Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-20-2015 | Award Amount: 7.28M | Year: 2016
Although online education is a paramount pillar of formal, non-formal and informal learning, institutions may still be reluctant to wager for a fully online educational model. As such, there is still a reliance on face-to-face assessment, since online alternatives do not have the deserved expected social recognition and reliability. Thus, the creation of an e-assessment system that will be able to provide effective proof of student identity, authorship within the integration of selected technologies in current learning activities in a scalable and cost efficient manner would be very advantageous. The TeSLA project provides to educational institutions, an adaptive trust e-assessment system for assuring e-assessment processes in online and blended environments. It will support both continuous and final assessment to improve the trust level across students, teachers and institutions. The system will be developed taking into account quality assurance agencies in education, privacy and ethical issues and educational and technological requirements throughout Europe. It will follow the interoperability standards for integration into different learning environment systems providing a scalable and adaptive solution. The TeSLA system will be developed to reduce the current restrictions of time and physical space in teaching and learning, which opens up new opportunities for learners with physical or mental disabilities as well as respecting social and cultural differences. Given the innovative action of the project, the current gap in e-assessment and the growing number of institutions interested in offering online education, the project will conduct large scale pilots to evaluate and assure the reliability of the TeSLA system. By the nature of the product, dissemination will be performed across schools, higher education institutions and vocational training centres. A free version will be distributed, although a commercial-premium version will be launched on the market.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SCC-01-2014 | Award Amount: 23.79M | Year: 2015
REMOURBAN aims at the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid-Spain, Nottingham-UK and Tepebasi/Eskisehir-Turkey) of a sustainable urban regeneration model that leverages the convergence area of the energy, mobility and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies, organisational and economic solutions to significantly increase resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas. The urban renovation strategy will be focused on the citizens, because they become the cornerstones to making a smart city a reality and will not only be the most affected by the improvements but also they will be the common factor of each of them. HOW THE OBJECTIVE WILL BE ACHIEVED 1. Developing a sustainable urban regeneration model, considering a holistic approach, which supports the decision making of the main stakeholders for addressing wide renovation and city transformation processes. 2. Validating the urban regeneration model by means of large scale interventions on several cities called lighthouse cities, Valladolid, Nottingham and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (more than 1.000 dwellings retrofitted, more than 190 EV deployed and a total investment higher than 14 M). 3. Guaranteeing the replicability of the model at European level. Two cities will be also involved in the consortium, called follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary) and will be developed a procedure for assessing the replicability potential of the model. 4. It is planned an intense activity focused on generating exploitation and market deployment strategies to support the commercial exploitation of the project outcomes. 5. It will be deployed a powerful communication and dissemination plan. This plan will integrate a citizen engagement strategy and will disseminate the benefits of the project to a wide variety of audiences (more than 11.000 citizens engaged).
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: DRS-21-2014 | Award Amount: 1.40M | Year: 2015
The objective of the IMPACT project is to investigate the essential role played by cultural factors in managing safety- and security-issues related to emergencies in public transport systems. The IMPACT Coordination and Supporting Action is aimed at analysing the different cultural behaviours for the prevention of emergencies with particular emphasis on risk and situational awareness perception of the different cultural groups; information to passengers with different socio-cultural backgrounds; cooperation towards prevention of security threats; security checks. Moreover, it is aimed at analysing the different cultural behaviours for the management of emergency events and the post-events with particular emphasis on: crowd management; management of first responders to care for different cultural groups; information to passengers. From the above analyses IMPACT will produce a cultural risk assessment methodology and the associated mitigation actions for the public transport sector also developing simulators and models; identify innovative solutions that can support public transport operators in improving the communication with passengers through tailored messages to the different cultural communities (via mobile phones and social networks) and other solutions to enhance the management of emergencies considering cultural aspects; develop best practices, dedicated training material and procedures for both public transport operators and first responders; develop policy recommendations for policy makers, regulators, municipalities and public transport operators. The IMPACT Consortium has an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach with an extensive expertise in different disciplines, ranging from social and cultural psychology, sociology and anthropology, to safety, security and emergency management and from computer-science to communication and event organization. The consortium is composed by 2 SMEs, 1 big Industry, 4 Universities and 1 National Authority.
Avan I.,Anadolu University |
Dennis Hall C.,University of Florida |
Katritzky A.R.,University of Florida
Chemical Society Reviews | Year: 2014
Peptidomimetics represent an important field in chemistry, pharmacology and material science as they circumvent the limitations of traditional peptides used in therapy. Self-structural organizations such as turns, helices, sheets and loops can be accessed by chemical modifications of amino acids or peptides. In-depth structural and conformational analysis and structure-activity relationships (SAR) offer a way to establish peptidomimetic libraries. Herein, we review recent developments in peptidomimetics that are formed via heteroatom replacement within the native amino acid backbone. Each sub-section describes structural features, utility and preparative methods. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SESAR-RIA | Phase: Sesar-01-2015 | Award Amount: 644.82K | Year: 2016
Europe ATM system is expected to face challenging situations, with the growth of traffic, the increase of its complexity (e.g. the RPAS introduction), the introduction of innovative concepts (such as 4D trajectories) and increased automation. The roles and tasks of controllers will change in the future and it is vital to enhance the comprehension of human response to changes in role, monitoring of complex situations, unexpected disruptions. Controllers performance is recognised to be impacted by several aspects such as stress, emotions, attentional resources available, and so on. In the recent years the concept of Human Performance Envelope has been introduced in Human Factors. Rather than focusing on one or two individual factors, it considers a range of common factors in accidents and maps how they work alone or in combination to lead to a performance decrement that could affect safety. To support the evolution of the future ATM system, the STRESS project proposes to address the objectives: 1. To align the HP envelope with the foreseen ATCO role in SESAR, mapping the relevance of HF concepts on the characteristics of the scenarios (e.g. less tactical interventions, high automation support, multi-sector operations, and so on). 2. To monitor in real-time via neurophysiological indexes the controllers mental status during monitoring tasks in different automation levels in SESAR step3. Indexes will be defined for the following cognitive and emotional aspects: Stress level, Attentional focus, Workload level, Emotional arousal, Startle effect. 3. To derive guidelines and methods to match the HP envelope status with the highest possible level of automation (keeping KPAs at least at the same level). 4. To monitor the controllers mental status during automation failure scenarios using the above indexes. 5. To develop guidelines to support human performance during safe transitions from the higher levels of automation to the lower levels of automation, and viceversa.
Putun E.,Anadolu University
Energy | Year: 2010
Cotton seed, as a biomass source, is pyrolysed in a tubular fixed-bed reactor under various sweeping gas (N 2) flow rates at different pyrolysis temperatures. In the non-catalytic work, the maximum bio-oil yield was attained as 48.30% at 550°C with a sweeping gas flow rate of 200mLmin -1. At the optimum conditions, catalytic pyrolysis of biomass samples was performed with various amounts of MgO catalyst (5, 10, 15, and 20wt.% of raw material). Catalyst addition decreased the quantity of bio-oil yet increased the quality of bio-oil in terms of calorific value, hydrocarbon distribution and removal of oxygenated groups. It was observed that increasing the amount of catalyst used, decreased the oil yields while increased the gas and char yields. Bio-oils obtained at the optimum conditions were separated into aliphatic, aromatic and polar sub-fractions. After the application of column chromatography, bio-oils were subjected into elemental, FT-IR and 1H NMR analyses. Aliphatic sub-fractions of bio-oils were analyzed by GC-MS. It was deduced that the fuel obtained via catalytic pyrolysis mainly consisted of lower weight hydrocarbons in the diesel range. Finally, obtained results were compared with petroleum fractions and evaluated as a potential source for liquid fuels. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Caglar Y.,Anadolu University
Journal of Alloys and Compounds | Year: 2013
Nanostructure ZnO and ZnO:Co films were deposited onto borofloat glass substrates by the sol-gel method using spin coating technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study was used to investigate the effects of cobalt dopant on the crystalline structure and orientation of the films. XRD observations showed that the crystalline quality of ZnO film decreased with increasing cobalt content. The effect of Co incorporation on the surface morphology was clearly observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. The chemical composition of the 3% Co doped nanostructure ZnO film was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The doping of ZnO with Co causes a decrease in particle size and crystallinity while it leads to an increase in the band gap, which changes in accordance with the Burstein-Moss effect. The optical constants of the films such as refractive index and extinction coefficient were determined using transmittance and reflectance spectra. The sheet resistance of the films, which was calculated using Van der Pauw method, first increased by about two orders of magnitude and then tended to decrease. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Ilican S.,Anadolu University
Journal of Alloys and Compounds | Year: 2013
Undoped ZnO and Na doped ZnO (ZnO:Na) nanorod films have been deposited by sol-gel method using spin coating technique. The effect of Na incorporation on structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnO nanorod films was investigated. The nanorods were confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement showed that the undoped ZnO nanorod film was crystallized in the hexagonal wurtzite phase and presented a preferential orientation along the c-axis. Only one peak, corresponding to the (0 0 2) phase, appeared on the diffractograms. Na incorporation leads to substantial changes in the structural characteristics of ZnO nanorod films. The chemical composition of the Na doped nanorod ZnO films was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Optical properties of the films were investigated with a double beam spectrophotometer with an integrating sphere. The absorption edge shifted to the lower energy depending on the Na content. The optical constants of these films, such as refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical dielectric constants and optical conductivity were determined using transmittance and reflectance spectra. The refractive index dispersion curve of the films obeys the single oscillator model. Optical dispersion parameters Eo and Ed developed by Wemple-DiDomenico were calculated. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Sevik C.,Anadolu University
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics | Year: 2014
The linear thermal expansion coefficients of two-dimensional honeycomb structures graphene, h-BN, h-MoS2, and h-MoSe2 are systematically studied by using first-principles based quasiharmonic approximation. This approach is first tested on diamond crystal and excellent agreement with the available experimental data is achieved. Our simulations show that the linear thermal expansion coefficients of graphene and h-BN are more negative than that of their multilayered counterparts graphite and white graphite. In addition, there is a remarkable distinction between the coefficients of these two materials in particular at low temperatures. Contrary to graphene and h-BN, lattice thermal expansion coefficient of MoS2 and MoSe2 are always positive, and the values are comparable with those predicted for diamond. © 2014 American Physical Society.
Akay H.,Anadolu University
Automatica | Year: 2011
In this paper, we revisit the problem of identifying multi-input/multi- output linear-time-invariant discrete-time systems from measured power spectrum data on uniform grids of frequencies studied by Van Overschee, De Moor, Dehandschutter, and Swevers (1997). We show that the algorithm proposed by these authors is not consistent. Then, we propose an interpolatory identification algorithm which is strongly consistent when the corruptions in the spectrum measurements have a bounded covariance function. The performance of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated in a simulation example. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.