Johanna Seibt

Funds Acquisition

A professor in the philosophy department at Aarhus, Johanna has a Chair in “Transdisciplinary Process Studies for Integrated Social Robotics.”  She is head of the interdisciplinary research group PENSOR (Philosophical Enquiries in Social Robotics) and the research network TRANSOR (Transdisciplinary Studies of Social Robotics).  She introduced the concept of robophilosophy  (“philosophy of, for, and by social robotics”) in order to signal that the program of social robotics addresses not only ethics, but all areas of philosophy.

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Emily Collins

Emily Collins

Working Groups Coordinator

Emily holds an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Sheffield Robotics, The University Of Sheffield. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the same institute, entitled ‘Towards Robot-Assisted Therapy: Identifying Mechanisms of Effect in Human-Biomimetic Robot Interaction.’ Emily also holds an MSc in Experimental Psychology from Sussex University, and a BA in Philosophy from Cardiff University. She has also worked for international organisations in Japan and Kenya.
Her research interests include biomimetic and brain-based robotics, robot-assisted therapy, human-robot interaction, and the ethics of robotics. Her current research explores biomimetic robotics based on understandings of human-animal relationships.

Scott Robbins

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Scott is currently a PhD Researcher in moral philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science (Cum Laude) at California State University, Chico and with a Masters in Ethics and Technology (Cum Laude) at the University of Twente. His current research considers the impact of the empirical sciences on meta-ethics. He is also very interested in technology’s impact on moral virtues (development and expression).

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Duuk Baten

Duuk Baten

Social Media

Duuk is a masters student of Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. With a bachelor of science in Creative Technology his interests lie in the ethics of responsible design and engineering. He also has quite some experience with the organisational aspects of events and associations.

Philip Jansen

Philip Jansen

Membership

Philip is a research associate at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, where his primary work is on the EU-funded SATORI project on ethical impact assessment of research and innovation (http://satoriproject.eu/). He received a master’s degree (cum laude) in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at this university, writing his thesis on the ethics of surveillance by domestic unmanned aerial vehicles.

Myrthe van Nus

Myrthe van Nus

Treasurer

Myrthe van Nus (1986) studied Philosophy and Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her philosophy master focused on the philosophy of man and culture, the other one on Criminal Law. She graduated cum laude both times and worked in 2015 as an academic researcher and policy advisor, both also at the Erasmus University. From April 2015 until July 2015 she was acting assistant director of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW).

From December 1st, 2015 onward, she left Rotterdam and became Assistant Director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics & Technology. Next to her job as assistant director, Myrthe is currently in the process of setting up research in the area of robotics. More specifically, she is looking for a focus on robotics, privacy and ownership of data.

Savvas Kikidis

Savvas Kikidis

Newsletter Team

Savvas received his Master’s Degree (with successful completion of the Honors Program) in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Twente. In his master’s thesis he argues that sexual education should take into account the normative and evaluative work of philosophy and ethics of technology, and the empirical data that describe who individuals interpret the role of technology in their sexual lives, in order to address the basic dilemmas that strive from the role of technology in the transformation of sexuality. His current interests are Robot Ethics, Ethics of Technology and Computer-Mediated Communication.

Vicky Charisi

Vicky Charisi

Newsletter Team

Vicky Charisi is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Twente, Human-Media Interaction group under the supervision of Prof. Vanessa Evers. She carried out her PhD studies at the UCL, Institute of Education University of London, UK, researching children’s development through their interaction with digital technology. Her research interests lie in the ways that we can use humanoid and non-humanoid robots to design novel environments for children’s holistic and creative development. She works for two EU funded projects: (i) the SQUIRREL (Clearing Clutter Bit by Bit) with a focus on non-humanoid robots in cluttering within unstructured and play settings and (ii) the DE-ENIGMA, which aims to create and evaluate the effectiveness of a robot-based technology, developed to support autistic children in their learning. Previously, she worked for the EASEL (Expressive Agents for Symbiotic Education and Learning), with a focus on humanoid robots in science education and children’s inquiry learning. She received her Master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Athens, Greece. Currently, her research interests focus on Human-Robot Interaction and child development through their sustained interaction with robotic agents in formal and informal settings. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications.

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Eduard Fosch Villaronga

Eduard Fosch Villaronga

Relationship Coordinator

Eduard Fosch Villaronga is currently a researcher at the University of Twente. He is working under the project “Exploring RegTech-modes in responsible development and use of robotics”, which aims at exploring dynamic pathways to achieve responsible development and use of robotics. Eduard is finishing the Erasmus Mundus Joint International Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degree in Law, Science and Technology (LAST-JD) from the University of Bologna. His thesis provides guidelines for the design, development and implementation of personal care robots to roboticists and lawmakers. Apart from the mobility plan of his program, he also visited Tufts University, MA, US, to work with robotic therapies for non-neurotypical children and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to work with exoskeletons. His research interests include smart regulations, robotics, education and human-human interactions. Eduard has a legal background holding a LL.B. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a double LL.M in European Law from the University of Toulouse and a MA in IT Law from Autonomous University of Madrid.

Thomas Lavin

Thomas Lavin

Intern

Thomas is a third-year undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying International Affairs with a minor in History. Originally from Los Angeles, he moved to Boston for his school’s internship program. In 2016 he worked for six months as an intern at Bain & Company’s headquarters in Boston. His research and scholarly interests include the impact of urbanization on developing and developed nations, computer science, and 20th century European history. In his free time he is an amateur photographer and loves reading science fiction novels. His favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Phillip K. Dick, and William Gibson.

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Renee Mulcahy

Renee Mulcahy

Intern

Renee is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University in Boston majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Social Business. Her past research includes examinations of unmanned military machines, specifically lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), and how international policy is affected by this ever-changing technology.