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BRAIN: Ethnolinguistic Audio-visual Atlas of the Cultural Food Heritage of Bacău County – Elements of methodology

Cultural heritage consists not only of objects that we can see and touch, but also immaterial elements like social practices, knowledge, skills, and traditional food. The paper “Ethnolinguistic Audio-visual Atlas of the Cultural Food Heritage of Bacău County – Elements of methodology”, written by Petronela Savin, aims to present the methodology of the platform that contains results from field researches and scientific documentation on local cultural food traditions.The survey involves the older generation from the rural county of Bacӑu, Romania, and once transposed into electronic format it may become a resource for a larger spectrum of activities such as education, economy, and tourism.

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BRAIN: The Impact of Infographics in Education

Information graphics (also called infographics) are graphic visual representations of information that aim to present information quickly and clearly. Their main purpose is improving cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The paper “The Impact of Infographics in Education”, written by Mobina Beheshti and Huseyin Bicen, investigates what are students’ thoughts on using infographics in the education system and whether they deliver satisfactory results in academic communication.

In academic communication infographics can be used to illustrate complex information in a compact form. It is a feature that enables teachers to prepare various learning activities that increase the collaboration, engagement and conceptual understanding of the learners.

Example of an infographic design
Example of an infographic design

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BRAIN: Brain and AI

As years pass, the importance of Artificial Intelligence grows at a fast pace. The evolution of this concept is being presented to the readers in Ángel Garrido’s upcoming paper, titled Brain and AI. Starting with the historical origins of this scientific field at the Darmouth Conference in 1956, the famous Turing test, the Strong vs. Weak AI discussion, the Chinese Room argument etc., and proceeding with projects such as Blue Brain Project, the central purpose of AI has always been to create an admissible model for human knowledge.

The Blue Brain Project is being briefly described by Garrido as an initiative to build an artificial copy of the mammalian brain by using an IBM supercomputer with ten thousand processors. Just like in aeronautics, the tool will be able to understand what happens in the brain during dysfunctional situations, and may try different behaviors.

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Blue Brain Project

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BRAIN: A speech to text transcription approach based on Romanian corpus

Speech recognition applications enable the recognition and translation of spoken languages into text by computers. Due to the fact that the traditional approaches are costly and time consuming, the worldwide industry adopted speech recognition systems.

Andrei Scutelnicu, Anca Diana Bibiri, Mihaela Onofrei, and Mircea Hulea will present in their paper “A speech to text transcription approach based on Romanian corpus” a simple and efficient method for speech to text recognition, based on a machine learning approach, using a Romanian speech corpus.

Main components of a speech recognition system
Main components of a speech recognition system

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BRAIN: Team Management Styles within the Present Social and Economic Context

Organizational performance is given by the efficiency of the employees and how well they work as a team. The paper “Team Management Styles within the Present Social and Economic Context”, written by Costin Dămășaru, Colonescu Anca-Cristina, Ramona Leon, and Crăciun Andra, approaches aspects regarding styles of managing teams in the present social and economic conditions, highlighting that the most important component towards success is represented by the management of the human resources.

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BRAIN: Software Application for Disabled Students

Modern universities rely increasingly on communication technologies for the educational processes and the management of academic databases. In the paperSoftware Application for Disabled Students” the researchers Laszlo Csiki, Andrei Gabor, Marius Popescu, and Antoanela Naaji present the methodology of a software application for android users named “Virtual University”. This virtual platform allows each student to connect in real time with the secretariat of the university, pay their educational fees and dues online and also access online courses and grades.

Login screen and menu of the Android app
Login screen and menu of the Android app

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SMART 2017 International Conference

Here are some of the photos that were taken at SMART 2017 International Conference. You can find more on our facebook page.

We want to thank all of the participants for the effort placed in their research papers and also extend an invitation to the next conference that will take place in Bacau, in June, 2018. Alerts and updates about the Call-for-Papers will also be posted on our official site.

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BRAIN: Integrating MOOCs in Embedded Systems Blended Courses

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) phenomenon has been growing in popularity and importance in the last decade, receiving valuable recognition from renowned universities from all over the world. MOOC can be simply defined as an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In the latest issue of the BRAIN Journal, Răzvan Bogdan’s paper approaches a modality of integrating MOOCs into embedded systems higher education.

The academic field of Embedded Systems aims to enhance student’s understanding through various methods, however students find the concepts as being very monotonous and tend to avoid building practical solutions. In this paper, the author presents the introduction of MOOCs with no synchronization into the Embedded Systems courses at “Politehnica” University of Timișoara, Romania.

Embedded Systems course space for distance learning
Embedded Systems course space for distance learning

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LIBRI (Recherche et Innovation Eclectique en Linguistique et Littérature)

LIBRI (Recherche et Innovation Eclectique en Linguistique et Littérature) représente la matérialisation d’un projet initié par deux universitaires, Bogdan Patrut et Ioan – Lucian Popa.

Il s’agit d’une revue en ligne, érudite, internationale, destinée aux spécialistes qui s’intéressent à la linguistique, à la littérature, aux études culturelles et aux autres domaines connexes. La rédaction ne publie que des articles originaux, rédigés en anglais ou en français.

Nous nous proposons d’explorer et d’examiner les mondes d’idées existants et d’établir de nouveaux territoires. Nous envisageons de collaborer avec des centres d’excellence du monde entier afin de fournir des informations et des comptes rendus autorisés dans les disciplines et les domaines spécialisés des sciences humaines. Notre ambition est d’encourager et de soutenir la pensée innovante, mais nous espérons également devenir une partie importante dans le paysage des publications académiques. Notre but est de faire de LiBRI une publication où les jeunes chercheurs, de même que les chercheurs réputés publient, comparent leur travail et établissent des collaborations.

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BRAIN: An Intelligent Method to Process Romanian Language Internet Reviews

Internet reviews can be seen as an efficient communication form, adapted to the digital world of today. However, researchers are, for the most part, oriented towards English based ones. The Romanian language reviews exhibit specific grammar rules and challenges that need customized methods to be dealt with. In their paper, Versavia-Maria Ancusa, Olimpia Ban, and Marian Cornea offer a method for aggregating heterogeneous Romanian language reviews into a homogenous corpus, fit for further analyse.

Basically, their aim is to buil a eWOM data cleaning algorithm and apply it on the Romanian language. The algorithm will be based on a three-phase process. The first stage consists in data collection, it continues with the basic processing, and focuses, in the last stage, on analyzing.

The eWOM aggregation, processing and analysis
The eWOM aggregation, processing and analysis

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