Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2016 | Award Amount: 870.02K | Year: 2016
Following previous TEN years of successful implementation of European Researchers Night in Israel we will have: o Venues covering the whole country. o Involvement of the academic community including Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), all major research universities, leading collages and three science museums. o Awareness campaign at national level managed and funded by the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. o Groups of junior-high and high-school students (ages 12-18) will be invited by each partner to take part in each venue. We are ready and proud to implement European Researchers Night 2016 & 2017. All of the partners involved in the project have the experience of running successful European Researchers Nights events. With the successive increase in number of visitors along the years and the reputation of the event we are expecting more than 55,000 visitors each year. Same management as in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 successful events. Proposal covers both 2016 & 2017 European Researchers Night events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-NIGHT | Award Amount: 389.09K | Year: 2013
With 7 years of experience, support (in time, efforts and funds) from Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, 36,500 visitors last year, one Guinness World Record, 14 venues all over Israel from Kiryat-Shmona in the very north to Eilat in the very south and a National TV, National Radio and major newspapers coverage our strong consortium is really committed to Researchers Night success. In 2013 our Researchers Night event will be even bigger while most of the partners will send researchers to meet the audience outside the campuses at local cafs of neighbor cities. This way we will increase the number of people enjoying the face to face meetings with researchers and will tighten the connection between the universities and the community for yearlong cooperation. All of the partners which will operate 2013 Researchers Night event already have the experience and took part in previous Researchers Nights events. Partners which will run the event in 2013 are ALL of the universities in Israel, two of the leading collages and 2 science museum which one of them is the National Museum of Science, Technology & Space which will also coordinate the project. The main theme for this year Researchers Night event will be Space and us in conjunction with marking 10 years for the Columbia tragedy and the preservation of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, legacy of excellence and science. Management of 2013 will stay the same as in 2011 and 2012 successful events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 808.05K | Year: 2014
Following previous eight years of successful implementation of European Researchers Night in Israel we will have: o Venues covering the whole country. o Involvement of the academic community including Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), all major research universities, leading collages and three science museums. o Awareness campaign at national level managed and funded by the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. o Groups of junior-high and high-school students (ages 12-18) will be invited by each partner to take part in each venue. We are ready and proud to implement European Researchers Night 2014 & 2015. All of the partners involved in the project have the experience of running successful European Researchers Nights events. With the successive increase in number of visitors along the years and the reputation of the event we are expecting more than 50,000 visitors each year. Main theme for 2014 will be Water & Marine Sciences research. Main theme for 2015 will be Brain Research which is very attractive subject to the special 10th anniversary event. Same management as in 2011, 2012, 2013 successful events. Proposal covers both 2014 & 2015 European Researchers Night events.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 358.79K | Year: 2012
Over 6 years of experience with Researchers Night project and many more of engaging youngsters to science and scientists thought us that the more personal we make the event the more effective it will be on the long terms. In Researchers Night 2012 we will try to make it moving, touching and unique by all means. Scientists will wear special shirts or badges to be easily identified and will call the public to talk, ask, interview, discuss issues with them. Some of them will be involved in scientific missions with the public to increase communication and cooperation. Many other interactive activities will take place involving scientists and the public alike to achieve the important targets of the Researchers Night project. This year, the IRN2012 partners - a network of universities, colleges, science museums and science parks, many of whom worked together on Researchers Night in previous years, will cover Israel from north to south and from west to east, with many opportunities for the public to connect with the researchers in their own locations. The event will comprise face-to-face meetings with scientists, science cafes and small group discussions with scientists about their scientific activities and lives. Given the extended countrywide activities, we anticipate a greater number of participants. Read on for details...
Harison E.,Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
Information and Management | Year: 2010
U.S. legislation provides protection to database contents by intellectual property rights (IPRs) only if "a minimal degree of creativity" was involved in their creation. Although data collection may involve significant investments, factual content is not protected. The goal of the European Database Directive was to guarantee legal provisions for database content and digitized collections. However, the Directive has prompted a public debate about the accessibility to data sets for public use. We reviewed the legal status of database components and assessed the impact of both legislation regimes on a firm's strategies and policies. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Laslo Z.,Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
International Journal of Project Management | Year: 2010
It is well known that the progress of R&D projects has more and more begun to rely on the availability of individual experts who are generally scarce and expensive. The matrix structure considers periodic staffing of project teams which has been found to be efficient for non-scarce human resources but is impractical for individual experts. Our objective is to develop and evaluate an alternative approach for resource planning and scheduling that might be useful for project portfolio management. The method we suggest is an extension of a recently developed optimization model for a job-shop with several machines and chance-constrained deliveries. Our method determines in advance the hiring and releasing points of individual experts that maximize economic gain subject to chance-constrained delivery commitments. For this purpose, we use a simulation based on a greedy priority dispatching rule as well as a cyclic coordinate descent search-algorithm. A benchmarking of the staffing of project teams and the integrative methods shows that integrated planning and scheduling is a very useful tool for the decision-making process in project portfolio management. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.
Abramovitz A.,Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
IEEE Transactions on Education | Year: 2011
This paper suggests a pedagogical approach to teaching the subject of behavioral modeling of switch-mode power electronics systems through simulation by general-purpose electronic circuit simulators. The methodology is oriented toward electrical engineering (EE) students at the undergraduate level, enrolled in courses such as Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, or the like. The proposed approach is demonstrated by simulation example of a realistic active power factor corrector (APFC) system. The paper discusses the derivation of PSPICE/ORCAD-compatible behavioral models, their software implementation, and fast time domain, frequency domain, and stability analysis simulation techniques suitable for virtual study of complex nonlinear feedback systems. Some tricks of the trade are also suggested. The paper can be helpful to instructors of a Virtual Power Electronics Laboratory course wanting to conduct a software experiment on a PFC system. © 2010 IEEE.
Bykhovsky D.,Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
Applied Optics | Year: 2015
Free-space optical (FSO) communication may be severely influenced by the inevitable turbulence effect that results in channel gain fluctuations and fading. The objective of this paper is to provide a simple and effective simulator of the weak-turbulence FSO channel that emulates the influence of the temporal covariance effect. Specifically, the proposed model is based on lognormal distributed samples with a corresponding correlation time. The simulator is based on the solution of the first-order stochastic differential equation (SDE). The results of the provided SDE analysis reveal its efficacy for turbulent channel modeling. ©2015 Optical Society of America.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRG | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-RG | Award Amount: 75.00K | Year: 2010
A bionic eye that provides sight to blind people is now feasible. The implant creates a perception of vision by electrically stimulating the retina of a blind patient. There are several groups that are currently conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of visual prosthesis devices. So far, clinical trials have shown no safety issues and therefore, visual prostheses will probably receive market approval in the near future. As of now, there are no acceptable procedures to quantify the new kind of vision provided by these visual implants. The vision achieved from the implant is indeed artificial, of low resolution, and differs from natural human vision. Therefore, one cannot use visual acuity procedures that are used for seeing subjects. For example, due to the prosthesis narrow field of view, subjects must continuously scan the visual field using head or eye movements. As a result, viewing time is a major factor when measuring the functionality of the bionic eye. In contrast, time is not a critical factor in visual acuity testing of seeing people. The aim of this proposal is to develop tools that will assess the visual functionality benefits of visual implants designed to help severely visually impaired patients, i.e., those who are totally blind. Although the end point of the visual functionality of these therapies is a far cry from natural sight, the restored vision will significantly improve the quality of life of blind patients that currently do not have any alternative treatment. These implants have already radically affect the visual experiences of several patients. For example, blind subjects experience great happiness when perceiving visual information of family members. Herein, I propose to extensively research and develop tools that will measure and quantify implants artificial vision. Quantification of artificial vision acuity will lead to better devices that will hopefully bring light to thousands of blind people.
Gera A.E.,Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering | Year: 2013
The recently introduced TSCSTFCF start-up demonstration procedure is generalized to include multi-state tests (success, degradation, failure). The expected number of required tests and the probability of acceptance are evaluated. Comparisons to the previously known multi-state TSCS, CSTF and CSCF procedures, and to the binary TSCSTFCF procedure with i.i.d. tests are provided. A constrained optimization is presented for reducing the expected number of required tests subject to some constraints. Some reduction in the total number of tests is achieved for a correct choice of the relevant design parameters. Also, a procedure for estimating the possibly unknown probabilities of success, degradation and failure is presented using a maximum likelihood technique. Finally, it is pointed out how to extend the analysis for the case of nonidentical units. © 2013 World Scientific Publishing Company.