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.
In my doctoral project, entitled “Thinking with things,” I develop an embodied, enactive account of mind–technology interaction that takes the reciprocal influence of artefacts on minds seriously. To do so, I draw on phenomenology, virtue ethics, and research on virtual reality and robotics. The account I put forward engages with and provides an alternative for extended functionalist theories of mind and technology, which currently dominate philosophy of mind and cognition. A short video on part of my research can be viewed on the present page.
My research interests are bound together with the thread of the embodied, enactive research programme and include: agency and consciousness, mind–technology interaction, embodied remembering, and the psychology of virtue ethics.