Steven Gubka, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at FAU’s Center for the Future Mind.
Gubka earned his doctorate degree in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral research focused on the normative significance of emotion and
emotion regulation. Prior to that, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in hilosophy from the University of Arizona (with a minor in cognitive science).
Gubka is investigating the ethics of virtual actions, the value of virtual friendships, and the moral agency of artificial intelligence. He is also interested in how emerging technology (such as emotion detection by artificial intelligence via facial expressions) affects the regulation of our
emotions. This is important because of the role that emotions arguably play in our moral knowledge, agency and overall well-being.
Garrett Mindt, Ph.D., researches philosophy of the mind, philosophy and science of consciousness, philosophy of artificial intelligence (AI), metaphysics, epistemology and related issues in philosophy of science. Before joining FAU's Center for the Future Mind, he worked on the philosophical foundations for a science of consciousness as the Elizabeth R. Koch Research Fellow for the Tiny Blue Dot Foundation for Consciousness Studies with his advisers on the project Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch. While conducting this research he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Psychiatry. Mindt received his doctorate degree under the supervision of Tim Crane and Philip Goff at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. His doctoral dissertation focused on whether it's possible to give an information-theoretic explanation of consciousness and what philosophical issues there are that arise from such an explanation of consciousness. Before his doctorate, he earned a master's degree at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Barry Dainton and his bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona.
Currently Mindt is developing a novel information-theoretic neutral monism, with the goal of tackling two difficult but intimately related problems. The first is consciousness and its place in nature, and how best to give a scientifically and philosophically robust and convincing explanation of consciousness and the mind. The second issue, focused on the metaphysics/ontology of digital existence, whether that be metaverses, virtual reality or augmented reality, and what implications these new spheres of existence have on traditional philosophical questions like personal identity or existence of digital objects/selves, etc.
Mindt said his aim is to develop a more contemporary metaphysics and ontology that can accommodate the changing ontological landscape of the 21st century, and to bring a picture of reality more in line with the contemporary world. The goal is that this picture of reality will help navigate current and future changes in technology, developments in AI, the increasingly sophisticated knowledge of the mind and brain, and related philosophical issues. Ultimately, he said, a better philosophical understanding of these topics will lead to a future where human flourishing is achievable through the careful and ethical nurturing of new technology and increasingly digital lives and selves.
Laurie Carney is the major gifts officer at Florida Atlantic University since December 1999 responsible for development activities within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (since 2008) and more recently programs related to the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. With the principle responsibility for gifts of $25,000+ including legacy and endowment gifts, Laurie works strategically in partnership with the Dean, University/College leadership and faculty to identify and inspire fundraising opportunities to enhance FAU’s reputation of excellence and to support strategic initiatives.
Laurie worked in nonprofit organizations for 20 years prior to joining Florida Atlantic in professional and management positions that included donor recruitment, fundraising, strategic planning, new business development, special events, and marketing.
Laurie is a Florida Atlantic alumna with a Masters’ degree in Public Administration, and she holds a Bachelor of Science Education degree with a minor in music and emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from the State University of New York College at Cortland. In 2013 she completed a one-year graduate level Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) certification from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA designed to facilitate inspired philanthropic planning and legacy gifts.
Bolojan is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Applied Arts, Institute of Architecture, Vienna, Austria. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Institute of Architecture, Vienna – Austria, where he studied under the late architect Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at the Zaha Hadid Vienna Studio. He later joined the research project "Agent-Based Parametric Semiology" (Research Grant Funding- PEEK – FWF. Der Wissenshaftsfonds) as Research Fellow under the supervision of Lead Researcher Patrik Schumacher. The research explores agent-based systems as agent-based life process simulations (architectural crowds) to operationalize the semantic layer within the design process, where the semiological code is defined in terms of the agent's behavioral rules when interacting with a variety of spatial features.
In 2013, he founded his own research studio Nonstandardstudio, where his work and design research developed at the intersection of generative design, computation, multi-agent systems, neural networks and machine learning. The studio focuses on generative design strategies and algorithmic techniques that target the creation of highly complex autopoietic systems that could offer new opportunities for the architectural organization, articulation and signification. These strategies emerge from growth processes, rule-based, multi-agent systems and bottom-up driven design.
Bolojan also joined the internationally renowned architecture office CoopHimmelblau, Vienna, Austria, as computational designer, where he had the opportunity to practice on numerous internationally renowned projects and competitions. Shortly after joining CoopHimmelblau, he held the position of junior associate, computational design specialist and founder and head of Chbl|Code. As head, he was the leading role of developing custom computational design tools (e.g. standalone apps, plugins and add-ons), computational design strategies, virtual and augmented reality applications, machine learning and neural networks applications, as well as robotic fabrication processes. He said he is responsible for the office's current drive to develop deep learning strategies aimed at the augmentation of the designer's native abilities through the development of the DeepHimmelblau Neural Network.
Samuel Director, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in philosophy specializing in bioethics and political philosophy. He was recently a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University in Rhode Island. Much of his work examines the connection between consent and different extreme kinds of cognitive impairment (including dementia, intoxication, anorexia-nervosa, addiction and bipolar disorder).
Director has several research interests that concern the future of the mind including cognitive enhancement and projects about the use of artificial intelligence in medical diagnosis.
C. Derrick Huang, Ph.D., is a professor of information technology in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. A native of Taiwan, he earned his doctorate degree in computer science and a master’s degree in applied physics from Harvard University in Massachusetts. Huang researches, teaches and consults in technology strategies and information management. Currently, he is actively engaged in cross-disciplinary research in the areas of health care analytics, business applications of disruptive innovations, and technology risk management and policy. Prior to joining FAU, he held executive-level positions in business development and strategic marketing at the German multinational automation company Siemens, telecommunications company Nortel, and other high-tech companies.
Marques is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Speaker, a Fellow of the Leshner Leadership Institute of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, and a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Nojoumian’s research interests lie in cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence (AI) and society, human autonomy interactions, and cross-disciplinary research on the intersections of computer science and other disciplines. His featured research projects focus on trust between human and self-driving cars, private planning and coordinating among autonomous drones, reputation-based cryptocurrency mining and impact of malicious attacks on robotic systems. He has been a technical program committee member of interdisciplinary conferences such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Association for Computing Machinery conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society and the conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, among others.
Peluso is the past editor of the journal Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, author of more than 25 articles and 12 chapters related to the therapeutic relationship, family therapy, couples counseling and Adlerian Theory. He is currently directing a multi-year study of the quality of the therapeutic relationship using observational coding of verbal and non-verbal behavior, and mathematically modelling it using dynamical systems mathematics.
In addition, he has written and produced a video series to accompany his “Principles” textbook, and a featured speaker in the Therapy Talks video series by Alexander Street Press.
Peluso is also the current past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. His areas of clinical expertise include couples therapy, infidelity, family therapy, traumatic grief and loss, and domestic violence.
Vallacher has been a visiting scholar at University of Texas at Austin; Claremont Graduate University, California; University of Bern, Switzerland; Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany; and University of Montpellier, France. He has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Polish Science Foundation, the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
He has authored or edited nine professional books, authored a social psychology text, and written more than 150 book chapters and journal articles. He has presented the results of his research at more than 150 national and international conferences and delivered invited addresses at more than 20 universities in the United States and Europe.
Vallacher and his colleagues at several universities were among the first to adapt principles and methods from complexity science and dynamical systems to investigate a wide range of topics in personality and social psychology, including self-concept, self-regulation, mindfulness, social judgment, social influence, close relationships, stereotyping and prejudice, sport psychology, social change and international conflict. Today he is widely recognized as a leader in this redirection of the field.
Dan Turello, Ph.D., leads chair programs and manages the Kluge Prize at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Founded in 2000, the Kluge Center brings together the world's best thinkers to contribute to the conversation about the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. Turello earned a master's in political theory from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University. His articles and reviews have been published by Renaissance Studies, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rassegna dell'Esercito, Italica and Italian Studies.
Carol Gould, Ph.D., is a professor in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Gould earned her doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, SUNY Buffalo, where she had also received her bachelor’s in philosophy, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Gould specializes in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of psychiatry. She publishes widely in these areas, as well as in Japanese philosophy.
She also co-edited “Art, Ethics and Representations of the Holocaust,” published in 2014.
In addition to her membership in various philosophical organizations, she has served on editorial boards and as peer reviewer for several academic presses and professional journals.
Kyle A. Kilian is a leader in intelligence analysis, multidisciplinary research, and technology modernization in the national security enterprise. He is the deputy director of the Transformative Futures Institute (TFI), a research organization dedicated to applying strategic foresight to anticipate risks from emerging technologies with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI). Kyle has served for over a decade in the defense and intelligence community (IC) in strategic, tactical, and joint operational environments and as an adjunct faculty at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. His research interests lie at the intersection of AI, complex adaptive systems, and international security, with expertise in exploratory futures modeling. Kyle is a mentor at the Foresight Institute and a 2022 fellow with the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) and routinely collaborates with the National Intelligence University (NIU) on research into over-the-horizon risks from AI.
Kyle earned an M.S. in Science and Technology Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2021, an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University in 2015, a B.A. in Geography, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami in 2005.
Jay Shooster is a public interest lawyer. He represents individuals and nonprofit organizations in complex litigation and investigations. He also leads state and federal policy advocacy efforts before legislative and regulatory bodies. Shooster has served as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School in New York City and as an editor at Just Security, where he reported on U.S. national security law and policy developments. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Fox News, USA Today, Vox, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Globe.
Kevin Frazier is an assistant professor at St. Thomas University College of Law. He joined the STU community following a clerkship on the Montana Supreme Court and completing a research fellowship with the Legal Priorities Project. A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and UC Berkeley School of Law, professor Frazier's research focuses on regulatory and institutional design in response to societal and technological advances.
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