During crisis events, human operators in a crisis centre will beoverloaded with a large amount of information. The stress of dealing with crisis situations can have a significant impact on the certainty of the information. Theneed for a system that is able to handle information calls automatically maythen become apparent. Our research is about a dialogue system that can play asa crisis hotline dispatcher. The dialogue system offers a natural user interactionthrough its ability to start a user-friendly dialogue taking care of the content,context and user’s emotion. It retrieves information about crisis situationsfrom users while controlling the communication flow. The system is able torecognise the emotion loading of the user’s linguistic content. The recogniseruses a database that contains selected keywords on a 2D ‘arousal’ and ‘valence’scale. Its output includes an indication of the urgency of the informationregarding the crisis.
Odour Control at Pesticide Facilities: Eliminating volatile compounds
Chemical formulation plants are susceptible to emissions of unpleasant and malodorous volatile compounds, a fact which makes the implementation of efficient odour control measures essential. North-western Spain is home to one of the country`s oldest industrial sites for the manufacture of phytosanitary products, with some facilities located relatively close to populated areas. Recently, the facility dedicated to the formulation of solid-state pesticides underwent a total modernisation and automation of the...
How much will a zero liquid discharge system cost your facility?
With increasing stewardship of environmental protection, both nationally and internationally, many industrial facilities and effluent regulators are strengthening strategies to reduce industrial process waste by implementing zero liquid discharge (ZLD), a process that limits liquid waste at the end of your industrial process to—as the term suggests—zero. A more recent example of how ZLD is being recommended for tightening effluent regulations is the new mandates passed by the U.S. Environmental...
For our food system’s sake, let’s say “no” to corporate consolidation
Mergers puts food workers and small-scale farmers at risk and increase vertical integration, hurting farmers’ ability to compete.When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in...
What is a wastewater treatment system and how does it work?
For industrial companies producing wastewater as part of it’s process, some type of wastewater treatment system is usually necessary to ensure safety precautions and discharge regulations are met. The most appropriate wastewater treatment system will help the facility avoidharming the environment, human health, and a facility’s process or products (especially if the wastewater is being reused). It will also help the facility curb heavy fines and possible legal action if wastewater is being improperly...
Flora Digital prints with Renishaw`s optical encoders - Case Study
Background What is the maximum resolution of the human eye? There are a number of factors that influence this including viewing distance, lighting conditions and eye health. In general a healthy human eye has a maximum resolution of 350 DPI or 73 µm (1 arc min) at the normal reading distance (250 mm). Irrespective of future breakthroughs in printing technology, there is a physical limit on what is discernible with the naked eye and print resolutions of 400 DPI and above will appear indistinguishable...