University of Oulu participates in two European Commission FET-Flagship initiatives

The University of Oulu participates in two initiatives, DigiTwins and ALOHA!, invited to enter the next stage of the three stage process towards becoming an EU Flagship for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).  

DigiTwins is a large research initiative that aims at establishing a personal Digital Twin for every European citizen. Digital Twins, accurate computer models of the key biological processes within every individual that keep us healthy or lead to disease, will be used to identify individually optimal therapies as well as preventive and lifestyle measures, without exposing individuals to unnecessary risks and healthcare systems to unnecessary costs. The DigiTwin community consists of more than 200 partners from industry, academic and clinical research institutions in 32 different countries. It combines a transdisciplinary team of visionary scientists, clinicians, public health experts, policymakers, medical informatics experts, experts in Artificial Intelligence, experienced science management professionals, serial entrepreneurs, industry researchers and patient group representatives as well as experts from cross-cutting fields, such as economics, regulation, ethics, health insurance, data security and privacy.

ALOHA! proposes a new life balance for the ageing society by providing healthy, active living and improved working conditions in a technology induced environment. The goal of ALOHA! is to design a new future society, considering the whole chain from individual healthcare to entire buildings and communities, which supports the health and productivity of the European public. ALOHA! will address the needs of the elderly (including health issues, daily living and working activities) as well as determining how to provide a built environment which promotes healthy and active living for an ageing society through the development of assistive systems. In order to achieve this, ALOHA! will incorporate radical new innovations for smart elderly living and multigenerational living, smart work and workplace, smart activation, smart health, well-being and education, and smart (micro)mobility and logistics.

FET-Flagships are science- and technology-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal that are promoted and financed by the European Commission under its Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 with one billion euros over ten years. If successful on the stage two, the initiatives will be financially supported by the EC over a one-year period to prepare for stage three: the final selection of the FET-Flagships.

More information:

About DigiTwins: professor Maritta Perälä-Heape, Centre for Health and Technology

About ALOHA!: professor Ari Pouttu, Centre for Wireless Communications

Last updated: 2.7.2018