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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

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.

Programme

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).

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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 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.

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.

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: Image Finder Mobile Application Based on Neural Networks

Technology has become more than a phenomenon used for innovation, it is now a science put in the service of making human life easier. If in the past, taking a picture of yourself required a voluminous camera with an obscure chamber, nowadays we have our cameras to ourselves for they are incorporated in our gadgets. Therefore, we take pictures of everything we see – recording reality is just one swipe away and ready in the blink of an eye. However, sometimes is difficult to skim through thousands of photos in order to find a specific one. Nabil M. Hewahi and Saira Rashid from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bahrain propose in the latest issue of BRAIN an application set to find a specific picture based upon some drawn hints.

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LIBRI: The Creation of The Romanian Literary Language Theorized by Gheorghe Asachi

It is well known that the birth of both Romanian language and literature as we know and appreciate them today has its roots in the nineteenth century. Ph.D. Petra-Denisa Tcacenco, in the article entitled The Creation of The Romanian Literary Language Theorized by Gheorghe Asachi, aims to focus on a personality that had a major role in the development of Romanian language: Gheorghe Asachi.

Known mostly as a poet, Asachi also dedicated himself to studies regarding the internal mechanisms of the Romanian language. He even got as far as consolidating his own point of view regarding the formation of the language. The article is based upon the prefaces of Gheorghe Asachi’s volumes and publications – all of them steps made with the purpose of creating a cultural identity.  Not only he was involved in cultural movements, but he also was in the middle of national resistance, for the nineteenth century was a time when foreign influences were seeping into the process of formation of Romanian language that in that time had neither grammatical rules, nor direction.

In literature, Asachi tried to impose a Latin model of poetry, for he had a humanist and open education. In order to synchronize Romanian with Latin and its inheritor, Italian, Gheorghe Asachi made travels in Italy in order to observe similarities between Romanian and Italian, both from a cultural and linguistic point of view. Based upon his observations he could draw conclusions about what was the best method to reinforce scientific principles at the very core of the modern Romanian language that was about to appear.

Gheorghe Asachi was always in the eye of the hurricane if we are to refer to his efforts in strengthening the Romanian language and civilization. His vision upon these matters was very enlightened for his time and his contribution to Romanian national identity is indisputable.

Read more here!

Ștefana Bostan

BRAND: A Variety of the Contract of Purchase and Sale. The Contract of Consumption

As our society is more and more interested in consumption, Radu Ursanu, professor at The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi proposed an analysis on how the state could guarantee fair regulations for people’s consumption habits.

With political instability, diplomatic conflicts and unexpected events, the world has become a less safe place. There is a free market of goods which, in the new global context, has to be controlled in order to maintain the consumer’s safety. And that happens because people’s interest in buying or selling has increased due to the variety of products and prices. The contract of consumption is a way of ensuring that both customer and seller are in a safe and lawful relation.

This type of contract, though not a general established form of a document, is a direction in which the entire consumption industry is going. In present, we can only speak about selling and buying contracts, documents created to implement certain rules between the protagonists of the commercial transaction.

However, among the things that need to be clarified is the whether there is a legal frame in which this type of contract can be created, or whether it is a new concept that needs a specialized law context.  The article discusses the steps that would need to be made in order to implement this contract and also the legal forms that need to be followed in order to make this concept take shape in reality.

Read more here!

Ștefana Bostan

LIBRI: The Values of Antiquity in Contemporary Literature and Arts

In the entitled article The Values of Antiquity in Contemporary Literature and Arts, Ph.D. and lecturer, Paula Onofrei is aiming to find the common grounds between the art of the Antiquity and the art of the modern era. The article refers to both visual art and literature and their ancient legacy that is still visible today.

There is no doubt that Antiquity was and still is a source of inspiration for the modern art. It is undeniable that without the ancient period, not only we would be unable to create a link between the modern art and the past, but there wouldn’t be any art at all. (more…)

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.

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…)

BRAIN: Conscience in Language Teaching

Several factors contribute to the efficacy of an English language teacher, among which, language proficiency and emotional intelligence. Yet, there is a newly developed factor which claims to add value to a language teacher. This new factor is called language teaching conscience. Conscience is the sense of right and wrong, which tells us whether what we are doing is morally right or wrong based on particular norms, rules, or religions. Conscientious teachers seem to be more responsible for their job, classroom practice, and students’ needs. On the other hand, teachers who are emotionally more able to understand their students’ needs may have better control of the students and classroom atmosphere, thereby promoting students’ success.

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BRAIN: Is There a Relationship between Consciousness and Epilepsy?

A serious health condition that affects 1% of the global population is epilepsy. This is a neurological disorder usually detected by EEG (electroencephalography) signals, and it has as common symptom spontaneous recurrent seizures characterized by intermittent paroxysmal and highly organized rhythmic neuronal discharges in the cerebral cortex.

Epileptic seizures are caused by a large collection of neurons synchronous and abnormally discharged may occur for reasons such as trauma, oxygen insufficiency, tumors, infections and metabolic disorders. However, it is not possible to find any cause in half of the epileptic patients. Despite the fact that epilepsy is referred to as “seizure disease”, it is not correct to call seizures “epilepsy”. Seizures are symptoms, but epilepsy is a disease characterized by a recurrent seizure. Nonlinearity and a sensitive dependence on initial conditions are the requirements of the chaos. As chaos requires dependence on the initial conditions and it is unpredictable in the long run. (more…)

LiBRI: Le rôle de la langue roumaine dans le processus d’internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur roumain

Le dernier numéro de la revue LiBRI présente, parmi les autres, l’article écrit par Oana-Luiza Barbu intitulé « Le Rôle de la Langue Roumaine dans le Processus d’Internationalisation de l’Enseignement Supérieur Roumain », à travers lequel l’auteure se propose d’analyser la manière dans laquelle la langue roumaine est instrumentalisée par le processus d’internationalisation et de voir quelles sont les résultats de ce processus.

Dans le cadre du processus d’internationalisation, la langue roumaine représente l’instrument par lequel la culture roumaine est promue, et le spécifique national est préservé. (more…)