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Workshop: Critical Examination of Military AI Applications

This workshop is part of KI 2019.

It is co-organised with the Resarch Association Science, Disarmament and International Security FONAS.

Date, Time, Place: Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 09:00–12:30, Universität Kassel, Arnold-Bode-Straße 2, Raum 0404


AI can be used in armed forces for many areas and is presented as central for the winning of future wars. Particularly problematic would be the use for selection and attack of targets in autonomous weapon systems and for warfare in cyberspace. However, only the selection of targets based on automatic evaluation of (meta)data can be problematic.

With short contributions and group discussion we want to treat questions such as

  • Arms race in military applications – real, in planning and in rhetoric,
  • (Un)reliability of target recognition,
  • Acceleration of combat events, possibilities and problems of human control,
  • Commonalities with and differences from civil AI applications,
  • Use of AI for disarmament and verification?
  • Activities of people working in AI and their effects.

Programme (preliminary)


  • Jürgen Altmann (TU Dortmund)
    Military AI: Arms Race and Destabilisation Foreseeable
  • Robert Walter (Conscious Coders)
    (Un)reliability of target detection and classification
  • Wolfgang Koch (FKIE/Univ. Bonn)
    Zur militärischen Nutzung der Künstlichen Intelligenz: Ethische, völkerrechtliche und technische Probleme
  • Dimitri Scheftelowitsch (TU Dortmund)
    Specifics of Civil vs. Military AI Applications


  • Christian Alwardt (IFSH, Hamburg)
    AI in Decision-Making: Situational Awareness, Early Warning and Command & Control
  • Florian von Keller (Conscious Coders)
    International political development regarding autonomous weapon systems
  • Thea Riebe (TU Darmstadt)
    Meaningful Human Control of LAWS: The CCW-Debate and its Implications for Value-Sensitive Design
  • Lisa Maichle (Universität Augsburg)
    The Discursive Dimension of Military AI Applications
  • Jascha Bareis (Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft)
    Collective swarms competing with singular battle machines: National strategic discourses around military AI


Jürgen Altmann (TU Dortmund), Lisa Maichle (Universität Augsburg), Dimitri Scheftelowitsch (TU Dortmund), Robert Walter (Conscious Coders)