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Authors:
Marisa Campbell

Advanced Database Technology & Design

Mario Piattini & Oscar Diaz
Artech House, 2000
www.artech-house.com/
ISBN 0-89006-395-8
$72.00

Here’s a complete introduction to the most current developments in database systems design presented from an applications point of view. Includes contributions from well-known experts in the field and focuses on issues raised by new trends in database design, and how this progress affects the programmer and database administrator. The authors and editors present concepts in an intuitive and motivating manner, making extensive use of examples, and including lists of references for additional study with each chapter.

Contents: Evolution of Database Technology. Conceptual Modeling of Information Systems. Active Databases. Deductive Databases. Temporal Database Systems. Object-Relational Databases. Multi-media Databases. Distributed Databases. Mobile Computing: Data Management Issues. Databases. Secure Databases. Component Database Systems. Case Tools: Computer Support for Conceptual Modeling, Database Quality.

About the authors: Mario Piattini, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Madrid Polytechnical University. Oscar Diaz, Ph.D is a professor of computer science at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Aberdeen (UK).

Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability

Jenny Preece
John Wiley & Sons, 2000
www.wiley.com
ISBN 0-471-80599-8
$34.99

This book explains the enabling technologies behind some of the most successful online communities. Despite the considerable growth of the internet, people are still looking for more effective methods of communicating over it. The author provides an in-depth look at the design of effective online communities and details the enabling technologies. Also includes an analysis that explains what these technologies are capable of doing and what they actually should do.

Embodied Conversational Agents

Justine Cassell, Joseph Sullivan, Scott Prevost & Elizabeth Churchill
MIT Press, 2000
mitpress.mit.edu
ISBN 0-262-03278-3
$42.00

With an embodied conversational agent, the visual dimension of interacting with an animated character on a screen plays an intrinsic role. Not just pretty pictures, the graphics display visual features of conversation in the same way that the face and hands do in face-to-face conversation among humans.

This book describes research in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of embodied conversational agents as well as details of specific working systems. Many of the chapters are written by multidisciplinary teams of psychologists, linguists, computer scientists, artists, and researchers in interface design.

Table of Contents:

  • I Introduction
    • 1. Nudge Nudge Wink Wink: Elements of Face-to-Face Conversation for Embodied Conversational Agents

     

  • II Systems
    • 2. Human Conversation as a System Framework: Designing Embodied Conversational Agents
    • 3. "May I Help You?" Designing Embodied Conversational Agent Allies
    • 4. Task-Oriented Collaboration with Embodied Agents in Virtual Worlds
    • 5. Deictic and Emotive Communication in Animated Pedagogical Agents
    • 6. Performative Facial Expressions in Animated Faces
    • 7. Emotion and Personality in a Conversational Agent
    • 8. The Automated Design of Believable Dialogues for Animated Presentation Teams
    • 9. Parameterized Action Representation for Virtual Human Agents

     

  • III Evaluation
    • 10. Developing and Evaluating Conversational Agents
    • 11. Designing and Evaluating Conversational Interfaces with Animated Characters
    • 12. Measurement and Evaluation of Embodied Conversational Agents
    • 13. Truth is Beauty: Researching Embodied Conversational Agents

     

About the author: Justine Cassell is Assistant Professor and Director of the Gesture and Narrative Language Research Group at the Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joseph Sullivan is Staff Scientist and Leader of the Invention to Innovation initiative at the FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc., where Scott Prevost and Elizabeth Churchill are Senior Research Scientists.

Computers, Human Interaction & Organizations: Critical Issues

Vicente W. Berdayes & John Murphy
Praeger Publishers
www.greenwood.com/praeger.htm
ISBN 0-275-96385-3
$65.00

As computers become more prevalent throughout society, the issue of computer-human interaction has become paramount to computer scientists and professionals furthering the computerization of organizations. This book revisits important theoretical and conceptual issues that have not been resolved in discussions of the increasing computerization of society; it also offers a serious reflection on the proper scope and nature of computerization and the proper adjustment to and utilization of these instruments. The authors move beyond the technical issues relating to computerization to examine the social and political nature of information and computer technology using contemporary critical theory.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction: Computers, Theorizing, and Practice by Vicente Berdayes and John M. Murphy
  2. Life World: Computers, Logic and Values by Algis Mickunas and Argueta B. Hernandez
  3. Contemptus Mundi: Reality as Disease by Eric Mark Kramer
  4. Common Sense, Formal and Non-Formal Intelligence, and Computational Mimesis by Burt Hopkins and Jim Sheridan
  5. From Dialogue to World: Theoretical Considerations on Dimensional Difference by Joseph J. Pilotta

About the authors: Vicente Berdayes is Assistant Professor of Communications at St. Mary’s College in Indiana. John W. Murphy is Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami.

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