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Two NWO grants to KIN researchers for research on learning communities

8 January 2024
Dutch Research Council NWO has awarded grants to the research projects of Dr. Mohammad Rezazade Mehrizi and Dr. Wendy Günther, and of Prof. Dr. Ir. Fleur Deken and Dr. Lukas Andreas Falcke. The research project LIASON focuses on the effective deployment of novel algorithmic technologies in medical diagnosis. The research project 'Power Up!' is aimed at accelerating the energy and circularity transition through learning communities.

Addressing societal challenges requires sufficient developed human capital with the right knowledge, skills and qualities. But how can human capital contribute to innovation and how that process can be optimized? Learning communities involve public-private workplace learning practices to boost innovation. They are characterized by close collaboration among knowledge and educational institutions, businesses, government and other partners. In these communities, research, work, innovation and learning are interconnected. 

Learning in artificial intelligence across and beyond occupational communties (LIAISON): Towards effective deployment of novel algorithmic technologies in medical diagnosis

Algorithms can enable efficient and effective medical diagnosis for patients. Unfortunately, investments in algorithmic technologies often do not yield the aspired benefits. To foster the development of effective solutions, a learning community will facilitate collaborative experimentation with and learning from specific use cases. Dr. Mohammad Rezazade Mehrizi, Associate Professor of Information Systems Management, and fellow researcher Dr. Wendy Günther, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, will collaborate with researchers from Leiden University Medical Center and Hogeschool Inholland, as well as medical institutions and a patient community. The goal of the project is to develop novel educational training and safe, effective and efficient ways of using algorithmic technologies for medical diagnosis.

Power up! Empowering learning communities for interorganizational learning and innovation to accelerate the energy and circularity transitions

To meet national climate goals, it is crucial to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and circularity. A future focused on sustainability demands smart long-term solutions that can instigate positive change at the ecosystem level through a joint effort. 'Power Up!' brings together a consortium of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, and governmental organisations in 18 learning communities. Prof. Dr. Maaike Endedijk, a specialist in Educational Sciences at the University of Twente, will lead the project, with a primary focus on integrating learning, working and innovation during societal transitions. Prof dr. ir. Fleur Deken, Full Professor of Strategy, Technology & Innovation and University Research Chair, and  Dr. Lukas Andreas Falcke, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation, will be responsible for one of the three work packages that make up the project. The project will result in a Power Up Toolkit — to guide learning communities in making informed choices on how they can support and monitor their interorganizational learning and innovation processes to accelerate the energy and circularity transitions.

Both grants are received within the Knowledge and Innovation covenant (KIC) call ‘Human Capital Learning communities needed for societal and technological transitions to succeed’. More details on the NWO website.