RTU Researchers Develop Integrated Acceptance and Sustainability Assessment Model
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Riga Technical University (RTU) researchers of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Department of Modelling and Simulation have developed the Integrated Acceptance and Sustainability Assessment Model to evaluate management, the quality of existing or new technology, domain potential, sustainability and society acceptance in one system management. The new model is particularly important for all stakeholders and interested parties: users, developers and investors.

In light of the recent success, RTU Professor, Senior Researcher at the Department of Modelling and Simulation Egils Ginters stated: “Technology is one of the pillars of today's society, so it's important to predict which technologies will be accepted in society, which will be sustainable and in which of them it is worthwhile to invest. There are still few validated methodologies that allow us to predict the credible sustainability forecast of a new or existing technology. The asset of the new model is the integration of social and technology factors, which is important for evaluating potential acceptance and sustainability of both existing and new technology.”

The new model is a web-based platform, which significantly expands the potential audience and provides convenient opportunities for forecasting sustainability for both technology innovators and investors. The assessment tool is based on decision making and doesn't require preliminary knowledge and/or experience in simulation modelling. The web tool is an open toolkit that can be adapted by any user, and by freely changing the parameters to achieve their respective modelling goals, it is possible to compare different evaluations of one technology. That in turn allows the user to pursue development of the technology and plan the next steps. Henceforth every technology developer or project estimator can make fast and effective result predictions on

The development of this assessment model is part of the STIMUL project FuturICT 2.0. The main objective of the project is to develop a vision and guidelines for the sustainable development of information and communication technologies (ICT) by bringing together representatives of social science and ICT. There are twelve project partners from seven European countries: Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Switzerland. FuturICT 2.0 is an international European project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme ERA-NET.

Learn more about the project here.

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