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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
To find works by UTS authors, refine your search using the menu on the left hand side in the Catalogue by Special Collections > UTS Authors.

New Humans of Australia

Nicola Gray, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Technology Sydney 

Description - This collection of 49 stories of refugees and migrants includes those of an Iranian girl who goes from selling cigarettes on the streets of Greece to owning fashion stores in Adelaide; a Tibetan who walks through the Himalayas before being welcomed to Dee Why; and a young Syrian man taken in by a generous hearted Brisbane lawyer when war strikes.

These are stories of students, doctors, mothers, poets, philosophers and entrepreneurs, and take the reader around the world, from Vietnam to Palestine to Sierra Leone.

Nicola launched the New Humans of Australia Facebook page in 2015 where refugees and migrants can tell their stories to the Australian people.

Financial Institutions and Markets (8th Edition)

Ben Hunt, Associate Professor, Finance Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney
Chris Terry, Associate Professor,School of Finance and Economics, University of Technology Sydney

Description- Financial Institutions and Markets focuses on the operation of Australia’s financial system. Thoroughly updated, this eighth edition retains the structure of the seventh edition, examining the financial system’s three main functions: settlement, flow-of-funds and risk transfer.

The book provides a comprehensive and comprehensible integrated account of the activities of Australia’s financial institutions and markets – and their instruments – including the major capital and foreign exchange markets, and the markets for derivatives. This new edition is complemented by digital resources on the MindTap online platform - also enabling flipped delivery of the content, expanded learning objectives, and updated case studies and research to cover recent events such as Brexit.

A Portrait is a Puzzle

Cherine Fahd, Senior Lecturer, School of Design, University of Technology

Description- This “paired volume”, beautifully designed by Elliott Bryce Foulkes, features Cherine Fahd’s photographic studies, ‘Shadowing Portraits’ (2014-2016) and ‘You Look Like a…’ (2016-2017). It includes a critical essay by Blair French – Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, contributions from the ‘Shadowing’ participants, as well as Fahd’s own notations on the processes of making portraits.

A ‘Portrait is a Puzzle’ is in itself an artwork; a pairing of two photographic series that invites the reader to turn the book over and around, to reach two endings in the middle and to interrogate the function of a portrait and the people it depicts, as an infinite and unsolvable puzzle.

We're Going Ahead Without You

Sophie L Meredith, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Sophie L Meredith made her debut on the slam poetry scene, coming third at the state finals in 2017.

This small and full chapbook of Sophie's latest poetry includes prize-winning slam poems 'We're Going Ahead Without You', 'My Grandma Turned 90 Yesterday' 'Isabelle' and the celebratory Mardi Gras poem after Australia's historic YES vote 'Room for mirth and breath – We’re Going Ahead Without You.

Sophie’s poetry is autobiographical, telling some of her own and a few close family members’ stories.

Uncertainty in Teacher Education Futures : Scenarios, Politics and STEM

Sandy Schuck, Professor, Head of Research Degrees, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This book discusses the use of futures methodologies to examine and critique teacher education and investigate drivers of change in teacher education contexts, providing readers with futures tools that they can use to explore curricula and pedagogies. It explains futures methods, including scenario development and backcasting, and illustrates them with examples of research in science, technology and mathematics education contexts.

By allowing the long-term influence of current trends to be considered and providing an opportunity to reflect on the present and imagine the future, scenarios provoke discussion on the directions that teacher education might take now. The book offers insights into the possibilities that might exist for teacher education futures and into how scenario building and planning can be used to inform debates about the present. Further, it suggests ways in which readers can influence the future of teacher education through understanding the drivers of change.

Hacker Culture and the New Rules of Innovation

Timothy Rayner, Academic, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Fifteen years ago, a company was considered innovative if the CEO and board mandated a steady flow of new product ideas through the company’s innovation pipeline. Innovation was a carefully planned process, driven from above and tied to key strategic goals.

Nowadays, innovation means entrepreneurship, self-organizing teams, fast ideas and cheap, customer experiments. Innovation is driven by hacking, and the world’s most innovative companies proudly display their hacker credentials.

Hacker culture grew up on the margins of the computer industry. It entered the business world in the twenty-first century through agile software development, design thinking and lean startup method, the pillars of the contemporary startup industry. Startup incubators today are filled with hacker entrepreneurs, running fast, cheap experiments to push against the limits of the unknown. As corporations, not-for-profits and government departments pick up on these practices, seeking to replicate the creative energy of the startup industry, hacker culture is changing how we think about leadership, work and innovation.

This book is for business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics interested in how digital culture is reformatting our economies and societies. Shifting between a big picture view on how hacker culture is changing the digital economy and a detailed discussion of how to create and lead in-house teams of hacker entrepreneurs, it offers an essential introduction to the new rules of innovation and a practical guide to building the organizations of the future.

A Quadratic Constraint Approach to Model Predictive Control of Interconnected Systems

Anthony Tri Tran C.
Quang Ha, Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This book focuses on the stabilization and model predictive control of interconnected systems with mixed connection configurations. It introduces the concept of dissipation-based quadratic constraint for developing attractivity assurance methods for interconnected systems.

In order to develop these methods, distributed and decentralized architectures are employed, whereby the communication between subsystems is fully connected, partially connected, or completely disconnected. Given that the control inputs are entirely or partially decoupled between subsystems and no additional constraints are imposed on the interactive variables beyond the coupling constraint itself, the proposed approaches can be used with various types of systems and applications. Further, the book describes how the effects of coupling delays and data losses in device networks are resolved.

From a practical perspective, the innovations presented are of benefit in applications in a broad range of fields, including the process and manufacturing industries, networked robotics, and network-centric systems such as chemical process systems, power systems, telecommunication networks, transportation networks, and, no less importantly, supply chain automation.

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 2 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.