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Current Research Projects

INBOTS (Inclusive Robotics for a better Society)

Duration: 2018 - 2021

INBOTS provides a platform to establish a working synergy between four pillars that covers all stakeholders in Interactive Robotics: the technical expertise pillar, the business expertise pillar, the ethical, legal and socioeconomic expertise pillar, as well as the end-users, policy makers and general public pillar. Therefore, the project strives at coordinating and supporting actions aimed at building bridges among these pillars to promote debate and create a responsible research and innovation paradigm that will potentiate EU leadership on robotics. INBOTS CSA is relevant to the H2020 Topic ICT 28-2017: “Robotics Competitions, coordination and support”, scope a) “Non-technical barriers to robotics take-up”; b) “Standards and Regulation”; and c) “Community support and outreach”. Through a coordination and support action the INBOTS CSA consortium will build and support a strong European community based on the collaboration between all stakeholders. The project will serve as a platform for sharing experiences and accelerate the technology transfer, regulation and legislation in the field. (Horizon 2020, Call: H2020-ICT-2016-2017, Topic: ICT-28-2017, DCU’s share: €47,000). 

Values and Decisions at the End of Life

Duration: 2017 - 2020

The main objective of this research project is to conduct a study of decision-making related to the end of his life in intensive care units in Croatia in hospitals at the tertiary level health care (clinics, clinical hospitals, clinical hospital centres) and propose guidelines on these issues. The specific objectives of the research project are:1) to form an interdisciplinary research team that will be able to conduct research on decision-making related to the end of his life in intensive care units in Croatia. 2) to conduct research in focus groups on decision-making, attitudes and values of health staff working in intensive care units at the tertiary level of health care. 3) to conduct cross-section study of attitudes of health workers related to the decision-making at the end life in intensive care units at the tertiary level in Croatia with a specially designed questionnaire. 4) to carry out a retrospective analysis of data on patients who have died in the intensive care units at the tertiary level of health care and to analyse therapeutic procedures and decision-making related to end of life. 5) to carry out a prospective analysis of the decision-making procedures related to the end of life in intensive care units with specially designed instrument. 6) to perform data analysis, and compare the results with existing legislation in the Republic of Croatia. 7) to perform on the basis of data an analysis of the value-system of health care staff in intensive care units. 8) to conduct on a representative sample of Croatian population a study regarding the attitudes and knowledge regarding decisions at the end of life. 10) on the basis of the obtained results to prepare guidelines for the treatment and decision-making at the end life in intensive care units in Croatia. Funding body is the Croatian Science Foundation. Main applicant is Prof. Ana Borovečki, MD, PhD from the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

EnTIRE logoEnTIRE (Mapping Normative Frameworks for EThics and Integrity of REsearch)

Duration: 2017 - 2021

The aim of the EnTIRE project is to create a platform that makes the normative framework governing Research Ethics and Research Integrity (RE+RI) easily accessible, supports application in research and evaluation, and involves all stakeholders in a participatory way, thus achieving sustainability. The platform will foster uptake of ethical standards and responsible conduct of research, and ultimately support research excellence and strengthen society’s confidence in research and its findings (Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-SwafS-2016-17 (Science with and for Society), Topic: SwafS-16-2016).

Centre for Ethics, Mangalore

Research Ethics Masters Program for India

Duration: 2017 - 2022

The aim of the “Yenepoya University-Fogarty International Center Research Ethics Master’s Program for India” is to strengthen research ethics capacity in India. This project develops an in-depth and comprehensive research ethics education program to address the ethical dilemmas in health care, research and public health policies, which are exacerbated in resource-constrained health systems. The objectives of this program build on the existing suite of teaching programs and activities of the Centre for Ethics (CFE) at Yenepoya University by offering a Master’s in Research Ethics. The Master’s curriculum is comprehensive, incorporating knowledge of ethical principles, processes, and policies related to local and international settings. The curriculum enhances the practical skills in research methods, ethics education, ethical review, transformational leadership, consultation and encourages and maintains the involvement in teaching, of national and international experts in bioethics and research ethics through didactic and practicum. The program facilitates transfer of skills in research ethics using mentorship model and creates a national pool of leaders. This is achieved through ethics-related teaching, research and practicum, encouraging publication through responsible research conduct in the participants (Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA).


CANVAS (Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity) 

Duration: 2016 - 2019

The CANVAS project has the following objectives : 1. Structure existing knowledge in ethics, law, empirical and technological research related to cybersecurity with a particular focus on three reference domains of application (health, business, police/national security) and by involving insights gained in previous EU projects. 2. Design a network for exchanging knowledge and generating insights across domains using several procedures, among others by workshops and a summarizing conference. 3. Disseminate the insights gained through various means. Those include briefing packages for policy stakeholders, a reference curriculum for value-driven cybersecurity with a particular focus on industry-training, and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (Call: H2020-DS-2015-1 Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust; Topic: Value-sensitive technological innovation in Cybersecurity - DS-07-2015; € 114,000)

Gap logoGAP (Gaming for Peace) 

Duration: 2016 - 2018

The GAP project launches an iterative process of curriculum development and refinement through end users (military, police and civilian personnel) evaluating the game and embedded base curriculum by playing the game and in doing so, bringing their own experiences to the game, thus further developing the curriculum of CPPB relevant soft skills (Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-BES-2015 Topic: BES-13-2015). 

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ADAPT  (Centre for Digital Content Platform Research)

Duration: 2015 - 2021

The ADAPT Centre tackles the fundamental Global Digital Content challenge of how enterprises, institutions and individual users can easily assimilate, reuse and seamlessly interact with global digital content across different languages, media (speech, text, video) and usage contexts. ADAPT will create research breakthroughs in technologies to enable meaningful global conversations between organisations and users (Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres Programme 2014) (2015-present).


ASSISTID (The Ethics of Assitive Technologies)

Duration: 2015 - 2018

The ASSISTID fellowship is co-funded by the charity RESPECT and the EU. The research addresses what ethical issues are raised by the use of three selected cutting-edge assistive technologies – namely lifelogs, AAL-technologies, and brain-computer interfaces – in aiding people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  Some ethical dilemmas have been identified and discussed in relation to these technologies in general but the academic debate regarding the ethics of these technologies in relation to people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities and the problems of aging is still in its infancy.  These technologies have been chosen as they are still in the early stages of development and roll-out.


ENDCARE (Harmonisation & Dissemination of Best Practice, Educating & Alleviating concerns of Healthcare Professionals on the proper practice of End Of Life)

Duration: 2015 - 2018

The purpose of this project is to: 1) Provide a new appraisal of where we are with the moral teachings of various normative values by bringing together expert scholars in this field of study. 2) Understand why health care professionals fear using appropriate moral care pathways at the end of life. 3) Provide a basis for teaching and educating the general public and health care professionals in this regard. 4) Clearly define and identify that care that might normally be considered as ‘ordinary care’, such as artificial nutrition and hydration’, can easily become disproportionate and extraordinary due to the discomfort caused to patients, not recognising that the patient’s dignity and comfort should be the goal of any treatment at this stage of life; the clear purpose of the health care professional should be to treat the patient and not one’s own (unclear) conscience and/or the fear of s lack of understand on the part of relatives (Erasmus+ Programme).  

SeaBioTech is a 48-month European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) project designed and driven by SMEs to create innovative marine biodiscovery pipelines as a means to convert the potential of marine biotechnology into novel industrial products for the pharmaceutical (human and aquaculture), cosmetic, functional food and industrial chemistry sectors. To achieve its goals, SeaBioTech brings together complementary and world-leading experts, integrating biology, genomics, natural product chemistry, bioactivity testing, industrial bioprocessing, legal aspects, market analysis and knowledge exchange.

COST – Disaster Bioethics

COST – Disaster Bioethics  (Addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters)

Duration: 2012 - 2016 

This COST (intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action (ISCH COST Action IS1201) aims to improve ethical decision-making for disasters by gathering knowledge of the ethical dilemmas and issues, carefully examining them, and developing training materials and published resources to address disaster ethics. These outputs will assist policy-makers, humanitarian organisations, healthcare professionals, researchers and the public. The Action will benefit European citizens, organisations and States who already provide extensive resources for disaster relief. Thereby, the Action will benefit those affected by disasters, which disproportionately impact lower income countries and the more vulnerable within regions.


 In-MINDD (FP7) Innovative Midlife Intervention for Dementia Deterrence

Duration: 2012 - 2015 

This project, funded by European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), seeks to design and test a state of the art electronic system for use in primary care to profile individuals’ dementia risks and respond to those risks with a combination of the best available on-line strategies and locally sourced options. This will be achieved through advanced web search and aggregation technologies. This will enable comprehensive state of the art assessment, multi-use of programmes already designed for such risk modification, flexibility for the end user, and ease of use for primary care staff. The intervention is aimed at people in their sixth decade.

DEM@CARE – Dementia Ambient Care (FP7)

DEM@CARE – Dementia Ambient Care (FP7) (Multi-Sensing Monitoring for Intelligent Remote Management and Decision Support)

Duration: 2011 - 2015

Dementia Ambient Care: Multi-Sensing Monitoring for Intelligent Remote Management and Decision Support is a 4-year European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) project focused on the development of a complete system providing personal health services to persons with dementia, as well as medical professionals, by using a multitude of sensors, for context-aware, multiparametric monitoring of lifestyle, ambient environment, and health parameters. Multisensor data analysis, combined with intelligent decision making mechanisms, will allow an accurate representation of the person's current status and will provide the appropriate feedback, both to the person and the associated medical professionals.


REVERIE (FP7) (Real and Virtual Engagement in Realistic Immersive Environments)

Duration: 2011 - 2015 

REVERIE is a 3.5-year European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) funded project, aiming to provide the means for building a mixed reality space in which real and virtual worlds engage and seamlessly interact in real-time, generating compelling and highly realistic immersive environments. REVERIE envisages an ambient, content-centric Internet-based environment, highly flexible and secure, where people can work, meet, participate in live events, socialize and share experiences, as they do in real life, but without time, space and affordability limitations. In order to achieve this goal, the integration of cutting-edge technologies related to 3D data acquisition and processing, sound processing, autonomous avatars, networking, real-time rendering, and physical interaction and emotional engagement in virtual worlds is required.



Duration: 2011-2014

StudioLab was inspired by the merging of the artist’s studio with the research lab to create a hybrid creative space. The project proposed the creation of a new European platform for creative interactions between art and science. It brought together major players in scientific research with centres of excellence in the arts and experimental design and leverages the existence of a new network of hybrid spaces to pilot a series of projects at the interface between art and science including Le Laboratoire (Paris), Science Gallery (Trinity College Dublin), Royal College of Art (London), Ars Electronica (Linz) and MediaLab Prado (Madrid). StudioLab involved activities along three key dimensions: incubation of art-science projects, education and public engagement.


NAMDIATREAM (FP7)  (Nanotechnological Toolkits for Multi-Modal Disease Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring)

Duration: 2010-2014 

NAMDIATREAM: Nanotechnological Toolkits for Multi-Modal Disease Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring was a 4-year interdisciplinary research project funded by European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). It involved 22 partners from 8 European Countries (Ireland, Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, UK) and 1 associated country (Switzerland). The Pan-European consortium was built around 7 High-Tech SMEs, 2 Multinational industries and 13 academic institutions. It aimed to develop a cutting edge nanotechnology-based toolkit for multi-modal detection of biomarkers of most common cancer types and cancer metastases, permitting identification of cells indicative of early disease onset in a high-specificity and throughput format in clinical, laboratory and point-of-care devices. The project was built on the innovative concepts of super-sensitive and highly specific “lab-on-a-bead”, “lab-on-a-chip” and “lab-on-a-wire” nano-devices. This offers groundbreaking advantages over present technologies in terms of stability, sensitivity, time of analysis, probe multiplexing, assay miniaturisation and reproducibility.

GOLDEN for Sustainability

GOLDEN for Sustainability (Global Organizational Learning and Development Network)

Duration: 2007-2012

GOLDEN was a 5-year research programme developed by a global network of Business Schools and research centres in sustainability and corporate responsibility. It was supported by the Center for Research in Organization and Management (CROMA) at Bocconi University (Italy), European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria). GOLDEN. investigated how organisations can integrate sustainability into their business models. The project partners compiled and benchmarked 100 corporations worldwide to study how an effective change can be facilitated by offering “dynamic capabilities for sustainability” to organisations. The project ended in January 2012.

Tiss.EU (FP7)

Tiss.EU (FP7) 

Duration: 2008-2011 

Tiss.EU was a 3-year European Community's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) funded research project, coordinated by the Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Göttingen (Germany). Its aim was to evaluate legislative and regulatory documents in relation to the procurement, storage and transfer of human tissue and cells for research in the European Union. The project ended on 1 April 2011.


GLEUBE (Globalising European Bioethics Education)

Duration: 2008-2011 

GLEUBE (Globalising European Bioethics Education) was a 3-year European Union-funded project aimed at increasing the international profile of European bioethics. The project was a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire (Co-ordinating institution, UK), Cardiff University (United Kingdom), Dublin City University (Ireland), University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Oslo (Norway). The project ended on 31 October 2011.