Feb 26

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Schaum’s easy outlines : mathematical handbook of formulas and tables
Recommending faculty: Prof. Rhandley Cajote

Authors Murray R. Spiegel, John Liu
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill

If you are looking for a quick nuts-and-bolts overview, turn to Schaum’s Easy Outlines!

Schaum’s Easy Outline of Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables is a pared-down, simplified, and tightly focused review of the topic. With an emphasis on clarity and brevity, it features a streamlined and updated format and the absolute essence of the subject, presented in a concise and readily understandable form. Graphic elements such as sidebars, reader-alert icons, and boxed highlights stress selected points from the text, illuminate keys to learning, and give you quick pointers to the essentials.

  • Expert tips for mastering math formulas
  • Last-minute essentials to pass the course
  • Complete index to all topics
  • Appropriate for the following courses: College Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Calculus, Calculus II, Calculus III, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics
  • Clear and concise explanations of all procedures
  • Formulas and tables for elementary to advanced topics
  • Complete index to all topics

Java application architecture : modularity patterns with examples using OSGi
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Kirk Knoernschild
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Prentice Hall

This isn’t the first book on Java application architecture. No doubt it won’t be the last. But rest assured, this title is different. The way we develop Java applications is about to change, and this title explores the new way of Java application architecture.

Over the past several years, module frameworks have been gaining traction on the Java platform, and upcoming versions of Java will include a module system that allows you to leverage the power of modularity to build more resilient and flexible software systems. Modularity isn’t a new concept. But modularity will change the way we develop Java applications, and you’ll only be able to realize the benefits if you understand how to design more modular software systems.

Java Application Architecture will help you

  • Design modular software that is extensible, reusable, maintainable, and adaptable
  • Design modular software today, in anticipation of future platform support for modularity
  • Break large software systems into a flexible composite of collaborating modules
  • Understand where to place your architectural focus
  • Migrate large-scale monolithic applications to applications with a modular architecture
  • Articulate the advantages of modular software to your team

Computational materials science : an introduction
Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Author June Gunn Lee
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Taylor & Francis

Computational Materials Science: An Introduction covers the essentials of computational science and explains how computational tools and techniques work to help solve materials science problems. The book focuses on two levels of a materials system: the electronic structure level of nuclei and electrons and the atomistic/molecular level. It presents computational treatments of these system levels using molecular dynamics (MD) and first-principles methods, since they are most relevant in materials science and engineering.

After a general overview of computational science, the text introduces MD methods based on classical mechanics and covers their implementation with run examples of XMD and LAMMPS. The author discusses first-principles methods based on quantum mechanics at an introductory level, using illustrations and analogies to assist students in understanding this difficult subject. The book then describes the density functional theory (DFT)—the first-principles method that can handle materials practically. It also reveals how each orbital of electron leads to particular properties of solids, such as total energy, band structure, and barrier energy. The final chapter implements the DFT into actual calculations with various run examples via the VASP program.

Computational methods are contributing more than ever to the development of advanced materials and new applications. For students and newcomers to computational science, this text shows how computational science can be used as a tool for solving materials problems. Further reading sections provide students with more advanced references.


An engineer’s guide to MATLAB : with applications from mechanical, aerospace, electrical, civil, and biological systems engineering, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Rhandley Cajote

Editors Edward B. Magrab… [et al.]
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Pearson

An authoritative guide to generating readable, compact, and verifiably correct MATLAB programs.

This highly respected guide helps students develop a strong working knowledge of MATLAB that can be used to solve a wide range of engineering problems. Since solving these problems usually involves writing relatively short, one-time-use programs, the authors demonstrate how to effectively develop programs that are compact yet readable, easy to debug, and quick to execute. Emphasis is on using MATLAB to obtain solutions to several classes of engineering problems, so technical material is presented in summary form only.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised and tested for software release 2009.


Solar cells : materials, manufacture and operation, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Editors Augustin McEvoy, Tom Markvart, Luis Castaner
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Elsevier

Enormous leaps forward in the efficiency and the economy of solar cells are being made at a furious pace. New materials and manufacturing processes have opened up new realms of possibility for the application of solar cells. Crystalline silicon cells are increasingly making way for thin film cells, which are spawning experimentation with third-generation high-efficiency multijunction cells, carbon-nanotube based cells, UV light for voltage enhancement, and the use of the infrared spectrum for night-time operation, to name only a few recent advances.

This thoroughly updated new edition of Markvart and Castaner’s Solar Cells, extracted from their industry standard Practical Handbook of Photovoltaics, is the definitive reference covering the science and operation, materials and manufacture of solar cells. It is essential reading for engineers, installers, designers, and policy-makers who need to understand the science behind the solar cells of today, and tomorrow, in order to take solar energy to the next level.

  • A thorough update to the definitive reference to solar cells, created by a cast of international experts from industry and academia to ensure the highest quality information from multiple perspectives
  • Covers the whole spectrum of solar cell information, from basic scientific background, to the latest advances in materials, to manufacturing issues, to testing and calibration.
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a simple amalgamation of a vast amount of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications

Beginning digital from a VHDL perspective, International ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Author Don A. Meador
Place of Publication Clifton Park, N.Y.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Delmar, Cengage Learning

BEGINNING DIGITAL FROM A VHDL PERSPECTIVE, International Edition is the first book of its kind in the electronics technology market to break through the schematic barrier. Students achieve a deeper understanding of fundamental digital concepts with the VHDL language that will take them from the NAND function concepts to a fully-functional embedded microcomputer design. By beginning with basic circuit analysis and continuing on to digital concepts, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic introductory principles of digital electronics and VHDL. Topics covered include Boolean algebra, K-map simplification, encoders/decoders, latches, flip-flops, and number systems, among others. An introduction to VHDL constructs and formats is integrated into chapters in the text, giving the reader the most comprehensive understanding of digital concepts. Beginning Digital from a VHDL Perspective, International Edition, offers an in-depth introduction to digital electronics while preparing the reader for success in the electronics technology industry.


Web services & SOA : principles and technology, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Michael P. Papazoglou
Place of Publication Harlow, England
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Pearson Education

The new edition of this bestselling book offers a comprehensive and up to date treatment of web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), giving you all you need to know to gain a solid foundation in this area.


Schaum’s outlines : probability and statistics, 4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Murray R. Spiegel, John J. Schiller, R. Alu Srinivasan
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?

Fortunately, there’s Schaum’s. This all-in-one-package includes more than 750 fully solved problems, examples, and practice exercises to sharpen your problem-solving skills. Plus, you will have access to 20 detailed videos featuring Math instructors who explain how to solve the most commonly tested problems–it’s just like having your own virtual tutor! You’ll find everything you need to build confidence, skills, and knowledge for the highest score possible.

More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum’s to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum’s is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

This Schaum’s Outline gives you

  • 897 fully solved problems
  • Concise explanations of all course fundamentals
  • Information on conditional probability and independence, random variables, binominal and normal distributions, sampling distributions, and analysis of variance

Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum’s highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum’s to shorten your study time–and get your best test scores!

Schaum’s Outlines–Problem Solved.


Computer-assisted language learning : diversity in research and practice
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Editor Glenn Stockwell
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is an approach to teaching and learning languages that uses computers and other technologies to present, reinforce, and assess material to be learned, or to create environments where teachers and learners can interact with one another and the outside world. This book provides a much-needed overview of the diverse approaches to research and practice in CALL. It differs from previous works in that it not only surveys the field, but also makes connections to actual practice and demonstrates the potential advantages and limitations of the diverse options available. These options are based squarely on existing research in the field, enabling readers to make informed decisions regarding their own research in CALL. This essential text helps readers to understand and embrace the diversity in the field, and helps to guide them in both research and practice.


Electrical energy efficiency : technologies and applications
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel C. Orillaza, Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Editors Andreas Sumper and Angelo Baggini
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

The improvement of electrical energy efficiency is fast becoming one of the most essential areas of sustainability development, backed by political initiatives to control and reduce energy demand.

Now a major topic in industry and the electrical engineering research community, engineers have started to focus on analysis, diagnosis and possible solutions. Owing to the complexity and cross-disciplinary nature of electrical energy efficiency issues, the optimal solution is often multi-faceted with a critical solutions evaluation component to ensure cost effectiveness.

This single-source reference brings a practical focus to the subject of electrical energy efficiency, providing detailed theory and practical applications to enable engineers to find solutions for electroefficiency problems. It presents power supplier as well as electricity user perspectives and promotes routine implementation of good engineering practice.

Key features include:

  • a comprehensive overview of the different technologies involved in electroefficiency, outlining monitoring and control concepts and practical design techniques used in industrial applications;
  • description of the current standards of electrical motors, with illustrative case studies showing how to achieve better design;
  • up-to-date information on standarization, technologies, economic realities and energy efficiency indicators (the main types and international results);
  • coverage on the quality and efficiency of distribution systems (the impact on distribution systems and loads, and the calculation of power losses in distribution lines and in power transformers).

With invaluable practical advice, this book is suited to practicing electrical engineers, design engineers, installation designers, M&E designers, and economic engineers. It equips maintenance and energy managers, planners, and infrastructure managers with the necessary knowledge to properly evaluate the wealth of electrical energy efficiency solutions for large investments. This reference also provides interesting reading material for energy researchers, policy makers, consultants, postgraduate engineering students and final year undergraduate engineering students.


Restructured electric power systems : analysis of electricity markets with equilibrium models
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Pedrasa, Prof. Ivan Cruz

Editor Xiao-Ping Zhang
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Wiley

The latest practical applications of electricity market equilibrium models in analyzing electricity markets

Electricity market deregulation is driving the power energy production from a monopolistic structure into a competitive market environment. The development of electricity markets has necessitated the need to analyze market behavior and power. Restructured Electric Power Systems reviews the latest developments in electricity market equilibrium models and discusses the application of such models in the practical analysis and assessment of electricity markets.

Drawing upon the extensive involvement in the research and industrial development of the leading experts in the subject area, the book starts by explaining the current developments of electrical power systems towards smart grids and then relates the operation and control technologies to the aspects in electricity markets. It explores:

  • The problems of electricity market behavior and market power
  • Mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPEC) and equilibrium problems with equilibrium constraints (EPEC)
  • Tools and techniques for solving the electricity market equilibrium problems
  • Various electricity market equilibrium models
  • State-of-the-art techniques for computing the electricity market equilibrium problems
  • The application of electricity market equilibrium models in assessing the economic benefits of transmission expansions for market environments, forward and spot markets, short-term power system security, and analysis of reactive power impact

Also featured are computational resources to allow readers to develop algorithms on their own, as well as future research directions in modeling and computational techniques in electricity market analysis. Restructured Electric Power Systems is an invaluable reference for electrical engineers and power system economists from power utilities and for professors, postgraduate students, and undergraduate students in electrical power engineering, as well as those responsible for the design, engineering, research, and development of competitive electricity markets and electricity market policy.


Detection and estimation for communication and radar systems
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Kung Yao, Flavio Lorenzelli, Chiao-En Chen
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Covering the fundamentals of detection and estimation theory, this systematic guide describes statistical tools that can be used to analyze, design, implement and optimize real-world systems. Detailed derivations of the various statistical methods are provided, ensuring a deeper understanding of the basics. Packed with practical insights, it uses extensive examples from communication, telecommunication and radar engineering to illustrate how theoretical results are derived and applied in practice. A unique blend of theory and applications and over 80 analytical and computational end-of-chapter problems make this an ideal resource for both graduate students and professional engineers.

Feb 25

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Nanoparticles : from theory to application
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Gunter Schmid
Place of Publication Weinheim
Date of Publication c2004
Publisher Wiley-VCH

An introduction to the science of nanoparticles, from fundamental principles to their use in novel applications.

As a basis for understanding nanoparticle behavior, the book first outlines the principles of quantum size behavior, nanoparticles architecture, formation of semiconductor and metal nanoparticles. It then goes on to describe the chemical syntheses of nanoparticles with defined characteristics, their structural, electrical and magnetic properties, as well as current methods to monitor these properties.

Among others, the following nanoparticle-based applications are discussed:

  • Single-electron devices
  • Ultra dense recording media
  • Bioelectronic devices and sensors
  • Labeling of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomaterials.

With its clear structure and comprehensive coverage, backed by numerous examples from the recent literature, this is a prime reference for chemists and materials scientists working with and developing nanoparticle systems.


Reliability and availability of cloud computing
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Authors Eric Bauer, Randee Adams
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Reliability and Availability of Cloud Computing provides IS/IT system and solution architects, developers, and engineers with the knowledge needed to assess the impact of virtualization and cloud computing on service reliability and availability. It reveals how to select the most appropriate design for reliability diligence to assure that user expectations are met.

Organized in three parts (basics, risk analysis, and recommendations), this resource is accessible to readers of diverse backgrounds and experience levels. Numerous examples and more than 100 figures throughout the book help readers visualize problems to better understand the topic—and the authors present risks and options in bulleted lists that can be applied directly to specific applications/problems.

Special features of this book include:

  • Rigorous analysis of the reliability and availability risks that are inherent in cloud computing
  • Simple formulas that explain the quantitative aspects of reliability and availability
  • Enlightening discussions of the ways in which virtualized applications and cloud deployments differ from traditional system implementations and deployments
  • Specific recommendations for developing reliable virtualized applications and cloud-based solutions

Reliability and Availability of Cloud Computing is the guide for IS/IT staff in business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations who are moving their applications to the cloud. It is also an important reference for professionals in technical sales, product management, and quality management, as well as software and quality engineers looking to broaden their expertise.


A guide to computer user support for help desk & support specialists,5th ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Fred Beisse
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Equip current and future user-support professionals with the critical people skills and exceptional technical knowledge necessary to provide outstanding support with Beisse’s A GUIDE TO COMPUTER USER SUPPORT FOR HELP DESK AND SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, 5E, International Edition. This useful guide focuses on the informational resources and technical tools students need most to function effectively in a support position. Readers develop the skills to handle troubleshooting and problem solving, successfully communicate with clients, determine a client’s specific needs, and train end-users, as well as handle budgeting and other management priorities. Clear, balanced coverage in this edition highlights the latest trends and developments, from Web and e-mail-based support to assistance with Windows(R) 7 and cloud computing. Engaging special features, such as Tips and On the Web Pointers, provide important insights, while new Discussion Questions and Case Projects encourage active participation in the learning process. Leading professional software HelpSTAR(R) and Microsoft(R) Office Project Professional 2010 accompany Beisse’s A GUIDE TO COMPUTER USER SUPPORT FOR HELP DESK AND SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, 5E, International Edition to reinforce the knowledge and skills your students need for success in today’s user-support positions.


Hydrogen and fuel cells : emerging technologies and applications,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Bent Sorensen
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Academic Press

A hydrogen economy, in which this one gas provides the source of all energy needs, is often touted as the long-term solution to the environmental and security problems associated with fossil fuels. However, before hydrogen can be used as fuel on a global scale we must establish cost effective means of producing, storing, and distributing the gas, develop cost efficient technologies for converting hydrogen to electricity (e.g. fuel cells), and creating the infrastructure to support all this. Sorensen is the only text available that provides up to date coverage of all these issues at a level appropriate for the technical reader.

The book not only describes the “how” and “where” aspects of hydrogen fuels cells usage, but also the obstacles and benefits of its use, as well as the social implications (both economically and environmental). Written by a world-renowned researcher in energy systems, this thoroughly illustrated and cross-referenced book is an excellent reference for researchers, professionals and students in the field of renewable energy.

  • Updated sections on PEM fuel cells, Molten carbonate cells, Solid Oxide cells and Biofuel cells
  • Updated material to reflect the growing commercial acceptance of stationary and portable fuel cell systems, while also recognizing the ongoing research in automotive fuel cell systems
  • Examples of life cycle analysis of environmental and social impacts
  • Labeling of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomaterials.

Parallel programming with Intel Parallel Studio XE
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Stephen Blair-Chappell, Andrew Stokes
Place of Publication Indianapolis
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Optimize code for multi-core processors with Intel’s Parallel Studio

Parallel programming is rapidly becoming a “must-know” skill for developers. Yet, where to start? This teach-yourself tutorial is an ideal starting point for developers who already know Windows C and C++ and are eager to add parallelism to their code. With a focus on applying tools, techniques, and language extensions to implement parallelism, this essential resource teaches you how to write programs for multicore and leverage the power of multicore in your programs. Sharing hands-on case studies and real-world examples, the authors examine the challenges of each project and show you how to overcome them.

  • Explores conversion of serial code to parallel
  • Focuses on implementing Intel Parallel Studio
  • Highlights the benefits of using parallel code
  • Addresses error and performance optimization of code
  • Includes real-world scenarios that illustrate the techniques of advanced parallel programming situations

Parallel Programming with Intel Parallel Studio dispels any concerns of difficulty and gets you started creating faster code with Intel Parallel Studio.


Large-scale solar power systems : construction and economics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Peter Gevorkian
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cambridge University Press

This book is a comprehensive discussion and economic analysis of large-scale solar power systems, specifically referencing critical issues related to design construction and financing. The book provides practical design, installation, and financing guidelines for large-scale commercial and industrial solar power projects. Engineering design and construction methodologies as well as economic analysis provide a step by step walk-through of all aspects of solar power systems. Design methodologies outline the specific requirements of solar and electrical design and construction documentation in meticulous detail, which can readily be applied to ground mount, roof mount, building integrated (BIPV), and carport-type solar power projects. In view of the importance of solar power systems as a viable present and future energy resource, the book includes a dedicated chapter on smart grid transmission and large-scale energy storage systems.


Sustainable energy management
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Mirjana Golusin, Sinasa Dodic, Stevan Popov
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier, Academic Press

While the last few decades have witnessed incredible leaps forward in the technology of energy production, technological innovation can only be as transformative as its implementation and management allows. The burgeoning fields of renewable, efficient and sustainable energy have moved past experimentation toward realization, necessitating the transition to more sustainable energy management practices. Energy Management is a collective term for all the systematic practices to minimize and control both the quantity and cost of energy used in providing a service. This new book reports from the forefront of the energy struggle in the developing world, offering a guide to implementation of sustainable energy management in practice. The authors provide new paradigms for measuring energy sustainability, pragmatic methods for applying renewable resources and efficiency improvements, and unique insights on managing risk in power production facilities. The book highlights the possible financial and practical impacts of these activities, as well as the methods of their calculation. The authors’ guidelines for planning, analyzing, developing, and optimizing sustainable energy production projects provide vital information for the nations, corporations, and engineering firms that must apply exciting new energy technology in the real world.

  • Shows engineering managers and project developers how to transition smoothly to sustainable practices that can save up to 25% in energy costs!
  • Features case studies from around the world, explaining the whys and hows of successes and failures in China, India, Brazil, the US and Europe
  • Covers a broad spectrum of energy development issues from planning through realization, emphasizing efficiency, scale-up of renewables and risk mitigation
  • Includes software on a companion website to make calculating efficiency gains quick and simple

Smart grid communications and networking
Recommending faculty: Prof. Nestor Tiglao

Editors Ekram Hossain, Zhu Han, H. Vincent Poor
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cambridge University Press

The smart grid will transform the way power is delivered, consumed and accounted for. Adding intelligence through the newly networked grid will increase reliability and power quality, improve responsiveness, increase efficiency and provide a platform for new applications. This one-stop reference covers the state-of-the-art theory, key strategies, protocols, applications, deployment aspects and experimental studies of communication and networking technologies for the smart grid. Through the book’s 20 chapters, a team of expert authors cover topics ranging from architectures and models through to integration of plug-in hybrid vehicles and security. Essential information is provided for researchers to make progress in the field and to allow power systems engineers to optimize communication systems for the smart grid.


Tcl/Tk : a developer’s guide,3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Author Clif Flynt
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Newly updated with over 150 pages of material on the latest Tcl extensions, Tcl/Tk: A Developer’s Guide is a unique practical tutorial for professional programmers and beginners alike. Starting with a clear picture of the basics, Tcl/Tk covers the variety of tools in this “Swiss army knife” of programming languages, giving you the ability to enhance your programs, extend your application’s capabilities, and become a more effective programmer.

This updated edition covers all of the new features of version 8.6, including object-oriented programming and the creation of megawidgets, existing data structure implementations, themed widgets and virtual events. Extensive code snippets and online tutorials in various languages will give you a firm grasp on how to use the Tcl/Tk libraries and interpreters and, most importantly, on what constitutes an effective strategy for using Tcl/Tk.

  • Includes the latest features of Tcl/Tk 8.6
  • Covers Tcl development tools, popular extensions, and packages to allow developers to solve real-world problems with Tcl/Tk immediately
  • Provides straightforward explanations for beginners and offers tips, style guidelines, and debugging techniques for advanced users
  • Companion website includes Tcl/Tk tutorials, applications, distributions, and more tools

Feb 24

REFERENCE BOOK


UNIX and Linux system administration handbook,4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Evi Nemeth … [et al.].
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Prentice Hall

“As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention to the competition–except in a few cases. This is one of those cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few books we ever measured ourselves against.”

–From the Foreword by Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media

“This book is fun and functional as a desktop reference. If you use UNIX and Linux systems, you need this book in your short-reach library. It covers a bit of the systems’ history but doesn’t bloviate. It’s just straightfoward information delivered in colorful and memorable fashion.”

–Jason A. Nunnelley

“This is a comprehensive guide to the care and feeding of UNIX and Linux systems. The authors present the facts along with seasoned advice and real-world examples. Their perspective on the variations among systems is valuable for anyone who runs a heterogeneous computing facility.”

–Pat Parseghian

The twentieth anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling UNIX system administration book has been made even better by adding coverage of the leading Linux distributions: Ubuntu, openSUSE, and RHEL.

This book approaches system administration in a practical way and is an invaluable reference for both new administrators and experienced professionals. It details best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations, and much more. UNIX® and Linux® System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, reflects the current versions of these operating systems:

Ubuntu® Linux
openSUSE® Linux
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
Oracle America® Solaris™ (formerly Sun Solaris)
HP HP-UX®
IBM AIX®


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Introduction to digital signal processing using MATLAB,2nd ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Robert J. Schilling and Sandra L. Harris
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cengage Learning

This second edition text focuses on the fundamentals of digital signal processing with an emphasis on practical applications. In order to motivate students, many of the examples illustrate the processing of speech and music. This theme is also a focus of the course software that features facilities for recording and playing sound on a standard PC. The accompanying website contains a comprehensive MATLAB software package called the Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (FDSP) toolbox version 2.0. The FDSP toolbox includes chapter GUI modules, an extensive library of DSP functions, all computational examples that appear in the text, the text figures, solutions to selected problems, and online help documentation. Using the interactive GUI modules, students can explore, compare, and directly experience the effects of signal processing techniques without any need for programming.


Service-learning in computer and information sciences : practical applications in engineering education
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jordan Rel Orillaza

 

Editor Brian A. Nejmeh
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

A road map for service-learning partnerships between information science and nonprofit organizations

While service-learning is a well-known educational method for integrating learning experiences with community service, it is only now beginning to emerge in computer and information sciences (CIS). Offering a truly global perspective, this book introduces for the first time an essential framework for service learning in CIS, addressing both the challenges and opportunities of this approach for all stakeholders involved—faculty, students, and community nonprofit organizations (NPOs), both domestic and abroad.

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences outlines numerous examples of successful programs from around the world, presenting practical working models for implementing joint projects between NPOs and academia. It provides faculty members with vital insight into how to coordinate projects with a community partner, arms students with real-world problem-solving skills specific to issues faced by NPOs, and gives NPOs the expertise to leverage information technology to improve the overall value of their services. This book:

  • Shows academics how to interact with local and global NPOs for mutually beneficial project partnerships
  • Helps IS students enhance their classroom experience through community service, preparing them for the workforce
  • Examines the range of available options for service learning in CIS, especially project-based or capstone courses
  • Includes case studies from technologically challenged regions
  • Helps NPOs become better users of technology in such areas as marketing, fundraising, and communications

Introduction to biomedical engineering technology,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

 

Author Laurence Street
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Medical devices are often very complex, but while there are differences in design from one manufacturer to another, the principles of operation and, more importantly, the physiological and anatomical characteristics on which they operate are universal. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Technology, Second Edition explains the uses and applications of medical technology and the principles of medical equipment management to familiarize readers with their prospective work environment.

Written by an experienced biomedical engineering technologist, the book describes the technological devices, various hardware, tools, and test equipment used in today’s health-care arena. Photographs of representative equipment; the technical, physiological, and anatomical basis for their function; and where they are commonly found in hospitals are detailed for a wide range of biomedical devices, from defibrillators to electrosurgery units.

Throughout, the text incorporates real-life examples of the work that biomedical engineering technologists do. Appendices supply useful information such as normal medical values, a list of regulatory bodies, Internet resources, and information on training programs. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition includes more examples and illustrations as well as end-of-chapter questions to test readers’ understanding.

This accessible text supplies an essential overview of clinical equipment and the devices that are used directly with patients in the course of their care for diagnostic or treatment purposes. The author’s practical approach and organization, outlining everyday functions and applications of the various medical devices, prepares readers for situations they will encounter on the job.

What’s New in This Edition:

  • Revised and updated throughout, including a wider range of devices, full-color anatomy illustrations, and more information about test equipment
  • New, integrated end-of-chapter questions
  • More real-life examples of Biomedical Engineering Technologist (BMET) work, including the adventures of “Joe Biomed” and his colleagues
  • New appendices with information about normal medical values, regulatory bodies, educational programs in the United States and Canada, international BMET associations, Internet resources, and lists of test equipment manufacturers
  • More illustrations

Solid waste engineering,2nd ed.,SI
Recommending faculty: Prof. Juan Fidel Calaywan

 

Authors William A. Worrell, P. Aarne Vesilind
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cengage Learning

SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING addresses the growing and increasingly intricate problem of controlling and processing the refuse created by our urban society. While the authors discuss issues such as regulations and legislation, their main emphasis is on solid waste engineering principles. They maintain their focus on principles by first explaining the basic principles of the field, then demonstrating how these principles are applied in real world settings through worked examples. By using this book as part of a graduate or advanced undergraduate course students will emerge being able to think reflectively and logically about the problems and solutions in solid waste engineering.


Information visualization : perception for design,3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

 

Author Colin Ware
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Most designers know that yellow text presented against a blue background reads clearly and easily, but how many can explain why, and what really are the best ways to help others and ourselves clearly see key patterns in a bunch of data? When we use software, access a website, or view business or scientific graphics, our understanding is greatly enhanced or impeded by the way the information is presented.

This book explores the art and science of why we see objects the way we do. Based on the science of perception and vision, the author presents the key principles at work for a wide range of applications–resulting in visualization of improved clarity, utility, and persuasiveness. The book offers practical guidelines that can be applied by anyone: interaction designers, graphic designers of all kinds (including web designers), data miners, and financial analysts.

  • Complete update of the recognized source in industry, research, and academic for applicable guidance on information visualizing.
  • Includes the latest research and state of the art information on multimedia presentation.
  • More than 160 explicit design guidelines based on vision science.
  • A new final chapter that explains the process of visual thinking and how visualizations help us to think about problems.
  • Packed with over 400 informative full color illustrations, which are key to understanding of the subject.

Real-time digital signal processing from MATLAB to C with the TMS320C6x DSPs,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

 

Authors Thad B. Welch, Cameron H.G. Wright, Michael G. Morrow
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

From the Foreword:

“…There are many good textbooks today to teach digital signal processing, but most of them are content to teach the theory, and perhaps some MATLAB® simulations. This book has taken a bold step forward. It not only presents the theory, it reinforces it with simulations, and then it shows us how to actually use the results in real-time applications. This last step is not a trivial step, and that is why so many books, and courses, present only theory and simulations. With the combined expertise of the three authors of this text…the reader can step into the real-time world of applications with a text that presents an accessible path…”

—Delores M. Etter, Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Electrical Engineering and Executive Director, Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA

Mastering practical application of real-time digital signal processing (DSP) remains one of the most challenging and time-consuming pursuits in the field. It is even more difficult without a resource to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Filling that void, Real-Time Digital Signal Processing from MATLAB® to C with the TMS320C6x DSPs, Second Edition is organized in three sections that cover enduring fundamentals and present practical projects and invaluable appendices. This updated edition gives readers hands-on experience in real-time DSP using a practical, step-by-step framework that also incorporates demonstrations, exercises, and problems, coupled with brief overviews of applicable theory and MATLAB® application.

Engineers, educators, and students rely on this book for precise, simplified instruction on use of real-time DSP applications. The book’s software supports the latest high-performance hardware, including the powerful, inexpensive, and versatile OMAP-L138 Experimenter Kit and other development boards.

Incorporating readers’ valuable feedback and suggestions, this installment covers additional topics (such as PN sequences) and more advanced real-time DSP projects (including higher-order digital communications projects), making it even more valuable as a learning tool.


PIC microcontrollers : an introduction to microelectronics,3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

 

Author Martin Bates
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Elsevier, Newnes

PIC Microcontrollers provides a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to microelectronic systems principles using the best-selling PIC16 range. Building on the success of previous editions, this third edition will enable readers to understand PIC products and related programming tools, and develop relevant design skills in order to successfully create new projects. Key features include:

  • Initial focus on the 16F84A chip to introduce the basic architecture and programming techniques, progressing to more recently introduced devices, such as the 16F690, and comparison of the whole PIC16 range
  • Use of the standard Microchip development software, MPLAB IDE, as well the interactive ECAD package Proteus VSM
  • Standard Microchip demo hardware, specially designed application boards, in-circuit programming and debugging
  • Basic interfacing, motor drives, temperature control and general control system applications
  • Numerous fully documented code examples which can be downloaded from the companion website

The book is aimed principally at students of electronics on advanced vocational and undergraduate courses, as well as home enthusiasts and professional engineers seeking to incorporate microcontrollers into industrial applications.

  • A focus on the 16F84A as the starting point for introducing the basic programming principles and architecture of the PIC, progressing to newer chips in the 16F range, in particular the 16F690, and Microchip starter kits
  • How to use the free Microchip development environment MPLAB IDE, plus Proteus VSM interactive electronic design software, to develop your own applications
  • Numerous fully-documented, working code examples downloadable from the companion website

Guide to parallel operating systems with Windows 7 and Linux,2nd ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

 

Authors Ron Carswell, Shen Jiang, Terrill Freese
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

This second edition of “Guide To Parallel Operating Systems With Windows 7 and Linux, International Edition” continues its unique approach of examining two of the most prominent operating systems in parallel. Rather than using a compare and contrast model, each concept is first presented conceptually before demonstrating it simultaneously on both operating systems. Readers are able to instantly switch between Windows 7 and Linux Fedora 13 to complete the myriad of hands-on activities that reinforce the similarities between the two operating systems for each conceptual task. The virtualization approach used in the text provides complete flexibility and enables learners to use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Sun VirtualBox, or VMWare Workstation. This comprehensive guide will help readers develop the competencies they need in Windows 7 and Linux to maximize success in today’s classroom as well as in the business environment.


Test-driven JavaScript development
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

 

Author Christian Johansen
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Addison-Wesley

For JavaScript developers working on increasingly large and complex projects, effective automated testing is crucial to success. Test-Driven JavaScript Development is a complete, best-practice guide to agile JavaScript testing and quality assurance with the test-driven development (TDD) methodology. Leading agile JavaScript developer Christian Johansen covers all aspects of applying state-of-the-art automated testing in JavaScript environments, walking readers through the entire development lifecycle, from project launch to application deployment, and beyond.

Using real-life examples driven by unit tests, Johansen shows how to use TDD to gain greater confidence in your code base, so you can fearlessly refactor and build more robust, maintainable, and reliable JavaScript code at lower cost. Throughout, he addresses crucial issues ranging from code design to performance optimization, offering realistic solutions for developers, QA specialists, and testers.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding automated testing and TDD
  • Building effective automated testing workflows
  • Testing code for both browsers and servers (using Node.js)
  • Using TDD to build cleaner APIs, better modularized code, and more robust software
  • Writing testable code
  • Using test stubs and mocks to test units in isolation
  • Continuously improving code through refactoring
  • Walking through the construction and automated testing of fully functional software

The accompanying Web site, tddjs.com, contains all of the book’s code listings and additional resources.


Paper and paperboard packaging technology
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef Compañero

 

Editor Mark J. Kirwan
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Blackwell Pub.

This book discusses all the main types of packaging based on paper and paperboard. It considers the raw materials and manufacture of paper and paperboard, and the basic properties and features on which packaging made from these materials depends for its appearance and performance. The manufacture of twelve types of paper- and paperboard-based packaging is described, together with their end-use applications and the packaging machinery involved. The importance of pack design is stressed, and how these materials offer packaging designers opportunities for imaginative and innovative design solutions. Environmental and waste management issues are addressed in a separate chapter.

The book is directed at those joining companies which manufacture packaging grades of paper and paperboard, companies involved in the design, printing and production of packaging, and companies which manufacture inks, coatings, adhesives and packaging machinery. It will be essential reading for students of packaging technology.


Feb 19

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) is a series of computer science publication which reports research results in computer science, especially in the form of proceedings, post-proceedings and research monographs.

To access the database visit this link and give it a try: http://link.springer.com/search?query=lecture+notes+in+computer+science

Until March 15, 2014

You may send your feedback and comments to library@engglib.upd.edu.ph to help us evaluate the database.

Feb 18

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Increasing student engagement and retention using mobile applications : smartphones, Skype and texting technologies
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Editors Laura A. Wankel, Patrick Blessinger
Place of Publication Bingley, U.K.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Emerald

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications: Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies examines new research on how mobile technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity. These enabling technologies are reshaping and reframing the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. Through case studies, surveys, and literature reviews, this volume will examine how mobile technologies are being used to improve teamwork and leadership skills in students, to create engaging communities of practice, and how these technologies are being used to create inter-cultural and global experiences. This volume will also discuss frameworks for adopting and deploying these technologies.


Increasing student engagement and retention using multimedia technologies : video annotation, multimedia applications, videoconferencing and transmedia storytelling
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Editors Laura A. Wankel, Patrick Blessinger
Place of Publication Bingley, U.K.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Emerald

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling examines new research on how videoconferencing, video annotation, video mapping, and related technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity. These enabling technologies are reshaping and reframing the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. Through case studies, surveys, and literature reviews, this volume will examine how video, mapping, and related technologies are being used to improve writing/publishing skills, academic literacies in students, and create engaging communities of practice through digital storytelling, narratives, and inter-culturalism. This volume will also discuss a framework for deploying and assessing these technologies.


Information security : the complete reference, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Mark Rhodes-Ousley
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw Hill Education

Develop and implement an effective end-to-end security program

Today’s complex world of mobile platforms, cloud computing, and ubiquitous data access puts new security demands on every IT professional. Information Security: The Complete Reference, Second Edition (previously titled Network Security: The Complete Reference) is the only comprehensive book that offers vendor-neutral details on all aspects of information protection, with an eye toward the evolving threat landscape. Thoroughly revised and expanded to cover all aspects of modern information security—from concepts to details—this edition provides a one-stop reference equally applicable to the beginner and the seasoned professional.

Find out how to build a holistic security program based on proven methodology, risk analysis, compliance, and business needs. You’ll learn how to successfully protect data, networks, computers, and applications. In-depth chapters cover data protection, encryption, information rights management, network security, intrusion detection and prevention, Unix and Windows security, virtual and cloud security, secure application development, disaster recovery, forensics, and real-world attacks and countermeasures. Included is an extensive security glossary, as well as standards-based references. This is a great resource for professionals and students alike.

  • Understand security concepts and building blocks
  • Identify vulnerabilities and mitigate risk
  • Optimize authentication and authorization
  • Use IRM and encryption to protect unstructured data
  • Defend storage devices, databases, and software
  • Protect network routers, switches, and firewalls
  • Secure VPN, wireless, VoIP, and PBX infrastructure
  • Design intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • Develop secure Windows, Java, and mobile applications
  • Perform incident response and forensic analysis

Smashing UX design : foundations for designing online user experiences
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Jesmond Allen, James Chudley
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

The ultimate guide to UX from the world’s most popular resource for web designers and developers

Smashing Magazine is the world′s most popular resource for web designers and developers and with this book the authors provide the ideal resource for mastering User Experience Design (UX).

The authors provide an overview of UX and User Centred Design and examine in detail sixteen of the most common UX design and research tools and techniques for your web projects.

The authors share their top tips from their collective 30 years of working in UX including:

  • Guides to when and how to use the most appropriate UX research and design techniques such as usability testing, prototyping, wire framing, sketching, information architecture & running workshops
  • How to plan UX projects to suit different budgets, time constraints and business objectives
  • Case studies from real UX projects that explain how particular techniques were used to achieve the client’s goals
  • Checklists to help you choose the right UX tools and techniques for the job in hand
  • Typical user and business requirements to consider when designing business critical pages such as homepages, forms, product pages and mobile interfaces as well as explanations of key things to consider when designing for mobile, internationalization and behavioural change.

Probability and statistics, 4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Morris H. DeGroot, Mark J. Schervish
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Pearson

The revision of this well-respected text presents a balanced approach of the classical and Bayesian methods and now includes a chapter on simulation (including Markov chain Monte Carlo and the Bootstrap), coverage of residual analysis in linear models, and many examples using real data.

Probability & Statistics, Fourth Edition, was written for a one- or two-semester probability and statistics course. This course is offered primarily at four-year institutions and taken mostly by sophomore and junior level students majoring in mathematics or statistics. Calculus is a prerequisite, and a familiarity with the concepts and elementary properties of vectors and matrices is a plus.


Essentials of software engineering, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Frank Tsui, Orlando Karam
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Essentials of Software Engineering, Second Edition is a comprehensive, yet concise introduction to the core fundamental topics and methodologies of software development. Ideal for new students or seasoned professionals looking for a new career in the area of software engineering, this text presents the complete life cycle of a software system, from inception to release and through support. The authors have broken the text into six distinct sections covering programming concepts, system analysis and design, principles of software engineering, development and support processes, methodologies, and product management. Presenting topics emphasized by the IEEE Computer Society sponsored Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) and by the Software Engineering 2004 Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering, the second edition of Essentials of Software Engineering is an exceptional text for those entering the exciting world of software development. New topics of the Second Edition include: Process definition and communications added in Chapter 4 Requirements traceability added in Chapter 6 Further design concerns, such as impedance mismatch in Chapter 7 Law of Demeter in Chapter 8 Measuring project properties and GQM in Chapter 13 Security and software engineering in a new Chapter 14.


Wind power in power systems, 2nd ed.

Editor Thomas Ackermann
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

The second edition of the highly acclaimed Wind Power in Power Systems has been thoroughly revised and expanded to reflect the latest challenges associated with increasing wind power penetration levels. Since its first release, practical experiences with high wind power penetration levels have significantly increased. This book presents an overview of the lessons learned in integrating wind power into power systems and provides an outlook of the relevant issues and solutions to allow even higher wind power penetration levels. This includes the development of standard wind turbine simulation models. This extensive update has 23 brand new chapters in cutting-edge areas including offshore wind farms and storage options, performance validation and certification for grid codes, and the provision of reactive power and voltage control from wind power plants.

Key features:

  • Offers an international perspective on integrating a high penetration of wind power into the power system, from basic network interconnection to industry deregulation;
  • Outlines the methodology and results of European and North American large-scale grid integration studies;
  • Extensive practical experience from wind power and power system experts and transmission systems operators in Germany, Denmark, Spain, UK, Ireland, USA, China and New Zealand;
  • Presents various wind turbine designs from the electrical perspective and models for their simulation, and discusses industry standards and world-wide grid codes, along with power quality issues;
  • Considers concepts to increase penetration of wind power in power systems, from wind turbine, power plant and power system redesign to smart grid and storage solutions.

Carefully edited for a highly coherent structure, this work remains an essential reference for power system engineers, transmission and distribution network operator and planner, wind turbine designers, wind project developers and wind energy consultants dealing with the integration of wind power into the distribution or transmission network. Up-to-date and comprehensive, it is also useful for graduate students, researchers, regulation authorities, and policy makers who work in the area of wind power and need to understand the relevant power system integration issues.


Signal processing and integrated circuits
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Author Hussein Baher
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

This book provides a balanced account of analog, digital and mixed-mode signal processing with applications in telecommunications. Part I Perspective gives an overview of the areas of Systems on a Chip (Soc) and mobile communication which are used to demonstrate the complementary relationship between analog and digital systems. Part II Analog (continuous-time) and Digital Signal Processing contains both fundamental and advanced analysis, and design techniques, of analog and digital systems. This includes analog and digital filter design; fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithms; stochastic signals; linear estimation and adaptive filters. Part III Analog MOS Integrated Circuits for Signal Processing covers basic MOS transistor operation and fabrication through to the design of complex integrated circuits such as high performance Op Amps, Operational Transconductance Amplifiers (OTA’s) and Gm-C circuits. Part IV Switched-capacitor and Mixed-mode Signal Processing outlines the design of switched-capacitor filters, and concludes with sigma-delta data converters as an extensive application of analog and digital signal processing

  • Contains the fundamentals and advanced techniques of continuous-time and discrete-time signal processing.
  • Presents in detail the design of analog MOS integrated circuits for signal processing, with application to the design of switched-capacitor filters.
  • Uses the comprehensive design of integrated sigma-delta data converters to illustrate and unify the techniques of signal processing.
  • Includes solved examples, end of chapter problems and MATLAB® throughout the book, to help readers understand the mathematical complexities of signal processing.

The treatment of the topic is at the senior undergraduate to graduate and professional levels, with sufficient introductory material for the book to be used as a self-contained reference.


Managing technological innovation : competitive advantage from change

Author Frederick Betz
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Wiley

Written by the author who helped crystalize the field of technology management and the management of innovation with the first two editions of Managing Technological Innovation, this Third Edition brings the subject in line with current business strategy. It also presents information in a newer organized format that aligns more closely with how the topics are presented and discussed in the classroom. Also included is a wider discussion of how science and technology interact with the global economy.


Multiscale analysis of deformation and failure of materials
Recommending faculty: Prof. John Jude C. Laurito, Dr. Alberto V. Amorsolo, Jr.

Author Jinghong Fan
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Wiley

Presenting cutting-edge research and development within multiscale modeling techniques and frameworks, Multiscale Analysis of Deformation and Failure of Materials systematically describes the background, principles and methods within this exciting new & interdisciplinary field.

The author’s approach emphasizes the principles and methods of atomistic simulation and its transition to the nano and sub-micron scale of a continuum, which is technically important for nanotechnology and biotechnology. He also pays close attention to multiscale analysis across the micro/meso/macroscopy of a continuum, which has a broad scope of applications encompassing different disciplines and practices, and is an essential extension of mesomechanics.

Of equal interest to engineers, scientists, academics and students, Multiscale Analysis of Deformation and Failure of Materials is a multidisciplinary text relevant to those working in the areas of materials science, solid and computational mechanics, bioengineering and biomaterials, and aerospace, automotive, civil, and environmental engineering.


Fundamentals of LTE
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Edtior Arunabha Ghosh
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Prentice Hall,

The Definitive Guide to LTE Technology

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the next step in the GSM evolutionary path beyond 3G technology, and it is strongly positioned to be the dominant global standard for 4G cellular networks. LTE also represents the first generation of cellular networks to be based on a flat IP architecture and is designed to seamlessly support a variety of different services, such as broadband data, voice, and multicast video. Its design incorporates many of the key innovations of digital communication, such as MIMO (multiple input multiple output) and OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access), that mandate new skills to plan, build, and deploy an LTE network.

In Fundamentals of LTE, four leading experts from academia and industry explain the technical foundations of LTE in a tutorial style—providing a comprehensive overview of the standards. Following the same approach that made their recent Fundamentals of WiMAX successful, the authors offer a complete framework for understanding and evaluating LTE.

Topics include:

  • Cellular wireless history and evolution: Technical advances, market drivers, and foundational networking and communications technologies
  • Multicarrier modulation theory and practice: OFDM system design, peak-to-average power ratios, and SC-FDE solutions
  • Frequency Domain Multiple Access: OFDMA downlinks, SC-FDMA uplinks, resource allocation, and LTE-specific implementation
  • Multiple antenna techniques and tradeoffs: spatial diversity, interference cancellation, spatial multiplexing, and multiuser/networked MIMO
  • LTE standard overview: air interface protocol, channel structure, and physical layers
  • Downlink and uplink transport channel processing: channel encoding, modulation mapping, Hybrid ARQ, multi-antenna processing, and more
  • Physical/MAC layer procedures and scheduling: channel-aware scheduling, closed/open-loop multi-antenna processing, and more
  • Packet flow, radio resource, and mobility management: RLC, PDCP, RRM, and LTE radio access network mobility/handoff procedures

Electrical distribution networks
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Editor Nouredine Hadjsaid, Jean-Claude Sabonnadiere
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Wiley

This book describes the fundamental aspects of the new generation of electrical distribution grids, taking as its starting point the opportunities that exist for restructuring existing infrastructure. It emphasizes the incorporation of renewable energy sources into the distribution grid and the need for a technological evolution towards the implementation of smartgrids.

The book is organized into two parts: the first part analyzes the integration of distributed energy sources into the distribution grid and the impact of these sources on grid operation. After a general description of the general characteristics of distribution grids and renewable energy sources, it then analyzes the economics of electrical energy distribution networks and presents the impact of these sources on grid operation. The second part of the book then analyzes the various functions which allow for safe operation of the grid and realization of the path towards real world application of smartgrids.


SmartGrids
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Editor Nouredine Hadjsaid, Jean-Claude Sabonnadiere
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

On a worldwide basis, the development of SmartGrids is a consistent answer to the problem of an efficient and sustainable delivery of electric energy through distribution grids. SmartGrids are a combination of information and communication technologies and new energy technologies. There are many different definitions of the concept of SmartGrids and thus it appears indispensable to gather the knowledge available from both industry and research laboratories in one book. Distributed generation is rightly receiving an increased amount of attention and will become an integral part of urban energy systems, providing consumers and energy providers with safe, affordable, clean, reliable, flexible and readily-accessible energy services.

The aim of this book is to describe future electricity networks that will enable all energy services to become sustainable. The traditional design of network control systems with a centralized structure is not in-line with the paradigm of the unbundled electricity system and decentralized control; this is highlighted by looking at how future active networks will efficiently link small- and medium-scale power sources with consumer demands, allowing decisions to be made on how best to operate in real time. It also looks at the level of control required: power flow assessment, voltage control and protection require cost-competitive technologies and new communication systems with more sensors and actuators than presently used, certainly in relation to the distribution systems. To manage active networks, a vision of grid computing is created that assures universal access to computing resources. An intelligent grid infrastructure gives more flexibility concerning demand and supply, providing new instruments for optimal and cost-effective grid operation at the same time.


End-to-end adaptive congestion control in TCP/IP networks
Recommending faculty: Prof. Nestor Tiglao

Author Christos N. Houmkozlis, George A. Rovithakis
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Taylor & Francis

This book provides an adaptive control theory perspective on designing congestion controls for packet-switching networks. Relevant to a wide range of disciplines and industries, including the music industry, computers, image trading, and virtual groups, the text extensively discusses source-oriented, or end-to-end, congestion control algorithms. The book empowers readers with clear understanding of the characteristics of packet-switching networks and their effects on system stability and performance. It provides schemes capable of controlling congestion and fairness and presents real-world applications to demonstrate the modeling and control techniques.


Multihop wireless networks : opportunistic routing
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Author Kai Zeng, Wenjing Lou, Ming Li.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Wiley

This book provides an introduction to opportunistic routing an emerging technology designed to improve the packet forwarding reliability, network capacity and energy efficiency of multihop wireless networks

This book presents a comprehensive background to the technological challenges lying behind opportunistic routing. The authors cover many fundamental research issues for this new concept, including the basic principles, performance limit and performance improvement of opportunistic routing compared to traditional routing, energy efficiency and distributed opportunistic routing protocol design, geographic opportunistic routing, opportunistic broadcasting, and security issues associated with opportunistic routing, etc. Furthermore, the authors discuss technologies such as multi-rate, multi-channel, multi-radio wireless communications, energy detection, channel measurement, etc. The book brings together all the new results on this topic in a systematic, coherent and unified presentation and provides a much needed comprehensive introduction to this topic.

Key Features:

  • Addresses opportunistic routing, an emerging technology designed to improve the packet forwarding reliability, network capacity and energy efficiency of multihop wireless networks
  • Discusses the technological challenges lying behind this new technology, and covers a wide range of practical implementation issues
  • Explores many fundamental research issues for this new concept, including the basic principles of opportunistic routing, performance limits and performance improvement, and compares them to traditional routing (e.g. energy efficiency and distributed opportunistic routing protocol design, broadcasting, and security issues)
  • Covers technologies such as multi-rate, multi-channel, multi-radio wireless communications, energy detection, channel measurement, etc.

This book provides an invaluable reference for researchers working in the field of wireless networks and wireless communications, and Wireless professionals. Graduate students will also find this book of interest.


Project management concepts, methods, and techniques
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Claude H. Maley
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

In order to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive environment, corporations, companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations must be conversant with modern project management techniques. This is especially true for individuals looking to remain professionally competitive.

Illustrating the why, what, and how of project management, Project Management Concepts, Methods, and Techniques will help readers develop and refine the skills needed to achieve strategic objectives. It presents a balanced blend of detailed explanatory texts and more than 200 illustrations to supply readers with actionable knowledge that can be put to use immediately.

Completely aligned with the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this book is the ideal platform for developing the understanding needed to plan, schedule, and deliver successful projects. Explaining how to recognize performance obstacles, it supplies time-tested strategies to help you:

  • Overcome performance obstacles and produce positive results
  • Master the communication and relationship management techniques required for success
  • Develop and refine the core project management skills needed to manage projects in multi-disciplinary and cross-functional environments

Filled with exercises, worked-through answers, and self-assessment techniques, this book is an ideal guide for anyone who works directly or indirectly with the management of projects. It illustrates a wide range of real-world situations to help you develop the real-world knowledge needed to consistently deliver projects that meet and exceed stakeholder requirements well into the future.


Properties of concrete, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

Author Adam M. Neville
Place of Publication Harlow, England
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Pearson

Properties of Concrete, first published in 1963, has been internationally acclaimed as the definitive work of reference on the subject for both the professional and the student engineer.

The fifth edition has been updated to reflect advances in concrete technology over the past decade without losing sight of the original aim: to provide reliable, comprehensive and practical information on the properties and use of concrete, and the selection of mix proportions all based on scientific observations and the author’s extensive engineering experience.

The emphasis is on understanding the behaviour of concrete and relating it to physical and chemical phenomena involved in its performance in service, so that you can achieve the best possible construction in concrete. Also, the scientific basis of the information provided is invaluable in planning research and in the interpretation of test results.


RESERVE BOOKS


Introduction to dislocations, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

Author D. Hull and D. J. Bacon
Place of Publication Kidlington, Oxford, U.K.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Dislocations are defects in the crystal structure of important engineering materials, such as metals, ceramics and semi-conductors, that strongly influence the properties of these materials.

Research on dislocations was intense when the first edition of this classic work was published in the 1960s. By incorporating later developments in subsequent editions whilst retaining a concise, accessible style, Introduction to Dislocations has become established as a key resource for students, graduates and researchers. No other book on the topic is as credible and, with this new edition, as up-to-date.

Introduction to Dislocations is widely recognized to provide the essential knowledge base required for further study, research and technological application in the field. This update brings the book’s coverage, references and context in line with the latest developments to ensure it remains a core reference for all those studying and working in the field today.

  • Uses minimal mathematics to present theory and applications in a detailed yet easy-to-read manner, making this an understandable introduction to a complex topic.
  • Unlike the main competition, this new edition includes recent developments in the subject and up-to-date references to further reading and research sources.

Life cycle costing for engineers
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Balbir S. Dhillon
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher CRC Press

Cradle-to-grave analyses are becoming the norm, as an increasing amount of corporations and government agencies are basing their procurement decisions not only on initial costs but also on life cycle costs. And while life cycle costing has been covered in journals and conference proceedings, few, if any, books have gathered this information into an easily accessible resource. Eliminating the need to consult many different sources, Life Cycle Costing for Engineers brings together up-to-date life cycle costing concepts and explains their application in various industrial sectors.

The author sets the scene with a chapter on fundamental economics followed by a chapter on reliability and maintainability, providing background information and platform for further understanding. He then discusses life cycle costing fundamentals, models and estimation methods, reliability, quality, safety, and manufacturing costing, and maintenance, maintainability, usability, and warranty costing. The book includes life cycle costing for computer systems and software, transportation systems, aircraft turbine engines, cargo ships, rail systems, civil engineering structures, and energy systems. An in-depth look at cost estimation models and engineering reliability and maintainability topics such as bathtub hazard rate curve, common reliability networks, general reliability, mean time to failure, and hazard rate formulas round out the coverage.

Filled with examples, tables, figures, and equations, this book integrates life cycle costing concepts for use in industrial and other sectors. It provides a modern treatment of the subject that can easily be applied to any industry.


REFERENCE BOOKS


The security risk assessment handbook : a complete guide for performing security risk assessments, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Susan Pancho-Festin

Author Douglas Landoll
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher CRC Press

Conducted properly, information security risk assessments provide managers with the feedback needed to understand threats to corporate assets, determine vulnerabilities of current controls, and select appropriate safeguards. Performed incorrectly, they can provide the false sense of security that allows potential threats to develop into disastrous losses of proprietary information, capital, and corporate value.

Picking up where its bestselling predecessor left off, The Security Risk Assessment Handbook: A Complete Guide for Performing Security Risk Assessments, Second Edition gives you detailed instruction on how to conduct a risk assessment effectively and efficiently. Supplying wide-ranging coverage that includes security risk analysis, mitigation, and risk assessment reporting, this updated edition provides the tools needed to solicit and review the scope and rigor of risk assessment proposals with competence and confidence.

Trusted to assess security for leading organizations and government agencies, including the CIA, NSA, and NATO, Douglas Landoll unveils the little-known tips, tricks, and techniques used by savvy security professionals in the field. He details time-tested methods to help you:

  • Better negotiate the scope and rigor of security assessments
  • Effectively interface with security assessment teams
  • Gain an improved understanding of final report recommendations
  • Deliver insightful comments on draft reports

The book includes charts, checklists, and sample reports to help you speed up the data gathering, analysis, and document development process. Walking you through the process of conducting an effective security assessment, it provides the tools and up-to-date understanding you need to select the security measures best suited to your organization.

Feb 17

RESERVE BOOKS


Structured computer organization,6th ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Todd Austin
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Pearson

Structured Computer Organization, specifically written for undergraduate students, is a best-selling guide that provides an accessible introduction to computer hardware and architecture. This text will also serve as a useful resource for all computer professionals and engineers who need an overview or introduction to computer architecture.

This book takes a modern structured, layered approach to understanding computer systems. It’s highly accessible – and it’s been thoroughly updated to reflect today’s most critical new technologies and the latest developments in computer organization and architecture. Tanenbaum’s renowned writing style and painstaking research make this one of the most accessible and accurate books available, maintaining the author’s popular method of presenting a computer as a series of layers, each one built upon the ones below it, and understandable as a separate entity.


Handbook of biopolymers and biodegradable plastics : properties, processing and applications
Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Editor Sina Ebnesajjad
Place of Publication Oxford Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier/William Andrew

Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics are a hot issue across the Plastics industry, and for many of the industry sectors that use plastic, from packaging to medical devices and from the construction indusry to the automotive sector.

This book brings together a number of key biopolymer and biodegradable plastics topics in one place for a broad audience of engineers and scientists, especially those designing with biopolymers and biodegradable plastics, or evaluating the options for switching from traditional plastics to biopolymers.

Topics covered include preparation, fabrication, applications and recycling (including biodegradability and compostability). Applications in key areas such as films, coatings controlled release and tissue engineering are discussed.

Dr Ebnesajjad provides readers with an in-depth reference for the plastics industry – material suppliers and processors, bio-polymer producers, bio-polymer processors and fabricators – and for industry sectors utilizing biopolymers – automotive, packaging, construction, wind turbine manufacturers, film manufacturers, adhesive and coating industries, medical device manufacturers, biomedical engineers, and the recycling industry.

  • Essential information and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with bioplastics, or evaluating a migration to bioplastics.
  • Includes key published material on biopolymers, updated specifically for this Handbook, and new material including coverage of PLA and Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.
  • Coverage of materials and applications together in one handbook enables engineers and scientists to make informed design decisions.

REFERENCE BOOK


Handbook of electrical power system dynamics : modeling, stability, and control
Recommending faculty: Dr. Allan Nerves

Editors Mircea Eremia, Mohammad Shahidehpour
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher IEEE Press/Wiley

Complete guidance for understanding electrical power system dynamics and blackouts

This handbook offers a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of power system dynamics. Addressing the full range of topics, from the fundamentals to the latest technologies in modeling, stability, and control, Handbook of Electrical Power System Dynamics provides engineers with hands-on guidance for understanding the phenomena leading to blackouts so they can design the most appropriate solutions for a cost-effective and reliable operation.

Focusing on system dynamics, the book details analytical methods of power system behavior along with models for the main components of power plants and control systems used in dispatch centers. Special emphasis is given to evaluation methods for rotor angle stability and voltage stability as well as the control mechanism for frequency and voltage. With contributions from international experts in both academia and industry, the book features:

  • Critical insight into new trends in power system operation and control
  • Numerous examples and graphics, including more than 600 figures and 1,200 equations
  • In-depth coverage of wind generation, an alternative energy system
  • An easily accessible presentation for readers with varied experience, from students to practicing engineers

An invaluable resource for power system engineers and smart grid analysts, this is also an excellent reference for system operators, utility workers, manufacturers, consultants, vendors, and researchers.


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Security consulting,4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Charles A. Sennewald
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Since 9/11, business and industry has paid close attention to security within their own organizations. In fact, at no other time in modern history has business and industry been more concerned with security issues. A new concern for security measures to combat potential terrorism, sabotage, theft and disruption — which could bring any business to it’s knees — has swept the nation. This has opened up a huge opportunity for private investigators and security professionals as consultants. Many retiring law enforcement and security management professionals look to enter the private security consulting market. Security consulting often involves conducting in-depth security surveys so businesses will know exactly where security holes are present and where they need improvement to limit their exposure to various threats. The fourth edition of Security Consulting introduces security and law enforcement professionals to the career and business of security consulting. It provides new and potential consultants with the practical guidelines needed to start up and maintain a successful independent practice. Updated and expanded information is included on marketing, fees and expenses, forensic consulting, the use of computers, and the need for professional growth. Useful sample forms have been updated in addition to new promotion opportunities and keys to conducting research on the Web.

  • The only book of its kind dedicated to beginning a security consulting practice from the ground-up
  • Proven, practical methods to establish and run a security consulting business
  • New chapters dedicated to advice for new consultants, information secutiry consulting, and utilizing the power of the Internet
  • The most up-to-date best practices from the IAPSC

HTML5 and CSS : complete,7th ed., International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Gary Shelly, Denise Woods
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Part of the highly successful Shelly Cashman series, this text provides an introduction to HTML5 and CSS and leads the user through a clear, step-by-step, screen-by-screen approach to learning. Readers learn how to create a Web page using HTML5, format the page, add graphics, and more.


Smart grid security : an end-to-end view of security in the new electrical grid
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Gilbert N. Sorebo and Michael C. Echols
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

The Smart Grid has the potential to revolutionize electricity delivery systems, and the security of its infrastructure is a vital concern not only for cyber-security practitioners, engineers, policy makers, and utility executives, but also for the media and consumers. Smart Grid Security: An End-to-End View of Security in the New Electrical Grid explores the important techniques, challenges, and forces that will shape how we achieve a secure twenty-first century electric grid.

Includes a Foreword by Michael Assante, President and CEO, National Board of Information Security Examiners

Following an overview of the components of the Smart Grid, the book delves into the evolution of security standards and regulations and examines ways in which the Smart Grid might be regulated. The authors discuss the technical details about how metering technology is being implemented and the likely threats and vulnerabilities that utilities will face. They address the home area network (HAN) and examine distribution and transmission—the foundation for the delivery of electricity, along with distributed generation, micro-grids, and operations.

The book explores future concepts—such as energy storage and the use of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—in addition to the concomitant risk for fraud and manipulation with stored energy. Consumer-related issues are discussed as they pertain to emerging ways of receiving and generating energy. The book examines dysfunctions ranging from inadvertent outages to cyber-attack and presents recommendations on how to respond to these incidents. It concludes with speculation of future cyber-security challenges and discusses new ways that the grid can be defended, such as better key management and protection.

Written in a style rigorous enough for the practitioner yet accessible to a broad audience, this comprehensive volume covers a topic that is becoming more critical to industry and consumers everywhere.


Introduction to cryptography with mathematical foundations and computer implementations
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Alexander Stanoyevitch
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Chapman & Hall/CRC

From the exciting history of its development in ancient times to the present day, Introduction to Cryptography with Mathematical Foundations and Computer Implementations provides a focused tour of the central concepts of cryptography. Rather than present an encyclopedic treatment of topics in cryptography, it delineates cryptographic concepts in chronological order, developing the mathematics as needed.

Written in an engaging yet rigorous style, each chapter introduces important concepts with clear definitions and theorems. Numerous examples explain key points while figures and tables help illustrate more difficult or subtle concepts. Each chapter is punctuated with “Exercises for the Reader;” complete solutions for these are included in an appendix. Carefully crafted exercise sets are also provided at the end of each chapter, and detailed solutions to most odd-numbered exercises can be found in a designated appendix. The computer implementation section at the end of every chapter guides students through the process of writing their own programs. A supporting website provides an extensive set of sample programs as well as downloadable platform-independent applet pages for some core programs and algorithms.

As the reliance on cryptography by business, government, and industry continues and new technologies for transferring data become available, cryptography plays a permanent, important role in day-to-day operations. This self-contained sophomore-level text traces the evolution of the field, from its origins through present-day cryptosystems, including public key cryptography and elliptic curve cryptography.


Effective methods for software and systems integration
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Boyd L. Summers
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Before software engineering builds and installations can be implemented into software and/or systems integrations in military and aerospace programs, a comprehensive understanding of the software development life cycle is required. Covering all the development life cycle disciplines, Effective Methods for Software and Systems Integration explains how to select and apply a life cycle that promotes effective and efficient software and systems integration.

The book defines time-tested methods for systems engineering, software design, software engineering informal/formal builds, software engineering installations, software and systems integration, delivery activities, and product evaluations. Explaining how to deal with scheduling issues, the text considers the use of IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest tools for software and systems integration. It also:

  • Presents methods for planning, coordination, software loading, and testing
  • Addresses scheduling issues and explains how to plan to coordinate with customers
  • Covers all development life cycle disciplines
  • Explains how to select and apply a life cycle that promotes effective and efficient software and systems integration

The text includes helpful forms—such as an audit checklist, a software/systems integration plan, and a software checklist PCA. Providing you with the understanding to achieve continuous improvements in quality throughout the software life cycle, it will help you deliver projects that are on time and within budget constraints in developmental military and aerospace programs as well as the software industry.


Discrete systems and digital signal processing with MATLAB,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Taan S. ElAli
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

“Discrete linear systems and digital signal processing have been treated for years in separate publications. ElAli has skillfully combined these two subjects into a single and very useful volume. … Useful for electrical and computer engineering students and working professionals… a nice addition to the shelves of academic and public libraries.

“Summing Up: Highly Recommended.”

— S.T. Karris, University of California, Berkeley in CHOICE

Typically, books on linear systems combine coverage of both discrete and continuous systems all in a single volume. The result is usually a daunting mountain of information that fails to sufficiently explain either subject. With this in mind, Discrete Systems and Digital Signal Processing with MATLAB®, Second Edition responds to the need in engineering for a text that provides complete, focused coverage of discrete linear systems and associated problem solution methods.

With its simplified presentation, this book follows a logical development that builds on basic mathematical principles to cover both discrete linear systems and signal processing. The author covers all traditional topics and includes numerous examples that are solved analytically and, when applicable, numerically using the latest version of MATLAB®. In addition to the classical coverage, the author includes complete and stand-alone chapters on IIR and FIR filter design, block diagrams, state-space, and sampling and transformations, as well as a unique chapter on FFT and its many applications. The book also introduces many examples using the MATLAB data acquisition toolbox in different chapters.

Ideal either as a textbook for the required course in the electrical and computer engineering curriculum or as an updated refresher for seasoned engineers, this resource offers a wealth of examples, exercises, problems, and author insights.


Information security risk assessment toolkit : practical assessments through data collection and data analysis
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Mark Talabis, Jason Martin
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier

“In order to protect company’s information assets such as sensitive customer records, health care records, etc., the security practitioner first needs to find out: what needs protected, what risks those assets are exposed to, what controls are in place to offset those risks, and where to focus attention for risk treatment. This is the true value and purpose of information security risk assessments. Effective risk assessments are meant to provide a defendable analysis of residual risk associated with your key assets so that risk treatment options can be explored. Information Security Risk Assessments gives you the tools and skills to get a quick, reliable, and thorough risk assessment for key stakeholders.

  • Based on authors’ experiences of real-world assessments, reports, and presentations
  • Focuses on implementing a process, rather than theory, that allows you to derive a quick and valuable assessment
  • Includes a companion web site with spreadsheets you can utilize to create and maintain the risk assessment

Electric machines : modeling, condition monitoring, and fault diagnosis
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Mark Talabis, Jason Martin
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Taylor & Francis

With countless electric motors being used in daily life, in everything from transportation and medical treatment to military operation and communication, unexpected failures can lead to the loss of valuable human life or a costly standstill in industry. To prevent this, it is important to precisely detect or continuously monitor the working condition of a motor. Electric Machines: Modeling, Condition Monitoring, and Fault Diagnosis reviews diagnosis technologies and provides an application guide for readers who want to research, develop, and implement a more effective fault diagnosis and condition monitoring scheme—thus improving safety and reliability in electric motor operation. It also supplies a solid foundation in the fundamentals of fault cause and effect.

Combines Theoretical Analysis and Practical Application

Written by experts in electrical engineering, the book approaches the fault diagnosis of electrical motors through the process of theoretical analysis and practical application. It begins by explaining how to analyze the fundamentals of machine failure using the winding functions method, the magnetic equivalent circuit method, and finite element analysis. It then examines how to implement fault diagnosis using techniques such as the motor current signature analysis (MCSA) method, frequency domain method, model-based techniques, and a pattern recognition scheme. Emphasizing the MCSA implementation method, the authors discuss robust signal processing techniques and the implementation of reference-frame-theory-based fault diagnosis for hybrid vehicles.

Fault Modeling, Diagnosis, and Implementation in One Volume

Based on years of research and development at the Electrical Machines & Power Electronics (EMPE) Laboratory at Texas A&M University, this book describes practical analysis and implementation strategies that readers can use in their work. It brings together, in one volume, the fundamentals of motor fault conditions, advanced fault modeling theory, fault diagnosis techniques, and low-cost DSP-based fault diagnosis implementation strategies.


Data insights : new ways to visualize and make sense of data
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Hunter Whitney
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Data Insights offers multi-disciplinary perspectives and useful information about how visualizations can open your eyes to data. This thought-provoking book takes a conversational approach to presenting an overview of the subject, while also focusing on key details. It highlights the ideas and work of a variety of people who are actively contributing to this still emerging field. Case studies from business analytics, healthcare, games, security, and network monitoring, among others, portray what is going on in data visualization today. A diverse blend of original illustrations and real-world examples, both classical and cutting-edge, help fill in the picture.

This book provides an approachable overview of important aspects of data visualization, and…

  • Demonstrates, with a variety of case studies, how visualizations can foster a clearer and more comprehensive understanding of data
  • Answers the question, “How can data visualization help me?” with discussions of how it fits into a wide array of purposes and situations
  • Makes the case that data visualization is not just about technology; it also involves a deeply human process

Environmental data analysis with MatLab
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors William Menke, Joshua Menke
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Elsevier

Environmental Data Analysis with MatLab is for students and researchers working to analyze real data sets in the environmental sciences. One only has to consider the global warming debate to realize how critically important it is to be able to derive clear conclusions from often-noisy data drawn from a broad range of sources. This book teaches the basics of the underlying theory of data analysis, and then reinforces that knowledge with carefully chosen, realistic scenarios. MatLab, a commercial data processing environment, is used in these scenarios; significant content is devoted to teaching how it can be effectively used in an environmental data analysis setting. The book, though written in a self-contained way, is supplemented with data sets and MatLab scripts that can be used as a data analysis tutorial.

Well written and outlines a clear learning path for researchers and students

Uses real world environmental examples and case studies

MatLab software for application in a readily-available software environment

Homework problems help user follow up upon case studies with homework that expands them


Analyzing the social web
Recommending faculty: Prof. Nestor Tiglao

Author Jennifer Golbeck
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Analyzing the Social Web provides a framework for the analysis of public data currently available and being generated by social networks and social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. Access and analysis of this public data about people and their connections to one another allows for new applications of traditional social network analysis techniques that let us identify things like who are the most important or influential people in a network, how things will spread through the network, and the nature of peoples’ relationships. Analyzing the Social Web introduces you to these techniques, shows you their application to many different types of social media, and discusses how social media can be used as a tool for interacting with the online public.

  • Presents interactive social applications on the web, and the types of analysis that are currently conducted in the study of social media.
  • Covers the basics of network structures for beginners, including measuring methods for describing nodes, edges, and parts of the network.
  • Discusses the major categories of social media applications or phenomena and shows how the techniques presented can be applied to analyze and understand the underlying data.
  • Provides an introduction to information visualization, particularly network visualization techniques, and methods for using them to identify interesting features in a network, generate hypotheses for analysis, and recognize patterns of behavior.
  • Includes a supporting website with lecture slides, exercises, and downloadable social network data sets that can be used can be used to apply the techniques presented in the book.

Digital signal processing : fundamentals and applications,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Edwin M. Umali

Author Li Tan, Jean Jiang
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press

Digital Signal Processing, Second Edition enables electrical engineers and technicians in the fields of biomedical, computer, and electronics engineering to master the essential fundamentals of DSP principles and practice. Many instructive worked examples are used to illustrate the material, and the use of mathematics is minimized for easier grasp of concepts. As such, this title is also useful to undergraduates in electrical engineering, and as a reference for science students and practicing engineers.

The book goes beyond DSP theory, to show implementation of algorithms in hardware and software. Additional topics covered include adaptive filtering with noise reduction and echo cancellations, speech compression, signal sampling, digital filter realizations, filter design, multimedia applications, over-sampling, etc. More advanced topics are also covered, such as adaptive filters, speech compression such as PCM, u-law, ADPCM, and multi-rate DSP and over-sampling ADC.

New to this edition:

  • MATLAB projects dealing with practical applications added throughout the book
  • New chapter (chapter 13) covering sub-band coding and wavelet transforms, methods that have become popular in the DSP field
  • New applications included in many chapters, including applications of DFT to seismic signals, electrocardiography data, and vibration signals
  • All real-time C programs revised for the TMS320C6713 DSK
  • Covers DSP principles with emphasis on communications and control applications
  • Chapter objectives, worked examples, and end-of-chapter exercises aid the reader in grasping key concepts and solving related problems
  • IWebsite with MATLAB programs for simulation and C programs for real-time DSP

Engineering materials 2 : an introduction to microstructures and processing,4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Authors Michael F. Ashby, David R.H. Jones
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Engineering Materials 2 is one of the leading self-contained texts for more advanced students of materials science and mechanical engineering. The book provides a concise introduction to the microstructures and processing of materials and shows how these are related to the properties required in engineering design. As with previous editions, each chapter is designed to provide the content of one 50-minute lecture. The fourth edition has been updated to include new case studies, more worked examples, links to relevant websites and video clips. Other changes include an increased emphasis on the relationship between structure, processing and properties, and integration of the popular tutorial on phase diagrams into the main text.

Engineering Materials 2, Fourth Edition is perfect as a stand-alone text for an advanced course in engineering materials or a second text with its companion Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to Properties, Applications, and Design, Fourth Edition in a two-semester course or sequence.

  • Many new or revised applications-based case studies and examples
  • Treatment of phase diagrams integrated within the main text
  • Increased emphasis on the relationship between structure, processing and properties, in both conventional and innovative materials
  • Frequent worked examples – to consolidate, develop, and challenge
  • Many new photographs and links to Google Earth, websites, and video clips
  • Accompanying companion site with access to instructors’ resources, including a suite of interactive materials science tutorials, a solutions manual, and an image bank of figures from the book

Fundamentals of software testing
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Bernard Homes
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher ISTE/Wiley

The testing market is growing at a fast pace and ISTQB certifications are being increasingly requested, with more than 180,000 persons currently certified throughout the world. The ISTQB Foundations level syllabus was updated in 2011, and this book provides detailed course study material including a glossary and sample questions to help adequately prepare for the certification exam.
The fundamental aspects of testing are approached, as is testing in the lifecycles from Waterfall to Agile and iterative lifecycles. Static testing, such as reviews and static analysis, and their benefits are examined as well as techniques such as Equivalence Partitioning, Boundary Value Analysis, Decision Table Testing, State Transitions and use cases, along with selected white box testing techniques. Test management, test progress monitoring, risk analysis and incident management are covered, as are the methods for successfully introducing tools in an organization.

Contents

1. Fundamentals of Testing.
2. Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle.
3. Static Techniques (FL 3.0).
4. Test Design Techniques (FL 4.0).
5. Test Management (FL 5.0).
6. Tools support for Testing (FL 6.0).
7. Mock Exam.
8. Templates and Models.
9. Answers to the Questions.


Increasing student engagement and retention using immersive interfaces : virtual worlds, gaming, and simulation
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Editors Charles Wankel, Patrick Blessinger
Place of Publication Bingley, U.K.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Emerald

‘Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Immersive Interfaces: Virtual Worlds, Gaming, and Simulation’ uses case studies, surveys, and literature reviews to critically examine how gaming, simulation, and virtualization are being used to improve teamwork and leadership skills in students, create engaging communities of practice, and as experiential learning tools to create inter-cultural, multi-perspective, and global experiences. Chapters include how to increase learner engagement using serious games, using game features for classroom engagement, using client-based peer assessment in multi-role, whole-enterprise simulations, using virtual worlds to develop teacher candidate skills, enhancing leadership skills through virtual simulation, using online video simulation for educational leadership, using augmented reality in education, using open source software in education, using educational robotics laboratories to enhance active learning, and utilizing the virtual learning environment to encourage faculty reflection. This volume will also discuss a framework for deploying and assessing these technologies.


Feb 15

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Objects first with Java : a practical introduction using BlueJ,5th ed., International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors David J. Barnes and Michael Kolling
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Pearson

Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ, 5e, is ideal for introductory courses in Java/Introduction to Programming and Object-Oriented Programming and for beginning programmers. This is the only introductory programming textbook that uses the BlueJ integrated development environment (IDE) to teach introductory and object-oriented programming principles using Java. Its close integration with the BlueJ development environment allows this book to focus on key aspects of object-oriented software development from day one. BlueJ’s clear visualization of classes and objects means that readers can immediately appreciate the differences between them, and gain a much better understanding of the nature of an object than they would from simply reading source code. Unlike traditional textbooks, the chapters are not ordered by language features but by software development concepts. Language features are introduced as a response to the problems to be solved. A large number of different, interesting projects are used to provide variety and avoid the monotony of a running problem. This book takes an “objects first” approach to teaching the traditionally difficult concepts of objects in a manipulative visual form. Throughout, the emphasis is on developing a practical approach to programming, with students encouraged to add code to existing programs rather than working with an intimidating sheet of blank paper. This textbook is printed in four-color to aid pedagogy and reader learning.


Linear algebra and probability for computer science applications
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Ernest Davis
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Based on the author’s course at NYU, Linear Algebra and Probability for Computer Science Applications gives an introduction to two mathematical fields that are fundamental in many areas of computer science. The course and the text are addressed to students with a very weak mathematical background. Most of the chapters discuss relevant MATLAB® functions and features and give sample assignments in MATLAB; the author’s website provides the MATLAB code from the book.

After an introductory chapter on MATLAB, the text is divided into two sections. The section on linear algebra gives an introduction to the theory of vectors, matrices, and linear transformations over the reals. It includes an extensive discussion on Gaussian elimination, geometric applications, and change of basis. It also introduces the issues of numerical stability and round-off error, the discrete Fourier transform, and singular value decomposition. The section on probability presents an introduction to the basic theory of probability and numerical random variables; later chapters discuss Markov models, Monte Carlo methods, information theory, and basic statistical techniques. The focus throughout is on topics and examples that are particularly relevant to computer science applications; for example, there is an extensive discussion on the use of hidden Markov models for tagging text and a discussion of the Zipf (inverse power law) distribution.

Examples and Programming Assignments
The examples and programming assignments focus on computer science applications. The applications covered are drawn from a range of computer science areas, including computer graphics, computer vision, robotics, natural language processing, web search, machine learning, statistical analysis, game playing, graph theory, scientific computing, decision theory, coding, cryptography, network analysis, data compression, and signal processing.

Homework Problems
Comprehensive problem sections include traditional calculation exercises, thought problems such as proofs, and programming assignments that involve creating MATLAB functions.


Geothermal power plants : principles, applications, case studies, and environmental impact,3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Allan Nerves

Author Ronald DiPippo
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Now in its 3e, this single resource covers all aspects of the utilization of geothermal energy for power generation using fundamental scientific and engineering principles. Its practical emphasis is enhanced by the use of case studies from real plants that increase the reader’s understanding of geothermal energy conversion and provide a unique compilation of hard-to-obtain data and experience.

Important new chapters cover Hot Dry Rock, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and Deep Hydrothermal Systems. New, international case studies provide practical, hands-on knowledge.

  • Provides coverage of all aspects of the utilization of geothermal energy for power generation from fundamental scientific and engineering principles
  • International case studies from real plants provide a unique compilation of hard-to-obtain data and experience
  • Includes pivotal updates on advances in Hot Dry Rock, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and Deep Hydrothermal Systems

Software application development : a Visual C++, MFC, and STL tutorial
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Bud Fox, Zhang Wenzu, and Tan May Ling
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

Software Application Development: A Visual C++, MFC, and STL Tutorial provides a detailed account of the software development process using Visual C++, MFC, and STL. It covers everything from the design to the implementation of all software modules, resulting in a demonstration application prototype which may be used to efficiently represent mathematical equations, perform interactive and intuitive model-building, and conduct control engineering experiments.

All computer code is included, allowing developers to extend and reuse the software modules for their own project work. The book’s tutorial-like approach empowers students and practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to perform disciplined, quality, real-world software engineering.


An introduction to transport phenomena in materials engineering,2nd ed.

Author David R. Gaskell
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Momentum Press

Transport phenomena are the processes and rules by which heat, mass, and momentum move through and between materials and systems. Along with thermodynamics, mechanics, and electromagnetism, this body of knowledge and theory forms the core principals of all physical systems and is essential to all engineering disciplines. This new edition of a classic work on how transport phenomena behave in materials and materials systems will provide expanded coverage and up-to-date theory and knowledge from today’s research on heat transfer and fluid behavior, with ample examples of practical applications to materials processing and engineering. Professional engineers and students alike will find one of the clearest and most accessible approaches to an often difficult and challenging subject. Logical pedagogy, with clear applications to real materials engineering problems will make more vivid the abstract body of knowledge that comprises today’s understanding of transport phenomena. Readers will find: a new chapter on boiling and condensation; revised chapters on heat transport, mass transport in solid state and mass transport in fluids; revised and expanded end-of-chapter problems and exercises S.I. Units throughout; extensive Appendices of standard materials properties; and, for classroom use, a Solutions Manual is available.


Electricity marginal cost pricing : applications in eliciting demand responses
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Monica Greer
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Packed with case studies and practical real-world examples, Electricity Marginal Cost Pricing Principles allows regulators, engineers and energy economists to choose the pricing model that best fits their individual market.

Written by an author with 13 years of practical experience, the book begins with a clear and rigorous explanation of the theory of efficient pricing and how it impacts investor-owned, publicly-owned, and cooperatively-owned utilities using tried and true methods such as multiple-output, functional form, and multiproduct cost models. The author then moves on to include self-contained chapters on applying estimating cost models, including a cubic cost specification and policy implications while supplying actual data and examples to allow regulators, energy economists, and engineers to get “a feel” for the methods with which efficient prices are derived in today’s challenging electricity market. The book is accompanied by a companion website which will allow for the testing of methods and validating results.

A guide to cost issues surrounding the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity

Clearly explains cost models which can yield the marginal cost of supplying electricity to end-users

Real-world examples that are practical, meaningful, and easy to understand

Explans the policy implications of each example

Provide suggestions to aid in the formation of the optimal market price


Partial differential equations : methods, applications and theories
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman, Prof. Imee Villalba

Author Harumi Hattori
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher World Scientific

This volume is an introductory level textbook for partial differential equations (PDE’s) and suitable for a one-semester undergraduate level or two-semester graduate level course in PDE’s or applied mathematics. Chapters One to Five are organized according to the equations and the basic PDE’s are introduced in an easy to understand manner. They include the first-order equations and the three fundamental second-order equations, i.e. the heat, wave and Laplace equations. Through these equations we learn the types of problems, how we pose the problems, and the methods of solutions such as the separation of variables and the method of characteristics. The modeling aspects are explained as well. The methods introduced in earlier chapters are developed further in Chapters Six to Twelve. They include the Fourier series, the Fourier and the Laplace transforms, and the Green’s functions. The equations in higher dimensions are also discussed in detail.

This volume is application-oriented and rich in examples. Going through these examples, the reader is able to easily grasp the basics of PDE’s.

Readership: Undergraduate students in Math, Science, and Engineering.


An introduction to programming using Alice 2.2,2nd ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Charles W. Herbert
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

“An Introduction to Programming Using Alice 2.2, 2e, International Edition” provides students with a solid introduction to concepts of programming, logic, and related mathematics through the use of Alice, a proven tool for motivating beginning programmers. This new edition has been fully updated to take advantage of the new movie making, virtual reality, and gaming capabilities of Alice 2.2. All chapters are supported with robust exercise sets and visual diagrams.


Grounded innovation : strategies for creating digital products
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Lars Erik Holmquist
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

How will you design the next big thing? And the thing after that? And after that.? This book can help, by providing practical techniques for the innovation process which consists of invention and investigation. Smart products are popping up everywhere and we are constantly presented with newer, better ‘things’ that enhance our everyday lives – the pace continually speeding up.

Efficiency of creativity mixed with designing within budgetary and business culture parameters is difficult on a good day. This book provides extensive examples of products that did and didn’t make it to consumers and why so that you can learn from the mistakes of others rather than your own. The author also offers a succinct framework for idea generation, prototyping and testing and what to do when you get unexpected results.

  • Wide variety of examples show how novel technical and conceptual innovations became commercial breakthroughs
  • Provides guidelines to innovation in a new technical environment including prototyping and testing
  • Discusses how to innovate within the cultural or financial parameters of a business

Scalable computing and communications : theory and practice
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Editors Samee U. Khan, Albert Y. Zomaya, Lizhe Wang
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

In telecommunications and software engineering, scalability is the ability of a system, network, or process to either handle growing amounts of work in a graceful manner or be enlarged to accommodate that growth. It is a desirable property for many scientific, industrial, and business applications and an important feature for hardware.

This immersive book summarizes the latest research achievements in the field of scalable computing and covers new topics that have emerged recently on computing and communications, such as unconventional computing, green and sustainable computing, cloud and volunteer computing, and more. Filled with contributions from world-renowned engineers, researchers, and IT professionals in diverse areas, Scalable Computing and Communications covers:

  • Circuit and component design
  • Operating systems
  • Green computing
  • Network-on-chip paradigms
  • Computational grids
  • High-performance computing
  • Software
  • Networking in scalable computing and mobile computing
  • Next-generation networking
  • Cloud computing
  • Peer-to-peer systems

Scalable Computing and Communications is well organized with basic concepts, software infrastructure and middleware, and applications and systems. Filled with numerous case studies, figures, and tables, it is a valuable book that offers great insight into future trends and emerging topics for professionals and students in the field.


Energy audit of building systems : an engineering approach,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Moncef Krarti
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher CRC Press

Buildings account for almost half of total primary energy use and related greenhouse emissions worldwide. Although current energy systems are improving, they still fall disappointingly short of meeting acceptable limits for efficiency.

Well-trained energy auditors are essential to the success of building energy efficiency programs—and Energy Audit of Building Systems: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition updates a bestselling guide to helping them improve their craft. This book outlines a systematic, proven strategy to employ analysis methods to assess the effectiveness of a wide range of technologies and techniques that can save energy and reduce operating costs in residential and commercial buildings.

Useful to auditors, managers, and students of energy systems, material is organized into 17 self-contained chapters, each detailing a specific building subsystem or energy efficiency technology. Rooted in established engineering principles, this volume:

  • Explores state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to reduce energy consumption in buildings
  • Lays out innovative energy efficiency technologies and strategies, as well as more established methods, to estimate energy savings from conservation measures
  • Provides several calculation examples to outline applications of methods

Artificial intelligence in the 21st century : a living introduction
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Stephen Lucci, Danny Kopec
Place of Publication Dulles, Va.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Mercury Learning and Information

Artificial Intelligence is a quickly changing field that has gone from theory and promise to delivery and practice in a meteoric way in recent years.

This text provides a comprehensive, colorful, up to date, and accessible presentation of AI without sacrificing theoretical foundations. It includes numerous examples, applications, full color images, and human interest boxes to enhance student learning.

Advanced topics cover neural nets, genetic algorithms, and complex board games. A companion DVD is included with resources, simulations, and figures from the book. Numerous instructors’ resources are available upon adoption.


Algorithmics of matching under preferences
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author David Manlove
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher World Scientific

Matching problems with preferences are all around us: they arise when agents seek to be allocated to one another on the basis of ranked preferences over potential outcomes. Efficient algorithms are needed for producing matchings that optimise the satisfaction of the agents according to their preference lists.

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the study of algorithmic aspects of matching problems with preferences, partly reflecting the growing number of applications of these problems worldwide. The importance of the research area was recognised in 2012 through the award of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley.

This book describes the most important results in this area, providing a timely update to The Stable Marriage Problem: Structure and Algorithms (D Gusfield and R W Irving, MIT Press, 1989) in connection with stable matching problems, whilst also broadening the scope to include matching problems with preferences under a range of alternative optimality criteria.

Readership: Students and Professionals interested in algorithms, especially in the study of algorithmic aspects of matching problems with preferences.


Multimedia communications and networking
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Mario Marques da Silva
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

The result of decades of research and international project experience, Multimedia Communications and Networking provides authoritative insight into recent developments in multimedia, digital communications, and networking services and technologies. Supplying you with the required foundation in these areas, it illustrates the means that will allow for improved digital communications and networks.

The book starts with a review of the fundamental concepts, requirements, and constraints in networks and telecommunications. It describes channel disturbances that can hinder system performance—including noise, attenuation, distortion, and interferences—and provides transmission techniques for mitigating these limitations. Analyzing both cable and wireless transmission mediums, the book describes the network protocol architecture concept and includes coverage of twisted pairs, coaxial and optical fiber cables, wireless propagation, satellite communications, and terrestrial microwave systems. Facilitating the understanding required to participate in the development of current and next generation networks and services, this comprehensive reference:

  • Examines the range of network interconnections and WAN/MAN technologies, including synchronous optical networks (SONET), synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH), and third and next generation cellular systems (3G and 4G)
  • Describes local area network (LAN) theory and technology, including data link layers and virtual LANs
  • Explores network and transport layers, such as addressing, routing protocols, and IPv4 and IPv6 algorithms
  • Covers TCP/IP services and applications
  • Investigates different authentication and cryptographic systems, including digital signature, SSL, TLS, IPSEC, and public key infrastructure

Walking you through the planning, design, and development of multimedia, telecommunications, and networking systems, the book provides a quick and easy way to develop and refine the skills required in the field. It clearly explains the principles and corresponding techniques you need to know to implement network security. The many examples and end-of-chapter questions also make it suitable for undergraduate and graduate-level computer science and electrical engineering courses.


Mathematical modeling,4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Mark M. Meerschaert
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press/Elsevier

The new edition of Mathematical Modeling, the survey text of choice for mathematical modeling courses, adds ample instructor support and online delivery for solutions manuals and software ancillaries.

From genetic engineering to hurricane prediction, mathematical models guide much of the decision making in our society. If the assumptions and methods underlying the modeling are flawed, the outcome can be disastrously poor. With mathematical modeling growing rapidly in so many scientific and technical disciplines, Mathematical Modeling, Fourth Edition provides a rigorous treatment of the subject. The book explores a range of approaches including optimization models, dynamic models and probability models.

  • Offers increased support for instructors, including MATLAB material as well as other on-line resources
  • Features new sections on time series analysis and diffusion models
  • Provides additional problems with international focus such as whale and dolphin populations, plus updated optimization problems

Contemporary artificial intelligence
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Richard E. Neapolitan, Xia Jiang
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

The notion of artificial intelligence (AI) often sparks thoughts of characters from science fiction, such as the Terminator and HAL 9000. While these two artificial entities do not exist, the algorithms of AI have been able to address many real issues, from performing medical diagnoses to navigating difficult terrain to monitoring possible failures of spacecrafts. Exploring these algorithms and applications, Contemporary Artificial Intelligence presents strong AI methods and algorithms for solving challenging problems involving systems that behave intelligently in specialized domains such as medical and software diagnostics, financial decision making, speech and text recognition, genetic analysis, and more.

One of the first AI texts accessible to students, the book focuses on the most useful problem-solving strategies that have emerged from AI. In a student-friendly way, the authors cover logic-based methods; probability-based methods; emergent intelligence, including evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence; data-derived logical and probabilistic learning models; and natural language understanding. Through reading this book, students discover the importance of AI techniques in computer science.


Digital video processing for engineers : a foundation for embedded systems design
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Michael Parker, Suhel Dhanani
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier, Newnes

Any device or system with imaging functionality requires a digital video processing solution as part of its embedded system design. Engineers need a practical guide to technology basics and design fundamentals that enables them to deliver the video component of complex projects.

This book introduces core video processing concepts and standards, and delivers practical how-to guidance for engineers embarking on digital video processing designs using FPGAs. It covers the basic topics of video processing in a pictorial, intuitive manner with minimal use of mathematics. Key outcomes and benefits of this book for users include: understanding the concepts and challenges of modern video systems; architect video systems at a system level; reference design examples to implement your own high definition video processing chain; understand implementation trade-offs in video system designs.

  • Video processing is a must-have skill for engineers working on products and solutions for rapidly growing markets such as video surveillance, video conferencing, medical imaging, military imaging, digital broadcast equipment, displays and countless consumer electronics applications.
  • This book is for engineers who need to develop video systems in their designs but who do not have video processing experience. It introduces the fundamental video processing concepts and skills in enough detail to get the job done, supported by reference designs, step-by-step FPGA- examples, core standards and systems architecture maps.
  • Written by lead engineers at Altera Corp, a top-three global developer of digital video chip (FPGA) technology.

Cloud enterprise architecture
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Pethuru Raj
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

Cloud Enterprise Architecture examines enterprise architecture (EA) in the context of the surging popularity of Cloud computing. It explains the different kinds of desired transformations the architectural blocks of EA undergo in light of this strategically significant convergence. Chapters cover each of the contributing architectures of EA—business, information, application, integration, security, and technology—illustrating the current and impending implications of the Cloud on each.

Discussing the implications of the Cloud paradigm on EA, the book details the perceptible and positive changes that will affect EA design, governance, strategy, management, and sustenance. The author ties these topics together with chapters on Cloud integration and composition architecture. He also examines the Enterprise Cloud, Federated Clouds, and the vision to establish the InterCloud. Laying out a comprehensive strategy for planning and executing Cloud-inspired transformations, the book:

  • Explains how the Cloud changes and affects enterprise architecture design, governance, strategy, management, and sustenance.
  • Presents helpful information on next-generation Cloud computing
  • Describes additional architectural types such as enterprise-scale integration, security, management, and governance architectures

This book is an ideal resource for enterprise architects, Cloud evangelists and enthusiasts, and Cloud application and service architects. Cloud center administrators, Cloud business executives, managers, and analysts will also find the book helpful and inspirational while formulating appropriate mechanisms and schemes for sound modernization and migration of traditional applications to Cloud infrastructures and platforms.


Simulation,5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Author Sheldon M. Ross
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press

The 5th edition of Ross’s Simulation continues to introduce aspiring and practicing actuaries, engineers, computer scientists and others to the practical aspects of constructing computerized simulation studies to analyze and interpret real phenomena. Readers learn to apply results of these analyses to problems in a wide variety of fields to obtain effective, accurate solutions and make predictions about future outcomes. This latest edition features all-new material on variance reduction, including control variables and their use in estimating the expected return at blackjack and their relation to regression analysis. Additionally, the 5th edition expands on Markov chain monte carlo methods, and offers unique information on the alias method for generating discrete random variables.

By explaining how a computer can be used to generate random numbers and how to use these random numbers to generate the behavior of a stochastic model over time, Ross’s Simulation, 5th edition presents the statistics needed to analyze simulated data as well as that needed for validating the simulation model.

New to this Edition:

  • Additional material on variance reduction, including control variables and their use in estimating the expected return at blackjack and their relation to regression analysis
  • Additional material and examples on Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
  • Unique material on the alias method for generating discrete random variables
  • Additional material on generating multivariate normal vectors

Absolute Java,5th ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Walter Savitch
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Pearson

For undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Programming courses.

Praised for providing an engaging balance of thoughtful examples and explanatory discussion, best-selling author Walt Savitchs explain concepts and techniques in a straightforward style using understandable language and code enhanced by a suite of pedagogical tools. Absolute Java is appropriate for both introductory and intermediate programming courses introducing Java..


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