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The use of Past Simple and Present Perfect Tense and common errors of students in 9th grade
Kaja Podgoršek, 2021, magistrsko delo

Opis: In master's thesis entitled The Use of Past Simple and Present Perfect Tense and Common Errors of Students in 9th Grade theoretical part thoroughly presents English as a global language, language acquisition and language learning, teaching English as a foreign language, grammar and its correlation to education, deductive and inductive approach, the two tenses – Past Simple and Present Perfect and the most common errors in learning English grammar. The empirical part is based on a research where 100 9th graders from 6 different schools answered questions from a questionnaire regarding English tenses. With the help of questionnaire which had 9 tasks in total, we were able to examine and research to what extent do the Slovenian 9th graders know and successfully use Past Simple and Present Perfect. The questionnaire was created accordingly to the syllabus. The learners were the most successful when dealing with the theoretical part of the questionnaire. Even though they had some problem when choosing the correct tense when dealing with practical tasks, they had a higher success rate when dealing with the tasks that were theoretical. The learners from 9th grade achieved overall positive success rate in all tasks which means that they successfully know, recognize and properly use Past Simple and Present Perfect Tense.
Ključne besede: English tenses, Teaching English as a foreign language, Language learning, English grammar, English as a global language
Objavljeno: 07.10.2021; Ogledov: 66; Prenosov: 0

Implementation of a new reporting process in a group x
Sara Črešnik, 2021, magistrsko delo

Opis: Reporting is present in every company. Whether it is small or big, it cannot be avoided. It plays a crucial role in the process and progress of business. The quality of reporting affects the development of the work environment and the company. Since business report is a document that contains business information, which supports the decisions about the future-oriented business decisions, it is very important for it to be designed in such a way that it contains the key information for the recipient and provides support for business decisions. The reporting process can take place horizontally upwards or downwards. Content and structure vary depending on the recipient of the report. We live in an age when our every step is accompanied by digitization, computerization, artificial intelligence, mass data, the Internet of Things, machine learning, and robotics. These changes have also affected the reporting process as well as its processes. The processes of data acquisition, processing and sharing have changed. Furthermore, the data quantity has increased, whereas the speed of the time in which to prepare the reports has decreased. We can have data without information, but we cannot have information without data. There is never enough time, especially nowadays when we are used to having everything at our fingertips. These are two conflicting factors – having more data and less time to prepare quality reports. The systems are developed to optimize the process, increase efficiency and quality and, what is nowadays most important, they have been created to obtain mass data in the shortest possible time. Therefore, it is important to adapt and implement software that can help achieve our daily tasks. We must know how to process huge amounts of real-time data and deliver the information they contain. It is crucial for companies to keep up with the environment and implement changes and innovations into their business process. A company is like a living organism for it must constantly evolve and grow. As soon as it stops growing and evolving, it can fail because it starts lagging and is therefore no longer competitive to others. To deliver faster feedback, companies need data of better quality. There are tools that can improve the business process, better facilitating the capacity of the human agents. The goal is to harness the employees’ full potential and knowledge for important tasks, such as analyzing, reviewing, and understanding data and acting upon them, invoking information technology to automate repetitive processes and facilitate better communication. The focus in this master’s thesis is on the reporting process in Group X. Group X is one of the world leaders in the automotive industry, a multinational corporation based in Canada with subsidiaries around the world. The complexity of the business reporting that is implemented for the Headquarters in Canada has to address the complexity of the multinational corporation to support the decision process. The aim of the thesis is to propose a reporting process for preparing and producing reports with a huge amount of data in a very time-efficient manner. We start by examining the existing processes and upon that, identifying the processes required for the reports to reach the final recipients. Our goal is to identify the toolset, which would increase efficiency, accuracy, credibility, and reduce errors in the fastest possible time. We investigate a short-term and a long-term solution. By a short-term solution, we mean a system, program, or a tool that can help us increase our potential by using digital resources, which are already existing in the organization. By a long-term solution, we mean a solution, which requires employment of specialized future tools in the field of reporting and in repetitive processes, which we can identify with current knowledge and expectations for development. This includes machine learning, robotic process automatization, artificial intelligence.
Ključne besede: Consolidated reporting, reporting process, robotic process automatization, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, machine learning, SharePoint, Big Data, digital transformation, electronic data interchange.
Objavljeno: 01.09.2021; Ogledov: 77; Prenosov: 3
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Energy efficient system for detection of elephants with Machine Learning
Marko Sagadin, 2020, magistrsko delo

Opis: Human-Elephant Conflicts are a major problem in terms of elephant conservation. According to WILDLABS, an average of 400 people and 100 elephants are killed every year in India alone because of them. Early warning systems replace the role of human watchers and warn local communities of nearby, potentially life threatening, elephants, thus minimising the Human-Elephant Conflicts. In this Master's thesis we present the structure of an early warning system, which consists of several low-power embedded systems equipped with thermal cameras and a single gateway. To detect elephants from captured thermal images we used Machine Learning methods, specifically Convolutional Neural Networks. The main focus of this thesis was the design, implementation and evaluation of Machine Learning models running on microcontrollers under low-power conditions. We designed and trained several accurate image classification models, optimised them for on-device deployment and compared them against models trained with commercial software in terms of accuracy, inference speed and size. While writing firmware, we ported a part of the TensorFlow library and created our own build system, suitable for the libopencm3 platform. We also implemented reporting of inference results over the LoRaWAN network and described a possible server-size solution. We finally a constructed fully functional embedded system from various development and evaluation boards, and evaluated its performance in terms of power consumption. We show that embedded systems with Machine Learning capabilities are a viable solution to many real life problems.
Ključne besede: machine learning, microcontroller, on-device inference, thermal camera, low-power system
Objavljeno: 06.01.2021; Ogledov: 249; Prenosov: 56
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Mards Workshop Proceedings
2020, zbornik strokovnih ali nerecenziranih znanstvenih prispevkov na konferenci

Opis: The collection contains contributions by authors who were presented at a workshop within the Erasmus + project MARDS in Maribor, at the University of Maribor.
Ključne besede: doctoral study, higher education, e-learning, distance learning, study evaluation
Objavljeno: 25.11.2020; Ogledov: 193; Prenosov: 18
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Deep Learning on Low Power Embedded Devices Using RISC-V Cores with an Extended Instruction Set
Jure Vreča, 2020, magistrsko delo

Opis: This thesis explores the possibility of running neural networks on microcontrollers and how to optimize their performance using instruction set extensions. Microcontrollers are seen as too weak to run neural networks. We challenge this view and show that stripped-down neural networks can run and be useful for some applications. We used an open-source microcontroller called PULPino to run our neural network. The benefit of various instructions and optimizations for minimizing energy consumption to run deep learning algorithms was evaluated. Hardware loops, loop unrolling, and the dot-product unit were implemented and tested. We developed an FPGA-based testing system to evaluate our hardware. We also developed a deep learning library and a test neural network for our hardware. We wrote two versions of the deep learning library. One version is the reference code, and the other is the optimized code that uses the dot product unit. Using the testing system, we tested the performance of the two versions. The synthesis was run to determine the power and energy consumption. We also tried out various optimizations to see if the performance could be improved. Using instruction set extensions and algorithmic optimizations we reduced the clock cycle count by 72% for the convolutional layers and by 78% for fully-connected layers. This reduced power consumption by 73%. We compare our results with related research.
Ključne besede: deep learning, embedded system, instruction set, RISC-V
Objavljeno: 03.11.2020; Ogledov: 503; Prenosov: 98
.pdf Celotno besedilo (2,69 MB)

Slovenian Chemistry Teachers' Understanding of Project-based Learning
Hanija Bujas, 2020, magistrsko delo

Opis: Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching method through which students gain knowledge and skills while working on a project for an extended period of time. They investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex problem. The popularity of PBL is constantly rising. However, PBL is hard to understand and therefore harder to implement in schools. In the master's thesis we wanted to understand how Slovenian chemistry teachers understand PBL, and how do they implement it in their teaching of chemistry or chemistry related subjects. We created a questionnaire on Google forms and distributed it to chemistry teachers of all Slovenian lower secondary schools and general upper secondary schools. We gathered 130 answers, out of which 95 were teachers who teach in lower secondary schools and 35 who teach in general upper secondary schools. According to the results, teachers barely understand PBL. A majority of teachers are convinced that they use PBL, when the results show that in practice they do not. Project-based learning is often confused for problem-based learning, which is the main confusion for the teachers. Our respondents believe that, because of extensive curriculum and lack of time, it is not possible to fully implement PBL in Slovenian schools.
Ključne besede: project-based learning, teachers, chemistry, understanding
Objavljeno: 29.10.2020; Ogledov: 237; Prenosov: 14
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Exercises in Travel Writing and Literary Tourism
Laura Lupše, Maja Možic, Nuša Cesar, Žiga Zdovc, Marina Majerič, Martina Senekovič, Boštjan Koželj, Jasna Potočnik Topler, 2020

Opis: The book entitled »Exercises in Travel Writing and Literary Tourism – A Teaching and Learning Experiment« emerged as a result of experimental project work in teaching English during the subject English in Tourism – Higher Level 1 at the Faculty of Tourism in Brežice, University of Maribor. This approach included teaching in the classroom, research in libraries and at home, and field work. The collection brings eight very different texts on Travel Writing and Literary Tourism by Master's students of Tourism, who were free in choosing the topic of the texts, their styles and the titles . The field of Travel Writing is significant, not only as its own discourse, a tourism trend and a tool of branding and embedding attractions and/or destinations, but also as a tool of teaching and learning a foreign language, which, along with upgrading specific language knowledge, encourages curiosity, research, creativity, reflection and self-development.
Ključne besede: travel writing, literary tourism, branding, teaching, learning, English language
Objavljeno: 29.10.2020; Ogledov: 246; Prenosov: 21
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Development of a Model for Predicting Brake Torque Using LSTM and TCN Models
Tomaž Roškar, 2020, magistrsko delo

Opis: The main purpose of this thesis is to compare two state-of-the-art machine learning models, LSTM (Long Short-Term Memory) and TCN (Temporal Convolutional Network), on an AVL List GmbH case use, where the goal is to predict vehicle brake torque. Dataset used for model testing consists of multiple features which are preprocessed using several preprocessing methods. For model implementation Python’s libraries Keras and TensorFlow are used. Results from this thesis show that TCN is able to outperform LSTM. TCN achieves lower RMSE on the test dataset and is significantly faster in training and evaluation.
Ključne besede: brake torque, machine learning, neural network, LSTM, TCN, RNN, CNN
Objavljeno: 24.09.2020; Ogledov: 277; Prenosov: 0

English and Italian in the Frame of Genre-based Research and Foreign Language Learning
Ivo Fabijanić, 2020

Opis: The publication focuses on English and Italian in the context of genre-based research in foreign language learning, with five contributions focusing on language, namely the position of abbreviations in the Italian business context, the English language in tertiary education using the LanGuide platform, the compilation of the Shakespeare's Dictionary, the attitude of young learners towards the introduction of the first foreign language and the strategies used in translating administrative texts into a minority language. In her contribution, Lenassi discusses the principle of economy in the language usage in business Italian correspondence, and focuses on the similarities and differences in the use of abbreviations. Kompara Lukančič and Fabijanić present a different approach to learning and teaching foreign languages, and they emphasise the role of language acquisition and multilingualism. Kompara Lukančič also discusses the micro- and macrostructure of the Shakespeare’s Dictionary. In his contribution, Smajla discusses the attitudes of Slovenian language learners to the introduction of the first foreign language. In the last part of the monograph Paolucci writes about his study from 2019 in which he examined source and target-oriented strategies in the translation of normative and informative administrative texts for the Italian minority in Slovenia.
Ključne besede: language learning, first foreign language, legal languages, business communication, lexicography.
Objavljeno: 10.09.2020; Ogledov: 180; Prenosov: 0

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