Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Zentrum


Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Colloquium 

Every week, The Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker colloquium welcomes guest speakers and members of the center for various talks surrounding our main research areas. Open to everyone!

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Philosophical Aspects of Computer Sciences - Ethics, Norms & Responsibility

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Proofs, arguments and dialogues: history, epistemology and logic of justification practices

Summer School, 8-12 August 2022

A CIVIS course

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Proofs and arguments have been at the core of philosophy since the beginning. From the late 19th century onwards, the understanding of proofs and arguments has been strongly influenced by the development of modern mathematical logic and linguistics, while in recent times results in computer science have provided deep insights into the nature and structure of proofs and, thanks to the advancements in computational linguistics, of arguments in general. This exchange between philosophy, mathematics, linguistics and computer science has also led to a renewed approach to dialogues, in particular to the analysis of their context-depending nature and of their information-yielding structure.

In spite of the advancements in philosophy, mathematics, linguistics and computer science, the notions of proof, argument and dialogue still involve many unsolved issues. These issues refer to some fundamental questions such as: why and how do we get convinced by proofs, arguments and dialogues? What is the reliability of the information they convey? Is this reliability context-independent? What is the semantic import of proofs, arguments or dialogues? Co-operation between different disciplines seems to be inevitable for finding solutions to these questions, and such a cooperation has so far proved to be very fruitful. Many mathematised approaches to the study of proofs, arguments and dialogues are inspired by philosophical claims and strictly interlace with parallel investigations in linguistics and computer science. In turn, results in mathematical logic, linguistics and computer science are a continuous source of inspiration for many philosophical approaches.

Jülich-Aachen Neuromorphic Computing Day

May 25th, 2022 at Forschungszentrum Jülich

The Future Cluster NeuroSys invites you to the Jülich-Aachen Neuromorphic Computing Day, which will take place on May 25th 2022 in the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The event starts at 8:30 am (CEST). Cohosted by NEUROTEC and NeuroSys, this event will feature various key speakers (see flyer), among them Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, a panel discussion and industry booths.

Call for Abstracts: "Where AI Ethics Should Go?"

June 30-July 1 2022 (deadline April 15)

The von Weizsäcker Zentrum and the Archives Henri Poincaré and LORIA (University of Lorraine at  Nancy) are organizing an interdisciplinary event "Where AI Ethics Should Go?" 
This event will take place at the University of Tübingen Thursday, June 30  and Friday, July 1 2022.
The  premise of the event is that the subfield of AI ethics has experienced an explosive expansion in the last couple years, and it is time to take a breather from this frantic rate of expansion to think about the consolidation of the subfield and the directions it should take.

We welcome 400 word abstract submissions from all disciplines, especially computer science, philosophy and the law addressing the following questions (*submission deadline April 15*):
    -what is currently missing in AI ethics?
    -which new directions should the field take?
    -what are the relations of AI ethics to other subfields, and how can we improve them?
    -Is  there a risk that AI ethics becomes too much of a world of its own, and casts old wine in new AI bottles?
    -what is and what should be our impact on institutions and the public sphere?
    -how can we teach AI ethics?
Requests for more information and abstracts can be sent to Maël Pégny

Workshop: Risk, Responsibility, and Making Sense of Data: Understanding Ways of Knowing in/outside of Anthropology during the Covid-19 Pandemic

23-26 March 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a critical impact across all dimensions of social life. The struggles of life under lockdown, as well as drastic changes to work and care practices, have altered our understandings of what we know, and how we know it. Bringing together anthropologists from across Europe, this working group seeks to understand how we evaluate new forms of risk, and how enduring the persistent risk of the pandemic has shaped possibilities for research and interpersonal relationships. Drawing on the experiences in their respective countries, these scholars will examine debates around vaccination, the struggle to make sense of an onslaught of scientific and epidemiological data, and the ways in which work, care, and solidarity have both contributed and been responsive to these public debates. More broadly, they will consider what the temporality of the pandemic and the consequent limits to socialization have meant for anthropology, which as an investigative discipline is explicitly attuned to the rhythms and interactions of everyday life.

Appointment of Prof. Mainzer to the Advisory Board of the Future Cluster NEUROSYS-KI

Prof. Klaus Mainzer has been appointed to the advisory board of the BMBF's future cluster NEUROSYS-KI (Neuromorphic Hardware for Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Systems). The sponsors of the future cluster are RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The Future Cluster deals with neuromorphic hardware, memristor, pattern recognition, machine learning, personalized medicine and secure AI. The advisory board includes a colleague from TU Dresden as well as major companies such as BMW, Bosch, Ford, Infineon, Siemens and others. Prof. Mainzer has already worked extensively with Leon O. Chua (Berkeley), the pioneer of the memristor, on this topic and has published two books.

Ein Blick in die Black Box: Interview mit Prof. Klaus im FORUM-Magazin

Amílcar Sernadas Logic Prize

Paulo Guilherme Santos, PhD student at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center and at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, received, together with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kahle, the Amílcar Sernadas Logic Prize for the paper k-Provability in PA  (ex aequo with Sérgio Marcelino).

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer elected as President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Head of Foundation Board of the Udo Keller Foundation

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Senior Professor at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center, was electes as Preisdent of the European Academy of Science and Arts.

welcome letter (English version)

welcome letter (German version)

As of 2021, Mainzer has also been elected as Head of the Foundation Board of the Udo Keller Foundation. The Udo Keller Foundation Forum Humanum supports the University of Tübingen in the context of the Froum Scientarium, in particular by funding the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and its professorship for Philosophy and History of Science.

Dr. Vlasta Sikimić Elected as Member of EENPS

Dr. Vlasta Sikimić was elected as a Member of the Steering Committee of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science - EENPS