University of Rochester

Books Touch on Digital Video, "Smart" Fluids

October 12, 1994

Three books on a wide range of electrical engineering topics by faculty members in the University of Rochester's Department of Electrical Engineering are off to the presses.

Murat Tekalp is writing the first book on Digital Video Processing, a growing field which describes how and why scientists transform video images into a string of digits and then manipulate those images. The technology underlies high-definition television (HDTV) and video conferencing, and is helping physicians take even better images of the human body. The book will be published by Prentice-Hall early next year.

A book edited by Eby Friedman discusses the clock signals integral to all of today's electronic devices. Such signals typically travel through a system millions of times a second and determine how fast a system can operate. The book describes how best to distribute these high-speed signals to maximize performance and reliability. The book, Clock Distribution Networks in VLSI Circuits and Systems: Theory and Applications, is the first on this topic and will be published by IEEE Press next year.

Thomas Jones' book, Electromechanics of Particles, discusses what happens when tiny particles just a fraction of a millimeter in diameter are subjected to electric or magnetic fields. Such forces form the foundation for technologies ranging from xerographic copiers to "smart" electrorheological fluids that can change consistency from a liquid to a viscous, Jello-like solid within a fraction of a second; these forces also play a role in air and water pollution control. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press next spring.