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ElFattah, Yousri
Causal Computing
Santa Monica, California
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Throughout a long, eclectic career in academia, industry, and business, Yousri El Fattah has contributed many research and development projects in multidisciplinary areas in information and computer sciences. His body of work reflects his varied educational background in computer science and aeronautical engineering, combined with industrial experiences in aerospace, telecommunication, and industrial automation.

In 2009, Yousri launched Causal Computing, a start-up dot-com business in Santa Monica, CA. The business is engaged in app development to aid businesses and individuals make complex decisions in uncertain situations. The development is driven by innovative data sciences and statistical computing technologies, producing software to run on the web and portable devices. Causal Computing also provides custom programming and information technology R&D outsourcing services for corporate customers. In 2010-2011, Causal Computing was a vendor for a major aerospace/defense business under a government contract, and delivered technology for Space C2 course-of-action (COA) planning.

Yousri has worked as an engineer at ALCATEL in France; a member of technical staff (MTS) at Rockwell Scientific; and a senior scientist in information sciences at Teledyne Scientific. He held posts as a visiting researcher and as a post-doc at academic institutions in France, Belgium, Norway, and Austria in Europe and at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the US. He has been a professor at University Mohamed V in Morocco and an adjunct professor at UCI University Extension, National University, and California State University in the US.

Yousri has two PhDs: one in Information & Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine (1993) and the other in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Cairo, Egypt (1972). He is a board-certified professional engineer in control systems engineering in the state of California and has been licensed since 1985.

Yousri is an author of a book on learning systems, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and encyclopedias. He is known for his work on modeling and reasoning with deterministic and probabilistic networks in general, and on computing frameworks for course-of-action planning with causal and Bayesian networks in particular. He has also contributed to approaches in the mathematical modeling of dynamical and stochastic systems motivated by applications in biology and economy. Part of his work in the control systems area—on learning automata, adaptive control, and recursive algorithms—has been ported to real-life applications in congestion control of telephone switching and process control of phosphate drying.

Yousri has reviewed for Zentralblatt für Mathematik, an international reviewing service that covers the entire field of mathematics. He had been listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. He has been a reviewer for Computing Reviews since 2009 and has written 20 reviews.

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- 10 of 26 reviews

   Introduction to data science: a Python approach to concepts, techniques and applications
Igual L., Seguí S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 218 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-319500-16-4)

Data science is an emerging discipline spurred by the need to extract meaningful information and gain insights from large amounts of complex data. Data science encompasses many areas from mathematics, statistics, and information and co...

Dec 6 2017  
  Deliberation for autonomous robots
Ingrand F., Ghallab M. Artificial Intelligence 247 10-44, 2017.  Type: Article

Autonomous robots use sensors and actuators to gain information about their environments and act on the information to achieve assigned goals and missions. This paper presents a survey on the topic of deliberation in autonomous robots....

Jul 14 2017  
  Learn to program with C
Kalicharan N., Apress, New York, NY, 2015. 312 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484213-72-8)

Dennis Ritchie developed the C programming language at Bell Laboratories, in 1972, for implementing the UNIX operating system. Learn to program with C is a book whose stated goal is “to teach fundamental programming pr...

May 27 2016  
  Beginning R: an introduction to statistical programming (2nd ed.)
Wiley J., Pace L., Apress, New York, NY, 2015. 356 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484203-74-3)

R is a language and environment for statistical computing, data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. The R language has been widely used for data mining and predictive analytics in many fields including computational finan...

Mar 24 2016  
   Swift for programmers
Deitel P., Deitel H., Prentice Hall Press, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2015. 400 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-134021-36-2), Reviews: (1 of 2)

Swift is a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Research firm RedMonk found developer interest in Apple’s Swift has grown dramatically since its debut in June 2014, jumping 46 spots in...

Jun 2 2015  
  The R software: fundamentals of programming and statistical analysis
Lafaye de Micheaux P., Drouilhet R., Liquet B., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2013. 628 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-461490-19-7)

This book is an English translation of the original French version (Le logiciel R), based on notes of lectures given at the Institute Universitaire de Technologie Grenoble 2, Department of Statistics and Business Intelligence.
Jan 15 2015  
   R graphics cookbook
Chang W., O’Reilly Media, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 2013. 416 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-449316-95-2)

R is a free scripting language and software environment for statistical computing and data analysis. Visualizing data is a key part of data analysis, to tell the story in the data in a pictorial or graphical manner. This book is a comp...

Feb 27 2014  
  The R book (2nd ed.)
Crawley M., Wiley Publishing, Chichester, UK, 2013. 1076 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-470973-92-9), Reviews: (1 of 2)

R is a free software environment and scripting language for analyzing and visualizing data. R implements a dialect of the statistical language S, which was developed by AT&T. This computational framework enables statistical computi...

Dec 16 2013  
  Stylin’ with CSS: a designer’s guide (3rd ed.)
Wyke-Smith C., New Riders Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2012. 320 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-321858-47-4)

The standard for cascading style sheets (CSS) was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to give both website developers and users more control over how pages are displayed. A web page is a document on the World Wide Web, and...

Aug 8 2013  
   The essential R reference
Gardener M., Wiley Publishing, Indianapolis, IN, 2012. 576 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-118391-41-9)

R is a free software environment and scripting language for statistical computing and graphics that implements a dialect of the statistical language S, which was developed by AT&T. Although mostly used for statistical computing, R ...

Jul 31 2013  
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