California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
fde [at] caltech [dot] edu
phone: (+1) 626 395 4163
office: Dabney 301C
I am Professor of Philosophy in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Before coming to Caltech I was Assistant Professor in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) program and the Department of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2011 I took a two year research leave to work on causal discovery methods at Carnegie Mellon University with a grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Before going to St. Louis I was a McDonnell postdoc at the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. I completed my Ph.D. in the Philosophy Department at Carnegie Mellon University.
My research interests lie at the formal end of philosophy of science, the machine learning end of statistics and computer science, and the learning and modeling end of psychology and cognitive science. My work has focused primarily on methods for causal discovery from statistical data, the use of experiments in causal discovery, the integration of causal inferences from different data sets and the philosophical issues at the foundations of causality and probability. I have done some work on computational models in cognitive science and some historical work on the philosophy of Hans Reichenbach, especially his frequentist interpretation of probability.
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Philosophy, 2007.
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Automated Learning and Discovery (now Machine Learning Department), School of Computer Science, 2005.
B.Sc. (Philosophy & Mathematics), London School of Economics, 2002.