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In this paper we consider a condition-based maintenance policy for continuously monitored degrading systems. We investigate a robust maintenance policy, availability limit policy, which ensures that a maximum availability level of the system is achieved. The optimum degradation threshold level that ensures the desired steady-state availability of the system(More)
—This paper considers the problem of container inspection at a port-of-entry. Containers are inspected through a specific sequence to detect the presence of nuclear materials, biological and chemical agents, and other illegal shipments. The threshold levels of sensors at inspection stations of the port-of-entry affect the probabilities of incorrectly(More)
The problem of container inspection at ports-of-entry is formulated in several different ways as an optimization problem. Data generated from different analytical methods, x-ray detectors, gamma-ray detectors and other sensors used for the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive, and other illicit agents are often relied upon to(More)
Distributed sensing, a system-wide deployment of sensing devices, has resulted in both temporally and spatially dense data-rich environments. This new technology provides unprecedented opportunities for quality and productivity improvement. This paper discusses the state-of-the-art practice, research challenges, and future directions related to distributed(More)
The ethnopharmaceutical approach is important for the discovery and development of natural product research and requires a deep understanding not only of biometabolites discovery and profiling but also of cultural and social science. For millennia, epigeous macrofungi (mushrooms) and hypogeous macrofungi (truffles) were considered as precious food in many(More)
This report concerns nanofiber composites that incorporate N-heterocyclic carbenes and the use of such composites for testing antimicrobial and antifungal activities. The nanofiber composites were produced by electrospinning mixtures of the gold chloride or gold acetate complexes of a bis(imino)acenaphthene (BIAN)-supported NHC with aqueous solutions of(More)
For centuries, macrofungi have been used as food and medicine in different parts of the world. This is mainly attributed to their nutritional value as a potential source of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, and minerals. In addition, they also include many bioactive metabolites which make mushrooms and truffles common components in folk medicine,(More)