Agency and (quantum) physics


How can there be agency in a world governed, at all scales, by the laws of physics? This project tackles our understanding of agency by following a multidisciplinary approach, and brings together experienced researchers in quantum physics and philosophy, connecting these disciplines, while retaining a high degree of disciplinary embedding.

Principal Investigators:

  • Hans J Briegel
    professor of Theoretical Physics
    at the University of Innsbruck
  • Thomas Müller
    professor of Theoretical Philosophy
    at the University of Konstanz
  • Edmund Runggaldier
    professor and chair holder of Christian Philosophy
    at the University of Innsbruck

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News and Events


  • Sept. 19-23, 2016: Conference on Agency and (quantum) physics in Konstanz, Germany

  • Mar. 23, 2016: Seminar by Shaun Gallagher, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Sept. 20-23, 2015:  Internal workshop on Agency, Projective Simulation and Physics, in Reichenau, Germany


  • Sept. 20, 2016: The paper 'Quantum-Enhanced Machine Learning' has been published in Physical Review Letters

  • Apr. 13, 2016: The paper 'Meta-learning within projective simulation' has been accepted to IEEE Access

  • Aug. 4, 2015: The paper 'A chance for attributable agency' was published in Minds and Machines
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