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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, Nederlands Defensie Academie

1 Sep 20071 Apr 2014

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robot Social Sciences
Military Social Sciences
responsibility Social Sciences
weapon Social Sciences
Values Social Sciences
Multi agent systems Engineering & Materials Science
moral philosophy Social Sciences
Bombers Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2017 2021

Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Bombaerts, G., Bombaerts, G., van der Avoird, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Tsui, S., Astola, M., Laes, E., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Reymen, I. & Royakkers, L.

1/05/1831/07/21

Project: Research direct

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Modelling Humanitarian Logistics

Royakkers, L., Gerrits, E., Boshuijzen - van Burken, C., Vromans - Staps, I., Vromans - Staps, I., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.

1/04/1731/07/19

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1994 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Bombers
Suicide
suicide
incident
Research Personnel
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

robot
Military
Robots
responsibility
war crime

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

31 Citations (Scopus)

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

Open Access
File
Robotics
Automation
Home health care
Robots
Law enforcement

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

Ethical issues

Courses

Project Robots Everywhere

1/09/13 → …

Course

Social Robots

1/09/13 → …

Course

Press / Media

Killerrobots maken keuze over leven en dood

Lambèr Royakkers

26/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Angst voor dodelijke drones

Lambèr Royakkers

18/06/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De ontwikkeling van seksrobots

Lambèr Royakkers

7/06/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Onrust over Google’s hulp aan drones van het Amerikaanse leger

Lambèr Royakkers

16/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Zijn computers binnen een paar jaar slimmer dan mensen?

Lambèr Royakkers

25/04/18

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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