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2019

Social Network Security Risks and Vulnerabilities in Corporate Environments

Authors
Almeida, F; Pinheiro, J; Oliveira, V;

Publication
International Journal of Applied Management Sciences and Engineering

Abstract
Increasingly social networks are used both in the personal and professional levels, being companies and employees also exposed to the risks posed by them. In this sense, it is relevant to analyze employees' perception of the risks and vulnerabilities posed by the use of social networks in corporate environments. For this purpose, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to 372 employees of small and medium-sized companies that allowed the characterization and analysis of those risks. The results indicate that the security risks are perceived moderately by employees, emphasizing the risk of defamation and cyberbullying as being the most pertinent. On the other hand, the findings indicate that older employees, the existence of lower academic qualifications, and those working in medium-sized companies are more aware of these risks.

2019

Spectral Tuning of Long Period Fiber Gratings Fabricated by Femtosecond Laser Micromachining through Thermal Annealing

Authors
Viveiros, D; Almeida, JMMMd; Coelho, L; Vasconcelos, H; Amorim, VA; Maia, JM; Jorge, PAS;

Publication
Proceedings

Abstract
A femtosecond laser direct writing system was developed to explore the fabrication of long-period fiber gratings (LPFGs) in SMF28 fibers. The LPFGs, showing the mode LP1,6 at 1500 nm, were exposed to high-temperature annealing up to 950 °C. Modifications in the refractive index (RI) modulation are observed through a blue-shift in the LPFG attenuation bands and above 850 °C, the mode LP1,7 appear at 1600 nm. The wavelength sensitivity to external RI from 1.300 to 1.452 was estimated for both modes before and after annealing. Greater sensitivity was found for the higher order mode in the entire range reaching 2400 nm/RIU around 1.440.

2019

Path Planning Algorithms Benchmarking for Grapevines Pruning and Monitoring

Authors
Magalhães, SA; dos Santos, FN; Martins, RC; Rocha, LF; Brito, J;

Publication
Progress in Artificial Intelligence - Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Abstract

2019

Towards Automatic and Robust Particle Tracking in Microrheology Studies

Authors
Castro, M; Araújo, RJ; Campo Deaño, L; Oliveira, HP;

Publication
Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis - Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Abstract

2019

Automated and objective measures of gait dynamics in camptocormia Parkinson's Disease subthalamic deep brain stimulation

Authors
Soares, C; Vilas Boas, MD; Lopes, EM; Choupina, H; Soares dos Reis, R; Fitas, D; Silva Cunha, JPS; Monteiro, P; Linhares, P; Rosas, MJ;

Publication
CLINICAL NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY

Abstract
Objective: Axial motor features are common in Parkinson's disease (PD). These include gait impairment and postural abnormalities, such as camptocormia. The response of these symptoms to deep brain stimulation (DBS) is variable and difficult to assess objectively. For the first time, this study analyzes the treatment outcomes of two PD patients with camptocormia that underwent bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN)-DBS evaluated with disruptive technologies. Patients and methods: Two patients with PD and camptocormia who underwent STN-DBS were included. Gait parameters were quantitatively assessed before and after surgery by using the NeuroKinect system and the camptocormia angle was measured using the camptoapp. Results: After surgery, patient 1 improved 29 points in the UPDRS-III. His camptocormia angle was 68 degrees before and 38 degrees after surgery. Arm and knee angular amplitudes (117.32 +/- 7.47 vs 134.77 +/- 2.70; 144.51 +/- 7.47 vs 169.08 +/- 3.27) and arm swing (3.59 +/- 2.66 vs 5.40 +/- 1.76 cm) improved when compared with his pre-operative measurements. Patient 2 improved 22 points in the UPDRS-III after surgery. Her camptocormia mostly resolved (47 degrees before to 9 degrees after surgery). Gait analysis revealed improvement of stride length (0.29 +/- 0.03 vs 0.35 +/- 0.03 m), stride width (18.25 +/- 1.16 vs 17.9 +/- 0.84 cm), step velocity (0.91 +/- 0.57 vs 1.33 +/- 0.48 m/s), arm swing (4.51 +/- 1.01 vs 7.38 +/- 2.71 cm) and arm and hip angular amplitudes (131.57 +/- 2.45 degrees vs 137.75 +/- 3.18; 100.51 +/- 1.56 vs 102.18 +/- 1.77 degrees) compared with her preoperative results. Conclusion: The gait parameters and camptocormia of both patients objectively improved after surgery, as assessed by the two quantitative measurement systems. STN-DBS might have a beneficial effect on controlling axial posturing and gait, being a potential surgical treatment for camptocormia in patients with PD. However, further studies are needed to derive adequate selection criteria for this patient population.

2019

A Smart City's Model Secured by Blockchain

Authors
Brandao, A; Mamede, HS; Goncalves, R;

Publication
TRENDS AND APPLICATIONS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (CIMPS 2018)

Abstract
The topic of Smart Cities involves various aspects of convergence and support to necessarily safe activities, which are dependent on reliable data and reliable sources. The answer could be provided by means of the adoption model of Blockchain technologies for this purpose, applied to the different characteristics of the city from the electronic governance, the contracting of products and services, and the sensing or data collection. The multiple IoT objects and the multiple networks, together with the Blockchain technology, may result in safer and more efficient cities. This paper analyzes and deepens the concept of Smart Cities using Blockchain technology as a platform for safety and reliability of the data. It is intended to reflect critically on this topic, looking through the different aspects involving this concept and the way in which it can implement. It analyzes the Smart Cities and its ecosystems with the generic data models, integrated, with quality data and trusted information.

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