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Zlatni Pyasatsi, Bulgaria

Bakardjieva T.,Varna Free University
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology | Year: 2011

In this paper an open agent-based modular framework for personalized and adaptive curriculum generation in e-learning environment is proposed. Agent-based approaches offer several potential advantages over alternative approaches. Agent-based systems exhibit high levels of flexibility and robustness in dynamic or unpredictable environments by virtue of their intrinsic autonomy. The presented framework enables integration of different types of expert agents, various kinds of learning objects and user modeling techniques. It creates possibilities for adaptive e-learning process. The KM e-learning system is in a process of implementation in Varna Free University and will be used for supporting the educational process at the University. Source

Anderson J.,Northumbria University | Slaev A.,Varna Free University | Slaev A.,University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Journal of Architectural and Planning Research | Year: 2012

This paper evaluates the performance of Bulgarian planning in the tourism sector during the country's transformation from a state-run, socialist economy to a capitalist democracy over the last 20 years. Specifically, it explores whether planning objectives related to tourism were achieved. By analyzing data on the development of the tourism sector and the content of plans, the paper argues that planning objectives remained unmet; in fact, development on the ground often contradicted the objectives directly. The reason for this disconnect is that most plans included few implementation mechanisms. The tourism sector developed in the wake of market forces, which often pushed it in the opposite direction of the planning visions. The paper demonstrates that planners in post-socialist contexts, at least in Bulgaria, have failed to engage markets in a constructive way. Copyright © 2012, Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc. Chicago, IL, USA All Rights Reserved. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: ENV.2011.2.1.5-1 | Award Amount: 8.94M | Year: 2011

The TURaS project aims to bring together urban communities, researchers, local authorities and SMEs to research, develop, demonstrate and disseminate transition strategies and scenarios to enable European cities and their rural interfaces to build vitally-needed resilience in the face of significant sustainability challenges. To ensure maximum impact, the TURaS project has developed an innovative twinning approach bringing together decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academics to ensure meaningful results and real change are implemented over the duration of the project. 11 local authorities or local development agencies are involved as partners in the project and they will orient research and development from the outset towards the priority sustainability and resilience challenges facing their cities. 9 leading academic research institutions and 6 SMEs will work with these cities helping them to reduce their urban ecological footprint through proposing new visions, feasiblity strategies, spatial scenarios and guidance tools to help cities address these challenges. The specific challenges addressed in TURaS include: climate change adaptation and mitigation; natural resource shortage and unprecedented urban growth. Over the five year duration of the project, the feasibility of these new approaches will be tested in selected case study neighbourhoods and new measures to enable adaptive governance, collaborative decision-making, and behavioural change towards resilient and sustainable European cities will be tested. The impact of these new approaches will be measured and results compared between participating cities before a final set of strategies and tools will be developed for demonstration, dissemination and exploitation in other European cities. SMEs are highly involved in all work packages of the project and specific measures have been put in place to ensure the optimal economic impact of the project is achieved.

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