Peter Schubert, BSc MSc
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
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Hi Peter. It’s a pleasure meeting you. Would you like to briefly introduce yourself?
With pleasure. My name is Peter Schubert and I’ve been part of the AAL research team at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences since the beginning of November 2020.
Originally, I have my roots in the health sector – more precisely in physiotherapy. I had my first contact with the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in my bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. The subsequent occupation in the rehab and above all the participation in the amputation team showed me that the combination of the disciplines health and technology is not only compatible, but also necessary. The decision to set foot in technology was made and the opportunity for a part-time master’s degree in “Health Assisting Engineering” at the FH Campus Wien immediately opened up.
I have now been able to fulfill my wish to combine the sub-areas of technology and medicine. For me personally, I realized that the technical component was an important piece of the puzzle that filled my need to work in an interdisciplinary manner. My puzzle is now finally completed by the project-oriented and scientific work at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. Here I can contribute and expand my scientific skills, at the same time use my know-how from the medical field and participate in the implementation of relevant projects in an interdisciplinary team.
Since you were studying at other universities in the past, I would be interested to know about your experience and prior-knowledge about Carinthia University of Applied Sciences.
As mentioned, my first contact with Carinthia University of Applied Sciences was in my bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. I particularly remember the experience in the gait laboratory as part of my bachelor thesis. Even then, the scientific work with technical devices and the goal of clarifying a medically relevant question encouraged me.
Now you’re part of the Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Team. What experience do you contribute from your prior career?
I believe that every discipline and every experience have its uses and values. But in order to be able to draw on the full, these disciplines and empirical values have to mesh like gears. This requires an interface. Through my education and professional experience in the areas of health, technology and scientific work, I hope to be part of this interface.
Tell us a bit more about how you actually plan to bring in your experience in the research group.
The topic of health is an essential area of the research group. Due to my original profession as a physiotherapist, I know precisely how to define the needs of the target groups, development areas in this area, but also stumbling blocks and problems that often occur in research. It is also my aim to combine technical and scientific expertise with health topics.
What are your goals and expectations working in the field of AAL?
On the one hand, there is a great desire to participate in projects that are future-oriented and deal with socially relevant problem areas. Another goal is to find solutions and improvements that I personally come across in medical practice. At the same time I would like to expand my expertise in scientific work.