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Academic background

Vincent C. Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. After his PhD he started teaching full time at Anatolia College/ACT, Thessaloniki; He was also Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is now Professor of philosophy at Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), University Fellow at the University of Leeds and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London - as well as President of the European Society for Cognitive Systems and Chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'.

Müller's research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published ca. 40 academic papers as well as 16 edited volumes on the philosophy of computing, philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. (citations: h-14). He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and presents about one paper per month, usually by invitation. Müller organizes a conference series on the Theory and Philosophy of AI and is principal investigator of a EU-funded project on "Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society" (INBOTS) and on the large platform project AI4EU. He has generated ca. 3.9 mil.€ research income for his institutions.

Main projects

  • AI4EU, H2020 ICT-26-2018 (2019-2021), 20M€ (141K€ at ULeeds) - Co-I
  • INBOTS, H2020 ICT-28-2017-1 (2018-2020), 3M€ (112K€ at ULeeds) - PI
  • DiDIY, H2020 ICT-31-644344 (2014-2017), 2M€ (230K€ at AC) - PI
  • EUCogIII, FP7 INFSO-ICT-269981 (2012-2014), 2M€ (1.64M€ at AC) - Coordinator
  • EUCogII, FP 7 INFSO-ICT-231281 (2009-2011), 1.8M€ (1.7M€ at AC) - Coordinator

Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Computing and Cognitive Science, Ethics of Technology (AI, Robotics, Data Analytics), Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Realism & Anti-Realism, Hilary Putnam, Categories & Kinds, Vagueness

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Free Will, Early Analytic Philosophy, Kant, Rousseau, Robotics

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Research Output 2006 2020

Measuring progress in robotics: benchmarking and the ‘measure-target confusion’

Müller, V. C., 1 Jan 2020, Metrics of Sensory Motor Coordination and Integration in Robots and Animals: How to Measure the Success of Bioinspired Solutions with Respect to their Natural Models, and Against More ‘Artificial’ Solutions?. Bonsignorio, F., Messina, E., del Pobil, A. P. & Hallam, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 169-179 11 p. (Cognitive Systems Monographs; vol. 36)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Benchmarking
Robotics
Large scale systems
Testing

The extended mind thesis is about demarcation and use of words

Müller, V. C., 2018, In : Reti, Saperi, Linguaggi. 5, 2, p. 335-348

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Legal vs. ethical obligations – a comment on the EPSRC’s principles for robotics

Müller, V. C., 3 Apr 2017, In : Connection Science. 29, 2, p. 137-141 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Robotics
2 Citations (Scopus)

Simple or complex bodies? Trade-offs in exploiting body morphology for control

Hoffmann, M. & Müller, V. C., 1 Jan 2017, Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics. Dodig-Crnkovic, G. & Giovagnoli, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 335-345 11 p. (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics; vol. 28)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Robot
Material Properties
Dynamical Systems
Reviewing
Methodology
23 Citations (Scopus)

What Is morphological computation? On how the body contributes to cognition and control

Müller, V. C. & Hoffmann, M., 1 Feb 2017, In : Artificial Life. 23, 1, p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Cognition
Cognitive Science
Robots
Brain
Animals