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The incremental commitment spiral model: principles and practices for successful systems and software
Boehm B., Lane J., Koolmanojwong S., Turner R.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014. 336 pp. Type: Book (978-0-321808-22-6)

This book is chock-full of accumulated knowledge, collective wisdom, and engineering best practices about what makes systems development successful. The incremental commitment spiral model (ICSM) extends and uses Boehm’s earlier...

Sep 15 2014
Breast tissue 3D segmentation and visualization on MRI
Song H., Cui X., Sun F.  International Journal of Biomedical Imaging 20131-8, 2013. Type: Article

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a revolutionary imaging technology for many medical applications. The diagnosis of many forms of cancer and other serious conditions is made possible without invasive surgery. However, there is a significant...

Sep 8 2014
Data just right: introduction to large-scale data & analytics
Manoochehri M.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013. 256 pp. Type: Book (978-0-321898-65-4)

Handling large-scale data, or big data, is among the current great trends in information and communications technology (ICT). Other trends (mobility, virtual market places, social networks, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and humans) produce...

Sep 2 2014
Towards a linear algebra of programming
Oliveira J.  Formal Aspects of Computing 24(4-6): 433-458, 2012. Type: Article

We are, by now, quite used to relational interpretations of program semantics. Such interpretations live in a rich algebraic world. What if we wanted to use a probabilistic interpretation instead? Well, it turns out that this is a conservative...

Aug 25 2014
Enabling things to talk: designing IoT solutions with the IoT architectural reference model
Bassi A., Bauer M., Fiedler M., Kramp T., van Kranenburg R., Lange S., Meissner S.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2013. 350 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642404-02-3)

Nowadays, with the miniaturization of devices with ample computing and storage capabilities, and the proliferation of energy-efficient wireless hardware facilitating the interconnection of such devices, the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) ...

Aug 18 2014
Enhancing software engineering education through open source projects: four years of students’ perspectives
Papadopoulos P., Stamelos I., Meiszner A.  Education and Information Technologies 18(2): 381-397, 2013. Type: Article

It is often observed that a difficult aspect of teaching software engineering is getting students to appreciate the difference in scale between software written as exercises in programming classes and software that professional developers...

Aug 11 2014
Low power GPGPU computation with imprecise hardware
Zhang H., Putic M., Lach J.  DAC 2014 (Proceedings of the 51st Annual Design Automation Conference, San Francisco, CA,  Jun 1-5, 2014) 1-6, 2014. Type: Proceedings

In high-performance computing, reducing the amount of energy required to perform the actual computations has recently become a highly important issue. In this paper, Zhang et al. deal with this topic in the framework of a general-purpose...

Aug 4 2014
Big data computing
Akerkar R.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2014. 564 pp. Type: Book (978-1-466578-37-1), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Whenever a new discipline (or buzzword) appears, we feel the need to understand what it is and how it differs from what existed before. A very explicit declaration about what “big data” means can be found in the preface of this book:...

Jul 28 2014
Cowboys, ankle sprains, and keepers of quality: How is video game development different from software development?
Murphy-Hill E., Zimmermann T., Nagappan N.  ICSE 2014 (Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering, Hyderabad, India,  May 31-Jun 7, 2014) 1-11, 2014. Type: Proceedings

Occasionally, when reviewing a really bad paper, I will point out that its only redeeming value is that it can be used as a bad example in a research methods class. So, to be fair, when a really good paper comes along, I should point out that it...

Jul 21 2014
Unsupervised information extraction by text segmentation
Cortez E., da Silva A.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2013. 124 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319025-96-4)

The typical result from a web search is still a ranked list of documents that may contain the information you’re looking for, but it is up to the user to actually extract the sought-after information. In order for search engines to actually ...

Jul 14 2014
 
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