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On 13 November 2002 – just seven months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for “Topdog/Underdog” – Suzan-Lori Parks got the idea to write a play every day for the forthcoming 365 days. She began that very day, finishing exactly one year later. Each play is a response to what happened on a personal or a public level on that particular day. Each play is unique, however short – many are less than a page in length – and each has its own distinctive character.
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Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the leading Black American playwrights, the author of The America Play, Venus, Red Letter Plays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, seen at the Royal Court Theatre in 2003. All are available from NHB.
Presents methodologies for modeling, analysis and recognition of shapes of facial surfaces, from fundamental ideas in geometry and shape analysis, to cutting-edge applications This text presents methodologies for analyzing shapes of facial surfaces, develops computational tools for analyzing 3D face data, and illustrates them using state-of-the-art applications. The methodologies chosen are based on efficient representations, metrics, comparisons, and classifications of features that are especially relevant in the context of 3D measurements of human faces. These frameworks have a long-term utility in face analysis, taking into account the anticipated improvements in data collection, data storage, processing speeds, and application scenarios expected as the discipline develops further. Covers a wide range of applications including biometrics, 3D animation, facial surgery, forensics, and video communications. Contains numerous exercises and algorithms. Covers the fundamentals and methodologies of 3D face analysis Includes a section specifically on applications, making the book of interest to both those in research and industry. Brings together information currently available in disparate sources in a much-needed comprehensive textbook. All methods are tested on FRGC or subsets of FRGC datasets, allowing a comparison on a single dataset A companion website hosts updates, information on relevant databases, and demonstrations.
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Mohamed Daoudi, TELECOM Lille 1, France Professor Daoudi is a member of the computer science department at TELECOM Lille 1, and a member of the IEEE. Prof. Daoudi is an editor of the Journal of Multimedia and has been a guest co-editor of the Annals of Telecommunications for a special issue on Technologies and Tools for 3D Imaging. He co-edited 3D Object Processing: Compression, Indexing and Watermarking published by Wiley in 2008. Anuj Srivastava, Florida State University, USA Professor Srivastava is a member of the department of statistics at Florida State University, and a member of the IEEE and ASA. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of Statistical Planning and Interference, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, which he also edited a special issue of on Shape Modeling. He has published over 30 journal papers and 7 book chapters in edited volumes. Remco Veltkamp, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands Professor Veltkamp is a member of the department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University, focusing on multimedia applications. He is an editor of Pattern Recognition Journal and the International Journal on Shape Modeling. He has also guest edited several journals including a special issue on Multimedia Algorithmics in Multimedia Tools and Applications, and a special issue on Shape Reasoning and Understanding in Computers & Graphics. Prof. Veltkamp has published 30 journal papers, 13 book chapters in edited volumes, co-edited several conference proceedings and has co-edited State-of-the-art in Content-based Image and Video Retrieval published by Springer in 2001.
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM) has revolutionized how prototypes are made and small batch manufacturing carried out. With additive manufacturing, the strategies used to produce a part change a number of important considerations and limitations previously faced by tool designers and engineers. This textbook is the fourth edition of Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications. It covers the key AM processes, the available models and specifications, and their principles, materials, advantages and disadvantages. Examples of application areas in design, planning, manufacturing, biomedical engineering, entertainment, weaponry, art and architecture are also given. The book includes several related problems for the reader to test his or her understanding of the topics. The included CD-ROM presents animated illustrations of the working principles of today’s key AM processes.
Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively! 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. You’ll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies guide. Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success 3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!
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Kalani Kirk Hausman has spent more than 20 years as an IT consultant, enterprise architect, auditor, and ISO. He currently conducts research on integrating 3D printed materials into educational curricula at Texas A&M University. Richard Horne (RichRap) has two decades of experience in the electronics industry as an engineer, marketer, and product designer. In his work with the RepRap project, he blogs and shares ideas to make 3D printing easier for everyone to understand.
3D Printing with Autodesk Create and Print 3D Objects with 123D, AutoCAD, and Inventor Create amazing 3D-printable objects fast with Autodesk 123D! Imagine it. Then print it! Autodesk 123D gives you all the tools you need and it’s free. This easy, full-color guide will help you fully master 3D printing with Autodesk 123D even if you’ve never done any of this before. Authors John Biehler and Bill Fane have helped thousands of people join the 3D printing revolution-now it’s your turn. With step-by-step photos and simple projects, they teach you how to make the most of the whole 123D suite on Windows, Mac, and iPad. New to 3D printing? You’ll learn pro techniques for creating models that print perfectly the first time. Want to start fast? Discover how to scan photos straight into your models. Don’t have a 3D printer? Learn how to work with today’s most popular 3D printing services. John Biehler discovered 3D printing several years ago and built his first 3D printer shortly thereafter. Since then, he’s shared his 3D printing knowledge with thousands of people at live events throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest and through online and broadcast media. He co-founded Vancouver’s fastest-growing group of 3D printing enthusiasts. Bill Fane, an Autodesk Authorized Training Centre (ATC) certified instructor, has designed with AutoCAD since 1986. Fane has lectured on AutoCAD and Inventor at Autodesk University since 1995, and at Destination Desktop since 2003. He has written 220 The Learning Curve AutoCAD tutorials for CADalyst and holds 12 patents. From start to finish, 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D covers all you need to know. So stop waiting and start creating! * Quickly get comfortable with the 123D workspace and key features * Learn the essentials of effective 3D object design * Practice 3D design hands-on with simple guided exercises * Generate detailed models from photos with 123D Catch * Create new 3D character “monsters” with 123D Creature * Prepare any 3D model for successful printing * Move from existing 3D CAD tools (if you’ve ever used them) * Design parts that are easy to print, and multi-part models that can be printed “pre-assembled” * Print through leading 3D printing services such as Shapeways, Ponoko, Fablab, and Hackerspaces
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John Biehler has been writing online about technology since 1999. An avid photographer and generally curious geek, he discovered 3D printing a number of years ago and built his first 3D printer shortly thereafter. Since then, he has been actively sharing his knowledge about the technology with thousands of people at various events and conferences in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, on television and radio, as well as online through his website. He cofounded a Vancouver-area group of 3D printer builders and enthusiasts that has grown exponentially since it started and as the technology heads toward the mainstream. Bill Fane was a product engineer and then product engineering manager for Weiser Lock in Vancouver, British Columbia, for 27 years and holds 12 U.S. patents. He has been using AutoCAD for design work since Version 2.17g (1986) and Inventor since version 1.0 beta (1996). He is a retired Professional Engineer and an Autodesk Authorized Training Centre (ATC) certified instructor. He began teaching mechanical design in 1996 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, including such courses as AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks, machine design, term projects, manufacturing processes, and design procedures. He retired from this position in 2008. He has lectured on a wide range of AutoCAD and Inventor subjects at Autodesk University since 1995 and at Destination Desktop since 2003. He was the AUGI CAD Camp National Team instructor for the manufacturing track. He has written more than 220 “The Learning Curve” AutoCAD tutorial columns for CADalyst magazine since 1986. He is the current author of the book AutoCAD for Dummies. He also writes software product reviews for CADalyst, Design Product News, and Machine Design. He is an active member of the Vancouver AutoCAD Users Society, “the world’s oldest and most dangerous.” In his spare time he skis, water skis, windsurfs, scuba dives, sails a Hobie Cat, rides an off-road motorcycle, drives his ’37 Rolls Royce limousine or his wife’s ’89 Bentley Turbo R, travels extensively with his wife, and plays with his grandchildren.
Stuttgart-based 4a Architekten have gained much recognition especially for their public swimming pools and spas. Yet the firm, established in 1990 by Matthias Burkart, Eberhard Pritzer, Alexander von Salmuth, and Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns, has also created a formidable work of cultural and educational buildings, hotels, and housing. Having built mainly in Germany and Austria in their earlier years, they also opened an office in Moscow in 2008 when they obtained their first commission from Russia. This new monograph features seventeen realised projects that are exemplary for 4a Architekten’s approach and vision. The selection also reflects the range of building tasks they cover. Richly illustrated with images and plans, the book also demonstrates the development of the firm’s architectural language. Two essays take a look at their working process and history, alongside three shorter and more literary texts. The book is completed with a catalogue of all their built and unrealised projects.
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Wolfgang Bachmann is a freelance architectural publicist and critic. He has been chief editor, and between 2011-13 also publisher, of German architectural magazine Baumeister.
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The Manhattan Prep philosophy is simple: We aim to help students achieve their goals by providing the best curriculum and the highest-quality instructors in the industry. Manhattan Prep hires fewer than 1 in 10 qualified applicants for its teaching positions, ensuring every instructor has years of experience and a 99th percentile score. So you can trust our books are developed by the very best.
This book is a fresh history of the national pastime, recounting the 50 most incredible and iconic moments-both renowned and obscure-that shaped the game as it moved from the Dead Ball Era, through World War II, and on to the modern era. Events include Jackie Robinson’s first All-Star Game, Babe Ruth’s 50th home run in his first season as a Yankee, and Hank Aaron’s first career home run. Author Rocco Constantino also shares interviews with over 40 former Major League Baseball players, many of whom played in a World Series or All-Star Game, providing fresh insight and perspectives to these unforgettable moments of baseball.
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Rocco Constantino is an NCAA athletics administrator at Bloomfield College and baseball historian. He is also a freelance writer, most recently as a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and Baseball Hot Corner.
S R Nathan is one of Singapore’s most distinguished public servants. Born into poverty, he survived family tragedy, destitution and the Japanese occupation. After getting a university diploma as an adult, he worked his way through the civil service ranks to become successively a mediator in trade union disputes, a foreign affairs expert, a manager of a media company, a diplomat and a two-term president of Singapore. He has been an eyewitness to Singapore’s history before and after independence, with an insider’s view of many key events at home and abroad. It is easy for the younger generations of Singaporeans to assume that the good fortune they now enjoy was easily won. For them, and for anyone interested in Singapore and its history, Mr Nathan has selected 50 episodes from his personal and official life, which offer insights from which the up-and-coming generation will benefit.
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Mr S R Nathan, former president of Singapore, completed his second and last term of office at the end of August 2011. Before he was elected president in 1999, he had an illustrious career in the Singapore Public Service, overseeing various portfolios in his 50-year career and spanning the fields of labour welfare and foreign relations. He began his service as a medical social worker, followed by six years as a seaman s welfare officer and eventually rose to helm the Labour Research Unit as director in January 1964, when he also helped to establish the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Following Singapore s independence in 1965, he served in the nascent Ministry of Foreign Affairs as assistant secretary, before progressing to Home Affairs and then to Defence. He returned to the Foreign Ministry in 1979 as first permanent secretary for almost three years before retiring officially from the civil service. Subsequently Mr Nathan served a stint as executive chairman of The Straits Times Press before becoming Singapore s high commissioner to Malaysia (1988 90) and ambassador to the US (1990 6). On his return, he established the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and served there until 1999, when he was elected president of Singapore. Mr Nathan is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Singapore Management University (SMU), as well as at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at NTU. He is also chairman of the CapitaLand Hope Foundation. He has authored three books. The first, Why Am I Here, details his work assisting seafarers, and the second, Winning Against The Odds, describes the struggles in establishing the NTUC. Mr Nathan has just recently published his personal memoirs entitled An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency, in September 2011.”
In conjunction with Singapore’s 50th birthday in August 2015, 50 Years of Environment: Singapore’s Journey Towards Environmental Sustainability takes the reader through Singapore’s environmental journey over the past 50 years, to its present day challenges and solutions, and seeks to explore what lies ahead for Singapore’s environmental future. This book is divided into three parts. The first, drawn largely from the book Clean, Green and Blue: Singapore’s Journey Towards Environmental and Water Sustainability, will explore the historical developments in Singapore’s environmental journey and the development of NEWater. The second part will be a collection of essays that examine the present environmental challenges that Singapore faces and the ways in which it is addressing those issues through community engagement, international engagement, research and technology, and industry solutions in order to develop sustainable strategies and solutions. Part Three will bring the book to a close by tying the historical and contemporary threads together and discusses the future challenges for Singapore’s environment.
50 Years of Indian Community in Singapore (World Scientific Series on Singapore’s 50 Years of Nation-Building)
From Tamils to Malayalees to Bengalis to Punjabis, the diverse Indian community in Singapore has played a large part in building the country. To understand the Indian community, one has to understand certain basic facts about them. First is their love for culture which transcends religious and linguistic differences. Some of the best classical Hindustani singers are Muslims. The best Malayalam singer of Hindu religious songs is a Christian. Second is their love of debates. Argument is part of Indian tradition because of the belief that truth can only be arrived at only by vigorous debate. The third characteristic is the community’s respect for education. Hindus, who form the largest group among the Indians, perhaps have the only surviving “Goddess of Knowledge” in their pantheon of deities. The fourth characteristic of the Indians is their religiocity: they take their religious duties and seriously and perform them regularly. This celebratory volume highlights the progress, the contributions and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore’s independence in 1965. While the community is now in a secure and happy position, there are challenges going forward. The next phase of growth will be knowledge based, and the focus will be on education and training, particularly training in the latest technology.
50 Years of Materials Science in Singapore goes through in vivid detail how a newly independent nation like Singapore developed in a short period of time a world-class research area in the field of materials science that helped it make rapid progress in its energy and industrial sector. The economy and the biomedical sector both followed the rapid trail of progress, utilizing home-grown and developed technology. The country’s progress escalated quickly and emblazoned Singapore’s position on the world map.
50 Years of Technical Education in Singapore: How to Build a World Class Education System from Scratch (World Scientific Series on Singapore’s 50 Years of Nation-Bu)
This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The economy and the education sector both developed in parallel, with each complementing the other, utilizing strategies and making the decisions that were to bring the country quickly to advanced status. Studies show that premature investment in higher education at the expense of technical and vocational education has created many leaders but few doers, leading to high unemployment. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.
This unique volume presents the achievements of the land, sea and air transport industry of Singapore in the last 50 years after Singapore gained its independence in 1965. It provides a comprehensive overview of Singapore’s progress in transportation from a typical third world system in the 1960s to one that is currently in the top league globally in all aspects of passenger and freight transportation. Singapore’s successes in land transport planning, urban traffic management, and public transport systems provide valuable experience for major cities worldwide. The emergence of the Singapore Port as the most efficient container port in the world is another success story that inspires both established and up-and-coming port operators alike. The ambitious goal of Singapore to develop itself into a maritime knowledge hub of the future is a bold and exciting undertaking catching worldwide attention. In air transport, Singapore is well known for its efficiency as a major regional hub. This book examines in detail the important milestones and background developments that have led to the highly advanced state of transportation systems in the land, sea and air transport of Singapore today. Each chapter is written by professionals who are themselves part of the success stories presented. The chapter authors are specially invited to provide a professional account of the topics of their expertise. The authors have been able to draw on extensive amounts of published and unpublished documents and reports to present a comprehensive picture for the subject of interest in each chapter. As a whole, the book offers a hollistic and informative professional reference book on the major happenings and achievements of Singapore in the transportation sector.