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Reg. Tribunale Lecce n. 662 del 01.07.1997
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Proposal summary page .ON-NS Congress 15/MARCH/2005

G.Petrini ( ; P.Manzelli (


TITLE: Identification of suitable ICT solutions to support cognitive process dynamics, through research activities on companies context and an Open Network for New Science And Technology.

[Acronym: ON-NS&T] Strategic objectives addressed to IST-CALL 4 : MAIN OBJECTIVE: 2.4.10 - Technology-enhanced learning; CONNECTED OBJECTIVES: 2.4.8 - Cognitive System;  (DEAD LINE 22/MARCH/05)

Proposal abstract : The evolving penetration and impact of ICT use is widespread and important for the European Knowledge based Society developmental strategy. However, the current level of digital training and the conditions of ICT interactivity still appear far for exploiting the full potential of this change. Therefore ON-NS&T. activity’s program will be directed to enhance new understandings of the learning processes in a changing cognitive environment for ICT, by exploring links between neurology of human learning, advanced scientific cognition of the science of life and new ICT technologies and solutions. The ON-NS&T Consortium widely acknowledged that cognition dynamics is intertwined in the ICT context and extremely sensitive to it in fact ICT environment became a major component of the context within which cognition occurs. Technology’s interaction with cognition is so extensive that it perhaps can modify the brain physiology of learning .Therefore the ON-NS&T research will be devoted to explore the relationships between ICT innovation and dynamics of cognitive process, particularly of the new cognition-related technologies, as an important factor to be taken into account in the Knowledge Society development. Therefore the ON-NS&T project will explore the co-evolution between  ICT and cognitive process looking at the modifications of the working brain through studies of functional Magnetic Resonance in a way that can be open more conscious activities favouring the development of “connective intelligence and management”, more suitable to share scientific knowledge and resources and to enhance personalized  e learning innovation models and strategies for individual and organizations. The analysis of mental processes (from a cognitive sciences and neurological point of view) of people involved in a working context and involved in learning activities, will give input and the necessary data to identify the suitable strategies, methods and software tools to support an effective enhancing of e-learning based on integrated knowledge. This aim will include the adaptation of existing technologies as well as the development of new solutions. This approach can be summarised with the acronym “Mental Ergonomics Integrated Research and Technology ” (M.E.R.I.T), that include the aim to drive technological choice by knowledge of mental processes. These results will be achieved activating an integrated consortium including specific and complementary skills and expertises so that a collaborative confrontation will produce the formulation of effective solutions in reinforcing competitiveness and solving societal problems. To disseminate and to enhance a cross sector fertilization on the ICT & Cognitive Research results it will be activated a collaborative working network of stakeholders through an innovative use of web-learning integrated systems. The research team, that it will be activated by the ON-NS&T consortium, will carry out specific analysis, experimental test and international confrontations to achieve the following objectives:

·         to explore interactions between the neurology of the individual learning for enhancing innovative e-learning strategies.

·         To encourage cognitive trans-disciplinary research and launching technological-enhanced learning innovations.

·         To strengthen the integration between cognitive and ICT advanced research and innovation in an enlarged Europe, enabling Science Editors to improve their competitiveness by the development and introduction of innovative e-learning products and technologies.

·         To reflect first, in mid-term, about the challenges posed by the permanent education based on the advancement of the science of life in a mixed formal and informal learning settings. Second in longer term aiming to build on and advance the inter-relationship between neurological research advanced cognition and e-learning processes innovation and exploit links to other disciplines.

·         To improve cultural innovation trough a pervasive dissemination processes of understanding the science of life, opening a wider and faster “ICT” exchange of ideas in promising fields of bio-technology.


This image was entered in
the Cross-Disciplinary Competition/Exhibition - 2004/2005
by Izumi Fukunaga

Neurons communicate at specialised structures known as synapses. Synaptic signalling occurs via the release of packets of small molecules, called neurotransmitters, which activate sensors on the receiving neuron. This picture shows an artistic impression of neurotransmitter release, in this case glutamate, at the cerebellar mossy fiber to granule cell synapse. Under some conditions, glutamate can 'spill over' to activate neighbouring cells. We have used detection of glutamate spillover to make the first measurement of the rate of glutamate diffusion in the space between neurons. This important, but elusive, parameter determines the strength of signalling between neurons.

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