Radboud G.F. Winkels (1959) is associate professor in Computer Science and Law at the Leibniz
Center for Law (LCL) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
He started his academic career as a student in psychology at the University of Amsterdam. In April 1987 he received his Master’s Degree (with honours) in Artificial Intelligence. Since then he has been working as a full-time AI-researcher at the University of Amsterdam, first at the department of Social Science Informatics; (later Human-Computer Studies Lab) and from March 1989 at the department of Law and Computer Science, where he is now an associate professor. In this last capacity he is also a participant in the research school SIKS. His research deals with Intelligent Learning Environments, and Artificial Intelligence and Law.
In 1992 he received his PhD for a thesis entitled “Explorations in Intelligent Tutoring and Help” (published by IOS Press, Amsterdam, Washington, Tokyo), that describes the results of five years of R&D, mainly on a shell for building Intelligent Help Systems (EUROHELP), and an Intelligent Coaching System for Physiotherapy (FYSIODISC).
Winkels has published many articles in national and international journals, conference proceedings and books on his research.
He has given invited lectures at several conferences and other occasions, is a regular referee for (inter)national conferences, and has served on numerous program committees. He was associate editor of the journal “Interactive Learning Environments”, editor of “Computers in Education”, and of the journal of the Belgium-Dutch AI Society, the “BNVKI-Newsletter”. He recently joined the editorial board of the international journal “Artificial Intelligence and Law”.
Since 1998 he is a member of the executive committee of the Dutch Society for Legal Knowledge Systems (JURIX), first as the scientific coordinator and since 2002 as the president. He is also a member of the executive board of the “International Association of AI and Law”.
Winkels is a member of the Works Council of the Faculty of Law (2000-2006 as chair) and since 2006 the vice-chair of the Central Works Council of the University of Amsterdam.