I am an assistant professor of theoretical philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy in Magdeburg, Germany, where I administrate the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Cognition Bachelor program. I am also the Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded international collaboration project on "Models of Mechanisms in Computational Neuroscience".

My area of specialization is philosophy of cognitive science, spanning issues in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of artificial intelligence. The primary aim of my research thus far has been to develop a philosophical account of scientific explanation in cognitive science, with an emphasis on empirical and modeling work in embodied and situated cognition, network neuroscience, evolutionary robotics, Bayesian statistical modeling, and the dynamical systems approach to cognition. Although methodologically diverse, I have argued that these research areas are unified in their attempt to discover and describe mechanisms in the sense currently being explored in philosophy of science. Defending this claim requires not just an improved understanding of cognitive scientific practice, but also of mechanisms and mechanistic explanations in general. I am particularly intrigued by the role of mathematical modeling in mechanistic explanation, the influence social structures have on the process of scientific discovery, and in the potentially symbiotic relationship between cognitive neuroscience and machine learning.

Until October 2015 I was a visiting professor (W3-Vertretung) and Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Osnabrück, Germany. In 2011 I received a PhD in philosophy of cognitive science from Indiana University, Bloomington. Before that, I studied for an MA in philosophy of mind from the University of Warwick, and a BA in computer science and philosophy from Cornell University.

When not working, I am usually riding my bike.