Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence 2022

Vincent C. Müller

Both as one of the pioneers of the young discipline of the philosophy and ethics of artificial intelligence and an intermediary between topics in the humanities and technology, Vincent C. Müller is invited to help develop a guiding vision for “humane AI” in Germany.

  • Nominating University: Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
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Philosophy, ethics of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually entering all areas of our everyday lives. The more AI we use, the more we realise that certain standards and frameworks are needed to ensure that AI is developed and employed in a value-based, responsible and human-centred fashion. Otherwise, exclusion and discrimination could result.

The exploration and application of responsible AI is still a very young discipline and Vincent C. Müller can rightfully be described as one of its pioneers. Even before the topic had triggered broad public debate, he was working on the philosophy and ethics of AI, whereby he also enjoys a very high reputation amongst computer scientists: He is one of the few people outside of informatics to be appointed a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute in London. He also channels his expertise into political consultancy, for example as an expert in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, a global initiative involving Germany that was launched in 2020 to promote the responsible development and use of AI.

As a Humboldt Professor at FAU, Vincent C. Müller is called upon to build bridges both between technological and humanities expertise as well as beyond the confines of the university to industry and public administration. He is invited to build up a new, international, interdisciplinary Centre for Philosophy and AI Research (PAIR) which will become a hub for AI philosophy at FAU. Cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits is also foreseen in order to support the development of trustworthy AI systems.

Vincent C. Müller at Eindhoven University of Technology 

Brief bio

Dr Vincent C. Müller has been a professor in the Philosophy and Ethics Group at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, since 2019. The German philosopher completed his doctorate at the University of Hamburg in 1999, subsequently becoming an assistant professor, an associate professor and, finally, a full professor at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has repeatedly been a visiting researcher at universities in the United States and the United Kingdom (2005-06 in Princeton, 2011-14 in Oxford, since 2016 in Leeds, since 2018 Turing Fellow at Alan Turing Institute in London). He is president of EUCognition – the European Society for Cognitive Systems and also chair of the topic group on Ethical, Legal and Socio-economic Issues at euRobotics, the international non-profit association for stakeholders in European robotics.