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
12 November 2019
Ro Naastepad receives Helen Potter Award
Economist Ro Naastepad received the ASE Helen Potter Award for her article “Robots and Us: Towards an Economics of the ‘Good Life” that she wrote with philosopher Jesse Mulder. The prize is awarded annually by the Association for Social Economics (ASE) to the author of the best article in the Review of Social Economy.
05 November 2019
Pieter van Gelder 25 years at TU Delft
Last Friday November 1st, Pieter van Gelder celebrated his 25th work anniversary at TU Delft. In 1994, Pieter started at TU Delft as a PhD student at the faculty of Civil Engineering. From 2000-2013 he was assistant / associate professor at that same faculty. He worked on risk / probability assessments on flooding and high water. From 2013 onwards, he has been a full professor and head of the section of Safety and Security Science at the faculty of TPM. At the section of Safety and Security Science he develops mathematical models of risk control.
01 November 2019
Taylor Stone wins Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award
This weekend TPM researcher Taylor Stone won a Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award in the category of Research at the Professional Lighting Design Convention. This was mainly for his PhD work on the ethics of night-time lighting, as well as his continued work as a postdoc at TU Delft.