New Books: February 2009 Part II


Introduction to wireless and mobile systems, 2nd ed.

Author Dharma Prakash Agrawal, Qing-An Zeng
Place of Publication Toronto, Ont.
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Thomson Nelson

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

Fundamentals of digital logic with VHDL design

Author Stephen Brown and Zvonko Vranesic
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher New York, NY

Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design” teaches the basic design techniques for logic circuits. It emphasizes the synthesis of circuits and explains how circuits are implemented in real chips. Fundamental concepts are illustrated by using small examples, which are easy to understand. Then, a modular approach is used to show how larger circuits are designed. VHDL is used to demonstrate how the basic building blocks and larger systems are defined in a hardware description language, producing designs that can be implemented with modern CAD tools. This book emphasizes CAD through the use of Altera’s Quartus II CAD software, a state-of-the-art digital circuit design package. This software produces automatic mapping of designs written in VHDL into Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs).

Digital signal processing implementations : using DSP microprocessors with examples from TMS320C54xx

Author Avtar Singh, S. Srinivasan
Place of Publication Belmont, CA
Date of Publication c2004
Publisher Thomson/Brooks/Cole,

Bridging the gap between Digital Signal Processing theory and design, this implementation-oriented textbook is based on the authors’ extensive experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject. The objective of the book is to help students understand the architecture, programming, and interfacing of commercially available programmable DSP devices, and to effectively use them in system implementations. Throughout the book, the authors utilize a popular family of DSP devices, viz., TMS320C54xx from Texas Instruments. In the end, students will be comfortable in using both hardware and software for designing with the programmable DSP devices.

The digital information age : an introduction to electrical engineering

Author Roman Kuc
Place of Publication Pacific Grove, CA
Date of Publication c1999
Publisher PWS Pub. Co., Brooks/Cole

Captivate your students – and entice new students to the electrical engineering major – with Roman Kuc’s illuminating look at how commonplace information systems, like infra-red auto-focus cameras, compact disc systems, bar codes, credit and smart cards work, and how clever engineering solutions are used to solve technical problems. Designed for readers with no science background, the book introduces them to the thought processes used by electrical engineers to think quantitatively and then design useful systems. As a result, readers not only learn the facts behind information and transmission, coding and storage, but how these systems came to be developed in response to a shift of information to a digital medium. Unlike traditional science texts that begin with theory and then illustrate that theory with applications, this book starts with practical, real-world systems and then presents the physical theory and mathematical analysis required to understand their operation.

Discrete systems laboratory using MATLAB

Author Martin Schetzen, Vinay K. Ingle
Place of Publication Pacific Grove, Calif.
Date of Publication c2000
Publisher Brooks/Coley

This brief paperbound supplement provides 16 hands-on laboratory experiments that students can perform using MATLAB® in lab sections that accompany lecture courses in Linear Systems or DSP. The 16 experiments are grouped in four main topic areas: sampling and digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion; the discrete-time Fourier transform; gain and phase-shift studies of digital filters; and analog-to-digital (A/D) quantization. (See TOC below for a listing of specific lab experiments.) The goal of these experiments is to enable students to understand the full physical significance of key concepts through a deeper understanding of the underlying mathematical formulas – not to teach MATLAB®. In each experiment, students enter problem parameter values, plot the results using MATLAB®’s powerful plotting functions, and then respond to questions in the manual that require them to analyze and interpret these results. The experiments challenge students to approach the study of these topics in the role of an experimental investigator; students are required to define the quantitative values and size properties of each design criterion in a problem. As a result, students develop an appreciation of the physical meaning of the derived results, their theoretical and physical implications, and the use of the scientific method.

The image processing handbook, 5th ed

Author John C. Russ
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher CRC/Taylor and Francis

“Now in its fifth edition, John C. Russ’s monumental image processing reference is an even more complete, modern, and hands-on tool than ever before. The Image Processing Handbook, Fifth Edition is fully updated and expanded to reflect the latest developments in the field. A companion CD-ROM to this edition is available and includes more than 200 images along with a set of Photoshop®-compatible plug-ins that implement many of the algorithms described in the book (for more information, visit Written by an expert with unequalled experience and authority, it offers clear guidance on how to create, select, and use the most appropriate algorithms for a specific application.

Probability, random variables, and stochastic processes, 4th ed.

Author Athanasios Papoulis, S. Unnikrishna Pillail
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2002
Publisher McGraw-Hill

The fourth edition of Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes has been updated significantly from the previous edition, and it now includes co-author S. Unnikrishna Pillai of Polytechnic University. The book is intended for a senior/graduate level course in probability and is aimed at students in electrical engineering, math, and physics departments. The authors’ approach is to develop the subject of probability theory and stochastic processes as a deductive discipline and to illustrate the theory with basic applications of engineering interest. Approximately 1/3 of the text is new material–this material maintains the style and spirit of previous editions. In order to bridge the gap between concepts and applications, a number of additional examples have been added for further clarity, as well as several new topics.

Changes to the fourth edition include: substantial updating of chapters 3 and 4; a new section on Parameter Estimation in chapter 8; a new section on Random Walks in chapter 10; and two new chapters (15 and 16) at the end of the book on Markov Chains and Queuing Theory.A number of examples have been added to support the key topics, and the design of the book has been updated to allow the reader to easily locate the examples and — The book’s website will include a downloadable version of the solutions manual for instructors only, 200 PowerPoint slides with additional material for the reader, and a link to the author’s own website.

Modern operating systems, 3rd ed.

Author Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Pearson/Prentice Hall

The widely anticipated revision of this worldwide best-seller incorporates the latest developments in operating systems (OS)technologies. The Third Edition includes up-to-date materials on relevant OS such as Linux, Windows, and embedded real-time and multimedia systems. Tanenbaum also provides information on current research based on his experience as an operating systems researcher.

Student Resources Include:

* Online Exercises – Provide hands-on experience with building as well as analyzing the performance of OS. In particular, these exercises have been designed to provide experience with analyzing the resource consumptions in Windows and Linux.
* Simulation Exercises – Designed to provide experience with building some key components of an OS, including process scheduling, main memory allocation, paging algorithms and virtual memory, and file systems.
* Lab Experiments
* GOAL: Prentice Hall’s premier online homework and assessment system for Java Programming, OS, and Database Systems courses in Computer Science.


Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists,3rd, Int’l ed.

Author Leo Finkelstein, Jr.
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education

The focus of this text is to teach engineering students the skill of technical writing. It takes a project oriented approach and covers writing functions that are of particular use to the engineering student. This book is part of the B.E.S.T. Series.

Learning by doing : a comprehensive guide to simulations, computer games, and pedagogy in e-learning and other educational experiences

Author Clark Aldrich
Place of Publication San Francisco, CA
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Pfeiffer

Designed for learning professionals and drawing on both game creators and instructional designers, Learning by Doing explains how to select, research, build, sell, deploy, and measure the right type of educational simulation for the right situation. It covers simple approaches that use basic or no technology through projects on the scale of computer games and flight simulators. The book role models content as well, written accessibly with humor, precision, interactivity, and lots of pictures. Many will also find it a useful tool to improve communication between themselves and their customers, employees, sponsors, and colleagues. As John Coné, former chief learning officer of Dell Computers, suggests, “Anyone who wants to lead or even succeed in our profession would do well to read this book.”

Handbook of applied algorithms : solving scientific, engineering and practical problems

Author edited by Amiya Nayak, Ivan Stojmenovi
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley-Interscience

Discover the benefits of applying algorithms to solve scientific, engineering, and practical problems.

Providing a combination of theory, algorithms, and simulations, Handbook of Applied Algorithms presents an all-encompassing treatment of applying algorithms and discrete mathematics to practical problems in “hot” application areas, such as computational biology, computational chemistry, wireless networks, and computer vision.

In eighteen self-contained chapters, this timely book explores:

  • Localized algorithms that can be used in topology control for wireless ad-hoc or sensor networks
  • Bioinformatics algorithms for analyzing data
  • Clustering algorithms and identification of association rules in data mining
  • Applications of combinatorial algorithms and graph theory in chemistry and molecular biology
  • Optimizing the frequency planning of a GSM network using evolutionary algorithms
  • Algorithmic solutions and advances achieved through game theory

Complete with exercises for readers to measure their comprehension of the material presented, Handbook of Applied Algorithms is a much-needed resource for researchers, practitioners, and students within computer science, life science, and engineering.

Nonlinear programming : theory and algorithms, 3rd ed.

Author Mokhtar S. Bazaraa, Hanif D. Sherali, C.M. Shetty
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

Nonlinear Programming: Theory and Algorithms-now in an extensively updated Third Edition- addresses the problem of optimizing an objective function in the presence of equality and inequality constraints. Many realistic problems cannot be adequately represented as a linear program owing to the nature of the nonlinearity of the objective function and/or the nonlinearity of any constraints. The Third Edition begins with a general introduction to nonlinear programming with illustrative examples and guidelines for model construction.

The compiler design handbook : optimizations and machine code generation, 2nd ed.

Author edited by Y.N. Srikant, Priti Shankari
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher CRC Press

 Today’s embedded devices and sensor networks are becoming more and more sophisticated, requiring more efficient and highly flexible compilers. Engineers are discovering that many of the compilers in use today are ill-suited to meet the demands of more advanced computer architectures.

 Updated to include the latest techniques, The Compiler Design Handbook, Second Edition offers a unique opportunity for designers and researchers to update their knowledge, refine their skills, and prepare for emerging innovations. The completely revised handbook includes 14 new chapters addressing topics such as worst case execution time estimation, garbage collection, and energy aware compilation. The editors take special care to consider the growing proliferation of embedded devices, as well as the need for efficient techniques to debug faulty code. New contributors provide additional insight to chapters on register allocation, software pipelining, instruction scheduling, and type systems.


Digital integrated circuit design : from VLSI architectures to CMOS fabrication

Author Hubert Kaeslin
Place of Publication Cambridge New York
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Cambridge University Press

VLSI circuits are ubiquitous in the modern world, and designing them efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging with the dvelopment of ever smaller chips. This practically oriented textbook covers the important aspects of VLSI design using a top-down approach, reflecting the way digital circuits are actually designed. Using practical hints and tips, case studies and checklists, this comprehensive guide to how and when to design VLSI circuits, covers the advances, challenges and past mistakes in design, acting as an introduction to graduate students and a reference for practising electronic engineers.

Principles of electronic communication systems, 3rd ed.

Author Louis E. Frenzel
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c1996
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Developed by well-known electronics author Louis Frenzel, Principles of Electronic Communication Systems offers the most up-to-date coverage of the rapidly changing communications field. Appropriate for use in a one- or two-semester course, this text offers everything needed to prepare students to work in the increasingly complex communications industry of the 21st century. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Probability, random variables, and random signal principles, 4th ed.

Author Peyton Z. Peebles, Jr.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher McGraw Hill

The fourth edition of “Probability, Random Variables and Random Signal Principles” continues the success of previous editions with its concise introduction to probability theory for the junior-senior level course in electrical engineering. The book offers a careful, logical organization which stresses fundamentals and includes almost 900 student exercises and abundant practical applications for engineers to understand probability concepts. The most important new material in this edition relates to discrete-time random processes and sequences, and other topics in the general area of digital signal processing, such as the DT linear system.




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