Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 189.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 09:40:15 -0700
From: Willard McCarty <email@example.com>
Subject: new Kluwer books
Archaeologies of Remembrance
Death and Memory in Past Societies
Cardiff University, Wales, UK
How did past communities and individuals remember through social and ritual
practices? How important were mortuary practices in processes of
remembering and forgetting the past?
This innovative new research work focuses upon identifying strategies of
remembrance. Evidence can be found in a range of archaeological remains
including the adornment and alteration of the body in life and death, the
production, exchange, consumption and destruction of material culture, the
construction, use and reuse of monuments, and the social ordering of
architectural space and the landscape. This book shows how in the past, as
today, shared memories are important and defining aspects of social and
ritual traditions, and the practical actions of dealing with and disposing
of the dead can form a central focus for the definition of social memory.
CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Introduction. H. Williams. Building from Memory; V. Cummings. Rates of
(Ex)change; C. Fowler. Technologies of Remembrance; A. Jones. Tales from
the Dead; M. Williams. Remembering Rome; V.M. Hope. Objects without a past?
H. Eckardt, H. Williams. Iconoclasm, belief and memory in early medieval
Wales; G. Longden. Memories in Stone; D. Petts. Memory, Salvation and
Ambiguity; V. Thompson. Remembering and Forgetting the Medieval Dead;H.
Williams. Memories of the Early Medieval Past; B. Effros. Dyster str
dsen;C. Holtorf. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 0-306-47451-4 Date: December 2002 Pages: 324 pp.
EURO 110.00 / USD 105.00 / GBP 70.00
Shape Analysis and Retrieval of Multimedia Objects
Maytham H. Safar
Computer Engineering Dept., Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS -- 23
With the explosive growth of Multimedia Applications, the ability to
index/retrieve multimedia objects in an efficient way is challenging to
both researchers and practitioners. A major data type stored and managed by
these applications is the representation of two dimensional (2D) objects.
Objects contain many features (e.g., color, texture, and shape) that have
meaningful semantics. From those features, shape is an important feature
that conforms with the way human beings interpret and interact with the
real world objects. The shape representation of objects can therefore be
used for their indexing, retrieval and as similarity measure. The object
databases can be queried and searched for different purposes. For example,
a CAD application for manufacturing industrial parts might intend to reduce
the cost of building new industrial parts by searching for reusable
existing parts in a database. Regarding an alternative trademark registry
application, one might need to ensure that a new registered trademark is
sufficiently distinctive from the existing marks by searching the database.
Therefore, one of the important functionalities required by all these
applications is the capability to find objects in a database that match a
Traditional books on computer vision and informational retrieval are too
general, and they do not provide advanced or specific information regarding
shape analysis and recognition. Shape Analysis and Retrievalof Multimedia
Objects provides a comprehensive survey of the most advanced and powerful
shape retrieval techniques used in practice today. In addition, this
monograph addresses key methodological issues for evaluation of the shape
Shape Analysis and Retrieval of Multimedia Objects is designed to meet the
needs of practitioners and researchers in industry, and graduate-level
students in Computer Science.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Contributing Authors. Introduction.
Part I. Image Shape Representation. 1. Image Description Techniques.
2. Image Similarity Measures.
3. Image Shape Features.
4. Alternative Image Description Techniques.
Part II. Query Types and
Index Structures. 5.Shape Similarity Matching Queries.
6. Spatial Queries.
7. Multidimensional Index Structures.
Part III. Selected
Topics. 8. Observations on MBC and MBR Approaches.
9. Evaluation Framework.
10. MBC Optimization Techniques.
11. Appendix. Bibliography. Topic Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7252-X Date: November 2002 Pages: 160 pp.
EURO 110.00 / USD 99.50 / GBP 70.00
A Knowledge Base for Teacher Education and Development: Bibliographies
Volume 1: Research Issues and Context of Teacher Education and Development
Volume 2: Programme and Process of Teacher Education
Volume 3: Quality Assurance, Reform and IT in Teacher Education
Volume 4: Teacher Study and Teaching Competence
Volume 5: Staff Development and Teaching Development in Subject Areas and
Yin Cheong Cheng
The Hong Kong Institute of Education, PR of China
A Knowledge Base for Teacher Education and Development:
Bibliographies1990-2000 is a series of bibliographies co-published by The
Hong Kong Institute of Education, Kluwer Academic Publishers, the Korean
Education Development Institute, Office of National Education Commission
Thailand, and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association.
The Series presents to readers a comprehensive knowledge base of literature
and materials in different themes and areas in teacher education, teacher
development and teaching effectiveness. This knowledge base is built on a
comprehensively and conceptually framework and systematic way for
searching, identifying and classifying the key literature from the immerse
volume of the available information and the multiplicity of numerous
sources in different parts of the world. The Series aims to support teacher
educators, researchers, policy-makers and teachers in practice, policy,
development and research. In five volumes of hard copy with CD-ROM and
search engine, the Series has 14,514 entries in 20 major sections and 141
themes on different aspects of teacher education, professional development
and teaching effectiveness.
The five volumes are "Research Issues and Contexts of TeacherEducation and
Development", "Programme and Process of TeacherEducation", "Quality
Assurance, Reform and IT in Teacher Education","Teacher Study and Teaching
Competence", and "Staff Development andTeaching Development in Subject
Areas and Higher Education". Each volume covers a major area of literature.
There are around 310 pages of each volume with a total of over 1,500 pages
in the five volumes. All entries are in English from different parts of the
world. Also, a CD-ROM with search engine is provided to enhance the
readers' efficient search for reference materials by any keywords or author
Readers will find this publication a convenient and practical tool to
identify sources of empirical knowledge, critical ideas, and analytical
perspectives that are essential to facilitating the enhancement of teacher
education and teacher development in this rapidly changing education
Paperback Set only including CD-ROM ISBN: 1-4020-0937-2 Date: September
2002 Pages: 1300 pp.
EURO 520.00 / USD 478.00 / GBP 327.00
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
MANUALS IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD, THEORY AND TECHNIQUE --
This practical volume, the first book in the Manuals in
ArchaeologicalMethod, Theory and Technique Series, examines in detail the
factors that effect archaeological detectability in surveys whose methods
range from visual to remote sensing in land, underwater, and intertidal
zones furnishing a comprehensive treatment of prospection, parameter
estimation, model building, and detection of spatial structure.
Emphasizing careful survey design, including mathematical methods for
optimizing the size and arrangement of observation units, Archaeological
Survey provides a wealth of new material as well as new interpretations on
standard techniques. This important resource;
Presents both sampling theory and optimal theory;
Explicates fieldwalking, remote sensing and subsurface testing
among other techniques;
Demonstrates hoe to evaluate survey results to avoid biased
estimates and avoid the risk of missed targets;
Explains Bayesian optimal allocation of effort and the Game Theory
Discusses a host of issues related to Cultural Resource Management.
Archaeological Survey is an incomparable guide for academic archaeologists,
cultural resource management archaeologists, government heritage agencies
and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of archaeology and an
important tool for optimization research mathematicians and engineers as
well as forensic researchers.
Table of Contents. Preface.
II. The Goals of Archaeological Survey.
III. The Discovery of Archaeological Materials by Survey.
IV. Units, Sampling Frames, and Edge Effects in Archaeological Survey.
V. Sampling Space: Statistical Surveys.
VI. Purposive Survey: Prospection.
VII. Surveying for Spatial Structure.
VIII. Cultural Resource Management and Site Significance.
IX. Surveying Sites and Landscapes.
X. Evaluating Surveys.
XI. Surveying the Future. Appendix
1. Health, Safety, and Practical Matters in Field Survey. Bibliography. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 0-306-47347-X Date: September 2002 Pages: 273 pp.
EURO 84.00 / USD 80.00 / GBP 53.50
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Paperback ISBN: 0-306-47348-8 Date: September 2002 Pages: 273 pp.
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Handbook of Defeasible Reasoning and Uncertainty Management Systems
Volume 7: Agent-Based Defeasible Control in Dynamic Environments
John-Jules Ch. Meyer
Utrecht University, Faculteit Wiskunde en Informatica, The Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
HANDBOOK OF DEFEASIBLE REASONING AND UNCERTAINTY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS -- 7
This last volume of the Handbook of Defeasible Reasoning andUncertainty
Management Systems is - together with Volume 6 - devoted to the topics
Reasoning and Dynamics, covering both the topics of "Dynamics of
Reasoning", where reasoning is viewed as a process, and "Reasoning about
Dynamics", which must be understood as pertaining to how both designers of,
and agents within dynamic systems may reason about these systems.
The present volume presents work done in this context and is more focused
on "reasoning about dynamics", viz. how (human and artificial) agents
reason about (systems in) dynamic environments in order to control them. In
particular modelling frameworks and generic agent models for modelling
these dynamic systems and formal approaches to these systems such as logics
for agents and formal means to reason about agent-based and compositional
systems, and action & change more in general are considered.
CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Part I: Introduction and Basic Concepts. Introduction; J.-J.Ch. Meyer, J.
Treur. Basic Concepts; J.-J.Ch. Meyer, J. Treur.
Part II: Modelling Frameworks and Generic Agent Models. Compositional
Design of Multi-Agent Systems: Modelling Dynamics and Control;
F.M.T.Brazier, et al. Control Techniques for Complex Reasoning: The Case of
Milord II; L. Godo, et al. Concurrent METATEM as a Coordination Language;
A. Kellett, M. Fisher. Compositional Design and Reuse of a Generic Agent
Model; F.M.T. Brazier, et al.
Part IIIA: Formal
Analysis: General Approaches. Semantic Formalisation of the Dynamic of
Compositional Agent Systems; F.M.T. Brazier, et al. A Descriptive Dynamic
Logic and its Application to Reflective Architectures; C.Sierra, et al.
Compositional Verification of Multi-Agent Systems in Temporal
Multi-Epistemic Logic; J. Engelfriet, et al.
Formal Analysis: Logics for Agents. Formalising Abilities and Opportunities
of Agents; B. van Linder, et al. Seeing is Believing (And so are Hearing
and Jumping); B. van Linder, et al. Motivational Attitudes in the KARO
Framework; J.-J.Ch. Meyer, et al. Modelling Social Agents: Towards
Deliberate Communication; F. Dignum, B. vanLinder.
Part IIIC: Formal Analysis: Reasoning about Dynamics. Reasoning about
Action and Change Using Dijkstra's Semantics for Programming Languages; W.
ukaszewicz, E.Madaliska-Bugai. Preferential Action Semantics;
J.-J.Ch.Meyer, P. Doherty. Reuse and Abstraction in Verification: Agents
Acting in Dynamic Environments; C.M. Jonker, et al. Compositional
Verification of a Multi-Agent System for One-to-Many Negotiation; F.M.T.
Brazier, et al. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-0834-1 Date: September 2002 Pages: 480 pp.
EURO 225.00 / USD 207.00 / GBP 142.00
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