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Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer

© Patrick Seeger
University of Freiburg
Internal Senior Fellow
October 2018 - February 2021

Room 01 024
Phone +49 (0) 761-203 97446
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Dr. Kellmeyer is a board-certified neurologist at the University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. He studied medicine at the Universities of Heidelberg and Zurich and received a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (UK) on a full scholarship. He currently works as a clinical neuroscientist on a project for using a wireless, intracranial EEG based brain-computer interface to restore communication in severely paralyzed neurological patients. He is also a scientific member of the Cluster of Excellence ("Exzellenzcluster") BrainLinks-BrainTools, an interdisciplinary research consortium on neurotechnological research at the University of Freiburg. In his neuroethical work he is particularly interested in the ethical challenges of emerging neurotechnologies, applications of big data and machine learning in clinical neuroscience, as well as ethics issues in disorders of consciousness and neurodegenerative diseases. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich where he also teaches biomedical ethics. He is the leader of the Emerging Issues Task Force of the International Neuroethics Society and member of the Advisory Committee of the Neuroethics Network. In 2017, he received the “Förderpreis Bioethik” (Bioethics Prize) of the MTZ-Foundation for his neuroethics work.

Selected Publications

  • Kellmeyer P., Mueller O., Feingold-Polak R. and Levy-Tzedek S. "Social robots in rehabilitation: A question of trust". Science Robotics. 2018 Aug 15 3(21).
  • Kellmeyer P, Grosse-Wentrup M, Schulze-Bonhage A, Ziemann U, Ball T. Electrophysiological correlates of neurodegeneration in motor and non-motor brain regions in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - implications for brain-computer interfacing. J Neural Eng. 2018 Apr 20. doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/aabfa5.
  • Yuste R, Goering S, Arcas BAY, Bi G, Carmena JM, Carter A, Fins JJ, Friesen P, Gallant J, Huggins JE, Illes J, Kellmeyer P, Klein E, Marblestone A, Mitchell C, Parens E, Pham M, Rubel A, Sadato N, Sullivan LS, Teicher M, Wasserman D, Wexler A, Whittaker M, Wolpaw J. Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI. Nature. 2017 Nov 8;551(7679):159-163. doi: 10.1038/551159a.
  • Kellmeyer P. Ethical and Legal Implications of the Methodological Crisis in Neuroimaging. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2017 Oct;26(4):530-554. doi: 10.1017/S096318011700007X.
  • Kellmeyer P, Cochrane T, Müller O, Mitchell C, Ball T, Fins JJ, Biller-Andorno N.The Effects of Closed-Loop Medical Devices on the Autonomy and Accountability of Persons and Systems. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2016 Oct; 25(4): pp. 623-33. doi: 10.1017/S0963180116000359.

FRIAS Research Project

Responsible Artificial Intelligence: Normative aspects of the interaction of humans and intelligent systems

Intelligent systems capable of autonomous behavior and self-learning, whether in medical devices or self-driving vehicles, are the core technology behind the next wave of industrial innovation. In this research focus, we will jointly investigate ethical, legal, philosophical and social aspects, including benefits and risks in a broad sense, of this impending transformation from different perspectives. In the legal and governance domain, for example, we will examine national and international legislations, regulations, and treaties, as well as soft law norms and codes of conduct, on whether they are adequate for governing the interactions between humans and intelligent systems and for adjudicating liability. We will also study algorithmic and hardware mechanisms for safeguarding users of intelligent software and robots. With respect to philosophical questions, we will study the impact of these technologies on ethical theories and concepts of agency and action. The project provides a foundational nucleus for the interdisciplinary study of ethical, legal, social and other aspects of autonomous intelligent systems at the University of Freiburg.