Recently we have been receiving many international visitants at our labs. Some researchers come for short stays while others come for longer periods, as in the case of Denisa Kera, who will be with us until 2020. She comes from Charles University, Prague. Dr. Kera is a philosopher and designer and experiments with various creative strategies for public participation in emerging issues of science and technology. She uses design, ethnography and prototyping methods to investigate issues of Science, Technology and Society.

She has been Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, Full Professor of Future Design at Prague College, and most recently Visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, where she continues to cooperate. She joins our group as Senior Fellow Marie Curie to research Distributed Ledger Technologies (blockchain) and applications (Smart contracts).

The research she is going to conduct during her time in Salamanca is entitled “Anticipatory Ledgers: design and ethical framework for Distributed Ledger Technologies (blockchain or DAG) and applications (smart contracts)” and aims to create, test and evaluate an experimental framework described as “anticipatory design” of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) applications. Which involves the public, as well as several stakeholders in the design process and not just in the adoption and implementation of Smart contracts.  Anticipatory design works with various governance issues (accountability, shared responsibility, division of powers, or solidarity) that precede discussions of consensus mechanisms. It includes ethical deliberation in proven scenarios and use cases. This research will use data from IoT sensors, but also from satellites on Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum platforms. The research will contribute to the fields of design methods and to the development of DLTs, by offering a method for involving stakeholders in the design of the DLT.

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It is a real pleasure to have someone with so much experience work with us. We hope that this collaboration will be the first step towards many successful projects.

 

Welcome Denisa!

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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