Kevin Baum

 

kevin.baum(at)uni-saarland.de
Bldg. C5 2, Room 2.14,
Tel. +49 (0)681 302-2351

 

Research Interests

My current research mainly focusses on normative ethics (with a focus on consequentialist theories and their problems, but also machine ethics) and computer ethics (as a subfield of applied ethics), decision and game theory and partly on metaethics (partially, this also concerns machine ethics and the moral particularist/generalist debate). In my Ph.D.-Thesis (supervised by Ulla Wessels and Christoph Fehige), I investigate whether there is a specific collective action problem for consequentialism and, if so, whether any proposal out there can solve it. While I believe that the answer to the first question is "yes", I believe the answer to the second to be "no". I, thus, develop a new approach.

I’m also particularly interested in philosophy of language, action theory, and modal and deontic logic.

Moreover, I am still working on some computer science stuff, mostly theoretical and algorithmic aspects in the area of user interface design and distributed systems. Recently, I have become significantly interested in the theory and application of artificial neural networks. 

 

Education

  • 06/2014: M.A., Philosophy, Saarland University, Thesis Title: Vom Bezug singulärer Terme in Aussagen über propositionale Einstellungen, Supervisor: Ulrich Nortmann
  • 01/2013: M.Sc., Computer Science, Saarland University, Thesis Title: GPGPU Supported Diffusion-Based Naïve Video Compression, Supervisor: Joachim Weickert
  • 08/2011: B.Sc., Computer Science, Saarland University, Thesis Title: Stützstellenauswahl für diffusionsbasierte Bildkompression unter Berucksichtigung einer Quadrixel-Substruktur-Restriktion, Supervisor: Joachim Weickert
  • 06/2006: Abitur, Gymnasium Süderelbe, Hamburg

 

Employment

  • 06/2015–present: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Graduate Assistant), Saarland University, Chair for Practical Philosophy (Ulla Wessels and Christoph Fehige)
  • 03/2015–present: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Graduate Assistant), Saarland University, Computer Science Department
  • 01/2015–06/2015: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Graduate Assistant), Saarland University, Chair for Philosophy of Mind (Heinz-Dieter Heckmann)
  • 08/2014–05/2015: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), Saarland University, Intel Visual Computing Center (IntelVCI)
  • 05/2014–07/2014: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Campus Saarbrücken
  • 03/2014: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Campus Saarbrücken
  • 02/2013–05/2014: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), Saarland University, Department of Philosophy
  • 06/2011–01/2013: Studentische Hilfskraft (Student Research Assistant), Saarland University, Department of Philosophy

 

Scholarships

  • 10/2011–10/2012: Deutschlandstipendium
  • 10/2012–10/2013: Deutschlandstipendium

 

Articles

  • »MorphableUI: A Hypergraph-Based Approach to Distributed Multimodal Interaction for Rapid Prototyping and Changing Environments«(together with Andrey Krekhov, Jürgen Grüninger, David McCann, and Prof. Jens Krüger)

    • Accepted for: WSCG 2015 (24th International Conference on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision 2015)
    • Appeared in: WSCG proceedings in Computer Science Research Notes (CSRN), ISSN 2464-4614

  • »What the Hack Is Wrong with Software Doping?«

    • Accepted for: ISoLA 2016 (7th International Symposium On Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation)
    • Appeared in: LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) Proceedings, Springer

  • »Two Challenges for CI Trustworthiness and How to Address Them«

    • Together with Eva Schmidt and Maximilian Köhl.
    • Accepted for: XCI 2017 (Explainable Computational Intelligence Workshop, part of the INLG 2017)
    • To appear in: ACL anthology

 

Invited Talks

  • (Oncoming) »Fake News 2.0: Zukünftige Manipulationsmöglichkeiten von Audio und Video drohen die Glaubwürdigkeit der Medien vollends zu untergraben«, Zündfunk-Netzkongress 2017 in München (Munich): 13 & 14 October 2017
  • »Obligation Overboard? Decision-Theoretic Objective Consequentialism to the Rescue«, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU): Summer 2017
  • »Ethics for Nerds: Fake News 2.0?«, Bundeswettbewerb Informatik 2017 (Endrunde an der Universität des Saarlandes): June 2017

 

Paper Presentations (Selection)

  • »Utilizing the Differences We in Fact Make - A ,Minimally Invasive‘ Modification of Objective
    Act-Consequentialism that Solves the Coordination Problem«, Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy: Winter 2015/2016
  • »Who is Doing Wrong in Collective Wrongdoings? Questions to Andreou«, Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy: Summer 2015
  • »Das Problem gemeinschaftlichen Handelns: Kagans Ansatz und wieso er scheitert« (The Problem of collective actions: Kagan’s approach and why it fails), Saarland University, Workshop in Practical Philosophy: Winter 2014/2015

 

Poster Presentations:

  • »Kagans ›Lösung‹ des Problems gemeinschaftlichen Handelns: Wie eine verborgene Annahme Kagans Ansatz entwertet.« At the conference of the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP 9), September 2015, Osnabrück.

 

Teaching (Saarland University)

  • Advanced Course in Computer Science: »Ethics for Nerds«, Summer Term 2017
  • B.A. Seminar: »Moral und Algorithmen«, Summer Term 2017
  • B.A. Seminar: »Von der Entscheidungstheorie zum Konsequentialismus«, Winter Term 2016
  • Advanced Course in Computer Science: »Ethics for Nerds«, Summer Term 2016
  • B.A. Seminar: »Extending Morals: Moralisch handelnde Roboter, Roboter moralisch behandeln«, Summer Term 2016
  • B.A. Seminar: »Was kommt jetzt? Die Zukunft der Menschheit, Transhumanismus und die technologische Singularität.« (What’s next? The future of mankind, transhumanism, and the technological singularity.), Winter Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: »Es macht doch keinen Unterschied! Oder: Was wäre, wenn jeder das täte?« (It doesn’t make a difference! Or: What if everybody did it?), Summer Term 2015
  • B.Sc. Proseminar in Computer Science: »Ethik für Nerds« (Ethics for nerds), Summer Term 2015
  • B.A. Seminar: »Prädikatenlogik erster Stufe« (First-order logic), Summer Term 2013

 

Tutoring (Saarland University)

  • B.A. Lecture: »Einführung in die Ethik« (Introduction to ethics), Winter Term 2011–2014
  • B.A. Lecture: »Einführung in die Sprachphilosophie und Logik« (Introduction to philosophy of language and logics), Winter Term 2013
  • B.Sc. Lecture: »Informationssysteme« (Information systems), Summer Term 2010–2011
  • B.Sc. Lecture: »Theoretische Informatik« (Theoretical computer science), Winter Term 2009
  • B.Sc. Review Course: »Mathematik für Informatiker II« (Mathematics for computer scientists II), Summer 2009

 

Memberships

  • Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie e.V. (Society for Analytic Philosophy)