Values, Technology and Innovation
The Department of Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. The central research theme of the department is responsible innovation.
The value dimension is important for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of technological innovations. Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not introduced into society, even though it might make a positive contribution to society in some way. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns are ignored. The responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm: the choice should not be between foregoing a potentially helpful innovation or pushing it through despite justified concerns. Rather, the responsible innovation approach pays attention to important values, in the design as well as in the implementation of technological innovations, and in the institutions that govern them.
News & in the media
Wolter Pieters promoted to associate professor
Wolter Pieters has recently been promoted to associate professor in the section of safety and security science (3S). ‘Over the past years Wolter has successfully consolidated his research on the theme of ‘Decision support for cyber security with special attention for safety and security integration’.
Postdoc positions LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Program
There is an LDE call for 40 postdoc positions (at Leiden, Erasmus and Delft) in the LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Program. The call is open from November 1st – January 10th and it is open for researcher from abroad. Below you can find the eligibility criteria.
Aimee van Wynsberghe op BBC News over Robotics
Virtual waiters and waitresses, self-service checkouts and robot orchestra conductors: love it or hate it, automation, artificial intelligence and robotics are here to stay. But will these technological advances - be it in the office or the factory - affect the working life of men and women equally?