PhilML2022: Philosophy of Science Meets Machine Learning

October 20, 2022 - October 22, 2022
Cluster of Excellence: Machine Learning for Science, University of Tuebingen

Tübingen 72070

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Philosophy of Science Meets Machine Learning (PhilML 2022)

Date: October 20-22; Tübingen; MPI-IS lecture hall

Convenors: Thomas Grote and Konstantin Genin

Machine learning methods have become a mainstay in the tool-kit of various scientific disciplines. After a successful initial workshop in 2021, PhilML 2022 offers an opportunity to explore whether and how exactly recent developments in the field of machine learning potentially transform the process of scientific inquiry. For this, it sets out to analyse the field of machine learning through the lenses of philosophy of science – including cognate fields such as epistemology, ethics, or STS. In addition, we are also interested in contributions from machine learning researchers/scientists, addressing foundational issues of their research. Similar to the previous workshop, we try to bring together philosophers from different backgrounds (from formal epistemology to the study of the social dimensions of science) and machine learning researchers. 

The workshop's central topics are:

(i)      A critical reflection on key-concepts, such as ‘learning’, ‘robustness’, ‘explanation’, ‘measurement’, or ‘causation’.

(ii)           The implications of machine learning for the special sciences, e.g., cognitive science, biology, social science or medicine.

(iii)         The ethics of machine learning-driven science, e.g., the moral responsibilities of researchers, ethical issues in model evaluation or issues at the intersection of science and policy. 

(iv)         Social aspects of machine learning-driven science, e.g., the impact of funding structures on research.

We particularly welcome contributions on topics which are under-represented in the current philosophy of AI/ML literature. The workshop is organised by the Cluster of Excellence ‘Machine Learning: New Perspectives for Science’ at the University of Tübingen. In addition to various invited speakers, we estimate that eight to ten speakers will be selected through the CfP. Further question can be directed to thomas.grote(at)

The call for abstracts is opened. Please submit an anonymised extended abstract (750 words not including references) until March 18 to

Further information can soon be found at the website:

For researchers, who do not have internal funding, we are able to cover (some) of the costs for travel and lodging (the details need to be discussed once the accepted papers have been selected). Prior to the main workshop, a one-day workshop for graduate students will be held (organised by Sara Blanco and Oliver Buchholz). Further details will be announced soon.

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