Center for Digital Urban Health & Aging I DUHA

An initiative of the Foundation for Internet and Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) in Cooperation with the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF)

WHY WE ARE FOUNDING DUHA

Just imagine …

  • … that our life, health and aging in a digital society could be more individual, contextual, data-driven, networked, precautionary, dignified and at the same time cheaper.
  • … that smart health systems that put people first and develop healthy neighbourhoods could enable this.
  • … that this could be developed using digital and social innovations – between research disciplines, between sectors, and between government, business and civil society.

But there are still many open questions:

Why are so many digital systems being developed without taking the realities of life into account? What can we learn from the many research projects on assisted living applications that could increase future acceptance? Why are people often asked to adapt to technical systems and not vice versa? Is empathic robotics possible and desirable? How can intelligent neighbourhood development influence individual health? Why have previous smart city concepts not been successful? How can we develop a European standard for data sovereignty and information processing and at the same time create an alternative to Chinese or US models?

Digitalisation is also increasingly reaching the health and care sector – and it has experienced a major acceleration in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We work to further digital urban health & aging: to facilitate healthy citizens in resilient cities with digital support.

What we work on at DUHA

The Internet and Society Foundation has developed this new type of interface between digitization, urbanization and health: The Center for Digital Urban Health & Aging | DUHA is to be established as an inter-university cooperation platform. We want to implement this through the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in cooperation with the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF).

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Nina Hrkalovic
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Thomas Schildhauer
Initiator
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Stephan A. Jansen
Project coordinator
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1. The DUHA Learning District

A learning district will form the centre of the project. In this real-life environment, researchers will develop prototypes and conduct comparative analyses in accompanying research projects – together with all the interest groups. The aim is to develop and test digital health and care solutions together with local people. This will allow us to develop solutions for age-appropriate communication, care, housing, education and mobility systems on the basis of multifaceted platforms, with human-centred field studies providing well-supported perspectives.

2. The DUHA Founding Forum

The DUHA intersectoral founding forum for innovations in the healthcare system (DUHA forum) will facilitate a dialogue between sciences, between sectors (such as real estate, health, technology) and between actors from the market, civil society and the state. Participants will meet up three to four times a year to have moderated discussions with input and ideas from DUHA. This should stimulate research and prototype development in the district and promote close cooperation.

3. DUHA research

Interdisciplinary research on the connections between digitalisation, urbanisation and health will be initially conducted under the auspices of four professorial chairs. They will be accompanied by a team of over a dozen established researchers in one of the largest research communities – across many Berlin universities.

How we are developing DUHA

Financing

Organigram

The people behind DUHA

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer
Initiator of the Center for Digital Urban Health & Aging | DUHA
Board member of the Foundation for Internet and Society and research director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
schildhauer@internet-society-foundation.com 

Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen
Project coordinator of the Center for Digital Urban Health & Aging | DUHA
at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Head of the Center Philanthropy & Civil Society (PhiCS), Karlsruhe
stephan.jansen@hiig.de 

Contact 

Nina Hrkalovic
Assistance to the research director
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Französische Straße 9 · 10117 Berlin
T +49 30 200 760 82 · F +49 30 206 089 6
nina.hrkalovic@hiig.de