Ethics within B-CRATOS

Why would ethics be relevant for a project such as B-CRATOS? Don’t we simply have to do our job, pave the way to innovation and not worry about any such kind of philosophical-like questions?

Definitely not.

On the contrary, if we look closely, our project has many reasons to take ethics into consideration: new technology and its future uses, use of animals for testing, a technology that is linked to the brain, raising many questions of safety and ethics. For us, this question is of prime importance, this is why we have an External Ethics Board supervising B-CRATOS. The Board gives us guidance and helps us understand what’s at stake. These insights are crucial to design the technology, and then to implement it, and improve it!

You can take a look at this video, in which our Ethics Board Chair, Nicola Di Stefano, explains why it matters.

If you wish to learn more about ethics in the field of technology and innovation, be sure to join us on October 27th at 4pm CEST: we organise a webinar to discuss the topic. It’s free! (register)

Meet Ilangko Balasingham from NTNU

Meet Ilangko Balasingham, Professor of Medical Signal Processing and Communications at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology!

He tells us briefly about B-CRATOS and NTNU’s role in the project.


Meeting in Trondheim!

At the end of September, the B-CRATOs team was invited to hold its General meeting at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). After a long trip to Trondheim and a warm coffee, we started to work efficiently – two days of discussions and work on the project, involving a crucial testing step of the system and a slight peak of adrenaline when we were told that the suitcase with the precious material was caught in the airport troubles and thus, delayed.

This meeting was a very fruitful, as we discussed the next steps of the B-CRATOS project and reviewed the progresses accomplished so far (not to praise ourselves, but to get experience and better prepare for the upcoming adventures ;)) It was also the occasion to have the sound and wise advises of our Advisory Board members.

Everyone very focused

Our global work is advancing, and we are happy to have a community around us, (you, visitor of our website! and Social networks), people with expectations towards the continuation of the project and what it will bring to science, everything encouraging us to work harder.


A bit of stress. Is it working…?

Since we don’t meet so often, each meeting is a bit stressful as we hold testing session for the results of different work packages to work in combination together and can’t really be sure it will work just like the theory dictates. And if it doesn’t work – there is not so much time to fix things up, so it is indeed really stressful. Although we always manage…!

Our bags full of great memories and working notes, we headed back to our usual workplace. Thanks a lot to our colleagues from NTNU for organising the meeting and welcoming us in the “North”. Next time we will meet, the project will be at a new level, and that is even more motivating.