Lampros Stergioulas is a Data Science lecturer at The Hague. The professorship is part of the Health Innovation knowledge centre, which uses social and technological innovations to promote the health of citizens. Stergioulas’ ambition? Establish a world-class research and education program to develop human- and practice-oriented AI and Data Science. In addition to the Unesco network, The Hague brings together local and international strategic partners from its own knowledge network, industry and government. Stergioulas is honored: “I look forward to exploring and developing innovative AI and Data Technology as a chair holder. Together with partners, colleagues and students, I will work on solutions with impact for major issues that concern us all.”
AI and Data Science in practice
With AI and Data Science you can discover patterns in huge amounts of diverse data. This allows you to make models and make predictions that contribute to solving social issues. Stergioulas: “A concrete example of this is the research we conducted with partners abroad into vaccinations. An app was used to collect a variety of data about reasons why people did not get vaccinated and how they had received information about vaccinations. The findings were taken into account when drawing up a public campaign.”
A good ‘AI society’
AI and Data Science will ensure a lot of progress in all facets of our society. This also entails an important ethical aspect. Stergioulas: “Society as a whole should be able to benefit from this progress. Emerging AI technologies should benefit our societies and humanity as a whole. We therefore participate in the international development of ethical frameworks for AI. Creating a good ‘AI society’ together, that is the goal. That is also a UNESCO priority.”
Sustainable Development Goals
On June 2018, during the ‘SDG in Motion’ conference, The Hague University of Applied Sciences signed a letter of intent along with seven other universities to use the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) in their curricula. This commitment extends as well to our research efforts. Shown below is the projects of the UNESCO chair and how they relate to the SDGs.