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Societal Engagement: Digital@Idag 2 October

Digital Futures teams up with 213 organizations and 260 activities on 110 locations around Sweden. Digital@Idag is an annual, national theme day where the goal is that everyone living in Sweden is both willing and able to participate in the digital transformation.

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James Gross, Associate Director of Digital Futures, will start with a presentation of the centre at its activities followed by Sonja Buchegger who will present the research project DataLEASH that deals with data integrity and models for data management, In addition, Sara Thorsson, Ericsson Consumer Lab, will show demos on the theme "Life 2030".

We hope to see many questions and discussions on our digital futures. Please spread the word about the event and take part online.

Read more and join the event: digitalidag.org/event_2020/digital-futures-2030/

Seminar on Soma Design by Kristina Höök

Kristina Höök gave a truly interesting and engaging seminar on Soma Design. What is Soma design you might ask? Well, it draws upon the theories of Richard Shusterman  on somaesthetics, joining the two words “soma” and “aesthetics”, where soma is our "living, purposive, sentient, perceptive body or bodily subjectivity” and aesthetics is the process of training your sensory appreciation abilities, allowing for “an awakening from the mindless, joyless behaviours" of everyday life.

The seminar started out with a fun, collective bodily exercise as an introduction to the Soma design concept. If you have tried out mindfulness, you would have been familiar. Höök went on to exploring how humans, with feelings, impressions and expressions, can interact with others and with physical materials and technology – and designing products from that.

About Kristina Höök

Kristina Höök

Kristina Höök is a professor in Interaction Design at the Royal Institute of Technology and also works part-time at RISE. Her research interests include affective interaction, somaesthetic design, internet of things and anything that makes life with technology more meaningful, enjoyable, creative and aesthetically appealing.

She recently wrote a book, Designing with the Body – Somaesthetic Interaction Design that you find here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/designing-body

Does the Corona epidemic speed up digitalisation of elderly care?

Webinar gathered participants from the whole world

The Corona epidemic has placed the importance of technology in a completely new light now that we are more or less isolated from each other. Especially old people who are secluded at home or who live in nursing homes and cannot receive visits. What can we learn from this? That was the topic for a webinar arranged by the Stockholm section of the international network Aging 2.0. There were 94 participants from all over the world attending representing academia, business, governmental organisations and members organisations. Similar webinars will be performed this coming autumn.

The Corona epidemic has placed the importance of technology in a completely new
light now that we are more or less isolated from each other, especially old people.

Do we use digital resources in a way that we would not have done otherwise? Should we organise elderly care differently? Has the technology perhaps exceeded the expectations of old people who are now isolated at home? That was some of the questions discussed during the webinar.

“ The webinar was organised in different sections; as a round table with the invited speakers, all participants could put their questions and activities in three break out rooms. The activity was really high, beyond my expectations. It is very important to globally share and learn about the different perspectives in these subjects and the webinar will continue during this autumn”, says Britt Östlund, Professor in Technology in Health Care at KTH, and Executive Committee member for Digital Futures. She is also running the EU project INBOTS, inclusive Robotics for a better society, about social uptake of social robots.

Britt Östlund.

Britt Östlund arranged the webinar, together with Catharina Borgenstierna at Camanio and Signe Bernhard-Larson at StillActive, on behalf of the Stockholm section of the international network Aging 2.0.


1. Introduction, Catharina Borgenstierna, Camanio

2. Greetings from Aging 2.0, founder Stephen Johnston

3. What digital challenges and experiences do we see in Sweden?
• Britt Östlund, KTH/Digital Futures – what research questions are raised?
• Carina Idenfors, Norrtälje Municipalit
• Lars-Åke Johansson, Alkit Communication
• Mårten Lindskog, Stockholm City – how does the municipality in Corona times work
• Peter Sandberg, SKPF Pensionärerna, Swedish senior citizen organization - Challenges for Seniors for a Hackathon

4. Group discussions, organized in Zoom
• What should we do now? Has corona changed our priorities? Knowledge networks, investments, marketing, international exchange?

Room 1: Hackathon with seniors, Robin Broqvist, Jiropro

Room 2: International exchange and corona innovations, Silas Olsson, Health Acess and Catharina Borgenstierna, Camanio

Room 3: Digitising elderly care in times of corona epidemic, Britt Östlund KTH/Digital Futures

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Call for demonstrator projects

There is a first call open for Demonstrator projects within Digital Futures – projects that can demonstrate and disseminate technologies for digital transformation and its impact in society. We will support projects that can show novelty, high impact and wide outreach. KTH schools, Stockholm University (SU) and RISE Digital Systems are encouraged to apply.

The call closes on 18 September, 2020,14:00

The three research themes Trust, Cooperate and Learn cut across the three societal contexts Smart society, Digitized industry and Rich and healthy life.

 Read more and apply at: www.digitalfutures.kth.se/en/utlysningar-och-ledi/pagaende-utlysningar

A broad range of topics covered in seminar series on digitalization technology

The Digital Futures seminar series have now been running for about a month, since the launch in the middle of May. Up until now, six seminars have been held in total, covering topics ranging from digital technology in an aging society, to big data and AI for global environmental change monitoring. And there is more to come.

Almost every Tuesday and Thursday from May to July, Digital Futures arrange an open digital presentation held by one or two passionate researchers. On Tuesdays, there are high level fika seminars, introducing ambitions of digitalization technology research for future society. The talks are usually delivered by researchers from academia and industry, targeting the whole digitalization research community. On Thursdays, there are focused lunch seminars digging into the details of various digitalization technology research topics. These are especially featuring young researchers, and are meaning to be of interest especially for researchers within the same or neighboring research fields.

“The purpose of the seminar series is to create a forum for researchers on digital technology that enables cross disciplinary discussions, bringing forward both the width and depth of the interesting research topics covered within the Digital Futures research matrix,” says Jana Tumová, Associate Director Mobility at Digital Futures.  

On the premiere week of the seminar series, both the high level and the in depth seminar covered the topic on controlling the spread of covid19. Philip E Paré analyzed two different mathematical models for network-dependent spread, and concluded by discussing an ongoing project​​ on contact tracing. Bo Bernhardsson and Joakim Jalden analyzed the influential Imperial College model, and described recent work done by a team of Swedish academia together with analysist in the health care system. Also discussed was the recent efforts on setting up a cooperation initiative between Region Stockholm and KTH. The covid19 topic engaged researchers from many different fields, bringing around 100 digital attendees to the first week’s seminars.

The seminar series will take a break over summer, but there are still several weeks of interesting talks to attend. Coming up is seminars covering for example Embodied Social Agents, AI-assisted Diagnostic Tagging, and Programmable robotic self-assemblies.

More info and seminar program: www.digitalfutures.kth.se/en/seminar-series

Digitalization in the times of corona

- scenario workshop with focus on health and care for the elderly

Since the corona outbreak the digitalization has accelerated. People, business and society have become even more open and digital tools and virtual communication have taken a giant leap forward. Also, the journey to 6G will include and affect the entire society. There are many interesting research challenges ahead of us. How will this affect the future? What possibilities will it give in terms of healthy and sustainable societies and what are the challenges? With focus on elderly care, this was the set up when 30 experts and scientists, representing different parts of society, came together last week at one of many workshops hosted by Digital Futures.

“The fact that we have a growing elderly population is a success, now we need to handle it. Getting all this experts and scientists together discussing these questions is crucial to drive digitalization in the health sector. One of the aims is to organize work in the elderly care in a better way”, says the moderator Britt Östlund, Digital Futures Associate Director Outreach and Professor in Technology in Health Care.

The starting point for the workshop was a model that can be used for long-term strategies – for companies, academia, public sector etcetera. It shows how to, on an overall view, see what challenges there are. This scenario study, developed during the preparation for KTH Digital Futures, outlines four future macro trends which would influence the development of technologies for tackling societal challenges. The macro trends are described as the dynamic Tiger or collaborative Dolphin, the slower Elephant scenario to the introspective Coala. Before the corona outbreak, the most likely scenario was the Dolphin, one with a continued fast and flourishing economy, global mobility and trade, considerations to transform to more sustainable systems and strong investments in research and innovation. With months of lockdown in many countries, the economic challenges are now enormous. That makes the Coala scenario most relevant. On the other hand, a stronger support for digitalization has arisen as more people have had to develop new ways of working, caring, shopping and being social with others. How can that affect the digital development in the health sector years to come? Do procurements need to be adapted to this development? How do we cover the need for competences and digital leadership to create technology for more quality time for care of the patients? Will there be higher demands on collaboration in the health sector? Do the laws need to be more proactive? How can we use the technology for inclusion and addressing socio-economic gaps? These were some of the questions that was discussed during the workshop.

“This was the first of many workshops of this kind to set some research direction to the target, a great way to tie together scenarios and trends with fundamental research. These kind of discussions will continue in both digital and physical ways”, concludes Karl Henrik Johansson, Director of Digital Futures.

The speakers at the Round Table workshop where: 

  • Fredrik Lagergren and Erik Eriksson, SAM - introduction to the scenario study
  • Karin Ekdahl Wästberg, Deputy Director of Innovation, City of Stockholm – ”Future care in Stockholm.”  
  • Britt Östlund, Professor in Technology in Health Care, KTH – “Who will populate the future?”
  • Magnus Frodigh, VP, Head of Ericsson Research – “Technical outlook”.

KTH researchers publish paper on radar and AI for wildfire monitoring in Nature Scientific Reports

In recent years, the world witnessed many devastating wildfires, most recently in Australia, that resulted in destructive human and environmental impacts across the globe. Emergency response and rapid response for mitigation calls for effective approaches for near real-time wildfire monitoring. Capable of penetrating clouds and smoke, and imaging day and night, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) can play a critical role in wildfire monitoring.

Yifang Ban, KTH Professor and her team, Puzhao Zhang, her PhD student and Dr. Andrea Nascetti, Research Scientist at Division of Geoinformatics, investigated and demonstrated the potential of Sentinel-1 SAR time series with a deep learning framework for near real-time wildfire progression monitoring. In collaboration with researchers from Canadian Forest Services and British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Canada, their results are published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports entitled ‘Near Real-Time Wildfire Progression Monitoring with Sentinel-1 SAR Time Series and Deep Learning’.

KTH kraftsamlar inom digitalisering

Intervju med vicerektor Annika Stensson Trigell: "Genom vår bredd som teknisk fakultet med framstående forskning inom både tillämpning och teknologier inom digitalisering kan vi knyta ihop många kompetenser för att möta komplexa samhällsutmaningar."

Publicerad 2019-11-27