Aimee Van Wynsberghe

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Aimee van Wynsberghe
Scientific career
Fieldsrobot ethics, applied ethics

Aimee van Wynsberghe is a robot ethicist at Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands. She is also the president and co-founder of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, a not-for-profit NGO that advocates for the ethical design and production of robots.

Education and career[edit]

Originally from London, Ontario, she received her Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology from the University of Western Ontario, after which she obtained dual master's degrees in Applied Ethics and Bio Ethics from KU Leuven in Belgium and the European Union's Erasmus Mundus program. She received her PhD from the University of Twente in 2012; her dissertation involved the creation of an ethical framework for the use of care robots in the medical field and was nominated for the Georges Giralt Award for best PhD thesis in Robotics.

Van Wynsberghe has been working in the field of robotics since 2004, beginning her career as a research assistant at CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advance Robotics). From 2014 to 2017 she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente, where her work focused on robot ethics. Van Wynsberghe currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology.[1]

In 2015, Van Wynsberghe and Noel Sharkey established the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR), a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the ethical design and production of robots. In founding the FRR, van Wynsberghe and Sharkey cited the urgent need for a greater level of accountability and attention to ethics in the design of robots, especially those that complete jobs through automation.[2] She currently serves as the president of the foundation, organizing multi-stakeholder workshops; writing and disseminating consultation documents and reports; establishing public-private partnerships; and addressing legislative bodies within the European Union.

Van Wynsberghe is also a member of multiple organizations focusing on the ethics of technology. She has been appointed to the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG)[3] and currently serves on the board of numerous NGOs, including the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age[4] and the Netherlands Alliance for AI (ALLAI Netherlands). She also serves on the advisory board of the AI & Intelligent Automation Network.[5]

Academic contributions[edit]

According to Google Scholar, van Wynsberghe’s work has been cited over 400 times and currently holds an h-index of 11.[6] She is the author of the 2016 book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation, which addresses the current and future role of robots in the healthcare sector and the urgent need to impose ethical guidelines on their use.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Van Wynsberghe was a 2015 recipient of an NWO Veni Personal Research Grant[8] to study the ethical design of care robots. In 2017, Van Wynsberghe appeared on Robohub’s "25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About" list.[9] In July 2018 she was listed among the British Interactive Media Association's "100 Ai Influencers Worth Following".[10] Van Wynsberghe was a 2018 recipient of the Dutch L’Oréal – UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.[11]


In January 2018, van Wynsberghe was interviewed for a Raddington Report article entitled “Robot Ethics, Robot Equality.”[12] In June 2018 she was featured on BBC’s Today program[13] and was interviewed by Seth Adler at the Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Automation Network.[14] Van Wynsberghe has spoken at major international events including Web Summit,[15] the European Investment Bank Global Investment Forum,[16] AI for Good’s Global Summit,[17] and the Economist’s Innovation Summit.[18] Van Wynsberghe was interviewed for the 2017 VPRO documentary Robo Sapiens, which discusses humankind’s future with robots.[19]


  1. ^ "Press | Aimee van Wynsberghe". Aimee van Wynsberghe. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  2. ^ Russon, Mary-Ann (2015-12-11). "Scientists launch AI advocacy group to tackle urgent ethical issues". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  3. ^ "High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence". Digital Single Market. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  4. ^ "Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy – The Internet of Values". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  5. ^ "AiiA". AiiA. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  6. ^ "Aimee van Wynsberghe - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  7. ^ "Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation (Hardback) - Routledge". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  8. ^ "News | Veni grant for four young UT students | University of Twente - Enschede". Universiteit Twente. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  9. ^ "25 women in robotics you need to know about – 2017 | Robohub". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  10. ^ "100 Ai Influencers Worth Following". BIMA. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  11. ^ "Aimee van Wynsberghe in diverse media over women in science beurs". TU Delft (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  12. ^ "Robot Ethics, Robot Equality | Raddington Report". Raddington Report. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  13. ^ "07/06/2018, Today - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  14. ^ "The bottom line of ethics and governance in AI". AiiA. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  15. ^ Web Summit (2018-03-21), A robot in every room?, retrieved 2018-08-27
  16. ^ "FT - EIB Global Investment Forum organised by FT Live". FT Live. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  17. ^ "AI for Good 2018 Speaker Biographies". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  18. ^ "Innovation Summit 2018 Europe". The Economist Events. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  19. ^ "Robotregels - Robo Sapiens". VPRO (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-08-27.

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