I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Ethics/Philosophy Section, TU Delft.
My educational background comprises several disciplines:
- philosophy of science and information (University of Bucharest)
- educational theory and philosophy (KU Leuven)
- electrical engineering – with a focus on image analysis and artifficial intelligence (Politechnic University of Bucharest)
- cultural studies in European context – Euroculture (University of Uppsala & Goettingen University).
Currently I am working on two research projects at TU Delft:
a. Critical thinking for online environments
(LeadingFellows postdoc, Marie Curie individual grant)
In this project, I am looking at the material, technological, and social conditions for critical thinking. I am researching, among other things, collective thinking, affordances for thinking – such as digital devices and online technologies, the role of emotions in thinking, and hindrances from thinking. The overall aim of this project is to find ways of conceptualising the critical engagement with information online such as to empower regular users to tackle misinformation on online platforms, especially on Social Networking Sites.
b. Innovating ethics education for engineers
(COMET project, funded by 4TU.CEE) – collective grant.
Together with my colleagues, we are looking into possible futures of engineering ethics education at TU Delft. It is both retrospective and prospective: looking back at the successes and challenges from the last 20 years of integrating ethics into the curriculum at TU Delft, and identifying and proposing best practices for ethics education going forward.