Introduction to the institute of technological empowerment
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The Institute of Technological Empowerment
Professor Opher Etzion
“If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” ― Will Smith
The Institute of Technological Empowerment is a societal-academic initiative aimed to empower populations in the Israeli periphery and developing countries using advanced technologies The institute’s activity is
based on: multi-disciplinary research, implementation of projects in the field, and education program – both academic and popular
Israel is known as high-tech stateHowever, in Israel there are gaps in technology use over geographies and populations
The combination of the abilities in Israel, the short distances within Israel, and the Israeli cooperative mentality makes Israel an ideal lab for technological empowerment in developing countries
Yezreel Valley College is the right place due to its location and mission
The Technological Empowerment Institute stand on three legs
The research leg: multi-disciplinary research that focuses on making high technologies, especially based on Internet of Things, accessible and personalized for target populations
The implementation leg: realization of projects by students and technology partners to implement the stated goals
The education leg: through education establish technological leadership in the region, which can serve as a model for developing countries
Example:Personalized aides for elderly to maintain independent life
Alert family member
Alerts example:Door was not locked within 2 minutes after entranceFalling event detectedVocal distress detectedNo motion for certain time period detected
While much technology exists, it is not widely used. It needs to be more personalized, more affordable, and much simpler…
The research required is multi-disciplinary:
Technology oriented, human oriented, economic oriented and particular domain oriented
The industrial revolution opened the era of mass production, variety depends on the economy of scale .
Current technology such as Internet of Things provides the opportunity to enable everybody to create their own systems. This requires multi-disciplinary effort .
Major tool: senior project of students in YVC, other Israeli academic programs, and developing countries (including mixed teams).
Based on infrastructure of hardware and software that will be contributed by technology partners
The projects will be synergetic with the research activities
Each project will generate a prototype that will be tested in the field. The aspiration is to productize each project by start-ups, technology partners, or the institute’s staff.
Initial areas for projects :
Agriculture: with an eye to developing countries
Aging population: independent living, assisting nursing house caretakers, quality of life activities nursing People with disabilities: aides for blind people and more
Smart cities and government in the periphery: waste management
Traditional industries: TBD
Major aim: technology leadership in the northern part of Israel.
Through academic programs – existing and additional ones
Through educating the community – in all ages and becoming a center of gravity for knowledge in the area
Working together with other peripheries in the universe.
Creating academic partnership with researchers from various disciplines and domain experts
Creating partnership with technology companies: using technologies and technology transfer
Creating partnership with non profit organizations that can provide mission and guidance
Creating partnership with potential benefactors of our activities
Goals for the first period
Establishment of the institute: building the infrastructure and partnerships, and establishing the steering and advisory committees
Posing the initial set of research challenges, and establishing international teams to work towards these challenged
Execution of at least six projects, within at least three academic institutes, at least one in a developing country
Last but not least: raising seed money for the institute and the various activities .
My main motivation is to use the experience and knowledge I have accumulated over the years to make a better world