2017 Forum programme

Virginia Dignum
 Virginia Dignum

Delft University of Technology


Prof. Virginia Dignum is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. She received a PhD in 2004 from the Utrecht University, on A Model for Organizational Interaction. Prior to her PhD, Virginia worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management.

Her research focuses on value-sensitive design of intelligent systems and multi-agent organizations, in particular on the formalization of ethical and normative behaviors and of social interactions. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks. She is an often invited keynote speaker on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society. She is Executive Committee Member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, Director of the Delft Institute on Design for Values, Secretary of theInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (IFAAMAS) and was co-chair of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) in 2016. She has (co-)authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including several books, and has wide experience with obtaining research funding both at national as international level. She is also the program director of the new MSc studies on AI and Robotics at the Delft University of Technology.