The research group studies how professionals can design meaningful digital innovations, taking into account the needs and values of all parties involved and how professionals can develop the necessary digital and ethical skills.
Lines of research within the research group
Technological developments offer many new possibilities. Digital innovations however are not neutral as they are designed to be used. It is of great importance that professionals are aware of this while working on innovations. This line of research focuses on specifying the problem and designing a solution while constantly taking human values into consideration.
After designing the digital innovation, it is configured and implemented in a certain context. This line of research focuses on how field professionals can implement and utilize the innovation and how this effects the work environment. Here, the use context is key.
AI in the human loop
Professionals are increasingly being supported by AI (Artificial Intelligence). But how do professionals experience this? What kind of support strengthens their profession and what do they not want? In this project, we investigate how different roles for AI (decision maker, advisor or knowledge source) are experienced by future professionals in preventive care.
How can process mining on real-time sensor data be used for quality control during the production process and detecting potential problems at an early stage.
Improving decision making at governmental institutions through decision mining
Outcome of decision making in governmental institutions could easily increase, or violate public value. In the proposal a new decision support related method is proposed to be constructed for increasing positive contribution to public value.
- An empirical study of the Music Copyright System in The Netherlands
- Data science in government agencies the challenge of deployment and operation
- Do robotic tutors compromise the social-emotional development of children?
Digital Ethics contributes to digital innovation for educational purposes and the development of digital and ethical awareness of (upcoming) professionals. We are involved in the Digital Twins Lab and have strong ties with the Institutes for ICT, Engineering & Design, Media and Archimedes.
“Digital services should not only be meaningful in the sense of being directly valuable to an organisation or customer, but also meaningful in an ethical sense. Ethical policy must therefore be an integral part of the organisational design.”Marlies van Steenbergen Professor of Digital Ethics
Organizations are looking for ways to responsibly leverage digitalization. Domain expertise and knowledge of ethics and IT are brought together. The research group works on assignments and projects covering this; it performs research with partners; sometimes with (co) financing.