New Title in Synthesis Digital Library – Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering

As announced by the publishers Morgan & Claypool:

Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering
Synthesis Lectures on Engineering
May 2012, 168 pages, (doi:10.2200/S00412ED1V01Y201203ENG018)
Charles X. Ling
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Qiang Yang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


What is it like to be a researcher or a scientist? For young people, including graduate students and junior faculty members in universities, how can they identify good ideas for research? How do they conduct solid research to verify and realize their new ideas? How can they formulate their ideas and research results into high-quality articles, and publish them in highly competitive journals and conferences? What are effective ways to supervise graduate students so that they can establish themselves quickly in their research careers? In this book, Ling and Yang answer these questions in a step-by-step manner with specific and concrete examples from their first-hand research experience.

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Preface / Basics of Research / Goals of Ph.D. Research / Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans / Conducting Solid Research / Writing and Publishing Papers / Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing / Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis / Life After Ph.D. / Summary / References / Author Biographies

Critical Acclaim for Crafting Your Research Future

“Ling and Yang summarize the practical aspects of the expectations for the modern graduate student. They will all benefit.” — Randy Goebel, University of Alberta

“It will be tremendously useful to post-docs and graduate students alike (and perhaps even some junior faculty!).” — Adrian M. Owen, Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair, Western University

“Want to have a successful research career? This is a nice guide and companion!” — Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing Taking Shape

The University Libraries has been purchasing the e-lecture collections from Synthesis Digital Library which is published by Morgan & Claypool.  The Synthesis Digital Library is arranged in series – one of which is the Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing.  The titles already in the collection are:

  • Broadband Quantum Cryptography
    Daniel J. Rogers
  • Quantum Computer Science
    Marco Lanzagorta, JeffreyUhlmann
  • Quantum Walks for Computer Scientists
    Salvador Elías Venegas-Andraca

Lectures under development are:

  • Algebraic Quantum Information Theory
    Keye Martin
    Naval Research Labs
  • Quantum Simulators
    Salvador Elias Venegas-Andraca and Jose Gomez-Munoz
    Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Estado de México
  • Relativistic Quantum Information
    Paul Alsing
    Air Force Research Labs