Johanna Seibt

Aarhus University, Denmark


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Johanna Seibt is professor for philosophy at the Department for Philosphy and the History of Ideas at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her current research interests are in process ontology and philosophy of technology with focus on the ontology of social robotics. She is the founder and director of the Research Unit for Robophilosophy and Integrative Social Robotics (RISR, www.robophilosophy.org), as well as founder and main (co-)organizer (with Marco Nørskov) of the biennial Robophilosophy Conference Series. At RISR a team of 11 local and 18 associated researchers from 11 disciplines and 9 countries conducts HRI research using the approach of “Integrative Social Robotics” (ISR). ISR is a new ‘paradigm’ for the organization of R&D processes in social robotics that centrally includes Humanities expertise. The ISR-approach is primarily geared to create culturally sustainable (‘responsible’) social robotics applications but can be extended to other technologies that directly interfere with human social reality. In the course of a new subsidiary education (45 ECTS) in “Humanistic Technology Development” for BA students in the Humanities, researchers at RISR currently collect first insights on how to construct new educational modules, in order to generate those competences that future professionals from computer science/engineering and various social sciences and humanities disciplines will need in order to participate in interdisciplinary developer teams as prescribed by ISR.