2023 Training School in Bucharest

13-16 June 2023

Bucharest, Romania

Call for Trainees

The aim of the Goodbrother COST Action and this 2nd Training School is to increase the awareness about the ethical, legal, and privacy issues associated with audio and video-based monitoring and to propose privacy-aware working solutions for assisted living, by creating an interdisciplinary community of researchers and industrial partners from different fields (computing, engineering, healthcare, law, sociology) and other stakeholders (users, policymakers, public services), stimulating new research and innovation. Goodbrother will offset the “Big Brother” sense of continuous monitoring by increasing user acceptance, exploiting these new solutions, and improving market reach.

The Goodbrother Training School is a multidisciplinary event open to professionals, researchers, and Ph.D. students with a B2 or equal level of English and relevant skills in the aforementioned areas. Any interested applicant must complete the Application Form where they will be required to demonstrate experience and competence in the above-mentioned focus (professional or research experience).

The selected applicants (trainees) will benefit from a Trainee Grant to participate in the school activities from the 13th to 16th June 2023. This grant is expected to cover the travel, accommodation, and expenses. This grant will follow the scheme available at the Annotated Rules for COST Actions, with a daily allowance of €90 to cover accommodation, meals, and short distance travel; and a recommended maximum amount of €400 for long travel.

Selected trainees shall create an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu including bank details prior to accepting their e-COST invitation. They shall submit via e-COST a completed online travel reimbursement request within 15 calendar days after the end date of the training school.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicants shall be engaged in an official research program as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation, or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research, located in a COST Members or an NNC (Near Neighbour Country): 
    • COST Members: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
    • NNCs: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Faroe Islands, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.

Trainers (to be confirmed)

  • Dr Pau Climent-Perez, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Prof. Francisco Flórez-Revuelta, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Prof. Martin Kampel, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Dr Lambros Lambrinos, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Dr Petre Lameski, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, North Macedonia
  • Dr Cosmina Paul, Ana Aslan Academy, Romania
  • Dr Gianluigi M. Riva, Università Bocconi, Italy
  • Prof Luiza Spiru, Fundatia Ana Aslan International, Romania
  • Dr Andreea Stamate, Ana Aslan International Foundation, Romania
  • Dr Razvan-Ioan Trascu, Ana Aslan International Foundation, Romania

Programme (to be finalised)

  • Computer vision for AAL
  • Privacy preservation in video data
  • Longevity Medicine -the challenge between Geroscience and Gerontechnology
  • The facilitators and barriers to the adoption of the new technologies in health-care. Failing the future?
  • Improving User Acceptance in Large-Scale High-Tech Pilots – Lessons Learnt from SMART BEAR Project
  • Understanding Data Protection: the legal basics from privacy origins to audio-video technologies
  • Algorithmic Governance of Care: Fairness and Trustworthiness
  • Complementing video-based AAL technologies with the Internet of Things
  • Explainable AI
  • Challenges that research projects working on digital solutions for older adults need to be aware of, using examples from AAL projects

Key dates

  • Applications opened: 4 April 2023
  • Applications submission deadline: 5 May 2023
  • Confirmation to the selected trainees: 10 May 2023
  • Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 19 May 2023
  • Training School days: 13-16 June 2023

Local Organiser

Ana Aslan International Foundation, Romania