Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel


New publications by SMIT researchers

Data & Society

Axelle Asmar, Leo Van Audenhove and Ilse Mariën published an article in Social Inclusion on their typology of social support patterns in relation to digital inequalities. The article shows that mechanisms of in/exclusion are highly social and entail a diversity of formal and informal support-seeking patterns, which in turn have an important influence on the adoption and use of digital media.

On the European Citizen Science Conference in Trieste in September 2020 Carina Veeckman presented the Eye for Diabetes project where citizen scientists help to label retina images from a platform.

During the Digital Open Living Lab Days, Wim Vanobberghen presented his paper on piloting an autonomous shuttle bus in the Brussels Capital Region, highlighting operational Living Lab lessons and insights on user acceptance. Carina Veeckman and Laura Temmerman discussed the role of citizen science in an urban living lab setting for rainfall and flood monitoring. Both papers will be published in the proceedings of the Digital Open Living Lab Days.

Jorre Vannieuwenhuyze discusses the development of the dashboard he made with imec for input-evaluation of policy programs regarding garden streets in Antwerp. The paper is published and presented at the 5th International Conference Smart Data, Smart Cities.

Koen Borghys, Shenja van der Graaf, Nils Walravens and Mathias Van Compernolle published a paper that deals with the observed trend toward more multi-stakeholder collaboration and the resulting complex value networks these stakeholders need to navigate.

Ruben D’Hauwers, Koen Borghys, Jorre Vannieuwenhuyze, Nils Walravens and Bram Lievens explore how dashboards can support local policy making in the retail sector in their paper for the 5th International Conference Smart Data, Smart Cities.

Nils Walravens, Brecht Van de Vyvere, Mathias Van Compernolle, Eveline Vlassenroot and Pieter Colpaert have put the work done around monitoring urban bustle and crowds in the frame of the Smart Flanders programme into a paper for the 5th International Conference Smart Data, Smart Cities.

Media & Society

Yazan Badran investigates the regulatory, financial and political environment negotiated by oppositional Syrian media operating in exile in Turkey, as well as to identify the main tactics used by them in negotiating between these constraints to ensure their survival in an increasingly difficult environment.

Iris Jennes, Wendy Van den Broeck, Jaco Van der Bank and Michelle Boonen present their work on the HRadio Project in the latest issue of Telematics and Informatics. Their work adopts the living lab approach and discusses the opportunities and results of interdisciplinary scenario-building.

In the most recent issue of View (Journal of European television history and culture), Tim Raats and Catalina Iordache explain the recent popularity of Flemish drama exports globally, which they explain by the rise of global distribution platforms, a policy shift focusing increasingly on platforms, and a strategic move of producers to actively include coproduction and cofinancing partners.

Jonathan Hendrickx and Ike Picone present new work on an 18-month ethnographic field study of newspaper newsroom in Belgium, and how digital innovations reshape or reaffirm existing practices in journalism.

Marina Rossato Fernandes, Jan Loisen and Karen Donders critically analyse the audiovisual policy of Mercosur in their new paper published in International Journal of Cultural Policy. They find a weak strategic development and a clear mismatch between goals set out by Mercosur and the ways in which these goals are pursued.

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