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
27 May 2023
Recap Design for Values in AI for Medicine and Healthcare
The workshop entitled “Design for Values in AI for Medicine and Healthcare” has been hosted in Delft on November 25th, 2022 as the result of a collaboration between the Delft Digital Ethics Center and the World Health Organization.
25 April 2023 17:23
The March 2023 value connection workshop
In a ground-breaking interdisciplinary workshop, philosophers, social scientists, computer scientists, and designers gathered to discuss the topic of value alignment. Value alignment refers to the challenge to align the behavior of automated systems, such as deep learning AI models, with legitimate values.
20 March 2023
Jeroen van de Hoven member of Analytics Advisory Commission at Finance
The Council of Ministers last week approved the formation of the Analytics Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the Tax Administration, the Customs Administration, the Benefits Agency and the Ministry of Finance on how to deal with risk models and algorithms. The advisory committee is tasked with considering current analytics issues within the services, both on request and on its own initiative. Jeroen van den Hoven, professor of Ethics and Technology, has been appointed a member of the committee.
29 June 2023 16:00 till 18:00
Seminar: Jie Yang on "Human-Centered Computing for Robust AI
Artificial Intelligence is used more and more in society, from healthcare to transport and finance. Along with the rapid increase of AI adoption come increased concerns about the inherent robustness issues of such technologies and the social, and ethical implications.
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.