In parallel with the conference, the following independent workshops and events will be held:

International workshop on NATO mutli-year science for pease project NATO SPS project G5825 – Smart Patch for Life Support Systems  - SP4LIFE

Wearable real-time systems collecting and smartly analysing information on respiration, heartbeat, SpO2, blood pressure and body temperature could help medical personnel adopting most suitable countermeasure in case of highly stressful situations in military and civil scenarios as a result of terrorist attacks, IEDs’ or rescue operations. The system gives an alert if the health status of a person is changed to prevent overlook of critical health changes. SP4LIFE will propose design and development of a patch-like device prototypes and methodology enabling continuous evaluation of personnel or victims’ vital parameters, using Artificial Intelligence to create software capable of real-time diagnostics and rapid countermeasures’ selection.

The objectives of the project are to:                         

  • develop wearable monitoring platforms with:
    • a.) sensitive respiration, heartbeat and auditory sensors based on graphene,
    • b.) ECG, SpO2  and body temperature sensor modules,
  • create a biocompatible wearable body-sensing interface hosting electronics, alarm, low-power transmission for light-weight, portable applications
  • create a software that will generate alert in real time, at the moment of critical physiological parameter changes or changes of the triage medical status according to START algorithm,
  • use Artificial Intelligence to create unsupervised software capable of real-time diagnostics and rapid countermeasures’ selection,
  • analyze existing (AS-IS) processes and consider their re-design (TO-BE processes) in organization of patient management on the site of accident with respect to wearable monitoring technology being developed,
  • create a network of young scientists training in soft and hard skills in the wearable electronics for biomedical applications.

Capacitive and strain sensors technologies prevail in the realm of monitoring respiration and heartbeat. The capacitance between a wearable electrode and the skin changes dynamically during breathing or with changing electrical signals that accompany heartbeats. Strain sensors measure the chest motion due to respiration and heartbeat. In the project we propose to enhance the existing technologies by i) creating new capacitive and strain sensors using graphene, that has showed superb sensitivity in early work performed in lab conditions and ii) integrating graphene-based miniaturized acoustic sensors (microphones) to record the audiograms of respiratory and cardiac cycles. 

Integration of SpO2 sensor into chest-based patch device enables reduction in measurement delays of blood saturation by several seconds comparing to finger-based sensor. This is especially important in emergency situations and enables rescue teams to introduce treatment more rapidly.


Prof. Dr. Ana Madevska Bogdanova, Prof. Dr. Milan Tysler

Partners of the SP4LIFE project: Dr. Milan Tyšler (NPD), Institute of Measurement Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences (IMS), SK 

Dr. Marko Spasenović (PPD), Institute for Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Centre for Microelectronic Technologies (ICTM), RS 

Dr. Ana Madevska Bogdanova, Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Sts Cyril and Methodius (FCSE), MK 

Dr. Carlo Saverio Iorio, Universitè libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BE 

Prof. MD PhD. Oto Masár, Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava, Comenius University in Bratislava (FM), SK


Dissemination Event for Erasmus project iTEM: A new approach in teaching Mathematics & STEM courses

iTEM stands for the innovative Teaching Educating in Mathematics and is a Capacity Building Project in Higher Education funded by the Erasmus Plus Program.
Its main objective is to improve the teaching, learning, and understanding of 1st-year Mathematics among Engineers in Europe, Israel, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan. The main tools will be employed are (a) Calculus Assisted Tools; (b) Innovative Teaching Methods; and (c) Real Life Problems that can be tackled using fundamental Mathematics taught in Calculus I and Linear Algebra I.
The iTEM consortium consists of 16 Academic Institutions as partners, where their efforts are supported by the participation of 15 Associated Partners.
The iTEM main objective is to make 1st year Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate students to realize the impact of the Mathematics (using as a proof of concept the modules of Calculus I and Linear Algebra I) in solving and dealing problems from other sciences and real-life problems. The consortium will focus to bring a breath of fresh air in the way Mathematics is taught. This objective will be approached using:
New Teaching Approaches e.g. Problem Based Learning and Project Oriented Based Learning (Leading Partner: AAU)
Incorporate tools to identify the weak students and provide them support to continue their studies (Leading Partners: CVUT, UMIT, UKIM)
Introduce CAS tools during teaching Mathematics (Leading Partner: ULL)
Introduce Simulations to visualize Mathematics (Leading Partner:)
Introduce Real Life Problems and Tasks along teaching Mathematics (Leading Partner: KSU)
Organize Intensive Courses for the Training of Math Teachers and Students (Leading Partners: AAU, ULL, UMIT)
Evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed techniques and tools regarding the students understanding and exam success rates after their application (Leading Partner: WIS)
Integrating the proposed techniques and tools into their existed Linear Algebra and Calculus I courses (Leading Partners: HMU, HIT, HAC, UKIM, NUUz, TUIT, UC, UMIB, UP and KEEI).

Dissemination Event for Erasmus+ Project ESSENSE - Higher education programme on building information modelling towards the development of smart environments for seniors

The main aim of ESSENSE is to develop and implement a common curriculum and learning approach on BIM towards the design, construction and management of public and private environments for older adults that will meet the learning needs of Higher Education students. These will be relevant to the labour market and societal needs of an ageing society. This will address the following topics:
BIM for smart housing and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) principles and their interaction.
The needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers (both professional and relatives).
Transversal and non-technical competences needed for an optimum implementation of BIM principles and AAL concepts, such as project management, innovation and collective skills and competences.
ESSENSE is comprised of seven entities, Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training institutions, business associations and representatives of social enterprises, bringing varied expertise on teaching, BIM, project management, ICT, Smart Housing and AAL, where collaboration will directed at significant societal challenges like our ageing population.
ESSENSE will comprise the the following activities and results:
Surveys, comparative analysis and evidence-gathering, studies of real life cases that will provide an accurate analysis of the current situation and evolution of Smart Housing and AAL within the BIM Method.
Development of an educational philosophy and joint curriculum according to the target groups needs having as a basis both the skills and competences required for the use of BIM tools for the design, construction and adaptation of environments for an active and healthy ageing.
The development of didactic materials, tools and assessment methods.
The arrangement of six transnational meetings and four multiplier events.
The definition of a Blueprint and the deployment of its action plan.
Project management and implementation activities, quality management and information, promotion and dissemination activities. ESSENSE will offer innovative educational tools to HE students and experts from building-related fields that are aligned with the future needs of society and with the opportunities that the implementation of Smart Housing and AAL principles that BIM processes can bring. Furthermore, through project results and the activities carried out, partners will raise awareness among authorities about the importance of aligning the educational programmes to societal needs and implementing these principles in educational and labour policies.