Books of Interest: September 2008

A selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press and Wiley–IEEE Press

5 September 2008

Here is a selection of new books from Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press and Wiley–IEEE Press. Computer Society members receive a 15 percent discount on their society’s books by ordering from Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press and using promotional code 38491. IEEE members receive a 15 percent discount on Wiley–IEEE Press books by using promotional code INSA2.


Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press

kaDependability Benchmarking for Computer Systems
Edited by Karama Kanoun and Lisa Spainhower
(July 2008, US $95.95, 384 pp.)

Articles are written by experts who define benchmarks used for measuring the dependability of hardware-software systems and explain the concepts behind them. The benchmarks help to characterize a system’s dependability and provide a mechanism for fairly comparing alternative systems. They are useful for guiding system development, evaluating systems for purchase, and helping researchers evaluate new system concepts. Included is research from D Bench, a project supported by the European Union.


landPractical Support for Lean Six Sigma Software Process Definition: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards
By Susan K. Land, Douglas B. Smith, and John W. Walz (June 2008, $89.95, 412 pp.)

Although well established in manu­facturing, Lean Six Sigma has become the focus of software development organizations in only the past few years. This book provides concrete yet flexible methods for incorporating Lean Six Sigma into an organization’s development processes. Included are document templates that developers can tailor to a wide variety of software development projects.


aprSoftware Maintenance Management: Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
By Alain April and Alain Abran
(March 2008, $65, 314 pp.)

Software maintenance is of growing concern for organizations with mission-critical applications, yet the processes for maintaining software are not well developed. Software Maintenance Management argues that process-improvement models popular in software development also apply to software maintenance. The authors present a new way for capturing the uniqueness of software maintenance activities in a model-based process-improvement approach.


Wiley-IEEE Press

jenComputational Intelligence and Feature Selection: Rough and Fuzzy Approaches
By Richard Jensen and Qiang Shen
(August 2008, $110, 348 pp.)

Provides the background and fundamental ideas behind feature selection, with an emphasis on techniques based on rough and fuzzy sets and their combination. The book introduces set theory, fuzzy set theory, rough set theory, and fuzzy-rough set theory and illustrates the power and efficacy of feature selection in real-world applications.


By Rui Xu and Don Wunsch
(August 2008, $110, 368 pp.)

Written by two of the best-known experts in the field, Clustering is the only comprehensive text on the subject now available. It looks at the full range of clustering, providing enough detail to allow users to select the method that best fits their applications. The authors try to make the subject clear for readers at different levels, including graduate students, computer scientists, and applied mathematicians.


rexRF Measurements for Cellular Phones and Wireless Data Systems
By Rex Frobenius and Allan W. Scott
(June 2008, $110, 528 pp.)

It is predicted that by 2010 all digital wireless communications equipment will have data transfer capabilities of more than 1 megabit per second. In anticipation of that milestone, this book presents what industry professionals need to know about the RF measurements and tests that must be made on the next generation of digital wireless communications equipment. The book reviews basic RF principles and terminology and describes RF measurement equipment, including signal generators, power and frequency meters, and vector network, spectrum, and vector signal analyzers.


jarryAdvanced Design Techniques and Realizations of Microwave and RF Filters
By Pierre Jarry and Jacques Beneat
(June 2008, $115, 376 pp.)

With the proliferation of radar, satellite, and mobile wireless systems, methods for designing microwave and RF filters are needed to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for accuracy, reliability, and shorter development time. Beginning with a brief review of topics such as scattering and chain matrices, and fundamental electromagnetic equations, the book goes into design techniques for microwave and RF filters operating across a frequency range from 1 gigahertz to 35 GHz.


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Frobenius and Scott on RF Testing

Do you design cellphones? Then you’d better understand the tests you’ll have to perform to make sure your devices work properly. That’s why IEEE Member Rex Frobenius [left] and Allan W. Scott wrote RF Measurements for Cellular Phones and Wireless Data Systems. Their book explains the various aspects of RF, focusing on how to use the equipment for testing cellphones and other wireless devices. It’s aimed at those working in R&D and manufacturing, as well as those who market RF components and systems for cellphones, wireless LANs, and other RF communications gear.

Frobenius is vice president of engineering for Besser Associates, a specialist in RF training located in Mountain View, Calif. Scott is an instructor for the company and has been designing RF and microwave equipment for more than 35 years. Nine years ago, the two developed a course called RF Measurements for Cellphones. Their book is an outgrowth of that course.

“Our book is important now because the cellphone industry is experiencing a worldwide expansion,” Scott says. “The fundamental measurement concepts we cover are useful for any RF or wireless application.”

The book explores RF measurements on devices found in cellphone equipment and on digitally modulated signals.

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