ELSI workshop on April 19, 2024

On April 19, 2024, the EPSILON consortium completed a project-related ELSI workshop. In accordance with the ELSI criteria, ethical, legal and social issues relating to the EPSILON project were explained here. For this purpose, the consortium carried out a systematic analysis using the ELSI screening and assessment tool (ELSI-SAT), which is publicly available at www.elsi-

Using a detailed questionnaire, research projects in the area of human-technology interaction are sensitized to ELSI aspects and possible risk areas are identified. The ELSI-SAT questions cover various risk dimensions - for example regarding transparency, fairness or avoidance of harm - and in particular also address data protection aspects. With regard to the EPSILON project, concepts such as “privacy-by-design” as well as the definition and protection of personal and sensitive data were analyzed in detail and discussed in the context of project implementation.

This resulted in a consistently positive analysis for EPSILON in the comparison of possible risks and the project-specific addressing of these risks. This evaluation is summarized in the figures below and makes a lasting contribution to the implementation of ELSI aspects in the EPSILON project.

Results of the ELSI risk assessment for the EPSILON project. The division corresponds to the individual risk dimensions.

ELSI scores for the EPSILON project along the risk dimensions. ELSI scores correlate possible risks with planned measures to address these risks.

BMBF networking symposium "Hybrid interaction systems for maintaining health even in exceptional situations" and 10th research workshop in Düsseldorf

The BMBF networking symposium with the topic 'Hybrid interaction systems for maintaining health even in exceptional situations' took place on 26 and 27 February in Düsseldorf. The event was organised by the team of the CoCre-HIT (Co-Creation in the Digital Health Sector) accompanying project and provided a platform for the exchange and presentation of research work in the field of hybrid interaction systems.
The EPSILON project for the precise recording of post-COVID symptoms was presented with a poster contribution, among other things. The keynote speeches, including a particularly noteworthy contribution by Dr Sebastian von Engelhardt (VDI/VDE-IT), provided valuable insights and perspectives on the utilisation of R&D results from research projects.


Veranstaltungsübersicht mit Plan
Blog-Post von CoCre-Hit

Review of the alignment workshop on 19 October 2023 at NEEEU

On 19 October 2023, an alignment workshop was held at NEEEU's premises in Berlin to mark the start of the project and bring together representatives of all project partners. The aim of the event was to create a common direction for the start of the EPSILON project. The focus was on discussing expectations and concerns as well as creating a stakeholder map to clearly identify the user groups for which the product will be customised. In addition, various user journeys were developed for the most important user groups. These take into account the specific requirements and needs when using VR technology and smart wearables both in a clinical context and in the home environment. During the course of the workshop, a prototype dashboard was created to serve as the basis for future research activities. Finally, the derivation of research questions and hypotheses as well as the next steps in the project were discussed in order to define a clear direction for the coming phases.

EPSILON Kick-Off Meeting in Berlin

The EPSILON kick-off meeting, which took place on 4 October 2023 at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin, marked the official start of the EPSILON project. The agenda centred on the presentation of the project milestones and objectives of the participating partners, a presentation of the virtual reality diagnostics application that has already been developed, an overview of the current post-COVID situation and a presentation of the project partners and their specific tasks within EPSILON. In addition, relevant information was provided by the project organiser. The meeting concluded with an open Q&A session and a discussion, which gave participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the next steps.
Link to HHI press release