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Jeffrey B. Putnam
Marina Del Rey, California

Jeffrey Putnam has spent (and misspent) his life quite happily in the pursuit of knowledge of all sorts. After getting an undergraduate degree in mathematics, he spent several years in the Peace Corps in Zaire learning to speak French with an atrocious accent, as well as getting on-the-job lessons in how to inflict math and physics on high school students. After returning to the US, he went to graduate school at the University at Albany, garnering two master's degrees along the way.

A real job eventually became inevitable, and he worked for the Computer Science Branch at General Electrics Research and Development Center and as the main programmer for a startup, before returning to student life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his PhD in electrical, systems and computer engineering. Since then, he has annoyed students and faculty alike at New Mexico Tech, designed systems and irritated marketers at yet another startup, and tried to serve as the faculty for a computer science program at Eastern Oregon University. He has now landed in Washington State, where he works for the computer science department at Eastern Washington University.

His professional interests range from evolutionary programming and artificial life to computer systems to programming languages (ask tomorrow and the list is likely to change). Nonprofessionally he has been known to enjoy randomly exploring things, including wandering extensively in the woods (sometimes as a wilderness search and rescue volunteer); climbing up and down hills, mountains, and rocks; and reading (though only rarely all at once).


 New light through old windows: exploring contemporary science through 12 classic science fiction tales
Webb S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 320 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030031-94-7)

Science fiction has often been prophetic--sometimes wrongly so, sometimes very much on point....


Essential TypeScript: from beginner to pro
Freeman A., Apress, New York, NY, 2019. 546 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484249-78-9), Reviews: (1 of 2)

JavaScript (ECMAScript) is kind of a mess of a language. It has grown and changed over time, but most of the original language misfeatures remain, including the almost complete way it ignores types and coerces values into other types i...


Human activity recognition and behaviour analysis: for cyber-physical systems in smart environments
Chen L., Nugent C., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 255 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030194-07-9)

As the Internet of Things (IoT) and similar technologies become more pervasive, it is important to consider how they might be used, not just to sell more stuff because your fridge says you’re out of milk and such-and-such a s...


Mastering frequency domain techniques for the stability analysis of LTI time delay systems
Sipahi R., SIAM-Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA, 2019. 174 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-611975-71-0)

Time delay systems are ubiquitous. They are found in controllers of all sorts, where information from sensors may undergo a delay (perhaps computational) before being used as control inputs. Some systems experience delays where the con...


Modelling and simulation (3rd ed.)
Birta L., Arbez G., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 551 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030188-68-9)

Modeling and simulation are powerful tools for helping us understand complex real-world situations. More than that, they can be fun. Simple discrete event simulations of common situations like cashiers in a grocery store are easy enoug...


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