Philipp Kellmeyer

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Philipp Kellmeyer

Dr med Philipp Kellmeyer, MD, MPhil (Cantab)

Phone: ++49-761-270-87570

Mail: philipp.kellmeyer at uniklinik-freiburg.de

Web: https://responsible-ai.org/philipp-kellmeyer/

Current projects & activities 

1. Clinical Neuroscience

Brain-Computer Interfaces

- Clinical application of a wireless, intracranial device for EEG-based brain-computer interfacing in severely paralyzed patients

- Experimental design of cognitive BCI tasks

 Virtual and augmented reality for clinical applications

- Experimental design of VR/AR experiments

- Motor rehabilitation with VR/AR

2. Neuroimaging & Cognitive Neuroscience

- Investigating the structural (MRI, DTI) and functional (fMRI,EEG, ECoG) properties of the neural language system

Spatial multi-scale analyses of fMRI data

3. Neuroethics


Ethical, legal and social aspects of current and future neurotechnology; neuroimaging; disorders of consciousness

4. Neurophilosophy of Action

- Collaboration with philosophers in the BrainLinks-BrainTools Cluster of Excellence on the neuroscientific and philosophical foundations of action


News, Recent Talks & Publications

  • 7/2019 In-depth story on neuroethics and brain-computer interfaces in Nature Outlook, featuring the work of Dr. Kellmeyer

  • 7/2019 Panel discussion on artificial intelligence in medicine with the German Minister for Research and Education Anja Karliczek and colleagues at the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin in the context of the "Wissenschaftsjahr 2019".

  • 7/2019 Our mural for the project Nexus Experiments project "Stadtwandforschung", a collaborative project of street artists and scientists, on human-robot interaction is finished!! Huge thanks to the amazing artists from Innerfields Berlin.

  • 5/2019 Invited Talk at the "Neurotechnology meets Artificial Intelligence" Conference of the "INTERFACES" project at the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine of the LMU Munich

  • 1/2019 Invited participant of a workhsop of the ERIK project (funded by the BMBF) on using social robots for social skills training in children with autism spectrum disorder

  • 11/2018 Presentation and panel discussion "Roboter in der Psychiatrie" [Robots in Psychiatry] at the annual meeting of the DGPPN in Berlin

  • 11/2018 Talk on ethical challenges of neurotechnology and AI at the "Cyborg Days" conference at the University of Zurich

  • 10/2018 Talk at the Zündfunk Netzkongress 2018 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) in Munich; link here

  • 9/2018 Paper published on ethics and neurophilosophy of virtual reality therapy in neurology and psychiatry, link here

  • 8/2018 Paper published in Science Robotics "Social robots in rehabilitation: A question of trust"

  • 6/2018: Talk "Big Brain Data: Ethical, legal and social challenges from  big data and advanced machine learning in neuroscience" at the IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School 2018 at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig

  • 5/2018: Talk at the LMU Munich with the title "Von der „künstlichen“ zur „natürlichen“ Intelligenz: Zur Bedeutung moderner Kognitionstheorien für die Verbesserung intelligenter Systeme" (engl. "From 'artifical' to 'natural' intelligence: How modern theories of cognition may improve intelligent systems")

  • 5/2018: Session at re:publica 2018 in Berlin on ethical and legal aspects of the commercial use of brain data (link to video)



Professional activities

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Neuroethics Network
  • Member of the Emerging Issues Advisory Task Force of the International Neuroethics Society
  • Scientific reviewer for the European Commission on Neurotechnology
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the META (mHealth: Ethical, Legal, Social aspects in the technological age) Project, LMU Munich


Science communication & outreach  (selected activities)

Press & other media
see our Press & Media Coverage page



Cognitive Neuroscience
Prof Dorothee Saur
Language and Aphasia Lab
Department of Neurology
University Medical Center Leipzig
Topics: Language networks, speech motor programming


Prof Nikola Biller-Andorno, Director
University of Zurich
Prof Oliver Müller
Department of Philosophy
University of Freiburg


Current Preprints


Neuroscience / BCI / Robotics

Journal Papers

  • Langer A, Feingold-Polak R, Mueller, O, Kellmeyer P, Levy-Tzedek S. Trust in Socially Assistive Robots: Considerations for use in Rehabilitation. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.07.014
  • Kellmeyer P, Vry MS, Ball T. A transcallosal fibre system between homotopic inferior frontal regions supports complex linguistic processing. Eur J Neurosci. 2019. Early online.
  • Kellmeyer P, Grosse-Wentrup M, Schulze-Bonhage A, Ziemann U, Ball T. Electrophysiological correlates of neurodegeneration in motor and non-motor brain regions in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – implications for brain-computer interfacing. J. Neural Eng. 2018 Aug;15(4):041003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aabfa5
  • Kellmeyer P, Ziegler W, Peschke C, Juliane E, Schnell S, Baumgaertner A, Weiller C, Saur D. Fronto-parietal dorsal and ventral pathways in the context of different linguistic manipulations. Brain Lang. 2013 Nov;127(2):241-50. (link here)
  • Kümmerer D, Hartwigsen G, Kellmeyer P, Glauche V, Mader I, Klöppel S, Suchan J, Karnath HO, Weiller C, Saur D. Damage to ventral and dorsal language pathways in acute aphasia. Brain. 2013 Feb;136(Pt 2):619-29. (link here)
  • Vry MS, Saur D, Rijntjes M, Umarova R, Kellmeyer P, Schnell S, Glauche V, Hamzei F, Weiller C. Ventral and dorsal fiber systems for imagined and executed movement. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Jun;219(2):203-16. (link here)
  • Saur D, Schelter B, Schnell S, Kratochvil D, Küpper H, Kellmeyer P, Kümmerer D, Klöppel S, Glauche V, Lange R, Mader W, Feess D, Timmer J, Weiller C. Combining functional and anatomical connectivity reveals brain networks for auditory language comprehension. Neuroimage. 2010 Feb 15;49(4):3187-97. (link here)
  • Saur D, Kreher BW, Schnell S, Kümmerer D, Kellmeyer P, Vry MS, Umarova R, Musso M, Glauche V, Abel S, Huber W, Rijntjes M, Hennig J, Weiller C. Ventral and dorsal pathways for language. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Nov 18;105(46):18035-40. (link here)
Conference papers & proceedings
  • Kellmeyer, P., Berkemeier, R. & Ball, T. P 33 Different spatial observation scales in the analysis of an fMRI language task lead to substantially differing functional interpretations. Clin. Neurophysiol. 128, e342–e344 (2017).
  • Kellmeyer, P. P 34 A transcallosal fiber network between left and right homotopic inferior frontal regions for supporting complex linguistic processing. Clin. Neurophysiol. 128, e344–e345 (2017).
  • Kahle, L., Contzen S., Fiederer L., Völker M., Kellmeyer P., Ball T.. P 105 Spatio-temporal characteristics of somatosensory-evoked high-gamma activity of the EEG. Clin. Neurophysiol. 128, e381 (2017).
  • Kümmerer, D., Foit N., Kellmeyer P. et al. Reorganisation im Sprachsystem bei Patienten mit Temporallappenepilepsie. Klin. Neurophysiol. 44, V1 (2013).
  • Kellmeyer, P. et al. Ventral and dorsal fronto-parietal fiber pathways for phonological transformation processes. Aktuelle Neurol. 36, V239 (2009).
  • Saur, D., Kümmerer, D., Kellmeyer, P. et al. Dynamics of language reorganization in left temporal stroke. NeuroImage 47, S116 (2009).
  • Kellmeyer, P., Saur, D., Weiller, C. & Tyler, L. K. Altersabhängige funktionelle Aktivierungsmuster der Satzverarbeitung im Sprachnetzwerk. Aktuelle Neurol. 35, P690 (2008).
Neuroethics / Biomedical Ethics

Journal Papers

  • Kellmeyer P, Biller-Andorno N, Meynen G. Ethical Tensions in Virtual Reality Treatment in Vulnerable Patients. Nature Medicine. 2019. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0543-y.
  • Kellmeyer P. Digital vulnerability: a new challenge in the age of super-convergent technologies Bioethica Forum. 2019. accepted for publication.
  • Kellmeyer P. Artificial intelligence in basic and clinical neuroscience: scientific opportunities and ethical challenges. Neuroforum. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1515/nf-2019-0018
  • Kellmeyer P, Chandler, J, Cabrera, L, Carter, A, Kreitmair K, Weiss A, Illes J. Neuroethics at 15: The Current and Future Environment for Neuroethics. AJOB Neuroscience. 2019. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1080/21507740.2019.1632958
  • Kellmeyer P, Mueller O, Feingold-Polak R and Levy-Tzedek S. Social robots in rehabilitation: A question of trust. Science Robotics. 2018 Aug 15 3(21). https://doi.org/scirobotics.aat1587
  • Kellmeyer P. Neurophilosophical and ethical aspects of virtual reality therapy in neurology and psychiatry. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2018 Oct;27(4):610-627. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963180118000129
  • Kellmeyer P. Big Brain Data: On the Responsible Use of Brain Data from Clinical and Consumer-Directed Neurotechnological Devices. Neuroethics. Online First, May 19th 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-018-9371-x
  • Yuste, R., [...], Kellmeyer P, [...] et al. Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI. Nature 551, 159 (2017). http://www.nature.com/news/four-ethical-priorities-for-neurotechnologies-and-ai-1.22960
  • Kellmeyer P. Ethical and Legal Implications of the Methodological Crisis in Neuroimaging. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2017 Oct;26(4):530-554. https://www.doi,org/10.1017/S0963180116000359
  • Kellmeyer P, Cochrane T, Müller O, Mitchell C, Ball T, Fins JJ, Biller-Andorno N.The Effects of Closed-Loop Medical Devices on the Autonomy and Accountability of Persons and Systems. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2016 Oct; 25(4): pp. 623-33. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963180116000359
  • Seiler CM, Kellmeyer P, Kienle P, Büchler MW, Knaebel HP; INSECT Study Group. Assessment of the ethical review process for non-pharmacological multicentre studies in Germany on the basis of a randomised surgical trial. J Med Ethics. 2007 Feb;33(2):113-8.(link here)
Policy papers & reports

Books / Book chapters

  • Kellmeyer P. Ethical Issues in the Application of Machine Learning to Brain Disorders. In: Mechelli A, Vieira S (Eds.): Machine Learning: Methods and Applications to Brain Disorders. London. Academic Press. 2020.  https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815739-8.00018-3
  • Kellmeyer P. Ethische Fragen bei Brain-Computer Interfaces und anderen Neurotechnologien. In: Liggieri K., Müller O. (eds) Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion. J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart. 2019. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-476-05604-7_59
  • Kellmeyer P. Neuroprothetik. In: Liggieri K., Müller O. (eds) Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion. J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart. 2019. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-476-05604-7_51
  • Kellmeyer P. Hybrid brains, hybrid ethics? Ethical challenges from neurotechnology and artificial intelligence. In: Müller O, Livanec S (Eds.): Science,  Art  and Neuroethics:   Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Foster Public Engagement. transcript, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • Kellmeyer P, Biller-Andorno N. The «special case»: protection for living organ donors in developing countries. In: Bondolfi A, Seelmann K (Eds.): Ethik und Recht: Die Zukunft der Transplantation von Zellen, Geweben und Organen. Schwabe, Basel. 2007.


Clinical Medicine
Published papers
  • Hans FP, Hoeren CJ, Kellmeyer P, Hohloch L, Busch HJ, Bayer J. Possibly preventable cardiac arrest in a morbidly obese patient - a comment on the 2015 ERC guidelines. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2016 Oct 4;24(1):116.
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