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The paper explores the influence of the background effect of induction or simultaneous contrast on a specific type of media during the reproduction of a constructed design solution. The lightness of the background that surrounds the primary stimulus (rectangle) on a specifically constructed design was varied in ten ways. The intensity and direction of variations in the manifestation of lightness was determined with the help of the technique of simultaneous binocular harmonization on a certain number of respondents (10). The ANOVA analysis determined the existence of differences between arithmetic means (F = 132,50; p = 0,000), and the post-hoc analysis by Fisher classified three groups of samples: samples on which simultaneous contrast reflects more strongly (a very dark background); samples on which the effect is weaker (a light background); and samples on which the effect is manifested in the opposite direction (a very bright background). © 2016, Strojarski Facultet. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 25, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Illinois. Of the four-year schools that were ranked, 35 made the list with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and DePaul University positioned as the top five. Illinois’ top 19 two-year schools were also included on the list, with Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Harper College and Waubonsee Community College coming in as the top five. “As online programs become more readily available at Illinois schools, the options for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule become more difficult to choose from,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list have proven themselves to be the most high-quality options for an online education in Illinois.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Illinois colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Illinois for 2017 include the following: Aurora University Benedictine University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Judson University Lewis University Lincoln Christian University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Moody Bible Institute National Louis University North Park University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Quincy University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Illinois’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Frontier Community College Harper College Illinois Central College John A. Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kaskaskia College Lincoln Trail College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Olney Central College Richland Community College Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


Damjanovic D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Kozak D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Gubeljak N.,University of Maribor | Trops V.,University North
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2016

Thin-walled pipes are not suitable for measuring fracture toughness parameters which are of vital importance in pipes because the crack failure is the most common in pipes. They are not suitable because it is impossible to make standard specimens for measuring the fracture toughness like SENB or CT specimens from the thin wall of the pipe. Lot of researches noticed this problem, but only few are found the good and cheap alternative solution for measuring the fracture toughness. Gubeljak and Matvienko proposed so-called Pipe-Ring specimen (PRS) or Pipe-Ring Notched Bend specimen (PRNB) as alternative solution to the SENB specimen. Until now, only the idealized geometry of PRS specimen is analysed, so specimen which is not cut out from the real pipe but made from plate. On this way, the residual stresses are neglected. The aim of this work is to estimate the hoop residual stresses in the real pipes used in boiler industry, produced by hot-rolling technique, so seamless pipes. These kinds of pipes are delivered only normalized, but not stress relieved too. Therefore, there are surly residual stresses present in pipes which are result of manufacturing technique, but also of uneven cooling after the production process. Within this work, hoop stress as the most relevant for pipes is estimated by two methods: incremental hole drilling method and splitting method. Although residual stresses are cause of collapse of many constructions, still in most cases of analysis and design of individual parts, structures and plants residual stresses are not taken into consideration. Residual stresses surly have some effect on the fatigue behaviour of materials as well as on the fracture toughness of material, therefore it is recommended to take them into account while calculating the lifetime of component or structure. © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Experiential leadership development centre to help position Canada for success TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 16, 2017) - Today, Deloitte formally launched Deloitte University North (DU North), a learning and leadership development centre, affirming its commitment to the growth and success of its people, clients and the global business community. Located within Deloitte's new national office, DU North is designed to invest in, and inspire tomorrow's leaders by bridging real-world experiences and active learning. "At Deloitte, creating a leadership culture focused on the development of our people is one of our highest priorities," said Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO. "Today, Deloitte University North joins a proud tradition of Deloitte University centres across the globe. Located in Toronto, the center is located in an international business hub and key market for the development of future leaders." More than a classroom, DU North offers an experiential learning experience, made possible with technology-enabled classrooms, live interpretation services and business leaders in the classroom leading courses. DU North is the only Deloitte University site in an urban setting ensuring the experience extends past the facility itself. In partnership with the Fairmont Royal York, DU North participants stay in the heart of the city directly across from Toronto's main transportation hub, Union Station. Following the recent completion of an extensive revitalization, Fairmont Royal York offers DU participants re-designed rooms with upgraded amenities, an exclusive business lounge and pantry, and 24 hour private reception coverage. "At Deloitte University North we're building the leadership skills of our people, not only for their individual development, but also for the benefit of our clients and the broader business community," said Duncan Sinclair, Vice Chair and founding Dean of Deloitte University North. "By developing bold and talented leaders we're helping to ensure that Canada will have the top-tier talent it needs to position the country for future success." According to Deloitte's recent report The Future Belongs to the Bold, Canadian companies need to be more courageous and take a strong position on issues such as leadership development if they are to compete, and win, globally. "Leadership development is a critical issue for the future of our country," said Frank Vettese, Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte in Canada. "For Canada to grow and prosper, businesses need to be willing to take calculated risks to disrupt themselves in the service of better shared outcomes. Deloitte University North will help us get there." DU North builds on the success of the Deloitte University Leadership Center in Westlake, Texas; Deloitte University Asia Pacific in Singapore; Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa in La Hulpe, Belgium and Chantilly, France; and Deloitte University in Hyderabad, India. Its curriculum mirrors the programs that are delivered annually to Deloitte's 244,000 practitioners, while at the same time tailored to the Canadian market. In 2017, over 8,000 key clients, community leaders and Deloitte practitioners from across the Americas and around the world are expected to participate in DU North programming. Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.


Horvat T.,University North | Havas L.,University North | Medved V.,University of Zagreb
icSPORTS 2015 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support | Year: 2015

The development of ICT technologies and usage in various fields enable faster development and analysis of large amounts of data, but also a way of saving the data. Stored data are easier to search, edit and analyse. Stored data, usually stored in databases, can be analysed and useful information can be drawn. As Internet communication becomes the dominant way in exchange of data and information, many application and expert system were developed. In this paper is shown AssistantCoach expert system, which was developed for supporting basketball coaches in making decisions and analysing games. It describes a new algorithm for game win percentage prediction and allows users to make notes about opponent players and teams, but also notes about their own players, trainings and different types of game analysis. Based on input parameters (IPE in selected time period, predicted parameters) the expert system calculates game win percentage. By increasing or decreasing parameters, coaches are able to find the highest percentage for the win and to use time before game to correct team mistakes. In addition to the algorithm for game win percentage, the expert system offers their user a number of different analysis and statistics. Expert system uses every input game boxscore and other notes as a new material to learn. Described methods and algorithm are verified on a selected sample of basketball games and selected time period. Copyright © 2015 by SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda. All rights reserved.


Strategic networking (SN) is the process through which firms leverage specialization, efficiently allocate transformational resources and optimize support through information sharing. The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of strategic networking (SN) on entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance of Croatian SMEs, one of a dozen small, open and still-transitioning European economies. Financial and non-financial indicators were used in order to more precisely clarify the multidimensional aspect of the SN-EO-performance relationships. The external environment was assessed in terms of turbulence, hostility and dynamism, where its direct effect on SN and EO was tested. Research results indicate that defined structural model has a satisfactory fit level to empirical data and that structural coefficients lead to the acceptance of the research hypotheses. More importantly, the results yield some significantly new elements necessary for understanding the role of SN for the EO and performance of SMEs in a developing economy. © 2016, Strojarski Facultet. All rights reserved.


Measuring process of acoustic quality parameters in sound control room in order to determine the best setup is described. Measurements of six sound control rooms impulse response have been made. The measurements are executed in accordance with the standard ISO3382. In all sound control rooms the same measurement method is used, but the measurement setups are changed. In the first scenario built-in monitor loudspeakers were used. In the second scenario, omnidirectional sound source was used. Omnidirectional measuring microphone and an artificial head were used as receivers. They were placed at the optimal listening position. Principal components analysis method is used to get the most accurate result from measured data obtained under different scenarios and measuring setups. Hence, the measuring conditions and setups which determine the value of subjective assessments of the sound control room are obtained. The results shall be used to calculate correlation between objective measurements and subjective assessments. © 2015, Strojarski Facultet. All rights reserved.


Internationalization represents an expansion of economic activity beyond the domicile economy, and it is reflected by quantitative changes and more extensive geographical organization of economic activity. In this paper internalization is defined by all aspects of the international activities, including export and import activities. Particularly interesting aspect of internationalization represents the internationalization of SMEs which is still insufficiently explored. Analysis of internationalization in this paper is based on business strategy approach, i.e. internal and external business factors. The business success in this paper is examined using a multidimensional approach, i.e. various dimensions of business success: financial business and organizational performance. Results of analysis of conducted empirical research by multiple linear regression analysis confirmed that internationalization has a positive impact on business performance of SMEs. By integrating different types of connections and structural elements of internationalization and their quantitative examination of the small business sector, this paper thesis presents significant empirical contribution. © 2016 Strojarski Facultet. All rights reserved.


Fajt S.,University of Zagreb | Krhen M.,University of Zagreb | Milkovic M.,University North
Tehnicki Vjesnik | Year: 2015

Objective parameters of the room acoustics quality are obtained from the impulse response, which is measured using the appropriate PC based acoustic measurement system with two types of loudspeakers. Such measurement gives the impulse response that is the result of measurement of the entire system, which consists of the room and electro acoustics equipment. In order to investigate the real influence of loudspeakers on the measurement results, the research was made in the same measuring conditions. Impulse responses were measured with the same measuring system. Measuring point was selected at the optimum listening position in the room, and all measurements were carried out in the same place. The loudspeakers were placed at the optimum and characteristic positions in the room, and rotated around their axes in order to determine the impact of their position and directivity characteristics on the measurement of objective parameters of room acoustic quality. © 2015, Strojarski Facultet. All rights reserved.


Brajkovic L.,University of Zagreb | Afric W.,University North | Afric V.,University of Zagreb
2015 38th International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics, MIPRO 2015 - Proceedings | Year: 2015

Role-playing, besides its use as a gaming media, can also be used as a powerful simulation tool. Due to its versatile nature and all the possibilities that it can offer us in building imaginary worlds and situations, we can also apply that technique to simulate real life and realistic behaviour. In project and knowledge management it is possible to use Role playing for optimization and building specific knowledge. Applying the simulation in advance, can greatly help us to recognize, prepare and solve most problems that may occur, reducing overall cost and time of any project. © 2015 MIPRO.

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