Robert Trappl is an internationally known scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, and introduces CDS students to current developments with his First Semester course Introduction Regarding Programme Topics: Artificial Intelligence and Second Semester course Basics of Selected Subjects from Science and Technology. He is head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, which was founded in 1984. He is known for his work in the field of cybernetics and artificial intelligence. In the 1960s, Robert Trappl received in Vienna a degree in electrical engineering, a degree in sociology from the Institute of Advanced Studies (Vienna), and a PhD in psychology, with a minor in astronomy. Since the 1970s he has worked at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Since the 1980s he has been the director of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and later, until 2006, he was also head of the Institute of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the Medical University of Vienna. Besides his work at the University he has advised several national and international companies and organizations. In the 1970s he was President of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies. In this position, he co-founded in 1980 the International Federation for Systems Research of which he became vice-president, and from 1986 to 1988 president.
Robert Trappl is editor-in-chief of the science journals Applied Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics and Systems, and a member on the editorial boards of several other journals.