On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Dr. George Giannakopoulos, Co-Founder and CEO of SciFY participated in the first meeting of the "DIGITAL SME Focus Group on AI".
DIGITAL SME Focus Group on AI is an initiative of the European Commission (AI Watch) and the European DIGITAL SME Alliance where they have set up an experts team which consisting of almost 40 Artificial Intelligence experts representing companies from all over Europe.
From Greece, SciFY and our own George Giannakopoulos were also selected to contribute to this focus group. Specifically, the goals of the focus group are:
A series of regular meetings are planned over a period of 3 to 5 years, where the focus group will gain a better understanding of how small and medium-sized businesses adopt and use AI. The team will examine how the introduction of tools and processes related to AI changes the international business environment. In addition, it will examine the social and economic implications of these changes (eg on skills, recruitment and relationships between employers and employees).
The European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), which coordinates AI Watch, aims to work with the focus group to understand the adoption, use and impact of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies robotics, automation, mechanical learning, etc.). At the same time, the team will formally discuss more current issues. For example "how AI can help the fight against COVID-19". The European DIGITAL SME Alliance will work with Artificial Intelligence experts to develop position and policy documents for AI from a business perspective.
What an incredible joy! We are kicking off the EU project "SHAPES"! Will you ask us “what is this you guys?"
Hmmm… How can we describe in a few words a huge European 21 million euros project, in which 36 partners from 14 countries will work for 4 years to make it a reality? What has united us all (universities, companies, research centers, NGOs) under this umbrella?
Imagine a world where the elderly are not "parked" in a nursing home, they are not "burdens" in the health system, they are not treated by experts who see their problem individually, but…
they are active members of the community: they engage in community activities (active ageing)
their community provides as much care as possible in their home, not in the hospital
healthcare professionals focus on the patient (integrated care), instead of everyone acting independently
technology (Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Mental Exercises, Robotic Systems ...) is specifically designed for them, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.
the elderly can to focus on what they can achieve with technology, instead of worrying about how it works
healthcare professionals and caregivers have at their disposal publicly available tools that they can use
all information, tools, and a support ecosystem are available online
Well, we want to make this world a reality. And with this work we begin the first big step.
How large is the target group? If we only talk about the elderly, numbers show that in 2017, almost one-fifth (19%) of the EU population was +65 years old. And that by 2060 there will be 151 million.
But we see it differently: They are not numbers; they are our grandparents, our parents, it will soon be us.
Let’s do this!
The joy and emotion are incredible!
How can you share the joy of a global award?
The Games for the Blind that we have created have been awarded by the Zero Project as one of the best practices in the world for innovation, impact and contribution to disability support!
Vassilis Giannakopoulos went to the United Nations building in Vienna, where he received the award in a room full of hundreds of assistive technologies experts from around the world!
But we didn't just stay there.
Vassilis presented Games For the Blind in an experiential workshop on inclusive education, and shared the experience in a special session, where he presented how Games for the Blind are evolving to meet needs in other areas, namely for older people and for people with dementia.
Special reference was made to how they will be used in the huge European SHAPES project to support smart and healthy ageing, in which SciFY participates.
Since a number of years, organisations active in vocational education and training (VET) throughout Europe try to become more inclusive, as to implement high quality education for all citizens. Recently, digitalisation gained relevance on their agenda as well, as it is considered the cornerstone of the digital transformation of EU business and society with the promise of an enormous growth potential for Europe. However, the digital transformation of VET proved itself to be far more complex than just to procure and use pieces of information and communication technology (ICT). Due to this complexity, VET organisations find themselves in the dilemma to either split their resources or drop one of their ambitious goals. The ERASMUS+ project EICON found a third option, discarding this “either-or” restriction, and identified synergies between inclusion and digitalisation in VET. First results to be used by VET organisations are now available.
The project participants are convinced that there is no 'one best way' for any organisation / institution active in VET to increase its inclusive capacity with strategic use of ICT. Rather, each one needs to find its own solution that then fits perfectly to its respective situation and requirements. Therefore, the results of the EICON project aim to guide organisations / institutions through a thorough review process of its current set-up. This will be done by asking a series of questions, each single one directing the view to an essential area. These collections of questions constitute thematic checklists. Two checklists, one with a focus on “Pedagogy and Teaching / Learning Approaches” and a second with focus on “Technologies and Infrastructure”, have now been published by the project partners, further checklists (that all together will establish a toolbox) will follow during 2020.
Each single checklist is a tool to be used internally by a group of VET stakeholders (e.g. teaching professionals, learners, management, representatives of the professions and subjects taught or of the labour market, administrative staff etc.). It is recommended that the checklist questions are discussed internally with those stakeholders, and then own conclusions based on the discussion results are drawn. By no means all checklist items need to be answered positively. However, if none of them is met, i.e. a certain ICT / digital media / digitalisation strategy does not address any of the checklist items, then it probably won't impact positively on the respective checklist topic.
To view and download the most recent EICON checklists, please visit www.eicon-project.eu
EICON’s main objective is to support organisations / institutions providing Vocational Education and Training (VET) to become more inclusive. In particular, the aim is to put the organisations as a whole in the focus, and not just education and training practice. Managers of these organisations / institutions are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop their organisations, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among other aims. For different organisational areas the project elaborates, if and how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used as a lever / amplifier to increase the overall organisation’s inclusiveness. EICON is the acronym for ‘Enhancing inclusion capacity of educational organisations / institutions providing VET with information and communication technologies (ICT)’. The project runs from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2020.
Six partners from Germany, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Finland have joined forces to elaborate practice-oriented recommendations. Partners come from organisations that provide VET (Ammattiopisto Live (FI) and Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitação de Cidadãos Inadaptados de Cascais – CERCICA (PT)), that support organisations / institutions that provide VET (Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten – SPSM (SE) and the National Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs (EL)), that provide technology for VET organisations and individuals (EPISTIMI GIA SENA ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIRIA (EL)) and that support organisations in complex change processes (Institut für Technologie und Arbeit – ITA (DE); project coordinator). Further information can be found online: www.eicon-project.eu
EICON is a Strategic Partnership in Vocational Education and Training, co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Program of the European Union under grant no 2018-1-DE02-KA202-005110. The European Commission support does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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- Organization and
According to Thallis II Evaluation that held by University of the Peloponnese and HIGGS.
SciFY Academy: Nanotechnology
- Applications that change our lives (?)
- Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society
- Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition
Celebrating the closure of the 4th year of SciFY Academy, we decided to focus on a topic that has been much debated but also very interesting, Nanotechnologies. So, we organized a series of presentations, looking at the issue from a different perspective in each seminar.
"Nanotechnology & Applications that change our lives (?)" was the first topic of the series were Dr. Eleni Makarona, Principal Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" and Dr. Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos (Laboratory of Electronic Microscopy and Nanomaterials) introduced us to the magnificent world of Nanotechnology. Specifically, we learnt about its applications so far and how it is used in areas such as pharmacology, materials technology, environment etc.
The second seminar of the series focused on the correlation of Nanotechnology with Society and Culture. More in detail at the event: "Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society" Prof. Konstantinos Haritidis, Professor of the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Advanced, Complex, Nano and Nanotechnology Research Unit at the National Technical University of Athens and Dr. Ioannis Karatassios, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos enlightened us on the institutional framework, security, moral limits and the benefits that Nanotechnology has to offer at a social and cultural level.
Finally, the course on Nanotechnology was concluded with the future steps, the great collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. In the third seminar: "Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition" speakers were Dr. Vassilis Konstantoudis, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" ans Dr. George Giannakopoulos, Researcher of Artificial Intelligence at NCSR "Demokritos", Co-Founder of SciFY and BoD Member of the Hellenic Society of Artificial Intelligence, where they presented us how the two bigger trends in new technologies can be combined and what are the results of this great synthesis.
You can find all the presentations, as well as the educational material and the videos here (in Greek). In order not to lose any future SciFY Academy you can register here so that you are immediately informed about our next seminars.
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