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
Andrew Hale scholarship awarded to Julia Burggraaf
The NVVK (Dutch Association of Safety Experts) conference is a bi-annual conference for all safety experts in the Netherlands. At the end of this conference, the Andrew Hale scholarship is awarded to a speaker at the conference. This year, Julia Burggraaf, a PhD student at the Safety and Security Science section won the scholarship.
New website on ethics education for engineering students
The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section has launched a website which showcases the educational approach for teaching ethics to engineering students: https://www.tudelft.nl/ethics/.
Juan Durán wins prestigious Herbert Simon award
Researcher Juan Durán received the prestigious Herman Simon award from the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP). He received this award for his work on the philosophy of computer simulations.