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  Resource-based modeling and simulation of business processes
D’Ambrogio A., Zacharewicz G.  SCSC 2016 (Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada,  Jul 24-27, 2016) 1-8, 2016. Type: Proceedings

This interesting research paper explores the simulation-based analysis of business processes (BP), covering all phases in the BP life cycle, starting from design, to execution and improvement, to post-implementation enhancement....

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  Fundamentals of computer graphics (4th ed.)
Marschner S., Shirley P.,  A. K. Peters, Ltd., Natick, MA, 2016. 748 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482229-39-4), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Computer graphics is an area of computer science that studies methods to generate and manipulate images using computers. One of the most popular books for teaching and learning computer graphics is this book, also known as the “tiger book,&#...

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  Fundamentals of IP and SoC security: design, verification, and debug
Bhunia S., Ray S., Sur-Kolay S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 316 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319500-55-3)

The ubiquity of connected devices (smartphones, home assistants, health trackers, and emerging autonomous cars) can be attributed to the advancement of shrinking semiconductor technology. Apart from the central processing unit (CPU), system-on-chi...

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  Mobile sensors and context-aware computing
Gajjar M.,  Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2017. 356 pp. Type: Book (978-0-128016-60-2)

I am disappointed in this book. I’m an engineer designing distributed Internet of Things (IoT) systems as well as a part-time college instructor, and I was hoping for a future-oriented discussion of the evolution of contextual computing. Whi...

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  The Ulam programming language for artificial life
Ackley D., Ackley E.  Artificial Life 22(4): 431-450, 2016. Type: Article

The most amazing information processing imaginable can be seen in biology: a fertilized egg grows into an adult, a seed to a tree. Biological information processing can be thermodynamic (1010b/sec to 1015
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  I need your encouragement!: Requesting supportive comments on social media reduces test anxiety
Deloatch R., Bailey B., Kirlik A., Zilles C.  CHI 2017 (Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, CO,  May 6-11, 2017) 736-747, 2017. Type: Proceedings

Exam anxiety can make students seriously underperform. Can supportive comments through social media help release exam anxiety? In this paper, Deloatch et al. try to answer this question. Their experiment investigates how supportive comments from s...

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  From neuron to cognition via computational neuroscience
Arbib M., Bonaiuto J.,  The MIT Press, 2016. 808 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-96-8)

An old aphorism says that, if our brains were simple enough to be understood, we wouldn’t be smart enough to understand them. Fortunately, many scientists are not so pessimistic, and they are unrelentingly trying to decipher it. As 3D bodies...

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  The logical view on continuous Petri nets
Blondin M., Finkel A., Haase C., Haddad S.  ACM Transactions on Computational Logic 18(3): 1-28, 2017. Type: Article

The reachability problem for standard Petri nets is EXPSPACE hard, and the coverability problem is EXPSPACE complete. However, more efficient algorithms exist for variants of the standard nets. Continuous Petri nets are such a variant that allows ...

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   A general approximation method for bicriteria minimization problems
Halffmann P., Ruzika S., Thielen C., Willems D.  Theoretical Computer Science 695 1-15, 2017. Type: Article

Many applications in operations research require the simultaneous optimization of multiple (typically mutually opposing) objective functions. Since the general problem is usually computationally intractable, bicriteria optimization restricts itsel...

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  Numerically aware orderings for sparse symmetric indefinite linear systems
Hogg J., Scott J., Thorne S.  ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software 44(2): 1-22, 2017. Type: Article

The LDLT decomposition of a real symmetric matrix where L is lower triangular with unit diagonal and D diagonal except for 2x2 blocks is a challenge when the matrix is sparse and ...

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