Forthcoming titles in the ACM Books Series are subject to change and will be published as they become available, with 25 titles to be published in Collection I. Upon publication, each of the following books will appear in the ACM Digital Library and be accessible to those with full-text access in both PDF and ePub formats. Individual titles will be made available for purchase at Morgan & Claypool and also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please click on the title name below for more information about each title.

Algorithms and Methods in Structural Bioinformatics
Author: Nurit Haspel

Structural bioinformatics is the field related to the development and application of computational models for the prediction and analysis of macromolecular structures. The unique nature of protein and nucleotide structures has presented many computational challenges over the last three decades. The fast accumulation of data, in addition to the rapid increase in computational power, presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the analysis, comparison, modeling, and prediction of macromolecular structures and interactions.

The book is intended as a user's guide for key algorithms to solve problems related to macromolecular structure, with emphasis on protein structure, function and dynamics. It can be used as a textbook for a one-semester graduate course in algorithms in bioinformatics.

Conversational UX Design: A Methodology for Practitioners
Author: Robert J. Moore
Raphael Arar

From Siri to Alexa to Cortana, conversational interfaces are hitting the mainstream and becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives. However, user experiences with such applications remain disappointing. Although it is easy to get a system to produce words, none of the current agents or bots display general conversational competence. Modeling natural conversation is still a hard problem. Conversational UX Design: A Methodology for Practitioners, coming from ACM Books in 2018, will help change that.

In applying Conversation Analysis to Conversational UX Design, authors Robert J. Moore and Raphael Arar demonstrate a methodology for designing conversational user experiences, address several topics in conversational UX design and present multiple conversational UX patterns.

Bob Moore is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research-Almaden, where he examines the intersection of human conversation and technology. Currently, he is developing a methodology for Conversational UX Design that applies the formal, qualitative models of natural human conversation, from the field of Conversation Analysis, to the design of conversational interfaces. He has developed a general Natural Conversation Framework, also implemented on the IBM Watson Conversation service, which defines a set of conversational UX patterns.

Raphael Arar is a Designer & Researcher at IBM Research and Adjunct Faculty at San Jose State University in their Digital Media Art Program. He is a recent Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in Enterprise Technology. Previously he was the Lead UX Designer for the Apple + IBM Partnership, Lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Media Arts + Practice Division and an Art & Technology Fellow at CalArts.

Database Replication
Author: Bettina Kemme

Database replication is widely used for fault-tolerance, scalability, and performance. The failure of one database replica does not stop the system from working as available replicas can take over the tasks of the failed replica. Scalability can be achieved by distributing the load across all replicas, and adding new replicas should the load increase. Finally, database replication can provide fast local access, even if clients are geographically distributed clients, if data copies are located close to clients. Despite its advantages, replication is not a straightforward technique to apply, and there are many hurdles to overcome. At the forefront is replica control: assuring that data copies remain consistent when updates occur. There exist many alternatives in regard to where updates can occur and when changes are propagated to data copies, how changes are applied, where the replication tool is located, etc. A particular challenge is to combine replica control with transaction management as it requires several operations to be treated as a single logical unit, and it provides atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability across the replicated system.

This book provides a categorization of replica control mechanisms, presents several replica and concurrency control mechanisms in detail, and discusses many of the issues that arise when such solutions need to be implemented within or on top of relational database systems. Furthermore, the book presents the tasks that are needed to build a fault-tolerant replication solution, provides an overview of load-balancing strategies that allow load to be equally distributed across all replicas, and introduces the concept of self-provisioning that allows the replicated system to dynamically decide on the number of replicas that are needed to handle the current load. As performance evaluation is a crucial aspect when developing a replication tool, the book presents an analytical model of the scalability potential of various replication solution.

Declarative Logic Programming: Theory, Systems, and Applications
Author: Michael Kifer and Yanhong Annie Liu
Democratizing Cryptography: The Work of Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman
Author: Rebecca Slayton

Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie won the 2015 Turing Award for the development of public-key cryptography. This book provides original biographies of the award winners and describes the historical and political context and impact of their research, including its influence on the development of internet security, theoretical computer science, and national security. It also summarizes and compiles key documents, including the original research articles that led to the Turing Award, interviews with Hellman and Diffie, and the Turing Award lectures.

Empirical Software Engineering
Author: Dag Sjøberg
Event Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Author: Laleh Jalali
Ramesh Jain

In this book we aim to show how data mining and machine learning techniques are used in the context of event mining. We review event recognition and event discovery in different applications and cover recent developments in event mining such as techniques for temporal pattern mining, temporal data classification and clustering. We also introduce EventMiner as a comprehensive knowledge-based event mining framework for analyzing heterogeneous big data.

The book will be useful for both practitioners and researchers working in different computer science fields. Data miners/scientists and data analysts can benefit from high-performance event mining techniques introduced in this book. Also, The book is accessible to many readers and not necessarily just those with strong backgrounds in computer science. Public health professionals, epidemiologists, physicians, and social scientists can benefit from the new perspective of this book in harnessing the value of heterogeneous big data for building diverse real-life applications.

Heterogeneous Computing: Hardware & Software Perspectives
Author: Mohamed Zahran

This book addresses challenges in moving from homogeneous computing to heterogeneous computing where it is necessary to deal with computing nodes of different capabilities and characteristics such as general purpose cores, GPUs, FPGAs, Automata Processing, Neuromorphic chips.

Introduction to Computational Advertising
Author: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Prabakhar Krishnamurthy, and Jian Yang

Online advertising has grown from almost nothing at the end of last century to an annual spend of over 200B dollars globally. Today, online advertising garners the most advertising dollars of any advertising channel including TV. Online advertising is computational advertising since most the decisions of which ads to show to a user in a given context are determined by algorithms. Indeed, computational advertising was one of the first big data applications. For this reason, the problems behind computational advertising have driven research into large-scale machine learning and algorithmic game theory and is responsible for many advances in those areas as well as in parallel computing architectures. This book covers the current state of the art of computational advertising. That includes the economics of online advertising, understanding and modeling consumer behavior, matching ads and consumers, user response prediction and measurement of ad effectiveness. We also cover ad allocation, campaign management and optimization, as well as fraud and privacy issues. Today, computational advertising intersects computer science, economics marketing and psychology. Hence, after 20 years of advances in this field we hope this book fills the needs of researchers, practitioners and graduate students who want to understand the state of the art in this multidisciplinary area.

Michael R. Stonebraker: 2014 A.M. Turing Award Winner
Author: Michael Lawrence Brodie

At the ACM Awards banquet in June 2017, during the 50th anniversary celebration of the A.M. Turing Award, ACM announced the launch of the ACM A.M. Turing Book Series, a sub-series of ACM Books, to honor the winners of the A.M. Turing Award, computing’s highest honor, the “Nobel Prize” for computing. This series aims to celebrate the accomplishments of awardees, explain their major contributions of lasting importance in computing. Michael R. Stonebraker: 2014 A.M. Turing Award Winner, the first book in the series, is intended to celebrate Mike’s contributions and impact to experts who should value the book for comprehensiveness and to non-experts who may value the book for impact. What accomplishments warranted computing’s highest honor? How did Stonebraker do it? Who is Mike Stonebraker—researcher, professor, CTO, lecturer, innovative product developer, serial entrepreneur, and decades-long leader, and, as Phil Bernstein has said, research evangelist for the database community. This book is intended to evaluate the enormous amount of published work on Mike and his contributions, and evaluate it in light of the Turing Award and place it in context.

Principles of Data Cleaning
Author: Ihab Ilyas

Data quality is one of the most important problems in data management, since dirty data often leads to inaccurate data analytics results and bad business decisions. Poor data across businesses and the government cost the U.S. economy $3.1 trillion a year, according to a report by InsightSquared in 2012.

Various tools and techniques have been proposed to detect data errors and anomalies. For example, data quality rules or integrity constraints have been proposed as a declarative way to describe legal or correct data instances. Any subset of data that does not conform to the defined rules is considered erroneous, which is also referred to as a violation.

Repairing dirty data sets is often a more challenging task. Multiple techniques with different objectives have been introduced. Some of these aim to minimally change the database, such that the data conforms to the declared quality rules; others involve users or knowledge bases to verify the repairs.

In this book, we discuss the main facets and directions in designing error detection and repairing techniques. We start by surveying anomaly detection techniques, based on what, how, and where to detect. We then propose a taxonomy of the various aspects of data repairing, including the repair target, the automation of the repair process, and the update model. The book also highlights new trends in data cleaning algorithms to cope with current Big Data settings, focusing on scalable data cleaning techniques for large data sets.

Principles of Graph Data Management and Analytics
Author: Amol Deshpande and Amarnath Gupta

Principles of Graph Data Management and Analytics is the first textbook on the subject for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students and data management professionals who are interested in the new and exciting world of graph data management and computation. The book blends together the two thinly connected disciplines – a database-minded approach to managing and querying graphs, and an analytics-driven approach to perform scalable computation on large graphs. It presents a detailed treatment of the underlying theory and algorithms, and prevalent techniques and systems; it also presents textbook use cases and real-world problems that can be solved by combining database-centric and analysis-centric approaches. The book will enable students to understand the state of the art in graph data management, to effectively program currently available graph databases and graph analytics products, and to design their own graph data analysis systems.To help this process, the book supplements its textual material with several data sets, small and large, that will be made available through the book’s website. Several free and contributed software will also be provided for readers for practice.

Providing Sound Foundations for Cryptography: On the Work of Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali
Author: Oded Goldreich

The book brings together some of Goldwasser and Micali's seminal research, analyzed and discussed in light of the lasting effect it has had on computer science and cryptography.

Working together, Goldwasser and Micali pioneered the field of provable security, which laid the mathematical foundations that made modern cryptography possible. By formalizing the concept that cryptographic security had to be computational rather than absolute, they created mathematical structures that turned cryptography from an art into a science. Their work addresses important practical problems such as the protection of data from being viewed or modified, providing a secure means of communications and transactions over the Internet. Their advances led to the notion of interactive and probabilistic proofs and had a profound impact on computational complexity, an area that focuses on classifying computational problems according to their inherent difficulty.

Research Frontiers of Multimedia
Author: Shih-Fu Chang
Software Evolution: Lessons Learned from Software History
Author: Kim Tracy

Software history has a deep impact on current software designers, computer scientists and technologists. Decisions and design constraints made in past are often unknown or poorly understood by current students, yet modern software systems use software based on those earlier decisions and design constraints. This work looks at software history through specific software areas and extracts student-consumable practices, learnings, and trends that are useful in current and future software design. It also exposes key areas that are highly used in modern software, yet no longer taught in most computing programs. Written as a textbook, this book uses past and current specific cases to explore the impact of specific software evolution trends and impacts.

Tangible and Embodied Interaction
Author: Brygg Ullmer, Ali Mazalek, Orit Shaer, and Caroline Hummels

User interfaces for our increasingly varied computational devices have long been oriented toward graphical screens and virtual interactors. Since the advent of mass market graphical interfaces in the mid-1980s, most human-computer interaction has been mediated by graphical buttons, sliders, text fields, and their virtual kin.

And yet, humans are profoundly physical creatures. Throughout our history (and prehistory), our bodies have profoundly shaped our activities and engagement with our world, and each other. Despite -- and perhaps also, because of -- the many successes of keyboard, pointer, touch screen, and (increasingly) speech modalities of computational interaction, many have sought alternate prospects for interaction that more deeply respect, engage, and celebrate our embodied physicality.

For several decades, tangible and embodied interaction (TEI) has been the topic of intense technological, scientific, artistic, humanistic, and mass-market research and practice. In this book, we elaborate on many dimensions of this diverse, transdisciplinary, blossoming topic.

The Continuing Arms Race: Code-Reuse Attacks and Defenses
Author: Thorston Holz, Per Larsen and Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces, Volume II
Author: Sharon Oviatt, Bjorn Schuller, Philip R. Cohen, Daniel Sonntag, Gerasimos Potamianos, Antonio Kruger

The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces provides the first authoritative resource on what has become the dominant paradigm for new computer interfaces—user input involving new media (speech, multi-touch, hand and body gestures, facial expressions, writing) embedded in multimodal-multisensor interfaces that often include biosignals. This edited collection is written by international experts and pioneers in the field. It provides a textbook, reference, and technology roadmap for professionals working in this and related areas. This second volume of the handbook begins with multimodal signal processing, architectures, and machine learning. It includes recent deep learning approaches for processing multisensorial and multimodal user data and interaction, as well as context-sensitivity. A further highlight is processing of information about users’ states and traits, an exciting emerging capability in next-generation user interfaces. These chapters discuss real-time multimodal analysis of emotion and social signals from various modalities, and perception of affective expression by users. Further chapters discuss multimodal processing of cognitive state using behavioral and physiological signals to detect cognitive load, domain expertise, deception, and depression. This collection of chapters provides walk-through examples of system design and processing, information on tools and practical resources for developing and evaluating new systems, and terminology and tutorial support for mastering this rapidly expanding field. In the final section of this volume, experts exchange views on two timely and controversial challenge topics, including interdisciplinary approaches to optimizing strategic fusion and to multimodal deep learning. These discussions focus on how multimodal-multisensor interfaces are most likely to advance human performance during the next decade.

The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces, Volume III
Author: Sharon Oviatt, Bjorn Schuller, Philip R. Cohen, Daniel Sonntag, Gerasimos Potamianos, Antonio Kruger

The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces provides the first authoritative resource on what has become the dominant paradigm for new computer interfaces—user input involving new media (speech, multi-touch, hand and body gestures, facial expressions, writing) embedded in multimodal-multisensor interfaces. This edited collection is written by international experts and pioneers in the field. It provides a textbook, reference, and technology roadmap for professionals working in this and related areas. This volume focuses on state-of-the-art multimodal language and dialogue processing, including semantic integration of modalities. The development of increasingly expressive embodied agents and robots has become an active test-bed for coordinating multimodal dialogue input and output, including processing of language and nonverbal communication. In addition, major application areas are featured for commercializing multimodal-multisensor systems, including automotive, robotic, manufacturing, machine translation, banking, communications, and others. These systems rely heavily on software tools, data resources, and international standards to facilitate their development. For insights into the future, emerging multimodal-multisensor technology trends are highlighted for medicine, robotics, interaction with smart spaces, and similar topics. Finally, this volume discusses the societal impact of more widespread adoption of these systems, such as privacy risks and how to mitigate them. The handbook chapters provide a number of walk-through examples of system design and processing, information on practical resources for developing and evaluating new systems, and terminology and tutorial support for mastering this emerging field. In the final section of this volume, experts exchange views on a timely and controversial challenge topic, and how they believe multimodal-multisensor interfaces need to be equipped to most effectively advance human performance during the next decade.

The Sparse Fourier Transform: Theory & Practice
Author: Haitham Hassanieh

ACM Books, an imprint of the Association for Computing Machinery, announces the signing of a new title, The Sparse Fourier Transform: Theory & Practice, by Haitham Hassanieh of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The book is expected to publish in early 2018. In the book, Hassanieh presents a new way to decrease the amount of computation needed to process data, thus increasing the efficiency of programs in several areas of computing, processing data 10 to 100 times faster than possible before. He then shows how this new algorithm can be used to build practical systems to solve key problems in six different applications including wireless networks, mobile systems, computer graphics, medical imaging, biochemistry and digital circuits. Hassanieh received the 2016 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his MIT dissertation on the subject, from which this book is being expanded and enhanced. Hassanieh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A native of Lebanon, he earned a BE in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Hassanieh’s Sparse Fourier Transform algorithm was chosen by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 10 breakthrough technologies of 2012. He has also been recognized with the Sprowls Award for Best Dissertation in Computer Science, and the SIGCOMM Best Paper Award.

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