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                   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 <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: new Kluwer books

    Archaeologies of Remembrance
    Death and Memory in Past Societies

    edited by

    Howard Williams
    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.

    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

    Cyrus Shahabi
    Dept. of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
    CA, USA


    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
    given object.
    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
    retrieval methods.
    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
    Higher Education


    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


    Archaeological Survey


    E.B. Banning
    Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto, ON, Canada


    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.
    I. Introduction.
    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.
    EURO 52.50 / USD 50.00 / GBP 33.50


    Handbook of Defeasible Reasoning and Uncertainty Management Systems
    Volume 7: Agent-Based Defeasible Control in Dynamic Environments

    edited by

    John-Jules Ch. Meyer
    Utrecht University, Faculteit Wiskunde en Informatica, The Netherlands

    Jan Treur
    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    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.

    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.
    Part IIIB:
    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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