Craiova, Romania
Craiova, Romania

The University of Craiova is a public university located in Craiova, Romania. Founded in 1947, with 4 institutes at the beginning, in the Palace of Justice of Craiova. It is the largest university in the historical Oltenia province of Romania. It was the last university established in the Kingdom of Romania. It was the fifth university in Romania officially approved by the Ministerial Council of the Socialist Republic of Romania in 1965, with 7 faculties: Mathematics, Philology, Electrotechnics, Agriculture, Horticulture, Chemistry and Economics. The university is a member of the European University Association. It currently includes a total of 16 faculties and 2 colleges for undergraduate and postgraduate programms. Professor Dan Claudiu Dănișor is the University's 12th Rector since 2012. The university is governed by a 7-member Vice-Rector. The university is internationally known by its football club FC Universitatea Craiova. Wikipedia.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-4.4-2014 | Award Amount: 6.57M | Year: 2015

This proposal is for the creation of a Research and Innovation Action aimed at advancing innovation in the Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) sector (topic MG.4.4-2014). It is called PROMINENT Promoting Innovation in the Inland Waterways Transport Sector and will address the key needs for technological development, as well as the barriers to innovation and greening in the European inland navigation sector. PROMINENT thereby is fully in line with the objectives of the European action programme NAIADES-II. PROMINENT addresses all topics included in call MG.4.4-2014 and is geared towards reaching its full impacts during the project lifetime. PROMINENT is ultimately aimed at providing solutions which make inland navigation as competitive as road transport in terms of air pollutant emissions by 2020 and beyond. In parallel PROMINENT aims to further decrease the energy consumption and carbon footprint of IWT, an area where IWT has already a strong advantage compared to road transport. PROMINENT will focus on: Massive transition towards efficient and clean vessels. Certification and monitoring of emission performance and development of innovative regimes Harmonisation and modernisation of professional qualifications and the stimulation of the further integration of IWT into sustainable transport chains. PROMINENT will achieve the following targets: - develop cost-effective solutions applicable to 70% of the fleet and reduce the implementation costs by 30%; - involve all relevant stakeholders; - actively address and remove implementation barriers by 2020. The PROMINENT partners have found broad support among political and commercial decision makers in the field of inland navigation. Through its direct access to relevant industrial stakeholders and Member States the consortium has obtained significant backup needed to perform the work. The commitment of these organisations will lead to a high acceptance and further dissemination of results.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRSES | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES | Award Amount: 500.00K | Year: 2012

The main objective of this project is to create fundamental understanding in dynamical systems theory and to apply this theory in formulating and analyzing real world models met especially in Neuroscience, Plasma Physics and Medicine. The specific objectives, tasks and methodology of this proposal are contained in the 5 WPs of the project. In WP1 we want to develop new methods for the center and isochronicity problems for analytic and non-analytic systems, study bifurcations of limit cycles and critical periods, including time-reversible systems with perturbations, and investigate reaction-diffusion and fractional differential equations. In WP2 we deal with the problem of integrability for some differential systems with invariant algebraic curves, classification of cubic systems with a given number of invariant lines, study global attractors of almost periodic dynamical systems and their topological structure, respectively, Levitan/Bohr almost periodic motions of differential/difference equations. The main objective of WP3 is to study dynamics of some classes of continuous and discontinuous vector fields, preserving, respectively, breaking some symmetries, study of their singularities and closed orbits for classes of piecewise linear vector fields. WP4 deals with Hamiltonian systems in Plasma Physics, twist and non-twist area preserving maps, further studies of a recent model proposed to study some phenomena occurring in the process of plasmas fusion in Tokamaks, numerical methods, and the study of symmetries of certain kinds of k-cosymplectic Hamiltonians. The last WP tackles mathematical models in Neuroscience and Medicine. Firstly, we study several ODE-based and map-based neuronal models, survey in vivo results with respect to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and propose a model for ASD. Secondly, we study several approaches to mathematical models for diabetes. Finally, bone remodeling by means of convection-diffusion-reaction equations is our last task.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.8.2 | Award Amount: 3.73M | Year: 2014

The PELARS project generates, analyzes, uses and provides feedback for analytics derived from hands-on, project-based and experiential learning scenarios. The project produces and evaluates technology designs for analytic data generation for constructivist learning scenarios in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics, including: technology solutions, infrastructure, activities, assessment, curricula, and classroom furniture and environment designs. The project addresses three different learning contexts (post-secondary design studios, post-secondary engineering sciences classrooms, and secondary-level high school STEM learning environments) across four national settings in the EU. This is done through teacher and learner engagement, user studies and evaluated trials in all three of these contexts. The PELARS project provides technological tools and ICT-based methods for collecting activity data (moving image-based and embedded sensing) for learning analytics (data-mining and reasoning) of practice-based and experiential STEM. This data is used to create analytics support tools for teachers, learners and administrators, providing frameworks for evidence-based curriculum design and learning ecosystems. The PELARS project creates behavioral recording inputs, proving a new learning analytic that is scalable in application, and bridge qualitative and quantitative methods through reasoning and feedback from input data. The project serves to help better understand learners knowledge in physical activities in laboratory and workshop environments, as well as informal learning scenarios. PELARS traces and helps assess learner progress through technology enhancement, in ways that have been un-attempted and un-scalable until now. The project results in learning analytics tools for practice-based STEM learning that are appropriate for real-world learning environments.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-CSA | Phase: INNOVATION | Award Amount: 79.65K | Year: 2015

In the context of innovation-divided Europe and scarce consultancy in RDI, Macro Region 4 Romania is facing its peak of natural development and moving towards its turning point. The core members of the Ro-Boost SMEs consortium are aware that it is time for smart action in order to achieve the goal of reducing the innovation divide among companies. Based on the vision stated in the Ro-Boost SMEs Implementation Strategy, the core members of the consortium jointly elaborated the project Ro-Boost Inno SMEs that is aiming to consolidate innovative businesses - rooted into the Smart Specialisation Strategy - and to expand their position within the sector global value chains. As being ambitious, this goal can be achieved by surgical interventions, bringing added value to SMEs and innovative sectors, using an innovative delivery system and by setting up a vibrant community of innovators. The proposal is built around relevant institutions at Macro Region 4 level, using in-depth competences of our experts to create success regarding the indicators, satisfaction among clients, impact at macro regional level and innovation culture within business environment.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.80M | Year: 2013

Dorothy Project is targeted to develop the potential of innovation and research in the four Regions Tuscany (Italy),Valencia (Spain),Lisbon and Tagus (Portugal) and Oltenia (Romania) composing the Consortium in the field of Urban Logistics, one of the main focus of attention of the Flagship Initiative. In fact UL could reach 40% of the total cost of transportation and has great relevancy for energy consumption ad for town environmental quality. Research and technological innovation can play a significant role in the improvement of competitiveness of the sector. The Project organization shows a two level structure: -the Consortium partners, qualified in their specific role, experienced in the field, capable of developing the work required, be representative of the realities of the local Clusters, cover the essential roles in the Project. -The Stakeholders group, composed by all the initial partners of the Clusters and by other significant stakeholders (representatives of Associations, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) which can address and support the actions foreseen by the Project. The specific objectives of the Project can be synthesised as follow: -To define lines of research and innovation for the Clusters compliant with the specific technological and territorial specialisations. -To address the research-driven clusters in the four Regions toward common developments and collaboration through networking activities. -To set up the better conditions for the full exploitation of the results of the researches. -To ensure the spread of knowledge through high quality dissemination and stakeholders involvement. -To support the internationalisation of the Clusters through specific actions (Albania and Brazil already interested ). -To define Joint Action Plans (JAP) for the four Regions, with the active involvement of the Regional Authorities and Agencies -To mentor the start-up of the research clusters -To monitor the start-up of the activities defined in the JAP.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 118.32K | Year: 2014

The general objective of the project is to promote scientific research in Romania and to share to general public the enthusiasm of professionals working in this field. Our approach for this national coverage event is to present science and scientists in a non conventional way, employing edutainment methods. The easiest way for the public to learn about science and research is to experience things and to remember amusing scientific experiments or demonstrations. Similar activities, conducted in a regular manner should be a trigger for the pupils and students to consider a career in research following graduation. Our event will take place in 6 cities: Bucharest, Craiova, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara, and are organized by enthusiastic teams from Universities and research Institutes. The gravity point of all proposed activities is represented by various open air activities, organized in an amusing manner by real scientists and students. Furthermore we would like to stress the importance of scientific research for a modern society and to share information on major research infrastructures in Romania (e.g ELI project). European Research Area and the program Horizon2020 will be presented interactively at EU corners. The target audience for all locations include pupils, students, teachers, parents and grand parents, with special attention devoted to gender equality. We will attract pupils and parents from rural regions, kids with special educational needs, kids from the gifted education programme and theirs trainers. Special tours will be organized for policy makers in educational area, science teachers and science journalists. By means of a well developed media plan, including social media tools, during the awareness campaign we expect that more that 700000 people will know precise data about our project: locations, hours, proposed activities. In all proposed locations we expect a total number of participants higher than 20000 people.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-NIGHT | Award Amount: 41.13K | Year: 2013

Science: The Great Escape is an event designed to create the public perception of science as something that is not only confined to the laboratory. We intend to stage the event as a getaway of research from its own environment and to bring it centre-stage, in public places in four major Romanian cities: Bucharest, Craiova, Iai and Timioara (combined population 3,5 million). The concept will be fully integrated in the organization of the event, allowing us to put together a really creative awareness campaign, to use original outdoor advertising, to use it as a pretext to gain a better understanding of science (in order to identify something, you must know what is science and what is not), to use the same idea to design the stage of the science shows and, last, but not least, to portray scientists as people trying to better understand not something abstract, in the laboratory, but the world around us itself. The main attraction will be the various open air activities organized by researchers themselves in public squares and shopping malls. In addition to that, the participants will also be able to take guided laboratory tours, to visit science photography exhibitions and to gain a better understanding of the most important EU funded scientific project to be set up in Romania: ELI - Nuclear Physics. The target audience for all locations include pupils, students, teachers, parents and grand parents, no matter theirs background or science skills, with special attention devoted to gender equality. We will encourage and attract pupils and persons from rural regions, kids with special educational needs, kids from the gifted education programme and theirs trainers. By means of a well developed media plan, including social media tools, during the awareness campaign we expect that more that 300000 people will know precise data about our project: locations, hours, proposed activities. In all proposed locations we expect a total number of participants higher than 10.000.


Popescu E.,University of Craiova
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning | Year: 2010

Personalized instruction is seen as a desideratum of today's e-learning systems. The focus of this paper is on those platforms that use learning styles as personalization criterion called learning style-based adaptive educational systems. The paper presents an innovative approach based on an integrative set of learning preferences that alleviates some of the limitations of similar systems. The adaptive methods used as well as their implementation in a dedicated system (WELSA) are presented, together with a thorough evaluation of the approach. The results of the experimental study involving 64 undergraduate students show that accommodating learning styles in WELSA has a beneficial effect on the learning process. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Iancu I.,University of Craiova
Pattern Recognition Letters | Year: 2014

Intuitionistic fuzzy sets, proposed by Atanassov, have gained attention of many researches for applications in various fields. Different types of similarity measures for intuitionistic fuzzy sets were proposed and used in numerous applications. In this paper we extend some crisp cardinality measures to measures for intuitionistic fuzzy sets; the main role in this process is played by the Frank t-norm family. © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V.


Popescu E.,University of Craiova
World Wide Web | Year: 2014

During the last few years, social media technologies have started to be used for collaborative learning. While most of the case studies reported so far involve a single social media tool or several individual, separate tools, in this paper we advocate the use of an integrated social learning environment, which aggregates several Web 2.0 tools (wiki, blog, microblogging tool, social bookmarking tool, media sharing tools). The platform, called eMUSE, occupies a well defined niche in the landscape of Web 2.0-enhanced learning spaces, providing value-added services for both students and teachers: learner tracking functionality, monitoring and visualization features, grading and evaluation support. A comprehensive rationale underlying eMUSE, a description of the platform architecture and functionalities, as well as an experimental validation in a project-based learning context are provided in the paper. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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