Soheil Human

Teaching and Research Associate



Office: D2.1.094

Consultation hours: See below

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Soheil Human has an interdisciplinary and mixed background in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a research and teaching associate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), the co-director of the Sustainable Computing Lab, and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. He leads and manages several interdisciplinary research projects and initiatives (listed below) and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prior to his current position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Soheil conducted research and managed multidisciplinary projects in several universities and institutes, including Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Research Studios Austria (RSA), etc. Besides his academic career, he has been coaching and consulting more than 40 start-ups and corporations. Moreover, he has been involved in diverse projects run by national and international NGOs or agencies, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


Research Interests

Soheil is engaged in a broad portfolio of research aiming to empower humans and develop sustainable solutions in the digital economy. In his projects, he conducts multidisciplinary research on human needs & values, digital privacy, human-centric information systems and algorithmic accountability. Soheil Human applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve digital rights, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, and socio-technical imaginaries.


Recent Projects

Soheil has played a leading role on several multi-disciplinary research projects, including:




  • Funded by: WU Wien
  • Role: Project Lead



  • Funded by: City of Vienna
  • Role: Project Lead
(2021 – 2022)
  • Full title: Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions in IoT
  • Role: Project Lead
  • Funded by netidee

(2020 – 2021)

  • Full title: The Emerging Application of Blockchain-based Traceability Technologies in Online Shopping: A Human-centric Evaluation

  • Role: Project Lead

  • Funded by WU Wien (internal funding programmes)

(2018 - 2020)

  • Full title: EXPloring opportunities and challenges for Emerging personal DaTa Ecosystems: Empowering humans in the age of the GDPR
  • Role: Project Lead
  • Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) under the program “ICT of the Future”.
  • Other partners: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Own Your Data (OYD)

(2019 - 2021)

  • Full title: Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions
  • Role: Project co-lead
  • Other partners: NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights (

(2019 - 2020)

  • Full title: Towards Realization of Accountable Multi-modal Smart Mobility in Vienna: Do Smartphone Apps Influence Mode Choice Behavior among Viennese Citizens? The Role of User-interface Design in Influencing Users’ Mobility Behaviour in Vienna
  • Role: Project co-Lead
  • Funded by City of Vienna WU Jubilee Fund
  • Other partners: Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development (Department of Socioeconomics) -- WU Wien, Institute for Information Systems and Society -- WU Wien

(2017 - 2018)

  • Full title: Incentivising Open Data Exploration through Needs Management
  • Role: Project Co-lead and Principal Investigator
  • Funded by City of Vienna WU Jubilee Fund

Cognitive Science of Human Needs

  • Dissertation Project in Cognitive Science (Doctoral Study in Humanities, Philosophy and Education, Dr. Phil.)
  • University of Vienna

Human-centric Consenting

  • Full title: Human-centric and Enforceable Solution for Online Consenting: A Socio-cognitive Approach towards Human Empowerment in a Sustainable Digital Economy
  • Dissertation Project in Information Business and Information Systems (PhD Study Program in Economic and Social Sciences)
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business



Soheil Human has many years of interdisciplinary teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in different universities. Among others, he has taught the following courses:

  • Internet Economics (Graduate course, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • New Trends in Cognitive Science (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • Corporate IT - Digital Transformation (Graduate course, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • Corporate IT - E-services (Graduate course, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • Tools in Cognitive Science: Computation, Computer-aided Methodologies and Problem Solving (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • Research Seminar in Business Information Systems (Graduate course, with Prof. Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • MEi:CogSci Cognitive Science Lecture Series (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • MEi:CogSci Into Research I: Lab Excursions (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • etc.
Science Communication and Other Activities
  • Founding member of MyData Austria
  • Founder of Cognitive Science Austria
  • Founder of Human Academy
  • Founding member of European Network for Engineering Accountable Technologies (EAT)

Soheil welcomes the opportunity to supervise students who want to pursue projects that relate to his broad interests. The following list includes some of his research students and their topics:

  • Rita Gsenger
  • Kemal Ozan Aybar
  • Maximilian Pohanka
  • Andras Balaton
  • Luca Ludwig
  • Sebastian Opdahl
  • etc.


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