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  1. — In this paper, we first develop a low-cost surfacebased air pollutants measurement system for the real-time air pollution monitoring and forecasting applications. Then, we compare the performance achieved by the proposed system in real-time urban environment with currently used static monitoring stations by the governmental environmental protection agency (EPA). The proposed design uses particulate matter, humidity, and temperature sensors to measure the values of the air pollutant that determines the value of the Air Quality Index (AQI). The SD storage device is interfaced with the system to store the large amount of data sensed by the system. The Arduino UNO-based processing unit integrates with the sensing units to process and control the sensed air pollutants data. The proposed system is deployed in indoors and outdoor environment in under served minority communities in big cities to illustrate real-time environmental pollution measurement and monitoring applications. The system can measure, monitor and alert the level of PM2.5 and PM10 components of the AQI as they are often the main pollutant that determines the AQI value. The performance of the proposed system compares with the expensive data logger-based EPA-approved LDEQ sensorsbased air quality monitoring system. Our analysis shows that the measurement and monitoring performance of the proposed system is comparable with the EPA-approved LDEQ sensorsbased air quality monitoring system. The analysis also shows that there is a spatial and temporal variation of PM2.5 and PM10 values even for sites that are less than a mile apart. The interaction interphase of the system is simpler and easier to use as compared with bulky display systems in traditional EPA-based monitoring systems. In contrast with the traditional data logger-based system, the proposed system is smaller and quicker to deploy to test specific air pollutants in interested urban and rural locations . 
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  2. Ghate, A. ; Krishnaiyer, K. ; Paynabar, K. (Ed.)
    This study presents a two-stage stochastic aggregate production planning model to determine the optimal renewable generation capacity, production plan, workforce levels, and machine hours that minimize a production system’s operational cost. The model considers various uncertainties, including demand for final products, machine and labor hours available, and renewable power supply. The goal is to evaluate the feasibility of decarbonizing the manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing operations by adopting onsite wind turbines and solar photovoltaics coupled with battery systems assuming the facilities are energy prosumers. First-stage decisions are the siting and sizing of wind and solar generation, battery capacity, production quantities, hours of labor to keep, hire, or layoff, and regular, overtime, and idle machine hours to allocate over the planning horizon. Second-stage recourse actions include storing products in inventory, subcontracting or backorder, purchasing or selling energy to the main grid, and daily charging or discharging energy in the batteries in response to variable generation. Climate analytics performed in San Francisco and Phoenix permit to derive capacity factors for the renewable energy technologies and test their implementation feasibility. Numerical experiments are presented for three instances: island microgrid without batteries, island microgrid with batteries, and grid-tied microgrid for energy prosumer. Results show favorable levelized costs of energy that are equal to USD48.37/MWh, USD64.91/MWh, and USD36.40/MWh, respectively. The model is relevant to manufacturing companies because it can accelerate the transition towards eco-friendly operations through distributed generation. 
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    The Internet of Things (IoT) devices exchange certificates and authorization tokens over the IEEE 802.15.4 radio medium that supports a Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) of 127 bytes. However, these credentials are significantly larger than the MTU and are therefore sent in a large number of fragments. As IoT devices are resource-constrained and battery-powered, there are considerable computations and communication overheads for fragment processing both on sender and receiver devices, which limit their ability to serve real-time requests. Moreover, the fragment processing operations increase energy consumption by CPUs and radio-transceivers, which results in shorter battery life. In this article, we propose CATComp -a compression-aware authorization protocol for Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) and Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) that enables IoT devices to exchange smallsized certificates and capability tokens over the IEEE 802.15.4 media. CATComp introduces additional messages in the CoAP and DTLS handshakes that allow communicating devices to negotiate a compression method, which devices use to reduce the credentials’ sizes before sending them over an IEEE 802.15.4 link. The decrease in the size of the security materials minimizes the total number of packet fragments, communication overheads for fragment delivery, fragment processing delays, and energy consumption. As such, devices can respond to requests faster and have longer battery life. We implement a prototype of CATComp on Contiki-enabled RE-Mote IoT devices and provide a performance analysis of CATComp. The experimental results show that communication latency and energy consumption are reduced when CATComp is integrated with CoAP and DTLS. 
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  7. We demonstrate coupling to and control over the broadening and dispersion of a mid-infrared leaky mode, known as the Berreman mode, in samples with different dielectric environments. We fabricate subwavelength films of AlN, a mid-infrared epsilon-near-zero material that supports the Berreman mode, on materials with a weakly negative permittivity, strongly negative permittivity, and positive permittivity. Additionally, we incorporate ultra-thin AlN layers into a GaN/AlN heterostructure, engineering the dielectric environment above and below the AlN. In each of the samples, coupling to the Berreman mode is observed in angle-dependent reflection measurements at wavelengths near the longitudinal optical phonon energy. The measured dispersion of the Berreman mode agrees well with numerical modes. Differences in the dispersion and broadening for the different materials is quantified, including a 13 cm-1red-shift in the energy of the Berreman mode for the heterostructure sample.

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