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
25 November 2019
Nava Tintarev winner of Mekel Prize 2019
Researcher Dr. Nava Tintarev from the EEMCS Faculty (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science) has won the Mekel Prize 2019 for the most socially responsible innovation at TU Delft: on decision models that break through filter bubbles. The prize was awarded on 21 November during the Van Hasselt Lecture in the Oude Kerk Delft. Tintarev was given a statue of Professor Jan Mekel and €1.500,- to spend on further research.
19 November 2019
Juan M. Durán receives NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group for 2020
Juan M. Durán has been awarded a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group for 2020 on the topic of ‘Accountability in medical autonomous expert systems: ethical and epistemological challenges for explainable AI’.
19 November 2019
Lavinia Marin receives LEaDing Fellowship
As per 1 January 2020 Lavinia Marin will receive a LEaDing Fellowship. She will research how to foster critical thinking in online environments.