DS4H vision

DS4H vision

Digital Systems for Humans (DS4H) is a project addressing the challenges in designing the next generation of digital systems, inventing new applications, and studying the links between humans and the emerging digital world.
New demand raises new challenges

In the last few years, digital systems have reached new dimensions with the massive growth of demand from connected citizens and industry. Such systems are going beyond disciplinary boundaries to become ubiquitous and transparent, transforming the user into an actor of a global network of connected objects and services. Thus, the presence of digital systems is increasing in our living environments (autonomic vehicles, smart cities, robots, etc.), in wearable devices (smartphones, wearable sensors, connected watches, etc.), as well as in some implanted applications (medical implants, sensorial prosthesis, artificial organs, etc.).

Designing digital systems raises new challenges related to their ubiquity, scalability, security, and usability. The core components enabling the digital society are networks, smart devices, distributed software for heterogeneous platforms, and large-scale computing. The seamless use of digital systems also raises important questions about fault tolerance, energy efficiency, confidentiality, privacy, as well as legal, economic, educational, and ethical issues.

Digital Systems for Humans (DS4H) is a joint research and education program centered on digital systems design, digital economy, education, and law. It addresses the challenges in designing the next generation of digital systems, inventing new applications, and studying the links between humans and the digital world.

Within the Nice Sophia Antipolis research and innovation ecosystem, DS4H addresses how technologies, institutions, firm strategies, and user behavior interact all phases of digital systems innovation processes.

A multidisciplinary impact

The DS4H impact is manifold. It creates value for Nice Sophia Antipolis companies by providing them with highly skilled personnel, facilitating the development of new digital systems, and better taking the expectations of society and customers into account. DS4H catalyses the scientific innovation of digital sciences in a multidisciplinary way by studying the whole spectrum of problems associated with digital artefacts and services ranging from hardware and software design to the examination of their fantastic promises or potential adverse effects on society. Ultimately, it delivers much-needed insights on the future of the digital society for the public and public policy decision makers to help creating a thriving society.