The PhilosopyLab at the University of Twente connects Philosophy of Technology with design and innovation. It is part of the DesignLab Twente, a platform for multidisciplinary design research, aiming to connect science and society via design: Science2Design4Society.
Projects that are currently conducted at the PhilosophyLab:
– Toward a Theory of Technological Mediation. NWO-VICI funded project on the mediating role of technology in knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics. Researchers: Peter-Paul Verbeek (PI), Bas de Boer (PhD candidate), Jonne Hoek (PhD candidate), Olya Kudina (PhD candidate), 2 postdocs (vacancies)
– Responsible design and use of drones and drone services. NWO-MVI (Responsible Innovation) funded project to develop an ethical and legal tool for the responsible design and use of drones and drone services. Researchers: Lesley Broos (UT), Michiel Heldeweg (UT), Irna van der Molen (UT), Peter-Paul Verbeek (UT), two postdoc researchers (vacant)
– The Relational and Performative Abilities of Things. NWO-Artistic Research funded project about the role of objects in human existence. Funded by NWO: PhD in the Fine Arts. Researcher: Yvonne Dröge Wendel, PhD candidate.
– Thinking Space: an interdisciplinary approach to the spatial dimension of Ambient Intelligence. http://www.thinkingspace.eu. Austrian Academy of Science funded project. Researchers: Julia Grillmayr, Louise Horvath, Tanja Traxler.
Past projects on philosophy and design:
– Technology and the Limits of Humanity (finished 2013). An inquiry into the anthropological and ethical aspects of technologies that affect the human being, like brain implants, pre implantation diagnistics, prostheses, and psychofarmaca. Which new relations between humans and technologies arise here, which ethical questions are connected to them, and which role can the philosophy of technology play here? (NWO-VIDI project). Investigators: Lucie Dalibert (PhD candidate), Theo Wobbes (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher, supervisor/promotor)
– Telecare at Home (finished 2013). Research project about telecare and its implications for the practices and experiences of patients and healthcare professionals. Part of the interdisciplinary research project Telecare at Home, directed by Nelly Oudshoorn, funded by NWO: Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren (Socially Responsible Innovation). Researchers: Asle Kiran (postdoc), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher)
– Theory and Ethics of Behavior-Influencing Technology (finished 2012). An investigation of behavior-influencing technology and its ethical aspects. Funded by IOP-IPCR (Innovative Research Projects – Integral Product Creation and Realisation). Part of the 3TU project Design for Usability. Researchers: Steven Dorrestijn (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher).
– Technology and the Matter of Morality (afgesloten in 2008). NWO-VENI project on the moral significance of technology and its implications for ethical theory, practical ethics, and technology development. Researcher: Peter-Paul Verbeek