1. ‘Electrospun nano-fibres for bio inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications’ - (MPNS COST Action MP1206)
Coordinator: Dr. Albana Halili
2. “Evolution of reading in the age of digitization (E-READ)” - (ISCH COST Action IS1404)
Coordinator: Diturije Ismaili
Developments in basic reading skills are a matter of urgent concern, and literacy is a key factor in the EU growth strategy (Europe 2020). Research shows that the amount of time spent reading long-form texts is in decline, and due to digitization, reading is becoming more intermittent and fragmented. In international reading assessments (TIMSS/PIRLS [2006; 2011]; PISA [2009, 2012]), students from Asia, Canada and Oceania outperformed European students on several measures. In Europe, one in five lacks adequate reading skills. There is much speculation about the cognitive implications of digitization, and empirical evidence indicates that affordances of screen devices might negatively impact cognitive and emotional aspects of reading. The goal of this Action is to improve scientific understanding of the implications of digitization, hence helping individuals, disciplines, societies and sectors across Europe to cope optimally with the effects. Based on a multidimensional, integrative model of reading, and combining paradigms from experimental sciences with perspectives (e.g., diachronic) from the humanities, the Action will develop new research paradigms, and metrics for assessing the impact of digitization on reading. These metrics enable the development of evidence-based knowledge of paper and screen reading, and provide guidance for practitioners, policy makers, publishers and designers.
The Project stared on November 2014 and ends on November 2018
More detailed information may be found in http://eread.unilib.rs/
3. “Ageism - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective – (ISCH COST Action IS 1402)
Coordinator: Diturije Ismaili
The aim of this Action is to enhance scientific knowledge and attention to the topic of ageism by integrating the different disciplines and schools of thought, by developing collaborations with public policy officials, non-academic professionals, civil society NGOs and older adults, by stimulating scientific and public interest, and by developing a new generation of researchers in the field. This Action is not intended to embark on new data collection efforts, but rather to consolidate and harmonize existing measures and empirical evidence in the field in order to generate new directions and collaborations for research and practice.
The project started on November 2014 and ends on November 2018
More detailed information may be found in http://notoageism.com/
4. Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar (COST TU1208)
Coordinator: Dr. Endri Stoja
COST Action TU1208 concerns the application of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) techniques in the context of Civil Engineering. The main goal is to create throughout Europe a scientific and technical community that not only shares information and knowledge on the matter by establishing links between universities, research institutes, companies and end users, but also promotes the use of this safe and non-destructive inspection method which, among others, can be applied in construction engineering, mine detection, the survey of archeological sites etc.
Project started on April 2013 and will end on April 2017
More detailed inofrmation may be found in http://www.gpradar.eu/
5. Semantic keyword-based search on structured data sources (KEYSTONE- IC1302)
Coordinator: Dr. Elton Domnori
The COST Action 1302 started on October 2013 with the support of 28 European countries. Epoka University represented by Dr. Elton Domnori joined in October 2015 in the quality of COST Near Neighbour Countries. The main objective of the Action is to launch and establish a cooperative network of researchers in fields related to semantic data management, the Semantic Web, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing, that coordinates collaboration among them to enable research activity and technology transfer in the area of keyword-based search over structured data sources. The coordination effort will promote the development of a new revolutionary paradigm that provides users with keyword-based search capabilities for structured data sources as they currently do with documents. Furthermore, it will exploit the structured nature of data sources in defining complex query execution plans by combining partial contributions from different sources. The main objective of the Action is complemented by the following secondary objectives: (a) promote the development of novel techniques for keyword-based search over structured data sources; (b) facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology to the scientific community, practitioners and the enterprises; and (c) build a critical mass of research activities and outcomes that achieve the sustainability of the research themes beyond the Action.
Project started on October 2013 and ends in October 2017.
More detailed information may be found in http://www.keystone-cost.eu/
6.Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality – (COST Action TU 1401)
Project Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sokol DERVISHI
In response to climate change, limited fossil fuels, and rising energy demand and prices, renewable energy is heavily promoted throughout Europe. While objectives to boost renewable energy and trans-European energy networks are ambitious, it is increasingly understood that public acceptance becomes a constraining factor, and general support for green energy does not always translate into local support for specific projects. Perceived landscape change and loss of landscape quality have featured heavily in opposition campaigns in many European countries, even though renewable energy can facilitate sustainable development, especially in disadvantaged regions rich in wind, water, biomass, geothermal or solar energy.
This Action investigates the inter-relationships between renewable energy production and landscape quality, and the role of public participation for the acceptance of renewable energy systems. The Action will develop a better understanding of how landscape protection and management, and renewable energy deployment can be reconciled to contribute socio-environmentally to the sustainable transformation of energy systems. This Action will consolidate and extend knowledge from a pan-European perspective using a modular methodological framework. This Action will enhance the science base for decision-making, and develop guidelines for public participation in planning renewable energy systems. The potential of sustainable landscape development, with innovative land uses producing synergies for landscape quality and renewable energy, will be revealed.
Project started on October 2014 and will end on October 2018
More detailed information may be found here.