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BRAIN – revista ISI

B.R.A.I.N. – Novel Ontologies-Based OCR – Error Correction Cooperating with Graph Component Extraction

The article written by Sarunya Kanjanawattana and Masaomi Kimura is a study about Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which represents a a typical tool used to transform image-based characters to computer editable characters. The two illustrate a novel method which is a combination of a graph componenet extraction and an OCR-error correction.

In the last years, graphs became very important to researches, as they contain significant information which can be extracted and used. Graphs offer data summarization which presents essential information that is interpreted by acquiring small descriptive details. In order to succeed in obtaining a primary interpretation, OCR was created, which is an approving solution used for acquiring graph components as a digital format o character letters.  This study uses a collection of bar graphs which contains at least axis descriptions and a legend in order to illustrate OCR.



BRAIN Volume 8, Issue 1 (April 2017) indexed in Web of Science

We are happy to let you know about the recent indexation in Web of Science of the issue 1 (April 2017) of the 8th volume of our international journal BRAIN – Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. The next issue will be published by mid of July 2017.


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BRAIN – Developing Distance Learning Environments in the Context of Cross-Border Cooperation

Sebastian Fuicu, Mircea Popa, Dalibor Dobrilovic, Marius Marcu and Razvan Bogdan offer a paper named “Developing Distance Learning Environments in the Context of Cross-Border Cooperation” which consists of a collaboration between Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania and the Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin” of Zrenjanin, Serbia.

This paper comes up with a low maintenance cooperation model based on a web cast system that gives both countries the opportunity to access one another’s educational material, which is very helpful for pupils and students. Developing different programs and techniques to achieve the best results of distance learning has become a very important point in today’s educational systems. There are approaches like Learning Management Systems or Personal Learning Environments that that try to build the distance learning ecosystem.

One of the distance learning platforms is called EduWebCast, which has been developed as a cross-border cooperation between the two universities: Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania and the Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin”, Zrenjanin, Serbia. This platform allows both countries to access each other’s educational material. But, more than that, this is a great way of establishing cooperation and contact between the communities and of ovecoming the borders, as the web cast system can be accessed by people from other countries besides Romania and Serbia, if they are interested.

Increasing educational exchanges through a common cross-border approach in the area of technical education by implementing an education webcast system, creating a cross-border partnership between the two universities and imporving the quality of education for the students and pupils from the border area are some of the objectives of this platform. EduWebCast system is formed of two components: the Core EduWebCast System and the Video Lecture Preparation System. The first one includes the application server, video server, storage and network infrastructure, while the second one includes the software and devices needed to record the lectures.

The system started to be used on the 14th of April, 2015, but it was tested before being released. We observe some statistics that show that the platform is mostly used before the exam sessions: in January, in April, May and June or in July and August.

Video lectures can be created through PowerPoint slides and narration through lab exercises or they can be recorded in the professional studio in the case of using special equipment. In order to do this, the class should have access to a PowerPoint/lab exercise software, to headsets with microphone, to a video/audio screen capturing software, to a graphical table (optional) and to a softare for video/audio editing.

Concluding, this paper analyses the process of creating, developing and using the EduWebCast system in order to increase pupils’ and students’ interest in discovering the courses that are held in another country besides their. Moreover, this system has the aim to pass over the borders and the limitations in the educational systems, as people should be able to access other institutions’ classes so that they can help each oher in being more productive. This is a great step in education and we hope it will soon spread around the world.

Read more here.

Mihaela Guțu

SMART 2017 International Conference

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SMART 2017 – Scientific Methods in Academic Research and Teaching is an international conference, which will be held in Timișoara, Romania, between September 8 and September 9, 2017. This year, the conference will focus on three major themes:

  • artificial intelligence
  • neuroscience
  • cognitive sciences

All papers will be published in BRAIN journal, indexed by Thomson-Reuters, in Web of Science.

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This year, the SMART conference will be held together with the final conference of the NOVAMOOC project: Development and innovative implementation of MOOCs in Higher Education.

logo-novamooc-e1480600551750NOVAMOOC is a project funded by CNCS – UEFISCDI, Human Resources Programme *(Project number: PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2040, Contract number: 285 / 01.10.2015, Period: October 2015 – September 2017). Details about this project, supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2040, can be found here:

Important Dates / Deadlines

August 10: abstract submission and conference registration (including payment)
September 8, 9: Conference dates
December 15: Camera-ready papers Programme of SMART 2017

Keynote speakers

Utku KÖSE, Ușak University, Turkey

UtkuKose_speech1Utku Köse received the B.S. degree in 2008 from computer education of Gazi University, Turkey as a faculty valedictorian. He received M.S. degree in 2010 from Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey in the field of computer and D.S. / Ph. D. degree in 2017 from Selcuk University, Turkey in the field of computer engineering. Between 2009 and 2011, he has worked as a Research Assistant in Afyon Kocatepe University. Following, he has also worked as a Lecturer and Vocational School – Vice Director in Afyon Kocatepe University between 2011 and 2012. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Usak University, Turkey and also the Director of the Computer Sciences Application and Research Center at the same university. His research interest includes artificial intelligence, optimization, chaos theory, distance education, e-learning, computer education, and computer science.


Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017:

  • Arrival of participants

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

  • 09:00-09.10: Welcome Talks
  • 09:10-09.50: Keynote speaker
  • 09:50-11.00: Paper presentations
  • 11.00-11.30: Coffee break
  • 13.00-15.00: Lunch
  • 16.40-17.20: Coffee break
  • 17.20-18.40: Round table

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

  • 09.00- Paper presentations
  • 11:00-11.30: Coffee break
  • Free time / Departure of participants

The conference program is subject to change.

General information

SMART 2017 – Scientific Methods in Academic Research and Teaching is an international conference that brings together specialists in Social Media, Education, Informatics, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, in order to create a proper environment for debates regarding the use of new technologies and of the most creative strategies in research, higher education and other fields.The acronym SMART was also used in the previous editions of the conference (Bacau – 2013, Timisoara – 2014 and Voronet (Gura Humorului) – 2015), when it stood for “Social Media in Academia: Research and Teaching”. Since our conference in 2016, held in Timisoara, the acronym SMART is used for Scientific Methods in Academic Research and Teaching

This year the conference will focus on the topics related to our academic journal, BRAIN – Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience (indexed in Web of Science).

Indexes and Publication

The papers of SMART 2017 will be published in BRAIN – Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, https://www.edusoft.ro/brain/index.php/brain

BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neurosciences provides researchers and clinicians with the finest original contributions in artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences and neuroscience.

BRAIN is indexed in Web of Science, by Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thomson-Reuters).


Click here to check this information: http://science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MASTER&ISSN=2067-3957


Ant systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial vision., Bayesian Networks, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cellular Neuroscience, Chaos theory, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Robotics, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Cybernetics, Data Mining, Economic sciences, Education, ELearning, Electrophysiology, Evolutionary robotics, Expert systems, Facial recognition, Fuzzy systems,Genetic Algorithms, Genetics, Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Informatics, Knowledge representation, Linguistics, Logic, Mathematics, Mental simulation, Molecular biology, Multiagent systems, Natural Language Processing, Neural Networks, Neurodiversity, Neuroethics, Neuroimaging, Neurology, Neurophenomenology, Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery, Optical Character Recognition, Pattern recognition, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Political sciences, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Speech recognition, Statistics, Theories of Learning a.o.


  • You can register until August 10, 2017
  • You have to fill the registration form and send it together with your abstract by e-mail to smart2017@edusoft.ro
  • The final papers can be sent after the day of the conference (by December 15, 2017) and the authors also benefit from the possibility of having them indexed in Web of Science.


  • Participation fee:  25 euro per virtual participant / 50 euro per participant in person
  • Publication and Web of Science indexing: 75 euro per paper (reduced fee, 50% from the price on the journal website)
  • At least one author (per paper) must register at participant (virtual or in person)

Payment information:

You should pay your appropriate fee in EUR in this bank account:

  • IBAN RO 44 BTRL 0040 4201 P559 87XX
  • Bank: Banca Transilvania
  • Address of the bank: Bacau, Romania
  • Account owner: Bogdan Patrut
  • Address of the owner: 600065 Bacau, 9 Mai 82 / C / 13
  • Comment: SMART 2017 FEE
  • SWIFT code: BTRLRO22
  • BIC code: BTRL

If you want to use PayPal, please send your appropriate fee at bogdan AT edusoft DOT ro

Alternatively, Romanian participants can pay the appropriate fee in RON in :

  • IBAN RO79RZBR0000060018249327,
  • Bank: Raiffeisen Bank
  • Address of the bank: Bacau, Romania
  • Account owner: Asociatia EduSoft,
  • Information about the company: C.I.F.: 35276590
  • Address of the company: 600258 Bacau, str. M. Eminescu, nr. 1, bl. A1, ap.13,
  • Comment: DONATIE
  • BIC code: RZBR

Scientific committee

  • Ana Adi, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Bogdan Patrut, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
  • Charlotte Holland, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Carmen Holotescu, Ioan Slavici University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Diana Andone, University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania
  • Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Ilona Buchem, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  • Ilya Levin, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Jonathan Bishop, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • Luciana Duranti, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Mar Camacho, University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona-Catalonia, Spain
  • Martin Ebner, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Mercedes Fisher, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Miikka Eriksson, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Narelle Lemon, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Monica Patrut, Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania
  • Olena Goroshko, The National Technical University: Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine
  • Stefan-Trausan Matu, Bucharest “Politehnica” University & Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence “Mihai Drăgănescu”, Romanian Academy, Romania
  • Sandra Hofhues, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Sonia Pedro Sebastião, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal & Center for Administration and Public Policies, Portugal
  • Vaclav Stetka, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Valentina Marinescu, University of Bucharest, Romania

Organizing committee

  • Bogdan Patrut, EduSoft & Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
  • Emilia Șteț, EduSoft Bacau, Romania
  • Agata Asofroniei, EduSoft Bacău, Romania
  • Carmen Holotescu, Ioan Slavici University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara, Romania

The previous editions of SMART

Welcome to Timisoara, Romania!


Timisoara is the county seat of Timis and the most important city in western Romania. It is located in the Banat Plain, on the Bega River. Its territory covers 136 km2 and lies at 45 deg 47 min latitude North and 21deg 15 min longitude East. There are 334,081 inhabitants in Timisoara (over 450,000 with the residents).

The town was first mentioned in a donation act issued by King Andrei II in 1212. It developed during the Dynasty of Anjou, when Carol Robert built a palace that was replaced by the Huniade Castle later.

In July 1552, the Turks conquered Timisoara and made it a Turhish pashalik, The Turkish domination lasted 164 years, until October 18th 1716, when the imperial armies under prince Eugene of Savoy’s rule defeated the Turks and entered the town. Consequently, Timisoara went under Viennese administration.




The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th were amrked by the town’s strong industrial growth. Timisoara has always been known for its solid educational, scientific and cultural tradition.

Today the town has four state universities (the “Politehnica” University, the University of the West, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and the University of Agricultural Sciences of Banat) and five private universities. Timisoara is rich in cultural and artistic traditions, especially in the theatrical and musical fields. The first theatrical performances were staged in the 18th century, only a year after the premiere of the plays in Vienna. Great musicians of the wrols like Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss jr, George Enescu, Bela Barotk, Yehudi Menuhin played for the audience in Timisoara. Starting with the second half of the 19th century, the choral, cretive and performing practices were also strongly encouraged.

There are several institutions that nourish the local effervescent artistic life, among which three national theatres and an opera house in the same building.

In December 1989, after almost 50 years of communist dictatorship, Timisoara became Romania’s first free city.

Today, the growing market economy advances on the capitalist path and the industry is centered on six industrial platforms. the open-mindedness of the people in Timisoara, the peculiar town planning (Romanian tradition combined with Austrian and modern elements), the interesting mixture of cultures (romanian, serbian, hungarian, german), the great material production, the quality of the services and the upstanding cultural life make Timisoara a city worthy of European standards.
The local time in Timisoara is GMT+2.

How to reach Timisoara

There are some direct flights from European main cities to Timisoara: from Paris (Beauvais), Dortmund, München (Franz Josef Strauss), Milano-Bergamo (Orio al Serio), Bologna (L. Ridolfi), Rome (Ciampino), Treviso, Verona, London (Luton), Barcelona (El Prat, Madrid (Barajas), Valencia (Manises), Bucharest (H. Coanda)
Also, you can fly to Timisoara via Bucharest, from a lot of international locations
Other close airport (41min of driving on A1 motorway) is Arad. There are direct flights to Arad from Milan (Malpensa) and Bergamo. If you arrive in Bucharest, you can come in Timisoara renting a car (7 h of driving) or by train (8:30 h).

Trains schedule: http://www.infofer.ro
The official website for travel and tourism:

For participants from Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, and Croatia, we recommend them to come by car, because Timisoara is very close to the Eastern border of Romania with these countries.

Visa information

Please see the ROMANIA Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website.

West University of Timisoara

Over the last twelve years, the University has responded to changes in national educational policy, to demographic shifts, to a radically different economy and marketplace requirements, to emerging local and regional needs, and to new technologies.

All of these changes have led, in turn, to new expectations on the part of students, staff, and administrators. The University equips individuals with skills needed for effective contribution to society. This work is currently done through eleven faculties that provide a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

The results reached in many programs involving international collaboration – particularly in mobility programs like Socrates, PHARE, Leonardo de Vinci, etc.—are indeed impressive and are among the best achievements of the University.

The overall impression we received of WUT is that of a very creative, energetic, active, and innovative University. All staff members, both teaching and research, are very enthusiastic and determined to experiment with all the new opportunities and modalities offered by I.T. Furthermore good multimedia tools were available in most classrooms in the new buildings, ( e.g. those of Economic Sciences and Law).

Venue / Location of the conference

This year, the SMART conference will be co-organized with the final conference of the NOVAMOOC project: Development and innovative implementation of MOOCs in Higher Education.

The conference will be held in A01 amphiteatre from West University of Timisoara, 4 Vasile Parvan Avenue, Timisoara, 300223, Timis, Romania.