Mar 29

Newsweek – March 14, 2011

Cover feature :
Hillary’s War : How she’s shattering glass ceilings everywhere

Newsweek – March 21, 2011

Cover feature :
Earthquake 8.9

Newsweek – March 28, 2011

Cover feature :
Apocalypse Now : Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Nuclear Meltdowns. Revolutions. What the #@%! is next!

Time – March 14, 2011

Cover feature :
Are America’s Best Days Behind Us?

Time – March 21, 2011

Cover feature :
Healing the Hurt

Time – March 28, 2011

Cover feature :
The Day the Earth Moved

National Geographic – March 2011

Cover feature :
Designing the perfect pet : Can a fox become man’s best friend?


PC World – January 2011

Cover feature :
Best Tech Products of 2010

PC World – February 2011

Cover feature :
Tablet time : check why your next PC will be a tablet.

Game Pro – January 2011

Cover feature :
Dragon Age II

Game Pro – February 2011

Cover feature :
Gears of War 3


Mar 23

Library users are kindly advised to take note of the following schedule:

  • March 22 to April 1- ALL BOOKS ARE FOR ROOM USE ONLY
  • April 1- Last day of Library service for 2nd Semester AY 2010-2011
  • April 12 – Clearance and ID Countersigning
  • April 14 – Resumption of Library service (First day of summer classes)

    Mar 21

    The Engineering Library II’s Serials Section will be closed for the day to host the program accompanying the unveiling and trial run of Team UP’s entry to the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011 this coming Friday, March 25, 2010. Thank your for understanding!

    Mar 21


    As recommended by Dr. Prospero Naval

    Handbook of natural language processing, 2nd ed.

    Author Timothy J. Ross
    Place of Publication Florida
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Chapman & hall / CRC Press

    The Handbook of Natural Language Processing, Second Edition presents practical tools and techniques for implementing natural language processing in computer systems. Along with removing outdated material, this edition updates every chapter and expands the content to include emerging areas, such as sentiment analysis. New to the Second Edition: Greater prominence of statistical approaches, new applications section, broader multilingual scope to include Asian and European languages along with English, and an actively maintained wiki that provides online resources, supplementary information, and up-to-date developments. Divided into three sections, the book first surveys classical techniques, including both symbolic and empirical approaches. The second section focuses on statistical approaches in natural language processing. In the final section of the book, each chapter describes a particular class of application, from Chinese machine translation to information visualization to ontology construction to biomedical text mining. Fully updated with the latest developments in the field, this comprehensive, modern handbook emphasizes how to implement practical language processing tools in computational systems.

    Mar 18


    Books recommended by Dr. Prospero Naval

    *Also recommended by Prof. Abigail Razon

    Fuzzy logic with engineering applications, 3rd ed.

    Author Timothy J. Ross
    Place of Publication United Kingdom
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher John Wiley & Sons

    This new edition features the latest advances in the field including material on expansion of the MLFE method using genetic algorithms, cognitive mapping, fuzzy agent-based models and total uncertainty. Fuzzy Logic with Engineering Applications, 3rd Edition is oriented mainly towards methods and techniques. Every chapter has been revised, featuring new illustrations and examples throughout. This will benefit student learning in all basic operations, the generation of membership functions, and the specialized applications in the latter chapters of the book, providing an invaluable tool for students as well as for self-study by practicing engineers.
    Search engines : information retrieval in practice, Int’l ed.

    Authors W. Bruce Croft, D. Metzler,T. Strohman
    Place of Publication New Jersey
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Pearson

    For introductory information retrieval courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in computer science, information science and computer engineering departments. Written by a leader in the field of information retrieval, Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice, is designed to give undergraduate students the understanding and tools they need to evaluate, compare and modify search engines. Coverage of the underlying IR and mathematical models reinforce key concepts. The book’s numerous programming exercises make extensive use of Galago, a Java-based open source search engine. SUPPLEMENTS / Extensive lecture slides (in PDF and PPT format) / Solutions to selected end of chapter problems (Instructors only) / Test collections for exercises / Galago search engine
    Statistical machine translation

    Author Philipp Koehn
    Place of Publication New York
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Cambridge University Press

    The dream of automatic language translation is now closer thanks to recent advances in the techniques that underpin statistical machine translation. This class-tested textbook from an active researcher in the field, provides a clear and careful introduction to the latest methods and explains how to build machine translation systems for any two languages. It introduces the subject’s building blocks from linguistics and probability, then covers the major models for machine translation: word-based, phrase-based, and tree-based, as well as machine translation evaluation, language modeling, discriminative training and advanced methods to integrate linguistic annotation. The book also reports the latest research, presents the major outstanding challenges, and enables novices as well as experienced researchers to make novel contributions to this exciting area. Ideal for students at undergraduate and graduate level, or for anyone interested in the latest developments in machine translation.
    Integer programming : theory and practice

    Editor John K. Karlof
    Place of Publication Florida
    Date of Publication c2006
    Publisher Taylor & Francis

    This volume begins with a description of new constructive and iterative search methods for solving the Boolean optimization problem (BOOP). Following a review of recent developments on convergent Lagrangian techniques that use objective level-cut and domain-cut methods to solve separable nonlinear integer-programming problems, the book discusses the generalized assignment problem (GAP). The final theoretical chapter analyzes the use of decomposition methods to obtain bounds on the optimal value of solutions to integer linear-programming problems.The first application article contains models and solution algorithms for the rescheduling of airlines following the temporary closure of airports. The next chapters deal with the determination of an optimal mix of chartered and self-owned vessels needed to transport a product.The book then presents an application of integer programming that involves the capture, storage, and transmission of large quantities of data collected during testing scenarios involving military applications related to vehicles, medicine, equipment, missiles, and aircraft. The next article develops an integer linear-programming model to determine the assortment of products that must be carried by stores within a retail chain to maximize profit, and the final article contains an overview of noncommercial software tools for the solution of mixed-integer linear programs (MILP). The authors purposefully include applications and theory that are usually not found in contributed books in order to appeal to a wide variety of researchers and practitioners.
    Books recommended by Dr. Henry Adorna

    Methods in algorithmic analysis

    Author Vladimir A. Dobrushkin
    Place of Publication Florida
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher CRC Press

    Accompanied by more than 1,000 examples and exercises, this comprehensive, classroom-tested text presents numerous theories, techniques, and methods used for analyzing algorithms. It includes basic material on combinatorics and probability that can be used for students with weak backgrounds. It presents information on asymptotics not usually found in similar books, including Rice’s method, the Euler and Boole summation formulas, and recurrences. The author also offers tutorials throughout the text on topics as diverse as continued fractions, functions of a complex variable, numerical calculations, and Stieltjes integration. There is an appendix that contains a comprehensive collection of useful formulas.
    Algorithms in bioinformatics : a practical introduction

    Author Wing-Kin Sung
    Place of Publication Florida
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Chapman & Hall / CRC Press

    This classroom-tested text provides an in-depth introduction to the algorithmic techniques applied in bioinformatics. For each topic, the author clearly details the biological motivation, precisely defines the corresponding computational problems, and includes detailed examples to illustrate each algorithm. The text covers basic molecular biology concepts, sequence similarity, the suffix tree, sequence databases, sequence and genome alignment, the phylogenetic tree, genome rearrangement, motif finding, the secondary structure of RNA, peptide sequencing, and population genetics. Supplementary material is provided on the author’s website and a solutions manual is available for qualifying instructors.
    Algebraic geometry in coding theory and cryptography

    Authors Harald Niederreiter and Chaoping Xing
    Place of Publication Princeton, New Jersey
    Date of Publication c2009
    Publisher Princeton University Press

    This textbook equips graduate students and advanced undergraduates with the necessary theoretical tools for applying algebraic geometry to information theory, and it covers primary applications in coding theory and cryptography. Harald Niederreiter and Chaoping Xing provide the first detailed discussion of the interplay between nonsingular projective curves and algebraic function fields over finite fields. This interplay is fundamental to research in the field today, yet until now no other textbook has featured complete proofs of it. Niederreiter and Xing cover classical applications like algebraic-geometry codes and elliptic-curve cryptosystems as well as material not treated by other books, including function-field codes, digital nets, code-based public-key cryptosystems, and frameproof codes. Combining a systematic development of theory with a broad selection of real-world applications, this is the most comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the field available. It introduces graduate students and advanced undergraduates to the foundations of algebraic geometry for applications to information theory. It provides the first detailed discussion of the interplay between projective curves and algebraic function fields over finite fields. It includes applications to coding theory and cryptography. It covers the latest advances in algebraic-geometry codes. It features applications to cryptography not treated in other books.
    Recommended by Dr. Cedric Festin
    Operating Systems (CS 140, CS 250, CS 257)

    Patterns for parallel software design

    Author Jorge Luis Ortega-Arjona
    Place of Publication United Kingdom
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher John Wiley & Sons

    Essential reading to understand patterns for parallel programming Software patterns have revolutionized the way we think about how software is designed, built, and documented, and the design of parallel software requires you to consider other particular design aspects and special skills. From clusters to supercomputers, success heavily depends on the design skills of software developers. Patterns for Parallel Software Design presents a pattern-oriented software architecture approach to parallel software design. This approach is not a design method in the classic sense, but a new way of managing and exploiting existing design knowledge for designing parallel programs. Moreover, such approaches enhance not only build-time properties of parallel systems, but also, and particularly, their run-time properties.* Features known solutions in concurrent and distributed programming, applied to the development of parallel programs* Provides architectural patterns that describe how to divide an algorithm and/or data to find a suitable partition and link it with a programming structure that allows for such a division* Presents an architectural point of view and explains the development of parallel software Patterns for Parallel Software Design will give you the skills you need to develop parallel software.

    Mar 15


    Software Engineering (CoE 131, CS 192)

    Software engineering, 9th ed.

    Author Ian Sommerville
    Place of Publication Boston
    Date of Publication c2011
    Publisher Pearson

    Intended for a sophomore/junior level course in software engineering. The ninth edition of Software Engineering presents a broad perspective of software engineering, focusing on the processes and techniques fundamental to the creation of reliable, software systems. Increased coverage of agile methods and software reuse, along with coverage of ‘traditional’ plan-driven software engineering, gives readers the most up-to-date view of the field currently available. Practical case studies, a full set of easy-to-access supplements, and extensive web resources make teaching the course easier than ever. The book is now structured into four parts: 1: Introduction to Software Engineering 2: Dependability and Security 3: Advanced Software Engineering 4: Software Engineering Management.

    Control Systems (EEE 101, EE 233)

    Automatic control systems, 9th ed.

    Author Farid Golnaraghi, Benjamin C. Kuo
    Place of Publication New Jersey
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Wiley

    Automatic Control Systems provides engineers with a fresh new controls book that places special emphasis on mechatronics. It follows a revolutionary approach by actually including a physical lab. In addition, readers will find authoritative coverage of modern design tools and examples. Current mechatronics applications build motivation to learn the material. Extensive use of virtual lab software is also integrated throughout the chapters. Engineers will gain a strong understand of control systems with the help of modern examples and exercises.

    Books recommended by Prof. Lew Tria

    Wireless and Mobile Communication Systems (EEE 107, ECE 151, CS 255, CS 258)

    Introduction to wireless and mobile systems, 3rd ed.

    Authors Dharma Prakash Agrawal, Qing-An Zeng
    Place of Publication Australia
    Date of Publication c2011
    Publisher Cengage Learning

    This text explains the general principles of how wireless systems work, how mobility is supported, what the underlying infrastructure is and what interactions are needed among different functional components. Designed as a textbook appropriate for undergraduate or graduate courses in Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), and Electrical Engineering (EE), “Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Systems, Third Edition” focuses on qualitative descriptions and the realistic explanations of relationships between wireless systems and performance parameters. Rather than offering a thorough history behind the development of wireless technologies or an exhaustive list of work being carried out, the authors help CS, CE, and EE students learn this exciting technology through relevant examples such as understanding how a cell phone starts working as soon as they get out of an airplane.

    Digital Signal Processing (EE 274)

    Discrete-time signal processing, 3rd Revised edition (Int’l. version)

    Authors Alan V. Oppenheim, Ronald W. Schafer
    Place of Publication New Jersey
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Pearson

    For senior/graduate-level courses in Discrete-Time Signal Processing. THE definitive, authoritative text on DSP — ideal for those with an introductory-level knowledge of signals and systems. Written by prominent DSP pioneers, it provides thorough treatment of the fundamental theorems and properties of discrete-time linear systems, filtering, sampling, and discrete-time Fourier Analysis. By focusing on the general and universal concepts in discrete-time signal processing, it remains vital and relevant to the new challenges arising in the field. Access to the password-protected companion Website and myeBook is included with each new copy of Discrete-Time Signal Processing, Third Edition.

    System Simulation (ECE 129, CS 256, CS 259)

    Discrete-event system simulation, 5th ed. (Int’l. ed.)

    Authors Jerry Banks, [et al.]
    Place of Publication New Jersey
    Date of Publication c2010
    Publisher Pearson

    For junior- and senior-level simulation courses in engineering, business, or computer science. While most books on simulation focus on particular software tools, Discrete Event System Simulation examines the principles of modeling and analysis that translate to all such tools. This language-independent text explains the basic aspects of the technology, including the proper collection and analysis of data, the use of analytic techniques, verification and validation of models, and designing simulation experiments. It offers an up-to-date treatment of simulation of manufacturing and material handling systems, computer systems, and computer networks. Students and instructors will find a variety of resources at the associated website, … including simulation source code for download, additional exercises and solutions, web links and errata

    Mar 9

    In celebration of Albert Einstein’s 132th birthday on March 14, 2011, Elsevier thru SciVerse ScienceDirect will be giving away a 32 GB iPhone 4 and a 32 GB iPad 3G with WiFi for lucky individuals who will be joining Stage 1 or Stage 2 of their Rock Einstein Quiz.  A Casio Exilim Camera will also be drawn as a bonus prize for participants completing both stages. Consolation prizes will also be given away.

    The following are consolation prizes to be given away for the Stage 1 Quiz entitled Einstein Methods Search:

    1. Camera Casio Exilim EX-277 (7.2 Mega pixel) – (2 prizes)
    2. iPod Shuffle (2 prizes)
    3. SciVerse ScienceDirect Hub – (10 prizes)
    4. 2GB ScienceDirectThumb Drive – (10 prizes)
    5. 2GB Scopus Thumb Drive – (10 prizes)
    6. Scopus Mouse – (5 prizes)
    7. Dual watch (5 prizes)
    8. SD mini teddy bear – (10 prizes)

    The Stage 1 Quiz will run from March 14 until April 15, 2011 only. Go to to begin. Stage 2 will be about your three favorite SciVerse apps, and will run from April 16 – May 17.  Stay tuned for updates!

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