conference presentations


Dobrosovestnova, A., Coeckelbergh, M., and Jarhmann, M. Forthcoming. ‘Critical Art with Brain-computer Interfaces: philosophical reflections from Neuromatic Game Art Project,’ in HCII 2021 Late Breaking Work Papers Proceedings.


Funk, M., Dieber, B., Pichler, H., and Coeckelbergh, M. ‘Gamification of Trust in HRI?‘ In: Nørskov, M., and Seibt J. (eds.) Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020. (forthcoming)


Coekcelbergh, M. ‘Inclusive Robotics and AI: Some Urgent Ethical and Societal Issues‘. In: Pons, Jose L. (ed.) Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society.  Selected Papers from INBOTS Conference 2018, 16-18 October, 2018, Pisa, Italy. Cham: Springer.

Funk, M. and Coeckelbergh, M. ‘(Technical) Autonomy as Concept in Robot Ethics‘. In: Pons, Jose L. (ed.) Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society.  Selected Papers from INBOTS Conference 2018, 16-18 October, 2018, Pisa, Italy. Cham: Springer.


Gabriels, K., and Coeckelbergh, M.  Technologies of the self and other: how self-tracking technologies also shape the other’. Paper presented at ETHICOMP 2018, Sopot, Poland, 24-26 September 2018.

Funk, M., Seibt, J., Coeckelbergh, M. ‘Why Do/Should We Build Robots?—Summary of a Plenary Discussion’. In: Coeckelbergh, M., Loh, J., Funk, M., Seibt, J., and Nørskov (eds.) Envisioning Robots in Society — Power, Politics, and Public Space. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018, Vienna, Austria, February 16 2018. Amsterdam: IOC Press.


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 onCoeckelbergh, M. ‘Responsibility, Robots, and Humans: A Preliminary Reflection on the Phenomenology of Self-Driving Cars.‘ in: Seibt, J., Hakli, R., and M. Nørskov (eds) Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations: Proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014. IOS Press, 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.  ‘Information Technology, Moral Anxiety, and the Implosion of the Public Sphere: A Preliminary Discussion of the McLuhanian Problem of Responsibility‘ in: Van Den Ende, Y., Bauwens, J., Beyl, J., Van den Bossche, M., and K. Verstrynge (eds) Proceedings of ‘McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media’ – Centennial Conference. Contact Forum.

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’. In: Kunneman, H. (ed.) Good Work: The Ethics of Craftsmanship. Amsterdam: Humanistics University Press, 2012 [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.