueños 2006 El presente trabajo aborda fundamentalmente el estudio de mecanismos complementarios al sistema judicial para solucionar conflictos en Derecho Administrativo, y, especialmente, en las relaciones ciudadanos- Administración. Aunque, existe también un análisis de las vías para prevenir litigios administrativos, el autor se centra en un estudio de los distintos mecanismos alternativos que contribuyen a resolver definitivamente las controversias administr...

  8. A selective medium for the isolation of the acinetobacter genus bacteria Um Meio Seletivo para o Isolamento de Bactérias do Gênero Acinetobacter

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    Altair A. Zebral

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    Full Text Available A selective and differencial medium was developed for the isolation of Acinetobacter genus bacteria. This Acinobacter Agar Medium (p.H + 7.4 contains in grams per litre: thiotone, 10; yeast extract, 3; naC1, 5; saccharose, 10; mannitol, 10; sodium citrate, 0.5; sodium desoxycholate, 0.1; crystal violet, 0.00025; phenol red, 0.04 and agar-agar 15. This medium has the advantage of inhibiting the growth of cocci and Gram-positive bacilli, by the use of sodium citrate and sodium desoxycholate associated with the crystal violet; and of differentiating the Gram-negative bacilli from the Enterobacteriaceae, through the fermentative activity upon the saccharose and/or mannitol, contrasting with the complete inactivity of the Acinetobacter genus bacteria over those substances.Um meio seletivo e diferenciador foi desenvolvido para facilitar o isolamento das bactérias do gênero Acinetobacter. Este meio (Agar Acinetobacter contém em gramas por litro: Tiotone (BBL, 10; extrato de levedura (BBL, 3; NaC1, 5; sacarose, 10; manitol, 10; citrato de sódio, 0,5; desoxicolato de sódio, 0,1; cristal violeta, 0,00025; vermelho de fenol, 0,04 e pH 7,4. Apresenta a vantagem de impedir o crescimento dos cocos e bacilos Gram positivos, pelo emprego do citrato de sódio e do desoxicolato de sódio, associados ao cristal violeta e de diferenciar os bacilos Gram negativos da família Enterobacteriaceae, pela sua atividade fermentativa sobre a sacarose e/ou manitol, em contraste com a completa inatividade das bactérias do gênero Acinetobacter sobre os mesmos substratos.

  9. Ordem e caos: um conceito alternativo de mercado

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    Édivo de Almeira Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Mesmo constituindo-se um dos pilares de funcionamento do sistema capitalista, é bem verdade que o conceito de mercado não é consensual entre as distintas abordagens do pensamento econômico, dado as diferentes premissas e axiomas que fundamentam suas análises. Isto posto, o presente trabalho objetiva fornecer uma concepção holística e mais pragmática do mercado a partir dos conceitos de ordem espontânea, taxas naturais e expectativas racionais articulados com a Teoria do Caos. Com base nesses fundamentos teóricos conclui-se que o mercado é uma ordem espontânea evolutiva, repleta de relações não-lineares e formada por agentes autointeressados que, mediante processo de aprendizagem social, complexificam e aprimoram os padrões institucionais, culturais e técnicos que configuram o próprio mercado no transcorrer de um tempo dinâmico.

  10. Feed-water heaters alternative design comparison; Comparacion de disenos alternativos de calentadores

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    Torres Toledano, Gerardo [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1988-12-31

    A procedure is presented for the alternative design comparison of feed water heaters, based in the failure records of damaged tubes during operation. The procedure is used for cases in which non-continuous or random inspections are made to the feed-water heaters. [Espanol] Se presenta un procedimiento para comparar disenos alternativos de calentadores, basandose en los registros de fallas de los tubos rotos acumuladas durante su operacion. El procedimiento se emplea para casos en los que se realizan inspecciones a los calentadores no continuas, ya sea periodicas o al azar.

  11. LA ZARZAMORA (RUBUS SP.), CULTIVO ALTERNATIVO PARA EL ESTADO DE SONORA

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    Moller, Amparo del Carmen Meza; Figueroa, María Gabriela Romo; Ochoa, Víctor René Duarte; Aguilar, Ramón Navarro

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    Sonora se ha caracterizado por ser uno de los principales estados reconocidos internacionalmente por su producción en melón, calabaza, sandía, uva de mesa, nuez. Dada la ubicación geográfica y la existencia de microclimas se han evaluado cultivos alternativos de alto valor comercial para promover la diversificación de especies. A partir de un proyecto financiado por Fundación Produce Sonora, se estableció en el campo de CESUES en la zona agrícola de Estación Pesqueira, una parcela experimenta...

  12. Hospedeiros alternativos de Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola Alternative hosts of Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola

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    Ana Rosa Peixoto; Rosa L.R. Mariano; José Osmã T. Moreira; Ivanise O. Viana

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    Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola (Xcv), que causa o cancro bacteriano da videira, sobrevive em plantas infectadas, epifiticamente em órgãos da parte aérea e pode ser veiculada em mudas e/ou bacelos infectados. O trabalho teve como objetivo investigar possíveis hospedeiros alternativos do patógeno, visando fornecer subsídios para o manejo da doença. A partir das plantas invasoras Alternanthera tenella, Amaranthus sp., Glycine sp. e Senna obtusifolia com sintomas similares aos do cancro bact...

  13. Máquina de Aspectos: un enfoque alternativo para la implementación de aspectos.

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    Gesto, Esteban; Hallar, Karim; Casas, Sandra

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    La Programación Orientada a Aspectos (POA) es un nuevo paradigma de programación que propone mecanismos para soportar la separación de los aspectos no funcionales de los sistemas software. Una herramienta POA consiste en tres componentes principales: un lenguaje de programación base, un lenguaje de programación orientado a aspectos y un tejedor de aspectos (weaver). El presente trabajo propone un enfoque alternativo para la implementación de aspectos basado en la especificación de los mism...

  14. Biogás como combustible alternativo en automoción

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    Vàzquez Díaz, José Ángel

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    Actualmente muchas investigaciones se centran en la búsqueda de combustibles alternativos para cumplir con las necesidades de transporte y reducir el impacto ambiental en automoción. El uso de combustibles gaseosos en el sector del transporte es una opción prometedora además de promover la diversificación energética. Los combustibles se clasifican en función de las propiedades de los mismos, centrándose este trabajo en el estudio del biogás, sus aplicaciones, las infraestructuras de almacenam...

  15. El Mercado Alternativo Bursátil: una novedosa oportunidad para las empresas familiares

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    Duréndez Gómez Guillamón, Antonio Luis; García Pérez de Lema, Domingo; Mariño Garrido, Teresa

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    Con la entrada en funcionamiento del Mercado Alternativo Bursátil en España, las empresas familiares de menor capitalización tienen la posibilidad de cotizar en un mercado bursátil diseñado para pymes. Actualmente, con una profunda crisis de origen financiero, el MAB gana una especial relevancia como estrategia alternativa para conseguir financiación y así superar la fuerte restricción en el acceso al crédito bancario. No obstante, las empresas familiares no se podrán ben...

  16. Los métodos alternativos: un reto para las administraciones y para los científicos

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    León, P; O Dignoes

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    La normativa actual que regula en el ámbito europeo la utilización de los animales con fines científicos establece con absoluta rotundidad que su prioridad absoluta es el fomento y la implantación de los enfoques alternativos a los métodos tradicionales de utilización de los animales. Insistimos sobre dos aspectos que consideramos relevantes. En primer lugar es necesario aclarar que los métodos alternativos no son solo aquellos en los que se alcanza el Reemplazo total de los animales, sino qu...

  17. Controle e progresso temporal da ferrugem asiática da soja sob controle alternativo em campo

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    R.M. Mesquini; K.R.F. Schwan-Estrada; R.A. Vieira; J.F. Nascimento

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    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o controle e o progresso temporal da ferrugem asiática da soja, causada por Phakopsora pachyrhizi, sob manejo com tratamentos alternativos. Para isso, implementou-se um ensaio em delineamento de blocos completos com tratamentos ao acaso, com 4 repetições, em Itambé-PR, durante a safra 2007/2008. Os tratamentos alternativos foram: biomassa cítrica, extrato bruto e óleo essencial de Eucalyptus citriodora e grãos de kefir. Avaliou-se também o controle químic...

  18. Jornalismo alternativo: um potencial para a radicalização da democracia

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    Dennis de Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza el papel de los periódicos alternativos de Brasil (Caros Amigos, Brasil de Fato, Le Monde Diplomatique e Revista Fórum en la esfera pública brasilera. Utilizando el concepto de formación de opinión pública de Walter Lippmann, el de construcción de consenso de Noam Chomsky y la distinción entre libertad de expresión y libertad de prensa, se concluye que el hecho de que estos periódicos amplíen la agenda y la gama de fuentes normalmente ofrecidas por los medios hegemónicos, contribuye a fortalecer la democracia.

  19. Cuidados alternativos en la atención del embarazo en Jalisco, México

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    Isabel Valadez; Noe Alfaro; Elizabeth Pozos

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    En la atención prenatal se ha identificado la cultura de la madre como factor que influye en la utilización de los servicios de salud. Las creencias y prácticas de medicina tradicional y doméstica que realiza la mujer durante el embarazo pueden intervenir en la decisión de acudir a la atención médica. En una muestra no probabilística de 3.250 mujeres se identificaron los cuidados alternativos de atención al embarazo y se estableció su relación con un control prenatal satisfactorio. Para el an...

  20. Esvaziamento cervical seletivo no tratamento do carcinoma epidermóide do andar inferior da boca Squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. Rationale for selective neck dissection

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    Ali Amar

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O esvaziamento cervical seletivo, removendo apenas os linfonodos com maior probabilidade de metástases, pode ser adequado para o tratamento do pescoço nos carcinomas epidermóides do andar inferior da boca. O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar os níveis linfonodais acometidos por metástases em uma série de pacientes tratados em uma única instituição. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados os registros de 416 pacientes com câncer de lábio, língua oral, soalho de boca, gengiva inferior, região jugal e trígono retromolar, submetidos à 519 esvaziamentos cervicais entre 1977 e 2001, quanto ao níveis linfonodais acometidos por metástases. RESULTADOS: O nível I estava acometido em 107/519 (20% esvaziamentos, o nível II em 147/519 (28%, o nível III em 75/519 (14%, o nível IV em 32/419 (7% e o nível V em 22/419 (5%. A taxa de falso-negativos e de falso-positivos foi de 36% e 30%, respectivamente. Os pacientes com metástases nos níveis I e/ou II, III, IV ou V tiveram uma média 2,2; 4,8; 6,5 e 7,5 linfonodos comprometidos, respectivamente (p BACKGROUND: The indication of selective neck dissection with removal of lymph nodes at risk only, can be an adequate therapeutic approach for squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. Our objective is to assess the level of neck node metastases in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lower part of mouth treated in a single institution. METHODS: 416 patients with lip, oral tongue, floor of mouth, lower gingiva, buccal mucosa and retromolar trigone cancer underwent neck dissection from 1977 to 2001 and the level of metastases were assessed. RESULTS: Level I was involved in 107/519 (20% neck dissection, level II in 147/519 (28%, level III in 75/519 (14%, level IV in 32/419 (7% and level V in 22/419 (5%. The false-negative rate was 36% and the false-positive was 30%. Patients with level I and/or II, III, IV or V had an average of 2.2, 4.8, 6.5 and 7.5 positive lymph nodes respectively (p < 0

  1. Farmacogenética de inibidores seletivos de recaptação de serotonina: uma revisão Pharmacogenetics of selective serotonine reuptake inhibitors: a review

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    Diana Klanovicz Silva

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A variabilidade da resposta aos medicamentos se deve em grande parte a fatores genéticos, e essa variabilidade afeta os efeitos terapêuticos e as reações adversas, de forma que a mesma dose de um medicamento pode ser benéfica para um paciente mas ineficaz para outro. Os fármacos conhecidos como inibidores seletivos de recaptação de serotonina (ISRSs pertencem a uma classe de medicamentos utilizados para o tratamento de uma série de patologias relacionadas com a serotonina, especialmente a depressão. O objetivo deste trabalho é reunir os dados presentes na literatura sobre a associação de genes candidatos com a resposta a ISRSs, fornecendo assim um panorama sobre o estado atual de conhecimento sobre o assunto. A resposta ao tratamento com ISRSs depende da variabilidade de genes codificantes de proteínas envolvidas com o papel da serotonina no cérebro. Com os avanços conquistados a partir do Projeto Genoma Humano, foi possível detectar essas variações, e várias delas mostraram ter importância farmacogenética. Portanto, alguns dos genes relacionados à farmacogenética dos ISRSs já são conhecidos, o que torna clara a necessidade de maiores investigações prospectivas para determinar a real utilidade desse conhecimento na prática clínica, com relação à possibilidade da determinação da dose adequada do fármaco correto para cada paciente, prática que vem sendo denominada de "medicina personalizada".A large proportion of the variability in drug response is due to genetic factors, and this variability affects therapeutic effects and adverse reactions, so that the same dosage of a drug can be beneficial to some patients, but ineffective to others. The drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI belong to a pharmacological class used in the management of a number of diseases related to serotonin, especially depression. The aim of this paper is to collect data from the literature about the association of

  2. Cuidados alternativos en la atención del embarazo en Jalisco, México

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    Isabel Valadez

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    Full Text Available En la atención prenatal se ha identificado la cultura de la madre como factor que influye en la utilización de los servicios de salud. Las creencias y prácticas de medicina tradicional y doméstica que realiza la mujer durante el embarazo pueden intervenir en la decisión de acudir a la atención médica. En una muestra no probabilística de 3.250 mujeres se identificaron los cuidados alternativos de atención al embarazo y se estableció su relación con un control prenatal satisfactorio. Para el análisis de asociación se dividió la variable de atención prenatal en (a satisfactoria y (b no satisfactoria de acuerdo a la Norma Oficial Mexicana. Se empleó la prueba de chi², el odds ratio y sus intervalos de confianza. Los cuidados alternativos resultaron asociados a una atención prenatal no satisfactoria. El entrenamiento psicoprofiláctico se comportó como factor protector. La cultura de la gestante es una configuración de significados y comportamientos, con mezcla de concepciones y prescripciones de la medicina doméstica, tradicional y académica, que varían según la etapa del embarazo, que pueden ser únicas o complementarias. Esta situación debe considerarse en los programas educativos en salud.

  3. Cuidados alternativos en la atención del embarazo en Jalisco, México

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    Valadez Isabel

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available En la atención prenatal se ha identificado la cultura de la madre como factor que influye en la utilización de los servicios de salud. Las creencias y prácticas de medicina tradicional y doméstica que realiza la mujer durante el embarazo pueden intervenir en la decisión de acudir a la atención médica. En una muestra no probabilística de 3.250 mujeres se identificaron los cuidados alternativos de atención al embarazo y se estableció su relación con un control prenatal satisfactorio. Para el análisis de asociación se dividió la variable de atención prenatal en (a satisfactoria y (b no satisfactoria de acuerdo a la Norma Oficial Mexicana. Se empleó la prueba de chi², el odds ratio y sus intervalos de confianza. Los cuidados alternativos resultaron asociados a una atención prenatal no satisfactoria. El entrenamiento psicoprofiláctico se comportó como factor protector. La cultura de la gestante es una configuración de significados y comportamientos, con mezcla de concepciones y prescripciones de la medicina doméstica, tradicional y académica, que varían según la etapa del embarazo, que pueden ser únicas o complementarias. Esta situación debe considerarse en los programas educativos en salud.

  4. Bloqueio seletivo dos nervos supraescapular e axilar promove analgesia satisfatória e menor grau de bloqueio motor: comparação com o bloqueio interescalênico

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    Patrícia Falcão Pitombo

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVO: Cirurgias artroscópicas do ombro cursam com intensa dor pós-operatória. Diversas técnicas analgésicas têm sido preconizadas. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar o bloqueio dos nervos supraescapular e axilar nas cirurgias artroscópicas de ombro com a abordagem interescalênica do plexo braquial. MÉTODO: Sessenta e oito pacientes foram alocados em dois grupos de 34, de acordo com a técnica utilizada: grupo interescalênico (GI e grupo seletivo (GS, sendo ambas as abordagens realizadas com neuroestimulador. No GI, após resposta motora adequada foram injetados 30 mL de levopubivacaína em excesso enantiomérico de 50% a 0,33% com adrenalina 1:200.000. No GS, após resposta motora do nervo supraescapular e axilar, foram injetados 15 mL da mesma substância em cada nervo. Em seguida, realizada anestesia geral. Variáveis avaliadas: tempo para realização dos bloqueios, analgesia, consumo de opioide, bloqueio motor, estabilidade cardiocirculatória, satisfação e aceitabilidade pelo paciente. RESULTADOS: Tempo para execução do bloqueio interescalênico foi significativamente menor que para realização do bloqueio seletivo. Analgesia foi significativamente maior no pós-operatório imediato no GI e no pós-operatório tardio no GS. Consumo de morfina foi significativamente maior na primeira hora no GS. Bloqueio motor foi significativamente menor no GS. Estabilidade cardiocirculatória, satisfação e aceitabilidade da técnica pelo paciente não diferiram entre os grupos. Ocorreu uma falha no GI e duas no GS. CONCLUSÕES: Ambas as técnicas são seguras, eficazes com mesmo grau de satisfação e aceitabilidade. O bloqueio seletivo de ambos os nervos apresentou analgesia satisfatória, com a vantagem de proporcionar bloqueio motor restrito ao ombro.

  5. Diagnóstico pré-natal e aborto seletivo: um desafio à prática e às políticas Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion: a challenge for practice and policies

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    Adrienn Asch

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo defende o argumento de que a popularização do aborto seletivo com as modernas técnicas de diagnóstico pré-natal representa um risco à integridade moral dos deficientes, caso ele não seja acompanhado de uma intensificação das políticas de bem-estar para as pessoas portadoras de deficiência.This article contends that the popularization of selective abortion in the wake of modern prenatal diagnostic techniques poses a risk to the moral integrity of people with disabilities, if it is not accompanied by the intensification of policies for the well-being of people with disabilities.

  6. Limites à condenação do aborto seletivo: a deficiência em contextos de países periféricos The limits to indictment for selective abortion: gaps in the context of peripheral countries

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    Alessandra Barros

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa a opinião apresentada por Adrienne Asch em "Diagnóstico pré-natal e aborto seletivo", presente na coletânea deste mesmo volume da Revista Physis. A posição de Asch, acerca do caráter discriminatório do aborto seletivo, será apreciada a partir da qualidade de sua retórica argumentativa. Em seguida, será revista à luz da realidade sociocultural do Brasil, país periférico, caracterizado, para fins de comparação com os Estados Unidos, como país de legislação proibitiva para o aborto, de incipiente mobilização política organizada das pessoas deficientes e no qual a história de doutrinas e práticas eugênicas percorreu outras trajetórias.The article analyzes the opinion presented by Adrienne Asch in "Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion" in this issue of Physis. We begin by discussing the author's position on the discriminatory nature of selective abortion, based on the quality of her argumentative rhetoric. We then proceed to review her position in light of Brazil's socio-cultural reality as a peripheral country which is characterized (as compared to the United States as having restrictive legislation in relation to abortion, incipient organized political mobilization by people with disabilities, and a distinct history of eugenic doctrines and practices.

  7. El rol del transporte público alternativo motorizado en la ciudad / The role of motorized paratransit in the city

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    Rosa Isabel Amorós Zurita

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEl trabajo de investigación presenta una aproximación global sobre las diversas pautas de comportamiento del transporte público alternativo. Es decir, se pretende, a través de la realización de una investigación meramente descriptiva, identificar las diferentes características físicas y de operación de este tipo de transporte en la ciudad. Su estructura incluye el análisis de conceptos y clasificaciones relacionados al transporte público alternativo, la presentación de dos experiencias distintas sobre la utilización de la motocicleta a tres ruedas, uno de los principales tipos de transporte público alternativo motorizado, y finalmente los principales efectos positivos y negativos que causa su circulación a nivel urbano, ambiental, social y económico. Los resultados obtenidos permiten a las instituciones relacionadas con el transporte reflexionar sobre la posibilidad fortalecer esta propuesta de movilidad, necesaria especialmente en países en vías de desarrollo.Palabras claveTransporte público alternativo, ciudad, movilidad.AbstractThis research work presents a new global approach on various paratransit’s behavior patterns in the city. That is to say, through a descriptive research, to allow identifying the physical and operational characteristics of motorized paratransit in the city. The research structure includes the analysis of paratransit’s concepts and classifications, the exposure of two different experiences based on the three-wheeled motorcycle use, one of the main motorized paratransit’s types, and finally its main positive and negative effects in an urban, environmental, social and economic level. The results that were obtained allow transport institutions to reflect on the possibility of strengthen this mobility proposal, required especially in developing countries.KeywordsParatransit, city, mobility.

  8. Controle e progresso temporal da ferrugem asiática da soja sob controle alternativo em campo

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    R.M. Mesquini

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o controle e o progresso temporal da ferrugem asiática da soja, causada por Phakopsora pachyrhizi, sob manejo com tratamentos alternativos. Para isso, implementou-se um ensaio em delineamento de blocos completos com tratamentos ao acaso, com 4 repetições, em Itambé-PR, durante a safra 2007/2008. Os tratamentos alternativos foram: biomassa cítrica, extrato bruto e óleo essencial de Eucalyptus citriodora e grãos de kefir. Avaliou-se também o controle químico com azoxistrobina + ciproconazole + adjuvante 0,5 v/v e a testemunha. Para comparação dos tratamentos utilizou-se a severidade da doença (em cinco avaliações, a área abaixo da curva de progresso da doença (AACPD, a taxa de progresso da doença, a produtividade e o peso de mil grãos. Foram constatadas diferenças significativas (Pd"0,05 para as avaliações de severidade, para AACPD e para a taxa de progresso da doença. De modo geral, dentre os tratamentos alternativos, a biomassa cítrica e os grãos de kefir apresentaram os maiores índices de controle e menores taxas de progresso da doença, superando os tratamentos com extrato bruto e óleo essencial de E. citriodora. Porém, o tratamento com azoxistrobina + ciproconazole foi mais eficiente para controle e proporcionou as menores taxas de progresso quando comparado aos tratamentos alternativos.

  9. Los métodos alternativos en el estudio de la seguridad de cosméticos.

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    J de Lapuente

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El Reglamento 1223/2009 establece las normas que deben cumplir todos los productos cosméticos comercializados en Europa, con objeto de velar por el funcionamiento del mercado interior y lograr un elevado nivel de protección de la salud humana garantizando el uso de métodos alternativos que no impliquen la utilización de animales. El Laboratorio Europeo de Referencia para las Alternativas a la Experimentación con Animales (EURL-EURLECVAM es el laboratorio de referencia en Europa encargado de validar los métodos alternativos. Posteriormente pueden ser homologados por la Organización de Cooperación y Desarrollo Económico (OCDE. Por otro lado, el Comité Científico de Seguridad de los Consumidores (SCCS asesora a la Comisión sobre todos los temas relacionados con la seguridad de los cosméticos. En esta revisión se detalla una relación de métodos alternativos necesarios para evaluar la seguridad de los ingredientes cosméticos así como los métodos usados y sus limitaciones.

  10. Desempenho agronômico de maracujazeiros tratados com produtos alternativos e fertilizantes foliares

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    Keize Pereira Junqueira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A resistência induzida é um método alternativo de controle de doenças. Entretanto, há poucos estudos relacionando o uso destes produtos e outros métodos alternativos à produtividade das plantas e às características físicas e químicas dos frutos. Objetivou-se avaliar a severidade de doenças, as características físicas e químicas de frutos e a produtividade de plantas tratadas com produtos alternativos e fertilizantes foliares. Plantas de maracujazeiro BRS Gigante Amarelo clonadas, em campo, foram submetidas, por um ano, a pulverizações quinzenais com: água (testemunha, Cuprozeb® (fungicida-padrão, acibenzolar-S-metil - ASM, Agro-mos®, fosfito de potássio, fosetyl-Al, gesso agrícola e CPAC-GE (produto em teste. O delineamento foi o em blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições e 20 frutos por repetição. Para o estudo da produtividade, utilizaram-se quatro repetições e seis plantas úteis por parcela. As colheitas ocorreram de novembro/2008 a abril/2009. As severidades foram avaliadas com escala de notas. Houve redução da severidade da virose, verrugose e bacteriose em todos os tratamentos, com exceção do Cuprozeb® para virose. Não foi observada redução da antracnose. Frutos com maior massa fresca foram obtidos com aplicações de gesso agrícola (236,83 g, CPAC-GE (234,10 g, fosetyl-Al ( 233,79 g, fosfito de potássio (230,64 g e Agro-mos® (221,15 g. Os mesmos resultados foram observados para diâmetro transversal e massa de polpa. Não houve diferenças significativas entre tratamentos para diâmetro longitudinal e espessura de casca. Quanto às características químicas dos frutos, com exceção do Cuprozeb®, que não diferiu significativamente da testemunha, todos os produtos proporcionaram incremento no teor de sólidos solúveis. Maior acidez titulável foi obtida com Cuprozeb®, gesso agrícola, Agro-mos®, fosetyl-Al e ASM. Não foi constatada alteração no pH dos frutos. Em relação

  11. Posmodernidad y Sistemas Alternativos de Administración de Justicia

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    Eugenia Harris Bravo

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available En los sistemas políticos democráticos actuales surgen demandas y conflictos en el seno de la sociedad, que no pueden ser ignorados por los órganos que ejercen el poder político dentro del Estado, pero que requieren la participación directa de los ciudadanos para su resolución. En el presente trabajo se abordan las prácticas extrajudiciales y extraestatales de resolución de conflictos, particularmente las consagradas constitucional y legislativamente. Se explica cómo debemos a la posmodernidad y a los sistemas alternativos de Administración de Justicia el reconocimiento de esa habilitación otorgada a los actores sociales para que resuelvan sus problemas sin la intervención de los órganos estatales y se realiza un cotejo entre los postulados de la nueva tendencia y los aspectos consagrados en la Ley Orgánica de Justicia de Paz.

  12. Un método alternativo para fijar drenajes An alternative way to secure drains

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    F. Solesio Pilarte

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available La colocación de drenajes en las intervenciones quirúrgicas es una práctica muy habitual en la mayoría de las operaciones de Cirugía Plástica y también de otras especialidades, pero en ocasiones su objetivo fracasa al deslizarse el drenaje. Diversos autores han propuesto varios métodos de sujeción de los drenajes a la piel con distinto grado de aceptación. El más empleado es el método de "sandalia romana" que, si no se realiza correctamente resulta ineficaz. En el presente artículo analizamos dónde y por qué falla frecuentemente dicho método y proponemos un procedimiento alternativo, sencillo y seguro para la fijación de drenajes quirúrgicos, el uso del ballestrinque.Using drains in Plastic Surgery and other specialties is a very common practice. Sometimes the procedure fails when drains slide. Several securing methods have been reported in literature by authors with different grades of acceptance. The most commonly used one is the "roman sandal tying up", which results useless if not done correctly. For this reason we decided to analyze where and why such a method fails and propose an alternative, easy and trustable method to secure surgical drains: the clove hitch knot.

  13. Modos de vida alternativos: o caso da comunidade Noiva do Cordeiro

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    Adilson Schultz

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Noiva do cordeiro é uma comunidade rural liderada por mulheres, que desenvolveu um modo de vida alternativo e sustentável, com partilha de bens e fim da religião institucionalizada. Forjado ao longo de mais de um século, num processo de constantes rupturas religiosas, familiares e ideológicas, esse inusitado modo de vida produziu uma comunidade autônoma, com sujeitos autônomos e responsáveis uns pelos outros, que se tornaram lideranças sociais e políticas. No centro de sua história, experiências de sofrimento e rupturas relacionadas à religião, à fome, e à estrutura familiar patriarcal. O estudo do caso de Noiva do Cordeiro tem a intenção de analisar elementos subjetivos deste processo, verificando os indicativos e as implicações de tal fenômeno religioso e social, especialmente os limites e o fim de determinado modelo de religião. Os pressupostos teóricos deste estudo apontam para uma perspectiva transdisciplinar que compreende a teologia, a sociologia e a psicologia da religião e, nestes campos, as teorias feministas.

  14. A criocirurgia como tratamento alternativo do xerodema pigmentoso = The criosurgery as alternative treatment of xeroderma pigmentosum

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    Antunes, Antonio Azoubel

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A criocirurgia consiste em tratar lesões patológicas da pele e mucosas pelo congelamento intenso da área afetada. Sua indicação deve obedecer a critérios de avaliação, como o aspecto macroscópico da lesão, tamanho, tipo histológico, localização e idade do paciente, sendo indicado para o tratamento das lesões provenientes do Xeroderma Pigmentoso (XP. O objetivo do presente estudo é instituir a experiência dos autores quanto ao uso da criocirurgia no tratamento de 12 pacientes com lesões em pele e mucosa da região da cabeça e pescoço associadas ao XP, em um período de 25 anos, discutindo suas aplicações e aspectos de sucesso e insucesso. Durante o período de abril de 1977 a abril de 2002 (25 anos, foram tratados pela criocirurgia, no Centro de Oncologia (CEON do Hospital Universitário Oswaldo Cruz (HUOC – Universidade de Pernambuco (UPE, Departamento de Cabeça e Pescoço – Hospital de Câncer de Pernambuco e na clínica privada de um dos autores, 1900 (mil e novecentos casos de pacientes portadores de lesões benignas e malignas da pele e mucosa na região de cabeça e pescoço, dos quais 12 pacientes (0,7% eram portadores de XP. Do total da amostra, 66,6% eram do sexo masculino e todos os casos ocorreram na 1ª e 2ª décadas de vida. A criocirurgia constitui-se um excelente método alternativo de tratamento para as lesões de pele e mucosa decorrentes do XP, sempre que indicada de maneira criteriosa

  15. Turismo Alternativo y Educación. Una propuesta para contribuir al desarrollo humano.

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    César David Torres Fernández

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo realiza una propuesta para contribuir al desarrollo humano, la problemática a tratar es la falta del mismo en este planeta. Por desarrollo humano se entiende la evolución integral del ser humano desde el punto de vista socioeconómico, político, cultural y espiritual (en armonía consigo mismo, con la naturaleza y con los demás seres humanos. En nuestro país existe pobreza, desempleo, corrupción, desigualdad, una pésima educación y cultura, así como problemas de alimentación que lo ubican entre los países con mayor obesidad adulta e infantil en el mundo, existiendo también en las zonas marginadas la desnutrición infantil. Por ello, debemos propiciar diversas opciones de desarrollo; se considera que el turismo alternativo, vinculado a la educación y a la cultura, puede contribuir de manera importante a contrarrestar la problemática antes planteada. En este sentido, nos interesa trabajar con las nuevas generaciones a manera de prevención, concientizándolas, que conozcan y practiquen los valores éticos, morales, familiares, espirituales, etcétera. En el aspecto metodológico, la investigación es de tipo bibliográfico, trabajo de campo, entrevistas y observaciones propias. Es un proyecto que surge como una alternativa dentro del desarrollo sustentable, con actividades de turismo de aventura y ecoturismo, asociado con talleres educativos relacionados con educación ambiental, valores, formación humana y social, educación para la paz, etcétera.

  16. Estrategias de identificación de planteamientos alternativos a la experimentación animal

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    G Repetto

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Los investigadores deben asegurarse de que la información que podrían obtener con su experimentación no está ya disponible, que no existe otro procedimiento para llevarlo a cabo sin emplear animales y que el protocolo se ha diseñado teniendo en cuenta consideraciones de protección animal. Sin embargo, la identificación de procedimientos alternativos empleados por otros científicos sigue siendo un proceso muy complejo, debido, sobre todo, a la deficiente indexación de las publicaciones en las bases de datos bibliográficas. Una búsqueda eficiente debe basarse en emplear siempre varias bases de datos, en revisar al menos los documentos de los últimos 5-10 años. En primer lugar debe evitarse la duplicación inútil de investigaciones, es decir, asegurarse de que la información que pudiera obtenerse en el estudio no está ya disponible. A continuación se realiza la búsqueda de posibles alternativas de reemplazo. Si ésta no fuera productiva, se identificarían alternativas de reducción y refinamiento, tratando de mejorar, en lo posible, cada una de las fases de la experimentación animal. Los estudios toxicológicos de finalidad reguladora presentan la exigencia de utilizar protocolos oficiales, por lo que deben localizarse en sus directorios específicos. Las alternativas en la enseñanza y entrenamiento, como los modelos mecánicos, audiovisuales y de simulación, se encuentran recogidas en bases de datos específicas. Finalmente, cuando no se encuentran opciones válidas en otras fuentes, es posible recurrir a expertos, tanto directamente como en foros especializados. Todo ello se facilita con el buscador Buscaalternativas.com (http://buscaalternativas.com.

  17. Citibikes de Colombia. La bicicleta publica: sistema alternativo de transporte para Santafe de Bogota

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    Javier Enrique Ramos

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available EI objetivo del presente artículo es presentar una nueva propuesta en materia de transporte urbano, teniendo en cuenta el cada vez más restringido uso del automóvil particular y la ineficiencia de los actuales médicos de transporte público. En la primera parte del trabajo se presenta un panorama general de la importancia de los sistemas de transporte en las ciudades y cómo afectan la vida de sus habitantes. También se muestra la situación actual del transite en Bogotá y la necesidad de implantar sistemas alternativos de transporte. En la segunda parte, se propone el diseño de un sistema en línea de alquiler de bicicletas denominado Bicicleta Publica, que sea parte integral del Sistema integrado de transporte para Santafé de Bogotá. Para cumplir con este propósito se presentan los lineamientos generales mediante un plan de negocios, que conduzca a la creación de una empresa que administre el sistema y los servicios conexos. EI plan de negocios pretende cubrir la mayor parte de la ciudad, ubicando estaciones de bicicleta publica en diferentes lugares, principalmente en las áreas de influencia de las universidades, parques, centros comerciales y, en un futuro, en las estaciones de Transmilenio y el Metro. Esto le brinda al usuario la posibilidad de tomar una bicicleta en un punto determinado y retornarla en otra estación diferente a donde la alquiló inicialmente. Las ventajas de este mecanismo son apreciables, ya que no representa complicación alguna para el usuario debido a que puede usar la bicicleta el tiempo deseado sin preocuparse por aspectos tales como el estacionamiento, el clima o las diferentes actividades, para lo cual la bicicleta propia sería un completo inconveniente.

  18. Los métodos alternativos en el estudio de la seguridad de cosméticos.

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    Lapuente, J.; M Borras; J González-Linares; H Llanas; Mitjans, M.; D Ramos-López; P Vinardell

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    El Reglamento 1223/2009 establece las normas que deben cumplir todos los productos cosméticos comercializados en Europa, con objeto de velar por el funcionamiento del mercado interior y lograr un elevado nivel de protección de la salud humana garantizando el uso de métodos alternativos que no impliquen la utilización de animales. El Laboratorio Europeo de Referencia para las Alternativas a la Experimentación con Animales (EURL-EURL- ECVAM) es el laboratorio de referencia en Europa encargado d...

  19. DOLLINCO-INIA: TRIGO ALTERNATIVO PARA EL SUR DE CHILE Dollinco-INIA: an alternative wheat for Southern Chile

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    Cristian Hewstone M.; Claudio Jobet F.

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    Dollinco-INIA es un trigo de pan (Triticum aestivum L), semienano, de hábito de desarrollo alternativo, obtenido por el Proyecto de Fitomejoramiento del Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA), Centro Regional de Investigación Carillanca, Temuco. Es moderadamente susceptible a polvillo estriado, resistente a polvillo de la hoja y moderadamente resistente a septoriosis y oidio. Su rendimiento promedio en ensayos en cuatro temporadas ha fluctuado entre 7,84 y 14,46 t ha-1 en tres loca...

  20. Agroecología y movimientos agroalimentarios alternativos en los Estados Unidos: Hacia un sistema agroalimentario sostenible

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    Fernández, Margarita; Goodall, Katherine; Richards, Meryl; Mendez, V. Ernesto

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    El concepto de agroecología en Estados Unidos nace de un proceso dialéctico de coproducción de conocimiento por el cual la ciencia de la agroecología ha formado, y se ha formado a sí misma, gracias a movimientos agroalimentarios, políticas y prácticas locales alternativas. Este artículo examina la relación entre la agroecología y los movimientos agroalimentarios alternativos e identifica oportunidades para un mayor compromiso. El artículo concluye con una discusión sobre los re...

  1. La dimensión social de los mass media. Medios alternativos: creando conciencia social para el desarrollo

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    Santiago Gallur Santorum

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    Este artículo reflexiona sobre la necesidad de la movilización social a través de los medios de comunicación, ya que estos constituyen en muchos casos un modo de homogeneización del pensamiento social. Así, esta ponencia saca a la luz, una investigación que muestra cómo tres medios de comunicación alternativos han conseguido visibilizar temáticas sociales normalmente invisibilizadas por otros muchos medios. Concretamente en México, en un contexto social donde la violencia ha conseguido determ...

  2. Convergencia oblicua: modelo estructural alternativo para la dorsal Neuquina (39ºs - Neuquén

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    José Silvestro

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available La dorsal neuquina es un lineamiento estructural de escala regional desarrollado a los 39ºS, que se extiende por más de 270 km con orientación E-O, marcando el límite natural norte de la Patagonia. La actividad tectónica a lo largo de esta zona durante el Jurásico y Cretácico controló la sedimentación de la cuenca Neuquina desarrollando una serie de secuencias de crecimiento y discordancias asociadas. Por las características estructurales se reconoce un sector occidental con predominio de lineamientos orientados al NE relacionados a estructuras predominantemente compresivas y un sector oriental caracterizado por el predominio de lineamientos NO con desarrollo de estructuras transcurrentes. La orientación particular de este rasgo tectónico, aproximadamente perpendicular a los cinturones andinos, fue tradicionalmente explicado mediante dos modelos estructurales: transcurrencia e inversión tectónica. Basándose en nueva información de subsuelo y la disponibilidad de nuevos conceptos tectónicos, se plantea un esquema alternativo en donde se contempla el desarrollo de zonas dominadas por transcurrencia, estructuras relacionadas a inversión oblicua de hemigrábenes y el desarrollo de estructuras compresivas sin influencia de los rasgos extensionales previos. El arreglo en planta de las estructuras y su evolución en el tiempo puede ser originado por convergencia oblicua, bajo un campo de esfuerzos NO-SE, entre un bloque rígido ubicado al sureste (Cratón norpatagónico actuando como contrafuerte con límite oeste paralelo a la traza del río Limay y límite norte paralelo al cauce del río Negro, que converge con una zona al noroeste factible de ser plegada representada por la cuenca Neuquina. Este esquema permite explicar la distribución y orientación de las zonas compresivas y transcurrentes y su evolución en el tiempo con desarrollo de estructuras cada vez más jóvenes hacia la parte externa del sistema.

  3. Inibidores seletivos de prostaglandina endoperóxido sintase-2 (PGHS-2: nova estratégia para o tratamento da inflamação

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    Lages Adriana dos Santos

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    Full Text Available Prostaglandins (PG's, produced from arachidonic acid metabolism, are potent mediators of inflammation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs exert their effects by inhibition of prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase (PGHS enzyme, which catalyses the first committed step in arachidonic acid metabolism. Two isoforms of PGHS are known: PGHS-1, constitutively expressed in most tissues, and is responsible for physiological production of PG's. The second isoform, PGHS-2, is induced by cytokines, mitogens and endotoxins in inflammatory cells, and appears to be responsible for the elevated production of PG's during inflammation. With the recent discovery of the inducible PGHS (PGHS-2, the medicinal chemist now possesses a novel target for designing therapeutic agents that could provide suitable anti-inflammatory activity without the ulcerogenic and renal side effects associated with currently available NSAIDs, all of which inhibit both PGHS-1 and PGHS-2.

  4. Enfoques Alternativos sobre el Mercado de Trabajo: Una Evaluación Teórica Enfoques Alternativos sobre el Mercado de Trabajo: Una Evaluación Teórica

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    Andrés Solimano

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    Full Text Available Enfoques Alternativos sobre el Mercado de Trabajo: Una Evaluación Teórica Alternative theories of the Labor market: Neoclassical, Keynesian, Neo-Marxian and segmentationist approaches are examined in this paper mainly from a theoretical perspective.Basic differences and open questions to each approach are studied. These concern to issues like efficiency of market result, nature of unemployment, unit of analysis (individuals vs. classes, time framework (short-run cycles vs. steady-states, market structure (segmentation vs. homogeneity, disequilibrium dynamics, aggregation, partial vs. general equilibrium and others.The paper is closed with a section which summarizes previous discussion and also highlights unresolved conceptual problems to each approach.

  5. Herbicidas não seletivos aplicados na fase de maturação do arroz irrigado Non-selective herbicides applied at the maturity phase of flooded rice

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    Dirceu Agostinetto

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Um dos principais fatores limitantes da exploração do potencial máximo de rendimento do arroz irrigado é a interferência exercida pelo arroz vermelho, uma gramínea daninha. Botanicamente, ambos pertencem a mesma espécie (Oryza sativa L., o que limita a utilização de herbicidas seletivos para seu controle. Com o objetivo de investigar os efeitos de herbicidas não seletivos, aplicados na fase de maturação do arroz cultivado, sobre características agronômicas da cultura, conduziu-se dois experimentos a campo nas estações de crescimento de 1997/98 e 1998/99, e avaliações em laboratório. Os tratamentos compararam os herbicidas glyphosate, glufosinate e paraquat, aplicados em duas doses e duas épocas, além do regulador de crescimento hidrazida maléica, aplicada também em duas épocas, e testemunha não tratada. Como cultivar de arroz foi utilizada a IRGA-416, de ciclo precoce. As demais práticas de manejo foram aquelas preconizadas para a cultura, a qual desenvolveu-se na presença de arroz vermelho. Avaliaram-se as características do arroz cultivado, rendimento de grãos e seus componentes, rendimento de engenho e antecipação da colheita. Os herbicidas não seletivos glyphosate, glufosinate e paraquat, quando aplicados na fase de maturação fisiológica do arroz cultivado, em geral não afetam negativamente as características agronômicas da cultura e apresentam efeitos equivalentes aos do regulador de crescimento hidrazida maléica. Variações de doses e épocas de aplicação geralmente não se diferenciam quanto à ação. A ação dessecante dos herbicidas apressa a redução da umidade dos grãos de arroz e permite antecipar a colheita. A partir do estádio em que os grãos de arroz cultivado atingem teor de umidade de 34%, o regulador de crescimento hidrazida maléica não afeta negativamente as características da cultura.One of the major limiting factor for increasing flooded rice yield potential is the

  6. Condiciones y práctica docente en un modelo de educación alternativo mexicano

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    Josefina Bailey Moreno

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación tuvo como propósito conocer las condiciones en las que un grupo de maestras desarrollan su práctica docente en la Telesecundaria en zonas urbanas, rurales y marginadas. La Telesecundaria es un programa alternativo de educación secundaria pública en México. Con enfoque de investigación cualitativa se recolectaron datos mediante entrevistas y observaciones. Los principales resultados muestran que la práctica docente se desarrolla en aislamiento, carencia de recursos, sobrecarga de trabajo, indiferencia de autoridades y carencias del contexto. Apesar de estas condiciones, las maestras tienen la posibilidad de hacer flexible el plan de estudios y estimular aprendizajes de sus alumnos.

  7. Metodología para el estudio de las causas de rotura de cigüeñales en motores de combustión interna alternativos y compresores alternativos. Aplicación en un modelo de mantenimiento predictivo

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    Becerra Villanueva, José Antonio

    2007-01-01

    Los ejes cigüeñales son una parte fundamental en el funcionamiento de los motores de combustión interna alternativos y compresores volumétricos alternativos. El fallo de un cigüeñal no es uno de los problemas más frecuentes, sin embargo puede tener consecuencias muy importantes tanto en la integridad del sistema como en la disponibilidad de este, siendo además los costes asociados a su reparación, agravados por su difícil accesibilidad. En el diseño de cigüeñales el principal factor deter...

  8. Uso de Materiais Alternativos em Processos de Adsorção de Corante Azul de Metileno

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    E. L. do Rego

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo empregar materiais alternativos, puros e/ou modificados com 5 ou 10% (m/m de  pentóxido de nióbio (Nb2O5, em processos de remoção de azul de metileno (AM. Entre os materiais alternativos foram utilizadas argila sanitária, argila de resíduo industrial, rochas sedimentares e cinzas de casca de arroz obtida pela queima a 350oC. Estes sólidos foram caracterizados pelas técnicas de difração de raios- X (DRX e espectroscopia na região do infravermelho (FTIR. Os testes de remoção de AM foram realizados em frascos de 125 mL, sob agitação constante, contendo 100 mL de solução de AM (100mg/L a 2000mg/L e adsorvente (0,1 a 0,6g, sob uma mesa agitadora a 200 rpm, em temperatura ambiente. A quantificação da remoção de AM foi realizada com auxílio de um espectrofotômetro UV-Vis da Varian (Cary 50, coletando 2 mL de amostra nos períodos de 2 à 1440 min. Dados de DRX evidenciaram uma mistura de argilominerais nos sólidos baseados em argilas. Nos ensaios de adsorção os materiais demonstraram eficiência para a remoção do corante, com destaque aqueles modificados com 10% de Nb2O5 exibindo 95% de remoção, no tempo de 120min, em solução de pH de ~6,5.

  9. Sistemas sanitarios alternativos de participación para la construcción social del hábitat residencial rural

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    Beatriz Garzón

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo plantea una propuesta para la “Disposición Higiénica de Excretas” a través de ”sistemas cloacales alternativos”. Muestra la experiencia de Investigación-Acción participativa, realizada en dos comunidades rurales de la provincia de Tucumán, Argentina: Balderrama, Simoca, y Colalao del Valle, Tafí del Valle. Dicha experiencia surge como respuesta a: • una necesidad sentida de estas poblaciones y, • a uno de los objetivos planteados en relación a la Promoción del Saneamiento Ambiental. A través de este modelo “tecnológico constructivo-social”, se intenta resolver no sólo problemas materiales de los sectores más carenciados sino también crear espacios de participación que les permitan incrementar su calidad de vida, “re-elaborando” objetivos y estrategias para un mayor ajuste de las soluciones planteadas frente a la realidad. Es decir, que se apunta al mejoramiento material de las condiciones de vida de las comunidades involucradas, pero a partir del fortalecimiento de su organización y de sus redes de solidaridad, con el propósito de alcanzar un desarrollo sostenido del sector. Todo ello se basó en un proceso en el que grupos, comunidades e instituciones del sector popular, con el aporte de agentes externos, se asociaron para investigar, conocer y comprender sus problemas y para proponer sus propias estrategias de acción, en el entendido que ellos son los verdaderos transformadores de su hábitat. Este “Proyecto Compartido” posibilitó “resignificar” la práctica de Investigación y Extensión, ya que los mecanismos empleados permitieron el “hacer juntos” de comunidad y técnicos, de manera que ¨Investigación y Acción¨ dejaran de ser acciones separadas, evitando el desgaste del poblador rural sometido a objeto de estudio e involucrándolo en el proceso de “toma de decisiones” y de “ejecución”.

  10. Comparison of different selective enrichment steps to isolate Salmonella sp. from feces of finishing swine Comparação de diferentes etapas de enriquecimento seletivo no isolamento de Salmonella sp. de fezes de suínos de terminação

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    Geovana Brenner Michael

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available A two-phase study was conducted to compare the efficacy of several enrichment selective-broth steps associated to different plating media for recovery of Salmonella sp. from finishing swine feces. In a first phase, Rappaport-Vassiliadis broth (RV incubated at 42ºC, Tetrathionate Müller-Kauffmann broth at 37ºC (TMK37 and 42ºC (TMK42, and Selenite Cystine broth (SC at 37ºC, in combination with three selective plating media Rambach agar (RA, Xylose-Lysine-Tergitol 4 agar (XLT4, and Brilliant-Green Phenol-Red Lactose Sucrose agar (VB were compared for recovery of Salmonella from artificially contaminated swine feces. In a second phase, RV, TMK37, and TMK42, associated with XLT4 and VB , were tested with naturally contaminated swine feces. In this study RV, TMK42 and TMK37 were superior to SC for isolating Salmonella sp. from artificially contaminated feces. TMK42 and RV were more productive than TMK37 for recovery of Salmonella from naturally contaminated feces samples. Selectivity and indication capability of the plating media were remarkably affected by the selective enrichment step effectiveness. The TMK42/XLT4 association was the most sensitive and RV/XLT4 the most specific. The use of VB agar is also recommended to increase the likelihood of isolating atypical H2S-late producing/ non-producing Salmonella. In this study RV and TMK42 were the most efficient selective enrichment for recovery of Salmonella sp. from swine feces.Através de um estudo em duas fases comparou-se a eficiência de etapas de enriquecimento seletivo, associadas a diferentes meios seletivos, na recuperação de Salmonella sp. de fezes de suínos de terminação. Em uma primeira fase, as amostras foram contaminadas artificialmente e os caldos Rappaport-Vassiliadis (RV incubado a 42ºC, Tetrationato Müller-Kauffmann a 37ºC (TMK37 e 42ºC (TMK42, e Selenito Cistina (SC a 37ºC foram testados, em associação com meios sólidos seletivos: ágar Rambach (RA, ágar Xilose

  11. Síndrome de Gilles de la Tourette associada ao transtorno de déficit de atenção com hiperatividade: resposta clínica satisfatória a inibidor seletivo da recaptura de serotonina e metilfenidato Tourette syndrome associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: satisfactory clinical response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and methylphenidate

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    Roberta Benitez Freitas Passos; José Ramón Rodriguez Arras López

    2010-01-01

    A Síndrome de Gilles de la Tourette (SGT), caracterizada pela presença de tiques motores e vocais, apresenta elevada associação com transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo (TOC) e transtorno de déficit de atenção com hiperatividade (TDAH). Essas condições frequentemente causam mais prejuízo aos pacientes do que os tiques, propriamente. Relata-se o caso clínico de um paciente com SGT e comorbidade com TDAH e TOC. O tratamento com inibidor seletivo de recaptura de serotonina (ISRS) e metilfenidato prom...

  12. Hospedeiros alternativos de Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli Alternative hosts of Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli

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    Ana Rosa P. Nascimento

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Uma das principais doenças que afeta o meloeiro é a mancha-aquosa, causada pela bactéria Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (Aac. Visando conhecer hospedeiros alternativos de Aac, plantas no estágio de primeiras folhas definitivas, de várias espécies/cultivares, incluindo cucurbitáceas, solanáceas, gramíneas, leguminosas e caricáceas, foram inoculadas pela atomização da parte aérea com suspensão dos isolados Aac 1.49 e Aac 12.13, oriundos de melão e melancia, respectivamente. A suscetibilidade das plantas aos isolados foi avaliada pelo período de incubação (PI e incidência da doença (INC. Caupi, feijão, fumo e milho não apresentaram sintomas. Os menores PIs foram observados em cucurbitáceas (3,0 d, com exceção da bucha (6,83 d. Incidências da doença acima de 90% foram observadas em cucurbitáceas, excetuando a bucha e em solanáceas, para ambos os isolados de Aac. Em outro experimento, frutos de abóbora, abobrinha, berinjela, mamão, maxixe, melancia, melão, pepino, pimentão e tomate foram analisados quanto à suscetibilidade aos isolados Aac 1.49 e Aac 12.13. Os frutos foram inoculados pelo método de injeção subepidérmica, determinando-se PI, INC e severidade, avaliada pelo diâmetro da lesão externa (DLE e profundidade da lesão (PL. Menores PIs (2,0 d foram detectados em frutos de mamão, melancia, melão e pimentão. Incidência de 100% foi observada em todos os frutos inoculados, com exceção da abobrinha (93,75% e da abóbora (34,37%. Maiores DLEs foram observados em pepino (1,47 cm para o isolado Aac 1.49 e em melancia (1,60 cm e melão (1,07 cm para Aac 12.13. As maiores PL foram constatadas em melancia (1,72 e 0,75 cm respectivamente para Aac 1.49 e Aac 12.13. Frutos de berinjela não apresentaram sintomas externos embora as lesões internas tenham sido profundas.One of the most important melon diseases is the bacterial blotch caused by Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (Aac. Alternative hosts of this

  13. Autismo: implementación de un sistema alternativo de comunicación en un aula de educación infantil

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    Tabanera Arévalo, Nadia

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo fin de grado, hace referencia a la intervención en un caso práctico con un niño diagnosticado recientemente con TEA. Mario, de 4 años, tiene autismo, también presenta problemas para comunicarse con la gente que lo rodea. Por ello, he diseñado la implementación de un sistema alternativo en el aula de educación infantil.

  14. El turismo alternativo: una opción para el desarrollo local en dos comunidades indígenas de Baja California

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    Nora L. Bringas R.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analiza la relación entre desarrollo local, turismo alternativo y sustentabilidad. Nuestro punto de partida radica en la inquietud proveniente de dos de las comunidades indígenas de Baja California, México, la cual refiere a la exploración del turismo alternativo como una vía para el desarrollo. Aclaramos que los casos que analizamos no se refieren a una evaluación a posteriori del desarrollo de un proyecto de corte turístico. Más bien, este trabajo se enfoca en analizar la puesta en marcha de dicho proyecto: el surgimiento, la movilización y el involucramiento de nuevos actores con variados mecanismos de actuación y distintas capacidades, intereses y ámbitos de influencia. Esto nos permite ofrecer, a manera de contexto, algunos elementos necesarios para la estructuración de políticas para un turismo de corte alternativo enmarcadas en la sustentabilidad.

  15. Antibiotic Agents

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    ... either as public health or as non-public health antimicrobial agents. What is the difference between bacteriostats, sanitizers, disinfectants ... bacteria, however, there is considerable controversy surrounding their health benefits. The ... producing agents (Table of Antibacterials) have been used for many ...

  16. APLICAÇÃO FOLIAR DE FUNGICIDAS E PRODUTOS ALTERNATIVOS REDUZ A SEVERIDADE DO OÍDIO DO TOMATEIRO

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    MORAES, Wanderson Bucker

    2011-11-01

    alternativos sobre a severidade do oídio dotomateiro. Os maiores valores de severidade da doença foram observados em plantas que receberam aplicaçõesde água destilada. Todos os produtos avaliados foram eficientes em controlar o oídio do tomateiro. Entre osfungicidas avaliados, o fungicida sistêmico (tebuconazole foi mais eficiente que o fungicida protetor (oxicloretode cobre. O efeito da aplicação de tebuconazole, silicato de potássio, calda Viçosa e extrato alcoólico deprópolis apresentaram maior eficiência quando comparado com os demais tratamentos. Portanto, o efeito destesprodutos alternativos teve a mesma eficiência do fungicida sistêmico (tebuconazole. Assim, o uso de produtosalternativos é uma medida promissora a ser integrada no manejo do oídio do tomateiro.

  17. Alternative procedure for the cold test for soybean seeds Procedimento alternativo para o teste de frio em semente de soja

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    Bruno Guilherme Torres Licursi Vieira

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    . Uma maneira de conseguir isso é pela melhoria dos testes de vigor. O teste de frio tem sido empregado em sementes de milho, no entanto, tem sido usado também para sementes de algodão (Gossypium spp., soja (Glycine Max, feijão ((Phaseolus vulgaris e ervilha (Pisum sativum. Este estudo foi conduzido com objetivo de ajustar o procedimento do teste para determinar o vigor de semente de soja. Foram utilizados seis lotes comerciais de semente de soja, cultivar BRS 133. O potencial fisiológico dos lotes foi avaliado usando-se os testes de germinação em rolo de papel toalha, tipo germitest, e em caixa com areia, de emergência de plântulas em campo, de tetrazólio, de envelhecimento acelerado e de condutividade elétrica. Determinou-se também o teor de água das sementes. Para composição dos procedimentos do teste de frio foi utilizada temperatura de 10ºC, tempo de permanência no frio por cinco dias, e quatro procedimentos: caixa com terra, rolo de papel com terra, rolo de papel sem terra e metodologia alternativa, rolo de papel sem terra sob água refrigerada. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi inteiramente casualizado com oito repetições e as médias foram comparadas pelo teste de Tukey (p = 0,05. Para verificar a dependência entre o método alternativo e os demais usou-se o coeficiente de correlação linear simples. Os procedimentos para condução do teste de frio apresentaram coeficientes de variação muito próximos (CV com destaque para a metodologia do rolo de papel com terra e procedimento alternativo, em média, com 94% e 93% de plântulas normais e CV de 3,2% e 3,6% respectivamente. O procedimento alternativo teve resultado satisfatório para estimar vigor da semente de soja, produzindo resultados consistentes em comparação ao procedimento tradicional.

  18. Inmigración internacional y movilidad entre sectores: Una exploración de escenarios alternativos para España

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    Ferri Carreres, Francisco Javier; Gómez Plana, Antonio G.; Martín Montaner, Joan

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    Este trabajo explora los efectos económicos de la inmigración internacional en España a través de la construcción de un modelo de equilibrio general computable. Uno de los aspectos en los que se centra el trabajo es la influencia que tiene el grado de movilidad intersectorial de los trabajadores extranjeros, planteando dos escenarios alternativos: uno de perfecta movilidad y otro en el cual únicamente pueden trabajar en tres sectores concretos. Otra cuestión que se toma en cuenta a la hora de...

  19. Abonos orgánicos como insumo de nutrición vegetal en un sistema hidropónico alternativo

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    Cuervo Osorio, Víctor Daniel

    2010-01-01

    El presente trabajo se realizó en los invernaderos del Colegio de Postgraduados, estado de México. Se comparó un sistema hidropónico convencional (inorgánico) y otro propuesto como alternativo (orgánico). En este ensayo la planta se ubicó en un sustrato inerte (tezontle) y sobre esté se colocó un abono orgánico, el cual nutre la planta. Los 3 abonos orgánicos fueron gallinaza, lombricomposta y estiércol bovino dosificados a 3 niveles cada uno (100, 200, 300 kg ha-1 de nitrógeno mineral) uti...

  20. Promoção da comunicação expressiva, recorrendo a um sistema aumentativo e alternativo de comunicação

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    Silva, Marta Filipa Ferreira da

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    Conscientes de que a comunicação é um domínio fundamental na vida de qualquer ser humano, têm-se como objetivo levar a cabo um projeto de estudo de caso: Promoção da Comunicação Expressiva em Sujeitos com Necessidades Educativas Especiais, recorrendo a um Sistema Alternativo de Comunicação – estudo de caso. Este projeto foi aplicado a um sujeito com Paralisia Cerebral que apresentava comprometimento ao nível comunicação verbal, da leitura e da escrita. Na esfera deste estudo procurou-se delin...

  1. Produção de mudas de alface em substrato alternativo com adubação Production of lettuce seedlings using alternative substrates and fertilizer

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    Luiz Antonio Augusto Gomes; Artenisa C Rodrigues; Leonardo S. Collier; Selma dos S Feitosa

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    Substratos alternativos, além de permitirem a produção de mudas de qualidade, reduzem os custos de produção. Neste trabalho avaliou-se a produção de mudas de alface (Lactuca sativa L.) utilizando misturas de casca de arroz carbonizada e húmus de minhoca com diferentes doses de SulPoMag®. O trabalho foi desenvolvido nas instalações da HortiAgro Sementes Ltda, em Ijaci (MG). Utilizou-se o delineamento de blocos casualizados, com cinco tratamentos e quatro repetições, sendo os tratamentos 1: 70%...

  2. La televisión comunitaria como medio alternativo para el empleo de las nuevas tecnologías. Caso específico: Escuela de Video Mesoamericana

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    Andrade Luna, Tatiana Eunice

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    Como un aporte a la Comunicación Participativa, en especial a la televisión comunitaria y a la sociedad civil que conforman las comunidades de los diversos estratos sociales, incluyendo a las de escasos recursos; el presente trabajo es una investigación que analiza el medio televisivo en El Salvador, el papel de la televisión comunitaria y los aportes de la Escuela de video comunitario (Mesoamericana). Es pues la televisión comunitaria (comunicación participativa) un medio alternativo par...

  3. Los lodos secos de depuradora de aguas residuales urbanas como combustible alternativo en Los Hornos de Clínker en Cataluña

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    Carrascón Ortiz, Sergio; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro

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    La utilización de combustibles alternativos en los hornos de clínker de las fábricas de cemento es una posible solución para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero a la atmósfera. En particular, la utilización de biomasa, como los lodos secos procedentes de depuradoras de aguas residuales urbanas, consigue dos efectos: la reducción total de la emisión de CO2 en la fracción substituida de combustible tradicional y evita la necesidad de enviar a vertedero este residuo. En este a...

  4. Avaliação de alimentos alternativos para cavalos adultos da raça Crioulo Evaluation of alternative feeds for adult Creole horses

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    Alex Martins Varela de Arruda; Leonir Bueno Ribeiro; Elzânia Sales Pereira

    2009-01-01

    Objetivou-se nesta pesquisa avaliar alimentos alternativos para cavalos adultos caracterizados como subprodutos agroindustriais por meio da digestibilidade dos nutrientes. Utilizaram-se cinco animais da raça crioulo em gaiolas de metabolismo individuais alimentados com cinco dietas: uma dieta-referência contendo ração peletizada e feno de capim-tifton 85 e outras quatro, com substituição de 30%, com base no peso (kg/kg), da dieta-referência por resíduo de soja, casca de soja, casca de trigo e...

  5. Modelización del comportamiento mecánico de motores térmicos alternativos de combustión interna para la selección de transmisiones de acoplamiento en banco de ensayo

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    Lavado Aguilar, Miguel Ángel

    2004-01-01

    El objetivo del proyecto será el de analizar las posibles alternativas disponibles actualmente en el mercado con el fin de encontrar un acoplamiento elástico que una un eje de motor alternativo y otro de banco de ensayo. Para cumplir dicho objetivo se llevará a cabo la construcción de una hoja de cálculo en la cual se introducen datos relativos a la geometría básica de un motor endotérmico y gracias a ella se calcularán diagramas de evolución de esfuerzos alternativos, par motor, temperatu...

  6. QUALIDADE DE GOIABAS ‘PEDRO SATO’ EM FUNÇÃO DE TRATAMENTOS ALTERNATIVOS EM PÓS-COLHEITA

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    MARIA CECÍLIA DE ARRUDA PALHARINI

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito de produtos alternativos e termoterapia, isoladamente e em associação, na qualidade físico-química e no controle das podridões de goiabas ‘Pedro Sato’. Inicialmente, foi avaliado o efeito dos tratamentos em pós-colheita com cloreto de cálcio, fosfito de potássio, 1-metilciclopropeno (1-MCP, fécula de mandioca, etanol seguido de cloro (etanol+cloro e termoterapia, durante oito dias de armazenamento dos frutos a 22ºC. Em uma segunda etapa, quatro tratamentos foram selecionados (fécula de mandioca, 1-MCP, termoterapia e etanol+cloro e avaliados em associação de dois, aplicados de forma sequencial, durante oito dias de armazenamento dos frutos a 25ºC. Os tratamentos 1-MCP e fécula foram os mais eficazes em manter a qualidade físico-química das goiabas ‘Pedro Sato’, retardando a perda de massa, a mudança de coloração da casca e contribuindo para a retenção da firmeza. Constatou-se maior redução de frutos com podridão nos tratamentos com termoterapia, fécula de mandioca e 1-MCP. As associações de tratamento com 1-MCP/fécula de mandioca e termoterapia/fécula foram os tratamentos mais eficazes em manter a qualidade das goiabas ‘Pedro Sato’, retardando a perda de massa, a mudança de coloração da casca e a redução da firmeza. As associações de tratamento reduziram a ocorrência de podridões, com destaque para os tratamentos com etanol+cloro/termoterapia e termoterapia/fécula, que foram mais eficientes até o quarto dia de armazenamento. Observou-se correlação entre a incidência de podridões e os parâmetros cor da casca e firmeza da polpa para a maioria das associações de tratamentos. De maneira geral, recomenda-se o tratamento com termoterapia/fécula para goiabas armazenadas a 22-25ºC, como forma de manutenção da qualidade físico-química e atrasando em, pelo menos, dois dias os sintomas de podridões.

  7. Sistemas alternativos de resolución de conflictos: negociación, conciliación, mediación, arbitraje, en el ámbito civil y mercantil

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    San Cristóbal Reales, Susana

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    Full Text Available En el ámbito civil y mercantil, cuando el derecho es disponible, las personas pueden resolver sus controversias por medio de la jurisdicción y de los sistemas alternativos de resolución de conflictos: negociación, conciliación, mediación y arbitraje.

  8. Agent, autonomous

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    Luciani, Annie

    2007-01-01

    The expression autonomous agents, widely used in virtual reality, computer graphics, artificial intelligence and artificial life, corresponds to the simulation of autonomous creatures, virtual (i.e. totally computed by a program), or embodied in a physical envelope, as done in autonomous robots.

  9. Controle da antracnose na pós-colheita de bananas-'prata' com produtos alternativos aos agrotóxicos convencionais

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    Ricardo José Zimmermann de Negreiros

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Produtos alternativos aos agrotóxicos convencionais foram avaliados no controle da antracnose causada por Colletotrichum musae em pós-colheita de bananas 'Prata' [Musa spp. (AAB]. Foram utilizados buquês com três frutos, com diâmetro médio de 32 mm a 36 mm, no estádio pré-climatérico, com coloração de casca totalmente verde. Os frutos foram pulverizados com uma suspensão de conídios de C. musae, na concentração de 2,5x10(5 conídios/mL e mantidos em câmara úmida a 25 ºC, por 24 horas. Após esse período, foram pulverizados com as caldas dos produtos alternativos extrato cítrico 'Biogermex', óleo de nim 'Organic Neem' e óleo de alho 'Probinatu', na concentração de 10,0 mL/L, óleo de pimenta-longa e óleo de cravo-da-índia na concentração de 5,0 mL/L e quitosana na concentração de 10,0 mg/mL, além do fungicida Tectoï SC (tiabendazol na concentração de 0,65 mL/L. Água destilada foi utilizada como tratamento-testemunha. Os frutos tratados com quitosana, óleo de nim e óleo de alho tiveram a severidade da doença reduzida. O óleo de alho foi o produto mais eficiente, com redução também da incidência da doença. A qualidade dos frutos não foi depreciada por nenhum dos tratamentos alternativos nas concentrações utilizadas.

  10. CONTROLE ALTERNATIVO DE OÍDIO EM ABOBRINHA DE MOITA COM SOLUÇÃO DE VINAGRE

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    NAKADA-FREITAS, Pâmela Gomes

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Alternative methods and products to control diseases in plants are growing among horticultural species producers. Diseases as powdery mildew can bring loss to producers. Several products are using instead pesticides, but there is a lack of information about its efficiency. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of vinegar solutions to control powdery mildew in zucchini squash. The treatments consisted of six solutions: 0 (water, 4, 8, 12 and 16% of wine vinegar and a chemical control (fenarimol at 0.3 mL.L-1. A weekly application was done, from the onset of symptoms (44 days after sowing, totalizing six application to control powdery mildew. The experimental design was a randomized block with four replications and six plants per plot considering four plants available. A total of five evaluation of disease severity (% of leaf area with symptoms of the disease, at 51, 58, 65, 72 and 79 days after sowing were done. It is concluded that solutions of vinegar (4-16% weren’t effective in controlling powdery mildew in zucchini squash, and that high concentrations burn the leaves. O interesse por métodos e produtos alternativos para o controle de doenças vem crescendo entre os produtores de hortaliças. Doenças como o oídio, podem trazer prejuízos aos produtores se não forem controladas a tempo. Vários produtos têm sido usados como alternativa aos tradicionais agroquímicos, no entanto, são poucas as informações obtidas quanto a eficiência destes. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito de soluções de vinagre para o controle de oídio em abobrinha de moita. Os seis tratamentos consistiram de soluções a 0, 4, 8, 12 e 16% de vinagre de vinho tinto e uma testemunha com controle químico (fenarimol a 0,3 mL L-1. Foi realizada uma aplicação semanal, a partir do aparecimento dos primeiros sintomas (44 dias após a semeadura, totalizando seis aplicações para o controle do oídio. O delineamento foi em blocos ao acaso, com quatro

  11. Meio semi-seletivo para detectar Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli em sementes de feijoeiro e sua erradicação através do tratamento de sementes com o fungicida tolylfluanid A semi-selective medium to detect Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli in bean seeds and its eradication through seed treatment with tolylfluanid

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    Lucilene Paula Lopes

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    Full Text Available Estudou-se a eficiência do meio semi-seletivo desenvolvido para Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. malvacearum (Xam do algodoeiro, com algumas modificações, na detecção de Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli (Xap em sementes de feijoeiro, bem como a eficiência do fungicida tolylfluanid na erradicação de Xap através do tratamento de sementes. Foram utilizadas sementes naturalmente infectadas por Xap, procedentes de diferentes municípios do Estado do Paraná. Houve o desenvolvimento de colônias bacterianas ao redor das sementes infectadas sob meio semi-seletivo entre seis e 12 dias de incubação. A freqüência de recuperação de colônias da bactéria em relação ao meio Agar nutriente (AN variou entre 30 a 112%. O crescimento de Xap foi inibido a concentrações entre 54 a 1500 ppm do fungicida tolylfluanid. A bactéria foi recuperada das sementes não tratadas em meio semi-seletivo, mas não das sementes tratadas em solução do fungicida tolylfluanid (1,20g/L água. Em casa de vegetação, das 400 sementes tratadas com tolylfluanid não foi produzida nenhuma planta com sintomas da doença até 30 dias após a semeadura, enquanto que 9,75% das sementes não tratadas apresentaram sintomas de Xap. Em um outro experimento, das 1200 sementes não tratadas um total de 7,08% e 11,67% das plantas mostraram-se com sintomas da doença, enquanto que das sementes tratadas 0,5% e 2,4% apresentaram sintomas, 26 e 46 dias após a semeadura, respectivamente.The efficiency of a semi-selective medium developed for Xanthomonas axonopidis pv. malvacearum (Xam, was verified with some modifications, in detecting the presence of X. axonopodis pv. phaseoli (Xap in bean seed. Seed samples naturally infected with Xap were collected from the State of Paraná. The bacterial growth developed around the infected seed in the semi-selective medium after 12 days after incubation. The recovery frequency of bacterial colonies in relation to nutrient agar varied between 30

  12. Performance of transport and selective media for swine Bordetella bronchiseptica recovery and it comparison to polymerase chain reaction detection Desempenho de meios de transporte e seletivo na recuperação de Bordetella bronchiseptica de suínos e sua comparação à detecção pela reação em cadeia pela polimerase

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    Tania Alen Coutinho

    2009-09-01

    temperaturas (10ºC e 27ºC e períodos de incubação (24, 72 e 120 horas. O experimento subseqüente comparou três meios seletivos (ágar MacConkey, meio seletivo G20G modificado e o meio de ceftiofur em relação às suas capacidades de recuperação a partir de amostras clínicas. O último experimento comparou a reação em cadeia pela polimerase aos três meios seletivos. No primeiro experimento, a recuperação de B. bronchiseptica nos sistemas de transporte foi melhor a 27ºC e as três formulações tiveram boas performances nesta temperatura, mas o conjunto das análises qualitativa e quantitativa apontou para o uso preferencial do meio Amies para o transporte de suabes nasais. O segundo experimento indicou que o ágar MacConkey e o G20G modificado mostraram resultados similares e foram superiores ao meio de ceftiofur. No experimento final, a técnica de reação em cadeia pela polimerase apresentou uma capacidade de detecção da B. bronchiseptica superior a do cultivo.

  13. Juan Bautista Alberdi y las ideas políticas francesas. En busca de un proyecto alternativo al orden rosista (1835-1852

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    Alejandro Herrero

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    Full Text Available Repensar ciertas tesis clásicas sobre la influencia de la cultura política francesa en la primera generación romántica argentina y, especialmente, en el pensamiento de Juan Bautista Alberdi durante el segundo gobierno de Juan Manuel de Rosas, 1835-1852, es el objetivo de este escrito. Trataremos de poner al descubierto los usos que hace Alberdi de las diferentes familias ideológicas francesas; qué ideas y experiencias selecciona y cómo organiza su proyecto alternativo a la confederación rosista. Distinguimos dos momentos en la trayectoria de Alberdi en esta etapa: en sus años de juventud adhiere a lo que llama una república democrática y en los años 40, expone su célebre programa de la república posible.

  14. Cuidados alternativos en la atención del embarazo en Jalisco, México Alternative care options for pregnancy in Jalisco, Mexico

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    Isabel Valadez; Noe Alfaro; Elizabeth Pozos

    2003-01-01

    En la atención prenatal se ha identificado la cultura de la madre como factor que influye en la utilización de los servicios de salud. Las creencias y prácticas de medicina tradicional y doméstica que realiza la mujer durante el embarazo pueden intervenir en la decisión de acudir a la atención médica. En una muestra no probabilística de 3.250 mujeres se identificaron los cuidados alternativos de atención al embarazo y se estableció su relación con un control prenatal satisfactorio. Para el an...

  15. Trading Agents

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    Wellman, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Automated trading in electronic markets is one of the most common and consequential applications of autonomous software agents. Design of effective trading strategies requires thorough understanding of how market mechanisms operate, and appreciation of strategic issues that commonly manifest in trading scenarios. Drawing on research in auction theory and artificial intelligence, this book presents core principles of strategic reasoning that apply to market situations. The author illustrates trading strategy choices through examples of concrete market environments, such as eBay, as well as abst

  16. Síndrome de Gilles de la Tourette associada ao transtorno de déficit de atenção com hiperatividade: resposta clínica satisfatória a inibidor seletivo da recaptura de serotonina e metilfenidato Tourette syndrome associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: satisfactory clinical response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and methylphenidate

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    Roberta Benitez Freitas Passos

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome de Gilles de la Tourette (SGT, caracterizada pela presença de tiques motores e vocais, apresenta elevada associação com transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo (TOC e transtorno de déficit de atenção com hiperatividade (TDAH. Essas condições frequentemente causam mais prejuízo aos pacientes do que os tiques, propriamente. Relata-se o caso clínico de um paciente com SGT e comorbidade com TDAH e TOC. O tratamento com inibidor seletivo de recaptura de serotonina (ISRS e metilfenidato promoveu melhora significativa dos sintomas de TDAH, sintomas compulsivos e tiques.Tourette Syndrome (TS, characterized by motor and vocal tics, is often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD. These associated conditions frequently cause more impairment in patients than tics themselves. We report the case of TS with comorbid ADHD and OCD. Treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and methylphenidate, led to significantly improvement of ADHD symptoms, compulsive symptoms and tics.

  17. Radioprotective Agents

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    Ilker Kelle

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Since1949, a great deal of research has been carried out on the radioprotective activity of various chemical substances. Thiol compounds, compounds which contain –SH radical, different classes of pharmacological agents and other compounds such as vitamine C and WR-2721 have been shown to reduce mortality when administered prior to exposure to a lethal dose of radiation. Recently, honey bee venom as well as that of its components melittin and histamine have shown to be valuable in reduction of radiation-induced damage and also provide prophylactic alternative treatment for serious side effects related with radiotherapy. It has been suggested that the radioprotective activity of bee venom components is related with the stimulation of the hematopoetic system.

  18. Controle da antracnose na pós-colheita de manga 'Ubá' com o uso de produtos alternativos

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    Lorena Moreira Carvalho Lemos

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Foi avaliada a eficácia de produtos alternativos aos agroquímicos no controle da antracnose na pós-colheita de mangas 'Ubá'. Frutos fisiologicamente maduros foram pulverizados até o completo molhamento, com suspensão de conídios de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, na concentração de 2,5 x 10(5 conídios/mL. Após a secagem ao ar, foram pulverizados com água destilada (testemunha, tween 20 (8 mL/L de solução, Prochloraz (1,10 mL de Sportak 450 EC/L de solução, óleo de alho (10 mL/L + 8 mL/L de tween 20, óleo de amêndoa de Acrocomia aculeata + leite em pó instantâneo (LPI (25 mL/L+ 10 g LPI/L, óleo de amêndoa de A. aculeata + tween (25 mL/L + 8 mL/L de tween 20, biofertilizante agro-mos® (100 µL/L, óleo de neen (10 mL/L + 8 mL/L de tween 20, quitosana (10 mL/L + 8 mL/L de tween 20 e biomassa cítrica (10 mL/L + 8 mL/L tween 20.O solvente utilizado foi água destilada. Avaliaram-se o período de incubação, o período latente, a perda de massa fresca, a produção de CO² e, diariamente, a severidade e incidência da doença. Os períodos mais curtos de incubação da doença foram observados nos frutos tratados com óleo de neen, água + tween e biomassa cítrica, com aproximadamente cinco dias. O óleo de amêndoa de A. aculeata + LPI e agro-mos® foram os produtos que mais retardaram o aparecimento dos sintomas, impondo à doença o período de incubação de nove dias após a inoculação do patógeno. Quanto à severidade, o óleo de amêndoa de macaúba + LPI e o Prochloraz foram os mais eficientes em conter o crescimento do patógeno até o oitavo dia após a inoculação, sendo que, logo depois, os frutos tratados com óleo de amêndoa de A. aculeata + LPI se igualaram àqueles tratados com a maioria dos demais produtos. Os frutos tratados com óleo de amêndoa de A. aculeata + LPI e óleo de amêndoa de A. aculeata + tween manifestaram as estruturas do patógeno apenas após 13 e 14 dias de avalia

  19. An agent framework for dynamic agent retraining: Agent academy

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    Mitkas, P.; A. Symeonidis; Kechagias, D.; Athanasiadis, I.N.; Laleci, G.; KURT, G.; Kabak, Y.; Acar, A.; Dogac, A.

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    Agent Academy (AA) aims to develop a multi-agent society that can train new agents for specific or general tasks, while constantly retraining existing agents in a recursive mode. The system is based on collecting information both from the environment and the behaviors of the acting agents and their related successes/failures to generate a body of data, stored in the Agent Use Repository, which is mined by the Data Miner module, in order to generate useful knowledge about the application domai...

  20. EL FACTOR DE SOSTENIBILIDAD: DISEÑOS ALTERNATIVOS Y VALORACIÓN FINANCIERO - ACTUARIAL DE SUS EFECTOS SOBRE LOS PARÁMETROS DEL SISTEMA

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    Robert Meneu Gaya

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    Full Text Available La Ley 27/2011, que reforma el sistema de pensiones español, introduce el factor de sostenibilidad, un instrumento que ajusta automáticamente los parámetros del sistema a la evolución de la esperanza de vida a partir del año 2027 y con revisiones cada 5 años, aunque la reciente Ley Orgánica 2/2012 de Estabilidad Presupuestaria y Sostenibilidad Financiera abre la posibilidad de que se anticipe su entrada en vigor si se proyecta un déficit a largo plazo en el sistema de pensiones. Dado que el diseño concreto del factor de sostenibilidad está pendiente, resulta relevante analizar cómo otros países de la Unión Europea han incorporado instrumentos similares en sus sistemas de pensiones y, desde esas experiencias, ofrecer diseños alternativos para el caso español, valorando los efectos de cada uno de ellos sobre los parámetros del sistema, utilizando para ello las recientes proyecciones de esperanza de vida del Instituto Nacional de Estadística. La Ley 27/2011, que reforma el sistema de pensiones español, introduce el factor de sostenibilidad, un instrumento que ajusta automáticamente los parámetros del sistema a la evolución de la esperanza de vida a partir del año 2027 y con revisiones cada 5 años, aunque la reciente Ley Orgánica 2/2012 de Estabilidad Presupuestaria y Sostenibilidad Financiera abre la posibilidad de que se anticipe su entrada en vigor si se proyecta un déficit a largo plazo en el sistema de pensiones. Dado que el diseño concreto del factor de sostenibilidad está pendiente, resulta relevante analizar cómo otros países de la Unión Europea han incorporado instrumentos similares en sus sistemas de pensiones y, desde esas experiencias, ofrecer diseños alternativos para el caso español, valorando los efectos de cada uno de ellos sobre los parámetros del sistema, utilizando para ello las recientes proyecciones de esperanza de vida del Instituto Nacional de Estadística.

  1. Cuidados alternativos en la atención del embarazo en Jalisco, México Alternative care options for pregnancy in Jalisco, Mexico

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    Isabel Valadez

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available En la atención prenatal se ha identificado la cultura de la madre como factor que influye en la utilización de los servicios de salud. Las creencias y prácticas de medicina tradicional y doméstica que realiza la mujer durante el embarazo pueden intervenir en la decisión de acudir a la atención médica. En una muestra no probabilística de 3.250 mujeres se identificaron los cuidados alternativos de atención al embarazo y se estableció su relación con un control prenatal satisfactorio. Para el análisis de asociación se dividió la variable de atención prenatal en (a satisfactoria y (b no satisfactoria de acuerdo a la Norma Oficial Mexicana. Se empleó la prueba de chi², el odds ratio y sus intervalos de confianza. Los cuidados alternativos resultaron asociados a una atención prenatal no satisfactoria. El entrenamiento psicoprofiláctico se comportó como factor protector. La cultura de la gestante es una configuración de significados y comportamientos, con mezcla de concepciones y prescripciones de la medicina doméstica, tradicional y académica, que varían según la etapa del embarazo, que pueden ser únicas o complementarias. Esta situación debe considerarse en los programas educativos en salud.The mother's culture has been identified as a factor in the use of health services for prenatal care. Beliefs and practices concerning traditional and domestic medicine used by women during pregnancy can play a role in the decision to seek medical care. In a non-probabilistic sample of 3,250 women, alternative care during pregnancy and its relationship to satisfactory prenatal care was studied. To analyze the association, the prenatal care variable was divided into (a satisfactory and (b unsatisfactory, according to a list of official Mexican standards. The chi-square test and odds ratio were applied, with p < 0.05. The association of alternative care with unsatisfactory prenatal care was established. Psycho-prophylactic training for

  2. Effect of fungicides and alternative products in control of anthracnose and black spot of guavaEfeito de fungicidas e produtos alternativos no controle da antracnose e da pinta preta da goiaba

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    Ivan Herman Fischer

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This work aimed to evaluate the efficiency of fungicides in controlling in vitro and in vivo the causal agents of anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and C. acutatum and black spot (Guignardia psidii and evaluate the effect of alternative products to control these diseases. Inhibition of mycelial growth of the pathogens was evaluated for ten fungicides at concentrations of 1, 10 and 100 mg L-1 of active ingredient in potato-dextrose-agar medium. The effectiveness of the fungicides azoxystrobin + difenoconazole, cyproconazole, pyraclostrobin, tebuconazole and tebuconazole + trifloxystrobin in controlling disease incidence and severity of anthracnose, through applications in the field, was measured in fruits collected at three stages of maturation, according to the skin color (dark green, light green and yellowish green. In postharvest dipping of fruits, the products evaluated were citric acid, peracetic acid, salicylic acid, sodium bicarbonate, chlorine dioxide, Ecolife® and chitosan. The fungicides azoxystrobin + difenoconazole, pyraclostrobin, tebuconazole and trifloxystrobin + tebuconazole were highly effective in inhibiting the in vitro mycelial growth of G. psidii and moderately to highly effective in inhibiting C. acutatum and C. gloeosporioides. In field conditions, the fungicide azoxystrobin + difenoconazole was effective in controlling anthracnose and black spot in fruit at three maturity stage (skin color yellowish green. The alternative products tested were ineffective in the curative control of anthracnose and early blight at postharvest of guava. Os objetivos deste trabalho foram avaliar a eficiência de fungicidas no controle in vitro e in vivo dos agentes causais da antracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides e C. acutatum e da pinta preta (Guignardia psidii da goiaba e avaliar o efeito de produtos alternativos no controle pós-colheita destas doenças. A inibição do crescimento micelial dos patógenos foi avaliada para

  3. Polar S810 como recurso alternativo ao eletrocardiograma no teste de exercício de 4 segundos Polar S810 como recurso alternativo al electrocardiograma en la prueba de ejercicio de 4 segundos Polar S810 as an alternative resource to the use of the electrocardiogram in the 4-second exercise test

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    Alan Santos Pimentel; Eduardo da Silva Alves; Rafael de Oliveira Alvim; Rogério Tasca Nunes; Carlos Magno Amaral Costa; Júlio Cesar Moraes Lovisi; Jorge Roberto Perrout de Lima

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    FUNDAMENTO: O teste de exercício de 4 segundos (T4s) avalia o tônus vagal cardíaco durante o transiente inicial da frequência cardíaca (FC), em exercício dinâmico súbito, por meio da identificação do índice vagal cardíaco (IVC) obtido a partir do eletrocardiograma (ECG). OBJETIVO: Testar a utilização do monitor de frequência cardíaca (MFC) Polar S810 como recurso alternativo ao ECG na aplicação do T4s. MÉTODOS: Neste trabalho, 49 indivíduos do sexo masculino (25 ± 20 anos, 176 ± 12 cm, 74 ± 6...

  4. Jurisdicción y medios alternativos de resolución de conflictos: una opción para las cuestiones ambientales

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    Carlos Alberto Lunelli

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A medida que las sociedades se fueron tornando más complejas, comenzaron a surgir nuevas categorías de conflictos, como es el caso de los conflictos ambientales. Sin embargo, el sistema procesal vigente todavía se rige por un ordenamiento jurídico positivista, apegado fundamentalmente a las directrices enmarcadas en la ley, ya que en la actualidad se utiliza la misma estructura judicial para resolver todo tipo de apremios. Como resultado de ello, se observa una deficiencia, por parte del Estado, en tutelar los nuevos derechos que surgen en una sociedad en constante evolución. Dado este contexto, el presente trabajo plantea la necesidad de utilizar medios alternativos de resolución de controversias, tales como la mediación-conciliación como opciones viables para poner fin a los conflictos ambientales, y con ello obtener una solución mediante medidas específicas al caso concreto.

  5. APROVEITAMENTO DA CASCA DE MELANCIA (Curcubita citrullus, Shrad NA PRODUÇÃO ARTESANAL DE DOCES ALTERNATIVOS*

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    A. F. SANTANA

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    A melancia, botanicamente classificada como Curcubita citrullus, Shrad é originária da Índia. Devido ao seu alto teor de água, é ideal para ser consurnida no período de calor intenso, mais propriamente no verão. Por ser um fruto que produz considerável quantidade de resíduos não comestíveis, o presente trabalho objetivou aproveitar as cascas da melancia para a produção artesanal de doces alternativos. Os resultados mostraram que os doces cremosos e em calda com e sem adição de coco, obtiveram excelente aceitabilidade entre os consumidores adultos e crianças. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Melancia; cascas; doces crernosos; doces em calda.

  6. Relaciones entre el nivel de Desarrollo Moral e Intelectuakm edadm y género, en alumnos de secundaria de un colegio experimental/alternativo Li

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    Manuel Bello Domínguez

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    Full Text Available Se aplicaron las pruebas SROM (nivel de juiciomoral y de LONGEOT (nivel de desarrollo intelectuala 34 alumnos/as de educación secundaria delcolegio experimental/alternativo "José Antonio Encinas"de Lima con edad entre 12 y 17 años.Los resultados muestran que existen marcadasdiferencias entre los resultados encontrados y los deestudios anteriores realizados tanto en el país comoen el extranjero. Los sujetos estudiados presentanniveles intelectuales más altos que los del promedioe incluso mayores que los hallados en muestras depersonas de mayor edad, alcanzando la gran mayoríade ellos los niveles de pensamiento formal. En relaciónal juicio moral ocurre algo similar, pues lamayoría de ellos habían logrado un nivel maduro,pese a su corta edad. Se encuentran correlacionesaltas y positivas entre los niveles intelectuales y dejuicio moral. También se encuentran correlacionesaltas y positivas entre nivel de pensamiento y edad,y entre nivel de juicio moral y edad. No se encontrarondiferencias de género en los niveles de pensamientoy de juicio moral.Se discute la probable relación entre los resultadosencontrados y las características del modelo deeducación alternativa aplicado en el colegio "Encinas",que prioriza el desarrollo de habilidades yactitudes y asigna a los propios alumnos un papelactivo y protagónico en el proceso educativo.

  7. Agent Chameleons: Virtual Agents Real Intelligence

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    O'Hare, Gregory; Duffy, Brian; Schoen-Phelan, Bianca; Martin, Alan; Bradley, John

    2003-01-01

    Agent Chameleons provides virtual agents powered by real intelligence, delivering next generation autonomic entities that can seamlessly migrate, mutate and evolve on their journey between and within physical and digital information spaces.

  8. Interacting agents in finance

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    C. Hommes

    2008-01-01

    Interacting agents in finance represent a behavioural, agent-based approach in which financial markets are viewed as complex adaptive systems consisting of many boundedly rational agents interacting through simple heterogeneous investment strategies, constantly adapting their behaviour in response t

  9. Consumo hídrico e desempenho de Kalanchoe cultivado em substratos alternativos Water absorption and performance of the Kalanchoe grown in alternative substrates

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    Angélica Rossana Castro de Souza

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Com o crescente consumo de flores e plantas ornamentais de vaso, a busca por elementos alternativos para substratos torna-se necessária, a fim de reduzir os custos da produção. Além disso, é importante quantificar as características físico-hídricas de forma a estabelecer o calendário de irrigações com base nesses materiais. A partir disso, este trabalho teve por objetivos avaliar o desempenho e o consumo de água de Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelln, cultivar 'Gold Jewel', em 10 substratos alternativos, e definir os mais indicados para a produção comercial nas condições ambientais da região centro-oeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Foram testados substratos compostos por diferentes proporções de casca de arroz carbonizada, cinzas de casca de arroz, matéria orgânica doméstica decomposta, esterco bovino e esterco de aves. O experimento foi conduzido em casa de vegetação, em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições. No final do ciclo, foram avaliados: altura, número de folhas, número de inflorescências, número de flores e diâmetro da copa das plantas nos diferentes tratamentos. Por meio dos resultados, pode-se concluir que, para produção de plantas, os substratos mais indicados são 100% em volume de matéria orgânica e 50% em volume de matéria orgânica +50% em volume de esterco bovino.With the increase in the flowers and ornamental crops consumption, the search for alternative elements to the substrates, became to necessary reduce spends the production. Besides, it's important to quantify the physics - hydric characteristics and the manner to establish the calendar of the irrigations using these materials. Based in this, this research had as the mainly purpose to evaluate the performance and the water consumption of the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelln, cv. Gold Jewel in ten alternative substrates and to define the most indicated to the commercial production in environmental

  10. Valor nutritivo de dietas contendo torta de mamona submetida a métodos alternativos de destoxificação para ovinos

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    R.N. Furtado

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se o consumo e a digestibilidade de nutrientes por ovinos alimentados com rações contendo torta de mamona sem tratamento (NT, tratadas com calcário calcítico (CC, ureia (UR, fosfato monobicálcico (FOS e por autoclave (ACL. Foram utilizados 20 ovinos em delineamento em blocos ao acaso, sendo 10 machos inteiros e 10 fêmeas, mestiços de raça Morada Nova. As dietas foram isoproteicas e isoenergéticas. A ricina foi parcialmente desnaturada pelos tratamentos de destoxificação da torta de mamona. Não houve efeito dos tratamentos de destoxificação da torta de mamona sobre o consumo de nutrientes. A digestibilidade da fibra em detergente neutro no tratamento NT foi de 57,5%, maior que no tratamento CC, de 52,4%. A digestibilidade do extrato etéreo foi mais alta no tratamento CC, média de 71,3%, em relação ao tratamento FOS, de 68,2%. Houve maior consumo de fibra em detergente neutro e fibra em detergente ácido dos machos em relação às fêmeas quando o consumo foi expresso em g/dia. A torta de mamona NT pode ser utilizada em dietas de ovinos como alimento proteico alternativo, participando em até 8% da dieta total, sem ocasionar redução expressiva no consumo e na digestibilidade.

  11. Efecto de la alimentación con recursos alternativos sobre la cría de cerdos en cama profunda

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    R. Tepper

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Para determinar el desempeño productivo de cerdos en crecimiento y engorde, alojados en una instalación con cama profunda y con el uso de alimentos alternativos como dieta base, se desarrolló un experimento con 32 cerdos mestizos, bajo un diseño completamente aleatorizado, con cuatro dietas experimentales y cuatro repeticiones. Los tratamientos fueron: dc: dieta convencional con base de maíz y soya; 50rb: 50% de harina de raíz de batata (Ipomoea batatas; rbfm: 50% de RB + 8% de follaje de morera (Morus alba en la etapa de crecimiento o 24% en la etapa de engorde; rbfn: 50% de rb + 8% de follaje de nacedero (Trichanthera gigantea en la etapa de crecimiento o 24% en la etapa de engorde. Se evaluó consumo total de alimento (ct, ganancia diaria promedio (gdp, peso final (pf, peso inicial (pi, incremento de peso (ip y conversión de alimento (ca. Se obtuvo un efecto marcado de la dieta (P<0,01 sobre las variables pf, ip, gdp, ct en las dos etapas. Los cerdos en 50rb presentaron valores similares en todas las variables evaluadas en comparación a dc. En el tratamiento rbfm y rbfn, se observaron diferencias en las variables productivas pf, ip, gdp y ca a favor de dc y 50rb. La raíz de batata puede ser incorporada en dietas para cerdos sin afectar sus parámetros productivos, pero la adición de follajes de morera o nacedero en dicha dieta puede perjudicar el desempeño de los animales.

  12. Desempenho agronômico de maracujazeiros tratados com produtos alternativos e fertilizantes foliares Agronomic performance of passion fruit plants treated with alternative products and foliar fertilizers

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    Keize Pereira Junqueira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A resistência induzida é um método alternativo de controle de doenças. Entretanto, há poucos estudos relacionando o uso destes produtos e outros métodos alternativos à produtividade das plantas e às características físicas e químicas dos frutos. Objetivou-se avaliar a severidade de doenças, as características físicas e químicas de frutos e a produtividade de plantas tratadas com produtos alternativos e fertilizantes foliares. Plantas de maracujazeiro BRS Gigante Amarelo clonadas, em campo, foram submetidas, por um ano, a pulverizações quinzenais com: água (testemunha, Cuprozeb® (fungicida-padrão, acibenzolar-S-metil - ASM, Agro-mos®, fosfito de potássio, fosetyl-Al, gesso agrícola e CPAC-GE (produto em teste. O delineamento foi o em blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições e 20 frutos por repetição. Para o estudo da produtividade, utilizaram-se quatro repetições e seis plantas úteis por parcela. As colheitas ocorreram de novembro/2008 a abril/2009. As severidades foram avaliadas com escala de notas. Houve redução da severidade da virose, verrugose e bacteriose em todos os tratamentos, com exceção do Cuprozeb® para virose. Não foi observada redução da antracnose. Frutos com maior massa fresca foram obtidos com aplicações de gesso agrícola (236,83 g, CPAC-GE (234,10 g, fosetyl-Al ( 233,79 g, fosfito de potássio (230,64 g e Agro-mos® (221,15 g. Os mesmos resultados foram observados para diâmetro transversal e massa de polpa. Não houve diferenças significativas entre tratamentos para diâmetro longitudinal e espessura de casca. Quanto às características químicas dos frutos, com exceção do Cuprozeb®, que não diferiu significativamente da testemunha, todos os produtos proporcionaram incremento no teor de sólidos solúveis. Maior acidez titulável foi obtida com Cuprozeb®, gesso agrícola, Agro-mos®, fosetyl-Al e ASM. Não foi constatada alteração no pH dos frutos. Em relação

  13. El arbitraje virtual como medio alternativo para la resolución de los conflictos surgidos en el comercio electrónico y su legalidad en la normativa vigente venezolana

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    María Eugenia Canga

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available La presente investigación se orientó al análisis del Arbitraje Virtual como medio alternativo para la Resolución de los Conflictos surgidos en el comercio electrónico y su Legalidad en la Normativa Vigente Venezolana. Las conclusiones de la misma indicaron que pese a que presenta ciertas dificultades en su aplicación, el arbitraje virtual es una excelente alternativa para resolver conflictos originados en el comercio electrónico y que la aplicación del arbitraje virtual es totalmente legal a la luz de la normativa vigente en Venezuela.

  14. Efeito de tratamentos químicos alternativos no controle de Diaphania spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) em pepino = Effect of alternative chemical treatments on the Diaphania spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) control in cucumber

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    Alvimar Bavaresco

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    As brocas-das-cucurbitáceas Diaphania nitidalis e D. hyalinata são pragas importantes na cultura do pepino, danificando a parte aérea das plantas. Para seu controle, normalmente são empregados inseticidas de alta toxicidade e baixa seletividade aos inimigosnaturais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de tratamentos químicos alternativos utilizados na produção orgânica no controle das brocas. Os tratamentos avaliados foram: 1. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Dipel PM®); 2. Ól...

  15. Evaluación de la toxicidad aguda de extractos de plantas medicinales por un método alternativo (Evaluation of acute toxicity of extracts of medicinal plants by an alternative testing)

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    Deodelsy Bermúdez Toledo:; |Emilio Monteagudo Jimenez; Maria Boffill Cárdenas; Luis E. Díaz Costa; Alexander Roca Simeón; Emoe Betancourt Morgado; Silveira Prado, Enrique A

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    Se evaluó la toxicidad a dosis única de seis extractos de plantas medicinales: Psidium guajava L. (guayaba), Eucalyptus citriodoraHooker (eucalipto de limón), Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf (caña santa, hierba de limón), Hibiscus elatus Sw. (majagua), Justicia pectoralis Jacq. (tilo), Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng (orégano francés) mediante un método alternativo e internacionalmente validado y aceptado (procedimiento de dosis fijas) en ratasSprague Dawley. El grupo tratado recibió po...

  16. Contribución al conocimiento del comportamiento térmico y la gestión térmica de los motores de combustión interna alternativos.

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    ROMERO PIEDRAHITA, CARLOS ALBERTO

    2009-01-01

    El trabajo desarrollado en la presente tesis está encaminado a estudiar los fenómenos de la transmisión de calor y balance térmico en los motores de combustión interna alternativos, tanto en el cilindro como en el sistema de refrigeración. El principal objetivo de la tesis ha sido la utilización y extensión de un programa computacional de predicción de temperaturas de paredes del motor y de dos programas comerciales de modelado de sistemas termohidráulicos para estudiar los flujos de calor de...

  17. Estado del Arte del Uso del Gas de Gasificación Termoquímica de Biomasa(GG), en Motores de Combustión Interna Alternativos

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    Fonseca Gonzalez, Natalia Elizabeth

    2003-01-01

    El presente trabajo, desarrollado en el marco del Convenio de Cooperación educativa entre la ETSII - UPM y el Ciemat, se realiza con el fin de determinar líneas futuras de investigación y/o aplicación de la tecnología de gasificación termoquímica de biomasa integrada a motores de combustión interna alternativos (MCIA) para generación de potencia, motivados por la necesidad de reducir las emisiones contaminantes, aumentar el uso de las fuentes renovables de energía, reducir la dependencia econ...

  18. Modelo de cálculo y aplicación informática para la fase cerrada de un motor alternativo de combustión interna de ciclo Otto

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    Ferrer Díaz, Marcos; Viscarro Torralba, Juan B.

    2006-01-01

    El presente proyecto tiene como objetivo desarrollar un modelo de cálculo basado en una simulación termodinámica cero-dimensional de la fase cerrada – compresión, combustión y expansión de la mezcla aire-combustible – de un motor alternativo de combustión interna (MACI) de ciclo Otto – encendido con chispa trabajando con gasolina –. Para conseguir el modelo de cálculo será necesario tener en cuenta todos los parámetros que influyen en las diferentes etapas de la fase cerrada del cicl...

  19. Educación para la participación: Desarrollo de un currículum alternativo en la ESO sobre ciudadanía y medios de comunicación

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    Francisco Amat, Andrea

    2008-01-01

    La presente Tesis Doctoral consiste en la aplicación de un currículum alternativo vinculado al concepto de ciudadanía y a la emergencia de los medios de comunicación, con una metodología pedagógica concreta, en Institutos de Educación Secundaria. El objetivo principal es el de comprobar cambios cognoscitivos y actitudinales en los adolescentes que participaron en el proyecto con respecto a la política, los medios de comunicación y la sociedad en la que viven. Este trabajo de investigación bas...

  20. Los sistemas de barrancos mexicanos, un recurso potencial para el turismo alternativo. El caso de los Barrancos del río Calderón, Estado de México

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    José Isabel Juan Pérez; José Francisco Monroy Gaytán; Jesús Gastón Gutiérrez Cedillo; Xanat Antonio Némiga; Miguel Ángel Balderas Plata

    2009-01-01

    El sistema de barrancos del río Calderón, ubicado al sureste del Estado de México,que comprende porciones de los municipios de Villa Guerrero, Ixtapan de La Sal y Zumpahuacán, representa un elemento geográfico de trascendencia para las familias de la región. En este lugar coexisten diversos ecosistemas con elementos geográficos, paisajísticos, geomorfológicos, hidrológicos y amplia biodiversidad que pueden ser utilizados para el turismo alternativo. Mediante el método geográfico, incluyendo c...

  1. Efeito de produtos alternativos para o controle do bolor verde (Penicillium digitatum) em pós-colheita de citros Effect of the alternative products for control of green mold (Penicillium digitatum) in post-harvest citrus fruit

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    DANIEL ANDRADE DE SIQUEIRA FRANCO; WAGNER BETTIOL

    2002-01-01

    O objetivo do trabalho foi verificar a ocorrência de sinergismo entre misturas de produtos alternativos aos fungicidas, para o controle do bolor verde (Penicillium digitatum) em pós-colheita de citros. Foram testados dez produtos individualmente e trinta e cinco combinações destes produtos dois a dois, em comparação com tiabendazole e testemunha, com e sem inoculação. Os produtos testados não apresentaram efeito de sinergismo, exceto a mistura carbonato de Na + ácido bórico. Carbonato de Na e...

  2. Efeitos do tratamento neonatal com inibidor seletivo de recaptura da 5-HT sobre o desenvolvimento anatômico crânio-encefálico Neonatal treatment effect with selective inibitor of 5-HT recapture over the cranium-encephalic anatomic development

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    Carolina Peixoto Magalhães

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisadas repercussões neonatais do tratamento crônico com inibidores seletivos de recaptura da serotonina (ISRS sobre crescimento somático, do encéfalo e crânio. Ratos machos foram divididos em grupos: controle (NaCl e Cit (10 µL/Kg citalopram 10 mg. Durante 21 dias pós-natais, foram aferidos peso corporal, eixo látero-lateral, ântero-posterior e circunferência do crânio. Aos 8, 15 e 22 dias pós-natais, os animais foram sacrificados para retirada do encéfalo para avaliar as medidas citadas acima. A utilização de ISRS provocou déficit de crescimento corporal, diminuição das medidas craniais e do encéfalo. O retardo é possivelmente decorrência de alteração na magnitude da ação trófica da serotonina sobre morfogênese crânio-facial, reforçando a participação do sistema serotoninérgico sobre o crescimento somático e ontogenético. O possível efeito hipofágico dos ISRS não é descartado.Neonatal repercussion researched of the serotonin selective recapture inibitor (SSRI chronic treatment about the somatic growth, of the encephalon and skull. Male rats were divided into groups: control (NaCl and Cit (10 µL/Kg citalopram 10 mg. In 21 post birth days were measured body weight, side axle , front and rear and skull circle. At 8, 15, 22 days after birth, animals were sacrified for the encephalon withdrawal to evaluate the measurements mentioned above. SSRI use caused body growth deficit, skull and encephalon reduction. The retard is possibly caused by the magnitude change of the trophic serotonin action over the skull-facial morphogenesis, reinforcing the serotoninergic system participation over the somatic and ontogenic growth. The SSRI possible hypophagic effects are not discarded.

  3. Action of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor on aggressive behavior in adult rat submitted to the neonatal malnutrition Ação de inibidor seletivo da recaptação de serotonina sobre comportamento agressivo em rato adulto submetido à desnutrição neonatal

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    Jairza Maria Barreto Medeiros

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the malnutrition during suckling on the aggressiveness was investigated in adult rats treated or not with citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI. The animals were divided into two groups according to the diet used: nourished group-- the rats received the control diet with 23% protein during the life; and malnourished group-- the rats had its mothers submitted to diet with 7.8% protein during suckling. At 120 days of age, each group was sub-divided according to the treatment: acute -- consisting a single i.p. injection of saline solution or 20-mg/Kg citalopram; chronic -- consisting the single injections (1 per day during 14 days of saline or 20 mg/Kg citalopram. The acute or chronic treatment with SSRI reduces aggressive response in nourished rats, but not in malnourished ones. Thus, the malnutrition during the critical period of brain development seems to induce durable alterations in the function of the serotoninergic neurotransmissionO efeito da desnutrição durante a lactação sobre a agressividade foi investigado em ratos adultos tratados ou não com citalopram, um inibidor seletivo da recaptação de serotonina (ISRS. Os animais foram divididos em dois grupos de acordo com a dieta: grupo nutrido-- ratos que receberam toda a vida dieta controle (23% de proteína; e grupo desnutrido-- ratos que tiveram suas mães submetidas a dieta com 7,8% de proteína na lactação. Aos 120 dias de idade, cada grupo foi sub-dividido conforme o tratamento: agudo -- consistindo de injeção única i.p. de solução salina ou 20mg/Kg de citalopram; crônico - consistindo de injeções únicas (1 por dia durante 14 dias de salina ou 20mg/Kg de citalopram. O tratamento agudo ou crônico com ISRS reduziu a resposta agressiva nos ratos nutridos, mas não nos desnutridos. Assim, a desnutrição durante o período crítico de desenvolvimento do cérebro parece acarretar alterações duradouras na função da neurotransmiss

  4. Homeopathic remedies in a semi-intensive alternative system of broiler production Medicamentos homeopáticos en un sistema alternativo semi-intensivo de producción de pollos Medicamentos homeopáticos em um sistema alternativo de produção de frangos.

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    Nelton Antônio Menezes

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available This experiment had the objective of evaluating the influence of homeopathic remedies on the performance and health of broilers in a semi-intensive alternative system of production. Two groups of 90 Cobb strain broilers were randomly allocated, at 21 days of life, to three treatments: Control, Calcarea carbonica 12cH and Calcarea phosphorica 12cH, in a randomized block design in two stages. The medication was administered in the birds' drinking water with a 5% hydro-alcohol extract solution in 5 drops per bird daily during 28 days, beginning at 22 days of age. Each stage comprised three blocks, totalizing six replications per treatment. Each treatment group consisted of 10 broilers. Birds were weighed at 21 days and weekly thereon, up to slaughter at 49 days. After slaughtering, carcasses, hearts, livers, gizzards and feet were also weighed. Differences among stages in weight gain (Stage 1 = 2,576 ± 38 g; Stage 2 = 2,825 ± 38 g; P 0.40. The liver and heart, however, weighed significantly more in stage 2 (P Keywords: Homeopathy, Poultry production, Agroecology.   Medicamentos homeopáticos em um sistema alternativo de produção de frangos. Resumo Este estudo objetivou avaliar a influência de medicamentos homeopáticos no desempenho e saúde de frangos, em um sistema alternativo semi-intensivo de produção. Dois grupos de 90 frangos Cobb foram randomicamente distribuídos, aos 21 dias de vida, entre 3 diferentes tratamentos: controle, Calcárea carbonica 12cH y Calcarea phosphorica 12 ch, em 2 fases. A medicação foi administrada usando-se uma solução hidroalcoólica (água potável 5%, numa razão de 5 gotas por animal, diariamente durante 28 dias, começando aos 22 dias de vida. Cada fase incluiu 3 blocos, totalizando 6 replicações por tratamento, Cada grupo de tratamento continha 10

  5. Pagamentos por serviços ambientais, custos de oportunidade e a transição para usos da terra alternativos: o caso de agricultores familiares do Nordeste Paraense

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    Rosangela Calado da Costa

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, avalia-se o papel que o pagamento por serviços ambientais proposto pela política pública Proambiente (2003-2007 poderia ter tido sobre a substituição do uso da terra tradicional (sistema de “derruba-e-queima” e a adoção de usos da terra alternativos, capazes de fornecer maiores níveis de serviços ambientais, entre agricultores familiares do Nordeste do Pará, Amazônia Brasileira. Para isso, foram estimados custos de oportunidades para os usos da terra tradicional e alternativos (agricultura sem uso do fogo, sistemas agroflorestais, manejo de açaí, enriquecimento de capoeira e apicultura. Os resultados indicaram que o pagamento do Proambiente teria sido insuficiente para incentivar o abandono do uso da terra tradicional e que poderia ter sido mais promissor fornecer condições para que os agricultores familiares realizassem a transição para usos da terra capazes de fornecer maiores níveis de renda no longo prazo, como sistemas agroflorestais e manejo de açaizal.

  6. Modos de vida alternativos: o caso da comunidade Noiva do Cordeiro http://dx.doi.org/10.15601/1983-7631/rt.v3n5p152-158

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    Adilson Schultz

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Noiva do cordeiro é uma comunidade rural liderada por mulheres, que desenvolveu um modo de vida alternativo e sustentável, com partilha de bens e fim da religião institucionalizada. Forjado ao longo de mais de um século, num processo de constantes rupturas religiosas, familiares e ideológicas, esse inusitado modo de vida produziu uma comunidade autônoma, com sujeitos autônomos e responsáveis uns pelos outros, que se tornaram lideranças sociais e políticas. No centro de sua história, experiências de sofrimento e rupturas relacionadas à religião, à fome, e à estrutura familiar patriarcal. O estudo do caso de Noiva do Cordeiro tem a intenção de analisar elementos subjetivos deste processo, verificando os indicativos e as implicações de tal fenômeno religioso e social, especialmente os limites e o fim de determinado modelo de religião. Os pressupostos teóricos deste estudo apontam para uma perspectiva transdisciplinar que compreende a teologia, a sociologia e a psicologia da religião e, nestes campos, as teorias feministas.Palavras-chave: Noiva do Cordeiro; modos de vida alternativos; fim da religião; liderança de mulheres; valores humanos

  7. AgentChess : An Agent Chess Approach

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    Fransson, Henric

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    The game of chess has many times been discussed and used for test purpose by science departments of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although the technique of agent and as well multi-agent systems is quite old, the use of these offspring of AI within chess is limited. This report describes the project performed applying the use of agents to a chess program. To measure the performance of the logic has tests between the developed program main parts been performed. Further tests against a tradition...

  8. Substratos alternativos ao xaxim na produção de bromélia ornamental Alternative substrates to fern tree fiber in the production of ornamental bromeliad

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    Shoey Kanashiro

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar substratos alternativos para o cultivo da bromélia Aechmea fasciata (Lindley Baker, para substituir com eficiência as misturas formuladas com o xaxim Dicksonia sellowiana (Presl. Hook. Foram testados os substratos: casca de Pinus, casca de Eucalyptus, coxim, fibra de coco e xaxim, misturados com turfa e perlita, nas proporções 2:7:1, 5:4:1 e 8:1:1. O experimento foi realizado em condições de estufa com cobertura de polietileno, sombreada com tela a 70%. As bromélias foram cultivadas durante 435 dias, até o início do florescimento - estádio de comercialização. As variáveis analisadas foram as massas de matéria seca de: folhas, raiz, inflorescência, escapo floral e caule; além da massa de matéria seca total e a qualidade comercial. Os substratos formulados com xaxim ou casca de Pinus, nas proporções 2:7:1, 5:4:1 e 8:1:1, e com casca de Eucalyptus, fibra de coco ou coxim, na proporção 2:7:1, foram as misturas que apresentaram os melhores resultados. Os substratos formulados com casca de Eucalyptus, fibra de coco ou coxim, com 10% de turfa e 10% de perlita, na proporção 8:1:1, apresentaram os piores resultados.The objective of this study was to evaluate alternative substrates for the cultivation of the bromeliad Aechmea fasciata (Lindley Baker, to substitute the formulated mixtures with fern tree fiber from Dicksonia sellowiana (Presl. Hook. Tested substrates were: Pinus bark, Eucalyptus bark, coxim (made of coconut fiber, coir or fern tree fiber, mixed with peat and perlite, in the proportions 2:7:1, 5:4:1 and 8:1:1. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse covered with polyethylene and shaded with shade cloth 70%. The bromeliads were cultivated during 435 days, until the beginning of the flowering, when they were suitable for commercialization. The evaluated parameters were dry masses of leaf, root, inflorescence, floral scape, and stem, besides total dry mass and the commercial

  9. La exportación como destino alternativo para la producción siderúrgica argentina entre 1976 y 1990

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    PATRICIA JEREZ

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available La finalización del proceso de industrialización sustitutivo de importaciones y el inicio de una nueva etapa, signada por el privilegio otorgado a la inversión financiera, es el elemento que caracteriza al período bajo análisis. La importante disminución en el nivel de actividad producida como consecuencia de las políticas económicas implementadas se tradujo en una reducción del tamaño del mercado interno. Paralelamente, a nivel sectorial, convergieron ciertos factores, a saber: la situación de la industria siderúrgica mundial, la incorporación de nueva tecnología, los privilegios otorgados a través de las leyes de promoción y la concentración productiva en una menor cantidad de empresas, los cuales contribuyeron a delinear una nueva estructura para el sector siderúrgico. Bajo estas circunstancias, y ante una marcada disminución en la demanda sectorial local, la exportación se convirtió en el mercado alternativo para la producción siderúrgica nacional. Abstract During the period which is analyzed in this paper, industry was not considered the principal issue of the economic policy. Instead, financial investment was privileged. This fact derived in an important reduction of the economical activity level and, in consequence, the internal market reduced its size as the level of demand descended considerably. Particularly in the iron and steel industry, different elements contributed to establish a new sector´s structure, for example: the international situation of the mentioned industry, new technology, benefits originated in the laws of industrial promotion, less number of iron and steel firms. Considering all these facts, exporting part of the sector’s production emerged as a solution when the demand of iron and steel goods reduced its level in the local market

  10. Efeito tóxico de alimentos alternativos para abelhas Apis mellifera Toxic effect of alternative feeds for honeybees Apis mellifera

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    Fábia de Mello Pereira

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa foi realizada com o objetivo de avaliar a existência de efeito tóxico em alimentos protéicos alternativos fornecidos para abelhas Apis mellifera. Medindo-se o tempo médio de mortalidade e o índice de mortalidade de abelhas confinadas, avaliou-se a existência de efeito tóxico do: (a feno das folhas de mandioca (Manihot esculenta; (b feno das folhas de leucena (Leucaena leococephala; (c farinha de vagem de algaroba (Prosopis juliflora; (d farinha de vagem de bordão-de-velho (Pithecellobium cf. saman; (e farelo de babaçu (Orbygnia martiana e (f sucedâneo do leite para bezerros da marca Purina®. O tempo médio de mortalidade variou de 4,46 a 11,74 e o índice de mortalidade variou de 4,58 a 12,80. Durante o experimento, obsevou-se que as abelhas alimentadas com farinha de bordão-de-velho ficavam envoltas em uma crosta de alimento, morrendo asfixiadas posteriormente. Os resultados demonstraram que a farinha de bordão-de-velho não deve ser fornecida às abelhas. Não foi observado efeito tóxico nos demais alimentos estudados.The objective of this research was to study toxic effects of alternative feeds for honeybees Apis mellifera. The average mortality time and the mortality index of cagged honeybees were assessed to evaluate any possible toxic effect of: (a cassava hay (Manihot esculenta; (b leucaena hay (Leucaena leococephala; (c mesquite pod meal (Prosopis juliflora; (d "bordão-de-velho" pod meal (Pithecellobium cf. saman; (e babassu bran (Orbygnia martiana and (f succedaneous for calfskin from Purina®. The mortality time average varied from 4.46 to 11.74 and the mortality index varied between 4.58 and 12.80. It was obseved that honeybees fed with "bordão-de-velho" pod meal got involved by stichy layer of food and died asphyxiated. Results showed that the flour of Pithecellobium cf. saman should not be used for feeding honeybees, considering the early mortality of workers fed with this meal. The other food studied

  11. Riot Control Agents

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    ... a person has been exposed to riot control agents. Long-term health effects of exposure to riot control agents Prolonged ... person is removed from exposure to riot control agents, long-term health effects are unlikely to occur. How you can ...

  12. Reasoning about emotional agents

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    Meyer, J.-J.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the role of emotions in artificial agent design, and the use of logic in reasoning about the emotional or affective states an agent can reside in. We do so by extending the KARO framework for reasoning about rational agents appropriately. In particular we formalize in this f

  13. Agents modeling agents in information economies

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    Vidal, J.M.; Durfee, E.H. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Our goal is to design and build agents that act intelligently when placed in an agent-based information economy, where agents buy and sell services (e.g. thesaurus, search, task planning services, etc.). The economy we are working in is the University of Michigan Digital Library (UMDL), a large scale multidisciplinary effort to build an infrastructure for the delivery of library services. In contrast with a typical economy, an information economy deals in goods and services that are often derived from unique sources (authors, analysts, etc.), so that many goods and services are not interchangeable. Also, the cost of replicating and transporting goods is usually negligible, and the quality of goods and services is difficult to measure objectively: even two sources with essentially the same information might appeal to different audiences. Thus, each agent has its own assessment of the quality of goods and services delivered.

  14. Combinando intuição e objetividade na construção de cenários alternativos Combining intuition with objectivity in building scenarios

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    José Roberto Ribas

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O planejamento por meio de cenários completou 40 anos de existência. No período compreendido entre seu surgimento, em 1967, e o final da década de 70, observou-se um esforço analítico no sentido de aprimorar a técnica como ferramenta de apoio à decisão. Tal mobilização resultou em três linhas metodológicas distintas - as escolas de lógica intuitiva, de tendências probabilísticas e de análise prospectiva. Desde então, a preferência pela adoção da técnica dos cenários no planejamento não cresceu como se esperava. A limitação no seu uso é explicada pelo sucesso moderado que seus praticantes tiveram em balancear a tecnicalidade excessiva por um lado e a superficialidade relapsa por outro. Ademais, Millett (2003 destaca a reclamação da média gerência de que os cenários não tratam das situações competitivas e tampouco das decisões críticas que eles enfrentam em seus negócios. O autor sugere alguns desafios a serem enfrentados: (a resolver a confusão sobre a definição de cenário e as metodologias para a sua construção; (b esclarecer e ampliar as aplicações apropriadas aos cenários; e (c reduzir os recursos requeridos para executar o planejamento por cenários. O presente artigo tem por objetivo propor um procedimento para a construção de cenários que atenda a esses desafios. Por meio de uma abordagem exploratória, a metodologia proposta combina o julgamento subjetivo, obtido a partir da intuição dos especialistas, com métodos analíticos. O procedimento passo a passo foi aplicado ao longo da construção dos cenários alternativos para o consumo residencial de energia elétrica, no Estado do Paraná, até o ano 2015. As entrevistas estruturadas envolveram 14 especialistas selecionados por julgamento, e as informações secundárias foram coletadas de bases de dados socioeconômicos e do setor elétrico. Ao final, três cenários alternativos, com probabilidades subjetivas associadas, resultaram de

  15. Avaliação de alimentos alternativos para cavalos adultos da raça Crioulo Evaluation of alternative feeds for adult Creole horses

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    Alex Martins Varela de Arruda

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se nesta pesquisa avaliar alimentos alternativos para cavalos adultos caracterizados como subprodutos agroindustriais por meio da digestibilidade dos nutrientes. Utilizaram-se cinco animais da raça crioulo em gaiolas de metabolismo individuais alimentados com cinco dietas: uma dieta-referência contendo ração peletizada e feno de capim-tifton 85 e outras quatro, com substituição de 30%, com base no peso (kg/kg, da dieta-referência por resíduo de soja, casca de soja, casca de trigo e casca de milho. Os melhores coeficientes de digestibilidade de matéria seca, proteína bruta, extrato etéreo, fibra em detergente neutro e fibra em detergente ácido foram de 68,05% para a dieta com casca de milho, 61,38% para a dieta-referência, 64,50% para a dieta com resíduo de soja, 84,32% para a dieta com casca de milho e 60,62% para a dieta com casca de soja, respectivamente. O maior valor de matéria seca digestível foi obtido com a dieta-referência (62,10%, enquanto com as demais dietas, o valor médio foi de 50,22% de matéria seca digestível. Para os alimentos alternativos, os maiores valores de proteína bruta, extrato etéreo, fibra em detergente neutro e fibra em detergente ácido digestíveis, foram obtidos com casca de trigo (7,53%, resíduo de soja (5,11% e casca de soja (53,04 e 40,77%, respectivamente, destacando-se a disponibilidade de proteína da casca de trigo e a degradabilidade da fibra da casca de soja. Esses alimentos podem ser utilizados na alimentação de eqüinos, pois não comprometem a saúde do trato digestório. O nível de inclusão e a combinação desses subprodutos no balanceamento das dietas dependem da disponibilidade e do custo na região.The objective of this research was to evaluate alternative feeds for adult horses characterized as agroindustrial by-products through the total apparent digestibility and digestible nutrients determinations with Creole adult horses. Five animals were housed in

  16. THE INTEGRATED AGENT IN MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS

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    Maleković, Mirko; Čubrilo, Mirko

    2000-01-01

    [n this paper, we characterize the integrated agent in multi-agent systems. The following result is proved: if a multi-agent system is reflexive (symmetric, transitive, Euclidean) then the integrated agent of the multi-agent system is reflexive (symmetric, transitive, Euclidean), respectively. We also prove that the analogous result does not hold for multi-agent system's serial ness. A knowledge relationship between the integrated agent and agents in a multiagent system is presented.

  17. Substratos alternativos e tratamentos pré-germinativos na germinação in vitro de sementes de Pinus taeda L. Alternative substrates and pre-germinative treatments in the in vitro germination of Pinus taeda L. seeds

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    Diego Pascoal Golle

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos deste trabalho foram desenvolver protocolos para a obtenção de plântulas in vitro de P. taeda, avaliar o uso de substratos alternativos e analisar o efeito de tratamentos pré-germinativos na otimização da germinação. Foram testados tratamentos de desinfestação à base de etanol e hipoclorito de sódio (NaOCl, a influência do fotoperíodo, de tratamentos pré-germinativos e a possibilidade de uso de substratos alternativos (amido de milho, papel-filtro, algodão hidrófilo, vermicultita, ágar-água e adição de carvão ativado ao meio nutritivo na germinação. Foram avaliadas a germinação in vitro e a contaminação fúngica e bacteriana. O melhor tratamento para a desinfestação das sementes foi etanol 70% por 30 s, seguido de imersão em hipoclorito de sódio a 3% por 5 min, no entanto apresentou efeito tóxico. Os substratos alternativos conferem condições físicas adequadas à cultura de tecidos, mas não favorecem a germinação. Contudo, o uso de algodão hidrófilo associado à embebição das sementes por 72 h, na ausência de desinfestação, otimiza a germinação e possibilita a obtenção de plântulas in vitro com baixa contaminação.The aims of this paper were to develop protocols to obtain in vitro seedlings of P. taeda, evaluate the use of alternative substrates as well as analyze the effect of pre-germinative treatments for optimizing germination. Disinfestation treatments using sodium hypochlorite, influence of photoperiod and pre-germinative treatments, and the possibility of using alternative substrates (maize starch, filter paper, hydrophile cotton, vermiculite, agar-water and addition of activated charcoal into the nutritive medium were tested for germination. In vitro germination, fungal and bacterial contamination were evaluated. The best seed disinfestation treatment was ethanol at 70 % for 30 seconds + sodium hypochlorite at 3 % for 5 minutes. However, it caused a toxic effect

  18. Chemical crowd control agents.

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    Menezes, Ritesh G; Hussain, Syed Ather; Rameez, Mansoor Ali Merchant; Kharoshah, Magdy A; Madadin, Mohammed; Anwar, Naureen; Senthilkumaran, Subramanian

    2016-03-01

    Chemical crowd control agents are also referred to as riot control agents and are mainly used by civil authorities and government agencies to curtail civil disobedience gatherings or processions by large crowds. Common riot control agents used to disperse large numbers of individuals into smaller, less destructive, and more easily controllable numbers include chloroacetophenone, chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, dibenzoxazepine, diphenylaminearsine, and oleoresin capsicum. In this paper, we discuss the emergency medical care needed by sufferers of acute chemical agent contamination and raise important issues concerning toxicology, safety and health. PMID:26658556

  19. Decontamination Data - Blister Agents

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Decontamination efficacy data for blister agents on various building materials using various decontamination solutions This dataset is associated with the following...

  20. Saúde e educação: cursos alternativos para desenvolvimento do pessoal de enfermagem Health and education: alternative courses for the development of nursing personnel

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    Creusa Guimarães Madeira

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available Promover atividades educacionais terapêuticas para o pessoal de enfermagem visando a diminuição do stress, a melhoria do relacionamento interpessoal e a busca do auto-conhecimento, são objetivos dos cursos promovidos pelo Departamento de Enfermagem da FCM e Serviço de Enfermagem em Educação Continuada do Hospital das Clínicas da UNICAMP. Através dos cursos: O Hospital e o Relacionamento Humano; Dança e Criatividade; Yoga e Relaxamento Mental, foram ministradas técnicas de respiração, relaxamento, sensibilização e conscientização corporal e de interpretação teatral. A estratégia empregada foi a "vivência grupal", com participação de atendentes, auxiliares e técnicos de enfermagem e enfermeiras, durante o horário de trabalho, em 15 a 20 encontros por curso. Como instrumento desta pesquisa foram utilizados os "depoimentos individuais", escritos pelos participantes, tendo como metodologia a análise de conteúdo. A avaliação demonstrou que a "Vivência" facilitou o relacionamento entre os membros da equipe de trabalho; abriu, espaço para comunicação efetiva; favoreceu o auto-conhecimento; e ajudou na solução de problemas. Ficou evidente a importância da continuidade de cursos alternativos para auxiliar o funcionário na melhoria da relação consigo mesmo, com o outro, com o trabalho e valorizar a sua saúde/aprendizagem.To promote therapeutic educational activities for nursing personnel in order to decrease stress, to improve interpersonal relations and the search for self-knowledge are the objectives of the courses promoted by the Departament of Nursing of FCM and by The Continued Education Nursing Service of the University Hospital of UNICAMP. Respiration, relaxation, body sensibilization and awareness, and theater interpretation techniques were taught in the following courses: The Hospital and Human Relations, Dance and Creativity, Yoga and Mental Relaxation. The estrategy employed was "group experience", with

  1. Métodos alternativos na correção de transtornos oculomotores Alternative methods for the correction of oculomotor disturbances

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    Harley E. A. Bicas

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O equilíbrio do sistema oculomotor depende de múltiplos fatores, para cujas correções os procedimentos são geralmente indiretos (modificação de respostas musculares, não das causas inervacionais e, em muitos casos (correção de paralisias, dissinergias, nistagmos, insatisfatórios. Métodos para controle específico dos mecanismos de comando não têm sido possíveis, pelas peculiaridades próprias do sistema nervoso central, restando, pois, os de introdução de forças de movimentação ou de contenção sobre o próprio olho. ANÁLISES DE MÉTODOS ALTERNATIVOS: FORÇAS DE MOVIMENTAÇÃO: Entre os métodos com perspectivas de produção de rotações oculares, são revistos os de transposições musculares, com proposta para favorecer a ação abdutora de oblíquos. Referem-se ainda a métodos de aproveitamento de forças acumuladas em mecanismos distensíveis, ao de estimulação elétrica direta sobre músculos, e ao de geração de forças originadas por campos magnéticos (em modelos de construção experimental. FORÇAS DE CONTENÇÃO: Para se contrapor a ações musculares excessivas ou indesejáveis, propõe-se o uso de forças de contenção geradas por meio de fixações distensíveis (do olho à órbita, por campos magnéticos, ou pelo aumento da fricção no movimento ocular rotacional, por maior viscosidade.INTRODUCTION: The balance of the oculomotor system depends on multiple factors, whose corrections are usually based on indirect procedures (modifications of muscular responses but not of the innervational causes and unsatisfactory in many cases (correction of paralysis, dyssynergic movements, nystagmus. Use of methods for the specific control of the innervational command has not been possible because of the peculiarities of the central nervous system. Therefore, the solution remains the application of forces for rotational movements or for their contention directly on the eye itself. ANALYSIS OF

  2. Produção de morangos a partir de fertilizantes alternativos em pré-plantio Pre-planting fertilization effects on strawberry fruit yield

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    Gerson Kleinick Vignolo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar doses de fertilizantes alternativos na adubação de pré-plantio quanto à produção de frutos de morangueiro. Os tratamentos foram baseados em doses de adubação NPK (kg ha-1 recomendada para a cultura do morangueiro em que as doses de torta de mamona (TM, fosforita alvorada (FA e cloreto de potássio (KCl variaram de acordo com a recomendação da análise de solo. Os tratamentos foram dispostos em delineamento em blocos casualizados em parcelas subdivididas, sendo as cultivares dispostas na parcela e as adubações na subparcela. Foi utilizado um esquema fatorial 2x4, em que o fator cultivar apresentou dois níveis: 'Camarosa' e 'Camino Real', e o fator adubação de pré-plantio, quatro níveis. As avaliações realizadas foram produção de frutos por planta, massa seca da parte aérea e índice de clorofila. A cultivar 'Camarosa' apresentou maior número e massa de frutos por planta e maior massa seca da parte aérea. A cultivar 'Camino Real' apresentou maior massa média por fruto e maior índice de clorofila. Com relação às doses de adubação de pré-plantio que propiciaram maior número e massa de frutos por planta, foram 1.937kg ha-1 e 1.713kg ha-1 de adubo, respectivamente.The study aimed to evaluate the doses of alternative fertilizer pre-planting fertilization on strawberries yield. The treatments were based on doses of NPK (kg ha-1 recommended for strawberry culture in which the doses of castor bean (TM, phosphorite dawn (FA and potassium chloride (KCl varied according to the recommendation of the soil analysis. The treatments were arranged in randomized blocks design at split plots with cultivars in the plot and fertilization in the sub-plot. It was used a factorial 2x4 arrangement, in which the cultivar factor had two levels: 'Camarosa' and 'Camino Real', and the pre-planting fertilizer factor with four levels. The evaluations were fruit yield per plant, shoot dry mass and chlorophyll

  3. Potencial de defensivos alternativos para o controle do ácaro-branco em pimenta "Malagueta" Potential of alternative pesticides for control of broad mite on chili pepper "Malagueta"

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    Madelaine Venzon

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A ação letal e subletal de defensivos alternativos sobre o ácaro-branco Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks foi avaliada em laboratório. Plantas de pimenta "Malagueta" (6 cm de altura foram pulverizadas, nas dosagens recomendadas para hortaliças, com os seguintes produtos: biofertilizante "Supermagro", "Calda Viçosa", calda sulfocálcica, acaricida abamectina e água. Após a pulverização, foram transferidas dez fêmeas de P. latus para cada planta. Seis dias após, avaliou-se o número de ácaros por planta e calculou-se a taxa instantânea de crescimento populacional (r i. A população final de P. latus em plantas tratadas com a calda sulfocálcica, com a "Calda Viçosa" e com o acaricida abamectina foi significativamente menor do que em plantas tratadas com água e com "Supermagro". Foram obtidos valores negativos para a r i de P. latus em plantas tratadas com a calda sulfocálcica (r i = -0,2922 e com a "Calda Viçosa" (r i = -0,0301. Valores positivos para a r i foram obtidos para ácaros em plantas tratadas com "Supermagro" (r i = 0,2373 e com água (r i = 0,1971, indicando aumento da população de P. latus nessas plantas. Não foi possível o cálculo do r i para ácaros em plantas tratadas com abamectina devido a morte de todas as fêmeas no inicio do experimento. A "Calda Viçosa" e a calda sulfocálcica apresentaram potencial de controle para o ácaro branco P. latus em pimenta.Lethal and sublethal effects of alternative pesticides on the broad mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus were evaluated. Chilli pepper plants (6 cm high were sprayed with one of the following treatments: biofertilizer "Supermagro", "Viçosa mixture" (a nutrient amended Bordeaux mixture, lime sulfur, abamectin and water. After spraying, 10 females of P. latus were transferred to each plant. Six days after, the number of mites per plant was counted and the instantaneous rate of increase (r i was evaluated for each treatment. The population of P. latus on plants

  4. Nitrogenated compounds' biofiltration under alternative bacterium fixation substrates Biofiltración de compuestos nitrogenados bajo medios de fijación bacteriana alternativos

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    Carlos Carroza

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This study compares the behavior of nitrification (NH4+, NO2- and NO3-, and performance, in terms of the surface TAN conversion rate (STR, volumetric TAN conversion rate (VTR and removal percentage of TAN (PTR among three fixation media of nitrifying bacteria (two alternatives (S1, S2 and one commercial (Co. The experiment was performed in two tests of 42 days each. Three isolated biofiltration systems were built for the experience, to which were added media colonized by bacteria as a "seed" to start the process of nitrification. Ammonium chloride (NH4Cl was attached as source of ammonium in reconditioned freshwater, also gradually adding inorganic carbon (HCO3- to maintain moderate water hardness. The average results for both tests indicate that the substrates S1 and S2 show a statistically similar behavior to the substrate Co (P > 0.05 during the first 33 days (until steady state. For the second test in terms of performance, STR values were 0.40, 0.39, 0.39 g TAN m-2 d-1 recorded for S2 and Co respectively; in terms of PRN, values were 92(3 9־/ and 93% for S1, S2 and Co, respectively. Regarding VTR, values of 72.31, 114.94, and 39.02 g TAN m-3 d-1 were recorded for S2 and Co respectively. Statistical analysis provided that for STR and PRN, no significant differences, were found. But for VTR, statistically significant differences between means were evaluated, registering for the S2 media the highest value of VTR.Se compara el comportamiento del proceso de nitrificación (NH4+, NO2- y NO3-, y el rendimiento, en términos de la tasa superficial de conversión de NAT, tasa volumétrica de conversión de NAT y porcentaje de remoción de NAT (PRN entre tres medios de fijación de bacterias nitrificantes, dos alternativos (S1, S2 y uno comercial (Co. La experiencia se realizó en dos pruebas de 42 días cada una. Se construyeron tres sistemas aislados para la experiencia, a los cuales se adicionaron medios colonizados por bacterias a modo de

  5. La revolución de los desheredados Participación de las redes de medios comunitarios y alternativos en la construcción de políticas de comunicación en Bolivia

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    Ramos Martín, Juan

    2015-01-01

    [ES]A partir del desarrollo del análisis de los procesos de policymaking en la construcción de políticas públicas de comunicación y la participación política de las redes de medios comunitarios y alternativos de Bolivia durante el periodo de propuesta, debate y aprobación de la Ley 164 de Telecomunicaciones de 2011, la investigación tiene como propósito el análisis de la inclusión, por parte de estas redes, de elementos de democratización más inclusivos en la regulación y la ampliación de los...

  6. Las letras de canciones de pop-rock español como textos poéticos: un modelo alternativo de educación literaria para E.S.O. y bachillerato.

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    Gómez Capuz, Juan

    2009-01-01

    En este trabajo intentaremos diseñar un amplio modelo de análisis de textos poéticos, aplicado a las letras de canciones de pop-rock en español. Este modelo alternativo de educación literaria está especialmente dirigido a jóvenes entre 14 y 18 años, con el objeto de que sean capaces de reconocer cierto grado de elaboración poética en las canciones pop de la vida diaria. Los aspectos poéticos estudiados en este artículo, siempre aplicados a letras de pop-rock cantado en español,...

  7. Acción social y educación en valores a través de los medios de comunicación: modelos alternativos de producción informativa de calidad

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    Santiago Gallur Santorum

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    Este artículo pretende exponer cómo un grupo de medios de comunicación con paradigmas alternativos de producción informativa puede lograr la educación en valores y la acción social. El texto que a continuación se presenta corresponde a una pequeña parte de una amplia investigación 1 centrada en la importancia del contexto de violencia en la producción informativa. En ella se comprueba como la selección de los hechos que son difundidos como noticias a través de los valores noticia tradicionale...

  8. Validação de métodos alternativos qualitativos na detecção de patógenos alimentares Validation of qualitative alternative methods in the detection of food-born pathogens

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    Elaine Ibrahim de Freitas; Anderson Almeida de Lemos; Victor Augustus Marin

    2006-01-01

    As Doenças de Origem Alimentar (DOA) são um perigo de grande relevância para a saúde humana e para a economia dos indivíduos, famílias e nações. O risco de disseminação de microrganismos patogênicos vem crescendo continuamente, e programas de controle de qualidade microbiológica são empregados em toda a cadeia de produção alimentar a fim de minimizar o risco de infecção e/ou intoxicação. A utilização de métodos de detecção alternativos de microrganismos é uma das ferramentas que podem ser uti...

  9. Radiographic scintiscanning agent

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    A new technetium-based scintiscanning agent has been prepared comprising a water soluble sup(99m)Tc-methanehydroxydiphosphonate in combination with a reducing agent selected from stannous, ferrous, chromous and titanous salts. As an additional stabilizer salts and esters of gentisic or ascorbic acids have been used. (E.G.)

  10. Agent Development Toolkits

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    2011-01-01

    Development of agents as well as their wide usage requires good underlying infrastructure. Literature indicates scarcity of agent development tools in initial years of research which limited the exploitation of this beneficial technology. However, today a wide variety of tools are available, for developing robust infrastructure. This technical note provides a deep overview of such tools and contrasts features provided by them.

  11. Asimovian Adaptive Agents

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    Gordon, D F

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this research is to develop agents that are adaptive and predictable and timely. At first blush, these three requirements seem contradictory. For example, adaptation risks introducing undesirable side effects, thereby making agents' behavior less predictable. Furthermore, although formal verification can assist in ensuring behavioral predictability, it is known to be time-consuming. Our solution to the challenge of satisfying all three requirements is the following. Agents have finite-state automaton plans, which are adapted online via evolutionary learning (perturbation) operators. To ensure that critical behavioral constraints are always satisfied, agents' plans are first formally verified. They are then reverified after every adaptation. If reverification concludes that constraints are violated, the plans are repaired. The main objective of this paper is to improve the efficiency of reverification after learning, so that agents have a sufficiently rapid response time. We present two solutions: ...

  12. How do agents represent?

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    Ryan, Alex

    Representation is inherent to the concept of an agent, but its importance in complex systems has not yet been widely recognised. In this paper I introduce Peirce's theory of signs, which facilitates a definition of representation in general. In summary, representation means that for some agent, a model is used to stand in for another entity in a way that shapes the behaviour of the agent with respect to that entity. Representation in general is then related to the theories of representation that have developed within different disciplines. I compare theories of representation from metaphysics, military theory and systems theory. Additional complications arise in explaining the special case of mental representations, which is the focus of cognitive science. I consider the dominant theory of cognition — that the brain is a representational device — as well as the sceptical anti-representational response. Finally, I argue that representation distinguishes agents from non-representational objects: agents are objects capable of representation.

  13. Biological warfare agents

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    Duraipandian Thavaselvam

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The recent bioterrorist attacks using anthrax spores have emphasized the need to detect and decontaminate critical facilities in the shortest possible time. There has been a remarkable progress in the detection, protection and decontamination of biological warfare agents as many instrumentation platforms and detection methodologies are developed and commissioned. Even then the threat of biological warfare agents and their use in bioterrorist attacks still remain a leading cause of global concern. Furthermore in the past decade there have been threats due to the emerging new diseases and also the re-emergence of old diseases and development of antimicrobial resistance and spread to new geographical regions. The preparedness against these agents need complete knowledge about the disease, better research and training facilities, diagnostic facilities and improved public health system. This review on the biological warfare agents will provide information on the biological warfare agents, their mode of transmission and spread and also the detection systems available to detect them. In addition the current information on the availability of commercially available and developing technologies against biological warfare agents has also been discussed. The risk that arise due to the use of these agents in warfare or bioterrorism related scenario can be mitigated with the availability of improved detection technologies.

  14. Agent-Based Optimization

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    Jędrzejowicz, Piotr; Kacprzyk, Janusz

    2013-01-01

    This volume presents a collection of original research works by leading specialists focusing on novel and promising approaches in which the multi-agent system paradigm is used to support, enhance or replace traditional approaches to solving difficult optimization problems. The editors have invited several well-known specialists to present their solutions, tools, and models falling under the common denominator of the agent-based optimization. The book consists of eight chapters covering examples of application of the multi-agent paradigm and respective customized tools to solve  difficult optimization problems arising in different areas such as machine learning, scheduling, transportation and, more generally, distributed and cooperative problem solving.

  15. Users, Bystanders and Agents

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    Krummheuer, Antonia Lina

    2015-01-01

    Human-agent interaction (HAI), especially in the field of embodied conversational agents (ECA), is mainly construed as dyadic communication between a human user and a virtual agent. This is despite the fact that many application scenarios for future ECAs involve the presence of others. This paper...... the construction of the agent’s identity, and (3) how HAI, as a mediated interaction, is framed by an asymmetric participation framework. The paper concludes by suggesting various participation roles, which may inform development of ECAs....

  16. Bloqueio seletivo dos nervos supraescapular e axilar promove analgesia satisfatória e menor grau de bloqueio motor: comparação com o bloqueio interescalênico El bloqueo selectivo de los nervios supraescapular y axilar promueve una analgesia satisfactoria y un menor grado de bloqueo motor: comparación con el bloqueo interescalénico Selective suprascapular and axillary nerve block provides adequate analgesia and minimal motor block: comparison with interscalene block

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    Patrícia Falcão Pitombo

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVO: Cirurgias artroscópicas do ombro cursam com intensa dor pós-operatória. Diversas técnicas analgésicas têm sido preconizadas. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar o bloqueio dos nervos supraescapular e axilar nas cirurgias artroscópicas de ombro com a abordagem interescalênica do plexo braquial. MÉTODO: Sessenta e oito pacientes foram alocados em dois grupos de 34, de acordo com a técnica utilizada: grupo interescalênico (GI e grupo seletivo (GS, sendo ambas as abordagens realizadas com neuroestimulador. No GI, após resposta motora adequada foram injetados 30 mL de levopubivacaína em excesso enantiomérico de 50% a 0,33% com adrenalina 1:200.000. No GS, após resposta motora do nervo supraescapular e axilar, foram injetados 15 mL da mesma substância em cada nervo. Em seguida, realizada anestesia geral. Variáveis avaliadas: tempo para realização dos bloqueios, analgesia, consumo de opioide, bloqueio motor, estabilidade cardiocirculatória, satisfação e aceitabilidade pelo paciente. RESULTADOS: Tempo para execução do bloqueio interescalênico foi significativamente menor que para realização do bloqueio seletivo. Analgesia foi significativamente maior no pós-operatório imediato no GI e no pós-operatório tardio no GS. Consumo de morfina foi significativamente maior na primeira hora no GS. Bloqueio motor foi significativamente menor no GS. Estabilidade cardiocirculatória, satisfação e aceitabilidade da técnica pelo paciente não diferiram entre os grupos. Ocorreu uma falha no GI e duas no GS. CONCLUSÕES: Ambas as técnicas são seguras, eficazes com mesmo grau de satisfação e aceitabilidade. O bloqueio seletivo de ambos os nervos apresentou analgesia satisfatória, com a vantagem de proporcionar bloqueio motor restrito ao ombro.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Las cirugías artroscópicas del hombro cursan con un intenso dolor postoperatorio. Diversas técnicas analgésicas han sido preconizadas

  17. Agent Standards Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The innovation of the work herein proposed is the development of standards for software autonomous agents. These standards are essential to achieve software...

  18. Programming Service Oriented Agents

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    Hirsch, Benjamin; Konnerth, Thomas; Burkhardt, Michael; Albayrak, Sahin

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a programming language for service-oriented agents. JADL++ combines the ease of use of scripting-languages with a state-of-the-art service oriented approach which allows the seamless integration of web-services. Furthermore, the language includes OWL-based ontologies for semantic descriptions of data and services, thus allowing agents to make intelligent decisions about service calls.

  19. Produção de mudas de alface em substrato alternativo com adubação Production of lettuce seedlings using alternative substrates and fertilizer

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    Luiz Antonio Augusto Gomes

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Substratos alternativos, além de permitirem a produção de mudas de qualidade, reduzem os custos de produção. Neste trabalho avaliou-se a produção de mudas de alface (Lactuca sativa L. utilizando misturas de casca de arroz carbonizada e húmus de minhoca com diferentes doses de SulPoMag®. O trabalho foi desenvolvido nas instalações da HortiAgro Sementes Ltda, em Ijaci (MG. Utilizou-se o delineamento de blocos casualizados, com cinco tratamentos e quatro repetições, sendo os tratamentos 1: 70% de húmus de minhoca (HM e 30% de casca de arroz carbonizada (CAC, adicionados de 12,2 g de fosfato de Arad (FA por litro da mistura, e tratamentos 2, 3 e 4: com as mesmas quantidades de HM, CAC, e FA, adicionadas, respectivamente, de 2,0; 4,0 e 8,0 g de SulPoMag®. Como testemunha utilizou-se o substrato comercial Bioplant®. Avaliaram-se as características de massa fresca de parte aérea (MFPA e raiz (MFRZ; massa seca de parte aérea (MSPA e raiz (MSRZ; teor de matéria seca de parte aérea (TMSPA e raiz (TMSRZ e condutividade elétrica (CE em dS m-1 dos substratos. O substrato comercial e o tratamento 1 apresentaram maiores valores de MFPA e MSPA. Os outros tratamentos, independentemente das doses de SulPoMag®, não diferiram entre si para MFPA. Para MSPA, o comportamento foi o mesmo, à exceção do tratamento 3, que foi semelhante ao tratamento 1 e ao substrato comercial. O aumento das doses de SulPoMag® resultou em uma elevação da condutividade elétrica para todos os tratamentos de forma linear. A produção de mudas de alface semelhante àquela obtida com o substrato comercial é viável, utilizando-se matéria prima obtida na propriedade. A produção de MFPA foi afetada negativamente pela adição de SulPoMag® ao substrato.Alternative substrates, besides allowing the production of quality seedlings, reduce the production costs. In this work we evaluated the production of lettuce seedlings (Lactuca sativa L. using mixtures of

  20. Polar S810 como recurso alternativo ao eletrocardiograma no teste de exercício de 4 segundos Polar S810 como recurso alternativo al electrocardiograma en la prueba de ejercicio de 4 segundos Polar S810 as an alternative resource to the use of the electrocardiogram in the 4-second exercise test

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    Alan Santos Pimentel

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O teste de exercício de 4 segundos (T4s avalia o tônus vagal cardíaco durante o transiente inicial da frequência cardíaca (FC, em exercício dinâmico súbito, por meio da identificação do índice vagal cardíaco (IVC obtido a partir do eletrocardiograma (ECG. OBJETIVO: Testar a utilização do monitor de frequência cardíaca (MFC Polar S810 como recurso alternativo ao ECG na aplicação do T4s. MÉTODOS: Neste trabalho, 49 indivíduos do sexo masculino (25 ± 20 anos, 176 ± 12 cm, 74 ± 6 kg realizaram o T4s. Os intervalos RR foram registrados simultaneamente por ECG e MFC. Calcularam-se média e desvio padrão do último intervalo RR do período pré-exercício ou o primeiro do período de exercício, aquele que for mais longo (RRB, do mais curto intervalo RR do período de exercício (RRC e do IVC obtidos por ECG e MFC. Utilizou-se o teste t de Student para amostras dependentes (p FUNDAMENTO: El test de ejercicio de 4 segundos (T4s evalúa el tono vagal cardíaco durante el transiente inicial de la frecuencia cardíaca (FC, en ejercicio dinámico súbito, por medio de la identificación del índice vagal cardíaco (IVC obtenido a partir del electrocardiograma (ECG. OBJETIVO: Probar la utilización del monitor de frecuencia cardiaca (MFC Polar S810 como recurso alternativo al ECG en la aplicación del T4s. MÉTODOS: En este trabajo, 49 individuos del sexo masculino (25 ± 20 años, 176 ±12 cm, 74 ± 6 kg llevaron el T4s. Los intervalos RR fueron registrados simultáneamente por ECG y MFC. Se calcularon el promedio y la desviación estándar del último intervalo RR del período pre ejercicio o el primer del período de ejercicio, aquel que fuera más largo (RRB, del más corto intervalo RR del período de ejercicio (RRC y del IVC obtenidos por ECG y MFC. Se utilizó la prueba t de Student para muestras dependientes (P BACKGROUND: The 4-second exercise test (T4s evaluates the cardiac vagal tone during the initial heart

  1. Biological Warfare Agents

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    Dev Vrat Kamboj

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available There is a long historic record of use of biological warfare (BW agents by warring countriesagainst their enemies. However, the frequency of their use has increased since the beginningof the twentieth century. World war I witnessed the use of anthrax agent against human beingsand animals by Germans, followed by large-scale field trials by Japanese against war prisonersand Chinese population during world war II. Ironically, research and development in biologicalwarfare agents increased tremendously after the Geneva Protocol, signed in 1925, because ofits drawbacks which were overcome by Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC in1972. Biological warfare programme took back seat after the 1972 convention but biologicalagents regained their importance after the bioterrorist attacks of anthrax powder in 2001. In thelight of these attacks, many of which turned out to be hoax, general awareness is required aboutbiological warfare agents that can be used against them. This review has been written highlightingimportant biological warfare agents, diseases caused by them, possible therapies and otherprotection measures.

  2. Controle da antracnose na pós-colheita de bananas-'prata' com produtos alternativos aos agrotóxicos convencionais Postharvest control of antracnose in 'prata' bananas with alternatives products to conventional pesticides

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    Ricardo José Zimmermann de Negreiros

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Produtos alternativos aos agrotóxicos convencionais foram avaliados no controle da antracnose causada por Colletotrichum musae em pós-colheita de bananas 'Prata' [Musa spp. (AAB]. Foram utilizados buquês com três frutos, com diâmetro médio de 32 mm a 36 mm, no estádio pré-climatérico, com coloração de casca totalmente verde. Os frutos foram pulverizados com uma suspensão de conídios de C. musae, na concentração de 2,5x10(5 conídios/mL e mantidos em câmara úmida a 25 ºC, por 24 horas. Após esse período, foram pulverizados com as caldas dos produtos alternativos extrato cítrico 'Biogermex', óleo de nim 'Organic Neem' e óleo de alho 'Probinatu', na concentração de 10,0 mL/L, óleo de pimenta-longa e óleo de cravo-da-índia na concentração de 5,0 mL/L e quitosana na concentração de 10,0 mg/mL, além do fungicida Tectoï SC (tiabendazol na concentração de 0,65 mL/L. Água destilada foi utilizada como tratamento-testemunha. Os frutos tratados com quitosana, óleo de nim e óleo de alho tiveram a severidade da doença reduzida. O óleo de alho foi o produto mais eficiente, com redução também da incidência da doença. A qualidade dos frutos não foi depreciada por nenhum dos tratamentos alternativos nas concentrações utilizadas.Alternatives products to conventional pesticides in the control of anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum musae after harvest of 'Prata' banana [Musa spp. (AAB] were evaluated. Fruits with an average diameter of 32-36 mm were selected at the pre-climacteric stage, with a peel color index of 1 (totally green peel. Hands were subdivided into clusters of three fruits. The fruits were sprayed with a conidial suspension of C. musae at a concentration of 2.5 x 10(5 conidia/mL and were kept in a moist chamber at 25°C for 24 hours. After this period, fruits were sprayed with the alternative products 'Biogermex' citric extract, 'Organic Neem' oil and 'Probinatu' garlic oil at a concentration of 10.0 m

  3. Agent Oriented Programming进展%Advances in Agent Oriented Programming

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    王一川; 石纯一

    2002-01-01

    Agent-oriented programming (AOP) is a framework to develop agents, and it aims to link the gap betweentheory and practical in agent research. The core of an AOP framework is its language and semantics. In this paper,we propose the necessary properties which agents should have, and then give a summary and analysis about differentAOP languages based on these properties.

  4. Developing Enculturated Agents

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    Rehm, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    on our cultural profiles that provide us with heuristics of behavior and interpretation. Thus, integrating cultural aspects of communicative behaviors in virtual agents and thus enculturating such systems seems to be inevitable. But culture is a multi-defined domain and thus a number of pitfalls arise......Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) are complex multimodal systems with rich verbal and nonverbal repertoires. There human-like appearance raises severe expectations regarding natural communicative behaviors on the side of the user. But what is regarded as “natural” is to a large degree dependent...... that have to be avoided in the endeavor. This chapter presents some of the pitfalls for enculturating interactive systems and presents strategies on how to avoid these pitfalls in relation to the standard development process of Embodied Conversational Agents....

  5. Agents unleashed a public domain look at agent technology

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    Wayner, Peter

    1995-01-01

    Agents Unleashed: A Public Domain Look at Agent Technology covers details of building a secure agent realm. The book discusses the technology for creating seamlessly integrated networks that allow programs to move from machine to machine without leaving a trail of havoc; as well as the technical details of how an agent will move through the network, prove its identity, and execute its code without endangering the host. The text also describes the organization of the host's work processing an agent; error messages, bad agent expulsion, and errors in XLISP-agents; and the simulators of errors, f

  6. El agente encubierto

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    Anaya Marcos, María del Carmen

    2015-01-01

    [ES] El trabajo versa sobre la figura del agente encubierto. Debemos enmarcar tal medida de investigación dentro del ámbito de la criminalidad organizada. Actualmente, estamos asistiendo a una proliferación de la delincuencia organizada. La sociedad ha evolucionado, y con ella la delincuencia. Fruto de tal evolución fue necesario incluir en nuestra Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal medidas extraordinarias de investigación, y una de ellas es el agente encubierto. Se trata de una medida muy polémi...

  7. Avaliação de materiais alternativos em substituição à maravalha como cama de aviário Alternative material to replace wood shavings as broiler litter

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    Valdir Silveira de Avila

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de testar materiais alternativos para cama de aviário na criação de frangos de corte, foram alojados seis lotes consecutivos, cada um contendo 5.600 aves, apenas fêmeas, distribuídas em 35 boxes. Os tratamentos consistiram de sete tipos de material para cama (maravalha; casca de arroz; sabugo de milho triturado; capim-cameron picado; palhada de soja picada; resto da cultura do milho picado; e serragem, cada um com cinco repetições. Avaliaram-se nas aves o peso corporal médio e o consumo médio de ração e, nas camas, os teores de N, Ca, P e pH. Observaram-se ainda a presença de salmonela, a contagem de oocistos de eimeria na cama e o escore de lesões no intestino das aves ao abate. A utilização dos materiais alternativos avaliados como cama de aviário, por seis lotes consecutivos, como alternativas à maravalha não prejudicou o desempenho de frangos de corte. Esses materiais, após o descarte, por apresentarem valor em minerais superior ao da maravalha, podem ser utilizados na adubação de culturas.Aiming to evaluate alternative materials to be used as broiler litter reutilization, six consecutive lots of 5,600 female broilers were allocated to 35 pens. The treatments consisted of seven types of litter materials: wood shavings, rice husk, ground corncob, chopped camerongrass, chopped soybean straw, chopped corn stalk and sawdust, each one with five replications. In the birds, it was evaluated the average body weight, feed consumption and in the litter, it was evaluated the contents of N, Ca, P and pH. The presence of salmoella, the eimeria oocists counting in the litter, and the gut birds lesions score at slaughter were also observed. The use of alternative materials evaluated as litter, per six concecutive lots, as a alternative for wood shavings did no prejudice the performance of broilers. These materials, by presenting mineral values higher than wood shavings, after discarding, could be used as culture

  8. Germinação de Aechmea nudicaulis (L. Griseb. (Bromeliaceae em diferentes substratos alternativos ao pó de xaxim = Germination of Aechmea nudicaulis (L. Griseb. (Bromeliaceae in different substracts as alternatives to Dicksonia sellowiana Hook

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    Adilson Anacleto

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a germinação das sementes de Aechmea nudicaulis (L. Griseb. (Bromeliaceae. As tentativas de produção desta espécie, a partir de sementes, têm ocorrido de forma empírica, utilizando-se substrato à base de pó de xaxim (Dicksonia sellowiana Hook., que tem restrições de uso, por estar ameaçada de extinção. Foram testados cinco tipos alternativos de substratos de fácil acessibilidade: húmus de minhoca, areia, fibra de casca de coco, serapilheira e Plantmax®. O experimento foi realizado em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições e 50 sementes por unidade experimental, àtemperatura ambiente, em viveiro rústico, coberto com sombrite (70%. Leituras semanais foram efetuadas, durante 70 dias. A melhor performance, como substituto alternativo, foi a da serapilheira, que apresentou valores de germinação de 79,5% e sobrevivência de 97%,estatisticamente similares aos obtidos com xaxim (78%; 94,75%; Tukey, p For this study, the germination of Aechmea nudicaulis (L. Griseb. (Bromeliaceae was evaluated. Production attempts from seeds for this species have taken place in an empirical form, using substratebased on xaxim (Dicksonia sellowiana Hook. powder, the use of which is currently restricted, as it is an endangered species. Five easily accessible alternative substratum were tested: worm humus, sand, coconut shell fiber, forest litter, and Plantmax®. The experiment wasconducted using a completely randomized design, with four replications and 50 seeds per experimental unit, at room temperature in a rustic nursery covered with 70% shade cloth. Weekly readings were performed during 70 days. The best alternative as a substitute toxaxim was forest litter, due to its germinability of 79.5% and survival rates of 97%, significantly similar to xaxim (78%; 94.75%; Tukey p < 0,05. Additionally, this product features positive characteristics such as high availability, low cost, and easy recycling.

  9. Programming multi-agent systems

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    Dastani, Mehdi

    2015-01-01

    With the significant advances in the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems in the last decade, promising technologies for the development and engineering of multi-agent systems have emerged. The result is a variety of agent-oriented programming languages, development frameworks, executio

  10. Software Agent Techniques in Design

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    Hartvig, Susanne C

    1998-01-01

    This paper briefly presents studies of software agent techniques and outline aspects of these which can be applied in design agents in integrated civil engineering design environments.......This paper briefly presents studies of software agent techniques and outline aspects of these which can be applied in design agents in integrated civil engineering design environments....

  11. Trading Agents for Roaming Users

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    Boman, Magnus; Bylund, Markus; Espinoza, Fredrik; Danielson, Mats; Lyback, David

    2002-01-01

    Some roaming users need services to manipulate autonomous processes. Trading agents running on agent trade servers are used as a case in point. We present a solution that provides the agent owners with means to upkeeping their desktop environment, and maintaining their agent trade server processes, via a briefcase service.

  12. Agents of Change

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    Hansen, Jens Aage; Lehmann, Martin

    2004-01-01

    at large, it emphasises universities as key change agents and providers in new learning, including tools such as project based and problem oriented learning (PBL) as well as information and communication technology (ICT); as providers of competent and motivated graduates to fill key positions in society...

  13. Programming Agents with Emotions

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    Dastani, Mehdi; Floor, Chr.; Meyer, John-Jules Charles

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we show how a cognitive agent programming language can be endowed with ways to program emotions. In particular we show how the programming language 2APL can be augmented so that it can work together with the computational emotion model ALMA to deal with appraisal, emotion/mood generati

  14. The need for agents

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    Abolfazlian, Ali Reza Kian

    1996-01-01

    I denne artikel arbejder vi med begrebet Intelligent Software Agents (ISAs), som autonomous, social, reactive, proactive og subservient computer systemer. Baseret på socialt psykologiske argumenter viser jeg endvidere, hvordan både den menneskelige natur og det teknologiske stadium, som mennesket...

  15. SECOND BUYING AGENT

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    2000-01-01

    Last year the buying agent LOGITRADE started operations on the CERN site, processing purchasing requests for well-defined families of products up to a certain value. It was planned from the outset that a second buying agent would be brought in to handle the remaining product families. So, according to that plan, the company CHARLES KENDALL will be commencing operations at CERN on 8 May 2000 in Building 73, 1st floor, offices 31 and 35 (phone and fax numbers to be announced).Each buying agent will have its own specific list of product families and will handle purchasing requests up to 10'000 CHF.Whenever possible they will provide the requested supplies at a price (including the cost of their own services) which must be equivalent to or lower than the price mentioned on the purchasing request, changing the supplier if necessary. If a lower price cannot be obtained, agents will provide the necessary administrative support free of charge.To ensure that all orders are processed in the best possible conditions, us...

  16. Tabela de vida de fertilidade de três espécies neotropicais de Trichogrammatidae em ovos de hospedeiros alternativos como critério de seleção hospedeira Fertility life table of three neotropical species of Trichogrammatidae on factitious hosts as a criterion for selection of hosts

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    Nivia da Silva Dias

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Tabela de vida de fertilidade de três espécies neotropicais de Trichogrammatidae em ovos de hospedeiros alternativos como critério de seleção hospedeira. O objetivo deste trabalho foi selecionar o hospedeiro alternativo que permita o melhor desenvolvimento das três espécies neotropicais de tricogramatídeos, Trichogramma atopovirilia Oatman & Platner, 1983; Trichogramma bruni Nagaraja, 1983 e Trichogrammatoidea annulata De Santis, 1972, utilizando-se como parâmetro comparativo as tabelas de vida de fertilidade nos respectivos hospedeiros. Foram estimados a duração média de uma geração (T, taxa líquida de reprodução (Ro, razão infinitesimal (r m e a razão finita de aumento (λ. A tabela de vida de fertilidade pode ser utilizada para selecionar o hospedeiro alternativo mais adequado para as espécies de tricogramatídeos. Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton, 1865 (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae foi o hospedeiro alternativo mais adequado para criação de T. annulata e de T. bruni, enquanto que para T. atopovirilia, Anagasta kuehniella (Zeller, 1879 (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae e/ou C. cephalonica foram os hospedeiros mais adequados. Sitotroga cerealella (Olivier, 1819 (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae apresentou baixa capacidade de aumento populacional para as três espécies de parasitóides, sendo, portanto, uma espécie inadequada como hospedeiro alternativo para as mesmas.The objective of this work was to select the factitious host that permit the best development of three neotropical Trichogrammatidae species, Trichogramma atopovirilia Oatman & Platner, 1983; Trichogramma bruni Nagaraja, 1983, and Trichogrammatoidea annulata De Santis, 1972, using the fertility life table on their respective hosts as a comparative parameter. Mean generation time (T, net reproductive rate (Ro, intrinsic rate of natural increase (r m and the finite rate of increase (λ were estimated. A fertility life table is useful to select the most adequate factitious hosts for the

  17. Build Autonomic Agents with ABLE

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    吴吉义

    2007-01-01

    The IBM Agent Building and Learning Environment(ABLE) provides a lightweight Java~(TM) agent frame- work,a comprehensive JavaBeansTM library of intelligent software components,a set of development and test tools, and an agent platform.After the introduction to ABLE,classes and interfaces in the ABLE agent framework were put forward.At last an autonomic agent that is an ABLE-based architecture for incrementally building autonomic systems was discussed.

  18. Acción social y educación en valores a través de los medios de comunicación: modelos alternativos de producción informativa de calidad

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    Santiago Gallur Santorum

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo pretende exponer cómo un grupo de medios de comunicación con paradigmas alternativos de producción informativa puede lograr la educación en valores y la acción social. El texto que a continuación se presenta corresponde a una pequeña parte de una amplia investigación 1 centrada en la importancia del contexto de violencia en la producción informativa. En ella se comprueba como la selección de los hechos que son difundidos como noticias a través de los valores noticia tradicionales es sustituida en los medios de comunicación no convencionales por una forma alternativa, en la cobertura de dos situaciones de violencia extrema concretas: el narcotráfico en México y el feminicidio de Ciudad Juárez. Esto, a la vez, sienta un ejemplo a las nuevas generaciones, sirviendo como un claro compromiso con la educación en valores y la acción social, y más aun teniendo en cuenta que los medios tradicionales han sido ampliamente cuestionados porque algunas de sus prácticas profesionales (sobre todo el sensacionalismo sientan penosos ejemplos para las nuevas generaciones.

  19. Métodos de alimentação alternativos para recém-nascidos prematuros Métodos de alimentación alternativa para recién-nacidos prematuros Alternative feeding methods for premature newborn infants

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    Claudia Peyres Lopez

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar revisão de literatura sobre o uso do copo/xícara como método alternativo de alimentação para recém-nascidos prematuros e verificar se há consenso sobre sua indicação para essa população. FONTES DE DADOS: Revisão de literatura narrativa, tendo sido selecionados artigos nas bases de dados Medline, Lilacs, SciELO e Cochrane, independentemente do ano, usando descritores específicos: alimentação artificial, recém-nascido prematuro, aleitamento materno, métodos de alimentação. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: Apesar de alguns estudos afirmarem que o método do copo/xícara é eficaz e seguro para alimentar recém-nascidos pré-termo e a termo, tais estudos não avaliam de forma objetiva o efeito do método sobre a deglutição desses pacientes. CONCLUSÕES: Verificou-se não haver consenso na literatura quanto à complementação da alimentação de recém-nascidos prematuros por meio do copo/xícara. Estudos controlados devem ser realizados com a finalidade de rever riscos e benefícios do uso de métodos alternativos na alimentação do recém-nascido prematuro.OBJETIVO: Presentar revisión de literatura sobre el uso de vaso/taza como método alternativo de alimentación para recién-nacidos prematuros y verificar si hay consenso sobre su indicación para esta población. FUENTES DE DATOS: Revisión de literatura narrativa, habiendo sido seleccionados artículos en las bases de datos Medline, Lilacs, SciELO y Cochrane, independientemente del año, usando descriptores específicos: alimentación artificial, recién-nacido prematuro, lactancia materna, métodos de alimentación. SÍNTESIS DE LOS DATOS: Aunque algunos estudios afirmen que el método vaso/taza es eficaz y seguro para alimentar a recién-nacidos pre-término y a término, tales estudios no evalúan de modo objetivo el efecto del método sobre la deglución de estos pacientes. CONCLUSIONES: Se verificó que no hay consenso en la literatura respecto a la

  20. Ocupação, bem-estar e satisfação de vida: a experiência de um modelo alternativo de estágio em terapia ocupacional na Austrália

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    Luzia Iara Pfeifer

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se um modelo alternativo de estágio em terapia ocupacional desenvolvido na Deakin University - Austrália, denominado Ocupação, bem-estar e satisfação de vida - Occupation, wellness and life-satisfaction (OWLS. O OWLS oferece, aos estudantes, a oportunidade de atuação em contextos não tradicionais, permitindo um aprendizado estratégico em ambientes não clínicos, incluindo o trabalho com outros profissionais não-terapeutas ocupacionais e com diferentes culturas de trabalho e práticas, em resposta a lacunas identificadas na comunidade. Favorece oportunidades para desenvolver habilidades, tais como: a promoção da saúde, avaliação e educação em saúde e intervenção em escolas, melhorando, assim, a saúde e o bem-estar da comunidade. O programa tem contribuído para o desenvolvimento de novos projetos, com resultados positivos alcançados pelos estudantes, representando uma importante estratégia de ensino para capacitação do profissional de terapia ocupacional, ampliando, assim, a área de atuação.

  1. Aplicación del paradigma alternativo a un estudio de usuarios en el área de la información en Ciencias Sociales en el Uruguay: un aporte metodológico

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    María Cristina Pérez, Martha Sabelli

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available se presenta una síntesis teórico-metodológica de la investigación sobre necesidades y comportamientos de uso de información de los especialistas del área Ciencias Sociales, aplicada como primera etapa del estudio internacional de los usuarios reales y potenciales de la Red IDIN. Se enmarca en el paradigma alternativo de los Estudios de Usuarios, ubicando al usuario en tiempo y espacio, analizando su comportamiento en relación a canales, tipos de información, fuentes, tecnologías en diversos contextos. Mediante la Encuesta con entrevista y aplicando la técnica de “incidente crítico”, el usuario puede describir individualmente y desde su percepción sus propias experiencias reales en relación con la información. Los resultados obtenidos, a través de un análisis cuantitativo y cualitativo, son insumo básico para el diseño de productos y servicios de “valor agregado”.

  2. Perioperative allergy: uncommon agents.

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    Caimmi, S; Caimmi, D; Cardinale, F; Indinnimeo, L; Crisafulli, G; Peroni, D G; Marseglia, G L

    2011-01-01

    Anesthesia may often be considered as a high-risk procedure and anaphylaxis remains a major cause of concern for anesthetists who routinely administer many potentially allergenic agents. Neuromuscular blocking agents, latex and antibiotics are the substances involved in most of the reported reactions. Besides these three agents, a wide variety of substances may cause an anaphylactic reaction during anesthesia. Basically all the administered drugs or substances may be potential causes of anaphylaxis. Among them, those reported the most in literature include hypnotics, opioids, local anesthetics, colloids, dye, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Iodinated Contrast Media (ICM), antiseptics, aprotinin, ethylene oxyde and formaldehyde, and protamine and heparins. No premedication can effectively prevent an allergic reaction and a systematic preoperative screening is not justified for all patients; nevertheless, an allergy specialist should evaluate those patients with a history of anesthesia-related allergy. Patients must be fully informed of investigation results, and advised to provide a detailed report prior to future anesthesia. PMID:22014927

  3. SAM : Semantic Agent Model for SWRL rule-based agents

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    Subercaze, Julien; Maret, Pierre

    2010-01-01

    International audience SemanticWeb technologies are part of multi-agent engineering, especially regarding knowledge base support. Recent advances in the field of logic for the semantic web enable a new range of applications. Among them, programming agents based on semantic rules is a promising field. In this paper we present a semantic agent model that allows SWRL programming of agents. Our approach, based on the extended finite state machine concept, results in a three layers architecture...

  4. Avances en la evaluación de la sensibilización dérmica mediante métodos alternativos.

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    Alejandro A; A García-Bilbao; C Aristimuño

    2014-01-01

    La sensibilización dérmica constituye uno de los efectos adversos sobre la piel más común en las enfermedades laborales y que además afecta a toda la población al ser causada por productos químicos que son frecuentemente utilizados en el hogar, tanto aquellos destinados a la limpieza como a los productos de higiene personal. La necesidad de evaluar el posible daño que puede causar un agente químico sobre la piel, en lo que conocemos como sensibilización dérmica, está recogido en las distintas...

  5. The Power Trading Agent Competition

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    Ketter, W.; Collins, J.; REDDY, P; Flath, C.

    2011-01-01

    This is the specification for the Power Trading Agent Competition for 2011 (Power TAC 2011). Agents are simulations of electrical power brokers, who must compete with each other for both power production and consumption, and manage their portfolios.

  6. Agents Play Mix-game

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    Gou, C

    2005-01-01

    In mix-game which is an extension of minority game, there are two groups of agents; group1 plays the majority game, but the group2 plays the minority game. This paper studies the change of the average winnings of agents and volatilities vs. the change of mixture of agents in mix-game model. It finds that the correlations between the average winnings of agents and the mean of local volatilities are different with different combinations of agent memory length when the proportion of agents in group 1 increases. This study result suggests that memory length of agents in group1 be smaller than that of agent in group2 when mix-game model is used to simulate the financial markets.

  7. The Power Trading Agent Competition

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    W. Ketter (Wolfgang); J. Collins (John); P. Reddy (Prashant); C. Flath (Christoph)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractThis is the specification for the Power Trading Agent Competition for 2011 (Power TAC 2011). Agents are simulations of electrical power brokers, who must compete with each other for both power production and consumption, and manage their portfolios.

  8. Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange

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    ... Enter ZIP code here Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange VA presumes Veterans' early-onset peripheral neuropathy is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service when the disease ...

  9. Mediating Performance Through Virtual Agents

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    Giannachi, Gabriella; Gillies, Marco; Kaye, Nick; Swapp, David

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the process of creation of virtual agents used in a virtual reality performance. The performance aimed to investigate how drama and performance could inform the creation of virtual agents and also how virtual reality could raise questions for drama and performance. The virtual agents were based on the performance of 2 actors. This paper describes the process of preparing the actors, capturing their performances and transferring them to the virtual agents. A second set of a...

  10. Cultural Differentiation of Negotiating Agents

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    Hofstede, G.J.; Jonker, C.M.; Verwaart, D.

    2012-01-01

    Negotiations proceed differently across cultures. For realistic modeling of agents in multicultural negotiations, the agents must display culturally differentiated behavior. This paper presents an agent-based simulation model that tackles these challenges, based on Hofstede’s model of national cultu

  11. Cultural differentiation of negotiating agents

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    Hofstede, G.J.; Jonker, C.M.; Verwaart, T.

    2010-01-01

    Negotiations proceed differently across cultures. For realistic modeling of agents in multicultural negotiations, the agents must display culturally differentiated behavior. This paper presents an agent-based simulation model that tackles these challenges, based on Hofstede’s model of national cultu

  12. Assigning agents to a line

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    Hougaard, Jens Leth; Moreno-Ternero, Juan D.; Østerdal, Lars Peter Raahave

    2014-01-01

    We consider the problem of assigning agents to slots on a line, where only one agent can be served at a slot and each agent prefers to be served as close as possible to his target. Our focus is on aggregate gap minimizing methods, i.e., those that minimize the total gap between targets and assigned...

  13. Chemical warfare agents

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    Vijayaraghavan R

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the Weapons of Mass Destruction, chemical warfare (CW is probably one of the most brutal created by mankind in comparison with biological and nuclear warfare. Chemical weapons are inexpensive and are relatively easy to produce, even by small terrorist groups, to create mass casualties with small quantities. The characteristics of various CW agents, general information relevant to current physical as well as medical protection methods, detection equipment available and decontamination techniques are discussed in this review article. A brief note on Chemical Weapons Convention is also provided.

  14. Secure Mobile Trade Agent

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    Musbah M. Aqe

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available E-commerce on the internet has the ability to produce millions of transactions and a great number of merchants whose supply merchandise over the internet. As a result, it is difficult for entities to roam over every site on the internet and choose the best merchandise to trade. So, in this paper we introduced a mobile trade agent that visit the sites to gather and evaluate the information from merchant servers and decide to trade goods on behalf of the user. We observed that the combination of public key cryptosystem with distributed object technology make this proposed scheme more secure and efficient than the already existed schemes.

  15. Agentes de información Information Agents

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    Alfonso López Yepes

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo realiza un repaso sobre las tipologías de agentes de información y describe aspectos como movilidad, racionalidad y adaptatividad, y el ajuste final de estos conceptos a entornos distribuidos como Internet, donde este tipo de agentes tienen un amplio grado de aplicación. Asimismo, se propone una arquitectura de agentes para un sistema multiagente de recuperación de información donde se aplica un paradigma documental basado en el concepto de ciclo documental.This article summarizes the main information agent types reflecting on issues such as mobility, rationality, adaptability and the final adjustment of this concepts to distributed environments such as the Internet, where this kind of agents has wide range application. Likewise, an information agent architecture is proposed to create a multi-agent information retrieval system in which a documentary paradigm based on the documentary cycle is developed.

  16. Lipid-lowering agents.

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    Ewang-Emukowhate, Mfon; Wierzbicki, Anthony S

    2013-09-01

    The role of lipid lowering in reducing the risk of mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease (CVD) is well established. Treatment particularly aimed at decreasing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is effective in reducing the risk of death from coronary heart disease and stroke. Statins form the cornerstone of treatment. However, in some individuals with a high risk of CVD who are unable to achieve their target LDL-C due to either intolerance or lack of efficacy, there is the need for alternative therapies. This review provides an overview of the different classes of currently available lipid-lowering medications including statins, fibrates, bile acid sequestrants (resins), and omega-3 fatty acids. Data are presented on their indications, pharmacology, and the relevant end point clinical trial data with these drugs. It also discusses the human trial data on some novel therapeutic agents that are being developed including those for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia--the antisense oligonucleotide mipomersen and the microsomal transfer protein inhibitor lomitapide. Data are presented on phase II and III trials on agents with potentially wider applications, cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors and proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 inhibitors. The data on a licensed gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency are also presented.

  17. Advances in antithrombotic agents.

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    Chakrabarti, Ranjan; Das, Saibal Kumar

    2007-07-01

    Thrombosis is the condition where an imbalance in the homeostatic mechanism results in unwanted intravascular thrombus formation. Imbalances in this highly regulated process of coagulation and anticoagulation can lead to a variety of pathophysiological conditions leading to stroke, pulmonary heart attack and other serious conditions. In the western world, thromboembolic diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Remarkable progress has occurred over the last decade in the development of antithrombotic drugs, which can be classified into 3 major categories - Anticoagulants, Antiplatelets and thrombolytics. Increased understanding of the pathobiology of thrombotic and vascular disorders has helped researchers to target novel pathways involving the coagulation, thrombolytic, fibrinolytic and integrin systems. Traditionally aspirin and unfractionated heparin was used for myocardial infarction. Newer antiplatelet agents such as, clopidogrel, GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors, low molecular weight heparin, direct thrombin inhibitors and several improved thrombolytic agents have been introduced for clinical use. This review will discuss different important drugs, which have been launched in recent years and also some new targets pursued by different companies. PMID:17630943

  18. Holograms as Teaching Agents

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    Walker, Robin A.

    2013-02-01

    Hungarian physicist Dennis Gabor won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1947 introduction of basic holographic principles, but it was not until the invention of the laser in 1960 that research scientists, physicians, technologists and the general public began to seriously consider the interdisciplinary potentiality of holography. Questions around whether and when Three-Dimensional (3-D) images and systems would impact American entertainment and the arts would be answered before educators, instructional designers and students would discover how much Three-Dimensional Hologram Technology (3DHT) would affect teaching practices and learning environments. In the following International Symposium on Display Holograms (ISDH) poster presentation, the author features a traditional board game as well as a reflection hologram to illustrate conventional and evolving Three-Dimensional representations and technology for education. Using elements from the American children's toy Operation® (Hasbro, 2005) as well as a reflection hologram of a human brain (Ko, 1998), this poster design highlights the pedagogical effects of 3-D images, games and systems on learning science. As teaching agents, holograms can be considered substitutes for real objects, (human beings, organs, and animated characters) as well as agents (pedagogical, avatars, reflective) in various learning environments using many systems (direct, emergent, augmented reality) and electronic tools (cellphones, computers, tablets, television). In order to understand the particular importance of utilizing holography in school, clinical and public settings, the author identifies advantages and benefits of using 3-D images and technology as instructional tools.

  19. Agent-oriented Software Engineering

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    GUAN Xu; CHENG Ming; LIU Bao

    2001-01-01

    An increasing number of computer systems are being viewed in terms of autonomous agents.Most people believe that agent-oriented approach is well suited to design and build complex systems. Yet. todate, little effort had been devoted to discuss the advantages of agent-oriented approach as a mainstreamsoftware engineering paradigm. Here both of this issues and the relation between object-oriented and agent-oriented will be argued. we describe an agent-oriented methodology and provide a quote for designing anauction system.

  20. Validação de métodos alternativos qualitativos na detecção de patógenos alimentares Validation of qualitative alternative methods in the detection of food-born pathogens

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    Elaine Ibrahim de Freitas

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available As Doenças de Origem Alimentar (DOA são um perigo de grande relevância para a saúde humana e para a economia dos indivíduos, famílias e nações. O risco de disseminação de microrganismos patogênicos vem crescendo continuamente, e programas de controle de qualidade microbiológica são empregados em toda a cadeia de produção alimentar a fim de minimizar o risco de infecção e/ou intoxicação. A utilização de métodos de detecção alternativos de microrganismos é uma das ferramentas que podem ser utilizadas para garantir a segurança microbiológica dos produtos. Contudo, para que a metodologia utilizada forneça resultados confiáveis é necessário que ela seja validada. A validação deve garantir, por meio de estudos experimentais, que o método atenda às exigências das aplicações analíticas, assegurando a confiabilidade dos resultados, devendo apresentar níveis adequados de acurácia, precisão, limite de detecção, robustez, repetitividade, reprodutibilidade, especificidade, linearidade e exatidão. Embora existam diversos guias descrevendo a validação de métodos analíticos, comparativamente, pouco se tem dito a respeito da validação de métodos microbiológicos e, menos ainda, de métodos moleculares. O objetivo deste trabalho é fazer uma revisão dos parâmetros necessários para validação de métodos alternativos qualitativos na detecção de patógenos alimentares.Food-Born Diseases (FBD are a considered an important hazard for human health and the economy on individual, family and national level. The risk of dissemination of pathogens increases continuously and microbiological quality control programs are employed in the entire food chain in order to minimize the risk of infection and/or intoxication. The use of alternative methods for the detection of microorganisms is one of the tools for granting the microbiological safety of the products. For obtaining reliable results however the method needs to be

  1. Métodos alternativos para contagem de micro-organismos em carcaças suínas Alternative methods for the enumeration of microorganisms in swine carcasses

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    Cristhiane Stecanella de Oliveira Cattani

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Micro-organismos estão presentes em toda a cadeia de processamento da carne, desde a matéria-prima até o produto final e compete aos programas de qualidade industrial verificar se existe contaminação na matéria-prima e nos produtos finais para, dessa forma, garantir um produto seguro ao consumidor. Para tanto, faz-se necessário utilizar metodologias alternativas à convencional na rotina diagnóstica dos laboratórios para obtenção de resultados confiáveis e em menor tempo possível. Com objetivo de verificar e comparar a correlação e o tempo de processamento, da metodologia convencional com as metodologias alternativas do sistema PetrifilmTM (3M e sistema TEMPO® (bioMeriéux, foi realizada contagem de micro-organismos mesófilos, de enterobactérias e de Escherichia coli. As amostras foram coletadas da superfície de carcaças suínas em um abatedouro com Inspeção Federal no Estado de Santa Catarina, Brasil. A contagem de micro-organismos mesófilos, de enterobactérias e Escherichia coli foi feita por meio de ensaios realizados com os métodos alternativos TEMPO®, Petrifilm™ e o método convencional de contagem de micro-organismos em placas. Após análise estatística, o coeficiente de correlação de Pearson (r demonstrou fortes correlações, acima de 0.70 entre as metodologias utilizadas para a contagem de enterobactérias e micro-organismos mesófilos, porém demonstrou moderada correlação, entre 0.30 a 0.70, para o diagnóstico de Escherichia coli. O uso dos métodos alternativos testados em substituição à metodologia convencional pode ser utilizado para diagnóstico de Escherichia coli, enterobactérias e micro-organismos mesófilos, por haver concordância entre os resultados encontrados, acrescido da rapidez dessas metodologias com benefício direto para a indústria de carne suína.Micro-organisms are present throughout the meat processing chain, from raw materials until finished product. Industrial quality

  2. Efeito do cruzamento entre diferentes genótipos para uso em sistemas alternativos de frango de corte = Effect of crossing between different genotypes for use in alternative broiler systems

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    Olmiro Bochi Brum

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o desempenho de híbridos avícolas para atender ademanda de material genético em sistemas alternativos de criação. Foram utilizados 648 pintainhos de corte de ambos os sexos, provenientes do cruzamento entre reprodutores de corte e das raças Rhodes Island Red, White Plymouth Rock e Barred Plymouth Rock, distribuídos em seis tratamentos com seis repetições e 18 aves em cada unidade experimental, sendo o período de avaliação de um a 56 dias de idade. As características avaliadas foram: peso corporal (PC, ganho de peso (GP, consumo alimentar (CR, conversão alimentar (CA, e peso de carcaça (PCA, pernas (PCS e peito (PP. O delineamento experimental foi o inteiramente casualizado, com seis tratamentos de seis repetições cada. Foi realizado análise de variância, e quando significativo no nível de 5% de probabilidade aplicou-se o teste de Tukey. O PC aos 56 dias, bem como o GP de um a 56 dias foi significativamente inferior para híbridos oriundos do cruzamento entre machos reprodutores de corte e fêmeas White Plymouth Rock, resultado semelhante também foi encontrado nos parâmetros PCA e PCS, porém o PP não apresentou diferença significativa. Dessa forma, não se recomenda a criação do híbrido resultante deste cruzamento em sistemas alternativos.Aimed to evaluate the performance of poultry hybrids to meet demandfor genetic material in alternative systems of creation. It was used 648 chicks of both sexes from the crossing between, broilers breeders males and of races Rhodes Island Red, White Plymouth Rock and Barred Plymouth Rock, distributed in six treatments with six replicates and 18 birds in each experimental unit, being the period rating from one to 56 days of age. The caracteristics evaluated were: body weight (PC, weight gain (GP, feed intake (CR, feed conversion (CA, and carcass weight (PCA, legs (PCS and chest (PP. The experimental design was completely randomized design with six treatments with

  3. Los sistemas de barrancos mexicanos, un recurso potencial para el turismo alternativo. El caso de los Barrancos del río Calderón, Estado de México

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    José Isabel Juan Pérez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El sistema de barrancos del río Calderón, ubicado al sureste del Estado de México,que comprende porciones de los municipios de Villa Guerrero, Ixtapan de La Sal y Zumpahuacán, representa un elemento geográfico de trascendencia para las familias de la región. En este lugar coexisten diversos ecosistemas con elementos geográficos, paisajísticos, geomorfológicos, hidrológicos y amplia biodiversidad que pueden ser utilizados para el turismo alternativo. Mediante el método geográfico, incluyendo cartografía automatizada, fotointerpretación y trabajo de campo, se determinó el potencial natural y sociocultural que posee el sistema de barrancos. La investigación se sustentó en la Teoría General de Sistemas y la Ecología Cultural, complementándose con fundamentos de Geografía Cultural y conceptos de Turismo, que permitieron analizar a los barrancos como un sistema integrado en el que convergen componentes físicos, biológicos y socioculturales. El resultado más relevante es que los elementos bióticos y abióticos del sistema de barrancos están siendo impactados por las actividades económicas y extractivas de los pobladores de la región, sin embargo, aún poseen recursos que mediante un programa de manejo pueden ser utilizados para realizar actividades ecoturísticas encaminadas al desarrollo local, las que al mismo tiempo coadyuven a la protección de los elementos naturales más representativos del sistema.

  4. MORBIDITY AGENTS: A REVIEW

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    Shrivastava Neelesh

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper discuss on clinical representation of morbid jealousy which often termed delusional jealousy or ‘Othello Syndrome’ is a psychiatric condition where a lover believes against all reason and their beloved is being sexually unfaithful. Patients will be preoccupied with their partner’s perceived lack of sexual fidelity and will often behave in an unacceptable or extreme way as they endeavor to prove their ideas. Misuse of any psychomotor is an important association cause morbidity jealousy agents, like CNS stimulants that release the catecholamine, particularly dopamine, from pre synaptic terminals substance should be treated as a priority. Where higher levels of violence are reported Sildenafil may be useful as a diagnostic as well as therapeutic test in such cases .Many studies have shown an association between high alcohol consumption and developing morbid jealousy. Amphetamine-induced psychosis has been extensively studied because of its close resemblance to schizophrenia.

  5. Product and Agent

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    Montecino, Alex; Valero, Paola

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we will explore how the “mathematics teacher” becomes a subject and, at the same time, is subjected as part of diverse dispositive of power. We argue that the mathematics teacher becomes both a product and a social agent, which has been set, within current societies, from the ideas...... of globalization, social progress, and competitive logic. For our approximation, we use the concepts societies of control, dispositive, and discourses from a Foucault–Deleuze toolbox. Our purpose is to cast light on the social and cultural constitution of the ways of thinking about the mathematics teacher. Hence......, our critical examination offers understandings about how mathematics teachers are part of the larger cultural politics of schooling and education....

  6. Mushrooms as therapeutic agents

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    Sushila Rathee

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Mushrooms have been known for their nutritional and culinary values and used as medicines and tonics by humans for ages. In modern terms, they can be considered as functional foods which can provide health benefits beyond the traditional nutrients. There are monographs that cover the medicinal and healing properties of some individual traditional mushrooms. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in mushrooms not only as a health food which is rich in protein but also as a source of biologically active compounds of medicinal value which include complementary medicine/dietary supplements for anticancer, antiviral, hepatoprotective, immunopotentiating and hypocholesterolemic agents. However the mechanisms of the various health benefits of mushrooms to humans still require intensive investigation, especially given the emergence of new evidence of their health benefits. In the present paper the medicinal potential of mushrooms is being discussed.

  7. Newer Hemostatic Agents.

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    Franchini, Massimo; Favaloro, Emmanuel J; Lippi, Giuseppe

    2015-10-01

    The mainstay of treatment of inherited coagulation disorders is based on the infusion of the deficient clotting factor, when available. Significant advances have been made over the past two decades in the production and availability of factor replacement products. In spite of such progression, several issue are still unsolved, the most important being the need for frequent factor concentrate infusions and the development of inhibitory alloantibodies. To overcome these important limitations, several newer hemostatic agents with an extended half-life are at an advanced stage of clinical development. After a brief overview of hemostasis, this narrative review summarizes the current knowledge on the most promising novel products for hemostasis. The current status of gene therapy for hemophilia, the only therapeutic option to definitively cure this inherited bleeding disorder, is also concisely discussed. PMID:25893779

  8. Microencapsulation of chemotherapeutic agents

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    Mixing various amounts of chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatinum, 5-fluorouracil, mitomycin-C, and adriamycin with polymers such as poly-d, 1-lactide, ethylhydroxyethylcellulose, and polycaprolactone, several kinds of microcapsules were made. Among them, microcapsule made from ethylhydroxyethylcellulose showed best yield. Under light microscopy, the capsules were observed as particles with refractive properties. For the basic toxicity test, intraarterial administration of cisplatinum was done in 6 adult mongrel dogs. Follow-up angiography was accomplished in 2 wk intervals for 6 wks. Despite no significant difference in the histopathological examination between the embolized and normal kidneys, follow-up angiogram showed atrophy of renal cortex and diminished numbers of arterial branches in the embolized kidneys. In order to identify the structural properties of microcapsules, and to determine the drug content and the rate of release, further experiment is thought to be necessary. (Author)

  9. Hepatocytes as Immunological Agents.

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    Crispe, Ian N

    2016-01-01

    Hepatocytes are targeted for infection by a number of major human pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and malaria. However, hepatocytes are also immunological agents in their own right. In systemic immunity, they are central in the acute-phase response, which floods the circulation with defensive proteins during diverse stresses, including ischemia, physical trauma, and sepsis. Hepatocytes express a variety of innate immune receptors and, when challenged with pathogen- or damage-associated molecular patterns, can deliver cell-autonomous innate immune responses that may result in host defense or in immunopathology. Important human pathogens have evolved mechanisms to subvert these responses. Finally, hepatocytes talk directly to T cells, resulting in a bias toward immune tolerance. PMID:26685314

  10. UTBot: A Virtual Agent Platform for Teaching Agent System Design

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    In-Cheol Kim

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available We introduce UTBot, a virtual agent platform for teaching agent system design. UTBot implements a client for the Unreal Tournament game server and Gamebots system. It provides students with the basic functionality required to start developing their own intelligent virtual agents to play autonomously UT games. UTBot includes a generic agent architecture, CAA (Context-sensitive Agent Architecture, a domain-specific world model, a visualization tool, several basic strategies (represented by internal modes and internal behaviors, and skills (represented by external behaviors. The CAA architecture can support complex long-term behaviors as well as reactive short-term behaviors. It also realizes high context-sensitivity of behaviors. We also discuss our experience using UTBot as a pedagogical tool for teaching agent system design in undergraduate Artificial Intelligence course.

  11. Análise da aplicação de indicadores alternativos ao Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) na gestão do desempenho global de uma fábrica An analysis of the application of indicators alternative to Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in the management of a plant's overall performance

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    Christianne Matias Busso; Dario Ikuo Miyake

    2013-01-01

    Embora a medição do Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) seja uma prática de gestão industrial com crescente difusão, indicadores alternativos ao mesmo têm sido propostos na literatura para tratar da avaliação do desempenho num nível mais global dos sistemas de produção. O objetivo deste artigo é de apresentar e analisar tais indicadores e explorar suas possibilidades de aplicação na busca de um aproveitamento efetivo da capacidade de produção. Inicialmente, é elaborado um quadro referencial...

  12. Emprego do óleo de Melaleuca alternifolia Cheel (Myrtaceae) na odontologia: perspectivas quanto à utilização como antimicrobiano alternativo às doenças infecciosas de origem bucal Use of Melaleuca alternifolia Cheel (Myrtaceae) oil in dentistry: perspectives on its use as alternative antimicrobial to infectious diseases of oral origin

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    Oliveira, A. C. M.; Fontana, A.; T.C. Negrini; M.N.M. Nogueira; T.B.L. Bedran; C.R. Andrade; Spolidorio, L. C.; D.M.P. Spolidorio

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    O interesse por medicamentos alternativos, principalmente daqueles provenientes de extratos naturais, tem aumentado nas últimas décadas. A Melaleuca alternifolia é um arbusto pertencente ao gênero Melaleuca, popularmente conhecida como "árvore de chá", cujo principal produto é o óleo essencial (TTO - tea tree oil), de grande importância medicinal por possuir comprovada ação bactericida e antifúngica contra diversos patógenos humanos. Em virtude da atividade terapêutica em diversas especialida...

  13. Relevamiento de potenciales clientes finales alternativos a Expofrut del producto uvas de mesa Black Seedless, Imperial Seedless, Red Globe y Flame Seedless, para una PyME radicada en San Juan y exportarlas a aquellos destinos en donde se localicen los potenciales clientes

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    Conti Persino, Paula

    2011-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se relevan los potenciales clientes finales alternativos a Expofrut del producto uvas de mesa Black Seedless, Imperial Seedless, Red Globe y Flame Seedless, para una Pyme radicada en San Juan, para luego poder definir la forma más redituable de exportarlas a aquellos destinos en donde se localicen los potenciales clientes. Se decidió desarrollar el presente trabajo de manera tal de poder confirmar o descartar la hipótesis de una mayor obtención de ganancia por exportaci...

  14. Simulación de procesos termodinámicos cuasi ideales orientados a la generación de trabajo mecánico. Evaluación de combinaciones posibles para su aplicación en motores alternativos de combustión o de aportación de calor

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    Llop Garcia, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    El objetivo del presente proyecto es la obtención de una herramienta informática que, gracias a un modelo matemático, simule los procesos termodinámicos de la fase cerrada de un motor alternativo de combustión interna. El motor que se pretende simular puede seguir un ciclo Otto o un ciclo Diesel y ser alimentado por distintos tipos de combustible. Para la obtención del modelo matemático se aceptaran ciertas hipótesis de simplificación debido a la complejidad de los procesos que tienen luga...

  15. Murcha de fusário em helicônia: fontes de resistência, método alternativo de detecção e defesa estrutural Heliconia’s Fusarium wilt: resistance sources, alternative method of detection and structural mechanisms

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    Neilza Reis Castro; Rildo Sartori Barbosa Coêlho; Delson Laranjeira; Rejane Magalhães de Mendonça Pimentel; Clébio Pereira Ferreira

    2010-01-01

    O cultivo das helicônias vem sendo afetado pela murcha, causada por Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. Este trabalho objetivou identificar fontes de resistência, verificar a detecção da resistência através de método alternativo e avaliar a lignificação como mecanismo de defesa do hospedeiro ao patógeno. As espécies utilizadas na identificação de resistência foram Heliconia bihai, H. psittacorum cvs. Golden Torch e Golden Torch Adrian, H. rostrata, H. stricta cvs. Capri e Fire Bird, H. psittaco...

  16. Experimental study of the action of COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and traditional anti-inflammatory drugs in bone regeneration Estudo experimental da ação dos anti-inflamatórios não hormonais inibidores seletivos da ciclooxigenase 2 (COX-2 e anti-inflamatórios tradicionais na regeneração óssea

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the effects of traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 inhibitors in the process of bone regeneration in a rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-four Wistar strain rats were subjected to osteotomy of the right femur and randomly divided into 3 groups according to the drug to be given (diclofenac, rofecoxib, or placebo. Each group was divided into 2 subgroups according to the time to euthanasia after the surgery. The animals of Subgroup 1 were submitted to euthanasia 2 weeks after surgery, and those of Subgroup 2, underwent euthanasia 4 weeks after surgery. Radiographic examinations and bone callus histomorphometry were analyzed. RESULTS: No intergroup statistical difference was found in the bone callus area or in bone formation area 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Intra-group analysis concerning the bone neoformation area inside the callus showed a significant difference within the diclofenac group, which presented less tissue. CONCLUSIONS: Fracture consolidation in Wistar rats occurs within less than 2 weeks, and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs does not significantly influence this process.OBJETIVO: Comparar os efeitos do uso de antiinflamatórios não-esteróides tradicionais (AINES e AINES que são inibidores seletivos da ciclooxigenase-2 (COX-2, no processo de regeneração óssea em ratos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Quarenta e quatro ratos da linhagem Wistar submetidos a osteotomia do femur direito e divididos em três grupos, conforme o medicamento que receberam (diclofenaco, rofecoxib e placebo. Cada grupo foi dividido em dois subgrupos, conforme o tempo até o sacrifício, após a cirurgia. Os animais do subgrupo 1 foram sacrificados duas semanas após a cirurgia e os do subgrupo 2, quatro semanas após a cirurgia. Foram analisados exames radiográficos e a histomorfometria do calo

  17. Avances en la evaluación de la sensibilización dérmica mediante métodos alternativos.

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    Alejandro A

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La sensibilización dérmica constituye uno de los efectos adversos sobre la piel más común en las enfermedades laborales y que además afecta a toda la población al ser causada por productos químicos que son frecuentemente utilizados en el hogar, tanto aquellos destinados a la limpieza como a los productos de higiene personal. La necesidad de evaluar el posible daño que puede causar un agente químico sobre la piel, en lo que conocemos como sensibilización dérmica, está recogido en las distintas legislaciones relacionadas con la evaluación del riesgo para la salud derivado de la comercialización de productos químicos: REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of chemicals, Biocidas, Cosméticos….Actualmente los métodos aprobados por la OECD (Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico utilizando animales, son los únicos capaces de evaluar el daño, por una parte, y clasificar un potencial sensibilizante, por otra. Los esfuerzos en investigación realizados en los últimos años, junto con el empuje de EURL-ECVAM (European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing han permitido validar métodos in vitro que, aunque no sustituyen totalmente los ensayos con animales al evaluar solo un evento dentro del proceso de sensibilización (DPRA, KeratinoSens y h-CLAT, sí pueden formar parte de una estrategia integrada con la cual poder evaluar el riesgo que supone para la salud la utilización de potenciales sensibilizantes dérmicos. La experimentación que se llevará a cabo en los próximos años aportará importantes novedades en este apartado.

  18. Stability of Evolving Agent Populations

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    Briscoe, G

    2007-01-01

    Stability is perhaps the most desired feature in the systems that we design. It is important for us to be able to predict the response of a Multi-Agent System (MAS) to various environmental conditions prior to its actual deployment. The Chli-DeWilde agent stability measure views a MAS as a discrete time Markov chain with a potentially unknown transition probabilities. A MAS is considered to be stable when its state, a stochastic process, has converged to an equilibrium distribution. We investigate an extension of their agent stability definition to include MASs with evolutionary dynamics, focusing on evolving agent populations. Additionally, using our extended agent stability measure, we construct an entropy-based definition for the degree of instability. An example system, the Digital Ecosystem, is considered in detail to investigate the stability of an evolving agent population through simulations. The results are consistent with the original Chli-DeWilde measure.

  19. Agent-based enterprise integration

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    N. M. Berry; C. M. Pancerella

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    The authors are developing and deploying software agents in an enterprise information architecture such that the agents manage enterprise resources and facilitate user interaction with these resources. The enterprise agents are built on top of a robust software architecture for data exchange and tool integration across heterogeneous hardware and software. The resulting distributed multi-agent system serves as a method of enhancing enterprises in the following ways: providing users with knowledge about enterprise resources and applications; accessing the dynamically changing enterprise; locating enterprise applications and services; and improving search capabilities for applications and data. Furthermore, agents can access non-agents (i.e., databases and tools) through the enterprise framework. The ultimate target of the effort is the user; they are attempting to increase user productivity in the enterprise. This paper describes their design and early implementation and discusses the planned future work.

  20. Odor Classification using Agent Technology

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    Sigeru OMATU

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In order to measure and classify odors, Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM can be used. In the present study, seven QCM sensors and three different odors are used. The system has been developed as a virtual organization of agents using an agent platform called PANGEA (Platform for Automatic coNstruction of orGanizations of intElligent Agents. This is a platform for developing open multi-agent systems, specifically those including organizational aspects. The main reason for the use of agents is the scalability of the platform, i.e. the way in which it models the services. The system models functionalities as services inside the agents, or as Service Oriented Approach (SOA architecture compliant services using Web Services. This way the adaptation of the odor classification systems with new algorithms, tools and classification techniques is allowed.

  1. Agent 与Multi-Agent System 技术研究%The Research on Agent and Multi-Agent System

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    党建武; 韩泉叶; 崔文华

    2002-01-01

    分析了Multi-Agent System 涉及的相关问题,在普通的Multi-Agent System的组织结构的基础上提出了管理服务机构,中介服务机构和主控流动服务机构的Multi-Agent System,并对不同组织结构的Agent之间的协同进行了讨论.

  2. Mobile Agents for Digital Signage

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    SATOH, Ichiro

    2010-01-01

    International audience This paper presents an agent-based framework for building and operating context-aware multimedia content on digital signage in public/private spaces. It enables active and multimedia content to be composed from mobile agents, which can travel from computer to computer and provide multimedia content for advertising or user-assistant services to users. The framework automatically deploys their agents at computers near to their current positions to provide advertising o...

  3. An agent for ecological deliberation

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    Debenham, John; Sierra, Carles

    2010-01-01

    An agent architecture supports the two forms of deliberation used by human agents. Cartesian, constructivist rationalism leads to game theory, decision theory and logical models. Ecological rationalism leads to deliberative actions that are derived from agents’ prior interactions and are not designed; i.e., they are strictly emergent. This paper aims to address the scant attention paid by the agent community to the predominant form of deliberation used by mankind.

  4. Radioactive scanning agents with stabilizer

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    Stable compositions useful as technetium 99-based scintigraphic agents comprise gentisyl alcohol or a pharmaceutically-acceptable salt or ester thereof in combination with a pertechnetate reducing agent or dissolved in pertechnetate-99m (sup(99m)TcOsub(4)sup(-)) solution. The compositions are especially useful in combination with a phosphate or phosphonate material that carries the radionuclide to bone, thus providing a skeletal imaging agent

  5. Research on Negotiating Agent Development

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    WEI Ding-guo; PENG Hong

    2004-01-01

    The paper presents a flexible and effective method of development of negotiating agents.A strategy specification, which is specified by a state chart and defeasible rules, can be dynamically inserted into an agent shell incorporating a state chart interpreter and a defeasible logic inference engine, in order to yield a desirable agent.The set of desirable criteria and rules is required to be justified with different context of the application.

  6. Agent factory: towards social robots

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    O'Hare, G. M. P.; Duffy, Brian R.; Collier, Rem; Rooney, Colm, (Thesis); O'Donoghue, Ruadhan

    1999-01-01

    This paper advocates the application of multi-agent techniques in the realisation of social robotic behaviour. We present the Social Robot Architecture, which integrates the key elements of agent-hood and robotics in a coherent and systematic manner. This architecture seamlessly integrates, real world robots, multi-agent development tools, and VRML visualisation tools into a coherent whole. Using these elements, we deliver a development environment, which facilitates rapid prototyping of soci...

  7. Incorporating BDI Agents into Human-Agent Decision Making Research

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    Kamphorst, Bart; van Wissen, Arlette; Dignum, Virginia

    Artificial agents, people, institutes and societies all have the ability to make decisions. Decision making as a research area therefore involves a broad spectrum of sciences, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to economics to psychology. The Colored Trails (CT) framework is designed to aid researchers in all fields in examining decision making processes. It is developed both to study interaction between multiple actors (humans or software agents) in a dynamic environment, and to study and model the decision making of these actors. However, agents in the current implementation of CT lack the explanatory power to help understand the reasoning processes involved in decision making. The BDI paradigm that has been proposed in the agent research area to describe rational agents, enables the specification of agents that reason in abstract concepts such as beliefs, goals, plans and events. In this paper, we present CTAPL: an extension to CT that allows BDI software agents that are written in the practical agent programming language 2APL to reason about and interact with a CT environment.

  8. Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce: Designing Trading Agents and Mechanisms

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    La Poutré, J.A.; Sadeh, N.M.; Janson, S.

    2006-01-01

    This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce, AMEC VII 2005, held in Utrecht, Netherlands in July 2005, as part of AAMAS 2005, and the third Workshop on Trading Agent Design and Analysis, TADA 2005, held in Edi

  9. Plasmids encoding therapeutic agents

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    Keener, William K.

    2007-08-07

    Plasmids encoding anti-HIV and anti-anthrax therapeutic agents are disclosed. Plasmid pWKK-500 encodes a fusion protein containing DP178 as a targeting moiety, the ricin A chain, an HIV protease cleavable linker, and a truncated ricin B chain. N-terminal extensions of the fusion protein include the maltose binding protein and a Factor Xa protease site. C-terminal extensions include a hydrophobic linker, an L domain motif peptide, a KDEL ER retention signal, another Factor Xa protease site, an out-of-frame buforin II coding sequence, the lacZ.alpha. peptide, and a polyhistidine tag. More than twenty derivatives of plasmid pWKK-500 are described. Plasmids pWKK-700 and pWKK-800 are similar to pWKK-500 wherein the DP178-encoding sequence is substituted by RANTES- and SDF-1-encoding sequences, respectively. Plasmid pWKK-900 is similar to pWKK-500 wherein the HIV protease cleavable linker is substituted by a lethal factor (LF) peptide-cleavable linker.

  10. Deliberate evolution in multi-agent systems

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    Brazier, F.M.T.; Jonker, C.M.; Treur, J.; Wijngaards, N.J.E.

    1998-01-01

    This paper presents an architecture for an agent capable of deliberation about the creation of new agents, and of actually creating a new agent in the multi-agent system, on the basis of this deliberation. After its creation the new agent participates fully in the running multi-agent system. The age

  11. TACtic- A Multi Behavioral Agent for Trading Agent Competition

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    Khosravi, Hassan; Shiri, Mohammad E.; Khosravi, Hamid; Iranmanesh, Ehsan; Davoodi, Alireza

    Software agents are increasingly being used to represent humans in online auctions. Such agents have the advantages of being able to systematically monitor a wide variety of auctions and then make rapid decisions about what bids to place in what auctions. They can do this continuously and repetitively without losing concentration. To provide a means of evaluating and comparing (benchmarking) research methods in this area the trading agent competition (TAC) was established. This paper describes the design, of TACtic. Our agent uses multi behavioral techniques at the heart of its decision making to make bidding decisions in the face of uncertainty, to make predictions about the likely outcomes of auctions, and to alter the agent's bidding strategy in response to the prevailing market conditions.

  12. Agent Roles in Human Teams

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    Lewis, M.; Sycara, K.; Payne, T.R.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we describe results of a series of experiments investigating the effects of agent aiding on human teams. The role an agent played, its task, and the ease with which it communicated with its human teammates all influenced team behavior. Team supporting tasks such as relaying and reminding seemed particularly effective.

  13. Implementing Lego Agents Using Jason

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    Jensen, Andreas Schmidt

    2010-01-01

    Since many of the currently available multi-agent frameworks are generally mostly intended for research, it can be difficult to built multi-agent systems using physical robots. In this report I describe a way to combine the multi-agent framework Jason, an extended version of the agent-oriented programming language AgentSpeak, with Lego robots to address this problem. By extending parts of the Jason reasoning cycle I show how Lego robots are able to complete tasks such as following lines on a floor and communicating to be able to avoid obstacles with minimal amount of coding. The final implementation is a functional extension that is able to built multi-agent systems using Lego agents, however there are some issues that have not been addressed. If the agents are highly dependent on percepts from their sensors, they are required to move quite slowly, because there currently is a high delay in the reasoning cycle, when it is combined with a robot. Overall the system is quite robust and can be used to make simple...

  14. Topical agents in burn care

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    Momčilović Dragan

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Understanding of fluid shifts and recognition of the importance of early and appropriate fluid replacement therapy have significantly reduced mortality in the early post burn period. After the bum patient successfully passes the resuscitation period, the burn wound represents the greatest threat to survival. History Since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to find an agent which would help burn wounds heal, and at the same time, not harm general condition of the injured. It was not until the XX century, after the discovery of antibiotics, when this condition was fulfilled. In 1968, combining silver and sulfadiazine, fox made silver-sulfadiazine, which is a 1% hydro-soluble cream and a superior agent in topical treatment of burns today. Current topical agents None of the topical antimicrobial agents available today, alone or combined, have the characteristics of ideal prophylactic agents, but they eliminate colonization of burn wound, and invasive infections are infrequent. With an excellent spectrum of activity, low toxicity, and ease of application with minimal pain, silver-sulfadiazine is still the most frequently used topical agent. Conclusion The incidence of invasive infections and overall mortality have been significantly reduced after introduction of topical burn wound antimicrobial agents into practice. In most burn patients the drug of choice for prophylaxis is silver sulfadiazine. Other agents may be useful in certain clinical situations.

  15. Pharmacologic Agents for Chronic Diarrhea

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    Lee, Kwang Jae

    2015-01-01

    Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with a number of non-infectious causes. When definitive treatment is unavailable, symptomatic drug therapy is indicated. Pharmacologic agents for chronic diarrhea include loperamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, diosmectite, cholestyramine, probiotics, antispasmodics, rifaximin, and anti-inflammatory agents. Loperamide, a synthetic opiate agonist, decreases peristaltic activity and inhibits secretion, resulting in the reductio...

  16. 2012 Survey of clothing agents

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    2012-01-01

    Clothing agents take part in China International Clothing and Accessories Fairs ( CHIC ) year by year. In order to attracting investment, they compared with each other at improving their originality and service levels. At the exhibition brands manufacturers and agents had a face-to-face communication,

  17. Dialogue Games for Agent Argumentation

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    McBurney, Peter; Parsons, Simon

    The rise of the Internet and the growth of distributed computing have led to a major paradigm shift in software engineering and computer science. Until recently, the notion of computation has been variously construed as numerical calculation, as information processing, or as intelligent symbol analysis, but increasingly, it is now viewed as distributed cognition and interaction between intelligent entities [60]. This new view has major implications for the conceptualization, design, engineering and control of software systems, most profoundly expressed in the concept of systems of intelligent software agents, or multi-agent systems [99]. Agents are software entities with control over their own execution; the design of such agents, and of multi-agent systems of them, presents major research and software engineering challenges to computer scientists.

  18. Efeito de tratamentos químicos alternativos no controle de Diaphania spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae em pepino = Effect of alternative chemical treatments on the Diaphania spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae control in cucumber

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    Alvimar Bavaresco

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    Full Text Available As brocas-das-cucurbitáceas Diaphania nitidalis e D. hyalinata são pragas importantes na cultura do pepino, danificando a parte aérea das plantas. Para seu controle, normalmente são empregados inseticidas de alta toxicidade e baixa seletividade aos inimigosnaturais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de tratamentos químicos alternativos utilizados na produção orgânica no controle das brocas. Os tratamentos avaliados foram: 1. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Dipel PM®; 2. Óleo de nim (Dalneem®, 3. Extrato de sementes de cinamomo (Melia azedarach; 4. Extrato de folhas de cinamomo; 5. Extrato de folhas de pessegueiro bravo e pimenteira (Prunus sellowii e Capsicodendron dinisii; 6. Testemunha (sem aplicação, realizando-se quatro aplicações em intervalos de sete dias. A avaliação dos danos foi realizada sete dias após a 4ª aplicação. O inseticida biológico Dipel PM® (Bacillus thuringiesis var. kurstaki proporcionou maior eficiência de controle, reduzindoem 33,3% os danos em ponteiros e 25,9% em frutos de pepino. O óleo de nim (Dalneem® e os extratos aquosos de sementes de cinamomo, de folhas de cinamomo e de folhas de pessegueiro bravo + pimenteira não diferiram significativamente da testemunha, apresentando eficiência de controle de 0 a 22,2% em ponteiros e de 0,1 a 13,7% em frutos.The pickleworms Diaphania nitidalis and D. hyalinata are important pests of cucumber, damaging the canopy of the plants. In general, insecticides with high toxicity and low selectivity to natural enemies are used to control this pest. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of alternative chemical treatments on the control of pickleworms in cucumber. The evaluated treatments were: 1 – Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Dipel PM®; 2 –Neem oil (Dalneem®, 3 – Chinaberry seeds extract (Melia azedarach; 4 – Chinaberry leaves extract; 5 – Prunus sellowii and Capsicodendron dinisii leaves extract; 6

  19. Evaluación de la toxicidad aguda de extractos de plantas medicinales por un método alternativo (Evaluation of acute toxicity of extracts of medicinal plants by an alternative testing

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    Deodelsy Bermúdez Toledo:

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la toxicidad a dosis única de seis extractos de plantas medicinales: Psidium guajava L. (guayaba, Eucalyptus citriodoraHooker (eucalipto de limón, Cymbopogon citratus (DC Stapf (caña santa, hierba de limón, Hibiscus elatus Sw. (majagua, Justicia pectoralis Jacq. (tilo, Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour. Spreng (orégano francés mediante un método alternativo e internacionalmente validado y aceptado (procedimiento de dosis fijas en ratasSprague Dawley. El grupo tratado recibió por vía oral una dosis límite de 2000 mg/kg de masa corporal y el control negativocloruro de sodio 0,9%. En las condiciones del ensayo no se produjo mortalidad ni se manifestaron síntomas indicativos de toxicidad en los animales. Los estudios anatomopatológicos macroscópicos nomostraron ninguna alteración en los órganos estudiados. La DL50 de los extractos de estudio se encuentra por encima de 2000mg/kg de masa corporal, calificándose éstos, según el Sistema Global Armonizado, como “No clasificadas” (”No tóxicas”.A single dose toxicity study in six extracts of medicinal plants: Psidium guajava L. (guava, Eucalyptus citriodora Hooker (lemon eucalyptus, Cymbopogon citratus (DC Stapf (lemon grass, Hibiscus elatus Sw. (majagua, Justicia pectoralis Jacq. (linden, lectranthus amboinicus (Lour. Spreng (French oregano was done, using an alternative internationally validated and accepted method (Fix Dose Procedure in Sprague Dawley rats. The treated group received by oral route a dose limit of 2000 mg/kg of corporal mass and the controlnegative chloride of sodium 0.9%. Under the assay conditions didn't produced mortality neither they showed indicative symptoms oftoxicity in the animals. The macroscopic anatomopathology studies didn't show any alteration in the studied organs. The LD50 ofthe study extracts is above 2000 mg/kg of corporal mass, being qualified these, according to the Harmonized Global System,as "Not classified" ("Not toxic".

  20. Aclimatização de Cattleya (Orchidaceae, em substratos alternativos ao xaxim e ao esfagno = Acclimatization of the Cattleya (Orchidaceae in alternative substrates to tree fern fiber and sphagno

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    Alessandro Borini Lone

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available O xaxim desfibrado e o esfagno são os substratos mais utilizados pelosprodutores brasileiros para aclimatização de orquídeas, porém ambos correm o risco de serem extintos e a coleta está proibida pelo Ibama. Desta forma, o objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência de substratos alternativos no desenvolvimento de plântulas de Cattleyaintermédia, durante a etapa de aclimatização. Os substratos testados foram: xaxim desfibrado; esfagno; casca de arroz carbonizada; casca de pínus + fibra de coco (1:1 v v-1; casca de pínus; fibra de coco. Após dez meses, foram avaliados: comprimento de parte aérea; comprimento da maior raiz; número de pseudobulbos; número de raízes; massa fresca total; pH do substrato; condutividade elétrica do substrato. Verificou-se que o substrato fibra de coco e a mistura de casca de pínus + fibra de coco (1:1 v v-1 são os mais indicados comoalternativa ao xaxim e ao esfagno para o cultivo de Cattleya intermédia, durante a etapa de aclimatização.The tree fern fiber and sphagno are the most utilized substrates by Brazilian producers for the acclimatization of orchids; however, bothare considered endangered species and their collection is forbidden by the authorities. Therefore, the objective of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of alternative substratesin the development of Cattleya intermedia plantules during the acclimatization stage. The tested substrates were: tree fern fiber; sphagno; carbonized rice hull; pinus bark + coconut fiber (1:1 v v-1; pinus bark; coconut fiber. After 10 months, the following were evaluated: length of aerial part; length of the bigger root; number of pseudobulbs; number of roots; total fresh mass; pH of the substrate; electric conductivity of the substrate. It was verifiedthat the substrate of coconut fiber and the mixture of pinus bark + coconut fiber (1:1 v v-1 are the most indicated as alternatives to tree fern fiber and sphagno for the cultivation of Cattleya

  1. Efeito de produtos alternativos para o controle do bolor verde (Penicillium digitatum em pós-colheita de citros Effect of the alternative products for control of green mold (Penicillium digitatum in post-harvest citrus fruit

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    DANIEL ANDRADE DE SIQUEIRA FRANCO

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi verificar a ocorrência de sinergismo entre misturas de produtos alternativos aos fungicidas, para o controle do bolor verde (Penicillium digitatum em pós-colheita de citros. Foram testados dez produtos individualmente e trinta e cinco combinações destes produtos dois a dois, em comparação com tiabendazole e testemunha, com e sem inoculação. Os produtos testados não apresentaram efeito de sinergismo, exceto a mistura carbonato de Na + ácido bórico. Carbonato de Na e ácido bórico controlaram a doença em 78 e 87%, respectivamente, e, utilizando a mistura, o controle foi de 93%. Destacaram-se, ainda no controle da doença, o bicarbonato de Na, metabissulfito de Na e as misturas de bicarbonato de sódio + ácido bórico, carbonato de Na + carbonato de K, carbonato de Na + sorbato de K, bicarbonato de Na + carbonato de Na, controlando 92; 77; 81; 77; 75 e 71%, respectivamente. O tiabendazole utilizado como padrão controlou totalmente a doença.The objective of this work was verify the ocurrence of synergism of mixtures for alternative products to the fungicides for the control of the green mold (Penicillium digitatum in post-harvest citrus fruits. The efficiency of ten products, tested individually, and thirty five combinations among them, in pairs, were compared to thiabendazole and control, with and without inoculation. The products didn't present a synergism effect, except the mixture sodium carbonate + boric acid, that had a disease control of 93%. The products, sodium carbonate and boric acid controled 78 and 87%, respectively. The sodium bicarbonate, sodium methabisulphite and the mixtures of sodium bicarbonate + boric acid, sodium carbonate + potassium carbonate, sodium carbonate + potassium sorbate, sodium bicarbonate + sodium carbonate had a disease control of 92%, 77%, 81%, 77%, 75% and 71%, respectively. The fungicide treatment with thiabendazole used by standard had a whole disease control.

  2. Agent Communications using Distributed Metaobjects

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    Goldsmith, Steven Y.; Spires, Shannon V.

    1999-06-10

    There are currently two proposed standards for agent communication languages, namely, KQML (Finin, Lobrou, and Mayfield 1994) and the FIPA ACL. Neither standard has yet achieved primacy, and neither has been evaluated extensively in an open environment such as the Internet. It seems prudent therefore to design a general-purpose agent communications facility for new agent architectures that is flexible yet provides an architecture that accepts many different specializations. In this paper we exhibit the salient features of an agent communications architecture based on distributed metaobjects. This architecture captures design commitments at a metaobject level, leaving the base-level design and implementation up to the agent developer. The scope of the metamodel is broad enough to accommodate many different communication protocols, interaction protocols, and knowledge sharing regimes through extensions to the metaobject framework. We conclude that with a powerful distributed object substrate that supports metaobject communications, a general framework can be developed that will effectively enable different approaches to agent communications in the same agent system. We have implemented a KQML-based communications protocol and have several special-purpose interaction protocols under development.

  3. Mobile agent driven by aspect

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    Youssef Hannad

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Domain application of mobile agents is quite large. They are used for network management and the monitoring of complex architecture. Mobile agent is also essential into specific software architecture such that adaptable grid architecture. Even if the concept of mobile agent seems to be obvious, the development is always complex because it needs to understand network features but also security features and negotiation algorithms. We present a work about an application of aspects dedicated to mobile agent development over a local network. At this level, the underlying protocol is called jini and allows managing several essential concepts such that short transaction and permission management. Three subsets of aspects are defined in this work. A part is for the description of agent host and its security level, accessible resource, etc. A second part is about mobile agent and their collaboration. This means how they can operate on an agent host with the respect of the execution context. All the results are illustrated through a distributed monitoring application called DMA. Its main objective is the observation of component servers.

  4. Intelligent Farmer Agent for Multi-Agent Ecological Simulations Optimization

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    Filipe Cruz; António Pereira; Pedro Valente; Pedro Duarte; Luis Paulo Reis

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the development of a bivalve farmer agent interacting with a realistic ecological simulation system. The purpose of the farmer agent is to determine the best combinations of bivalve seeding areas in a large region, maximizing the production without exceeding the total allowed seeding area. A system based on simulated annealing, tabu search, genetic algorithms and reinforcement learning, was developed to minimize the number of iterations required to unravel a semi-optimum s...

  5. MDE and Mobile Agents : another reflexion on the agent migration

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    Gherbi, Tahar; Borne, Isabelle; Meslati, Djamel

    2009-01-01

    International audience Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is a software development approach family based on the use of models in the software construction. It allows the exploitation of models to simulate, estimate, understand, communicate and produce code. Mobile agents are a very interesting technology to develop applications for mobile and distributed environments. A mobile agent is essentially a computer program that acts autonomously on behalf of a user and travels through a network of h...

  6. Agent Based Multiviews Requirements Model

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    Based on the current researches of viewpoints oriented requirements engineering and intelligent agent, we present the concept of viewpoint agent and its abstract model based on a meta-language for multiviews requirements engineering. It provided a basis for consistency checking and integration of different viewpoint requirements, at the same time, these checking and integration works can automatically realized in virtue of intelligent agent's autonomy, proactiveness and social ability. Finally, we introduce the practical application of the model by the case study of data flow diagram.

  7. Antibacterial agents in the cinema.

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    García Sánchez, J E; García Sánchez, E; Merino Marcos, M L

    2006-12-01

    Numerous procedures used as antibacterial therapy are present in many films and include strategies ranging from different antimicrobial drugs to surgery and supporting measures. Films also explore the correct use and misuse of antimicrobial agents. Side effects and other aspects related to antibacterial therapy have also been reflected in some films. This article refers to the presence of antibacterial agents in different popular movies. There are movies in which antibacterial agents form part of the central plot, while in others it is merely an important part of the plot. In still others, its presence is isolated, and in these it plays an ambient or anecdotal role.

  8. Agent-oriented Software Engineering

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    MingCheng; XuGuan; BaoLiu

    2004-01-01

    An increasing number of computer systems are being viewed in terms of autonomous agents.Most people believe that agent-oriented approach is well suited to designing and building complex systems. Yet, to date, little effort had been devoted to discussing the advantages of agent-oriented approach as a mainstream software engineering paradiam.Here both of this issues and the relation between object-oriented and agentoriented will be argued.We describe an agent-oriented methodology and provide a quote for designing a auction system.

  9. Deliberate Evolution in Multi-Agent Systems

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    Brazier, F.M.T.; Jonker, C.M.; Treur, J.; Wijngaards, N.J.E.

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents an architecture for an agent capable of deliberation about the creation of new agents, and of actually creating a new agent in the multi-agent system, on the basis of this deliberation. The agent architecture is based on an existing

  10. Optimistic Agents are Asymptotically Optimal

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    Sunehag, Peter; Hutter, Marcus

    2012-01-01

    We use optimism to introduce generic asymptotically optimal reinforcement learning agents. They achieve, with an arbitrary finite or compact class of environments, asymptotically optimal behavior. Furthermore, in the finite deterministic case we provide finite error bounds.

  11. Agents containing chlorhexidine in dentistry

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    Lebedeva S.N.; Zemlyanichenko М.К.

    2011-01-01

    Aclinical definition of the efficacy of chlorhexidine-containing means for reducing the risk of dental caries and gingivitis with plastic caps. Chlorhexidine is an effective antimicrobial agent for the formation of individual programs for the prevention of dental caries

  12. Computational Environment of Software Agents

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Presented process calculus for software agent communication and mobility canbe used to express distributed computational environment and mobile code applications ingeneral. Agents are abstraction of the functional part of the system architecture and theyare modeled as process terms. Agent actions model interactions within the distributedenvironment: local/remote communication and mobility. Places are abstraction of thesingle computational environment where the agents are evaluated and where interactionstake place. Distributed environment is modeled as a parallel composition of places whereeach place is evolving asynchronously. Operational semantics defines rules to describebehavior within the distributed environment and provides a guideline for implementations.Via a series of examples we show that mobile code applications can be naturally modeled.

  13. Epidemic Spreading with External Agents

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    Banerjee, Siddhartha; Gopalan, Aditya; Das, Abhik Kumar; Shakkottai, Sanjay

    2012-01-01

    We study epidemic spreading processes in large networks, when the spread is assisted by a small number of external agents: infection sources with bounded spreading power, but whose movement is unrestricted vis-\\`a-vis the underlying network topology. For networks which are `spatially constrained', we show that the spread of infection can be significantly speeded up even by a few such external agents infecting randomly. Moreover, for general networks, we derive upper-bounds on the order of the...

  14. Locating Agents in RFID Architectures

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    Abdel-Naby, Sameh; Giorgini, Paolo

    2006-01-01

    The use of software agents can create an “intelligent” interface between users’ preferences and the back‐end systems. Agents are now able to interact and communicate with each other, forming a virtual community and feeding back the user with suggestions. Innovative systems related to Asset Tracking, Inventory and Shelving architectures are more often involving advanced communication techniques (e.g., RFID); these systems are responsible for user authentication and objects verification. RFID s...

  15. Agents in E-learning

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    S. Mencke; Dumke, R

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a framework to describe thecrossover domain of e-learning and agent technology.Furthermore it is used to classify existing work and possiblestarting points for the future development of agenttechniques and technologies order to enhance theperformance and the effectiveness of several aspects of elearningsystems. Agents are not a new concept but their usein the field of e-learning constitutes a basis for consequentialadvances.

  16. Handling of injectable antineoplastic agents.

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    Knowles, R S; Virden, J E

    1980-01-01

    Although the clinical toxicity of antineoplastic drugs has been well documented there is little or no information on the problems that may arise on the handling and mishandling of such agents. This paper attempts to highlight the importance of taking precautions to prevent adverse effects resulting from contact with cytotoxic drugs during handling and to suggest a practical guide for the handling of such agents.

  17. PENETRATION ENHANCEMENT OF MEDICINAL AGENTS

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    Sharma Ganesh N.; Sanadya Jyotsana; Kaushik Avinash; Dwivedi Abha

    2012-01-01

    Many current therapeutic agents like antibiotics, ionizable and peptide drugs are impermeable or do not possess the requisite physicochemical properties for efficient transport through outer tissue barrier to attain therapeutic blood level. For this reason the delivery of such drugs through barriers is currently one of the major interests in pharmaceutical research. Penetration enhancers or promoters are agents that have no therapeutic properties of their own but can transport the sorption of...

  18. Business Intelligence using Software Agents

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    Ana-Ramona BOLOGA; Razvan BOLOGA

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents some ideas about business intelligence today and the importance of developing real time business solutions. The authors make an exploration of links between business intelligence and artificial intelligence and focuses specifically on the implementation of software agents-based systems in business intelligence. There are briefly presented some of the few solutions proposed so far that use software agents properties for the benefit of business intelligence. The authors then...

  19. Antimicrobials for bacterial bioterrorism agents.

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    Sarkar-Tyson, Mitali; Atkins, Helen S

    2011-06-01

    The limitations of current antimicrobials for highly virulent pathogens considered as potential bioterrorism agents drives the requirement for new antimicrobials that are suitable for use in populations in the event of a deliberate release. Strategies targeting bacterial virulence offer the potential for new countermeasures to combat bacterial bioterrorism agents, including those active against a broad spectrum of pathogens. Although early in the development of antivirulence approaches, inhibitors of bacterial type III secretion systems and cell division mechanisms show promise for the future.

  20. Bacteriocins as potential anticancer agents

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    Sukhraj eKaur; Sumanpreet eKaur

    2015-01-01

    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide, despite advances in its treatment and detection. The conventional chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of cancer have nonspecific toxicity towards normal body cells that cause various side effects. Secondly, cancer cells are known to develop chemotherapy resistance in due course of treatment. Thus, the demand for novel anti-cancer agents is increasing day by day. Some of the experimental studies have reported the therapeu...

  1. Bacteriocins as Potential Anticancer Agents

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    Kaur, Sumanpreet; Kaur, Sukhraj

    2015-01-01

    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide, despite advances in its treatment and detection. The conventional chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of cancer have non-specific toxicity toward normal body cells that cause various side effects. Secondly, cancer cells are known to develop chemotherapy resistance in due course of treatment. Thus, the demand for novel anti-cancer agents is increasing day by day. Some of the experimental studies have reported the therapeu...

  2. Natural products as antimitotic agents.

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    Dall'Acqua, Stefano

    2014-01-01

    Natural products still play an important role in the medicinal chemistry, especially in some therapeutic areas. As example more than 60% of currently-used anticancer agents are derives from natural sources including plants, marine organisms or micro-organism. Thus natural products (NP) are an high-impact source of new "lead compounds" or new potential therapeutic agents despite the large development of biotechnology and combinatorial chemistry in the drug discovery and development. Many examples of anticancer drugs as paclitaxel, combretastatin, bryostatin and discodermolide have shown the importance of NP in the anticancer chemotherapy through many years. Many organisms have been studied as sources of drugs namely plants, micro-organisms and marine organisms and the obtained NP can be considered a group of "privileged chemical structures" evolved in nature to interact with other organisms. For this reason NP are a good starting points for pharmaceutical research and also for library design. Tubulin and microtubules are one of the most studied targets for the search of anticancer compounds. Microtubule targeting agents (MTA) also named antimitotic agents are compounds that are able to perturb mitosis but are also able to arrest cell growing during interphase. The anticancer drugs, taxanes and vinca alkaloids have established tubulin as important target in cancer therapy. More recently the vascular disrupting agents (VDA) combretastatin analogues were studied for their antimitotics properties. This review will consider the anti mitotic NP and their potential impact in the development of new therapeutic agents.

  3. What makes virtual agents believable?

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    Bogdanovych, Anton; Trescak, Tomas; Simoff, Simeon

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we investigate the concept of believability and make an attempt to isolate individual characteristics (features) that contribute to making virtual characters believable. As the result of this investigation we have produced a formalisation of believability and based on this formalisation built a computational framework focused on simulation of believable virtual agents that possess the identified features. In order to test whether the identified features are, in fact, responsible for agents being perceived as more believable, we have conducted a user study. In this study we tested user reactions towards the virtual characters that were created for a simulation of aboriginal inhabitants of a particular area of Sydney, Australia in 1770 A.D. The participants of our user study were exposed to short simulated scenes, in which virtual agents performed some behaviour in two different ways (while possessing a certain aspect of believability vs. not possessing it). The results of the study indicate that virtual agents that appear resource bounded, are aware of their environment, own interaction capabilities and their state in the world, agents that can adapt to changes in the environment and exist in correct social context are those that are being perceived as more believable. Further in the paper we discuss these and other believability features and provide a quantitative analysis of the level of contribution for each such feature to the overall perceived believability of a virtual agent.

  4. Tratamento alternativo em gatos acometidos por DITUIF

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This report describes two cases of male cats affected by FLUTD (Feline lower urinary tract disease. The first patient had been affected by numerous relapses after passing through various therapeutic treatments and surgical interventions, and was subjected to the alternative protocol after being recommended for euthanasia, the second patient had no history of urinary tract disorders in the past, and was not subjected to any kind of previous treatment. The two patients had a significant improvement in their clinical condition, were not affected by relapses after participation in the alternative design, and were accompanied for about a year after their treatment.

  5. Tratamentos alternativos para o combate à Varroa

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    Vilas-Boas, Miguel

    2006-01-01

    Mais de 20 anos após a detecção em Portugal do ácaro da Varroa Jacobsoni, a sua coexistência com a abelha Apis Mellifera continua a ser um desafio constante para o apicultor provocando continuadamente baixas no efectivo apícola.

  6. Medidas de pobreza: un enfoque alternativo

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    Luisa L. Lazzari

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Una medida creíble de pobreza e indigencia puede ser un poderoso instrumento para concentrar la atención del policymaker en las condiciones de vida de los pobres. Las opciones elegidas para fijarlas tienen gran importancia para las decisiones políticas a tomar. El método indirecto o enfoque del ingreso parte de la valorización de una Canasta Básica Alimentaria (CBA que determina la cantidad de calorías mínimas necesarias para satisfacer las necesidades biológicas básicas de un individuo. Una canasta rígida de bienes, y un único valor de cada mercancía, no muestra fidedignamente la realidad. El cálculo de la CBA tradicional, presenta dificultades a la hora de identificar de manera rigurosa las personas que son indigentes y las que no lo son. Las herramientas que provee la teoría de los conjuntos borrosos, permiten modelar situaciones con alto contenido subjetivo o incierto. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la metodología existente para el cálculo de la CBA, tratar de identificar sus falencias y plantear un nuevo enfoque en su armado y valuación. El modelo propuesto se aplica al caso del cálculo de la Canasta Básica Alimentaria Fuzzy para los meses de noviembre y diciembre de 2004 para luego comparar los resultados obtenidos con el enfoque clásico.

  7. Geo-Agents: Design and Implement

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    2001-01-01

    Geo-Agents, a multi-agent system that processes distr ib utedgeospatial information and geospatial service was presented. Firstly, the requirement for distributed geographical information process was discussed, and the architecture of Geo-Agents was introduced. Then in-depth discussions were r aised on agent system implementation, such as the basic agent, agent advertising , message passing, and collaborating. An example was also given to explain the p roblem solving process.

  8. Special issue about advances in Physical Agents

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    Cazorla Quevedo, Miguel Ángel; Matellán Olivera, Vicente

    2011-01-01

    Nowadays, there are a lot of Spanish groups which are doing research in areas related with physical agents: they use agent-based technologies concepts, especially industrial applications, robotics and domotics (physical agents) and applications related to the information society, (software agents) highlighting the similarities and synergies among physical and software agents. In this special issue we will show several works from those groups, focusing on the recent advances in Physical Agents.

  9. Colitis associated with biological agents

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    Hugh James Freeman

    2012-01-01

    In the past,there has been considerable focus on a host of drugs and chemicals that may produce colonic toxicity.Now,a variety of new biological monoclonal antibody agents,usually administered by infusion,have appeared in the clinical realm over the last decade or so to treat different chronic inflammatory or malignant disorders.For some of these agents,adverse effects have been documented,including apparently new forms of immune-mediated inflammatory bowel disease.In some,only limited symptoms have been recorded,but in others,severe colitis with serious complications,such as bowel perforation has been recorded.In others,adverse effects may have a direct vascular or ischemic basis,while other intestinal effects may be related to a superimposed infection.Some new onset cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease may also be attributed to the same agents used to treat these diseases,or be responsible for disease exacerbation.Dramatic and well documented side effects have been observed with ipilimumab,a humanized monoclonal antibody developed to reduce and overcome cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4,a key negative feedback regulator of the T-cell anti-tumor response.This agent has frequently been used in the treatment of different malignancies,notably,malignant melanoma.Side effects with this agent occur in up to 40% and these are believed to be largely immune-mediated.One of these is a form of enterocolitis that may be severe,and occasionally,fatal.Other agents include rituximab (an antiCD20 monoclonal antibody),bevacizumab (a monoclonal antibody against the vascular endothelial growth factor) and anti-tumor necrosis factor agents,including infliximab,adalimumab and etanercept.

  10. A multi-agent architecture for geosimulation of moving agents

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    Vahidnia, Mohammad H.; Alesheikh, Ali A.; Alavipanah, Seyed Kazem

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, a novel architecture is proposed in which an axiomatic derivation system in the form of first-order logic facilitates declarative explanation and spatial reasoning. Simulation of environmental perception and interaction between autonomous agents is designed with a geographic belief-desire-intention and a request-inform-query model. The architecture has a complementary quantitative component that supports collaborative planning based on the concept of equilibrium and game theory. This new architecture presents a departure from current best practices geographic agent-based modelling. Implementation tasks are discussed in some detail, as well as scenarios for fleet management and disaster management.

  11. Herbicidas alternativos para controle de biótipos de Conyza bonariensis e C. canadensis resistentes ao glyphosate Alternative herbicides to control glyphosate-resistant biotypes of Conyza bonariensis and C. canadensis

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    M.S. Moreira

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Após sucessivos anos, aplicações do herbicida glyphosate em pomares de citros no Estado de São Paulo selecionaram biótipos resistentes de Conyza bonariensis e C. canadensis. Na ocorrência de plantas daninhas resistentes em uma área agrícola, tornam-se necessárias mudanças nas práticas de manejo para obtenção de adequado controle das populações resistentes, bem como para a redução da pressão de seleção sobre outras espécies. Assim, este trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de identificar herbicidas alternativos para controle de biótipos de Conyza spp. resistentes ao herbicida glyphosate, com aplicações em diferentes estádios fenológicos da planta daninha. Três experimentos foram conduzidos em campo, em pomares de citros em formação, sobre plantas de buva em estádio fenológico de dez folhas e no pré-florescimento. Para plantas no estádio de dez folhas, controle satisfatório foi obtido com aplicações de glyphosate + bromacil + diuron (1.440 + 1.200 + 1.200 g ha-1, glyphosate + atrazina (1.440 + 1.500 g ha-1 e glyphosate + diuron (1.440 + 1.500 g ha-1. Quando em estádio de pré-florescimento de Conyza spp., a aplicação do herbicida amônio-glufosinato, na dose de 400 g ha-1, isolado ou associado a MSMA, bromacil+diuron, metsulfuron, carfentrazone e paraquat, foi a alternativa viável para controle dos biótipos resistentes ao glyphosate.After successive years, glyphosate applications on São Paulo-Brazil citrus orchards selected resistant biotypes of Conyza bonariensis and C. canadensis. The occurrence of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes at some agricultural area makes it necessary to change the management practices to reach effective control of the selected resistant populations, as well as to reduce selection pressure on the other species. Thus, this work aimed to identify the alternative herbicides to control glyphosate-resistant biotypes of Conyza spp., with applications at different weed phenological

  12. Métodos alternativos de restrição alimentar na muda forçada de poedeiras comerciais Alternative methods of feed restriction in the forced molt of laying hens

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    Karina Márcia Ribeiro de Souza

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram avaliados métodos alternativos de restrição alimentar qualitativa em comparação à técnica convencional de muda forçada. Utilizaram-se 480 galinhas Babcock de 78 semanas distribuídas em três níveis de restrição alimentar (100, 75 e 50% e três percentuais de redução de peso corporal (15, 20 e 25%, cada um com cinco repetições de 32 aves. Quando as aves atingiram o percentual de redução de peso corporal, determinaram-se o volume globular, os percentuais de ovário, oviduto, moela, intestino e gordura abdominal e o comprimento de oviduto. A partir do 28º dia e durante cinco períodos de 28 dias, observaram-se as características quantitativas e qualitativas de produção pós-muda. O maior período de restrição foi observado no nível de 50% e proporcionou menores percentuais de gordura abdominal (0,66%, ovário (0,60%, oviduto (0,77% e comprimento de oviduto (32 cm. O percentual de produção de ovos foi maior no primeiro período para as aves submetidas aos métodos de 75 e 100% de restrição com 15 e 20% de redução de peso, respectivamente. Entretanto, para as aves com 50% de restrição e 25% de redução de peso, as maiores produções (86,80 e 83,20% ocorreram no quarto e quinto períodos. A restrição alimentar qualitativa, em 50% da dieta com ração e casca de arroz, por ser menos agressiva, proporciona melhores condições de bem-estar e facilita o manejo da granja.Alternative methods were assessed of qualitative feed restriction compared to the conventional forced molt technique. Four hundred and eighty Babcock hens were used distributed in three levels of feed restriction (100, 75 and 50% and three body weight reduction percentages (15, 20 and 25%, with five replications of 32 hens. When the birds reached the body weight reduction percentage the packed cell volume, percentages of ovary, oviduct, gizzard, intestine, abdominal fat and oviduct length were determined. Starting on day 28 and during five 28-day

  13. Harvest season influences on the quality of tomato grown in alternative systems / Influência das épocas de colheita na qualidade de tomate cultivado em sistemas alternativos

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    Regina Marta Evangelista

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available On tomato production in Brazil, around two/thirties is designated to consume “in nature”. Thus, the skin aspect and its quality became an important factor on buying decision. Tomato presents high mass of water, and its quality depends on temperature and humidity variation. Water loss brings weight and fruit aspect loss, affecting the quality. This work aimed to verify the influence of harvest season on the fruit quality grown in alternative, organic and biodynamic systems. It was evaluated tomato quality characteristics, including mass loss, texture, pH, titratable acidity, soluble solids. The cycle stage of the tomato plant interferes on fruit quality. The third, fourth and fifth harvests were those which showed the highest values to quality parameters, with more fresh mass fruit. The sixth harvest showed fruits with high total soluble solids and sugar contents. On the evaluation of mass loss on the three harvest seasons, it was observed that on the first harvest there was a smaller loss. The period of harvest cycle interferes on the time of storage, and fruitd harvested on the first have more conservation time in relation to the other onesNa produção de tomate no Brasil, aproximadamente dois terços são destinados ao consumo “in natura”. Assim, o aspecto externo e a sua qualidade tornam-se um fator importante na decisão de compra. O tomate apresenta elevado conteúdo de água, estando sujeito às variações de temperatura e umidade relativa do ambiente onde se encontra. A perda de água ocasiona perda de peso e aparência do fruto, afetando a qualidade. O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar a influência das épocas de colheita na qualidade de frutos de tomateiro cultivados em sistemas alternativos, orgânico e biodinâmico. Foram avaliadas características de qualidade dos frutos de tomate, que incluíram perda de massa, textura, pH, sólidos solúveis, acidez titulável e açúcares redutores. O estádio do ciclo do tomateiro

  14. Estudo de efetividade de esquemas alternativos para o tratamento da tuberculose multirresistente no Brasil Outcomes of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB treatment in Brasil - Partial results - As of April, 1998

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar a efetividade do tratamento com esquemas alternativos para casos confirmados de tuberculose multirresistente (TBMR primária e adquirida, em pacientes ambulatoriais. Métodos: Casos de TBMR foram definidos como cultura e isolamento de M. tuberculosis e perfil de resistência in vitro a pelo menos à rifampicina, isoniazida e a uma terceira droga dos esquemas padronizados no Brasil, tanto pelo método convencional (LJ quanto pelo sistema radiométrico BACTEC. Desenho: Ensaio clínico, multicêntrico, não randomizado e controlado. Os pacientes foram arrolados entre abril de 1995 e dezembro de 1997, no total de 197. Por diversas razões 10 casos foram excluídos da análise. Em abril de 1998 permaneciam em tratamento 36 pacientes. Foram analisados 149 casos com duração média de tratamento de 14 meses sem interrupção. Os regimes foram escolhidos conforme o perfil de sensibilidade: 1 estreptomicina, ofloxacina, terizidona, etambutol, clofazimina ou 2 amicacina, ofloxacina, terizidona, etambutol e clofazimina. Demografia: sexo: masculino - 68,4%, feminino - 31,5%; média de idade - 36,9 anos (14-71 anos; prevalência de HIV - 1,9%; taxa de resistência primária - 8%, taxa de resitência secundária - 92%. Resultados parciais: 120 (79,5% pacientes negativaram a cultura no período de 3 meses; cura - 53%, falência - 31%, óbito - 6%, abandono - 10%. Definições: cura - tratado por 12 meses, com 6 meses de tratamento após 2 culturas consecutivas negativas; abandono - tratamento e consultas descontinuados; óbito - morte causada por TB após 2 meses de tratamento; falência - persistência de positividade na cultura em 12 meses seguidos. Conclusão: O maior preditor da multirresistência no estudo foi tratamento prévio irregular ou incompleto. Outros preditores (p Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of alternative regimens for treating confirmed MDR TB cases in outpatient units: Methods: MDR TB cases were defined as

  15. Relational agents in clinical psychiatry.

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    Bickmore, Timothy; Gruber, Amanda

    2010-01-01

    Relational agents are computational artifacts, such as animated, screen-based characters or social robots, that are designed to establish a sense of rapport, trust, and even therapeutic alliance with patients, using ideal therapeutic relationships between human counselors and patients as role models. We describe the development and evaluation of several such agents designed for health counseling and behavioral-change interventions, in which a therapeutic alliance is established with patients in order to enhance the efficacy of the intervention. We also discuss the promise of using such agents as adjuncts to clinical psychiatry, a range of possible applications, and some of the challenges and ethical issues in developing and fielding them in psychiatric interventions.

  16. Multi-Agent Software Engineering

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    This paper proposed an alarm-monitoring system for people based on multi-agent using maps. The system monitors the users physical context using their mobile phone. The agents on the mobile phones are responsible for collecting, processing and sending data to the server. They can determine the parameters of their environment by sensors. The data are processed and sent to the server. On the other side, a set of agents on server can store this data and check the preconditions of the restrictions associated with the user, in order to trigger the appropriate alarms. These alarms are sent not only to the user who is alarmed to avoid the appeared restriction, but also to his supervisor. The proposed system is a general purpose alarm system that can be used in different critical application areas. It has been applied for monitoring the workers of radiation sites. However, these workers can do their activity tasks in the radiation environments safely

  17. Agent Based Individual Traffic Guidance

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    Wanscher, Jørgen

    This thesis investigates the possibilities in applying Operations Research (OR) to autonomous vehicular traffic. The explicit difference to most other research today is that we presume that an agent is present in every vehicle - hence Agent Based Individual Traffic guidance (ABIT). The next...... evolutionary step for the in-vehicle route planners is the introduction of two-way communication. We presume that the agent is capable of exactly this. Based on this presumption we discuss the possibilities and define a taxonomy and use this to discuss the ABIT system. Based on a set of scenarios we conclude...... that the system can be divided into two separate constituents. The immediate dispersion, which is used for small areas and quick response, and the individual alleviation, which considers the longer distance decision support. Both of these require intrinsicate models and cost functions which at the beginning...

  18. Agent review phase one report.

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    Zubelewicz, Alex Tadeusz; Davis, Christopher Edward; Bauer, Travis LaDell

    2009-12-01

    This report summarizes the findings for phase one of the agent review and discusses the review methods and results. The phase one review identified a short list of agent systems that would prove most useful in the service architecture of an information management, analysis, and retrieval system. Reviewers evaluated open-source and commercial multi-agent systems and scored them based upon viability, uniqueness, ease of development, ease of deployment, and ease of integration with other products. Based on these criteria, reviewers identified the ten most appropriate systems. The report also mentions several systems that reviewers deemed noteworthy for the ideas they implement, even if those systems are not the best choices for information management purposes.

  19. Dual Rationality and Deliberative Agents

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    Debenham, John; Sierra, Carles

    Human agents deliberate using models based on reason for only a minute proportion of the decisions that they make. In stark contrast, the deliberation of artificial agents is heavily dominated by formal models based on reason such as game theory, decision theory and logic—despite that fact that formal reasoning will not necessarily lead to superior real-world decisions. Further the Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek warns us of the ‘fatal conceit’ in controlling deliberative systems using models based on reason as the particular model chosen will then shape the system’s future and either impede, or eventually destroy, the subtle evolutionary processes that are an integral part of human systems and institutions, and are crucial to their evolution and long-term survival. We describe an architecture for artificial agents that is founded on Hayek’s two rationalities and supports the two forms of deliberation used by mankind.

  20. Aplicación de un modelo didáctico alternativo en la enseñanza y aprendizaje del contenido "plantas como sistemas autótrofos" : Análisis de su funcionalidad con relación a la construcción del conocimiento

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    Manfreda, Vilma T.; Acosta, María Cecilia; Delorenzi, Olga

    2012-01-01

    La investigación se centró en la aplicación de un modelo didáctico alternativo al tradicional, para la enseñanza de las Ciencias Naturales de un primer año de Educación Secundaria en Azul, Bs As. Consistió en la enseñanza y aprendizaje del contenido “Plantas como sistemas autótrofos”, con el objetivo de analizar dicha aplicación y su funcionalidad en relación al cambio conceptual, comparativamente al modelo didáctico tradicional. Metodológicamente se encuadró como estudio de caso; se registró...

  1. Agent communication and artificial institutions

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    Fornara, Nicoletta; Viganò, Francesco; Colombetti, Marco

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we propose an application-independent model for the definition of artificial institutions that can be used to define open multi-agent systems. Such a model of institutional reality makes us able also to define an objective and external semantics of a commitment-based Agent Communication Language (ACL). In particular we propose to regard an ACL as a set of conventions to act on a fragment of institutional reality, defined in the context of an artificial institution. Another c...

  2. Autonomous sensor manager agents (ASMA)

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    Osadciw, Lisa A.

    2004-04-01

    Autonomous sensor manager agents are presented as an algorithm to perform sensor management within a multisensor fusion network. The design of the hybrid ant system/particle swarm agents is described in detail with some insight into their performance. Although the algorithm is designed for the general sensor management problem, a simulation example involving 2 radar systems is presented. Algorithmic parameters are determined by the size of the region covered by the sensor network, the number of sensors, and the number of parameters to be selected. With straight forward modifications, this algorithm can be adapted for most sensor management problems.

  3. Peróxido de hidrogênio como agente despirogenizante de componentes para produtos médico-hospitalares

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    Pinto Terezinha de Jesus A.

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available A atual busca de solventes alternativos aos fluorados, frente ao problema de depleção de ozônio da estratosfera, obriga a desenvolvimentos de processos aplicáveis à fabricação de produtos médico-hospitalares. Frente ao desafio, e considerando a água estar sendo opção de escolha de outros segmentos industriais, preocupa a rápida proliferação microbiana na mesma, tornando-a fonte potencial de endotoxinas. Tal risco incompatibiliza-se por exemplo, com a produção de itens destinados ao emprego em procedimentos cirúrgicos da área cardiovascular. Desta forma foi ralizada pesquisa com o objetivo de investigar possibilidade de emprego da água como agente de limpeza de componentes para tais produtos, desde que incorporada de peróxido de hidrogênio. Trabalhou-se inoculando água e soluções de peróxido com níveis de 0,1, 0,25, 0,5 e 1,0 UE/ml; obteve-se a confirmação de efetividade de ação a concentração de 5% de peróxido de hidrogênio, através de determinação analítica pelo método "in vitro". Investigou-se, em peças injetadas em policarbonato, destinadas a fabricação de oxigenadores e reservatórios sangüíneos, inoculadas com endotoxina, a efetividade no uso do peróxido. Os resultados permitem concluir pela possibilidade de sucesso do processo proposto, seja pelo aspecto biológico ou pela remoção de sujidades.

  4. Peróxido de hidrogênio como agente despirogenizante de componentes para produtos médico-hospitalares

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    Terezinha de Jesus A. Pinto

    1995-02-01

    Full Text Available A atual busca de solventes alternativos aos fluorados, frente ao problema de depleção de ozônio da estratosfera, obriga a desenvolvimentos de processos aplicáveis à fabricação de produtos médico-hospitalares. Frente ao desafio, e considerando a água estar sendo opção de escolha de outros segmentos industriais, preocupa a rápida proliferação microbiana na mesma, tornando-a fonte potencial de endotoxinas. Tal risco incompatibiliza-se por exemplo, com a produção de itens destinados ao emprego em procedimentos cirúrgicos da área cardiovascular. Desta forma foi ralizada pesquisa com o objetivo de investigar possibilidade de emprego da água como agente de limpeza de componentes para tais produtos, desde que incorporada de peróxido de hidrogênio. Trabalhou-se inoculando água e soluções de peróxido com níveis de 0,1, 0,25, 0,5 e 1,0 UE/ml; obteve-se a confirmação de efetividade de ação a concentração de 5% de peróxido de hidrogênio, através de determinação analítica pelo método "in vitro". Investigou-se, em peças injetadas em policarbonato, destinadas a fabricação de oxigenadores e reservatórios sangüíneos, inoculadas com endotoxina, a efetividade no uso do peróxido. Os resultados permitem concluir pela possibilidade de sucesso do processo proposto, seja pelo aspecto biológico ou pela remoção de sujidades.

  5. Raspberry Pi for secret agents

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    Sjogelid, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    This book is an easy-to-follow guide with practical examples in each chapter. Suitable for the novice and expert alike, each topic provides a fast and easy way to get started with exciting applications and also guides you through setting up the Raspberry Pi as a secret agent toolbox.

  6. SEM: A Cultural Change Agent

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    Barnes, Bradley; Bourke, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The authors advance the concept that institutional culture is a purposeful framework by which to view SEM's utility, particularly as a cultural change agent. Through the connection of seemingly independent functions of performance and behavior, implications emerge that deepen the understanding of the influence of culture on performance outcomes…

  7. The Power Trading Agent Competition

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    W. Ketter (Wolfgang); J. Collins (John); P. Reddy (Prashant); C. Flath (Christoph); M.M. Weerdt (Mathijs)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractThis is the specification for the Power Trading Agent Competition for 2012 (Power TAC 2012). Power TAC is a competitive simulation that models a “liberalized” retail electrical energy market, where competing business entities or “brokers” offer energy services to customers through tariff

  8. The Power Trading Agent Competition

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    Ketter, W.; Collins, J.; Reddy, P.; Flath, C.; De Weerdt, M.M.

    2011-01-01

    This is the specification for the Power Trading Agent Competition for 2012 (Power TAC 2012). Power TAC is a competitive simulation that models a “liberalized” retail electrical energy market, where competing business entities or “brokers” offer energy services to customers through tariff contracts,

  9. Antibacterial activities of antineoplastic agents.

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    Bodet, C A; Jorgensen, J H; Drutz, D J

    1985-01-01

    Fourteen antineoplastic agents were examined for in vitro antibacterial activity against 101 aerobic and anaerobic bacterial isolates representing indigenous human microflora and selected opportunistic pathogens. Only 5-fluorouracil, mitomycin, and etoposide demonstrated inhibitory effects at achievable plasma concentrations, while the remaining drugs lacked appreciable antibacterial activities.

  10. Kriitikute lemmikfilm on "Agent Sinikael"

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    2003-01-01

    Eesti Filmiajakirjanike Ühing andis kümnendat korda välja auhinda Aasta film 2002. Parimaks filmiks tunnistati mängufilm "Agent Sinikael" : režissöör Marko Raat. Viimane sai preemiaks Neitsi Maali kuju ja 12 000 krooni

  11. Tc-99m imaging agents

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    A wide range of pharmaceuticals for labeling with Tc-99m, developed by the Soreq Radiopharmaceuticals Department, is described. Details of the production and quality control of 13 kits are given, as well as the range of results required for consistently high quality imaging agents

  12. Relational agents: A critical review

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    Campbell, Robert H.; Grimshaw, Mark Nicholas; Green, Gill

    2009-01-01

    Relationships between people who meet in virtual worlds are common and these relationships can be long term, in some cases lasting a life-time. Although relationships formed in virtual worlds have invited a lot of recent interest, surprisingly little work has been done on developing computer agents...

  13. Direct Vasodilators and Sympatholytic Agents.

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    McComb, Meghan N; Chao, James Y; Ng, Tien M H

    2016-01-01

    Direct vasodilators and sympatholytic agents were some of the first antihypertensive medications discovered and utilized in the past century. However, side effect profiles and the advent of newer antihypertensive drug classes have reduced the use of these agents in recent decades. Outcome data and large randomized trials supporting the efficacy of these medications are limited; however, in general the blood pressure-lowering effect of these agents has repeatedly been shown to be comparable to other more contemporary drug classes. Nevertheless, a landmark hypertension trial found a negative outcome with a doxazosin-based regimen compared to a chlorthalidone-based regimen, leading to the removal of α-1 adrenergic receptor blockers as first-line monotherapy from the hypertension guidelines. In contemporary practice, direct vasodilators and sympatholytic agents, particularly hydralazine and clonidine, are often utilized in refractory hypertension. Hydralazine and minoxidil may also be useful alternatives for patients with renal dysfunction, and both hydralazine and methyldopa are considered first line for the treatment of hypertension in pregnancy. Hydralazine has also found widespread use for the treatment of systolic heart failure in combination with isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN). The data to support use of this combination in African Americans with heart failure are particularly robust. Hydralazine with ISDN may also serve as an alternative for patients with an intolerance to angiotensin antagonists. Given these niche indications, vasodilators and sympatholytics are still useful in clinical practice; therefore, it is prudent to understand the existing data regarding efficacy and the safe use of these medications. PMID:26033778

  14. Identity Management in Agent Systems

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    Brazier, F.M.T.; Groot, de D.R.A.

    2006-01-01

    If agent-based applications are to be used in large scale, open environments, security is a main issue; digital identity management (DIDM) an essential element. DIDM is needed to be able to determine the rights and obligations of the four main

  15. Foodborne illness and microbial agents

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    Foodborne illnesses result from the consumption of food containing microbial agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or food contaminated by poisonous chemicals or bio-toxins. Pathogen proliferation is due to nutrient composition of foods, which are capable of supporting the growth of microorgan...

  16. Bridging humans via agent networks

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    Recent drastic advance in telecommunication networks enabled the human organization of new class, teleorganization, which differ from any existing organization in that the organization which is easy to create by using telecommunication networks is virtual and remote, that people can join multiple organizations simultaneously, and that the organization can involve people who may not know each other. In order to enjoy the recent advance in telecommunication, the agent networks to help people organize themselves are needed. In this paper, an architecture of agent networks, in which each agent learns the preference or the utility functioin of the owner, and acts on behalf of the owner in maintaining the organization, is proposed. When an agent networks supports a human organization, the conventional human interface is divided into personal and social interfaces. The functionalities of the social interface in teleconferencing and telelearning were investigated. In both cases, the existence of B-ISDN is assumed, and the extension to the business meeting scheduling using personal handy phone (PHS) networks with personal digital assistant (PDA) terminals is expected. These circumstances are described. Mutual selection protocols (MSP) and their dynamic properties are explained. (K.I.)

  17. 7 CFR 4290.1620 - Functions of agents, including Central Registration Agent, Selling Agent and Fiscal Agent.

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    ..., DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RURAL BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANY (âRBICâ) PROGRAM Financial Assistance for RBICs (Leverage) Funding Leverage by Use of Guaranteed Trust Certificates (âtcsâ) § 4290.1620 Functions of agents... to: (i) Establish performance criteria for Poolers. (ii) Monitor and evaluate the financial...

  18. 13 CFR 107.1620 - Functions of agents, including Central Registration Agent, Selling Agent and Fiscal Agent.

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    ... Assistance SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANIES SBA Financial Assistance for Licensees (Leverage) Funding Leverage by Use of Sba-Guaranteed Trust Certificates (âtcsâ) § 107.1620... Fiscal Agent to: (i) Establish performance criteria for Poolers. (ii) Monitor and evaluate the...

  19. Multi-Agent Transport Planning

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    Zutt, J.; Witteveen, C.

    2005-01-01

    We discuss a distributed transport planning problem with competitive autonomous actors that carry out time-constrained pick-up delivery orders from customers. The agents have to find conflict-free routes to execute a series of orders they have accepted. Hatzack and Nebel [2] were the first to sugges

  20. Using Agent to Coordinate Web Services

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    Liu, C H; Chen, Jason J Y

    2009-01-01

    Traditionally, agent and web service are two separate research areas. We figure that, through agent communication, agent is suitable to coordinate web services. However, there exist agent communication problems due to the lack of uniform, cross-platform vocabulary. Fortunately, ontology defines a vocabulary. We thus propose a new agent communication layer and present the web ontology language (OWL)-based operational ontologies that provides a declarative description. It can be accessed by various engines to facilitate agent communication. Further, in our operational ontologies, we define the mental attitudes of agents that can be shared among other agents. Our architecture enhanced the 3APL agent platform, and it is implemented as an agent communication framework. Finally, we extended the framework to be compatible with the web ontology language for service (OWL-S), and then develop a movie recommendation system with four OWL-S semantic web services on the framework. The benefits of this work are: 1) dynamic ...

  1. Anchor Toolkit - a secure mobile agent system

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    Mudumbai, Srilekha S.; Johnston, William; Essiari, Abdelilah

    2008-01-01

    Mobile agent technology facilitates intelligent operation in software systems with less human interaction. Major challenge to deployment of mobile agents include secure transmission of agents and preventing unauthorized access to resources between interacting systems, as either hosts, or agents, or both can act maliciously. The Anchor toolkit, designed by LBNL, handles the transmission and secure management of mobile agents in a heterogeneous distributed computing environment. It provide...

  2. Halide test agent replacement study

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    Banks, E.M.; Freeman, W.P.; Kovach, B.J. [and others

    1995-02-01

    The intended phaseout of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from commercial use required the evaluation of substitute materials for the testing for leak paths through both individual adsorbers and installed adsorbent banks. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment (CONAGT) is in charge of maintaining the standards and codes specifying adsorbent leak test methods for the nuclear safety related air cleaning systems. The currently published standards and codes cite the use of R-11, R-12 and R-112 for leak path test agents. All of these compounds are CFCs. There are other agencies and organizations (USDOE, USDOD and USNRC) also specifying testing for leak paths or in some cases for special life tests using the above compounds. The CONAGT has recently developed criteria for the suitability evaluation of substitute test agents. On the basis of these criteria, several compounds were evaluated for their acceptability as adsorbent bed leak and life test agents. The ASME CONAGT Test Agent Qualification Criteria. The test agent qualification is based on the following parameters: (1) Similar retention times on activated carbons at the same concentration levels as one of the following: R-11, R-12, R-112 or R-112a. (2) Similar lower detection limit sensitivity and precision in the concentration range of use as R-11, R-12, R-112 and R-112a. (3) Gives the same in-place leak test results as R-11, R-12, R-112, or R-112a. (4) Chemical and radiological stability under the use conditions. (5) Causes no degradation of the carbon and its impregnant or of the other NATS components under the use conditions. (6) Is listed in the USEPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory for commercial use.

  3. Migration Dynamics in Artificial Agent Societies

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    Harjot Kaur

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An Artificial Agent Society can be defined as a collection of agents interacting with each other for some purpose and/or inhabiting a specific locality, possibly in accordance to some common norms/rules. These societies are analogous to human and ecological societies, and are an expanding and emerging field in research about social systems. Social networks, electronic markets and disaster management organizations can be viewed as such artificial (open agent societies and can be best understood as computational societies. Members of such artificial agent societies are heterogeneous intelligent software agents which are operating locally and cooperating and coordinating with each other in order to achieve goals of an agent society. These artificial agent societies have some kind of dynamics existing in them in terms of dynamics of Agent Migration, Role-Assignment, Norm- Emergence, Security and Agent-Interaction. In this paper, we have described the dynamics of agent migration process, starting from the various types of agent migration, causes or reasons for agent migration, consequences of agent migration, and an agent migration framework to model the its behavior for migration of agents between societies.

  4. CATS-based Agents That Err

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    Callantine, Todd J.

    2002-01-01

    This report describes preliminary research on intelligent agents that make errors. Such agents are crucial to the development of novel agent-based techniques for assessing system safety. The agents extend an agent architecture derived from the Crew Activity Tracking System that has been used as the basis for air traffic controller agents. The report first reviews several error taxonomies. Next, it presents an overview of the air traffic controller agents, then details several mechanisms for causing the agents to err in realistic ways. The report presents a performance assessment of the error-generating agents, and identifies directions for further research. The research was supported by the System-Wide Accident Prevention element of the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Program.

  5. Biological effects of mutagenic agents

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    There is an increasing body of evidence that mutagenic agents (biological, chemical and physical) play an important role in the etiology of human diseases. Mutations may occur in the germinal as well as in the somatic cells. Mutations of the germ cells may result on infertility or fertilization of damaged cells, the later leading to abortion or birth of a malformed fetus. Somatic-cells mutations may have various biological effects, depending on the period of the human life at which the mutation occurs. If it occurs during the prenatal life, a teratogenic or carcinogenic effect will be observed. If the somatic cell is damaged during the postnatal life, this will lead to neoplastic transformation. Therefore it is extremely important to know the mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic effects of various biological, chemical and physical agents in order to eliminate them from our environment. (author). 13 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  6. [Infectious agents and autoimmune diseases].

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    Riebeling-Navarro, C; Madrid-Marina, V; Camarena-Medellín, B E; Peralta-Zaragoza, O; Barrera, R

    1992-01-01

    In this paper the molecular aspects of the relationships between infectious agents and autoimmune diseases, the mechanisms of immune response to infectious agents, and the more recent hypotheses regarding the cause of autoimmune diseases are discussed. The antigens are processed and selected by their immunogenicity, and presented by HLA molecules to the T cell receptor. These events initiate the immune response with the activation and proliferation of T-lymphocytes. Although there are several hypotheses regarding the cause of autoimmune diseases and too many findings against and in favor of them, there is still no conclusive data. All these hypothesis and findings are discussed in the context of the more recent advances. PMID:1615352

  7. Bacteriocins as potential anticancer agents

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    Sukhraj eKaur

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    Full Text Available Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide, despite advances in its treatment and detection. The conventional chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of cancer have nonspecific toxicity towards normal body cells that cause various side effects. Secondly, cancer cells are known to develop chemotherapy resistance in due course of treatment. Thus, the demand for novel anti-cancer agents is increasing day by day. Some of the experimental studies have reported the therapeutic potential of bacteriocins against various types of cancer cell lines. Bacteriocins are ribosomally-synthesized cationic peptides secreted by almost all groups of bacteria. Some bacteriocins have shown selective cytotoxicity towards cancer cells as compared to normal cells. This makes them promising candidates for further investigation and clinical trials. In this review article, we present the overview of the various cancer cell-specific cytotoxic bacteriocins, their mode of action and efficacies.

  8. Oral agents in multiple sclerosis.

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    Lorefice, L; Fenu, G; Frau, J; Coghe, G C; Marrosu, M G; Cocco, E

    2015-01-01

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Disease-modifying drugs licensed for MS treatment have been developed to reduce relapse rates and halt disease progression. The majority of current MS drugs involve regular, parenteral administration, affecting long-term adherence and thus reducing treatment efficacy. Over the last two decades great progress has been made towards developing new MS therapies with different modes of action and biologic effects. In particular, oral drugs have generated much interest because of their convenience and positive impact on medication adherence. Fingolimod was the first launched oral treatment for relapsing-remitting MS; recently, Teriflunomide and Dimethyl fumarate have also been approved as oral disease-modifying agents. In this review, we summarize and discuss the history, pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of oral agents that have been approved or are under development for the selective treatment of MS. PMID:25924620

  9. [Pharmacology of bone anabolic agents].

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    Matsumoto, Toshio

    2015-10-01

    Bone is constantly remodeled to maintain its volume, structural integrity and strength Currently available bone anabolic agent is teriparatide. Teriparatide increases bone mass and strength via both remodeling-dependent and -independent mechanisms, although remodeling-dependent mechanism overweighs the other. Canonical Wnt signal plays an important role in enhancing osteoblast differentiation and bone formation, and its osteocyte-derived inhibitor, sclerostin, regulates bone formation via the regulation of Wnt signaling. Anti-sclerostin antibody stimulates Wnt signaling and enhances bone formation. Phase II clinical trials with anti-sclerostin antibodies, romosozumab and blosozumab, demonstrated a marked increase in bone mineral density after one year of treatment. The new modality of anabolic agents via remodeling-independent stimulation of bone formation may open up a new avenue for the treatment of osteoporosis.

  10. Crimen organizado y agente encubierto

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    Herrero Reus, Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Uno de los objetivos de la justicia penal actual es la lucha contra la criminalidad organizada, bien por su propia naturaleza de “crimen organizado”, bien porque presenta elementos trasnacionales que impiden su investigación a fondo. Todo ello exige la creación de recursos que permitan la investigación de dichos delitos, recursos como el de infiltración de los agentes policiales, objeto del trabajo.

  11. Antipsychotic agents and QT changes.

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    Welch, R.; Chue, P

    2000-01-01

    Recently, antipsychotic medications of the novel or atypical classes have received increased attention because of concerns with respect to potential lengthening of the QT interval, yet the currently available and commonly prescribed conventional antipsychotics are significantly more cardiotoxic, particularly agents in the butyrophenone and phenothiazine classes. Lengthening of the QT interval can be associated with a fatal paroxysmal ventricular arrhythmia known as torsades de pointes. The sp...

  12. Topical agents in burn care

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    Momčilović Dragan

    2002-01-01

    Introduction Understanding of fluid shifts and recognition of the importance of early and appropriate fluid replacement therapy have significantly reduced mortality in the early post burn period. After the bum patient successfully passes the resuscitation period, the burn wound represents the greatest threat to survival. History Since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to find an agent which would help burn wounds heal, and at the same time, not harm general condition of the injure...

  13. Estádio de adaptação de Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae em hospedeiros alternativos Fitness stage of Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae on alternative hosts

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    Full Text Available A principal praga-alvo na cultura do milho é a lagarta-do-cartucho, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith, 1797 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae, que, pela sua ampla distribuição temporal e geográfica constitui-se em uma das espécies mais nocivas nas regiões tropicais das Américas. O objetivo foi avaliar o estádio de adaptação de S. frugiperda em 17 espécies hospedeiras, cultivadas ou selvagens, mais comuns no agroecossistema brasileiro. As plantas foram cultivadas em cinco épocas, entre 2006 e 2008, utilizando o milho como padrão. Larvas de S. frugiperda recém-eclodidas foram individualizadas e confinadas em copo plástico (50 mL, onde foram alimentadas com seções de folha nova de cada hospedeiro. O alimento foi substituído a cada dois dias por folhas frescas. Quatro variáveis biológicas foram avaliadas e utilizadas para se calcular um Índice de Adaptação (IA. Os resultados indicaram que a sobrevivência inicial de S. frugiperda variou de 100%, no milho, a 46%, no arroz. O período larval variou de 12,6 dias, no milho, a 27,1 dias, na grama batatais. A biomassa de pupa variou de 173,1 mg, no carrapicho, a 294,2 mg, no milho. O índice de adaptação, calculado com base nas variáveis biológicas de S. frugiperda, nos hospedeiros avaliados, variou de 17,43, no milho cultivado na época I, a 1,46, na cana-de-açúcar na época III. Para corrigir o efeito de época sobre o índice de adaptação de S. frugiperda nos hospedeiros, foi calculado o Índice Relativo de Adaptação (IRA, com base no índice de adaptação no milho (100%. Assim, com base no índice relativo de adaptação, estimado em condições de laboratório, os hospedeiros alternativos ao milho, para S. frugiperda, podem ser assim ordenados, do maior para o menor índice: sorgo granífero, sorgo selvagem, milheto, capim-tanzânia, amendoim, capim-marandu, capim-braquiária, caruru-de-porco, trigo, soja, algodão, feijão, arroz, capim-carrapicho, grama batatais e cana

  14. Convergencia oblicua: modelo estructural alternativo para la dorsal Neuquina (39ºs - Neuquén Oblique convergence: alternative structural model for the Neuquén high (39º S, Neuquén

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    Full Text Available La dorsal neuquina es un lineamiento estructural de escala regional desarrollado a los 39ºS, que se extiende por más de 270 km con orientación E-O, marcando el límite natural norte de la Patagonia. La actividad tectónica a lo largo de esta zona durante el Jurásico y Cretácico controló la sedimentación de la cuenca Neuquina desarrollando una serie de secuencias de crecimiento y discordancias asociadas. Por las características estructurales se reconoce un sector occidental con predominio de lineamientos orientados al NE relacionados a estructuras predominantemente compresivas y un sector oriental caracterizado por el predominio de lineamientos NO con desarrollo de estructuras transcurrentes. La orientación particular de este rasgo tectónico, aproximadamente perpendicular a los cinturones andinos, fue tradicionalmente explicado mediante dos modelos estructurales: transcurrencia e inversión tectónica. Basándose en nueva información de subsuelo y la disponibilidad de nuevos conceptos tectónicos, se plantea un esquema alternativo en donde se contempla el desarrollo de zonas dominadas por transcurrencia, estructuras relacionadas a inversión oblicua de hemigrábenes y el desarrollo de estructuras compresivas sin influencia de los rasgos extensionales previos. El arreglo en planta de las estructuras y su evolución en el tiempo puede ser originado por convergencia oblicua, bajo un campo de esfuerzos NO-SE, entre un bloque rígido ubicado al sureste (Cratón norpatagónico actuando como contrafuerte con límite oeste paralelo a la traza del río Limay y límite norte paralelo al cauce del río Negro, que converge con una zona al noroeste factible de ser plegada representada por la cuenca Neuquina. Este esquema permite explicar la distribución y orientación de las zonas compresivas y transcurrentes y su evolución en el tiempo con desarrollo de estructuras cada vez más jóvenes hacia la parte externa del sistema.The regional scale

  15. Multi-agent autonomous system

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    Fink, Wolfgang (Inventor); Dohm, James (Inventor); Tarbell, Mark A. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A multi-agent autonomous system for exploration of hazardous or inaccessible locations. The multi-agent autonomous system includes simple surface-based agents or craft controlled by an airborne tracking and command system. The airborne tracking and command system includes an instrument suite used to image an operational area and any craft deployed within the operational area. The image data is used to identify the craft, targets for exploration, and obstacles in the operational area. The tracking and command system determines paths for the surface-based craft using the identified targets and obstacles and commands the craft using simple movement commands to move through the operational area to the targets while avoiding the obstacles. Each craft includes its own instrument suite to collect information about the operational area that is transmitted back to the tracking and command system. The tracking and command system may be further coupled to a satellite system to provide additional image information about the operational area and provide operational and location commands to the tracking and command system.

  16. An Agent Based Classification Model

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    Gu, Feng; Greensmith, Julie

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    The major function of this model is to access the UCI Wisconsin Breast Can- cer data-set[1] and classify the data items into two categories, which are normal and anomalous. This kind of classifi cation can be referred as anomaly detection, which discriminates anomalous behaviour from normal behaviour in computer systems. One popular solution for anomaly detection is Artifi cial Immune Sys- tems (AIS). AIS are adaptive systems inspired by theoretical immunology and observed immune functions, principles and models which are applied to prob- lem solving. The Dendritic Cell Algorithm (DCA)[2] is an AIS algorithm that is developed specifi cally for anomaly detection. It has been successfully applied to intrusion detection in computer security. It is believed that agent-based mod- elling is an ideal approach for implementing AIS, as intelligent agents could be the perfect representations of immune entities in AIS. This model evaluates the feasibility of re-implementing the DCA in an agent-based simulation environ- ...

  17. Pharmacologic Agents for Chronic Diarrhea.

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    Lee, Kwang Jae

    2015-10-01

    Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with a number of non-infectious causes. When definitive treatment is unavailable, symptomatic drug therapy is indicated. Pharmacologic agents for chronic diarrhea include loperamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, diosmectite, cholestyramine, probiotics, antispasmodics, rifaximin, and anti-inflammatory agents. Loperamide, a synthetic opiate agonist, decreases peristaltic activity and inhibits secretion, resulting in the reduction of fluid and electrolyte loss and an increase in stool consistency. Cholestyramine is a bile acid sequestrant that is generally considered as the first-line treatment for bile acid diarrhea. 5-HT3 receptor antagonists have significant benefits in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea. Ramosetron improves stool consistency as well as global IBS symptoms. Probiotics may have a role in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. However, data on the role of probiotics in the treatment of chronic diarrhea are lacking. Diosmectite, an absorbent, can be used for the treatment of chronic functional diarrhea, radiation-induced diarrhea, and chemotherapy-induced diarrhea. Antispasmodics including alverine citrate, mebeverine, otilonium bromide, and pinaverium bromide are used for relieving diarrheal symptoms and abdominal pain. Rifaximin can be effective for chronic diarrhea associated with IBS and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Budesonide is effective in both lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis. The efficacy of mesalazine in microscopic colitis is weak or remains uncertain. Considering their mechanisms of action, these agents should be prescribed properly.

  18. Pharmacologic Agents for Chronic Diarrhea.

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    Lee, Kwang Jae

    2015-10-01

    Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with a number of non-infectious causes. When definitive treatment is unavailable, symptomatic drug therapy is indicated. Pharmacologic agents for chronic diarrhea include loperamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, diosmectite, cholestyramine, probiotics, antispasmodics, rifaximin, and anti-inflammatory agents. Loperamide, a synthetic opiate agonist, decreases peristaltic activity and inhibits secretion, resulting in the reduction of fluid and electrolyte loss and an increase in stool consistency. Cholestyramine is a bile acid sequestrant that is generally considered as the first-line treatment for bile acid diarrhea. 5-HT3 receptor antagonists have significant benefits in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea. Ramosetron improves stool consistency as well as global IBS symptoms. Probiotics may have a role in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. However, data on the role of probiotics in the treatment of chronic diarrhea are lacking. Diosmectite, an absorbent, can be used for the treatment of chronic functional diarrhea, radiation-induced diarrhea, and chemotherapy-induced diarrhea. Antispasmodics including alverine citrate, mebeverine, otilonium bromide, and pinaverium bromide are used for relieving diarrheal symptoms and abdominal pain. Rifaximin can be effective for chronic diarrhea associated with IBS and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Budesonide is effective in both lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis. The efficacy of mesalazine in microscopic colitis is weak or remains uncertain. Considering their mechanisms of action, these agents should be prescribed properly. PMID:26576135

  19. Preponderant agent, what is that?

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    Clara Luz Álvarez

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    Full Text Available Purpose – Preponderant agent is a new instrument for preventing and reverting adverse impact in competition due to highly concentrated markets. Therefore, this paper's objective is to present and analyze the preponderant agent concept in Mexico with emphasis on the broadcast sector, the telecommunication regulator decisions and the courts' interpretation. Methodology/approach/design – The objectives were achieved by researching and analyzing the main legal documents, the Congress reports and debates, the regulator's decisions and other relevant regulator's documents, as well as final decisions by the courts in connection with broadcast sector. Findings – Among the findings are that certain topics were not duly addressed by the Mexican regulator, or by the Congress, whereas the courts were more willing to hold decisions in favor of public interest based on constitutional intent and deference to the regulator's decision. Originality/value – This paper will be valuable for persons interested in telecommunications, broadcast and antitrust. Although the preponderant agent concept created in Mexico is not necessarily a “best practice”, it does provide an alternative instrument in antitrust. Moreover, the courts decisions also provide criteria regarding regulatory deference for the regulator.

  20. Antagonistic formation motion of cooperative agents

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    卢婉婷; 代明香; 薛方正

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates a new formation motion problem of a class of first-order multi-agent systems with antagonis-tic interactions. A distributed formation control algorithm is proposed for each agent to realize the antagonistic formation motion. A sufficient condition is derived to ensure that all agents make an antagonistic formation motion in a distributed manner. It is shown that all agents can be spontaneously divided into several groups, and agents in the same group collab-orate while agents in different groups compete. Finally, a numerical simulation is included to demonstrate our theoretical results.

  1. Agent planning in AgScala

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    Tošić, Saša; Mitrović, Dejan; Ivanović, Mirjana

    2013-10-01

    Agent-oriented programming languages are designed to simplify the development of software agents, especially those that exhibit complex, intelligent behavior. This paper presents recent improvements of AgScala, an agent-oriented programming language based on Scala. AgScala includes declarative constructs for managing beliefs, actions and goals of intelligent agents. Combined with object-oriented and functional programming paradigms offered by Scala, it aims to be an efficient framework for developing both purely reactive, and more complex, deliberate agents. Instead of the Prolog back-end used initially, the new version of AgScala relies on Agent Planning Package, a more advanced system for automated planning and reasoning.

  2. Dimensions and Issues of Mobile Agent Technology

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    Yashpal Singh

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Mobile Agent is a type of software system which acts “intelligently” on one’s behalf with the feature of autonomy, learning ability and most importantly mobility. Now mobile agents are gaining interest in the research community. In this article mobile agents will be addressed as tools for mobile computing. Mobile agents have been used in applications ranging from network management to information management. We present mobile agent concept, characteristics, classification, need, applications and technical constraints in the mobile technology. We also provide a brief case study about how mobile agent is used for information retrieval.

  3. 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems : Special Sessions

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    Escalona, María; Corchuelo, Rafael; Mathieu, Philippe; Vale, Zita; Campbell, Andrew; Rossi, Silvia; Adam, Emmanuel; Jiménez-López, María; Navarro, Elena; Moreno, María

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    PAAMS, the International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems is an evolution of the International Workshop on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. PAAMS is an international yearly tribune to present, to discuss, and to disseminate the latest developments and the most important outcomes related to real-world applications. It provides a unique opportunity to bring multi-disciplinary experts, academics and practitioners together to exchange their experience in the development of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. This volume presents the papers that have been accepted for the 2016 in the special sessions: Agents Behaviours and Artificial Markets (ABAM); Advances on Demand Response and Renewable Energy Sources in Agent Based Smart Grids (ADRESS); Agents and Mobile Devices (AM); Agent Methodologies for Intelligent Robotics Applications (AMIRA); Learning, Agents and Formal Languages (LAFLang); Multi-Agent Systems and Ambient Intelligence (MASMAI); Web Mining and ...

  4. A framework for organization-aware agents

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    Jensen, Andreas Schmidt; Dignum, Virginia; Villadsen, Jørgen

    2016-01-01

    Open systems are characterized by the presence of a diversity of heterogeneous and autonomous agents that act according to private goals. Organizations, such as those used in real-life to structure human activities such as task allocation, coordination and supervision, can regulate the agents...... explicit coordination mechanisms within the agents. The organizational model is independent of that of the agents, and the approach is not tied to a specific organizational model, but uses an organizational metamodel. We show how AORTA helps agents work together in a system with an organization......’ behavior space and describe the expected behavior of the agents. Assuming an open environment, where agents are developed independently of the Organizational structures, agents need to be able to reason about the structure, so that they can deliberate about their actions and act within the expected...

  5. Analysis and Optimization for Mobile Agent Communication

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    YANGBo; LIUDayou

    2005-01-01

    Communication performance is one of the most important factors affecting the efficiency of mobile agent system. Only traditional optimization techniques for communication performance are not enough, especially in large-scale intelligent mobile agent system, so more intelligent optimization techniques are needed. In the background, the paper studies communication of mobile agent system from the viewpoint of performance. The paper makes qualitative and quantitative analysis of four important factors that will affect the communication performance of mobile agent system and presents the communication performance optimization model. The model hasthree primary functions. First, the model provides a formalism method to describe the communication task and process of mobile agent. Second, the model provides a means to make quantitative analysis of the performance of mobile agent system. Third, the model can plan out an optimal communication scheme for mobile agent to minimize the cost of whole communication. The model could thus be a building block for the optimization of the communication behavior of mobile agent.

  6. A Framework for Multi-Agent Planning

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    Bos, A.; Tonino, J.F.M.; De Weerdt, M.M.; Witteveen, C.

    2000-01-01

    We introduce a computational framework, consisting of resources, skills, goals and services to represent the plans of individual agents and to develop models and algorithms for cooperation processes between a collection of agents.

  7. Agent Communication Channel Based on BACnet

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    Jiang Wen-bin; Zhou Man-li

    2004-01-01

    We analyze the common shortcoming in the existing agent MTPs (message transport protocols). With employing the File object and related service AtomicWriteFile of BACnet (a data communication protocol building automation and control networks), a new method of agent message transport is proposed and implemented. Every agent platform (AP) has one specified File object and agents in another AP can communicate with agents in the AP by using AtomicWriteFile service. Agent messages can be in a variety of formats. In implementation, BACnet/IP and Ethernet are applied as the BACnet data link layers respectively. The experiment results show that the BACnet can provide perfect support for agent communication like other conventional protocols such as hypertext transfer protocol(HTTP), remote method invocation (RMI) etc. and has broken through the restriction of TCP/IP. By this approach, the agent technology is introduced into the building automation control network system.

  8. Comparison of Communication Models for Mobile Agents

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    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available An agent is a self-contained process being acting on behalf of a user. A Mobile Agent is an agent roaming the internet to access data and services, and carry out its assigned task remotely. This paper will focus on the communication models for Mobile Agents. Generally speaking, communication models concern with problems of how to name Mobile Agents, how to establish communication relationships, how to trace moving agents, and how to guarantee reliable communication. Some existing MA systems are purely based on RPC-style communication, whereas some adopts asynchronous message passing, or event registration/handling. Different communication concepts suitable for Mobile Agents are well discussed in [1]. However, we will investigate these concepts and existing models from a different point view: how to track down agents and deliver messages in a dynamic, changing world.

  9. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda and Agent Orange

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    ... ZIP code here Porphyria Cutanea Tarda and Agent Orange VA presumes porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is related to Veterans' exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service when the ...

  10. Soft Tissue Sarcomas and Agent Orange

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    ... ZIP code here Soft Tissue Sarcomas and Agent Orange VA presumes some soft tissue sarcomas in Veterans are related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. The soft ...

  11. Sports Agent Industry Emerges in China

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    2003-01-01

    The agent profession is not new to Chinese. First appearing in the Western Zhou Dynasty, agents were called "Zhi Ren" then and "Ya Ren" from the Tang Dynasty onwards. In the Ming Dynasty, a certain amount of property and a license were required if one wanted to become an agent. In the late Qing Dynasty, Mai Ban (Chinese executives working in foreign firms), also a sort of agents, began to emerge in major cities of China.

  12. Mobile agents for distributed decision support systems

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    2011-01-01

    This article focuses on the performance of Java based mobile agents using format translation via an intermediary XML based format. Our goal was to develop and verify the performance of a lightweight, mobile agent based solution that would allow strong security, portability and access to heterogeneous data resources from a mobile platform to facilitate exchange of data between simulation models and data resources. We have developed two types of agents: a mobile agent that functions as a server...

  13. Security Issues in Mobile Agent Paradigm

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    Nitin Jain; Neeraj Singla

    2011-01-01

    A mobile Agent is a Software program that migrates from node tonode of a heterogeneous network. They are goal-oriented i.e. workautonomously towards a goal, capable of suspending their executionon one platform and moving to other where they can resumeexecution using resources of these nodes and they meet and interactwith other agents. Agents may be stationary, always resident at asingle platform or mobile, capable of moving among differentplatforms at different time. The mobile agent paradigm...

  14. Explaining Simulations Through Self Explaining Agents

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    Maaike Harbers; John-Jules Meyer; Karel Van den Bosch

    2010-01-01

    Several strategies are used to explain emergent interaction patterns in agent-based simulations. A distinction can be made between simulations in which the agents just behave in a reactive way, and simulations involving agents with also pro-active (goal-directed) behavior. Pro-active behavior is more variable and harder to predict than reactive behavior, and therefore it might be harder to explain. However, the approach presented in this paper tries to make advantage of the agents' pro-active...

  15. ENZYMATIC DEINKING AGENTS FOR MIXED OFFICE WASTEPAPER

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    HuayuQiu; ChuanfuLiu; XiaokeMa; YingjuanFu

    2004-01-01

    This article focused on deinking agents for enzymatic deinking of MOW (mixed office wastepaper). The deinking performances of many series of surfactants were discussed at the experimental conditions, and finally some surfactants, which had good deinking effect, were selected. Then two-composed deinking agents were discussed. The deinkability of the deinking agents, e.g. deinking agents containing T-123 50% and P-10 50%, T-123 70% and O-15 30%, were better than that of the imported product.

  16. ENZYMATIC DEINKING AGENTS FOR MIXED OFFICE WASTEPAPER

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    Huayu Qiu; Chuanfu Liu; Xiaoke Ma; Yingjuan Fu

    2004-01-01

    This article focused on deinking agents for enzymatic deinking of MOW (mixed office wastepaper). The deinking performances of many series of surfactants were discussed at the experimental conditions, and finally, some surfactants, which had good deinking effect, were selected. Then two-composed deinking agents were discussed. The deinkability of the deinking agents, e.g. deinking agents containing T-123 50% and P-10 50%, T-123 70% and O-1530%, were better than that of the imported product.

  17. Virtual Knowledge Communities for Semantic Agents

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    Subercaze, Julien; Maret, Pierre

    2011-01-01

    International audience Virtual Knowledge Communities are a well suited paradigm for decentralized knowldege exchanges and they have been applied in several domains. In this paper we investigate the implementation of virtual knowledge communities with se- mantic agents. Using the SAM (Semantic Agent Modeling) approach, we show that agents can exchange community re- lated concepts (in OWL) and behavior (in SWRL). Agents can then learn and adapt new community-related behavior, which is useful...

  18. Topology and Social Behaviour of Agents

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    O. Hudak

    2003-01-01

    In a social group its members are caled here agents. Any two agents from the group may interact. The interaction consists of the exchange of information and it costs some energy. There exist subgroups of interacting agents which are nonreducibile. The structure, configuration of interactions between agents in the group, forms a macroscopic structure. The statistical equilibrium due to microreversibility is characterised by the maximum of entropy and by the minimum of energy, costs of informat...

  19. Integration of Agent System with Legacy Software

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    SHEN Qi; ZHAO Yan-hong; YIN Zhao-lin

    2003-01-01

    Agent technique is a new method that can analyze, design and realize a distributed open system. It has been used in almost every field. But if act for the real practical words in technique, it must integrate with legacy software, such as database system etc, and control them. This paper introduces the specification of agent software integration, ontology, instances database as implementing agent software integration with CORBA technique and takes XML, ACL as language communicating among agents.

  20. Bisimulation for Single-Agent Plausibility Models

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    Andersen, Mikkel Birkegaard; Bolander, Thomas; van Ditmarsch, H.;

    2013-01-01

    Epistemic plausibility models are Kripke models agents use to reason about the knowledge and beliefs of themselves and each other. Restricting ourselves to the single-agent case, we determine when such models are indistinguishable in the logical language containing conditional belief, i.e., we......-agent epistemic plausibility models on a finite set of propositions. This gives decidability for single-agent epistemic plausibility planning....

  1. Self-Adapting Reactive Autonomous Agents

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    Andrecut, M.; Ali, M. K.

    This paper describes a new self-adapting control algorithm for reactive autonomous agents. The architecture of the autonomous agents integrates the reactive behavior with reinforcement learning. We show how these components perform on-line adaptation of the autonomous agents to various complex navigation situations by constructing an internal model of the environment. Also, a discussion on cooperation and coordination of teams of agents is presented.

  2. Pathogenic agents in freshwater resources

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    Geldreich, Edwin E.

    1996-02-01

    Numerous pathogenic agents have been found in freshwaters used as sources for water supplies, recreational bathing and irrigation. These agents include bacterial pathogens, enteric viruses, several protozoans and parasitic worms more common to tropical waters. Although infected humans are a major source of pathogens, farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs), animal pets (dogs, cats) and wildlife serve as significant reservoirs and should not be ignored. The range of infected individuals within a given warm-blooded animal group (humans included) may range from 1 to 25%. Survival times for pathogens in the water environment may range from a few days to as much as a year (Ascaris, Taenia eggs), with infective dose levels varying from one viable cell for several primary pathogenic agents to many thousands of cells for a given opportunistic pathogen.As pathogen detection in water is complex and not readily incorporated into routine monitoring, a surrogate is necessary. In general, indicators of faecal contamination provide a positive correlation with intestinal pathogen occurrences only when appropriate sample volumes are examined by sensitive methodology.Pathways by which pathogens reach susceptible water users include ingestion of contaminated water, body contact with polluted recreational waters and consumption of salad crops irrigated by polluted freshwaters. Major contributors to the spread of various water-borne pathogens are sewage, polluted surface waters and stormwater runoff. All of these contributions are intensified during periods of major floods. Several water-borne case histories are cited as examples of breakdowns in public health protection related to water supply, recreational waters and the consumption of contaminated salad crops. In the long term, water resource management must focus on pollution prevention from point sources of waste discharges and the spread of pathogens in watershed stormwater runoff.

  3. Honey - A Novel Antidiabetic Agent

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    Omotayo O. Erejuwa, Siti A. Sulaiman, Mohd S. Ab Wahab

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Diabetes mellitus remains a burden worldwide in spite of the availability of numerous antidiabetic drugs. Honey is a natural substance produced by bees from nectar. Several evidence-based health benefits have been ascribed to honey in the recent years. In this review article, we highlight findings which demonstrate the beneficial or potential effects of honey in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT, on the gut microbiota, in the liver, in the pancreas and how these effects could improve glycemic control and metabolic derangements. In healthy subjects or patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes mellitus, various studies revealed that honey reduced blood glucose or was more tolerable than most common sugars or sweeteners. Pre-clinical studies provided more convincing evidence in support of honey as a potential antidiabetic agent than clinical studies did. The not-too-impressive clinical data could mainly be attributed to poor study designs or due to the fact that the clinical studies were preliminary. Based on the key constituents of honey, the possible mechanisms of action of antidiabetic effect of honey are proposed. The paper also highlights the potential impacts and future perspectives on the use of honey as an antidiabetic agent. It makes recommendations for further clinical studies on the potential antidiabetic effect of honey. This review provides insight on the potential use of honey, especially as a complementary agent, in the management of diabetes mellitus. Hence, it is very important to have well-designed, randomized controlled clinical trials that investigate the reproducibility (or otherwise of these experimental data in diabetic human subjects.

  4. Embedded Automation in Human-Agent Environment

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    Tweedale, Jeffrey W

    2012-01-01

    This research book proposes a general conceptual framework for the development of automation in human-agents environments that will allow human- agent teams to work effectively and efficiently. We examine various schemes to implement artificial intelligence techniques in agents.  The text is directed to the scientists, application engineers, professors and students of all disciplines, interested in the agency methodology and applications.

  5. Preferences of Agents in Defeasible Logic

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    Dastani, M.; Governatori, G.; Rotolo, A.; Torre, L.W.N. van der

    2005-01-01

    Defeasible Logic is extended to programming languages for cognitive agents with preferences and actions for planning. We define rule-based agent theories that contain preferences and actions, together with inference procedures. We discuss patterns of agent types in this setting. Finally, we illustra

  6. Cooperative heuristic multi-agent planning

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    De Weerdt, M.M.; Tonino, J.F.M.; Witteveen, C.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we will use the framework to study cooperative heuristic multi-agent planning. During the construction of their plans, the agents use a heuristic function inspired by the FF planner (l3l). At any time in the process of planning the agents may exchange available resources, or they may r

  7. Multi-Agent Planning with Planning Graph

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    Bui, The Duy; Jamroga, Wojciech

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we consider planning for multi-agents situations in STRIPS-like domains with planning graph. Three possible relationships between agents' goals are considered in order to evaluate plans: the agents may be collaborative, adversarial or indifferent entities. We propose algorithms to dea

  8. Explaining simulations through self explaining agents

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    Harbers, M.; Bosch, K. van den; Meyer, J.J.C.

    2010-01-01

    Several strategies are used to explain emergent interaction patterns in agent-based simulations. A distinction can be made between simulations in which the agents just behave in a reactive way, and simulations involving agents with also pro-active (goal-directed) behavior. Pro-active behavior is mor

  9. Explaining Simulations through Self Explaining Agents

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    Harbers, M.; Dignum, F.; Bosch, K. van den; Meyer, J.J.C.

    2008-01-01

    Several strategies are used to explain emergent interaction patterns in agent-based simulations. A distinction can be made between simulations in which the agents just behave in a reactive way, and simulations involving agents with also pro-active (goal-directed) behavior. Pro-active behavior is mor

  10. Stability of Evolving Multi-Agent Systems

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    De Wilde, Philippe; 10.1109/TSMCB.2011.2110642

    2011-01-01

    A Multi-Agent System is a distributed system where the agents or nodes perform complex functions that cannot be written down in analytic form. Multi-Agent Systems are highly connected, and the information they contain is mostly stored in the connections. When agents update their state, they take into account the state of the other agents, and they have access to those states via the connections. There is also external, user-generated input into the Multi-Agent System. As so much information is stored in the connections, agents are often memory-less. This memory-less property, together with the randomness of the external input, has allowed us to model Multi-Agent Systems using Markov chains. In this paper, we look at Multi-Agent Systems that evolve, i.e. the number of agents varies according to the fitness of the individual agents. We extend our Markov chain model, and define stability. This is the start of a methodology to control Multi-Agent Systems. We then build upon this to construct an entropy-based defi...

  11. The Ontogenesis of Agent: Linguistic Expression.

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    Olswang, Lesley Barrett; Carpenter, Robert L.

    1982-01-01

    Some of the findings of a longitudinal study of three infants between their 11th and 22nd months to document development of linguistic expression of the agent concept indicated that first vocalizations were inconsistently associated with nonverbal agentive behaviors and later mature utterances coded agent-action-recipient events. (MC)

  12. STUDIES OF WATERBORNE AGENTS OF VIRAL GASTROENTERITIS

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    The etiologic agent of a large outbreak of waterborne viral gastroenteritis was detected employing immune electron microscopy (IEM) and a newly developed solid phase radioimmunoassay (RIA). This agent, referred to as the Snow Mountain Agent (SMA), is 27-32 nm. in diameter, has cu...

  13. Radioactive scanning agents with hydroquinone stabilizer

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    Stable compositions useful as technetium 99m-based scintigraphic agents comprise hydroquinone in combination with a pertechnetate reducing agent or dissolved in pertechnetate-99m (sup(99m)TcOsub(4)sup(-)) solution. The compositions are especially useful in combination with a phosphate or phosphonate material which carries the radionuclide to bone, thus providing a skeletal imaging agent

  14. 7 CFR 1430.210 - MILC agents.

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    ... MILC agents. (a) MILC benefits may be disbursed by a dairy marketing cooperative that serves special... operation may authorize an agent of a dairy cooperative or milk handler affiliated with such cooperative to... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false MILC agents. 1430.210 Section 1430.210...

  15. Agents and Lattice-valued Logic

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    Germanno Resconi

    2006-01-01

    In fuzzy set theory, instead of the underlying membership set being a two -valued set it is a multi-valued set that generally has the structure of a lattice L with a minimal element O and the maximal element I. Furthermore if ∧, ∨, → and (「) are defined in the set L, then we can use these operations to define, as in the ordinary set theory, operations on fuzzy subsets. In this paper we give a model of the Lattice-Valued Logic with set of agents.Any agents know the logic value of a sentence p. The logic value is compatible with all of the accessible conceptual models or worlds of p inside the agent. Agent can be rational or irrational in the use of the logic operation.Every agent of n agents can have the same set of conceptual models for p and know the same logic for p in this case the agents form a consistent group of agents.When agents have different conceptual models for p,different subgroup of agents know different logic value for p. In this case the n agents are inconsistent in the expression of the logic value for p. The valuation structure of set of agents can be used as a semantic model for the Lattice-valued Logic and fuzzy logic.

  16. Improving Multi-Agent Systems Using Jason

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    Vester, Steen; Boss, Niklas Skamriis; Jensen, Andreas Schmidt;

    2011-01-01

    We describe the approach used to develop the multi-agent system of herders that competed as the Jason-DTU team at the Multi-Agent Programming Contest 2010. We also participated in 2009 with a system developed in the agentoriented programming language Jason which is an extension of AgentSpeak. We ...

  17. Construction and Evaluation of Animated Teachable Agents

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    Bodenheimer, Bobby; Williams, Betsy; Kramer, Mattie Ruth; Viswanath, Karun; Balachandran, Ramya; Belynne, Kadira; Biswas, Gautam

    2009-01-01

    This article describes the design decisions, technical approach, and evaluation of the animation and interface components for an agent-based system that allows learners to learn by teaching. Students learn by teaching an animated agent using a visual representation. The agent can answer questions about what she has been taught and take quizzes.…

  18. Stigmergy in multi-agent reinforcement learning

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    Aras, Raghav; Dutech, Alain; Charpillet, François

    2004-01-01

    http://www.computer.org In this paper, we describe how certain aspects of the biological phenomena of stigmergy can be imported into multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL), with the purpose of better enabling coordination of agent actions and speeding up learning. In particular, we detail how these stigmergic aspects can be used to define an inter-agent communication framework.

  19. Agent for roentgenocontrast examination of cavities

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    The water-soluble agent, additionaly containing starch, agar, water, is suggested to increase accuracy of injured cavity diagnostics. The method for roentgenocontrast agent preparation on the base of starch-agar gel is described. Advantages of the agent suggested in comparison with those of roentgenologic cavity investigation used are shown

  20. On Programming Organization-Aware Agents

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    Jensen, Andreas Schmidt

    2013-01-01

    Since it is difficult (or even impossible) to assume anything about the agents’ behavior and goals in an open multi-agent system, it is often suggested that an organization is imposed upon the agents, whichhich, by abstracting away from the agents, specifies boundaries and objectives that the age...

  1. Properties of Ettringite Type Expansive Agent

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    2001-01-01

    By employing different forms and amounts of materials,many kinds of ettringite type expansive agents had been prepared.The relationship between the compositions and properties of expansive agents was analyzed.The design methods of expansive agent have been put forward according to the property requirement of expansive concrete.

  2. A theoretical framework for explaining agent behavior

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    Harbers, M.; Bosch, K. van den; Meyer, J.J.C.

    2011-01-01

    To understand emergent processes in multi-agent-based simulations it is important to study the global processes in a simulation as well as the processes on the agent level. The behavior of individual agents is easier to understand when they are able to explain their own behavior. In this paper, a th

  3. Social Robots as Persuasive Agents

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    Vlachos, Evgenios; Schärfe, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Robots are more and more used in a social context, and in this paper we try to formulate a research agenda concerning ethical issues around social HRI in order to be prepared for future scenarios where robots may be a naturally integrated part of human society. We outline different paradigms...... to describe the role of social robots in communication processes with humans, and connect HRI with the topic of persuasive technology in health care, to critically reflect the potential benefits of using social robots as persuasive agents....

  4. Anticancer agents from marine sponges.

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    Ye, Jianjun; Zhou, Feng; Al-Kareef, Ammar M Q; Wang, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Marine sponges are currently one of the richest sources of anticancer active compounds found in the marine ecosystems. More than 5300 different known metabolites are from sponges and their associated microorganisms. To survive in the complicated marine environment, most of the sponge species have evolved chemical means to defend against predation. Such chemical adaptation produces many biologically active secondary metabolites including anticancer agents. This review highlights novel secondary metabolites in sponges which inhibited diverse cancer species in the recent 5 years. These natural products of marine sponges are categorized based on various chemical characteristics. PMID:25402340

  5. Dopamine agents for hepatic encephalopathy

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    Junker, Anders Ellekær; Als-Nielsen, Bodil; Gluud, Christian;

    2014-01-01

    Hepato-Biliary Group Controlled Trials Register (January 2014), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (Issue 12 of 12, 2013), MEDLINE (1946 to January 2014), EMBASE (1974 to January 2014), and Science Citation Index-Expanded (1900 to January 2014). Manual searches in reference...... therefore been assessed as a potential treatment for patients with hepatic encephalopathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of dopamine agents versus placebo or no intervention for patients with hepatic encephalopathy. SEARCH METHODS: Trials were identified through the Cochrane...

  6. Mobile agent location in distributed environments

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    Fountoukis, S. G.; Argyropoulos, I. P.

    2012-12-01

    An agent is a small program acting on behalf of a user or an application which plays the role of a user. Artificial intelligence can be encapsulated in agents so that they can be capable of both behaving autonomously and showing an elementary decision ability regarding movement and some specific actions. Therefore they are often called autonomous mobile agents. In a distributed system, they can move themselves from one processing node to another through the interconnecting network infrastructure. Their purpose is to collect useful information and to carry it back to their user. Also, agents are used to start, monitor and stop processes running on the individual interconnected processing nodes of computer cluster systems. An agent has a unique id to discriminate itself from other agents and a current position. The position can be expressed as the address of the processing node which currently hosts the agent. Very often, it is necessary for a user, a processing node or another agent to know the current position of an agent in a distributed system. Several procedures and algorithms have been proposed for the purpose of position location of mobile agents. The most basic of all employs a fixed computing node, which acts as agent position repository, receiving messages from all the moving agents and keeping records of their current positions. The fixed node, responds to position queries and informs users, other nodes and other agents about the position of an agent. Herein, a model is proposed that considers pairs and triples of agents instead of single ones. A location method, which is investigated in this paper, attempts to exploit this model.

  7. Camouflaging Agents for Vitiligo Patients.

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    Hossain, Claudia; Porto, Dennis A; Hamzavi, Iltefat; Lim, Henry W

    2016-04-01

    Vitiligo is an acquired condition resulting in patches of depigmented skin that is cosmetically disfiguring and can subsequently be psychologically disturbing. For patients seeking to mask their vitiligo, camouflage options have historically been limited and been designated as a cosmetic, rather than a medical, concern. As research has indicated that proper concealment of vitiligo lesions can vastly improve quality of life, we believe it is essential that dermatologists become aware of all the options available to their patients and that discussions of camouflage options be broached from the first visit. Methods for concealment include cosmetic tattoos, dihydroxyacetone, general cosmetics, and various topical camouflage agents, including the newest product, Microskin™. We conducted a literature review of all of the available options for vitiligo concealment and evaluated their advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, temporary methods of concealment are recommended; but the particular agent used can come from discussion with the patient based on the location of the lesions, degree of concealment desired, cost, and availability. PMID:27050692

  8. Surfactants as blackbird stressing agents

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    Lefebvre, P.W.; Seubert, J.L.

    1970-01-01

    Applications of wetting-agent solutions produce mortality in birds. The exact cause of death is undetermined but it is believed that destruction of the insulating qualities of the plumage permits ambient cold temperatures and evaporation to lower the body temperature to a lethal level. The original concept of using these materials as bird-control tools was developed in 1958 at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife Laurel, Maryland. Early field trials by personnel of the Division of Wildlife Services and the Denver Wildlife Research Center indicated that ground-application techniques had promise but limitations of the equipment precluded successful large-scale roost treatments. In 1966, Patuxent Center personnel began using tanker-type aircraft to evaluate high-volume aerial applications of wetting agents. The success of these tests led to the use of small aircraft to make low-volume, high-concentration aerial applications just prior to expected rainfall. Recent trials of the low-volume method show that, with some limitations, it is effective, inexpensive, and safe to the environment. Current research emphasizes the screening of new candidate materials for efficacy, biodegradability, and toxicity to plants and non-target animals, as well as basic investigations of the avian physiological mechanisms involved. Field trials to develop more effective application techniques will continue.

  9. Anchor Toolkit - a secure mobile agent system

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    Mudumbai, Srilekha S.; Johnston, William; Essiari, Abdelilah

    1999-05-19

    Mobile agent technology facilitates intelligent operation insoftware systems with less human interaction. Major challenge todeployment of mobile agents include secure transmission of agents andpreventing unauthorized access to resources between interacting systems,as either hosts, or agents, or both can act maliciously. The Anchortoolkit, designed by LBNL, handles the transmission and secure managementof mobile agents in a heterogeneous distributed computing environment. Itprovides users with the option of incorporating their security managers.This paper concentrates on the architecture, features, access control anddeployment of Anchor toolkit. Application of this toolkit in a securedistributed CVS environment is discussed as a case study.

  10. An Agent-Based Distributed Manufacturing System

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    J.Li; J.Y.H.Fuh; Y.F.Zhang; A.Y.C.Nee

    2006-01-01

    Agent theories have shown their promising capability in solving distributed complex system ever since its development. In this paper, one multi-agent based distributed product design and manufacturing planning system is presented. The objective of the research is to develop a distributed collaborative design environment for supporting cooperation among the existing engineering functions. In the system, the functional agents for design, manufacturability evaluation,process planning and scheduling are efficiently integrated with a facilitator agent. This paper firstly gives an introduction to the system structure, and the definitions for each executive agent are then described and a prototype of the proposed is also included at the end part.

  11. Cooperative planning in multi-agent systems

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    Torreño Lerma, Alejandro

    2016-01-01

    [EN] Automated planning is a centralized process in which a single planning entity, or agent, synthesizes a course of action, or plan, that satisfies a desired set of goals from an initial situation. A Multi-Agent System (MAS) is a distributed system where a group of autonomous agents pursue their own goals in a reactive, proactive and social way. Multi-Agent Planning (MAP) is a novel research field that emerges as the integration of automated planning in MAS. Agents are endowed with plan...

  12. Use of alternative media and different types of recipients in a laboratory culture of Ankistrodesmus gracilis (Reinsch Korshikov (Chlorophyceae = Utilização de meios alternativos e diferentes tipos de recipientes no cultivo de Ankistrodesmus gracilis (Reinsch Korshikov (Chlorophyceae em laboratório.

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    Full Text Available A laboratory culture of Ankistrodesmus gracilis algae was evaluated by studying the biology of the species and its chemical composition in a traditional medium (CHU12 and in two alternative culture media, NPK (20-5-20 and macrophyte (Eichhornia crassipes + NPK, in three different types of recipients (fiberglass, carboy and plastic bag. First peak in the growth curve of Ankistrodesmus gracilis occurred on the ninth day in macrophyte + NPK medium (74.16 x 105 cells mL-1 in a fiberglass recipient. However, highest density (p 0.05 in culture media in the three recipients. Protein and fiber were similar (p > 0.05 in the treatments, but lipids were higher (p O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar os aspectos biológicos e a composição química da alga Ankistrodesmus gracilis em laboratório utilizando um meio tradicional (CHU12 e dois meios alternativos, NPK (20-5-20 e macrófita (Eichhornia crassipes + NPK em três diferentes tipos de recipientes (cuba de fibra de vidro translúcido, garrafões e saco plástico. O primeiro pico de densidade celular de Ankistrodesmus gracilis ocorreu no nono dia da curva de crescimento em meio macrófita+NPK (74,16 x 105 células mL-1 no recipiente de fibra de vidro, porém a maior densidade (p 0,05 nos três recipientes e meios de cultivo. Os teores de proteína e fibra foram similares (p > 0,05 nos tratamentos utilizados, já os de lipídios foram mais elevados (p < 0,05 no meio NPK. Os teores médios de nitrato, amônia, fósforo total e ortofosfato estiveram acima de 1 mg L-1 no meio NPK (p < 0,01. Os resultados obtidos neste estudo indicam a possibilidade do uso de meios alternativos como o NPK e macrophyte +NPK para o cultivo de A. gracilis em larga escala cultivados nos três tipos de recipientes, porém, em saco plástico o custo é baixo e ocupa menos espaço em cultivo de laboratório.

  13. A SURVEY OF THE PROPERTIES OF AGENTS

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    Kornelije Rabuzin

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available In the past decade agent systems were considered to be as one of the major fields of study in Artificial Intelligence (AI field. Many different definitions of agents were presented and several different approaches describing agency can be distinguished. While some authors have tried to define “what” an agent really is, others have tried to identify agents by means of properties which they should possess. Most authors agree on these properties (at least basic set of properties which are intrinsic to agents. Since agent's definitions are not consistent, we are going to give an overview and list the properties intrinsic to an agent. Many different adjectives were attached to the term agent as well and many different kinds of agents and different architectures emerged too. The aim of this paper it go give an overview of what was going on in the field while taking into consideration main streams and projects. We will also present some guidelines important when modelling agent systems and say something about security issues. Also, some existing problems which restrict the wider usage of agents will be mentioned too.

  14. Introduction to Agent Mining Interaction and Integration

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    Cao, Longbing

    In recent years, more and more researchers have been involved in research on both agent technology and data mining. A clear disciplinary effort has been activated toward removing the boundary between them, that is the interaction and integration between agent technology and data mining. We refer this to agent mining as a new area. The marriage of agents and data mining is driven by challenges faced by both communities, and the need of developing more advanced intelligence, information processing and systems. This chapter presents an overall picture of agent mining from the perspective of positioning it as an emerging area. We summarize the main driving forces, complementary essence, disciplinary framework, applications, case studies, and trends and directions, as well as brief observation on agent-driven data mining, data mining-driven agents, and mutual issues in agent mining. Arguably, we draw the following conclusions: (1) agent mining emerges as a new area in the scientific family, (2) both agent technology and data mining can greatly benefit from agent mining, (3) it is very promising to result in additional advancement in intelligent information processing and systems. However, as a new open area, there are many issues waiting for research and development from theoretical, technological and practical perspectives.

  15. Mobile agents for distributed decision support systems

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This article focuses on the performance of Java based mobile agents using format translation via an intermediary XML based format. Our goal was to develop and verify the performance of a lightweight, mobile agent based solution that would allow strong security, portability and access to heterogeneous data resources from a mobile platform to facilitate exchange of data between simulation models and data resources. We have developed two types of agents: a mobile agent that functions as a server for queries in SQL and converts the query results into XML documents and a stationary agent acting as a client for query forwarding and conversion of received documents into text files readable by a client application. We have tested the performance of the agents in a distributed simulation scenario and established that the agents can be used to connect heterogeneous simulation models and other applications, improving their connectivity and usability.

  16. Multi-agent for manufacturing systems optimization

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    Ciortea, E. M.; Tulbure, A.; Huţanu, C.-tin

    2016-08-01

    The paper is meant to be a dynamic approach to optimize manufacturing systems based on multi-agent systems. Multi-agent systems are semiautonomous decision makers and cooperate to optimize the manufacturing process. Increasing production the capacity is achieved by developing, implementing efficient and effective systems from control based on current manufacturing process. The model multi-agent proposed in this paper is based on communication between agents who, based on their mechanisms drive to autonomous decision making. Methods based on multi-agent programming are applied between flexible manufacturing processes and cooperation with agents. Based on multi-agent technology and architecture of intelligent manufacturing can lead to development of strategies for control and optimization of scheduled production resulting from the simulation.

  17. An Agent Framework of Tourism Recommender System

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    Jia Zhi Yang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes the development of an Agent framework for tourism recommender system. The recommender system can be featured as an online web application which is capable of generating a personalized list of preference attractions for tourists. Traditional technologies of classical recommender system application domains, such as collaborative filtering, content-based filtering and content-based filtering are effectively adopted in the framework. In the framework they are constructed as Agents that can generate recommendations respectively. Recommender Agent can generate recommender information by integrating the recommendations of Content-based Agent, collaborative filtering-based Agent and constraint-based Agent. In order to make the performance more effective, linear combination method of data fusion is applied. User interface is provided by the tourist Agent in form of webpages and mobile app.

  18. Knowledge Management in Role Based Agents

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    Kır, Hüseyin; Ekinci, Erdem Eser; Dikenelli, Oguz

    In multi-agent system literature, the role concept is getting increasingly researched to provide an abstraction to scope beliefs, norms, goals of agents and to shape relationships of the agents in the organization. In this research, we propose a knowledgebase architecture to increase applicability of roles in MAS domain by drawing inspiration from the self concept in the role theory of sociology. The proposed knowledgebase architecture has granulated structure that is dynamically organized according to the agent's identification in a social environment. Thanks to this dynamic structure, agents are enabled to work on consistent knowledge in spite of inevitable conflicts between roles and the agent. The knowledgebase architecture is also implemented and incorporated into the SEAGENT multi-agent system development framework.

  19. Model Based Testing for Agent Systems

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    Zhang, Zhiyong; Thangarajah, John; Padgham, Lin

    Although agent technology is gaining world wide popularity, a hindrance to its uptake is the lack of proper testing mechanisms for agent based systems. While many traditional software testing methods can be generalized to agent systems, there are many aspects that are different and which require an understanding of the underlying agent paradigm. In this paper we present certain aspects of a testing framework that we have developed for agent based systems. The testing framework is a model based approach using the design models of the Prometheus agent development methodology. In this paper we focus on model based unit testing and identify the appropriate units, present mechanisms for generating suitable test cases and for determining the order in which the units are to be tested, present a brief overview of the unit testing process and an example. Although we use the design artefacts from Prometheus the approach is suitable for any plan and event based agent system.

  20. Agent-Oriented Probabilistic Logic Programming

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    Jie Wang; Shi-Er Ju; Chun-Nian Liu

    2006-01-01

    Currently, agent-based computing is an active research area, and great efforts have been made towards the agent-oriented programming both from a theoretical and practical view. However, most of them assume that there is no uncertainty in agents' mental state and their environment. In other words, under this assumption agent developers are just allowed to specify how his agent acts when the agent is 100% sure about what is true/false. In this paper, this unrealistic assumption is removed and a new agent-oriented probabilistic logic programming language is proposed, which can deal with uncertain information about the world. The programming language is based on a combination of features of probabilistic logic programming and imperative programming.

  1. Agent-Based Modeling and Mapping of Manufacturing System

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    2002-01-01

    Considering the agent-based modeling and mapping i n manufacturing system, some system models are described in this paper, which are included: Domain Based Hierarchical Structure (DBHS), Cascading Agent Structure (CAS), Proximity Relation Structure (PRS), and Bus-based Network Structure (BNS ). In DBHS, one sort of agents, called static agents, individually acts as Domai n Agents, Resources Agents, UserInterface Agents and Gateway Agents. And the oth ers, named mobile agents, are the brokers of task and ...

  2. 10th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

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    Pérez, Javier; Golinska, Paulina; Giroux, Sylvain; Corchuelo, Rafael; Trends in Practical Applications of Agents and Multiagent Systems

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    PAAMS, the International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems is an evolution of the International Workshop on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. PAAMS is an international yearly tribune to present, to discuss, and to disseminate the latest developments and the most important outcomes related to real-world applications. It provides a unique opportunity to bring multi-disciplinary experts, academics and practitioners together to exchange their experience in the development of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems.   This volume presents the papers that have been accepted for the 2012 in the workshops: Workshop on Agents for Ambient Assisted Living, Workshop on Agent-Based Solutions for Manufacturing and Supply Chain and Workshop on Agents and Multi-agent systems for Enterprise Integration.

  3. Opinion evolution influenced by informed agents

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    Fan, Kangqi; Pedrycz, Witold

    2016-11-01

    Guiding public opinions toward a pre-set target by informed agents can be a strategy adopted in some practical applications. The informed agents are common agents who are employed or chosen to spread the pre-set opinion. In this work, we propose a social judgment based opinion (SJBO) dynamics model to explore the opinion evolution under the influence of informed agents. The SJBO model distinguishes between inner opinions and observable choices, and incorporates both the compromise between similar opinions and the repulsion between dissimilar opinions. Three choices (support, opposition, and remaining undecided) are considered in the SJBO model. Using the SJBO model, both the inner opinions and the observable choices can be tracked during the opinion evolution process. The simulation results indicate that if the exchanges of inner opinions among agents are not available, the effect of informed agents is mainly dependent on the characteristics of regular agents, including the assimilation threshold, decay threshold, and initial opinions. Increasing the assimilation threshold and decay threshold can improve the guiding effectiveness of informed agents. Moreover, if the initial opinions of regular agents are close to null, the full and unanimous consensus at the pre-set opinion can be realized, indicating that, to maximize the influence of informed agents, the guidance should be started when regular agents have little knowledge about a subject under consideration. If the regular agents have had clear opinions, the full and unanimous consensus at the pre-set opinion cannot be achieved. However, the introduction of informed agents can make the majority of agents choose the pre-set opinion.

  4. Interaction Protocols in Multi-Agent Systems based on Agent Petri Nets Model

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    Kamel Barkaoui

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the modeling of interaction between agents in Multi Agents System (MAS based on Agent Petri Nets (APN. Our models are created based on communicating agents. Indeed, an agent initiating a conversation with other can specify the interaction protocol wishes to follow. The combination of APN and FIPA Protocols schemes leads to a set of deployment formal rules for points where model interaction can be successfully implemented. We introduce some models FIPA standard protocols.

  5. Logical Theories for Agent Introspection

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    Bolander, Thomas

    2004-01-01

    by self-reference. In the standard approach taken in artificial intelligence, the model that an agent has of its environment is represented as a set of beliefs. These beliefs are expressed as logical formulas within a formal, logical theory. When the logical theory is expressive enough to allow...... introspective reasoning, the presence of self-reference causes the theory to be prone to inconsistency. The challenge therefore becomes to construct logical theories supporting introspective reasoning while at the same time ensuring that consistency is retained. In the thesis, we meet this challenge by devising...... several such logical theories which we prove to be consistent. These theories are all based on first-order predicate logic. To prove our consistency results, we develop a general mathematical framework, suitable for proving a large number of consistency results concerning logical theories involving...

  6. Bioprotective agents in safety control

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    Dimitrijević-Branković Suzana I.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Food poisoning is the one of the main health hazards even today. More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food. The causes of foodborne illness include viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, metals, and prions and the symptoms of foodborne illness range from mild gastroenteritis to life-threatening neurological, hepatic and renal syndromes.The prevention of food poisonings represents very serious task for food manufacturers. Beside food control according to the concept "from the farm to the table" there is increased need for the development of new technology for longer shelf lifes of food. Food fermented by lactic acid bacteria (LAB and traditionally considered to be safe. There are many substances produced by LAB that affect the shelf life of fermented food, by active suppression of poisoning microorganisms growth. Because of that, the LAB is recently considered as bioprotective agents that have important role in food safety.

  7. Host modulation by therapeutic agents

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    Sugumari Elavarasu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Periodontal disease susceptible group present advanced periodontal breakdown even though they achieve a high standard of oral hygiene. Various destructive enzymes and inflammatory mediators are involved in destruction. These are elevated in case of periodontal destruction. Host modulation aims at bringing these enzymes and mediators to normal level. Doxycycline, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, bisphosphonates, nitrous oxide (NO synthase inhibitors, recombinant human interleukin-11 (rhIL-11, omega-3 fatty acid, mouse anti-human interleukin-6 receptor antibody (MRA, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK inhibitors, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kb inhibitors, osteoprotegerin, and tumor necrosis factor antagonist (TNF-α are some of the therapeutic agents that have host modulation properties.

  8. Fault Tolerance Mobile Agent System Using Witness Agent in 2-Dimensional Mesh Network

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    Ahmad Rostami

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Mobile agents are computer programs that act autonomously on behalf of a user or its owner and travel through a network of heterogeneous machines. Fault tolerance is important in their itinerary. In this paper, existent methods of fault tolerance in mobile agents are described which they are considered in linear network topology. In the methods three agents are used to fault tolerance by cooperating to each others for detecting and recovering server and agent failure. Three types of agents are: actual agent which performs programs for its owner, witness agent which monitors the actual agent and the witness agent after itself, probe which is sent for recovery the actual agent or the witness agent on the side of the witness agent. Communication mechanism in the methods is message passing between these agents. The methods are considered in linear network. We introduce our witness agent approach for fault tolerance mobile agent systems in Two Dimensional Mesh (2D-Mesh Network. Indeed Our approach minimizes Witness-Dependency in this network and then represents its algorithm.

  9. Agent Reward Shaping for Alleviating Traffic Congestion

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    Tumer, Kagan; Agogino, Adrian

    2006-01-01

    Traffic congestion problems provide a unique environment to study how multi-agent systems promote desired system level behavior. What is particularly interesting in this class of problems is that no individual action is intrinsically "bad" for the system but that combinations of actions among agents lead to undesirable outcomes, As a consequence, agents need to learn how to coordinate their actions with those of other agents, rather than learn a particular set of "good" actions. This problem is ubiquitous in various traffic problems, including selecting departure times for commuters, routes for airlines, and paths for data routers. In this paper we present a multi-agent approach to two traffic problems, where far each driver, an agent selects the most suitable action using reinforcement learning. The agent rewards are based on concepts from collectives and aim to provide the agents with rewards that are both easy to learn and that if learned, lead to good system level behavior. In the first problem, we study how agents learn the best departure times of drivers in a daily commuting environment and how following those departure times alleviates congestion. In the second problem, we study how agents learn to select desirable routes to improve traffic flow and minimize delays for. all drivers.. In both sets of experiments,. agents using collective-based rewards produced near optimal performance (93-96% of optimal) whereas agents using system rewards (63-68%) barely outperformed random action selection (62-64%) and agents using local rewards (48-72%) performed worse than random in some instances.

  10. La descontaminación de las aguas del lago Izabal en Guatemala a través de la extracción de la planta Hydrilla verticillata (L.F Royle y su uso como sustrato alternativo para la producción de plántulas de chile pimiento en invernadero

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    Iván Dimitri Santos Castillo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Se caracterizaron las principales propiedades físicas, químicas y biológicas de sustratos elaborados a base de residuos de hydrilla verticillata y su efecto sobre la germinación y desarrollo durante la fase de plántula de semillas de chile pimiento (variedad tropical irazú mejorado. Al analizar los resultados obtenidos tales como agua fácilmente aprovechable, capacidad de aereación, PH, porciento de germinación, germinación acumulada ( 24 DDS, altura de la planta (cm, diámetro del tallo (cm, peso fresco de la parte aérea y sistema radical (g, materia seca de la parte aérea y radical ( % , todo ello 50 días después de siembra (50 DDS, se obtiene que el mejor tratamiento bajo las condiciones y metodologías utilizadas es el N0 12 (H30-85-15, o sea, 85% de hydrilla con 30 días de compostaje + 15 % de perlita y se recomienda como sustituto alternativo del sustrato comercial (turba de sphagnum para la producción de plántulas de chile pimiento en pilones y con ello dar uso productivo a esta planta contaminante de los lagos de Guatemala.

  11. Agent Grid技术研究初探%Initial Research on Agent Grid

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    张英朝; 张维明; 肖卫东; 沙基昌

    2003-01-01

    The term "Grid" is increasingly appearing in computer literature, generally referring to some form of system framework into which hardware, software, or information resources can be plugged, and which permits easy configuration and creation of new functionality from existing resources. In this article, first, we introduce the concepts of Grid and Agent Grid based on our own understanding. Then we compare Agent Grid with the traditional Multi-Agent System to make the concept and characters of Agent Grid much clearer. Next, the key techniques of Agent Grid, such as Agent Grid System Architecture, System Models, Intelligent Agents and Agent-Based System Resource Management, are thoroughly illustrated. Finally, we briefly discusse the future applications of Agent Grid.

  12. MATRIX-AGENT FRAMEWORK:A VIRTUAL PLATFORM FOR MULTI-AGENTS

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    Hao Lan ZHANG; Clement H.C. LEUNG; Gitesh K. RAIKUNDALIA

    2006-01-01

    Multi-agent technology has been applied extensively to many areas, including Decision Support Systems (DSS). However, the applications of multi-agent technology in DSS are still very preliminary.Most of the current agent frameworks, such as middle-agent-based or agent-facilitator-based frameworks, are basically agent-to-agent model. These agent-based frameworks often neglect the living environment for agents and they suffer from: (i) inability to adapt to the environment, (ii)inability to self-upgrade, and (iii) inefficiency in information acquisition. Here, we introduce a recently proposed multi-agent framework, namely Agent-based Open Connectivity for Decision Support Systems (AOCD). In this new framework, the communication and cooperation between agents are through a key component, the Matrix, which provides a virtual platform for agents. We use a unified Matrices framework to solve the bottleneck problem in the AOCD framework. Our experimental results based on different agent network topologies indicate that the hybrid topology presents superior performance compared with the centralised and decentralised topologies.

  13. Diuretic Agents in Treatment of Sudden Deafness

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    JI Chang-you; LI Hong-tao; ZHOU Ding-rong; CHEN Ji-chuan; WANG Yi-nan; GUAN Li-qian; ZHANG Min

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the role of diuretic agents in treating sudden deafness (SD) and explore the possibility of endolymphatic hydrops as a potential cause of SD. Methods Twenty-eight SD cases were reviewed. In 23 cases, treatment was initiated with routine agents. Diuretic agents were later added in 8 of these cases that failed to respond to routine treatment agents. Diuretic agents were included in the initial treatment in the rest 5 cases. In total, 13 cases received diuretics in addition to routine treatment agents and 15 cases received conventional treatment only. Results In the 8 cases who received diuretics after failed conventional treatments, 4 showed hearing improvement, whereas all 5 cases in which diuretics were included in the initial treatment demonstrated hearing improvement. Conclusion These results suggest a possible role of endolymphatic hydrops in the pathophysiologic course of SD. Diuretics should be considered when clear indications exist with no conflicts to other medical conditions.

  14. Antagonistic formation motion of cooperative agents

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    Lu, Wan-Ting; Dai, Ming-Xiang; Xue, Fang-Zheng

    2015-02-01

    This paper investigates a new formation motion problem of a class of first-order multi-agent systems with antagonistic interactions. A distributed formation control algorithm is proposed for each agent to realize the antagonistic formation motion. A sufficient condition is derived to ensure that all of the agents make an antagonistic formation motion in a distributed manner. It is shown that all of the agents can be spontaneously divided into several groups and that agents in the same group collaborate while agents in different groups compete. Finally, a numerical simulation is included to demonstrate our theoretical results. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61203080 and 61473051) and the Natural Science Foundation of Chongqing City (Grant No. CSTC 2011BB0081).

  15. Departments as Agents of Change

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    Lagowski, J. J.

    1996-07-01

    Higher education is changing because it has no choice. And, for the most part, outside influences are dictating the processes of change. The more fortunate institutions have had a flat budget during this period, but most have been forced to deal with a declining revenue stream as well. Legislators seem bent on micromanaging state-supported institutions, even as they cut their support. Regulators demand greater institutional accountability. Students and their parents expect more service at lower prices and increased flexibility. Technological advances have dramatically affected the availability and accessibility of extant knowledge. It is no longer a question of whether institutions will change, but rather, who will control the change. Most institutions possess long-standing academic traditions, but these are placed at risk in an increasingly competitive market that holds little sympathy for such traditions and may even see them as obstacles or barriers. As a result, the change agents will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the very nature of academic institutions. From the academic point of view, it would seem prudent to attempt to manage the changes that will inevitably occur. A number of concerned observers, notably the Pew Higher Education Roundtable and the American Association for Higher Education, argue persuasively that the academic department is the logical focus for responding to the current winds of change. Using a marketing metaphor, the academic department has been likened to a "producers' cooperative" of services that consumers seek. Thus, the department should be held accountable for the quality of teaching delivered by its members, for the coherence of its major, for its contributions to the general education curriculum, and for supervising and rewarding its individual faculty members. If departments are to be held accountable, it is surely in their best interest to act in such a way that they are accountable. Expecting academic departments to be

  16. Ultrasound contrast agents: bubbles, drops and particles

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    Lajoinie, Guillaume Pierre René

    2015-01-01

    The research on the medical use of microbubbles has coontinuously provided fascinating results for half a century. Investigating new agents or new uses of existing agents requires both innovative physics and ideas and extensive testing in-vitro and in vivo. The translation from the lab to the clinic is long and calls upon many specialties. In this dissertation, we have presented and studied various experimental agents for biomedical imaging and therapy, some in the early development phase and...

  17. Web-Based Computing Resource Agent Publishing

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    2000-01-01

    Web-based Computing Resource Publishing is a efficient way to provide additional computing capacity for users who need more computing resources than that they themselves could afford by making use of idle computing resources in the Web.Extensibility and reliability are crucial for agent publishing. The parent-child agent framework and primary-slave agent framework were proposed respectively and discussed in detail.

  18. Intelligent Agents in E-Commerce

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    Valentin LITOIU

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper emphasizes the importance of intelligent agents in e-commerce, with a particular focus on the B2C and B2B context. From the consumer buying behaviour perspective, agents can be used to assist the following stages: need identification, product brokering, buyer coalition formation, merchant brokering and negotiation. Related to B2B commerce, intelligent agents are involved in partnership formation, brokering and negotiation.

  19. Massive Multi-Agent Systems Control

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    Campagne, Jean-Charles; Gardon, Alain; Collomb, Etienne; Nishida, Toyoaki

    2004-01-01

    In order to build massive multi-agent systems, considered as complex and dynamic systems, one needs a method to analyze and control the system. We suggest an approach using morphology to represent and control the state of large organizations composed of a great number of light software agents. Morphology is understood as representing the state of the multi-agent system as shapes in an abstract geometrical space, this notion is close to the notion of phase space in physics.

  20. Applying Software Engineering to Agent Development

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    Cohen, Mark A.; Lock Haven University; RITTER, Frank E.; Haynes, Steven R

    2010-01-01

    Developing intelligent agents and cognitive models is a complex software engineering activity. This article shows how all intelligent agent creation tools can be improved by taking advantage of established software engineering principles such as high-level languages, maintenance-oriented development environments, and software reuse. We describe how these principles have been realized in the Herbal integrated development environment, a collection of tools that allows agent developers to exploi...

  1. Agent-based argumentation for ontology alignments

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    Laera, Loredana; Tamma, Valentina; Bench-Capon, Trevor; Euzenat, Jérôme

    2006-01-01

    laera2006a International audience When agents communicate they do not necessarily use the same vocabulary or ontology. For them to interact successfully they must find correspondences between the terms used in their ontologies. While many proposals for matching two agent ontologies have been presented in the literature, the resulting alignment may not be satisfactory to both agents and can become the object of further negotiation between them. This paper describes our work constructing ...

  2. NESTA: NASA Engineering Shuttle Telemetry Agent

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    Semmel, Glenn S.; Davis, Steven R.; Leucht, Kurt W.; Rowe, Dan A.; Smith, Kevin E.; O'Farrel, Ryan l; Boloni, Ladislau

    2006-01-01

    The Electrical Systems Division at the NASA Kennedy Space Center has developed and deployed an agent-based tool to monitor the space shuttle's ground processing telemetry stream. The application, the NASA Engineering Shuttle Telemetry Agent (NESTA), increases situational awareness for system and hardware engineers during ground processing of the shuttle's subsystems. The agent provides autonomous monitoring of the telemetry stream and automatically alerts system engineers when predefined crit...

  3. Decentralized network management based on mobile agent

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    李锋; 冯珊

    2004-01-01

    The mobile agent technology can be employed effectively for the decentralized management of complex networks. We show how the integration of mobile agent with legacy management protocol, such as simple network management protocol (SNMP), leads to decentralized management architecture. HostWatcher is a framework that allows mobile agents to roam network, collect and process data, and perform certain adaptive actions. A prototype system is built and a quantitative analysis underlines the benefits in respect to reducing network load.

  4. Glaucoma: role of neuroprotective agents

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    Achyut N. Pandey

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Glaucoma is an optic neuropathy, considered as the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is characterized by selective death of retinal ganglion cells (RGC and a progressive loss of vision. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP is one of the most important risk factors for developing glaucoma and hence we mainly focus on lowering IOP to arrest the progression of glaucoma. However, many patients continue to demonstrate a clinically downhill course despite the control of initially raised IOP. In fact, some patients develop what is called normal tension glaucoma, not associated to an increased IOP. This emphasizes that several pressure-independent mechanisms are responsible for the development and progression of glaucomatous neuropathy and that high IOP and vascular insufficiency in the optic nerve head are only risk factors for the development of glaucoma, and are not the only target for the treatment of glaucoma. The reason is that the process of RGC death is thought to be biphasic, and the primary injury is followed by a slower secondary degeneration related to a noxious environment surrounding the apoptotic cells. This environment is characterized by changes in the extra-cellular ionic concentrations, increased amounts of free radicals, neurotrophins (NT depletion and increased glutamate-induced excitotoxicity due to high extra-cellular glutamate levels, which binds to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA receptors leading to an abnormally high intracellular Ca2+ concentration. Neuroprotection is a process that attempts to preserve the remaining cells that are still vulnerable to damage, and the main aim of neuroprotective therapy is to employ pharmacologic or other means to attenuate the hostility of the environment surrounding the degenerating cells, or to supply the cells with the tools to deal with this aggression, providing resilience to the insult. Several agents have been reported neuroprotective in glaucoma, both in clinical assays

  5. Agent fabrication and its implementation for agent-based electronic commerce

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    Guan, Su; Zhu, F.

    2002-01-01

    In the last decade, agent-based e-commerce has emerged as a potential role for the next generation of e-commerce. How to create agents for e-commerce applications has become a serious consideration in this field. This paper proposes a new scheme named agent fabrication and elaborates its implementation in multi-agent systems based on the SAFER (Secure Agent Fabrication, Evolution & Roaming) architecture. First, a conceptual structure is proposed for software agents carrying out e-commerce act...

  6. Multi-agent systems simulation and applications

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    Uhrmacher, Adelinde M

    2009-01-01

    Methodological Guidelines for Modeling and Developing MAS-Based SimulationsThe intersection of agents, modeling, simulation, and application domains has been the subject of active research for over two decades. Although agents and simulation have been used effectively in a variety of application domains, much of the supporting research remains scattered in the literature, too often leaving scientists to develop multi-agent system (MAS) models and simulations from scratch. Multi-Agent Systems: Simulation and Applications provides an overdue review of the wide ranging facets of MAS simulation, i

  7. Agent-Based Health Monitoring System Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose combination of software intelligent agents to achieve decentralized reasoning, with fault detection and diagnosis using PCA, neural nets, and maximum...

  8. Integrating Interaction Framework for Agent Negotiation

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    肖正光; 王振杰; 徐良贤

    2003-01-01

    Agent negotiation has become increasingly important since the advent of electronic commerce.There are two kinds of interactions in the process of agent negotiation.One is the interaction between different agents,and the other is the interaction between the agent and the human user.In this paper,firstly,we introduce Q language,a scenario description language for designing interactions between agents and human users.Then we propose an integrating interaction framework for agent negotiation,in which both kinds of interactions are described by Q scenario.Our framework can make the interaction process open and easy to be understood by the users.Users can understand how the negotiation process goes and what is happening in the system including some erroneous or inappropriate actions caused by the negotiation agent.This gives the users a chance to terminate or change the behavior of negotiation agent in time to avoid unfavorable negotiation outcome.In addition,users can customize the agent's behaviors through visible interactions with it.

  9. Agent architecture for intelligent manufacturing systems

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    J. Madejski

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Analysis is made of requirements posed by tasks of agents operating in the intelligent manufacturing systems and their resulting architecture is presented.Design/methodology/approach: Architecture of agent systems for industrial environment is presented, making it possible to generate the particular agents customised for the specific tasks, based on the automatic analysis of its required features.Findings: Extension of cellular automata approach underlying the conventional agent behaviour specification using the Fuzzy Cognitive Maps is presented in conjunction with the neural networks providing learning capability of the agents designed for the various levels of the manufacturing supervisory and execution systems. Adding reaction time specification to FCM makes it possible to analyse and design systems with the required behaviour.Research limitations/implications: Specific features of the designed agent architecture have been tested as separate mechanisms which can be merged into the final comprehensive at a later stage.Originality/value: Agent architecture is proposed for the industrial applications of single agents and their groups that can collaborate to achieve the individual and joint goals specified in reaction to changing environment conditions and into their agendas in XML format. Automatic generation of custom agent reactions models can be carried out based on a set of requirements that may be specified in the if-then rules form.

  10. TEST SUITE GENERATION PROCESS FOR AGENT TESTING

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    HOUHAMDI ZINA

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Software agents are a promising technology for today's complex, distributed systems. Methodologies and techniques that address testing and reliability of multi agent systems are increasingly demanded, in particular to support automated test case generation and execution. In this paper, we introduce a novel approach for goal-oriented software agent testing. It specifies a testing process that complements the goal oriented methodology Tropos and reinforces the mutual relationship between goal analysis and testing. Furthermore, it defines a structured and comprehensive agent test suite generation process by providing a systematic way of deriving test cases from goal analysis.

  11. Mobile Agents Principles of Operation and Applications

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    Genco, A

    2007-01-01

    Multi-agent systems are one of the most effective software design paradigms, and they are considered to be the most recent evolutionary step of object-oriented programming. Agents have several advantages when compared with objects. The most important among them is to be made of active code, which is capable of acting autonomously. Agents can be a suitable choice to exploit the Internet reality, since users can operate easily in a less compelling way and also reduce Internet connection time. Mobile agents thus make a PC an intelligent entity able to autonomously accomplish boring human tasks, s

  12. Dronedarone: a new antiarrhythmic agent.

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    Oyetayo, Ola O; Rogers, Carrie E; Hofmann, Prudence O

    2010-09-01

    Dronedarone is an antiarrhythmic agent recently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the reduction of cardiovascular-related hospitalizations in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. The drug is a derivative of amiodarone and has been modified to reduce the organ toxicities frequently encountered with amiodarone. Dronedarone exerts its antiarrhythmic effects through multichannel blockade of the sodium, potassium, and calcium channels and also possesses antiadrenergic activity, thereby exhibiting pharmacologic effects of all four Vaughan Williams classes of antiarrhythmics. The efficacy of dronedarone for the maintenance of sinus rhythm, ventricular rate control, and reduction in cardiovascular-related hospitalizations has been demonstrated in several randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Although a high rate of gastrointestinal events (e.g., nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) has been associated with dronedarone, more serious adverse events such as thyroid, liver, or pulmonary toxicities have not been observed. Because of a possible increase in mortality, dronedarone should be avoided in patients with New York Heart Association class IV or II-III heart failure with a recent decompensation. Given the efficacy and safety data currently available, dronedarone represents a reasonable alternative for maintenance of sinus rhythm in appropriately selected patients.

  13. Copper complexes as therapeutic agents.

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    Duncan, Clare; White, Anthony R

    2012-02-01

    The importance of transition metals in biological processes has been well established. Copper (Cu) is a transition metal that can exist in oxidised and reduced states. This allows it to participate in redox and catalytic chemistry, making it a suitable cofactor for a diverse range of enzymes and molecules. Cu deficiency or toxicity is implicated in a variety of pathological conditions; therefore inorganic complexes of Cu have been investigated for their therapeutic and diagnostic potential. These Cu complexes have been shown to be effective in cancer treatment due to their cytotoxic action on tumour cells. Alternatively, Cu complexes can also modulate Cu homeostasis in the brain, resulting in protective effects in several models of neurodegeneration. In other diseases such as coronary heart disease and skin disease, the success of Cu complexes as potential therapeutics will most likely be due to their ability to increase SOD activity, leading to relief of oxidative stress. This review seeks to provide a broad insight into some of the diverse actions of Cu complexes and demonstrate the strong future for these compounds as potential therapeutic agents.

  14. Direct anti-HCV agents

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    Xingquan Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Unlike human immunodeficiency virus (HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV, hepatitis C virus (HCV infection is a curable disease. Current direct antiviral agent (DAA targets are focused on HCV NS3/4A protein (protease, NS5B protein (polymerase and NS5A protein. The first generation of DAAs includes boceprevir and telaprevir, which are protease inhibitors and were approved for clinical use in 2011. The cure rate for genotype 1 patients increased from 45% to 70% when boceprevir or telaprevir was added to standard PEG-IFN/ribavirin. More effective and less toxic second generation DAAs supplanted these drugs by 2013. The second generation of DAAs includes sofosbuvir (Sovaldi, simeprevir (Olysio, and fixed combination medicines Harvoni and Viekira Pak. These drugs increase cure rates to over 90% without the need for interferon and effectively treat all HCV genotypes. With these drugs the “cure HCV” goal has become a reality. Concerns remain about drug resistance mutations and the high cost of these drugs. The investigation of new HCV drugs is progressing rapidly; fixed dose combination medicines in phase III clinical trials include Viekirax, asunaprevir+daclatasvir+beclabuvir, grazoprevir+elbasvir and others.

  15. Application Framework with Abstractions for Protocol and Agent Role

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    Kristensen, Bent Bruun

    2016-01-01

    In multi-agent systems, agents interact by sending and receiving messages and the actual sequences of message form interaction structures between agents. Protocols and agents organized internally by agent roles support these interaction structures. Description and use of protocols based on agent...

  16. Safe motion planning for mobile agents: A model of reactive planning for multiple mobile agents

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    Fujimura, Kikuo.

    1990-01-01

    The problem of motion planning for multiple mobile agents is studied. Each planning agent independently plans its own action based on its map which contains a limited information about the environment. In an environment where more than one mobile agent interacts, the motions of the robots are uncertain and dynamic. A model for reactive agents is described and simulation results are presented to show their behavior patterns. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  17. Core Competencies Of A Call Centre AgentCore Competencies Of A Call Centre Agent

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    Christine White; Vera Roos

    2005-01-01

    Call centre agents are becoming increasingly important in the call centre context. They act as a contact point between the customer and the company. Call centre agents should have certain competencies to perform their duties sufficiently. Identifying competencies, required to be effective agents, will ease the task of training and recruitment. Due to the interrelatedness of the call centre agent, the management of a call centre and customers, all relevant role players’ perceptions were taken ...

  18. Your company's secret change agents.

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    Pascale, Richard Tanner; Sternin, Jerry

    2005-05-01

    Organizational change has traditionally come about through top-down initiatives such as hiring experts or importing best-of-breed practices. Such methods usually result in companywide rollouts of templates mandated from on high. These do little to get people excited. But within every organization, there are a few individuals who find unique ways to look at problems that seem impossible to solve. Although these change agents start out with the same tools and access to resources as their peers, they are able to see solutions where others do not. They find a way to bridge the divide between what is happening and what is possible. These positive deviants are the key, the authors believe, to a better way of creating organizational change. Your company can make the most of their methods by following six steps. In Step 1, Make the group the guru, the members of the community are engaged in the process of their own evolution. Step 2, Reframe through facts, entails restating the problem in a way that opens minds to new possibilities. Step 3, Make it safe to learn, involves creating an environment that supports innovative ideas. In Step 4, Make the problem concrete, the community combats abstraction by stating uncomfortable truths. In Step 5, Leverage social proof, the community looks to the larger society for examples of solutions that have worked in parallel situations. In Step 6, Confound the immune defense response, solutions are introduced organically from within the group in a way that promotes acceptance. Throughout the steps, the leader must suspend his or her traditional role in favor of more facilitatory practices. The positive-deviance approach has unearthed solutions to such complicated and diverse problems as malnutrition in Mali and human trafficking in East Java. This methodology can help solve even the most extreme dilemmas. PMID:15929405

  19. Designing Negotiating Agent for Automated Negotiations

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    2005-01-01

    Traditional research in automated negotiation is focused on negotiation protocol and strategy.This paper studies automated negotiation from a new point of view, proposes a novel concept, namely negotiating agent, and discusses its significance in construction of automated negotiation system, with an abstract model formally described and the architecture designed, which supports both goal-directed reasoning and reactive response. A communication model was proposed to construct interaction mechanism used by negotiating agents, in which the negotiation language used by agents is defined.The communication model and the language are defined in a way general enough to support a wide variety of market mechanisms, thus being particularly suitable for flexible applications such as electronic business. The design and expression of the negotiation ontology is also discussed. On the base of the theoretical model of negotiating agent, negotiating agent architecture and negotiating agent communication model (NACM) are explicit and formal specifications for the agents negotiating in an E-business environment; especially, NACM defines the negotiation language template shared among all agents formally and explicitly. The novelty of the communication model is twofold.

  20. Modeling agents with a theory of mind

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    Harbers, M.; Bosch, K. van den; Meyer, J.J.C.

    2009-01-01

    Training systems with intelligent virtual agents provide an effective means to train people for complex, dynamic tasks like crisis management or firefighting. Virtual agents provide more adequate behavior and explanations if they not only take their own goals and beliefs into account, but also the a

  1. Modeling of Agent Behavior Using Behavioral Specifications

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    Sharpanskykh, A.; Treur, J.

    2006-01-01

    The behavioral dynamics of a cognitive agent can be considered both from an external and an internal perspective. From the external perspective, behavior is described by specifying (temporal) correlations between input and output states of the agent. From the internal perspective the agent’s dynamic

  2. 31 CFR 330.9 - Fiscal agents.

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  3. 31 CFR 342.9 - Fiscal agents.

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  4. Transient Diversity in Multi-Agent Systems

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    Lyback, David

    2003-01-01

    Diversity is an important aspect of highly efficient multi-agent teams. We introduce the main factors that drive a multi-agent system in either direction along the diversity scale. A metric for diversity is described, and we speculate on the concept of transient diversity. Finally, an experiment on social entropy using a RoboCup simulated soccer team is presented.

  5. Semantics of Agent Communication: An Introduction

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    Eijk, R.M. van

    2002-01-01

    Communication has been one of the salient issues in the research on concurrent and distributed systems. This holds no less for the research on multiagent systems. Over the last few years the study of agent communication, and in particular the semantics of agent communication, has attracted increased

  6. Agent-based simulation of animal behaviour

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    Jonker, C.M.; Treur, J.

    1998-01-01

    In this paper it is shown how animal behaviour can be simulated in an agent-based manner. Different models are shown for different types of behaviour, varying from purely reactive behaviour to pro-active, social and adaptive behaviour. The compositional development method for multi-agent systems DES

  7. Assurance in Agent-Based Systems

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    Our vision of the future of information systems is one that includes engineered collectives of software agents which are situated in an environment over years and which increasingly improve the performance of the overall system of which they are a part. At a minimum, the movement of agent and multi-agent technology into National Security applications, including their use in information assurance, is apparent today. The use of deliberative, autonomous agents in high-consequence/high-security applications will require a commensurate level of protection and confidence in the predictability of system-level behavior. At Sandia National Laboratories, we have defined and are addressing a research agenda that integrates the surety (safety, security, and reliability) into agent-based systems at a deep level. Surety is addressed at multiple levels: The integrity of individual agents must be protected by addressing potential failure modes and vulnerabilities to malevolent threats. Providing for the surety of the collective requires attention to communications surety issues and mechanisms for identifying and working with trusted collaborators. At the highest level, using agent-based collectives within a large-scale distributed system requires the development of principled design methods to deliver the desired emergent performance or surety characteristics. This position paper will outline the research directions underway at Sandia, will discuss relevant work being performed elsewhere, and will report progress to date toward assurance in agent-based systems

  8. Practice among Novice Change Agents in Schools

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    Blossing, Ulf

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the article is to understand practice as negotiation of meaning among novice and internal change agents in school organisations. The research question is as follows: What themes of participation and reification/management occur among the change agents? The study was qualitative in design using the social learning theory of community of…

  9. VIRAL GASTROENTERITIS AGENTS AND WATERBORNE DISEASE

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    The application of electron microscopic techniques in the study of human gastroenteritis led in the 1970's to the identification of new viral agents that had previously escaped detection by routine cell culture procedures. These agents have been the focus of study by researchers ...

  10. Modelling cooperative agents in infrastructure networks

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    Ligtvoet, A.; Chappin, E.J.L.; Stikkelman, R.M.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes the translation of concepts of cooperation into an agent-based model of an industrial network. It first addresses the concept of cooperation and how this could be captured as heuristical rules within agents. Then it describes tests using these heuristics in an abstract model of

  11. Freeze conditioning agents ease winter railcar unloading

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    Olson, G.E.

    1982-02-01

    A US midwest utility's freeze control programme is described. All coal is treated with a glycol-based freeze control agent. Some rail wagons were treated with a side release agent which stops coal sticking to the metal wagon. The use of calcium chloride or heat to thaw frozen coal is also discussed.

  12. Explanation in human-agent teamwork

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    Harbers, M.; Bradshaw, J.M.; Johnson, M.; Feltovich, P.; Bosch, K. van den; Meyer, J.J.C.

    2012-01-01

    There are several applications in which humans and agents jointly perform a task. If the task involves interdependence among the team members, coordination is required to achieve good team performance. This paper discusses the role of explanation in coordination in human-agent teams. Explanations ab

  13. Agent programming languages: programming with mental models

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    Hindriks, K.V.

    2001-01-01

    Intelligent Agents are personal assistants which can provide proactive support to users by executing routine activities like searching on the Internet, the scheduling of meetings, etc. The concept of an Intelligent Agent has its roots in Artificial Intelligence and provides a basis for the con

  14. PU Sizing Agent Sector Starts Reform

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    Wang Lei

    2007-01-01

    @@ Polyurethane (PU) sizing agent is a thermoplastic PU elastomer extensively used in synthetic leather, artificial deerskin and electrostatic flocking sectors. The drastic production and demand increase of synthetic leather in China in recent years has promoted rapid consumption growth of PU sizing agent.

  15. Fault Reconnaissance Agent for Sensor Networks

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    Elhadi M. Shakshuki

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the key prerequisite for a scalable, effective and efficient sensor network is the utilization of low-cost, low-overhead and high-resilient fault-inference techniques. To this end, we propose an intelligent agent system with a problem solving capability to address the issue of fault inference in sensor network environments. The intelligent agent system is designed and implemented at base-station side. The core of the agent system – problem solver – implements a fault-detection inference engine which harnesses Expectation Maximization (EM algorithm to estimate fault probabilities of sensor nodes. To validate the correctness and effectiveness of the intelligent agent system, a set of experiments in a wireless sensor testbed are conducted. The experimental results show that our intelligent agent system is able to precisely estimate the fault probability of sensor nodes.

  16. Advances on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems 10th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

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    Müller, Jörg; Rodríguez, Juan; Pérez, Javier

    2012-01-01

    Research on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems has matured during the last decade and many effective applications of this technology are now deployed. PAAMS provides an international forum to present and discuss the latest scientific developments and their effective applications, to assess the impact of the approach, and to facilitate technology transfer. PAAMS started as a local initiative, but has since grown to become THE international yearly platform to present, to discuss, and to disseminate the latest developments and the most important outcomes related to real-world applications. It provides a unique opportunity to bring multi-disciplinary experts, academics and practitioners together to exchange their experience in the development and deployment of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. PAAMS intends to bring together researchers and developers from industry and the academic world to report on the latest scientific and technical advances on the application of multi-agent systems, to discuss and debate the major ...

  17. Security Issues in Mobile Agent Paradigm

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    Nitin Jain

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available A mobile Agent is a Software program that migrates from node tonode of a heterogeneous network. They are goal-oriented i.e. workautonomously towards a goal, capable of suspending their executionon one platform and moving to other where they can resumeexecution using resources of these nodes and they meet and interactwith other agents. Agents may be stationary, always resident at asingle platform or mobile, capable of moving among differentplatforms at different time. The mobile agent paradigm providesmany benefits in developments of distributed application at the sametime introduce new requirements for security issues with thesesystems. In this paper we try to focus mainly on security issues thatarise when mobile agent paradigm comes into play.

  18. Interaction between some common genotoxic agents.

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    Beckman, L; Nordenson, I

    1986-01-01

    The clastogenic effects of arsenic, lead and sulphur dioxide and the protective effect of selenium were studied in short-term lymphocyte cultures. The three agents selected are the major toxic substances in emissions from copper smelters. Cells from non-smoking, healthy individuals were exposed to individual agents and combinations of the four agents (sodium arsenite, lead acetate, sodium sulphite and sodium selenite) and the cells were analysed for chromosome aberrations and sister chromatide exchanges. Selenium showed an antagonistic (protective) effect against the other agents. No synergistic effects were found, and the interactions between arsenic, lead and sulphur dioxide were mainly antagonistic. These rather unexpected findings indicate that mixed exposure from copper smelters, and other mixed exposures where arsenic, lead and sulphur dioxide are involved, may cause less genetic damage than expected and that an adequate dietary supplement of selenium may reduce the genotoxic effects of these agents. PMID:3793119

  19. Development of Soda Residue Concrete Expansion Agent

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    WANG Bao-min; WANG Li-jiu; M F Mohd Zain; F C Lai

    2003-01-01

    A new type of concrete expansion agent has been successfully developed for the first time in the world by utilizing an industrial waste residue-soda residue and an industrial wasteliquor.Adding 3%-6% of the agent into Portland cement enables a shrinkage-compensating concrete to be prepared.Mortar and concrete containing this expansion agent have better shrinkage-compensating and mechanical properties.The raw materials component,production process,technical properties,micro-analysis of mortar made with this expansion agent,mechanism of expansion and research results are described in this article.The experimental results show that the new type of concrete expansion agent accords with the standard and its main mineral component is xCaO-ySO3-zAl2O3.

  20. A Network Management Framework Using Mobile Agents

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Network management of heterogeneous networks is still hard to achieve automatically and efficiently. In this study, we present a framework that has the ability to perform network management tasks on heterogeneous networks using mobile agents. This framework handles the inability of many network devices to run mobile agents. While the main focus of the project is the framework, we present an example of mobile agents that are able to locate a fixed set of network failures and detect the possible causes accurately. Experimental results show that some network management tasks can be more easily executed by mobile agents. In particular, search and diagnostic mobile agents are able to find more precisely a cause of a network failure by finding alternate paths to gather more data about the failure.

  1. Incorporating Inertia Into Multi-Agent Systems

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    Man, W C

    2005-01-01

    We consider a model that demonstrates the crucial role of inertia and stickiness in multi-agent systems, based on the Minority Game (MG). The inertia of an agent is introduced into the game model by allowing agents to apply hypothesis testing when choosing their best strategies, thereby reducing their reactivity towards changes in the environment. From massive numerical simulations, a remarkable improvement of global cooperation is observed throughout the whole phase space, and the maladaptation behaviour due to over-reaction of agents is removed. Also, these agents are found to be advantageous over the standard ones, which are sometimes too sensitive to attain a fair success rate. Analytical calculation on determining the minimum amount of inertia needed to achieve the above improvement is also provided, which is consistent with the numerical data.

  2. Highlights on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems 10th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

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    Sánchez, Miguel; Mathieu, Philippe; Rodríguez, Juan; Adam, Emmanuel; Ortega, Alfonso; Moreno, María; Navarro, Elena; Hirsch, Benjamin; Lopes-Cardoso, Henrique; Julián, Vicente

    2012-01-01

    Research on Agents and Multi-Agent Systems has matured during the last decade and many effective applications of this technology are now deployed. PAAMS provides an international forum to present and discuss the latest scientific developments and their effective applications, to assess the impact of the approach, and to facilitate technology transfer. PAAMS started as a local initiative, but has since grown to become THE international yearly platform to present, to discuss, and to disseminate the latest developments and the most important outcomes related to real-world applications. It provides a unique opportunity to bring multi-disciplinary experts, academics and practitioners together to exchange their experience in the development and deployment of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. PAAMS intends to bring together researchers and developers from industry and the academic world to report on the latest scientific and technical advances on the application of multi-agent systems, to discuss and debate the major ...

  3. Econophysics of agent-based models

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    Aoyama, Hideaki; Chakrabarti, Bikas; Chakraborti, Anirban; Ghosh, Asim

    2014-01-01

    The primary goal of this book is to present the research findings and conclusions of physicists, economists, mathematicians and financial engineers working in the field of "Econophysics" who have undertaken agent-based modelling, comparison with empirical studies and related investigations. Most standard economic models assume the existence of the representative agent, who is “perfectly rational” and applies the utility maximization principle when taking action. One reason for this is the desire to keep models mathematically tractable: no tools are available to economists for solving non-linear models of heterogeneous adaptive agents without explicit optimization. In contrast, multi-agent models, which originated from statistical physics considerations, allow us to go beyond the prototype theories of traditional economics involving the representative agent. This book is based on the Econophys-Kolkata VII Workshop, at which many such modelling efforts were presented. In the book, leading researchers in the...

  4. Ecology Based Decentralized Agent Management System

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    Peysakhov, Maxim D.; Cicirello, Vincent A.; Regli, William C.

    2004-01-01

    The problem of maintaining a desired number of mobile agents on a network is not trivial, especially if we want a completely decentralized solution. Decentralized control makes a system more r e bust and less susceptible to partial failures. The problem is exacerbated on wireless ad hoc networks where host mobility can result in significant changes in the network size and topology. In this paper we propose an ecology-inspired approach to the management of the number of agents. The approach associates agents with living organisms and tasks with food. Agents procreate or die based on the abundance of uncompleted tasks (food). We performed a series of experiments investigating properties of such systems and analyzed their stability under various conditions. We concluded that the ecology based metaphor can be successfully applied to the management of agent populations on wireless ad hoc networks.

  5. 9th KES Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems : Technologies and Applications

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    Howlett, Robert; Jain, Lakhmi

    2015-01-01

    Agents and multi-agent systems are related to a modern software paradigm which has long been recognized as a promising technology for constructing autonomous, complex and intelligent systems. The topics covered in this volume include agent-oriented software engineering, agent co-operation, co-ordination, negotiation, organization and communication, distributed problem solving, specification of agent communication languages, agent privacy, safety and security, formalization of ontologies and conversational agents. The volume highlights new trends and challenges in agent and multi-agent research and includes 38 papers classified in the following specific topics: learning paradigms, agent-based modeling and simulation, business model innovation and disruptive technologies, anthropic-oriented computing, serious games and business intelligence, design and implementation of intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, digital economy, and advances in networked virtual enterprises. Published p...

  6. For whom will the Bayesian agents vote?

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    Caticha, Nestor; Cesar, Jonatas; Vicente, Renato

    2015-04-01

    Within an agent-based model where moral classifications are socially learned, we ask if a population of agents behaves in a way that may be compared with conservative or liberal positions in the real political spectrum. We assume that agents first experience a formative period, in which they adjust their learning style acting as supervised Bayesian adaptive learners. The formative phase is followed by a period of social influence by reinforcement learning. By comparing data generated by the agents with data from a sample of 15000 Moral Foundation questionnaires we found the following. 1. The number of information exchanges in the formative phase correlates positively with statistics identifying liberals in the social influence phase. This is consistent with recent evidence that connects the dopamine receptor D4-7R gene, political orientation and early age social clique size. 2. The learning algorithms that result from the formative phase vary in the way they treat novelty and corroborative information with more conservative-like agents treating it more equally than liberal-like agents. This is consistent with the correlation between political affiliation and the Openness personality trait reported in the literature. 3. Under the increase of a model parameter interpreted as an external pressure, the statistics of liberal agents resemble more those of conservative agents, consistent with reports on the consequences of external threats on measures of conservatism. We also show that in the social influence phase liberal-like agents readapt much faster than conservative-like agents when subjected to changes on the relevant set of moral issues. This suggests a verifiable dynamical criterium for attaching liberal or conservative labels to groups.

  7. Agent-based Modeling and Mapping of Manufacturing System

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    2002-01-01

    Considering the gent-based modeling and mapping in m anufacturing system, in this paper, some system models are described, which are including: Domain Based Hierarchical Structure (DBHS), Cascading Agent Struc ture (CAS), Proximity Relation structure (PRS), and Bus-based network structure (BNS). In DBHS, one sort of agent individually delegates Domain Agents, Res ources Agents, UserInterface Agents and Gateway Agents and the other one is a br oker of tasks and process flow. Static agents representing...

  8. An Application of Mobile Agent System in Network Management

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    YANG Chen-xiang; DU Jun-ping; YIN Yi-xin

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes an application of a reusable mobile agent system in network management. A mobile agent reusable system is constructed to realize a new method in forming mobile agent systems. By using this method, an agent can change its route dynamically without making any change to its specific behavior. By classifying mobile agents into two categories, the task agent can be reusable in different networks. In this way, a mobile agent system can easily carry out network management tasks.

  9. Brahms Mobile Agents: Architecture and Field Tests

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    Clancey, William J.; Sierhuis, Maarten; Kaskiris, Charis; vanHoof, Ron

    2002-01-01

    We have developed a model-based, distributed architecture that integrates diverse components in a system designed for lunar and planetary surface operations: an astronaut's space suit, cameras, rover/All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), robotic assistant, other personnel in a local habitat, and a remote mission support team (with time delay). Software processes, called agents, implemented in the Brahms language, run on multiple, mobile platforms. These mobile agents interpret and transform available data to help people and robotic systems coordinate their actions to make operations more safe and efficient. The Brahms-based mobile agent architecture (MAA) uses a novel combination of agent types so the software agents may understand and facilitate communications between people and between system components. A state-of-the-art spoken dialogue interface is integrated with Brahms models, supporting a speech-driven field observation record and rover command system (e.g., return here later and bring this back to the habitat ). This combination of agents, rover, and model-based spoken dialogue interface constitutes a personal assistant. An important aspect of the methodology involves first simulating the entire system in Brahms, then configuring the agents into a run-time system.

  10. Persistent agents in Axelrod's social dynamics model

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    Reia, Sandro M.; Neves, Ubiraci P. C.

    2016-01-01

    Axelrod's model of social dynamics has been studied under the effect of external media. Here we study the formation of cultural domains in the model by introducing persistent agents. These are agents whose cultural traits are not allowed to change but may be spread through local neighborhood. In the absence of persistent agents, the system is known to present a transition from a monocultural to a multicultural regime at some critical Q (number of traits). Our results reveal a dependence of critical Q on the occupation probability p of persistent agents and we obtain the phase diagram of the model in the (p,Q) -plane. The critical locus is explained by the competition of two opposite forces named here barrier and bonding effects. Such forces are verified to be caused by non-persistent agents which adhere (adherent agents) to the set of traits of persistent ones. The adherence (concentration of adherent agents) as a function of p is found to decay for constant Q. Furthermore, adherence as a function of Q is found to decay as a power law with constant p.

  11. Agent-Supported Mission Operations Teamwork

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    Malin, Jane T.

    2003-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the development of software agents to support of mission operations teamwork. The goals of the work was to make automation by agents easy to use, supervise and direct, manage information and communication to decrease distraction, interruptions, workload and errors, reduce mission impact of off-nominal situations and increase morale and decrease turnover. The accomplishments or the project are: 1. Collaborative agents - mixed initiative and creation of instructions for mediating agent 2. Methods for prototyping, evaluating and evolving socio-technical systems 3. Technology infusion: teamwork tools in mISSIons 4. Demonstrations in simulation testbed An example of the use of agent is given, the use of an agent to monitor a N2 tank leak. An incomplete instruction to the agent is handled with mediating assistants, or Intelligent Briefing and Response Assistant (IBRA). The IBRA Engine also watches data stream for triggers and executes Act-Whenever actions. There is also a Briefing and Response Instruction (BRI) which is easy for a discipline specialist to create through a BRI editor.

  12. Agent and multi-Agent systems in distributed systems digital economy and e-commerce

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    Hartung, Ronald

    2013-01-01

    Information and communication technology, in particular artificial intelligence, can be used to support economy and commerce using digital means. This book is about agents and multi-agent distributed systems applied to digital economy and e-commerce to meet, improve, and overcome challenges in the digital economy and e-commerce sphere. Agent and multi-agent solutions are applied in implementing real-life, exciting developments associated with the need to eliminate problems of distributed systems.   The book presents solutions for both technology and applications, illustrating the possible uses of agents in the enterprise domain, covering design and analytic methods, needed to provide a solid foundation required for practical systems. More specifically, the book provides solutions for the digital economy, e-sourcing clusters in network economy, and knowledge exchange between agents applicable to online trading agents, and security solutions to both digital economy and e-commerce. Furthermore, it offers soluti...

  13. Avaliação de hansenianos tratados com esquema alternativo dose única ROM (rifampicina, ofloxacina e minociclina, após sete a nove anos Evaluation years in leprosy patients treated with single dose alternative scheme ROM (rifampin, ofloxacin, minocycline, after seven to nine

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Em 1997, após a realização de estudo multicêntrico, duplo cego e randomizado, em nove centros de tratamento de hanseníase na Índia, o Ministério da Saúde adotou o esquema alternativo dose única ROM para casos de lesão única, paucibacilar, sem nervo periférico afetado, índice baciloscópico negativo, em Centros de Referência da doença no Brasil. O estudo se propôs a avaliar a efetividade do esquema ROM em pacientes tratados no período de 1997 a 1999 no Serviço de Dermatologia da Santa Casa de Vitória. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados e tratados com o esquema ROM, 54 pacientes das formas indeterminada e tuberculóide. Estes pacientes foram convocados de março a outubro de 2006 para reavaliação clínica. RESULTADOS: Vinte e nove pacientes avaliados (85,2%; IC95%: 70-100,4 estavam curados, cinco (14,7%; IC95%: 7,4-22,0 recidivaram e 20 pacientes não retornaram; porém, não havia outra notificação de reingresso ao tratamento no banco de dados da Secretaria Estadual de Saúde. CONCLUSÕES: O estudo evidenciou taxa de cura de 90,8% e taxa bruta de recidiva de 9,2%, após período de sete a nove anos da dose ROM. O tratamento alternativo ROM demonstrou melhor efetividade para lesão única menor que quatro centímetros e aparecimento há menos de cinco anos.INTRODUCTION: In 1997, after obtaining a combined multi-state double-blind randomly controlled clinical trial study from nine Indian centers involved in the treatment of Hansen's Disease, the Ministry of Health adapted the single dose ROM Therapy approach in those cases involving the treatment of a single skin lesion, paucibacillary leprosy without evidence of peripheral nerve trunk involvement and indication of negative baciloscope, in the Referral Centers in Brazil. The study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the single dose ROM Therapy approach in those patients who were treated from the period of 1997 to 1999 in the Ambulatory Dermatologic Unit in the

  14. Murcha de fusário em helicônia: fontes de resistência, método alternativo de detecção e defesa estrutural Heliconia’s Fusarium wilt: resistance sources, alternative method of detection and structural mechanisms

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    Neilza Reis Castro

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    Full Text Available O cultivo das helicônias vem sendo afetado pela murcha, causada por Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. Este trabalho objetivou identificar fontes de resistência, verificar a detecção da resistência através de método alternativo e avaliar a lignificação como mecanismo de defesa do hospedeiro ao patógeno. As espécies utilizadas na identificação de resistência foram Heliconia bihai, H. psittacorum cvs. Golden Torch e Golden Torch Adrian, H. rostrata, H. stricta cvs. Capri e Fire Bird, H. psittacorum cvs. Sassy e Alan Carle, H. caribea, H. latispatha, H. wagneriana e H. chartacea cv. Sexy Pink. A avaliação dos sintomas foi realizada aos 40 dias após a inoculação baseada em escala de notas variando de 1 a 6. As espécies consideradas resistentes foram H. bihai, H. psittacorum cvs. Golden Torch e Golden Torch Adrian, H. rostrata, H. stricta cv. Capri, H. psittacorum cv. Sassy e H. caribea. O método alternativo de detecção de resistência consistiu na utilização de filtrado fúngico obtido a partir do cultivo em meio Czapek, utilizando várias concentrações do mesmo depositando em folhas destacadas das cultivares resistentes e suscetíveis H. psittacorum cvs. Golden Torch e Alan Carle, respectivamente. A avaliação foi feita após 48 horas de incubação, onde a concentração em 50% do filtrado foi a mais eficiente na distinção da resistência. O mecanismo estrutural foi observado em secções histológicas nas raízes das espécies utilizadas no estudo de resistência, inoculadas com o método de injeção e não inoculadas, que permitiram verificar a ausência de relação entre a resistência e a lignificação.Heliconia grown as a crop has been affected by wilt, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. This work aimed to identify genetic resistances sources, to evaluated the detection of resistance with an alternative method and to verify the effects of structural mechanisms in pathogen resistance. The genotypes

  15. Designing Agent Utilities for Coordinated, Scalable and Robust Multi-Agent Systems

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    Tumer, Kagan

    2005-01-01

    Coordinating the behavior of a large number of agents to achieve a system level goal poses unique design challenges. In particular, problems of scaling (number of agents in the thousands to tens of thousands), observability (agents have limited sensing capabilities), and robustness (the agents are unreliable) make it impossible to simply apply methods developed for small multi-agent systems composed of reliable agents. To address these problems, we present an approach based on deriving agent goals that are aligned with the overall system goal, and can be computed using information readily available to the agents. Then, each agent uses a simple reinforcement learning algorithm to pursue its own goals. Because of the way in which those goals are derived, there is no need to use difficult to scale external mechanisms to force collaboration or coordination among the agents, or to ensure that agents actively attempt to appropriate the tasks of agents that suffered failures. To present these results in a concrete setting, we focus on the problem of finding the sub-set of a set of imperfect devices that results in the best aggregate device. This is a large distributed agent coordination problem where each agent (e.g., device) needs to determine whether to be part of the aggregate device. Our results show that the approach proposed in this work provides improvements of over an order of magnitude over both traditional search methods and traditional multi-agent methods. Furthermore, the results show that even in extreme cases of agent failures (i.e., half the agents failed midway through the simulation) the system's performance degrades gracefully and still outperforms a failure-free and centralized search algorithm. The results also show that the gains increase as the size of the system (e.g., number of agents) increases. This latter result is particularly encouraging and suggests that this method is ideally suited for domains where the number of agents is currently in the

  16. Pharmacologic agents for mucus clearance in bronchiectasis.

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    Nair, Girish B; Ilowite, Jonathan S

    2012-06-01

    There are no approved pharmacologic agents to enhance mucus clearance in non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis. Evidence supports the use of hyperosmolar agents in CF, and studies with inhaled mannitol and hypertonic saline are ongoing in bronchiectasis. N-acetylcysteine may act more as an antioxidant than a mucolytic in other lung diseases. Dornase α is beneficial to patients with CF, but is not useful in patients with non-CF bronchiectasis. Mucokinetic agents such as β-agonists have the potential to improve mucociliary clearance in normals and many disease states, but have not been adequately studied in patients with bronchiectasis.

  17. Fluorescence quenching of flavins by reductive agents

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    Penzkofer, A. [Institut II - Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universitaet Regensburg, Universitaetsstrasse 31, D-93053 Regensburg (Germany)], E-mail: alfons.penzkofer@physik.uni-regensburg.de; Bansal, A.K. [Institut II - Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universitaet Regensburg, Universitaetsstrasse 31, D-93053 Regensburg (Germany); Song, S.-H.; Dick, B. [Institut fuer Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universitaet Regensburg, Universitaetsstrasse 31, 93053 Regensburg (Germany)

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    The fluorescence behaviour of the flavins riboflavin, flavin mononucleotide (FMN), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), and lumiflavin in aqueous solution at pH 8 in the presence of the reducing agents {beta}-mercaptoethanol ({beta}-ME), dithiothreitol (DTT), and sodium nitrite (NaNO{sub 2}) is studied under aerobic conditions. The fluorescence quantum yields and fluorescence lifetimes are determined as a function of the reducing agent concentration. For all three reducing agents diffusion controlled dynamic fluorescence quenching is observed which is thought to be due to photo-induced reductive electron transfer. For DTT additionally static fluorescence quenching occurs.

  18. Cognitive agent programming : A semantic approach

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    Riemsdijk, van, J.F.

    2006-01-01

    In this thesis we are concerned with the design and investigation of dedicated programming languages for programming agents. We focus in particular on programming languages for rational agents, i.e., flexibly behaving computing entities that are able to make "good" decisions about what to do. An important line of research in this area is based on Bratman’s so-called Belief Desire Intention (BDI) philosophy. The idea of BDI philosophy is that the behavior of rational agents can be predicted by...

  19. Agent Based Processing of Global Evaluation Function

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    Hossain, M Shahriar; Joarder, Md Mahbubul Alam

    2011-01-01

    Load balancing across a networked environment is a monotonous job. Moreover, if the job to be distributed is a constraint satisfying one, the distribution of load demands core intelligence. This paper proposes parallel processing through Global Evaluation Function by means of randomly initialized agents for solving Constraint Satisfaction Problems. A potential issue about the number of agents in a machine under the invocation of distribution is discussed here for securing the maximum benefit from Global Evaluation and parallel processing. The proposed system is compared with typical solution that shows an exclusive outcome supporting the nobility of parallel implementation of Global Evaluation Function with certain number of agents in each invoked machine.

  20. Pharmacologic agents for mucus clearance in bronchiectasis.

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    Nair, Girish B; Ilowite, Jonathan S

    2012-06-01

    There are no approved pharmacologic agents to enhance mucus clearance in non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis. Evidence supports the use of hyperosmolar agents in CF, and studies with inhaled mannitol and hypertonic saline are ongoing in bronchiectasis. N-acetylcysteine may act more as an antioxidant than a mucolytic in other lung diseases. Dornase α is beneficial to patients with CF, but is not useful in patients with non-CF bronchiectasis. Mucokinetic agents such as β-agonists have the potential to improve mucociliary clearance in normals and many disease states, but have not been adequately studied in patients with bronchiectasis. PMID:22640851

  1. On agent-mediated electronic commerce

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    He, M.; Jennings, N. R.; Leung, H.

    2003-01-01

    This paper surveys and analyzes the state of the art of agent-mediated electronic commerce (e-commerce), concentrating particularly on the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) aspects. From the consumer buying behavior perspective, agents are being used in the following activities: need identification, product brokering, buyer coalition formation, merchant brokering, and negotiation. The roles of agents in B2B e-commerce are discussed through the business-to-business tran...

  2. Intelligent agent based control of TL-1

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    The Agent based control of complex systems is becoming popular due to its ability to identify the critical situation and its ability to dynamically search for the best available solution to the problem with constrained optimization of the inputs. In this paper we are presenting the architecture of intelligent agent for automatic control of power supplies of TL-1 (Transfer Line 1) to maximise the injection process against the changes in the input beam obtained from Microtron. The paper discusses the results obtained by applying this agent architecture to the accelerator model comprises of Microtron output, TL-1 and booster. (author)

  3. Information Service Model with Mobile Agent Supported

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    邹涛; 王继成; 张福炎

    2000-01-01

    Mobile Agent is a kind of novel agent technology characterized by mobile, intelligent, parallel and asynchronous computing. In this paper, a new information service model that adopts mobile agent technology is introduced first,and then an experimental system DOLTRIA system that is implemented based on the model is described. The DOLTRIA system implemented by WWW framework and Java can search for relevant HTML documents on a set of Web servers. The result of experiments shows that performance improvement can be achieved by this model, and both the elapsed time and network traffic are reduced significantly.

  4. Evaluating Agent Architectures: Cougaar, Aglets and AAA

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    Gorton, Ian; Haack, Jereme N.; Mcgee, David R.; Cowell, Andrew J.; Kuchar, Olga A.; Thomson, Judi R.; Carlos Lucena Alessandro Garcia Alexander Romanovsky, et al

    2003-05-03

    Research and development organizations are constantly evaluating new technologies in order to implement the next generation of advanced applications. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, agent technologies are perceived as an approach that can provide a competitive advantage in the construction of highly sophisticated software systems in a range of application areas. To determine the sophistication, utility, performance, and other critical aspects of such systems, a project was instigated to evaluate three candidate agent toolkits. This paper reports on the outcomes of this evaluation, the knowledge accumulated from carrying out this project, and provides insights into the capabilities of the agent technologies evaluated.

  5. AORTA: Adding Organizational Reasoning to Agents

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    Jensen, Andreas Schmidt; Dignum, Virginia

    2014-01-01

    the expected behavior of the agents. Agents need to be able to reason about the regulations, so that they can act within the expected boundaries and work towards the objectives of the organization. This extended abstract introduces AORTA, a component that can be integrated into agents’ reasoning mechanism......, allowing them to reason about (and act upon) regulations specified by an organizational model using simple reasoning rules. The added value is that the organizational model is independent of that of the agents, and that the approach is not tied to a specific organizational model....

  6. Francisella tularensis - potential biological agent

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    Francisella tularensis is a small, nonmotile, aerobic, gram-negative coccobacillus capable of surviving for weeks at low temperatures in water, moist soil, hay, straw, or decaying animal carcasses. F. tularensis is the causative of the zoonotic disease tularemia. This bacterium was first identified in ground squirrels in Tulare County, California (1912). The human disease was recognized and described by Edward Francis (1922) as tularemia, and the agent was renamed Francisella tularensis in his honor. F. tularensis is one of the most infectious bacterial pathogens known, as few as 10-50 organisms can cause disease. Humans can become incidentally infected through diverse environmental exposures: bites by infected arthropods; handling infectious animal tissues or fluids; direct contact with or ingestion of contaminated food, water, or soil and inhalation of infective aerosols. Humans can develop severe and sometimes fatal illness, but do not transmit the disease to others. F. tularensis have few subspecies: 1) F. tularensis subsp. tularensis (type A), highly virulent, found only in North America. The bacterium is transmitted among animals and from animals to humans by ticks, occasionally deerfly, or by aerosols; 2) F. tularensis subsp. holarctica (type B), moderately virulent, occurs in Euroasia and North America, mainly associated with streams, lakes, ponds, rivers and semi-aquatic animals such as muskrats and beavers (water-borne disease). Type B tularemia has been observed during war times (during Second World War 100 000 cases occurred each year, in Kosovo in 2000 and 2003 over 300 cases each year); 3) F. tularensis subsp. mediasiatica, rarely reported, isolated only in Kazahstan and Turkmenistan; 4) F. tularensis subsp. novicida is of low virulence, isolated in USA, Canada, Spain and Australia; 5) F. tularensis subsp. philomiragia, is of low virulence, associated with salt water (Atlantic, Mediterranean). Tularemia is very rear in Macedonia, but in 1996 an

  7. Alternative remote sensing materials and inventory strategies in tropical forest inventory - Case Lao PDR / Materiais alternativos de sensoriamento remoto e estratégias de inventário no inventário de florestas tropicais – Caso Lao PDR

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    Timo Tokola

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the potential of remote sensing in tropical forests is examined in relation to the diversification of sensors. We report here on the comparison of alternative methods that use multisource data from Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS, Airborne Color Infrared Photograph (CIR, Quickbird and ALOS AVNIR-2 to estimate stem volume and basal area, in Laos. The predictors of ALS metrics were calculated by means of the canopy height distribution approach, while predictors from both spectral and textual features. The correlation of remote sensing materials and field data were used to demonstrate needs for field inventory in different forest landscapes and varying tropical forest conditions. Variogram based analysis was used to derive optimal forest inventory procedure for different parts of case country.ResumoNeste estudo, o potencial do sensoriamento remoto em florestas tropicais é examinado em relação a diversidade de sensores. Registramos aqui a comparação de métodos alternativos que utilizam dados de fontes múltiplas do Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS, Airborne CIR, Quickbird e ALOS AVNIR-2 para estimar o volume do caule e a área basal em Laos. Os preditores dos dados ALS foram calculados pelo método da distribuição de altura do dossel enquanto preditores para características espectrais e textuais foram geradas, respectivamente, para os dados Airbone CIR e ALOS AVNIR-2. A correlação dos materiais de sensoriamento remoto e dados de campo foram usados para demonstrar a necessidade do inventário de campo em diferentes paisagens florestais e condições variáveis em floresta tropical. A análise baseada no variograma foi utilizada para gerar um procedimento otimizado para o inventário florestal de diferentes partes do país em estudo.

  8. Ontology Based Agent Communication in Resource Allocation and Monitoring

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    Manish Arora

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of ontology is to share information between sending and receiving agents of Multi Agent System (MAS. It provides standard vocabulary and terms for knowledge sharing and is designed to share information conveniently and understandably. Agent based application requires complex interaction among agents. This complexity is due to agent-agent and agent-user communication. It is required to use ontology in agent based application of resource allocation and monitoring. The purpose of Resource Allocation and Monitoring System is to make the procedures involved in allocating fund resources to competing fund seekers transparent so that deserving candidates get funds. Proactive and goal directed behaviour of agents make the system transparent and intelligent. This paper presents ontology designed and implemented for the purpose of communication among agents of Multi Agent System for Resource Allocation and Monitoring (MASRAM. FIPA (Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents compliant software JADE (Java Agent Development is used to implement ontology.

  9. RESEARCH ON A SOCCER SERVER TEAM WITH ENVIRONMENTAL-AGENTS

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    2002-01-01

    This paper proposed a new agent model, which applies the agent-oriented paradigm to represent multiple objects. This agent model consists of three types of agents as follows: (a) an upperagent which describes an autonomous and dynamic object; (b) a lower-agent which describes a reactive and static object; and (c) an environ-mental-agent which describes the environment of the other agents. As an example, it considered soccer players (a kind of multiple objects) in environmental-agent. Three kinds of soccer agents were constructed with different powers. With soccer server the soccer games were simulated to confirm the effectiveness of our model.

  10. Learning-by-Teaching: Designing Teachable Agents with Intrinsic Motivation

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    Zhao, Guopeng; Ailiya; Shen, Zhiqi

    2012-01-01

    Teachable agent is a type of pedagogical agent which instantiates Learning-by-Teaching theory through simulating a "naive" learner in order to motivate students to teach it. This paper discusses the limitation of existing teachable agents and incorporates intrinsic motivation to the agent model to enable teachable agents with initiative behaviors…

  11. Multi-target pursuit formation of multi-agent systems

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    Yan Jing; Guan Xin-Ping; Luo Xiao-Yuan

    2011-01-01

    The main goal of this paper is to design a team of agents that can accomplish multi-target pursuit formation using a developed leader-follower strategy. It is supposed that every target can accept a certain number of agents. First, each agent can automatically choose its target based on the distance from the agent to the target and the number of agents

  12. Web Search Agents: "One-Stop Shopping" for Researchers.

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    Perez, Ernest

    2002-01-01

    Explains Web search agents as tools that apply intelligent agent software technology for the purpose of automating, improving, and speeding up online search operations. Topics include intelligent desktop agents; search agent marketplace; comparing Web search agents; subjective evaluations; and use by researchers. (LRW)

  13. A Highly Secure Mobile Agent System Architecture

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    Okataku, Yasukuni; Okutomi, Hidetoshi; Yoshioka, Nobukazu; Ohgishi, Nobuyuki; Honiden, Shinichi

    We propose a system architecture for mobile agents to improve their security in the environments of insecure networks and non-sophisticated terminals such as PDAs. As mobile agents freely migrate onto their favorite terminals through insecure networks or terminals, it is not appropriate for them to store some secret information for authentication and encryption/decryption. We introduce one and more secure nodes(OASIS NODE) for securely generating and verifying authentication codes. The each agent’s data are encrypted by a pseudo-chaos cipher mechanism which doesn’t need any floating processing co-processor. We’ve constructed a prototype system on a Java mobile agent framework, “Bee-gent" which implements the proposed authentication and cipher mechanisms, and evaluated their performances and their applicability to business fields such as an auction system by mobile agents.

  14. Agent Based Patient Scheduling Using Heuristic Algorithm

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    Juliet A Murali

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes about an agent based approach to patient scheduling using experience based learning. A heuristic algorithm is also used in the proposed framework. The evaluation on different learning techniques shows that the experience based learning (EBL gives better solution. The processing time decreases as the experience increases. The heuristic algorithm make use of EBL in calculating the processing time. The main objective of this patient scheduling system is to reduce the waiting time of patient in hospitals and to complete their treatment in minimum required time. The framework is implemented in JADE. In this approach the patients and resources are represented as patient agents (PA and resource agents (RA respectively. Even though mathematical model give optimal solution, the computational complexity increases for large size problems. Heuristic solution gives better solution for large size problems. The comparisons of the proposed framework with other scheduling rules shows that an agent based approach to patient scheduling using EBL is better.

  15. Autonomic Management for Multi-agent Systems

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    Nadir kamal Salih

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Autonomic computing is a computing system that can manage itself by self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protection. Researchers have been emphasizing the strong role that multi agent systems can play progressively towards the design and implementation of complex autonomic systems. The important of autonomic computing is to create computing systems capable of managing themselves to a far greater extent than they do today. With the nature of autonomy, reactivity, sociality and pro-activity, software agents are promising to make autonomic computing system a reality. This paper mixed multi-agent system with autonomic feature that completely hides its complexity from users/services. Mentioned Java Application Development Framework (JADE as platform example of this environment, could applied to web services as front end to users. With multi agent support it also provides adaptability, intelligence, collaboration, goal oriented interactions, flexibility, mobility and persistence in software systems.

  16. Behavior-based dual dynamic agent architecture

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    仵博; 吴敏; 曹卫华

    2003-01-01

    The objective of the architecture is to make agent promptly and adaptively accomplish tasks in the real-time and dynamic environment. The architecture is composed of elementary level behavior layer and high level be-havior layer. In the elementary level behavior layer, the reactive architecture is introduced to make agent promptlyreact to events; in the high level behavior layer, the deliberation architecture is used to enhance the intelligence ofthe agent. A confidence degree concept is proposed to combine the two layers of the architecture. An agent decisionmaking process is also presented, which is based on the architecture. The results of experiment in RoboSoccer simu-lation team show that the proposed architecture and the decision process are successful.

  17. Study of Desorption Agent for LADS Process

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    Zhang Xiaojing; Qin Ruyi; Liu Jinlong

    2003-01-01

    This article refers to the procedure for selection, evaluation and development of the LADS-D desorption agent associated with the LADS-A adsorbent used in the non-hydroprocessing adsorptive desulfurization (LADS) process for FCC naphtha developed by LPEC Refining Research Institute. The LADS-D desorption agent can effectively remove the sulfides adsorbed on the LADS-A adsorbent. The saturated LADS-A adsorbent can be instantly regenerated by the LADS-D desorption agent to recover its adsorption activity. The LADS-D desorption agent can not only effectively remove all impurities adsorbed on the adsorbent, but also has strong ability to dissolve the impurities to keep a stable desorption efficiency of adsorbent to be basically commensurate with fresh adsorbent after extended use.

  18. Multi-Agent Formations and Sensor Networks

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    Cao, M.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate three intertwined problems concerned with distributed cooperative control of groups of autonomous mobile agents. These problems are the consensus problem in mobile networks, the localization problem in sensor networks and the formation maintenance problem in autonomous robotic teams.

  19. 12 CFR 725.4 - Agent membership.

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    2010-01-01

    ..., quality and level of service, and conformity with established guidelines and procedures. (d) Each Agent... the report of such audit. The auditor selected must be recognized by a State or territorial...

  20. For whom will the Bayesian agents vote?

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    Caticha, Nestor; Vicente, Renato

    2015-01-01

    Within an agent-based model where moral classifications are socially learned, we ask if a population of agents behaves in a way that may be compared with conservative or liberal positions in the real political spectrum. We assume that agents first experience a formative period, in which they adjust their learning style acting as supervised Bayesian adaptive learners. The formative phase is followed by a period of social influence by reinforcement learning. By comparing data generated by the agents with data from a sample of 15000 Moral Foundation questionnaires we found the following. 1. The number of information exchanges in the formative phase correlates positively with statistics identifying liberals in the social influence phase. This is consistent with recent evidence that connects the dopamine receptor D4-7R gene, political orientation and early age social clique size. 2. The learning algorithms that result from the formative phase vary in the way they treat novelty and corroborative information with mo...

  1. Towards Culturally-Aware Virtual Agent Systems

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    Endrass, Birgit; André, Elisabeth; Rehm, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    in a game-like environment in a more interesting way than for example learning with a textbook. The authors support the idea that virtual agents are a great opportunity for teaching cultural awareness. Realizing this, the concept of culture needs to be translated into computational models and the advantages......Globalization leads to an increase in intercultural encounters with a risk of misunderstandings due to different patterns of behavior and understanding. Learning applications have been proposed that employ virtual agents as their primary tool. Through their embodiment, learning can be done...... of different systems using virtual agents need to be considered. Therefore, the authors reflect in this chapter on how virtual agents can help to learn about culture, scan definitions of culture from the social sciences, give an overview on how multiagent systems developed over time and classify the state...

  2. Empowerment for Continuous Agent-Environment Systems

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    Jung, Tobias; Stone, Peter

    2012-01-01

    This paper develops generalizations of empowerment to continuous states. Empowerment is a recently introduced information-theoretic quantity motivated by hypotheses about the efficiency of the sensorimotor loop in biological organisms, but also from considerations stemming from curiosity-driven learning. Empowemerment measures, for agent-environment systems with stochastic transitions, how much influence an agent has on its environment, but only that influence that can be sensed by the agent sensors. It is an information-theoretic generalization of joint controllability (influence on environment) and observability (measurement by sensors) of the environment by the agent, both controllability and observability being usually defined in control theory as the dimensionality of the control/observation spaces. Earlier work has shown that empowerment has various interesting and relevant properties, e.g., it allows us to identify salient states using only the dynamics, and it can act as intrinsic reward without requi...

  3. Nominaliseeritud protsessi agent meediauudistes / Reet Kasik

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    Kasik, Reet, 1946-

    2006-01-01

    Ajalehe "Postimees" 2005. aasta materjalile toetudes vaadeldakse, mis tüüpi on nominalisatsioonides representeeritavad protsessid ja mis kujul on esitatud protsessi agent ehk tegija. Aluseks on võetud funktsionaalse grammatika põhimõtted.

  4. Intelligent agents in data-intensive computing

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    Correia, Luís; Molina, José

    2016-01-01

    This book presents new approaches that advance research in all aspects of agent-based models, technologies, simulations and implementations for data intensive applications. The nine chapters contain a review of recent cross-disciplinary approaches in cloud environments and multi-agent systems, and important formulations of data intensive problems in distributed computational environments together with the presentation of new agent-based tools to handle those problems and Big Data in general. This volume can serve as a reference for students, researchers and industry practitioners working in or interested in joining interdisciplinary work in the areas of data intensive computing and Big Data systems using emergent large-scale distributed computing paradigms. It will also allow newcomers to grasp key concepts and potential solutions on advanced topics of theory, models, technologies, system architectures and implementation of applications in Multi-Agent systems and data intensive computing. .

  5. Spatial interactions in agent-based modeling

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    Ausloos, Marcel; Merlone, Ugo

    2014-01-01

    Agent Based Modeling (ABM) has become a widespread approach to model complex interactions. In this chapter after briefly summarizing some features of ABM the different approaches in modeling spatial interactions are discussed. It is stressed that agents can interact either indirectly through a shared environment and/or directly with each other. In such an approach, higher-order variables such as commodity prices, population dynamics or even institutions, are not exogenously specified but instead are seen as the results of interactions. It is highlighted in the chapter that the understanding of patterns emerging from such spatial interaction between agents is a key problem as much as their description through analytical or simulation means. The chapter reviews different approaches for modeling agents' behavior, taking into account either explicit spatial (lattice based) structures or networks. Some emphasis is placed on recent ABM as applied to the description of the dynamics of the geographical distribution o...

  6. Contrast Agent in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Vu-Quang, Hieu

    2015-01-01

    for chemotherapy. The nanoparticles were 150 nm in size with spherical shape, which contained PFOB in the inner core and Dox and ICG in the polymeric shell. More importantly, they could target folate receptor expressing cancer cells, which provide positive in vitro and in vivo NIR and 19F MRI results. In project......Nanoparticles have been employed as contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to improve sensitivity and accuracy in diagnosis. In addition, these contrast agents are potentially combined with other therapeutic compounds or near infrared bio-imaging (NIR) fluorophores to obtain...... theranostic or dual imaging purposes, respectively. There were two main types of MRI contrast agent that were synthesized during this PhD project including fluorine containing nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles. In regard of fluorine containing nanoparticles, there were two types contrast agent...

  7. Ontology-based multi-agent systems

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    Hadzic, Maja; Wongthongtham, Pornpit; Dillon, Tharam; Chang, Elizabeth [Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institute, Perth, WA (Australia)

    2009-07-01

    The Semantic web has given a great deal of impetus to the development of ontologies and multi-agent systems. Several books have appeared which discuss the development of ontologies or of multi-agent systems separately on their own. The growing interaction between agents and ontologies has highlighted the need for integrated development of these. This book is unique in being the first to provide an integrated treatment of the modeling, design and implementation of such combined ontology/multi-agent systems. It provides clear exposition of this integrated modeling and design methodology. It further illustrates this with two detailed case studies in (a) the biomedical area and (b) the software engineering area. The book is, therefore, of interest to researchers, graduate students and practitioners in the semantic web and web science area. (orig.)

  8. Competing intelligent search agents in global optimization

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    Streltsov, S.; Vakili, P. [Boston Univ., MA (United States); Muchnik, I. [Rutgers Univ., Piscataway, NJ (United States)

    1996-12-31

    In this paper we present a new search methodology that we view as a development of intelligent agent approach to the analysis of complex system. The main idea is to consider search process as a competition mechanism between concurrent adaptive intelligent agents. Agents cooperate in achieving a common search goal and at the same time compete with each other for computational resources. We propose a statistical selection approach to resource allocation between agents that leads to simple and efficient on average index allocation policies. We use global optimization as the most general setting that encompasses many types of search problems, and show how proposed selection policies can be used to improve and combine various global optimization methods.

  9. inventory management, VMI, software agents, MDV model

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    Waldemar Wieczerzycki

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: As it is well know, the implementation of instruments of logistics management is only possible with the use of the latest information technology. So-called agent technology is one of the most promising solutions in this area. Its essence consists in an entirely new way of software distribution on the computer network platform, in which computer exchange among themselves not only data, but also software modules, called just agents. The first aim is to propose the alternative method of the implementation of the concept of the inventory management by the supplier with the use of intelligent software agents, which are able not only to transfer the information but also to make the autonomous decisions based on the privileges given to them. The second aim of this research was to propose a new model of a software agent, which will be both of a high mobility and a high intelligence. Methods: After a brief discussion of the nature of agent technology, the most important benefits of using it to build platforms to support business are given. Then the original model of polymorphic software agent, called Multi-Dimensionally Versioned Software Agent (MDV is presented, which is oriented on the specificity of IT applications in business. MDV agent is polymorphic, which allows the transmission through the network only the most relevant parts of its code, and only when necessary. Consequently, the network nodes exchange small amounts of software code, which ensures high mobility of software agents, and thus highly efficient operation of IT platforms built on the proposed model. Next, the adaptation of MDV software agents to implementation of well-known logistics management instrument - VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory is illustrated. Results: The key benefits of this approach are identified, among which one can distinguish: reduced costs, higher flexibility and efficiency, new functionality - especially addressed to business negotiation, full automation

  10. Studies of dynamics of physical agent ecosystems

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    Muñoz Moreno, Israel

    2002-01-01

    This thesis addresses the problem of learning in physical heterogeneous multi-agent systems(MAS) and the analysis of the benefits of using heterogeneous MAS with respect tohomogeneous ones. An algorithm is developed for this task; building on a previous work on stability in distributed systems by Tad Hogg and Bernardo Huberman, and combining two phenomena observed in natural systems, task partition and hierarchical dominance. This algorithm is devised for allowing agents to learn which are th...

  11. Distributed enterprise search using software agents

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    Gunadi, Erwin; Meder, Michael; Plumbaum, Till; Hopfgartner, Frank; Albayrak, Sahin

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we introduce a distributed information retrieval system using agent-based technology. In this multiagent system, each agent has its own specific task and can be used to handle a specific document repository. The system is designed to automatically comply with access restriction rules that are normally enforced in companies. It is used in the administration offices of the German capital city Berlin where it serves as a testbed for further research on aggre...

  12. Designinig Coordination among Human and Software Agents

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    Perini, Anna; Susi, Angelo; Giunchiglia, Fausto

    2002-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to propose a new methodology for designing coordination between human angents and software agents and, ultimately, among software agents. The methodology is based on two key ideas. The first is that coordination should be designed in steps, according to a precise software engineering methodology, and starting from the specification of early requirements. The second is that coordination should be modeled as dependency between actors. Two actors may depend on one anoth...

  13. Bacteriophages as recognition and identification agents

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    Teodorescu, M.C.; Gaspar, A.

    1987-04-23

    Bacteriophages are employed as agents for recognition and identification of molecules and cellular materials, using their ability to recognize their bacterial host, by coating them with antibodies or by selecting them to perform in a manner analogous to antibodies. Visibility for identification is effected by incorporating a fluorescent agent, a radioisotope, a metal, an enzyme, or other staining material. The method of this invention may be utilized in selected clinical procedures, and is adaptable to use in an assay kit.

  14. Agent-based simulation of animal behaviour

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    Jonker, C.M.; Treur, J.

    1998-01-01

    In this paper it is shown how animal behaviour can be simulated in an agent-based manner. Different models are shown for different types of behaviour, varying from purely reactive behaviour to pro-active, social and adaptive behaviour. The compositional development method for multi-agent systems DESIRE and its software environment supports the conceptual and detailed design, and execution of these models. Experiments reported in the literature on animal behaviour have been simulated for a num...

  15. Evolution of hemostatic agents in surgical practice

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    Sundaram, Chandru P.; Keenan, Alison C.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Topical hemostatic agents are used in a wide variety of surgical settings, and the evolution of this class of surgical tools is an interesting topic. We reviewed and outlined the historical progress of topical hemostats into present day surgery and urology, and highlight opportunities for future research. Materials and Methods: A MEDLINE search of all available literature concerning several classes of topical hemostatic agents was performed. Fibrins sealants, Gelatin sponge hemosta...

  16. Delegating budgets when agents care about autonomy

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    Kuhn, Michael; Gundlach, Erich

    2006-01-01

    We consider resource allocation within an organisation and show how delegation bears on moral hazard and adverse selection when agents have a preference for autonomy. Agents may care about autonomy for reasons of job-satisfaction, status or greater reputation when performing well under autonomy. Separating allocations (overall budget and degree of delegation) are characterised depending on the preference for autonomy. As the latter increases, the degree of delegation assigned to productive an...

  17. New Safety rule for Chemical Agents

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    2010-01-01

    The following Safety rule has been issued on 08-01-2010: Safety Regulation SR-C Chemical Agents This document applies to all persons under the Director General’s authority. It sets out the minimal requirements for the protection of persons from risks to their safety and health arising, or likely to arise, from the effects of hazardous chemical agents used in any CERN activity. All Safety rules are available on the web pages.

  18. Research on Virtual Agent Perception Model

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    FENG Xiu-fang; GAO Bao-lu

    2006-01-01

    An intelligent virtual environment is described for training users in the operation of complex engineering systems. After analyzing the original model of virtual environment, a virtual agent perception model was put forward. The information layer was inserted into original virtual environment. The model classifies all kinds of information and offers a way for knowledge description of virtual environment, and contributes to set up feeling model for the Virtual Agent within virtual environment.

  19. Traffic Signal Using Smart Agent System

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    Cheonshik Kim; You S. Hong

    2008-01-01

    In this research, we propose an electro-sensitive traffic light using the smart agent algorithm to reduce traffic congestion and traffic accidents. The multi-agent system approach can provide a new and preferable solution. The proposed method adaptively controls the cycle of traffic signals even though the traffic volume varies. Consequently, we reduce the car waiting time and start-up delay time using fuzzy control of feedback data. In particular, we have designed and implemented a system to...

  20. Agents advanced features for negotiation and coordination

    OpenAIRE

    Oliveira, E.

    2001-01-01

    Agent-based systems suitable for dealing with applications where the environment is both dynamic and populated with competitors demand for sophisticated characteristics including adaptation, negotiation and coordination. We here briefly summarize some proposals on agents negotiation capabilities including adaptation through reinforcement learning as well as qualitative multi-criteria negotiation and coalition formation protocols. Also, and inspired by robosoccer domain, some basic hints on kn...