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Institute of Cognitive Science


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Prof. Dr. Rainer Mühlhoff

Prof. Dr. Rainer Mühlhoff

Rainer’s research on Artificial Intelligence starts from the assumption that Machine Learning Systems are sociotechnical systems (see “Human-Aided AI”). To map out the ethical and societal implications AI technology, he uses different philosophical schools and perspectives to analyze the interplay of technology, power and subjectivation. In particular, he brings together ethics with social philosophy and critical theories to analyse the effects of AI in terms of discrimination, social selection and inequality (see “Automatisierte Ungleicheit”).

A particular research interest is data ethics in the Context of AI and Big Data. These technologies make it possible to predict sensitive information about individuals based on the anonymized data of many other data subjects. This results in a novel, collectively induced invasion of privacy of the individuals concerned, raising new questions of collective responsibility in the digital society. Under the title Predictive Privacy Rainer works on an ethical and regulatory approach to restricting negative impact of predictive analytics.

E-Mail: rainer.muehlhoff /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de

Jan-Philipp Siebold

Jan-Philipp SieboldJan is a student assistant working on the ethics project at the Cluster Science of Intelligence at TU Berlin. Prior to this, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (majoring in Philosophy and Sociology) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, he is studying Philosophy in his masters at the FU and focuses on French critical theories in relation to key issues of the digital.
E-Mail: jan.siebold /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de

Corinna Balkow

Corinna BalkowCorinna is a research assistant in the BMBF-funded project Simport in the Ethics of AI research group. She graduated in Philosophy and Digital Media at the University of Bremen and worked as software usability tester, international quality manager and digital society expert. Her research focuses on digital society, monitoring algorithmic systems and the Ethics in AI.
E-Mail: cbalkow /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de

Per Gülzow

Per GülzowPer is a student assistant in the BMBF-funded project Simport in the Ethics of AI reserach group. He is studying philosophy and computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin, focusing on politics, technology and society. During his time as a student, Per has worked for politicians and the German government.
E-Mail: guelzow /at/ ethikderki.de

Annemarie Witschas

Annemarie WitschasAnnemarie is a Master student in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück and a student assistant in the Ethics of AI reserach group. Due to her interdisciplinary studies, she has a background in both AI and philosophy. She is particularly interested in the intersection of AI and queer-/feminist theory.
E-Mail: awitschas /at/ uos.de

Nora Freya Lindemann

Nora Freya LindemannNora is a research assistant in the Ethics of AI reserach group at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. Through her M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, she has a broad, interdisciplinary background in philosophy, ethics, gender studies and cultural studies. In her research, she deals with the ethical implications of AI systems, especially chatbots, on society and questions of whether/how AI can be democratic and fair.
E-Mail: norafreya.lindemann /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de

Paul Schütze

Paul SchützePaul is a research assistant in the Ethics of AI research group at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. In his research he focuses on the structure and functioning of digital capitalism and its connections to the climate crisis. Particularly, he is interested in the textures of power and subjectivation in the age of Big Data and AI. He has a background in affect studies, philosophy of mind and critical social philosophy.
E-Mail: paul.schuetze /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de

Anastasija Kocic

Anastasija KocicAnastasija is a student assistant in the research group Ethics of AI at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. She studies cognitive science and works on the philosophy of digital society.
E-Mail: akocic /at/ uos.de

Martin Pechmann

Martin PechmannMartin is an academic assistant at the Ethics of AI group. He joined the team after working at the TOPOI research network in Berlin, supporting its open access initiative in scientific publishing. His academic background is in mathematics and philosophy, in particular mathematical logic (model theory) and in themes from critical metaphysics (theories of intentionality and action theory, theories of rationality, Hegel, Kant, Wittgenstein, McDowell).
E-Mail: martin.pechmann /at/ uni-osnabrueck.de