Jun 27

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Biological wastewater treatment : principles, modelling and design

Recommending faculty:  Dr. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr. (EnE)

Author Mogens Henze
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Iwa Pub.

Over the past twenty years, the knowledge and understanding of wastewater treatment have advanced extensively and moved away from empirically-based approaches to a first principles approach embracing chemistry, microbiology, physical and bioprocess engineering, and mathematics. Many of these advances have matured to the degree that they have been codified into mathematical models for simulation with computers. For a new generation of young scientists and engineers entering the wastewater treatment profession, the quantity, complexity and diversity of these new developments can be overwhelming, particularly in developing countries where access is not readily available to advanced level tertiary education courses in wastewater treatment. Biological Wastewater Treatment addresses this deficiency. * It assembles and integrates the postgraduate course material of a dozen or so professors from research groups around the world that have made significant contributions to the advances in wastewater treatment. * The book forms part of an internet-based curriculum in wastewater treatment which also includes o summarized lecture handouts of the topics covered in book o filmed lectures by the author professors o tutorial exercises for students self-learning Upon completion of this curriculum the modern approach of modelling and simulation to wastewater treatment plant design and operation, be it activated sludge, biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal, secondary settling tanks or biofilm systems, can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence.

Hydrography

Recommending faculty: Prof.  Ma. Rosario Concepcion Ang (GE)

Author C.D. de Jong
Place of Publication Delft, Netherlands
Date of Publication c2002
Publisher VSSD

This book is based on the lecture notes for the graduate and undergraduate courses in hydrography as offered at the Department of Geomatics Engineering of the Universitiy of Calgary and the Department of Mathematical Geodesy and Positioning of Delft University of Technology. The purpose of the book is to present an introduction to and an overview of the broad field of hydrography.Since there is only a weak interdependence between the eleven chapters, each of them can be studied separately. When used for a course, it is therefore also possible to consider only a selected number of chapters. The eleven chapters cover the following topics:

  • Properties of water, waves, ocean currents and general circulation.
  • Tide-generating forces, tidal analysis and prediction.
  • Batch and recursive least squares estimation and quality control.
  • Coordinate systems, horizontal and vertical datums, ellipsoidal computations.
  • Radio frequency definitions, propagation of electromagnetic waves, time keeping systems.
  • Underwater acoustics, propagation of underwater sound, sonar parameters and sonar equations.
  • Law of the Sea, baselines, maritime zones and boundaries, third party settlement.
  • Geometry of positioning, concepts, classification and requirements of positioning systems, standards for hydrographic surveys.
  • Terrestrial and satellite positioning systems, speed determination.
  • Underwater acoustic positioning systems, calibration of systems.
  • Acoustic (single- and multibeam) and airborne sounding methods, sidescan and oblique sonars.

Advanced engine performance diagnosis, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Edwin N. Quiros (ME)

Author James Halderman
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Prentice Hall

Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis, Fifth Edition, offers a practical, hands-on introduction to the diagnosis and troubleshooting of automotive engine control systems. It serves students as a single source for information on digital storage oscilloscopes, fuel injection and ignition system diagnoses, five-gas exhaust analysis, emission testing, and more–with a very technical, but easy-to-read and understand, presentation.

This title meets the needs for a textbook that combines topics in engine performance (ASE A8 content area) and topics covered in the advanced engine performance (L1) ASE test content area.  By combining these two complementary subjects into one comprehensive textbook, it is easier for the instructor to teach these topics and is cost effective for the student.


Practical data mining

Recommending faculty: Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao (IEOR)

Author Monte F. Hancock Jr.
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Used by corporations, industry, and government to inform and fuel everything from focused advertising to homeland security, data mining can be a very useful tool across a wide range of applications. Unfortunately, most books on the subject are designed for the computer scientist and statistical illuminati and leave the reader largely adrift in technical waters.

Revealing the lessons known to the seasoned expert, yet rarely written down for the uninitiated, Practical Data Mining explains the ins-and-outs of the detection, characterization, and exploitation of actionable patterns in data. This working field manual outlines the what, when, why, and how of data mining and offers an easy-to-follow, six-step spiral process. Catering to IT consultants, professional data analysts, and sophisticated data owners, this systematic, yet informal treatment will help readers answer questions, such as:

  • What process model should I use to plan and execute a data mining project?
  • How is a quantitative business case developed and assessed?
  • What are the skills needed for different data mining projects?
  • How do I track and evaluate data mining projects?
  • How do I choose the best data mining techniques?

Helping you avoid common mistakes, the book describes specific genres of data mining practice. Most chapters contain one or more case studies with detailed projects descriptions, methods used, challenges encountered, and results obtained. The book includes working checklists for each phase of the data mining process. Your passport to successful technical and planning discussions with management, senior scientists, and customers, these checklists lay out the right questions to ask and the right points to make from an insider’s point of view.


Problem solving and data analysis using Minitab : a clear and easy guide to Six Sigma methodology

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao (IEOR)

Author Rehman Khan
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

Six Sigma statistical methodology using Minitab Problem Solving and Data Analysis using Minitab presents example-based learning to aid readers in understanding how to use MINITAB 16 for statistical analysis and problem solving. Each example and exercise is broken down into the exact steps that must be followed in order to take the reader through key learning points and work through complex analyses. Exercises are featured at the end of each example so that the reader can be assured that they have understood the key learning points. Key features: Provides readers with a step by step guide to problem solving and statistical analysis using Minitab 16 which is also compatible with version 15. Includes fully worked examples with graphics showing menu selections and Minitab outputs. Uses example based learning that the reader can work through at their pace. Contains hundreds of screenshots to aid the reader, along with explanations of the statistics being performed and interpretation of results. Presents the core statistical techniques used by Six Sigma Black Belts. Contains examples, exercises and solutions throughout, and is supported by an accompanying website featuring the numerous example data sets. Making Six Sigma statistical methodology accessible to beginners, this book is aimed at numerical professionals, students or academics who wish to learn and apply statistical techniques for problem solving, process improvement or data analysis whilst keeping mathematical theory to a minimum.

Urban storm water management

Recommending faculty:  Dr. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr. (EnE)

Author Mogens Henze
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher CRC Press

Covering all elements of the storm water runoff process, Urban Storm Water Management includes numerous examples and case studies to guide practitioners in the design, maintenance, and understanding of runoff systems, erosion control systems, and common design methods and misconceptions. It covers storm water management in practice and in regulation, and reviews shortcomings and suggestions for improvements. It also covers alternative methods such as porous pavements, rain gardens, green roofs and other systems which are becoming increasingly popular and are forming the future of storm water management.

Appropriate storm water management and compliance is a necessary, yet costly and involved process. This book provides information, guidelines, and case studies to guide practitioners through all phases of effective structural storm water management. This book covers:

  • All aspects of storm water management—including its impacts on the environment
  • Numerous design procedures and problems with a separate solutions manual
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic calculations involved in the field of storm water management
  • Design and calculation methods required for efficient storm water management
  • Pipe and open channel flow equations, supplemented with charts and tables
  • Various types of nonstructural, source reduction measures
  • Installation methods of drainage and storm water management facilities

Urbanization has had a drastic impact on the natural process of storm water runoff; increasing both the peak and the volume of runoff, reducing infiltration, while also degrading water quality. Urban Storm Water Management is a compendium of all matters necessary for the design of efficient drainage and storm water management systems. It includes numerous examples of hydrologic and hydraulic calculations involved in this field. It also contains ample case studies that exemplify the methods and procedures for the design of extended detention basins, infiltration basins, and underground retention/infiltration basins such as chambers and dry wells. Furthermore, the book demonstrates how storm water runoff can be an effective and cost-efficient conservable and reusable resource.


Business intelligence applied : Implementing an effective information and communications technology infrastructure

Recommending faculty: Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao (IEOR)

Author Michael Gendron
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

Expert guidance for building an information communication and technology infrastructure that provides best in business intelligenceEnterprise performance management (EPM) technology has been rapidly advancing, especially in the areas of predictive analysis and cloud-based solutions. Business intelligence caught on as a concept in the business world as the business strategy application of data warehousing in the early 2000s. With the recent surge in interest in data analytics and big data, it has seen a renewed level of interest as the ability of a business to find the valuable data in a timely—and competitive—fashion. Business Intelligence Appliedreveals essential information for building an optimal and effective information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

  • Defines ICT infrastructure
  • Examines best practices for documenting business change and for documenting technology recommendations
  • Includes examples and cases from Europe and Asia
  • Written for business intelligence staff, CIOs, CTOs, and technology managers

With examples and cases from Europe and Asia, Business Intelligence Applied expertly covers business intelligence, a hot topic in business today as a key element to business and data analytics.


Computational fluid-structure interaction : methods and applications

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Liezl Raissa Tan (CE)

Author Yuri Bazilevs
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods and Applications takes the reader from the fundamentals of computational fluid and solid mechanics to the state-of-the-art in computational FSI methods, special FSI techniques, and solution of real-world problems. Leading experts in the field present the material using a unique approach that combines advanced methods, special techniques, and challenging applications.

This book begins with the differential equations governing the fluid and solid mechanics, coupling conditions at the fluid–solid interface, and the basics of the finite element method. It continues with the ALE and space–time FSI methods, spatial discretization and time integration strategies for the coupled FSI equations, solution techniques for the fully-discretized coupled equations, and advanced FSI and space–time methods. It ends with special FSI techniques targeting cardiovascular FSI, parachute FSI, and wind-turbine aerodynamics and FSI.

Key features:

  • First book to address the state-of-the-art in computational FSI
  • Combines the fundamentals of computational fluid and solid mechanics, the state-of-the-art in  FSI methods, and special FSI techniques targeting challenging classes of real-world problems
  • Covers modern computational mechanics techniques, including stabilized, variational multiscale, and space–time methods, isogeometric analysis, and advanced FSI coupling methods
  • Is in full color, with diagrams illustrating the fundamental concepts and advanced methods and with insightful visualization illustrating the complexities of the problems that can be solved with the FSI methods covered in the book.
  • Authors are award winning, leading global experts in computational FSI, who are known for solving some of the most challenging FSI problems

Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods and Applications is a comprehensive reference for researchers and practicing engineers who would like to advance their existing knowledge on these subjects. It is also an ideal text for graduate and senior-level undergraduate courses in computational fluid mechanics and computational FSI.


Hacking for dummies, 4th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Edwin N. Quiros (ME)

Author Kevin Beaver
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

The best way to stay safe online is to stop hackers before they attack – first, by understanding their thinking and second, by ethically hacking your own site to measure the effectiveness of your security. This practical, top-selling guide will help you do both. Fully updated for Windows 8 and the latest version of Linux, Hacking For Dummies, 4th Edition explores the malicious hacker’s mindset and helps you develop an ethical hacking plan (also known as penetration testing) using the newest tools and techniques.

More timely than ever, this must-have book covers the very latest threats, including web app hacks, database hacks, VoIP hacks, and hacking of mobile devices.

  • Guides you through the techniques and tools you need to stop hackers before they hack you
  • Completely updated to examine the latest hacks to Windows 8 and the newest version of Linux
  • Explores the malicious hackers’s mindset so that you can counteract or avoid attacks completely
  • Suggests ways to report vulnerabilities to upper management, manage security changes, and put anti-hacking policies and procedures in place

If you’re responsible for security or penetration testing in your organization, or want to beef up your current system through ethical hacking, make sure you get Hacking For Dummies, 4th Edition.


Modern Diesel Technology: Light Duty Diesels

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Joseph Gerard T. Reyes (ME)

Author Sean Bennett
Place of Publication Clifton Park, NY
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Thomson Delmar

MODERN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY: LIGHT DUTY DIESELS provides a thorough introduction to the light-duty diesel engine, now the power plant of choice in pickup trucks and automobiles to optimize fuel efficiency and longevity. While the major emphasis is on highway usage, best-selling author Sean Bennett also covers small stationary and mobile off-highway diesels. Using a modularized structure, Bennett helps the reader achieve a conceptual grounding in diesel engine technology. After exploring the tools required to achieve hands-on technical competency, the text explores major engine subsystems and fuel management systems used over the past decade, including the common rail fuel systems that manage almost all current light duty diesel engines. In addition, this text covers engine management systems, computer controls, multiplexing electronics, diesel emissions and the means used to control them. All generations of CAN-bus technology are examined, including the latest automotive CAN-C multiplexing and the basics of network bus troubleshooting. ASE A-9 certification learning objectives are addressed in detail.

Chemical ecology in aquatic systems

Recommending faculty:  Dr. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr. (EnE)

Editor Christer Bronmark
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Oxford Univ. Press

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that chemical interactions play a fundamental role in aquatic habitats and have far-reaching evolutionary and ecological consequences. A plethora of studies have shown that aquatic organisms from most taxa and functional groups respond to minute concentrations of chemical substances released by other organisms. However, our knowledge of this “chemical network” is still negligible. Chemical interactions can be divided into two larger sub-areas based on the function of the chemical substance. First, there are interactions where chemical substances are toxic to other organisms and are used as a defence against consumers (including both herbivores and predators) or a weapon against competitors (allelopathy). Second, chemical substances may be used as a source for information of the environment; for example: how can I find the optimal habitat, the best food, the nicest partner, and avoid being eaten? Aquatic organisms are able to detect and respond to extremely low concentrations of chemical cues to answer all these questions. The book aims at connecting these intriguing chemical interactions with traditional knowledge of organism interactions.Chemical Ecology of Aquatic Systems covers a wide range of studies, both plant and animal, from different geographic regions and habitats – pelagic as well as benthic. Most of the chemical interactions are similar in freshwater and marine habitats and this book therefore strives at integrating work on both systems.horus removal, secondary settling tanks or biofilm systems, can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence.

Understanding automotive electronics: an engineering perspective, 7th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Edwin N. Quiros  (ME)

Author William B. Ribbens
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier/BH

Understanding Automotive Electronics is the first port of call for control engineers, system engineers and electronic engineers in the automotive industry needing a thorough grounding in automotive electronics and control.

From simple automotive electronic circuits to the latest developments in telematics, active safety, entertainment and communications, the book is also an ideal resource for more senior automotive engineers without a background in electronics or control needing to work in the area or supervise specialists.

Thoroughly updated throughout, this new edition moves away from introductory mechanic-level electronics to cover more hot topics such as transmission control, hybrid control, AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) and vehicle networks.

  • Comprehensive coverage of automotive electronics and control, including the latest technology in telematics, active safety, entertainment and communications
  • Covers the topic from an engineering perspective rather than a technician or mechanic-focused trouble-shooting level
  • Ideal as a conversion tool for control and electronic engineers moving into the automotive industry and a valuable reference for all automotive engineers without an electronics background needing to understand this far-reaching topic

Stream and  watershed restoration: a guide to restoring riverine processes and habitats

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr. (EnE)

Author Philip Roni
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

With $2 billion spent annually on stream restoration worldwide, there is a pressing need for guidance in this area, but until now, there was no comprehensive text on the subject. Filling that void, this unique text covers both new and existing information following a stepwise approach on theory, planning, implementation, and evaluation methods for the restoration of stream habitats. Comprehensively illustrated with case studies from around the world, Stream and Watershed Restoration provides a systematic approach to restoration programs suitable for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on stream or watershed restoration or as a reference for restoration practitioners and fisheries scientists. Part of the Advancing River Restoration and Management Series.

Analysis and design for systems, 9th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Edgardo G. Atanacio (IEOR)

Author Gary B. Shelly
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cengage

“Analysis and Design for Systems, International Edition” offers a practical, visually appealing approach to information systems development. The integrated Video Learning Sessions will increase engagement and improve student understanding of the course material. Throughout the book, real-world case studies emphasize critical thinking and IT skills in a dynamic, business-related environment. Numerous projects, assignments, end-of-chapter exercises, and a Student Study Tool provide hands-on practice. The new Ninth Edition will help prepare students for success in today’s intensely competitive business world.

Concepts of database management, 7th ed.

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Edgardo G. Atanacio (IEOR)

Author Philip J. Pratt
Place of Publication Boston, MA
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology

This concise yet comprehensive introduction to fundamental database concepts is an indispensable resource to develop your knowledge of database management concepts. Now in its sixth edition, Concepts of Database Management, International Edition maintains the focus on real-world cases that made previous editions so effective addressing the most current database issues faced today such as database design, data integrity, concurrent updates, and data security. Special features include detailed coverage of the relational model (including Query-By-Example (QBE) and SQL), normalization and views, database design, database administration and management, and more. This book’s advanced topics include distributed databases, data warehouses, stored procedures, and triggers fostering an in-depth understanding of database management that will prepare users for success in their fields.

Membrane processes for water use

Recommending faculty: Prof. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr. (EnE)

Author Anthony M. Wachinski
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Written by a water and wastewater industry expert with more than 35 years of experience, this book describes how membrane technology can be used alone, coupled with aerobic or anaerobic processes, or as integrated membrane systems to process treated municipal effluent or industrial wastewater for discharge, recycle, or reuse.

After reviewing chemistry fundamentals and basic principles, Membrane Processes for Water Reuse covers microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and membrane coupled bioprocesses. The design, sizing, and selection of membrane technologies for water recycling and reuse applications is discussed in detail. Wastewater reuse case studies and example problems illustrate the concepts presented in this practical, authoritative guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Water reuse overview
  • Water quality
  • Basic concepts of membrane filtration processes
  • Low pressure membrane technology–microfiltration and ultrafiltration
  • Diffusive membrane technologies–nanofiltration and reverse osmosis
  • Membrane-coupled bioprocess
  • Design of membrane systems for water recycling and reuse
  • Future trends and challenges

Information systems in organizations : people, technology, and processes

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Edgardo G. Atanacio (IE 154)

Author Patricia M. Wallace
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Pearson

The freshest, most contemporary overview of information systems.


Information visualization : perception for design

Recommending faculty: Engr. Jules Bangate (GE)

Author Colin Ware
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
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.

Fundamentals of ecosystem science

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Florencio Ballesteros, Jr.  (EnE)

Author Kathleen C. Weathers
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier

Ecosystem science has developed into a major part of contemporary ecology, and it is now applied to diagnose and solve a wide range of important environmental problems. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science provides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science. Written by a group of experts, this book covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics.

  • Addresses, contrasts, and compares both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Combines general lessons, concepts, frameworks, and challenges in highly accessible synthesis chapters
  • Presents firsthand case studies, written by leaders in the field, offering personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach led to innovations, new understanding, management changes, and policy solutions

 

Jun 23

The UP College of Engineering Digital Institutional Repository (DIR) system is an electronic archive of research outputs and publications penned by its faculty members. It is intended to provide a foundation for the collection of digital materials from the institution. The collections include faculty publications like journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and also paper presentations.

 

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Jun 11

REFERENCE BOOKS


Atlas of material damage
Recommending faculty: Prof. John Kenneth Cruz

Author George Wypych
Place of Publication Toronto
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher ChemTec Pub.

Product reliability is the major aim of technological know-how. Uninterrupted performance of manufactured products at typical and extreme conditions of its use is the major goal of product development and the most important indicator of material quality.

This book provides information on defect formation and materials damage. The following aspects of material performance are discussed:

  1. Effect of composition, morphological features, and structure of different materials on material performance, durability, and resilience
  2. Analysis of causes of material damage and degradation
  3. Effect of processing conditions on material damage
  4. Effect of combined action of different degradants on industrial products
  5. Systematic analysis of existing knowledge regarding the modes of damage and morphology of damaged material
  6. Methods of analysis of material damage
  7. Comparison of experiences generated in different sectors of industry regarding the most frequently encountered failures, reasons for these failures, and potential improvements preventing future damage

The name “Atlas” was selected to indicate emphasis of the book on illustration with many real examples of damaged products and discussion of causes of damage and potential for material improvements.

Special chapter contains examples of damage encountered in different groups of industrial products. Each group of materials is discussed according to the following breakdown:

  1. Examples of damage typically encountered in a group under discussion
  2. Results of structural analysis of degradation (e.g., image analysis, surface and bulk mapping by analytic techniques such as NMR, XPS, thermography, etc.)
  3. Credit to the source of images, references, and explanations
  4. Conditions under which material was degraded
  5. Discussion of morphological features and observations
  • Data and images are provided for many material types, making this a hard-working reference guide for engineers working in a range of different market sectors.
  • As well as providing core data, this reference explains the range of test and imaging techniques available, enabling engineers and scientists to take optimal and cost effective decisions.
  • An essential tool for identifying material damage and implementing successful maintenance and replacement regimes.

Design and analysis of modern tracking systems
Recommending faculty:

Authors Samuel Blackman, Robert Popoli
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c1999
Publisher Artech House

An overview of the state in design and implementation of advanced tracking for single and multiple sensor systems. The text provides evaluations of sensor management, kinematic and attribute data processing, data association, situation assessment, and modern tracking and data fusion methods as applied in both military and non-military arenas. The book offers full coverage of tracking topics such as passive ranging and interactive multiple model (IMM) filtering; multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) data association; Bayesian and Dempster-Shafer attribute fusion; multiple sensor tracking methods for distributed systems such as space-based surveillance systems; use of tracking data for situation assessment and sensor management; track fusion and track-before-detect (TBD) methods; and efficient allocation of agile beam radar resources. It also covers the interpretation and optimisation of tracker data, and solves the problems associated with algorithm choice and design.


Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems (Vol. 1, 2, & 3)
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Editors Sudhakar Rao, et al.
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Artech House

This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume 1 provides a unique combination of theoretical underpinnings with design considerations and techniques.

The need for knowledge in reflector antennas has grown steadily over the last two decades due to increased use in space and ground applications, as well as their high gain and wide bandwidth capabilities at relatively low cost. This volume brings you to the leading edge of developments in the field related to numerical techniques, classical reflector geometries, adaptive reflector antennas, shaped reflectors, bifocal and bicollimated dual reflectors, advanced reflectors, and reflect arrays. A must-have reference for both practicing engineers as well as academic researchers.


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Game design secrets : do what you never thought possible to market and monetize your iOS, Facebook, and Web games
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Wagner James Au
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Design great Facebook, iOS, and Web games and learn from the experts what makes a game a hit!

This invaluable resource shows how to put into action the proven design and marketing techniques from the industry’s best game designers, who all started on a small scale. The book walks novice and experienced game designers through the step-by-step process of conceptualizing, designing, launching, and managing a winning game on platforms including Facebook, iOS, and the Web. The book is filled with examples that highlight key design features, explain how to market your game, and illustrate how to turn your design into a money-making venture.

  • Provides an overview of the most popular game platforms and shows how to design games for each
  • Contains the basic principles of game design that will help promote growth and potential to generate revenue
  • Includes interviews with top independent game developers who reveal their success secrets
  • Offers an analysis of future trends that can open (or close) opportunities for game designers

Game Design Secrets provides aspiring game designers a process for planning, designing, marketing, and ultimately making money from new games.


Body area communications : channel modeling, communication systems, and EMC
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Jianqing Wang, Qiong Wang
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Providing an introduction to the fundamentals of body area communications, this book covers the key topics of channel modeling, modulation and demodulation, and performance evaluation

A systematic introduction to body area networks (BAN), this book focuses on three major parts: channel modeling, modulation/demodulation communications performance, and electromagnetic compatibility considerations. The content is logically structured to lead readers from an introductory level through to in-depth and more advanced topics.

  • Provides a concise introduction to this emerging topic based on classroom-tested materials
  • Details the latest IEEE 802.15.6 standard activities
  • Moves from very basic physics, to useful mathematic models, and then to practical considerations
  • Covers not only EM physics and communications, but also biological applications
  • Topics approached include: link budget, bit error rate performance, RAKE and diversity reception; SAR analysis for human safety evaluation; and modeling of electromagnetic interference to implanted cardiac pacemakers
  • Provides Matlab and Fortran programs for download from the Companion Website

Harness the power of Big Data : the IBM Big Data platform
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Editors Paul C. Zikopoulos, et al.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Boost your Big Data IQ! Gain insight into how to govern and consume IBM’s unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytic capabilities

Big Data represents a new era of computing—an inflection point of opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for breakthrough insights—whether that data is in-place, in-motion, or at-rest. IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This book reveals how IBM is infusing open source Big Data technologies with IBM innovation that manifest in a platform capable of “changing the game.”

The four defining characteristics of Big Data—volume, variety, velocity, and veracity—are discussed. You’ll understand how IBM is fully committed to Hadoop and integrating it into the enterprise. Hear about how organizations are taking inventories of their existing Big Data assets, with search capabilities that help organizations discover what they could already know, and extend their reach into new data territories for unprecedented model accuracy and discovery.

In this book you will also learn not just about the technologies that make up the IBM Big Data platform, but when to leverage its purpose-built engines for analytics on data in-motion and data at-rest. And you’ll gain an understanding of how and when to govern Big Data, and how IBM’s industry-leading InfoSphere integration and governance portfolio helps you understand, govern, and effectively utilize Big Data. Industry use cases are also included in this practical guide.


Radar equations for modern radar
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author David K. Barton
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Artech House

Based on the classic Radar Range-Performance Analysis from 1980, this practical volume extends that work to ensure applicability of radar equations to the design and analysis of modern radars. This unique book helps you identify what information on the radar and its environment is needed to predict detection range. Moreover, it provides equations and data to improve the accuracy of range calculations. You find detailed information on propagation effects, methods of range calculation in environments that include clutter, jamming and thermal noise, as well as loss factors that reduce radar performance. This invaluable book is supported with nearly 200 illustrations and over 430 equations.

Contents: Background. Search Radar Equation. Radar Equations for Clutter and Jamming. Detectability Factor. Beamshape Loss. Noise Temperature. Atmospheric Effects. Pattern-Propagation Factor. Clutter and Jamming. Loss Factors in the Radar Equation.


Electronic warfare target location methods, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Richard A. Poisel
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Artech House

Describing the mathematical development underlying current and classical methods of geolocating electronic systems that are emitting, this newly revised and greatly expanded edition of a classic Artech House book offers practical guidance in electronic warfare target location. The Second Edition features a wealth of additional material including new chapters on time delay estimation, direction finding techniques, and the MUSIC algorithm. This practical resource provides you with critical design information on geolocation algorithms, and establishes the fundamentals of existing algorithms as a launch point for further algorithm development. You gain an in-depth understanding of key target location methods that you can effectively apply to your work in the field.

You discover triangulation algorithms that offer a highly efficient way to geolocate targets when the real estate on the sensor systems is adequate to support an antenna array. The book also presents quadratic geolocation techniques that can be implemented with extremely modest antennas frequently a single dipole or monopole. Moreover, this authoritative volume details methods for geolocating the source of high frequency signals with a single sensor site.


Monopulse principles and techniques, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Authors Samuel M. Sherman, David K. Barton
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Artech House

Monopulse is a type of radar that sends additional information in the signal in order to avoid problems caused by rapid changes in signal strength. Monopulse is resistant to jamming which is one of the main reasons it is used in most radar systems today. This updated and expanded edition of an Artech House classic offers engineers a current and comprehensive treatment of monopulse radar principles, techniques, and applications. The second edition features two brand new chapters, covering monopulse countermeasures and counter-countermeasures and monopulse for airborne radar and homing seekers. This essential volume categorizes and describes the various forms of monopulse radar, and analyzes their capabilities and limitations. The book also devotes considerable space to monopulse circuits and hardware components, explaining their functions and performance. This practical resource features numerous photographs and illustrations drawn from actual radar systems and components. This book serves as a valuable reference for both experienced radar engineers and those new to the field.


Radio wave propagation fundamentals
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Artem Saakian
Place of Publication Norwood, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Artech House

Written for professional engineers and students who specialize in antenna, communication and radar systems, this authoritative book provides a thorough introduction to the basic principles of electromagnetic wave propagation of radio frequencies in real-world conditions. It serves as an invaluable daily reference for practitioners in the field and also as a complete, organized text on the subject. This comprehensive resource covers a wide range of essential topics, from the classification of radio waves, electromagnetic wave theory, and antennas for RF radio links…to the impact of the earth surface on the propagation of ground waves, atmospheric affects in radio wave propagation, and radio wave reception. This book is packed with over 1,105 time-saving equations and key discussions are supported with more than 190 illustrations. Moreover, each chapter includes problem sets to test the reader’s mastery of the material.


The micro-Doppler effect in radar
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Victor C. Chen
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Artech House

The Doppler Effect can be thought of as the change in frequency of a wave for an observer moving relative to the source of the wave. In radar, it is used to measure the velocity of detected objects. This highly practical resource provides thorough working knowledge of the micro-Doppler effect in radar, including its principles, applications and implementation with MATLAB codes. The book presents code for simulating radar backscattering from targets with various motions, generating micro-Doppler signatures, and analyzing the characteristics of targets. In this title, professionals will find detailed descriptions of the physics and mathematics of the Doppler and micro-Doppler effect. The book provides a wide range of clear examples, including an oscillating pendulum, a spinning and precession heavy top, rotating rotor blades of a helicopter, rotating wind-turbine blades, a person walking with swinging arms and legs, a flying bird, and movements of quadruped animals.


Free2Play : making money from games you give away
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Will Luton
Place of Publication Berkeley, Calif.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher New Riders

“Will’s knowledge of F2P comes from years of building games, as well as writing about and consulting with developers on the model. All the topics covered in this book—economics, gameplay, monetization, analytics and marketing—are important to consider when you’re building an F2P game, and Will covers each with an easy-to-digest style.” —Ian Marsh, co-founder, NimbleBit

Free-to-Play: Making Money From Games You Give Away is an accessible and complete guide to the business model that has revolutionized the videogames industry, creating huge hits, multi-billion-dollar startups and a new deal for players: Play for free, spend on what you like.

Written by respected game designer and consultant Will Luton, Free-to-Play gives you the in-the-trenches insight you need to build, run and make money from games you give away. In it you’ll find:

  • Psychology behind player decisions and the motivations to play
  • Simple and accessible explanations of the math and economic theories behind F2P, including working examples
  • Processes for capturing and using player data to improve your game
  • Marketing tips on positioning your game and attracting players

Plus: A downloadable F2P spreadsheet, articles from the author, a foreword by NimbleBit co-founder Ian Marsh and an interview with Zynga CEO, Mark Pincus.


Social game design : monetization methods and mechanics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Authors Tim Fields, Brandon Cotton
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Social Game Design reveals what you need to know in order to create and monetize online social games. Using examples from successful game designs, you’ll learn what makes these games compelling, and why people will pay to play them. This book will inspire you to apply these principles in order to meet the challenges of this new space, creating original games that both delight players and generate profit. We’ll talk about different business models, how to acquire and keep players, how to sell virtual goods, and how to keep players coming back day after day.


Appreneur : secrets to success in the App Store
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Taylor Pierce
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Apress

You are interested in making an app. You have read all of the stories of successful developers and appreneurs. You are determined to get a piece of the pie. The world of apps is the fastest growing market in the world today, and it is here to stay. The best part is you can get in on it! Now what if I told you that without the knowledge contained in this book the odds of you making a profit are slim to none? What if I also told you that you probably wouldn’t break even? There is more to apps than most people think. The average person assumes that if they make an app, they will instantly become a millionaire. The truth is without the knowledge from years of successes and failures, you just won’t know where to begin.

Appreneur book contains tips, tricks, secrets, and stories from the top developers, appreneurs, and companies from around the globe. After reading this book, you will have the knowledge to bring your idea to life, market it, promote it, and sell it in a way that would have otherwise been impossible.

What you’ll learn

  • How to start at the bottom and rise to the top
  • How to choose the right development and platform for you
  • How to create a market for yourself instead of playing the competition
  • How to generate revenue from various app business models available
  • How to figure out what’s hot versus what’s not
  • How to make the most of your advertising dollars
  • What is free to pay (F2P) model and how to take advantage of it
  • How to secure your rights and later sell your rights to cash out or “hit it big”
  • How to evolve with the app stores and keep piracy to a minimum

Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring indie mobile app developers, especially those who want to build and sell apps on Apple iTunes App Store.


A theory of fun for game design
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Raph Koster
Place of Publication Scottsdale
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Paraglyph Press

A Theory of Fun for Game Design is not your typical how-to book. It features a novel way of teaching interactive designers how to create and improve their designs to incorporate the highest degree of fun. As the book shows, designing for fun is all about making interactive products like games highly entertaining, engaging, and addictive. The book’s unique approach of providing a highly visual storyboard approach combined with a narrative on the art and practice of designing for fun is sure to be a hit with game and interactive designers, At first glance A Theory of Fun for Game Design is a book that will truly inspire and challenge game designers to think in new was; however, its universal message will influence designers from all walks of life. This book captures the real essence of what drives us to seek out products and experiences that are truly fun and entertaining. The author masterfully presents his engaging theory by showing readers how many designs are lacking because they are predictable and not engaging enough. He then explains how great designers use different types of elements in new ways to make designs more fun and compelling. Anyone who is interested in design will enjoy how the book works on two levels–as a quick inspiration guide to game design, or as an informative discussion that details the insightful thinking from a great mind in the game industry.


The art of game design : a book of lenses
Recommending faculty:

Author Jesse Schell
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher CRC Press

Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design – no technological expertise is necessary. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality videogames. Good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. While touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses – one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask yourself that will help make your game better. These lenses are gathered from fields as diverse as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, writing, puzzle design, and anthropology. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to become a better game designer – and will understand how to do it.


Burn your portfolio : stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Michael Janda
Place of Publication San Francisco, CA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher New Riders

It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do’s and don’ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.

Michael Janda, owner of the Utah-based design firm Riser, uses humor to dispense nugget after nugget of hard-won advice collected over the last decade from the personal successes and failures he has faced running his own agency. In this surprisingly funny, but incredibly practical advice guide, Janda’s advice on teamwork and collaboration, relationship building, managing clients, bidding work, production processes, and more will resonate with creative professionals of all stripes.


Game analytics : maximizing the value of player data
Recommending faculty:

Editors Magy Seif El-Nasr, et al.
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Springer

Developing a successful game in today’s market is a challenging endeavor. Thousands of titles are published yearly, all competing for players’ time and attention. Game analytics has emerged in the past few years as one of the main resources for ensuring game quality, maximizing success, understanding player behavior and enhancing the quality of the player experience. It has led to a paradigm shift in the development and design strategies of digital games, bringing data-driven intelligence practices into the fray for informing decision making at operational, tactical and strategic levels.

Game Analytics – Maximizing the Value of Player Data is the first book on the topic of game analytics; the process of discovering and communicating patterns in data towards evaluating and driving action, improving performance and solving problems in game development and game research. Written by over 50 international experts from industry and research, it covers a comprehensive range of topics across more than 30 chapters, providing an in-depth discussion of game analytics and its practical applications.

Topics covered include monetization strategies, design of telemetry systems, analytics for iterative production, game data mining and big data in game development, spatial analytics, visualization and reporting of analysis, player behavior analysis, quantitative user testing and game user research. This state-of-the-art volume is an essential source of reference for game developers and researchers.

Key takeaways include:

  • Thorough introduction to game analytics; covering analytics applied to data on players, processes and performance throughout the game lifecycle.
  • In-depth coverage and advice on setting up analytics systems and developing good practices for integrating analytics in game-development and -management.
  • Contributions by leading researchers and experienced professionals from the industry, including Ubisoft, Sony, EA, Bioware, Square Enix, THQ, Volition, and PlayableGames.
  • Interviews with experienced industry professionals on how they use analytics to create hit games.

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REFERENCE BOOKS


Handbook of environmental engineering assessment : strategy, planning, and management
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef Compañero

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

This is one of the most comprehensive books on complex subjects of environmental engineering assessment and planning. Addressing these issues requires an understanding of technical, economic, and policy perspectives; based upon extensive research and practical experience of the authors, these perspectives are thoughtfully and clearly presented.

Covered in this book are subjects related to environmental engineering and planning which include environmental laws and regulations, international perspectives on environmental analysis engineering and planning, economic and social impact analysis, public participation, and energy and environmental implications of major public works and private projects. Contemporary issues ranging from climate change to ecorisk and sustainability are covered in a special section as well.

Under Contemporary Challenges are environmental issues that have received considerable public support and concern; they include: climate change, acid rain, deforestation, endangered species, biodiversity, ecorisk, cultural resources, and sustainability. For most of these issues, there are scientific agreements and disagreements; there are many uncertainties, thus views differ widely. These topics are discussed in considerable detail. Notwithstanding uncertainties and differing views on such topics, all of this information is put in a policy context such that progress towards addressing these contemporary challenges can be made while consensus on the nature and extent of the problem and resultant solutions are being developed.

The book provides considerable information about many timeless issues. These issues range from resources needed for sustaining the quality of life on the planet: air resources to natural resources. Specifically covered are: air, water, land, ecology, sound/noise, human aspects, economics, and resources. For each of these areas, some of the key elements are described so that one can effectively manage complex environmental engineering and planning requirements. Each of the elements are clearly defined and other information, such as how human activities affect the element, source of affects, variable to be measured, how such variables can be measured, data sources, and evaluation and interpretation of data, etc. are provided. Material presented provides a rich source of information so the reader can efficiently and effectively use it to make meaningful environmental engineering, planning, and management decisions.

  • Help with every aspect of analyzing the environmental implications of a project.
  • Complete coverage of current approaches, practices, procedures, documentations, regulations, and issues related to environmental engineering and planning.
  • Step-by-step directions for preparing environmental impact analysis, and environmental reports.
  • Valuable expert advice on international perspectives, public participation, social and environmental impacts.
  • A comprehensive write-up on contemporary issues ranging from climate change to sustainability.
  • A comprehensive description and analysis of timeless issues ranging from air resources to natural resources.

Practical handbook of photovoltaics : fundamentals and applications, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Miguel Escoto

Editors Augustin McEvoy, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Academic Press

As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a ‘benchmark’ publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.
The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

  • A thorough update to the ‘benchmark’ publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications

Handbook of corrosion engineering, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty:

Author Pierre R. Roberge
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill

THE MOST COMPLETE, UP-TO-DATE CORROSION CONTROL REFERENCE

Fully revised throughout, Handbook of Corrosion Engineering, Second Edition discusses the latest advances in corrosion-resistant materials, methods, and protective coatings. This comprehensive resource covers all aspects of corrosion damage, including detection, monitoring, prevention, and control. Written by a world-renowned expert on the subject, the book helps you to select materials and resolve design issues where corrosion is considered a factor. Understand, predict, evaluate, mitigate, and correct corrosion problems with help from this authoritative guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Aqueous corrosion
  • High-temperature corrosion
  • Atmospheric, water, seawater, soil, concrete, and microbial environments
  • Modeling, life prediction, and computer applications
  • Identifying and inspecting corrosion failures
  • Corrosion maintenance through inspection and monitoring
  • Corrosion testing
  • Selection and design of engineering materials
  • Protective coatings and corrosion inhibitors
  • Cathodic and anodic protection

CIRCULATION BOOKS


The rough guide to Android phones & tablets, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Andrew Clare
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Android Phones is the ultimate guide for Android phone users. The book shares all the tips and tricks that ensure the phone performs to its full potential. The book includes a complete lowdown on the hottest 100 Android apps, as well as codes to use for on-the-spot downloading. The Rough Guide reveals the secrets of this up-and-coming mobile operating system, covering models produced by Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and many more. From the basic questions like “What is Android?” to making the most of its functionality, this is the complete companion to your Android phone.

Stats:

  • More than 250,000 Android apps available
  • Android was listed as the bestselling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys.

Agile data warehousing project management : business intelligence systems using Scrum
Recommending faculty: Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao

Author Ralph Hughes
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

You have to make sense of enormous amounts of data, and while the notion of “agile data warehousing” might sound tricky, it can yield as much as a 3-to-1 speed advantage while cutting project costs in half. Bring this highly effective technique to your organization with the wisdom of agile data warehousing expert Ralph Hughes. Agile Data Warehousing Project Management will give you a thorough introduction to the method as you would practice it in the project room to build a serious “data mart.” Regardless of where you are today, this step-by-step implementation guide will prepare you to join or even lead a team in visualizing, building, and validating a single component to an enterprise data warehouse.

  • Provides a thorough grounding on the mechanics of Scrum as well as practical advice on keeping your team on track
  • Includes strategies for getting accurate and actionable requirements from a team’s business partner
  • Revolutionary estimating techniques that make forecasting labor far more understandable and accurate
  • Demonstrates a blends of Agile methods to simplify team management and synchronize inputs across IT specialties
  • Enables you and your teams to start simple and progress steadily to world-class performance levels

Observing the user experience : a practitioner’s guide to user research, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Elizabeth Goodman, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

The gap between who designers and developers imagine their users are, and who those users really are can be the biggest problem with product development. Observing the User Experience will help you bridge that gap to understand what your users want and need from your product, and whether they’ll be able to use what you’ve created.

Filled with real-world experience and a wealth of practical information, this book presents a complete toolbox of techniques to help designers and developers see through the eyes of their users. It provides in-depth coverage of 13 user experience research techniques that will provide a basis for developing better products, whether they’re Web, software or mobile based. In addition, it’s written with an understanding of product development in the real world, taking tight budgets, short schedules, and existing processes into account.

Since the publication of the first edition, the business of user research has exploded with new technologies and new techniques. This second edition takes those changes into account with extensive revisions to existing topics. It also adds entirely new material on observational research, mobile usability, diary studies, remote research, and cross-cultural and multilingual projects.

  • Explains how to balance usability with creativity and originality
  • A valuable resource for designers, developers, project managers — anyone whose work affects the end user experience
  • Provides a real-world perspective on research. Helps you do user research cheaply and quickly, and present it persuasively
  • Gives you the tools and confidence to perform user research on your own design, tuning user experience to the unique needs of your product and its users

Interactive storytelling for video games : a player-centered approach to creating memorable characters and stories
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Josiah Lebowitz and Chris Klug
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Focal Press

What really makes a video game story interactive?
What’s the best way to create an interactive story?
How much control should players be given?
Do they really want that control in the first place?
Do they even know what they want-or are their stated desires at odds with the unconscious preferences?

All of these questions and more are examined in this definitive book on interactive storytelling for video games. You’ll get detailed descriptions of all major types of interactive stories, case studies of popular games (including Bioshock, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid), and how players interact with them, and an in-depth analysis of the results of a national survey on player storytelling preferences in games. You’ll get the expert advice you need to generate compelling and original game concepts and narratives.


Android application development cookbook : 93 recipes for building winning apps
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Wei-Meng Lee
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

A must-have collection of ready-to-use Android recipes!

The popularity of Google Android devices is seemingly unstoppable and the Android 4 release offers, for the first time, a single OS solution for building both phone and tablet applications. With that exciting information in mind, veteran author Wei-Meng Lee presents you with 100 unique recipes that you can apply today in order to discover solutions to some of the most commonly encountered problems that exist in Android programming.

Covering the scope of multiple Android releases up through Android 4, this reference features a task description, followed by the solution(s) available, and a standalone project file that illustrates the use of the recipe. Formatting each recipe to be standalone, Wei-Meng Lee allows you to jump into the relevant recipe to find a solution to specific challenges.

  • Identifies and describes a programming task, provides a step-by-step solution, and presents a full-code solution ready for download
  • Covers multiple Android releases
  • Addresses such topics as user interfaces, telephony and messaging, networking, Google maps, location-based services, persisting data, leveraging hardware features, and more

Android Application Development Cookbook is your solution to discovering…solutions!


Human-computer interaction : an empirical research perspective
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Author I. Scott MacKenzie
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective is the definitive guide to empirical research in HCI. The book begins with foundational topics including historical context, the human factor, interaction elements, and the fundamentals of science and research. From there, you’ll progress to learning about the methods for conducting an experiment to evaluate a new computer interface or interaction technique. There are detailed discussions and how-to analyses on models of interaction, focusing on descriptive models and predictive models. Writing and publishing a research paper is explored with helpful tips for success. Throughout the book, you’ll find hands-on exercises, checklists, and real-world examples. This is your must-have, comprehensive guide to empirical and experimental research in HCI-an essential addition to your HCI library.

  • Master empirical and experimental research with this comprehensive, A-to-Z guide in a concise, hands-on reference
  • Discover the practical and theoretical ins-and-outs of user studies
  • Find exercises, takeaway points, and case studies throughout

Professional Android 4 application development
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Reto Meier
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Developers, build mobile Android apps using Android 4

The fast-growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you’re an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google’s lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands-on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.

  • Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
  • Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform
  • Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi-Fi direct
  • Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more

This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.


Game design essentials
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Briar Lee Mitchell
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

An easy-to-follow primer on the fundamentals of digital game design

The quickly evolving mobile market is spurring digital game creation into the stratosphere, with revenue from games exceeding that of the film industry. With this guide to the basics, you’ll get in on the game of digital game design while you learn the skills required for storyboarding, character creation, environment creation, level design, programming, and testing.

  • Teaches basic skill sets in the context of current systems, genres, and game-play styles
  • Demonstrates how to design for different sectors within gaming including console, PC, handheld, and mobile
  • Explores low-poly modeling for game play
  • Addresses character and prop animation, lighting and rendering, and environment design
  • Discusses the path from concept to product, including pre- and post-production
  • Includes real-world scenarios and interviews with key studio and industry professionals

With Game Design Essentials, you’ll benefit from a general-but-thorough overview of the core art and technology fundamentals of digital game design for the 21st century.


Polymer nanocomposites by emulsion and suspension polymerization

Editor Vikas Mittal
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher RSC Pub.

Polymer nanocomposites revolutionized research in the composites area by achieving the nanoscale dispersion of the inorganic filler (clay platelets) in the polymer matrices after suitable surface modifications of the filler phase. A large number of polymer matrices were tried and nanocomposites with varying degrees of successes were achieved with these polymer systems. The majority of the synthesis are carried out by melt blending which frequently result in the full exfoliation of the filler. However, advanced techniques provide a number of advantages as compared to the melt blending and lead to more uniform composites with enhanced properties. There are a number of recent advances in these methods such as the use of reactive surfactants, modified initiators, advanced clay surface modifications, use of a variety of fillers, inverse polymerization, and miniemulsion polymerization methods which have further led the generation of advanced exfoliated nanocomposites. Until now, most of the published research has been scattered throughout the literature. This book provides a single comprehensive source of information about one of the most important facets of polymer nanocomposites technology: synthesis in emulsion and suspension. These polymerization methods lead to the generation of the well delaminated polymer nanocomposites with a wide range of polymer matrices. This book serves as both a professional reference for experienced researchers and a valuable text for newcomers to the field. It makes the reader aware of the potential commercial use of these recent developments.


Game development essentials : an introduction, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Jeannie Novak
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS, International Edition is an authoritative, industry-driven introduction to the world of game development, with updates that keep readers current and well-prepared for a successful career in the field. This book not only examines content creation and the concepts behind development, but it also give readers a background on the evolution of game development and how it has become what it is today. GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS also includes chapters on project management, development team roles and responsibilities, development cycle, marketing, maintenance, and the future of game development.

With the same engaging writing style and examples that made the first two editions so popular, this new edition features all the latest games and game technology. Coverage of new game-related technology, development techniques, and the latest research in the field make this an invaluable resource for anyone entering the exciting, competitive, ever-changing world of game development.


Introductory bioelectronics : for engineers and physical scientists
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Ronald Pethig & Stewart Smith
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Bioelectronics is a rich field of research involving the application of electronics engineering principles to biology, medicine, and the health sciences. With its interdisciplinary nature, bioelectronics spans state-of-the-art research at the interface between the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences.

Introductory Bioelectronics offers a concise overview of the field and teaches the fundamentals of biochemical, biophysical, electrical, and physiological concepts relevant to bioelectronics. It is the first book to bring together these various topics, and to explain the basic theory and practical applications at an introductory level.

The authors describe and contextualise the science by examining recent research and commercial applications. They also cover the design methods and forms of instrumentation that are required in the application of bioelectronics technology. The result is a unique book with the following key features:

  • an interdisciplinary approach, which develops theory through practical examples and clinical applications, and delivers the necessary biological knowledge from an electronic engineer’s perspective
  • a problem section in each chapter that readers can use for self-assessment, with model answers given at the end of the book along with references to key scientific publications
  • discussions of new developments in the bioelectronics and biosensors fields, such as microfluidic devices and nanotechnology

Supplying the tools to succeed, this text is the best resource for engineering and physical sciences students in bioelectronics, biomedical engineering and micro/nano-engineering. Not only that, it is also a resource for researchers without formal training in biology, who are entering PhD programmes or working on industrial projects in these areas.


Biomaterials science : an introduction to materials in medicine, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

Editor Buddy D. Ratner, et al.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press

The revised edition of this renowned and bestselling title is the most comprehensive single text on all aspects of biomaterials science. It provides a balanced, insightful approach to both the learning of the science and technology of biomaterials and acts as the key reference for practitioners who are involved in the applications of materials in medicine.

  • Over 29,000 copies sold, this is the most comprehensive coverage of principles and applications of all classes of biomaterials: “the only such text that currently covers this area comprehensively” – Materials Today
  • Edited by four of the best-known figures in the biomaterials field today; fully endorsed and supported by the Society for Biomaterials
  • Fully revised and expanded, key new topics include of tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and new clinical applications, with new teaching and learning material throughout, case studies and a downloadable image bank

Ethics in information technology
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author George W. Reynolds
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Give your students a strong understanding of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of information technology with Reynolds’ “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition”. The latest edition of this dynamic text provides the most up-to-date, thorough coverage of newsworthy technology developments and their impact on business today. Students examine issues surrounding professional codes of ethics, file sharing, and infringement of intellectual property, security risk assessment, Internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, compliance, social networking, and the ethics of IT corporations.

This book offers an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current and future business managers and IT professionals. Unlike typical introductory Information Systems books that provide only one chapter for ethics and IT and cannot cover the full scope of IT-related ethical issues, “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” provides thorough coverage focused on preparing the individuals who are primarily responsible for addressing ethical issues in today’s workplace. Future business managers and IT professionals learn how to examine the various ethical situations that typically arise in IT and gain experience from the book’s practical advice for addressing the issues.

Up-to-the-minute business vignettes and thought-provoking questions challenge students’ knowledge; while features focused on decision making, such as this edition’s updated Manager’s Checklists, provide brief, critical points to consider in making key business decisions. Trust “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” to equip your business decision makers with the understanding of ethics and IT needed for ongoing business success.


Information technology project management, 7th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Kathy Schwalbe
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Introduce your students to exciting “behind-the-scenes” opportunities and challenges in technology today with Schwalbe’s unique INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition. This one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the principles distinctive to managing information technology (IT) projects that extend well beyond standard project management requirements.
No book offers more up-to-the minute insights and software tools for IT project management success, including updates that reflect the latest PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition, the global standard for managing projects and earning certification. The book weaves today’s theory with successful practices for an understandable, integrated presentation that focuses on the concepts, tools, and techniques that are most effective today.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition is the only text to apply all ten project management knowledge areas to IT projects. Students master skills in project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management as well as all five process groups–initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Intriguing examples from familiar companies featured in today’s news, a new Agile case, opportunities with MindView software, and a new chapter on project stakeholder management further ensure your readers have the foundation to manage IT projects with success.


The multiplayer classroom : designing coursework as a game
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Lee Sheldon
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology/Cengage Learning

Discover how to engage your students and raise their grades and attendance in your classroom. THE MULTIPLAYER CLASSROOM: DESIGNING COURSEWORK AS A GAME is your detailed guide to designing any structured learning experience as a game. Written for professional educators or those learning to be educators, here are the tools to engage and excite students by using principles learned in the development of popular video games. Suitable for use in the classroom or the boardroom, the book features a reader-friendly style that introduces game concepts and vocabulary in a logical way. You don’t need any experience making games or even playing games to use this book. Yet, you will learn how to create multiplayer games for any age on any subject. Bring your classroom into the 21st century!


Quality hand soldering and circuit board repair, 6th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author H. (Ted) Smith
Place of Publication Clifton Park, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

Straightforward and easy to understand, the Sixth Edition of Quality Hand Soldering and Circuit Board Repair has been thoroughly revised to provide readers with the most up to date information in the industry. Focusing on the production and repair of circuit boards, this text begins with the basics of soldering and the requirements for a reliable solder connection. Readers are then guided through a variety of circuit board repairs, from conformal coating identification and removal to different types of track/pad repairs, burn repairs, and edge connector repairs. With safety tips and multiple opportunities for review and practice, this step by step reference book provides readers with the skills and knowledge needed to remain competitive and in accordance with international standards.


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