2024 Training School in Belgrade

14-17 May 2024

Belgrade, Serbia

Call for Trainees

The aim of the Goodbrother COST Action and its last 3rd 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 14th to 17th May 2024. 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 €110 to cover accommodation, meals, and short distance travel; and a recommended maximum amount of €500 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, 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, Türkiye, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
    • NNCs: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Jordan, Kosovo, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, The Faroe Islands and Tunisia.

Trainers (to be confirmed)

  • Prof. Ivan Chorbev, N. Macedonia
  • Prof. Laila Dahabiyeh, Jordan
  • Prof. Francisco Flórez-Revuelta, Spain
  • Prof. Aleksandar Jevremovic, Serbia
  • Prof. Mladjan Jovanovic, Serbia
  • Mr. Maksymilian Kuźmicz, Sweden
  • Prof. Petre Lameski, N. Macedonia
  • Ms. Natália Machado, Portugal
  • Prof. Nathalie G.S Puaschitz, Norway

Programme (to be finalised)

  • Smart home technologies and AAL – (Assisted living technologies for older adults, tools, infrastructure, Algorithms, Use Cases, Design Issues, Future)
  • Trustworthy video-based remote monitoring for AAL
  • Can we use AI to make AI more transparent and secure?
  • Technological Sovereignty and Data Security in AAL
  • Customizing Language Models
  • Addressing ethical challenges in the journey of innovation: enhancing inclusion of vulnerable end-users for the development of efficient and trustworthy technologies (ICT systems and AI)
  • Assistive technology and telecare in patients with dementia – what to be aware of when designing new technology?
  • Who’s who in the AI Act? AAL stakeholders in the context of AI Act
  • Privacy theories and design implications

Key dates

  • Applications opened: 15 February 2024
  • Applications submission deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Confirmation to the selected trainees: 20 March 2024
  • Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 27 March 2024
  • Training School days: 14-17 May 2024

Local Organiser

Faculty of Informatics and Computing, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia