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Computation for Humanity

Information Technology to Advance Society, 1st Edition

Edited by Justyna Zander, Pieter J. Mosterman

CRC Press

520 pages | 103 B/W Illus.

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The exponential progress and accessibility of computing has vastly increased data flows and revolutionized the practice of science, engineering, and communication. Computing plays a critical role in advancing research across almost every scientific discipline.

Computation for Humanity: Information Technology to Advance Society is a guide for the creation of services, products, and tools that facilitate, support, and enhance progress of humanity toward more sustainable life. This book:

  • Provides a deep understanding of the practical applications of computation to solve human-machine problems
  • Delivers insight into theoretical approaches in an accessible manner
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of computational science and engineering applications in selected disciplines
  • Crosses the boundaries between different domains and shows how they interrelate and complement one another
  • Focuses on grand challenges and issues that matter for the future of humanity
  • Shows different perspectives of computational thinking, understanding, and reasoning
  • Provides a basis for scientific discoveries and enables adopting scientific theories and engineering practices from other disciplines
  • Takes a step back to provide a human-related abstraction level that is not ultimately seen in pure technological elaborations/collections

The editors provide a collection of numerous computation-related projects that form a foundation from which to cross-pollinate between different disciplines and further extensive collaboration. They present a clear and profound understanding of computing in today's world, and provide fundamental solutions to some of the most pertinent humanity-related problems.


The book will be useful as a research and reference guide to scientists, engineers, and professionals from different domains in the process of investigating important questions about the observed world with the help of computational methodologies. A direct contribution of the book are the several examples that can be adapted or replicated to problems that a human being encounters in the course of daily activities.

—Pawel Skruch, AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Automatics and Biomedical Engineering

"Three decades ago, IT moved out of the machine room and into the home. Now it is moving into the whole world, as the cloud and the net become united with new technologies that permit computation to sense and act within the world and among social groups. The editors and authors of this book perceive that the bursting of computational technologies into the world will result in fundamental change in the relations within social groups, the practice of the arts, professions and sciences, and the ways in which society manages its practical operations such as maintaining the health of its citizens, designing its infrastructure, and operating its political processes.

In order to support such a wide-ranging hypothesis, equally wide ranging evidence must be martialed. The contributors to this volume have done an admirable job, at that task providing case studies in fields ranging from history to zoology, from city planning to knowledge discovery.

—Lee Barford, Agilent Measurement Research Laboratory, Reno, Nevada and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

"This is an insightful book that will fascinate and inspire all those interested in the technological progress of various disciplines and its role in society and everyday life. By presenting the most recent solutions and the achievements of computing and engineering in various applications, ranging from arts to sciences and engineering, the book not only consists a proof of the presence of computing in every aspect of our everyday life but it also highlights the human aspect and social sustainability as the ultimate goal of the computation-related advances."

—Virginia Papailiopoulou, Software Engineer

"This book is a good and fresh read. It covers a various current topics related to the influence of information technology to the advancement of the society. While it covers technical topics, the language used in this book is quite light, that it is readable not only to specialist but also non-specialist. This way, it will reach a wider target of readers and hence also function as good source of information to non-specialists who are interested in the topics covered in this book."

—Dina Shona Laila, University of Southampton

Table of Contents

Context and Intent


Justyna Zander and Pieter J. Mosterman

Computation Taxonomy: Capabilities and Challenges

Justyna Zander and Pieter J. Mosterman

Computing for a Sustainable Society

Sustainability through Computation

Azam Khan and Kasper Hornbæk

Computer as a Tool for Creative Adaptation: Biologically Inspired Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design

Taro Narahara

Advanced Structural Health Monitoring Based on Multiagent Technology

Kay Smarsly and Kincho H. Law

ICT for Smart Cities: Innovative Solutions in the Public Space

Ina Schieferdecker and Walter Mattauch

Computational Discovery and Ingenuity

Domain Science & Engineering: A Foundation for Computation for Humanity

Dines Bjørner

Human–Robot Interaction

Alexandra Kirsch

Multimedia Retrieval and Adaptive Systems

Frank Hopfgartner

Accelerated Acquisition, Visualization, and Analysis of Zoo-Anatomical Data

Alexander Ziegler and Björn H. Menze

Quantum Frontier

Joseph F. Fitzsimons, Eleanor G. Rieffel, and Valerio Scarani

DYVERSE: From Formal Verification to Biologically Inspired Real-Time Self-Organizing Systems

Eva M. Navarro-López

Computing for Models of the World

Steve Johnson

Citizen and Artisan Computing

Ad-Opera: Music-Inspired Self-Adaptive Systems

Paola Inverardi, Patrizio Pelliccione, Michelangelo Lupone, and Alessio Gabriele

Fuzzy Methods and Models for a Team-Building Process

Irena Bach-Dąbrowska

Opportunities and Challenges in Data Journalism

Susan McGregor and Alon Halevy

Visualizing Emancipation: Mapping the End of Slavery in the American Civil War

Scott Nesbit

Synergistic Sharing of Data and Tools to Enable Team Science

Ross Mounce and Daniel Janies

Visionary Pondering and Outlook on Computation for Humanity

Evolution of the Techno-Human

Jim Pinto

Computation in Human Context: Personal Dataspace as Informational Construct

Thomas Boettcher

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General