Robert Trappl is professor and head of the Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, Austria. He is director 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 150 articles, he is co-author, editor or co-editor of 28 books, the most recent being "Power, Autonomy, Utopia: New Approaches toward Complex Systems", Plenum, New York, "Cybernetics and Systems 2000", ASCS, Vienna, "Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence", "Creating Personalities for Synthetic Actors", and "Multi-Agent Systems and Applications", these three Springer, Heidelberg/New York. 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).
Main Research Interests:
- investigation of the potential contributions of Artificial Intelligence methods to the avoidance of outbreaks of wars or in ending them
- the design of emotional personality agents for synthetic actors in films, television and interactive media