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Established in 1961, European University Cyprus is a for-profit educational institution. First established as Cyprus College, EUC was granted university status in 2007. It is the first university in Cyprus and Greece to be awarded the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Label by the European Commission and is one of only 40 institutions in Europe to have earned this distinction. The institution has a student enrollment of 4,000 and provides undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees. Wikipedia.

Markou C.,European University Cyprus
Computer Law and Security Review

This paper discusses the controversy surrounding the Data Retention Directive with an emphasis on the 2011 decision of the Cyprus Supreme Court which has annulled several district court orders that allowed the police access to telecommunications data relating to certain persons relevant to criminal investigations. The annulment has been on the ground that the legal provisions upon which the orders have been issued are unconstitutional. It will suggest that the decision does not entail a direct rejection of the EU Data Retention Directive and that in any event, Cyprus is not a Member State resisting the particular measure. This is because the legal provisions are deemed unconstitutional, though part of the law that has transposed the relevant Directive into national law are provisions that go beyond what the EU legislator intended to regulate through that Directive. Still, the particular Directive sits rather uneasily within the 'human rights' regime, in particular the one governing the individual right of privacy. © 2012 Eliza Mik. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

This paper aims to describe the policies and procedures of the use of assistive technology (AT) to support education and social inclusion of children with disabilities in Cyprus, through the investigation of four case studies. The paper initially presents the setting of the use of technology in inclusive and special education, as very recently developed and shaped in the last five years in the Cyprus educational system. Then, each one of the four case studies of pupils, from different educational settings (primary-inclusive education, primary education-special unit, secondary-inclusive education and special school) is discussed. The case studies are presented aligned in the following axes: demographical characteristics, educational setting, type of difficulties and characteristics of disability, procedures of referral and assessment for AT, development and implementation of AT for communication, present and future threats, ethical considerations and challenges. Findings highlighted six areas related to AT in Cyprus, that need further research and development: teacher training and support for system use; consistency of and between people involved (especially educators and therapists); ongoing assessment and follow-up procedures; multidisciplinarity of support teams in and out of school; home use of systems and devices (related to funding); technical support, development and maintenance. © 2011 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. Source

Christou G.,European University Cyprus
Computers in Human Behavior

Immersion and appeal are considered to be necessary constituents of the player experience. In this article their relationship is examined through a 2 × 2 factorial study (n = 173) in the context of two games, a first-person shooter and a massively multi-player online role-playing game, and in the context of two types of players: experienced players who have never played the game in one of the genres in question, and experienced players who have played one of the games in question. It is found that immersion and appeal are linearly correlated, and the repercussions of this finding are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Gregoriades A.,European University Cyprus | Mouskos K.C.,CCNY CUNY
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies

Traffic accidents constitute a major problem worldwide. One of the principal causes of traffic accidents is adverse driving behavior that is inherently influenced by traffic conditions and infrastructure among other parameters. Probabilistic models for the assessment of road accidents risk usually employs machine learning using historical data of accident records. The main drawback of these approaches is limited coverage of traffic data. This study illustrates a prototype approach that escapes from this problem, and highlights the need to enhance historical accident records with traffic information for improved road safety analysis. Traffic conditions estimation is achieved through Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) simulation that utilizes temporal aspects of a transportation system. Accident risk quantification is achieved through a Bayesian Networks (BNs) model learned from the method's enriched accidents dataset. The study illustrates the integration of BN with the DTA-based simulator, Visual Interactive Systems for Transport Algorithms (VISTAs), for the assessment of accident risk index (ARI), used to identify accident black spots on road networks. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-23-2014 | Award Amount: 6.96M | Year: 2015

Childrens health affects the future of Europe children are citizens, future workers, parents and carers. Children are dependent on society to provide effective health services (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). Models of child primary health care vary widely across Europe based on two broad alternatives (primary care paediatricians or generic family doctors), and a variety of models of school health and adolescent direct access services. There is little research to show which model(s) are best, implying that some are inefficient or ineffective, with sub-optimal outcomes. MOCHA will draw on networks, earlier child health projects and local agents to model and evaluate child primary care in all 30 EU/EEA countries. Scientific partners from 11 European countries, plus partners from Australia and USA, encompassing medicine, nursing, economics, informatics, sociology and policy management, will: Categorise the models, and school health and adolescent services Develop innovative measures of quality, outcome, cost, and workforce of each, and apply them using policy documents, routine statistics, and available electronic data sets Assess effects on equality, and on continuity of care with secondary care. Systematically obtain stakeholder views. Indicate optimal future patterns of electronic records and big data to optimise operation of the model(s). The results will demonstrate the optimal model(s) of childrens primary care with a prevention and wellness focus, with an analysis of factors (including cultural) which might facilitate adoption, and indications for policy makers of both the health and economic gains possible. The project will have a strong dissemination programme throughout to ensure dialogue with public, professionals, policy makers, and politicians. The project will take 42 months (36 of scientific work plus start up and close), and deliver major awareness and potential benefit for European childrens health and healthy society.

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