Sensor Technologies & the Human Experience, IAS Garching, 21-22 July 2015


Sensor Technologies & the Human Experience
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Sensor Technologies as Emerging Socio-technical Systems

Chairpersons:Klaus Mainzer (TUM München) &
Kathleen Eggleson (University of Notre Dame IN USA)
Sponsors:National Science Foundation of the United States,
Award Number 1344531,
Chair for Philosophy of Science (TUM),
Chair for Nanoelectronics (TUM) and
TUM-IAS (Institute for Advanced Study)
Duration:from 21 July, 9:00 a.m. to 22 July 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Location:TUM-IAS Institute for Advanced Study
Lichtenbergstr. 2a, 85748 Garching 

Denise Baker (Arizona State University), Susanne Beck (University of Hannover), Dominik Bösl (KUKA) , Gordon Cheng (TUM), Steve Goodnick (Arizona State University), Luca Larcher (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Paolo Lugli (TUM), Sabine Maasen (TUM),Wolfgang Porod (University of Notre Dame), Laurel Riek (University of Notre Dame), Sabine Thürmel(TUM), Jathan Sadowski (Arizona State University), and Agnieszka Wykowska (TUM).

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Convening diverse thinkers for a unique conversation about sensor technologies, considered as emerging socio-technological systems, with emphasis on actual and potential societal and individual impacts.

As sensor technologies become increasingly powerful and pervasive, what effects might this have on embodied sensation and the human experience, on the individual and societal levels?

How can sensor networks and associated functionalities be innovatively and responsibly developed?

What are the key considerations for individual and societal decision makers with respect to ubiquitous artificial sensation?


Workshop Schedule and Presentations

Tuesday 21 July 2015
A. Opening Session
09:00Klaus MainzerComprehensive introduction
09:45Kathleen Eggleson Ethical and evolutionary perspectives on externalized, artificial sensing
Coffee Break
B. Technical Basics (Chair: Paolo Lugli)
11:00Wolfgang PorodSensor nodes (TBD)
11:45Steve GoodnickEnergy requirements for ubiquitous sensors
14:00Gordon ChengGetting our brain to sense a new body
C. Applications (Chair: Wolfgang Porod)
14:45Paolo LugliPrinting technologies for low cost sensors
15:30Coffee Break
16:00Luca LarcherWireless sensor network enabled by energy harvesting technology for the digital agriculture
16:45Laurel RiekTBD
D. Societal Sectors (Chair: Kathleen Eggleson)
17:30Sabine ThürmelBig data based governance: autonomy and control in sociotechnical systems
Wednesday 22 July 2015
09:00Suzanne BeckLegal concepts in the light of modern human-machine-interaction
09:45Dominik BöslCorporate innovation management (TBD)
10:30Jathan SadowskiSensing cities, detectig politics: using speculative fiction to explore urban life
11:15Coffee Break
E. Individual Human Implications (Chair: Klaus Mainzer)
11:45Denise BakerSensors and sensibility: can we collect, store, and share ubiquitous sensor data and still protect individual privacy and identity?
12:30Agnieszka WykowskaLinking social cognitive neuroscience with robotics for better social robots
13:15Ruth HagengruberDo big data change our view of gendered experience? How sensor technologies impact accustomed ontologies o particulars and universals
14:15F. Closing Remarks (Klaus Mainzer, Kathleen Eggleson)
Time and PlaceTBD
G. Writing
Available participants will gather for further discussion and writing


Faculty Associate for Social Psychology, Arizona State University, NSF IGERT Fellow (M.S. Psychology, Ph.D. candidate),
Expertise: Human and Social Dimensions of Emerging Technologies, Privacy, Technological Identities, and Social Cognition

Professor for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and Law Philosophy, University Hannover;
Expertise: one of Germany’s first experts in human-machine law

Corporate Innovation Manager, KUKA AG (Germany’s leading Robotics Company), Technology Owner: Apps & Cloud (M.S. Computer Science, M.A. Philosophy of Science, MBA (US): U. Pittsburgh),
Expertise: Innovation management of cognitive robotics, societal impact of robotics

Professor for Cognitive Systems and Robotics, TUM (M.S. Computer Science, PhD Systems Engineering, former Head of the Department of Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience, Kyoto, Japan),
Expertise: Cognitive robotics


Biological scientist and practical ethicist at the University of Notre Dame, Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), with an educational background in molecular microbiology and microbial pathogenesis (Ph.D. Washington University in Saint Louis). Leads the university’s multidisciplinary Nano Impacts Intellectual Community; served as past Associate Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; lead instructor of Technology and Ethics for entrepreneurial MS students in the Engineering, Science, & Technology Entrepreneurship Master’s Program (ESTEEM) program; committee chair for 2010 Notre Dame conference Toward Regulation of Nanomaterials: A Conversation Between Academia, Industry, Law, and Government; member of the ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical15. Juli 2015Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 on Nanotechnologies. Current NSF projects include ‘Ethics Education in Life Cycle Design, Engineering, and Management’, designing nanomaterial case-based graduate level ethics education materials, and the societal and ethical implications component of ‘Computer Architectures for 2020 and Beyond’, with activities including this Sensor Technologies & the Human Experience workshop. Research interests in emerging nanotechnology ethics, particularly cases involving both biological and justice considerations. Recent first/only author articles in Nano medicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (2013), NanoEthics (2014), and Journal of Responsible Innovation (2015, in press).

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Deputy Director of ASU LightWorks, Arizona State University, and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, TUM (M.S. and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, former Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with TUM and Director of Arizona Institute for Nanoelectronics),
Expertise: Solid State Device Physics, Transport in Nanostructures, Nanoelectronic Devices and Circuits, Computational Electronics, RF and Microwave Devices, Optoelectronic and Energy Conversion Devices

Ph.D. Ruth Hagengruber, head of the philosophy department of Paderborn University, and director of the teaching and research area "History of Women Philosophers and Scientists" ( an institute aiming at renewing the long-lasting tradition of women philosophers. In April 2015 the first MA Erasmus Program dedicated to the Study of the History of Women Philosophers in cooperation with Yeditepe University, Turkey is inaugurated. Hagengruber published various books on the history of women philosophers (2015 The MONIST 98/1 ed. Barry Smith; Advisory Editors: Karen Green & Ruth Hagengruber: THE HISTORY OF WOMEN’S IDEAS, Oxford University Press). Her research focuses on the outstanding philosopher Emilie du Châtelet (Ruth Hagengruber: EMILIE DU CHÂTELET BETWEEN LEIBNIZ AND NEWTON, Springer 2011). In 2006 she founded the group: “EcoTechGender” Economics, Technology and Gender are defined as the challenging and decisive factors of the future. The teaching and research area "EcoTechGender" is dedicated to the philosophic analysis of the relation between these topics. Ruth Hagengruber is honorary member of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy (IAPH) and member of the Advisory Board of Munich Center for Technology in Society MCTS at the Technical University, Munich. Main publications are: Hagengruber, Ruth, Riss, Uwe. (Eds.). 2014. Philosophy, Computing and Information Science. London: Pickering & Chatto; Hagengruber, Ruth, Ess, Charles. (Eds.). 2011. The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures? Münster: MV-Wissenschaft.


Professor of Electronics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Expertise: Semiconductor device modeling, characterization and reliability, integrated circuits for communications systems, energy harvesting technology

Professor and Chair of Nanoelectronics, TUM (M.S. and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering),
Expertise: Molecular Electronics, Nanoelectronics

Professor and Chair of Philosophy and the Theory of Science and Director of the Carl von Linde Academy, TUM (Ph.D. Philosophy),
Expertise: Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Science and Technology

Frank M. Friemann Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of NDnano, University of Notre Dame (M.S. and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering) and TUM-IAS Alumnus Fellow,
Expertise: Solid-state Devices, Computational Electronics, Nanoelectronics

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame (Ph.D. in Computer Science, former roboticist in industry for a decade before joining academia), Clare Boothe Luce Chair. Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values,
Expertise: Robotics, Social Sensing, Human-Robot Teaming

Author (Slate, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America) and Graduate Research Assistant, Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Arizona State University (M.A. Applied Ethics and the Professions; Ph.D. dissertation on ‘Smart Cities’ in progress),
Expertise: Political Economy, Social Theory, and Information and Communication Technology

Independent researcher and lecturer at Carl von Linde Academy, TUM. Background both in computer science (Ph.D. in Computer Science from TUM in 1989) and philosophy (Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and Technology from TUM in 2013, advisor Klaus Mainzer). Wide-ranging computer science experience including parallel and distributed systems as well as multi-agent systems and as technical strategy advisor at Siemens. Interdisciplinary work on the foundations and effects of culture changing information technologies since the 1990s. Book chapters in 2015: “The Participatory Turn – A Multidimensional Gradual Agency Concept for Human and Non-human Actors”, “Exploring Social and Asocial Agency in Agent-based Systems” (both in press by Springer). Big Data focus in 2015: „Responsible Innovation in Big Data Systems“ to be presented at Data Power, Sheffield, CLMPS 2015, Helsinki, and SPT 2015 in Shenyang, China. Current research interests include Big Data, autonomy and control in socio-technical systems, emergence and chance in agent-based simulations.

Senior researcher and lecturer affiliated both with the Dept. of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and Chair for Cognitive Systems, TUM. Scientific coordinator of a DFG-project with Singapore “Intercultural Social Robotics”, lead by Prof. Gordon Cheng, TUM. Background in Philosophy and Logic (M.A. in Philosophy from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland) as well as in Cognitive Neuroscience (M.Sc. in Neuro-cognitive Psychology, LMU, Munich). PhD and Habilitation in Psychology (LMU Munich).
Expertise: social cognitive neuroscience in the context of human-robot interaction and social robotics. Methods: EEG, eyetracking, psychophysics. Research interests: fundamental mechanisms of social cognition in human-robot interaction (joint attention, attunement, perceptual and motor resonance, perspective taking, theory of mind); prerequisites for adopting the intentional stance towards robots; incorporating robots into human social sphere for applied purposes (healthcare, elderly care); sensing abilities in social robots; cultural aspects in social robotics.