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The Handbook of Data & Networks Security

Building on the existing Handbook of Data Communications and Networks, and The Complete Handbook of the Internet, this book covers every aspect of computer and network security. Includes an analysis of the physical connection and data transfer over networks, the security strengths and weaknesses of network protocols, common session protocols (such as HTTP and FTP), the most popular network operating systems, network security devices, mobile networks, and an in-depth analysis of the principles and implementation of public-key encryption. The book is packed with practical security examples, advice, tips and techniques, including usable router programming commands and screen shots showing key security principles.

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Computational Materials Science for Thin-Film Solar Cells
How to Increase Efficiency
Scientists and engineers in academic and industrial research experience a strong evolving discipline: Computational Materials Science. This discipline provides materials insights that are not readily achievable by experiments, and it offers the opportunity to design materials and composites ?ab-initio?.
This book presents the methods and the practical use of Computational Materials Science using two distinct examples: the development of optimized or alternative materials for CIGS (Copper-Indium-Gallium-di-Selenide) photovoltaics and the optimization of CIGS thin film solar cells for maximum efficiency.
After a general introduction the theoretical background of the book is illustrated:
The strategies and principles of High Performance Computing (HPC) for materials science are covered and rounded out by a number of examples for highly parallel computing.
Next theory and working principles of solar cells are depicted with emphasis on CIGS.
Finally the theory of the quantum mechanical simulations (Density Functional Theory, Monte Carlo simulations for canonical and grand-canonical ensembles, cluster expansions) and the software used for these purposes are presented.
In the practical section of the book the simulation work for the various functional layers of the CIGS cell is described in detail:
After general electronic structure calculations for the CIGS photo absorber light is shed on the role of the Indium/Gallium distribution as well as on the influence of vacancies in chalcopyrite structures.
Base requirements for the buffer layer are defined and simulation results from a search for alternative (Cadmium-free) buffer compounds are presented. Experimental results for synthesized replacement materials complete this part of the work.
The optimization of the system transparent conductive oxide (TCO) / contact grid for maximum overall cell efficiency is described. The charge transport through TCO/grid is modelled by a Finite Element Method and cell efficiencies are calculated considering ohmic as well as optical losses.
The last section of the book outlines the simulation results implications on the optimization of thin film cell processing. Special emphasis is placed on the influence of process temperatures on film homogeneity and cell efficiency as well as on the requirements for substrate selection. The calculations are validated by experimental results.
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Handbook of Computational Neurodegeneration

The Handbook of Computational Neurodegeneration provides a comprehensive overview of the field and thus bridges the gap between standard textbooks of research on neurodegeneration and dispersed publications for specialists that have a narrowed focus on computational methods to study this complicated process.

The handbook reviews the central issues and methodological approaches related to the field for which the reader pursues a thorough overview. It also conveys more advanced knowledge, thus serving both as an introductory text and as a starting point for an in-depth study of a specific area, as well as a quick reference source for the expert by reflecting the state of the art and future prospects. The book includes topics that are usually missing in standard textbooks and that are only marginally represented in the specific literature.

The broad scope of this handbook is reflected by five major parts that facilitate an integration of computational concepts, methods and applications in the study of neurodegeneration. Each part is intended to stand on its own, giving an overview of the topic and the most important problems and approaches, which are supported by examples, practical applications, and proposed methodologies. The basic concepts and knowledge, standard procedures and methods are presented, as well as recent advances and new perspectives.

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Signal and Image Processing
Applications to Acoustical Imaging

This book highlights the applications of signal and image processing to acoustical imaging. The book first describes the basic tools involved ? the 2D transform, fast Fourier transform (FFT) and applications, and deconvolution ? before introducing readers to higher order statistics, wavelets, and neural networks. The important topic of digital signal processing is also described, focusing on the example of homomorphic signal processing. The book also details the design of digital filters and array signal processing, before examining applications to image processing in the final section: image enhancement and optimization, image restoration, and image compression.

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Encyclopedia of Continuum Mechanics
This Encyclopedia covers the entire science of continuum mechanics including the mechanics of materials and fluids. The encyclopedia comprises mathematical definitions for continuum mechanical modeling, fundamental physical concepts, mechanical modeling methodology, numerical approaches and many fundamental applications. The modelling and analytical techniques are powerful tools in mechanical civil and areospsace engineering, plus in related fields of plasticity, viscoelasticity and rheology. Tensor-based and reference-frame-independent, continuum mechanics has recently found applications in geophysics and materials.

This three-volume encyclopedia comprises approximately uniform 600 entries.
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Fast Algorithms for Stereo Matching

Computer vision problems are much larger than ever before. One way to satisfy demand is to design more efficient and clever algorithms that optimize computations in an existing processor. Such fast algorithms are becoming increasingly important for tele-reality, interactive media and visual serving applications. This book presents fast and reliable algorithms for dense stereo matching ? for every point on the image ? and optical-flow estimations using a general language, such as C, rather than dedicated hardware implementation.

Techniques described are: fast algorithms for similarity measure, use of subregioning technique to expedite similarity calculation, multiresolution scheme, fast 3-D surface technique for stereo matching, and stereo matching using warping. Fast Algorithms for Stereo Matching is a useful reference for academics, professionals, researchers, practitioners, and advanced graduate students in the areas of computer vision, digital photogrammetry, and 3-D video coding.

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Digital Image Processing and Image Formation

This long-established and well-received monograph offers an integral view of image processing - from image acquisition to the extraction of the data of interest ? written by a physical scientists for other scientists.


Supplements discussion of the general concepts is supplemented with examples from applications on PC-based image processing systems and ready-to-use implementations of important algorithms.


Completely revised and extended, the most notable extensions being a detailed discussion on random variables and fields, 3-D imaging techniques and a unified approach to regularized parameter estimation.


Complete text of the book is now available on the accompanying CD-ROM. It is hyperlinked so that it can be used in a very flexible way.

CD-ROM contains a full set of exercises to all topics covered by this book and a runtime version of the image processing software heurisko. A large collection of images, image sequences, and volumetric images is available for practice exercises

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Mastering 3D Printing in the Classroom, Library, and Lab
Learn how to manage and integrate the technology of 3D printers in the classroom, library, and lab. With this book, the authors give practical, lessons-learned advice about the nuts and bolts of what happens when you mix 3D printers, teachers, students, and the general public in environments ranging from K-12 and university classrooms to libraries, museums, and after-school community programs.

Take your existing programs to the next level with�Mastering 3D Printing in the Classroom, Library, and Lab. Organized in a way that is readable and easy to understand, this book is your guide to the many technology options available now in both software and hardware, as well as a compendium of practical use cases and a discussion of how to create experiences that will align with curriculum standards.�

You'll examine the whole range of working with a 3D printer, from purchase decision to curriculum design. Finally this book points you forward to the digital-fabrication future current students will face, discussing how key skills can be taught as cost-effectively as possible.

What You?ll Learn
  • Discover what is really involved with using a 3D printer in a classroom, library, lab, or public space
  • Review use cases of 3D printers designed to enhance student learning and to make practical parts, from elementary school through university research lab
  • Look at career-planning directions in the emerging digital fabrication arena
  • Work with updated tools, hardware, and software for 3D printing
Who This Book Is For

Educators of all levels, both formal (classroom) and informal (after-school programs, libraries, museums).
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Touching Soap Films

Touching Soap Films is a well-prepared video product, introducing the world of minimal surfaces to the general audience. ... It is recommended to every mathematics club and public library... Some topics such as building tunnels into minimal surfaces are under current mathematical research, which makes the tape also worth watching by experts in this field. Hong You Wu, Mathematical Reviews. VHS/PAL video tape.

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DNA Sequencing
Data Analysis and Genetic Variant Detection
This thesis addresses practical data quality and variant detection issues regarding research on next-generation DNA sequencing. It develops for the first time a hidden Markov model (HMM) to describe the error pattern and data generation of next-generation DNA sequencers. Further, it proposes using a haplotype-based method, which employs the HMM and re-alignment to suppress the interference of sequencing errors and incorrect alignments, in order to improve the detection accuracy of SNPs and InDels. Lastly, the thesis sheds new light on the interpretation and application of error modeling for next-generation DNA sequencing.
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Grundkurs Beschaffungsmanagement
Prozesse, Methoden und Instrumente
Der effiziente Einkauf stellt seit jeher einen zentralen Erfolgsfaktor f�r Unternehmen dar ? und dies gilt erst recht in der globalisierten Wirtschaft von heute. In dem Buch stellt der Autor das Beschaffungsmanagement systematisch gegliedert vor und f�hrt in die Methoden und Instrumente f�r einen erfolgreichen Einkauf ein. Das klar strukturierte und leicht verst�ndliche Fachbuch orientiert sich an Best Practices, zeigt aktuelle Entwicklungen auf und liefert umfangreiche Fallstudien. Leser k�nnen Inhalte anhand von �bungen anwenden und reflektieren.
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Unconventional Computing

This volume of the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, Second Edition, is a unique collection of concise overviews of state-of-art, theoretical and experimental findings, prepared by the world leaders in unconventional computing. Topics covered include bacterial computing, artificial chemistry, amorphous computing, computing with Solitons, evolution in materio, immune computing, mechanical computing, molecular automata, membrane computing, bio-inspired metaheuristics, reversible computing, sound and music computing, enzyme-based computing, structural machines, reservoir computing, infinity computing, biomolecular data structures, slime mold computing, nanocomputers, analog computers, DNA computing, novel hardware, thermodynamics of computation, and quantum and optical computing.�Topics added to the second edition include: social algorithms, unconventional computational problems, enzyme-based computing, inductive Turing machines, reservoir computing, Grossone Infinity computing, slime mould computing, biomolecular data structures, parallelization of bio-inspired unconventional computing, and photonic computing.

Unconventional computing is a cross-breed of computer science, physics, mathematics, chemistry, electronic engineering, biology, materials science and nanotechnology. The aims are to uncover and exploit principles and mechanisms of information processing in, and functional properties of, physical, chemical and living systems, with the goal to develop efficient algorithms, design optimal architectures and manufacture working prototypes of future and emergent computing devices.

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Practical Laravel 5
Build a Laravel 5 Application Step by Step

Build a fully-fledged, feature-rich application from scratch using Laravel. You'll learn by doing, not simply studying. At the end of each step, not only will you have learned a new skill, trick or technique ? but you'll have built another feature of your first hand-crafted Laravel application. You'll go beyond the Laravel framework itself as we take a look at some of the skills any professional developer needs, to take your career ? or indeed hobby ? to the next level.

Simple to grasp yet incredibly powerful, Laravel is attracting enormous attention from beginners and experienced developers alike for its expressiveness and versatility. This book will show you what's got people so excited. Packed with tips, tricks and tools of the trade, Practical Laravel 5 gives you everything you need to develop sophisticated web applications using this exciting new framework.

What You'll Learn

  • Know when Laravel is the right tool for your project
  • Have a solid understanding of the framework's major features
  • �Possess the knowledge and confidence to build a production-ready application ? from scratch
  • Have a broad awareness of relevant tools, techniques and processes
  • Be able to launch your applications into the cloud

Who This Book Is For

Practical Laravel 5 is for novice through to intermediate developers new to Laravel�

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Handbook of Experimental Structural Dynamics
SEM Handbook of Experimental Structural Dynamics stands as a comprehensive overview and reference for its subject, applicable to workers in research, product design and manufacture, and practice. The Handbook is devoted primarily to the areas of structural mechanics served by the Society for Experimental Mechanics IMAC community, such as modal analysis, rotating machinery, structural health monitoring, shock and vibration, sensors and instrumentation, aeroelasticity, ground testing, finite element techniques, model updating, sensitivity analysis, verification and validation, experimental dynamics sub-structuring, quantification of margin and uncertainty, and testing of civil infrastructure. Chapters offer comprehensive, detailed coverage of decades of scientific and technologic advance and all demonstrate an experimental perspective. Several sections specifically discuss the various types of experimental testing and common practices utilized in the automotive, aerospace, and civil structures industries as well as in the design/manufacture of sports equipment.
Contributions present important theory behind relevant experimental methods as well as application and technology. Topical authors emphasize and dissect proven methods and offer detail beyond a simple review of the literature. Additionally, chapters cover practical needs of scientists and engineers who are new to the field. In most cases, neither the pertinent theory nor, in particular, the practical issues have been presented formally in an academic textbook. Each chapter in the Handbook represents a ?must read? for someone new to the subject or for someone returning to the field after an absence. Reference lists in each chapter consist of the seminal papers in the literature.

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A Study of Statistical Zero-Knowledge Proofs

Zero-knowledge interactive proofs play a central role in the design and study of cryptographic protocols and are rich objects for complexity-theoretic study. Statistical zero-knowledge (SZK) proofs achieve strong information-theoretic security, and can provide a clean test bed for the study of more general notions that incorporate computational security.

This monograph is a revised and extended version of the author's PhD thesis, the winning thesis of the 2000 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition. It is a comprehensive investigation of statistical zero-knowledge (SZK) proofs. It begins by showing that SZK has two natural complete problems, and then uses these complete problems to address a wide variety of fundamental questions about SZK. It also includes a chapter that surveys recent developments in the area, in particular how the results and techniques of this thesis have been extended to computational zero-knowledge proofs and arguments.

The presentation offers clarity and intuition, assuming only a basic background in computational complexity and cryptography, and thus the book can bring a graduate student or a researcher in a related area up to date on this topic. At the same time, it includes clear statements of numerous open problems and research directions, which are likely to interest experts in the area.

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Handbook of Memristor Networks

A memristor is a two-terminal device whose resistance depends on one or more internal state variables of the device and it is defined by a state-dependent Ohm's law. Its  resistance  depends  on the  entire  past signal  waveform  of the  applied  voltage, or  current, across the  memristor. Using memristors one can achieve circuit functionalities that are not possible to establish with resistors, capacitors and inductors, therefore the memristor is of great pragmatic usefulness.

Potential unique applications of memristors are in spintronic devices, ultra-dense information storage, neuromorphic circuits, and programmable electronics. This handbook focuses on design, fabrication, modelling of and implementation of computation in spatially extended discrete media with many memristors. The World's authorities in computer science, mathematics, electronics, physics and computer engineering present:

  • foundations of the memristor theory and applications
  • demonstrate how to design neuromorphic network architectures based on memristor assemblies
  • analysis varieties of the dynamic behaviour of memristive networks
  • show how to realise computing devices from memristors

The Handbook of Memristor Networks is a unique self-contained compendium of results on memristor research developed by top world experts in the field. All aspects of memristor networks are presented in detail, in a fully accessible, often tutorial like style.  The book is an indispensable source of information and an inspiring reference text for future generations of computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers.

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Algorithmic Intelligence
Towards an Algorithmic Foundation for Artificial Intelligence

In this book the author argues that the basis of what we consider computer intelligence has algorithmic roots, and he presents this with a holistic view, showing examples and explaining approaches that encompass theoretical computer science and machine learning via engineered algorithmic solutions.

The book will be of value to researchers, practitioners, and students.

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Computational Matter

This book is concerned with computation�in materio, harnessing the�physical properties�of materials in order to execute algorithms. It offers an overview of the field, covering four main areas of interest:�theory, practice, applications�and�implications. Each chapter�synthesizes�current understanding by deliberately bringing together researchers across a collection of related research projects.

The book is useful for graduate students, researchers in the field, and the general scientific reader who is interested in inherently interdisciplinary research at the intersections of computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics.

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Foraging-Inspired Optimisation Algorithms

This book is an introduction to relevant aspects of the foraging literature for algorithmic design, and an overview of key families of optimization algorithms that stem from a foraging metaphor. The authors first offer perspectives on foraging and foraging-inspired algorithms for optimization, they then explain the techniques inspired by the behaviors of vertebrates, invertebrates, and non-neuronal organisms, and they then discusses algorithms based on formal models of foraging, how to evolve a foraging strategy, and likely future developments.

No prior knowledge of natural computing is assumed. This book will be of particular interest to graduate students, academics and practitioners in computer science, informatics, data science, management science, and other application domains.

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Philosophy of Computer Science
This book is concerned with the philosophical issues that surround computational artefacts, the technical artefacts of computer science with which computer scientists construct software, computers, tablets, embedded systems, chips, type inference frameworks, natural language systems, compilers, and interpreters.

The central theme in the book is specification and definition, and in this light the author examines central topics such as semantics, correctness, ontology of computational artefacts, abstraction, formal methods, the methodology of computer science, computational thinking, and the nature of computation. The philosophy of computer science is concerned with issues that arise from reflection upon the nature and practice of the academic discipline of computer science, and here the author provides a view of the content and personality of this subject. The book will be of value to philosophers and computer scientists.
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