Projects & Funding
Several public grants support or have supported this innovative line of independent, international, and interdisciplinary research.
GoodBrother aims to increase the awareness of the ethical, legal, and privacy issues associated with audio- and video-based monitoring and to propose privacy-aware working solutions for assisted living
Sept 2021 - Sept 2024
Dec 2020 - Aug 2021
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779966.
March 2017 - Sept 2021
The Cost Action 16116 on Wearable Robots aims to integrate and develop diverse expertise and trans-domain competences essential to the development of a new generation of Wearable Robots, characterized by better adjustment to the human users, as well as to specific domains of application, thus allowing it to become a mainstream technology with potential for greatly expanded socio-economical impact.
Heike Felzmann, Anne-Marie Hughes, Alexandra Kapeller, Eduard Fosch-Villaronga were the co-leaders of the Working Group 4 on the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects. The Ethical, Legal and Societal (ELS) aspects of Wearable Robotics (WRs) are wide in scope, ranging from individual’s personal experience of using WRs to larger social concerns about human-enhancement or possible economic implications. The working group on ELS engages with these issues in order to help create technologies that have high rates of user-acceptability and help to improve the user’s Quality of Life (QoL).
Within the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) at the University of Twente, the chair of Law, Governance & Technology comes with a focus on the legal design of ‘smart rules & regimes’. This group funded a one-year postdoctoral position (Oct 2016-Sept 2017) to work on iterative regulatory processes for robot technologies.
Oct 2013 - Sept 2016
The Joint International Doctoral Degree in “Law, Science and Technology” is an interdisciplinary integrated doctorate designed to address new challenges in legal, socio-ethical and technical domains arising from the information society and newly emerging technologies.
I was awarded a full scholarship to complete the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology, where I developed a legal and ethical framework for personal care robots. I researched in Bologna, Turin, Vilnius, Hannover, Barcelona, and Pittsburgh; and visited Tufts University (USA) to work on robots for children with autism, and at EPFL (Switzerland) to work on exoskeletons.