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BRAIN: Validation of Enhanced Emotion Enabled Cognitive Agent Using Virtual Overlay Multi-Agent System Approach

In order to avoid car accidents and ensure safer roads, Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have been created. These vehicles are capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input, which is indeed a great step towards more secure experiences for drivers. As a method of improvement for the AVs, agent-based collision avoidance components that represent human cognition and emotions have been designed. However, agent-based solutions have not been validated using any key validation technique.

Considering this lack of validation practices, the authors F. Riaz and M. A. Niazi present in their upcoming paper state-of-the-art Emotion Enabled Cognitive Agent (EEC_Agent), which was proposed to avoid lateral collisions between semi-AVs. It is stated in the paper that the main drawback of EEC_Agent is that it is claiming utilization of emotions in making collision avoidance decisions, but no proper emotion generation mechanism has been proposed, which helps the cognitive agent to feel emotion according to the changing in the dynamic environment. In order to overcome this problem, they have redesigned the architecture of EEC_Agent using EABM (Exploratory Agent Based Modeling) and explored the role of OCC (Ortony, Clore & Collins) model in the fear generation of EEC_Agent.

Emotion Enabled Cognitive Agent Architecture
Emotion Enabled Cognitive Agent Architecture


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.



LiBRI: Obsessive Contradictions in ”Pădurea Spânzuraților”

“Pădurea Spânzuraţilor” written by Liviu Rebreanu is a complex novel whose fundamental theme is the inner conflict. The paper Obsessive Contradictions in ”Pădurea spânzuraților” written by Florentina Gabriela Stroe is aimed at highlighting the protagonist’s struggle to regain balance and analyzes the contradictions which occour in his mindset.

Film Adaptation: Forest of the Hanged
Film Adaptation: Forest of the Hanged (1965)

The Romanian writer Liviu Rebreanu published his work in 1922. It was partly inspired by the experience of his brother, an officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army, who was hanged for espionage and desertion during World War I. The criticism of those times were very favorable for the novel and critics like Eugen Lovinescu affirmed that it is the best Romanian psychological novel and also a methodical study powered by precise facts and incidents pushed beyond the rational netting, deep inside the subconscious. No less was said by George Călinescu, who sees the novela as a monography of an agonizing incertitude, in which the main charater illustrates the psychology of the mediocre soul controlled by two different attitudes imposed from the outside.


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)


BRAIN: Social Media as Medical Validator

The electronic word of mouth (eWOM) is a communication form adapted to the digitalized world of today where persons that never met communicate in an impersonal manner. The paper Social Media as Medical Validator written by Laura Broasca, Versavia-Maria Ancusa and Horia Ciocarlie aims to explore the receptiveness towards a negative bias in health-related electronic Word of Mouth.

The researchers point out that when evaluating the credibility of the eWOM we should take into account that social factors play an unexpected role, as most people use personal details and peripheral cues, not a clear, logical, fact-based judgement to reach a conclusion. And yet, the credibility of the traditional information sources is surpassed by that of eWOM.

Google trends comparison between vaccine-related search words
Google trends comparison between vaccine-related search words