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The Kore University of Enna, in Italian Università Kore di Enna, is a university founded in 1995 in Enna, the capital city of the Province of Enna, in the center of Sicily and has been visited by two Italian Presidents . The university has very modern facilities; it also has a strong relationships with governments and universities of the Mediterranean Sea countries and with some of European and U.S. areas. The President of the University and the President of the University Foundation is Cataldo Salerno, an Sicilian professor who is also the President of the Province of Enna. The university has laboratories, auditoriums and a conference and concert hall where important musicians play; other Kore facilities include a sports centre and a residential building for students. Kore is planned to be a large campus in the American style with two Student Houses and many facilities for students. The international relationship of Kore University involves many countries of the Mediterranean Area and also American, European and Asian universities. The Kore University of Enna is the newest Sicilian university: in fact, it's the first university founded in Sicily after the unification of Italy, and it was founded 200 years after the foundation of the last Sicilian university, the University of Palermo. Wikipedia.

Schimmenti A.,Kore University of Enna | Bifulco A.,Middlesex University
Child and Adolescent Mental Health | Year: 2015

Background: Emotional neglect can be characterized as cold or critical parenting and denotes a parent intentionally or unintentionally overlooking the signs that a child needs comfort or attention and ignoring its emotional needs. Parental emotional neglect is widely posited as an antecedent of anxiety disorder, with attachment researchers arguing for anxious-ambivalent attachment style as a mediating factor. Method: Childhood experience of neglect and abuse, including antipathy (cold, critical parenting), attachment styles, and anxiety disorders were assessed in a high-risk sample of 160 adolescents and young adults by means of interview measures. Results: Antipathy was associated with 12-month prevalence of anxiety disorders in the sample. Anxious-ambivalent attachment scores statistically mediated the relationship between antipathy and anxiety disorders. Conclusions: Clinicians treating anxiety disorders in youths need to consider that emotional neglect in childhood in the form of antipathy could lead to anxious-ambivalent internal working models operating around fear of rejection and fear of separation. © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Source

Siniscalchi S.M.,Kore University of Enna
Neurocomputing | Year: 2012

Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in designing high-accuracy automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems due to the key rule they can play in many real-world applications, such as voice print for biometric identification, language identification, and call-scanning. Improving current state-of-the-art technology is therefore vital for the success of those aforementioned applications, yet this is not simple with the standard technology based on hidden Markov models (HMMs) trained on short-term spectral features. This paper offers an innovative prospective on how two novel prominent approaches to ASR, namely speech attribute detection and discriminative training, can be combined into a unified framework with beneficial effects on the overall speech recognition performance. This goal is achieved by embedding phonetic feature detection into a penalized logistic regression machine (PLRM). The proposed approach is evaluated on both isolated and continuous phoneme recognition tasks. Experimental evidence indicate that the proposed framework is able to achieve state-of-the-art performance in the isolated speech recognition task and to outperform current technology in the continuous speech recognition task. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.. Source

Minafo G.,Kore University of Enna
Engineering Structures | Year: 2015

Reinforced concrete (RC) jacketing is nowadays one of the most common techniques adopted for seismic retrofitting of existing RC columns. It is used to increase load-carrying capacity and ductility of weak existing members by means of a simple and cheap method. The structural efficiency is related to two main effects: - the enlargement of the transverse cross section; - the confinement action provided by the external jacket to the inner core. Several theoretical and experimental studies were addressed in the past to investigate on how it is possible to calculate the strength enhancement due to these effects and to highlight the main key parameters influencing the structural behavior of jacketed columns. Most of theoretical studies analyzed members subjected to axial compression while the case of axial force and bending moment was adapted only with complex formulations based on numerical approaches, which require the use of a suitable algorithm (e.g. non-linear finite element analyses, sectional fiber models). This paper presents a simplified approach, able to calculate the strength domains for jacketed columns subjected to axial force and uniaxial bending moment. The model takes into account the effects of confinement with proper stress-block parameters, the latter adapted for confined concrete, and of the composite action of jacket and core; buckling of longitudinal bars is considered and discussed with an appropriate stress-strain law for steel in compression. Results are compared with numerical analyses carried-out with the fiber model approach implemented in a commercial software (SAP2000), showing the accuracy of proposed method. Comparisons are also made with experimental results available in the literature in order to validate the model. Finally parametric considerations are made on the basis of adopted model, useful for design/verification purposes. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Craparo G.,Kore University of Enna
Clinical Neuropsychiatry | Year: 2014

The term addiction applies to a morbid form characterized by substance abuse, an object or a behavior; it defines a dysfunctional mental state characterized by a feeling of irrepressible desire and an uncontrollable need to repeat this behavior in a compulsive manner; it is an invasive condition marked by the phenomena of craving in a framework of uncontrollable habit that causes clinically significant distress. The author proposes a new interpretation of an sexual addiction as a dissociative mechanism to regulate non modulated emotions which were not mentalized (traumatic emotions) in early relationships with primary caregivers. To start from this theoretical model, this article suggests a treatment of sexual addiction focused on the identifying and regulation of traumatic emotions implicated in sexual compulsion. © 2014 Giovanni Fioriti Editore s.r.l. Source

Messineo A.,Kore University of Enna
Energy Procedia | Year: 2012

In this study is presented a thermodynamic analysis of a cascade refrigeration system using as refrigerant carbon dioxide in low-temperature circuit and ammonia in high-temperature circuit. The operating parameters considered in this paper include condensing, evaporating, superheating and subcooling temperatures in the ammonia (R717) hightemperature circuit and in the carbon dioxide (R744) low-temperature circuit. Diagrams of COP versus operating parameters have been obtained. In addition, values for R744-R717 cascade refrigeration system are compared with the values obtained for a partial injection two-stage refrigeration system using the synthetic refrigerant R404A, a nearly azeotropic blend, specially used for commercial refrigeration. Results show that a carbon dioxide-ammonia cascade refrigeration system is an interesting alternative to R404A two-stage refrigeration system for low evaporating temperatures (-30°C ÷ -50°C) in commercial refrigeration for energy, security and environmental reasons. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Source

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