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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 ...

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  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...

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  An open door to number theory
Campbell D.,  AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY, Washington, DC, 2018. 283 pp. Type: Book (978-1-470443-48-1)

In 1993, my daughter showed me the New York Times article that announced Andrew Wiles’s 100-plus-page proof (to be successfully corrected two years later) of Fermat’s last theorem (FLT) [1]. Wiles’s “20th-centuryR...

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   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...

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  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...

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   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...

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  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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  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, ...

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  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...

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   The physics of quantum information: quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, quantum computation
Bouwmeester D., Ekert A., Zeilinger A.  Springer-Verlag, London, UK, 2000. Type: Divisible Book

A century ago, the discovery of quantum mechanics initiated a revolution in physics that challenged many deeply-held intuitions. Within the last 20 years, the application of quantum mechanics to computation has opened the door to a similar revolu...

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