Delft University of Technology

At TU Delft, the activities within Delft Data Science (DDS) in the area of digital humanities and social sciences, aim at combining scientific strength and impact in:

  • human behavioral data analysis
  • analysis of data in complex, dynamic networks
  • data interpretation, indexing and retrieval with societal experimentation, valorization and impact.

Digital Humanities Research Agenda

DDS sees this combination as pivotal for impact in science and society. The focus is on the following socio-economic domains:

  • Smart Cities & Environment, in particular the role of social sensing and crowdsourcing that is underlying many urban analytics and planning – participating in ‘smart city’ initiatives in several Dutch cities;
  • Online Education, in particular the role of human behavior and community modeling that is contributing to massive learning analytics – participating in for example the TU Delft Extension School and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center on Education and Learning;
  • Inclusive Enterprise, in particular the role of community and interaction analysis for workforce engagement and well-being – participating in for example the Delft-IBM-Collaborative Innovation Center on Data Science;
  • Security, in particular the role of the security and privacy aspects involved in data representing human behavior – participating for example in initiatives like The Hague Security Delta.
  • Smart Culture, in particular the role of human computing, multimedia content analysis, retrieval and recommendation in enriching and personalizing the access to large multimedia data collections emerging from “digitization of culture”.

Relevant for the Digital Humanities research agenda is the research that is conducted at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at Delft in close collaboration with Faculties Computer Science, Industrial Design and Architecture concerning Design for Values and Value Sensitive Design .

This research aims at studying moral values in a number of digital and computational tools and instruments. First, by using moral values and ethical considerations as requirements for design, development and architectures in a range of engineering disciplines, including software engineering.

At TU Delft, the programs on Design for Moral Values and Engineering Social Technologies focus on interrelations of digital technology, social science and humanities. Secondly, research is conducted on visualizing, mapping and analyzing moral values on the basis of large data bases with obituaries. And thirdly there is collaboration by Dirk Helbing with prominent groups in digital humanities research (See Helbing with Barabassi and Schich) published in Science (“A Network Framework of Cultural History”).

Contact Geert-Jan Houben

Central Themes

  • Web data analytics, Network analytics, Visual analytics, Multimedia Computing, Interactive intelligence
  • Ethics, Philosophy, Values
  • Massive online education
  • Socially-enhanced heritage collections
  • Cognitive computing & inclusive enterprise
  • Design for values
  • Computational social science

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