International Conference on Applied Social Sciences, Social Economy and Digital Convergence (IC-ASSSE-DC'11)




Barcelona, Spain, September 15-17, 2011  

Topics:
PART I
A) Applied Social Sciences

Accounting
Archaeology
Arts
Education
Gender studies
Humanities
Economics
Econometrics
History
Geography
Islamic Studies
Inter-cultural Studies
Research methodology techniques
Linguistics
Housing, Building and Planning
Communication
Tourisms
Marketing
Management
Sociology
Organizational Behavior
Finance
Applied sciences
Entrepreneurship
Social Sciences
Political Sciences
Women’s studies
Other related fields

B) Social Economy. Economies may be considered to have three sectors: the business private sector, which is privately owned and profit motivated; the public sector which is owned by the state; the social economy, that embraces a wide range of community, voluntary and not-for-profit activities. Sometimes there is also reference to a fourth sector, the informal sector, where informal exchanges take place between family and friends. The third sector can be broken down into three sub-sectors; the community sector, the voluntary sector and the social enterprise sector: The community sector includes those organisations active on a local or community level, usually small, modestly funded and largely dependent on voluntary, rather than paid, effort. Examples include neighbourhood watch, small community associations, civic societies, small support groups, etc. The UK's National Council for Voluntary Organisations describes the voluntary sector as including those organizations that are: formal (they have a constitution); independent of government and self-governing; not-for-profit and operate with a meaningful degree of volunteer involvement. Examples include housing associations, large charities, large community associations, national campaign organisations, etc. According to the UK government's definition, the social enterprise sector includes organisations which "are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners". Examples include co-operatives,building societies, development trusts and credit unions. The social economy spans economic activity in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. The economic activity, as with any other economic sector, includes: employment; financial transactions; the occupation of property; pensions; trading; etc. The social economy usually develops because of a need to find new and innovative solutions to issues (whether they be socially, economically or environmentally based) and to satisfy the needs of members and users which have been ignored or inadequately fulfilled by the private or public sectors. By using solutions to achieve not-for-profit aims, it is generally believed that the social economy has a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable, prosperous and inclusive society. Successful social economy organisations can play an important role in helping deliver many key governmental policy objectives by:
helping to drive up productivity and competitiveness; contributing to socially inclusive wealth creation;
enabling individuals and communities to work towards regenerating their local neighbourhoods;
showing new ways to deliver public services; and helping to develop an inclusive society and active citizenship.


C) Digital Convergence

Digital convergence refers to the convergence of four industries into one conglomerate, ITTCE (Information Technologies, Telecommunication, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment. Examples of this shifting trend are: Microsoft's Xbox (From IT to Entertainment), Apple's iPhone (From IT to Telecomm), and Sony's Vaio (From Consumer Electronics to IT). This provides new, innovative solutions to consumers and business users. Based on digital technologies and digitized content it encompasses converged devices (such as smartphones, laptops, internet enabled entertainment devices and set top boxes), converged applications (e.g. music download on PC and handheld) and converged networks (IP networks). According to Harry Strasser, former CTO of Siemens "[digital convergence will substantially impact people's lifestyle and work style]". The next hot trend in digital convergence is converged content, mixing personal (user generated) content with professional (copyright protected) content. An example are personal music videos that combine user generated photos with chart music. The German startup Trivid GmbH has developed an award winning solution, Clipgenerator, that enables users to create personal music videos with popular chart music and to share them in social communities such as facebook, myspace and beo. Digital convergence also refers to the digitizing of traditional media. For example, during the advent of personal computers, text-only documents were the first to be digitized. Increasingly, graphics would be digitized, at first simple illustrations, then eventually photographs. Digital sound evolved from series of single-tone "beeps" to very detailed audio encodings. The term doesn't necessarily refer only to the existence of technology, but also the mainstream integration of such technology. For example, as of the beginning of the 21st century, animated holograms exist, but are far from being commonplace, whereas one might imagine that such technology will be available for home use in the same way as laptops are available to the general public today. Other terms may be used for this phenomena. Siliwood, for example, is a portmanteau of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, referring to all aspects of cinema digitizing, from digital cameras replacing film stock, to computer-generated effects replacing physical special effects.


International Program Committee:

Prof. D. Perkins, Harvard University, USA
Prof. Marco Ceccarelli, (IFToMM President elect 2008-2011), University of Cassino, IT
Prof. Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati, USA
Prof. Leon Trilling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Prof. D. L. Russell, Professor of Mathematics, Virginia Tech, USA
Prof. Leonid Perlovsky, Harvard University, USA
Prof. John W. Lund, PE, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Past President of the Intern. Geothermal Association, Oregon Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Kent Davey, IEEE Fellow, Editor IEEE Trans. on Magnetics, Austin, TX, USA
Prof. David Landgrebe, Purdue University, USA
Prof. Miguel A. Mariño, Distinguished Professor of Hydrology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Biological & Agricultural Engineering, University of California, CA, USA
Prof. Hamido Fujita, Iwate Prefectural University(IPU), JAPANProf. N. Afgan, UNESCO Chair Holder, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Steven H. Collicott, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Univ. West Lafayette,USA
Prof. F. Akgun, Deputy Director (Responsible from Energy Department) TUBITAK-Marmara Research Center, Energy Systems and Environmental Research Inst., Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Prof. Omar Badran, Al-Balqa` Applied University, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department, Jordan
Prof. Y. Baudoin, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium
Prof. M. Versan Kok, , Adviser to the President (TUBITAK), Research Group Coordinator (MISAG), FP6 National Contact Point and Programme, Turkey
Prof. A. Kurbatskiy,Institute of Theor. and Appl. Mech. Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, and, Novosibirsk State University, Department of Physics, Russia
Prof. S. Linderoth, Head of Research on Fuel Cells and Materials Chemistry at Riso National Laboratory. Denmark
Prof. P. Lunghi, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
Prof. A. Midilli, Sustainable Energy Systems Lab., Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Prof. Vijayan Iyer Gurumurthy, MNM Jain Engineering College, Virugambakkam, Chennai, India
Prof. Helmut Jaberg, University of Technology Graz, Austria
Prof. Leonid G. Kazovsky, IEEE Fellow, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Leon O. Chua, University of Berkeley, USA
Prof. Ar. Zuhairuse Md Darus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Prof. Ioana Diaconescu, “Dunarea de Jos” University from Galati, Romania
Prof. J. Torres Farinha, Coimbra Polytechnic, Portugal
Prof. Bogdan Zygmunt, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Prof. Lajos Barna, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Prof. J. Van Mierlo, Department of Electrotechnical Engineering and Energy Technology (ETEC) Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Prof. S. Ozdogan, Marmara University, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Head of Thermodynamics and Thermal systems, Goztepe Campus, Kuyubasi, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. R. Tamme, Head Division Thermal Process Technology, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Prof. Brian A. Barsky, University of Berkeley, USA
Prof. M. Teixeira, Research Group on Energy and Sustainable Development, Mechanical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. R. Vigotti, Business Development of the International Department of Enel, Vice President of the Italian Section of ISES, International Solar Energy Society, Italy
Prof. G. Wolf, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Otto-Hahn-Straße 1, D - 52428 Jülich, Germany
Prof. G. Wisniewski, Director, EC Baltic Renewable Energy Centre EC BREC Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence in Poland
Prof. A. Van Zyl, EUCAR Director, European Council for Automotive Research, Belgium
Prof. Z. A. Vale, ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto Rua Antonio Bernardino de Almeida
Prof. K.R.Rao, Life Fellow, IEEE, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Prof. Dr. Bimal K. Bose, Life Fellow, IEEE, University of Tenessee, Knoxville, USA
Prof. Joseph Sifakis, Turing Prize 2007, WSEAS Fellow, CNRS Research Director, Grenoble, France
Prof. Paul E. Dimotakis, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), USA
Prof. Sidney Burrus, IEEE Fellow, Rice University, USA
Prof. Steven Collicott, Purdue University, USA
Prof. Panos Pardalos, Distinguished Professor Director, Center for Applied Optimization, University of Florida, USA
Prof. Olga Martin, University Politehnica of Bucharest, ROMANIA
Prof. Periklis Papadopoulos, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA

Publications:
a) in a Book that will be indexed in ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS E-Library, IET (IEE), ASM, ACS, CSA, ELSEVIER , ZENTRALBLATT, MATHSCINET, DPP,EI, CSBA, Ulrigh, DEST, EBSCO, EMBASE, GEOBASE, BIOBASE, BIOTECHNOBASE.

b) in a CD-ROM that will be indexed in ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS E-Library, IET (IEE), ASM, ACS, CSA, ELSEVIER , ZENTRALBLATT, MATHSCINET, DPP,EI, CSBA, Ulrigh, DEST, EBSCO, EMBASE, GEOBASE, BIOBASE, BIOTECHNOBASE.

c) E-Library of WSEAS












Journal Publications:


Delegates attending the conferences of EUROPMENT will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for publication  in the International Journals of NAUN, EUROPMENT, University Press,  Int.J.of Computer Research (NovaPublishers) and many others. All submitted papers will have opportunities for consideration for the Special Issues or Regular Issues of several journals  (some of them belong to ISI category). The selection will be carried out during the review process as well as at the conference presentation stage.  Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication.  The final decision will be made based on peer review reports by the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. 


Indexing:
* All the EUROPMENT Publications are included in the ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS E-Library, IET (IEE), ASM, ACS, CSA, ELSEVIER , ZENTRALBLATT, MATHSCINET, DPP,EI, CSBA, Ulrigh, DEST, EBSCO, EMBASE, GEOBASE, BIOBASE,BIOTECHNOBASE.
* All the EUROPMENT Publications are archived in ISI, SCOPUS, ACM, WSEAS E-Library, IET (IEE), ASM, ACS, CSA, ELSEVIER , ZENTRALBLATT, MATHSCINET, DPP,EI, CSBA, Ulrigh, DEST, EBSCO, EMBASE, GEOBASE, BIOBASE,BIOTECHNOBASE.
* In collaboration with the Institute of ElectroTechnics - IET, NAUN, IASME, IARAS, WSEAS.




REGISTRATION FEES
The registration fees must be paid in EUR or in LEVA (Bulgaria)

* 550 EUR for every author
* 250 EUR for each additional paper
It includes: Publication of your paper(s) in an ISI Book (Thomson),
CD-ROM + Journals of NAUN (Journal: only the best papers) with free PDF for all the academic community after the conference, a previous book (from 2007 or Journal), 2 coffee-breaks per day and one banquet in the Hotel.

FORMAT 
The Organizing Committee can accept only *.pdf or *.ps or *.doc or *.rtf format.
The format of your paper must be the following 1 column Format and you can easily
download it as .doc file from this link

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