Dr Simon Coghlan is an Affiliate of the the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S) from the University of Melbourne.

Simon is a moral philosopher and a veterinarian. He is a senior research fellow in the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE) and the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS). 

Simon’s research in digital ethics currently includes a focus on companion and care robots for older people and other groups, on animal-computer interaction, and on digital technologies in healthcare and public health. 

Simon has interests in applied ethics of various types, including conservation ethics, animal ethics, and health ethics, and has current projects on:

  • Digital technologies and animal welfare 
  • Teaching AI ethics 
  • Chatbots and ethics 
  • Robot ethics 
  • Human-machine relations