R. Subramaniam, PhD
Associate Professor
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Keynote Title: “Fostering interest in science through enrichment activities”

Abstract: Science enrichment activities provide useful opportunities for students to have hands-on experience with science in a real world setting. Such activities have been shown to promote cognitive gains as well as improve attitudes towards science. While informal institutions for the promotion of science are a useful venue for ready-made science enrichment activities, carefully crafted activities within the school setting can also be helpful. In this presentation, I share some of the findings from my research group in these areas, and argue for the need for science enrichment programs to be given greater attention by schools.

Bio: Dr R. Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has previously held the administrative appointments of Associate Dean (Educational Research) and Associate Dean (Graduate Academic Programs) at the university. Dr Subramaniam has several research interests, and these are broadly in the areas of science education and science communication. Publications number over 100, and this comprises 72 papers in peerreviewed international journal, 38 peer-reviewed chapters in edited books of international publishers, 6 books published by international publishers, and 3 guestedited issues of international journals. He has so far graduated 4 PhD students, 5 Master’s degree students by thesis and 5 Masters’ degree students by dissertation.


Prof. Dr. Osman Adıgüzel
Fırat University, Departmant of Physics
Turkey

Keynote Title : Shape Memory Effect and Simulation of Phase Transformation in a Binary Ni-Al Alloy Model

Abstract: Shape memory alloys take place in a class of functional materials, and shape memory effect is characterized by the recoverability of two certain shapes of material at different conditions. Shape memory effect is based on martensitic transformation which is a solid state phase transformation and governed by the crystal structures with the variation of temperature. Interatomic potentials play an important role in the formation of transformation. Martensitic transformation occurs in atomic scale with the cooperative movement of atoms in the material on cooling from high temperature parent phase region, and interatomic interactions govern this transition. Atomic movements are confined to interatomic lengths smaller than the lattice parameters of the material crystal, due to the displacive nature of the transformation.

Theoretical studies are focused on simulation techniques. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are important techniques in the solid material studies and based on the solution of Newton’s equations of the system. Interatomic potential functions are essential and play a key role in the progress of the method. In this method, a molecular dynamics cell (MDC) is constructed as a model; initial values of the physical parameters and boundary conditions are imposed. These techniques are conducted by applying a numerical integration algorithm for solving the equation of motion of a statistical ensemble that the interactions between the particles are represented by a potential energy function (PEF). The consistency of the obtained results with experimental values depends on the convenient modelling of the system by the PEF. Therefore, the most important stage of the MD simulations is to select the appropriate potential energy function.
In the present contribution, two molecular dynamics (MD) simulation methods which allow the system to vary in shape and size was used, in order to investigate the transformation characteristics. For this purpose, square molecular dynamics cells (MDC) of 216 B2 unit cells which include 432 atoms have been constructed. The molecular dynamics cell (MDC) has been cooled and heated in a temperature interval, 700K-350K. Sutton-Chen and Lennard-Jones potential energy functions have been adopted to explain how the potential energy functions affect the transformation mechanism.

Bio; Dr. Osman Adiguzel was born in 1952, Nigde, Turkey. He graduated from Department of Physics, Ankara University, Turkey in 1974 and received PhD- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Turkey in Solid State Physics with experimental studies on diffusionless phase transformations in Ti-Ta alloys in 1980. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He worked as research assistant, 1975-80, at Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey. He shifted to Firat University in 1980, and became professor in 1996, and He has already been working as professor. He published over 45 papers in international and national journals, He joined over 60 conferences and symposia in international and national level with contributions of oral or poster, and He supervised 5 PhD- theses and 3 M.Sc theses.

Dr. Adiguzel served his directorate of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Firat University in 1999-2004. He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates cooperation of his group and interest in Powder Diffraction File.

Scientific fields of Dr. Adiguzel are as follow: Martensitic phase transformations and applications to copper-based shape memory alloys, molecular dynamics simulations, alloy modeling, x-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy.


Soner Ozgen
Department of Physics
Firat University

 Keynote Title: Shape Memory Effect and Simulation of Phase Transformation in a Binary Ni-Al Alloy Model

Abstract: Shape memory alloys take place in a class of functional materials, and shape memory effect is characterized by the recoverability of two certain shapes of material at different conditions. Shape memory effect is based on martensitic transformation which is a solid state phase transformation and governed by the crystal structures with the variation of temperature. Interatomic potentials play an important role in the formation of transformation. Martensitic transformation occurs in atomic scale with the cooperative movement of atoms in the material on cooling from high temperature parent phase region, and interatomic interactions govern this transition. Atomic movements are confined to interatomic lengths smaller than the lattice parameters of the material crystal, due to the displacive nature of the transformation.

Theoretical studies are focused on simulation techniques. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are important techniques in the solid material studies and based on the solution of Newton’s equations of the system. Interatomic potential functions are essential and play a key role in the progress of the method. In this method, a molecular dynamics cell (MDC) is constructed as a model; initial values of the physical parameters and boundary conditions are imposed. These techniques are conducted by applying a numerical integration algorithm for solving the equation of motion of a statistical ensemble that the interactions between the particles are represented by a potential energy function (PEF). The consistency of the obtained results with experimental values depends on the convenient modelling of the system by the PEF. Therefore, the most important stage of the MD simulations is to select the appropriate potential energy function.
In the present contribution, two molecular dynamics (MD) simulation methods which allow the system to vary in shape and size was used, in order to investigate the transformation characteristics. For this purpose, square molecular dynamics cells (MDC) of 216 B2 unit cells which include 432 atoms have been constructed. The molecular dynamics cell (MDC) has been cooled and heated in a temperature interval, 700K-350K. Sutton-Chen and Lennard-Jones potential energy functions have been adopted to explain how the potential energy functions affect the transformation mechanism.


Prof. Dr. Adnan Baki
Faculty Member
Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education
Faculty of Education
Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey

Keynote Title : “Paradigms of Educational Research in Science and Mathenatics”

Bio: Adnan Baki is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Fatih Faculty of Education in Karadeniz Technical University. He is holding a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Brunswick, Canada and PhD in Mathematics Education form the University of London, UK.  His teaching consists of graduate and undergraduate level teaching in mathematics education and technology -enhanced learning. As a supervisor he directed 34 doctoral studies in mathematics education and instructional Technologies. He also directed 6 research projects, two of them were TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council) projects, all of which focused on teacher education and instructional technologies.

Prof. Dr. Baki has authored three books so far, including “Mathematics Education in Theory and Practice”, “History of Mathematics and Philosophy of Mathematics” and “Computer-based Mathematics Teaching”. His publications, in national and international journals are about 64. He is currently an editor in chief of Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education.


Dr. Lazar Stošić,
College for Professional Studies Educators, Aleksinac, Serbia
E-mail: lstosic@vsvaspitacka.edu.rs

Keynote Title : “Does the Use of ICT Enable Easier, Faster and Better Acquiring of Knowledge?”

Abstract: This paper aims to examine whether the use of ICT (Information Communication Technologies) enable easier, faster and better acquiring of knowledge. The study included 218 students from College for professional studies educators, Aleksinac, Serbia. A five-point Likert scale for students was designed. The scale was made up of 45 claims and its purpose was to determine whether the use of ICT enhances students’ skills. The results of the research show that the use of ICT enable easier, faster and better acquiring of knowledge. Qualitatively and quantitatively, students’ opinions were given, and hypotheses were confirmed.

Keywords: ICT in education; high education; students’abilities; attitudes of students.

Bio: Dr Lazar Stošić was born 06/13/1973. He is the Doctor of Computer Science. He completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies in 2009, Serbia. Working at the College for Professional Studies Educators, Aleksinac, Serbia. His speciality is educational technology, information technology and computer science. He has over 40 published papers in the country and abroad and one book. He has a large number of licenses and certificates in the field of computer science and education technology. Some of the certificates are from Springer Academy (How to Write and Submit a Journal Article, Journal Author Academy Part 1- Writing your Manuscript, Journal Author Academy Part 2 Submitting and Peer Review, Peer Review Academy, Springer English Academy, Book Author Academy – Certificate). He also serves on Editorial Boards in many journals. He was an honorary professor at the conference in Russia.

Some of the professional activities:

  • President and co-founder of the Association for the Development of Science, Engineering and Education, http://www.urnio.org.rs/index.php/2013-07-05-15-01-55
  • Editor in chief of the International Journal of Research in Cognitive Science, Engineering and Education (IJCRSEE) www.ijcrsee.com
  • Member of the Society for Computer Science, Germany, Number: GI 59631, from 01.07.2009. – Gesellschaft für Informatics e.V. (GI), German Informatics Society, Mitgliedsnummer: GI 59631 AhrstraBe 45, 53175 Bonn, Germany,
  • Member of the Society for Science and the Media, E-learning center at the University of Zurich since 2009 – Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft (GMW) e. V., E-Learning Center der Universität Zürich, Zürich,
  • Member of the program committee of internationally active scientific conference ‘Research paradigms childhood education’, the Conference of Teacher Education Faculty, University of Zagreb. 13 – April 15, 2015, http://www.penta-pco.com/congress/content.php?id=35&pageID=107&lang=HR
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of The International Scientific Conference “Innovative educational potential of space and subjects the conditions of education modernization” (20-21 November 2014, Russia, Rostov-on-Don)
  • Implementer of four seminars for continuous professional development of teachers, educators, professional associates and head for school 2014/2015 and 2015/2016., accredited by the Institute for the Advancement of Education, in accordance with European ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) standards of IT skills – http://katalog2015.zuov.rs/Default.aspx?oblast=21#kompetencije , no. 180, 181, 182, 183.
  • Implementer of four seminars for continuous professional development of teachers, educators, professional associates and head for school 2016/2017 and 2017/2018., accredited by the Institute for the Advancement of Education, in accordance with European ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) standards of IT skills – http://katalog2016.zuov.rs/Default.aspx?oblast=21#kompetencije  , no. 215, 216, 217, 218.
  • President of the Commission for the evaluation of works of ICT in the Republican contest of technical and IT education, Branko Radičević, Vranje, 18 and 19 April 2014.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee IV International Scientific Conference “Innovative educational potential of space and subjects the conditions of education modernization” (21-22 November 2013 Russia, Rostov-on-Don)
  • E-Skills Week – on-line exam in the organization of the Unified Association of Serbia, under the auspices of the European Union, the European Commission, the European ICT Assembly (CEPIS), authorized examiner at ‘EBC’ test center of Belgrade, 1-5. March 2010
  • Certified tester for taking and receiving ECDL / ICDL licenses’ EBC ”, Advanced Centre in Belgrade, since 2006

Prof. Dr. Adem KARAHOCA
Rector of Cyprus BAHCESEHIR UNIVERSITY
Bedrettin Demirel Avenue BAU Tower
Lefkosa/CYPRUS

Keynote Title: “Big Data Analytics Applications in Health Informatics and Psycho-Informatics: Digital Medicine Revolution”

Abstract: This topic provides new information about big data in the context of health informatics and psycho-informatics. Key characteristics of big data in health informatics and psycho-informatics are related with structured and unstructured genomics, psychometrics, metabolomics, clinical diagnosis and physiological personal data. Big data analytics will have prestigious effects on disease management in public health and preventive medicine on personalized treatment. This study focusses on new and forthcoming trends on big data in health and psychology.

Online and ubiquitous computation devices such as smart phones, tablets, wearable devices record every step of the users. Big data analytics presents an opportunity to monitor and analyzing not only the vital signs of human but also the behavior of the users in ubiquitous environment.

Technology and mobile devices cause the new generation to constantly collect information and engage in messaging. This situation can lead to the emergence of both health-related health problems and the persistence of these problems. One of the most important technology-focused health problems is technology and internet addiction. Technology and Internet addictiveness can be treated by psychologists and psychiatrists by using new psycho-informatics methods and technologies. By this viewpoint, psychology and psychiatry researchers have an interest to use modern data analytics methods to cure or provide some help to the Z generation of youngsters.

From this point of view, we have shared in this study the applications of big medical data, especially health, psychology and medicine, which will provide great advantages in the digital medicine revolution. Examples of some important health data analysis studies we can share include A) Processing of gene expression data by biostatistics methods, b) Examination of electronic patient records and laboratory results by machine training methods, c) Machine learning methods and risk analysis before surgery operations, d) Analysis of PET scans and patient records by machine learning methods, e) Processing of air quality data collected by social networks with machine learning methods, f) Analysis of users’ feelings in news tweets by machine learning methods .

Biography: He is a software engineer and holds a PhD degree in Software Engineering.  He is giving lectures in management of information systems, IT management services, data mining and software engineering. He has interested in human computer interaction, web based education systems, data mining, business intelligence, big data, big data in bioinformatics and management information systems. He has published articles, books and book chapters at the prestigious journals about use and data mining applications of business information systems in health, tourism, and education. He has edited and coedited books in data mining, mobile computing, data mining applications in engineering and medicine. He is coordinator in medical informatics in BAU Health and Sciences Institute. He is an academic member at the Academic World Education and Research Center. He is the founder rector of Bahçeşehir Cypurs University in Lefkoşa at Cyprus.


A/Professor Ergun Gide, PhD
Deputy Dean Research | School of Engineering and Technology
CQUniversity Australia, 400 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Keynote Title: “The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Information Technology Courses in Mobile Digital Age: Preparing University IT Programs beyond 2020”

 


Professor Joaquim Jorge
Department of  Informatic, University of Lisbon
Editor-in-Chief, Computers & Graphics

Bio: Joaquim Jorge is Full Professor of Computer Science at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST/UTL), the School of Engineering of the Technical University of Lisboa, Portugal, where he teaches User Interfaces and Computer Graphics. He received PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1995 and a BsEE from IST/UTL in 1984.
He was co-chair of Eurographics’98, which took place in Lisboa, Portugal. He has served as general chair or program chair for many conferences, including International Conference on CAD/Computer Graphics 2013 (Hong Kong), IUI 2012INTERACT 2011, ECCE’2008 (Funchal, Madeira), CAe2008 (Portugal), WSCG 2006 (Plz, Czech Republic – program co-chair)EGVE’06 and EUROVIS’06 (Lisbon, Portugal May 2006) and EG SBM’05 (Dublin, September 05), SBM’04 (Grenoble, France, September 04), EGMM04 (Nanjing, PRC, October 04) Workshops and EG MM01 (Manchester 2001). A long time practitioner of Computer Graphics, he first joined the Eurographics Association (EG) in 1986, helped organize the first Portuguese Computer Graphics Meeting in 1988 and was a founding member of the Eurographics Portuguese Chapter.
He leads the EG Working Group on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, served on the EG Promotions Board from 2002 to 2006, on the EG Publications Board from 1997 to 2000, was EG Conference Monitoring Officer for EG2001 and was elected member of the Associations’ Executive Committee from 2000 to 2006. He also serves on the Steering Committees of Expressive Graphics, Computational Aesthetics and NPAR (Non-Photorrealistic Animation and Rendering) conference series.
He was invited as proposal evaluator for the ITR program of the National Science Foundation in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and EU’s IST Fifth framework program, EUREKA and related consultation meetings on many different occasions.
He has been a member of several research projects both at the National and European Level, Including MAXIMUS, IMPROVE and Eurotooling 21 research projects. He was Principal Investigator (PI) of the SmartSketches (IST-2000-28169) project, and led the Alfa INETGAM II-0072-A network of excellence, both started in 2001. He also leads the CGEMS international project, co-funded by the EC Eurographics and SIGGRAPH Associations since September 2002. He participated in several European projects connected to graphics and graphics standardization efforts as a researcher with the Portuguese Computer and Systems’ Engineering Institute (INESC) CAD/CAM group from 1984 to 1989.
He was a consultant with FhG/IGD in Multimodal Interfaces (1999).
He serves or has served on the program committees of over 170 international conferences. Since 2007 he is Editor in Chief of Computers & Graphics Journal and serves or has served on the board board for six other international journals. He is affiliated with ACM (Distinguished Member since 2017, Senior Member since 2007) / SIGGRAPH since 1989, IEEE Computer Society (Senior Member since 2000), IAPR, and was chairman of the Eurographics Portuguese Chapter from 2000-2008. He served as IFIP TC13 (Human Computer Interaction) National Representative from 2000 to 2013. He served on the ACM/SIGGRAPH Educational Committee since 2004-2011 and Small Conferences Committee since 2008. He has also served on the EG Education Board since its inception in 2001. Since Juy 2014 he is Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Specialized Conferences Committee. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker since 2015 and a Member of the ACM Europe Council since 2015.
Joaquim Jorge’s interests are in Calligraphic and Multimodal User Interfaces, Visual Languages and Pattern Recognition techniques applied to Human-Computer Interaction. He is author or co-author of over 260 papers published in peer-reviewed international conferences and publications. He was elected Fellow of the Eurographics Association in 2010. In 2014 he was given the IFIP Silver Core Award for his services to IFIP TC13.


Prof. Dr. Asaf Varol
Chair of Department of Software Engineering
College of Technology, Firat University (Turkey)
varol.asaf@gmail.com

Keynote Title: Digital Transformation

Bio. He completed his German Language Education between 1972 and 1973 in Germany. He finished his Machine Engineering Training Course in 1975 in Kassel/Germany with the support of IAESTE grant. He completed his BSc. study at Firat University/Turkey where he was the honored student (highest GPA among students) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and he started his MSc. study at the Institute for Nuclear Energy of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1977. He had started as an Engineer at ITU Research Reactor in 1978, and after finishing his master study he had begun to work as a Research Assistant at Firat University in 1979. Between 1981 and 1982 he completed his dissertation experiments at Karlsruhe University in Germany with DAAD scholarship and later earned his PhD from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) in 1983. He joined academic studies in the field of Computer Systems at Indiana and Purdue Universities in the USA via World Bank scholarship. He was promoted to Associate Professor in Energy Education in 1991.

He established first local University Television Broadcasting System at Firat University. This system has been broadcasting continually since 1991.

He was appointed for the position of Director of Revolving Funds Management of Technical Education College between 1991 and 1996. In 1992, he joined Salford and Bradford Universities in UK for academic studies on computer aided education and design. In 1995, he was invited to Oklahoma State University in the USA to have studies on Vocational and Technical Education, and Informatics. He was promoted to “Full Professor” in the field of Computer Systems Education in 1997. He used DAAD scholarship to work on a project in the field of Robotics at Bremen University/Germany in 1998. Between 1998 and 1999, he took the charge to combine the revolving funds management at Firat University. Specifically, he prepared the regulations and directives related with revolving funds management.

He served as the member of National Informatics Committees at Higher Education Council of Turkey (HECT) between 1999 and 2002. Between 2000 and 2004 he was the founder Dean of Communication College. Between 2003 and 2005, he taught different courses titled Analysis-Engineering Systems, Advance Mechatronics, Pro/Engineer (Solid Modeling), and Statics at West Virginia University in the USA. He was the founder vice president of Siirt University between 2007 and 2008. He held also the Dean of College of Education at Siirt University at the same time.

He was Firat University’s coordinator for the “East Anatolia Development Project” that supported by Ministry of Development of Turkey between 1998 and 2001. Prof. Dr. Asaf Varol was the Director of the Revolving Funds Management of Firat University between 2008 and 2012.

He has been serving as the Chair of Software Engineering Department at Firat University since 2011. He taught Introduction to Digital Forensics and Information Assurance Course at Sam Houston State University in Fall 2013. He is the founder of the Department of Digital Forensics Engineering at Firat University that is the still unique and first in Turkey. He has established a dual degree program between Firat University and Sam Houston State University in 2012.

He is the founder of the Association of Software and Cyber Security in Turkey (http://www.softcybersec.org) which aims to create and develop national software for up-to-date technologies and to defense country against cyber-attacks.

He was founder of the International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security (http://www.isdfs.org) in 2013. This symposium is organized by consortiums members of Sam Houston State University (SHSU-US), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR-US), San Diego State University (US), Youngstown State University (US), Petru Maior University, Romania; Politechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal, Firat University (TR), Gazi University (TR), Hacettepe University (TR), Balikesir University (TR), Baskent University (TR), HAVELSAN (TR), and Arab Open University (Lebanon). This symposium has been supported by IEEE since 2016.

He was elected as External Quality Examiners of Higher Education Council of Turkey in 2017 and he evaluated the education system of Abant İzzet Baysal University in 2017.

He graduated from the Master program in Public Administration at Sam Houston State University on May 13th, 2017. He is fluent in English and German languages. He is married to Nurhayat and have two sons with three grandchildren.

He has published more than 300 journal papers, books, proceedings, and he has been a columnist at BT/Haber and Gunisigi Newspapers since 1997 where he has a dedicated column.

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