Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
at TUM School of Management, TUM School of Life Sciences
"Technologies have the potential to assist humans and improve our quality of life. However, it is essential to design technologies with a focus on the benefits for the many, and not the few. Question of social justice and equity need to move to the center of technology development, particularly in fields such as AI and robotics. To this end, we must foster interdisciplinary collaborations between the social sciences and AI research and address social, ethical and political questions in an integrated way already during technology development." Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller is associate professor of Science & Technology Policy at and co-director of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She is a researcher in Science & Technology Studies, a social science research field that explores the relations between science, technology & society in today’s highly technology-dependent societies. Prof. Müller holds degrees molecular biology (MSc) and sociology (PhD) from the University of Vienna, Austria. Before she joined TUM, she held positions at, for example, the Research Policy Institute at Lund University, Sweden and the Science & Justice Research Center at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA. Prof. Müller’s research explores a) how changes in the social, political, and intellectual conditions of research affect knowledge production and work cultures in science, focusing specifically on challenges and opportunities responsible research and innovation; and b) the social and political implications of scientific and technological innovation, particularly in the life sciences and in biomedicine. This, of course, includes recent developments in robotics and AI. Across all research activities, Prof. Müller’s work emphasizes questions of social justice and equity, with regard to both inclusion and diversity in scientific institutions and the impact of science and technology on society. She is an expert in facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration between the social, natural, medical and technical sciences in order to foster the responsible development of research and innovation.