Ir. Stoimenova, N.

Niya Stoimenova is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering where she studies the potential impacts of Artificial Intelligence on society.

Academic Background

Niya obtained her master’s degree at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in 2017. Her PhD research is focused on applying design principles to enable the early anticipation of unintended consequences that AI-powered solutions might produce once embedded in a sociotechnical system. 
While obtaining her master’s degree, both Niya’s research and design work were focused on innovation process design. Consequently, she has worked with several Fortune 500 companies and her publications span the fields of foresight, innovation processes, organizational structures, co-design, and multidisciplinary collaboration. 
Niya is also interested in philosophical frameworks that underpin our understanding of technology’s impact on humanity. As such, she holds the title of National Laureate in Philosophy in 2011 (Bulgaria), has been one of the finalists of the Third Hague Peace Conference’s essay competition, and has won the TU Delft’s Honours Programme Best Paper award in 2017.

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Design Strategy Project
  • Design Theory & Methodology
  • SPD Research Project
  • Entrepreneurial Learning
  • Master Graduation Project where my main interests span from emerging technology such as AI, through design theory and methods (focus on abductive reasoning and prototyping), to organizational and innovation process design.

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