About the Project
visuAAL is a four-year (2020-2024) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network, funded by the European Union, that aims at bridging the knowledge gap between users’ requirements and the appropriate and secure use of video-based AAL technologies to deliver effective and supportive care to older adults managing their health and wellbeing.
visuAAL will seek to increase awareness and understanding of the context-specific ethical, legal, privacy and societal issues necessary to implement visual system across hospital, home and community settings, in a manner that protects and reassures users; outputs will stimulate the development of a new research perspective for constructively addressing privacy-aware video-based working solutions for assisted living.
visuAAL will provide a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral combination of training, nonacademic placements, courses and workshops on scientific and complementary skills to 15 high achieving Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). These newly hired ESRs will contribute through their individual research projects to fulfil visuAAL's aims.
visuAAL brings together 5 universities:
• Chair of Communication Science, Human-Computer Interaction Center, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
• The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI), Stockholm University, Sweden
• The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
• Computer Vision Lab, TU Wien, Austria
• Department of Computing Technology, Universidad de Alicante, Spain (Project Coordinator)
This Consortium is complemented by 14 partner organizations from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom; that will contribute to the research and training activities.
For more information about visuAAL, see https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/
Video-based AAL technologies and colliding legal frameworks
While the emergence of AAL technologies within the context of healthcare present incredible opportunities to improve the life quality of the frail and sick, these technologies pose significant legal issues. These technologies require coherent legal regulation in order to ensure, among other things, the safety of the device and the privacy of the individual using it. Taking a global perspective, this project will explore the current legal framework governing video-based AAL technologies and involve an in-depth interpretation and systematization of the positive law related to this emerging field. While the bulk of the work will involve a deep dependence on traditional legal sources, reliance on materials gathered in the domain of computer science and a translation of these materials into a legal context will be necessary.
Outcomes for this doctoral dissertation will seek to map the complex legal framework applicable to lifelogging technologies in the AAL context. It will present the content of law in an orderly manner, which follows the established hierarchy of legal sources in an attempt
to identify the gaps and contradictions in the law. While this work will be centrally concerned with a traditional, positivist analysis of the law as it is (de lege lata), the work will make some references to how the law should act (de lege ferenda).
• Main Supervisor: M. Zamboni (SU)
• Second Supervisor: M. Kampel (TUW)
• Co-Supervisor: S. Greenstein (SU)
• Advisor: L. Colonna (SU), J. Eriksson Lundström (RINFO)
• Secondment 1: TUW (Supervisor: Dr M. Kampel) – M17-M19: Training and research on video-based AAL technologies
• Secondment 2: RINFO (Supervisor: Dr J. Eriksson Lundström, and will be assigned to one of the organisations connected to RINFO that is best suited for the project) – M33-M35: case study examination
Enrolment in Doctoral degree(s):
Doctoral Programme in Law Science, Stockholm University
How to Apply:
Submit your application to https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/esr-vacancies. Please, ensure that you select vacancy number ESR4.
Further information about the visuAAL project can be obtained from Professor Peter Wahlgren, [Email Address Removed].
For more information about the Doctoral Program, please contact the Director of Studies, Assistant Professor Jaan Paju, [Email Address Removed].