Guest professor at the Future Lab: Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation (AI4EO), TUM
Mrinalini (Nalini) Kochupillai is currently a guest professor at the Future Lab: Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation (AI4EO), Technical University of Munich (TUM), where she leads the ethics working group. She is also an affiliated senior researcher with the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, TUM, and a faculty member at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.
Prior to joining the Future Lab, Nalini has been a senior research fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (2014-2018), and with the Chair for Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich (2018-2019). She has also been a Program Director (2014-2017) at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and an adjunct faculty at the EU Business School (2013-2014; 2018) and the Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC), USA (2007-2008).
She has over 18 years of experience in teaching and research in the field of law and ethics in emerging technologies, intellectual property law, plant variety protection, sustainable innovations, and business ethics. Her work has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and books as well as in widely read magazines and newspapers. The German Ministry of Education and Research recently interviewed her about her work in ethics in emerging technologies, especially AI.
Nalini has served as a research consultant for projects of the International Technology Transfer Institute, FPLC (2008-2009), the University of Leeds (2017-2019), the Japanese Patent Office, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, USA. Her research for the National Human Rights Commission of India (2001, 2002, 2003) on health and human rights has also contributed to legislative debates in India.
Passionate about promoting mental health and well-being, particularly in University environments, in her free time, Nalini teaches mindfulness, yoga, workplace wellness, and stress management seminars as a volunteer for SKY Campus Germany, the International Association for Human Values, & the UN-accredited International Art of Living Foundation.