Senior Researcher



Dr. phil. Frank Sauer studied political science, sociology, philosophy and international law at Goethe University Frankfurt, from where he also received his doctoral degree. He is the author of "Atomic Anxiety: Deterrence, Taboo, and the Non-Use of U.S. Nuclear Weapons" and the co-editor of the German language "Handbook of International Relations".


Frank works on international politics with a focus on security. He has done research on nuclear issues, terrorism, cyber security as well as emerging technologies, especially the military application of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.


Frank’s expertise and communication skills make him a sought-after dialogue partner and consultant on the nexus of technology, society and security. He shares his knowledge widely, with decision-makers of private companies, with the public through interviews and op-eds, with the German parliament’s policy-makers through expert testimonies, and with the international community at the United Nations in Geneva.

Frank is a leading member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control ( | @icracnet ). He also serves as a Senior Advisor on the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons ( as well as on the Expert Commission on the responsible use of technologies in the 'Future Combat Air System' (




As a thought leader on humankind’s digital future, Frank is frequently engaged in public speaking events. He also co-hosts the German language podcast "Sicherheitshalber" (RSS | Soundcloud | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | YouTube)" on all matters security and defense.

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Follow Frank on Twitter @drfranksauer

Watch the 12min BR/ARTE web documentary on artificial intelligence featuring Dr. Frank Sauer:


Helena. Die Künstliche Intelligenz (Folge 4/7): Waffen | 23.10.2019 | 14 Min | BR&ARTE online: [S]ollte KI wirklich über Leben und Tod entscheiden? Müssen wir Angst vor autonomen Waffen haben? Und werden Killerroboter sich irgendwann selbstständig machen und die Menschheit auslöschen?

Click on the image below to watch the portrait (in German language) on Dr. Frank Sauer and his work on artificial intelligence in the military and autonomy in weapons, published as part of Germany's "Science Year 2019: Artificial Intelligence" (Wissenschaftsjahr 2019):


Watch the 45min ARD documentary on autonomous weapons featuring Dr. Frank Sauer:

Killer-Roboter - Dürfen Maschinen töten? 25.09.2017 | 44 Min. | ARD - Das Erste (German national public TV): Verstößt es gegen die Menschenwürde, wenn Maschinen töten, oder kann moderne Technik den Tod von Zivilisten verhindern? Die Dokumentation geht der Frage nach, ob man es Algorithmen überlassen darf, über Menschenleben zu entscheiden.

Watch the 60min Pro7 documentary on artificial intelligence featuring Dr. Frank Sauer:

     Dr. Frank Sauer

Künstliche Intelligenz - Fluch oder Segen? 26.05.2019 | 54 Min. | Pro7 (German national commercial TV): Künstliche Intelligenz, kurz KI - das klingt so abstrakt, obwohl viele sich heute auf Siri und Alexa verlassen. Doch was genau ist künstliche Intelligenz? Um das zu klären, reist "Galileo"-Reporterin Claire Oelkers rund um die Welt.

Dr. Frank Sauer

Bundeswehr University Munich
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
D-85577 Neubiberg, Germany

Phone: ++49-(0)89-6004-3966

Twitter: @drfranksauer