| Stories of Science
Artificial intelligence | Digital society | Responsible innovation
Intelligent chatbots as anxiety counsellorsChatbots, on eHealth apps, have the potential to support people suffering from anxiety and other mental disorders. However, today’s chatbots still need to be sufficiently developed. For her Master’s thesis, Maria Chiara Mazza investigated how recognising students' linguistic patterns and personality could help improve the workings of personalized-chatbots. Her thesis secured her election as the Best Graduate in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.
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.’
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.
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.
TPM in the media
10 November 2020
Roel Dobbe in Geographical about the carbon footprint of AI and cloud computing
Artificial intelligence offers high potential solutions to the climate crisis, but evidence suggests that AI systems and cloud computing will need to clean up their own energy bills. Roel Dobbe, AI researcher, explains that in the AI field, there is a dominant but false belief that “bigger is better”, and that assumption drives the use of increased computation and bigger data sets in the development of AI models. As AI relies on more computational power, its carbon footprint increases.
03 November 2020
Cristina Richie in The Scotsman about healthcare and carbon output
People affected by climate change cause an influx in hospital admissions and require medical care. These treatments release more carbon, locking healthcare into a self-destructive cycle whereby medical care causes medical needs, says Cristina Richie in her column.
30 October 2020
Shannon Spruit op lokale-democratie.nl over participatie van inwoners bij energiebeleid van Súdwest-Fryslân
Wat vinden inwoners van Súdwest-Fryslân belangrijk bij het vormen van toekomstig energiebeleid? De gemeente onderzocht het met behulp van de Participatieve Waarden Evaluatie. Onderzoeker Shannon Spruit van de TU Delft vertelt over de voordelen van deze online participatiemethode. 'Door in de huid te kruipen van een bestuurder, ontdekken inwoners hoe complex het is om keuzes te maken.'