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101. Fundamentals of Semiconductor Fabrication
by Gary S.May, Simon M.Sze
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-04)
Publisher: Wiley
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Offers a basic, up-to-date introduction to semiconductor fabrication technology, including both the theoretical and practical aspects of all major steps in the fabrication sequence
Presents comprehensive coverage of process sequences
Introduces readers to modern simulation tools
Addresses the practical aspects of integrated circuit fabrication
Clearly explains basic processing theory
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102. Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems: Modeling and Performance Prediction
by Jon C. Leachtenauer, Ronald G. Driggers
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
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103. Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation
by Joseph L. Jones, Anita M. Flynn, Bruce A. Seiger
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Asin: 1568810970
Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: AK Peters, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 217259
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars State of the art hobby level robotics.
This book is presents an excellent and in depth introduction into hobby level robotics. The circuits and tutorial information is well thought out, practical, and extremely useful to anyone who dabbles in robotics. This book covers a lot of hardware subjects, and gives a great introduction to the subsumption architecture. Highly recommended by most members of the Seattle Robotics Society

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This is a fantastic book for a solid introduction into autonomous mobile robotics. It will guide you step by step in the design and implementation of inexpensive computational, sensor and locomotion systems that anyone with a little technical experience can use.

Instructions on how to interface and program a Motorola 68hc11 microcontroller are provided, as well as infrared sensors, sonar ranging modules, optical motor encoders, and other sensors.

GET THIS BOOK!

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2-0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly vague!!!
This book is definitely a classic (in all senses of the word). What hobbyist still uses the Motorolla chips? There is little or no pseudocode (especially when an example would help). Even more troubling is that level of discussion is sometimes exceedingly simple (a transistor is. . . ) and sometimes way over the top (some of the subsumption and behavior based algorithms could have used a lot more discussion room).
I found this book far too general to be useful. However, I will admit that it offers enough background to get you familiar with the words. This book needs a little more modernization (newer parts/processors/languages) to make it useful today.
Worth reading (you can skip entire chapters of basic stuff at a time), especially if you know somebody who will loan you their copy. My recommendation though: buy it used and save the money, as it is not worth full price.

1-0 out of 5 stars The first edition is much better
The *first* edition is an excellent text ; a bible, right up there with Horowitz & Hill's "Art of Electronics". This edition is an apparently unauthorized, butchered, ripoff of the first. The added material due to the new author (Sieger)is certainly not of the same quality. Buy the first edition (new or used), and know you're getting an indispensible book to the credit of the real, *original* authors, Joe Jones, and Anita Flynn.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please ...
... don't buy this book. Read below, the true author is being injured and stolen with this false second edition. I don't have any relation with the author (Dr. Anita Flynn), in fact I'm an Argentinian reader who is very far from the EEUU. Read the site http://www.mobilerobotsbook.com to learn more about the story behind. ... Read more


104. Linear System Theory and Design (Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering)
by Chi-Tsong Chen
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Asin: 0195117778
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 304946
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This text is an extensive revision of the author's highly successful text, Linear Systems Theory and Design. In the third edition, the author is revising his formerly more theoretical approach to the topic of linear systems, choosing instead a more general approach that will appeal to a wider audience. A key feature of the revision is the incorporation of MATLAB throughout the text, with an emphasis on the ideas behind the computation and the interpretation of the results. All theorems or results are developed in a logical way so that the reader gains an intuitive understanding of the theorems, contrasting existing texts in which the theorems are simply listed without explanation. The revised text will also begin with the time-invariant case and extend through the subject of time-variant case, although this section may be omitted upon the instructor's discretion. The result is a user-friendly approach to linear systems, striking a balance between theory and applications.

This new edition is geared for classroom use and engineering applications; therefore many topics in the original edition have been deleted, including strict system equivalence, deterministic identification, computational issues, some multivariable canonical forms, and decoupling by state feedback. It is intended for use in senior/first-year graduate courses on linear systems and multivariable system design in electrical, mechanical, chemical, and aeronautical engineering departments. The mathematical background assumed is a working knowledge of linear algebra and the Laplace transform and an elementary knowledge of differential equations. Because linear system theory is such a vast field, in the text, discussion has been limited to the conventional approaches of state space equations and the polynomial fractional method of transfer matrices. The text is appropriate for undergraduate students of linear systems and multivariable system design. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Up to this time,there are no 5 stars books in Linear Systems. However, this book is one of the best 4 stars books available for the subject. Through the book, the author sometimes assumes that you know or understand some topic, formula,...etc. without mentioning it. However,you can do it, but it may take you some time to figure out what it is. If you are good enough in linear algebra you will have no problems to handle the book up to the last page. Chapter 2 & 3 are the most important chapters in the book because they prepare you for the rest of the book. MATLAB is being used in a nice and helpful way to visualize some concepts and applications of the linear control theory. I recommend this book as a textbook for an introductory linear systems course and also for self teaching purposes.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Insufficent
My overall impression with this book is: satisfactory. Though there are a more errors then desired, and a few that are pretty confusing, the majority of the book is accurate and very instructive. I would recommend this book as a reference for introductory treatment of Linear System Theory and DI just completed this book in the beginning of March. Having a Controls background I found this book both helpful and instructive, yet lacking in sufficient detailed explanation on some tough topics. Chapter 2: 'Mathematical Descriptions of Systems' was very helpful with the detailed definitions and easy examples. Chapter 3: 'Linear Algebra' is a chapter that could use expanding. Some of the topics addressed in this section are speedily discussed and rapidly completed. The first edition of this book was chided for it length. This edition must be chided for it brevity. However, when lack of explanation abounds, examples and homework problems can make up for deficient instruction. Chapters 4 through 6 are easy to follow and through in their treatment. Chapter 7, however, is another chapter where too much explanation was removed. The examples are hard to follow in this chapter, and there are a few very confusing mistakes. Chapters 8 and 9 are very well written, though confused at times. However, they yield a sufficient knowledge of the addressed topics.

My overall impression with this book is: satisfactory. Though there are a more errors then desired, and a few that are pretty confusing, the majority of the book is accurate and very instructive. I would recommend this book as a reference for introductory treatment of Linear System Theory and Design.esign. ... Read more


105. Energy Scavenging for Wireless Sensor Networks: With Special Focus on Vibrations
by Shad Roundy, Paul Kenneth Wright, Jan M. Rabaey
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Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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The vast reduction in size and power consumption of CMOS circuitry has led to a large research effort based around the vision of ubiquitous networks of wireless communication nodes. The wireless devices are usually designed to run on batteries. However, as the networks increase in number and the devices decrease in size, the replacement of depleted batteries is not practical. Furthermore, a battery that is large enough to last the lifetime of the device would dominate the overall system size, and thus is not very attractive. There is clearly a need to explore alternative methods of powering these small communication nodes. This book, therefore, focuses on potential "ambient" sources of power that can be scavenged or harvested and subsequently used to run low power electronics and wireless transceivers.A wide range of potential power sources are briefly explored. Based on a comparison of these many potential sources, commonly occurring vibrations was chosen as an attractive, and little explored, power source. Models for different types of power converters using both electrostatic and piezoelectric conversion mechanisms have been developed. The models have been validated by testing prototypes driven at vibrations similar to those found in many industrial and commercial building environments. Finally, integration of a piezoelectric generator, power circuit, and custom design radio transceiver is demonstrated.Power sources are becoming a bottleneck to the widespread deployment of wireless sensor networks. This work reviews many potential alternative sources of ambient power that can be scavenged. Vibration to electricity converters are explored in great detail, and based on studies and experiments, are shown to be an attractive power source in many applications.Energy Scavenging for Wireless Sensor Networks with Special Focus on Vibrations will be of interest to researchers and professionals in the areas of wireless electronics, smart structures and MEMS as well as power electronics. ... Read more


106. Managing Creativity and Innovation (Harvard Business Essentials)
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
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Innovation is an undisputed catalyst for company growth, yet many managers across industries fail to create a climate that encourages and rewards innovation. Managing Creativity and Innovation explores the manager's role in sparking organizational creativity and offers insight into what managers and leaders must do to increase successful innovation. Contents include:

Generating new ideas and recognizing opportunities
Moving innovation to market
Removing mental blocks to creativity
Establishing a strategic direction for profitable product development
Brainstorming and fostering creative conflict within groups
Creating an innovation-friendly culture
Plus, readers can access free interactive tools on the Harvard Business Essentials companion web site.

Harvard Business Essentials The Reliable Source for Busy Managers

The Harvard Business Essentials series is designed to provide comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience. To assure quality and accuracy, each volume is closely reviewed by a specialized content adviser from a world class business school. Whether you are a new manager interested in expanding your skills or an experienced executive looking for a personal resource, these solution-oriented books offer reliable answers at your fingertips. ... Read more


107. Automating with STEP 7 in LAD and FBD : SIMATIC S7-300/400 Programmable Controllers
by HansBerger
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Asin: 3895781703
Catlog: Book (2001-08-23)
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Sales Rank: 171737
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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SIMATIC S7 programmable controllers are used to implement industrial control systems for machines, manufacturing plants and industrial processes. The relevant open-loop and closed-loop control tasks can be solved using the STEP 7 programming software, which has been developed on the basis of STEP 5, with its various programming languages.
This book describes elements and applications of the graphic-oriented programming languages LAD (ladder diagram) and FBD (function block diagram) for use with both SIMATIC S7-300 and SIMATIC S7-400. It is aimed at all users of SIMATIC S7 programmable controllers. First-time users will be introduced to the field of programmable logic control whereas advanced users will learn about specific applications of SIMATIC S7 programmable controllers.
The enclosed diskette contains many programming examples written in LAD and FBD and archived within block libraries. The examples can be viewed, modified and tested using STEP 7.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Highly useable
Anyone involved with exploring the world of Step7 would do well with this book.
I have been involved with PLC technology since 1979 and even today there are too few available reference manuals.
Franky I am disappointed with the Step 7 products particularly the software. I find it primitive in many ways and much more difficult to use than it needs to be.
Programmers should spend their time solving automation problems not struggling with the intracacies and peculiarities of the platform.
If you program with Step 7 or plan to, this book will save you a lot of headaches since little in Step 7 is as intuitive as Allen Bradley or Modicon. ... Read more


108. PIC Microcontroller Project Book : For PIC Basic and PIC Basic Pro Compliers
by JohnIovine, John Iovine
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Asin: 0071437045
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 147307
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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The PIC microcontroller is enormously popular both in the U.S. and abroad.The first edition of this book was a tremendous success because of that.However, in the 4 years that have passed since the book was first published, the electronics hobbyist market has become more sophisticated.Many users of the PIC are now comfortable shelling out the $250 for the price of the Professional version of the PIC Basic (the regular version sells for $100). This new edition is fully updated and revised to include detailed directions on using both versions of the microcontroller, with no-nonsense recommendations on which is better served in different situations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Projects, Great Book!
The author did a great job writing this exelent work. Even though I am already well versed in numerous embedded micro controller platforms, I must give my highest praise to the solidity of this book. It clearly and concisely introduces and explains the difference between Harvard and von Neumann micro architectures and provides a very well organized unit on proper programming skills. Also, he provides numerous examples such as the servo motor feedback control system, the speech synthesizer circuit and the minor introduction to heuristically based neural networks incorporating the usage of fuzzy logic embedded controls.

The book compares Basic Stamp, and the PIC microcontrollers providing the reader with hard information towards the differentiating technical aspects of the two. On the whole, John Iovine has done an excellent job writing this book. I must recommend this to all beginners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for begginers and especially intermediate de
John Iovine did a superlative and extraordinary job at writing this fine piece of exquisite work. Even though I am already well versed in numerous embedded micro controller platform manifestations, I must give my utter most commendments to the solidity of this book. John clearly and concisely introduces and thoroughly explains the difference between Harvard and von Neumann micro architectures and provides a very well organized unit on sustaining adequate and proper programming skills. Also, he provides numerous examples such as the servo motor feedback control system, the speech synthesizer circuit and the minor introduction to heuristically based neural networks incorporating the usage and wide-spread facilitation of fuzzy logic embedded controls. Furthermore, he contrast Basic Stamp PIC MCU's and Microchip MCU's providing the reader with hard information towards the differentiating technical aspects of the two. In addition, one other topic I would like to informally address is the fact that one reader mentioned above, in a rather ludicrous, vague, appalling, and demeaning manner, that John Iovine uses his book on Pic's as a mere meager and mundane catalog for the sole undefined purpose of facilitating an economic benefit by selling another companies products. Uhm, reality check, that's not what he is trying to do, of the 232 pages I only count about seven pages spent subjecting the reader to such advertisements. I too, like a fellow reviewer, find it unlikely that McGraw-Hill would allow such an atrocity to be printed in their books. On the whole, John Iovine has done an excellent job writing this book. I must recommend this to all beginners. For the record, you should take my word this is a darn good book because I am a micro assembly specialist that works for Fab 25 in Houston, Texas, I known embedded sub processor design like the back of my hand. This book really belongs too one of my engineering team mates who lent me the book to read on my vacation if I got board.

3-0 out of 5 stars PICMicro not "true beginner" book
This book is very informative; however, the author starts out telling you that he is writing as though you have no knowledge of microcontrollers, but then write the rest of the book as if you've got a little more knowledge on the subject. He explains things fairly quickly so you may feel like you're left behind. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are just barely learning about Microcontrollers. This book doesn't go into very much detail as to the how and why. The projects are helpful in showing you just how easy it is to use a microcontroller in designing circuits with funtionality

5-0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool
I really enjoyed this book. I have a good background in digital electronics but I have never worked with PIC microcontrollers before. The book was very informative for someone who has no experience in this area. After only a few days, I now know enough to build and program complete projects. Thanks. When is the next book coming out?

5-0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book~!
I am pretty satisfy with the examples in the book... however I would strongly recommend the book "Programming Robot Controllers" by Myke Predko. It will certainly give you a more thorough and in-depth understanding of the PicMCU ... Read more


109. Sonar for Practising Engineers
by A. D.Waite
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Asin: 0471497509
Catlog: Book (2001-11-12)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 133660
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The aims of the book - written by a practising engineer for practising engineers - are to provide an understanding of the basic principles of sonar and, to develop formulae and "rules of thumb" for sonar design and performance analysis. Ashley Waite uses his long experience in the design, trials and performance analysis of sonar systems to provide practical guidance and solutions to problems encountered by sonar engineers and technicians.

The books divides into the following parts:

  • Equipment parameters: the motion of sound in an elastic medium; definitions of sound intensity and source level; the use of projector arrays to increase the source level; the use of hydrophone arrays to improve the signal to noise ratio of a wanted sound.
  • The propagation of sound in the sea and the backgrounds to detection: spreading and absorption losses; propagation modes and simple modelling; noise and reverberation; the sonar equations
  • Practical sonar systems: passive and active sonar systems; passive broadband, narrowband, intercept and communications (as a special case of intercept) sonars; active sonars for the detection of submarines, mines and torpedoes.
Sonar for Practising Engineers, third edition, covers all aspects of sonar systems and has extensive worked examples. No prior knowledge of sonar is assumed and the physical principles and mathematics will be readily understood by engineers, technicians and students of underwater acoustics. New to this edition, are end-of-chapter exercises and solutions for self assessment and training. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A compulsary read for anyone working with sonar
There are many myths regarding sonar, in both civilian and military applications. The perhaps best known ones are provided by Tom Clancy in his book/movie "The Hunt for Red October". While sonarman Jones and his $40 million computer make great additions to that story, they have little to do with reality.

This book, on the other hand, has everything to do with reality. It describes the working principles of sonar in as simple terms as possible. The explanations and mathematics are kept on a level where any electrical engineer can follow it, and the material is still general enough so that even renowned researchers on underwater acoustics can learn from it.

To me, one of the greatest assets with this book is that it so clearly shows

- what real-life sonars do
- how they do it
- why they do it like that
- what problems are encountered

This is information that is hard to come by elsewhere, and give rise to all sorts of speculations when lacking. The book is as relevant to navy sonars as civilian ones. ... Read more


110. The MRI Study Guide for Technologists
by Kenneth S. Meacham
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Asin: 0387944893
Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Sales Rank: 394621
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Beginning in 1995, the American Association of Radiographic Technologists will offer a Registry Exam for technologists who wish to be certified in the administration of Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment. The MRI Study Guide for Technologists offers comprehensive review questions covering the basic areas, principles, equipment, and terminology to help provide readers with the highest level of preparation for the Registry Exam. Contains over 900 multiple choice and fill-in questions. Includes a bibliography of highly recommended books for further reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with any other study guide
This one is by far the best. Stay away from Lippincott's. The questions are too involved and leave you feeling defeated. This one actually reinforces the concepts. The very best text to accompany this book is MRI in practice. Get these two, and you'll be good to go. I made a 79 on my first attempt at the registry, and I am not the greatest test taker!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent review
This is a great review material for MRI Registry exam.Prettymuch covers more than enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars The MRI Study Guide for Technologists
This book was one of several I used to study for the ARRT exam. It was very helpful and I believe it helped me to pass the exam. I would recommend it to anyone who learns from the question/answer format. I also noticed some of the questions in the book were very similiar to ones on the ARRT test.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE KEY TOO AN EASY EXAM
I found the format and questions in this book to be very similar to the ARRT exam. It is the perfect choice for anyone that has a basic understanding of MRI. The quick and easy method of taking review questions makes it simple to study, and practice exam taking skills. I found it an invaluable aid in becoming registered on the FIRST ATTEMPT.

2-0 out of 5 stars Contains multiple choice/exam-type questions and a key only.
This book only contains multiple choice/exam type questions and a key to the correct answers, there are no explanations. This book assumes that you have studied the principles and use of MRI technology. ... Read more


111. Karel The Robot: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Programming, 2nd Edition
by Richard E.Pattis
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Catlog: Book (1994-07-11)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 305291
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Uses a creative approach to teach the basic skills and concepts of programming quickly. This edition offers excellent insights into problem solving and program design processes. It will also improve comprehension of such computer science considerations as loop invariants and recursion. Includes 60 color line drawings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Un excelente libro para principiantes
Tengo 10 años enseñando programación y gracias a Karel ahora mis alumnos entienden la programación más facilmente. Lo que facilita el aprendizaje de lenguajes más avanzados.
Es muy importante contar con el software para poder llevar a la práctica los conceptos, este es libre de costo si se utiliza en la Universidad, funciona muy bien y sin problemas en cualquier máquina.
Adicionalmente sugiero el diseñar previamente los mundos en el programa para que los alumnos trabajen solo en la programación y no en el diseño y asi no perder el objetivo de Karel.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
Its concepts are amazing to any programmer but, widely known, I learned just as much from my Instructor in my post-secondary class then I did in this book. The Karel code also gets a little boring. However, to be a good programmer you need to know these concepts through and through, so I do find it useful as an introduction to programming. I don't recommend it to anyone who knows their own logical style well already; it will be useless to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Richard Pattis is a genius!
This book is very well written and I highly recommend it. It is interesting to read, and very comprehensive. Richard Pattis is my 15-127 professor. (I hope I get an A on the Mastery! ) Thanks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Book is quite good, Software does not run.
The presentation of the concepts of programming and the building of layers of complexity was handled in a competent and easily read manner. However, the software simulator is completely out of date and does not run under windows 98. For beginning programming students with little or no other computer experience, this would be a good starting point...IF the software worked.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excepcional book for beginners in computer programming.
I am a teacher in Universidade Sao Francisco (Itatiba, SP, Brazil), working with Computer Cience undergraduate studants. "Karel, the Robot" is the book we were looking for to introduce programming concepts. Once you started, it is dificult to stop reading: the concepts are presented in a clear and natural manner, from the basic ones to more advanced techniques. All the teachers that take a look in the book share the same opinions: the ideas behind Karel are powerfull and can help the studants to understand the foundations of programming. The primitives, the language and also the interface can easily be adapted to other languages and environments, making this book an exceptional one. ... Read more


112. Advanced Control Unleashed: Plant Performance Management for Optimum Benefit
by Terrence L. Blevins, Gregory K. McMillan, Willy K. Wojsznis, Michael W. Brown
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Asin: 1556178158
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: ISA Press
Sales Rank: 475366
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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There has been a dynamic development of control over the past 50 years. Many new methods have appeared. The methods have traditionally been presented in highly specialized books written for researchers or engineers with advanced degrees in control theory.These books have been very useful to advance the state of the art but are difficult, however, for an average engineer. It is thus highly desirable to present the industrially proven control methods to ordinary engineers working in industry.Advanced Control Unleashedprovides a basis for assessing the benefits of advanced control.The book covers auto-tuning, model predictive control, optimization, estimators, neural networks, fuzzy control, simulators, expert systems, diagnostics, and performance assessment.It is written by four seasoned practitioners of control, having jointly more than 100 years of real industrial experience in the development and use of advanced control. The book is well positioned to provide the bridge over the infamous Gap between Theory and Practice in control.As an added bonus, the book includes a CD that helps bridge theoretical concepts and practical implementations by providing real DeltaV simulations and displays. This interactive CD offers practical design, simulation, and implementation examples that make key examples in the book come alive. Configuration and case files are supplied for a hands-on experience and PowerPoint files suitable for lectures on each unit are also included. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide to Advanced Controls
This is a fantastic book for someone who is interested in implementing an advanced controls project, but may have been intimidated in the past with the complex math, tools, etc...The first two chapters have a about 1000 years of practical experience in the proper use of final control elements (valves, transmitters, drives, etc...). Highly recommended! ... Read more


113. Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot
by BradGraham, KathyMcGowan, Brad Graham , Kathy McGowan
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Asin: 007143741X
Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 66451
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Remotely operated robots are becoming increasingly popular because they allow the operators to explore areas that may not normally be easily accessible.The use of video-controlled technology has sparked a growing public interest not just in hobbyists, but also in the areas of research, space, archeology, deep-sea exploration, and even the military.Significant changes in the technology marketplace have made the creation of an all-terrain, video controlled robot accessible to even the amateur robotic hobbyist. There are many robotics project books currently on the market, but most are targeted to hobbyists, and are strictly for indoor use.This book has the ideal mix of “brains and brawn,” making it appealing to hobbyists and interested professionals alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book fills a gap often missing from robotics books and plans, especially for those interested in robotics that go beyond the desk top rover. The mechanical info is very good and covers just about every topic that you will need in order to build a larger more rugged robot chassis.

The info on long range remote control and video transmission is also very informative and full of new ideas.

Check it out!

Ron - creator of "Backyard Borg"

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty!!
Roboteers...

This book is like a cross between robot wars and Nasa's mars rovers - very heavy duty machines with great info on building your own. The wheelchair motor and square tube frame system is just perfect for any robot that needs to explore the outside world or compete in battle bots.

If you want to build an indestructable bot, read this!

My robot NAT-5 will be ready soon and will have enough power to pull my lawn-mower around the yard - all controlled via video link.

Nat

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool robots, cool book
I'm amazed with the number of pics and easy-to-follow instructions. I'm no expert, but anyone can build these kinds of 'bots, even me! It's fun watching people interact with my robot and the kids love it. I highly recommend this book for anyone who's interested in building their first 'bot or starting a new hobby. The best thing is that you don't have to spend a lot of money but you can build a very cool 'bot that will explore and entertain for many hours! Great for the kids to get involved in something fun, affordable and an excellent learning experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for backyard robot builders
What to do with your old combat robot? Tired of demolishing your investment? Want a robot that you won't have to worry about stepping on under foot? Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot, gives you some pointers on a totally different approach towards robotic building and use. Most books on robot construction cover the topic in two areas, either small servo driven semi autonomous robots, or remote controlled combat robots designed for battle ready competition. How about taking a robot that can role out your door onto the lawn and across the street while you're able to control every action and see what it sees from the comfort of sitting in front of your computer. Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot explains in detail how to go about doing just that.

Most of us at one time in our lives have seen a remotely controlled entertainment robot. This book explains how to do the man behind the curtain trick with simple electronics, motors, and scrap metal parts. Nothing is really beyond the reach of the average builder in cost or ability. A number of design ideas are spelled out without getting heavily involved in the minutia of building that tends to slow the understanding and pace of most other books on the subject. In addition some needed attention has been paid to giving your robot character.

Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot makes a great book for the inexperienced builder as well as those designers who have only imagined their creations living within the confines of four walls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great robotics for the outdoor builder!
There is a lot of great info in this book for those who want to bring their "bots" out of the living room and into the outdoor world. This book shows you how to make a robot frame that could probably survive a landmine! I think this book would also be great for those who are interested in robot wars.

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Roger ... Read more


114. Image Processing and Data Analysis : The Multiscale Approach
by Jean-Luc Starck, Fionn D. Murtagh, Albert Bijaoui
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-21)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 665326
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Powerful techniques have been developed in recent years for the analysis of digital data, especially the manipulation of images. This book provides an in-depth introduction to a range of these innovative, avant-garde data-processing techniques. It develops the reader's understanding of each technique and then shows with practical examples how they can be applied to improve the skills of graduate students and researchers in astronomy, electrical engineering, physics, geophysics and medical imaging. What sets this book apart from others on the subject is the complementary blend of theory and practical application. Throughout, it is copiously illustrated with real-world examples from astronomy, electrical engineering, remote sensing and medicine. It also shows how many, more traditional, methods can be enhanced by incorporating the new wavelet and multiscale methods into the processing. For graduate students and researchers already experienced in image processing and data analysis, this book provides an indispensable guide to a wide range of exciting and original data-analysis techniques. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars This is not a five star book
I purchased this book because I am interested in applying wavelet to financial time series. The authors have written a paper in using wavelets and noise analysis to filter these time series, so I thought that this book had promise. And in fact chapter 2 deals with noise modeling and noise filtering.

The only problem is that I found this material impossible to follow. Despite the claims that the book is aimed at applications, there are few real examples. In the case of noise modeling and noise filtering there are none. It was impossible for me to tell whether the techniques they seem to suggest work or how they can be applied.

I've become fairly expert on Haar wavelets. Even so I can read their explaination of the Haar wavelet transform only with difficulty.

The authors give the impression that they are academics writing for academics (at the post graduate level). The book provides equations as quick short hand for ideas and the reader is expected to fill in the blanks. Perhaps a post graduate background in math is needed. However I would not say that the publishers description properly reflects the contents of this book: "[the book] develops the reader's undersanding of each technique and then shows with practical examples how they can be applied to improve the skills of [...] electrical engineers." Real world applications are mentioned, but never fully explained.

All in all I found this book an expensive disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good, practical book on image processing
From my persepective I consider this book a bargain. The price is right and I certainly got my nickels worth reading it.

I am heavily into 2-D wavelet analysis of remote sensing imagery. My initial,naive foray into this topic was a very frustrating experience. Most wavelet books do not cover multidimensional applications well or at all. In fact, most wavelet books are inordinately concerned with the mathematical nuances of the subject and pay little attention to the mechanics of implementing the theory. So all wavelet books read pretty much the same and there is usually nothing new or insightful from one text to another.

Starck et al is the exception. It has the only clear exposition of 2-D non-separable and a trous wavelet methods that I have found anywhere. The book has been a time saver for me and not a time waster, and well worth the investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, easy to read
This book appeared very easy to read and is an excellent resource of multiscale techniques. The practical applications that are discussed in this book combined with the theory, give a good overview. ... Read more


115. Timing:  
by Sachin Sapatnekar
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-30)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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With the advent of nanometer technologies, circuit performance constraints are becoming ever more stringent. In this context, automated timing analysis and optimization becomes imperative for the design of high-performance circuits that must satisfy a demanding set of constraints. Timing overviews the state of the art in timing analysis and optimization, and is intended to serve as a compendium that can provide an introduction to the uninitiated reader, as a ready reference for a practitioner, or as a source for the accomplished researcher. A comprehensive overview of the basics of timing analysis is provided, and this is augmented with techniques that incorporate physical effects arising in deep submicron and nanometer technologies. The book provides an in-depth treatment of the analysis of interconnect systems, static timing analysis for combinational circuits, timing analysis for sequential circuits, and timing optimization techniques at the transistor and layout levels. The intended audience includes CAD tool developers, graduate students, research professionals, and the merely curious. ... Read more


116. CNC Robotics: Build Your Own Workshop Bot
by GeoffWilliams
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Asin: 0071418288
Catlog: Book (2003-05-08)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 23705
Average Customer Review: 2.92 out of 5 stars
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Text provides step-by-step, illustrated directions for designing, constructing, and testing a fully functional computer numerical control (CNC) robot. Includes time-saving tips, tricks, and pictoral help along the way. Softcover. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - Many details left out.
I was very disappointed that many important details were left out. Anyone who does a little research on the internet and has seen a CNC router knows the basics of what makes up a machine. What the book promised were the details of how to build your own. The details and parts lists were left out. Those are the critical items. Your money would be much better spent buying a good set of plans from the internet. There are many bulletin boards and web sites that have good information. Research them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not the Best
This book is NOT what was promised. The parts list is very lacking..you must be very familliar with electronics just to be able to order the parts..specifications would have been nice. Labeling and numbering the circuit boards would have saved tons of time. I did get a set of boards built that will run the stepper motors..I believe most of the information is correct but very hard to understand and follow..a few more wiring diagrams or more complete schematics would have been a great improvement. I could write a book on how to use this book and I have not started the gantry yet. It would have been nice to have more advice on motor selection and what it takes to drive what..too much left to guesswork.

3-0 out of 5 stars okay book - useful for ideas
This is an okay book. It's good for getting ideas on how to cobble things together from surplus store and scrapyard pickings, as the author has largely done. I like the improvised use of parts, like the home depot TV tray for the z-axis, or an electrical junction box and clamps used to hold the pen for running the initial plotting tests.

I have some complaints as well:

1) A good 50 pages are reprint of stepper driver datasheet/application notes that you could probably find on the web.

2) Chapter 3 describes making a printed circuit board, which fine, but many would not want to hassle with the chemicals involved. The author doesn't list perfboards with solder pads as an alternative to making your own PCBs.

3) The author describes how he lifted the linear bearings from some surplus store find that he made. That's great, but what about some parts lists or even just rough specifications for those of us who didn't make that great find in the junkheap somewhere?

4) No mention of what material he used for the guide rails (looks like it could be drill rod or blower shaft to me), or how he drilled and tapped the perfectly parallel holes for fastening it to the frame.

The best thing about this book is that it shows you one way to do things from beginning to end with relatively modest tools, that the author was able to achieve some results with. Overall I found it useful and enjoyable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so Great Book
The sources in the book to buy the hardware and electronics only sale products by the hundreds, if you contact them for only a few parts YOU WILL BE IGNORED, when you're not ignored you'll find that the prices are much (MUCH) higher than then ones mentioned in the book

I have to complaints on the electronics part:

1) There are a total of six (6) chips to be soldered; you need some good soldering skills to successfully solder those chips without short-circuiting anything.

2) The section that explains the circuitry says, and I quote "Don't worry too much about understanding how this circuit works; as long as you follow the directions closely, the board you build will function properly," WHICH IS NOT TRUE, you have to closely follow and understand the electronics in order to find an error in the book, even though it is a minor error, it can really drive you nuts.

Also note there is no contact information of the author, YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN.

My advise to you, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, unless you are a really good troubleshooter and willing to spend some serious time hunting for the parts.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not For The Serious CNC Builder
I was hoping for a book that would give usefull information on the compoments and construction of a quality CNC router. This book didn't even come close. This is a documentation of cobbeling together a make-shift CNC router and does not give any real info on how to choose components or lay out and build a serious machine.
If, like me, you are looking for detailed help on choosing linear motion components, stepper or servo motors and controllers, and how to design and build a machine that can approximate the quality of the pre-built routers costing $10,000 and up this is NOT the book for you. Don't waste your money! ... Read more


117. Physical Principles of Remote Sensing (Topics in Remote Sensing)
by W. G. Rees
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-13)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 86329
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Substantially revised and expanded, this new edition includes a discussion of the radiative transfer equation, atmospheric sounding techniques and interferometric radar, an expanded list of problems (with solutions), and a discussion of the Global Positioning System (GPS). This book forms the basis of an introductory course in remote sensing. The main readership will be students and researchers in remote sensing, geography, cartography, surveying, meteorology, earth sciences and environmental sciences generally, as well as physicists, mathematicians and engineers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A solid, well balanced and quite readable text for RS study
I was fortunate enough to attend Gareth Rees' course, for which this book was initially written. As a student that always needed to get things through the brain more than once for it to stick, I can thoroughly recommend this book. It is well written, handles the mathematical treatments with enough detail to be easy to follow (but it does assume a fairly strong undergraduate mathematical background). Excellent description of Synthetic Aperture Radar techniques and written in a style that makes it quite fresh for what is fundamentally a course text book.

5-0 out of 5 stars EARTH SCIENCE.... professional
Physical Principles of Remote Sensing
by W. G. Rees, Gareth Rees

is one of the first books that should be chased after by anyone planning to adapt the theory of LAND STUDIES to his/her future. Required as an intorductory textbook for many university level programs, THE PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING prepares the mind for future training in earth sciences.

Ms. Carmen R. Cross

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference for remote sensing scientists and engineers.
The book provides simple explainations with just enough equations to help understand concepts in electromagnetics, radiation interaction with atmosphere, Microwave-visible-IR systems, scattering, satellites, antennas and data processing. Great for reference or introductory course in remote sensing. ... Read more


118. Digital Color Imaging Handbook
by Gaurav Sharma
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-23)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Digital technology now enables unparalleled functionality and flexibility in the capture, processing, exchange, and output of color images. But harnessing its potential requires knowledge of color science, systems, processing algorithms, and device characteristics-topics drawn from a broad range of disciplines. One can acquire the requisite background with an armload of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and mathematics books and journals- or one can find it here, in the Digital Color Imaging Handbook.Unprecedented in scope, this handbook presents, in a single concise and authoritative publication, the elements of these diverse areas relevant to digital color imaging. The first three chapters cover the basics of color vision, perception, and physics that underpin digital color imaging. The remainder of the text presents the technology of color imaging with chapters on color management, device color characterization, digital halftoning, image compression, color quantization, gamut mapping, computationally efficient transform algorithms, and color image processing for digital cameras.Each chapter is written by world-class experts and largely self-contained, but cross references between chapters reflect the topics' important interrelations. Supplemental materials are available for download from the CRC Web site, including electronic versions of some of the images presented in the book. ... Read more


119. JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology
by DavidHrynkiw, MarkTilden
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Asin: 0072226013
Catlog: Book (2002-09-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Sales Rank: 8230
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Simple
As a graphic designer by trade, I dabble in building robots. The BEAM philosophy for building robots is really quite amazing because the focus is on reuse of discarded electronics while striving to make your robots look as asthetically pleasing as possible. The strength of this work is that now everybody may build a robot easily and quickly.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is very well done. The photos are phenomenal, the mechanical diagrams are very consice and exact and the subject matter is explained very well. The only reason I give it a 3-star rating is because all of the material is available on the internet for free - although I do like having the book on my shelf. I don't agree that the simple beam technolgy will stand the test of time because what they call a "nervous network" is actual just a simple analog sequence generator and cannot be programmed to allow the robot to do practical work. If you want to have some control over what your robot is going to do, then you need to get a book that explains the use of microcontrollers. Try a book by Myke Predko. Definitely buy this book though!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeper
Great book for beginners in robotics OR electronics. This book focuses on the minimalist BEAM approach to robotics, as opposed to the full blown combat robots you see on TV. Starts with the real basics, everything from reading resistor color bands (BBROYGBVGW - Bad Boys etc...) to proper soldering techniques. Then it moves on to a series of step-by-step micro-bot builds, generously illustrated with photos and diagrams. If you can't find the parts around the house to build your bots, you can always take the author's dumpster diving tips to heart. I'd recommend this book for anybody who's not afraid of soldering and glue fumes.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of BEAM
This is, by far, the best robotics how-to book I've ever read. I've been following the BEAM "movement" from its inception, and Dave Hrynkiw's work for years. This book makes the BEAM approach toward robotics accessible to everyone, from the complete newbie to the more experienced hobbyist.

I was amazed at how well the book was written (it's genuinely funny in spots), and how much attention to detail was evident in clear photos and well-done illustrations. This is a model for how such a book should be done.

There are seven projects in the book, from a simple solar-powered top to a rather sophisticated four-legged insect-like walker. Set-by-step instructions are given for each project, along with process photos and circuit diagrams.

One of the coolest things about BEAMbots is that they're often built from analog electronics scavenged from techno-junk (old solar calculators, Walkman, pagers, modems, etc.). Dave provides info on how to round up this junk and where to go for the parts you can't scrounge.

I think that making some of these little autonomous robo-critters and letting them scuttle and flail around in your office (seeking light, avoiding light, dodging obstacles) would be a great way of flexing your superior geek muscles. Make some of these babies and you'll be the envy of propellerheads everywhere!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hrynkiw! Tilden! What more could you need?
This book definitely has what it takes to introduce enthusiasts of all ages to the many aspects of BEAM robotics. It is important to note that it covers topics from those that are very simple (good learning material for those new to the topic or are fairly young) to those that are quite esoteric (satisfying food for thought for the experienced BEAM roboticist.) We can only hope for more from this group of authors. ... Read more


120. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
by Marinus T. Vlaardingerbroek, Jacques A. Den Boer, Jaques A. den Boer
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Asin: 3540436812
Catlog: Book (2002-11-04)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Sales Rank: 694489
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This textbook gives a comprehensive survey of the analytical treatment of MRI physics and engineering. It gives readers the background needed to cope with the problems that arise when applying MRI in medicine or when (sub)systems or sequences for new applications are designed. Special attention is paid to the treatment of intrinsic artifacts of the different sequences, which can be described in a mathematically uniform way for the different scan methods. The book contains many images, especially showing specific properties of the different scan methods. The methods discussed include RARE, GRACE, EPI, and Spiral Scan. This 2nd edition has been expanded in response to recent developments. In various places the treatment is refined. The chapter on motion and flow is expanded, and a new chapter is added, describing the configuration theory and its use in the understanding of multi-pulse sequences such as BURST, TSE and FFE. A.L. Luiten gives an overview of the early history of MRI imaging.

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APPLIED MAGNETIC RESONANCE "An advantage of this book is that it presents quantitative description of many practically used procedures, quantitatively describes reasons for different artifacts and how to avoid them, many aspects of the theory of MRI are illustrated with numerous experimental images. The book contains many interesting practical examples which will be of great help for users of MRI technique. I believe that this book will be very useful and instructive for all users of magnetic resonance imaging both for medical purposes and material science studies." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good MRI introduction book
This is a good book for introducing MRI basics for non-experts. advanced scanning methods are discussed also. The applications section is very good and the references are valuable.

1-0 out of 5 stars With my full respect to the Auther of this book
Poor images,Poor Graphics and shallow content! This book is not for any proffessional in the field of clinical MRI. I can say that this book is just a collection of short notes designed for Philips engineers. The price (almost $80) of this book does not match the quality of content, the quality of images and the graphics as well ( hand drawing & illustration). If you are philips engineer think twice before you buy this book otherwise think 100 times to buy it for 80 $. ... Read more


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