I am a Chancellor’s Fellow (tenure-track assistant professor) in philosophy department and Edinburgh’s Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, I was a visiting research scientist at Google DeepMind (London, UK) and a philosophy postdoctoral fellow for the Humanizing Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge at the Australian National University. I hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in philosophy of science and technology, from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) where I worked on developing mathematical models and computational algorithms for large-scale, data-driven decision problems. Before that I studied engineering and mathematics in Switzerland, Sweden, and Iran.
I write and teach about issues such as ethics and philosophy of AI and computing, the roles of mathematics in empirical sciences and normative inquiry, the epistemological and social implications of mathematical and computational modeling in the socio-economic world, values in sciences and decision making, and modeling of morality. I have secondary interests in Middle Eastern (Islamic, Jewish, and Ancient Persian) philosophy.
Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and Technology (University of Toronto)
Ph.D. in Mathematics (Ecolde Polytechnique de Montreal)
Responsibilities & affiliations
Edinburgh's Futures Institute
Centre for Technomoral Futures