ICTs pivotal role in converging advancements
The convergence of biotechnology, neuroscience, nano-scale engineering, robotics, computing and communications technology, is a growing research interest at Cesagen. Our aims and objectives are strongly guided by ongoing research at the Centre into the life sciences.
This site is an index to research projects funded by the European Commission, on biometrics, ambient intelligence, personal health systems, assistive robotics, implant technologies, body modification, biosensors, GIS-related applications, and more. These projects investigate the ethical, legal and socio-economic implications of the new innovations, public perception, end-user reflection and issues of horizon scanning, future planning, policy and governance. What is of particular interest is how convergence demonstrates the potential to radically redefine the "human" and the "natural", human society, human-world relationships, and how we interact with technologies on a day-to-day basis.
Cesagen has been involved in EC-funded projects since the 6th Framework Programme. Project partners are within the EEA but also in the United States, Latin America, China, Japan and Russia. Cesagen has been successful in attracting funding under the 7th Framework Programme and the intention is to bid for further funding throughout its lifetime. Cesagen works with European organisations such as the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Cesagen also works with a number of international governmental partners such as the US Deptartment of Homeland Security, NATO Advanced Research Division, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as industrial partners such as Fraunhofer, Philips, Sagem and the International Biometric Group.