Digital Society Institute | University of Twente

Digital Society Institute | University of Twente

Engineering digitalization requires that at least the following challenges are tackled, forming the pillars of our research:

1. Considering that digitalization is ultimately used to drive many of the decisions we make as members of the digital society, we need to ensure that our engineering efforts lead to well-informed decision-making, measured by generally accepted societal values. This has deep technical implications as well as novel capacity-development challenges.

Challenge #1 Digitalization for well-informed decision-making: inclusiveness and explainability.Maarten van Steen

2. We need to pay increasingly more attention to integrating digital solutions in specific environments. For example, for social environments, the results of digitalization should be perceived as being a natural part of our environment and society. Analogously, this holds also when blending digitalization into an industrial environment, or when integrating digitalization into our natural environments.

Challenge #2 Digitalization integrated into our environments: social, industrial and natural environmentsMaarten van Steen

3. We need to develop digital technologies, in particular technologies that one can effortlessly use and justifiably rely upon. Digitalization should thus lead to safe, trusted and resilient systems. An important aspect of our engineering approach is that we continuously measure our environments (which includes humans, animals, etc.) in order to effectively digitalize, or to understand the effects of digitalization. Sensing, data analysis, and actuation form essential elements of our approach.

Challenge #3 Digitalization that can be effortlessly used and justifiably relied upon.Maarten van Steen

grand challenges

We tackle these challenges with research performed in research groups and with educating the global citizens of tomorrow