PEWS Graduate Student Affiliates Collin Lucken and Tim Elmo Feiten have both been named Educational Fellows of the AI institute for Intelligent Cyber Infrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE). ICICLE is an NSF-funded research collaboration between fourteen institutions across the United States with the mission “to render Artificial Intelligence (AI) more accessible to everyone and drive its further democratization in the larger society”.
Tim Elmo Feiten is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy and an M.S. student in business analytics at the University of Cincinnati. He has published on the philosophy of embodied cognitive science and its intersections with historical French and German philosophy, as well as its applications to our understanding of emerging technologies and scientific fields. His research interests also include public engagement with science, the epistemic status of different kinds of scientific models, and methodological issues in computational philosophy of science.
Collin Lucken is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of philosophy and engineering. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at UC and also pursuing a Masters of Engineering degree in Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems. His research focuses on the contributions engineers have made to human progress.
Lucken’s and Feiten’s Educational Fellowships with ICICLE draw on prior research they have conducted with PEWS, including their experience supporting the 2021 Public Engagement with Science Workshop. Their fellowship projects seek to apply insights from science communication and informal science education to the domain of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Their work as ICICLE Educational Fellows can be thought of as contributing to the development of a novel subfield called Public Engagement with AI.
The Educational Fellowships will begin with a kick-off meeting at Indiana University at the end of June. Lucken and Feiten plan to concretize the details of their project together with the ICICLE team at this meeting. They are especially looking forward to meeting thought leaders in the field of AI and the other fellows in their cohort, as this is an invaluable opportunity for making new professional connections and learning from each other.