Robert Trappl(yes, there is a photograph © Christian Fischer, derStandard)
Robert Trappl is head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, which was founded in 1984. He is teaching obligatory and facultative courses and seminars, among them "Motivation, Emotion, Consciousness", "Consciousness and Awareness in Humans and in Robots: Functions, Theories, Models", "Science and Medicine", "IT-Systems for Persons with Special Needs", and "Love: A Multidisciplinary Approach" at the Vienna Medical University, and Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. He was professor of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence and head of the Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, for thirty years, and is now professor emeritus at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna.
He holds a PhD in psychology (minor: astronomy), a diploma in sociology (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna), is Ingenieur (BEng) for electrical engineering, and recently, in 2012, graduated as MBA in General Management.
He has published more than 180 articles, he is co-author, editor or co-editor of 35 books, among others "Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence", "Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors", and "Multi-Agent Systems and Applications", these three Springer, Heidelberg/New York, "Emotions in Humans and Artifacts", MIT Press, 2003, "Agent Culture. Human-Agent Interaction in a Multicultural World", Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004, "Programming for Peace: Computer-Aided Methods for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention", Springer, Dordrecht, NL, 2006, "Cybernetics and Systems 2010", ASCS, Vienna, "Wissenschaft und Medizin", 10th ed. 2012, Facultas, Vienna, and "Your Virtual Butler: The Making-of", Springer Heidelberg/Berlin, 2013.
He is Editor-in-Chief of "Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal" and "Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal", both published by Taylor & Francis, USA. He is author of the 2 hour video series "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" (in German, Spektrum Videothek, Heidelberg). He has been on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals and has been a member of program committees of many national and international conferences.
His main research focus was, beginning in the Nineties, the investigation of the potential contributions of Artificial Intelligence methods to the avoidance of outbreaks of wars or in ending them, and currently is the development of intelligent and emotional personality agents both for synthetic actors in films, television, interactive media, especially games, and social robots, and with a view on their consequences for theories on cognition and emotion.
He has been giving lectures in many countries and he has been working as a consultant for national and international companies and organizations (EC, OECD, UNIDO, WHO).
In his spare time, beginning in the Seventies, he has been taking courses and workshops first in pantomine, then in improvisation, contact improvisation and contemporary dance. He is an active performer also on stage, e.g. in performances in the Studio 1 of the Tanzquartier or in Hall G of the Museumsquartier or in the Werkraum of the Münchner Kammerspiele, or recently, in March 2012, he danced in an adaptation of E.A. Poe's "The Fall of the House Usher" in the Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna.
He enjoys life.
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