Nov 28


The internet imaginaire

Author Patrice Flichy translated by Liz Carey-Libbrecht
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher MIT Press

In The Internet Imaginaire, sociologist Patrice Flichy examines the collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet—the social imagination that envisioned a technological utopia in the birth of a new technology. By examining in detail the discourses surrounding the development of the Internet in the United States in the 1990s (and considering them an integral part of that development), Flichy shows how an entire society began a new technological era. The metaphorical “information superhighway” became a technical utopia that informed a technological program. The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another.

Flichy draws on writings by experts—paying particular attention to the gurus of Wired magazine, but also citing articles in Time, Newsweek, and Business Week—from 1991 to 1995. He describes two main domains of the technical imaginaire: the utopias (and ideologies) associated with the development of technical devices and the depictions of an imaginary digital society. He analyzes the founding myths of cyberculture—the representations of technical systems expressing the dreams and experiments of designers and promoters that developed around information highways, the Internet, Bulletin Board systems, and virtual reality. And he offers a treatise on “the virtual society imaginaire,” discussing visionaries from Teilhard de Chardin to William Gibson, the body and the virtual, cyberdemocracy and the end of politics, and the new economy of the immaterial.

Understanding computers : today and tomorrow, 11th ed.

Author Deborah Morley, Charles S. Parker
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Thomson/Course Technology

Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow gives a classic, well-rounded introduction to computer concepts with a modern twist! Known for its readability and breadth of topics covered, this book will ensure that you have the comprehensive, current knowledge of computer concepts and issues needed to succeed in our technocentric society. This 11th Edition offers exciting new features and updates to make its content more approachable and meaningful.

The Rails way

Author Obie Fernandez
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Addison-Wesley


Ruby on Rails strips complexity from the development process, enabling professional developers to focus on what matters most: delivering business value. Now, for the first time, there’s a comprehensive, authoritative guide to building production-quality software with Rails. Pioneering Rails developer Obie Fernandez and a team of experts illuminate the entire Rails API, along with the Ruby idioms, design approaches, libraries, and plug-ins that make Rails so valuable. Drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they address the real challenges development teams face, showing how to use Rails’ tools and best practices to maximize productivity and build polished applications users will enjoy.

Using detailed code examples, Obie systematically covers Rails’ key capabilities and subsystems. He presents advanced programming techniques, introduces open source libraries that facilitate easy Rails adoption, and offers important insights into testing and production deployment. Dive deep into the Rails codebase together, discovering why Rails behaves as it does– and how to make it behave the way you want it to.

Design patterns in Ruby

Author Russ Olsen
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Addison-Wesley

Most design pattern books are based on C++ and Java. But Ruby is different—and the language’s unique qualities make design patterns easier to implement and use. In this book, Russ Olsen demonstrates how to combine Ruby’s power and elegance with patterns, and write more sophisticated, effective software with far fewer lines of code.

After reviewing the history, concepts, and goals of design patterns, Olsen offers a quick tour of the Ruby language—enough to allow any experienced software developer to immediately utilize patterns with Ruby. The book especially calls attention to Ruby features that simplify the use of patterns, including dynamic typing, code closures, and “mixins” for easier code reuse.

Fourteen of the classic “Gang of Four” patterns are considered from the Ruby point of view, explaining what problems each pattern solves, discussing whether traditional implementations make sense in the Ruby environment, and introducing Ruby-specific improvements. You’ll discover opportunities to implement patterns in just one or two lines of code, instead of the endlessly repeated boilerplate that conventional languages often require.

Design Patterns in Ruby also identifies innovative new patterns that have emerged from the Ruby community. These include ways to create custom objects with metaprogramming, as well as the ambitious Rails-based “Convention Over Configuration” pattern, designed to help integrate entire applications and frameworks.

Engaging, practical, and accessible, Design Patterns in Ruby will help you build better software while making your Ruby programming experience more rewarding.

Essential Linux device drivers

Author Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Prentice Hall

“The Most Practical Guide to Writing Linux Device Drivers

Linux now offers an exceptionally robust environment for driver development: with today’s kernels, what once required years of development time can be accomplished in days. In this practical, example-driven book, one of the world’s most experienced Linux driver developers systematically demonstrates how to develop reliable Linux drivers for virtually any device. Essential Linux Device Drivers is for any programmer with a working knowledge of operating systems and C, including programmers who have never written drivers before. Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran focuses on the essentials, bringing together all the concepts and techniques you need, while avoiding topics that only matter in highly specialized situations. Venkateswaran begins by reviewing the Linux 2.6 kernel capabilities that are most relevant to driver developers. He introduces simple device classes; then turns to serial buses such as I2C and SPI; external buses such as PCMCIA, PCI, and USB; video, audio, block, network, and wireless device drivers; user-space drivers; and drivers for embedded Linux–one of today’s fastest growing areas of Linux development. For each, Venkateswaran explains the technology, inspects relevant kernel source files, and walks through developing a complete example.

• Addresses drivers discussed in no other book, including drivers for I2C, video, sound, PCMCIA, and different types of flash memory

• Demystifies essential kernel services and facilities, including kernel threads and helper interfaces

• Teaches polling, asynchronous notification, and I/O control

• Introduces the Inter-Integrated Circuit Protocol for embedded Linux drivers

• Covers multimedia device drivers using the Linux-Video subsystem and Linux-Audio framework

• Shows how Linux implements support for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Infrared, WiFi, and cellular networking

• Describes the entire driver development lifecycle, through debugging and maintenance

• Includes reference appendixes covering Linux assembly, BIOS calls, and Seq files

Neural networks and computing : learning algorithms and applications

Author Tommy W.S. Chow, Siu-Yeung Cho.
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Imperial College Press Hackensack, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific

This book covers neural networks with special emphasis on advanced learning methodologies and applications. It includes practical issues of weight initializations, stalling of learning, and escape from a local minima, which have not been covered by many existing books in this area. Additionally, the book highlights the important feature selection problem, which baffles many neural networks practitioners because of the difficulties handling large datasets. It also contains several interesting IT, engineering and bioinformatics applications.

Grid application systems design

Author April J. Wells
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Auerbach Publications

Grid computing is an emerging technology designed for high-powered applications. Grid Application Systems Design shows how to unleash the high performance of Grid technology. It begins by delving into the history and theory of grid computing, providing background on the concepts, terminology, and issues surrounding it. The book then examines design issues inherent in using Grid technology and a highly distributed computing model. These issues include data updating, data retrieval, concurrency, maintenance, and security concerns. The book also takes an in-depth look at the advantages of migrating toward this new computing architecture and the possibilities it holds for users. The author addresses such issues as high capacity bandwidth and interconnection requirements that relate to managers and administrators. Lastly, the book explores the design decisions, issues, and opportunities that must be tackled by the designer, the developer, and the data administrator involved in creating applications for this new paradigm.

Software engineering of fault tolerant systems

Author editors, P. Pelliccione … [et al.].
Place of Publication New Jersey
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher World Scientific

It has been argued that fault tolerance management during the entire life-cycle improves the overall system robustness and that different classes of threats need to be identified for and dealt with at each distinct phase of software development, depending on the abstraction level of the software system being modelled. This book builds on this trend and investigates how fault tolerance mechanisms can be applied when engineering a software system. In particular, it identifies the new problems arising in this area, introduces the new models to be applied at different abstraction levels, defines methodologies for model-driven engineering of such systems and outlines the new technologies and validation and verification environments supporting this.

Coding theory : algorithms, architectures, and applications

Author Andre Neubauer, Jurgen Freudenberger, Volker Kuhn.
Place of Publication Chichester, England
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley

One of the most important key technologies for digital communication systems as well as storage media is coding theory. It provides a means to transmit information across time and space over noisy and unreliable communication channels.

Coding Theory: Algorithms, Architectures and Applications provides a concise overview of channel coding theory and practice, as well as the accompanying signal processing architectures. The book is unique in presenting algorithms, architectures, and applications of coding theory in a unified framework. It covers the basics of coding theory before moving on to discuss algebraic linear block and cyclic codes, turbo codes and low density parity check codes and space-time codes. Coding Theory provides algorithms and architectures used for implementing coding and decoding strategies as well as coding schemes used in practice especially in communication systems.

Feature of the book include:

* Unique presentation-like style for summarising main aspects
* Practical issues for implementation of coding techniques
* Sound theoretical approach to practical, relevant coding methodologies
* Covers standard coding schemes such as block and convolutional codes, coding schemes such as Turbo and LDPC codes, and space time codes currently in research, all covered in a common framework with respect to their applications.

This book is ideal for postgraduate and undergraduate students of communication and information engineering, as well as computer science students. It will also be of use to engineers working in the industry who want to know more about the theoretical basics of coding theory and their application in currently relevant communication systems

First-principles calculations in real-space formalism : electronic configurations and transport properties of nanostructures

Author Kikuji Hirose … [et al.]
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Imperial College Press

With cutting-edge materials and minute electronic devices being produced by the latest nanoscale fabrication technology, it is essential for scientists and engineers to rely on first-principles (ab initio) calculation methods to fully understand the electronic configurations and transport properties of nanostructures. It is now imperative to introduce practical and tractable calculation methods that accurately describe the physics in nanostructures suspended between electrodes. This timely volume addresses novel methods for calculating electronic transport properties using real-space formalisms free from geometrical restrictions. The book comprises two parts: The first details the basic formalism of the real-space finite-difference method and its applications. This provides the theoretical foundation for the second part of the book, which presents the methods for calculating the properties of electronic transport through nanostructures sandwiched by semi-infinite electrodes.

Heat conduction : mathematical models and analytical solutions

Author Liqiu Wang, Xuesheng Zhou, Xiaohao Wei.
Place of Publication Berlin
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Springer

Many phenomena in social, natural and engineering fields are governed by wave, potential, parabolic heat-conduction, hyperbolic heat-conduction and dual-phase-lagging heat-conduction equations. These equations are not only appropriate for describing heat conduction at various scales, but also the most important mathematical equations in physics. The focus of the present monograph is on these equations: their solution structures, methods of finding their solutions under various supplementary conditions, as well as the physical implication and applications of their solutions.

Therefore, the present monograph can serve as a reference for researchers working on heat conduction of macro- and micro-scales as well as on mathematical methods of physics. It can also serve as a text for graduate courses on heat conduction or on mathematical equations in physics.

Organizing information : from the shelf to the Web

Author G.G. Chowdhury and Sudatta Chowdhury.
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Facet


Tomorrow’s LIS professionals will have to be conversant with all the tools and techniques for organizing information in different domains – from the traditional library shelf to full-scale digital libraries. This core text covers the organization of the entire spectrum of information, and the principles, tools and techniques needed to do this effectively. The most up-to-date textbook yet available on this subject, this comprehensive book covers everything from traditional cataloguing and classification through to metadata, information architecture and the semantic web. Written by experienced academics in the area, who have authored several other successful textbooks, this book provides both an overview of the whole field of information organization and an easy-to-understand introduction to each of the individual topics, which can be followed up with further study by following the references at the end of each chapter.The chapters cover: organizing information – what it means; organizing information in different non-library environments; cataloguing; bibliographic formats – MARC21 and others; library classification; subject heading lists and thesauri in information organization; organization of internet information resources; metadata; markup languages; ontology; information architecture; the semantic web; and, information organization – issues and trends. A key student text for all information and library studies courses, the book is also valuable for practising LIS professionals who need to gain an understanding of the various tools and techniques required to master information organization.


Introduction to computer graphics : using Java 2D and 3D

Author Frank Klawonn
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Springer

Computer graphics comprises the creation and representation of simple graphical elements and images, as well as modern techniques for rendering a virtual reality. To apply these techniques correctly, one requires a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in graphics.

This book introduces the most important basic concepts of computer graphics, coupling the technical background and theory with practical examples and applications throughout. Its user-friendly approach enables the reader to gain understanding through the theory at work, via the many example programs provided. With only elementary knowledge of the programming language Java, the reader will be able to create their own images and animations immediately, using Java 2D and/or Java 3D.


• Presents computer graphics theory and practice in integrated combination

• Focuses on the increasingly used Java 3D (and 2D in the first section of the book)

• Uses many pedagogical tools, including numerous easy-to-understand example programs and end-of-chapter exercises

• Offers Internet support for students and instructors (found at, such as additional exercises, solutions, program examples, slides for lecturers and links to useful websites

• Provides an ideal, self-contained introduction to computer graphics

Written for second year undergraduates and above, this reader-friendly, clear and concise textbook will be an essential tool for those studying Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

Frank Klawonn has many years of experience teaching computer graphics and coordinating application projects with companies.

Mathcad : a tool for engineering problem solving, 2nd ed.

Author Philip J. Pritchard
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill

“Mathcad: A Tool for Engineering Problem Solving” explains how to use Mathcad 13(Student and Standard). This book is current with the latest release of mathcad, with the focus on the fundamentals, is enriched with great motivating applications, solid homework problems, appealing to both engineers and scientists.

Electronic security systems : a manager’s guide to evaluating and selecting system solutions

Author Robert L. Pearson
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Electronic Security Systems is a book written to help the security professional understand the various electronic security functional components and the ways these components interconnect. Providing a holistic approach to solving security issues, this book discusses such topics as integrating electronic functions, developing a system, component philosophy, possible long-term issues, and the culture within a corporation. The book uses a corporate environment as its example; however, the basic issues can be applied to virtually any environment.

For a security professional to be effective, he or she needs to understand the electronics as they are integrated into a total security system. Electronic Security Systems allows the professional to do just that, and is an invaluable addition to any security library.

* Provides a well-written and concise overview of electronic security systems and their functions
* Takes a holistic approach by focusing on the integration of different aspects of electronic security systems
* Includes a collection of practical experiences, solutions, and an approach to solving technical problems

Working at a small-to-medium business or ISP : CCNA discovery learning guide

Author Allan Reid, Jim Lorenz
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Cisco Press

Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP course in the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Discovery curriculum version 4.1. The course, the second of four in the new curriculum, teaches networking concepts by applying them to a type of network you might encounter on the job in a small-to-medium business or ISP. After successfully completing the first two courses in the CCNA Discovery curriculum, you can choose to complete the CCENT® (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certification exam, which would certify that you have developed the practical skills required for entry-level networking support positions and have an aptitude and competence for working with Cisco routers, switches, and Cisco IOS® Software.

The Art of Rails

Author Edward Benson
Place of Publication Indianapolis, IN
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley Pub.

Ruby on Rails offers the ability to rapidly design and write high-quality code with elegance and maintainability. Written by an experienced web application developer, this book explains how to take good Rails code and turn it into beautiful Rails code: simple, effective, reusable, evolvable code. He discusses the very latest in design patterns, programming abstractions, and development methodologies that have emerged for the modern web. With each design technique, youll discover how to make your own additions to Rails and craft a development environment tailored to your specific needs.

How to use Web 2.0 in your library

Author Phil Bradley
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Facet

The Web 2.0 and social software explosion has the capability to transform the online profile of libraries and help reach out to tech-savvy young users to whom the library may be invisible. Libraries can now easily collaborate and create online communities, as well as explore new ways in which to communicate with, educate and attract new users – and also to market themselves. This new book from acclaimed author, Phil Bradley takes a clear and practical approach as it explains exactly how to use the different types of Web 2.0 technologies, and, using examples, shows how libraries can get the most out of them. Illustrations help guide readers through each step of creating a range of resources, and a collaborative, Web 2.0 companion website managed by the author ensures that readers are kept up to date with developments in this highly dynamic and fast-moving area.Coverage includes: what is Web 2.0?; RSS; weblogs; finding your voice – using podcasts; start pages; social bookmarking services; build your own search engines; creating and using websites and pages; using instant messaging; photograph-sharing utilities; and, implementing Web 2.0. This is essential reading for library and information professionals wishing to harness the social networking revolution to their advantage. It will also be valuable for website authors and students of library and information studies.

Ajax, rich Internet applications, and web development for programmers

Author Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Prentice Hall

The practicing programmer’s DEITEL® guide to AJAX, Rich Internet Applications, and web-application development

This book applies the Deitel signature live-code approach to teaching Web 2.0 application development. The book presents concepts in the context of more than 180 fully tested programs (18,000+ lines of code), complete with syntax shading, detailed descriptions, and sample outputs. It features hundreds of tips that will help you build robust applications.

Start with a concise introduction to XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript before rapidly moving on to more advanced client-side development with DOM, XML, AJAX, JSON, and other RIA technologies. Then proceed to server-side development with web servers, databases, PHP, Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET, JavaServer Faces, and web services. When you’re finished, you’ll have everything you need to build Web 2.0 applications.

The DEITEL Developer Series is designed for practicing programmers. The series presents focused treatments of emerging technologies, including .NET, JavaTM, web services, Internet and web development, and more.

Google apps: administrator guide

Author David W. Boles
Place of Publication Boston, MA
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson Course Technology

With Google Apps, you and your colleagues or friends can check email, schedule meetings, chat in real time, collaborate on documents, and more. You can create your own personalized web and email addresses, and get loads of free storage. You can connect with others and access your documents 24/7, no matter where you are. Best of all, it’s all hosted by Google—you get the same bandwidth, service, and machines that Google provides its staff and other online clients, and there’s no hardware or software for you to install or maintain. Google Apps Administrator Guide is for aspiring and practicing webmasters or IT Professionals from any small business, university, college, eBay shop, charity organization, or any other kind of group that wants to work together. That means you can work with colleagues and friends in a single-sign-on web workspace. This book begins by explaining the often tricky and technical work of preparing your domain to work properly with Google Apps in friendly, layman’s terms. That includes registering your domain, explaining zone files, transferring existing email accounts and web pages to your new domain and email system, and creating user accounts. Then it’s time to start building your workspace by customizing how Google Apps interacts with your domain, and deciding which services you choose to provide for your users and employees, and/or friends and family. This book also discusses more advanced techniques for working online with Google Apps, including adding administrators, sharing calendars, editing web pages, and much more. Because Google Apps is always gaining new functionality, this book provides online updates and bonus chapters at Those online updates contain any major changes to Google Apps and help make sure your Google Apps Administrator Guide will always be up-to-date. This is the only book you will ever need to master Google Apps!

Information processing and routing in wireless sensor networks

Author Yang Yu, Viktor K. Prasanna, Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Place of Publication Singapore Hackensack, N.J.
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher World Scientific

This book presents state-of-the-art cross-layer optimization techniques for energy-efficient information processing and routing in wireless sensor networks. Besides providing a survey on this important research area, three specific topics are discussed in detail – information processing in a collocated cluster, information transport over a tree substrate, and information routing for computationally intensive applications. The book covers several important system knobs for cross-layer optimization, including voltage scaling, rate adaptation, and tunable compression. By exploring trade-offs of energy versus latency and computation versus communication using these knobs, significant energy conservation is achieved.

Analog circuits : world class designs

Author Robert A. Pease, editor with Bonnie Baker … [et al.].
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Newnes/Elsevier


All the design and development inspiration and direction an analog engineer needs in one blockbuster book!

Nov 7


Digital copyright

Author Paul Pedley
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Facet Pub.

Digital copyright is still a developing area, and is a potential minefield for information professionals. In the UK there is no Act of Parliament specifically addressing copyright for materials in digital form. Rather the profession is reliant on the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and how this relates to machine-readable content. This book examines in depth how digital content is treated differently from hard-copy material. The second edition includes a new chapter that takes an in-depth look at digital rights management (DRM). It takes account of the All Party Internet Group’s findings of their public inquiry into DRM, published in June 2006; and the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property of December 2006. It also offers a new section on copyright clearance for digital content; current examples of the penalties imposed for file sharing, piracy and counterfeiting; and additional case law examples.This title covers topics such as: database right; the application of copyright to websites and intranets; the use of screenshots in presentations; hyperlinking and deep linking; how the copyright exceptions apply to digital content; licences, contracts, or a set of terms and conditions; the interface between copyright law and contract law; model licence agreements; The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003: including the newoffences, particularly relating to the removal or alteration of rightsmanagement information; and the question of circumventing technical protection measures such as DRM systems; digital signatures; relevant legal cases; and, further reading. This essential guide will help all information professionals find out what needs to be done to stay within the law in our increasingly digital environment.


The Intel microprocessor family : hardware and software principles and applications

Author James L. Antonakos
Place of Publication Clifton Park, NY
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Thomson Delmar Learning

Readers will be able to build and program their own 8088 single-board computer by applying the interfacing concepts and techniques presented in this book. Coverage begins with the software architecture of the 80×86 family, including the software model, instruction set and flags, and addressing modes. Abundant examples illustrate basic programming concepts such as the use of data structures, numeric conversion, string handling, and arithmetic. Hardware details of the entire 80×86 family are then examined, from pin and signal descriptions to memory and input/output system design. Advanced topics, including protected mode, WIN32 and Linux programming, and MMX technology are also introduced.

Guide to UNIX using Linux, 4th ed.

Author Michael Palmer
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson/Course Technology


Written with a clear, straightforward writing style and packed with step-by-step projects for direct, hands-on learning, Guide to UNIX Using Linux, 4E is the perfect resource for learning UNIX and Linux from the ground up. Through the use of practical examples, end-of-chapter reviews, and interactive exercises, novice users are transformed into confident UNIX/Linux users who can employ utilities, master files, manage and query data, create scripts, access a network or the Internet, and navigate popular user interfaces and software. The updated 4th edition incorporates coverage of the latest versions of UNIX and Linux, including new versions of Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE, and Uuntu Linux. A new chapter has also been added to cover basic networking utilities, and several other chapters have been expanded to include additional information on the KDE and GNOME desktops, as well as coverage of the popular office suite. With a strong focus on universal UNIX and Linux commands that are transferable to all versions of Linux, this book is a “must-have” for anyone seeking to develop their knowledge of these systems.

MATLAB : an introduction with applications, 3rd ed.

Author Gilat, Amos
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley

Master MATLAB(r)!
If you want a clear, easy-to-use introduction to MATLAB(r), this book is for you! The Third Edition of Amos Gilat’s popular MATLAB(r), An Introduction with Applications requires no previous knowledge of MATLAB and computer programming as it helps you understand and apply this incredibly useful and powerful mathematical tool.
Thoroughly updated to match MATLAB(r)’s newest release, MATLAB(r) 7.3 (R2007b), the text takes you step by step through MATLAB(r)’s basic features–from simple arithmetic operations with scalars, to creating and using arrays, to three-dimensional plots and solving differential equations. You’ll appreciate the many features that make it easy to grasp the material and become proficient in using MATLAB(r), including:
* Sample and homework problems that help you hands-on practice solving the kinds of problems you’ll encounter in future science and engineering courses
* New coverage of the Workspace Window and the save and load commands, Anonymous Functions, Function Functions, Function Handles, Subfunctions and Nested Functions
* In-depth discussions of script files, 2-D and 3-D plotting, function files, programming (flow control), polynomials, curve fitting, interpolation, and applications in numerical analysis
By showing you not just how MATLAB(r) works but how to use it with real-world applications in mathematics, science, and engineering, MATLAB(r), An Introduction with Applications, Third Edition will turn you into a MATLAB(r) master faster than you imagined.


Robot modeling and control

Author Mark W. Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

“The coverage is unparalleled in both depth and breadth. No other text that I have seen offers a better complete overview of modern robotic manipulation and robot control.”
– Bradley Bishop, United States Naval Academy
Based on the highly successful classic, Robot Dynamics and Control, by Spong and Vidyasagar (Wiley, 1989), Robot Modeling and Control offers a thoroughly up-to-date, self-contained introduction to the field. The text presents basic and advanced material in a style that is at once readable and mathematically rigorous.
Key Features
* A step-by-step computational approach helps you derive and compute the forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, and Jacobians for the most common robot designs.
* Detailed coverage of vision and visual servo control enables you to program robots to manipulate objects sensed by cameras.
* An entire chapter on dynamics prepares you to compute the dynamics of the most common manipulator designs.
* The most common motion planning and trajectory generation algorithms are presented in an elementary style.
* The comprehensive treatment of motion and force control includes both basic and advanced methods.
* The text’s treatment of geometric nonlinear control is more readable than in more advanced texts.
* Many worked examples and an extensive list of problems illustrate all aspects of the theory.
About the authors
Mark W. Spong is Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Spong is the 2005 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society and past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology.
Seth Hutchinson iscurrently a Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a senior editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He has published extensively on the topics of robotics and computer vision.
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is currently Executive Vice President in charge of Advanced Technology at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT firm. Dr. Vidyasagar was formerly the director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), under Government of India’s Ministry of Defense.

CMOS : mixed signal circuit design

Author R. Jacob Baker
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2002
Publisher Chichester : Wiley

An important continuation to “CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation”

The power of mixed-signal circuit designs, and perhaps the reason they are replacing analog-only designs in the implementation of analog interfaces, comes from the marriage of analog circuits with digital signal processing. This book builds on the fundamental material in the author’s previous book, “CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation,” to provide a solid textbook and reference for mixed-signal circuit design. The coverage is both practical and in-depth, integrating experimental, theoretical, and simulation examples to drive home the why and the how of doing mixed-signal circuit design. Some of the highlights of this book include: A practical/theoretical approach to mixed-signal circuit design with an emphasis on oversampling techniques An accessible and useful alternative to hard-to-digest technical papers without losing technical depth Coverage of delta-sigma data converters, custom analog and digital filter design, design with submicron CMOS processes, and practical at-the-bench deadbug prototyping techniques Hundreds of worked examples and questions covering all areas of mixed-signal circuit design

A helpful companion Web site, http: //, provides worked solutions to textbook problems, SPICE simulation netlist examples, and discussions concerning mixed-signal circuit design.

CMOS circuit design, layout, and simulation, 2nd ed.

Author R. Jacob Baker
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley-Interscience

Winner of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award

CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Revised Second Edition covers the practical design of both analog and digital integrated circuits, offering a vital, contemporary view of a wide range of analog/digital circuit blocks, the BSIM model, data converter architectures, and much more. This edition takes a two-path approach to the topics: design techniques are developed for both long- and short-channel CMOS technologies and then compared. The results are multidimensional explanations that allow readers to gain deep insight into the design process. Features include: Updated materials to reflect CMOS technology’s movement into nanometer sizes Discussions on phase- and delay-locked loops, mixed-signal circuits, data converters, and circuit noise More than 1,000 figures, 200 examples, and over 500 end-of-chapter problems In-depth coverage of both analog and digital circuit-level design techniques Real-world process parameters and design rules

The book’s Web site,, provides: solutions to the book’s problems; additional homework problems without solutions; SPICE simulation examples using HSPICE, LTspice, and WinSpice; layout tools and examples for actually fabricating a chip; and videos to aid learning

Ultra-low energy wireless sensor networks in practice : theory, realization and deployment

Author Mauri Kuorilehto … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Finally a book on Wireless Sensor Networks that covers real world applications and contains practical advice!

Kuorilehto et al. have written the first “practical” guide to wireless sensor networks. The authors draw on their experience in the development and field-testing of autonomous wireless sensor networks (WSNs) to offer a comprehensive reference on fundamentals, practical matters, limitations and solutions of this fast moving research area.

“Ultra Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks in Practice”:

Explains the essential problems and issues in real wireless sensor networks, and analyzes the most promising solutions.

Provides a comprehensive guide to applications, functionality, protocols, and algorithms for WSNs.

Offers practical experiences from new applications and their field-testing, including several deployed networks.

Includes simulations and physical measurements for energy consumption, bit rate, latency, memory, and lifetime.

Covers embedded resource-limited operating systems, middleware and application software.

“Ultra Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks in Practice” will prove essential reading for Research Scientists, advanced students in Networking, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Product Managers and Design Engineers.

Wireless sensor networks : signal processing and communications perspectives

Author edited by Ananthram Swami … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher J. Wiley


A wireless sensor network (WSN) uses a number of autonomous devices to cooperatively monitor physical or environmental conditions via a wireless network. Since its military beginnings as a means of battlefield surveillance, practical use of this technology has extended to a range of civilian applications including environmental monitoring, natural disaster prediction and relief, health monitoring and fire detection. Technological advancements, coupled with lowering costs, suggest that wireless sensor networks will have a significant impact on 21st century life.

The design of wireless sensor networks requires consideration for several disciplines such as distributed signal processing, communications and cross-layer design. “Wireless Sensor Networks: Signal Processing and Communications” focuses on the theoretical aspects of wireless sensor networks and offers readers signal processing and communication perspectives on the design of large-scale networks. It explains state-of-the-art design theories and techniques to readers and places emphasis on the fundamental properties of large-scale sensor networks.

“Wireless Sensor Networks: Signal Processing and Communications”:

Approaches WSNs from a new angle – distributed signal processing, communication algorithms and novel cross-layer design paradigms.

Applies ideas and illustrations from classical theory to an emerging field of WSN applications.

Presents important analytical tools for use in the design of application-specific WSNs.

“Wireless Sensor Networks” will be of use to signal processing and communications researchers and practitioners in applying classical theory to network design. It identifies researchdirections for senior undergraduate and graduate students and offers a rich bibliography for further reading and investigation.

Spatial audio processing : MPEG surround and other applications

Author Jeroen Breebaart, Christof Faller
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Provides a comprehensive coverage of spatial audio coding, which is an important technology for the optimization of advanced applications in home entertainment, communications, signal processing and military fields. Bringing together information on the processing, acquisition, mixing, playback, and perception of spatial audio, with the latest coding techniques, this text is an ideal reference for practising engineers working in the field. Faller starts with an introduction to the subject, reviewing psychoacoustics (the relationship between physical measures of sound and the perception of them) and spatial audio sound formats and reproduction systems. He also discusses conventional coding techniques for spatial audio, including matrixing, ambisonics and perceptual audio coding. Next, the author moves on to discuss the most recent developments in spatial audio coding, examining new classes of algorithms and techniques for channel number reduction and efficient perceptual audio coding. Principles of MP3 Surround and MPEG Surround are analysed in detail, along with other applications of these techniques, such as matrix decoding and advanced rendering of ambisonics signals.

Voice and audio compression for wireless communications, 2nd ed.

Author Lajos Hanzo, F. Clare Somerville, Jason Woodard
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley


Voice communications remains the most important facet of mobile radio services, which may be delivered over conventional fixed links, the Internet or wireless channels. This all-encompassing volume reports on the entire 50-year history of voice compression, on recent audio compression techniques and the protection as well as transmission of these signals in hostile wireless propagation environments.

“Audio and Voice Compression for Wireless and Wireline Communications, Second Edition” is divided into four parts with Part I covering the basics, while Part II outlines the design of analysis-by-synthesis coding, including a 100-page chapter on virtually all existing standardised speech codecs. The focus of Part III is on wideband and audio coding as well as transmission. Finally, Part IV concludes the book with a range of very low rate encoding techniques, scanning a range of research-oriented topics. Fully updated and revised second edition of “Voice Compression and Communications,” expanded to cover Audio features Includes two new chapters, on narrowband and wideband AMR coding, and MPEG audio coding Addresses the new developments in the field of wideband speech and audio compression Covers compression, error resilience and error correction coding, as well as transmission aspects, including cutting-edge turbo transceivers Presents both the historic and current view of speech compression and communications.

Covering fundamental concepts in a non-mathematical way before moving to detailed discussions of theoretical principles, future concepts and solutions to various specific wireless voice communication problems, this book will appeal to both advanced readers and those with abackground knowledge of signal processing and communications.

Verilog for digital design

Author Frank Vahid, Roman Lysecky
Place of Publication Hoboken, N. J.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley

Ideal as either a standalone introductory guide or in tandem with Vahid’s Digital Design to allow for greater language coverage, this is an accessible introductory guide to hardware description language

* Verilog is a hardware description language used to model electronic systems (sometimes called Verilog HDL) and this book is helpful for anyone who is starting out and learning the language

* Focuses on application and use of the language, rather than just teaching the basics of the language

Nov 4

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Nov 4

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