Charlotte Unruh has participated at the 4TU Ethics Conference in Wageningen, which took place on October 14-15, 2021. The conference aimed to investigate the interaction of new technologies with humans. Ms Unruh held a presentation on the human-centered design of work scheduling algorithms, which is a fundamental part of the research conducted at the IEAI.

The presentation explained the importance of investigating the increased deployment of algorithmic management tools at the workplace. Charlotte Unruh explained the research conducted at the intersection of philosophy and mechanical engineering, outlining a framework for designing a human-centered scheduling algorithm, which takes into account workers’ preferences to schedule and assign tasks. Ultimately, this system should contribute to the well-being at the workplace by aligning the workers preferences with the optimization of the logistic processes. The framework is developed by being embedding the ethical principles into the system´s development process, thus ensuring autonomy and justice as well as human-oversight and transparency.

To find out more, you can visit the website of the conference here.