Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications

Welcome to Higher Research Seminar 240614


When? Friday June 14th 14-16
Where? Onsite: D1172 at Linnaeus University in Växjö and online
Registration: Please sign up for the PhD-seminar via this link https://forms.gle/H3oZ9QqRpjVn575u7 by June 12th (especially important if you plan on attending onsite so we have fika for everyone)

14.00-14.10 Welcome and practical information from Welf Löwe
14.10-14.55 Presentation and discussion: Mitigating Health Inequalities – A Transdisciplinary System Thinking Approach, Nadeem Abbas
14.55 – 15.05 Coffee break
15.05 – 15.50 Presentation and discussion – Antifragility and resilience in ICT systems – Diego Perez
15.50 -16.00 Sum up and plan for the fall seminars


Mitigating Health Inequalities – A Transdisciplinary System Thinking Approach – Nadeem Abbas
Health inequalities persist and have increased in some Swedish regions. Considering the multifaceted nature of this problem the new national public health policy emphasizes shared responsibility and coordinated efforts at all levels. To this end, Nadeem will present preliminary results of a project that aims to identify and investigate factors that are leading to the problem of health inequalities in the Kronoberg region, and how digital technologies can help to mitigate such inequalities. The project follows a transdisciplinary approach involving researchers from various disciplines and practitioners in the field, to identify and analyze factors, barriers and unmet needs leading to the health inequalities. The project focusses on Araby area of Kronoberg. The data is collected through meetings and semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholders working in the area. Preliminary analysis indicates following major factors causing health inequalities in the region: 1) language and cultural barriers, 2) lack of knowledge about the health care system, and 3) complexity of the existing system. Furthermore, the analysis shows that there is need for improving health literacy, particularly, in vulnerable groups, such as migrants. The project work is still in progress and Nadeem will discuss future plans and possibilities to collaborate with interested researchers.

Antifragility and resilience in ICT systems – Diego Perez
Antifragility is a term that has recently emerged to refer to ICT systems that remain trustworthy despite their dynamic and evolving operating context. This talk will present a characterization of antifragility for ICT systems, aiming to clarify the implications of its adoption, its relationships with other approaches sharing a similar objective, and a possible guide to engineer antifragile computing systems. To provide a background for reasoning on antifragility, the talk will first introduce a framework for dependability and resilience properties and then it will relate them to antifragility.