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  1. Human awareness, energy and environmental attitudes

    Aberśek, B.
    Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2022.

    This book raises awareness about environmental issues that result from energy production, extraction and conversion, and examines the attitudes people have about these issues. It discusses societal and educational relations associated with energy and environmental issues, focusing on philosophical, sociological and psychological views, and provides an analysis of how the individual and the society perceive, process and analyze the information on this subject. The authors present the concept of environmentally conscious engineering, discussing various forms of energy extraction and production, and detail alternative, under-researched and unaffordable solutions, such as nuclear fusion and artificial photosynthesis. The book also touches on topics such as the storage of energy and greenhouse gases, recycling and reuse of energy waste, and energy saving and efficiency. The book will be of interest to students and researchers of environmentally conscious engineering, energy use, and human dimensions of ecology and the environment, as well as NGOs, policy makers, and environmental activists.

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  2. How gears break

    Aberśek, B.
    Southampton ; Boston : WIT Press, 2004.

    This book presents an in-depth study of the failure mechanisms of gears and describes how simulation models can be developed to complement or replace experimental tests. The authors first introduce the physical processes of failure and explain how to analyse these using fracture mechanics. Much of the following text is devoted to mathematical models and formulations that can be used to predict how cracks behave in gears, together with special techniques developed by the authors. The concluding section describes an expert system devised by them for the design of gear assemblies. References are included at the end of each chapter. "How Gears Break" will be of interest to engineers specialising in damage and fracture mechanics as well as designers of gear assemblies.

  3. Virtual teacher : cognitive approach to e-learning material

    Aberśek, B.
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2014.

    Today in the age of technology, contemporary researchers from the fields of philosophy, cognitive science, neurobiology, and artificial intelligence ask many questions about the nature of the mind and body, originating in ancient Greek philosophy. Among those, are also questions about the relationship between humans and machines, and the implications this carries for solving traditional problems within philosophy. In this book, the term 'machine' is taken to refer to every system which, in the contemporary world, tries to make a task easier for humans, or even tries to replace the human altogether, such as a humanoid robot able to perform different physical activities, as well as various mental activities, like decision-making and problem-solving. The volume makes the first step towards a connection between certain different disciplines involved in education. The gap between neurochemistry, cognitive science, neurobiology and other rapidly developing disciplines, on one side, and education as part of social sciences, on the other, currently appears to be great and even unbridgeable except by analogy, metonymy and metaphor. From the experiences of recent years, it seems clear that the existing educational system, as a whole, is perceived as an ailing system that fails to meet the needs of a major portion of the society it serves. This book brings to attention a form of learning that transcends logic and rhetorical appeal. It defines appropriate architecture on the basis of cognitive science and methods of artificial intelligence, taking into account that a school system is a dynamical system which follows the dynamical systems theory. The volume shows how to build an intelligent tutoring system, and an intelligent teaching/learning system upon it. Through the use of intelligent tutoring systems, students are placed in an active role, as opposed to the passive role that they more or less have today.


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