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ATHIKA proposes to explore innovative approaches for technologically advanced training and support that explicitly integrates humanistic concerns, aimed at increasing the successful implementation of ICT – Internet of Things, Big data and Artificial Intelligence integrated into Decision-Support Systems, for the healthcare sector of European companies and ventures.
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The New Normal disrupts daily routines

Coronavirus pandemic continues and humanity takes major efforts to solve its challenges and create the vaccine, the New Normal redefines our daily activities and pushes academia, businesses, governments, and innovation communities to take the challenges. Efforts to diminish the spread of the virus, the urge to keep physical distances, the need for public spaces disinfection, and continuing teleworking increased the number of technologies and raised even more data protection issues. ATHIKA consortium follows the trending topics in healthcare sectors promoting advanced training in Health Innovation Knowledge Alliance.

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New Evaluation Methods to Assess the Public Transport Impact on Public Health

Experts from MCRIT have proposed a methodology to evaluate more explicitly the impacts on public health and the social interest of projects to improve urban and metropolitan public transport.

The proposed method aims to incorporate a more adjusted valuation of the social benefits deriving from the improvement of public health and social conviviality in urban areas, in accordance with the social values that express current policies.

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The Development of the Digital State in e-Estonia via #KrattAI

What is the Estonian national artificial intelligence strategy or #KrattAI as it is called? The aim of the strategy is to provide a vision and roadmap for how public services could (and should) incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

#KrattAI will be an interoperable network of AI applications, which enable citizens to use public services with virtual assistants through voice-based interaction. 

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Tech in COVID-19 immunity passports for the UK

The Pandemic has led a number of countries to introduce restrictive ‘lockdown’ policies on their citizens in order to control infection spread. Immunity passports have been proposed as a way of easing the harms of such policies and could be used in conjunction with other strategies for infection control.

These passports would permit those who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies to return to some of their normal behaviours, such as travelling more freely and returning to work. 

A number of prominent ID verification startups have now shared their ideas with the UK's government and one of them has been proposed by Lithuanian startup iDenfy.
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ERASMUS+ Day Podcast: Humans first, personal data – second?

ATHIKA team has celebrated the ERASMUS+ Day (#ErasmusDays) and for this occasion, we have gathered to discuss how the new technologies related to IoT and AI allowed to collect detailed information about people and their environments, and also raised many ethical concerns. Tune in our Podcast!

Upcoming initiative:

Online course for the digital transformation of the eHealth sector

Three different ATHIKA partnership universities (La Salle Campus Barcelona - Ramon Llull University - Spain, University of West Scotland – Scotland, and University of Tartu - Estonia) work together in a interdisciplinary way to develop online course for the smooth digital transformation of the eHealth sector. 

It is expected that this course will allow the student to establish the basis of the eHealth sector from a perspective of real challenges, as well as the technologies: Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning. These technologies will act as a key to the evolution of the sector, ensuring humanistic perspective and ethical reflection of technological solutions.

In the first part of the course, the Fundamentals of the following three main areas: IoT, AI & ML, and Ethics and Governance will be presented to all the students. The contents will be delivered through a combination of online lectures, readings, videos, quizzes and laboratory assignments.

In the Fundamentals of IoT, the students will find an introduction to the context and motivation of IoT. They will learn the fundamentals of what is IoT and how it works. The course will deepen in the different layers of a high-level IoT Architecture, covering topics such as sensors and actuators, connectivity, and applications.

In the Fundamentals of AI & ML, the students will find an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning, including an overview of predictive analytics, random variables and attributes, datasets and the different types of machine learning algorithms. Moreover, some ML/AI solutions will also be presented in practice.

Finally, in the Fundamentals of Ethics and Governance the students will find an introduction to ethics and governance, with a focus in the utilitarian ethics and the relation of Technology and governance. The students will also learn about moral relativism and will have to reflect upon several ethical open questions proposed within the course.

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Useful insights and outputs

The determinants of health and well-being are often driven by the interests of big players, which are not always aligned with public health agendas. In order to purposefully engage with these giants while safeguarding the interests of people, we need to conceptualise new partnership models – learn to “dance with elephants” - but we should be careful not to get our toes crushed. 

This year’s all-digital European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) has connected the international minds to find ways to define the future of EU health policy and how it can be shaped.

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