As a philosopher specialising in embodied cognition and artificial intelligence, I am interested in the human mind and in particular its relation to technology. Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, under supervision of Patrick McGivern and Robert A. Wilson (La Trobe). I also teach for the philosophy and computing science departments. As part of my doctoral studies, I was a visiting postgraduate researcher at the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where I worked with Andy Clark and others. Prior to my doctoral project, I studied Philosophy (MA, BA) under supervision of Marc Slors and Artificial Intelligence (BSc) under supervision of Pim Haselager at Radboud University, the Netherlands.
My doctoral project, entitled “Rethinking the cogs of cognition: A critical assessment of functionalism in light of cognitive science's interactive turn,” centres on how theories on the nature of mind, specifically those flying under the banner of Extended Functionalism and Extensive Enactivism, compare with respect to their explanatory power of mind-technology interaction – with a particular focus on embodied virtual reality devices. A short video on part of my research can be viewed on the present page.
My research interests include: embodied and enacted cognition, human enhancement, free will and consciousness, human–robot interaction, and the social and ethical issues surrounding these topics.