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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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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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BRAIN: Pseudo-holographic Displays as Teaching Tools in Mathematics

A pseudo-holographic display is a display that creates a virtual three-dimensional image of an object, producing viewing experiences that are virtually indistinguishable from viewing a true hologram.

In the upcoming issue of BRAIN Journal the researchers Monica Ciobanu, Antoanela Naaji, Ioan Dascal, and Ioan Virag will present in their paper “Pseudo-holographic Displays as Teaching Tools in Mathematics” an innovative approach for the education system. This team of researchers came up with the idea of creating and implementing a set of interactive teaching tool packages (ITTPs) to help students grasp abstract mathematical notions by linking them to a specific physical representation.

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LiBRI: Death Obsession in Anton Holban’s Novels

Death is a topic of interest for most of us and it is safe to affirm that it generates, depending on temperament and cultural level, completly different views. The theme of death is fundamental in Anton Holban’s novels as remaked by Adelina Lascu in her paper. She states that Anton Holban had always advocated for authenticity and for the cult of living, his work being deeply marked by autobiographical elements and themes like love, death, jealousy and a detailed psychological analysis of the inner self.

A death that proves nothing (1931)
A Death that Proves Nothing (1931)

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BRAIN: Auto-generative Learning Objects in Online Assessment of Data Structures Disciplines

Nowadays, the IT industry is in a human resources crisis. The students tend to use their laptops and phones more often than in the last decades. The tutors are more and more loaded with teaching, research and administrative tasks. Consequently, the universities should take into account the use of technologies like LMSs (Learning Managements Systems), MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), GLOs (Generative Learning Objects) or AGLOs (Auto-Generative Learning Objects). This paper, written by Ciprian-Bogdan Chirila from Politehnica University of Timisoara, focuses on computer science disciplines (data structures and algorithms) and shows the way in which a tutor can build several auto-generative learning objects in order to assess the knowledge of a class of students.

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The AGLO online assessment approach

Section 2 of the paper presents related works in the area of learning objects. We can find works which present a generative model for teaching computer science disciplines using Lego robots, principles for designing e-learning tools dedicated to the local automotive andustry, a similar model to the AGLO approach controlled by parameters but enhanced with dynamic learning and evaluation functionalities and so on. We discover that there are a lot of original model which can be used in the area of learning objects.

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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.

Components of EduWebCast System
Components of EduWebCast System

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.

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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

Extended deadline August 28 August 10: abstract submission and conference registration (including payment)
September 8, 9: Conference dates
December 15: Camera-ready papers 

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.

Bogdan Patrut, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

bp_smart1Bogdan Patrut received the B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1994 from Faculty of Computer Science, Iasi., and the M.Sc. in Distributed Computing from the same faculty. He worked between 1997 and 2016 as PhD Associate Professor in Computer Science at “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Romania, with a Ph.D in computer science and a Ph.D in accounting. Since 2016 he is affiliated with the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. His domains of interest/research are in interdisciplinary research, with focus on multi-agent systems, computer science and artificial intelligence applied in education, social- and political science. He has published and edited more than 25 books on programming, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and interactive education. He is also the editor-in-chief of the journal BRAIN: Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, which is indexed in Web of Science, since 2015.

Programme

(programme is subject to change)

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017:

  • Arrival of participants
  • 16:00-20:00: Timisoara city tour

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

  • 08:30-09:30: Participants registration (main hall)
  • 09:30-10.00: Welcome Talks: Gabriela Grosseck (West University of Timisoara), Mădălin Bunoiu (vice-rector, West University of Timisoara), Bogdan Pătruț (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) (Room A01)
  • 10:00-11.20: Keynote speakers – NOVAMOOC (parallel conference) (Room A01)
  • 11.20-11.40: Coffee break
  • 11:40-12:30 Keynote speeches – NOVAMOOC (parallel conference) (Room A01)
  • 12:30-14:00: Lunch
  • 14.00-14.45: Keynote speeches – SMART (Room 314B)
    • Utku Kose (Usak University, Turkey) – Are We Safe Enough in the Future of Artificial Intelligence? A Discussion on Machine Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Safety
    • Bogdan Patrut (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) – Artificial Emotions and Moods in a Pedagogical Agent
  • 14.45-16:15: SMART Paper presentation (Room 314B)
    • 14:45-15:00: Aslanbek Naziev (Ryazan State University, Russia) –The Role of Language in Teaching and Learning Mathematics
    • 15:00-15:15: Omer Deperlioglu (Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey) – Segmentation of Heart Sounds by Re-Sampled Signal Energy Method
    • 15:15-15:30: Hakan Boz, Utku Kose (Usak University, Usak, Turkey) – Emotion Extraction from Facial Expressions by Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques
    • 15:30-15:45: Ionela Maniu, George Maniu, Bogdan Neamțu (“Lucian Blaga” University, Romania) – Computational models of risk factors in neonatal seizures outcomes and mortality prediction
    • 15:45-16:00: Antonio Sandu (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania & Lumen Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi, Romania), Elena Unguru (University of Oradea, Romania & Lumen Research Center in Social and Humanistic, Iasi, Romania) – Neuroenhancement – An Ethical Problem in Social Work Supervision?
    • 16:00-16:15: Huseyin Bicen, Erkan Bal, Pelin Gur, Zohre Serttas  (Near East University Cyprus) Opinions of Special Education Teachers Toward the Determination and Usage Levels of Usage Skills of Educational Technology.
  • 14:00-16:15: NOVAMOOC Paper presentations (Room A01)
  • 16:15-16:30: Coffee break
  • 16:30-16:45: Book launch: Emotions, Technology, Design and Learning, Academic Press (Elsevier), Netherland, edited by Sharon Y. Tettegah (Beckman Institute, Ilinois, USA) and Martin Gartmeier (Technical University of Munchen, Germany)
  • 16:45-17:00: Book launch: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Distance Education, IGI Global, USA, edited by Utku Kose (Usak University, Turkey) and Durmus Koc (Usak University, Turkey)
  • 17:00-18:00: SMART Paper presentations (Room 314B)
    • 17:00-17:15: Ionuța – Natalia Munteanu – Iorga (Freelance Researcher, Timișoara) – Social Display, Art, Education and Cognition
    • 17:15-17:30: Mădălin Bunoiu, Laura Malita, Gabriela Grosseck (West University of Timisoara, Romania) – Digital University – Issues and Trends in Romanian Higher Education.
    • 17:30-17:45: Billy Tak Ming Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) – Success in Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning: Indicators of Effectiveness
    • 17:45-18:00: Adina Palea (Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania) – Decreasing Dropout Rates – A Constant Challenge in E-learning Programs. The Romanian Case.
    • 18:00-18:15: Jun Pan (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong), Billy Tak Ming Wong (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) – A Corpus-Driven Study of Contrastive Markers in Cantonese‒English Political Interpreting
  • 18:15-19:00: Free time
  • in parallel: 16:30-18:45: NOVAMOOC Paper presentations, poster (Room A01)
  • 19.00: Dinner

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

  • 09:00-11:00: SMART Paper presentations
    • 09:00-09:15: Paula Andreea Onofrei (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi) – Russian Art and Literature
    • 09:15-09:30: Ana Iolanda Voda, Laura-Diana Radu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) – Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Smart Cities
    • 09:30-09:45: Ramona Niculina Jurcău (Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Ioana Marieta Jurcău (Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Nicolae A. Colceriu (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), V. Bogdan (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – Grapes product influence on malondialdehyde and fatigue sensation in moderate physical training
    • 09:45-10:00: Karolina Sala (University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland) – Processing images using artificial Intelligence Technologies in the field of Geology
    • 10:00-10:15: Paula Andreea Onofrei (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) – Aesthetic Criteria in Arts and Literature
    • 10:15-10:30: Ewelina Kurowicka (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland) – Analysis of Determinants Contemporary Children Aggression – Social and Media Influences
    • 10:30-10:45: Florinela Floria, Cosmin Tomozei (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania) – A Grammar of Food. Communicating Cultural Identity through Culinary Practices
    • 10:45-11:00: Serban Nicolae Meza (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca Romania) – Group Behaviour Classification in the Compressed Domain Based on Coding Semantics Distribution for Video Surveillance Sequences
  • 11:00-11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15-14:00: SMART Paper presentations
    • 11:15-11:30: Ramona Niculina Jurcău (Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Ioana Marieta Jurcău (Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – What do Romanian Doctors Think about Training on Adaptogens and Adaptogens Use
    • 11:30-11:45: Maria Poroch-Serițan, Cristina Beatrice Michitiuc, Mihaela Jarcău (“Ştefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania) – Studies and Research on Caffeine Content of Various Products
    • 11:45-12:00: Adam Selwon (University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland) – Intelligent Sound Recognition Based on Artificial Intelligence
    • 12:00-12:15: Younus Mahdi Salih (General Directorate of Education in Anbar Province, Ramadi, Ramadi, Irak) – A Semantic Analysis of Causative Verbs in the Holy Quran
    • 12:15-12:30: Bianca-Florentina Cheregi (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania) – News Discourses on Nation Branding in Post-Communist Romania: Frames and Function Frames.
    • 12:30-12:45: Vesela Mareva (Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) – Synergy between Formal and Informal Learning Approaches in Teaching at the University.
    • 12:45-13:00: Lacramioara Diana Robescu, Diana Mariana Cocarta, Liviu Negrea (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania) – Virtual education for environmental engineers
    • 13:00-13:15: Dalia Simion (University of Craiova, Romania) – The Impact of The Main Quotations Upon The Volume of Transactions with Stock Holdings
    • 13:15-13:30: Jakub Skwierczyński (University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, Poland) – Implementation of the Smart City Concept in Urban Space Management on the Example of Płock City
    • 13:30-13:45: Monica Patrut (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania) – The Usage of Social Media in the Romanian Higher Education
  • 14:00-15:30: Lunch
  • 15:30-16:30: SMART Paper presentations
    • 5:30-15:45: Kishor Datta Gupta, Md Manjurul Ahsan, Stefan Andrei (Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, United States of America) – Extending the Storage Capacity and Noise Reduction of a Faster QR-Code
    • 15:45-16:00: Kamil Roman (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin Poland – Smart City as a Concept Supporting Management Processes in Polish Cities.
    • 16:00-16:15: Aurelia Ciupe Aurelia (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – Towards Agile Integration within Higher Education: A Systematic Mapping Study
    • 16:15-16:30: Damian Sawczuk (Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland) – Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) on Example of Selected Polish Cities
    • 16:30-16:45: Naser Hatami, Farshid Javdani (Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Iran) – New Method for Interpreting Rodent Behavioral Data in Morris Water Maze Test
  • 16:45-20:00: Free time / Social program / 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).

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

Topics

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.

Registration

  • You can register until August 28, 2017
  • You have to fill the registration form and send it together with your abstract by e-mail to smart2017@edusoft.ro.
  • You can download the registration form here: http://www.edusoft.ro/smart2017/SMART2017-RegistrationForm.doc
  • Virtual participants will be asked by the organizers to send a 15 minutes presentation (PowerPoint / Prezi / video etc) by 1st of September.
  • 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.

Fees

      • 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
      • SWIFT code: RZBRROBU
      • 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!

CLICK HERE FOR A CITY TOUR BROCHURE

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:
http://www.romaniatourism.com/

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.

 

BRAIN: Evaluation of Readiness for Distance Education of Students in European Universities

Nowadays, learning is not anymore a passive process. It has become more dynamic and it has begun to use another medium than the written word or the exercise book. In the article titled Evaluation of Readiness for Distance Education of Students in European Universities, professors Diana Vasilevska, Baiba Rivza and Răzvan Bogdan present the results of an evaluation process concerning one of the most spread and new educational movements – distant education.

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The evaluation included students from different states of Europe as Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Romania. The aim of this demarche was to see if all the students undertaking distance education are on the same level in which concerns ability, skills and knowledge. The result has shown that not all the students using the technology of distance education have a similar degree of knowledge, therefore the evaluation schemes applied to them are not qualitative for they are based on general criteria.

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BRAIN: The Differences between Emergentism and Skill Acquisition Theory

When speaking about emergentism we mainly refer to the interaction between organism and environment and that denies the existence of pre-determined, domain specific faculties or capacities. In language acquisition, emergentists state that simple learning mechanisms are sufficient to bring about the emergence of complex language representations.

The representation of neural network in connectionism
The representation of neural network in connectionism

There are two types of emergentism. On the one hand, there is one type based on input, which is the input-based emergentism (emergentist-connectionist model). On the other hand, there is the one that considers the role of the processing working memory, which, however, does not ignore the contribution of the input to the process of language acquisition, but emphasizes on the frequency of occurrence. (more…)

BRAND: The Role of the Penalty Clause in Business

In the latest volume of the BRAND, the legal adviser Maria Stegariu, in the article The Role of the Penalty Clause in Business, explains the most important things that need to be known regarding the penalty clause and emphasizes the place that the penalty clause occupies within a business.

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