About me


I am an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft. My research focuses on the philosophy of science and ethics of computer-based science and engineering (computer simulations, AI and Big Data). I have recently published a book on computer simulations. You can download a free copy here.

Some updates:

  • 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.”
  • I have received a fellowship by the Netherlands Institute for Advance Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the Thems Group Project: Accountability in medical autonomous expert systems: ethical and epistemological challenges for explainable AI.
  • SoBigData++ Group Leader: WP2. Project: Critical data literacy, Ethics and Legal Framework for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Special Issue on SIMULATION: The societal and ethical dimension of computer simulations (with Jeroen van den Hoven)

Recent published articles:

  1. (forthcoming) A formal framework for computer simulations: surveying the historical record and finding their philosophical roots Philosophy & Technology.
  2. (2019) Dark Data as the new challenge for Big Data science and the introduction of the Scientific Data Officer Philosophy & Technology. B. Schembera and J. M. Durán.
  3. (2018) Grounds for trust: Essential Epistemic Opacity and Computational Reliabilism Minds and Machines. J. M. Durán and N. Formanek. 28(4): 645-666.

You can also find me here: Academia.edu

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