Una Europa Talk: Resistance is futile. You will be digitalized!
Una Europa, 1 Europe, Freie Universität Berlin, Helsingin Yliopisto/ Helsingfors Universitet, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, KU Leuven | Günter M. Ziegler, Ahmed Mufti, Minna Huotilainen, Joanna Zabawa-Kalinowska, Christoph Benzmüller, Peter Lievens, Elisabeth Holuscha
The European University Alliance Una Europa: talking on our (new) daily business, digital collaboration.
Resistance is futile. You will be digitalized! This slightly altered quote from the Star Trek series describes some academics’ worst fears and others’ greatest hopes: The quantum leap in digitalization in the world of work as lately accentuated by the Covid crises was only the beginning. The future of university life will be much more digital, whether we like it or not. How universities will be transformed along this process and how their interaction with the outside world will change are two of the key questions of our first Una Europa Talk.
In our live conversation from four European cities we will discuss what the future of digital cooperation in academia might look like. How will digital tools influence our teaching practices? Which virtual platforms and tools might academics and researchers use in the future? Will live networking become a thing of the past? How does virtual team building work? What role will AI play in developing new agendas and new practices? And is the human brain actually made for working in virtual worlds?
One student and three scientists from the Una Europa community, all of them experts in various fields of digitalization, will discuss these and many more questions live from our studios in Helsinki, Krakow, Leuven and Berlin.
This Talk is the first in a series of “Una Europa Talks”, a format aimed at the entire Una Europa community, i.e. students, teachers, researchers and admin staff – as well as interested representatives from our partners and the public at large.
PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION VIA LIVESTREAM.
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Günter M. Ziegler started his studies at LMU Munich. He received his PhD in Mathematics at M.I.T. in 1987. Since 1995 he has been Professor of Mathematics at Technische Universität Berlin, since 2011 at Freie Universität Berlin, where since 2018 he serves as the President. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, of the German National Academy Leopoldina, and of the German Academy of Engineering Sciences acatech. He has received numerous awards, including a DFG Leibniz prize, an ERC Advanced Grant, the Communicator Award, and the Berlin Science Prize of the Governing Mayor of Berlin.
Ahmed Mufti currently pursues a Master’s degree in Actuarial and Financial Engineering at KU Leuven. He also studied at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In his studies at KU Leuven, Ahmed engages with the fields of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in regard to risk management and insurance both on a practical and theoretical level. As part-time IT programmer, Ahmed facilitates the digital collaboration of Una Europa through the maintenance of the alliance’s online platforms.
Minna Huotilainen is a professor for Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki. She received her PhD at the Helsinki University of Technology. In her research, she uses neuroscientific methods to tackle questions related to learning, work, memory, learning and working environments and wellbeing. She is best known for her research in auditory memory and attention as well as effects of music in infants, even fetuses, children, adolescents and adults.
Joanna Zabawa-Kalinowska is an industrial designer and cognitive scientist working as an IT expert focused on human-computer relations in the aspect of technology inclusion of human experience. A Una Europa Future Uni Lab visionary by night and global service/product design practitioner by day, Joanna commits herself to join human, technology and business aspects into one sustainable world.
Scientist for Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science and Mathematics
Christoph Benzmüller is a scientist for Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science and Mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin. During Summer Term 2020 he was the first Una Europa Chair. Christoph Benzmüller received his PhD and his Habilitation from Saarland University. Further research institutions on his way include the universities of Stanford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Christoph Benzmüller was awarded with a Heisenberg Research Fellowship of the German National Research Foundation (DFG). His main research activities interface the areas of artificial intelligence, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and natural language. Currently his research focuses on the use of formal argumentation & explanation to achieve trustworthy AI systems, and in this context he is currently working for a Berlin based startup company. Prior to his academia career, Christoph Benzmüller was a successful long-distance runner at German national level.
Professor in Experimental Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Peter Lievens is professor in experimental physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the KU Leuven. He obtained his PhD in 1991 at the KU Leuven in nuclear physics, on laser spectroscopy studies of ground state properties of short-lived strontium nuclei. He was Fellow at ISOLDE in the Experimental Physics Division at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in 1991-1992. In 1993 he returned to Leuven as a postdoc of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), to switch research topics towards nanoscience and experimental quantum physics. He obtained tenure in 2001 and is full professor since 2007. From 2009 till 2017 he was Dean of the Faculty of Science. Since August 2017 he is KU Leuven Vicerector responsible for International Policy, LERU, and Alumni Policy.
Dr. Elisabeth Holuscha has more than 20 years’ experience in science management in leading positions within various scientific organisations. She has demonstrated leadership skills as a moderator, communicator, networker, and consultant on organisational strategy. She further serves as reviewer, expert and speaker and publishes frequently on topics related to the higher education.
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