conference papers


Coeckelbergh, M., Pop, C., Simut, R., Peca, A., Esteban, P., De Beir, A., Hoang Long, C., David, D., Vanderborght, B. 2015. Survey investigating ethical issues concerning Robot Enhanced Therapy for children with autism. New Friends: 1st International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy and Education, Almere, The Netherlands, 22-23 October 2015. (NewFriends2015 Best Paper Award)      on-line proceedings    pdf of the paper

Coeckelbergh, M. and Reijers, W. ‘Cryptocurrencies as Narrative Technologies’. Open track, conference ETHICOMP2015 (computer ethics), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 9 September 2015. pdf of the paper    pdf of the proceedings

Coeckelbergh, M. ‘The Invisible robots of Global Finance.’ Robot ethics track, conference ETHICOMP2015 (computer ethics), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 7 September 2015.  pdf of the paper    pdf of the proceedings

Coeckelbergh, M. ‘Environmental Skill’. ISEE2015 conference, Kiel, Germany, 23-25 July 2015.

Coeckelbergh, M. ‘The Poetics and Politics of Innovation: Engineering craftsmanship and grassroots practices in ICT’, SPT2015 conference, Shenyang, China, 3-5 July 2015.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2014. ‘Responsibility, robots, and humans: A preliminary reflection on the phenomenology of self-driving cars’, conference Robo-Philosophy – Social Robotics and the Future of Social Relations, University of Aarhus, 20-23 August.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2014. ‘The Metaphysics and Ethics of Electronic Money: The Case of Bitcoin’ at: CEPE2014INSEIT, Paris, 23-25 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2014. ‘Autonomy, Trust and Appearance: Exploring Ethical Issues in Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders’ (part of FP7 DREAM Project) at: CEPE2014INSEIT, Paris, 23-25 June.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘Money in the global village: How financial technologies shape our moral geography’, 18th International Conference for the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) , ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, July 4-6.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘ “It’s the algorithm, stupid!”: Toward an ethics of financial technologies’, CEPE 2013: Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature + organizer (with F. Lucivero) of robotics panel, Autónoma University, in Lisbon (Portugal), from July 1-3.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘Too close to kill, too far to talk: Interpretation and narrative in drone fighting and surveillance in public places’. TILTing2013, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg, 25-26 April.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘The Art of E-Care: Virtuous Care Work, Skills, and Information Technology’, international conferenceGood Work: The Ethics of Craftsmanship, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, 17 October. [abstracts workshop Technology, skill and craftsmanship]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘Animals as Informational Objects: Care, Technology, and Moral Status’, Minding Animals conference2012, Utrecht University, 4-6 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘A Phenomenological Approach to the Moral Status of Autonomous Intelligent Machines’,AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012, Birmingham, 2-6 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘mDignity in the Global Village: Reflections on the Digital Divide, Capabilities, and New Information Technologies’, International Conference on Information Law and Ethics, Corfu, June 29-30.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘Data milking/identity for sale: Remarks on information technology and the problem of alienation’, conference Critique, Democracy, and Philosophy in the 21st Century Information Society: Towards Critical Theories of Social Media. 4th ICTs and Society Conference 2012, Uppsala, 2-4 May. [conference program] [abstract on pp. 52-53 in the collection of abstracts]


Funk, M. and Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Inner and outer movement: A phenomenological-hermeneutical approach to the epistemology of aesthetical gestures’, Inner Movement: The Motor Dimension of Imagination international conference, University College Ghent, 1-3 December. [abstracts]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Trust, Expectations, and Emotions in Human-Robot Relations’, 4th Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics, University of Twente, 8-9 November.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Mogen robots voor ons zorgen?’, Filosofisch Café Nijmegen, 1 November. [annoucement]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Information Technology, Moral Anxiety, and the Implosion of the Public Sphere: A Preliminary Discussion of the McLuhanian Problem of Responsibility’, McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media Centennial Conference, Brussels, 26-28 October.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Evaluating Ethical (Energy) Scenarios: Empathy, tragic choice, and disagreement about the good’, Energy Futures workshop, Uppsala, 14-15 October.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Capability, nature, and technology: How to make the Capability Approach into an environmental ethics’, HDCA 2011 (Human Development and Capabilities Association 2011) conference, Sustainability session, The Hague, 5-8 September.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Can Robots Trust Humans?’, Bridging the Robotics Gap conference, University of Twente, Enschede, 11-12 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Trust, Power, and Information Technology’, IACAP 2011 conference, The Computational Turn: Past, Present, Futures?, First International Conference of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy, Aarhus University, 4-6 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Walking ethics: Environment, Technology, and the Phenomenology of Wayfinding in ‘Nature’ ‘, Old World and New World Perspectives on Environmental Philosophy ISEE 2011, 8th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 14-17 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Driving Robot: On the phenomenology of GPS assisted navigation and its implications for identity’, Webinar ‘Interacting with a Digital ‘Person: what impact(s) and implication(s) for identity?’, University of Turku, Finland, and University Paris 8 and Maison Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord, France, 20 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Can we trust robots?’, CEPE 2011 Crossing Boundaries: Ethics in Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Relations, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 31 May – 3 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Technology as Skill and Activity: A Reply to Verbeek and Borgmann’, Society for Philosophy and Technology SPT 2011 Technology and Security conference, Denton, Texas, USA, 26-29 May.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Social Transformation and the Right to Communication’ and ‘Freedom, Security, Privacy’, UNESCO World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Forum 2011), Geneva, 16-20 May.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Lost in Appearance? Reputation management, narrative identity, and trust in on-line social network environments’, Workshop on Trust, Paris Descartes University, Paris, 14-15 December.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘You, robot: Ontology, appearance, and the linguistic construction of robots and human-robot relations’, E-CAP 2010 (ecap10), TU München, 4-6 October. [program]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Environmental Virtue: Motivation, Imagination, and Information Technology’, First Dutch-German Workshop on Challenges for Philosophy of Technology in the 21st Century, University of Stuttgart/Berlin, 26-27 August.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Talking to robots: On the linguistic construction of personal human-robot relations’, Human-Robot Personal Relationships conference (HRPR 2010), Leiden, 23 June.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Artificial Companions? Empathy and Vulnerability Mirroring in Human-Robot Relations’, ICT that makes the difference: The future of Ambient Intelligence and ICT for Security, Brussels (Belgium), 22-25 November.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Joint Human-Robot Action: Virtual Intentionality and Hybrid Human-Robot Cultures’, workshop The Challenge of Social Cognition, EUCogII Member’s Conference 2009 ‘Challenges for Artificial Cognitive Systems’, Hamburg (Germany), 10-11 October. [workshop talks]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Moral Responsibility,Technology, and Experiences of the Tragic’, conference ‘Moral Responsibility: Neuroscience, Organization & Engineering‘, Delft University of Technology, 24 – 27 August.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Enhancement of What? A Capabilities Approach to Ethics of Human Enhancement’, SPT conference 2009 (human enhancement track), Society for Philosophy and Technology,Twente University, 10 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Living with Robots: A Social-Philosophical Approach to Robot Ethics’, SPT conference 2009 (robotics track), Society for Philosophy and Technology,Twente University, 9 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Robot Anthropology: Robots as Hermeneutic Devices for Defining the Human’, European Conference on Computing and Philosophy (E-CAP 2009), Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona (Spain), 3 July.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Living in the Eye of the Artificial Other’, Eighth International Conference of Computer Ethics (CEPE 2009), Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, 26-28 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Humans, Animals, and Robots: A Phenomenological Approach to Human-Robot relations’, 2nd International Conference on Human-Robot Personal Relationships, Leiden University, Tilburg University/Leiden University, 11 June.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2008. ‘Robots, Elderly Care, and Capabilities’, International Applied Ethics Conference, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 21-23 November.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2008. ‘Robots and Elderly Care: Philosophical Questions and Method’, Expert Meeting on Assistive Technology and Robotics, SENIOR project (funded by the European Commission), Brussels (Belgium), 20 October.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2008. ‘Personal Robots, Appearance, and the Good: A Methodological Reflection on Roboethics’, 1st International Conference on Human-Robot Personal Relationships, Maastricht University, 13 June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2008. ‘Technology and the Appearance of the Good: Carebots, Virtual Virtue, and the Best Possible Life’, workshop The Good Life in a Technological Age, University of Twente, 12 June.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Maar een spel? Over de morele beoordeling van nieuwe media en oude boodschappen’, Nederlands-Vlaamse Filosofiedag, Free University Amsterdam, 23 November. [pdf with abstracts]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Imagining worlds: Responsible engineering under conditions of epistemic opacity’, WPE-2007(Workshop on Philosophy & Engineering), Delft University of Technology, 29-31 October.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Tragedy, Ethics, and Technological Risk: Responsibility between Freedom and Fate’, The Locus of Tragedy conference, Antwerp (Belgium), 23-25 November.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Risk and Public Imagination’, EthicsRisk conference, Delft University of Technology, June.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Principles or Imagination? Two Approaches to Global Justice’, Global Ethics conference, Ghent University (Belgium), April. (+ chair of a session) [pdf with abstracts, see page 4]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Who Needs Empathy? A Response to Goldie’s Arguments Against Empathy’, Society for Analytic Philosophy (VAF), Free University Amsterdam, March. (+ chair of a session)

Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Imagination, Morality, and World Citizenship: A Critique of Nussbaum’ ACLA 2006 conference, Princeton University (US), March.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2004. ‘Imagination, Moral Development, and Public Morality’, Nederlands-Vlaamse Filosofiedag, UvH Utrecht, November.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2004. ‘Making Up Your Mind: Decision-Making, Moral Knowledge, and Imagination’, Knowledge and Imagination conference, VU Amsterdam, June.


Coeckelbergh, M. 2003. ‘Can We Choose Evil? A Discussion of the Problem of Radical Evil’, 4th Global Conference ‘Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, Prague (CZ) 21-26 March.


Coeckelbergh, M. en J. Busby. 2002. ‘External control versus internalised responsibility in the design of hazardous installations’,European Association for the Study of Science & Technology (EASST) conference, University of York (UK), July/ August.

Busby, J. en M. Coeckelbergh. 2002. ‘The responsibility for taking precautions against the risks of engineering design’, Research in Ethics and Engineering conference, T.U.Delft, April. [abstract]


Coeckelbergh, M. 1998. ‘Freedom, the Self, and the Political’, Graduate Conference on Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Reading (UK), December.

Other conference contributions, talks, and visits


invited programme director of conference ETHICOMP 2015

member Program Committee for 2015 Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop to be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Portland, USA


Coeckelbergh, M. and Wakunuma, K. presentation at SATORI workshop (European project, Stakeholders Acting Together On the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation), Ericsson, Rome, 13-14 October 2014

invited participant Alterity workshops in Brazil, Germany and US 2014-2015

member of programme committee of IACAP (International Association for Computing and Philosophy) 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2-4 July 2014

member of programme committee of IEEE Ethics Symposium in Engineering, Science and Technology, 23-24 May 2014

talk ‘DREAM Ethics’, Kick-off meeting FP7 DREAM project, Brussels, 20-22 May 2014

Visit to the Centre for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago 14 April 2014

member of Open Innovation Hub Textiles in Twente


participation in ‘Wittgensteinian Approaches to Moral Philosophyconference, KU Leuven 20-21 September 2013

organization of symposium with Prof. Philip Cafaro, UT and Saxion (with L. Van Wensveen), 17 June 2013

organization 3TU research day (with N. Doorn), keynote speaker Kristin Shrader-Frechette (University of Notre Dame), 10 June 2013

participation in Dag van de Milieufilosofie, Utrecht, 22 April 2013

participation in EUCogIII conference, Palma de Mallorca, 10-11 April 2013


participation in the First EUCogIII members conference ‘Do Robots Need Cognition? – Does Cognition Need Robots’, TU Vienna, 23-24 February 2012


invited talk about the Enlightenment and liberalism, Saxion Hogeschool, 30 November 2011

contribution to international workshop on tele-care, University of Twente, 23 November 2011

co-organizer (with Aimee van Wynsberghe) of the Bridging the Robotics Gap conference, University of Twente, Enschede, 11-12 July 2011.

co-organizer (with John Sullins) of the Information Ethics / Robot Ethics track at the IACAP 2011 conference, The Computational Turn: Past, Present, Futures?, First International Conference of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy, Aarhus University,

member of the organizing committee of the Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health, Prague, 24-27 August 2011 (with Sven Ove Hansson, Deborah H. Oughton, Sabine Roeser, Kristin Shrader-Frechette and others)


chair of the ESLA discussion group (Ethical Socio-economic and Legal Aspects) at the ICT that makes the difference: The future of Ambient Intelligence and ICT for Security conference ( Brussels (B), 22-25 November 2009), which was one of the three groups that contributed to recommendations to the European Commission (Framework Programmes)

chair of the ‘Ethics and Technological Risk’ session at the First Annual Dutch Conference in Practical Philosophy,Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy, Doorn, The Netherlands, 2-3 October 2009

member scientific committee and organiser panel on ‘Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Life’ (with Gianmarco Veruggio and Fiorella Operto), Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) conference 2009, Twente University, 8-10 July 2009

speaker and invited participant in debate on fashionable technology with artists Aram Bartholl (Germany) and Sabine Seymour (New York). Organised by Rotterdams Denkcafé in collaboration with V2, Institute for the Unstable Media and Studium Generale, Rotterdam, 20 May 2009

invited speaker and participant in panel discussion at the symposium ‘Freedom’ organised by JOVD, Media Art Café Berlijn, Enschede, 4 April 2009 [persbericht]

report on the workshop ‘Ethiek en ethische toetsing’ which was part of the symposium ‘The art of ethics: Over ethici en ethische expertise’, NVBe-jubileum symposium, 27 januari 2009 (see also publications)


chair-commentator at the Society for Applied Philosophy International Congress 2005, St Anne’s College Oxford (UK), 1-3 July 2005


contribution to the organisation of, and reporting on, the workshop Risk Perception and Assessment in Design, Bristol University (UK), 1-2 March 2002