‘Human-friendly digital world’ hub


  • Humanise digital society;
  • Master complexity with innovative conceptual tools;
  • Design disruptive technology for friendly devices.

The Digital World is set to occupy an ever-increasing space in the coming decades. It will affect in depth the individual and social life, the business world and human health. New uses, new possibilities, new ways of living, working and caring will emerge in response to growing expectations of individuals and of society as a whole. In the recent years, some of these technologies (hard and soft) have generated serious societal issues related to biocompatibility, mismatch with cognition and ergonomics, lacks in security and privacy, risk of piracy and appropriation, leading to problems of acceptability and rejection. This Hub proposes to lead research on disruptive technologies in the digital world taking into account the recommendations issued from studies carried out within the humanities and the social sciences and more particularly in cognitive sciences. The three challenges reported above are strongly interconnected and aim at conceiving and constructing new digital technologies characterized by fast and efficient communication systems based on innovative conceptual tools ensuring strong security and privacy, which can be both easily accepted and easy to use by individual citizens a well as in industrial or institutional (education health…) contexts. They offer a vertical roadmap from the modelling of new concepts to their full implementation, respectful of social and cognitive constraints. To that purpose, this Hub will harness the talents of the high quality ULNE research teams in a wide range of disciplines (including mathematics, physics, ICT, data sciences, sociology, human and social sciences, and nanotechnology).

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Graduate programme



Coordinators: Maan El BADAOUI (CRISTAL) and Arnaud MUSSOT (PHLAM)