Book Reviews

Twitter: Global Perspectives, Uses and Research Techniques

This edited collection is an excellent resource for scholars and students working on Twitter. It deals with a range of issues, methods, and challenges, opening up dialogue that is crucial for the development of research in what is an increasingly interdisciplinary area of study. - Michele Zappavigna, School of Arts & Media, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

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Mechatronic Systems: Design, Performance and Applications

"This book, of very high quality, deserves to find a place on the bookshelves of active researchers and educators in the field, as required reading (likely of one or two most pertinent chapters) in advanced graduate seminars for PhD students in this field, in the reference books of industrial practitioners undertaking pertinent work, and most certainly in university libraries." READ MORE... - Edward Williams, Lecturer of Decision Sciences and Information Technology Management, University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, Michigan, USA

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Cyber-Security and Information Warfare

“The book is devoted to a broad spectrum of methods and techniques of an interdisciplinary nature, where both Mathematics and Engineering play a significant role. More specifically, this volume presents up-to-date advances in cyber-security, information management technologies, along with mathematical and engineering applications. Eminent experts in the individual subjects have presented very important works which can prove very essential for future research. The book appeals to a wide readership, from graduate students to research scientists who seek the latest information. It would also serve as a very valuable reference source for libraries of universities, research institutes, as well as individual collections. I believe this publication contributes very much to the existing literature in Science and Technology and will serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for further study in the corresponding areas of research.” - Themistocles M. Rassias, Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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Lean Manufacturing: Implementation, Opportunities and Challenges

"This book deals with a hot topic and it is extremely useful for understanding integrated production management processes as well as solving the new challenges of industry 4.0." - Professor Anónio Bastos Pereira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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Introduction of Forensic Nanotechnology as Future Armour

“The intent of this book is to direct results and findings via intermediation of nanotechnology, which is applicable to forensic science. The paradigm of forensic science research is moving toward the development of highly selective, accurate, reliable, rapid, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence to determine the truth behind the crime. With the advent of the use of nanotechnology in forensic science, I am sure that this book will be helpful to students, scientists, and researchers to explore and to enhance research opportunities in this diverse field.” - Professor Henry C. Lee, Director, Forensic Research and Training Center, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, USA

“Forensic science, the application of scientific methods and techniques for the purposes of justice, is an interdisciplinary subject. Nanotechnology, which has emerged as a super specialty in the last three decades, leading to tremendous improvement in the analytical methods and techniques in almost every discipline of science, is slowly and gradually infusing into forensic science as well. The present treatise, Introduction of Forensic Nanotechnology as Future Armour, aims to fill the immediate need of a comprehensive book on nanotechnology and its application in various areas of forensic science. I am sure the book will prove to be of immense benefit to the students of forensic science, teachers, members of the judiciary, police, and other law enforcing agencies.” - P.K. Chattopadhyay, Visiting Professor, College of Medicine and Forensics, Jiaotang University, Xi'an, China; Former Professor of Forensic Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, Panjab, India; Ex-President, Indo-Pacific Association of Law, Medicine and Science

“I think that major concerns in forensic investigation and security are on site analysis at trace levels with high reliability because of the chances of losing evidence. This book is definitely motivation to focus on this new area of research to solve the crime on site with the help of nanotechnology in various fields of forensic science, such as detecting explosives, biological mediators, document preservation, fingerprint enhancement, and food adulteration. A must read book for researchers.” - Dr. Shobhana K. Menon, Former Director, School of Sciences, Head of Chemistry and Forensic Science Department, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

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Photovoltaic Systems: Design, Performance and Applications

"Addressing health inequalities occurring between and within developed and developing nations is a globally endorsed promise to “reach the furthest first”. Fulfilling this promise necessarily, involves collaborative partnerships, as well as understanding the interplay of local and international contexts, sensitivity to diverse needs expressed through multiple and deeply layered communications, and importantly, use of methods capable of engaging professional and community stakeholders in unified, civil action. This book focuses on Photovoice, a CBPR method that uses participant-employed photography, other visual medium, and dialogue to advance health equity and progressive social change with/for culturally-rich, yet resource-constrained communities. Drs. Moya and Chavez-Baray bring together scholar-practitioners from around the globe who describe ‘how’ Photovoice may be used in responding sensitively to cultural issues, building capacity as change agents, and fostering community awareness and action. Book chapters are substantiated by solid research and include descriptions of Photovoice applications that may be replicated by community researchers or used as a text for courses on community practice and research. Accessibility and portability of knowledge are instrumental aims of this groundbreaking and timely book. Moya and Chavez-Baray fully achieve these aims. Ultimately, if we are to have a clearer sense of how to advance health equality for/with those who are most affected-we need this book!" - Lana Sue Ka‘opua, PhD, MSW, Social Work & Health Inequalities Network Convener, Indigenous Health Researcher, Author, Community Based Participatory Research Practitioner

"This timely publication is recommended as required reading for all students and practitioners of qualitative research. The editors have assured its utility as well for the consumers of research, including funding agencies and institutions, journalists, biomedical and public health professionals and policy makers. Each chapter provides another perspective on the use of Photovoice, from detailed implementation guidance to examples of use in the field. This excellent resource guides us in an innovative, multi-disciplinary data collection approach that is both participatory and empowering of the communities involved." - Michele G. Shedlin, PhD, Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing New York University

"The Photovoice method is a powerful tool for engaging and empowering communities to explore local challenges from a social justice perspective. This book, edited by accomplished masters of the Photovoice method, assembles for readers the toolkit of the method's application and the theoretical basis for how the use of reflection through Photovoice can mobilize and empower communities toward positive social change. This volume is an essential text on the bookshelf of scholars and community activists who partner to shed light on community problems and their resolution." - Mark Lusk, Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at El Paso

"From literally cover-to-cover, this book delivers what its title promises- “Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research”. Whether read collectively or individually, the nine essay chapters here-in, thoughtfully interweave scholarly practice with professional research. The result is the affirmation of the endless value and timeless vitality of “Photovoice” as a catalytic tool for system-wide change. Whether new to this methodology of inquiry or seasoned in its use, readers will be witness to its art and science as it both captures and amplifies the images and voices of all involved.  This book is a ‘must read’ for everyone who appreciates the interconnections between and among individuals, their families and communities, and the policies that are intended to serve them. Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research” is a ‘must have’ for those of us committed to ensuring that our collaborations with communities are not just community- placed, they are genuinely community-based!" - Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Director, Social Justice Initiative and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College, USA, Co-Chair of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, Co- author of The Alignment of Leadership Development and Participatory Action Research

"This new work edited by Drs. Moya and Chávez-Baray gives step-by-step instructions for implementing Photovoice, an asset-based approach that has the potential to empower and give voice to those who are too often unheard in society.  The diverse applications captured by the experienced authors of the book’s chapters illustrate the flexibility of the method across different disciplines, contexts, and populations, and provide ideas for future work.  The book is an essential toolbox for the qualitative community-based participatory researcher who is interested in both gaining insight into the lives of community members and working alongside them to effect meaningful change.  However, it is also accessible to those who have never conducted research and who seek a documentary medium that has simultaneous potential for active intervention." - John Wiebe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso

"This book is an innovative contribution about how academic perspectives, mainly from social sciences, can enrich the impact of educational practices and public justice in our societies. It is a great tool for students and scholars seeking to engender social change." - Xochitl Castañeda, PhD, Director, Health Initiative of the Americas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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New Developments in Liquid Crystals and Applications

"This book highlights some of the advances made in the area of liquid crystals (LC) research including the discovery of new materials and new effects. Well understood phenomena are conceived for novel applications of LC and the developments in respect of some new devices, such as sensors, holographic and 3D devices." READ MORE... - V.G. Chigrinov, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Volume 23 Issue 3 (2014).

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems

"Artificial intelligence is an important field of research and I congratulate the Editors, Dr. V. Rajinikanth and Dr. K. Kamalanand for bringing out this excellent book entitled “Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems”. This book is sectioned into six chapters and each chapter provides excellent information on some of the recent algorithms in the field of computational intelligence along with their applications. Computational intelligence algorithms such as Social Group Optimization, Convolution Neural Networks, Firefly Optimization and Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithms-II are explained along with few applications in the field of biomedical diagnostics and process control. This book will be highly useful both as a research reference and as a learning medium." - Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Senior Professor and 8th Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Vice Chancellor, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences

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Aircraft Electronic Warfare from a Project Engineer

"In the modern history of nations, Electronic Warfare has changed the outcomes of battles seen and unseen. John Waters shares the seldom told insider view of Electronic Warfare and his role in the Fort Monmouth Electronic Warfare Laboratory. John's style is 'matter of fact'. It is amazing the influence his work has had on international events. The reader will gain a respect for how an engineer can change history one breakthrough device at a time." - Mr. Fredrick Carl, COO, InfoAge Museum and Science Center 

“What I liked the most was the author's constant innovation. It did not have to be a complex solution, it just had to work and get it to the warfighters. For some of the engineers at Electronic Warfare Laboratory it is a job, to a very few it is a quest, a mission, a calling that never ends. There is always one more threat, one more evil that has to be addressed. John Waters is truly one of the “Knights of the Ether” and I am honored to call him a friend." - Raymond A. Irwin, Chief Engineer, Army Electronic Warfare Laboratory

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Blockchain Technology and Applications

This scientific monograph is composed of nine chapters, with over nine contributors, which together form a comprehensive insight into the issues that are perfectly reflected in the title, Blockchain, Technology and Applications." READ MORE... - Associate Professor Bojan Grum, PhD, New University, European Law Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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