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The Importance of Spatial Planning for the Protection of the Natural Environment, Heritage and Landscape

The Postgraduate Programs of the Department of Planning and Regional Development organize a lecture by Mr Ilias Beriatou, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly on “The Importance of Spatial Planning for the Protection of the Natural Environment, Heritage and the Landscape”, on Wednesday, October 16 2019, at
18:00, in Room A2 of the Department of Planning and Regional Development.


Subsea Equipment for Hydrocarbon Transmission

George E. Varelis, PhD
Specialist Engineer, INTECSEA UK
Monday, November 18, 2019
Department of Mechanical Engineering
13:00, Amphitheatre

The development of subsea hydrocarbon transmission systems is a multi-disciplinary engineering challenge that relies on the use of specific safety-critical components. In this presentation the main factors affecting the subsea system architecture are discussed and the key features of a subsea development are presented. The presentation details the functionality of subsea wellheads, Christmas trees, valves, flowlines, umbilicals, risers and pipelines. For those components, the main design considerations are also presented.

Dr George E. Varelis is a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly (2007). He completed his post-graduate and doctorate studies at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly (2013), specialising in Computational Structural Mechanics. In 2013, he relocated to the UK, where he has been employed as Principal Engineer for PDL Solutions (Europe) Ltd., Newcastle, UK (2013-2019) and Specialist Engineer for INTECSEA UK, Woking, UK (2019-present). He has served as the Chairman of the Society of Underwater Technology – North of England branch (2019).


A visual analysis of dissent through common man/woman images in Gezi and Anti-Coup protests

Everybody figures became extremely popular in the post-2009 protest and social movement imagery. Unlike the images of renowned characters such as ideological leaders, celebrities, and politicians, everybody figures represent an ordinary people in the society. We are exposed to figures of common man/woman first in photographs but also in illustrations. Following a connective logic of action, activists remediate photographs into illustrations, as they mask some qualities in the image and accentuate others. This lecture will present the results of a comparative study that analyses the ways in which everybody figures seduce and mobilise people in different political traditions. Focusing on the political imagery of 2013 Gezi and 2016 Anti-Coup protests of Turkey, it will show how patterns, metaphors, and collective memories in common man/woman images evoke affective registers across political divides.


Seismic design of masonry buildings with steel structural system. The Case of the Akron-Ilion-Crystal building on Stadiou street in Athens

Euripidis Mistakidis
Professor, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Wednesday 20/11/2019, Time: 14:00
Room A2, Department of Civil Engineering

The methodology followed for the study of the reconstruction of an existing building with steel will be presented. The existing building consisted of five floors and was made of load-bearing stone. According to the architectural solution, the perimetric stone walls were preserved, and the entire interior of the existing building was replaced with structural steel. After evaluating the advantages and disadvantages, the solution that was realized was the complete connection of the steel structure to the stone walls. An appropriate simulation model was developed, including the steel elements, the reinforced concrete slabs and the entire foundation (general slab and piles). During the construction phase, certain subsystems of the steel structure were used to support the perimetric stone walls. The methodology followed for the check of all the temporary structural systems in accordance with Eurocode 8 (EN1998-2: 2005) will also be presented.


“Ιmage / Public Space / Politics”

The Department of History, Archeology and Social Anthropology is organizing a symposium on 22 and 23 November 2019 on "Image / Public Space / Politics". The conference will be held at the Museum of the City of Volos and the Saratsi Auditorium, Delmouzos Building, University of Thessaly.


16th International Congress of the Pedagogical Society of Greece
29-30 November and 1 December 2019
School in the Democracy, Democracy in the School

The three Departments of Education of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Thessaly in collaboration with the Pedagogical Society of Greece  organize the 16 International Conference of Pedagogical Society of Greece   in Volos. The conference is held from 29 to 30 November and on 1 December 2019.

The theme of the conference is: "School in democracy, democracy in school". Starting from the concept of democracy as a way of life and not simply as a system of governance and given the scientific dialogue developed internationally for the cultivation of students' political and democratic consciousness, the provision of equal opportunities to all in education, the participation of all involved in school education and thus the redefinition of a democratic school in modern society, this issue was decided jointly with members of the Organizing Committee of the Conference which serve as faculty members at three educational departments of the University of Thessaly.


Methodology for the Analysis and Design of Combined Piled Raft Foundations

Emilios Comodromos, Professor, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Wednesday 04/12/2019, Time: 14:00, Room A2, Department of Civil Engineering

With the aim of bridging the gap between full 3-D and simplified analyses and provide a straightforward simplified 3-D design methodology for piled foundations under combined loadings the findings of previous research works, allowing for group effect, the raft contribution and the location effect, have been incorporated in an efficient methodology. The proposed method is fully compatible with structural software codes and has been implemented in the F.E. code SOFISTIK. The application allows for numerous loading combinations associated with an immediate process for establishing the envelopes for both displacements, stresses, forces providing the design of structural members at the same time.


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


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

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.


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