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"Team work was very important during PERCCOM studies"

Published: 7 October 2016

Ornela Bardhi has just been accepted for an industrial PhD position at University of Deusto, Spain in collaboration with Beacon Hospital in Dublin.

Tell us more about your PhD position!

– The PhD program is part of CATCH-ITN - Cancer: Activating Technology for Connected Health, a project funded by the European Commission through its Marie Sklowdowska Curie program. The focus of the research is on the ethnographic analysis of the current care pathway from an oncology patient perspective as that the patient experience is central to healthcare provision.

What is the best thing about your current position?

– I will soon move to Spain, but what I like most is the combination of technology with medicine. The lab that I will be working with, eVIDA (eLife) Lab conducts applied research in two main areas: ICT for Well-Being and ICT for Health, and works closely with the industry as well. It's good to know that at the end people will profit from my research, which is very important to me.

Why did you chose the Master Program PERCCOM?

– Because of the itself, the combination of Pervasive computing with sustainability. At that time I was very eager to learn more about Internet of Things (IoT) and how to incorporate sustainability within ICT. The network of universities and industry was another reason. There are many partners and you get to meet all these bright minds and learn from them. Furthermore, the program is very international, you get to know different cultures and ways of learning and working.

Looking back at PERCCOM, what was the most important thing you learned?

– Team work was very important during PERCCOM studies. We would form small groups and every team member would have a different perspective of the same problem, that made me see each problem in a more holistic way. In addition, I like learning new skills, and PERCCOM is the right place to do so since each university is focused on different aspects of ICT and sustainability.

How did you experience the semester at Luleå University of Technology?

– I spent two semesters at LTU. The first one was at LTU campus in Luleå, it was very hectic, but I enjoyed every bit of it. People are so nice and happy to help, without a doubt the friendliest people I have ever met including professors. I particularly liked the entrepreneurs week, got to meet a lot of like-minded people and LTU Business, with whom I worked during the thesis research in Skellefteå campus the second semester. I'm glad I have the chance to thank publicly my thesis supervisor Josef Hallberg (the best supervisor ever) and Karl Andersson for such great coordination of PERCCOM studies at LTU.