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 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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