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Archive 2008

December

12/17/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Domen MARINČIČ entitled Automatic text parsing aided by clause splitting and intra-clausal coordination detection. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 10 a.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.
 
12/15/2008
12/8/2008
The lecture, entitled Predictive clustering rules for structured data
will be held on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 14:00 at the J. Stefan Institute Senate Room.

Predictive clustering rules for structured data

dr. Bernard Ženko 

The predictive clustering approach to rule learning is based on ideas from two machine learning subareas, predictive modeling and clustering.
Both areas are usually regarded as completely different tasks, however, there are also some similarities between the two areas. Predictive clustering approach builds on these similarities. It constructs clusters of examples that are similar to each other, but in general takes both the descriptive and the target variables into account, and associates a predictive model to each constructed cluster. Methods for predictive clustering enable us to construct models for predicting structured data, as long as we can define a distance measure and a prototypical element for these data. We will focus on methods for learning rules and illustrate the approach on vector variables and short time series.

October

10/15/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Dimitrij NAJDOVSKI with the title "SELF ORGANISED CRITICAL DYNAMICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT"  on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.
 

September

9/11/2008
Anadolu University approved one position for Erasmus student for the 2nd year of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies program
 for Individual Research Work from October 1, 2008 until January 31, 2009 in the laboratori of Prof. Dr. Ender Suvaci. The candidates are requested to apply until 15.9.2008 by email to aleksander.zidansek@mps.si
9/1/2008

Dates for the enrolment interview with the head of the study program:

- Program Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: Tuesday, September 16, at 2 p.m.

- Program Ecotechnology: Wednesday, September 17, at 2 p.m.

- Program New Media: Monday, September 22, at 2 p.m.

All interviews will be held at IPS Lecture Hall (room N-205), Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

 

August

8/29/2008

MPŠ ima tri potrjene podiplomske programe, ki so v skladu s projektom ESS VS-06-19, ki ga delno financira Evropska unija, vključeni v prenovo v skladu z bolonjskim procesom:
• Nanoznanosti in nanotehnologije,
• Novi mediji in e-znanost,
• Ekotehnologija.

V pripravi so tudi programi s področij:
• Mehatronski in adaptronski sistemi,
• Ergonomija,
• Reologija.

Podrobnejše informacije so na voljo v dokumentu Projekt ESS_VS-06-19.

Opis predmetov.

Bologna 2nd level proposal

8/25/2008
Presentation of Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS) will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 2 p.m. at IPS Lecture Hall (Room N205, 2nd Floor), Jamova 39, Ljubljana.
 

July

7/25/2008
The 2008/2009 call for enrolment to postgraduate study programmes at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School

JOŽEF STEFAN INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL in cooperation with JOŽEF STEFAN INSTITUTE

ANNOUNCES IN 2008/2009 CALL FOR ENROLLMENT INTO:

I. THREE DOCTORAL AND MASTER DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMMES:

1. NANOSCIENCES AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES
The progamme comprises:
-  ceramic, metalic and other nano-materials, nano-chemistry, nano-physics, nano-mechanics
-  nano-biology, structural biology, molecular biology and biochemistry
-  application of nano-systems for new materials, catalysts, electronic and computer elements, and in
   biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology and in environmental technology

2. NEW MEDIA AND E-SCIENCE
The progamme comprises:
-  computer structures and systems, including embedded, parallel and distributed systems
-  knowledge technologies, intelligent systems, human language technologies
-  digital communications, open systems and networks, security technologies
-  automation, robotics and biocybernetics, computer automation and control

3. ECOTECHNOLOGY
The progamme comprises:
-  sustainable development, environmental management systems, environmental control and development
-  technology management
-  development and application of clean technologies and products

Enrollment requirements:
• University degree in natural sciences or technology (equivalent of 240 ECTS credits)
• Average grade of university studies at least 8 (on 1 to 10 scale) or 2 years of relevant work experience
• Active knowledge of English
15 positions are open in each programme for each study year.

II. THREE SECOND LEVEL DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMMES:

1. NANOSCIENCES AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES
2. NEW MEDIA AND INFORMATION-COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
3. ECOTECHNOLOGY

Enrolment Requirements:
Eligible for enrolment in the first academic year of second-level study programmes are candidates who have graduated in the first-level study programmes in natural sciences, technical disciplines or computer science earning at least 180 credit points, or have completed higher education studies in these fields comprising at least three years of lectures. Candidates must also be proficient in English, which they can prove by language proficiency certificates.
Graduates from first-level study programmes in other disciplines, totalling 180 credit points, should address their applications to the IPS Study Commission, which defines study obligations to be met by candidates before enrolment in the first academic year. These obligations are defined from the teaching modules of the first-level study programme depending on the dissimilarity of the disciplines concerned, and total between 10 and 60 credit points. Candidates can fulfil these obligations either during their first-level degree studies, through advanced training programmes or by passing the relevant exams before enrolment in the master’s degree study programme.
Candidates who have completed first-level undergraduate study programmes, totalling 240 KT, in natural sciences, technical disciplines or computer science may enrol in the second academic year of the second-level studies and will be given recognition for 60 credit points worth of study obligations. On enrolment, their compulsory exams earning 18 to 21 credit points will be individually determined so that they can obtain knowledge and skills complementary to their previous studies.
In the case of limited admission the Study Commission shall prepare the list of accepted candidates on the basis of the following criteria: Achievements in first-level undergraduate studies, eventual work experience and other study or research achievements, prizes and awards stated in the CV and letter of motivation for studies.

15 positions are open in each programme for each study year.

Application must be submitted by  September 15, 2008 to:
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Enrollment forms and information about studies are available at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School homepage (http://www.mps.si/).

Please note that the following documents are obligatory:
1. CV
2. Diploma – Degree Certificate (if not issued in Slovenia, the candidate also adds the form N, which is available at
http://www.mvzt.gov.si/fileadmin/mvzt.gov.si/pageuploads/doc/dokumenti_visokosolstvo/priznavanje/EN_Ndvojezicni.doc; for more information see
http://www.mvzt.gov.si/en/areas_of_work/recognition_and_assessment_of_education/general/)
3. Motivation for studies, including description of research field (1 Page)
4. Certificate of studies with an average grade
5. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
6. Description and certificates of work experience (optional)
7. Two photos for documents (35 x 42 mm)

Further information is available at www.mps.si and info@mps.si.

Ljubljana, May 30, 2008

June

6/30/2008

Lecture of Prof. Dr. Vladivoj Valković (A.C.T., Zagreb, Croatia) entitled DETECTION OF THREAT AND CONTRABAND MATERIALS will be held on July 15, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.

DETECTION OF THREAT AND CONTRABAND MATERIALS

Vladivoj Valković
Analysis & Control Technologies (A.C.T.), Zagreb, CROATIA

Threat to the security of people living anywhere on the globe can come from:
-Smuggling of sizable amounts of explosive (may-be in combination with radioactive or toxic element/compounds) preferable in the sea containers, tankers, trucks, etc.
- Huge amounts of explosives in the soil – landmines.
- Large amounts of the explosives and chemical warfare on the sea bottom.
It is very difficult to find out threat materials (explosive, chemical warfare,...) since they are usually contained within a small volume inside variable complex matrices. Large volumes prevent the proximity of sensor to the investigated material; large amounts of matrix material around the investigated object generate huge backgrounds.
Therefore, any analytical technique to be applied has two assignments: penetration in (with a probe signal) and out of the matrix (with signal from the object). In addition, cross section for the process needs to be sizable (large). Nuclear analytical techniques are good candidates since they can be employed with electromagnetic radiation and charged or the neutral particles being both probe and detected signal.
Although there has been some reported progress in many systems (gamma in – gamma out, neutron in - neutron out) the most promising seems to be the use of tagged fast neutrons generated in d+t→α+n (Q= +17.6 MeV) nuclear reaction. Among others, EU – FP6 project EURITRACK has been a successful demonstration of the use of tagged neutrons for ship container inspections. It has been shown that the deployment of the same technology under-water is a feasibility to be realized in the near future (i.e. EU-FP7 project UNCOSS).

6/16/2008
The 2008/2009 call for enrolment to Master of science and Doctoral study programmes as well as second level degree Bologna programmes is expected to be published in the middle of June 2008 after we get the accreditation for second level degree Bologna programmes from Slovenian Council for Higher Education.
The call for applications will be open until September 15, 2008. For additional information please write to info@mps.si or dial +386 1 477 3100.
6/10/2008

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of David KOCMAN on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 2 p.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.

6/6/2008
Presentation Day of Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS) will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 3 p.m. at IPS Lecture Hall (Room N205, 2nd Floor), Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

May

5/30/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Elena-Daniela ION on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10 a.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.
5/20/2008
The lecture, entitled Sound measurement and analysis techniques in engineering will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 9:00 at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (lecture hall N205).

Sound measurement and analysis techniques in engineering

Dr. Nikola Holeček

Nowadays it is difficult for us to imagine our lives without diverse technical aids, which the development has brought lately in all spheres of man's activities. Unfortunately, such acquisitions have also their unfavourable features interfering in man's environment by polluting it. A distinct example is a sound emission, being a problem of environmental pollution, and as an important sphere of observation also regulated with EU programs. The target of the lecture is to give an overview of sound measurement techniques in engineering of sound emission, and the basic analytical techniques in taking measures in view of the sound source. The basis for quality laboratory measurements is appropriate acoustic environment or testing field. The testing field should have such properties, as to enable repeatability of results by eliminating secondary impacts. Their applicability, advantages and restrictions in individual approaches of ascertaining their size will be observed on several real cases.

The lecture will be in Slovenian.

5/14/2008
The lecture, entitled Preparation of Single Crystals By Solid State Crystal Growth will be held on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:30 at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (Lecture Hall N205).

Preparation of Single Crystals by Solid State Crystal Growth

Dr. Andreja Benčan Golob

Studies conducted in recent years have proven superior electromechanical properties of single crystals of certain piezoelectrics compared to their polycrystalline counterparts. Despite very good functional properties, the lead-based single crystals suffer from the poor reproducibility and inhomogeneity, which is closely related to the employed crystal growth (e.g. Czochralski method). One possible way to improve the homogeneity of crystals with complex composition is to grow them by Solid State Single Crystal Growth (SSCG) method. This method, as it will be explained in the lecture, is essentially a form of induced abnormal grain. In SSCG method, a single crystal seed is either bonded to or embedded in a polycrystalline matrix. During the thermal treatment, the single crystal boundary migrates at the expense of the smaller matrix grains. The control of ceramic matrix microstructure is vital to obtain crystals of good quality. The influence of preparation conditions such as seed orientation, temperature, atmosphere and amount of liquid phase on the grain growth will be discussed. As a successful example, the use of SSCG method for growing environmentally friendly lead-free alkaline niobate single crystals will be presented.

5/12/2008
The lecture, entitled The Analysis of Surface Segregation in Metallic Materials will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 10:00 at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (lecture hall N205).

The Analysis of the Surface Segregation in Metallic Materials

Dr. Darja Steiner Petrovič

Segregation is a process of the enrichment of the interfaces with solute or solvent atoms from the bulk of the solid solution. In the metallic materials segregation denotes the enrichment of the alloying elements or impurities in the surface. In general, segregation process requires bulk diffusion of the segregants and, therefore, segregation plays a role only at elevated temperatures. In more complex alloying systems the interaction between the segregating species may result in the phenomena like »site competition« or »co-segregation«.
The aim of the lecture is to give an insight of the surface-segregation theory to differ between the segregation and the other processes in alloys e.g., precipitation and to give the basics of the Auger Electron Spectroscopy. AES is a surface-sensitive technique, applicable to both, the qualitative and quantitative analysis.
The results of the case study of the Cu segregation in Fe-Si-Al alloy, the in-situ measurement of the surface segregation obtained using AES during heating in the ultra-high vacuum will be represented. Some of the problems and also the benefits due to the segregation in steels will also be discussed.

5/9/2008

The lecture, entitled Breaking the diffraction limit of resolution: Near-field microscopy of supported lipid membranes will be held on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11:00 at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (lecture hall N205).

Breaking the diffraction limit of resolution: Near-field microscopy of supported lipid membranes

Dr. Zoran Arsov

The resolution of imaging in optical microscopy is limited to about one half of the wavelength of light due to the diffraction. This limit has been established assuming propagating waves, since light is usually collected far away (more than a few wavelengths) from the object, i.e. in the far-field region. On the contrary, with the near-field microscopes the non-propagating fields close to the surface of the object (below the wavelength) are detected, making possible to circumvent the diffraction limit. These systems are usually based on the atomic force microscope, so beside the high spatial resolution of image also topographical information is gained. As an example, the application of scanning near-field infrared microscopy to the imaging of supported model lipid membranes will be presented, in which the resolution of around one hundredth of the wavelength can be achieved. Since supported membranes represent a natural environment of membrane proteins they are potentially suitable for preparing nanostructured biofunctionalized surfaces applicable to biosensors.

5/7/2008

The lecture, entitled The Characterization of Nanostructures at Atomic Scale by
High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 8:30 a.m at the F5 department lecture room (JSI main building, Lecture Room No. 106).
  

The Characterization of Nanostructures at Atomic Scale by
High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy

Dr. Sašo Šturm

With rapidly expanding field of nanoscience and nanotechnology proper analytical techniques are required for the observation of structure and composition of nano-objects at highest spatial resolution. Namely, in order to fully control structure-property relationships of nano-devices we need to have the ability to visualize and measure the arrangement and type of individual atoms comprising the investigated nano object. The only available analytical methods that can provide in-situ information on the atom structures and the composition at the atom-scale are high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high-angle annular dark-field scanning-transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). HRTEM images are primarily sensitive to phase changes in incoming coherent electron wave as it passes through the specimen. While HRTEM images provide reliable information on the local crystallography of the specimen, they give only limited information on the chemical composition. On the other hand, atomic resolution HAADF-STEM imaging (Z-contrast) is performed by detection of highly incoherent electrons scattered to large angles and over a large angular range (HAADF). Since the HAADF detector serves as a filter for coherent Bragg scattering (HRTEM) such images become highly sensitive to the changes of the composition of individual atom columns. The image formation and quantitative interpretation of both, HRTEM and HAADF-STEM images will be explained in detail and illustrated with results of structure and chemical composition determination in real perovskite system with Ruddlesden-Popper planar faults. It will be shown that the combination of HRTEM and HAADF-STEM techniques can serve as a unique tool for complete structural and compositional investigation of atom-scale objects.

5/7/2008
The lecture, entitled Structural characterization of Hard Coatings will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 12:00 at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (lecture hall N205).

Structural characterization of hard coatings

Dr. Miha Čekada

Hard coatings are a type of thin films which are used for protection of tools against wear. Chemically, they are in most cases nitrides or carbides of transition metals, with a typical thickness of 1–5 µm, and often have a complex structure at the nanolevel (nanolayers, nanocomposites). After having deposited these films, but before their application, there is  an important aspect of proper characterization. In this lecture, we will limit on the following properties: chemical composition, microstructure and crystal structure. Rather than taking an average value of these properties, it is often important to know their depth profile. The questions addressed include: possible gradient in a propery, periodicity, conditions at the top of the film, and at the interface to the substrate. A variety of techniques exist which can give us the answer on these questions: TEM, SEM, XRD, EDS, AES, XPS, RBS, and several others. Using a few case studies, their applicability, advantages and limitations will be presented for structural characterization of hard coatings.

April

4/29/2008

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Mihaela Irina PLOSCARU on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 1:15 p.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.

4/22/2008
Europe after Lisbon: Intertwining Sustainability and Competitiveness Conference in co-operation with the Slovenian EU Presidency, Ljubljana, April 25-26, 2008
Europe after Lisbon: Intertwining Sustainability and Competitiveness Conference organised by IPS in co-operation with the Slovenian EU Presidency, ESC and National Associations of the Club of Rome and World Academy of Art and Science, Ljubljana, April 25-26, 2008, opening on April 25 at 9:30 at Prešern Hall of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi trg 4, Ljubljana.
More information at: http://www.clubofrome.at/events/2008/ljubljana/programme.html

March

3/25/2008

The lecture, entitled Perovskites for wireless communication will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (lecture hall N205).

 Course: Materials Chemistry

3/11/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Tinkara BUČAR on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 10 a.m.,  at IPS lecture hall.
3/6/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Emil ŠEHIĆ on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at IPS lecture hall.

January

1/25/2008
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Jan VAUPOT on Friday, February 1, 2008, at 5,15 p.m., at IPS lecture hall.
1/15/2008
EURHEO Programme
1/10/2008
 
You are kindly invited to public presentation of the report (Sovenian) on the implementation of postgraduate studies at IPS in 2006/2007 which will take place on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 11:00 in IPS Lecture Hall (N205), Jamova 39, Ljubljana.
Please confirm your participation in IPS Secretariat (info@mps.si, tel.
01/4773100, faks 01/4773110).
1/4/2008
Slovenian Technology agency announced the call for young researchers from industry - generation 2007.
Slovenian Technology agency (Dunajska cesta 22, 1511 Ljubljana, Tel.: 01/2308 870, Fax: 01/2308 883) announced the call for young researchers from industry - generation 2007.

This call is open until 12:00 on January 31, 2008
More information: http://tia.si/MR07/