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Robotics Law Research Centre

Advisory Board of the Robotics Law Research Centre

A scientific-technological advisory board was established for the Forschungsstelle RobotRecht at the beginning of 2015. The main task of this advisory board is to connect and promote various legal and technological research initiatives, in order to be able to continue to provide legal advice and support for technological innovation.

It is precisely technology law, as a future-oriented research area, which requires interdisciplinary coordination and exchange between scholars in the fields of technology, social sciences and law. The establishment of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board has laid the foundations for future-oriented and innovative research in technology law.


Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Law and Philosophy of Law, Leibniz University in Hannover

Curriculum vitae

from winter semester 2013
Chair Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Law and Philosophy of Law, Leibniz University in Hannover

Summer Semester 2013
Second Doctorate (Habilitation) at the Law Faculty, University of Würzburg. The title of her dissertation is Criminal law and collectives - On the transformation of criminal liability through collectivisation processes.

Summer Semester 2013
Adjunct appointment to teach "German Criminal Code - General Part" at the University of Cologne
Visiting professorship to teach "Criminal Law Il" at the EBS University, Wiesbaden

Visiting professorship for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (previously Wolfslast Chair), University of Giessen

Graduate Assistant (assistant professor) at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information Law and Legal Informatics (Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf), University of Würzburg

Assistant professor for "Hong Kong Business Law", United international College, Zhuhai (PRC)
Zhuhai (VRC)

Master of Laws, London School of Economics (GB)

Graduate assistant at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information Law and Legal Informatics (Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf), University of Würzburg

University of Würzburg / University of Tübingen (Interfaculty Centre for Ethics in the Sciences): Doctoral dissertation entitled Stem Cell Research and Criminal Law – at the same time an Evaluation of the use of criminal law in biotechnology.

Vocational legal training, including clerkship, in Schweinfurt, Würzburg, Sydney (AUS)

Studied law at the University of Würzburg with specialisations in European law and international law

Gymnasium Casimirianum, Coburg, Abitur

Areas of research

Criminal law and criminal procedure, criminal law and modern technologies, medical criminal law, commercial criminal law, comparative criminal law, and philosophy of law


Association lnternationale de Droit pénal; Junges Forum Rechtsphilosophie; Deutscher Hochschulverband; Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Zentrums für rechtswissenschaftliche Grundlagenforschung an der Universität Würzburg; Deutsch-Kongolesische Juristenvereinigung; Juristen Alumni Würzburg e.V.; DAAD-Alumni.

Konzernforschung Fahrerassistenz und integrierte Sicherheit Volkswagen AG  

Leading expert for liability and insurance law, Munich Re, Professor of Civil Law, German and European Legal History and Modern Private Law History at the Christian Albrechts-University of Kiel

Curriculum Vitae

1983-1988 Study of law and history at the Free University Berlin
1986-1989 Graduate Student Assistant FU Berlin
1988 Vocational Legal Training exam
1988-1991 Clerkship, Kammergericht Berlin
1990-1997 Graduate Assistant FU Berlin
1991 Second State Examination in Law
1995 PhD in Law
1997-2003 Scientific Assistant CAU Kiel
2002 PhD (Habilitation) in Civil Law, German and European Legal History and History of Private Law in Modern Times (title of the Habilitation thesis: Criminal Elements in German Private Law)
2003 External lecturer (Privatdozentin)
2003-2005 Visiting professorships in Heidelberg, Erlangen, Kiel und Tübingen
since 2005 Expert for liability and insurance law at bei Munich Re
since 2007 additionally adjunct Professor at CAU Kiel
since 2014 Vice-Chairwoman Supervisory Board of the European Centre for Tort and lnsurance Law (Ectil)

Work areas

Liability and tort law, in particular with regard to new technologies, cyber, personal injury, non-pecuniary damage, climate change, discrimination and Directors & Officers, mass litigation and collective redress, private insurance law

lnstitute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) , Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB), Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Institute of Philosophy, KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae

Grunwald, Armin, Prof. Dr. rer. nat., studied physics, mathematics and philosophy. Professional activities in industry (software engineering, 1987-1991), at the German Aerospace Centre (1991-1995) and as deputy director of the European Academy for Research into the impact of scientific and technological developments (1996-1999). Since 1999 head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis of the Karlsruhe Research Centre (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, the former Karlsruhe Research Centre). Since 2002 also head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). 2007 appointment to the Chair of Technology Ethics at the (former) University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT) while retaining the management functions at ITAS and TAB. Speaker of the KIT Centre "Man and Technology". Spokesperson of the Helmholtz Program "Technology, Innovation, and Society". Member of the Executive Board of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Member of the German Bundestag's Commission on Permanent Disposal Sites for Nuclear Waste.

Work areas

Theory and methodology of technology assessment, philosophy of technology, ethics of technology, sustainable development.

Director, Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems Group Research and Advanced Engineering, Daimler AG

Institute of Computer Science, University of Osnabrück; DFKI Robotics lnnovation Centre, Aussenstelle Osnabrück

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1958 in Kiel, Germany.


Academic record

Diplom in Computer Science, University of Bonn, 1982.

Doctorate (Dr.rer.nat) in Computer Science, University of Bonn, 1986.

Second PhD (Habilitation) in Computer Science, Hamburg University, 1995.


Professional career

1982-1986: Scientific Assistant, Computer Science Department, University of Bonn

1986-2001: Research Scientist at GMD (German National Research Center for Information Technology) (GMD in Wikipedia)

03-07/1993: Guest Researcher, International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA

1993-1994: Visiting Professor (C4-Lehrstuhlvertreter), Computer Science Faculty, University of Dortmund

07-09/1996: Visiting Lecturer, Computer Science Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand

1998-2004: External lecturer (Privatdozent), University of Bonn, Computer Science Department

1999-2004: Head of Department Robot Control Architectures (ARC), AIS

2001-2004 (merger between GMD and Fraunhofer Society): Research Scientist at Fraunhofer Institute Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS, now IAIS)

Since 09/2004: Professor for Computer Science (Knowledge-Based Systems) at the University of Osnabrück

2007-2009: Dean of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Osnabrück University

Since 10/2011: Head of Osnabrück branch, Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

03-05/2014: Visiting Lecturer, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Dept. Computer, Control, and Management Engineering Antonio Ruberti (DIAG)


Areas of scientific interest

Artificial Intelligence, knowledge-based systems, action planning, plan-based robot control, robot navigation and localization, semantic mapping, symbol grounding, embedded knowledge-based systems.

Applications in the above areas of interest. Currently, a focus is on agricultural robotics.


Awards etc.

ECCAI Fellow as of 2014

Award for Excellence for Springer Handbook of Robotics (B. Siciliano, O. Khatib, eds.), Chapter co-author (2008) 2nd place (team member), SICK AG Robot Day, indoor competition (2007)

Nomination for Hans-Mühlenhoff-Preis for outstanding teaching, University of Osnabrück (2007)

Best Mobility Award, Best Autonomy Award (team member), Robocup German Open (2005) Best Paper Award (co-author), SSRR'05, Kobe, Japan (2005)

Vice World Champion (team member), RoboCup Rescue, Lisbon (2004) ICSI Award of GMD for outstanding scientific research (1992)

PhD grant by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (1983/84)


Research community services


Technical Program Committee member, IEEE MFI 2015, Sep 14-16, San Diego, CA, USA

Program Committee member, IJCAl-15 July 25-31, 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina

PC member, Planning and Robotics Workshop at ICAPS 2015, PlanRob 2015 June 7-8, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel


IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Agricultural Robotics and Automation (since 07/2014).

MCG (Machine Control and Guidance), member of the Scientific Committee (since 04/2014).

Vertrauensdozent (personal tutor) of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) at the University of Osnabrück (from March 2010 on).

Co-Editor, KI – Künstliche Intelligenz (since 09/2009, re-elected 09/2013)

Project reviewer for various European and German public agencies, such as EC (7th FP, Horizon 2020), ERC, BMVIT (Austrian Fed. Ministry for Trafflc, lnnovation, Technology), BMBF (German Fed. Ministry for Education and Research), DFG, and others.

Co-editor of the book series DISKI – Dissertationen aus der Künstlichen Intelligenz of AKA-Verlag

Past (selected)

Dean of the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Osnabrück (2007-2009) Conference Co-Chair and local organization, Kl-2007, September 10-13, 2007, Osnabrück.

Co-editor, Special lssue Semantic Knowledge in Robotics of the Journal of. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2008

Co-organizer, Dagstuhl Seminars 12491 lnterpreting Observed Actions, Schloss Dagstuhl, Dee 2-7, 2012; No. 06231 Towards Affordance-Based Robot Control, June 5-9, 2006; and No. 03261 Plan-based Control of Robotic Agents, June 22-27, 2003 (see Proceedings of the previous seminar in 2001.)

Member of the Comité de Pilotage (Steering Committee) of the interdisciplinary National French Program in Robotics Robotique et Entités Artificielles (Robea).

Member of the Executive Council of the lnternational Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) (2002-2008).

Co-chair 6th lntl. Conference on Artificial lntelligence Planning and Scheduling Systems (AIPS2002), April 25-27, 2002, Toulouse (France)

Electronic Transactions on Artificial lntelligence (ETAI), member of the editorial committee for the area Planning and Scheduling.

Member of the problem jury for the German National Contest in lnformatics (Bundeswettbewerb lnformatik). speaker of the SIG Planen und Konfigurieren of the German Gesellschaft für lnformatik, 1989-1993


Society memberships

Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft (GK)

German solicitor, specialist lawyer for administrative law, partner of Noerr LLP

Prof. Dr. Thomas Klindt, German solicitor, is a partner in the law firm Noerr LLP and also a specialist lawyer for administrative law. His main focus is on technology and industrial law (including product safety/product liability, technical compliance, Industry 4.0, and standardization law). At Noerr he heads the Product Compliance Team and teaches European technology and product law at the Universities of Kassel and Bayreuth. He was also appointed to the working group law of the platform led by BMWi and BMWF "Industry 4.0".

Chair of Informatics VII: Robotics und Telematics, Julius-Maximilians­ University Würzburg

Driving dynamics and driver assistance. Driver assistance, industrialization function and software, BMW Group