Feb 10


Simulation with Arena

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Eugene Rex Jalao (IE 144, 281)

Authors W. David Kelton, Randall P. Sadowski, Nancy B. Zupick
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication c2015
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Simulation with Arena provides a comprehensive treatment of simulation using industry-standard Arena software. The text starts by having the reader develop simple high-level models, and then progresses to advanced modeling and analysis. Statistical design and analysis of simulation experiments is integrated with the modeling chapters, reflecting the importance of mathematical modeling of these activities. An informal, tutorial writing style is used to aid the beginner in fully understanding the ideas and topics presented. The academic version of Arena and example files are available through the book’s website. McGraw-Hill is proud to offer Connect with the sixth edition of Kelton’s, Simulation with Arena. This innovative and powerful system helps your students learn more efficiently and gives you the ability to customize your homework problems simply and easily. Track individual student performance – by question, assignment, or in relation to the class overall with detailed grade reports. ConnectPlus provides students with all the advantages of Connect, plus 24/7 access to an eBook. Kelton’s Simulation with Arena, sixth edition, includes the power of McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart a proven adaptive learning system that helps students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge through a series of adaptive questions. This innovative study tool pinpoints concepts the student does not understand and maps out a personalized plan for success.

The process improvement handbook : a blueprint for managing change and increasing organizational performance

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Eugene Rex Jalao (IE 144, 281)

Authors Tristan Boutros, Tim Purdie
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Today’s business environment demands faster responses, better service, and increased agility. The Process Improvement Handbook reveals how to design effective process improvement structures, organizations, and cultures to meet those needs. Focusing on specific process improvement knowledge areas, this practical work establishes the foundation required to create, maintain, and measure processes while equipping practitioners with the necessary skills to deliver consistent, successful outcomes.

This definitive resource introduces a body of knowledge for anyone looking to improve their operating environment. The result is process self-sufficiency, extensibility, sustainability, higher quality, and overall speed that increases competitive advantage. The principles explained in this book encapsulate everything needed to be more “process mature,” and to enable process excellence from start to finish.

Coverage includes:

  • The process improvement overview
  • Process maturity
  • Process-Oriented Architecture (POA)
  • Creating a process ecosystem
  • Managing process improvements
  • The process improvement organization
  • Process improvement aptitudes
  • Case examples
  • Process improvement templates and instructions

Automation, production systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Gil Kenneth San Miguel  (IE 253)

Author Mikell P. Groover
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2016]
Publisher Pearson

Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing is appropriate for advanced undergraduate/ graduate-level courses in Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.

Asia’s energy challenge : key issues and policy options

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Editors  Minsoo Lee, Donghyun Park, and Harry D. Saunders
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon
Date of Publication c2015
Publisher Routledge

This book examines key issues and policy options in the development of Asia’s energy security. Rapid growth has transformed Asia’s presence in the world economy: Past growth has dramatically improved Asia’s living standards, lifting millions out of poverty. Future growth will do the same. But, crucially, can Asia secure the energy it needs to fuel this dramatic economic expansion? This book stresses that the threefold challenge of energy supply security, environmental sustainability, and affordable access requires a multipronged approach. The book also explains that the region must actively contain its rising demand, aggressively explore new energy supply sources and technology, and progressively promote the regional integration of energy markets and infrastructure.

The book also highlights that, unless there is a paradigm shift in the current energy use, Asia will struggle to deliver the inclusive growth needed to lift millions of its citizens out of poverty. The book also considers the range of policy reforms and technological developments that can ensure a future of ample, affordable, clean energy for Asia.

Variable renewable energy and the electricity grid

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Authors  Jay Apt and Paulina Jaramillo
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher RFF Press

The integration of renewable energy resources into the electricity grid presents an important challenge. This book provides a review and analysis of the technical and policy options available for managing variable energy resources such as wind and solar power. As well as being of value to government and industry policy-makers and planners, the volume also provides a single source for scientists and engineers of the technical knowledge gained during the 4-year RenewElec (renewable electricity) project at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Vermont, Vermont Law School, and the Van Ness Feldman environmental law firm.

The first part of the book discusses the options for large scale integration of variable electric power generation, including issues of predictability, variability, and efficiency. The second part presents the scientific findings of the project. In the final part, the authors undertake a critical review of major quantitative regional and national wind integration studies in the United States. Based on comparisons among these studies, they suggest areas where improvements in methods are warranted in future studies, areas where additional research is needed to facilitate future improvements in wind integration studies and how the research can be put into practice.

The Governance of energy megaprojects : politics, hubris and energy security

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Authors Benjamin K. Sovacool, Christopher J. Cooper
Place of Publication Cheltenham, UK
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing Limited

This book investigates why energy megaprojects fail to deliver their promised benefits. It offers the first comprehensive assessment of the complicated dynamics driving – and constraining – megaprojects initiated in the rapid scramble for energy resources and efforts to improve energy security. The authors approach the assessment of megaprojects from a socio-technical angle, emphasizing broad issues of political leadership, regulation, financing, interest group opposition and environmental impact, as well as conventional technological factors such as engineering design and project management.

The Governance of Energy Megaprojects will prove insightful for academics concerned about energy policy, energy security, environmental impact and technology assessment. But the book should prove equally compelling to those engaged in the practical management and implementation of large-scale energy projects anywhere in the world.

1. Introduction
2. Understanding Why Energy Megaprojects Fail
3. The Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline Network (TAGP)
4. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Oil Pipeline
5. The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)
6. The Gobitec Solar Array
7. Conclusions Bigger is Blunder

The Handbook of global energy policy

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Editor  Andreas Goldthau
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, UK
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell

This is the first handbook to provide a global policy perspective on energy, bringing together a diverse range of international energy issues in one volume.

  • Maps the emerging field of global energy policy both for scholars and practitioners; the focus is on global issues, but it also explores the regional impact of international energy policies
  • Accounts for the multi-faceted nature of global energy policy challenges and broadens discussions of these beyond the prevalent debates about oil supply
  • Analyzes global energy policy challenges across the dimensions of markets, development, sustainability, and security, and identifies key global policy challenges for the future
  • Comprises newly-commissioned research by an international team of scholars and energy policy practitioners

that can ensure a future of ample, affordable, clean energy for Asia.

Renewable energy policy and politics : a handbook for decision-making

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Editor  Karl Mallon
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Earthscan

Understanding why renewable energy policies succeed and fail is essential for a range of stakeholders in the energy and environmental sectors. Clear information on why and how to secure successful renewable energy markets is much needed. Renewable Energy Policy and Politics meets that need, bringing together the experience of world leaders in this field. The book addresses the politics of renewable energy, the key players required to drive energy reform and those likely to resist change. The interplay between government, industry and society is discussed and explained with a balanced hand, offering a rare insight into political campaigning on energy. International case studies are included, complemented by a step-by-step breakdown of the elements required to achieve legislation. This book sets out the rules of the game, the stakes and the strategies for success. It will be an invaluable tool for policy makers, energy consultants, non-governmental organizations and other professionals working in the fields of energy policy, climate change and environmental policy. Students and researchers keen to enhance their knowledge of renewable energy markets and policy development will also find this essential reading.

Renewable energy policy convergence in the EU : the evolution of feed-in tariffs in Germany, Spain and France

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Author David Jacobs
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, England
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Ashgate Publishing Limited

This book examines the coordination of renewable energy policies in the European Union using an innovative theoretical approach to explain national policy making. David Jacobs asks, why are national support instruments for electricity from renewable energy sources converging, even though the harmonisation of these frameworks at the European level has failed? Which causal mechanisms lead to cross-national policy similarities? And what are the implications for policy coordination in the EU? The author traces the evolution of feed-in tariffs – the most successful and most widely used support mechanism for renewable electricity – in Germany, Spain and France. He reveals increasing cross-national policy similarities in feed-in tariff design – despite the failure of harmonizing instruments at the European level. He explains these increasing policy similarities by applying policy convergence theory. Policy convergence can occur voluntarily, based on transnational communication, regulatory competition and technological innovations and these findings have important implications for European policy steering. The key to this book is the interrelation of an innovative theoretical concept (coordination of policies in the international arena via voluntary cooperation) with a very topical empirical research focus – the promotion of renewable energies in the EU. It will be essential reading for scholars and students of environmental policy, comparative politics and European studies.

Energy revolution : policies for a sustainable future

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Mili-Ann Tamayao  (EgyE 201)

Author  Howard Geller
Place of Publication Washington, DC
Date of Publication [2003]
Publisher Island Press


The transformation from a carbon-based world economy to one based on high efficiency and renewables is a necessary step if human society is to achieve sustainablity, but while scientists and researchers have made significant advances in energy efficiency and renewable technologies, consumers have yet to see dramatic changes in the marketplace – due in large part to government policies and programmes that favour the use of fossil fuels. This text examines the policy options for mitigating or removing the entrenched advantages held by fossil fuels and speeding the transition to a more sustainable energy future.


Big data : techniques and technologies in geoinformatics

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Julius Bañgate (GME 220)

Place of Publication  Boca Raton
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Big data has always been a major challenge in geoinformatics as geospatial data come in various types and formats, new geospatial data are acquired very fast, and geospatial databases are inherently very large. And while there have been advances in hardware and software for handling big data, they often fall short of handling geospatial big data efficiently and effectively. Big Data: Techniques and Technologies in Geoinformaticstackles these challenges head on, integrating coverage of techniques and technologies for storing, managing, and computing geospatial big data.

Providing a perspective based on analysis of time, applications, and resources, this book familiarizes readers with geospatial applications that fall under the category of big data. It explores new trends in geospatial data collection, such as geo-crowdsourcing and advanced data collection technologies such as LiDAR point clouds. The book features a range of topics on big data techniques and technologies in geoinformatics including distributed computing, geospatial data analytics, social media, and volunteered geographic information.

With chapters contributed by experts in geoinformatics and in domains such as computing and engineering, the book provides an understanding of the challenges and issues of big data in geoinformatics applications. The book is a single collection of current and emerging techniques, technologies, and tools that are needed to collect, analyze, manage, process, and visualize geospatial big data.

Fundamentals of radar signal processing

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Julius Bañgate  (GME 230)

Author Mark A. Richards
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Fully updated and expanded, Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing, Second Edition, offers comprehensive coverage of the basic digital signal processing techniques and technologies on which virtually all modern radar systems rely, including target and interference models, matched filtering, waveform design, Doppler processing, threshold detection, and measurement accuracy.

The methods and interpretations of linear systems, filtering, sampling, and Fourier analysis are used throughout to provide a unified tutorial approach. End-of-chapter problems reinforce the material covered. Developed over many years of academic and professional education, this authoritative resource is ideal for graduate students as well as practicing engineers.

Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing, Second Edition, covers:

  • Introduction to radar systems
  • Signal models
  • Pulsed radar data acquisition
  • Radar waveforms
  • Doppler processing
  • Detection fundamentals
  • Measurements and tracking
  • Introduction to synthetic aperture imaging
  • Introduction to beamforming and space-time adaptive processing

Introduction to digital image processing

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Julius Bañgate  (GE 179)

Author William K. Pratt
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher CRC Press

The subject of digital image processing has migrated from a graduate to a junior or senior level course as students become more proficient in mathematical background earlier in their college education. With that in mind, Introduction to Digital Image Processing is simpler in terms of mathematical derivations and eliminates derivations of advanced subjects. Most importantly, the textbook contains an extensive set of programming exercises for students.

The textbook examines the basic technologies needed to support image processing applications, including the characterization of continuous images, image sampling and quantization techniques, and two-dimensional signal processing techniques. It then covers the two principle areas of image processing: image enhancement and restoration techniques and extraction of information from an image. It concludes with discussions of image and video compression.

  • Covers the mathematical representation of continuous images and discrete images
  • Discusses the psychophysical properties of human vision
  • Analyzes and compares linear processing techniques implemented by direct convolution and Fourier domain filtering
  • Details restoration models, point and spatial restoration and geometrical image modification
  • Includes morphological image processing, edge detection, image feature extraction, image segmentation, object shape analysis, and object detection
  • Describes coding technique applicable to still image and video coding based upon point and spatial processing
  • Outlines the widely adopted JPEG and MPEG still image and video coding standards

The author’s accessible style provides historical background on the development of image processing techniques as well as a theoretical exposition. The inclusion of numerous exercises fully prepares students for further study.

Modern control systems

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Jennifer Fabular  (ME 176, 177)

Author Richard C. Dorf, Robert H. Bishop
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Pearson

Modern Control Systems, 12e, is ideal for an introductory undergraduate course in control systems for engineering students. Written to be equally useful for all engineering disciplines, this text is organized around the concept of control systems theory as it has been developed in the frequency and time domains. It provides coverage of classical control, employing root locus design, frequency and response design using Bode and Nyquist plots. It also covers modern control methods based on state variable models including pole placement design techniques with full-state feedback controllers and full-state observers. Many examples throughout give students ample opportunity to apply the theory to the design and analysis of control systems. Incorporates computer-aided design and analysis using MATLAB and LabVIEW MathScript.

Operations management : sustainability and supply chain management

Author Jay Heizer, Barry Render
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Pearson

 A broad, practical introduction to operations, reinforced with an extensive collection of practice problems.

Operations Management presents a broad introduction to the field of operations in a realistic and practical manner, while offering the largest and most diverse collection of problems on the market. The problems found in this text also contain ample support—found in the book’s solved-problems, worked examples, and myomlab, Pearson’s new online homework and tutorial system—to help students complete and understand assignments even when they’re not in class.

Manufacturing facilities design and material handling

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Alyssa Jean Portus  (IE 152)

Author  Matthew P. Stephens, Fred E. Meyers
Place of Publication West Lafayette, Indiana
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Purdue University Press

Designed for junior- and senior-level courses in Plant and Facilities Planning and Manufacturing Systems and Procedures, this textbook is also suitable for graduate-level and two-year college courses. The book takes a practical, hands-on, project-oriented approach to exploring the techniques and procedures for developing an efficient facility layout. It also introduces state-of-the-art tools including computer simulation. Access to Layout-iQ workspace planning software is included for purchasers of the book. Theoretical concepts are clearly explained and then rapidly applied to a practical setting through a detailed case study at the end of the volume. The book systematically leads students through the collection, analysis, and development of information to produce a quality functional plant layout for a lean manufacturing environment. All aspects of facility design, from receiving to shipping, are covered. In the fifth edition of this successful book, previously published by Prentice Hall, numerous updates and corrections have been made. Also, rather than including brief “case-in-point” examples at the end of each chapter, a single, detailed case study is provided that better exposes students to the multiple considerations that need to be taken into account when improving efficiency in a real manufacturing facility. The textbook has enjoyed substantial international adoptions and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese. This replaces the 4th Edition by Prentice Hall (ISBN# 978-0135001059).


Facilities planning

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Alyssa Jean Portus (IE 152)

Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Wiley

When it comes to facilities planning, engineers turn to this book to explore the most current practices. The new edition continues to guide them through each step in the planning process. The updated material includes more discussions on economics, the supply chain, and ports of entry. It takes a more global perspective while incorporating new case studies to show how the information is applied in the field. Many of the chapters have been streamlined as well to focus on the most relevant topics. All of this will help engineers approach facilities planning with creativity and precision.
Feb 10


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 1 : January 25, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 3 : February 1, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 4 : February 8, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.

Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 108, no. 636 : January 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East

National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 228, no. 5 : November 2015
Publisher National Geographic Society

National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 228, no. 6 : December 2015
Publisher National Geographic Society

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Feb 1


Design with operational amplifiers and analog integrated circuits, Fourth edition, International student edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Madamba

Author Sergio Franco
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

Franco’s “Design with Operational Amplifiers and Analog Integrated Circuits, 4e” combines theory with real-life applications to deliver a straight forward look at analog design principles and techniques. An emphasis on the physical picture helps the student develop the intuition and practical insight that are the keys to making sound design decisions. The book is intended for a design-oriented course in applications with operational amplifiers and analog ICs. It also serves as a comprehensive reference for practicing engineers. This new edition includes enhanced pedagogy (additional problems, more in-depth coverage of negative feedback, more effective layout), updated technology (current-feedback and folded-cascode amplifiers, and low-voltage amplifiers), and increased topical coverage (current-feedback amplifiers, switching regulators and phase-locked loops).

C++ : how to program, Eighth edition, Pearson Horizon edition

Authors Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel
Place of Publication Essex, England
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

This is a specially adapted edition of an established title widely used by colleges and universities throughout the world Pearson published this exclusive edition solely for the benefit of students.

C++ : how to program, Ninth edition

Authors Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Pearson

For Introduction to Programming (CS1) and other more intermediate courses covering programming in C++. Also appropriate as a supplement for upper-level courses where the instructor uses a book as a reference for the C++ language.

This best-selling comprehensive text is aimed at readers with little or no programming experience. It teaches programming by presenting the concepts in the context of full working programs and takes an early-objects approach. The authors emphasize achieving program clarity through structured and object-oriented programming, software reuse and component-oriented software construction. The Ninth Edition encourages students to connect computers to the community, using the Internet to solve problems and make a difference in our world. All content has been carefully fine-tuned in response to a team of distinguished academic and industry reviewers.

MyProgrammingLab for C++ How to Program is a total learning package. MyProgrammingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students in learning. It helps students better prepare for class, quizzes, and exams—resulting in better performance in the course—and provides educators a dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class progress. And, MyProgrammingLab comes from Pearson, your partner in providing the best digital learning experience.

View the Deitel Buzz online to learn more about the newest publications from the Deitels.

Solid state electronic devices, Seventh edition, Global edition

Authors Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay Kumar Banerjee
Place of Publication Essex, England
Date of Publication [2016]
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

For undergraduate electrical engineering students or for practicing engineers and scientists interested in updating their understanding of modern electronics

One of the most widely used introductory books on semiconductor materials, physics, devices and technology, Solid State Electronic Devices aims to: 1) develop basic semiconductor physics concepts, so students can better understand current and future devices; and 2) provide a sound understanding of current semiconductor devices and technology, so that their applications to electronic and optoelectronic circuits and systems can be appreciated. Students are brought to a level of understanding that will enable them to read much of the current literature on new devices and applications.

Teaching and Learning Experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students. It will help:

  • Provide a Sound Understanding of Current Semiconductor Devices: With this background, students will be able to see how their applications to electronic and optoelectronic circuits and systems are meaningful.
  • Incorporate the Basics of Semiconductor Materials and Conduction Processes in Solids: Most of the commonly used semiconductor terms and concepts are introduced and related to a broad range of devices.
  • Develop Basic Semiconductor Physics Concepts: With this background, students will be better able to understand current and future devices.

Computer networks and internets, Sixth edition, Global edition

Author Douglas E. Comer
Place of Publication Essex, England
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

Appropriate for all introductory-to-intermediate courses in computer networking, the Internet, or Internet applications; students need no background in networking, operating systems, or advanced mathematics.

Leading networking authority Douglas Comer presents a wide-ranging, self-contained tour of the concepts, principles, and technologies that enable today’s Internet to support applications ranging from web browsing to telephony and multimedia. Comer begins by illuminating the applications and facilities offered by today’s Internet. Next, he systematically introduces the underlying network technologies and protocols that make them possible. With these concepts and technologies established, he introduces several of the most important contemporary issues faced by network implementers and managers, including quality of service, Internet telephony, multimedia, network security, and network management. Comer has carefully designed this book to support both top-down and bottom-up teaching approaches. Students need no background in operating systems, and no sophisticated math: Comer relies throughout on figures, drawings, examples, and analogies, not mathematical proofs.

Teaching and Learning Experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students.

  • Broad Coverage of Key Concepts and Principles, Presented in a Technology-independent Fashion: Comer focuses on imparting knowledge that students will need regardless of which technologies emerge or become obsolete.
  • Flexible Organization that Supports both Top-down and Bottom-up Teaching Approaches: Chapters may be sequenced to accommodate a wide variety of course needs and preferences.
  • An Accessible Presentation that Resonates with Students: Comer relies throughout on figures, drawings, examples, and analogies, not mathematical proofs.
  • Keep Your Course Current: Content is refreshed to provide the most up-to-date information on new technologies for your course.


Analog fundamentals : a systems approach

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Madamba

Authors Thomas L. Floyd, David M. Buchla
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Pearson

Analog Fundamentals: A Systems Approach provides unique coverage of analog devices and circuits with a systems emphasis. Discrete linear devices, operational amplifiers, and other linear integrated circuits, are all covered with less emphasis on the individual device, and more discussion on how these devices are incorporated into larger circuits and systems.

Distant speech recognition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Crisron Lucas

Authors Matthias Wolfel and John McDonough
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

A complete overview of distant automatic speech recognition

The performance of conventional Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) systems degrades dramatically as soon as the microphone is moved away from the mouth of the speaker. This is due to a broad variety of effects such as background noise, overlapping speech from other speakers, and reverberation. While traditional ASR systems underperform for speech captured with far-field sensors, there are a number of novel techniques within the recognition system as well as techniques developed in other areas of signal processing that can mitigate the deleterious effects of noise and reverberation, as well as separating speech from overlapping speakers.

Distant Speech Recognitionpresents a contemporary and comprehensive description of both theoretic abstraction and practical issues inherent in the distant ASR problem.

Key Features:

  • Covers the entire topic of distant ASR and offers practical solutions to overcome the problems related to it
  • Provides documentation and sample scripts to enable readers to construct state-of-the-art distant speech recognition systems
  • Gives relevant background information in acoustics and filter techniques,
  • Explains the extraction and enhancement of classification relevant speech features
  • Describes maximum likelihood as well as discriminative parameter estimation, and maximum likelihood normalization techniques
  • Discusses the use of multi-microphone configurations for speaker tracking and channel combination
  • Presents several applications of the methods and technologies described in this book
  • Accompanying website with open source software and tools to construct state-of-the-art distant speech recognition systems

This reference will be an invaluable resource for researchers, developers, engineers and other professionals, as well as advanced students in speech technology, signal processing, acoustics, statistics and artificial intelligence fields.

Fundamentals of logic design, Seventh edition, International student edition

Authors Charles H. Roth, Jr., Larry L. Kinney
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Cengage Learning

Updated with modern coverage, a streamlined presentation, and excellent companion software, this seventh edition of FUNDAMENTALS OF LOGIC DESIGN achieves yet again an unmatched balance between theory and application. Authors Charles H. Roth, Jr. and Larry L. Kinney carefully present the theory that is necessary for understanding the fundamental concepts of logic design while not overwhelming students with the mathematics of switching theory. Divided into 20 easy-to-grasp study units, the book covers such fundamental concepts as Boolean algebra, logic gates design, flip-flops, and state machines. By combining flip-flops with networks of logic gates, students will learn to design counters, adders, sequence detectors, and simple digital systems. After covering the basics, this text presents modern design techniques using programmable logic devices and the VHDL hardware description language.


  • Balances the basic theory of switching circuits and how to apply it providing students with a clear presentation of the key concepts and how to apply them to problems.
  • Contains built-in Self Study Guide at the beginning of each chapter containing reading assignments and study questions which prepare students to make the most of their reading.
  • Includes simulation or laboratory exercises along with specially designed LogicAid and SimuAid design and simulation software that provides opportunities to design a logic circuit and then test its operation.

Reverse engineering : mechanisms, structures, systems, and materials

Author Robert W. Messler, Jr.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

A comprehensive look at reverse engineering as a legitimate learning, design, and troubleshooting tool

This unique book examines the often underappreciated and occasionally maligned technique of reverse engineering. More than a shortcut for the lazy or unimaginative to reproduce an artless copy of an existing creation, reverse engineering is an essential brick – if not a keystone – in the pathway to a society’s technological advancement.

Written by an engineer who began teaching after years in industry, Reverse Engineering reviews this meticulous analytical process with a breadth and depth as never before. Find out how to:

  • Learn by “mechanical dissection”
  • Deduce the role, purpose, and functionality of a designed entity
  • Identify materials-of-construction and methods-of-manufacture by observation alone
  • Assess the suitability of a design to purpose from form and fit

The rich heritage of engineering breakthroughs enabled by reverse engineering is also discussed. This is not a dry textbook. It is the engaging and enlightening account of the journey of engineering from the astounding creations of ancient cultures to what, with the aid of reverse engineering, promises to be an even more astounding future!

Coverage includes:

  • Methods of product teardown
  • Failure analysis and forensic engineering
  • Deducing or inferring role, purpose, and functionality during reverse engineering
  • The Antikythera mechanism
  • Identifying materials-of-construction
  • Inferring methods-of-manufacture or -construction
  • Construction of Khufu’s pyramid
  • Assessing design suitability
  • Value and production engineering
  • Reverse engineering of materials and substances
  • Reverse engineering of broken, worn, or obsolete parts for remanufacture
  • The law and the ethics of reverse engineering