Ethics & Human Factor

Ab.Acus’ vocation includes the role as bridge-builder among STEMM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine”) and SSH (“Social Sciences and Humanities”) disciplines. The advent of new technologies should be driven by a responsible ICT Research and Innovation process, which puts humans at the centre.

The experience acquired in a lot of projects and qualitative research studies and all the methodological knowledge gained at the edge of several disciplines, allow Ab.Acus to accompany understanding and matching of end users’ needs, feelings, and attitudes to ongoing technological evolution. This experience provides Ab.Acus people with relevant know-how of qualitative data collection techniques such as focus groups, surveys, interviews and awareness raising tools such as mini‐publics.

Ab.Acus’ staff comprises a variety of expertise, from electronic or biomedical engineering to educational science, from communication science to gender studies, able to assure comprehension, collaboration and application of SSH research-based knowledge about ethical and societal issues relating to the Digital Transformation in place.


MUSAE - A human-centred factory for a future technological sustainable development driven by arts The MUSAE project aims to set up a Factory Model based on the Design Future Art-driven (DFA) method to strategically guide digital technology innovation and address future challenges in the food domain [...]

How the Digital Transformation can put humans at the centre of robotics and automation

The study uses a number of data collection techniques to gather different stakeholders’ opinions and visions on the Digital Transformation theme, in order to produce final recommendations and guidelines. The answers help to understand the main trends, difficulties, best practices and their common ground around Europe and beyond, and to better assess the status of the Digital Transformation implementation, its impact and how the human factor is decisive for the success of the process.


The REELER project aims at aligning the roboticists’ visions of a future with robots with empirically-based knowledge of human needs and societal concerns. It will offer proactive steps towards ethical and responsible robots by suggesting radical changes in current robot design procedures.


DiDIY Project intends to develop a human-centric and multi-perspective approach to the scientific study of the transformations generated by the increasing social adoption of atoms-bits convergence (ABC) devices.


The @Science project aims at establishing a transnational network about the access to science by visually impaired students.