Sven Walter at the Institute of Cognitive Science.
In my research I aim to develop a philosophical account of scientific explanation in cognitive science, with a particular 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 argue 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, and in the influence of social structures on the process of scientific discovery.
Until October 2014 I was a postdoctoral researcher in Osnabrück, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD. In 2011 I received a PhD in philosophy of cognitive science from Indiana University (Bloomington). My dissertation on "Mechanistic Explanation and Dynamical Cognitive Science" was supervised by Colin Allen, Randy Beer, Tony Chemero, and Jonathan Weinberg. Prior to that I received an MA in philosophy of mind from the University of Warwick (UK), and a BA in computer science and philosophy from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).
When not working, I am usually riding my bike.