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* Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life

Tel Aviv University
(Established 2011)

Director

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
Tel Aviv University
Sackler Faculty of Medicine
P.O.B 39040
Tel-Aviv 69978
Israel
E-mail: jiska@post.tau.ac.il
Internet: http://minervaeol.tau.ac.il/

Chairman of the Advisory Council

Prof. Thomas Macho
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lehrstuhl für Kulturgeschichte
Georgenstr. 47
10117 Berlin
+49-30-2093-66276
E-mail: tmacho@culture.hu-berlin.de

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* Fields of research/Forschungsgebiete

The Minerva Center aims to enhance knowledge and critical reflection concerning end of life, and to identify opportunities towards improving the quality of life at its final stage.

The Center focuses on the study of life at its final stage, including the following topics:

· The formation of new notions of personhood
· Perceptions of the "good death", the common death, and the gap in between
· Current practices of caregivers in end-of-life institutions
· The delineation of end of life as a life stage
· Legal, ethical and religious regulation of end-of-life decision making

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Product Lifecycle / Automatic Assembly / Microsystems / Robotic Medical Applications / Manufacturing and Assembly systems
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* Research activities and aims

The major research objective of the Laboratory is to explore the entire lifecycle of products as it impacts on assembly. Research focuses on the following:
  • Changes in product design. One can assume that the design of a product that remains the property of a manufacturer will differ from the design of a product to be sold.
  • How design changes affect the assimilability of the new products, and impact on manufacturing means (machines, processes and transfer lines, and assembly systems).
  • New manufacturing considerations, new processes, and new factory and plant configurations; exploring cultural dependency of the product lifecycle.
  • Adaptation of new enabling technologies (wireless technologies as well as a variety of e-applications, including, for example, e-reverse engineering and rapid prototyping, e-assembly, and of course design collaboration over the Internet, including remote operation) to increase productivity.
  • Robotic medical applications.
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