Dr Vincent C Müller

Dr Vincent C Müller


I am Professor for Philosophy of Technology at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) - as well as being Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds , Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London, President of the European Society for Cognitive Systems and Chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'.

Previously, I was Professor at Anatolia College/ACT (Thessaloniki) (1998–2019), Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University (2005–6) and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2011–15). He studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford.

Research interests

I am known for my research on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). I have published widely on the philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of computing, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. (citations >250/year).

I edit the Oxford handbook of the philosophy of artificial intelligence (OUP), wrote the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Ethics of AI and Robotics and have a book forthcoming with OUP on "Can Machines Think?".

I present invited papers around the world > once a month and I have organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops, among them a prominent conference series on the Philosophy and Theory of AI (PT-AI).

Currently, I am principal investigator (PI) on the H2020 EU project "Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society" (INBOTS), Co-I and on the Scientific Committee of the H2020 AI platform project AI4EU (20M€), Co-I and on the Management Board on the NWO project "Ethics of Disruptive Technologies" (26.8M€).

I am also one of the 32 experts on the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) and he is a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI. I have generated ca. 4.5 mil.€ research income for my institutions.

Main projects

  • popAI "A European Positive Sum Approach towards AI tools in support of law enforcement and safeguarding privacy and fundamental rights"", H2020-SU-AI-2020 CSA, (2021–23), 1.6M€ (88K€ at TU/e) - PI
  • IA-AI EC (2020–2023), 2.5M€ - PI
  • ESDT, NWO (2020–2029), 26.8M€ (ca. 5M€ at TU/e) - Co-I
  • 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) - PI & Coordinator
  • EUCogII, FP 7 INFSO-ICT-231281 (2009–2011), 1.8M€ (1.7M€ at AC) - PI & Coordinator



PhD Students

  • Charlotte Stix (2019–), TU/e, "Ethical Theory for AI Policy" (Luxembourg PhD Fellowship)
  • Gabriela Arriagada-Bruneau (2018–), U Leeds, "Bias and Fairness in Data Science" (Chile State PhD Scholarship)
  • Michael Cannon (2018–), TU/e, "Superethical AI" (TU/e PhD position)
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Student education

I supervise PhD and Masters' students on philosophy and ethics of information technology.

Research groups and institutes

  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Philosophy

Current postgraduate researchers

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