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Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) Group conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, technology, and innovation

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Philosophical perspectives on technology and innovation

Organisational profile

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.

At the same time, we also view fundamental philosophical research as an essential part of what we do. Our research on technology-related problems and technological innovations requires going beyond the application of existing frameworks. Members of the group have proposed substantial changes to existing philosophical theories such as consequentialism, Kantian ethics, responsible innovation frameworks, and the extended-mind hypothesis. Members have also developed entirely new philosophical frameworks, such as the ethical design cycle and theories of technical functions and of engineering knowledge. Moreover, we work on fundamental critical assessments of technology-related research in various sciences, and of programs in engineering disciplines.

The group’s expertise covers a variety of philosophical sub-disciplines, including applied ethics, normative ethics, meta-ethics, philosophy of science and technology, and epistemology. 

The P&E group is currently the management headquarters for the 4TU|Centre for Ethics and Technology. In addition, the group is a member of the Dutch Research School for Philosophy (OZSW), is actively involved in the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, and has ongoing collaborations with both private and public partners.
Past and current stakeholders in P&E group projects include the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DAF Trucks, Agentschap NL, Milieudefensie, Rathenau Instituut.  

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Projects 2009 2022

Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Bombaerts, G., Bombaerts, G., van der Avoird, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Tsui, S., Astola, M., Laes, E., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Reymen, I. & Royakkers, L.


Project: Research direct

Working with or against the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Le Blanc, P., Gerrits, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Berkers, H.


Project: Research direct

Working ‘with’ or ‘against’ the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Nyholm, S., Nyholm, S., Gerrits, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Smids, J.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1985 2020

Measuring progress in robotics: benchmarking and the ‘measure-target confusion’

Müller, V. C., 1 Jan 2020, Metrics of Sensory Motor Coordination and Integration in Robots and Animals: How to Measure the Success of Bioinspired Solutions with Respect to their Natural Models, and Against More ‘Artificial’ Solutions?. Bonsignorio, F., Messina, E., del Pobil, A. P. & Hallam, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 169-179 11 p. (Cognitive Systems Monographs; vol. 36)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Large scale systems

Agent-based modeling of values: the case of value sensitive design for refugee logistics

Boshuijzen - van Burken, C., Gore, R., Dignum, F. P. M., Wozny, P., Royakkers, L. & Shults, F. L., 3 Apr 2019, (Submitted) In : Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Anatomy of emissions trading systems: what is the EU ETS?

Verbruggen, A., Laes, E. & Woerdman, E., 1 Aug 2019, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 98, p. 11-19 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

emissions trading
carbon emission


1st prize #IkSchrijf Award 2017

Marjolein Lanzing (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

moral philosophy

1st Prize in Safety Category Data4Refugees

Erika Frydenlund (Recipient), Ross Gore (Recipient), Meltem Y. Sener (Recipient), Christine G. van Burken (Recipient), Christa DeKock (Recipient) & Engin Bozdag (Recipient), 21 Jan 2019

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Award for Best Contribution for paper titled: “What is lost when we use technology to improve moral decision-making: Do moral deliberation and moral struggle have independent value for moral progress?”

Lily Frank (Recipient), 15 Jul 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1998 2019

Centrum voor Ethiek en Gezondheid

Philip J. Nickel (Consultant)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

Trust in Security Automation: A Normative Account

Philip J. Nickel (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Ectogenesis and the Abortion Debate

Lily E. Frank (Speaker)
29 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Press / Media

Wat als robots onze oorlogen gaan voeren?

Lambèr Royakkers


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Brandpunt+ Data Mania

Iris Loosman


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A brief encounter with Vincent: the effect on self-compassion from a single interaction with a chatbot that gives or asks for help

Author: van As, N., 31 Jul 2019

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1), Frank, L. (Supervisor 2) & Lee, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Approaches to modelling technological change in energy models: a learning experience

Author: Wesselman, P., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Houkes, W. (Supervisor 1) & Verbong, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master