Where first-rate philosophy meets excellent engineering
Individuals and societies can greatly benefit from the use of data, AI and IT systems that are accountable, explainable, fair, safe, inclusive, and trustworthy. But how can we bridge the gap between abstract ethical discussions on these values and concrete digital innovations?
The TU Delft Digital Ethics Centre believes that it is crucial to translate ethical values in design requirements that can be used by engineers, decision and policy makers and regulators. For two decades TU Delft has pioneered a design approach to ethics of technology and we firmly believe that it is the way to achieve responsible digital technologies both effectively and demonstrably.
As such, we work with engineers and external partners on the central and urgent applications of digital technology and computer science. Those applied projects are supported by research on philosophical and methodological foundations and on epistemic and moral values.
News & events
22 juni 2022
Responsible Use of Data and AI in Social Security - Vacancy for a PhD Position
Decisions regarding social benefits are supported more and more by data-driven analyses and AI algorithms. The use of technology in this domain brings with it serious risks. The digital tools developed are often based on sensitive personal data and their outcomes can have serious consequences for citizens already in a vulnerable position. As such, it is important that these digital technologies respect central values of fairness, non-discrimination, privacy, and human dignity. The central challenge for this PhD position is to formulate design requirements that ensure that resulting technologies respect these core values.
23 mei 2022 08:00 t/m 25 mei 2022 17:00
Workshop series “Issues in XAI #4": Explanatory AI: Between ethics and epistemology
This instalment focuses on the interplay between epistemic challenges of artificial intelligence and the ethical use of artificial intelligence. How can explainability support us when trying to meet the challenges of ethical use? And to what extent are there obligations for AI systems to be explainable? Presentations will explore among other things when explainability is required, how explainability relates to trust, accountability and knowledge, and will consider case studies in health care. Furthermore, four keynotes will be given by Filippo Santoni de Sio, Federica Russo, Judith Simon and Otávio Bueno.
Science stories & lectures
How can we keep robots under control?
Saving the life of medical ethics in the age of AI & big data
Read our work
One of the journals in which members of our team regularly publish their work is Ethics and Information Technology. Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, the scientific director of the Digital Ethics Centre, is its Editor in Chief.
A core idea that is further explored in our research, is designing for values. See for detailed research on foundations and applications the Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design , co-edited by prof. Jeroen van den Hoven. A short introduction to Design for Values is forthcoming in 2022, co-authored by Jeroen van den Hoven, Ibo van de Poel and Pieter Vermaas.