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  Computational phylogenetics: an introduction to designing methods for phylogeny estimation
Warnow T.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2018. 394 pp. Type: Book (978-1-107184-71-8)

Evolutionary biology broadly covers phylogeny or the phylogenetic tree, representing the relationships among individuals or groups of organisms. Specifically, computational phylogenetics deals with the implementation of computational methods and a...

Nov 14 2018  
  Flash memory integration: performance and energy issues
Boukhobza J., Olivier P.,  ISTE Press - Elsevier, London, UK, 2017. 266 pp. Type: Book (978-1-785481-24-6)

With the explosion of data in recent years, storage technologies continue to be a critical infrastructure in the world. It is predicted that 44 zettabytes (44 billion terabytes) will be generated in 2020. While most data will be stored on hard dis...

Nov 13 2018  
  Move fast and break things: how Facebook, Google, and Amazon cornered culture and undermined democracy
Taplin J.,  Little, Brown & Co. Inc., Boston, MA, 2017. 320 pp. Type: Book (978-0-316275-77-4)

Since the turn of the 21st century, traditional newspaper and music industry revenues have fallen dramatically, with similar drops in film, television, and general print media companies. Traditional media’s spectacular falls in revenue are i...

Nov 12 2018  
  Economic growth and automation risks in developing countries due to the transition toward digital modernity
Nagano A.  ICEGOV 2018 (Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, Galway, Ireland,  Apr 4-6, 2018) 42-50, 2018. Type: Proceedings

When I read this paper, I recalled a news report from several months ago that describes a robot that can cut and sew fabric into garments. It is so sophisticated that it can handle patterned fabrics so that seams match and pockets are inconspicuou...

Nov 9 2018  
  Internet of Things and smart environments: assistive technologies for disability, dementia, and aging
Shahrestani S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 135 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319601-63-2)

I approached this book with very high hopes: the Internet of Things (IoT) is a major emerging technology; dealing with aging populations is a growing concern; and Springer typically publishes excellent books. Sadly, I was disappointed....

Nov 5 2018  
  Challenges and preparedness of SDN-based firewalls
Dixit V., Kyung S., Zhao Z., Doupé A., Shoshitaishvili Y., Ahn G.  SDN-NFV Security 2018 (Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Workshop on Security in Software Defined Networks & Network Function Virtualization, Tempe, AZ,  Mar 21, 2018) 33-38, 2018. Type: Proceedings

The constant increase in data traffic over carrier networks has led to the design of more complex networks. This has generated a need for efficient technologies to handle traffic in large-scale networks. Software-defined networking (SDN) is one su...

Nov 2 2018  
  First-order methods in optimization
Beck A.,  SIAM-Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA, 2017. 494 pp. Type: Book (978-1-611974-98-0)

The author of First-order methods in optimization defines the book’s subject matter as optimization methods that rely on function “values and gradients/subgradients (but not Hessians).” The most familiar example of a first...

Oct 31 2018  
  Clustering millions of faces by identity
Otto C., Wang D., Jain A.  IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 40(2): 289-303, 2018. Type: Article

Face recognition of individuals from several million images is useful for solving crimes. How should hundreds of millions of untagged face images be grouped into an unspecified number of identities? Otto et al. present an effective algorithm for p...

Oct 24 2018  
  Application of augmented reality for multi-scale interactions in emergency vehicles
Paravantes G., Leehane H., Premarathna D., Chung C., Kappen D.  AutomotiveUI 2018 (Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Toronto, ON, Canada,  Sep 23-25, 2018) 221-224, 2018. Type: Proceedings

The paper describes research in its early stages. It presents a concept for using augmented reality (AR) to assist emergency medical technicians (EMTs) rushing to respond to emergency calls....

Oct 23 2018  
  The entrepreneurial project manager
Cook C.,  CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 212 pp. Type: Book (978-1-498782-35-7)

Most of the time readers neglect the introduction, but here it is important because the book’s main concepts are very well explained in just a few pages, for example, the importance of philosophy on the project manager’s mindset. The b...

Oct 22 2018  
 
 
 
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