Entries in "Computer Science" ( for this category only)

Library Greeter - Armored Video Action Figure

Here is a door greeter you do not see everyday. The Library Journal, 1/16/2009, reports that the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Science & Engineering Library entrance is now guarded by a "six-foot tall Chameleon JumpSuit comes from the popular Journeyman Project's “Legacy of Time” computer video game". It was donated by alumni.

Case Student Article

As I notice new publications from Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and students, I like to highlight them. Here is a new one I came across.

Discovering Neglected Conditions in Software by Mining Dependence Graphs
Chang, Ray-Yaung Podgurski, Andy Yang, Jiong
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland;

This paper appears in: Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on
Publication Date: Sept.-Oct. 2008
Volume: 34, Issue: 5
On page(s): 579-596

IEEE Computer Society Introduces Computing Now

From What's New @ IEEE for Students (June 4, 2008):

The IEEE Computer Society has created an aggregation portal to let visitors access multimedia, engage in community building and consolidate the resources of its 14 magazines. Computing Now brings together new print and online content from the IEEE Computer Society’s peer-reviewed magazines, highlighting coverage of hot topics, such as computer games, social networking, green computing, robotics and agile computing. Spanning all computing-related technologies and more than 50 identified subjects, Computing Now provides free access to select peer-reviewed articles and departments from each magazine. The site’s multimedia center features podcasts, video blogs, webinars and online-only interviews with authors and guest editors. Focusing on serving the community, Computing Now encourages registered users to comment on blog entries, provide feedback and contribute content. Led by an advisory board of subject-matter experts from academia and industry, Computing Now represents the Computer Society’s latest efforts to bridge the print and online worlds. For more information, visit Computing Now.

How Facebook Works

Ever wonder what it took to keep a large social network like FaceBook running? Technology Review in their July/August 2008 issue highlighted How Facebook Works.

IEEE Xplore Down Time

On Wednesday, 28 May, IEEE will perform planned maintenance to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

During this maintenance, the system will be unavailable for up to one (1) hour beginning at approximately 2:00 pm EDT. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A message will be also posted on the IEEE Xplore home page to alert users.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for being a user of IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Wii Preparation for Surgeons

Years ago we had reports that our Desert Storm pilots were better than their former colleagues, due to being raised as children with video games. Now, we a have a study that shows surgeons that warm up or train on Wii perform better in surgeries.

Game players scored nearly 50% higher on tool control and overall performance than other trainees.
Source: 'Wii warm-up' good for surgeons from BBC News (January 17, 2008)

Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship

The Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship is open for application until Friday, February 1, 2008.

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to furthering Anita's vision, we are pleased to announce the 2008 Google Anita Borg Scholarship, through which we hope to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders.

Web 3.0 on the Horizon

Have you learned everything about how to use web 2.0 effectively? If not, get ready to fall further behind. Articles are already starting to circulate about web 3.0 and what that will mean for Internet users.

CNNMoney.com in an article by Michael V. Copeland
shared how researchers are looking into the efficient use of the semantic web. In other words how can computers help to organize all the data, including that within documents, for the benefit of Internet searchers.

If you are looking for future employment opportunities consider this data from the article:

One estimate pegs the market for products and services stemming from semantic Web technologies at $50 billion by 2010, up from about $7 billion today.

Interface to the Virtual World

Benjamin Chodroff, a Case Western Reserve University student, recently participated in an IBM internship called "Extreme Blue" in India. He proposed an interface to connect real and virtual worlds, such as Second Life.

Case School of Engineering Receives Electronic Design Grant

According to the Chip Design Magazine (May 9, 2007), the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant sponsored by both Synopsys and HP.

Through the grant, Case's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will receive licenses of Synopsys' comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property, along with curricula, support and professor training, and sixteen dual core HP xw4400 Workstations to outfit the new Synopsys/HP EDA Laboratory.

Girls Ask Alice for Programming Skills

Alice is an open source program to create 3D computer animations. Due to its ease of use, it is being used to target future programmers, especially minorities and woman that make up the smaller percentages of the field.

[VIA: What's New @ IEEE for Students, April 2007 Volume 8, Number 4]

Will your face be your next password?

Check out this CNET News.com video that demonstrates a desktop 3D face recognition camera that could be the future of computer and data security.

Continue reading "Will your face be your next password?"

New Lie Group

What do you get when you mix 18 mathematicians, 4 years of research, and 77 hours of supercomputer computation - mapping of the Lie group E8.

It describes the symmetries of a 57-dimensional object that can in essence be rotated in 248 ways without changing its appearance.
[VIA: 025.431: The Dewey blog: Fearful symmetry]

Sign Up for IEEE Standards Alerts via Email or RSS

IEEE Xplore now features opt-in standards alerts to keep you up-to-date on standards revisions available through email or RSS. This free service has recently been expanded to enable any IEEE Xplore user to be notified whenever a new standard or draft is published or a standard is revised. Users have the option to sign up for standards alerts based on industry or version number. To sign up, visit: ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/tocalerts_signup.jsp

[VIA: What's New @ IEEE for Libraries, March 2007, Volume 8, Number 3]

Continue reading "Sign Up for IEEE Standards Alerts via Email or RSS"

Rexa - Computer Science Literature

Rexa is a digital library and search engine covering the computer science research literature and the people who create it. Rexa aims to facilitate research progress and collaboration by providing efficient browsing, search, associations and analysis among papers, people, organizations, venues and research communities.

  • Keyword search on over 7 million papers (mostly in computer science)
  • Cross-linked pages for papers, authors, topics and NSF grants
  • Browsing by citations, authors, topics, co-authors, cited authors, citing authors; (find who cites you most by clicking "Citing authors" on your home page)
  • Web-2.0-style "tagging" to bookmark papers
  • Automatically-gathered contact info and photos of author's faces
  • Analysis of research topics, their impact, and how they relate
Check out the FAQ for more information.

Descriptions pulled from About Rexa and Rexa FAQ.

Rexa blog also provides more information and highlights additional resources.

IEEE Spectrum - The Firefox Kid

In November of 2006, IEEE Spectrum interviewed Blake Ross, founder of Firefox. The article explores the early years of Ross (if a 20 year old has early years) and looks at his next project: Parakey - a "web operating system that can do everything an OS can do".

Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) Challenge

IBM is pleased to announce an excellent opportunity for you to put your skills to the test and allow innovation to take the lead!

You can participate in this contest whether you have little or no Cell/B.E. Processor experience, some understanding of the techology, or have mastered this subject for some time now.

What you really need is the drive and competitive spirit to expand your mind, learn about this cutting edge technology, and show off your coding prowess. With some hard work and dedication, you could win some great cash prizes!

Learn more about the contest.

[VIA: Case Daily - February 20, 2007]

Craigslist Not For Sale

CNN.com reports that Craigslist is not for sale, even though another social networking website MySpace was just valued at over $15 million.

The founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, is a Case alumnus.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Advanced Mining & Use of Life Science Information

CALL FOR PAPERS - Advanced mining and use of life science information, ACS Chicago, March 2007

You are invited to submit abstracts for a session entitled "Advanced mining and use of life science information" in the division of Chemical Information (CINF), co-sponsored with the CSA Trust, at the 233rd American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago, March 25-29, 2007

We are particularly interested in papers that address the mining of large volumes and diverse sources of chemical and life science information to aid in decision making in the drug discovery process. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Development or application of data mining techniques
  • Knowledge discovery on large chemical databases such as PubChem
  • Integrating textual and structural information
  • Design of interfaces and interaction tools for complex, diverse kinds of information
  • Database querying tools and interfaces
The presentation should last about 30 minutes, including time for questions. To submit an abstract, go to http://oasys.acs.org/acs/233nm/cinf/papers/index.cgi and select the "Advanced mining and use of life science information" session. Abstracts should be submitted no later than November 17th, 2006.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact David Wild at djwild @ indiana.edu. You can find out more information about the CSA Trust at http://www.csa-trust.org/.

David Wild
Session organizer

___________________________________________

Dr. David J. Wild, djwild @ indiana.edu
Assistant Professor

Indiana University School of Informatics

ph (812) 856-1848 - fax (812) 856-1995

1900 E. 10th St. Rm. 1128, Bloomington, IN 47406

web http://www.informatics.indiana.edu/djwild

IEEE Downtime - Saturday, July 29th

On Saturday 29 July, IEEE will release a major system upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

As a result of this upgrade, users may experience up to 8 hours of downtime beginning at approximately 8:00 EDT.

IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 will be OpenURL compatible, which provides a standardized syntax for organizing bibliographic metadata and identifiers in a URL and transferring data between information services. Links are enabled between unsubscribed content in IEEE Xplore to a library resolver, leading users to appropriate resources within their institution. With this enhancement, librarians can work with commercially available link resolver software to fully enable their publication catalog. OpenURL will be provided in these areas:

  • Search results,li>References
  • Brief abstracts
  • IEEE Book abstracts

Other features of the IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 upgrade include:
  • RefWorks and Bibtex format downloadable citations from IEEE AbstractPlus records, search results, and tables of contents
  • Monthly lists of each periodical's most-downloaded articles
  • Watermarked PDF documents, illustrating the value of your library subscription
This release continues our successful launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0, and incorporates many of the requests we have heard from our customers.

An additional update is planned for release before the end of 2006.

If you have any questions regarding this upgrade, please let us know.

Thank you,
IEEE Online Support
onlinesupport@ieee.org

Mapping Wireless Networks

MIT's iSPOTS project aims at describing changes in living and working at MIT by mapping the dynamics of the wireless network in real-time. Check out the various graphic representations of wireless usage at MIT. They are hoping this project would lead to analysis tools that other organizations and cities could use.

More IEEE Content

CASE subscribes to IEEE Xplore and thus has access to this new content as described in the following IEEE announcement.

The IEEE this week made available to its online subscribers the earliest issues of its first technology journal, dating back to 1913.

Currently known as "Proceedings of the IEEE," the journal was titled "The Proceedings of the IRE" when it premiered in January of 1913.

The IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) was one of two predecessor organizations which merged to form the IEEE in 1963.

This week's update brings the first seven years of the title online (1913 - 1919). "Proceedings of the IEEE" issues from 1963 forward were previously available online through the IEEE Xplore digital library. Issues from later years will follow in the coming months.

Papers in the first issue included "A Discussion on Experimental Tests of the Radiation Law for Radio Oscillators," "High Tension Insulators for Radio-Communication," and "Recent Developments in the Work of the Federal Telegraph Company."

"IEEE has made a commitment to digitizing our entire journal backfile, along with past editions of many of our conference publications," said Barbara H. Lange, Director, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "This is a small part of a two-year plan to bring our historic, scholarly content to new generations of researchers and practitioners."

IEEE will continue to digitize the historic backfile of its journals over the coming months.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor for Mergler

From the Case Daily (July, 6, 2006):

Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals, recently honored Harry Winston Mergler as an eminent member, the highest level of membership in the organization. In 1957, he joined the faculty of Case Institute of Technology, and in 1973 was appointed to the Leonard Case Chair in Electrical Engineering, where he served until 1989. Professor Mergler's teaching and research specialty is the digital logic design as applied to embedded control networks in machine-tool controls, aeronautical instrumentation, and industrial control processes. He is the author of the book Methods in Digital Logic Design.

Is the Air Force Reading Your Blog?

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently began funding a new research area that includes a study of blogs. Blog research may provide information analysts and warfighters with invaluable help in fighting the war on terrorism. Read full announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense.

(VIA: Blogcritics.org, July 8, 2006)

ICITM 2006 - Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - International Conference of Information Technology and Management (ICITM2006)
Hong Kong, 11-13 Dec, 2006

Contact: icitm2006@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Paper Submission: csnkliu@comp.polyu.edu.hk or csronnie@comp.polyu.edu.hk
All papers should be submitted online through our conference web site.

IT and management has grown mounting influence in business, industry and education, the conference would like to consolidate most recent research results in information system, knowledge management, commercial intelligence, electronic commerce, E-education application. The area covers the concepts and theories of Information Systems, Industrial applications E-Education and Business Management. The topics varies from software, e-learning, office automation, textile and garment, automobile electronic, logistics, retails, supply chain, financial, accounting banking, lawyer, government, education to media sector. As part of the mission of the Institute of Systems Management is to facilitate the application of the information technology to industrial enterprises, we promote cross-fertilization over interdisciplinary areas of business application and information systems. Our industrial case presentation and tutorial sessions will bridge the gap between academics and practitioners.

Continue reading "ICITM 2006 - Call For Papers"

New Eminent Scholar at Case

Crain's Cleveland Business (July 11, 2006) announced that Dr. Norman Tien, chair of Case’s department of electrical engineering and computer science and Nord Professor of Engineering, was named the Ohio Eminent Scholar in condensed matter physics. See full story for more details.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 12, 2006)

Fragile Digital Data

According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 7, 2006), humanity in the next 3 years will produce more data than in did in the past 1,000 years. Concerns of future data format and degradation are of great concern to many institutions, such as the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Archives, IBM, and the Library of Congress. See full article for further discussion.

(Full Article VIA: George Mason University's History News Network)

25 Worst Tech Products

PCWorld.com (May 26, 2006) released its list of 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. I will not give you the entire list, you can read the article for that, but number one is American Online.

Number 13 was the IBM PCjr, which I had as a kid. As a kid it was great, and I am now having flashbacks of the hours of playing Zork.

(VIA: Stephen's Lighthouse, May 29, 2006)

2007 Multi-conference in Computer Science, Engineering, & Information Technology

The 2007 Multi-conference in computer science, engineering, and information technology will be held in Orlando, FL, USA during July 9-12 2007. The multi-conference is a major professional gathering in the world and it consists of the following 4 important events:

  • International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition
  • International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies
  • International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking and Communication Systems
  • International Conference on Software Engineering Theory and Practice

(VIA: Beyond the Job, June 01, 2006)

International Conference on Chemoinformatics - August 2006

National Chemical Laboratory Pune, India is planning a two-day International Conference on Chemoinformatics during 7-8 August 2006 which would be participated by eminent scientist and professors in this specialized area from both academia and industries.

Several distinguished scientists from Germany, UK, USA etc. along with Indian scientists are participating in this important meeting. The conference will bring together more than 100 participants for this scholarly event focusing on the futuristic application of cheminformatics in medicinal chemistry, material science, structure elucidation and structure activity/property/toxicity relationship studies, high performance computing, chemical data mining etc., Other participants would present oral and poster presentations of their work.

Inventor of Firefox to Speak in Cleveland

Blake Ross, the inventor of Firefox, will be speaking at the Cleveland City Club on June 14th. See the City Club website for more information.

The City Club posts podcasts of their speaker's addresses shortly after their presentation.

Virtual Visit of the Canadian Space Agency

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) was established in 1989 by the Canadian Space Agency Act. The agency operates like a government department. The president is the equivalent of a deputy minister and reports to the Minister of Industry. The president oversees five core functions: Space Programs, Space Technologies, Space Science, Canadian Astronaut Office, Space Operations. He also looks after six executive functions (Audit, Evaluation and Review; Corporate Management; Communications; Strategic Development; External Relations; Government Liaison) and three Corporate functions (Legal Services, Administration, and Human Resources). The President is supported by the Senior Vice-President and the Vice-President, Science, Technology and Programs.

Take a virtual tour of the John H. Chapman Space Centre. It is really well done and informative. It also makes a nice example if someone were creating a virtual tour of a library or laboratory within their organization.

(Via: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 20, May 19, 2006)

TechXtra (Formerly EEVL Xtra)

In October of 2005, I shared information on EEVL Xtra. It appears the new name is TechXtra.

From the press release:

TechXtra suite of free services simplifies access to technology information

TechXtra is a suite of ten freely available services which simplify access to a multitude of different types of technology information from a host of different sources.

TechXtra facilitates immediate access to the freely available full-text content of hundreds of thousands of eprints, technical reports, theses, articles, news items, job announcements and more. In cases where the full-text is not freely available, TechXtra provides links to vendors for pay-per-view options. TechXtra searches a combination of digital repositories, journal databases, technical reports servers, web information, news sources and more, all with a focus on technology information.

Anyone looking for information in technology will find TechXtra useful, especially researchers, academics, students and practitioners.

The suite of services includes:
Database Cross-Search - This searches over 4 million items from 25 different databases. Use this to find articles, key websites, theses and dissertations, books, industry news, new job announcements, technical reports, eprints, learning & teaching resources and the latest research in engineering, mathematics and computing. Sources include: Australian Research Repositories Online to the World, arXive (eprint archive in computer science, maths and related subjects), CiteSeer (research articles in computer science), Directory of Open Access Journals, ePrints UK (selected open archives in the UK), Copac (union catalogue from the Consortium of University Research Libraries), National Engineering Education Delivery System (digital library of learning resources), NASA Technical Reports (12 different NASA technical report series)... plus 18 other databases. More will be added in the near future.

The Very Latest Job Announcements - OneStep Jobs brings together the very latest job announcements from more than 35 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format in one place. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: Jobs.ac.uk, ICErecruit, The Engineer, Redgoldfish, Jobsite, Engineeringjobs.co.uk, 4engineers.co.uk, Matchtech, TipTopJobs and more.

The Very Latest Industry News - OneStep Industry News brings together news feeds from over 80 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: The Engineer Online, Engineeringtalk, New Scientist, scenta, Moreover, Yenra, Control Engineering News, Design News, EurekAlert, Slashdot, PC Magazine, BBC Tech News and more.

Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads - Hundreds of trade publications and their advertisers want to give qualifying individuals their publications. It's worth it to them to give you the magazine free because you need the information and products described, and their advertisers need a vehicle to deliver their message which justifies the cost of giving you subscriptions for free. In addition, this service now includes free Webcasts, live Webinars, informative eBooks, interactive CD-ROMs, and numerous whitepapers.

On-Line Bookstore - TechXtra users save up to 35% on any title from this bookstore from Pearson Education - books on everything from Computer Graphics & Design, to Programming, Software, Careers and Personal Development titles. Postage is free within the UK and Europe.

Offshore Engineering Information Service - This service gives information about publications and meetings dealing with: oil and gas exploration and production; offshore health, safety and environmental protection; resources of the seabed and renewable energy; and marine technology.

Discovery Guides - Free indepth reports on topical engineering, mathematical and technology issues.

Information about Validated Engineering Design Data - This subset of ESDU contains over 1,300 abstracts of data item design guides. Access to the full text is via subscription only.

Recent Advances in Manufacturing - A database of bibliographic information for manufacturing and related areas, covering items in over 500 niche and mainstream journals and magazines, plus details of books, videos and conference proceedings.

Selected links to top sources of technology information - Internet tutorials, newsletters and gateways.

TechXtra harvests data from external sources using standard protocols such as Z39.50 and OAI-PMH.

TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL and the Library, at Heriot-Watt University. The ICBL is also the base of the PerX Project, which has produced a Pilot to help scope future developments in cross-searching. Feedback on the Pilot would be much appreciated. A 60 second survey is available, and those providing feedback will be entered into a draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

For more information about TechXtra, contact:
Roddy MacLeod
Senior Subject Librarian
Heriot-Watt University Library
Edinburgh
0131 451 3576
r.a.macleod@hw.ac.uk

(VIA: STLQ, May 9, 2006, TechXtra - A New Resource for Searching in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing)

Decrease in Computer Science Students?

From The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog (April 3, 2006) comes information on the potential closing of the computer science department at Seattle Pacific University.

From The Seattle Times (SPU might shut down computer curriculum, April 3, 2006):

Enrollment in computer-science programs has dropped around the country since the dot-com bubble burst. But the U.S. Department of Labor predicts information technology will be among the biggest employment drivers over the next decade, and many colleges are anticipating an enrollment rebound.

Information Systems Wiki

Wiki for IS Scholarship was established for summarizing and discussing articles in and related to the field of Information Systems. The site is hosted by the Information Systems Department at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

(Via: Jeremy Smith's blog, April 11, 2006)

America's Best Jobs

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus highlighted a Money Magazine and Salary.com ranking of "best jobs in america".

Some highlights:

  • #1 was Software Engineer
  • #2 was College Professor
  • #7 was Computer/IT Analyst
  • #15 was Medical Scientist
  • #16 was Physical Scientist
  • #17 was Engineer

Online Seminars Offer Tips on Searching IEEE Digital Library

Learn to better use one of Case's Library Resources, IEEE Xplore.

Users of IEEE online technical information who are looking to improve their research skills may benefit from attending an online "Searching with IEEE Xplore" seminar. Event dates for April and May have been announced. IEEE hosts regularly scheduled online seminars and training events, which are free to all. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up, visit: www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/form/free_training_form.html.

EECS Professor Awarded $1.2 Million for Bioinformatics Research

Jing Li, an assistant professor with the electrical engineering and computer science department, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for approximately $1.2 million to be used for interdisciplinary research in bioinformatics and computational biology.

(Source: Case Daily, April, 20, 2006.)

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.

FreeMind - Free Mind Mapping Software

SourceForge.net highlighted FreeMind as its February 2006 Project of the Month. FreeMind is mind-mapping software, or a tree editor. With it, you can create foldable trees of plain text notes, enriched with colors, icons, cloud-shapes, and other graphics. Folding and breadth-width search make it valuable as a knowledge base tool.

[About SourceForge.net]

SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code. SourceForge.net has the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet, and hosts more Open Source development products than any other site or network worldwide. SourceForge.net provides a wide variety of services to projects we host, and to the Open Source community. See more here...

Is Open Source Increasing?

Steve Hardin in The Open Source Movement Gains Ground (Bulletin, February/March 2006, American Society for Information Science and Technology) highlighted the opening plenary session of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology conducted by Matthew J. Szulik, chair, CEO and president of Red Hat.

People who work for Red Hat are doing so because they have the opportunity to see their work improve society. They’ve challenged the notion of “product.” They view software as a service.
(Originally shared on ResourceShelf, March 1, 2006)

Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix

If you are looking to develop some new web applications or are looking to take advantage of some current mashups, you have to check out the Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix or the Web 2.0 Mashup Center (database) on Programmable Web.

(Originally shared on Snarkmarket, March 24, 2006)

EPIC 2015 - Future of Media

EPIC 2014 has been circulating on the web for some time now. This flash movie really forces someone to think about media and communication well into the future.

Notice there is the old 2014 version that was actually pretty close on some of its early predictions and a newer, improved 2015 version.

Remote Labs Operated by MIT

Inside Higher Ed had an article on March 24, 2006, called Mi Lab Es Su Lab that described MIT's iLabs. Using software developed by MIT's electrical engineering & computer science department and the civil & environmental engineering department, academic researchers from around the world have access to MIT equipment, such as a "shake table" to simulate earthquakes.

(Thank you to John Dupuis on Confessions of a Science Librarian for highlighting this article.)

start.case.edu

startcaseedu.bmp A new Web site - http://start.case.edu/ - has been created to serve as a starting point for finding information on Case’s network and the Web. It is customizable to display up-to-date headlines and links from various Case and Internet sources. It is provided by Student Internet Services, a group of students and staff who provide various Internet services to the Case community.

Photos Representing the History of Computing

CNET News.com has shared various photos documenting some important events in the computing timeline. One of the most curious items might be the first Google server that consisted of several hard drives enclosed by Legos. Talk about keeping things simple.

The images are from a larger collection of computer history exhibits contained within Gates Hall at Stanford.

Alumni Donation for Electrical Engineering Education

Largest-ever donation of nearly $6 million from alumni Larry and Sally Sears to transform electrical engineering education with the Sears Undergraduate Design Laboratory. Read more...

Additional announcements:
$6 million donated to Case, 2 alumni give money to set up new engineering lab
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Jennifer Gonzalez

Alumni couple donate $5.9 million to Case Western Reserve
Akron Beacon Journal, Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Case Engineering School gets $5.9M gift
Crain;s Cleveland Business, March 21, 2006
Shannon Mortland

The Internet Society

The Internet Society is just one of several professional societies with the goal of addressing future issues of the Internet. The web site provides a variety of resources. One key area might be the All About the Internet section that contains information on Internet law, history of the Internet, information about the infracture, Internet standards, and Internet statistics. A user can also explore information about the Internet Code of Conduct.

[All About the Internet Society]

The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 100 organization and over 20,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

(Originally shared on The Scout Report, February 3, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 5)

arXiv.org e-Print Archive

Hosted by Cornell University, arXiv.org is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. As of February 27, 2006, it contained over 350,000 e-prints. The major subject categories are broken down into more specific subjects that allow the user to find papers of relevance to their research. Abstracts can be viewed in html and the full papers are available in PDF. RSS feeds are available for individual archives and categories.

Wikimania 2006

Wikimania is an annual international conference devoted to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikimania is both a scientific conference and a community event, bringing together the various Wikimedia projects. It's an opportunity for Wikipedians to meet each other, exchange ideas, and report on research and projects, as well as a chance for Wikipedians and the general public to meet and interact. Wikimania will also provide an opportunity to meet and talk with people at the forefront of the Wikimedia communities and wiki software development.

As well as being a forum for research and ideas about the Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania will bring together those interested in free and open source software, free knowledge initiatives, and other wiki projects worldwide. Wikimania will serve as a venue for people across fields, including software and hardware development, library and information science, knowledge management, journalism, law, policy, and education to share ideas about the future of free knowledge and open-source content projects.

Wikimania 2006 will be held from August 4-6th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard Law School campus.

Wikimania is currently accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations, workshops, discussion groups and speaker panels, as well as suggestions for other activities. More information can be found on the Call for Participation page. Contributions from both members of the Wikimedia community and from those outside it are welcome.

IEEE Xplore now offers RSS feeds

IEEE Xplore digital library has added RSS feeds for new issues of all IEEE journals. Feeds are available individually from each journal's main page in IEEE Xplore. To see one example, visit the Proceedings of the IEEE main page.

RSS feeds can also be found through the Table of Contents Alerts service, which continues to offer notification by email.



IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

Adopt & Deploy: The Myths (Technology & Education)

Vijay Kumar, assistant provost and director of academic computing at MIT, provided his Top 10 List - Adopt & Deploy: The Myths in the October 1st issue of Campus Technology.

See full article for more information.
10. Myth: Technology is the reason educators adopt technology.
9. Myth: Technology plans should be driven by IT needs and dreams.
8. Myth: We need whole new technologies specifically for education.
7. Myth: Available technologies, with no changes, can be used for education.
6. Myth: Infrastructure is key, so it

New Open Access Journal - Speech and Audio Processing

UPDATE: Name already changed to EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing.


As shared by Peter Suber on Open Access News, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal is available called Speech and Audio Processing.

[From Aims & Scope]

The aim of “Speech and Audio Processing” (SAP) is to bring together researchers and engineers working on the theory and applications of speech and audio processing. SAP will be an interdisciplinary journal for the dissemination of all basic and applied aspects of speech communication and audio processes.

The journal will be dedicated to having original research work, but will also allow tutorial and review articles. Articles will deal with both theoretical and practical aspects of speech and audio processing.

New Open Access Journal: EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing and Bioinformatics

UPDATE: Name has already changed to "EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology".

Hindawi Publishing Corporation is preparing to published a new open access journal called EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing and Bioinformatics.

[Aims & Scope]

The overall aim of EURASIP JSPB is to publish research results related to signal processing and bioinformatics theories and techniques relevant to a wide area of applications into the core new disciplines of genomics, proteomics, and systems biology. The journal is intended to offer a common platform for scientists from several areas including signal processing, bioinformatics, statistics, biology and medicine, who are interested in the development of algorithmic, mathematical, statistical, modeling, simulation, data mining, and computational techniques, as demanded by various applications in genomics, proteomics, system biology, and more general in health and medicine.

Vending Machines

This entry is not specifically engineering related, but it is Friday and some engineering and/or business students might find it quite interesting.

I guess in Japan, if you can buy it, it can be found in a vending machine. Here is a web site that is collecting photos of Japanese vending machines. The site says there are "5.6 million vending machines which works out to be one for every 20 people in Japan." Some of the machines distribute eggs, fishing equipment, alcohol, porn, and beetles.

Biometrics Being Developed for Airports

Siemens is developing a biometric process for checking-in and boarding flights at the Frankfurt Airport.

The press release also offered some other links which were quite interesting:

Searching the "Deep Web"

Many Internet search engines do not have access to documents stored in databases, because in order to gain access, it requires online forms to be completed. Google or Yahoo only index a very small percentage of the web.

A company called Glenbrook has developed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to complete online forms in order to gain access to "deep web" documents. See the Seattle Times article on September 5th called Safecrackers open up the "deep Web" for more information.

As applications are developed comparable to this, I expect we will see more copyright lawsuits and potentially more information would be accessible only by subscription to protect from this deep collection of data.

Broadband Adoption in the United States: Growing but Slowing

Pew Internet & American Life Project has published a report that demonstrates that broadband access is growing, but the rate of growth is slowing down.

The report argues that, while broadband adoption has grown quickly in recent years, there are reasons to believe that it is slowing. The report develops a model of broadband adoption that hypothesizes that the intensity of online use is the critical variable in understanding the home high-speed adoption decision and the trajectory of the adoption curve. Using national survey data from 2002 and 2005, the paper shows that the role of online experience in explaining intensity of internet use has vanished over this time frame; the explanatory effect of having a broadband connection has grown. This suggests that relative to 2002 there is not much pent-up demand for high-speed internet use at home.

[Our Mission (Pew Internet & American Life Project)]
The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.

The basis of the reports are nationwide random digit dial telephone surveys as well as online surveys. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, academia, and other expert venues; observations of what people do and how they behave when they are online; in-depth interviews with Internet users and Internet experts alike; and other efforts that try to examine individual and group behavior. The Project releases 15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope, and ambition.

Immunome Research - New Open Access Title

Thanks to George S. Porter on the CHMINF-L listserv for sharing this announcement on this new open access journal. BioMed Central has started publication of its newest open access journal title, Immunome Research.

[About Immunome Research]

Immunome Research is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal integrating traditional laboratory research with the latest technologies, including genomics, bioinformatics and mathematical modelling.

Immunome Research is a journal of the International Immunomics Society (IIMMS). The journal aims to provide a focal point for the field of Immunomics, which lies at the intersection between traditional laboratory research and the latest research technologies. It thereby includes the sub-speciality immunoinformatics, as well as the application of large-scale genomics to the immune system. Rapidly expanding areas of particular interest include the predicting of MHC-peptide binding, mathematical modelling of viral/host interactions, and the use of gene expression arrays to model immune system pathways.

To date there has been no specialty journal covering this new and rapidly expanding domain. Researchers published their immunomics research either in general immunology journals or in bioinformatics journals. These journals generally do not have ready access to expert reviewers with knowledge in both domains - i.e. traditional immunology and bioinformatics/modelling. Furthermore, researchers interested in reading more in the area cannot easily access or find relevant articles, which are sprinkled across many different journals. The International Immunomics Society (IIMMS) has a rapidly growing membership that has expressed the need to have a high quality specialist journal to provide consistent standards to the field and provide a focal point for growth of this area.

Origin of BLAST and the Explosion of Bioinformatics

The Scientist (v.19:16, p.21, August 29, 2005) has an article about the history of BLAST and how the code allows scientists to compare a gene sequence against GenBank. Some of the off-the-chart numbers include GenBank had over 40 million sequences at the end of 2004, and that the National Center for Biotechnology Information commits 158 two-processor computers to gene sequence queries.

First Issue: IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

The first issue of IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technologies has been published and is now available online through IEEE Xplore.

Sponsored by seven IEEE societies and the Optical Society of America, this interdisciplinary publication covers the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of information displays and aspects of display technology that emphasize the progress in device engineering, device design, materials, electronics, physics and reliability aspects of displays and the application of displays.

The first issue contains nearly 20 papers, covering key display technologies such as liquid crystal displays, plasma displays, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), polymer LEDs, three-dimensional displays, projection displays, and lighting technology.

The table of contents and abstracts for all papers can be found here:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=9425



IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

IEEE Electron Device Letters - Backfile Complete

IEEE ADDS 15,000 HISTORIC ELECTRON DEVICES ARTICLES TO ARCHIVE
Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954. The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from 1955 to 1987). Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains more than 1.2 million documents. To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:




IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

2 New Open Access Bioinformatics Journals

Libertas Academica has started publication of 2 new open access bioinformatics journals.

Cancer Informatics is a peer-reviewed, open-access research journal where those engaged in cancer research can turn for rapid communication of the latest advances in the application of bioinformatics and computational biological toward the discovery of new knowledge in oncology and cancer biology, and toward the clinical translation of that knowledge to increase the efficacy of practicing oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. See Cancer Informatics: aims and scope for more information.

Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online will began publication in the near future. Evolutionary Bioinformatics is an international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on evolutionary bioinformatics. There is growing awareness that to understand organismal form and function, through the use of molecular, genetic, genomic, and proteomic data, due consideration must be given to an organism's evolutionary context - history constrains the path an organism is obliged to take, and leaves an indelible mark on its component parts. Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online publishes papers on all aspects of computational evolutionary biology, and evolutionary bioinformatics. See Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online: aims and scope for more information.

[About Us - Libertas Academica]

Libertas Academica was launched in late 2004 when it was becoming increasingly apparent that the old, subscription-based, scholarly journal publishing model was rapidly being overtaken. Real advances in technology and its widespread availability combined with authors and librarians increasing frustrations at the established journal publishing business meant that significant changes were about to take place.

Libertas seeks to combine the very best of conventional journal publishing with the newest technology and freshest thinking in the area of OpenAccess journals. We also wish to expand the OpenAccess model to include text books.

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.



From IEEE announcement on August 10, 2005:

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954.

The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from
1955 to 1987).

Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains nearly 1.2 million documents.

To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome.jsp?punumber=1000245

IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=16

IEEE Electron Device Letters
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=55

New Safari Tech Books Available

Case Western Reserve University is a member of OhioLINK and shares in all the resources of this academic consortium.

From What's New at OhioLINK (August 10, 2005):

Twenty-nine e-books have been added to Safari Tech Books Online, a collection of more than 3,150 e-books covering computer science, information technology and related fields. In addition, Safari now offers standard and customizable RSS feeds for new and top titles. Users can find out when a new title is added to the collection, when a new title is added to a specific e-book category in the Safari Tech Books Online Collection or you can create a custom feed. See http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?mode=tools for details.

Some of the latest additions to the Safari Tech Books Online collection include:

  • Adobe Reader 7 Revealed: Working Effectively with Acrobat PDF Files
  • Novell ZENworks 6.5 Suite Administrator’s Handbook
  • SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days Fifth Edition
  • Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition
  • 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide
  • Adobe® Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book®
  • Killer Game Programming in Java
  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Third Edition
  • Java Puzzlers: Traps, Pitfalls, and Corner Cases
  • Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps, Second Edition: A guide to iLife ’05, .Mac, and More!
  • iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
  • Perl Testing: A Developer’s Notebook
  • Making a Movie in Premiere Elements: Visual QuickProject Guide
  • Microsoft® Office Project Server 2003 Unleashed
  • Show Me! QuickBooks® 2005
  • eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition
  • A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
  • Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design
  • .Net Gotchas
  • Visual Quickpro Guide PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites, Second Edition
Whether you need a quick tech tip or have an immediate hardware or software problem to solve, turn to Safari Tech Books Online for e-books from 15 top tech publishers. This collection is available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions and is accessible via any Web-enabled computer.

Five New IEEE Journal Titles in 2006

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.


IEEE Announces Five New Journals for 2006
26 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE has approved five new technical journals for publication in 2006, covering topics such as computational intelligence, vehicular technology, product safety engineering and information forensics. These journals will focus on emerging "breakthrough" technologies that can have a tremendous impact on industry as well as everyday lives. Titles will be available through the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform and various IEEE online collections, as well as by individual subscription.


IEEE Journal on Product Safety Engineering
Newly invented and manufactured electrical devices, particularly complex systems designed for human interaction, often pose a serious threat to the safety and well-being of their operators if they lack proper safety regulations. From fire protection to software safety, the imperative to maintain product security is at an all time high due to the rapid growth of technologies in the field of electrical engineering. Due to this growing imperative, a new forum dedicated to the enhancement of product safety has opened its doors for the sharing and development of new ideas and innovations.

IEEE Journal on Product Safety Engineering is a round-table for this forum, providing an opportunity for concepts and theories to converge and evolve out of a world-wide foundation. As stated in the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society's constitution, the journal offers disparate key concerns surrounding the theory, design, development and implementation of product safety engineering for equipment devices used in scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and residential arenas.

The journal will focus on the following main topics:
* Process control and automation equipment, robotics and laser optics systems, information technology equipment, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, networking systems-cabled and wireless, and software reliability for industries
* Medical devices and instrumentation
* Household appliances and other products for consumers
* Automotive, aeronautical, subspace, and underwater transportation systems
* Weapons systems, vehicles, and communications systems for military equipment
* Design safety topics


IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine
Computational intelligence is a multi-faceted discipline dedicated to the shared knowledge of design, theory, development, and application of biologically and linguistically motivated computational models.
Computational intelligence consists of a plethora of topics, such as neural networks, connectionist systems, genetic algorithms, evolutionary programming, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems. The arena of interest that these subjects have combined to produce is overflowing with the demand for new outlets in which to merge and expand into newer, more advanced theories and innovations.

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine is dedicated to serving this growing demand by acting as a production-base for application oriented papers pertaining to computational intelligence. Each issue will encompass the most up-to-date information on the subject, including the latest research, knowledge, and technological innovations in the field.

The journal will focus on the following main topics:
* Applications oriented development
* Successful industrial implementations
* Design tools
* Technology reviews
* Computational intelligence education
* Applied research


IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
The future of automotive power and design depends greatly on the theoretical and practical knowledge of experienced professionals in the field of transportation, particularly those dedicated to the advancement of automotive electrical and electronic systems. Dependency on these systems is escalating due to the rising need for energy and cost-efficient fuel systems and battery powered engines. The ever-present need for an outlet into which new theories and technologies can flow and merge is crucial to the evolution of vehicular transportation systems.

IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine is a tool for engineers in the automotive transportation profession to utilize and expand on the most up-to-date research in the field. The magazine will consist of peer-reviewed articles covering the latest advances in the field, as well as the operational aspects of electrical and electronic engineering relevant to motor vehicles and associated land transportation infostructure. Some of the topics that the magazine covers will include the components, systems and motive power for propulsion and auxiliary functions, mobile radio technologies for terrestrial vehicular services, and land transportation components and systems used in both automated and non-automated facets of group transport technology. The magazine will also dedicate topical tutorials, surveys, and complete coverage of these subjects, as well as practical applications-oriented coverage of developments in varied fields of interest.


IEEE Computer Architecture Letters
Computers in the past were designed solely for one-on-one human interaction. Today, the science of computer architecture is taking computing to the next level by examining the effects of computer interaction with other computers. Through the selection and interconnection of their various hardware components, computers do not act merely as individual processors, but as conglomerate systems that meet better performance and cost efficient needs than do individual systems.

IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, a journal devoted specifically to the knowledge and advancement of computer architecture, is committed to publishing the most up-to-date, innovative and peer-oriented data in unti- and multi-processor computer systems, architecture, microarchitecture, workload characterization, performance evaluation and simulation techniques, and power-aware computing.

The journal will focus on the following main topics:
* Microprocessor and multiprocessor systems
* Microarchitecture and ILP Processors
* Workload characterization
* Performance evaluation and simulation techniques
* Complier-hardware and operating system-hardware interactions
* Interconnect architectures
* Memory and cache systems
* Power and thermal issues at the architecture level
* I/O architectures and techniques
* Independent validation of previously published results
* Analysis of unsuccessful techniques
* Network and embedded-systems processors
* Real-time and high-availability architectures
* Reconfigurable systems


IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

Information forensics and security pertains to the importance of the diverse theory and design aspects that currently surround computer security issues and technologies. It provides a focal point for the critical research and data behind information forensics, security, surveillance, and systems applications, as well as important contributions made to these fields by mathematics and other disciplines.

IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (previously announced) will provide a new threshold for the growing industry of information forensics and computer security to cross and expand in coming years. The periodical will offer the most current ideas and technologies surrounding coding, hardware, agents, signal processing, fingerprinting, steganography, metrics and validation, damage assessment, tracing code, and data mining for digital forensic evidence and digital watermarking.

The journal will focus on the following main topics:
* Cryptography and network security
* Digital information forensics systems
* Biometrics
* Multimedia security and content protection
* Attacks and countermeasures
* Trustworthy design and implementation
* Digital rights management


About the IEEE:
IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

IEEE Announces Plan To Digitize All Of Its Journals Back To Volume One, Issue One

This announcement was recently posted on various scientific & library-related listservs.

IEEE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DIGITIZE ALL OF ITS JOURNALS BACK TO VOLUME ONE, ISSUE ONE

25 Early Years of Flagship Journal, Proceedings of the IEEE, Online Today

June 29, 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE this week announced that it has completed the first step in its plan to digitize all papers from its technology journals, back to each title's first issue.

Added to the IEEE online collection earlier today were more than 12,000 papers and articles published in the Proceedings of the IEEE from 1963 to 1987. The journal's contents from 1988 through the current issue are already available in digital format. Papers dating back to the first issue of the journal, published in 1913 as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers (the name of an IEEE predecessor organization), will be online in early 2006.

The IEEE digital collection now consists of nearly 1.2 million documents. Included are papers from more than 120 IEEE journals, 900 active IEEE standards, and the proceedings of 400 annual conferences. The majority of the content dates back to 1988; content from select publications back as far as 1950 was added in 2003.

"IEEE has made a commitment to digitizing our entire journal backfile, along with past editions of many of our conference publications," said Barbara H. Lange, Director, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "This is the first step in a two-year plan to bring our historic, scholarly content to new generations of researchers and practitioners."

"These first 25 years embody a tremendous repository of papers by visionaries of the electrical engineering profession," said Jim Calder, Managing Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE. "This collection represents a critical evolutionary period that chronicles the development of today's information age. There are literally thousands of authors included here that many people will instantly recognize as leaders in their fields and important contributors to our current level of understanding of technology. And perhaps the best part of this story is that anyone can now have instant access to the words of these outstanding IEEE contributors of the past."

The added content from the Proceedings of the IEEE is available to subscribers of the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, which provides access to all IEEE online content. IEEE members with online subscriptions to the journal may access these papers. The papers are also available individually for online purchase. Abstracts and searchable metadata are available to all users.

Proceedings of the IEEE issues from 1963 to the present may be found online at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5

For more information, visit IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online delivery platform, at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.


About the IEEE:
IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

Computing Reviews Hot Topic - Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights

Computing Reviews published its third Hot Topic: "Managing the Unmanageable: Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights." Hot Topics is a series of essays focusing on emergent areas of computer science. Each of the Hot Topics includes links to related web pages, articles and books, and will be updated on a regular basis.

Written by Professor Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Connecticut, the Hot Topic focuses on cryptography's role in managing the dissemination of digital content in ways that protect the rights of the creators. This form of digital rights management (DRM) must consider both the needs of the producer and consumer, and the field of cryptography promises to provide effective solutions. The core of digital content distribution is the packaging that surrounds the content, as it can be used to protect the content. An encryption system secures the content from unauthorized or compromised keys, and thereby prevents illegal content reception. In addition, watermarking and fingerprinting protect against ownership hijacking and unlawful redistribution. "With the recent Supreme Court decision concerning copyright violations, a Hot Topic essay on cryptography is more relevant than ever," says Mary-Lynn Bragg of Computing Reviews.

About Reviews.com:
Founded in 1999, Reviews.com is a New York-based publisher of reviews focusing on academic and professional literature. Its first titles are community-based services that provide reviews of articles and books in specific academic disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.reviews.com

IEEE Xplore & Apple Safari Incompatible

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.


IEEE Xplore has been fully tested for use in Internet Explorer and Netscape for the Mac platform. In addition, all search functions (such as Basic Search, Advanced, Author, and CrossRef) work properly in Safari. IEEE is aware that the browse functions do not work in Safari, and continue to work to resolve that issue. As a result, Safari is not currently one of our recommended browsers for accessing IEEE Xplore.

The recommended platforms and browsers for IEEE Xplore can be found at these locations:
FAQ - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_faq.jsp#4
Release Notes - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_notes_20.jsp
IEEE Publications Online site - http://www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/news/0804_01.html

IEEE Xplore Update

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

Below is an update from IEEE on some upgrades that have been made.

IEEE Xplore Upgrade Provides New Tools for Researchers

Access to IEEE Standards, Publications, and Bibliographies Enhanced in IEEE Xplore 2.1

21 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- IEEE today released several new research options for its IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

IEEE Xplore is the online delivery system which powers IEEE online subscriptions for organizations and individuals, including collections like the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library. It contains more than 1,100,000 documents from IEEE journals, magazines, transactions, and conferences, all active IEEE standards, and journals and conference proceedings from Europe's Institution for Electrical Engineers (IEE).

"This release of IEEE Xplore 2.1 incorporates feedback that we have received from users since the launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0," said Barbara H.
Lange, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development.
"The new features enhance the bibliographic information both for individuals and institutional subscribers."

New features available through IEEE Xplore 2.1 include:

* The metadata of all current book titles from Wiley-IEEE Press and Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press are now available to all users as an optional search criteria. Books located through this search may be purchased through a link to the John Wiley and Sons web site.

* The display of bibliographic information has been enhanced on various pages throughout the site. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and part numbers (identifies periodicals issues and conference proceedings volumes that have multiple parts) are now displayed on all tables of contents, search results, Abstracts, and AbstractPlus pages.

* Individual IEEE Standards are now available for purchase and immediate download directly through IEEE Xplore.

* A new, downloadable OPAC list of journal and conference details contains the start date, end date, ISBN and ISSN for all titles, and will be updated regularly.

For full information on these and other features of IEEE Xplore, visit:


About IEEE Online Collections

IEEE online collections provide corporate, academic and governmental institutions with access to IEEE's publication database through a range of information-based products, including:

* The IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, a comprehensive subscription collection offering more than 1,100,000 documents from the IEEE and the Institution of Electrical Engineers since 1950.

* The IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package, a collection of the 120 IEEE journals, magazines, transactions and letters published by IEEE's 39 technical societies.

* The IEEE Proceedings Order Plans, a flexible way to obtain IEEE conference proceedings.

* IEEE Enterprise, which provides desktop access to articles and papers from IEEE magazines, journals, transactions and conference proceedings, at three price levels.

For more information on IEEE online collections, visit:
www.ieee.org/onlinepubs.


About the IEEE:

IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

Looking up File Extensions

The File Extensions web site is a good resource for researching which software application is needed to utilize a file.

New Executive Director for IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) announced the selection of Jeffry W. Raynes, CAE, as its new executive director.

With more than 365,000 members in over 150 countries, the IEEE is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of technology. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

New Title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

Annoucement of a new IEEE title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics focuses on knowledge-based factory automation as a means to enhance industrial fabrication and manufacturing processes. This embraces a collection of techniques that use information analysis, manipulation, and distribution to achieve higher efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and/or security within the industrial environment. The scope of the Transaction includes reporting, defining, providing a forum for discourse, and informing its readers about the latest developments in intelligent and computer control systems, robotics, factory communications and automation, flexible manufacturing, visionsystems, and data acquisition and signal processing.

International Computer Science Institute

The International Computer Science Institute is one of the few independent, nonprofit basic research institutes in the country, and is affiliated with the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. ICSI was inaugurated in 1988 as a joint project of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and the Computer Science Division of UC Berkeley and GMD - the German Research Center for Information Technology. Since then, Institute collaborations within the University have broadened (for instance with the EE Division as well as other departments, such as Linguistics). The Institute also receives support from a range of international collaborations, US Federal grants, and direct industrial sponsorship. Throughout these changes, the Institute has maintained its commitment to a pre-competitive research program. The goal of the Institute continues to be the creation of synergy between world-leading researchers in computer science and engineering. This goal is best achieved by creating an open, international environment for both academic and industrial researchers.
[About ICSI]

Of special interest would be the information about current projects, including research in algorithms, AI, networking, and speech. In addition, publications of the group are described and may be available for download.

Computer Vision Homepage

The Computer Vision Homepage was established at Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 to provide a central location for World Wide Web links relating to computer vision research. Due to the success of the concept, we have broken the original monolithic site into a number of specific subpages. The emphasis of the Computer Vision Homepage is on computer vision research rather than on commercial products. The growth and continued usefulness of the this site depends on submissions and suggestions from everyone in the computer vision community.
[From Mission Statement]

Information Bridge - Department of Energy

The Information Bridge provides free access to full-text and bibliographic records of the Department of Energy research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

[From Information Bridge web site]
The Information Bridge consists of full-text documents produced and made available by the Department of Energy National Laboratories and grantees from 1995 forward. Additional legacy documents are also included as they become available in electronic format.

Open Access Computer Journals

Theory of Computing is a new online journal dedicated to the widest dissemination, free of charge, of high quality research papers in all areas of Theoretical Computer Science. First article was published on February 9, 2005. Quantum Computing is published as a section of Theory of Computing.

Logical Methods in Computer Science is a fully refereed, open access, free, electronic journal. It welcomes papers on theoretical and practical areas in computer science involving logical methods, taken in a broad sense. First article was published in 2005.