Machine Learning: Prediction without Explanation?

February 17, 2020 - February 18, 2020
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Karlsruhe
Germany

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"Machine Learning: Prediction Without Explanation?" is a 2-day workshop taking place from 17 to 18 February 2020 at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany. It aims to bring together philosophers of science and scholars from various fields using Machine Learning techniques, to reflect on the changing face of science in the light of Machine Learning’s constantly growing use. This workshop is organized by the project "The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data" within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit "Epistemology of the LHC".

Over the last decades, Machine Learning techniques have gained prominence in various areas of science. However, Machine Learning largely aims at predictions and does not seem to provide explanations for these, at least not in the same sense as predictions from theories or models do. Depending on the area of application, explanations may be desired or even necessary though. In this workshop, we want to address the complex of questions regarding scientific explanation that arise from this observation. These include, but are not restricted to:

- Will future science favor prediction over explanation?

- What methods are available to use Machine Learning results for explanations?

- What is the nature of these explanations?

- Does Machine Learning introduce a shift from the classical scientific explanation towards a statistical interpretation of explanation?


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Philosophy

Johannes Lenhard, Bielefeld University | web

Andreas Kaminski, Stuttgart University | web

Machine Learning practitioners

Stefan Hinz, KIT | web

Erwin Zehe, KIT | web


REGISTRATION

You can apply to the workshop by sending an abstract of maximal 500 words to MLworkshop2020@itas.kit.edu.

If you want to participate in the workshop without presenting please register through the same email adress.

There is no registration fee. The deadline for registation is January 15, 2020.

 

ORGANIZATION & CONTACT

This workshop is organized by the project "The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data" within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit "Epistemology of the LHC". For further information, please contact the organizers:

- Paul Grünke (KIT) paul.gruenke@kit.edu

- Rafaela Hillerbrand (KIT) rafaela.hillerbrand@kit.edu

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January 15, 2020, 9:00am CET

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Florian Boge
BU Wuppertal
Paul Grünke
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