The conference will start in the darmstadtium Conference Center early in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 14. The first plenary and opening session will be in the late afternoon at the Maschinenhaus lecture hall of the TU Darmstadt with a reception to follow. The main reception and social event of the conference will be on Thursday evening. The conference ends by 2pm on Saturday after a closing plenary and awards session of the SPT. (After that, there is an optional excursion to the Gutenberg museum in Mainz.)

A list of accepted papers and panels will be posted before the end of March 2017.

There are a few changes in the program – you will find the latest version below: SPT2017 as of June 14.

The conference program (final version, as of June 14, 2017) can be found here


List of Accepted Papers

by first name of author: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Adam Toon. Things and concepts

Alberto Romele, Paolo Furia and Marta Severo. Digital Hermeneutics: Mapping the Debate and Paving the Way for New Perspectives

Alessia Calafiore, Nicola Guarino and Guido Boella. Recognizing urban forms through the prism of roles theory

Alexander Friedrich. The Grammar of Cryopreservation

Alexandra Dias Santos. From a rooted southern perspective: the life and thought of angolan Ruy Duarte de Carvalho

Alexandra Karakas. Applying Object-Oriented Ontology to Technical Artefacts

Alexandre Leskanich. The Technology of History and the Grammar of the Anthropocene

Alexis Elder. Why not just step away from the screen and talk face to face? The moral import of communication medium choice

Alfred Nordmann. Panel: Research in a Design Mode – In Conversation with Ann Johnson (1965-2016)

Algirdas Budrevicius. Hylomorphism and Cartesian Coordination as Basis for the Definition of Thing and for the Grammar of Things

Anais De Keijser. The criticality of people as infrastructure: creating resilience in the provision of urban services through System-D

Andreas Beinsteiner. Material irritations in the grammar of things. Post-ontotheological considerations

Andreas Henze. „This machine is part of me like your voice.“ On interacting with technological generated voices.

Aníbal Fuentes Palacios and José Hernández Vargas. Prose and verse. Accuracy and creativity in the biomimetic transference.

Anna Dot. Translationscapes and its multidimensional articulations. An approach to borders from the project „On Translation“, by Antoni Muntadas

Anshika Suri. Co-production of Safety: Everyday negotiations with technology in cities of East Africa

Arianne Conty. Who is to Interpret the Anthropocene? Nature and Culture in the Academy

Ashley Shew. Teaching Technology & Disability

Ashley Shew. Walk This Way

Ashwin Jayanti. A Revised Phenomenological Hermeneutics for Understanding the Grammar of Things

Atsushi Fujiki. Developing pedagogical method of engineering ethics integrated with environmental ethics


Barbara Ziegler. Unmanned aerial systems in armed conflict: Synergies between historical and philosophical perspectives

Beth Preston. Sustainable technology in action: Intractable users and behavior-steering technologies

Björn Sjöstrand. Technology, ethics, and politics in a globalized world

Brandt Dainow. Philosophical Framework for Smart City Analysis

Bronislaw Szerszynski. Technology as a planetary phenomenon

Bruno Gransche. Things get to know who we are and tie us down to who we were.


Carl Mitcham. Engineering Ethics: From Thinking Small to Big

Cecilia Moloney. Self-Attention in Learning and Doing Digital Signal Processing: Why and How

Ching Hung. Democratizing Technology by Technologizing Democracy

Claudia Eckert and Martin Stacey. Object references as engineering knowledge

Cristian Puga Gonzalez. The Techno-Moral Change Revised: How Does Technology Affect Moral Philosophy?

Cristiano C. Cruz. Popular Engineering: What Can Philosophy Learn from, and Say about, this Alternative Way of Technical Production?

Cristiano C. Cruz. Social Technology: Engineering Education Initiatives and Some Precious Lessons Philosophy Can Learn about Technique


Daniel Jenkins. Moral Philosophy and Automation: How Should Engineers Decide How Machines Should Decide?

Darryl Cressman. Panel: Reflections on Andrew Feenberg’s Philosophy of Technology (with contributions by Andrew Feenberg, Graeme Kirkpatrick and Edward Hamilton)

David Montminy and Gabriel Meunier. Functional stance towards science and engineering

Dennis Weiss. How Ought We to Treat Our Televisions?

Diana Adela Martin, Eddie Conlon and Brian Bowe. A critical reflection on extending the case study method in the teaching of engineering ethics

Diane Michelfelder. Urban Landscapes and the Techno-Animal Condition

Dominic Smith. Cracking the Attention Code: The Grammar of Attention as Code, Not Capital.

Don Ihde. Panel: Acoustic Technics: Sonification in Art and Science (with contributions by Andrea Polli and Peter Stollery)

Don Ihde. Panel: Postphenomenological Research 1: Theorizing Bodies (with contributions by Jesper Aagaard, Kirk Besmer, Ciano Aydin and Robert Rosenberger)

Don Ihde. Panel: Postphenomenological Research 2: Technologized Space (with contributions by Robert Rosenberger, Søren Riis and Olya Kudina)

Dylan Wittkower. Disaffordances and Dysaffordances in Code

Dylan Wittkower. Teh Intarwebs: Maed of Cats, Akshully


Edward Hamilton. Ontologies of „openness“ and the politics of educational technology

El Putnam. Locative Reverb: Artistic Practice, Digital Technology, and the Grammatization of the City

Elena Chestnova. Time travel in seven mile boots: things as animated artworks in Gottfried Semper’s history writing

Eric Kerr and Vivek Kant. Breaking down malfunction: What happens when socio-technical systems don’t work?

Eva-Maria Raffetseder. Die Episteme von Prozessmanagementsystemen am Beispiel von Salesforce


Fabian Offert. Exhibiting Computing Machines. Computational Agency as a Speculative Principle for Exhibition Design

Federica Buongiorno. Lifelogging and the „Technologies of the Self“: Some Phenomenological Remarks on Digital Processes of Subjectification and Social Recognition

Florian Maurer and Albrecht Fritzsche. System Protection and the Benefit of Others – a Service Perspective


Geetanjali Date and Sanjay Chandrasekharan. What role do formal structures play in the design process?

Giovanni Frigo. ‘Green Buildings’ in the City? A Reflection about Technology, Sustainability Indexes, and Energy Ethics

Glen Miller. Superabundance and Collective Responsibility in Engineered Systems


Haiqing Ji. Human Enhancement Ethics and Naturalistic Fallacy

Hajo Greif. The Reality of Augmented Reality

Hangqing Cong and Ximeng Chen. Social Governance of Chinese Engineering

Hans Hasse and Johannes Lenhard. Ennobling Ad Hoc Modifications. Confirmation, Simulation, and Adjustable Parameters

Hans Tromp. Artifact Design Reasoning and Intuition, explored through philosophy of action and cognition

Hao Wang. Privacy as Collective Negotiation: Defending the Democratic Value of Privacy in Networked Public

Hatice Server Kesdi and Serkan Güneş. The Impact of Ontological Shift From User to Participator in Design Process on Construction of Socio-Technical Systems

Henry Dicks. Biomimicry: An Alternative Path for Reconciling Art and Technology

Hidekazu Kanemitsu. Panel: AI and Expert: Expert Knowledge in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (with contributions by Tetsuya Kono, Minao Kukita and Toshihiro Suzuki)

Hub Zwart. From the nadir of negativity towards the cusp of reconciliation: A dialectical (Hegelian-Teilhardian) assessment of the anthropocenic challenge


Ingvar Tjostheim. The feeling of being there – is it an illusion?

Iñigo Galzacorta, Luis Garagalza and Hannot Rodríguez. Rethinking Technology in the Anthropocene: Relations and „Gravitational Forces“

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin. Valuing Reprogenetic Technologies


Jaana Parviainen and Seija Ridell. Choreographies of Smart Urban Power

Jan Kratzer, Claudia Fleck and Guenther Luxbacher. Grammar of mechanical failure cases: a diachronic and linguistic comparison

Jan Torpus, Christiane Heibach and Andreas Simon. Human Adaptivity to Responsive Environments

Janina Loh. Responsibility and Robot Ethics – A Critical Overview and the Concept of Responsibility Networks

Jathan Sadowski. Parameters of Possibility: Envisioning and Constructing the Smart Urban Future

Javier BuJavier Bustamante Panel: Ethics and Politics Within Today's Computing Environments (with contribution by Jose Barrientos)stamante Panel: Ethics and Politics Within Today's Computing Environments (with contribution by Jose Barrientos)

Jessica Imanaka. Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power, and Environmental Justice

Jia Chen and Fan Chen. Research on Technological Communication from the Perspective of Social Integration

Jochem Zwier and Vincent Blok. Gaia’s Garbage – Technological Insistence and Existence in the Anthropocene

Jol Thomson. G24|0vßß

Jonathan Simon. The medical drug as technological object.

Jose Aravena-Reyes and Ailton Krenak. Toward to an Engineering of Care

José Luís Garcia, Helena Mateus Jerónimo and Pedro Xavier Mendonça. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Portugal: manufactured uncertainties, industrial vulnerabilities, and urban areas

Joseph Pitt. Updating the Language of Philosophy

Joshua Earle. Identity and Normative Danger in Transhumanist Rhetoric

Juan Almarza Anwandter. On the “Pathos of closeness”: Technology and experience in contemporary architectural practices.

Judith Simon. Apprehending Big Data: Extended, Android or Socio-Technical Epistemology?

Jutta Weber. Panel: Special-session proposal: Conceptualising aero-material assemblages of the vertical gaze (with contributions by Bronislaw Szerszynski, Peter Novitzky, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Ole B. Jensen, Francisco Klauser and Maximilian Jablonowski)


Kiyotaka Naoe. Engineering and tacit knowledge

Klaus Kornwachs. Modalities in describing technological actions: To do, to prevent, to omit

Kristene Unsworth. Watching: Private CCTV and duty to care


Levi Checketts. The Sacrality of Things

Liyun Zhou. The Boundary and its challenges between Digital Technology and Digital Art: A Phenomenological Perspective

Lucien von Schomberg and Vincent Blok. Emerging Technologies and the Character of our Age

Lumeng Jia. From assessment to design: what is real needed in technology accompaniment?


Maarten Franssen and Peter Kroes. Philosophy of technology after the empirical turn: Perspectives on research in the philosophy of technology in the next decade

Manja Unger-Büttner. Design as Experimental Ethics – Moral Skepticism and the Value of Exploration.

Manjari Chakrabarty. The critical function of science in the origins of the steam engine

Marcel Müller. Reading Cities – Building Blocks for a Grammar of Technical Structures

Margoh Gonzalez Woge. Technological Environmentality

Maria Kapsali. Novel Affordances: Technological Artefacts in Modern Postural Yoga Practice

Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone and Stefano Borgo. Ontological Analysis for shared urban planning understanding

Mark Coeckelbergh and Michael Funk. Transcendental Grammar and Technical Practice in Wittgenstein's Late Writings: Reading Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Technology

Mark Coeckelbergh. Magic devices, gothic robots, and romantic people: Understanding the use of contemporary technologies in the light of romanticism

Mark Cutler. What Do Things Want?

Mark Young. Maintenance: Technology in Process

Mark Young. Making or Using?: The Geiger Counter and Early Cosmic Ray Research

Martin Peterson. Technology and the Geometry of Engineering Ethics

Maxence Gaillard. The individuation of a scientific instrument

Michael Funk. The Grammar of Information – Methodological Constructivism/Culturalism and the Philosophy of Technology

Michael Nagenborg. Elevators as urban technolo- gies: Past, present, and future

Michael Poznic. Architectural Modeling: Interplay of Designing and Representing

Mieke Boon and Miles MacLeod. Model-Based-Reasoning (MBR) as a skill for interdisciplinary approaches to socio-technological design and research

Milutin Stojanovic. Biomimicry in Agriculture: Is the ecological system-design model the future agricultural paradigm?


Natalia Nikiforova. Panel: Assembling Socio-Technological Puzzle. How does Russia Perceive its Future? (with contributions by Anna Mazurenko, Dmitry Popov, Yulia Obukhova and Ilya Sidorchuk)

Neelke Doorn, Colleen Murphy and Paolo Gardoni. Translating social resilience to engineering: How can resilient engineering systems contribute to social justice?

Nicole Karafyllis. Panel: The language of biofacts: grammars of agricultural „things“ (with contributions by Karin Zachmann and Bernhard Gill)

Nils-Frederic Wagner. Doing away with the agential bias: Agency and patiency in health monitoring applications

Nobutsugu Kanzaki. Possibility of co-design in development process of AI and robot technology


Ole Kliemann. The Human in the Machine


Pablo Aceves Cano. Technological Normativity: its epistemic role in science and mathematics

Patrick Allo. Panel: Critical perspectives on the role of mathematics in data-science (with contributions by Karen François, Christian Hennig, Johannes Lenhard and Jean Paul Van Bendegem)

Paul Thompson. Soiciotechnical Imaginaries for Future Food

Peeter Müürsepp. Aim-oriented Approach to Technology

Philip Brey. Structural Ethics: Ontological Foundations and Implications for the Ethics of Technology

Philip Nickel. Distributed consent for mHealth

Pieter Lemmens. Re-Imagining the Noosphere. Reflections on Digital Network Technology, Energy and Collective Intelligence in the Emerging Ecotechnological Age

Pieter Vermaas and Sara Eloy. Grammar and Quality: Assessing the Design Quality of Grammar-System Generated Architecture


Qian Wang and Xue Yu. Technology and the City: From the Perspective of Organicism


Rafaela Hillerbrand and Eckert Claudia. Models in Engineering Design Processes

Rayco Herrera. Günther Anders and the 'Promethean gap': imagination as a moral task

Reina Saijo. Human’s Vulnerability to AI technology for Decision Support System and a Possibility of Some Autonomous and Authentic Way of Living

Remmon Barbaza. Metro Manila: A City Without Syntax?

Rene von Schomberg. Global perspectives on Responsible Innovation

Renee Smit. Idealisation in engineering science knowledge

Robert Rosenberger. Panel: Postphenomenologcial Research 3: Augmented Realities (with contributions by Galit Wellner, Richard Lewis and Nicola Liberati)

Robert Rosenberger. Panel: Postphenomenological Research 4: Mediation/the Mediated (with contributions by Jonne Hoek, Bas de Boer and Peter-Paul Verbeek)

Robert-Jan Geerts. The polder as precedent for geoengineering


Sabine Ammon and Henning Meyer. Simulation Models as Epistemic Tools in Product Development: A Case Study

Sabine Ammon. Thinking with B6 (and Sketching Paper): Drawing as an epistemic tool (1)

Sabine Thuermel. Online Dispute Resolution based on Smart Contracts: An Example of Disintermediation and Disruption of a Socio-technical System

Sam Edens. Constructing a public on the plane of objects: a case study of fairphone

Samantha Fried. Picking a Peck of Pickled Pixels: Thinking Through the Pixel Paradigm in Terrestrial Remote Sensing

Sara Castiglioni. The Fifth Wave – Applying Biomimicry to Business

Sara Eloy and Pieter Vermaas. Over-the-counter housing design: the city when the gap between architects and laypersons narrows

Scott Luan. Theory of Artifacts and Grammars of Creation

Shane Epting. Automated Vehicles and Transportation Justice: Two Challenges for Planners and Engineers

Sjoerd Zwart. Prescriptive Knowledge: The Grammar of Actions and Things

Stanley Kranc. What Could Instrumental Perception Be?

Stefan Böschen. Grammar of Things – a field theoretical perspective

Steffen Stolzenberger. Prospects of the Technoscene. Critical Remarks on Sloterdijk's Mystification of History

Steven Dorrestijn. Panel: Relating to things that relate to us (with contributions by Diane Michelfelder, Michel Puech, Holly Robbins, Yoni Van Den Eede, Fanny Verrax and Heather Wiltse)

Sven Ove Hansson. How to perform an ethical risk analysis


Taylor Stone. The Morality of Darkness: Urban nights, light pollution, and evolving values

Terry Bristol. Design Communication and Innovation Policy

Terry Bristol. Hawking Evolution: Survival of the Weaker

Thomas M Powers. Globalizing Science and Engineering Ethics: Convergence or Equilibrium?

Thomas Zoglauer. The nature of technological knowledge

Tiago Carvalho. Gardening in the Anthropocene: going nowhere, growing somewhere.

Tiina Pitkäjärvi. Breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns in Sweden from a material-semiotic perspective

Tobias Matzner. The interdependence of subjectivity and things: new reflections on the value of privacy


Vincent C. Müller and Alexandre Erler. The digital goes 3D – and what are the risks?

Viola Schiaffonati. Engineering knowledge and experimental method: the case of experimental computer engineering

Vlad Niculescu-Dinca. Towards a sedimentology of infrastructures / A geological approach for understanding the city


Wade Robison. Engineers’ Oath: Do no unnecessary harm!

Wei Min Wang, Konrad Exner, Maurice Preidel, Julius Jenek, Sabine Ammon and Rainer Stark. Evaluation of Knowledge-Related Phenomena in Milestone-Driven Product Development Processes – An Explorative Case Study on Student Projects

Wessel Reijers. Virtue Sensitive Design of Personalised Virtual Assistants

Wha Chul Son. SDGs in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Wulf Loh. Publicity and Privacy in the Digital Age


Xiaohui Jiang and Jian Wang. On possible ways to working through „uncanny valley“ effect in humanoids design

Xiaoju Dong. Avatar: Multiple or Disrupted? ——A research on the identity in the age of Internet

Xue Yu. The Moral Agency and Moral Responsibility of Self-driving Cars


Yana Boeva. Process over form: Making Design Visible with Participatory Making


Zheng Liu. Chuang-tze's Philosophy of Technology and the Technological Mediation Theory

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