Past Events

Winterterm 2021/22

Lecture Series: Cultures of Research – Digitalization of Research

Please find here the program to our 2021/22 lecture series “Cultures of Research – Digitalization of Research”. Thank you to all participants and our speakers.

01.12.21Joffrey Becker (Fellow c:o/re Aachen, Collège de France): Humans, Machines and the Anthropology of Cybernetic Practices
08.12.21Franck Varenne (Université Rouen Normandie): Computer Simulations Seen from the Standpoint of Symbols
15.12.21Bernd Carsten Stahl (Monfort University Leicester): Artificial Intelligence for a Better Future. An Ecosystem Perspective on the Ethics of AI and Emerging Digital Technologies
12.01.22Johannes Lenhard (TU Kaiserslautern): Traveling with TARDIS. Prediction, Parameterization, and Ontology in Molecular Modeling and Simulation
19.01.22Markus Pantsar (Fellow c:o/re Aachen, University of Helsinki): Developing Artificial Human-Like Numerical Cognition (and Why)
26.01.22Alexandre Hocquet (Fellow c:o/re Aachen, Archives Henri Poincaré): “Only the Initiates Will Have the Secrets Revealed”. The Politics and Materialities of Open Science
02.02.22Jobst Landgrebe (Founder Cognotekt Köln): Certifiable ‘Artificial Intelligence’ for Reliable Systems


Parameters and Computer Simulations

organized by Alexandre Hocquet

WHEN: January 12th and 13th, 2022 I WHERE: RWTH Aachen University, Theaterplatz 14, room 303 and online

The workshop explores the role of software and code in computational research. Alexandre Hocquet (Archives Henri-Pointcaré, c:o/re) and Frédéric Wieber (Archives Henri-Pointcaré) will give a talk on “Software as the Elephant in the Room”. The presentation is followed by commentaries by Gabriele Gramelsberger (c:o/re director) and Johannes Lenhard (TU Kaiserslautern). In the evening, Johannes Lenhard gives a talk on “Traveling with TARDIS. Prediction, Parameterization, and Ontology in Molecular Modelling and Simulation” as part of the c:o/re Lecture Series “Cultures of Research – Digitalization of Research“. As part of the workshop, the group is working on a Panel proposal for for SPSP Conference in 2022.

Explainable AI and explanations in AI

organized by Markus Pantsar and Frederik Stjernfelt

WHEN: February 2nd to 3rd, 2022 I WHERE: RWTH Aachen University, Theaterplatz 14, room 303 and online

The objective of the event is to explore the functions of AI and its relationship to humans. The workshop pays attention particularly to the analogies which characterize intelligent systems design and to the mental processes they give rise to. Leaning on ethnographic case studies, it tries to show that intelligent systems are devices of a recursive kind which convey norms, representations and various ideas about the life processes and the social relations they intend to imitate. As part of the workshop, Jobst Landgrebe (Founder Cognotekt Köln) gives a talk on “Certifiable ‘Artificial Intelligence’ for Reliable Systems” within the c:o/re Lecture Series “Cultures of Research – Digitalization of Research“.

Confirmed speakers are: Jobst Landgrebe (Cognotekt Köln), Markus Pantsar (University of Helsinki, c:o/re), Frederik Stjernfelt (Aalborg University Copenhagen, c:o/re), Joffrey Becker (Laboratoire d‘Anthropologie Sociale, c:o/re), Daniel Wenz (CSS Lab RWTH Aachen), and Andreas Kaminski (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart).

Computational Reproducibility and Open Science

organized by Alexandre Hocquet

WHEN: March 23rd & 24th, 2022 I WHERE: FZ Jülich & c:o/re Aachen, Theaterstr. 75 (Stadtpalais)

The workshop is part of the “Engineering Practices” Series in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University.

Interdisciplinary Research in Robotics and AI

organized by Joffrey Becker

WHEN: April 20th, 2022 I WHERE: Theaterstraße 75 and online

This event is planned as a short workshop that brings together different experts on the topic of Robotics and AI.

Enlightenment Now!

organized by Steve Fuller and Frederik Stjernfelt

WHEN: April 21st, 2022 I WHERE: Theaterstraße 75 and online

In this seminar, we would like to draw a line between recent intense research into the intellectual history of the Enlightenment and our present situation. What would Radical Enlightenment mean today? How would a 17-18th century Enlightenment view on our present predicament look like? – given pressing issues of academia today, the fate of the universities, the development of AI, tech, the new West-East cold war, populism, globalization, post/trans humanism, the future of humanity?

Beside talks by c:o/re Fellows Frederik Stjernfelt and Steve Fuller, the seminar will include contributions by historian Jonathan Israel (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton), Rens Bod, professor of Digital Humanities and History of the Humanities (Amsterdam) and scholar of cultural studies Cheryce von Xylander (Lüneburg).

Check out the program and learn more about the talks:

The Human Measure and the Measure of all Minds

organized by Steve Fuller

WHEN: May 18th to 19th, 2022 I WHERE: Theaterstraße 75 and online

The workshop addresses the big questions that post- and transhumanism are tackling with: What does it mean to be ‘human’? To what extent does being human depend on the existence of the ‘non-human’? Can a being transition in and out of being ‘human’? Can qualities such as mentality and personhood, which have been seen as distinctly human, be realized – perhaps even more fully – in non-human beings? The workshop title is inspired by Jose Hernandez Orallo who will also give a presentation.

An opening statement on the topic of the workshop by Steve Fuller can be found in our blog.