Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

HUMANE Spring Seminar, University of Aveiro (PT), April 13-14, 2018

Digital transformation is getting ready for higher education; but is higher education ready for digital transformation?

Hosted by the University of Aveiro

  • GE Healthcare and Alterys have built ViosWorks.  It uses AI to improve and accelerate MRI scanning.  It can create a 3-D moving picture of a beating heart while also showing in real time how much blood is pumped with each contraction.
  • Carrefour, the France based retailer, use electronic beacons in stores to collect data about behaviour and purchasing patterns.  They use AI to personalise promotions to customers as they shop.  Carrefour reported a 600% increase in app users after it deployed beacons in just 28 stores
  • And in 2014, a Georgia Tech professor and his team created a robot teaching assistant, providing online answers to students’ questions for five months without the students noticing. Soon the robot will answer 40% of the students’ questions.

Are we ready for the revolution?

Rapid technological advances in data and analytics, digitalisation, AI and machine learning have been reshaping the economic and social landscape, enabling the emergence of transformational innovations in many industry sectors, not least education.

Together they amount to a revolution in technical capabilities with profound implications for how universities operate and engage with their students and stakeholders.  

Machines today increasingly match or outperform human performance in a range of work activities, including ones that require cognitive capabilities, learning, making tacit judgments and sensing emotion.  

Yet their advent raises questions about how universities can best prepare for and harness these technologies, the skills and institutional transformation that will be required to harvest benefits, and how institutional leaders as well as staff will adapt to the impact on their jobs, capability-building and the nature of university work itself.

We’re bringing together a cast of senior experienced speakers to challenge our thinking about these big issues in an interactive seminar programme that will be informative, engaging and thought-provoking.