About me

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I am currently a Lecturer at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft. My research focuses on computer-based science and engineering, mostly computer simulations, AI and Big Data. I have recently published a book on computer simulations. You can download a free copy here.

I am the recipient of the 2019 Herbert A. Simon Award for outstanding research in computing and philosophy. This award is offered by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) and recognizes scholars at an early stage of their academic career who are likely to reshape debates at the nexus of computing and philosophy by their original research. I received this award for my work on computer simulations: “the board well recognizes the significant early contributions you have made staking out new ground in the epistemic and normative dimensions of computer simulations. We eagerly anticipate the impact your scholarship will have on many areas beneath the umbrella of computing and philosophy and wish to acknowledge your continued success with this award.”

My background is in the philosophy of science, but I am also interested in the ethics and societal aspects of computer-based technology. A shortlist of topics that I have worked on includes scientific explanation for computer simulations, computational reliabilism (a slightly modified version of process reliabilism for computer simulations), a study on units of analysis in computer software (specifications, algorithms, and computer processes), a study on Dark Data in High-Performance Computing facilities (with the introduction of a new position for such institutions: the Science Data Officer), an elaboration of an ethics of computer simulations, and an article on Participatory Technology Assessment for NASA Asteroid Initiative Citizen forums using Kitcher’s Well Ordered Science. I am also carrying out research on visualizations of computer simulations and Big Data in science and engineering, and how they can be communicated to different stakeholders. My favorite case studies stem from medical simulations and climate simulations.

Some links where you can find me: Academia.edu

Here is a more or less updated CV: Duran – CV