Ciclo: 34
Curriculum/Indirizzo: Etico-Politico
Convenzione: MIUR - dip-ecc

Tutor: Barbero Carola
Supervisor: Balistreri Maurizio


Progetto: Towards a Value Sensitive Design Framework for Attaining Meaningful Human Control of Autonomous Weapons System


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Cum Laude - Oct 2018 - Oct 2021

Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium (Italy)

Master of Science (MSc) - Sept 2016 — Nov 2018

University of Edinburgh

Master of Arts (MA) - Sept 2017 — Oct 2018

York University

Honours Bachelors of Arts (HBA) with Distinction - Sept 2011 — June 2016

University of Toronto

  • Philosophy (Maj.), Philosophy of Science (Min.), Classical Civilizations (Min.).


Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies - April 2016 — Present

Managing Director

  • Independent research on the design and ethics of transformative, emerging technologies.
  • Spearheaded the rebranding of the IEET as well as the reformulation of the essential duties of the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board.
  • Submission editor and organizational development.


Course Instructor

Università degli Studi di Torino (2022 – 2023)

  • NEU0282 Bioethics and Mind Philosophy (CFU: 4)
  • FIL0458 Etica dell Tecnica (CFU: 6)

Delft University of Technology (April 2022 – Dec 2022)

  • SEN131B Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management Research Challenges (ECTS: 5) [Research Theme Leader]
  • UD2010 Critical Reflection on Technology (ECTS: 5) [Tutor]
  • PhD Startup Module B - Scientific Integrity [Instructor]

Università degli Studi di Torino (17 April 2021)

  • L’assistenza sanitaria a distanza: la telemedicina e le nuove tecnologie biomediche, Guest Lecture.

Politecnico di Milano (8 April 2021)

  • Responsible Innovation & Value Sensitive Design, Guest Lecture

Università degli Studi di Torino (May 2019)

  • Responsible Innovation & Technology Dynamics

Università della Calabria (April 2019)

  • Responsible Innovation in Industry and Technology

Green High School (May 2016 - Aug 2016)

  • ENG4U: English, Grade 12, University Preparation. Designed and Taught Course.

University Teaching Assistantships

York University (Sept 2017 - June 2018)

  • NATS 1775: Technology and Civilization, Grader.
  • NATS 1920: Nature and Growth of Mathematics, Grader.

Course Developer

High Park Academy (May 2016 - June 2016)

  • HZB3M (Web): Philosophy: The Big Questions, Grade 11. Designed Course.
  • HZT4U (Web): Philosophy: Questions and Theories, Grade 12. Designed Course


  • Value Sensitive Design/Responsible Innovation of Transformative Technologies
  • Anticipatory Governance Strategies for Emerging Technologies
  • Conceptual Issues of Atomically Precise Manufacturing/Molecular Manufacturing
  • The Philosophy of Emerging Technologies and Post/Transhumanism


Current Roles

  • Editor-in-Chief - International Journal of Technoethics, 2020 – Present (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • [Series Editor] Ethics and Robotics in Trivent Transhumanism, 2021 – Present
  • Book Reviews Editor – Prometheus: critical studies in innovation, 2018 – Present
  • Managing Editor – Journal of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, 2021 – Present
  • Managing Editor – Journal of Responsible Technology, 2021 – Present (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Associate Editor – ACM Journal on Responsible Computing, 2022 – Present
  • Topical Advisory Panel Member – Information, 2020 – Present
  • Section Editor – Informatica, 2018 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member – International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2017 – Present (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Editorial Board Member – International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD), 2019 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member – ROBONOMICS: The Journal of the Automated Economy, 2020 – Present
  • Advisory Board Member – AI Ethics Journal, 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member – International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (IJTHI), 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member – International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT), 2020 – Present
  • Guest Editor – Sustainability. Special Issue: Industry 4.0 – Sustainable Technology, Policy and Management, 2022 – Present
  • Guest Editor – Journal of Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Special Issue: The Ethics of Emerging Technologies and Their Role in Geopolitical Conflict, 2022
  • Guest Editor – International Journal of Applied Philosophy. Symposium: The Final Frontier: Ethical and Philosophical Issues of Space Travel and Colonisation, 2022 (Rivista A 11/C3)

Past Roles

  • Guest Editor – Information. Special Issue: Meaningful Human Control and Autonomous Weapons Systems: Ethics, Design, and Innovation, 2021 – 2022
  • Guest Editor – Prometheus: critical studies in innovation. Special Issue: Designing for Value Change, 2021 – 2022.
  • Editorial Board Member – Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies, 2019 – 2020
  • Associate Editor – Science and Engineering Ethics, 2019 – 2021 (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Guest Editor – International Journal of Technoethics, Special Issue: Engineering Ethics: Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap, 2020 – 2021 (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Associate Editor – International Journal of Technoethics, 2018 – 2020 (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Editorial Review Board Member – International Journal of Technoethics, 2017 – 2018 (Rivista A 11/C3)
  • Guest Editor – Between the Species: Journal of Philosophy and Animals, special issue on Animal Enhancement, 2018


Notation: Journal Name (year of reviews: number of reviews in that year)

* Denotes peer reviews for edited collections

To the reader: I include the number of reviews to promote more professional credit being given for performing peer reviews. I encourage others to do the same on their curriculum vitae. Verified journal reviews can be accessed via Publons.

  • Academia Letters (2021:1)
  • Acta Scientiarum. Technology (2021:1)
  • AI & Society (2018:2; 2019:2; 2020:3)
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence (2021:2)
  • Applied Sciences (2021:1; 2022:1)
  • *Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security [CRC Press] (2017: 6)
  • Axiomathes (2018:1; 2020:2)
  • BMC Medical Ethics (2021:1; 2022:1)
  • Communications of the ACM (2021:1)
  • Computer (2022:1)
  • Contingent Horizons (2017:1)
  • Delphi - Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies (2019:2)
  • Democracy and Security (2021:1)
  • Engineering Reports (2019:1)
  • Ethics and Information Technology (2020:1; 2021:2; 2022:1)
  • Filosofia (2020:2)
  • Futures (2017:2; 2019:2)
  • HUMANA. MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies (2020:1)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (2021:1)
  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (2021:1)
  • Information and Software Technology (2021:1)
  • International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (2018:1; 2019:2)
  • International Journal of Hospitality Management (2021:1)
  • International Journal of HumanComputer Interaction (2022:1)
  • International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (2018:2; 2019:3)
  • International Journal of Strategic Engineering (2018:1)
  • International Journal of Systems and Society (2019:1; 2020:1)
  • International Journal of Technoethics (2017:3; 2018:1; 2019:1; 2020:2)
  • International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (2020:2)
  • International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society (2018:1)
  • Intersect: The Stanford Journal of Science, Technology, and Society (2018:1)
  • J (2021:1)
  • Journal of Applied Philosophy (2020:1)
  • Journal of Consciousness Studies (2019:1)
  • Journal of Critical Realism (2018:10; 2019:2)
  • Journal of Ethics and Emerging Technologies (2021:1)
  • Journal of Evolution and Technology (2015:1; 2017:2; 2018:1)
  • Journal of Intelligence (2021:1)
  • Journal of Military Ethics (2018:2; 2020:1)
  • Journal of Posthuman Studies (2018:7; 2019:2; 2020:1; 2021:3; 2022:1)
  • Journal of Responsible Innovation (2017:2; 2018:1; 2021:1)
  • Journal of Science Communication (2018:1)
  • Journal of Social Computing (2021:1)
  • *Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (2020:1)
  • Minds and Machines (2021:1)
  • Mind & Society (2020:1; 2021:1)
  • NanoEthics (2019:4; 2020:2; 2021:5; 2022:2)
  • Philosophies (2021:2)
  • Philosophy & Technology (2019:1; 2020:2; 2021:1; 2022:1)
  • Physica Scripta (2019:1; 2020:1)
  • Prometeica (2022:2)
  • Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals (2022:1)
  • ROBONOMICS: The Journal of the Automated Economy (2021:1)
  • Science, Technology, and Human Values (2021:6)
  • Science and Engineering Ethics (2018:7; 2019:9; 2021:4; 2022:1)
  • Social Theory and Practice (2022:1)
  • Sustainability (2021:3; 2022:2)
  • Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology (2020:1)
  • Technological Forecasting & Social Change (2021:1)
  • TECNOSCIENZA: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies (2017:1)


Google Scholar Total Citations:              725 (as of Nov 22 2022)

h – Index:                                                   15

i10 – Index:                                                16



  1. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. Oggetti Buoni. Come costruire una tecnologia sensibile ai valori, Rome: Fandango. [Italian]
  2. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. Designed for Death: Controlling Killer Robots, Budapest: Trivent Publishing. ISBN 978-615-6405-36-4


Edited Volumes

  1. Dennis, Matthew; Ishmaev, Georgy; Umbrello, Steven, van den Hoven, Jeroen, (eds.) 2022. Values for a Post-Pandemic Future, Cham: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-031-08423-2



  1. Galletti, Matteo, 2023. “The Morality Pill: Ethics and Moral Enhancement,” (S. Umbrello, Trans.) Budapest: Trivent Publishing. (Original work published 2022) [from Italian]. forthcoming
  2. Balistreri, Maurizio, 2022. “Sex Robots: Love in the Age of Machines,” (S. Umbrello, Trans.) Budapest: Trivent Publishing. (Original work published 2018) [from Italian]. ISBN 978-615-6405-39-5
  3. Caffo, Leonardo, 2022. “The Contemporary Posthuman,” (S. Umbrello, Trans.), Bradford, UK: Ethics International Press. (Original work published 2017) [from Italian]. ISBN 978-1-80441-010-3


Journal Articles

  1. Umbrello, Steven; Balistreri, Maurizio, 2023. “Human Enhancement and Reproductive Ethics on Generation Ships,” Argumenta, forthcoming. (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  2. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Sociotechnical Infrastructures of Dominion in Stefan L. Sorgner’s We Have Always Been Cyborgs” Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, forthcoming. (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  3. Allahabadi, Himanshi; Amann, Julia; Balot, Isabelle [and 32 others, including Umbrello, Steven], 2022. Assessing Trustworthy AI in times of COVID-19. Deep Learning for predicting a multi-regional score conveying the degree of lung compromise in COVID-19 patients. IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, Special Issue: “After Covid-19: Crises, Ethics, and Socio-Technical Change,” DOI: 10.1109/TTS.2022.3195114

  4. Balistreri, Maurizio; Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Space travel does not constitute a condition of moral exceptionality. That which obtains in space obtains also on Earth!,” Medicina e Morale, Vol. 71, No. 3, 311–321. (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  5. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Designing Genetic Engineering Technologies for Human Values,” Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, 481–510. (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  6. Balistreri, Maurizio; Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Should the colonisation of space be based on reproduction? Critical considerations on the choice of having a child in space,” Journal of Responsible Technology. Vol. 11, (October), 100040. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrt.2022.100040 (Classe A 11/C3)
  7. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “The Role of Engineers in Harmonising Human Values for AI Systems Design,” Journal of Responsible Technology, Vol. 10, (July), 100031. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrt.2022.100031 (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  8. Umbrello, Steven; Yampolskiy, Roman V., 2022. “Designing AI for Explainability and Verifiability: A Value Sensitive Design Approach to Avoid Artificial Stupidity in Autonomous Vehicles,” International Journal of Social Robotics. Vol. 14, No. 2, 313–322. DOI: 10.1007/s12369-021-00790-w (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  9. Capasso, Marianna, Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Responsible Nudging for Social Good: New Healthcare Skills for AI-Driven Digital Personal Assistants,” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Vol. 25, No. 1, 11–22. DOI:10.1007/s11019-021-10062-z (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  10. Brooks, Laurence; Cannizzaro, Sara; Umbrello, Steven; Bernstein, Michael J.; Richardson, Kathleen, 2022. “Ethics of Climate Engineering: Don’t forget technology has an ethical aspect too,” International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 63, 102449. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2021.102449

  11.  Ivanov, Stanislav; Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “The ethics of artificial intelligence and robotisation in tourism and hospitality – a conceptual framework and research agenda,” Journal of Smart Tourism, Vol. 1, No. 4, 9–18. DOI: 10.52255/smarttourism.2021.1.4.3

  12. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. "Coupling Levels of Abstraction in Understanding Meaningful Human Control of Autonomous Weapons: A Two-Tiered Approach," Ethics and Information Technology. Vol. 23, No. 3, 455-464. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-021-09588-w (CLASSE A 11/C3) 

  13. Umbrello, Steven; Capasso, Marianna; Balistreri, Maurizio; Pirni, Alberto; Merenda, Federica, 2021. “Value Sensitive Design to Achieve the UN SDGs with AI: A Case of Elderly Care Robots,” Minds and Machines, Special Issue: “Social Robots – Ethical and Anthropological Issues,” Vol. 31, No. 3, 395–419. DOI: 10.1007/s11023-021-09561-y (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  14. Umbrello, Steven; van de Poel, Ibo, 2021. “Mapping Value Sensitive Design onto AI for Social Good Principles,” AI and Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 3, 283–296. DOI: 10.1007/s43681-021-00038-3

  15. Zicari, Roberto V.; Ahmed, Sheraz; Amann, Julia; [and 32 others including Umbrello, Steven], 2021. “Co-design of a Trustworthy AI System in Healthcare. Best Practice: Deep Learning based Skin Lesion Classifier,” Frontiers in Human Dynamics, Special Issue: “Human and Artificial Collaboration for Medical Best Practices,” Vol. 3, No. 688152. DOI: 10.3389/fhumd.2021.688152

  16. Pirni, Alberto; Balistreri, Maurizio; Capasso, Marianna; Umbrello, Steven; Merenda, Federica, 2021. “Robot Care Ethics, between vulnerability and autonomy: Coupling Principles and Practices in Autonomous Systems for Care,” Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Special Issue: “Responsible Robotics: Identifying and Addressing Issues of Ethics, Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Privacy and Employment,” Vol. 8, No. 654298. DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2021.654298 (CLASSE A 11/C3)

  17. Umbrello, Steven; Wood, Nathan Gabriel, 2021. “Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Contextual Nature of Hors de Combat Status,” Information, Special issue: “Meaningful Human Control and Autonomous Weapons Systems: Ethics, Design, and Responsible Innovation,” Vol. 12, No.5, 216. DOI: 10.3390/info12050216

  18. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “The Ecological Turn in Design: Adopting a Posthumanist Ethics to Inform Value Sensitive Design,” Philosophies. Vol. 6, No. 1, 29. DOI: 10.3390/philosophies6020029

  19. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Meaningful Human Control over Smart Home Systems: A Value Sensitive Design Approach," HUMANA. MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, Special Issue: "Living with Artificial Intelligence. An Analysis of Moral and Philosophical Implications in our Everyday Life," Vol. 13, No. 37, 40-65. (CLASSE A 11/C3) 

  20. Longo, Francesco; Padovano, Antonio; Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Value-oriented and ethical technology engineering in Industry 5.0: a human-centric perspective for the design of the Factory of the Future," Applied Sciences, Special Issue: "Smart Manufacturing Systems for Industry 5.0: Challenges and Opportunities," Vol. 10, No. 12, 4182. DOI: 10.3390/app10124182

  21. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Imaginative Value Sensitive Design: Using Moral Imagination Theory to Inform Responsible Technology Design," Science and Engineering Ethics, Vol. 26, No. 2, 575-595. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-019-00104-4 (CLASSE A 11/C3) 

  22. Umbrello, Steven; Torres, Phil; Angelo F. De Bellis, 2020. "The Future of War: The Ethical Potential of Leaving War to Lethal Autonomous Weapons," AI & Society, Vol. 35, No. 1, 273–282. DOI: 10.1007/s00146-019-00879-x (CLASSE A 11/C3) 

  23. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Steps to Designing AI Empowered Nanotechnology: A Value Sensitive Design Approach," Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies, Vol. 2, No.2, 79-83. DOI: 10.21552/delphi/2019/2/6

  24. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Explorative Nanophilosophy as Tecnoscienza: An Italian Perspective on the Role of Speculation in Nanoindustry," TECNOSCIENZA: The Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 10, No.1., 71-88.

  25. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Atomically Precise Manufacturing and Responsible Innovation: A Value Sensitive Design Approach to Explorative Nanophilosophy," International Journal of Technoethics, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1-21. DOI: 10.4018/IJT.2019070101 (CLASSE A 11/C3) 

  26. Umbrello, Steven; Sorgner, Stefan L., 2019. "Nonconscious Cognitive Suffering: Considering Suffering Risks of Embodied Artificial Intelligence," Philosophies, Special Issue: "Frontiers of Embodied Artificial Intelligence: The (r-)evolution of the embodied approach in AI," Vol. 4, No. 2, 24. DOI: 10.3390/philosophies4020024 

  27. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Designing War Machines with Values," Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 30-34. DOI: 10.21552/delphi/2019/1/7

  28. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Beneficial AI Coordination by means of a Value Sensitive Design Approach." Big Data and Cognitive Computing, Special Issue: "Artificial Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy," Vol. 3, No. 1, 5. DOI: 10.3390/bdcc3010005 

  29. Umbrello, Steven; Lombard, Jessica, 2018. "Silence of the Idols: Appropriating the Myth of Sisyphus for Posthumanist Discourses," Postmodern Openings, Vol. 9, No. 4, 98-121. DOI: 10.18662/po/47

  30. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Posthumanism: A Fickle Philosophy?" Con Texte, Vol. 2, No. 1, 28-32 DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.279

  31. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Designing a Nano-Safe Future," The Solutions Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1-3.

  32. Umbrello, Steven, and Seth D. Baum, 2018. "Evaluating Future Nanotechnology: The Net Societal Impacts of Atomically Precise Manufacturing," Futures, Vol. 100, 63-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.04.007

  33. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "The Moral Psychology of Value Sensitive Design: the Methodological Issues of Moral Intuitions for Responsible Innovation," Journal of Responsible Innovation, Vol. 5, No. 2, 186-200. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2018.1457401 (CLASSE A 11/C3)

Reply Papers

  1. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Combinatory and Complementary Practices of Values and Virtues in Design: A Reply to Reijers and Gordijn," Filosofia, Special Issue: "Philosophy and Robotics," No. 65, 107-121. DOI: 10.13135/2704-8195/5236 (CLASSE A 11/C3)

Book Chapters

  1. Capasso, Marianna, Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Big Tech corporations and AI: A Social License to Operate and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in the Digital Age,” In Francesca Mazzi and Luciano Floridi (eds.), The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence for the Sustainable Development Goals, Cham: Springer. Forthcoming

  2. Umbrello, Steven; Gambelin, Olivia, 2022. “Agile as a Vehicle for Values: A Value Sensitive Design Toolkit,” In Andres Santa-Maria and Albrecht Fritzsche (eds.), Rethinking Technology and Engineering: Dialogues across disciplines and geographies, Cham: Springer. Forthcoming

  3. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Accoppiare i livelli di astrazione nella comprensione del controllo umano delle armi autonome,” in Pierpaolo Marrone and Maurizio Balistreri (eds.), Utopie Dell’Automazione Completa. Milano – Udine: Mimesis Edizioni, 173–195. ISBN 978-8-857-59314-2 [Italian]

  4. Dennis, Matthew; Ishmaev, Georgy; Umbrello, Steven; van den Hoven, Jeroen, 2022. “Values for a Post-Pandemic Future,” in Matthew Dennis, Georgy Ishmaev, Steven Umbrello and Jeroen van den Hoven (eds.), Values for a Post-Pandemic Future, Cham: Springer. ISBN 978-3-031-08423-2

  5. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “What do Trollies Teach Us About Responsible Innovation?” In Charles Tandy (ed.), Death And Anti-Death, Volume 19: One Year After Judith Jarvis Thomson (1929-2020), Ann Arbor, MI: Ria University Press, 271–288. ISBN 978-1-934297-35-3 

  6. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. "AI Winter," In Philip Frana and Michael J. Klein (eds.), Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence: The Past, Present, and Future of AI, ABC-CLIO, 7–8. ISBN 9781440853265

  7. Doorn, Neelke; Michelfelder, Diane P.; Barrella, Elise; Bristol, Terry; Dechesne, Francien; Fritzsche, Albrecht; Johnson, Gearold; Poznic, Michael; Robison, Wade; Sain, Barbara; Stone, Taylor; Rodriguez-Nikl, Tonatiuh; Umbrello, Steven; Vermaas, Pieter E.; Wilson, Richard L., 2021. "Reimagining the future of engineering," In Diane P. Michelfelder and Neelke Doorn (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Engineering, Oxfordshire: Routledge. ISBN 9781138244955

  8. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. "Conceptualizing Policy in Value Sensitive Design: A Machine Ethics Approach," In Steven John Thompson (ed.), Machine Law, Ethics, and Morality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, IGI Global, 108-125. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4894-3.ch007, ISBN: 9781799848943

  9. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Beneficial Artificial Intelligence Coordination by means of a Value Sensitive Design Approach," In Roman Yampolskiy and Allison Duettmann (eds.), Artificial Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy, MDPI, 162-174. Printed Edition of the Special Issue Published in Big Data and Cognitive Computing. ISBN 9783039218554

  10. Umbrello, Steven, De Bellis, Angelo F., 2018. "A Value-Sensitive Design Approach to Intelligent Agents," In Roman Yampolskiy (ed.), Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security, New York: Chapman and Hall/CRC, 395-410. DOI: 10.1201/9781351251389, ISBN 9780815369820

Conference Proceedings

  1. Vernim, Susanne; Bauer, Harald; Rauch, Erwin; Ziegler, Marianne Thejls; Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “A Value Sensitive Design Approach for Designing AI-Based Worker Assistance Systems in Manufacturing,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2021), Procedia Computer Science, Vol. 200, 505–516. 
  2. Friedman, Batya; Hendry, David; Umbrello, Steven; van den Hoven, Jeroen; Yoo, Daisy, 2020. "The Future of Value Sensitive Design," In Jorge Pelegrín Borondo, Mario Arias Oliva, Kiyoshi Murata, Ana María Lara Palma (eds.), Paradigm Shifts in ICT Ethics: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference ETHICOMP 2020, Universidad de La Rioja, 217-220, ISBN: 978-84-09-20272-0
  3. Gazzaneo, Lucia; Padovano, Alessandro, and Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Designing Smart Operator 4.0 for Human Values: A Value Sensitive Design Approach," Proceedings of the International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2019), Procedia Manufacturing, Vol. 42, 219-226. DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2020.02.073 

Book Reviews

  1. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Should we Reset? A Review of Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret’s ‘COVID-19: The Great Reset’,” Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 56, No. 4, 693–700. DOI: 10.1007/s10790-021-09794-1 (CLASSE A 11/C3)
  2. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Review of: Shikake: The Japanese Art of Shaping Behavior Through Design,” International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies (IJACDT), Vol. 10, No. 2, 57–60.
  3. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual,” Journal of Military Ethics, Vol. 20, No. 1, 82–83. DOI: 10.1080/15027570.2021.1920686
  4. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. "Can Humans Dream of Electric Sheep?" Metascience, Vol. 30, No. 2, 269–271. DOI: 10.1007/s10790-021-09794-1 (CLASSE A 11/C3)
  5. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Reckoning with assessment: can we responsibly innovate?Metascience. Vol. 30, No. 1, 41–43. DOI: 10.1007/s11016-021-00605-8 (CLASSE A 11/C3)
  6. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Nihilism and Technology," Prometheus, Vol. 36, No. 3, 289–290. DOI: 10.13169/prometheus.36.3.0289
  7. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Maurizio Balistreri, Sex robot. L’amore al tempo delle macchine," Filosofia, Special Issue: "Philosophy and Robotics," (2020) No. 65, 191–193. DOI: 10.13135/2704-8195/5245
  8. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Values, Imagination, and Praxis: Towards A Value Sensitive Future with Technology," Science and Engineering Ethics, Vol. 26, No. 1, 495–499. DOI:10.1007/s11948-019-00122-2 (CLASSE A 11/C3) 
  9. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Fragile Umanità by Leonardo Caffo," Journal of Posthuman Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 105–112. DOI: 10.5325/jpoststud.3.1.0105
  10. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Book review: Being Ecological by Timothy Morton," Journal of Evolution and Technology, Vol. 29, No. 1, 19–20.
  11. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Moving to a Posthuman Technosphere," Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, Vol. 23, No. 1, 104–106. DOI: 10.5840/techne20192311
  12. Umbrello, Steven, 2019. "Costruire Futuri: Migrazioni, città, immaginazioni," Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, 101–103. DOI: 10.6531/JFS.201812_23(2).0007
  13. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "A Theory of Everything?" Cultural Studies Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, 186–186. DOI: 10.5130/csr.v24i1.6318
  14. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Evolution Science and Ethics in the Third Millennium: Challenges and Choices for Humankind," World Futures, Published 04 October 2018.  DOI: 10.1080/02604027.2018.1490113
  15. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Designing in Ethics" Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, Vol. 35, No. 2, 160–161. DOI:10.1080/08109028.2018.1486470
  16. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks."Futures, Vol. 98, 90–91. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.02.007 (CLASSE A 08) 
  17. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People,"Journal of Critical Realism, Vol. 17, No. 1, 84–86. DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2018.1437878
  18. Umbrello, Steven, 2017. "The Rise of Realism,"The International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, Vol. 9, No. 2, 63–66.


Guest Lectures

  1. "L’assistenza sanitaria a distanza: la telemedicina e le nuove tecnologie biomediche", (17 April 2021), Università deli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy.
  2. "Value Sensitive Design: An Introduction," (8 April 2021), Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.
  3. "Responsible Innovation and Technology Dynamics," in Ethics and Society (May 2019), Università deli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy.
  4. "Responsible Innovation in Industry and Technology," in Industrial Plant Management and Mechanical Engineering (MSc) (15 April 2019), Università Della Calabria, Rende, Italy.

Conference and Workshop Organization

  1. [Track Chair] Ethics and Ethical Engineering in Industry 4.0, 2022 International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2022), Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Linz, Austria, November 2 – 4 2022.

  2. [International Program Committee Member] 2022 International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2022), Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Linz, Austria, November 2 – 4 2022.

  3. [Track Chair] Ethics and Ethical Engineering in Industry 4.0, 2021 International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2021), November 17–19 2021.

  4. [International Program Committee Member] 2021 International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing (ISM 2021), November 17–19 2021.

  5. [Program Committee Member] 2020 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET2020), November 17–19 2020.

Invited Presentations

  1. Balistreri, Maurizio; Marrone, Pierpaolo; Sisto, Davide; Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Intelligenza artificiale e metamorfosi dei corpi: le nuove sfide etiche,” Trieste Next 2022, Università di Trieste, Trieste, Italy, 23 – 25 September 2022.

  2. Facco, Simona; Schiaffonati, Viola; Umbrello, Steven; Galletti, Matteo, 2022. “Le Questioni Fi Giustizia Della Medicina Intelligente,” La Cura Infermieristica nel Tempo Dell’Intelligenza Artificiale, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy, 11 June 2022.

  3. Umbrello, Steven, 2022. “Geoengineering and technologies of planetary control,” Seminario di Bioetica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, 31 May 2022.

  4. Merchant, Jennifer; Bamford, Rebecca; Larry, Fr. Philip; Chan, Sarah; Balistreri, Maurizio; Umbrello, Steven; Donatelli, Piergiorgio, 2022. “International Symposium on Sorgner's "We Have Always Been Cyborgs"”, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, 31 March 2022.

  5. Balistreri, Maurizio; Galvagni, Lucia; Umbrello, Steven; Zara, Giorgia, 2021. “Carebots, moral issues and ethical design,” Living in the New Era: Technology, Creativity and Science Fiction, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 26 – 28 November 2021.

  6. Buttarelli, Anna Rosa; Poccianti, Piero; Umbrello, Steven; Varanini, Francesco, 2021. “l rilievo politico dell’Intelligenza Artificiale e la produzione normativa a proposito di Intelligenza Artificiale,” AIxIA 2021, The 20th International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Casa della Cultura di Milano, Milano, Italy, 16 November 2021.

  7. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “The future of the digital global order: Algorithmic governance and artificial intelligence,” CIDOB Future Leaders Forum, Online, 11 November 2021.

  8. Umbrello, Steven; Yoo, Daisy, 2021. “Value Sensitive Design,” Ethics – SEFI - European Society for Engineering Education, Brussels, Belgium.

  9. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Meaningful Human Control: A Solution of Military and Industry,” Swedish Security and Defense Industry Association (SOFF), Stockholm, Sweden, 24 May 2021.

  10. Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Shikake, Japanese Nudging, and Designing AI for Social Good,” AI and Art, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

  11. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Extending Value Sensitive Design to Artificial Intelligence," AiTech Agora, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, 21 October 2020.

  12. Friedman, Batya; van den Hoven, Jeroen; Yoo, Daisy; Umbrello, Steven; Hendry, David, 2020. "Panel: The Future of Value Sensitive Design," ETHICOMP 2020: Paradigm Shifts in ICT Ethics: Societal Challenges in the Smart Society, La Rioja University, Logroño, Spain, 17–19 June 2020. 

  13. Umbrello, Steven, 2016. "Nootropics: The Current Trend of Personal Cognitive Enhancement" 2016 Workshop in Transhumanism. LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Romania. 

Conference Oral Presentations

  1. Dennis, Matthew J.; Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Post-Pandemic Value Change: The Danger of a Digitally Divided World,” Changing Values, Changing Technologies, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, October 12 – 13 2021.
  2. Barrué, Cristian; Cortés, Atia; Dedopoulou, Angeliki; Foffano, Francesca; Gonzalez, Barbara Urban; Tubella, Andrea Aler; Scantamburlo, Teresa; Umbrello, Steven, 2021. “Compiling AI Ethics courses across Higher Education in the EU,” The Culture of Trustworthy AI. Public debate, education, practical learning, Venice - Island of San Servolo, Italy, 2 – 3 September 2021.
  3. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. “Designing AI Towards Sustainable Development Goals: A Value Sensitive Design Approach,” Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET2020). [Online], 17 – 19 November 2020.
  4. Umbrello, Steven, 2020. "Mapping Value Sensitive Design onto AI for Social Good Principles" XXIX Convegno nazionale dei dottorati di ricerca in Filosofia, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Modena, Italy. 
  5. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Intuiting Safe Design: Strengthening Design-for-Values Frameworks" fPET2018 - Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology. University of Maryland, USA.
  6. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Safe-by-Design: Principled Methods for Embedding Values in Transformative Technologies" Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics. Arizona State University, USA.
  7. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "Theological Determinism to Technological Determinism: The Secularization of Eschatological Narratives" NESTS  Northeast Science and Technology Studies Conference. Cornell University, USA.
  8. Umbrello, Steven, 2018. "The Future of Value Sensitive Design" Reformatting the World: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Technology and Humanities. York University, Canada.
  9. Umbrello, Steven, 2017. "Duoploding the Apocalypse: A Writing Instrument for Ecological Thought" Object Lessons | Technoscientific Cultures, 3rd Annual Conference. York University, Canada.

Attended Conferences/Workshops

  1. Basics of Project Writing (Plenary Session), (01 February 2021) Università deli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy (Online).
  2. The (In) Justice of AI, TPM AI-Lab Online Conference, (11 November 2020) Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands (Online).
  3. Authors Workshop: "How to make the most out of your scientific paper", Servizi Bibliotecari, Polo Scienze della Natura, (15 July 2020) Università deli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy (Online). 
  4. COVID–19 apps and ethical considerations, Oxford Internet Institute, (27 May 2020), Online. 
  5. AI Ethics: Public Consultation On Scotland's AI Strategy, Montreal AI Ethics Institute, (4 May 2020), Online.
  6. Impact Masterclass – Design e Filosofia: Politiche della Natura, Cottino Social Impact Campus, (27 April 2020), Online.
  7. 2020 CMU Symposium on AI and Social Good, Carnegie Mellon University, (23 – 24 April 2020), Online.
  8. Zoom Into AI & Healthcare: Ethics Workshop on COVID-19, Ethical Intelligence, (22 April 2020), Online.
  9. "Luoghi e progetti dell'innovazione sulle tracce di L. Gallino," Hosted by Laboratorio "Luciano Gallino, Università di Torino, (10 December 2019), Torino, Italy
  10. "Forms, History, Narrations, Big Data: Morphology and Historical Sequence (Forme, Storie, Narrazioni, Big Data: Morfologiaa e Diacronia), Università di Torino, (21 – 22 November 2019), Torino, Italy
  11. "Exploring Values in Technology Across Methods and Disciplines," Delft University of Technology, (31 October – 1 November 2019), Delft, Netherlands.
  12. "Horizon Europe and Project Writing", Università di Torino, (25 October 2019), Torino, Italy
  13. Lezione di Francesco Verso "Fantascienza e Filosofia", Università di Torino, (13 May 2019), Torino, Italy.
  14. Presentazione del Libro di Pierpaolo Marrone, Università di Torino, (13 May 2019), Torino, Italy.
  15. “Drawing the Future Through Innovation” from Leonardo to Emerging Technologies, Ethics & Compliance Forum ITALIA, (9 – 10 May 2019), Torino, Italy.
  16. "Medicina e Nuove Tecnologie: Dalle Apps al Robot, Come Cambiail Volto Della Cura," Workshop Internazionale, Università di Torino (30 Aprile 2019), Torino, Italy.
  17. Global AI Governance Framework Team, AI Safety Camp, (26th April – 5th May 2019) Ávila, Spain.
  18. Ethics in Emerging Tech, Innovation Hub Berlin, (1 March 2019) Berlin, Germany.
  19. "Beyond Anthropocentrism," 2nd Posthuman Studies Workshop. (9 February 2019) John Cabot University, Rome, Italy. 
  20. "I robot nell'assistenza delle persone fragili," (5 February 2019) Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy.


  1. “Study in Italy” MIUR Italian Government Scholarship (2018/2019)                       € 8'100 EUR
  2. Travel Grant – Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference (2018)            $ 600 USD
  3. York University Graduate Development Bursary (2018)                                          $ 350 CAD
  4. York University Graduate Fellowship (Masters) (2017/2018)                                  $ 11’000 CAD
  5. York University CUPE 3903 Graduate Union GFA (2017/2018)                              $ 1’260 CAD

Awards and Honours

  • Top Peer Reviewer (Top 1% Social Sciences) – Publons 2019
  • Excellent Reviewing Award (8th worldwide) – Publons 2018 Peer Review Award – Sept 2018
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing – Futures (Elsevier) – Sept 2017
  • Honours Distinction – University of Toronto – 2016 
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Accessibility Resources – University of Toronto – 2012 – 2014
  • Ontario Scholar Award – Holy Cross Catholic Academy – 2011
  • Certificate of Merit – Holy Cross Catholic Academy – 2011
  • Honour Roll – Holy Cross Catholic Academy – 2010 – 2011


2022 –             [Member] Società Italiana di Filosofia Morale (SIFM)

2021 – 2022    [Member] Società Italiana per l'Etica dell'Intelligenza Artificiale

2020 – 2021    [Member] Society for Philosophy and Technology

2019                [Member] IEEE Computer Society

2019                [Member] IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

2015 – 2017    [Review Board] Transhumanist Policy Center

2015 – 2017    [Senior Member (Professional)] The Foundation for Responsible Robotics

2014 – 2016    [Member] Philosophy of Science Association

2014 – 2016    [Member] Joint Caucus of Socially Engaged Philosophers & Historians of Science

2015 – 2016    [Member] History of Science Society

2014 – 2016    [Member] The Aristotelian Society

2014 – 2015    [Intern] The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

2014                [Volunteer] Canadian Bookbinder's & Book Artists Guild



Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - 15 Jul 2021 – 15 Jul 2023

Delft University of Technology

  • Project Title: Stakeholder communication, scenario building, ethics teaching, and methodology development.
  • Funded by: TechEthos (EU Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement no. 101006249)
  • 2-year research fellowship on the European Union’s Ethics for Technologies with High Socio-Economic Impact Project (2021 – 2023)


Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellow - 11 Apr 2022 – 31 Dec 2022

Center for Advanced Studies (Eurac Research)


Research Fellow - 1 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Università degli Studi di Torino

  • Project: Affects numériques. Enjeux éthiques, esthétiques et anthropologiques
  • Funded by: LING_RIC_N_COMP_22_01 - 2022.03-Accordo attuativo 2022 - Collège des Bernardins



Cultore della materia (Preceptor) - 15 Feb 2022 – present

Università degli studi di Torino

  • Preceptor on the ethics and philosophy of technology in the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
  • Thesis supervisor for undergraduate and masters students.