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)

Zoom link:

THE RIGHT MOVE!

Apply now for the Erasmus+ scholarship and enjoy a study or a traineeship period in Europe. Application deadlines for submitting an online application at OutgoingExchange.rtu.lv:

  • 25 September (for studies in spring semester);
  • 31 October (for traineeships).

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 EU Member States.

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 Ms Inga Riharda via inga.riharda@rtu.lv, +37167089067, +37125739079.

 

For the first time we especially invite RTU students to apply for a mobility to EUt+ partner campuses in:

Hochschule 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 or

Technological University Dublin in Ireland

.. and become a part of the future European University of Technology! Learn more about EUt+: https://international.rtu.lv/eut-european-university-of-technology/

Independence Day Cricket Cup 2021 organized by Latvian Cricket Federation

On August 15, 2021 in cooperation with three Latvian universities (RTU, Turība, ISMA) an Independence Day Cricket Cup 2021 was organized by Latvian Cricket Federation on Turība University ground to celebrate the 75th Independence Day of India.

India is known as one of the most powerful countries in the world but still, people’s love for their country does not keep them away from celebrating their Independence Day. Citizens celebrate the day by remembering the freedom fighters with full energy, dedication, and love for the country. Therefore, in dedication of the heroes, the national game – cricket – was organized to unite the international students from different universities and to celebrate the special occasion.

As the interest for international cricket games is highly increasing, in total four teams participated in the tournament, where RTU Cricket Club was represented by two teams – RTU and RTU Falcons. RTU Falcons team got a runner-up position.

We thank all the participants who took part in this cricket tournament and we encourage anyone who has a passion for cricket to join the next tournaments – both as players and as spectators to support our teams.

For further information, please, contact the RTU Cricket Club on social media (Facebook: RTU Cricket Club).

ICFSD Held a Discussion with the Representative of The Embassy of Poland in Riga

On August 6, 2021 representatives of RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Student Department held a discussion with the representative of The Embassy of Poland in Riga – Mr. Łukasz Cudny.

Main topics of interest were green initiatives which are developed by RTU, smart energy technologies and cooperation potential with the industry in Latvia, Poland and rest of the Europe.

Within discussion the importance of a student exchange and bilateral cooperation between Latvian and Polish higher education institutions was highlighted, therefore the plan to start initiative of PhD scholarship for polish researchers and PhD students was settled.

We are looking forward to close friendship with our Polish partners, students and Polish community in Latvia. Mr. Łukasz Cudny emphasized that cultural events organized by the embassy are always open for RTU staff and students!

Latvian and Italian Ambassadors Attend the Closing of Summer School «Nonlinear Life» Organized by RTU and University of Bergamo

On July 29, the Ambassador of Latvia to Italy H.E. Mrs Solvita Āboltiņa, the Ambassador of Italy to Latvia Mr Stefano Taliani de Marchio, Rector of University of Bergamo (UniBg) Professor Remo Morzenti Pellegrini, and Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Riga Technical University (RTU) Professor Uldis Sukovskis, gave speeches as part of the conclusion of UniBg and RTU’s joint online international summer school on engineering themes related to human health «Nonlinear Life. Edition 4». The summer school was attended by 79 participants from higher education institutions in 18 countries and 21 professors and industry representatives from six countries.

After the official speeches, the organizers informed the Ambassadors, UniBg Rector, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Professor Igors Tipāns about the results of this year’s activity and various organizational matters related to the summer school’s next edition, which is scheduled for the summer of 2022 in Bergamo (in person). Among the issues under consideration, significant importance was given to further involvement of both Ambassadors and their growing role in the various processes related to the development of the summer school.

During the event, parties also discussed the dynamics of the current cooperation between RTU and UniBg, which has developed from initial talks on possible cooperation within Erasmus+ student exchange to mutual visits of delegations led by RTU and UniBg Rectors to Bergamo and Riga. UniBg Rector also initiated a joint concert performed by RTU Women’s Choir «DELTA» and Men’s Choir «IDICA» from the Italian city of Clusone in Riga and the joint organization of the summer school «Nonlinear Life» in 2022.

By organizing this summer school, UniBg and RTU aim to help prepare specialists in inter-disciplinary fields, capable of not only developing high-tech products, but also successfully integrating themselves within the working environment of international companies and implementing different inter-disciplinary projects in a team.

This year’s event was attended by 79 participants (Bachelor, Master, PhD students, as well as Post-master Research Fellows and Post-doc Research Fellows) from 18 countries – Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Sweden and Vietnam.

World’s leading researchers, representing different fields and countries, have been involved in the preparation of the scientific content of the summer school, promoting cooperation opportunities of a scientific nature between students and professors and strengthening the international recognition of both UniBg and RTU.

The 2021 edition’s lectures on «Advances in Materials for Medicine» were delivered by professors from Latvia, the Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, the UK, Italy and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) as well as by practitioners from the biomedical sector (firms, laboratories, rehabilitation facilities). In particular, the focus was on metallic biomaterials; polymeric biomaterials; ceramic biomaterials and coatings; composite materials, nanostructured, engineered tissue and characterization of materials.

«Nonlinear Life» is a summer school with a converging sciences approach on engineering themes related to human health, launched in 2017 by RTU. This year the summer school reached its 4th edition and was organized online by UniBg and RTU. The next edition will be delivered in Bergamo in 2022.

Call for Proposals Open for the First Annual Conference of the European Culture and Technology Lab (ECT Lab+)

The European Culture and Technology Lab (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 Science within EUt+ and to develop Science, Technology, Studies including philosophy of technology. In December 2021, ECT Lab+ is organizing its first annual conference, hosted by Technological University Dublin, (Ireland).

The call for proposals is open until 31st August 2021. More information on the conference topics and submission of abstracts can be found here.

Experience the University at RTU Open Day

International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University is pleased to invite prospective international students to A Virtual RTU Open Day 2021, which will take place on Thursday, July 14, at 4:00 PM (Helsinki GTM +3), aiming to take them to a journey through a whole study experience taking place at RTU Ķīpsala Campus – the most modern engineering study center in the Baltic States.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Participants of RTU Open day will have opportunity to meet our international admission team members, who will introduce you to RTU study offer and explain admission requirements. Additionally our partners from University of Strathclyde, UK will be there to talk about double degree opportunities between the two universities.

RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department is the university’s structural unit, which has been working with international students coming from all around the world for more than 25 years. Our international community gathers 3525 foreign students (full-time and exchange) representing 90 countries. International students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English within 57 study programs – international.rtu.lv.

What better way to stay connected with us than through the images and stories we are sharing on Instagram and Facebook.

Ministry of Education and Science has developed proposals for studies in the new academic year

The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed conceptual proposals to organise a secure study process in the new academic year on-site at higher education institutions.

Studies at all levels of higher education from 1 September can be organised on-site. The RTU will choose the most optimal forms and combinations of studies, so that on-site studies can take place in accordance with epidemiological safety requirements.

The IZM indicate that in the new academic year 2021./2022. the academic and administrative staff of higher education institutions and students will be able to visit the university in-person by presenting a digital Covid-19 certificate, stating that the person has vaccinated against Covid-19, had been diagnosed with Covid-19 or had a negative Covid-19 test. Tests funded by the State budget will be available to persons with medical contraindications approved by the doctor for vaccination. Other non-vaccinated individuals will have to carry out Covid-19 tests with their own funds in order to obtain a digital Covid-19 certificate.

We call for all to take advantage of the freely available vaccination facilities provided by the State, so that in the autumn the study process can be resumed on site in conditions safe from Covid-19, according to the study forms selected by the RTU.

The IZM point out that, at the same time, consideration should be given to reducing restrictions on education, depending on the views expressed by health experts. The IZM shall also develop action scenarios for conducting studies in epidemiologically safe conditions if the conditions for the implementation of studies are to be adjusted as the situation changes.

In case of any questions about vaccination or vaccine certificates find more info here: https://manavakcina.lv/, contact manavakcina@vmnvd.gov.lv or by phone by phone 8989.

The President of the EC Gets Acquainted with the Green Technologies Created by Scientists at the RTU

During her visit to Latvia, the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen met with the management of the Riga Technical University (RTU), RTU scientists and students, get acquainted with RTU-created technologies that promote climate neutrality and have been supported by the European Union (EU) funds. Climate neutrality and green technologies are a priority for RTU, as a strategic decision has been made to achieve a very low carbon emission by 2030.

The President of the EC met with Rector of RTU Leonīds Ribickis and Vice-Rector for Research Tālis Juhna, as well as with three teams of scientists. Scientists from the Institute of Environmental Protection and Heating Systems of RTU Faculty of Electrical and Environmental Engineering will present solutions for renewable energy consumption and energy efficiency improvement to Ursula von der Leyen – a prototype of a facade panel that provides solar energy storage in the building during warm weather and heating in cold weather.

RTU Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC) research group presented the Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence project launched a year ago, founded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, which promotes the biomaterials industry in the region. Scientists develop and commercialize new biomaterials for bone regeneration, facial, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedics and other fields.

Another group of FMSAC scientists presented their own creation – innovative bioreactor, in which it is possible to grow the valuable tropical microalgae spirulina despite the cool Latvian climate. Spirulina is an excellent source of antioxidants and various vitamins, as well as contains all essential amino acids. Researchers have used the support tools of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to develop the idea, creating a start-up company, SpirulinaNord, which has already started commercial activities.

RTU has been actively working since 2015 to mitigate the environmental impact of its activities. Three years ago, the concept of Green Ķīpsala came into force, which aims to implement sustainable resource management at its campus Ķīpsala, raising RTU employees and students awareness of the environmental issues and promoting the creation and use of environmentally friendly technologies.

The Green aspect and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are also included in the RTU Sustainable Development Strategy approved in 2020. RTU decision to aim for CO2 neutrality confirms the understanding that every organization and consumer, even if they do not feel it directly on a daily basis, make their negative contribution to climate change. Therefore, the sooner each organisation and the consumer will become aware of their environmental impact, the more change-oriented we will be.

The President of the EC Ursula von der Leyen visited Latvia in the context of the EU Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, the Next Generation EU initiative and Latvian National Recovery Plan.

Eiropas Komisijas priekšsēdētājas Urzulas fon der Leienas vizīte RTU

Third Seminar of the ‘Thinking Human First’ Seminar Series to be hosted by Technical University of Cartagena

“Human First… and humans in the end” is the motto of the cauldron in which we are going to mix a selection of technological developments concocted in Cartagena, which will be served up in a two-course menu for the summer solstice. First: Human First. Technology devoted to help people with visual and hearing impairment, specifically in a learning context. BeMyVega aims at a more inclusive education, and this intervention will move beyond technical details to discuss researchers’motivation and rewards, social impact and feedback from final users. Second: the curse for the environment that we may represent, seasoned with a caring technology as a second chance to redeem ourselves and remedy environmental damage. From the use of light as a language tool for plant-human communication in the fight against global warming, to the local recovery of our Mar Menor coastal saltwater lagoon, remarkable contributions by UPCT researchers through nature-based solutions will be displayed. As a dessert, the UPCT-Bloopbusters team will tell us about their experience teaching Physics for engineers, while making the most of their passion for the Seventh Art. Scientific mistakes in films and hands-on experiments are used to help our students with complex aspects of their courses, develop critical thinking and rise awareness of their responsibility towards global challenges for their future professional career.

 

FIRST WITCH: When shall we meet again?

In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

(Macbeth, Act I, Scene I)

 

Schedule

17:00-17:15 ECTLab Introduction. Noel Fitzpatrick – TU Dublin (English) and Local host introduction: José Luis Serrano – UPCT (Spanish/English).

17:15-17:30. Maria Carmen Martínez – Assistant Professor at the Department of Agronomical Engineering. “Light as a language tool for plant-human communication”

17:30-17:45 María Nazaret González – Biologist, PhD, Contract Researcher (Saavedra Fajardo program). “Nature based solutions can help us, but only if we help them:the case of the Mar Menor Coastal lagoon”.

17:45-18:00 Ángel Molina – Professor at the Department of Electric Engineering. “Use of Technology to improve accesibility and inclusion in education: BeMyVega”

18:00-18:15 UPCT Bloopbusters – Enrique Castro y Juan Francisco Sánchez Assistant Professors at the Department of Applied Physic “A methodology of teaching physics and technology concepts using movie scenes and related experiments”

18:15 Q/A in local host language and/or English.

18:25 Wrap up: José Luis Serrano –UPCT (Spanish)

18:30 Conclusion: Noel Fitzpatrick – TU Dublin (English)

 

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