Tobias Matzner

How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?

Research in the Era of Learning Algorithms

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Prof. Dr. Tobias Matzner

Cooperation Partner

Department of Media Studies
Paderborn University

Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

Tel: +49(0)5251 60 3275


  • PhD on philosophy, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • “Diplom” in computer science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Research Experience

  • Since 2018: Professor for “Media, algorithms, and society” at Paderborn University, Germany
  • Visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  • PostDoc researcher, International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), University of Tübingen, Germany

Relevant Publications

  • Mann, M., & Matzner, T. (2019). Challenging algorithmic profiling: The limits of data protection and anti-discrimination in responding to emergent discrimination. Big Data & Society, 6(2), 2053951719895805.
  • Matzner, T. (2016). The model gap: Cognitive systems in security applications and their ethical implications. AI & Society, 31(1), 95–102.
  • Matzner, T. (2019). The Human Is Dead – Long Live the Algorithm! Human-Algorithmic Ensembles and Liberal Subjectivity. Theory, Culture & Society, 36(2), 123–144.
  • Matzner, T. (2020). Plural, Situated Subjects in the Critique of Artificial Intelligence. In The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence (pp. 109–122). transcript Verlag.
  • Rohlfing, K. J., Cimiano, P., Scharlau, I., Matzner, T., Buhl, H. M., Buschmeier, H., Esposito, E., Grimminger, A., Hammer, B., Häb-Umbach, R., Horwath, I., Hüllermeier, E., Kern, F., Kopp, S., Thommes, K., Ngomo, A.-C. N., Schulte, C., Wachsmuth, H., Wagner, P., & Wrede, B. (2020). Explanation as a social practice: Toward a conceptual framework for the social design of AI systems. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (Early Access). IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.