AOTF Assistant Coordinator
Ms Despoina Petsani received her MSc in Medical Informatics and diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is currently Research Assistant in the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is the Living Lab coordinator of CAPTAIN project (H2020) where she manages the co-creation activities in 5 living labs across 5 European countries. Among her tasks is to coordinate the CAPTAIN project requirements elicitation procedure from the end-users. She is also the Harmonization Body Coordinator of the VITALISE H2020 project where her tasks are to synchronise the goals and the objectives of the specific Harmonization Body, ensuring the openness to the global Living Lab and the research community. She has experience in applying SCRUM and Agile approaches and applying Living Lab methodologies for the development of innovative technological solutions. Her research also includes the use of AI and machine learning solutions in the identification of health and wellbeing metrics from everyday life monitoring and the prediction of health outcomes. In the Prolong GSA project, where Galileo-based location devices will be used as portable receivers to monitor older adults’ safety in external environments, she will design and employ the gait analysis algorithms. In 2019, she was part of the co-organising team of the Open Living Lab Days event, organised by the Lab of Medical Physics and European Network of Living Labs in Thessaloniki. She is also engaged in the H2020 SISCODE project. Her research interests lie in the area of technology and AI application for providing solutions to older adults and vulnerable populations in the field of assistive technologies and user experience research.
SISCODE aims to understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon that is flourishing in Europe (in fab labs, Living Labs, social innovations, smart cities, communities and regions); to analyse favourable conditions that support its effective
introduction, scalability and replication; and to use this knowledge to cross-fertilise RRI practices and policies.
SISCODE mission is to run a European study to compare co-creation ecosystems and describe effective dynamics and outcomes of the integration of society in science and innovation; experiment with design as a new system of competences capable to support the development of implementable RRI and STI solutions and policies; and understand the transformations needed to embed co-creation in STI policy making, overcoming barriers and resistance to change and considering organisational transformation.
ENoLL’s role in SISCODE is to collaborate with the other networks in the project (international network of fab labs & European network of science centers and museums) in building a transnational system of co-creation laboratories to experiment with a design- driven approach to co-creation, drawing knowledge from real-life experimentations to foster cross-fertilisation of know-how, co-creation approaches, RRI practices and policies. The project started in May 2018. https://siscodeproject.eu/