ECT Lab+ and RTU Offer A Webinar Entitled “Think Human First”

The seminar series “Think Human First” is offered by the European Culture and Technology Laboratory (ECT Lab+), the European University of Technology (EUt+) and the Riga Technical University. This session will have an architectural focus on the “Cities of Tomorrow”, and it will be held on April 26, 2021, 15:00 CET (16:00, Riga).

Guest speakers:

Anna Olha, PhD Student at RTU Faculty of Architecture. “Adapting Public Space to AgeInclusive Pattern Using the Smart City Framework”.

Prof. Sandra Treija (Vice Dean for Research) and Dr. Alisa Korolova (Researcher), RTU Faculty of Architecture. “Digital Social Innovation in Public Open Space Revitalisation”.

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ECT Lab+, as a transdisciplinary collaborative structure, conducts cutting-edge research and in-depth investigations into the nature and function of technology. Its objective is to clarify and promote a specific European model around technology while helping legal and regulatory frameworks to evolve in a relevant direction. With this aim, the ECT Lab+ propose a seminar series “Think Human First”.

ECT Lab+ Is Looking For Volunteers To Review The Papers Presented During Its First Conference

On December 2021, the European Culture and Technology Lab (ECT Lab+) organised its first annual Conference. The ECT Lab+ is a structural unit of the European University of Technology (EUt+) whose purpose is to develop research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within EUt+ while focusing on science and technology that comprises philosophy of technology.

During this two days event, researchers and artists presented their papers on a large panel of topics focused on questions related to architecture, ecology, circular economy, negathropocene, artificial intelligence, noodiversity and many others.

Hence as an outcome of this event, ECT Lab+ is planning to publish the proceedings of the Conference with the new EUT Academic Press. As part of this endeavor, ECT Lab+ is looking for volunteers to join a peer reviewer panel to review submissions. Reviewers will be asked to review a maximum of two papers by February 28.

If you are interested, please send an email to Conor McGarrigle at conor.mcgarrigle@tudublin.ie – our colleague from the Technical University of Dublin – with your discipline and keywords for your area of expertise. If you would like more information on the ECT Lab+ first conference, please click here.

Data Science Organizes Its First Workshop

Data Science is a fast-growing research field covers many scientific domains where data are at the core of developing cutting-edge technologies, at both pure academic and applicative industrial and societal levels. Exchanging complementary know-how in this domain between Eut+ research teams will certainly contribute to build an outstanding scientific ambitious project, in a competitive European landscape.

Researchers are encouraged to submit their contributions in the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big data
  • Data driven technologies
  • Machine learning
  • Signal/Image / graph processing
  • Digital communications
  • Networks
  • Robotics / autonomous agents
  • Distributed processing / sensor networks
  • Operational research / optimization / transport
  • Embedded IA / electronics / sensors
  • Data mining / decision making
  • Text processing
  • Forensics and cybersecurity
  • Natural Language Processing
  • AI explicability
  • Symbolic AI
  • Human and social sciences in AI

Deadlines

  • Call for abstracts opens 13th December 2021 and closes on 12th January 2022
  • Submission of abstracts to local organizing committee member (see above)
  • Acceptance notification: 14th January 2022
  • Date of the workshop: 18th January 2022

Other information

The template for the abstract can be found here. A preliminary program will be found as of 14th January on the EUt+ news web page.

The First Annual ECT Lab+ Conference Gathers Researchers, Performance Artists and Philosophers

On 9th and 10th December 2021 the first annual conference organized by the European Culture and Technology Lab (ECT Lab+) took place. The ECT Lab+ is a structural unit within the European University of Technology (EUt+) with a mission to develop research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within EUt+ and focus on science and technology that includes philosophy of technology.

The conference was hosted by Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and happened online. During the two days, researchers and performance artists presented their papers on various topics focusing on different questions related to architecture, ecology, circular economy, negantropocene, artificial intelligence, ethics, noodiversity and many others. The first day of the conference concluded with a keynote speech by Carl Mitcham, a philosopher of engineering and technology and Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines, USA, who spoke about the Illusions of American Science Policy in the Anthropocene. The second keynote speech on Friday was given by philosopher Yuk Hui from the City University of Hong Kong who focused on Technodiversity in the Anthropocene. In addition to the keynote speeches and presentations of the submitted papers, a panel discussion was organized on the final day of the conference during which representatives of all 8 EUt+ universities spoke about the strategic vision of the ECT Lab+ and presented their work on technological foresight. RTU was represented in the panel discussion by Project Manager Anete Beinaroviča and the Deputy Vice Rector for Research Prof. Gatis Bažbauers.

The conference finished with the launch of the book “Aesthetics, Digital Studies and Bernard Stiegler” which includes articles by several participants of the conference and was edited by ECT Lab+ members from TU Dublin, including the head of the ECT Lab+, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. The ECT Lab+ will continue to actively organize events throughout the following year and the second conference is planned to take place in December 2022.

ECT Lab+ and UTCN Offer A Webinar Entitled “Think Human First”

The seminar series “Think Human First” is offered by the European Culture and Technology Laboratory (ECT Lab+), the European University of Technology (EUt+) and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. A first session will be held on November 26, 2021, 15:00 CET (16:00, Bucharest). The conference is open to all partners of Initiative EUt+.

More specifically, the partners organized a round table of discussion on how culture, education and the advances in technology influenced our history and how they will impact the future of humankind. “Humanity in the day beyond tomorrow” (“Umanitatea în ziua de dincolo de mâine” in Romanian) is an online event.

Guest speakers:
Prof. Alexandru MIRONOV (Stiinta & Tehnica)
Prof. Giordano ALTAROZZI (UMFST)

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About the ECT Lab+
ECT Lab+, as a transdisciplinary collaborative structure, conducts cutting-edge research and in-depth investigations into the nature and function of technology. Its objective is to clarify and promote a specific European model around technology while helping legal and regulatory frameworks to evolve in a relevant direction. With this aim, the ECT Lab+ will propose a seminar series “Think Human First”.

Rectors of the European University of Technology (EUt+) Consortium Sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the Creation of European Research Institutes

In the period of time from 2nd until 6th of November 2021, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) in Germany hosted the 3rd meeting of the European University of Technology (EUt+). The implementation of the different work packages and tasks that met in Darmstadt brings all eight universities closer to creating a joint model of a European university.

At the moment, one of the main goals of the consortium at the moment is the creation of a joint European degree in the fields of telecommunications and mechanical engineering, which is planned to be available to EUt+ students in the Fall semester 2022. The Work Package three (WP3) is dedicated to this goal and the respective RTU faculties as well as the RTU Study Department are actively involved in the process.

Other WP meetings took place in Darmstadt as well, namely, WP5 continues to promote student and staff mobilities within the EUt+ consortium, WP6 is responsible for infrastructure integration and the necessary IT tools, WP7 is actively working on the EUt+ brand awareness, global outreach, as well as developing strategic partnerships with companies for providing internships for EUt+ students, while the activities within WP8 facilitate the dissemination and sustainability of EUt+, including new projects and fundraising for the EUt+ consortium. During the Darmstadt meeting the partners also had the chance to get to know the hosting university better by visiting different faculties and laboratories of h_da.

At the end of the week EUt+ rectors signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the creation of European Research Institutes, the related EUt+ Graduate Research School and supporting research office. This agreement will actively enable joint research activities between the partners, allowing to combine resources and infrastructures with the aim of becoming a point of reference for research in Europe. Based on the MoA, EUt+ will establish European Culture and Technology Laboratory (ECT Lab+), European University of Technology Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies (EUTINN), EUt+ Sustainability Lab, European Laboratory for Pedagogical Action – Research and Student-Centred Learning (ELaRA) and EUt+ Data Science Research Institute.

The Darmstadt meeting was an important milestone as it took place one year after the official start of the EUt+ initiative on 1 November 2020. Many important goals have been reached within the first year and all partners are dedicated to continue investing the time and resources necessary for the creation of EUt+.

Apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship now and enjoy a mobility period in EUt+ – European University of Technology!

EUt+ is an alliance of 8 technological universities across Europe that have joined forces to share their knowledge, laboratories and campuses to become the European leader in technological education. For the first time we especially invite RTU students to apply for a mobility in one of EUt+ partner campuses in:

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany 

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania

Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria

Cyprus University of Technology

Technical University of Cartagena, Spain

University of Technology of Troyes in France 

Technological University Dublin in Ireland

Please make sure the course offer at the institution you have chosen matches the content of your study program at RTU. RTU Erasmus+ coordinator will provide individual support with mobility arrangements and Erasmus+ coordinators at the host institutions will help find corresponding courses ​​at the specific university. Information about the courses offered to exchange students at each EUt+ institution can be found here:

By choosing EUt+ as your mobility destination you will also have the opportunity to get involved in student ambassador program and join EUt+ student community to influence the development of the joint European University of Technology. Learn more about first EUt+ students’ experience here: https://www.univ-tech.eu/experience   

You can apply for Erasmus+ scholarship, in case you are at least 3rd semester student at Bachelor level or 2nd semester student at Master level, your weighted average grade is at least 6.25 (in total for all semesters at RTU), you have no academic or financial debts towards RTU, you have good knowledge of English, German or another language of the EUt+ partner countries.

The amount of scholarship is 790 EUR to 850 EUR per month, depending on the target country.

To get more information about Erasmus+ programme and to know tips and tricks for successful application and Erasmus mobility, check information online at rtu.lv/en/erasmusstudies and rtu.lv/en/erasmustraineeship or contact Erasmus+ program coordinator Ms Inga Riharda via inga.riharda@rtu.lv, +37167089067, +37125739079.

The deadline for submitting an online application for Spring 2022 within the OutgoingExchange.rtu.lv online application system is 15 November.

Lecture “European Identities”

The lecture “European Identities” at Hochschule Darmstadt is a course with contributions from numerous colleagues from the EUt partners. The course is open for all students. It will start at Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 17:45 (CET). Interested students should contact:  bernd.steffensen@h-da.de

Europe is unique. The history of the continent is made of numerous conflicts, shifting borders, and longstanding hostilities. Regional differences, different languages, economic systems, religions, as well as climate zones shaped a heterogeneous family of nations. Nevertheless, the European Union offers the idea and vision of a territory, which on the one hand becomes more and more unified (socially, politically) and on the other hand keeps its regional individualities. Looking at political developments of the past five to ten years we see a growing nationalism (BREXIT, Hungary and Poland are two examples) and the increasing popularity of right wing politicians in various member states.

Week 1: Introduction and general information (Oct. 20) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 2: Culture of Remembrance (Oct. 27) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 3: The History of Europe + the European Union 1950-1989 – from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 03) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 4: The History of Europe + the European Union 1990-2021– from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 10) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 5: Economy and Peace (Nov. 17) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 6: We and the other – what is National Identity? (Nov. 24) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 7: Ireland: We have always been European: designing an Identity for Ireland in Europe (Dec. 01) Mary Ann Bolger (TU Dublin)

Week 8: Powerful Emotions and Forming Identity (Dec 08) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 9: (Dec. 15) – Romania or Germany *
Week 10: France: The strength and weaknesses of the French Republic (Jan. 12) – Thibault Vigier (UT Troyes)
Week 11: Latvian Identity: Perseverance Under Foreign Flags – (Jan 19) – Anete Beinarovica (Riga TU)
Week 12: Images of Bulgarian Identity (Jan 26) – Irina Georgieva (TU Sofia)
Week 13: (Feb 02) – Romania or Germany *
Week 14: Spain: The Influence of The European Identity on Spanish Society (Feb 09) – Marcos Ros Sempere (UPCT Cartagena, Member of the European Parliament)
Week 15: Resume (Feb. 16) – Exam

*Title of the Romanian Lecture: “Romania and Europe: Landmarks on a Long Road Together” (Petru Dunca, UT Cluj-Napoca)
*Title of the German lecture: “How to Tame the Big Country in the Middle of Europe? B. Steffensen (h_da)

The First Face-To-Face Meeting of the EUt+ Consortium Takes Place in Cyprus

From 20th to 24th of September 2021 Cyprus University of Technology, one of the 8 members of the European University of Technology (EUt+), hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the alliance since the work on its creation began in November 2020. The Riga Technical University (RTU) delegation consisted of RTU’s Rector Prof. Leonīds Ribickis, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Prof. Igors Tipāns and representatives of RTU International Projects Unit, Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit, International Cooperation Unit and Design Factory.

Throughout the week, RTU representatives participated in meetings and workshops dedicated to different Work Packages (WPs) of the EUt+ initiative. The initiative consists of 8 WPs with more than 200 deliverables the aim of which is to bring all universities closer together and facilitate the formation of a united confederation. The Cyprus meeting focused on the following WPs: WP2 – Europe for everyone: inclusiveness and embeddedness, WP3 – Common curricula spanning Europe, WP5 – Beyond mobility: feeling at home in every campus and WP7 – A single identity for global outreach, as well as different tasks under WP1 which is dedicated to the overall management and coordination of the EUt+ initiative.

During the meeting, workshops were held to introduce the branding strategy of EUt+ to WP2, WP3 and WP5, a Memorandum of Understanding for global outreach was worked out and the most effective strategy for global outreach was developed. WP7 representatives from all partners also discussed and described the structure and process of the news flow within and beyond the EUt+ consortium. The work within WP2 focused on Civic Engagement (CE), Industry and Employer Engagement (IEE) and technology transfer, whereas WP5 representatives finalized the Staff Mobility Incentive plan, which aims to facilitate the mobility of academic and administrative staff members within the EUt+ consortium. The Cyprus meeting also marked the kick-off of a new project for the EUt+ consortium – EUt+ Inno – which aims to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity of EUt+.

On the final day of Cyprus meeting, September 24th, all 8 rectors signed agreements for the establishment of a Common Erasmus Office, Common Curricula, Common Student Board and International Coordination Team (ITCO). This day will be remembered in EUt+ history as the signing of the Limassol Agreement and will shape the future of the consortium.

The next EUt+ meeting is planned to take place in October, in the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia.

Fourth Seminar of the ‘Thinking Human First’ Seminar Series to be hosted by Cyprus University of Technology

In the context of the European Culture and Technology Laboratory (ECT Lab+) seminar series, Media Arts & Design Research Lab (MADLab – Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts) and the Department of Fine Arts, Cyprus University of Technology, invite you to a round-table discussion on the topic “Creative machines: Thinking about creative agents and artistic values”.

The roundtable discussion will focus on critical philosophical questions revolving around computational creativity, creative software agents and their aesthetic/artistic values. In particular, the focus will be on computational processes such as artificial intelligence and machine learning and their aesthetic/artistic values. Looking at creativity through a critical lens, can we assume that a computer exhibits creativity independently of a human creator or is agency a necessary part of a creative process?

Guest Speakers:

  • Prof. Katherine Hayles (UCLA & Duke University, USA)
  • Prof. Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling, UK)

Discussants:

  • Dr Marinos Koutsomichalis (MADLab, Cyprus)
  • Dr Efi Kyprianidou (Department of Fine Arts)
  • Dr Doros Polydorou (MADLab, Cyprus)

Date and time: Thursday the 30th September, 17:00 CEST (18:00 Riga time)

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