• 488 Citations
1994 …2020

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“We cannot work on the development of robots and artificial intelligence - especially when it comes to making autonomous decisions - without considering the consequences for our society and lives.”

Research profile

Lambèr Royakkers is an associate professor in the ethics of technology at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research has an interdisciplinary character and deals with the interface between ethics, law and technology, with a particular focus on robotics and artificial intelligence. The main contribution in his research is dealing with the ethical and legal dilemmas/problems which have been leveraged by modern technology. 

He is the coordinator of the course sequence Robots Everywhere, where the main question is: ‘How we can enjoy the benefits of robotics and artificial intelligence while simultaneously avoiding pitfalls, since the development of robotics and artificial intelligence may cause great harm?

Academic background

Lambèr received his PhD from Tilburg University, with a dissertation on the formalisation of normative rules with deontic logic. Before this, he studied Philosophy and Social Sciences (at the TU/e), Technical Mathematics (at the TU/e), Law (at Tilburg University), and the postgraduate teacher training Master of Education Mathematics (at the TU/e).

From 2007 till 2012 he was also associate professor military ethics at the Netherlands Defence Academy (Breda). Currently he is project leader of the NWO-project ‘The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Modelling Humanitarian Logistics'. He has authored and co-authored over 10 books, including Ethics, Engineering and Technology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands (2015), and Just Ordinary Robots (CRC Press 2016).

Affiliated with

  • Rathenau Instituut (The Hague)

External positions

Associate Professor Military Ethics, Nederlandse Defensie Academie

1 Sep 20071 Apr 2014

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Projects

Research Output

Developing tools to counteract and prevent suicide bomber incidents: A case study in Value Sensitive Design

Royakkers, L. M. M. & Steen, M., 1 Aug 2017, In : Science and Engineering Ethics. 23, 4, p. 1041-1058 18 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    74 Downloads (Pure)

    Military robots and the question of responsibility

    Royakkers, L. M. M. & Olsthoorn, P., 2014, In : International Journal of Technoethics. 5, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Just ordinary robots : automation from love to war

    Royakkers, L. M. M. & Est, van, Q. C., 2015, New York: CRC Press. 352 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    A literature review on new robotics : automation from love to war

    Royakkers, L. M. M. & Est, van, Q. C., 1 Nov 2015, In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 7, 5, p. 549-570 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 45 Citations (Scopus)
    2618 Downloads (Pure)

    Ethics, technology, and engineering : an introduction

    Poel, van de, I. R. & Royakkers, L. M. M., 2011, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 364 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • Activities

    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Invited talk

    Robotization as Rationalization

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers (Speaker)
    19 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Horizon2020-project Terrinet (Event)

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers (Advisor)
    1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Horizon 2020-project MAGNETO (Fighting against Crime and Terrorism) (Event)

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers (Member)
    1 Jun 20181 Jun 2021

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Courses

    Project Robots Everywhere

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    Social Robots

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    Wat als robots onze oorlogen gaan voeren?

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers

    5/08/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Killerrobots maken keuze over leven en dood

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers

    26/09/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Angst voor dodelijke drones

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers

    18/06/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    De ontwikkeling van seksrobots

    Lambèr M.M. Royakkers

    7/06/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Antioxidatieve ouderen voeding

    Author: van Gastel, M. C., 31 Aug 1998

    Supervisor: Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Beheer van een workflow management systeem zoals geimplementeerd bij Zilveren Kruis

    Author: Staal, R., 31 Mar 1998

    Supervisor: Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Building a pre-development business case methodology: the Dashtop business case

    Author: Deveneijns, A., 31 Aug 2005

    Supervisor: Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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    De adoptie van systeemarchitectuur-oplossingen bij SiemensVDO Automotive

    Author: Baboelal, S. D., 31 Aug 2003

    Supervisor: Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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    "Desktop security": de bescherming van internetgebruikers tegen phishing

    Author: Steevens, J., 31 Oct 2005

    Supervisor: Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

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