COST action 19121
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Network on Privacy-Aware Audio- and Video-Based Applications
for Active and Assisted Living - COST action 19121

Goodbrother COST action Newsletter

October  2023

Successful Management Committee Meeting in Tarragona

The Goodbrother family gathered in Tarragona for the annual Management Committee meeting. The Faculty of Law of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona welcomed the participants on the 7th and 8th of September and allowed warm discussions and insightful talks.

In this newsletter, we also highlight the many STSMs our members have performed all over Europe.

On a more administrative side, we have signed an agreement with Eurasanté to become a supporter of the AgeingFit event.

If you are interested in the Action and our activities join us.

Best regards,

Agusti Solanas
Science Communication Manager


Our WGs progress
Open Calls
Training School in Bucharest, Romania
Mentorship Programme
Planned Activities
Success Stories

Our WGs progress

Members of our WGs are tirelessly working to create deliverables, publish papers in journals and conferences, and organise working sessions. One of the latest additions to the list is the journal paper Bedtime Monitoring for Fall Detection and Prevention in Older Adults by J. Fernández-Bermejo Ruiz et al., published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The complete list of publications can be found and downloaded from our website at Goodbrother Publications.

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Open Calls and CFP

The grant period is almost finished, and our call for STSMs is with it. However, be ready for the next call that will be open soon (Check our website: STSM ) As you know, Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are grants provided by our COST Action that allow Researchers or Innovators to visit a host organisation located in a different country than the country of their affiliation for a specific work to be carried out and for a determined period.

CFP on Recent Advances in Computer Vision for Assisted Living

CFP on Socio-Legal, Ethical, Technical and Medical Considerations on Neuroprivacy and Brain-Machine Interaction Technologies in the era of A.I.

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Training School in Bucharest, Romania.

Bucharest, Romania welcomed Goodbrother's trainers and trainees between May 14-17.
The aim of the Goodbrother COST Action and this 2nd Training School was to increase 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. Some of the topics covered were:
- Computer vision for AAL
-Privacy preservation in video data
- Longevity Medicine: The Challenge between Geroscience and Gerontechnology
- The facilitators and barriers to adopting the new technologies in health care.
- Explainable AI
... and much more

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Mentorship Programme

The Goodbrother Mentorship Programme for Young Researchers and Innovators (YRIs) aims to create a platform of shared knowledge and professional development, connecting seasoned experts with emerging talents in the realm of research and innovation. This initiative offers an opportunity for accomplished researchers to lend their expertise and provide guidance to the next generation of YRIs.

Some mentorships have already started, and mentors and mentees enjoy the experience. More information on our website. Mentorship Programme

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Planned Activities

With the starting of the last Grant Period of the Action, the Core group has started to plan the activities. The following are some of them (under preparation):

- Meeting of the editorial committee to plan the two books we should publish. Utrecht, The Netherlands. December 2023

- Meeting Task Force “Guidelines on the design and development of ethical-aware monitoring systems”, led by WG1 (with all the other WGs involved). Gouda, The Netherlands February 2024

- Meeting Task Force “Smart mirrors” led by WG3 (with all the other WGs involved). Valletta, Malta. April 2024.

- MC meeting and Final Conference. Alicante, Spain June 2024

- Goodbrother training school. Belgrade, Serbia. May 2024

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New partnership with AgeingFIT

Goodbrother has signed an agreement with AgeingFit to support each other mutually.

With the attendance of care homes, hospitals, research institutes and academia, and healthy ageing companies and investors, AgeingFit is the leading event in Europe for innovation in the senior care market.

AgeingFit provides the ideal environment to source innovative technologies and products, promote innovations to specialised institutions, build partnerships with financing organisations and discuss with the other attendees.

Check our website for more! New agreement with AgeingFIT

And here is your common discount code: GoodBrother_0510. As a reminder, here are the code details: For AgeingFit:

- From July 7th to November 2nd, 2023 included: 25% discount on the “regular price”
- From November 3rd to February 1st, 2024 included: 15% discount on the “regular price”
- From February 2nd, 2024 to the event : 15% discount on the “late registration price”

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Success Stories

Goodbrother members succeed in obtaining funds for their research project. Rodrigo Pérez, Henley Business School, will collaborate with Malcolm Fisk and others to improve the quality of life of vulnerable adults in Reading.

The project is being delivered in partnership with voluntary sector care organisations, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West (BOB) ICB, University of Reading, technology suppliers, and care providers. It is being conducted in partnership with Henley Business School (part of Reading University). More information here: Mentorship Programme

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COST action 19121 - Funded by the European Union
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