The challenges of the digital transformation require innovative and interdisciplinary research approaches.
The ENS deals with the interrelations between European society (including law, business and politics) and digital technological development in research and teaching. Central analytical terms at ENS are "power" and "design". Both terms describe semantic fields that are filled with different content depending on the discipline, but act as “boundary objects” for inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration.
The concept of power refers to issues of human and technical agency, political dominance and platform hegemony, but also empowerment and contestation. It describes structures and contexts of social action, of power shifts and of new ways of empowerment triggered or mediated by digital technology. The concept of design, in contrast, addresses the shaping of digital technologies, of their surrounding institutional and normative order, and the transformation of related structures and contexts.
Both concepts address pertinent conditions and challenges of the digital transformation and help researchers at ENS to build on common analytical ground. All five professorships at ENS relate the analysis of changes in power and design to the question of the interrelation between technological change and European integration.
"Zahlen zur Wahl" is a collaborative research project to observe, research and analyze social media activities of political parties and candidates in the German federal and state election campaign and make the data accessible.
A team of researchers and students observes and analyzes the social media activities of political parties and candidates in the German federal and state election campaigns. Collecting data, evaluating it and describing current developments on an ongoing basis, the project aims to contribute to making the online election campaign more transparent.
The project's target groups are journalists (especially in local media without resources for their own analyses), teachers, and interested citizens. All graphics and data published on the project website may be used, posted and reproduced.
"Zahlen zur Wahl" is a joint project of the ENS Chair for Digital Democracy, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, the NRW School of Governance and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI).
Which videos does the YouTube algorithm recommend to which users for the federal election? This will be investigated with the help of the new data donation platform "DataSkop", which has been launched on 15 July 2021.
The BMBF, VDI/VDE funded project "DataSkop - Was passiert mit meinen Daten?" is developing a data donation platform to enable users sharing their personal data to support research and digital education. Our role in that project is to provide protypical use-, i.e. research cases. The common goal of the project, however, is to tackle the opacity of algorithmic decision making systems on big or otherwise pivotal online platforms and services. Using organic, real user data, we are going to map, explore and investigate the different realities that branch out from discriminators implementend in recommenders and the like. The project is part of the BMBF's Digital Autonomy Hub.
Algorithm Watch // European New School of Digital Studies // Uni Paderborn // FH Potsdam // Mediale Pfade
“Słubfurter Gärten” is a collaborative urban gardening project of the ENS, the Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum and the association Słubfurt e.V., together with residents and students from both sides of the Oder river.
“Słubfurter Gärten” is a collaborative project of the ENS, the Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum and the association Słubfurt e.V., together with residents and students from both sides of the Oder river. In the frame of the project, two new urban gardens are being created on the Brücken Plac Mostowy in Frankfurt (Oder) and the roof terrace of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice.
Since November 2020, the team has been organizing theoretical working meetings as well as interactive workshops generating knowledge about the planning, construction, planting and maintenance of gardens involving volunteers and citizens of both Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
The project is funded by the Small Projects Fund in the PRO EUROPA VIADRINA Euroregion from resources of the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V A Brandenburg-Poland 2014 - 2020 cooperation program.
A livable and lovable city: The ENS, in cooperation with the Frankfurter Dienstleistungsholding (FDH) and the city administration, is supporting the city of Frankfurt (Oder) in developing a digitalization strategy.
"By the end of 2021, we want to have a joint strategy for Frankfurt (Oder) in place, designed to increase the quality of life in our city, through ecologically sustainable as well as socially and economically balanced solutions and technologies,” explains Mayor Claus Junghanns. Citizens should will be given the chance to participate in shaping their city. At the same time, we aim to become more competitive for companies and boost efficiency in our administration."
In the frame of a research seminar at Viadrina, public surveys and interviews with municipal stakeholders and businesses will be conducted in a first step. Moreover, there will be a dialog event with actors from the city, local politics and science. The project receives 40,000 euros of financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation, one of the largest German science funding institutions.
Digital data analysis to measure de-europeanization: Situated in the field of post-accession europeanization research, this project discusses how the EU produces domestic change in its member- and accession states.
The EU-funded ASSISTANT project aims to develop breakthrough solutions for the manufacturing industry, using artificial intelligence to optimize production systems.
The EU-funded ASSISTANT project aims to develop breakthrough solutions for the manufacturing industry, using artificial intelligence to optimize production systems. One of the keystones of ASSISTANT is the creation of intelligent digital twins. By combining machine learning, optimization, simulation, and domain models, ASSISTANT develops tools and solutions providing all required information to help production managers design production lines, plan production, and improve machine settings for effective and sustainable decisions that guarantee product quality and safety.
The team at the chair for Sociology of Technology at the European New School of Digital Studies is involved in shaping the human-centric architecture of the project, in order to make sure that the technologies are developed in a responsible way. Through a focus on the process of developing the ASSISTANT tools, we aim at bringing the topics of abstract guidelines (such as trustworthy AI) into concrete practices and guide the development process through interventions, workshops and the discussion of issues together with the involved project partners.
With a multidisciplinary consortium combining key skills in AI, manufacturing, edge computing and robotics, ASSISTANT aims to create intelligent digital twins through the joint use of machine learning (ML), optimization, simulation and domain models. The resulting tools permit to design and operate complex collaborative and reconfigurable production systems based on data collected from various sources such as IoT devices. ASSISTANT targets a significant increase in flexibility and reactivity, products/processes quality, and in robustness of manufacturing systems, by integrating human and machine intelligence in a sustainable learning relationship.The ASSISTANT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000165.
Institut Mines-Telecom // University College Cork // University of Patras // Flanders Make vzw // Biti Innovations AB // SIEMENS AG // INTRASOFT International // ATLAS Copco // SIEMENS Energy // Groupe PSA // European New School of Digital Studies
HIRING aims to prepare the current and next generation of human resources managers for the integration of artificial intelligence tools in their position.
The project aims to prepare the current and next generation of human resources manager to the integration of artificial intelligence tools in their position. It’s objectives are: training the HR managers and students to the digital transformation to come in their work environment, valuing fair and responsible soft skills for implementing AI technologies at the work place and promoting a more open-minded HR generation opened to atypical career pathways.
Institut de Preparation à l’Administration et à la Gestion, IPAC Business School // Seinäjoen koulutuskuntayhtymä, Finland // haikara, France // ZAPIENS TECHNOLOGIES S.L. Spain // European New School of Digital Studies
Our ENS fellowship program "Datafication in European Societies" is designed for postdoctoral researchers active in one of our core disciplines (economics, law, social and political sciences) and ready to build and expand international research collaborations.
Join our young and dynamic group of researchers and apply for:
The duration of the stay usually varies between two and six months. Successful applicants will be provided with a full grant corresponding to the applicants' level of professional experience, as well as working space in fully equipped offices, logistical support and access to the interdisciplinary research landscape of ENS.
The ENS Fellowship Program "Datafication in European Societies" is a project of the European University Viadrina, funded by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation.
09 May - 22 June 2022 | 03 October 2022 - 30 January 2023 | 06 March - 27 March 2023
Prof. Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak holds a professorship of Management in Networked and Digital Societies at Kozminski University and is a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Moreover, he is a Board of Trustees member of the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and a corresponding member of Polish Academy of Sciences.
During his time as a Visiting Professor at ENS, he will be working on collecting comparable datasets from German social media in the areas of medical, scientific and political disinformation, and collaborate with PhD researchers on a Thick Big Data approach.
01 March - 15 May 2022
Mennatullah Hendawy is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo.
As an interdisciplinary urban researcher, she is working at the intersection of cities, technology and sustainability with a focus on visualization, digitalization and mediatization. At ENS, she is part of the Science and Technology Studies Group around Prof. Jan-Hendrik Passoth.
01 March - 30 April 2022
Nina Amelung has completed her PhD in Sociology at TU Berlin in 2018 and is currently affiliated with the Social Science Department of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. At ENS, she was working on her current project “Social and political implications of transnational biometric databases in migration and crime control (AFFECT)” and extend research collaborations linked to the STS MIGTEC network co-initiated with ENS researcher Dr. Silvan Pollozek.
Check out the interview about her stay at ENS on the Viadrina homepage.
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