June 27, 2019, 12 h.

VU Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies, Vilnius, Akademijos st. 4, 203 room


March 1, 2019, 12 h.

VU Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies, Vilnius, Akademijos st. 4, 203 room

Prof. Laimutis Telksnys: 2068 year

The community of people and robots is flourishing: Robots,as machine assistants, actively support people - being diligent, obedient, patient, fast and precise, untiring, not striking, as the robot engineers had programmed them. Several decades ago there was a difficult situation. The citizenry of developed countries was living longer and getting older. The number of employees had decreased. Elderly people were often alone. Immigrants, partly compensating for the shortage of labor force, have caused undesirable side effects – societal instability.

Hence, people have used robots to mitigate the situation. Some of them worked in factories for the production of various products. Other, mobile robots: self-driving vehicles carry people, cargos and goods by land, water and air; humanoids are helping elderly people. Other type of robots – the intelligent mobile robots, created twenty or thirty years ago – are actively working together with people, performing auxiliary work that requires some intellectual abilities. The basics of this activity were backed-up almost five decades ago when systematic instruction of the young generation to live and work in environments where people interact with robots that have artificial intelligence abilities was conducted. It is important to note that after several years, robots have appeared, with which people could have voice communication without any language barrier, because tools were created to make it possible to communicate with robots in any world language. It is also important that the progress of electronics, informatics, management and control sciences has made it possible to produce nanorobots. They have opened, for example, significant opportunities for the creation and production of new materials with the desired properties. Nanorobots are of particular importance to healthcare – when injected into the body, e.g. into blood vessels with syringe, they travel through the body to carry-out organ prophylaxis, to “repair” disorders, to cleanse the blood vessels from accumulated unwanted substances, to fix neuronal breakdowns.


Text prepared: 26 January, 2018

Introducing the Metrics Toolkit for researchers to help navigate the research metrics landscape

In these modern times, an increasing number of researchers are looking for more diverse ways to measure the impact of their research, rather than relying only on the impact factor provided by commercial citation databases. These efforts are often referred to as the use of alternative metrics. Although altmetrics has helped researchers to better their understanding of thereach of their research, it is still quite difficult to choose which of them are the most suitable for evaluating research output.

The “Force11 PitchIt” community initiative has launched a new tool called Metrics Toolkit, which “provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied,” along with “examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CVs, and promotion dossiers.”

The Metrics Toolkit can be used in two ways: by navigating the indicators by name or by filtering the indicators according to the choices made – type of impact, research object, discipline of work.


You can find out more about research indicators on Metrics Toolkit.


Prepared by the Scientific Information Data Department of Vilnius University Library


Clarivate Analytics video guide is presented in the Lithuanian language

Vilnius University Library, in collaboration with Clarivate Analytics Corporation, presents a Lithuanian-dubbed video guide on using impact factor in the Journal Citation Reports database. You can find this video link at the Vilnius University Library website.

Journal Citation Reports is an annually released resource containing metrics that help understand citation patterns in different academic fields. One of these metrics is the impact factor, which allows to see the citation average of articles published in a particular journal in comparison to the relative journals of that field or discipline.

You can find this video link at the Clarivate Analytics website training section.


Vilnius University has updated access to Web of Science and has begun to subscribe to InCites 

InCites – research output evaluation tool.

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Since the signing of the agreement on the implementation of the project eMoDB.LT3: Opening of the Online Research Databases for Lithuania – Stage 3 Vilnius University has updated access to Web of Science database. A new platform InCites has been presented to the academic community of VU. It‘s a customized web-based research evaluation tool allowing users to view research output performance at an organizational, regional, individual or journal level. Academics can conduct analyses on their productivity and benchmark their research output against peers worldwide.

Other Web of Science analytical tools, such as Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators are available in the InCites platform.

Further information about InCites is available at http://ip-science.interest.thomsonreuters.com/incites_welcome_kit

Prepared by the Scientific Information Data Department of Vilnius University Library.

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