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What are the elements of software design
Daniel Jackson. YouTube, 01:09:44, published on Mar 4, 2016, nueecs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIH0h2pPr9A. Type: Video

This is my second attempt to formally review a video for Computing Reviews. In the first attempt, the quality of production was so totally awful (with no relation to the lecturer) that any attempt to honestly review it was simply hopeless. ...

Aug 22 2016
Cultural code: video games and Latin America
Penix-Tadsen P.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-05-0)

Rarely does a book come along that is truly multidisciplinary, well written, and thoughtful. It is even rarer when it combines discussions of cultural values, technology, role playing, history, politics, and even current affairs. If you are a read...

Aug 15 2016
History of “Gaussian” elimination
Joseph Grcar. YouTube, 01:24:37, published on Feb 6, 2015, ICMEStudio, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxmmYve4AX0. Type: Video

The first interesting fact made clear in this talk is that Gaussian elimination, as we know it today, has its origins so far back in time that certainly in the beginning it was neither “Gaussian” nor “elimination.” Some of ...

Aug 8 2016
Thinking, pairing, and sharing to improve learning and engagement in a data structures and algorithms (DSA) class
Reddy P., Mishra S., Ramakrishnan G., Murthy S.  LaTiCE 2015 (Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan,  Apr 9-12, 2015) 144-151, 2015. Type: Proceedings

Think-pair-share (TPS) is an active learning technique that takes about 15 to 20 minutes of classroom time. Students are first encouraged to solve a problem on their own and then with their neighbor. Pairs of students then share their solutions wi...

Aug 1 2016
How to compute with Schrödinger's cat: an introduction to quantum computing
Eleanor Rieffel & Wolfgang Polak. YouTube, 01:02:58, published on Feb 4, 2016, stanfordonline, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWGQZ-nMzZA. Type: Video

Quantum computing is a new computing paradigm that is very interesting; this video is good primarily for novices in the field who want to get a flavor of the subject. There are two main reasons why this lecture is interesting. First, it presents t...

Jul 25 2016
MPEG-V: bridging the virtual and real world
Yoon K., Kim S., Han J., Han S., Preda M.,  Academic Press, London, UK, 2015. 210 pp. Type: Book (978-0-124201-40-8)

Virtual and augmented reality, such as multiple sensorial media and programmable actuators, has become widespread in recent years. From a technological side, this opens a new spectrum of opportunities at the application level, but also brings up s...

Jul 18 2016
Bruce Schneier on security and privacy in the world-sized web
Bruce Schneier. YouTube, 01:06:35, published on Mar 24, 2016, BerkmanCenter, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWD2v0SJAM8. Type: Video

Bruce Schneier presented a talk about security and privacy in the world-sized web at Harvard University’s Berkman Center on February 16, 2016. This hour-long presentation included questions and answers (Q&A) as well. Schneier made general co...

Jul 11 2016
Familiar video stories as a means for children with autism: an analytics approach
Chen C., Bobzien J., Giannakos M., Bruhn A., Bruggeman A., Mohrehkesh S., Zhang M., Hsu W., Chrisochoides N.  ICHI 2015 (Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Dallas, TX,  Oct 21-23, 2015) 368-373, 2015. Type: Proceedings

This interesting paper concerns a very small-scale pilot study of the effectiveness of the blend of social stories and personalized video modeling, which are modern and promising intervention approaches for children with autism. According to Gray ...

Jul 4 2016
Predictive analytics: the power to predict who will click, buy, lie, or die (2nd ed.)
Siegel E.,  Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2016. 368 pp. Type: Book (978-1-119145-67-7)

A wise man (reportedly Yogi Berra, but more likely a legislator in the Danish parliament) once observed, “Prediction is difficult, especially of the future.” In spite of the challenge, humanity’s oldest written records attest the...

Jun 27 2016
Pattern identification of biomedical images with time series
Yin X., Hadjiloucas S., Zhang Y., Su M., Miao Y., Abbott D.  Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 67(C): 1-23, 2016. Type: Article

Various medical imaging modalities exist, with applications to different clinical needs such as oncology, perfusion studies, angiography, musculoskeletal diagnosis, and others. This paper by Yin et al. describes the current state of the art of two...

Jun 20 2016
 
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