• Kaj Grønbæk

    Professor, Head of Department, Chairman of the Digital Advisory Board at The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, AU

    Bio: Kaj Grønbæk, PhD, Professor, Head of Department at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University. Chairman of the Digital Advisory Board at The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. Vice-Chair of the board of the Alexandra Institute (www.alexandra.dk) and member of the board of DIREC (www.direc.dk) and DigitalLead (www.digitallead.dk). Kaj Grønbæk is a highly cited IT researcher, and for the past 25 years, he has been a research leader in several major projects, most of which have been involved in company participation. He is currently active in innovation fund projects concerning health data from wearables (www.healthd360.dk) as well as Industry 4.0 (www.made.dk). In these projects, he works with e.g. how data analysis and industrial processes can be made understandable and accessible to users and domain experts through Visual Analytics and Augmented Reality techniques.

    Title of presentation: Scientific Talk: “24-7 health support via wearables - balancing between empowerment and surveillance”

    Speaker for following sessions
    • 14:00 - 01-12-2021 Organized by ATV

      New digital technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and technologies based on data are emerging and have the potential to create valuable solutions – especially in the health sector. However, ethical issues and dilemmas may occur in the development, innovation, and implementation process because it is difficult to fully understand the implications of the technologies. This calls for ethical considerations and requirements. We need to be able to trust the solutions based on these technologies, but how do we avoid that ethic requirements slow down innovation? How can we facilitate exploration and use of the data-based technologies in a quest for new solutions that create value for patients as well as for society?
      This is the main topic for a debate on Digital Tech Summit arranged by ATV. The session presents examples from the health sector where ethics is handled as an integrated element. Furthermore, we dive into how technological development and innovation can be a user-involving process and discuss how we can strengthen a knowledge eco-system where ethics is an integrated factor focusing on possibilities. The Danish Health sector is a strong and research-based sector which contributes to Denmark’s wealth and growth, and we would like to secure that ethic requirements are handled in a way not slowing innovation down but enhancing it. Denmark should be recognized as a leading Life Science region that is able to foster relevant solutions for citizens and patients while meeting high ethical standards.

      Introduction to “Better Health With AI”, Ole Kæseler Andersen, Prodekan, professor, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet, vicechair from ATV’s Group on Life Science
      Scientific Talk: “24-7 health support via wearables - balancing between empowerment and surveillance”, Kaj Grønbæk, Professor, Head of Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Chairman of the Digital Advisory Board at The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
      Business Talk: “A.I. in single-use endoscopy – the ethical choice”, Måns Barsne, Chief Innovation Officer, AMBU
      Business Talk: Business Talk: Søren Smed Østergaard, Vice President Digital Health, Novo Nordisk (Commercial Strategy & Corporate affairs)
      Debate: “From ethics to valuable tech”: Speakers from above
      Closing remarks: Lia Leffland, Managing Director, ATV
      Session coordinator: Consultant Maja Lænkholm, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
      Facilitator: Managing Director Lia Leffland, Danish Academy of Facilitator: Technical Sciences
      16:15 - 01-12-2021 Two days are getting to an end – tomorrow is another work day, with lots to do, battles to win, and big ideas to grasp. Before closing down a panel of stake-holders, partners and experts dig into a conversation on the framework conditions that are needed to transition all the fancy ideas and fine intentions into real-world results. Asking for more money, political awareness, and higher education from anyone with a breath seems to be trivial as well as insufficient. Instead, we shall discuss how (our) digital technologies become the drivers of societal improvements through common visions, partnerships and projects. To that end, to bring Denmark, the Nordic countries, and Europe in the direction of digital sustainability.

      We finish making a round of promises before getting back to work, leading towards Digital Tech Summit 2022.
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