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DEI4EmbodiedAI project is officially starting!

Monday, 20 September 2021

DEI4EmbodiedAI project is officially starting!

The DEI4EmbodiedAI project is the fourth project that has been awarded funding from the 4TU.NIRICT DEI fund.
The project is now officially starting and will boost diversity, equity and inclusion within the 4TU ICT Community.


The project is a Dutch collaboration that aims to critique the existing problematic norms and provide tangible resources for practicing DEI when developing embodied AI by nurturing a DEI network among academics and societal partners.

The project team consists of  a research collective coming from various disciplines, cultures, and gender identities working in the development, evaluation, and policy geared towards more diverse and inclusive embodied AI. They believe inequity starts in the ideation process and continues at all levels of the development and deployment. The societal structures of privilege and power around the development of embodied AI play an overt and covert role in the development process which extends to the everyday use of the technology by people with striking effects.
Designers, researchers, and stakeholders, all, have the responsibility to reflect on the values, perspectives, biases, and stereotypes they embed in embodied AI technology. There is the need to inspect narratives, practices, and methods with reflexivity and openness to shift mindsets.
As academics they want to take action and engage in a meaningful conversation with the embodied AI community at large: listening and co-creating in a spirit of reflexivity.

A series of online or hybrid workshops (depending on Covid-19 measures) are being organized to raise awareness, assess practices and the future of our ways of working.

The first workshop DEI4EAI and Gender took place on 15/9/2021. Other workshops to be organized in 2021 are:

The project supports also the following events:

The consortium actively collaborates with the initiative of the University of Leiden Gendering algorithms.

For more information and registration please take a look at the DEI4EAI website: 


The 4TU.NIRICT centre aims to create a united ICT community that can help tackle the social challenges faced by Dutch society. 4TU.NIRICT uses the DEI fund to support projects that promote a culture and environment in which all members of the 4TU.NIRICT community can participate and develop their talents to the full.

More information about the call can be found here

Applications to the fund can still be submitted to Program Manager Margje Mommers ( and the initiative will last until December 2021. The funding should be spent by this deadline.