Research Focus

Faculty members in the Department of Technology and Society engage in a wide number of cutting-edge research projects, yet we focus on a few main areas. Below is a general description of this research focus around modern digital technologies and their impacts. More details about individual faculty interests are described in the personal faculty pages.

Past interrelationships of science, technology and society are being reshaped powerfully now by huge changes created from the digital network revolution that began in the mid-twentieth century.  These Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are what economists call general purpose technologies because they affect all society. Changes in ICTs now affect all sectors of industry, government-citizen relationships, and civil society in general.

Following from this digital network revolution, it is important to understand and to plan for such changes for how we can benefit from their technical and social ramifications in ethically sound and economically sound ways. As a result, DTS faculty focus on how policies at the organizational, sectoral, national, and cross-national levels around ICT influence the life and work of the many and varied people who comprise the workforce in engineering and ICT.

As researchers, we have four research themes: smart development, smart communities, smart education, and smart ethics.

We have five primary empirical areas of concern in order to adapt ICT changes toward that better economic and social development for all people:

  • ICT for Sustainable Development
  • Energy and Environment Systems
  • Engineering and Technology Workforce Policy
  • Korea ICT Consilience Creative Program (ITCCP)
  • Digital Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction and Safety Networks