New Books: November 2008


Digital copyright

Author Paul Pedley
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Facet Pub.

Digital copyright is still a developing area, and is a potential minefield for information professionals. In the UK there is no Act of Parliament specifically addressing copyright for materials in digital form. Rather the profession is reliant on the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and how this relates to machine-readable content. This book examines in depth how digital content is treated differently from hard-copy material. The second edition includes a new chapter that takes an in-depth look at digital rights management (DRM). It takes account of the All Party Internet Group’s findings of their public inquiry into DRM, published in June 2006; and the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property of December 2006. It also offers a new section on copyright clearance for digital content; current examples of the penalties imposed for file sharing, piracy and counterfeiting; and additional case law examples.This title covers topics such as: database right; the application of copyright to websites and intranets; the use of screenshots in presentations; hyperlinking and deep linking; how the copyright exceptions apply to digital content; licences, contracts, or a set of terms and conditions; the interface between copyright law and contract law; model licence agreements; The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003: including the newoffences, particularly relating to the removal or alteration of rightsmanagement information; and the question of circumventing technical protection measures such as DRM systems; digital signatures; relevant legal cases; and, further reading. This essential guide will help all information professionals find out what needs to be done to stay within the law in our increasingly digital environment.


The Intel microprocessor family : hardware and software principles and applications

Author James L. Antonakos
Place of Publication Clifton Park, NY
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Thomson Delmar Learning

Readers will be able to build and program their own 8088 single-board computer by applying the interfacing concepts and techniques presented in this book. Coverage begins with the software architecture of the 80×86 family, including the software model, instruction set and flags, and addressing modes. Abundant examples illustrate basic programming concepts such as the use of data structures, numeric conversion, string handling, and arithmetic. Hardware details of the entire 80×86 family are then examined, from pin and signal descriptions to memory and input/output system design. Advanced topics, including protected mode, WIN32 and Linux programming, and MMX technology are also introduced.

Guide to UNIX using Linux, 4th ed.

Author Michael Palmer
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson/Course Technology


Written with a clear, straightforward writing style and packed with step-by-step projects for direct, hands-on learning, Guide to UNIX Using Linux, 4E is the perfect resource for learning UNIX and Linux from the ground up. Through the use of practical examples, end-of-chapter reviews, and interactive exercises, novice users are transformed into confident UNIX/Linux users who can employ utilities, master files, manage and query data, create scripts, access a network or the Internet, and navigate popular user interfaces and software. The updated 4th edition incorporates coverage of the latest versions of UNIX and Linux, including new versions of Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE, and Uuntu Linux. A new chapter has also been added to cover basic networking utilities, and several other chapters have been expanded to include additional information on the KDE and GNOME desktops, as well as coverage of the popular office suite. With a strong focus on universal UNIX and Linux commands that are transferable to all versions of Linux, this book is a “must-have” for anyone seeking to develop their knowledge of these systems.

MATLAB : an introduction with applications, 3rd ed.

Author Gilat, Amos
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley

Master MATLAB(r)!
If you want a clear, easy-to-use introduction to MATLAB(r), this book is for you! The Third Edition of Amos Gilat’s popular MATLAB(r), An Introduction with Applications requires no previous knowledge of MATLAB and computer programming as it helps you understand and apply this incredibly useful and powerful mathematical tool.
Thoroughly updated to match MATLAB(r)’s newest release, MATLAB(r) 7.3 (R2007b), the text takes you step by step through MATLAB(r)’s basic features–from simple arithmetic operations with scalars, to creating and using arrays, to three-dimensional plots and solving differential equations. You’ll appreciate the many features that make it easy to grasp the material and become proficient in using MATLAB(r), including:
* Sample and homework problems that help you hands-on practice solving the kinds of problems you’ll encounter in future science and engineering courses
* New coverage of the Workspace Window and the save and load commands, Anonymous Functions, Function Functions, Function Handles, Subfunctions and Nested Functions
* In-depth discussions of script files, 2-D and 3-D plotting, function files, programming (flow control), polynomials, curve fitting, interpolation, and applications in numerical analysis
By showing you not just how MATLAB(r) works but how to use it with real-world applications in mathematics, science, and engineering, MATLAB(r), An Introduction with Applications, Third Edition will turn you into a MATLAB(r) master faster than you imagined.


Robot modeling and control

Author Mark W. Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

“The coverage is unparalleled in both depth and breadth. No other text that I have seen offers a better complete overview of modern robotic manipulation and robot control.”
– Bradley Bishop, United States Naval Academy
Based on the highly successful classic, Robot Dynamics and Control, by Spong and Vidyasagar (Wiley, 1989), Robot Modeling and Control offers a thoroughly up-to-date, self-contained introduction to the field. The text presents basic and advanced material in a style that is at once readable and mathematically rigorous.
Key Features
* A step-by-step computational approach helps you derive and compute the forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, and Jacobians for the most common robot designs.
* Detailed coverage of vision and visual servo control enables you to program robots to manipulate objects sensed by cameras.
* An entire chapter on dynamics prepares you to compute the dynamics of the most common manipulator designs.
* The most common motion planning and trajectory generation algorithms are presented in an elementary style.
* The comprehensive treatment of motion and force control includes both basic and advanced methods.
* The text’s treatment of geometric nonlinear control is more readable than in more advanced texts.
* Many worked examples and an extensive list of problems illustrate all aspects of the theory.
About the authors
Mark W. Spong is Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Spong is the 2005 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society and past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology.
Seth Hutchinson iscurrently a Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a senior editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He has published extensively on the topics of robotics and computer vision.
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is currently Executive Vice President in charge of Advanced Technology at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT firm. Dr. Vidyasagar was formerly the director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), under Government of India’s Ministry of Defense.

CMOS : mixed signal circuit design

Author R. Jacob Baker
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2002
Publisher Chichester : Wiley

An important continuation to “CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation”

The power of mixed-signal circuit designs, and perhaps the reason they are replacing analog-only designs in the implementation of analog interfaces, comes from the marriage of analog circuits with digital signal processing. This book builds on the fundamental material in the author’s previous book, “CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation,” to provide a solid textbook and reference for mixed-signal circuit design. The coverage is both practical and in-depth, integrating experimental, theoretical, and simulation examples to drive home the why and the how of doing mixed-signal circuit design. Some of the highlights of this book include: A practical/theoretical approach to mixed-signal circuit design with an emphasis on oversampling techniques An accessible and useful alternative to hard-to-digest technical papers without losing technical depth Coverage of delta-sigma data converters, custom analog and digital filter design, design with submicron CMOS processes, and practical at-the-bench deadbug prototyping techniques Hundreds of worked examples and questions covering all areas of mixed-signal circuit design

A helpful companion Web site, http: //, provides worked solutions to textbook problems, SPICE simulation netlist examples, and discussions concerning mixed-signal circuit design.

CMOS circuit design, layout, and simulation, 2nd ed.

Author R. Jacob Baker
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley-Interscience

Winner of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award

CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Revised Second Edition covers the practical design of both analog and digital integrated circuits, offering a vital, contemporary view of a wide range of analog/digital circuit blocks, the BSIM model, data converter architectures, and much more. This edition takes a two-path approach to the topics: design techniques are developed for both long- and short-channel CMOS technologies and then compared. The results are multidimensional explanations that allow readers to gain deep insight into the design process. Features include: Updated materials to reflect CMOS technology’s movement into nanometer sizes Discussions on phase- and delay-locked loops, mixed-signal circuits, data converters, and circuit noise More than 1,000 figures, 200 examples, and over 500 end-of-chapter problems In-depth coverage of both analog and digital circuit-level design techniques Real-world process parameters and design rules

The book’s Web site,, provides: solutions to the book’s problems; additional homework problems without solutions; SPICE simulation examples using HSPICE, LTspice, and WinSpice; layout tools and examples for actually fabricating a chip; and videos to aid learning

Ultra-low energy wireless sensor networks in practice : theory, realization and deployment

Author Mauri Kuorilehto … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Finally a book on Wireless Sensor Networks that covers real world applications and contains practical advice!

Kuorilehto et al. have written the first “practical” guide to wireless sensor networks. The authors draw on their experience in the development and field-testing of autonomous wireless sensor networks (WSNs) to offer a comprehensive reference on fundamentals, practical matters, limitations and solutions of this fast moving research area.

“Ultra Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks in Practice”:

Explains the essential problems and issues in real wireless sensor networks, and analyzes the most promising solutions.

Provides a comprehensive guide to applications, functionality, protocols, and algorithms for WSNs.

Offers practical experiences from new applications and their field-testing, including several deployed networks.

Includes simulations and physical measurements for energy consumption, bit rate, latency, memory, and lifetime.

Covers embedded resource-limited operating systems, middleware and application software.

“Ultra Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks in Practice” will prove essential reading for Research Scientists, advanced students in Networking, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Product Managers and Design Engineers.

Wireless sensor networks : signal processing and communications perspectives

Author edited by Ananthram Swami … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher J. Wiley


A wireless sensor network (WSN) uses a number of autonomous devices to cooperatively monitor physical or environmental conditions via a wireless network. Since its military beginnings as a means of battlefield surveillance, practical use of this technology has extended to a range of civilian applications including environmental monitoring, natural disaster prediction and relief, health monitoring and fire detection. Technological advancements, coupled with lowering costs, suggest that wireless sensor networks will have a significant impact on 21st century life.

The design of wireless sensor networks requires consideration for several disciplines such as distributed signal processing, communications and cross-layer design. “Wireless Sensor Networks: Signal Processing and Communications” focuses on the theoretical aspects of wireless sensor networks and offers readers signal processing and communication perspectives on the design of large-scale networks. It explains state-of-the-art design theories and techniques to readers and places emphasis on the fundamental properties of large-scale sensor networks.

“Wireless Sensor Networks: Signal Processing and Communications”:

Approaches WSNs from a new angle – distributed signal processing, communication algorithms and novel cross-layer design paradigms.

Applies ideas and illustrations from classical theory to an emerging field of WSN applications.

Presents important analytical tools for use in the design of application-specific WSNs.

“Wireless Sensor Networks” will be of use to signal processing and communications researchers and practitioners in applying classical theory to network design. It identifies researchdirections for senior undergraduate and graduate students and offers a rich bibliography for further reading and investigation.

Spatial audio processing : MPEG surround and other applications

Author Jeroen Breebaart, Christof Faller
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Provides a comprehensive coverage of spatial audio coding, which is an important technology for the optimization of advanced applications in home entertainment, communications, signal processing and military fields. Bringing together information on the processing, acquisition, mixing, playback, and perception of spatial audio, with the latest coding techniques, this text is an ideal reference for practising engineers working in the field. Faller starts with an introduction to the subject, reviewing psychoacoustics (the relationship between physical measures of sound and the perception of them) and spatial audio sound formats and reproduction systems. He also discusses conventional coding techniques for spatial audio, including matrixing, ambisonics and perceptual audio coding. Next, the author moves on to discuss the most recent developments in spatial audio coding, examining new classes of algorithms and techniques for channel number reduction and efficient perceptual audio coding. Principles of MP3 Surround and MPEG Surround are analysed in detail, along with other applications of these techniques, such as matrix decoding and advanced rendering of ambisonics signals.

Voice and audio compression for wireless communications, 2nd ed.

Author Lajos Hanzo, F. Clare Somerville, Jason Woodard
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley


Voice communications remains the most important facet of mobile radio services, which may be delivered over conventional fixed links, the Internet or wireless channels. This all-encompassing volume reports on the entire 50-year history of voice compression, on recent audio compression techniques and the protection as well as transmission of these signals in hostile wireless propagation environments.

“Audio and Voice Compression for Wireless and Wireline Communications, Second Edition” is divided into four parts with Part I covering the basics, while Part II outlines the design of analysis-by-synthesis coding, including a 100-page chapter on virtually all existing standardised speech codecs. The focus of Part III is on wideband and audio coding as well as transmission. Finally, Part IV concludes the book with a range of very low rate encoding techniques, scanning a range of research-oriented topics. Fully updated and revised second edition of “Voice Compression and Communications,” expanded to cover Audio features Includes two new chapters, on narrowband and wideband AMR coding, and MPEG audio coding Addresses the new developments in the field of wideband speech and audio compression Covers compression, error resilience and error correction coding, as well as transmission aspects, including cutting-edge turbo transceivers Presents both the historic and current view of speech compression and communications.

Covering fundamental concepts in a non-mathematical way before moving to detailed discussions of theoretical principles, future concepts and solutions to various specific wireless voice communication problems, this book will appeal to both advanced readers and those with abackground knowledge of signal processing and communications.

Verilog for digital design

Author Frank Vahid, Roman Lysecky
Place of Publication Hoboken, N. J.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley

Ideal as either a standalone introductory guide or in tandem with Vahid’s Digital Design to allow for greater language coverage, this is an accessible introductory guide to hardware description language

* Verilog is a hardware description language used to model electronic systems (sometimes called Verilog HDL) and this book is helpful for anyone who is starting out and learning the language

* Focuses on application and use of the language, rather than just teaching the basics of the language

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