| Stories of Science
Climate Action | Energy Transition
Breaking habits for a green worldWe separate our waste, take shorter showers and there has been an increase in roof-mounted solar panels. Climate psychologist at TU Delft Gerdien de Vries, sees that in the Netherlands we are trying to put our greenest foot forward.
Disasters | Urbanisation & Mobility
Blame culture an obstacle to safety in the chemical sectorEveryone knows small mistakes can have large consequences. Yet when things go wrong in the chemical industry the results can be disastrous, as the recent incident in Beirut shows. Genserik Reniers, Professor of Safety of Hazardous Materials at TU Delft, wants to put safety on the map better than today, in order for human suffering and economic losses to be minimised as much as possible: ‘There's a lot we can achieve relatively easy.’
Digital Society | Responsible Innovation
This is how digital voice assistants influence your lifeVoice assistants, like Alexa or Google Home are taking over households, in the USA anyway, where one in four households owns at least one device. These assistants that promise to make your life so much easier seem harmless, but are they really? TU Delft researcher Olya Kudina is not so sure: ‘They do impact our lives and not only in a good way.’
Responsible Innovation | Serious Gaming
Using persuasive games to improve work atmosphereCultural diversity and a mixture of people with different specialisations in a workplace can boost creativity and effectiveness. It can also lead to misunderstandings, stereotyping and misconception. TU Delft researcher Rens Kortmann studies what persuasive games can do to change that.
Using science to unlock the secrets of cybercrimeWith everyone spending so much time online during the coronavirus crisis, cybercrime has also been on the rise. Criminals are attempting to take advantage of these unsettled times. But not if scientist Rolf van Wegberg and Master's student Jochem van de Laarschot have their way. They are working with the FIOD (Fiscal Information and Investigation Service) to help combat cybercrime.
Urbanisation & Mobility
Can walking and cycling make us healthy and happy?Do walking and cycling make people healthier, or are healthier people more inclined to travel actively? And how does the coronavirus affect our travel behaviour? These are the kinds of questions that scientist Maarten Kroesen is investigating. In his view, situations are often not as simple as they might seem at first glance. He is nevertheless convinced of one thing: we should be walking and cycling more.
Digital society| Global Development | Responsible innovation
Involving the public in policy quandariesThe Dutch lockdown is provisionally set to last until 20 May. So how will life continue after that date? Niek Mouter is researching the public’s preferences with regard to various exit scenarios. It’s a subject that has sparked a lot of interest, with as many as 18,000 people taking part in this Participatory Value Evaluation in the first two days alone.
Climate Action | Disasters | Responsible Innovation
The voice of SolotvynoFormer salt empire Solotvyno is located in western Ukraine. Today, the area suffers from the effects of salt extraction: an unstable subsurface resulting in massive sinkholes that threaten the life of the community. Two researchers from Delft University of Technology participated in a consortium to develop a disaster risk reduction plan together with the community. With the aim of giving the population a voice and building on a safer future. This short documentary provides insight into the process.
Climate Action | Global Development | Water
Resilient water management in India through adaptive policy analysisLeon Hermans and Sharlene Gomes are researching how access to water in rural-urban fringes has changed and are taking stock of vulnerabilities and opportunities for adaptive water management.
TPM in the media
18 September 2020
Filippo Santoni de Sio on Vox.com about social robots
When are robots good for us? And how can they be bad for us? 'When people have the ability to choose freely, and choose to spend time with robots instead of people, that’s a legitimate choice. But the choice has to be authentically free — not just the result of market forces (like tech companies pushing us to adopt addictively entertaining robots) or other economic and social pressures', says Filippo Santoni de Sio, a tech ethics professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
03 August 2020
Future energy systems need to be climate proof
Climate policy for future energy systems typically focus on the challenge to make them carbon neutral to avoid climate change.
10 May 2020
Ibo van de Poel in Bij nader inzien over corona app
Ibo van de Poel, hoogleraar ethiek en technologie aan de TU Delft, vraagt zich af of we de corona-app niet net zo uitgebreid moeten testen als een vaccin, alvorens het te gebruiken.