At the Digital Society Institute, we pay specific attention to contributing to a human-centered digital society that is safe, inclusive, and includes responsibility to the natural environment. Our mission is to further digitalize society by doing scientific research that tackles three challenges:
- Developing reliable and robust digital technologies
- Adoption and use of new technologies
- Enabling well-informed decision making
An important aspect of our mission is to conduct research that has an impact on society. Digitalization stretches out from creating, innovating, and developing digital technologies, to adopting and crafting digital technologies to our everyday needs, desires and habits, thus shaping technologies by adding value and imposing what we can and are willing to adopt and use for our desires and the challenges we face.
We take natural, societal and industrial challenges as starting points, and engineer digitalization as an iterative process in close cooperation with all its stakeholders. We call this way of working open engineering. The world is one of our two playing fields, notably including low-urbanized and rural regions (including agriculture), but also nature itself. Industry is the other one, in particular where automation in all its facets is shaping the future.