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Game design essentials
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez (CS 197)

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

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.

Electrical energy efficiency : technologies and applications
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel C. Orillaza (EE 157, EE 158)

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

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

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

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

Key features include:

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

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

Multimedia semantics : metadata, analysis and interaction
Recommending faculty: Dr. Susan Pancho-Festin (CS 197)

Authors Raphael Troncy, Benoit Huet, Simon Schenk
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

This book explains, collects and reports on the latest research results that aim at narrowing the so-called multimedia “Semantic Gap”: the large disparity between descriptions of multimedia content that can be computed automatically, and the richness and subjectivity of semantics in user queries and human interpretations of audiovisual media. Addressing the grand challenge posed by the “Semantic Gap” requires a multidisciplinary approach (computer science, computer vision and signal processing, cognitive science, web science, etc.) and this is reflected in recent research in this area. In addition, the book targets an interdisciplinary community, and in particular the Multimedia and the Semantic Web communities. Finally, the authors provide both the fundamental knowledge and the latest state-of-the-art results from both communities with the goal of making the knowledge of one community available to the other.

Key Features:

  • Presents state-of-the art research results in multimedia semantics: multimedia analysis, metadata standards and multimedia knowledge representation, semantic interaction with multimedia
  • Contains real industrial problems exemplified by user case scenarios
  • Offers an insight into various standardization bodies including W3C, IPTC and ISO MPEG
  • Contains contributions from academic and industrial communities from Europe, USA and Asia
  • Includes an accompanying website containing user cases, datasets, and software mentioned in the book, as well as links to the K-Space NoE and the SMaRT society web sites (

This book will be a valuable reference for academic and industry researchers /practitioners in multimedia, computational intelligence and computer science fields. Graduate students, project leaders, and consultants will also find this book of interest.

Polymers for electricity and electronics : materials, properties, and applications
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero (MatE 131)

Author Jiri George Drobny
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

The electrical properties of polymers present almost limitless possibilities for industrial research and development, and this book provides an in-depth look at these remarkable molecules. In addition to traditional applications in insulating materials, wires, and cables, electrical polymers are increasingly being used in a range of emerging technologies.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of how electrical polymers function and how they can be applied in the electronics, automotive, medical, and military fields, Polymers for Electricity and Electronics: Materials, Properties, and Applications presents intensive and accessible coverage with a focus on practical applications. Including examples of state-of-the-art scientific issues, the book evaluates new technologies—such as light emitting diodes, molecular electronics, liquid crystals, nanotechnology, optical fibers, and soft electronics—and explains the advantages of conductive polymers as well as their processibility and commercial uses.

This book is an essential resource for anyone working with, or interested in, polymers and polymer science. In addition, appendices that detail the electrical properties of selected polymers as well as list additional ASTM and corresponding international testing standards and methods for testing electrical properties are also included.

Welding. 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero (MatE 115, MetE 148, MetE 150)

Authors Don Geary, Rex Miller
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Filled with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations, Welding, Second Edition provides an easy-to-follow introduction to oxyacetylene welding and cutting, soldering, and basic metal properties. You’ll learn how to set up your workshop, properly use welding equipment, design projects, work safely, and get professional results–even if you have no experience. With coverage of the latest tools, materials, and techniques, this fully updated, hands-on guide serves as an ideal beginner’s tutorial as well as an on-the-job reference for experienced welders.

Find out how to:

  • Work with oxyacetylene welding fuels, equipment, and supplies
  • Review other welding methods, including arc, tungsten inert gas, and gas metal arc welding
  • Understand the properties and weldability of various metals
  • Use the latest soldering tools and techniques
  • Master brazing, braze welding, cutting metal, and welding thicker metals
  • Follow welding safety procedures and troubleshoot problems
  • Test your knowledge with end-of-chapter review questions
  • Design and set up your own home workshop
  • Build metal projects, including a gate, fireplace grate, and workbench

Planning guide for power distribution plants : design, implementation and operation of industrial networks
Recommending faculty: Dr. Allan Nerves (EE 158)

Authors Hartmut Kiank, Wolfgang Fruth
Place of Publication Erlangen
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Publicis

When planning an industrial power supply plant, the specific requirements of the individual production process are decisive for the design and mode of operation of the network and for the selection and design and ratings of the operational equipment. Since the actual technical risks are often hidden in the profound and complex planning task, planning decisions should be taken after responsible and careful consideration because of their deep effects on supply quality and energy efficiency.
This book is intended for engineers and technicians of the energy industry, industrial companies and planning departments. It provides basic technical network and plant knowledge on planning, installation and operation of reliable and economic industrial networks. In addition, it facilitates training for students and graduates in this field.
In an easy and comprehensible way, this book informs about solution competency gained in many years of experience. Moreover, it also offers planning recommendations and knowledge on standards and specifications, the use of which ensures that technical risks are avoided and that production and industrial processes can be carried out efficiently, reliably and with the highest quality.

Database systems : fundamentals of design, implementation, and management
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez (CS 165, CS 270, CS 271)

Authors Carlos Coronel, Steven Morris, Peter Rob
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Practical and easy to understand “Database Principles: Fundamentals of Design, Implementation, and Management, 10/e, International Edition” gives readers a solid foundation in database design and implementation. Filled with visual aids such as diagrams, illustrations, and tables, this market-leading book provides in-depth coverage of database design, demonstrating that the key to successful database implementation is in proper design of databases to fit within a larger strategic view of the data environment. Renowned for its clear, straightforward writing style, the tenth edition has been thoroughly updated to include hot topics such as green computing/sustainability for modern data centers, the role of redundant relationships, and examples of web-database connectivity and code security. In addition, new review questions, problem sets, and cases have been added throughout the book so that readers have multiple opportunities to test their understanding and develop real and useful design skills.

Electromechanical motion devices 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Allan Nerves (EEE 43)

Authors Paul C. Krause, Oleg Wasynczuk, Steven Pekarek
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley-IEEE Press

his text provides a basic treatment of modern electric machine analysis that gives readers the necessary background for comprehending the traditional applications and operating characteristics of electric machines—as well as their emerging applications in modern power systems and electric drives, such as those used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Through the appropriate use of reference frame theory, Electromagnetic Motion Devices, Second Edition introduces readers to field-oriented control of induction machines, constant-torque, and constant-power control of dc, permanent-magnet ac machines, and brushless dc machines. It also discusses steady-state and transient performance in addition to their applications.

Electromagnetic Motion Devices, Second Edition presents:

  • The derivations of all machine models, starting with a common first-principle approach (based upon Ohm’s, Faraday’s, Ampere’s, and Newton’s/Euler’s laws)
  • A generalized two-phase approach to reference frame theory that can be applied to the ac machines featured in the book
  • The influences of the current and voltage constraints in the torque-versus-speed profile of electric machines operated with an electric drive

Thoroughly classroom tested and complete with a supplementary solutions manual, Electromagnetic Motion Devices, Second Edition is an invaluable book for anyone interested in modern machine theory and applications.

A first course in applied mathematics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Vena Pearl A. Bongolan-Walsh (ES 201, ES 202, ES 204)

Author Jorge Rebaza
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

This book details how applied mathematics involves predictions, interpretations, analysis, and mathematical modeling to solve real-world problems.  Due to the broad range of applications, mathematical concepts and techniques and reviewed throughout, especially those in linear algebra, matrix analysis, and differential equations.  Some classical definitions and results from analysis are also discussed and used.  Some applications (postscript fonts, information retrieval, etc.) are presented at the end of a chapter as an immediate application of the theory just covered, while those applications that are discussed in more detail (ranking web pages, compression, etc.) are presented in dedicated chapters.  A collection of mathematical models of a slightly different nature, such as basic discrete mathematics and optimization, is also provided.  Clear proofs of the main theorems ultimately help to make the statements of the theorems more understandable, and a multitude of examples follow important theorems and concepts.  In addition, the author builds material from scratch and thoroughly covers the theory needed to explain the applications in full detail, while not overwhelming readers with unnecessary topics or discussions.  In terms of exercises, the author continuously refers to the real numbers and results in calculus when introducing a new topic so readers can grasp the concept of the otherwise intimidating expressions.  By doing this, the author is able to focus on the concepts rather than the rigor.  The quality, quantity, and varying level of difficulty of the exercises provides instructors more classroom flexibility.  Topical coverage includes linear algebra; ranking web pages; matrix factorizations; least squares; image compression; ordinary differential equations; dynamical systems; and mathematical models.

A first book of C++ 4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Susan Festin, Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez (CS 11)

Authors Serope Kalpakjian, Steven R. Schmid
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Gary Bronson’s “First Book Of C++, 4e, International Edition” takes a hands-on, applied approach to the first programming language course for students studying computer science. This book begins with procedural programming in C, and then gradually introduces object-oriented programming features and the C++ language syntax that enables first-time programmers to use them.

Your UNIX/LINUX : the ultimate guide
Recommending faculty:Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez (CS  140)

Authors Sumitabha Das
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Your UNIX/Linux: The Ultimate Guide, written with both users and programmers in mind, is the ultimate UNIX/Linux text. Both pedagogical tool and exhaustive reference, it is well-suited to any course that includes UNIX or Linux. A strong pedagogical framework sets it apart from similar texts and allows beginning students to gain a firm grasp of fundamental concepts, while chapters on advanced topics inspire the more experienced reader to move beyond the basics. Nearly a thousand exercises and self-test questions provide a way for students to test and reinforce their understanding of the material.

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