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“WideHealth” winter school: FBK to train researchers from EU countries in the process of expansion

15/06/2022 By

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The winter school for university students and graduates interested in pervasive digital technologies for health, will start next Monday, February 14.

The training week, which will be held February 14 trhough 17, 2022 – as a hybrid, online and in-person event – at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (FEEIT), Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (UKIM), North Macedonia, is part of the activities of the WideHealth (Widening Research on Pervasive eHealth) European project, coordinated by UKIM – the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (North Macedonia) and sees Trento-based  Fondazione Bruno Kessler –  with its Digital Health laboratory (DHLab) – among its main partners.

The aim of the school is to transfer knowledge on the topic of Pervasive Health especially to students in countries considered as “widening” by the European Community.

Since January 2021, the European project has promoted the scientific development of digital technologies for health care in Slovenia, Portugal and the Republic of North Macedonia, starting from the initiatives and knowledge of allies from Italy (FBK) and Germany (HPI). FBK, which can count on a scientific network of excellence in this sector as well, is also part of the WideHealth Project Management  Team and is making available its long and consolidated experience in research on these issues to these three countries. Students coming mainly from Portugal, Germany, Macedonia and Slovenia will attend the school, but there will also be students from other countries.

The  winter school involves the participation of two FBK researchers and a project manager: Oscar Mayora (scientific contact person of the WideHealth project and head of the Digital Health Lab), Venet Osmani and Sara Testa. Their lectures, in addition to pervasive health, the main topic of the school, range from the main concepts from its conception, to the present and future perspectives, the requirements of data management when making clinical trials using digital technologies, and the use of predictive algorithms based on machine learningtechniques.

Together with the German partners of the Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) in Potsdam, FBK, through its Digital Health Lab, therefore acts as a “driving force” to encourage research and networking activities in a sector, digital health, in which the sharing of good practices and skills is strategic, especially in this difficult time. Promoting and spreading research on “Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare” therefore means being familiar with a number of technical and scientific disciplines related to health and well-being, identifying and understanding problems also from a social, medical, legal and financial point of view (with special attention to understanding and supporting the needs of patients and professionals); understanding the processes of transformation taking place, the needs and habits of people, the organizational problems; having the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate hardware infrastructures, software, algorithms, services and support applications that will allow to best steer investments for the management of the facilities where care is delivered.

WideHealth was financed through the “Horizon 2020” call (Twinning of research institutions), entrusting FBK with a budget of €181,250 (the total budget amounts to €899,707), and will end on June30, 2023.

The FBK team that will participate in the school

Dr. Oscar Mayora: Lecture Title: Overview of Pervasive Health

Dr. Venet Osmani: Lecture Title: Predicting Clinical Outcomes in Critical Care using Machine Learning
Sara Testa (PM di TS4.0): Lecture Title: Management of Healthcare Data within a (Clinical) Study
The kick off meeting on 1/18/2021 at FBK



ECONOMIC BUDGET-VALUE: € 899.707.50 of which € 181.250 for FBK

SCIENTIFIC FIELD: medical sciences, health sciences, health care services, e-health

KEYWORDS: Data-driven healthcare; Federated Machine Learning; Human Factors; Pervasive Health

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Read the project start news (January 18, 2021)


About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0