New Books: January 2009


Power electronics : converters, applications, and design

Author Ned Mohan, Tore M. Undeland, William P. Robbins.
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2003
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Offering step-by-step, in-depth coverage, the new Third Edition of Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design provides a cohesive presentation of power electronics fundamentals for applications and design in the power range of 500 kW or less. The text describes a variety of practical and emerging power electronic converters made feasible by the new generation of power semiconductor devices. The new edition is now enhanced with a new CD-ROM, complete with PSpice-based examples, a new magnetics design program, and PowerPoint slides.

Process control instrumentation technology, 8th ed.

Author Curtis D. Johnson
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Pearson/Prentice Hall

This manual is designed to provide users with an understanding and appreciation of some of the theoretical concepts behind control system elements and operations, without the need of advanced math and theory. It also presents some of the practical details of how elements of a control system are designed and operated, such as would be gained from on-the-job experience. This middle ground of knowledge enables users to design the elements of a control system from a practical, working perspective, and comprehend how these elements affect overall system operation and tuning. This edition includes treatment of modern fieldbus approaches to networked and distributed control systems. Generally, this guidebook provides an introduction to process control, and covers analog and digital signal conditioning, thermal, mechanical and optical sensors, final control, discrete-state process control, controller principles, analog controllers, digital control and control loop characteristics. For those working in measurement and instrumentation and with control systems and PLCs.

Automatic control systems, 8th ed.

Author Benjamin C. Kuo, Farid Golnaraghi
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2003
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Real-world applications–Integrates real-world analysis and design applications throughout the text. Examples include: the sun-seeker system, the liquid-level control, dc-motor control, and space-vehicle payload control.
* Examples and problems–Includes an abundance of illustrative examples and problems.
* Marginal notes throughout the text highlight important points.

A Book on C: Programming in C, 4th ed.

Author Al Kelley, Ira Pohl
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c1998
Publisher Addison-Wesley

Now in its fourth edition, A Book on C retains the features that have made it a proven, best-selling tutorial and reference on the ANSI C programming language. This edition builds on the many existing strengths of the text to improve, update, and extend the coverage of C, and now includes information on transitioning to Java and C++ from C. Beginners and professional programmers alike will benefit from the numerous examples and extensive exercises developed to guide readers through each concept. Step-by-step dissections of program code illuminate the correct usage and syntax of C language constructs and reveal the underlying logic of their application. The clarity of exposition and format of the book make it an excellent reference on all aspects of C. Highlights of A Book on C, Fourth Edition : New and updated programming examples and dissections-the authors’ trademark technique for illustrating and teaching language concepts. Recursion is emphasized with revised coverage in both the text and exercises. Multifile programming is given greater attention, as are the issues of correctness and type safety. Function prototypes are now used throughout the text. Abstract Data Types, the key concept necessary to understanding objects, are carefully covered. Updated material on transitioning to C++, including coverage of the important concepts of object-oriented programming. New coverage is provided on transitioning from C to Java. References to key programming functions and C features are provided in convenient tables.

Speech and language processing : an introduction to natural language processing, computational linguistics, and speech recognition, 2nd ed.

Author Daniel Jurafsky, James H. Martin
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall

For undergraduate or advanced undergraduate courses in Classical Natural Language Processing, Statistical Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition, Computational Linguistics, and Human Language Processing. An explosion of Web-based language techniques, merging of distinct fields, availability of phone-based dialogue systems, and much more make this an exciting time in speech and language processing. The first of its kind to thoroughly cover language technology — at all levels and with all modern technologies — this text takes an empirical approach to the subject, based on applying statistical and other machine-learning algorithms to large corporations. The authors cover areas that traditionally are taught in different courses, to describe a unified vision of speech and language processing. Emphasis is on practical applications and scientific evaluation. An accompanying Website contains teaching materials for instructors, with pointers to language processing resources on the Web.

Building embedded linux systems

Author Karim Yaghmour, … [et al.]
Place of Publication Beijing
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher O’Reilly

There’s a great deal of excitement surrounding the use of Linux in embedded systems — for everything from cell phones to car ABS systems and water-filtration plants — but not a lot of practical information. Building Embedded Linux Systems offers an in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together embedded systems based on Linux.


Updated for the latest version of the Linux kernel, this new edition gives you the basics of building embedded Linux systems, along with the configuration, setup, and use of more than 40 different open source and free software packages in common use. The book also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using Linux in an embedded system, plus a discussion of licensing issues, and an introduction to real-time, with a discussion of real-time options for Linux.

Electric motor drives : modeling, analysis, and control

Author R. Krishnan
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher Prentice Hall

Electric Motor Drives is a comprehensive book for seniors, graduates, and practicing engineers. Designed to motivate students and professional engineers alike, the book emphasizes a systematic approach to motor drives based on physical insight and practical implementation aspects. DC and AC drives share the same pedagogical framework throughout. Present day practice as well as recent research and development are covered.

Digital filtering : an introduction

Author Edward P. Cunningham
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c1995
Publisher Wiley

The order in which the subject matter is presented enables students to make an easy transition from continuous signals and systems to their discrete-time counterparts. A general introduction to terminology and a description of digital filters is followed by a review of continuous filter design. Subsequent chapters deal with sampling theorem and the z -transform; design of recursive digital filters; finite-impulse response and nonrecursive filters; basic concepts in probability theory and random processes; and the methods of design and analysis of the Kalman filter. Contains worked analytical examples, diagrams and problem sets.

Analysis of faulted power systems

Author Paul M. Anderson
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c1995
Publisher IEEE Press

This classic text offers you the key to understanding short circuits, open conductors and other problems relating to electric power systems that are subject to unbalanced conditions. Using the method of symmetrical components, acknowledged expert Paul M. Anderson provides comprehensive guidance for both finding solutions for faulted power systems and maintaining protective system applications. You’ll learn to solve advanced problems, while gaining a thorough background in elementary configurations. Features you’ll put to immediate use: Numerous examples and problems, clear, concise notation, analytical simplifications, Matrix methods applicable to digital computer technology, Extensive appendices.

Digital communications : fundamentals and applications, 2nd ed.

Author Bernard Sklar
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher Prentice-Hall PTR,

The book traces the signals and key processing steps from the information source, through the transmitter, channel, receiver, and ultimately to the information sink. Emphasis is placed on system goals and the need to trade-off basic system parameters such as signal-to-noise ratio, probability of error, and bandwidth.

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