During the module students will touch upon several typical aspects of performing research in Information Technology (IT). Students will learn how to perform scientific research on a given problem and how to evaluate the quality and relevance of their research. This includes identifying a valid research topic, writing a research proposal, performing the research, reviewing the work of others, and presenting the results.
The Research Project module is organized as a typical research conference: the Twente Student Conference on IT (TScIT). The conference has several tracks all related to information technologies. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to students working in different areas of IT to come together, discuss, and exchange their expertise and knowledge related to various aspects of modern Information Technologies.
During the module several tutorials will be given on research oriented topics (e.g. information retrieval, performing research, scientific writing, presentation).
Reflection II is a mini-course on the ethics and philosophy of information and communications technology (ICT). In a series of lectures, we address such questions as: What are some of the ethical dimensions of ICT? What, if anything, is wrong with violations of privacy? Why are people worried about algorithms and bias? Does automation in the workplace change who is responsible for what? Is AI possible, and if so, will robots outcompete humans when it comes to jobs? What are some of the professional codes that govern ICT research and business?
At the end of Reflection, students will:
- be familiar with some of the ethical and philosophical dimensions of technology
- understand how ICT influences moral values, user well-being and social change
- be able to critically think and argue about the ethics and philosophy of ICT research, engineering, and design
- understand how technologies relate to core ethical values, such as wellbeing and autonomy
- know some of the fundamental debates about the nature of technology, computing, and information