About

Welcome! I am a philosopher of technology with interdisciplinary expertise currently based at the Ethics/Philosophy Section, TU Delft. I am currently working on Internet ethics, digital epistemology, and online emotions. My area of interest is the digital environment in general, but the current focus is Social Media. On this website, you can find some of my recent work, publications and teaching experience. All of the stuff here is related to philosophy but I have other interests I’m pursuing. There is plenty of life beyond philosophy!

Infograph with my current research interests and areas:

Educational background

  • philosophy of science and information (University of Bucharest)
  • educational theory and philosophy (KU Leuven)
  • electrical engineering – with a focus on image analysis and artificial intelligence (Polytechnic University of Bucharest)
  • cultural studies in a European context – Euroculture (University of Uppsala & Goettingen University).

Current research projects

Currently, I am working on several research projects at the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section, at the TU Delft:

Critical thinking for online environments

(LEaDingFellows postdoc, 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.


Comprehensive Ethics Teaching for Engineering and Design students

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.

Researchers
Janna van Grunsven, Taylor Stone, Lavinia Marin


Ethics Education for Engineers

4TU.Ethics project (funded by SURF)

This project (2019/2021) involves a collaboration between the TU/e (head university), TU Delft, UT and the WUR (under the flag of 4TU. Ethics) to develop materials for ethics education for engineers (Bachelor and Master).

Cases collected thus far can be found here

Ethics education is a structural part of the courses of the 4 TUs and is largely based on “case-based exercises” (ethical considerations from different perspectives on applications of technologies). The aim of the project is to publish about 60 ethical case-based exercises in a clear, structured and open way for reuse in all courses of the institutions involved. The publication will be initially online, on an open-source repository.

The major aims of the project are:

  • To improve and update current material in a structured, uniform;
  • Adding new material (due to new technologies and new challenges which keep rising up, we need to update also the cases used in our ethics education);
  • Ensure that all material is suitable for reuse in education by both fellow ethics teachers and by course teachers in training (co-teaching).
    66 ethics teachers from the 4 participating institutions are involved in this project. Through this community, this working method will be institutionalized and expanded towards other (international) partners.