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Computer Science

Section Editor: Maria Virvou

Maria Virvou serves as a Professor and Head of the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece.

She is a world expert in the area of Computer Education, Human-Computer Interaction and Knowledge-Based Software Engineering. She also served as the Director of the “Software Engineering” research lab. This Software Engineering lab has achieved honorary distinctions and has been one of the main contributors to establishing the University of Piraeus as a top Organization for Computer Education.

Professor Virvou has authored and/or edited  many books in Computer Science and over 300 research papers which have been published in high quality international journals, books and conference proceedings.

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  1. Soft set theory is a mathematical approach that provides solution for dealing with uncertain data. As a standard soft set, it can be represented as a Boolean-valued information system, and hence it has been us...

    Authors: Muhammad Sadiq Khan, Mohammed Ali Al-Garadi, Ainuddin Wahid Abdul Wahab and Tutut Herawan
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1348
  2. Methods for in silico screening of large databases of molecules increasingly complement and replace experimental techniques to discover novel compounds to combat diseases. As these techniques become more compl...

    Authors: Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, Vahid Rezaei, Vitaliy Mezhuyev, Duhu Man, Jorge Peña-García, Helena den-Haan and Sandra Gesing
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1300
  3. With the support of cloud computing techniques, social coding platforms have changed the style of software development. Github is now the most popular social coding platform and project hosting service. Softwa...

    Authors: Yan Hu, Jun Zhang, Xiaomei Bai, Shuo Yu and Zhuo Yang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1268
  4. The majority of methods for recognizing human actions are based on single-view video or multi-camera data. In this paper, we propose a novel multi-surface video analysis strategy. The video can be expressed as...

    Authors: Hong-Bo Zhang, Qing Lei, Bi-Neng Zhong, Ji-Xiang Du, Jialin Peng, Tsung-Chih Hsiao and Duan-Sheng Chen
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1226
  5. In crowd behavior studies, a model of crowd behavior needs to be trained using the information extracted from video sequences. Most of the previous methods are based on low-level visual features because there ...

    Authors: Hamidreza Rabiee, Javad Haddadnia and Hossein Mousavi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1179

    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:2114

  6. The exponential increase in the health-related online reviews has played a pivotal role in the development of sentiment analysis systems for extracting and analyzing user-generated health reviews about a drug ...

    Authors: Muhammad Zubair Asghar, Shakeel Ahmad, Maria Qasim, Syeda Rabail Zahra and Fazal Masud Kundi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1139
  7. Parallel computation has been widely applied in a variety of large-scale scientific and engineering applications. Many studies indicate that exploiting both task and data parallelisms, i.e. mixed-parallel work...

    Authors: Kuo-Chan Huang, Wei-Ya Wu, Feng-Jian Wang, Hsiao-Ching Liu and Chun-Hao Hung
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1138
  8. No-reference image quality assessment aims to predict the visual quality of distorted images without examining the original image as a reference. Most no-reference image quality metrics which have been already...

    Authors: Hongjun Li, Wei Hu and Zi-neng Xu
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1097
  9. This paper proposes a new watermarking algorithm based on the shuffled singular value decomposition and the visual cryptography for copyright protection of digital images. It generates the ownership and ident...

    Authors: B. Pushpa Devi, Kh. Manglem Singh and Sudipta Roy
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1091
  10. Various peak models have been introduced to detect and analyze peaks in the time domain analysis of electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. In general, peak model in the time domain analysis consists of a set of s...

    Authors: Asrul Adam, Zuwairie Ibrahim, Norrima Mokhtar, Mohd Ibrahim Shapiai, Paul Cumming and Marizan Mubin
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1036
  11. A firewall is the most essential component of network perimeter security. Due to human error and the involvement of multiple administrators in configuring firewall rules, there exist common anomalies in firewa...

    Authors: Ravi Kiran Varma Penmatsa, Valli Kumari Vatsavayi and Srinivas Kumar Samayamantula
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1032
  12. Covering approximation spaces are a generalization of equivalence-based rough set theories. In this paper, we will consider twelve types of covering based approximation operators by combining four types of cov...

    Authors: Samira Safari and Mohammad Reza Hooshmandasl
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1003
  13. Formal analysis of functional properties of system requirements needs precise descriptions. However, the stakeholders sometimes describe the system with ambiguous, vague or fuzzy terms, hence formal frameworks...

    Authors: Hong Anh Le, Shin Nakajima and Ninh Thuan Truong
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1000
  14. Secure data transfer against the malicious attacks is an important issue in an infrastructure-less independent network called mobile ad-hoc network (MANET). Trust assurance between MANET nodes is the key param...

    Authors: Gayathri Dhananjayan and Janakiraman Subbiah
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:995
  15. In this paper, we propose a new feature descriptor, named local mesh quantized extrema patterns (LMeQEP) for image indexing and retrieval. The standard local quantized patterns collect the spatial relationship...

    Authors: L. Koteswara Rao, D. Venkata Rao and L. Pratap Reddy
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:976
  16. An increasing number of researchers and practitioners are working to develop smart cities. Considerable attention has been paid to the college campus as it is an important component of smart cities. Consequent...

    Authors: Xin Dong, Xiangjie Kong, Fulin Zhang, Zhen Chen and Jialiang Kang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:974

    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1767

  17. The contiguous sequences of the terms (N-grams) in the documents are symmetrically distributed among different classes. The symmetrical distribution of the N-Grams raises uncertainty in the belongings of the N...

    Authors: Deepak Agnihotri, Kesari Verma and Priyanka Tripathi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:942
  18. Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is the digital modulation technique used by 4G and many other wireless communication systems. OFDM signals have significant amplitude fluctuations resulting in...

    Authors: Nargis Bibi, Anthony Kleerekoper, Nazeer Muhammad and Barry Cheetham
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:931
  19. Editors play a critical role in the peer review system. How do editorial behaviors affect the performance of peer review? No quantitative model to date allows us to measure the influence of editorial behaviors...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Xiangjie Kong, Jun Zhang, Zhen Chen, Feng Xia and Xianwen Wang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:903
  20. Recently, the compressive tracking (CT) method (Zhang et al. in Proceedings of European conference on computer vision, pp 864–877, 2012) has attracted much attention due to its high efficiency, but it cannot well...

    Authors: Pengpeng Zhao, Shaohui Cui, Min Gao and Dan Fang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:849
  21. As an important application in optical imaging, palmprint recognition is interfered by many unfavorable factors. An effective fusion of blockwise bi-directional two-dimensional principal component analysis and...

    Authors: Lin Zhai, Shujun Fu, Caiming Zhang, Yunxian Liu, Lu Wang, Guohua Liu and Mingqiang Yang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:832
  22. Response surface methods via the first or second order models are important in manufacturing processes. This study, however, proposes different structured mechanisms of the vertical transportation systems or V...

    Authors: Pasura Aungkulanon and Pongchanun Luangpaiboon
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:831
  23. Evolutionary music composition is a prominent technique for automatic music generation. The immense adaptation potential of evolutionary algorithms has allowed the realisation of systems that automatically pro...

    Authors: Maximos A. Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, Andreas Floros and Michael N. Vrahatis
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:826