Projects


Design sprint tools for third-party scrutiny

Cities increasingly use algorithms to govern daily life and support decision-making. At the same time, algorithmic decision-making can harm people’s fundamental human right to autonomy. Can we develop AI that is open and responsive to dispute? Our team developed a dashboard for people to scrutinize a specific algorithmic system.

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Code the Streets

With cities continuously growing, so does the number of people that move around. This gives rise to the challenge of finding ways to manage urban mobility. What does urban mobility look like in the future? As part of the Code the Streets project, we focus on responsible and speculative design and its potential to shape the cityscape of the future.

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Relaunch mmWave sensor

As a continuation of the mmWave project we have installed three sensors on the Marineterrein to improve the mmWave sensor as a fully-fledged, privacy-friendly alternative for monitoring crowd movements.

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Robots to keep public spaces clean. Is this the future for smart cities?

Amidst Amsterdam’s vibrant canals and historic streets, the need for efficient waste management is a pressing concern. Imagine a combination of human know-how and robot magic, working together to keep our city clean. Two MSc students explored how robotics can successfully reshape our urban landscape.

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Contestable AI: designing responsible decision-making systems

'Contestable AI' explores algorithmic decision-making systems that are open and responsive to dispute.

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Citizen communication and participation regarding sensors

Smart city systems are on the rise. Together with national partners we are working towards a standard communication approach to enhance awareness on the use of sensors and, with that, the involvement of citizens.

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RAAK-PRO: deploying ethical technology

With this project we aim to help professionals from different sectors develop an integrated, value-based design approach for smart city technologies’ ethical implementation. We do so by focusing on the concrete and urgent case of machine-vision in public space.

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Final Report Pilot Shuttercams ArenA

The results of the Shuttercams pilot are in. To monitor crowdedness in public space near the Johan Cruijff football stadium while respecting social values like privacy, we installed two Shuttercams. How did professionals, activists and passersby respond to this intervention?

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Senses of Amsterdam exhibited at City Hall

Visit our exhibit Senses of Amsterdam at the Amsterdam City Hall from Thursday 29 September.

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Challenging the design of smart doorbells

Our graduation student Sofie-Amalie is creating alternative smart doorbells through speculative design to challenge the current design of smart doorbells (IoT doorbells with integrated cameras).

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Shutterring

The Shutterring project aims to make smart doorbells more responsible by ensuring the privacy of bypassers and owners while keeping the main functionality of the device intact.

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Shuttercam

The Shuttercam project investigates the effect of shutters, so-called shields placed over cameras. What if, as a passerby, you could clearly see if and when a camera was on or off?

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