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Impact through research and education

What is good research and education to you? For us, this means discovering, digging, collaborating, discussing and inspiring. You can judge us by our Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes or our world-renowned research facilities such as the HFML-FELIX or the Max Planck Institute. But why not simply judge us by our science? By the knowledge we acquire through interdisciplinary collaboration and by the impact this has on humans and the world. Discover how we contribute to science on Radboud Recharge.

Will you also help make a difference? Contribute to the climate, brain research or cracking unbreakable systems. You have a part to play.

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Health & Preferences Workshop 29 feb

  • #economics
  • #ethicsinhealthsciences
  • #philosophy
  • #psychologicalsciences

Perspectives from economics and philosophy on the policy-relevance of health preferences on reimbursement decision-making.

Preferences play a central role in healthcare reimbursement decisions, for example informing cost-effectiveness analysis, priority setting, and medical product development. But are preferences as currently elicited to inform these decisions fit-for-purpose, or ‘policy-relevant’?

Established literatures in philosophy and behavioural economics challenge this assumption. Relevant preferences would, for example, be well-informed, based on correct reasoning, and due to self-regarding or public-regarding reasons (but not necessarily both). All of these conditions have been contested empirically.

This workshop has therefore invited health economists, behavioural economists, and philosophers to make headway on the question: How can we determine whether stated health preferences are policy-relevant, and what should we do if we have good reason to believe they are not?

In this workshop, which includes a keynote by Daniel Hausman (Rutgers University), the question of when health policy should be based on health preferences and which challenges exists in the measurement and interpretation of those preference will be explored in three sessions (see below for details). The workshop aims to develop agenda for future interdisciplinary research on policy-relevant preferences in healthcare reimbursement.

For more information, the programme and registration click here.

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Data School is making an impact on an international scale

  • #computerscience
  • #ethicsinnaturalsciences
  • #informationscience

How do you achieve impact through your research findings? For instance, by publishing a paper in a leading academic journal, or speaking about it at a public event or in the media. But the Data School's Mirko Schäfer and Iris Muis do not find the time to publish as often as they would like. And yet, their research is having significant impact, with their work used in e.g. Austria, Sweden, Finland and Greece.

Iris Muis and Mirko Schäfer, along with associate professor Karin van Es, are the figureheads of the Data School, an education and research platform exploring the impact of digitisation on society. Schäfer is an associate professor at the Science Faculty as well as co-founder of the Data School. Team manager Muis was nominated Responsible AI Leader by Women in AI Netherlands. Schäfer just returned from Finland, where the Data School team worked to raise awareness among scientists and government officials on the ethical aspects of big data projects. They did so with the Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA), a toolkit used to help officials by guiding them through each step of the decision-making process.

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SEISMEC: Better work, better workplaces

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology
  • #technology

In connection with the SEISMEC project, this mini-symposium will examine the emergence of increased digital and AI supported tools within work contexts. The symposium will raise and discuss means to and the opportunities and challenges of integrating new technologies in relation to empowering workers in multiple ways.

Join us for presentations, keynotes, and discussions on human centric digitalisation and AI encompassing developments in Industry 5.0, perspectives of large organisations and SMEs, human resources and labour organisations.

Brought to you by Erasmus University Rotterdam and Societal Impact of AI (AiPact), the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), Reshaping Work.

Have a look at the programme and register here.

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Utrecht University developed performance review: “Structural evaluation of AI is needed”

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience

A project team led by Utrecht University examined how companies can monitor their AI applications. “Artificial intelligence is getting an increasingly important role in organisations, yet there is no structural monitoring of how AI performs its tasks,” project leader Iris Muis reveals. As a result, risks of profiling and discrimination, for example, are growing. “Our solution is a periodic ‘performance review’, just as is the case with human employees.”

Evaluating functioning of AI

“A ‘job interview’ for AI is already common”, Muis says. “There are many tests available to determine whether a particular AI would fit within a company.” But once an AI system is implemented, it is not monitored or evaluated, her research team found. It turned out to be a gap that exists in academic literature as well as in practice. “While the performance of AI systems should be evaluated periodically to check whether they are doing and continue to do what is intended.”

Muis and her team subsequently developed a performance review for AI. “With this set-up, we provide tools for market players and supervisors to evaluate the functioning of AI,” Muis explains.

Read more about the questionnaire for artificial intelligence

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Social City Walk

Practice your Dutch, meet new people and get to know the city better! The Social City Walk is all about connection between cultures. Want to have fun conversations with people you may have never met otherwise, while having a nice walk around the city? Walking & Talking brings together ‘new’ Rotterdammers with native speakers. Break out of your bubble and help each other practice the Dutch language and learn new things.

Each group will have a guide that makes sure you will switch buddy’s multiple times during a walk, and have many interesting meetings in one night. With different starting points and routes, we make sure you get a good glimpse of what the city has to offer. For this special edition we will also introduce you to different foods from all over the world. Discover how diverse Rotterdam really is!

Open for (international) EUR staff, students, alumni and everyone else. Bring a friend and enjoy a night of connection! We start at 17:00 at the EUR Campus for a grand opening.

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We are witnessing the development of a new scientific discipline: Process Science

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience

On Friday, 19 January, Hajo Reijers held his inaugural lecture in the Academiegebouw of Utrecht University. Since 2019, Reijers has been Professor of Business Process Management & Analytics in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences. In his inaugural lecture, Reijers argues, among other things, that a new scientific discipline is emerging called Process Science. The discipline originates from the analysis of business processes but extends its focus to a much broader range of processes.

Computer scientists have been studying business processes for about thirty years. This has yielded many accomplishments, from workflow management systems to methods for the innovation of business processes. A major recent development in the study of business processes within computer science is process mining. With process mining, it is possible to gain insight into how business processes unfold, based on log files, databases, and other information systems.

Greater impact on science and society

In his inaugural lecture, Reijers argues that a new scientific discipline is emerging: Process Science. Within this discipline, researchers use and extend the methods, tools, and techniques developed for the study of business processes. However, they apply these to analyze a much broader range of processes that also have a greater impact on science and society. "I believe it is time to broaden our view," says Reijers.

Process Science was first defined in a scientific paper in 2021 as the interdisciplinary study of continuous change. A few months ago, a new journal on Process Science was established.

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What are you going to do after your PhD?

Do you know what you would like to do after your PhD or postdoc? Would you like to stay in academia? This career path is only for a few, as there are more PhD graduates than positions on a more senior level at universities. Have you ever thought about doing research in another sector, like Industry or Government?

With our Career Navigator you can explore career paths for researchers in the Netherlands and find out what suits you. Get to know other sectors and organisations that are looking for academics and researchers. Click on a position in the interactive career journey map and read the facts and figures and personal stories from other researchers.

Start navigating your career now!

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Erasmus University Rotterdam opens Immersive Tech Space

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #technology

On 16 January, Ed Brinksma officially opened the Immersive Tech Space, as part of the Erasmus Data Collaboratory, at Erasmus University Rotterdam Woudestein campus. The immersive Tech Space brings together EUR academics, students, support staff, and practitioners from industry and government. 

Immersive tech is a collective term for technologies that 'immerse' a person in an experience by engaging different senses. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are manifestations of immersive tech.

Prof Ed Brinksma: “I am very proud that the Immersive Tech Space, as part of the Erasmus Data Collaboratory is being realized with the involvement of Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), ErasmusX, EUR support staff and diverse external partners. In this space of endless worlds our academics and students can collaborate in completely novel ways, that offer opportunities to address wicked problems (or work on societal challenges) from different perspectives, while speaking the same visual language through immersive technologies.”

Immersive Tech on campus Woudestein

At the Immersive Tech Space on campus Woudestein, people can collaborate, experiment and visualise information with the help of experts in immersive technology and gamification. This space is designed for education, research and making connections between different fields using immersive technologies such as VR, AR, MR and holography. 

These new technologies help to better understand concepts, embrace different perspectives and create new types of collaborations that drive innovation and thereby create societal impact. Jos van Dongen, Director Erasmus Data Collaboratory at ECDA: "The Immersive Tech Space brings together our academics, our immersive tech and data engineers, and students with external partners and stakeholders, to truly engage and collaborate via immersive experiences within their own domains, and especially within innovative projects that require an interdisciplinary approach." 

Read more about the Immersive Tech Space.