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Design for Values in and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Design for Values in and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence2019-04-29T16:27:46+02:00

Putting human values at the core of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that become increasingly autonomous

It is more urgent than ever before to pay attention to the ethics of artificial intelligence. Developments in autonomy and learning are rapidly enabling AI systems to decide and act without direct human control. Algorithm development has so far been led by the goal of improving performance, leading to opaque black boxes. But greater machine autonomy must come with greater responsibility and the capacity to explain decisions. Trust in AI must be based on transparency, since humans cannot relate to the ways of doings of machines. Putting human values at the core of AI systems calls for a mind-shift of researchers and developers towards the goal of improving transparency rather than performance, which will lead to novel and exciting algorithms. Turning Deep Learning into Valuable Learning, that is what researchers in Delft are working on.

Videos with Our Researchers

DDFV member Aimee van Wynsberghe is being interviewed at the 2018 AI for Good Global Summit.

DDfV board member Catholijn Jonker, professor of interactive intelligence in Delft, is being interviewed for the Dutch National AI course.

DDFV scientific director Jeroen van den Hoven discusses how medical ethics can stay relevant in the age of AI and big data.

DDFV member Filippo Santoni de Sio gives a talk on his research into meaningful human control of autonomous weapon systems.

News / Blogs on Design for Values in Artificial Intelligence

Digital Technology in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Keynote Lecture

March 30th, 2019|Event announcement|

DDfV scientific director Jeroen van den Hoven will tomorrow make the keynote remarks at the sixth annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law of the Brookings Institute. Topic is 'Digital technology in the age of artificial intelligence: A comparative perspective'. His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on transparency, data protection, privacy, and consumers' rights, drawing from Europe's experiences implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Digital Ethics by Design – Executive Masterclass

March 18th, 2019|Course announcement|

New technological developments in areas like quantum computing, big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) create opportunities, but also raise societal and ethical challenges. Design for Values is a powerful strategy to address them. In November 2019 the DDfV Institute will organize an executive masterclass Digital Ethics by Design. More information / request brochure

Designing for Credibility & Trust: Guest Visit by Elisabeth Lex

March 4th, 2019|Announcements for members, DDfV News, Event announcement|

From 13 to 17 May 2019, Dr. Elisabeth Lex will visit TU Delft at the invitation of the DDfV Institute. Her work on credibility assessment and trust in recommender systems allows us to translate our values concerning misinformation and filter bubbles into technological norms and concrete design requirements. This work is strongly grounded in evaluation using behavioral user data, which allows us to assess value realization in design/engineering outcomes.

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Events on Design for Values in Artificial Intelligence

Digital Ethics by Design (Executive Masterclass)

21 November - 22 November
New technological developments in areas like quantum computing, big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) create opportunities, but also raise societal and ethical challenges. This executive master class, taught by TU Delft experts, introduces pa...

The Future of AI: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues (Workshop)

27 January - 1 February
The goal of this workshop is to create a multidisciplinary research agenda to bridge the conceptual gap among disciplines involved in developing AI applications, and to raise the level of sophistication at which the designers reason about the impact of these applications.

Explainable Artificial Intelligence and Conversational Agents (Workshop)

24 January - 25 January
Explainable Artificial Intelligence and Conversational Agents are hot topics. It is possible to converse with them. But what is the quality of the conversation? Are the agents good communication partners? And can we believe what they tell us? Why and how do they make certain choices?
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Researchers on Artificial Intelligence

If you have any questions or proposals to collaborate on the topic of design for values in artificial intelligence, please contact Juan Durán.

DDFV Members

  • Mark Alfano
    Mark Alfano
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Jordi Bieger
    Jordi Bieger
    PhD Candidate in the area of Artificial General Intelligence
  • Virginia Dignum
    Virginia Dignum
    Associate Professor of Engineering Systems & Services
  • Juan Duran
    Juan Duran
    Lecturer at Technology, Policy & Managment
  • Jeroen van den Hoven
    Jeroen van den Hoven
    Professor of Ethics & Technology
  • Catholijn Jonker
    Catholijn Jonker
    Professor of Interactive Intelligence
  • Mark Neerincx
    Mark Neerincx
    Professor of Human-Centered Computing
  • Birna Riemsdijk
    Birna Riemsdijk
    Assistant Professor Interactive Intelligence
  • Filippo Santoni de Sio
    Filippo Santoni de Sio
    Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology
  • Nava Tintarev
    Nava Tintarev
    Assistant Professor of Web Information Systems
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe
    Aimee van Wynsberghe
    Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology
  • Neil Yorke-Smith
    Neil Yorke-Smith
    Associate Professor of Algorithmics

Other researchers

  • Rijk Mercuur
    Rijk Mercuur
    PhD Researcher at Engineering Systems & Services
  • Ilse Verdiesen
    Ilse Verdiesen
    PhD Candidate of Technology, Policy & Management
  • Xuan Wang
    Xuan Wang
    Researcher of Technology, Policy & Management

Selection of Publications

Responsible artificial intelligence: designing AI for human values

Dignum, Virginia

Responsible artificial intelligence: designing AI for human values Journal Article

ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries, 1 (1), pp. 1-8, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Critiquing the Reasons for Making Artificial Moral Agents

van Wynsberghe, Aimee; Robbins, Scott

Critiquing the Reasons for Making Artificial Moral Agents Journal Article

Science and Engineering Ethics, 2018, ISSN: 1471-5546.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Meaningful Human Control over Autonomous Systems: A Philosophical Account

de Sio, Filippo Santoni; van den Hoven, Jeroen

Meaningful Human Control over Autonomous Systems: A Philosophical Account Journal Article

Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 5 , pp. 15, 2018, ISSN: 2296-9144.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Volunteers in the Smart City: Comparison of Contribution Strategies on Human-Centered Measures

Bennati, Stefano; Dusparic, Ivana; Shinde, Rhythima; Jonker, Catholijn M

Volunteers in the Smart City: Comparison of Contribution Strategies on Human-Centered Measures Journal Article

Sensors, 18 (11), 2018, ISSN: 1424-8220.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners: Interaction, Reasoning and Ethical Challenges

van Riemsdijk, Birna M; Jonker, Catholijn M; Lesser, Victor

Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners: Interaction, Reasoning and Ethical Challenges Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pp. 1201–1206, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4503-3413-6.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Coactive Design: Designing Support for Interdependence in Joint Activity

Johnson, Matthew; Bradshaw, Jeffrey M; Feltovich, Paul J; Jonker, Catholijn M; van Riemsdijk, Birna M; Sierhuis, Maarten

Coactive Design: Designing Support for Interdependence in Joint Activity Journal Article

J. Hum.-Robot Interact., 3 (1), pp. 43–69, 2014, ISSN: 2163-0364.

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International and Societal Network

Our researchers working on design for values in / the ethics of Artifical Intelligence are actively involved in international and societal debates on this topic, for example through the following organizations:

European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies(advisory body of the President of the European Commission)
Jeroen van den Hoven is one of the members
Ethically Aligned Design
Ethically Aligned Design(IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems)
Catholijn Jonker and Filippo Santonio de Sio are part of IEEE working groups.
Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Foundation for Responsible Robotics (non-profit working on responsible robotics & AI)
Aimee van Wynsberghe is co-founder & co-director
ALLAI | NL
ALLAI | NL(Dutch Alliance for Responsible Artificial Intelligence)
Aimee van Wynsberghe is founding board member
Mark Alfano
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Researcher in DDfV seed project Designing Artificial Advice Givers that Consider Perspective & Affect

Mark Alfano
Jordi Bieger
PhD Candidate in the area of Artificial General Intelligence

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Researcher in DDfV seed project Using Value Deliberations to Explore Solutions for the Energy Transition of Port City Cultures

Jordi Bieger
Virginia Dignum
Associate Professor of Engineering Systems & Services

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Juan Duran
Lecturer at Technology, Policy & Managment

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Juan Duran
Jeroen van den Hoven
Professor of Ethics & Technology

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Scientific director Delft Design for Value Institute

Member of the Management Team of the Delft Design for Values Institute

Co-editor of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design

Catholijn Jonker
Professor of Interactive Intelligence

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Member of the Advisory Board  the Delft Design for Values Institute

Researcher in DDfV seed project Understanding the Perception of Intentional Behavior of Intelligent Artifacts

Catholijn Jonker
Mark Neerincx
Professor of Human-Centered Computing

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Mark Neerincx
Birna Riemsdijk
Assistant Professor Interactive Intelligence

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Birna Riemsdijk
Filippo Santoni de Sio
Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Filippo Santonio de Sio
Nava Tintarev
Assistant Professor of Web Information Systems

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Member of the Management Team of the Delft Design for Values Institute

Researcher in DDfV seed project Designing Artificial Advice Givers that Consider Perspective & Affect

nina tintarev
Aimee van Wynsberghe
Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Aimee van Wynsberghe
Neil Yorke-Smith
Associate Professor of Algorithmics

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Neil Yorke-Smith
Rijk Mercuur
PhD Researcher at Engineering Systems & Services

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Rijk Mercuur
Ilse Verdiesen
PhD Candidate of Technology, Policy & Management

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Ilse Verdiesen
Xuan Wang
Researcher of Technology, Policy & Management

Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management

Xuan Wang