NEW BOOKS


Neural Networks for Identification, Prediction and Control

This book describes examples of applications of neural networks in modeling, prediction and control. Topics covered include identification of general linear and nonlinear processes, forecasting of river levels, stock market prices, currency exchange rates, and control of a time-delayed plant and a two-joint robot. The neural network types considered are the multilayer perception (MLP), the Elman and Jordan networks, the Group-Method-of-Data-Handling (GMDH), the cerebellar-model-articulation-controller (CMAC) networks, and neuromorphic fuzzy logic systems. The algorithms presented are the standard back propagation (BP) algorithm, the Widrow-Hoff learning, dynamic BP, and evolutionary learning. Full listings of computer programs written in C for neural network-based system identification and prediction to facilitate practical experimentation with neural network techniques are included.

Published by Springer-Verlag.


Engineering Process Improvement Series

This series of four books focuses on key innovations in process improvement and quality engineering.
  • "Randall's Practical Guide to ISO 9000: Implementation, Registration and Beyond," by Richard C. Randall, covers the new ISO 9000:1994 standards, provides detailed descriptions of all sections of ISO 9000, and offers guidance on implementing these standards in business practices. The book is filled with real-world examples and tips on making the certification process go smoothly.
  • "Quality Function Deployment: How to Make QFD Work For You," by Lou Cohen, provides an in-depth examination of QFD, a structured planning process that systematically incorporates the voice of the customer into product design and development. In addition to offering a detailed explanation of the House of Quality, the most commonly used QFD matrix that relates customer needs to technical solutions, the book explores the many layers of matrices that can contribute to every phase of product development and manufacturing. It offers real-world guidance on all the practical aspects of implementing QFD - where to start, problems to anticipate, and how to push through to a successful conclusion.
  • "Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: A Yardstick for Quality Growth," by Maureen S. Heaphy and Gregory F. Gruska, is a practical guide to this increasingly prominent means of benchmarking, improving and recognizing quality efforts. The book offers comprehensive coverage of the MBNQA criteria and a comparison with the ISO 9000:1994 standards. In addition, it includes a case study of a 1994 Baldrige Award application that illustrates the entire application process - from the initial assessment, evaluation and scoring to the feedback report and site visit. The book also offers practical advice on using the criteria for self improvement, tips on the application process, and common mistakes to avoid.
  • "Changing the Way We Change: Gaining Control of Major Operational Change," by Jeanenne LaMarsh, helps organizations develop the capacity for effective change that will result in significant improvements in efficiency and quality. Unlike other books on the topic that speak in more general terms, this book provides a specific action plan for initiating, implementing and coping with change. Using a case study of a manufacturing organization's challenge to change its engineering processes, it provides in-depth information on the process of change, the people it affects, and the tools that facilitate implementation.

    Published by Addison-Wesley.


    Industrial Cases in Simulation

    Authored by James A. Chisman, professor emeritus of industrial engineering at Clemson University, this 42-page booklet presents 25 cases that reflect the real world of industrial simulation. Tap into the power of simulation with a book that teaches you industrial engineering through real-world industrial applications. It's 25 cases - divided into the three major types of real-world simulation problems - give you experience solving the kinds of industrial engineering problems simulation modeling can address, like correcting production bottlenecks and maintaining inventory control. These problems, based on the author's extensive academic and industrial experience, demonstrate the power that simulation can have on an organization's decision-making processes. An instructor's manual is also available.

    Published by Duxbury Press.


    Designing a Distribution Network To Address Today's Challenges

    Shipping product to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity is dependent on having the correct distribution network. This 22-page booklet will help the reader understand the factors that define the correct distribution network and the approach to design this correct distribution network. The booklet addresses:
  • 14 factors influencing distribution today;
  • the value of strategic planning;
  • site selection guidelines; and
  • foreign trade zones.

    Published by Tompkins Associates Inc.


    The Future Focused Organization

    Adapting to the changing business climate can mean continued success for a business - not adapting can mean failure to even the best and brightest of corporations. In "The Future Focused Organization: Complete Organizational Alignment for Breakthrough Results," authors Terence T. Burton and John W. Moran show executives how to create and manage change in their business.

    This book is an end-to-end guide to refocusing the entire organization on a positive, pro-active vision of the future, from re-engineering the organization to anticipating tomorrow's customer expectations. Based on the Future Focused Organization model, this book goes beyond current management materials and focuses on a new approach that results in an organization that adapts to changes in the marketplace continuously and successfully.

    Published by Prentice Hall.


    Behavior in Organizations - Fifth Edition

    The advent of technology has quickly changed the world in which we work. Understanding how workers are adapting to their new challenges is integral to a successful organization. The science of organizational behavior (OB) helps researchers comprehend how people operate in organizations and how to manage their behavior if individuals and companies are to flourish. This fifth edition of "Behavior in Organizations" offers:
  • increased attention to organizational practices, and uses more examples of contemporary companies;
  • increased attention to the growing diversity of the workforce and the international nature of organizations;
  • expanded coverage of the growing emphasis on organizational quality;
  • close attention to ethical issues in organizations;
  • emphasis on future trends in organizational practices.

    Published by Prentice Hall.


    Multiservice Loss Models for Broadband Telecommunication Networks

    The last decade has seen dramatic increases in switching and transmission capacity, accompanied by an increasing need to integrate communications services, including voice and data, over the same telecommunication network. These trends have led to the development of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) - a standard for the transport of all telecommunication services over a common network. Loss networks are there to ensure that sufficient resources are available when a call arrives. However, the traditional loss network models do not capture the heterogeneity of the bandwidth requirements, the central attribute of ATM networks. ATM networks require multiservice loss models.

    This book presents mathematical tools for the analysis, optimization and design of multi-service loss networks. These tools are directly relevant to modern broadband networks, including ATM networks. It also addresses networks with both fixed and alternative routing, and with discrete and continuous bandwidth requirements. Multiservice interconnection networks for switches and contiguous slot assignment for synchronous transfer mode are also addressed. This book assists engineers in the development of sophisticated loss models and so improve the design of these new multiservice networks.

    Published by Springer-Verlag


    Explorations with Mathcad Series

    MathSoft, Inc. has introduced the first six titles in the Explorations with Mathcad series of interactive books with built-in calculation software that gives users the power to understand and solve a wide range of technical problems. Targeted at professors and undergraduate and graduate students, these interactive books provide a reference tool created to enhance learning and meet course requirements.

    The Explorations with Mathcad series incorporates MathSoft's Mathcad Engine technology so they can be used independently of Mathcad while retaining its intuitive "live math" environment. This integration of Mathcad's technology provides a wealth of calculation and exploration tools and reference materials that allows users to focus on application-specific content. The user is given immediate access to mathematics, and can perform analyses and the calculations interactively, right in the book.

    MathSoft's interactive electronic books offers students in engineering, science, pre-med, quantitative analysis and economics, tools that enhance their ability to explore and solve technical problems. The first six titles in this series are:

  • "Exploring Numerical Recipes" for engineering, science, math, pre-med, economics and quantitative analysis students, is available on CD-ROM and features over 140 algorithms. It also includes an on-line user guide which describes output and arguments for each function, gives theoretical background about the functions and illustrates by applied example.
  • "Explorations in Signal Processing" for engineering, science and quantitative analysis students, is available on CD-ROM and features more than 60 useful functions for signal processing.
  • "Queueing Theory" for math, engineering, business, finance, statistics and quantitative analysis students, is available on diskette and covers essential theory and formulas as well as practical examples.
  • "Exploring Statistics: Hypothesis Testing and Data Analysis" for engineering, science, math, pre-med, economics and quantitative analysis students, is available on CD-ROM and is appropriate for a variety of disciplines. This book lets students insert their own data for instant analysis, and highlights assumptions and potential pitfalls.
  • "The Essential Roark's" for mechanical and civil engineering students - features thousands of "live" formulas from the classic Roark's formulas for Stress and Strain (6th Edition) along with explanations to help apply the formulas to real design problems.
  • "Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations" for engineering, science, math, pre-med and economics students - features a complete course on ordinary differential equations that shows students how to put both the theory and the actual equations to use immediately.

    Published by MathSoft.


    Model Predictive Control in the Process Industry

    Model Predictive Control (MPC) has developed considerably in the last few years, within both the research community and industry. This can be attributed to the fact that MPC is perhaps the most general way of posing the process control problem in the time domain. MPC formulation integrates optimal control, stochastic control, control of processes with dead time, multivariable control and future references when available. Another advantage of MPC is its ability to handle finite control horizon, constraints and general non-linear processes, which are frequently found in industry. This book seeks to fill the gap between the empirical way in which practitioners tend to use control algorithms and the powerful but sometimes abstractly formulated techniques developed by control researchers.

    Published by Springer-Verlag.


    Probability, Stochastic Processes, and Queueing Theory

    This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to probability and stochastic processes, and shows how these subjects may be applied in computer performance modeling. The author's aim is to derive probability theory in a way that highlights the complementary nature of its formal, intuitive and applicative aspects while illustrating how the theory is applied in a variety of settings.

    Readers are assumed to be familiar with elementary linear algebra and calculus, including being conversant with limits, but otherwise, the book provides a self-contained approach suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate students.

    The first half of the book covers the basic concepts of probability, including combinatorics, expectation, random variables and fundamental theorems. In the second half of the book, the reader is introduced to stochastic processes. Subjects covered include renewal processes, queueing theory, Markov processes, matrix geometric techniques, reversibility, and networks of queues. Examples and applications are drawn from problems in computer performance modeling.

    Throughout the book, large numbers of exercises of varying degrees of difficulty help to secure a reader's understanding of these important and fascinating subjects.

    Published by Springer-Verlag.


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