Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
De Montfort University
Mark Coeckelbergh (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is a philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna (staff page) and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK (staff page). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, of the Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media, the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society and Kairos. Journal of Philosophy & Science. Coeckelbergh is member of the newly established Robotik-Rat, inaugurated by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, as well as member of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and of the Committee on Embedding Values Into Autonomous Intelligent Systems of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
Previously he has been teaching at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and was Managing Director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology where he is still an affiliate member. He is co-Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and is involved in a European research project in the area of robotics (DREAM). He is also a member of the DMU VirAL group and in 2014 he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Economic Forum – Foundation Industrial Policy and Communication.
He is the author of Liberation and Passion (2002), The Metaphysics of Autonomy (2004), Imagination and Principles (2007), Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015), and numerous articles in the area of ethics and technology, including ICT and robotics and technology in medicine and health care. He also has other research interests such as environmental philosophy, financial ethics, and philosophy of dance.
In 2007 he received the Prize of the Dutch Society for Bioethics (with J. Mesman). In 2014 he was voted Best Lecturer of the Philosophy of Technology Master programme (PSTS) and nominated for the competition Best Lecturer of the University of Twente by the PSTS Board. He has published articles in the Guardian and in WIRED. He is also serving on the Advisory Board of the think thank The Global Future College. Moreover, he is a fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN), finalist of the 2017 World Technology Awards in the category “Ethics”, and in April 2017 he was considered as one of the “Top 50 Belgian tech-pioneers” by De Tijd in the category “Leiders en Denkers”. Recently he has been nominated for UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
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