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.
12 July 2021
Center for Safety in Healthcare is the co-winner of the AI lab competition
The TPM AI-Lab post-doc competition was won by Saba-Hinrichs, Peter Roelofsma and Aaron Ding. Their submission aimed to create a Safe coach that will contribute to a good safety culture in hospitals.
29 June 2021
WHO issues first global report on Artificial Intelligence in health
AI holds great promise for improving the delivery of healthcare and medicine worldwide, but only if ethics and human rights are put at the heart of its design, deployment, and use, according to new WHO guidance published today. It is WHO’s first global report on AI in health and presents six principles to ensure AI works for the public interest in all countries.
29 June 2021
New open access book on shaping an inclusive energy transition
A new open access book has been launched that makes a case for a socially inclusive energy transition. It illustrates how engineering and public policy professionals can contribute to shaping an inclusive energy transition, building on a socio-technical systems engineering approach. The book has been written by TPM researchers: Margot Weijnen, Zofia Lukszo and Samira Farahani. Aad Correljé, Ad van Wijk and researchers from other universities and institutes also contributed to the book.