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Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe

Porträt Wynesberghe

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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