Mason Faculty Publish New Books

Posted: March 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

The following are summaries of books recently authored or edited by Mason faculty.

Paul Ammann
Paul Ammann

Paul Ammann, associate professor, and Jeff Offutt, professor, both of the Department of Computer Science, published a new book titled “Introduction to Software Testing.” This text (Cambridge University Press, 2008) applies well-defined, general-purpose techniques in testing modern software.

Jeff Offutt
Jeff Offutt

The book gives a detailed presentation of topics that are often difficult for students to master, such as graph coverage, logic coverage and syntax-based testing. The textbook narrows down multiple software testing techniques to just four models, helping students, researchers and practitioners more fully grasp the techniques.

Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, was extradited in 2007 and is being tried on charges of human rights violations, corruption and abuse of authority. Jo-Marie Burt, associate professor of government and politics, recently published a book examining Fujimori’s regime, his authoritarian practices and abuse of power.

Jo-Marie Burt
Jo-Marie Burt

The book, “Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), explores the effects of insurgent violence within Peruvian civil society. After traveling to Peru to serve as an international observer at the trial of the former president, Burt describes in the book how the insurgency gave rise to Fujimori until it collapsed in corruption.

Fujimori’s trial marks the first time a Peruvian president has been tried for human rights violations, and the second time in Latin American history that a civilian president has been tried in a court of law for human rights abuses. The charges against him include ordering the murder of political opponents.

Lisa Eckenwiler
Lisa Eckenwiler

Lisa Eckenwiler, associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and director of health care ethics at the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at Mason, wrote a book titled “The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape” (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

In the book, Eckenwiler brings together notable experts in and outside of bioethics to discuss such topics as stem cell research, abortion and public health. The compilation of 25 essays examines the history, trends, shortcomings and strengths of bioethics.

Sushil Jajodia
Sushil Jajodia

Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, co-edited “The Handbook of Database Security: Applications and Trends” (Springer, 2007), a comprehensive work on data security aspects. The book provides an up-to-date overview of data security models, techniques and architectures in various data management applications and settings such as advanced database systems, data privacy and trust management and data outsourcing.

The book, which is designed to be a valuable reference for practitioners and researchers in academia and the database industry, also outlines directions for future research in these fields.

Harry Van Trees
Harry Van Trees

Harry Van Trees, University Professor Emeritus at Mason, and Kristine Bell, associate professor of statistics, edited the book “Bayesian Bounds for Parameter Estimation and Nonlinear Filtering/Tracking” (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2007).

Bayesian estimation plays a central role in many signal processing problems encountered in radar, sonar, communications, seismology and medical fields. Analytic evaluations of the signal processing problems are difficult to obtain. For this reason, experts often use the “bounds” of the performance of estimators for comparison.

Kristine Bell
Kristine Bell

The book is the first comprehensive development of Bayesian bounds of its kind. It is a collection of important papers that provide a comprehensive overview of the theory and addresses two related problems: the estimation of multiple parameters based on noisy measurements and the estimation of random processes.

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