Dr. M.V. (Virginia) Dignum

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I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. I received a PhD in 2004 from the Utrecht University, on A Model for Organizational Interaction. Prior to my PhD, I worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management. 

My research focuses on agent based models of organizations, in particular in the dynamic aspects of organizations, and the applicability of agent organizations to support knowledge creation, sharing and representation in distributed environments, and the interaction between people and intelligent systems in particular the behaviour of hybrid teams. My work ranges from the engineering of practical applications and simulations to the development of formal theories that integrate agency and organization, and includes a strong design methodology component. 

In 2006, I was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for my work on agent-based organizational frameworks, which includes the OperA framework for analysis, design and simulation of organizational systems. 

I've has organized many international conferences and workshops, and was co-organizer of AAMAS 2005. I'm involved as (S)PC and reviewer in all main conferences and journals in my field of research, and am one of the leading international researchers in Agent Organizations. I participate in several national and EU projects and have more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, including 15 books, yielding a h-index of 27. 

I am co-chair of the European AI conference in 2016 (ECAI2016).

I am also coordinator of the new TU Delft initiative on Design for Values

Secondary employment




contributiontojournal/articlecontributiontojournal/articleA framework for organization-aware agentsJensen Andreas Schmidt, Dignum Virginia & Villadsen Jørgen. 2016 In : Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems., p. 1-36 36 p.Research output: Scientific - peer-review > Article
Accepted/In pressvalidated


bookanthology/commissionedbookanthology/commissionedOpen data and beyond: Exploring existing open data projects to prepare a successful open data strategyBregt AK, Castelein W & Dignum Virginia. 2012 Delft: Onderzoeksinstituut OTB. 10 p.Research output: Professional > Report



  • 2011-2013: (NGI) NeGoM 
  • 2013:(EU-EIT) CASA - Computers as Social Actors
  • 2009-2013: (NWO - Responsible Innovation) Empowering Youth Against Cyberbullying 
  • 2011-2013: (SANPAD) Empowering IT teachers in economically deprived Rural Schools 
  • 2012: (NGI) Opendata Alliander
  • 2008-2010: (FP7) ALIVE
  • 2006-2010: (NWO) ABC: Agent-Based Business Coordination
  • 2007-2011: GATE/FES) Adjusting the game to the user
  • 2006-2009: (NWO Veni Award) Supporting Knowledge Sharing


My research focuses on the complex interconnections and inter-dependencies between people, organizations and technology. My work ranges from the engineering of practical applications and simulations to the development of formal theories that integrate agency and organization, and includes a strong methodological design component.

Current research directions are:

  • Analysis and formalization of structures and dynamics of organization. 
  • Design and evaluation of human-agent teamwork. 
  • Ethics of artificial intelligent systems.  
  • Value Sensitive Software Development, together with Huib Aldewereld
Current PhD students:
  • Jie Jiang
  • Thomas King
  • Reza Hesan
  • Klara Pigmans
An up to date list of my publications can be found at Google Scholar or DBLP.


Complete list in Metis.
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