Severin Kacianka

Research Associate: Critical Legal Tech


Severin Kacianka is a researcher at the Department for Computer Science, Technical University of Munich, Germany. In his research he investigates how accountability can be formalized and operationalized in software intense systems, such as robots or drones. Furthermore, he is working in an interdisciplinary project that focuses on embedding ethics into agile software development processes.


Contact: kacianka(at)

Selected Publications

Kacianka, S., & Pretschner, A. (2021, March). Designing Accountable Systems. In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (pp. 424-437).

Gogoll, J., Zuber, N., Kacianka, S., Greger, T., Pretschner, A., & Nida-Rümelin, J. (To appear) . Ethics in the Software Development Process: From Codes of Conduct to Ethical Deliberation. Philosophy & Technology

Pöchhacker, N., & Kacianka, S. (2020). Algorithmic Accountability in Context. Socio-Technical Perspectives on Structural Causal Models. Frontiers in big Data, 3.

Ibrahim, A., Kacianka, S., Pretschner, A., Hartsell, C., & Karsai, G. (2019, May). Practical causal models for cyber-physical systems. In NASA Formal Methods Symposium (pp. 211-227). Springer, Cham.

Kacianka, S., & Pretschner, A. (2018, October). Understanding and formalizing accountability for cyber-physical systems. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) (pp. 3165-3170). IEEE.