Robert Trappl is professor and head of the Institute of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He is head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, which was founded in 1984.
He holds a PhD in psychology (minor: astronomy), a diploma in sociology (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna), and is engineer for electrical engineering.
He has published more than 180 articles, he is co-author, editor or co-editor of 34 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; recently "Emotions in Humans and Artifacts", MIT Press, 2003; "Agent Culture. Human-Agent Interaction in a Multicultural World", Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004; "Wissenschaft und Medizin", 3rd ed. 2005, Facultas, Vienna; "Cybernetics and Systems 2006", 2 vols., ASCS, Vienna; and "Programming for Peace: Computer-Aided Methods for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention", Springer, Dordrecht, NL, 2006.
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 is on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals and has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences.
His main research focus at present is the investigation of the potential contributions of Artificial Intelligence methods to the avoidance of outbreaks of wars or in ending them, and the development of intelligent and emotional personality agents both for synthetic actors in films, television and interactive media, with a view on their consequeces for theories on cognition and emotion.
He has been giving lectures and courses and working as a consultant for national and international companies and organizations (OECD, UNIDO, WHO).
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