In the same funding round as the HI project, another closely connected gravitation programme has been awarded: Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (Esdit). The two projects have initiated activities to establish connections, since: 1) addressing ethical aspects forms an important part of creating hybrid intelligent systems that truly support people, and 2) Artificial Intelligence is an important socially disruptive technology considered in the Esdit project.


A committee has been formed to support, stimulate and sometimes initiate HI-Esdit joint activities regarding research exchange and collaboration, societal engagement and strategic collaboration between the projects. Such activities could range from organization of joint seminars and workshops, to visiting researchers, training programs for PhDs, writing joint white papers, development of living labs, as well as research collaboration between project members. The committee currently consists of: 


  • Wendy Aartsen (project manager HI)

  • Catholijn Jonker (HI/Esdit, responsible HI MT member)

  • Birna van Riemsdijk (HI/Esdit, co-chair)

  • Ilaria Tiddi (HI)


  • Sander de Boer (project manager Esdit)

  • Sven Nyholm (Esdit)

  • Ibo van de Poel (Esdit/HI, co-chair)

  • Wijnand IJsselsteijn (Esdit)


If you would like to know more, you are most welcome to contact co-chairs Birna van Riemsdijk and Ibo van de Poel, or any other committee member.



Kickoff meeting June 18th 2021: attended by around 25 participants from both projects.

Panel at the 4TU.Ethics Bi-annual Conference:        “It’s Alive” on 14th/15th October 2021