(16 January 1939
, Vienna Austria
) is an Austrian cybernetics
and artificial intelligence
researcher. He is a professor at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna
Robert Trappl was born in 1939
. He studied sociology
at the Institute for Advanced Studies
in Vienna, where he was trained as an electrical engineer
as well. He later received a PhD
in psychology, with a minor in astronomy
He is the director of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), as well as head of the Institute of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
He has given lectures in many countries and he has worked as a consultant for national and international companies and organizations (OECD, UNIDO, WHO).
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 has been on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals and has been a member of program committees of many national and international conferences. From 1986 to 1988 he was the first president of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR).
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
and interactive media
, especially games, and with a view on their consequeces for theories on cognition and emotion.
Trappl has published more than 180 articles, he is co-author, editor or co-editor of 34 books, among others :
- 1992, Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence, Heidelberg/New York: Springer.
- 1997, Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors, Heidelberg/New York: Springer.
- 2001, (eds)Multi-Agent Systems and Applications, Heidelberg/New York: Springer.
- 2003, Emotions in Humans and Artifacts, MIT Press.
- 2004, Agent Culture. Human-Agent Interaction in a Multicultural World, Lawrence Erlbaum.
- 2005, Wissenschaft und Medizin, 3rd ed., Vienna: Facultas.
- 2006, Cybernetics and Systems 2006, 2 vols. Vienna: ASCS.
- 2006, Programming for Peace: Computer-Aided Methods for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Dordrecht, NL: Springer, .
He is the author of the 2 hour video series "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" (in German, Spektrum Videothek, Heidelberg).