Dr Vincent C Müller

Dr Vincent C Müller


Vincent C. Müller is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His main appointment is Professor for Philosophy of Technology at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) – he is also 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'. He 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). Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford.

Research interests

Müller works mainly on philosophical problems connected to artificial intelligence, both in ethics and in theoretical philosophy. His publications are cited >1/day. Müller edits the "Oxford handbook of the philosophy of artificial intelligence" (OUP), wrote the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Ethics of AI and Robotics and has a book forthcoming with OUP on "Can Machines Think?", as well as a book with CUP on "Artificial Minds". He frequently presents invited talks around the world and he has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops, among them a prominent conference series on the Philosophy and Theory of AI (PT-AI). Currently, Müller is Co-I and on the Management Board on the NWO project "Ethics of Disruptive Technologies" (26.8M€); he is 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. In 2022, he was awarded the a personal science prize "Alexander von Humboldt Professor" on philosophy and ethics of AI, worth €3.5M, together with a professorship at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and matching funds from the university. He has generated ca. €8.5M research income for his institutions.

Main projects

  • A.v. Humboldt Professor, AvH Foundation personal grant, (2022-27), €3.5M (+ ca. €1.5M matching funds) - PI
  • AI-Planner, TU/e & ESCF.nl, (2022-25), €400K (my sub-project) - Co-I
  • popAI, H2020-SU-AI-2020 CSA, (2021-23), €1.6M (€88K at TU/e) - PI
  • IA-AI, EC (2020-2023, ended 2021, now InTouch.eu), €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

  • Diego Hernán Morales Pérez (2022–), TU/e, "Improving automated rational choice through metacognition" (TU/e EAISI PhD Position) - main supervisor Patrik Hummel
  • Céline Budding (2021–), TU/e, "Cognitive Models for Explainable AI" (TU/e EAISI PhD Position) - main supervisor Carlos Zednik
  • 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) - supervised with Mark S. Gilthorpe
  • 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 AI.

Research groups and institutes

  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Philosophy

Current postgraduate researchers

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