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Authors: Stevo Najman, Vojislav Mitić, Thomas Growth, Mike Barbeck, Po-Yu Chen, Ziqi Sun, Branislav Ranđelović

Publisher: Springer

Language: English

ISSN 1612-1317
ISSN 1868-1212 (electronic)
ISBN 978-3-031-17268-7
ISBN 978-3-031-17269-4 (eBook)

Published: 2023


This book reports on advanced biomaterials such as bio ceramics, hydrogels, biopolymers, nanomaterials, membranes, and other compatible materials for medical applications. It introduces materials as bioactive coatings that utilize or mimic natural mechanisms and structures important for tissue and organ healing and repair. One section of the book is devoted to bone substitutes and osteogenic biomaterials. It also describes biomaterial-cell-tissue interactions, which are of critical importance for various applications in regenerative medicine, orthopedics, and implant functions. The chapters present fabrication methods and testing of various materials for medical applications. Special emphasis is given to natural patterns, theoretical models, and new insights into material characterization, particularly on fractal natural boundaries and mimicry designs taken from nature and implemented in photonics science and engineering. This multidisciplinary book is written by leading researchers and experts in their fields, and serves researchers, students, physicians, and engineers.

From Preface

… The work on this book started already at the end of 2020 under the leadership and guidance of our late colleague Prof. dr Vojislav V. Mitić (1955–2021), who made great efforts, expended enormous energy, and exerted great influence. He initiated this book together with Prof. dr Stevo Najman. They invited and connected colleagues, co-editors, authors, and researchers from different scientific fields from all over the world to strengthen the research toward biomimetic and other biocompatible materials for medical purposes and applications. The result is now available in the form of this amazing collection of multidisciplinary research that provides a current cross section of the research in the field of biomimetic applications in medicine. While working on this book, Prof. dr Vojislav V. Mitić lost his battle with COVID-19…

About the editors

Stevo Najman is a Full Professor of Biology and Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine University of Niš and he is a partially engaged professor at Faculty of Science in Niš. At the Faculty of Medicine, he is Head of Department (Biology and Genetics) and Head of Scientific Research Center for Biomedicine. His research focuses on biomaterials biocompatibility, regeneration of skeletal tissues assisted by biomaterials and stem cells, tissue engineering models, as well as examination of biological activity of the substances in models in vivo and in vitro.

Vojislav Mitić obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1982 in Material Science at the University of Nis; M.Sc. degree in 1990 in Material Science at the University of Belgrade and Ph.D. in Material Science at the University of Nis. He has published nearly 500 scientific publications where he pioneered application of fractal geometry and analysis in study of ceramics materials, nanotechnology, and energetic issues.

Thomas Groth is Full Professor of Biomedical Materials at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics at Humboldt University Berlin. His research interests are focussed on modification and use of biopolymers for making cell-instructive surfaces and hydrogels for engineering of musculoskeletal tissues. He is Past President of the European Society for Artificial Organs, currently Secretary Treasurer of the International Federation for Artificial Organs and Speaker of the International PhD School AGRIPOLY at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Mike Barbeck is Co-Founder of the company BerlinAnalytix GmbH and research group leader at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Dermatology and Venereology at the University Medical Center Rostock. He has a long experience in regenerative biomedical research working at institutes and companies in Germany. He works on the research on the principles of biomaterial-mediated tissue regeneration (mainly many different bone substitute materials and collagen materials). His research leads to further elucidation of cellular fundamentals of the foreign body response to different biomaterials. 

Po-Yu Chen is a Full Professor and currently the Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. His research interests include multi-scale characterization of biological materials, synthesis of bio-inspired composites and scaffolds, surface science and technologies, biomineralization, biomechanics, multi-scale modeling and A.I.-assisted approaches. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from University of California, San Diego, USA in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Ziqi Sun is a full Professor and the ARC Future Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. His research interests include developing bio-inspired smart nanomaterials and 2D metal oxide nanomaterials for sustainable energy and environmental applications, such as rechargeable batteries, oil-water separations, and catalysis. Ziqi received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009.

Branislav Randjelović is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering Nis, working partly also as a Professor at the Faculty of Teachers Education, Leposavic, University of K. Mitrovica, where he is a Head of Department for Mathematics and Natural Science. He is also a member of various professional bodies and associations. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied mathematics and Technical science in 2015. He works as a Head of the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation of Republic of Serbia and his research interests are applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, algebra, graph theory, fractal theory, neural networks, material science, as well as methods of teaching and large-scale studies in education.

Authors: Mihailo Antović

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-367-46738-8 (hbk)
ISBN: 978-1-032-28260-2 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-003-03076-8 (ebk)
DOI: 10.4324/9781003030768

Published: 2022


Multilevel Grounding develops a new approach to musical meaning—Multilevel-Grounded Semantics, addressing the well-known paradox that music seems full of meaning yet there is little consensus among listeners on what exactly it is that this meaning communicates. Offering a balance between formalist and referentialist approaches, Antović’s theory proposes that musical signification emerges from constant cross-space mappings between the musical structure and the listener’s experience. The process is crucially constrained by several hierarchical and partly recursive levels of grounding: perceptual, schematically embodied, affective, conceptual, culturally elaborated, and individual. These levels are responsible for a range of phenomena that increase in complexity, from involuntary bodily responses to the manipulation of musical expectancies over cross-modal inferences relating the musical parameters to spatial domains to full-fledged experiential narratives accompanying the music, as in opera or film scoring. The book combines cutting edge insights from the fields of philosophy of mind, cognitive science, semiotics, linguistics, and music cognition, using a broad range of examples from traditional, classical, and popular world musics, into a theoretical system that shows how the focus on the grounding problem may help researchers convincingly resolve the apparent ungraspability of musical semantics.

About the author
Mihailo Antović is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Head Researcher at the Centre for Cognitive Sciences, University of Niš, Serbia. He has published extensively in the areas of cognitive linguistics, semantics, semiotics, and music cognition, including three books in Serbian and numerous articles in international journals and edited volumes. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Humboldt Fellowships.


nonverbal communication book
Authors: Robert J. Sternberg, Aleksandra Kostic

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Language: English

ISBN-13 978-3030944919
ISBN-10 978-1-119-66636-8

Published: 2022


This book is an up-to-date compendium of knowledge on the secret language of close relationships, namely nonverbal routes of communication. In close relationships, as everyone learns sooner or later, the usefulness of words can be somewhat limited, because people (a) mean different things by the same words, (b) mean the same thing by different words, (c) sometimes find it hard to express their feelings in words, and (d) lie. Nonverbal signals therefore often provide the best means of communication. The book points out how decoding (interpreting) nonverbal signals is a major key to success, because often what people say wholly belies how they feel―nonverbal signals reveal their true feelings rather than what they want other people to think their feelings are. This book helps decode those secret signals. The book is written by the leading worldwide experts in the field of nonverbal communication to ensure accuracy, comprehensiveness, and timeliness.

Editorial Reviews

“Looking at a wide variety of nonverbal behavior, Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships: What Words Don’t Tell Us considers the ways in which nonverbal signaling and decoding function within close relationships. With a world-class array of contributors, the book convincingly shows that it’s often not what we say, but how we act nonverbally that determines the course of human relationships.” - Robert S. Feldman, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts

“The list of authors contributing to this work includes some of the world's top researchers in the field of nonverbal communication” - Robert Rosenthal, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside

“This perceptive book gathers two dozen top experts on nonverbal communication to uncover why love looks not only with the eyes, but also with the mind, and why a lover’s ear will hear the lowest sound but can also sometimes sense too much, from the neurochemical symphony to the interactional synchrony, from flirting to courting to touching, thus providing unmasked cues to key movements of social life. Excellent innovative scholarship” - Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside

“This volume brings together world experts, as well as new voices, to address the many aspects of nonverbal communication in close relationships. The content is a perfect companion to courses in nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, or the psychology of close relationships and belongs on the library shelves of leading scholars in these areas.” - Judee K. Burgoon, Professor of Communication, Center for Identification Technology Research, University of Arizona

About the editors
Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is past president of the American Psychological Association and the Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. His PhD is from Stanford University. He holds 13 honorary doctorates.

Aleksandra Kostić is Retired Professor of Social Psychology (University of Niš, Serbia). She taught courses on social perception, nonverbal behavior, and psychology of interpersonal behavior. Her research interests include examining the accuracy in perception of nonverbal clues; social, emotional, and perceptual judgments, especially the judgments of primary emotions from the face; emotional intensity; and antecedent events and reaction to emotion.



positive psychology book
Authors: Aleksandra Kostic, Derek Chadee

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Language: English

eBook ISBN 978-1-119-66636-3
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-119-66636-8

Published: 2021


Bringing together today’s most prominent positive psychology researchers to discuss current themes and issues in the field.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths, rather than the weaknesses, in human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For much of its history, psychology has focused on the negative, completely overlooking the positive attributes that allow individuals and communities to thrive. Positive Psychology is a collection of essays that together constitutes a much-needed theoretical rationale and critical assessment of the field. This book reassesses what we already know and provides directions for the future. Contributors are leading international authors, including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Robert Sternberg, Vittorio Caprara, C. Daniel Batson, and Illona Boniwell, among others. These luminaries write in a way that is rigorous enough for academic use but accessible to professionals, policymakers, and lay audiences as well.

The content of Positive Psychology include both theoretical applied contributions focusing on a range of areas including altruism, positive creativity, science of well-being, forgiveness, coaching for leadership, cyberpsychology, intelligence, responding to catastrophes like COVID-19, time perspective, physiological and epigenetic, youth civic engagement, ups and downs of love, flow and good life, global perspectives on positive psychology, self and collective efficacy, positive psychology interventions and positive orientation. The book is pitched to senior undergraduates, graduates, academics and researchers and provides insights and perspectives into neglected and unresolved questions.

  • Brings together the latest viewpoints and research findings on positive psychology, from the leading thinkers in the field
  • Offers both theoretical and applied insights, for a well-rounded reference on this new and fast growing field
  • Contains contributions from well known authors like Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Robert Sternberg, and Vittorio Caprara
  • Appeals to academic, professional, and lay audiences with an interest in acquiring a profound knowledge of positive psychology

No other book currently on the market addresses such a breadth of issues in positive psychology. Positive Psychology represents a significant theoretical boost to this exciting field.

About this book:

About the editors
Aleksandra Kostić
is Professor of Social Psychology at Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of Niš, Serbia. She teaches courses on Social Perception, Nonverbal Behavior and Psychology of Interpersonal Behavior. Her research interests include examining the accuracy of the social psychology of nonverbal behaviour, social, emotional, and perceptual judgments, especially the judgments of primary emotions from the face, emotional intensity and antecedent-events and reaction to emotion. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural study of facial expression, questions of universal antecedents of the emotions, research on deception and facial clues to deceit.

Derek Chadee is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre at the University of the West Indies. He is a Fulbright Research Scholar and has published several books in the area of social psychology. He has a robust research agenda on the psychology of fear of crime and has published in several international journals including: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Psychology of Popular Media Culture British Journal of Criminology, International Victimology, Media and Culture, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. He has a strong interest in social psychological theories and his second edition of Theories in Social Psychology, Wiley, is forthcoming in 2021.


Editors: Sternberg, Robert J., Kostić, Aleksandra (Eds.)

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Copyright 2020
eBook ISBN 978-3-030-34964-6
Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-34963-9
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34964-6
Number of Pages: XI, 465

About this book

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the social psychology of nonverbal communication. It explores topics including social skill, empathy, adaptive advantage, emotion-reading and emotion-hiding; and examines personal charisma, memory and communicating with robots. Together, the authors present diverse, cutting-edge research on nonverbal social intelligence as an adaptive strategy for survival and success. The collection provides an effective demonstration of the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, and it’s relevance to researchers across the social sciences and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

“This book on people's wisdom in using and understanding nonverbal communication marks a new level of maturity in the nonverbal field. First we figured out how to measure such ability, then we asked about its correlates, and finally we are asking what it's actually good for. Kudos to the field and to these talented authors!” - Judith Hall, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

“This book is a ‘must have’ resource for anyone seeking a greater understanding of how we accurately (and inaccurately) send and receive messages. A remarkable cast of distinguished international scholars clearly report the most recent research on a variety of fascinating topics ranging from the evolutionary roots of social intelligence to human-machine interaction.” - Mark L. Knapp, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor Emeritus and University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, USA

“I wholeheartedly recommend this new compendium of research and theory on the non-verbal communication dimension of social intelligence. This book is essential reading for both academics and laypersons wishing to have a clearer and more profound understanding of modern society as a whole.” - Philip Zimbardo, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, USA and author of The Lucifer Effect

About editors
Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, USA and Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has won the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and the William James and James McKeen Cattell Awards from the APS.

Aleksandra Kostić is Professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of Niš, Serbia. Her research interests include nonverbal communication, emotional experience, time perspective, ethnic identity, and similarities and differences between cultures in perception of category, intensity and antecedents of emotion.

serbian literature in kosovo and metohia
Author: Sunčica Denić

Publisher: Lambert





About this book

The theme of exile and lost homeland appears as the theme of economical, social, political, cultural and emotional drama. It also appears as the documentary reality of Kosovo and Metohia, both at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, and as the theme of great suffering in the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. With some exceptions, this literature is related to the being of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohia, to everything that makes up tradition and heritage and to what we may call the poetic phenomenon and motif of the present time: persecution as doom and destiny.

The monograph by Sunčica Denić about the Serbian literature of Kosovo and Metohia, about persecution and homeland, as well as about genre unity establishes the author as a competent interpreter who evaluates this literature and positions it within the literature of the mother country, pointing to its specificity and its characteristic aesthetic categories and values.

 About Author

Sunčica Denić was born in Ugljare near Priština. She works as a full-time professor at the Pedagogical Faculty in Vranje, the University of Niš. She writes poetry, prose, literary reviews and essays. She is the
member of the Association of the Writers of Serbia, the Serbian Literary Society, the Board for Kosovo and Metohia within Matica Srpska.

public art berlin
Authors: Biljana Arandelović

Publisher: Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-73494-1



About this book

This book provides insight into the significant area of public art and memorials in Berlin. Through diverse selected examples, grouped according to their basic character and significance, the most important art projects produced in the period since World War II are presented and discussed. Both as a critical theoretical work and rich photo book, this volume is a unique selection of Berlin’s diverse visual elements, contemporary and from the recent past. Some artworks are very famous and are already symbols of Berlin while others are less well known. Public Art and Urban Memorials in Berlin analyzes the connections created by public art on one hand, and urban space and architectural forms on the other.

This volume considers the Berlin works of iconic artists such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Daniel Libeskind, Dani Karavan, Bernar Venet, Keith Haring, Christian Boltanski, Richard Serra, Peter Eisenman, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brüggen, Wolf Vostell, Gerhard Richter, Eduardo Chillida, Jonathan Borofsky, Olaf Metzel, Sol LeWitt, Frank Gehry, Max Lingner, Bernhard Heiliger, Frank Thiel, Juan Garaizabal and more.

The reader is led through seven chapters: Creative City Berlin, Introduction to Public Art, Public Art in Berlin, the Celebration of Berlin’s 750th Anniversary in 1987, Temporary public art, Socialist Realism in Art, and Urban Memorials. The chapter Public Art in Berlin discusses selected projects, Bundestag Public Art Collection, Public Art at Potsdamer Platz and The City and the river – a renewed relationship. The chapter on urban memorials discusses: Remembering the Divided City and Holocaust Memorials in Berlin.

The book delivers nine interviews with artists whose Berlin work is revealed through this volume (Bernar Venet, Hubertus von der Goltz, Dani Karavan, Juan Garaizabal, Susanne Lorenz, Kalliopi Lemos, Frank Thiel, Karla Sachse and Nikolaus Koliusis).

 About Author

Biljana Arandelovic is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Niš and the University of Arts, Belgrade. She was trained as an architect and holds a PhD in architecture from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz, Austria).

book milena bogdanovic
Authors: Milena Bogdanović

Publisher: Springer

ISBN-13: 978-613-5-79182-2

ISBN-10: 6135791826



About this book

Automata Theory is an exciting, theoretical branch of computer science. Automata theory deals with the logic of computation with respect to simple machines, referred to as automata. Automata are abstract models of machines that perform computations on an input by moving through a series of states or configurations. An automaton is a mathematical object that takes a word as input and decides either to accept it or reject it. Genetic algorithms are a family of algorithms that use some kind of gene-tic principles that are present in nature, in order to solve specific computational problems. GA have proved very powerful and also very general tool for solving problems in the field of learning in neural networks, in finding the shortest path, the traveling salesman problem, in strategy games, the problem of the deployment process, the problem of determining the parameters of the system, the optimization of queries on the database. One interesting, relatively new area of application of genetic algorithms is the theory of automata.