Products and services can contribute to solving complex social problems such as crime or climate change. A new book, Designing for Society, provides a hands-on tool to professionals and students interested in using social design to make a difference in the world. It was written by Paul Hekkert and Nynke Tromp, two researchers from the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and active members of the Delft Design for Values Institute.
On 29 November 2018 the Brookings Institute and Delft University of Technology are together organizing a seminar that explores the weakness and dangers the digital environment poses to democracy, and investigates how the digital environment might be proactively redesigned in order to positively enhance the quality democracy. Registration is still possible until 27 November.
Each year the Delft Design for Values Institute distributes a call for proposals for its open subsidy program among TU Delft researchers. The second call, which was distributed in July 2018, led to five new seed projects addressing topics such as realizing spatial justice in the built environment and democratic human-robot partnerships.
DDfV researcher Ibo van de Poel is one of the organizers of a 7-day course for PhD students on the Philosophy of Responsible Innovation. One of the course days is dedicated to Design for Values. Van de Poel teaches this topic together with Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of the DDfV Institute.
In December 2018, the Delft Design for Values (DDfV) Institute will launch its own lecture series. In this series of lunch lectures, we will bring you up to speed on fundamental design for values topics.
The European Research Council (ERC) organizes a conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 25-26 October that will among others highlight potential avenues for seizing the opportunities of AI whilst limiting negative effects for humanity. DDfV scientific director Jeroen van den Hoven will speak on ethics by design as a powerful avenue to achieve this. The event can be followed through a live webcast.
In the run-up to the Dutch municipal elections of 2018, a team of researchers from Delft University of Technology investigated the influence of digitization on Dutch parliamentary democracy. Aspects investigated included the role of political micro-targeting, 'bots' and algorithms, and the political debate on Twitter. This research was made possible by a subsidy from the parliamentary state committee
The Journal of Personalization Research (UMUAI) has released a call for papers for a special issue on fair, accountable and transparent recommender systems. Nava Tintarev, member of the management team of the Delft Design for Values Institute (DDfV), is one of the guest editors for this issue. Its topic aligns well with the core DDfV research themes. Deadline for the submission of an extended abstract is 5 June 2019.
Delft University of Technology offers three positions for PhD students as part of the research project "Design for Changing Values: A Theory of Value Change in Sociotechnical Systems". The topics of the three PhD projects are energy systems, artificial intelligence and design strategies. The deadline for application is 12 November 2018.