Research profile school IS

Research at the School IS addresses how humans and societies bring about technological change, and how technological innovations change society and human behavior. We focus on the grand challenges facing contemporary societies, such as those relating to energy, health, and mobility. These challenges involve different levels of aggregation, from individual humantechnology interactions to large-scale, long-term societal transitions. We therefore pursue our mission from various disciplinary perspectives within the humanities and social sciences, and use scientific approaches such as description and analysis, intervention (policy, management, design, experiment), critical reflection and normative evaluation.

The research is embedded in three research groups. The Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) Group contributes to the understanding of the role of humans in their interaction with technology. This group’s research centers around five main areas: human-computer interaction and affective computing, decision-making and human-data interaction, social psychology and persuasion, contextual environmental psychology, and human perception.

The Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) Group carries out research at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and real-world problems that arise from the design and use of technologies. Its research centers around two areas: philosophy of science and technology, and ethics of technology. Research topics include theories and models of technological and cultural evolution, and the ethical assessment of the use of persuasive technologies, social robotics, and advances in medical technologies.

The Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS) Group engages in research on the societal and economic embedding of innovation. It addresses multiple aspects of the innovation journey – invention, innovation, diffusion, appropriation, governance, policy intervention, and societal implications – and focuses on pervasive, long term changes or ‘transitions’ in areas such as sustainable energy, mobility, globalization and Europeanization.

More information about the research area of each group can be found on the group pages via the menu on the left.