Johanna Seibt has been awarded an MSO professorship with effect from 1 November. “MSO” stands for “with special responsibilities” in Danish.
Johanna Seibt has been awarded an MSO professorship in philosophy. During her professorship she will be studying the cultural and existential consequences of the increased use of social robots. In particular, she will be responsible for developing a theoretical framework to describe the interaction between human beings and robots in a cross-disciplinary collaboration between researchers in philosophy, anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, art and robotics. The goal is to use cross-disciplinary collaboration to create cohesive research within this field, which is known as integrated social robotics.
CV: Johanna Seibt is 55 years old. She is a graduate of Universitet München and the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where she gained her PhD. She has been an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a postdoc and substitute associate professor at Aarhus University, and an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas at Aarhus University since 2008.
Her research has focused on analytical ontology and metaphysics, and she gained international recognition for her interpretation of Sellars’s philosophy. In the past two decades she has worked on the basis of a new process ontology called “general process theory”, and has studied the possible applications of process ontology within fields such as conflict research, cognition research, and (most recently) robot philosophy.