About Computer-mediated Epistemology
Computer technology has in profound ways changed the way we perceive and conceptualize human existence and understanding.
On one hand, computer technologies have become important tools for probing the consequences of our trains of thought because the capacity and persistency of computing machinery far exceeds what is feasible by mind and hand alone. On the other hand, computing technologies are now so robust and so ubiquitous in human society that they constantly challenges our perception of what is possible to achieve be means of technology and – equally important – what it means to be human.
These two stances form the basis of our quest to understand through technology.
Computer-mediated Epistemology is informed by theoretical insights from research in
Areas of Interest
We engage in theoretical and practical studies of how knowledge in its many shapes and forms may be formally represented. Keywords in our research in Conceptual Structures are: Time, ontology, narrative.
Human Robot Interaction
We engage in understanding how interaction with robots alters our perception of agency and communication. Keywords central to our efforts are: HRI, interaction, ethics, presence.
We engage in practical and theoretical aspects of applying ICT to care and development of groups prone to social marginalization. Keywords to describe our efforts are: Persuasive Technology and Design, autism, ethics
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