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PhD Position in Human-AI Collaboration D@S Lab: Design at Scale with Conversational Agents

Challenge Design for large-scale, systemic challenges in society.
Change Design methods that operate at societal scale by integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Human Intelligence—Hybrid Intelligence (HI).
Impact Enable designers, domain experts, and societal stakeholders to collaborate with AI for informing, realizing, and evaluating large-scale design interventions.

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


TU Delft is a top tier university and is exceedingly active in the field of Artificial intelligence. The mission of the Design at Scale (D@S) Lab is to bring together TU-Delft expertise in Design and Computer Science to establish a centre of excellence in Hybrid Intelligence for Societal-Scale Design. Hybrid Intelligence can play a key role in reducing the complexity of design for large-scale societal problems by orchestrating large-scale design activities involving people, data and machines, informing effective design interventions, predicting the impact of design interventions, monitoring and learning from the implementation of design interventions, and adapting design interventions over time to maximise their impact.

Designers increasingly aim to tackle systemic challenges in society (e.g., health and wellbeing, climate action, mobility, inclusiveness, etc.). This requires new design methods and tools that operate at societal scale and enable designers to effectively involve large numbers of stakeholders and harness large amounts of data to analyse complex social systems and assess the longitudinal impact of design interventions. In particular, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted shortcomings of current design approaches which remain limited in scope, involving small groups of design experts and users across relatively short time frames. Hybrid Intelligence (HI)—the integration of Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence at scale—bears immense potential for transforming and scaling up Design, to enable designers to effectively tackle complex societal problems.

In total, D@S lab has 4 PhD vacancies: 2 PhD positions with a Design profile, and 2 PhD positions with a Computer Science profile.

We are looking for the following Design profile position:

Design at Scale with Conversational Agents
Conversational agents in the form of smart speakers and chatbots have become a near-ubiquitous technology in the home, in the car and at the workplace, yielding numerous opportunities for automating and scaling interactions. Your aim on this PhD is to explore the potential of conversational agents as creative “design partners” in user research and participatory design, and to develop novel approaches in using conversational agents for harnessing the collective intelligence of users, experts, and designers. Your role is the development of adaptive conversation strategies that drive user engagement and insights, the development of AI methods for the effective integration of human and machine perspectives in the analysis of large-scale conversational data, and the evaluation of the impact of conversational agents on user research and design. This research lies at the intersection of HCI, Design and Artificial Intelligence and has a strong emphasis on the combination of technological prototyping and empirical research.


  • An MSc degree in an applied sciences field relevant to the PhD research described above.
  • Demonstrated competencies in one or more of these domains: AI, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Design, Computer/Data science, or another relevant field.
  • Strong interest and experience in conducting empirical research (e.g., user studies), familiarity with qualitative and quantitative methods and understanding of user-centred design methods.
  • Interest and experience in teaching and guiding students.
  • Excellent software development and prototyping skills and interest in further developing your design, problem-solving, programming, and analytical.
  • Proficient in verbal and written English.
  • Ability to work in a team, take initiative, obtain results, be systematic and communicative.


TU Delft offers DAI-Lab PhD-candidates a 5-year contract (as opposed to the normal 4-years), with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3217 in the fifth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation

Additional information

For information about this vacancy and the selection procedure, please contact Dr. Evangelos Niforatos, Assistant Professor, email: e.niforatos@tudelft.nl.