Mark Coeckelbergh

Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology


Mark Coeckelbergh (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna since 2015 and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education since 2020. From 2014 to 2019 he was also (part-time) Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK.

He is former President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) and a member of the steering committee of ETHICOMP. Coeckelbergh is member of the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence for the European Commission, the  Rat für Robotik, inaugurated by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Advisory Council on Automated Mobility (Beirat Automatisierte Mobilität), as well as member of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.Currently, he is involved in European research projects in the area of robotics (PERSEODREAM, INBOTSThe SIENNA Project).

Previously, Prof. Coeckelbergh was Managing Director of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology (2012 - 2014) and Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, The Netherlands (2007 - 2014). He has been involved in interdisciplinary collaborations in the context of the European research projects INBOTSSATORI (ethical impact assessment of research and innovation), and has been cochair of the Technical Committee ‘Robot Ethics’ of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (2013-2015). 

Mark Coeckelbergh is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of AI and Ethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, the Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media, Kairos. Journal of Philosophy & Science, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, and Technology & Regulation (TechReg): An international journal of law, technology and society. He is a fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN) and finalist of the 2017 World Technology Awards in the category “Ethics”.

His publications include Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015), New Romantic Cyborgs (2017), Using Words and Things (2017), Moved by Machines (2019), Introduction to Philosophy of Technology (2019), AI Ethics (2020),  Green Leviathan or the Poetics of Political Liberty (2021), and numerous articles in the area of philosophy of technology, in particular the ethics of robotics and ICTs, in journals such as TechnéPhilosophy and TechnologyEthics and Information Technology, and AI & Society. 

Detailed information is to be found on his website, on Wikipedia, and on the University's u:cris Portal.