Team

Rainer is the head of the Ethics of AI research group at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. As a working group we develop new approaches for a contemporary critical philosophy of the digital, using our colloquium for regular discussions.

Team culture and mentoring

An inclusive working atmosphere, gender equality, and consideration of the needs of young scholars with children are particularly important to us.

The research group offers excellent students and doctoral candidates a young, motivated environment for critical philosophy, ethics and social theory of the digital society – for example, in the context of bachelor’s and master’s theses as well as doctoral projects.

Together, the team contributes to the teaching program on the Ethics of AI offered at the University of Osnabrück. Our courses are generally held in English and mostly in hybrid formats (combining online/offline), so that they are also accessible to external guests.

Members

Gert Goeminne

Gert is a postdoc researcher in the BMBF-funded project Simport in the Ethics of AI research group. Originally trained as a nuclear physicist (PhD 2001), he sees himself as an interdisciplinary scientist who consciously operates at the intersection between fundamental research on the one hand and a normative engagement with sustainability and social justice on the other. Over the years, he has elaborated on the political nature of science and technology in various research domains such as climate policy, sustainability transitions, inter- and transdisciplinarity, and more recently responsible research and innovation and ethics of AI.

Corinna Balkow

Corinna 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.

Nora Freya Lindemann

Nora 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.

Paul Schütze

Paul 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.

Jan-Philipp Siebold

Jan-Philipp Siebold is a research assistant in the Ethics of AI research group at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. After finishing his BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a specialisation in Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy as well as Cultural and Media studies, he is currently completing his MA in Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on French Social Philosophy, Critical Theory and Philosophy of Technology with a special interest in power, subjectivity and affectivity in digital media cultures and AI systems.

Annemarie Witschas

Annemarie 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.

Anastasija Kocic

Anastasija 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.

Per Gülzow

Per 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.

Marte Henningsen

Marte is a student assistant in the research group Ethics of AI at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. She is a master’s student in Cognitive Science with a technical background in Computer Science and Computational Engineering. She is interested in the role of language in AI systems, as well as the impact of modern technologies on work.

Jona Lemke

Jona is a Bachelor student in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück and works as a student assistant in the Ethics of AI research group. During their studies, they primarily engaged in Neuroinformatics, Neuropsychology and Philosophy. Jona is especially interested in subjectivity and the structural effects of AI in the digital society.

Karla Baublys

Karla is a student assistant in the Ethics of AI research group at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. She studies Cognitive Science and is especially interested in public relations in relation to societal change.

Former members

Mareike Lisker

Martin Pechmann