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Europeanity and Eurovision: The Cultural Policies of 'Creative Europe' in the Sphere of Popular Culture

The Postgraduate Studies Program of the Department of Planning and Regional Development organize a lecture by Ms Daphne Tragaki, Assistant Professor of the Department History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly on “Europeanity and Eurovision: The Cultural Policies of 'Creative Europe' in the Sphere of Popular Culture” on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 18:00 in Room A2 of the Department of Planning and Regional Development.

 

Dr. Maurice Zeegers: Ethics in Scientific Research

We would like to inform you that as part of the webinars conducted by the Public Health and Social Medicine Forum (www.phforum.gr), on Tuesday 17/12/2019, from 14.00 to 15.00, Dr. Maurice Zeegers, Professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology, School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Department of Complex Genetics at Maastricht University, Netherlands, will give a lecture on "Research Integrity". The lecture will be about 20-30 minutes and a 15 minute discussion will follow.
It will be carried out through the Adobe Connect Meeting online platform on https://shipsan.adobeconnect.com/phforum/

 

Creativity and the Arts

The Postgraduate Programme of the Early Childhood Education Department organizes a colloquium on Creativity and the Arts, for the postgraduate students of the Department as well as teachers of primary and secondary education. It will be held on 15/12/2019 and will include the following workshops:

  1. ‘Throw out the notes, keep the music’, with Kostas Vomvolos, composer and improviser.
  2. ‘Sounding secret spaces’, a group music improvisation based on works of Pauline Oiveros, with Evi Nakou, animator and improviser.
  3. ‘Meeting the authors’, with the novelist Kostas Katsoularis
  4. ‘From words to poem’, with the poet Chloe Koutsoubelli.
 

The impact of text-reading while driving, through cluster modeling analysis and decision trees

Eftihia G. Nathanail
Professor, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Wednesday 11/12/2019, Time: 14:00
Room A2, Department of Civil Engineering

Abstract:
Driver distraction is one of the most significant causes of road crashes. The objectives of this paper were to (i) investigate the correlation of text reading and text sending with demographic characteristics, gender, age, race, highest educational level and driving experience was investigated along with the influence of other driving habits on these dependent variables, and (ii) develop driver behavior prediction models such as probability for lane encroachment while text-reading and driving.
The research was based on a sample of 203 taxi drivers in Honolulu, who drove a simulator under non-distraction and text-reading scenarios. Eight driving performance measures were recorded. The same drivers completed a survey questionnaire which included sociodemographic information and recorded drivers’ preferences and driving habits. Non-parametric testing was used to define clusters, based on gender, age, experience, educational level and race. The correlation was investigated of the driving behavior and the driving performance indicators.
Ordinal regression analysis was implemented for text reading, considering demographic parameters only, as independent variables, then enriched with driver habits, behavioral belief, risk comprehension, descriptive norms and control beliefs. One of the statistically significant results was that race appears to be a strong predictor of large effects during text reading. Multinomial logit regression was also used and the lane encroachment incidents demonstrated the best model fit with a classification accuracy of 87.6%. Text reading creates distraction, which affects driving behavior. Age and race are the most important influencers in distraction prediction.

 

First Stage Planning Principles Local and Special Spatial Plans (HFSF & CSF)

The Postgraduate Programs of the Department of Planning and Regional Development organize a lecture by Mr Dimitris Melissas Professor at the School of Architecture National Technical University of Athens On the topic of: First Stage Planning Principles Local and Special Spatial Plans (HFSF & CSF) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 18:00 in Room A2 of the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly

 


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