Philosophical perspectives on technology and innovation
Research at the Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) group connects philosophy and ethics to technology and innovation. We believe the design, use, and regulation of technologies is enriched by ethical and philosophical analysis. In turn, philosophy must be informed by science, innovation, and technological developments. A few of the research topics studied in the group include theories and models of technological and cultural evolution, and ethical assessment of persuasive technologies, social robotics, and advances in medical and mobility technologies. Interdisciplinary cooperation is vital for our research, which often involves direct engagement with the natural, engineering and social sciences. Researchers in the P&E group often study innovative technologies and technology-related problems in detail to enable genuinely empirically informed analyses that are meaningful to philosophers, researchers in other areas, and society. For this purpose, the group has established close interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other groups in the TU/e School of Innovation Sciences, as well as with mechanical engineers, climate scientists, and archaeologists, among others.Read more
Some of our research projects
A European positive sum approach towards AI tools in support of law enforcement and safeguarding privacy and fundamental rights
Explain yourself! The scope of understanding and explanation from machine learning models
This project develops a new framework for identifying whether understanding from machine learning models is possible, and the impact these models have on theories of explanation.
COMmunity Energy for the uptake of Renewable EnergySources in the electricity sector
Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDiT)
Understanding the impact of disruptive technologies on society and humans.
Opacity in AI: Analysis, Impact, Policy
AI systems often produce an output where it is not clear why this output was produced; the system is ‘opaque’ (non-transparent) to the subjects, users, and even to the makers of the system.
Some of our researchers
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Attention as PracticeGlobal Philosophy (2023)
The Subject of Knowledge in Collaborative ScienceSynthese (2023)
What does it mean that all is aflame?The Anthropocene Review (2023)
The Two Cultures of Engineering Education(2023)
Evaluation of personalized treatment goals on engagement of SMI patients with an mHealth app(2023)
Work with us!
Please check out the TU/e vacancy pages for opportunities within our group.
If you are a student, potential sponsor or industrial partner and want to work with us, please contact the P&E secretariat
or the Philosophy and Ethics group chair, Prof.dr.ir. Wybo Houkes
Visiting addressAtlas 9.328De ZaaleEindhovenNetherlands