WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education

Print ISSN: 1790-1979
E-ISSN: 2224-3410

Volume 13, 2016

Notice: As of 2014 and for the forthcoming years, the publication frequency/periodicity of WSEAS Journals is adapted to the 'continuously updated' model. What this means is that instead of being separated into issues, new papers will be added on a continuous basis, allowing a more regular flow and shorter publication times. The papers will appear in reverse order, therefore the most recent one will be on top.

Volume 13, 2016

Title of the Paper: Evaluation of Vocational e-Learning Seminars

Authors: Dimitrios O. Tsimaras, Emmanouil A. Zoulias

Abstract: The use of e-training is nowadays widely applied into various sectors such as higher education institutions (HEIs), civil society or non-profit sector, in unions of rural sector, in training banking personnel. Newly introduced data analysis methods have been applied in the field of e-learning and evaluation. Data mining has been used for finding potential areas in which data mining techniques can be applied in the field of Higher education. Within this work, a text mining method applied to analyse the text data that have been collected from replies of public sector servants, during their online training seminars. A total of 379 trainees in 26 seminars conducted by the National Centre of Public Administration between the years 2008 to 2012 and were used as input in this evaluation. The procedure of classification was following a typical text mining analysis. In order to analyse the trainee’s opinion, a content analysis utilised and a more sophisticated text mining method with the use of Rapid Miner Tool was performed. This analysis resulted that among the 379 trainees appeared 446 occurrences of positive phrases, meaning 1.17 positive comments per trainee and 93 negative phrases that appeared with an average of 0.25 words per trainee. Furthermore the fraction of positive to negative opinions does not seem to be effected by the trainees’ gender.

Keywords: training, evaluation, e-learning, text mining

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #9, pp. 84-91

Title of the Paper: Development of Mechatronic Engineering Course for a Military Technological College in Gulf Region

Authors: Andrew Ordys, Sarim Al Zubaidy, Eugene Coyle

Abstract: Curriculum development, renewal and innovation are critical to successful engineering programs. In this paper, the authors describe the development of a new mechatronic engineering program at a new college of Higher Education. Small class sizes and high staff-student ratio are among the distinguishing characteristics of the college. The development of a mechatronic degree was taken to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Ministry of Defence Engineering Services. It has been both innovative and strategically designed in terms of balancing between the technical competencies required and the academic rigor of the 21st century engineering programs meeting international standards. The resulting program curriculum is thus both flexible and relevant. The flexibility of design of the Systems Engineering programs allows the pursuit of a variety of pathways. In addition, the curriculum is relevant as it is structured to allow for emphasis areas, aligned with stakeholders’ requirements, ensuring fit for purpose knowledge and minimizing the period of the on job training. The paper discusses the resulting implementation of the course and highlights the analysis and mapping against the expected profile of the graduates.

Keywords: mechatronics, skills-set, multidisciplinary engineering, training needs analysis, learning outcomes, engineering education, fuzzy classification

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #8, pp. 69-83

Title of the Paper: A Statistical Measure of Educational Disparities Due to Zero Tolerance Policies

Authors: N. Glenn Griesinger, Andrea J. Shelton, Emiel W. Owens Jr., Demetrios Kazakos

Abstract: We use the disproportion statistic to quantify the differences among ethnic groups and school settings. Patterns of disciplinary actions in four school settings, Non–Title I Non–Charter, Non–Title I Charter, Title I Non–Charter, and Title I Charter schools are examined. Analysis is based on the most recent data provided by the U. S. Office of Civil Rights. The importance of this research is that it is one of the first studies to show that not only are there differences in disparities due to zero tolerance policies among ethnic groups, but there exists statistically significant differences in disparities among school settings as well.

Keywords: Disparity, Disproportion Statistic, Zero Tolerance

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #7, pp. 64-68

Title of the Paper: Real-Time Control of Synchronous Generator in Island Mode Based on LabVIEW Software for Education Purpose

Authors: Gentian Dume

Abstract: In the last decades, Personal Computers are becoming powerful with acceptable prices. This has conduct in emergent requests for very sophisticated applications, which not only offer reliable simulations for the dynamic systems, but also to generate codes for real-time control of the electric drives. In this paper is presented a virtual system for monitoring and control of a salient-pole synchronous generator. This synchronous generator is connected to a DC motor acting as a turbine. The system is able to control the motor speed and the voltage of the generator stator windings. It consists of a portable PC and a Desktop PC connected in host/target configuration. The application is created in the LabVIEW environment. This system is fully available for the master degree students of Electrical Engineering Faculty of Tirana and recommended as a low cost alternative for education purpose.

Keywords: Real-Time Control, Synchronous generator, LabVIEW, host/target configuration, low cost alternative

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #6, pp. 50-63

Title of the Paper: Unsupervised Clustering Evaluation on Services of Public Library

Authors: Sofia Vlachou, Martha Georgaki, Charalampos Pagkratis, Marios Poulos

Abstract: This assignment examines the evaluation’s case of public libraries services. For this purpose ISOstandards indexes were used, which we adjusted to the indexes of MOPAB (Total Quality Unit of Academic Libraries). Overall, we used seven indexes. This assignment’s aim was for these indexes to be globally assessed using an expert’s opinion. The formulation of the above is made by an unsupervised clustering classification, which is implemented by the K-Means algorithm. This implementation’s results indicated that the success rate exceeded 99%. These results show that this method is valid and can be used for the assessment. The above purposes can definitely be achieved too.

Keywords: K-mean Algorithm, clustering, library evaluation

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #5, pp. 44-49

Title of the Paper: Literary Device within Vocational Training

Authors: Daniel Kučerka, Ivana Šmídová, Henryk Noga

Abstract: This article is aimed at the creation of literary devices. Readers states in training methodology that is being essential practical skill and expertise. It also describes a literary guide for specialized training of the field Hairdresser. Furthermore, Hairdressing industry as a whole, the characteristics of the subject of training and graduate profile. is It deal with the personality and the role of teachers of practical education. It explain to you the importance of literary devices and characterize educational resources. The practical part contains auxiliary teaching material, which includes information on the hair dye. There are different technological methods described hair coloring unit. I work I have added photographs and survey research using questionnaire. Results of the survey show that the materials currently used in practical education are inadequate. Furthermore, the relationship of teachers to individual students should also improve , teachers should pay individual attention to their students.

Keywords: hair dye, graduate profile, organization studies, role of the teacher of practical education, teaching aids

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #4, pp. 33-43

Title of the Paper: Mechanical Problems of Faired Tricycles: Investigation of Features Using Smartphones (Low Consumption Electrical Vehicles Eco Marathon)

Authors: Arnaud Sivert, Bruno Vacossin, Franck Betin, Sebastien Carriere, Jose Claudon

Abstract: The choices involved in designing a road-ready streamlined electric recumbent bicycle are numerous (tyres, suspension, centre of gravity, brakes, lighting, etc.). The fairing offers protection from poor weather conditions and improves the aerodynamics but increases the mass by 20 kg. This weight of the fuselage and an average speed of 50 km/h requires motorization. The vehicle’s range is defined by the energy required by a given motor as a function of road grades and average speed. Vehicle performance profiling requires instrumentation and recordings that can be achieved with a simple smartphone (lux meter, deceleration brakes, acceleration suspension, GPS and power, acoustic noise). The mechanical and electrical characterization is presented in this article with the aim of identifying the limits and possibilities of the vehicle. This article demonstrates that the realization of a low-energy vehicle is an excellent teaching tool that can be reintroduced into everyday life on any vehicle.

Keywords: Eco Marathon Challenge, motor power, project-based teaching, e-bike, e-velomobile, cycle brakes, cycle tyres, suspension, cycle lights, smartphone

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #3, pp. 20-32

Title of the Paper: A Novel Web-Based Laboratory for Remote Control of Power Lighting Processes

Authors: Felix Paune, Jean Mbihi

Abstract: The novel Web-Based Laboratory (WBL) presented in this paper is a multimedia framework for engineering education practice. It is designed and built for remote control of power lighting processes via Internet. The real lighting plant consists of : fluorescent lamps associated with dimmable electronic ballasts, a controllable lighting disturbance, a working space for visual activities, a light sensor, two wireless IP video cameras, and an Ethernet multifunction data acquisition board. In addition, a wireless router is used as a centralized access point for local IP equipments (wireless Internet link, web server computer, data acquisition board). For the sake of easy implementation of automated control tasks, Labview is used as an integrated tool for building the digital control software. From a virtual instrumentation panel of the application software, a variety of experiments could be remotely conducted via Internet. A sample of experimental results obtained and captured by independent authorized remote users operating from Cameroon and from France are presented. These results show the effectiveness of the proposed WBL, for remote experimentation of most control engineering concepts (e.g. open loop test, input time delay, PC-based PID controller, stability, and robustness), from anywhere in the world wide web via Internet.

Keywords: Traditional Laboratory, Web-Based Laboratory, Lighting Processes, Experimental Modeling, Time Delay System, PC-based PID controller, Remote Control, Disturbance Rejection, Robustness

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #2, pp. 7-19

Title of the Paper: Disclosure of User’s Profile in Personalized Search for Enhanced Privacy

Authors: Manoj Kumar. K.

Abstract: Personalized Web Search (PWS) is a search technique for providing better search results, viewing user history, and has been enticing much responsiveness recently. However, effective personalized search requires gathering and accumulating user data, which often raise severe concerns of privacy intrusion for many users. These concerns have become one of the key barriers for organizing personalized search applications, and how to do privacy preserving search is a prodigious challenge. Indeed, evidences show that users’ unwillingness to disclose their private data throughout search has become a major obstacle for the PWS. Sensitive User data is unprotected in the database records. In this paper, examining the issue of privacy preservation in personalized search and representing stages of privacy preservation. Encoding Algorithm is used for encoding the users’ profile data & it is mapped by unique alphanumeric identity using random unique identity generator algorithm. User identity to server is fully disclosed and privacy is preserved in web search without negotiating both personalization and privacy.

Keywords: web search, encoded user profile, Personalization, Random unique identity, Privacy preservation

WSEAS Transactions on Advances in Engineering Education, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-1979 / 2224-3410, Volume 13, 2016, Art. #1, pp. 1-6

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