The five chairs of the department are located in different disciplines and include philosophy, ethics, sociology, computer science and psychology. They work on interdisciplinary research topics at the intersection of humans, technology and society.
Among the research interest of the department are:
- Ethical, anthropological and social consequences of scientific and technological progress
- Science and the public: Participatory innovation processes, science communication, public understanding of science
- Human-technology interaction and (social) human-robot interaction
- Computerization of science: simulation as a new method of knowledge, automation of research by artificial intelligence, replacement of classical research methods by design and data analysis
- Computational Social Science and Social Data Science