Going to court is often intimidating. If you haven’t studied law, it’s hard to understand all the legal rules of the game. But everyone has a right to justice. M.Sc. student Rens de Graaf took on this challenge, and graduated with a '10' in September (the highest grade possible in the Netherlands, hardly ever awarded). Read about his redesign of legal procedures in the latest 'Delft Design Story' from the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has announced the new funding awards within its Gravitation programme, worth some €113 million. DDfV researchers are co-applicants in two of the six new programmes. TPM professors Sabine Roeser and Ibo van de Poel take part in the programme Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. EWI professor Catholijn Jonker participates in the programme on Hybrid Intelligence: Augmenting Human Intellect.
Each year the Delft Design for Values Institute distributes a call for its Open Subsidy Program among TU Delft researchers. The third call, which was distributed in the spring of 2019, led to three new seed projects in which researchers from different TU Delft faculties collaborate: Values in Peer-to-Peer Energy Exchanges in Smart Decentralized Energy [...]
Researchers from the Delft Design for Values Institute, in collaboration with eLaw(Center for the Law and Digital Technologies) of Leiden University finalized a research consultancy project on “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Dutch Police” by providing a whitepaper highlighting requirements for the responsible use of AI at the Police and a long-term research strategy.
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.
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
As intelligent systems are increasingly making decisions that directly affect society, perhaps the most important upcoming research direction in AI is to rethink the ethical implications of their actions. In a new paper DDFV Executive Director Virginia describes leading ethics theories and proposes alternative ways to ensure ethical behavior by artificial systems.
At the recent AI for Good Global Summit (7-9 June 2017 in Switzerland) DDFV executive director Virginia Dignum discussed accountability, responsibility, and transparency (ART for short) as the three principles on which AI development should be based.