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Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe



University of Bonn

Institute of Science and Ethics
Bonner Talweg 57
53113 Bonn

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(Februar 2021)


Areas of Specialization

  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics
  • Robot Ethics
  • Care Ethics
  • Value Sensitive Design
  • Digital Ethics



  • 2020 – present: Director, Institute for Science and Ethics, Bonn
  • 2020 – present: Humboldt Professorship „Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence“, University of Bonn
  • 2020 – 2021: Assoc. Professor (Tenured), Technical University of Delft
  • 2019 – 2021: Director, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Technical University of Delft
  • 2019 – 2020: Centre for the Edge Fellow, Deloitte
  • 2019 – present: Board Member & Co-Founder, ALLAI
  • 2018 – 2020: Rapporteur, European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI
  • 2015 – present: President & Co-Founder, Foundation for Responsible Robotics
  • 2017 – 2021: Asst Professor (Tenure Track), Technical University of Delft
  • 2014 – 2017: Asst Professor, University of Twente
  • 2015: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Washington
  • 2012 – 2014: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Twente

Education and Degrees

  • 2012: University of Twente (PhD, Applied Ethics). Thesis: Designing Robots with Care: creating an ethical framework for the future design and implementation of care robots.
  • 2008: Erasmus Mundus (M.A., Bioethics, Cum Laude)
  • 2007: Catholic University of Leuven (M.A., Applied Ethics)
  • 2006: University of Western Ontario (B.Sc., Honours-Cell Biology)

Recent Publications


  • Robots in Healthcare: design, development and implementation. 2016. Routledge. New York, NY.


Papers and book chapters:

Recent Events

  • 2020 (Aug): “Social Robots to Sustain Reciprocity”, Keynote Speaker, RoboPhilosophy.
  • 2020 (Jul): “Accountable AI Solutions”, Panelist, AI 4 Good Global Summit.
  • 2019 (Oct): “How to create a coherent, national level AI Strategy”, Panelist, World Summit AI.
  • 2019 (Oct): “Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health, and Ethics”, Keynote Speaker, Mental Health Research Day.
  • 2019 (July): “The Cycle of Women in Robotics: from Vicious to Virtuous”, Keynote Speaker, Italy Campus Party.
  • 2019 (June): “What Comes first; the robot or the care?”, Invited Speaker, Ethical challenges of mechanization of care, German Ethics Council.
  • 2019 (May): Speaker at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Robotics, AI, and Humanity: Science, Ethics, and Policy Workshop, Vatican City.
  • 2019 (May): “Implementation of the European strategy on Artificial Intelligence”, Invited Panelist, AiParis Conference, Paris, FR.
  • 2019 (Apr): “The role of Ethics in Europe’s AI Ethics Guidelines”, Invited Panelist, Digital Day, European Commission.
  • 2019 (Mar): “Is AI a Human Rights Issue?”, Invited Panelist, European Parliament.
  • 2019 (Feb): “The Ethics and Accountability of AI”, Invited Panelist x2, Mobile World Congress 2019, Barcelona, SP.
  • 2018 (Dec): “Ethics of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence”, Keynote Speaker, PWC Ethics in the Boardroom Event, Amsterdam, NL.
  • 2018 (Nov): “Ethics, Healthcare, and Robotics”, Keynote Speaker, AMS Phoenix Conference, Toronto, CA.
  • 2018 (Nov): “Fireside Chat with Paul Michelman on Robot Ethics”, Invited speaker, Web Summit, Lisbon, PT.
  • 2018 (Oct): “Technology in Healthcare”, Invited Panelist x2, Connected Health Conference, Boston, USA.
  • 2018 (Oct): “Ethics of Robots and Artificial Intelligence”, Keynote Speaker, Deloitte Women in STEAM event, Leiden, NL.
  • 2018 (Sep): “Regulating the Robots: the Ghost in the Smart Machine”, Invited Speaker, The Economist’s Innovation Summit: building the intelligent company”, London, UK.
  • 2018 (Aug): “Responsible AI for a future worth wanting”, Keynote address, IT Web, Artificial Intelligence Workshop, ZA.
  • 2018 (July): “The Ethics of Robots in Humanitarian Aid”, Conference speaker, University of Sendai, JP.
  • 2018 (May): “Ethics to Inspire Innovation in AI”, Invited Speaker, AI for Good, Geneva, CH.
  • 2018 (May): “What could be tomorrow's issues on Accountability and Internet Democracy”, Panelist, The Hague Summit on Accountability and Internet Democracy, Peace Palace, The Hague, NL.
  • 2018 (Apr): “AI may be a black box but the Ethical Issues resulting from AI are not.” Invited speaker, Deloitte, Arnhem, NL.
  • 2018 (Feb): “More data, More Problems”, Keynote speaker, ABN-AMRO WTT Insights Live, Rotterdam, NL.
  • 2018 (Feb): “Be adaptable, take risks”. Commencement address, ATLAS program University of Twente, class of 2017.


Awards, Grants and Distinctions

  • 2020 NWO, Gravitation Grant, 200,000 Euros
  • 2019 Viva 400, Nominated for ‘Tech Talent’
  • 2019 AirLab/Ahold Delhaize, Collaboration Grant, 250,000 Euros
  • 2019 Deloitte, Centre for the Edge Fellowship
  • 2019 InspiringFifty, Inspiring Female in Tech
  • 2019 Computer Weekly, Most Influential Women in Tech (longlisted)
  • 2018 L’Oreal-Unesco, Women in Science Laureate (NL), 25,000 Euros
  • 2018 British Academy, Small Research Grant, 9000 GBP
  • 2017 Robohub, Women to Know in Robotics
  • 2017 Techionista, Women in Tech award (nominated)
  • 2015 NWO, Veni Personal Research Grant, 250,000 Euros
  • 2015 UTwente, Female Incentive Fund Scholarship, 15,000 Euros
  • 2015 Viva 400, Nominated as a “Clever Head”
  • 2012 Georges Giralt, Award for Best PhD thesis in Robotics (nominated)
  • 2011 Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, PhD Carousel Award

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