Timo Speith

 

timo.speith(at)uni-saarland.de
Bldg. A2 3, Room 0.24,
Tel. +49 (0)681 302-3651

 

Research Interests

My current research focusses on machine ethics and machine explainability with regard to already available (non-sci-fi) AI systems. I am also interested in ancient philosophy.

In my PhD thesis in philosophy (supervised by Ulrich Nortmann), I investigate which types of explanations are fruitful to explain AI systems.

 

Education

  • 08/2018: M.Sc., Computer Science, Saarland University, Thesis Title: Towards a Framework of Verifiable Machine Ethics and Machine Explainability, Supervisor: Holger Hermanns
  • 09/2016: B.A., Philosophy, Saarland University, Thesis Title: Selbstprädikation bei Platon - Eine Grundlagenuntersuchung ausgehend vom Argument des Dritten Menschen, Supervisor: Ulrich Nortmann
  • 07/2013: Abitur, Gymnasium Brede, Brakel

 

Employment

  • 09/2018–present: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Graduate Assistant), Saarland University, Chair for Theoretical Philosophy (Ulrich Nortmann)
  • 10/2016–08/2018: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), Saarland University, Chair for Theoretical Philosophy (Ulrich Nortmann)

 

Articles

  • »From Machine Ethics to Machine Explainability and Back« (with Kevin Baum and Holger Hermanns). ISAIM 2018 (International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics). Link
  • »Towards a Framework Combining Machine Ethics and Machine Explainability«(with Kevin Baum and Holger Hermanns). DOI:10.4204/EPTCS.286.4

 

Talks

  • »Verantwortung und Erklärbarkeit von Künstlicher Intelligenz - Warum KI verständlich sein muss«, Safer Internet Day 2019, Landesmedienanstalt Saarland, February 05, 2019 in Saarbrücken
  • »Ethik für Nerds - Informatik in Zeiten von Filterblasen und Fake News«, Forschungstage Informatik 2018, Saarland University, June 14, 2018 in Saarbrücken

 

Paper Presentations

  • »Towards a Framework Combining Machine Ethics and Machine Explainability« (together with Kevin Baum) at the 3rd Workshop on formal reasoning about Causation, Responsibility, and Explanations in Science and Technology (CREST 2018) as part of the 28th European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS 2018), 20th of April 2018 in Thessaloniki

 

Committee Work

  • 10/2018-present: Elected member of the Saarland University's research committee (Forschungsausschuss).

 

Teaching (Saarland University)

  • B.A. Seminar: »Digitale Dystopien? - Philosophische Probleme einer technisierten Welt« (planned; Digital dystopias? - Philosophical problems of a technological world), Summer Term 2019
  • B.A. Seminar: »Einführung in die Metaphysik« (Introduction to metaphysics), Winter Term 2019

 

Tutoring (Saarland University)