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 applied ethics (especially computer ethics and robo ethics), decision and game theory and partly on metaethics (partially, this also concerns machine ethics). In my Ph.D.-Thesis (supervised by Ulla Wessels and Christoph Fehige), I investigate whether there is a specific collective action problem for consequentialism (sometimes also called “the problem of many hands”) and whether any proposal out there can solve it.

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.

 

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).
    • To appear 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).
    • To appear in: LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) Proceedings, Springer.

 

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)

  • Advance 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)