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Squassabia, A.
Monett, Missouri
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Alberto Squassabia is a software professional specializing in back-end web engineering. He also teaches computer science part-time for Regis University. Alberto is an active coder (primarily in Scala and Java), architect, and team coach with a broad perspective on software development, which he acquired in academia and in the trenches of real life. He earned his first engineering degree from the University of Bologna in Italy and, in a previous life, he practiced as a civil engineer. After admitting he enjoyed writing number-crunching computer models more than designing dams, he switched careers and then earned an MS degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. His current technical interests include functional programming, scalability at the enterprise and internet-scale scope, testing, and the challenges of big data and distributed computing.

Teaching and keeping up with developments in his areas of interest help him stay close to fundamental principles, as well as consider computer science from the perspective of what can be done, and what cannot (yet) be done. Working in the industry provides great opportunities for intriguing conversations and challenging assignments to make the possible happen. As part of any team, Alberto enjoys the ensuing camaraderie, brain-picking (as victim or predator indifferently), and the shared sense of purpose. Alberto is a member of the ACM, and is a charter member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society, Colorado State University chapter.

Profile updated 11/3/16

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  Essential quantum mechanics for electrical engineers
De├ík P.,  Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2017. 224 pp. Type: Book (978-3-527413-55-3)

Essential quantum mechanics for electrical engineers is a deceptively short textbook of almost exactly 200 pages that packs a wallop. If you believe that it’s cruel to allow mathematicians to be college instructors for engineers, this...

Apr 5 2018  
  Performance improvements for search systems using an integrated cache of lists + intersections
Tolosa G., Feuerstein E., Becchetti L., Marchetti-Spaccamela A.  Information Retrieval 20(3): 172-198, 2017. Type: Article

This work’s title should more aptly start with “Performance improvement for full-text search systems” because it focuses on that area of application. The lengthy paper (25 pages) revisits and expands on previous work aimed at inc...

Nov 21 2017  
   Becoming agile: a grounded theory of agile transitions in practice
Hoda R., Noble J.  ICSE 2017 (Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, Buenos Aires, Argentina,  May 20-28, 2017) 141-151, 2017. Type: Proceedings

The delusion of agility is as common among practicing software engineering teams as is the common cold during the fall season. A software development life cycle (SDLC) as sophisticated as agile can thrive if a team can express a sufficient maturit...

Sep 7 2017  
  On soft error reliability of virtualization infrastructure
Xu X., Huang H.  IEEE Transactions on Computers 65(12): 3727-3739, 2016. Type: Article

Server rooms are often populated with powerful hardware running hypervisors, in turn hosting many guest virtual machines. Here, a soft hardware error may propagate in surprising ways affecting the hypervisor itself, or one or more guests. In contr...

May 5 2017  
   C++ standard library quick reference
Van Weert P., Gregoire M.,  Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2016. 206 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484218-75-4)

This small book (200 pages) represents an annotated guide to the modern (say, after 2011) C++ library. It claims to offer a “condensed, well-structured summary” of library features providing “tutorial aspects” to novice or ...

Nov 4 2016  
   A messy state of the union: taming the composite state machines of TLS
Beurdouche B., Bhargavan K., Delignat-Lavaud A., Fournet C., Kohlweiss M., Pironti A., Strub P., Zinzindohoue J.  SP 2015 (Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, May 17-21, 2015) 535-552, 2015. Type: Proceedings

By bringing consolidated structure to the panoply of requirements that make up the transport layer security (TLS) standard, this paper allows practitioners to formulate a framework for testing how compliant several of their open-source software (O...

Oct 5 2016  
  Analytic queries over geospatial time-series data using distributed hash tables
Malensek M., Pallickara S., Pallickara S.  IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 28(6): 1408-1422, 2016. Type: Article

This paper explores the advantages and complications of using a novel indexing scheme for managing big data and geospatial attributes. The indexing system is built with the goal of an optimal compromise among scalability, expressiveness, and perfo...

Jul 21 2016  
   Hadoop 2 quick-start guide: learn the essentials of big data computing in the Apache Hadoop 2 ecosystem
Eadline D.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Old Tappan, NJ, 2016. 304 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134049-94-6)

There is community-based clamor for adding an “easy” button to Hadoop. Hadoop 2 quick-start guide (from now on H2QSG) tries to meet that need, making the installation, care, and feeding of Hadoop as simple as possibleR...

Mar 24 2016  
   From raw sensor data to detailed spatial knowledge
Zhang P., Lee J., Renz J.  IJCAI 2015 (Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Jul 25-31, 2015) 910-916, 2015. Type: Proceedings

This is an early work toward extracting information on the internal structure of a complex geographical region as a well-defined whole, as opposed, for instance, to a bag of logically disconnected image pixels. The approach uses points in space (&...

Dec 16 2015  
   Improving user topic interest profiles by behavior factorization
Zhao Z., Cheng Z., Hong L., Chi E.  WWW 2015 (Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web, Florence, Italy,  May 18-22, 2015) 1406-1416, 2015. Type: Proceedings

Do the topic preferences of social media users differ between producing and consuming content? And if so, do recommenders currently account for such differences? This paper acknowledges that the difference is real and measurable, and exploits that...

Nov 12 2015  
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