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  Introduction to modeling and simulation with MATLAB and Python
Gordon S., Guilfoos B.,  Chapman&Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 210 pp. Type: Book (978-1-498773-87-4)

This is a very unusual book. It is concise and well written on the one hand, with bewildering content on the other. If one steps back far enough, the book could be described as a tutorial on writing programs for modeling and simulation. And that w...

Oct 18 2018  
  Big data factories: collaborative approaches
Matei S., Jullien N., Goggins S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 141 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319591-85-8)

In the technology world, ABCD is a buzzword. “A” stands for artificial intelligence (AI), “B” for blockchain, “C” for cloud, and “D” for big data. “D” especially is the origin of the othe...

Oct 16 2018  
  The diversity bonus: how great teams pay off in the knowledge economy
Page S.,  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Princeton, NJ, 2017. 328 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691176-88-8)

Diversity, perhaps appropriately, means different things to different people. To some it is a quasi-religious norm and a central motivation in political discussions and policy debates. To others, such as cognitive scientists and experts in machine...

Oct 15 2018  
  Making machine learning robust against adversarial inputs
Goodfellow I., McDaniel P., Papernot N.  Communications of the ACM 61(7): 56-66, 2018. Type: Article

Machine learning (ML) has become ubiquitous in recent times. It is used in numerous (important) applications and its use will seemingly only increase. The current ML state of the art can be attributed to “nearly 50 years of research and deve...

Oct 15 2018  
  Microservices and containers
Kocher P.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston, MA, 2018. 304 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134598-38-3)

Microservices and containers is an interesting book, albeit a flawed one. It addresses two important topics, but only loosely justifies putting the two topics in the same work. It is divided into three sections: the first addresses microser...

Oct 12 2018  
  Reinforcement learning: with OpenAI, TensorFlow and Keras using Python
Nandy A., Biswas M.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2018. 167 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484232-84-2)

The success of reinforcement learning (RL) in everything from AlphaGo to intelligent decision making for services in everyday life has made RL a hot topic. The concept has been around since the birth of artificial intelligence (AI) via Turing̵...

Oct 11 2018  
  What can (and can’t) we do with sparse polynomials?
Roche D.  ISSAC 2018 (Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation, New York, NY,  Jul 16-19, 2018) 25-30, 2018. Type: Proceedings

This is the paper version of Roche’s ISSAC 2018 tutorial, which serves as an update to my work [1]. It is an excellent tutorial, written in a clear and accessible style. ISSAC is to be commended for these tutorials, and I wish more were publ...

Oct 10 2018  
  Software systems engineering programmes a capability approach
Landwehr C., Ludewig J., Meersman R., Parnas D., Shoval P., Wand Y., Weiss D., Weyuker E.  Journal of Systems and Software 125(C): 354-364, 2017. Type: Article

This excellent paper “focuses on things that a software developer must be able to do when developing and maintaining a product” and proposes a body of fundamental capabilities that were needed when the software engineering profession w...

Oct 9 2018  
  A formal theory of commonsense psychology: how people think people think
Gordon A., Hobbs J.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2017. 584 pp. Type: Book (978-1-107151-00-0)

In introducing commonsense psychology, this book motivates readers to consider computational psychology. It describes the foundational building blocks of such computations. It provides not only purely mathematical predicates, but also those based ...

Oct 5 2018  
  Smart cities: foundations, principles, and applications
Song H., Srinivasan R., Sookoor T., Jeschke S.,  Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2017. 912 pp. Type: Book (978-1-119226-39-0)

Smart cities are gaining more attention from city planners and managers. It is becoming a top research topic due to its prominence. Many people are living today in large cities, thus large cities and even megacities grow day by day with individual...

Oct 4 2018  
 
 
 
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