The use of sarin in the terrorist acts in Matsumoto city and Tokyo underground was considered by a number of specialists as a new era in terrorism. In addition to chemical weapons, terrorists can use a great variety of toxic chemicals from chemical industry, agriculture or products released from terrorist acts on industrial facilities. Evidently, the arsenal of chemical agents that can be used as terrorist agents is practically unlimited. The risk of exposure to chemical agents which could be used in terrorist acts is real. Therefore, the readiness for defense in a case of chemical terrorism should be enhanced. Decontamination and medical treatment are important aspects of protection from effects after intoxications with chemical agents.This book includes reports which were presented at a NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) entitled "Medical Treatment of Intoxications and Decontamination of Chemical Agent in the Area of Terrorist Attack". This workshop was held on 25-28 January 2005 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. The contributors were experts acquainted with the main problems connected with chemical terrorism. The primary focus of this workshop was determination (assessment) of scientific concepts and practical means for management of chemical agent casualties in case of a terrorist attack, with emphasis on improvement of medical treatment and decontamination. The main aspects of the book are: new approaches in pre-treatment and prophylaxis of nerve agent intoxication; diagnosis of exposure to chemical agents; therapy of chemical agent intoxication; and, development of personal decontamination.
This book is a practical guide to the field of biomedical signal processing and pattern recognition. The authors provide a self-contained volume that will address all the main issues -- e.g., signal peculiarities, popular algorithms, key application examples, etc. -- as well as provide an overview of common traps and mistakes and how to avoid them. The book makes extensive use of pseudo-code and code samples. It discusses available open source toolboxes as well. This book will the non-specilist up to speed with regard to relevant signal processing and pattern recognition. More importantly, it will enable the reader to either program the necessary algorithms or to modify existing open source libraries. This book fills a gap in several new interdisciplinary areas, such as human-machine interaction, affective computing, and computer games, that have as a common task the processing and analysis of biomedical data. Yet, it is also a valuable tool for students at the intermediate and advanced levels in more traditional biomedical pattern recognition.
Modelling and Control in Biomedical Systems (including Biological Systems) was held in Reims, France, 20-22 August 2006. This Symposium was organised by the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne and the Societe de l'Electricite, de l'Electronique et des TIC (SEE).
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