Engineering digitalization requires that at least the following challenges are tackled, forming the pillars of our research:
Well-informed and accountable
At DSI we ultimately strive to engineer digitalization toward systems that allow for well-informed, even accountable decision-making. Simply put, well-informed means that decisions based on the use of digitalized systems can be explained; we understand where those decisions come from.
Well-informedness puts a demand on digitalization itself: the systems we use should be trusted while at the same time should be assistive. Indeed, they should form an integral part of our environment, be it in a social, industrial, or natural setting. Trustworthiness, in turn, puts demands on technology itself. First, the technology should be usable with little to no special efforts by its users. Secondly, the technology should justifiably reliable: it does what it is supposed to do and we can show this to be the case.
Measuring our environments
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.
The three challenges are linked to each other, as illustrated in the image below.