TU Delft has launched the Digital Ethics Centre for fair and safe AIOur society is digitising itself more and more. That offers opportunities, such as more efficient working, but it also raises many ethical questions – the sort of questions now being addressed by TU Delft’s new Digital Ethics Centre. Together with government agencies and companies, the centre’s researchers are looking at the ethical side of AI and digitalisation, such as fairness, safety and transparency, and seeking to develop the best solutions and applications.
Rico Herzog receives thesis award from the Society for Public AdministrationOn Tuesday 10 May 2022 the H.A. Brasz thesis prize of the Society for Public Administration (Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde) was awarded to Rico Herzog for his thesis "Cities for Citizens: Identification of Public Values and their Conflics in Urban Space".
Millions in funding allocated to research into ‘the algorithmic society’In the framework of the Gravitation programme, the cabinet is awarding 21.3 million euros to the research project ‘The algorithmic society’, led by UvA University Professors Natali Helberger and Claes de Vreese. Seda Gürses is one of the Co-PIs on the project. One of the focus points will be on the implications of the growing use of automated decision making and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Roland Ortt endowed professor Urban Innovation ManagementDr Roland Ortt is appointed endowed professor in Urban Innovation Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam as of 1 May 2022. Real change in a city requires a combination of new policies, new behavioural patterns of interest groups and new business models of involved companies and organisations. How can these different types of innovations be combined in practice? This is one of the central questions of this chair, which has been established by the Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) and will be embedded in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for BOLD Cities.
Janna van Grunsven receives Veni grantThe Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 280,000 euros to Janna van Grunsven, a scientists of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. The grant provides her with the opportunity to further elaborate her own research idea during a period of three years. Janna explains what her Veni research entails.
Veni grants for nine leading TU Delft researchersAnother 78 promising young scientists receive Veni funding of up to 280,000 euros from NWO. This concerns sixty researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SGW) domain and eighteen from the Applied and Technical Sciences (TTW) domain, who can further develop their own research ideas over the next three years. The Venis for the ENW and ZonMW domains were announced in December 2021.
Immediate acceleration of global climate action needed to realise 1.5°C goalThe goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, is becoming increasingly unrealistic unless countries collectively decide to take action immediately. This is the opinion of the five Dutch climate experts who contributed to the IPCC report that appeared today. Such an acceleration and strengthening of policy measures is still possible, but requires a far-reaching transformation of the systems that underpin our economy, including energy, industry, transport, and agriculture. The coming years will be crucial in this respect. These are some of the most important conclusions from the IPCC report published today.
Jeroen van den Hoven chair of new Data Ethics Committee at UWVUWV (Employee Insurance Agency) develops and uses data applications to improve or renew services to clients and employers and considers it important that this is done carefully and in a well-considered way. For this reason, UWV has established a Data Ethics Committee which can give solicited and unsolicited advice on data applications that have an impact on clients. The committee consists of external and internal experts and is chaired by Professor Jeroen van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology.
Delft scientists present “green” series of children's lecturesWe generate more and more electricity from solar panels and windmills, but what if there is no wind and the sun is not shining? Will you still be able to charge your phone? This is one of the many questions that will be addressed in a brand new series of lectures by the MuseumJeugdUniversiteit. For this "green" series – made especially for children between the ages of 8 and 12 – this long-term collaboration between MuseumJeugdUniversteit and Science Centre Delft travels to the TU Delft campus, which celebrates its 180th anniversary this year.
TU Delft study reveals need for new forms of control in heat transitionIndependent research by TU Delft, commissioned by the Regional Energy Strategy (RES) Rotterdam The Hague, shows that with the current approach, the heat transition will be delayed and there will be major winners and losers. The heat transition requires other forms of management, which will ensure that the coordination and distribution tasks are carried out in cooperation. These tasks concern the use of heat sources, the construction of infrastructure and a fair distribution of costs and benefits.
Rolf van Wegberg explains why cybercriminals have a customer serviceImagine: you start up your laptop and see that hackers have struck and demand a ransom. That's not all, they have left a customer service phone number to assist with the ransom transfer. That sounds absurd, but to make big money, cybercriminals cannot do without this helpline. In this episode of Universiteit van Nederland cybercrime expert Rolf van Wegberg explains what is happening here (in Dutch)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Improving the efficiency of Customs inspections in the logistics supply chainIn the years ahead, Customs at Schiphol airport and the Port of Rotterdam are set to have a lot of work on their hands. In the next five years, the huge growth in e-commerce and the imminent Brexit will lead to an increase from 160 million to 500 million in the number of Customs declarations passing through these major logistics hubs of Europe. This massive increase calls for smart ways of working in order to guarantee efficient risk analysis and cut costs in processing Customs import declarations. “In light of this, digitisation and collaboration between Customs organisations and the transport supply chain will be of key importance,” says Yao-Hua Tan, Professor of Information and Communication Technology.
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Avoiding division in climate adaptationThe government has growing expectations of citizens when it comes to climate adaptation, but not every citizen or neighbourhood is able to live up to these expectations. Neelke Doorn, Professor of Ethics of Water Engineering, is studying ways of avoiding social divides between neighbourhoods.
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Dialogue with residents creates a pleasant living environmentWhen residents feel connected with their neighbourhood, they feel more responsible for creating a pleasant atmosphere. But how do people connect with their living environment and how can you support that process? This is what Geertje Slingerland researching: "I find it fascinating how people live together in the city and would like to establish a dialogue between policy makers and residents in order to create a pleasant living environment."
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Designing for darknessDays are short in December and January, but this does not mean darkness sets in early in the Netherlands. On cloudy nights, light pollution turns the night sky of Delft a bright orange. Let’s start designing for darkness, Dr Taylor Stone proposes in his research.
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The hydrogen car as a crucial link in a sustainable energy systemConventional cars that run on fossil fuels no longer meet today’s needs, certainly not in view of the Dutch government’s target of being CO₂ neutral by 2050. A combination of hydrogen cars and battery electric vehicles, are the way forward as stated by the TPM researcher Samira Farahani. She and other researchers at TU Delft are working on Professor Ad van Wijk’s concept of the 'Car as a power plant' (CaPP). In this concept, hydrogen cars will act as power sources in a sustainable energy system in which electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power is converted into hydrogen.
18 May 2022
Gerdien de Vries bij Radio 1 over verplichting warmtepomp
Nederlanders moeten vanaf 2026 standaard een hybride warmtepomp installeren als zij hun cv-ketel vervangen. Hierover zijn de meningen flink verdeeld. "De verplichting kan enigszins ook wat gedoe wegnemen, het geeft ook wat zekerheid."stelt Gerdien de Vries in Spraakmakers op Radio 1.
18 May 2022
Jeroen van den Hoven in Stadszaken over TU Delft Digital Ethics Centre
In het Digital Ethics Centre nemen onderzoekers van de TU Delft, samen met overheidsinstellingen en bedrijven, ethische vraagstukken rondom kunstmatige intelligentie, machine learning en digitalisering onder de loep.
17 May 2022
Laurens de Vries bij EBN podcast over energiebesparing en de noodzaak tot snel verduurzamen
In deze EBN podcast gaat Laurens De Vries in gesprek met Olof van der Gaag Nederlandse Vereniging Duurzame Energie (NVDE) en Barthold Schroot (EBN B.V.) over de verschillende dimensies van de zogeheten ‘badkuip’. Luister wat zij te zeggen hebben over energiebesparing, de noodzaak tot snel verduurzamen en waarom de importafhankelijkheid best op te lossen is