I currently work on new military innovations, such as military robots. These are used in pilotless airplanes for military purposes.

Lamber Royakkers, employee

Military organisations increasingly make use of network technology to better share information and collaborate.

I am associate professor and in my research I am interested in social, legal and ethical questions related to technological innovations. For example, I currently work on new military innovations, such as military robots. These are used in pilotless airplanes for military purposes. In this research I try to answer the following question: to what extent is it desirable that armed military robots can make independent decisions about life and death?

In my free time I do a lot of sporting such as running, inside soccer and squash. I also like to make music. Once in a while I play (bass)guitar in a band when they need a substitute. But above all I like to coach my sun’s soccer team.

Projects

Moral fitness of military personnel in a networked operational environment (2009-2013)
Military operational personnel are increasingly confronted with very complex missions, like the war against terrorists and fundamentalists. Collaboration between all partners is an essential requirement in these operations. Military organisations increasingly make use of network technology to better share information and collaborate. Mission success is increasingly determined by the soldier’s capabilities to evaluate high-stake situations, to make balanced decisions, and to collaborate. Ethics and morality play a crucial role in such situations. This research program will investigate the critical competencies of military personnel needed for moral decision making in network enabled operations. This should contribute to the strengthening and insurance of morally responsible actions and decisions of military personnel in a networked operational environment, resulting in changes in education, training and mission preparation for military personnel.