Dr Vincent C. Müller

Dr Vincent C. Müller

University Academic Fellow

Summary: Vincent is a University Academic Fellow whose research focuses on theory and ethics of technology, particularly big data and artificial intelligence.

Location: Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre, 17

Vincent C. Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. Since receiving his PhD, and before coming to Leeds, he has taught full load (4-4, minus buyouts) as regular faculty. He was Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is now is professor of philosophy at Anatolia College/ACT and University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds - as well as President of the European Society for Cognitive Systems and chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'.

Müller's research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published ca. 40 academic papers as well a dozen edited volumes on the philosophy of computing, philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and presents about one paper each month, usually by invitation. Müller organizes a conference series on the Theory and Philosophy of AI and is principal investigator of a EU-funded project on "Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society" (INBOTS). He has generated 3.8mil.€ research income for his institutions.

Main projects

  • INBOTS, H2020 ICT-28-2017-1 (2018-2020), 3M€ (112K€ at ULeeds) - PI
  • QuantiCode, EPSRC EP/N013980/1 (2015-2019), 1M£ (1M£ at ULeeds) - Co-I [not counted under my research income]
  • DiDIY, H2020 ICT-31-644344 (2014-2017), 2M€ (230K€ at AC) - PI
  • EUCogIII, FP7 INFSO-ICT-269981 (2012-2014), 2M€ (1.64M€ at AC) - Coordinator
  • EUCogII, FP 7 INFSO-ICT-231281 (2009-2011), 1.8M€ (1.7M€ at AC) - Coordinator

Main web page is on www.sophia.de


My publications are listed on http://www.sophia.de/publications.htm, with a link to the publisher, a link to a pdf, and an abstract. They can also be downloaded from my pages on PhilPapers and ResearchGate.
Citations are on my Google Scholar page


Conferences & Workshops
Jobs, Funding, Administration, Greek, and Mountaineering


Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Computing and Cognitive Science, Ethics of Technology (AI, Robotics, Data Analytics), Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Realism & Anti-Realism, Hilary Putnam, Categories & Kinds, Vagueness

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Free Will, Early Analytic Philosophy, Kant, Rousseau, Robotics

Areas of Current Research Activity/PhD Supervision

I am trying to work on a number of things and if you are working on similar matters, I should be glad to hear from you. Leeds has one of the largest and best philosophy departments in the UK (and Europe), so it's a great place for a research student. My institute, IDEA, offers 2 full PhD scholarships each year. - If you already have a PhD and would consider coming to Leeds for a bit, consider a British Academy Visiting Fellowship

Philosophy of Mind, Language & Computing:

  • Introductory Book on "AI: The Basic Problems"
  • Editing the "Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence"
  • Conceptual and ethical challenges of progress towards human-level AI, esp. computationalism
  • Benchmarking and testing of artificial intelligence (or cognitive ability in technical systems)
  • Theory of computing, especially within the philosophy of mind: computationalism, hypercomputing, morphological computing, digital states, pancomputationalism
  • Vagueness (in relation to categorisation and to computing)
  • Putnam's concept of "conceptual relativity" and anti-realism in general

Ethics of Information & Computing

  • Ethics of Big Data analytics
  • Surveillance and privacy
  • Ethics & risks of artificial intelligence
  • Robot ethics (I edit the PhilPapers section on "Robot Ethics)
  • Risks of digital manufacturing, DiDIY and synthetic biology
  • "Should there be forbidden knowledge?"