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Chair holder

dr. Katleen Gabriëls, assistant professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Kathleen Gabriëls is a moral philosopher and investigates the coherence between technology and morality. Although technology on the first sight would seem to be the domain of academics of exact sciences, inventions come with ethical choices. And those choices influence all of us.

Gabriëls takes interest in the coherence of technics, computers and artificial intelligence. These are essential insights for engineering students. She explores a theme that concerns not only these students, but also the entire human society.

Because technology is never unbiased.

Lectures in 2019

Course 3: Can we design the good life? (Dutch lecture)

Date: Wednesday, the 6th of March 2019

Time: 12:00

Place: Campus Etterbeek, G.1.022

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Course 4: Big Data & Health (English lecture)

Date: Friday, the 22nd of March 2019

Time: 13:00

Place: Campus Jette, Biomedical Technology Day (UZ-VUB), Auditorium Bouwers

Today individuals are offered a multitude of possibilities to track and so manage their personal health. Wearables such as Jawbone and Fitbit allow people to monitor bodily processes and activities. Self-tracking through wearable and otherwise mobile computing has become known as the quantified self (QS). QS technologies – usually small computers that record data – provide the individual with detailed information, including sleeping habits and calories burnt. This knowledge can lead to changes in self-understanding. Although self-care has been established practice for several years (e.g., the use of home blood-pressure monitors), digital self-care by means of mobile computing – so-called m-health – is still in its introductory stages. How do self-tracking technologies change the relationship between the caregiver and patient? What new moral dilemmas arise with the use of big data in medicine?

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Course 5: Ethics of engineering: History, present and future (Dutch lecture)

Date: Monday, the 6th of May 2019

Time: 12:00

Place: Campus Etterbeek, L.2.210

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