Karmiel, Israel
Karmiel, Israel

ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering is established on a 30-acre area in a city of Karmiel, Israel. The College’s geographic location is a direct response to national and regional needs: it serves as an academic, technological, and scientific center for the Galilee, increases the accessibility to higher education in the north of Israel and contributes to the range and enrichment of Karmiel’s educational system. The College offers a wide range of studies and training for careers in the latest technologies. At the present, there are more than 5500 students studying in Ort Braude – most of them are being trained for a B.Sc. degree in Engineering. Ort Braude considered to be one of the leading higher education institutions for Engineering in Israel. All of its educational programs are approved by the "council for higher education" of Israel, which means that its academic degree is respected worldwide and in Israel. The College's activities are concentrated in six areas:Pre-academic educationTraining students in engineering technologies, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree ;Studies of mathematics, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics;Training students in Practical engineering technologies, resulting in a diploma ;Preparing students for careers in industrial engineering in the public and business sectors;Studies from a diverse list of subjects through the College's Continuing Education Department;Services to industry and the community at the College's modern facilities and from its exceptional faculty. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP-SICA | Phase: HEALTH.2010.2.1.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.88M | Year: 2010

SYSPATHO focuses on the development of novel and generally applicable mathematical methods and algorithms for systems biology. These methods and algorithms will be applied to study the complex interactions of hepatitis C virus (HCV), a human-pathogenic virus of high medical relevance, with its host at the systems level. Using a multidisciplinary, integrative approach, PATHOSYS will (a) develop methods to analyze and integrate a wide variety of data from wet lab experiments, databases and biological literature, (b) develop and apply machine learning tools to reconstruct and study intracellular interaction networks from experimental data, (c) develop new and improve existing algorithms and mathematical methods for bottom-up modelling, to fit models to data, and to analyze the dynamic behaviour of models (d) generate new experimental data to gain novel insights into hepatitis C virus host interactions, and (e) use the newly developed methods and data to model and analyze HCV-host interactions at the systems level. Guided by biological data, PATHOSYS focuses on the design of novel algorithms and mathematical methods for systems biology, with the aim to provide generally applicable tools to elucidate biological processes. Based on developed models and using systems analysis, PATHOSYS will elucidate virus host interactions of Hepatitis C virus at an unprecedented level. As a direct spin-off, models and analysis methods developed in PATHOSYS will lead to the identification of new candidate host cell target genes applicable for the design of novel anti-viral drugs against hepatitis C. Targeting of host cell factors will reduce the likelihood for the development of therapy resistance and increase the chance for broad-spectrum antivirals. Inclusion of two SME partners will ensure exploitation of results generated in PATHOSYS and their transfer into industrial and pharmaceutical applications, thus strengthening economy and health care system in Europe.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SiS-2009- | Award Amount: 1.03M | Year: 2009

Despite their increasing participation in higher education and research, women are significantly underrepresented in certain disciplines and remarkably few women remain in top jobs in science. As attracting the best researchers with proportional representation of women and men is integral to the success of ERA and essential for the competitiveness of Europe, it is vital to ensure gender balance in research by changing the way of recruitment and career development. Based on available analyses and recommendations aimed to improve the situation of women in science, GENDERA will identify and discuss good practices of gender balance on national and European levels by networking and in workshops. The project will demonstrate the factors that limit the participation of women in specific scientific fields as well as in decision making positions, and introduce real-life implementation examples to top decision makers of research and higher education institutions. Using a shared Communication Plan, GENDERA partners will persuade the above leaders that the critical review and change of institutional recruitment, promotion and nomination policiesand their gender-related aspectswill contribute to the scientific, professional and economic success of their organisations. The understanding of this correlation will result in the commitment of the national actors who are in the position to advance the situation of women in research, with special emphasis to their representation in research management. Practical guidelines including recommendations and model gender policies will be developed during the project. The final European conference will discuss the projects results. GENDERA will contribute to changing the conscious/unconscious male-is-better attitude widespread in research organisations, will foster improvements in the representation of women in decision making bodies, and thus increase the possibility to make their voices heard on the national and European level.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRSES | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES | Award Amount: 239.40K | Year: 2011

Nowadays, customers purchase habits have changed: they do not buy more goods or services in the traditional sense, perceiving them as two separated entities. They rather look for a solution, whose value encompasses many intertwined components, some of them being services and some being goods. In this context, the Product-Service System (PSS) concept finds its root. The servitization process of a product manufacturer into a provider of a PSS still constitutes a major managerial challenge. This challenge is based on a new kind of solution, which considers the continuum between services and products, where services represent a key element for gaining competitiveness. Theoretical and practical experiences show that servitization pushes organisations to change their strategies, operations and value chain, technologies, people expertise and system integration capabilities. As a consequence, different competences are requested to be analysed to have a complete vision of the PSS phenomenon. An international interdisciplinary working group is important to fulfil the need to provide a complete vision of the PSS. Due to the vastness of the area, it is relevant to bring together, in the context of a collaborative scheme of research exchanges, the reciprocal knowledge of the partners. The project proposal links 10 members: 4 EU, 2 AC, and 4 third country partners, which have agreed for a common exchange program on the analysis of the Product-Service System across Life Cycle. The exchange program aims to facilitate the deployment of a collaborative scheme focused on the exchange of the knowledge required to develop new models/methods/ICT tools to support the PSS across all its Life Cycle phases. Each member provides complementary knowledge on the field. The project will concern the exchange of a set of various activities of PhD students, researchers and professors. The planned exchange scheme will enable the reciprocal transfer of knowledge between the members.

Berger J.,ORT Braude College
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter | Year: 2017

The standard operation of a dc SQUID leads to oscillatory electric fields that emit electromagnetic radiation. We estimate the effect that this radiation could have on the measured sample. A stationary SQUID could be advantageous if the oscillation contribution to back action on the measured sample has to be avoided. We study a superconducting loop that encloses a magnetic flux, connected to a superconducting and to a normal electrode, when a fixed electric current between the electrodes flows across the loop. The considered circuit does not contain Josephson junctions. We find that in a very broad range of parameters the current flow converges to a stationary regime, i.e. the densities of normal current and of supercurrent become functions of position only, independent of time. The potential difference between the electrodes depends on the magnetic flux, so that measuring this voltage would provide information on the enclosed flux. The influence of thermal noise was estimated. The sizes of the voltage and of the power dissipation could be appropriate for the design of a practical fluxmeter. We found narrow ranges of flux at which the voltage varies sharply with the flux. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRSES | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES | Award Amount: 366.90K | Year: 2014

The aim of the project is to make a major step-change in developing novel effective tools for studying complex systems based on stochastic geometry and stochastic evolution methods, on appropriate methods of analysis and combinatorics, as well as on numerical methods and computer simulations. The network we are going to create will unite efforts of leading specialists in this area towards scientific excellence, will establish new and strengthen existing long-term collaboration links between them, and will train a new generation of young researchers in this multidisciplinary area. The proposed research is assumed to employ existing and to elaborate new models of real-world object, and hence to have direct applications. The systems we are going to study consist of large number of interacting entities and may evolve in continuous space and time. Both their structure and evolution are of our interest. Such systems appear in broadly understood statistical physics, including its industrial applications, in spatial ecology, evolutionary and population biology, epidemiology, etc. In view of this, along with mathematicians the network includes physicists and biologists working with the corresponding experimental data and experienced in modeling real world objects of the mentioned areas. In this direction, we plan to study structure and properties of complex networks, such as polymers, irregular and random graphs, random fields on graphs, and their applications in the mentioned areas. The microscopic evolution of complex systems of this type will be studied in Markovian and time-delayed frameworks. Their meso- and macroscopic dynamics will be deduced from the microscopic theory by various types of scaling procedures. Along with systems of interacting entities we will study objects which can be characterized as evolving complex shapes, where methods of stochastic geometry ought to be especially effective. Such models have various applications, e.g., in neurogeometry and visua

Sabban A.,ORT Braude College
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation | Year: 2013

Biomedical industry is in continuous growth in the last few years. Low profile compact antennas are crucial in the development of wearable human biomedical systems. The polarization of the proposed antenna may be linear or dual polarized. Design considerations, computational results and measured results on the human body of several compact wideband microstrip antennas with high efficiency at 434~{\rm MHz}\pm 5\% are presented in this paper. The compact dual polarized antenna dimensions are 5× 5× 0.05 cm. The antenna beam width is around 100\circ. The antennas gain is around 0 to 2 dBi. The proposed antenna may be used in Medicare RF systems. The antennas S11 results for different belt thickness, shirt thickness and air spacing between the antennas and human body are presented in this paper. If the air spacing between the new dual polarized antenna and the human body is increased from 0 mm to 5 mm the antenna resonant frequency is shifted by 5%. © 1963-2012 IEEE.

Masri R.,ORT Braude College
International Journal of Impact Engineering | Year: 2014

The effect of adiabatic thermal softening on specific cavitation energy of metals is analytically investigated with respect to ballistic limit predictions. Explicit stress-plastic strain relation that includes strain hardening response, thermal softening effect and constant strain rate sensitivity is obtained from Johnson-Cook integral equation under adiabatic conditions and an analogous stress-strain relation is suggested for the Ludwik hardening model. Extensions of these two adiabatic curves for an arbitrary strain hardening response are derived from generalized integral equations and an example for the Voce hardening model is demonstrated. Adiabatic thermal softening is found to be governed by an exponential decay which is controlled by two nondimensional softening parameters and the strain hardening effect while increase of yield stress by a constant strain rate response leads to an increase of the thermal softening effect. Decrease of spherical and cylindrical, plane-strain and plane-stress, specific cavitation energies due to adiabatic thermal softening is quantified for several aluminium and Weldox steel alloys and reveals an effect of 2-21% with the greatest impact on aluminium 7075-T651 plates under plane-stress conditions. This effect is reduced by a factor of two in ballistic limit predictions but is intensified in estimations of low residual velocities via striking velocities that are close to the ballistic limit. Comparison of theory predictions with simulation results and experimental data for several aluminium and Weldox steel alloys demonstrates the validity of the present analytical model.©2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

We evaluate the influence of thermal fluctuations on superconducting rings that enclose a magnetic flux, using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model (TDGL) or the Kramer-Watts-Tobin model (KWT), while thermal fluctuations are accounted for by means of Langevin terms. This method is applicable in situations where previous methods are not, such as for nonuniform loops, rings with large width to radius ratio and loops with large coherence length to perimeter ratio. We evaluate persistent currents, the position and statistical behavior of flux-induced vortices, and the lifetime of metastable fluxoid states. The influence of nonuniformity on the persistent current does not depend strongly on the details of the cross section profile; it depends mainly on its first harmonic, but not only on it. As a consequence of nonuniformity the maximum of the persistent current shifts to smaller fluxes and the passage between fluxoid states remains non-hysteretic down to lower temperatures than in the case of a uniform sample. Our results obtained using TDGL agree remarkably well with recent measurements of the persistent current in superconducting rings and with measurements of the position of a vortex that mediates between fluxoid states in an asymmetric disc with a hole; they could also provide a plausible explanation for the unexpectedly short measured lifetimes of metastable states. Comparison of TDGL and KWT indicates that they lead to the same results for the persistent current, whereas KWT leads to larger lifetimes than TDGL. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Gladshtein M.,ORT Braude College
IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology | Year: 2011

Physical properties of nanotechnological elements and application requirements demand reconsideration of fundamental information principles of a computer architecture. First of all, it is expedient to return to decimal notation of numbers, which was successfully used in mechanical computers. Besides, it is preferable to use serial data transfer and processing because the cost function and signal propagation delay of the computation nanoelements and communication nanoelements are comparable. Therefore, the basic unit of novel nanocomputer architecture is a serial decimal adder. This paper presents a serial decimal adder design in quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) nanotechnology. The proposed QCA one-digit serial decimal adder is based on an original algorithm for addition of two operands encoded by the Johnson-Mobius code. The new adder design is compared with parallel and conventional designs as to its complexity, area, propagation delay, and cost function. The implementation details of the one-digit serial decimal Johnson-Mobius subtractor and adder/subtractor are also discussed. © 2011 IEEE.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRSES | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES | Award Amount: 287.70K | Year: 2012

Complex problems usually require the simultaneous consideration of multiple performance criteria within multidisciplinary environments. Multi-objective optimization (MOO) and, especially, evolutionary multi-objective optimization (EMO), is now recognized as possessing the potential to have a major impact in such problems. This is evidenced by the rapidly growing number of research publications and by the availability of a number of related software tools and users (academia and industry). As part of this development, Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), based on the results obtained through EMO/MOO, is an important challenge. The Consortium suggested here, has identified a number of very novel research directions within EMO/MOO, which promise a major step-change in the way that decision-making in complex interdisciplinary problems may be successfully realised. These directions not only will attract the research community but will also enhance its uptake by industry and other businesses. The Consortium consists of an interdisciplinary group of EMO pioneers and world-class researchers together with enthusiastic early-career researchers who are excited by this research field and its potential. The Consortium, possess remarkable complementarity with regard to theoretical and practical aspects of the research, and the fact that some pairings have already generated important results reinforces our conviction that Consortium research will make outstanding contributions to the field of MCDM. Our research will be underpinned by a strong programme of knowledge exchange, involving such activities as seminars, workshops, demonstrators and e-learning tools, aimed at both research institutions, industry and related businesses. The Consortium will strive to enhance science by providing a supporting environment for experienced as well as early stage researchers. This will be realised through the free exchange of knowledge across organizations, nations and continents.

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