Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

Executive Director
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), where he leads CFI’s “Policy, Responsible Innovation, and the Future of AI” project. CFI is an interdisciplinary centre established to explore the short-term and long-term opportunities and challenges of AI. He is also Executive Director of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER;, an interdisciplinary centre focused on the analysis and mitigation of global risks.

In the last five years Sean has played a central role in research projects on the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. He has led research programmes at the Future of Humanity Institute (Oxford) from 2011-2015, co-developed CFI in 2015/16, and leads CSER’s research programmes. Seán’s research spans the ethical and social impacts of technology, global opportunities and risks of technological advances, and horizon-scanning and foresight.