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  • Ioannis Votsis
    I'm an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Discipline at Northeastern University London and the Research Head for the cluster 'Reimagining Higher Education in the Age of AI'. I'm also a UCU rep at the university, helping to negotiate fair and transparent work and pay conditions, as well as helping to ensure that our employer remains competitive, retaining and recruiting the best faculty and students. Beyond Northeastern University London, I'm a member of the Turing Institute's Humanities and Data Science Special Interest Group as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics. Finally, I dabble in coding and have developed The Logic Calculator.

    My main area of expertise is the philosophy of science, particularly the scientific realism debate, but I also have active research interests in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of artificial intelligence and meta-philosophy. Together with various colleagues, I edited a number of special issues on themes like the underdetermination of theory by evidence, the role and value of novel predictions in confirmation, the nature of unification and coherence and the extent to which observation is theory-laden. I have also co-edited the European Philosophy of Science Association 2013 Conference Proceedings (Springer 2015).

    I'm currently working on various projects, including how to model analogical reasoning, a neuro-symbolic approach to automating scientific discovery, the epistemology of machine learning, a visual representation of logical inferences, a variant of the resolution principle in automated theorem proving, pedagogical experiments on conditional reasoning, and prompt engineering. The last of these is funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Foundation SRG for a project titled 'Prompt Reverse Engineering', of which I'm the PI (co-PIs: Brian Ball and David Freeborn). The project seeks to determine effective and efficient ways we humans phrase queries to other humans, and then seeks to test the efficacy of those ways in the context of human-chatbot interactions. Finally, it's also worth noting an event I recently co-organised (with Alice Helliwell, Julia Hofweber, Arthur M. Langer and Sara Raimondi): The Future of the Humanities: Reflective Practices in the Age of AI. This conference took place May 3rd and 4th 2024 at Northeastern University London, and we are currently in the process of producing an associated special issue in the Reflective Practice journal.

    Philosophy Faculty, Northeastern University London, Devon House, 58 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LP. ioannis.votsis(/a-t\)nulondon.ac.uk