22 March 2022

New visitor at CeBIL - Lea Köttering

1 April - 30 June 2022

Lea Köttering is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg (Germany). Her primary research interests lie in the interdisciplinary interface of machine learning, law and medicine.

Lea’s PhD project focuses on the data protection framework for machine-learning systems in healthcare. The thesis examines as to whether the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) restricts the development and use of machine-learning systems. Radiology, which is particularly suitable for machine imaging analysis due to largely digital work and the state of research, is to serve as the reference area.

Lea studied law at the University of Hamburg and spent an Erasmus Semester at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Besides her doctoral thesis, Lea is working as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Trute from the University of Hamburg in the field of media and public law with a special focus on questions of digitisation. In this context she is involved in cooperation projects and research groups with the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany), the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg and the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine at the University of Essen (Germany).

As someone largely involved in conducting interdisciplinary work, she is very attracted to the emphasis which CeBIL places on an interdisciplinary approach to its work and believes that the alignment of her interests with those of the CeBIL in this regard could be particularly fruitful. During her research stay at CeBIL, she would relish the opportunity to exchange views with scholars on the topic of digitisation of healthcare and its (data protection) regulation. Denmark’s frontrunner role in Europe and in particular the broad expertise at CeBIL in this field will certainly provide enlightening insights.