Pioneering AI design for society

A holistic and integrated design research approach is crucial for the impact of AI and possible commercial innovation. Delft design researchers incorporate human needs and those of our organisations with the latest developments in technology to translate abstract AI concepts into tangible designs. We work collaboratively with computer scientists and ethics experts, with a focus on real world settings, and develop knowledge and methods for AI in society.

Every time we design something, we make a change in the world. And the materials we decide to employ in a design, the technologies we adopt, can have significant consequences.

Prof. dr. ir. Alessandro Bozzon

Conversations on Design and AI

Inauguration Alessandro Bozzon and Peter Lloyd 

What is the role of design in a world of bits and bytes? Discover the ideas of IDE professor’s Alessandro Bozzon and Peter Lloyd in their dual inaugural lecture “Loops of Intelligence”.

RESILIENCE & AI: Gerd Kortuem at the 179th Dies Natalis

How do we design AI to develop a resilient society? Watch Professor Gerd Kortuem in conversation with Professor Catholijn Jonker of TU Delft’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

In unfolding a future in which computational things are actively implicated in designing, we need to start accounting also for their worldview, and their capacity for responding to human values and aspirations.

Prof. dr. Elisa Giaccardi

Research Labs

The nature of design problems has become more and more complex over the years. DI (Designing Intelligence) Lab is convinced that AI can really make a difference by providing new insights for designers and novel datasets for researchers.

DEI4EAI project aims to critique and change the existing common and controversial norms and provide tangible resources for practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) when developing embodied AI.

IoT Rapid-Proto Labs, involving TU Delft researchers along with other European partners, offers students an Internet of Things curriculum. The programme creates more effective links between education, research, and enterprise innovation.

The Expressive Intelligence Lab promotes the human-centered development of AI by investigating how to make AI expressive as part of a product’s interactive behaviour and character.


Research Publications

By Psyllidis, A., Teeuwen, R., Bozzon, A., MIT Senseable City Lab, AMsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, 2021.
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By Gong, X., Daamen, W., Bozzon, A. & Hoogendoorn, S. P., 2021.
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By Andrea Mauri, Achilleas Psyllidis, Alessandro Bozzon, Ju Sung Lee, Jason Pridmore, Liesbet Van Zoonen, Sarah Giest.
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By Septian Gilang Permana Putra, Bikash Joshi, Judith Redi, Alessandro Bozzon.

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By Evgeny Krivosheev, Burcu Sayin, Alessandro Bozzon, Zoltán Szlávik.

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Home of Innovation is TU Delft’s magazine about innovation and societal impact. In the June 2021 edition, interviews with key players and policymakers as well as reports from within the innovation ecosystem of TU Delft.

More research publications:

Analyzing Workers Performance in Online Mapping Tasks Across Web, Mobile, and Virtual Reality Platforms

van Alphen, G. A., Qiu, S., Bozzon, A. & Houben, G. J. P. M.
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Conversational crowdsourcing

Qiu, S., Gadiraju, U., Bozzon, A. & Houben, G. J.
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Conversational interfaces for search as learning

Qiu, S., Bozzon, A. & Gadiraju, U.
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Crowd characterization for crowd management using social media data in city events

Gong, V. X., Daamen, W., Bozzon, A. & Hoogendoorn, S. P.
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Microtask crowdsourcing for music score Transcriptions: an experiment with error detection

Samiotis, I. P., Qiu, S., Mauri, A., Liem, C. C. S., Lofi, C. & Bozzon, A.
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Remote Work Aided by Conversational Agents

Qiu, S., Gadiraju, U. & Bozzon, A.
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AI represents, to me, one technology that can begin to facilitate this recalibration of ideas and creativity and participative categories.

Prof. dr. Peter Lloyd

Delft Design Projects in Artificial Intelligence

Social Distancing Dashboard

Society faces the difficult task of maintaining social distancing rules in practice. Keeping a safe distance of 1.5m can be challenging in many urban areas due to the way public space (or lack of it) has been designed. This dashboard helps us navigate safe space.

Soft Robotics

Research in soft robotics focuses on the use of soft materials in robotics in order to make them safer and more adaptive. This technology is expected to play an important role in moving robots into people’s daily life. Think about robots that assist in elderly care, soft orthoses, and intelligent soft robotic products such as seats and matrasses.

NeuroAesthetic Resonance

Caiseal Beardow built an audio-visual installation that explores how brain and mind respond to subtle changes in a land-scape of light and sound that test subjects experience in her installation.

AI for design and manufacturing

In this project, we will derive new formulations to incorporate additive manufacturing process-dependent critical loads into structural topology optimization, and will develop efficient numerical algorithms for solving the 3D optimization problem.

Paint robot Bob Rob

Can a painting be considered ‘art’ if it is constructed by AI and painted by a robot?


A TU Delft team, led by the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering’s Professor Alessandro Bozzon, will be tackling the challenge of bringing together 32 institutions and applying a multi-disciplinary, data-driven approach to mapping the pandemic’s unexpected impacts.

Equal-Life (H2020)

Exposure to (physical and social) environmental stressors during childhood development can have a profound impact on an individual’s health in later life. Despite this, the topic of mental health has been largely neglected in environmental research. TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) is helping to address this imbalance through the Equal-Life Project: a Horizon 2020 research consortium.

AI powered energy systems

A digital interface that tries to bridge the gap of intentionality between the two stakeholders (user and energy provider) through various communication data, data visualizations and recommendation designs.

With AI into AI

All students at TU Delft will have the opportunity to get educated in AI.

The Taskforce Education AI, Data & Digitalisation has been set up to manage implementation. 

AI in TU Delft Education


AI in Practice: Preparing for AI

Learn to recognize and understand the implications of Artificial Intelligence for organizations, and the importance of compliance and ethics when AI is applied in practice.

AI in practice

Start by recognizing AI’s multiple benefits and implications and end by making a plan for its application.

AI in Practice: Applying AI

Learn about the implementation and practical aspects of Artificial Intelligence and how to write a plan for applying AI in your own organization in a step-by-step manner.


Digital Product Development

This course introduces designers to the digital knowledge and skills needed to effectively and responsibly engage throughout the design process of digital products and services.


This course is about understanding data, seeing it as a new design material and using it in responsible ways.

Machine Learning for Design

This elective course is to enable design students to mingle, manipulate, and play with machine learning as a digital design material.


Applied AI Project (CS4320TU)

A good fit for all MSc students of TU Delft who want to gain experience in the application of basic AI methods.


IDE Design Master Class for Professionals:
AI for Leaders

Master the foundations of Artificial Intelligence in order to unlock its strategic value for your organisation. Evaluate which use-cases are suitable and learn how to translate technology to a business model. The programme looks at various approaches in the field. It offers a realistic perspective on their strengths and weaknesses, allowing participants to evaluate their application in new business strategies and the implications for societal and economic issues it may raise.

Designing with data