Referred presentations

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Recent events

  • February 2022: : Functionalism for perspectivism: the argument for model pluralism. The APA Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • January 2022: Being functionalist about scientific perspectivism. The APA Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • November 2021: Models and experiments in AI research: exploring autonomy and intelligence. The 27th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA2020/2021). This meeting of the PSA was a virtual event in 2020 and potentially a face-to-face event in Baltimore in November 2021.
  • September 2021: Computational Models beyond representation: explanation, exploration, and multi-scaling of Machine Learning Algorithms. Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA 2021), Noto, Italy.
  • September 2021: Autonomy and intelligence of artificial agents: between experimentation and simulation. Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation (PSX6), Saint Louis U. This conference was scheduled for September 2020 but has been postponed to 2021.
  • August 2021: Computational Models beyond representation: explanation, exploration, and multi-scaling of Machine Learning Algorithms. The ‘Models and Modeling in the Sciences’, 12th Principia International Symposium. Brasil.
  • July 2021: A Bayesian approach to trust: metacognition, confidence, autonomy. CEPE-IACAP join conference, University of Hamburg.
  • November 2020: Science and Humanism between Accuracy and Confidence: A Plea for a Metacognitive Approach to Trust in Science. “Science and Humanism” workshop. U. of Miami. (abstract)
  • August 2020: A probabilistic-functional approach to perspectivism and a case study. European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP10) organized online by Utrecht U., the Netherlands (slides, abstract).

The 2010s

  • May 2019: AI: risk, fallibilism, and trust. A Bayesian approach. Computer Ethics—Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) & The International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). Old Dominion University, VA (slides).
  • May 2018: Fictions, maps, and structures in forecast models. 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy (SEP). University of Connecticut, Storrs.
  • March 2018: Aggregating multilevel mechanistic models from Big Data with Machine Learning, Models and Simulations 8 (MS8). University of South Carolina (slides).
  • January 2018: Mapping the future. Fictions, predictions, and forecast models. APA Eastern, 2018. Savannah, GA.
  • October 2017: Bettering the Best System with Big Data, Metaphysics and the Laws of Nature. University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • July 2017: The artifact turn in philosophy. The summer school for the future of philosophy. UNC Asheville.
  • June 2017: The small from the Big: discovering models and mechanisms with machine learning. International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP 2017). Stanford University.
  • May 2017: ‘Unconceived alternatives’ or ‘expected unifications’? An eliminative argument against K. Stanford’s New Induction. 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy. University of Calgary, Canada.
  • February 2017: Forecast models: a case for fictionalism?. 2017 North Carolina Philosophical Society, UNC, Wilmington.
  • November 2016: Artificial moral agency: learning, autonomy and creativity. Humanities and Technology Association. 2016 HTA conference, Salve Regina University, RI.
  • June 2016: Generalized Moral Agency: Artificial Moral Functionalism and Moral Behaviorism. International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP 2016), University of Ferrara, Italy.
  • June 2016: Fictions, the Future, and Maps in Forecast Models. Models and Simulations: a series of conferences devoted to exploring philosophical issues arising from the construction and use of models and computer simulations. MS7. University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • May 2016: Unification, decoupling, and identification in the “Palatini formalism”. Fourth meeting of the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime. Varna, Bulgaria.
  • May 2016: Structure realism meets pluralism. Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy (SEP44). University of Miami, FL.
  • March 2016: The artificial autonomous moral agent (AAMA): a minimalist model (co-authored with Don Howard. Symposium within AAAI Spring 2016 series. Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents. Stanford University.
  • February 2016: Strong-weak dualities and scientific realism: history and present cases. The ‘Scientific realism and the challenge from the history of science’ workshop. The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism. Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. (slides)
  • March 2015: AdS/CFT duality beyond emergence of spacetime: A case for unification, Beyond Spacetime II, San Diego.
  • February 2015: Virtue in Machine Ethics: An Approach Based on Evolutionary Computation (co-author: Don Howard, University of Notre Dame). American Philosophical Association (APA Central). St. Louis, Missouri. (slides)
  • November 2014: Genetic algorithms in scientific discovery: a new epistemology?. Philosophy of Science Association Meeting (PSA2014). Chicago.
  • October 2014: Plurality of Models, Optimization and Mechanisms in Climate Studies. The Role of Feedback in the New IPCC Report. Rotman-Climate Change Knowledge and Models in Climate Science. University of Western Ontario, London.( Slides/handouts).
  • July 2013: The Digital Guesswork: a Philosophical Appraisal of Genetic Algorithms and their Epistemology. The 2013 Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy,(IACAP2013). University of Maryland at College Park.
  • May 2013: Principles, Constraints, and Equivalence in String Theory. Bucharest Colloquium in Analytic Philosophy. New Directions in the Philosophy of Physics (BCAP 2013). Bucharest. Slides/handouts
  • February 2013:“’Model-building’, Identity, Individuation, and Individuality in Cognitive Neurosciences”, (APA-Central). The American Philosophical Association, Central Division, New Orleans.
  • October 2012: Different is better: possibility in metaphysics and science. Society for Exact Philosophy (SEP-2012). Columbus, OH (Slides/handouts).
  • September 2012: Structures, dualities and emergence: the case of string theory. Structuralism in Physics and Mathematics. International Closing Conference. University of Bristol.  Slides/handouts
  • October 2011: Metaphysical Possibility and Scientific Practice.Indiana Philosophical Association (IPA-2011). Hanover College, IN.
  • April 2011: Genetic numerical simulation and the ‘upward epistemology’. Indiana Philosophical Association (IPA-2011, Spring). Muncie, IN.
  • November 2010: String theory: explanation and foundationalism. Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting (PSA-2010).  Montreal, Canada (Slides/handouts.
  • July 2010: A structural guide to string theory. Conference on Structure and Identity. University of Bristol.
  • July 2010: Genetic simulations and their role in scientific discovery. The 2010 North American Conference on Computing and Philosophy (NACAP-2010). Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • July 2010: Digital guesswork: discovery and genetic algorithms. Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association (Aristotelian/Mind-2010). University College, Dublin.
  • July 2010: Two types of explanation in string theory. Annual Meeting of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS-2010), University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • July 2010: Can a quantum theory explain spacetime? The String Theory case. Royal Institute of Philosophy: the 16th U.K. and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics, U. of Aberdeen.

The 2000s