**Authors: Aleksandra Kostić, Derek Chadee (Editor) (eds.)**

Paperback: 344 pages**Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan**

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1137345853

ISBN-13: 9781137345851

Published: 2014

**Description**

The Social Psychology of Nonverbal Communication gathers together leading scholars of nonverbal communication from around the world to offer insight into a range of issues within the discipline. The collection presents contemporary research and theorization of the nature, functions, and modalities of nonverbal behavior in an array of circumstances, with the aim of rethinking current approaches to the subject. This book will be of great interest to academics and nonverbal communication researchers, as well as to anyone who wants to interpret and better understand nonverbal behavior.**About Aleksandra Kostic**

Aleksandra Kostic is Professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of Nis, Serbia. Her research interests include nonverbal communication, emotional experience, ethnic identity, and similarities and differences between cultures. Derek Chadee is Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Director of the ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His current research interests include the social psychology of fear of crime and general fear, antecedents of emotions, copy-cat behaviour, media, HIV, AIDS and jury decision making. He is also a Fulbright Scholar undertaking research on fear of crime in two American universities.

**Authors: Derek Chadee, Aleksandra Kostic (eds.)**

Paperback: 410 pages**Publisher: University of the West Indies Press**

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9766402531

ISBN-13: 9789766402532

Published: 2011

Reviews:

“The diverse set of chapters in this unique volume speaks to the question of whether social psychological theories and principles are universal. The authors take the reader on a fascinating tour, highlighting some of the many domains and places in which social psychology has been applied. Some answers are provided, but equally richly many questions are raised. The approaches taken, notably the comparative approach adopted in several of the chapters, will challenge social psychologists to think about both how they conceptualize social problems and how they do and should research them.”**Miles Hewstone**, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Oxford

The work contains seventeen articles reflecting scholarship in traditional and emerging areas of social psychology. Major topics addressed include the subjective evaluation of emotions; the psychology of values; self-definition; priming and racial stereotyping; selfrepresentation; self-harming; negative communications; visual communication and emotion recognition; comparative studies of values; duration of romantic relationships; interpersonal attraction; social psychological antecedents of burnout; social integration and language effects on bilinguals.

“This volume offers a truly panoramic picture of how scientific social psychology can address timely social issues. The editors recruited outstanding scientists spanning eleven nations to produce a collection that is as impressive in its remarkable diversity of nations as well as topics and methods. An ideal reader for a course in methods or social psychology.”**Harold Takooshian**, Past President, APA division of International Psychology.

Derek Chadee is Senior Lecturer and Director, ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

Aleksandra Kostić is Professor of Social Psychology, University of Niš, Serbia

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2013

Milena Bogdanović, University of Niš, Serbia

ISBN: 978-3-659-35329-1

72 pages

Graph theory, as modern and young branches of mathematics, studies graphs which are abstract mathematical objects. The use of graph models for description or data structures is very common. Investigation of algorithms to solve problems using graph, is a very important part of computer science. The genetic algorithms represent a family of algorithms using some of genetic principles being present in nature, in order to solve particular computational problems.

These natural principles are: inheritance, crossover, mutation, survival of the fittest, migrations and so on. The problems degree-limited graph of nodes considering the weight of the vertex or weight of the edges, with the aim to find the optimal weighted graph in terms of certain restrictions on the degree of the vertices in the subgraph. This class of combinatorial problems was extensively studied because of the implementation and application in network design, connection of networks and routing algorithms. It is likely that solution of MDBCS problem will find its place and application in these areas.

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2013

Passively compliant robotic joint with embedded sensors

**Dalibor Petković, University of Niš, Serbia****Nenad D. Pavlović, University of Niš, Serbia****Mirna Issa, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany**

ISBN: 978-3-659-36074-9

56 pages

The essence of the conceptual design is getting the innovative projects or ideas to promise the products with best performance. It has been proved that the theory of inventive problem solution (TRIZ) is a systematic methodology for innovation. Passively compliant robotic joint design as an engineering example is presented in this book to show the significance and approaches of applying TRIZ into getting the creative conceptual design ideas. The main goal is to design the compliant robotic joint with conductive silicone rubber elements as internal sensors. The sensor elements can operate as absorbers of excessive external collision force instead of springs and dampers. Therefore, this joint presents one type of safe robotic mechanisms with an internally measuring system. The sensor elements were made by press-curing from carbon-black filled silicone rubber. The experimental results show that the greatest advantage of this material lies in its high stretchiness and high compression velocity. A new method is presented for detecting the direction of the robotic joint rotation when subjected to an external collision force.

**Stanković, R.S., Astola, J.T., Moraga, C., Representations of Multiple-valued Logic Functions, **

ISBN-10: 1-60845-942-X**ISBN-13: 978-1-60845-942-1**

Compared to binary switching functions, the multiple-valued functions (MV) offer more compact representations of the information content of signals modeled by logic functions and, therefore, their use fits very well in the general settings of data compression attempts and approaches.

This book presents in a uniform way different representations of multiple-valued logic functions, including functional expressions, spectral representations on finite Abelian groups, and their graphical counterparts (various related decision diagrams). Three-valued, or ternary functions, are traditionally used as the first extension from the binary case. They have a good feature that the ratio between the number of bits and the number of different values that can be encoded with the specified number of bits is favourable for ternary functions. Four-valued functions, also called quaternary functions, are particularly attractive, since in practical realization within today prevalent binary circuits environment, they may be easy coded by binary values and realized with two-stable state circuits. At the same time, there is much more considerable advent in design of four-valued logic circuits than for other p-valued functions.

**Stanković, R.S., Astola, J., From Boolean Logic to Switching Circuits and Automata - Towards Modern Information Technology (Studies in Computational Intelligence), Springer 2011, **

ISBN-10: 3642116817**ISBN-13: 978-3642116810**

Logic networks and automata are facets of digital systems. The change of the design of logic networks from skills and art into a scientific discipline was possible by the development of the underlying mathematical theory called the Switching Theory. The fundamentals of this theory come from the attempts towards an algebraic description of laws of thoughts presented in the works by George J. Boole and the works on logic by Augustus De Morgan. As often the case in engineering, when the importance of a problem and the need for solving it reach certain limits, the solutions are searched by many scholars in different parts of the word, simultaneously or at about the same time, however, quite independently and often unaware of the work by other scholars. The formulation and rise of Switching Theory is such an example. This book presents a brief account of the developments of Switching Theory and highlights some less known facts in the history of it. The readers will find the book a fresh look into the development of the field revealing how difficult it has been to arrive at many of the concepts that we now consider obvious. Researchers in the history or philosophy of computing will find this book a valuable source of information that complements the standard presentations of the topic.

**Karpovsky, M.G., Stanković, R.S., Astola, J.T., Spectral Logic and Its Applications for the Design of Digital Devices, Wiley, 2008, ****ISBN-10: 0471731889****ISBN-13: 978-0471731887**

There is heightened interest in spectral techniques for the design of digital devices dictated by ever increasing demands on technology that often cannot be met by classical approaches. Spectral methods provide a uniform and consistent theoretic environment for recent achievements in this area, which appear divergent in many other approaches. Spectral Logic and Its Applications for the Design of Digital Devices gives readers a foundation for further exploration of abstract harmonic analysis over finite groups in the analysis, design, and testing of digital devices. After an introduction, this book provides the essential mathematical background for discussing spectral methods.

This is the authoritative reference for computer science and engineering professionals and researchers with an interest in spectral methods of representing discrete functions and related applications in the design and testing of digital devices.

**Astola, J.T., Stanković, R.S., Fundamentals of Switching Theory and Logic Design, Springer, 2006,****ISBN-10 0387-28593-8 ****ISBN-13 978-0387285931****ISBN-e 978-0-387-30311-6****Edition for India, Springer (India) ISBN 978-81-8128-804-2**

Switching theory and logic design provide mathematical foundations and tools for digital system design that is an essential part in the research and development in almost all areas of modern technology. The vast complexity of modern digital systems implies that they can only be handled by computer aided design tools that are built on sophisticated mathematical models.Fundamentals of Switching Theory and Logic Design is aimed at providing an accessible introduction to these mathematical techniques that underlie the design tools and that are necessary for understanding their capabilities and limitations.

As is typical to many disciplines a high level of abstraction enables a unified treatment of many methodologies and techniques as well as provides a deep understanding of the subject in general. The drawback is that without a hands-on touch on the details it is difficult to develop an intuitive understanding of the techniques. We try to combine these views by providing hands-on examples on the techniques while binding these to the more general theory that is developed in parallel. For instance, the use of vector spaces and group theory unifies the spectral (Fourier-like) interpretation of polynomial, and graphic (decision diagrams) representations of logic functions, as well as provides new methods for optimization of logic functions.

Consequently, Fundamentals of Switching Theory and Logic Design discusses the fundamentals of switching theory and logic design from a slightly alternative point of view and also presents links between switching theory and related areas of signal processing and system theory. It also covers the core topics recommended in IEEE/ACM curricula for teaching and study in this area. Further, it contains several elective sections discussing topics for further research work in this area.