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   What can be computed?: A practical guide to the theory of computation
MacCormick J.,  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Princeton, NJ, 2018. 408 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691170-66-4)

What should be in a first course on the theory of computation? For 50 years, there has only been one answer: formal grammars and their corresponding automata. Hopcroft and Ullman’s book has been the standard [1], but there are dozens if not ...

  Applied minds: how engineers think
Madhavan G.,  W. W. Norton&Company, New York, NY, 2016. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-0-393353-01-3)

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while; however, I have never had a chance to read it, thinking that being an engineer myself I know “how engineers think,” so why bother? I only recently started browsing it to find out more...

   Assessing students’ IT professional values in a global project setting
Frezza S., Daniels M., Wilkin A.  ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) 19(2): 1-34, 2019. Type: Article

This paper is on developing a set of questions to assess students’ professional values. The context for the development is a project-based course involving three universities, two in the US and one in Sweden. Values formation is difficult to...

  The Internet of Things: enabling technologies, platforms, and use cases
Raj P., Raman A.,  CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 392 pp. Type: Book (978-1-498761-28-4)

The number of connected devices will soon be much bigger than the world population. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the Internet at a much faster pace than ever expected, and we are experiencing only the beginning of a new trend leading u...

  Crowdsourcing of sensor cloud services
Neiat A., Bouguettaya A.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 116 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319915-35-7)

With the ubiquitous distribution of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and so on equipped with a variety of sensory and wearable devices), users are able to generate different types of real-time information related to ambient air measurements, ...

   From being there to watching: shared and dedicated telepresence robot usage at academic conferences
Neustaedter C., Singhal S., Pan R., Heshmat Y., Forghani A., Tang J.  ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 25(6): 1-39, 2018. Type: Article

“I was there” is a sentence that in the future might be synonymous with remotely watching, or being telepresent. When the “being there“ means attending scientific events aimed at increasing scientific cooperation with peers...

  Advances in aeronautical informatics: technologies towards flight 4.0
Durak U., Becker J., Hartmann S., Voros N.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 156 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319750-57-6)

Let me preface this review by saying that as a small-time hobbyist pilot (single engine land), I fly when I may a little general aviation piston airplane; my day job as a computer professional pays for the gasoline. Advances in aeronautical inf...

  Fog computing: concepts, frameworks and technologies
Mahmood Z.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 291 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319948-89-8)

In a nutshell, fog computing tries to transfer familiar concepts from cloud computing, like virtualization, elastic scalability, and everything-as-a-service (XaaS), closer to the sensors and devices of the Internet of Things (IoT) or to end users,...

   Deep learning for computer vision with Python
Rosebrock A.,, 2018.Type: Book

Internet resources for learning artificial intelligence (AI), especially regarding the subtopic of machine learning (ML), are expanding rapidly. Two resources, presented as online books, are the subject of this review. Both resources overlap in co...

  Data analysis techniques for physical scientists
Pruneau C.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2017. 716 pp. Type: Book (978-1-108416-78-8)

To quote Shakespeare, “What’s in a name?” For Pruneau’s book Data analysis techniques for physical scientists, quite a bit it turns out. This great magnum opus (more than 700 pages) should be required reading for its...

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