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Paavo Pylkkänen, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Director of the Bachelor’s Program in Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He is also Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (currently on leave) at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, where he initiated a Consciousness Studies Program. His main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of physics and their intersection. The central problem in philosophy of mind is how to understand the place of mind – and especially conscious experience – in the physical world. Pylkkänen has explored whether this problem can be approached in a new way in the framework of the new holistic and dynamic worldview that is emerging from quantum theory and relativity. He has in particular been inspired by the physicists David Bohm and Basil Hiley’s interpretation of quantum theory and has collaborated with both of them. In his 2007 book Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order (Springer) he proposed that Bohmian notions such as active information and implicate order provide new ways of approaching key problems in philosophy of mind, such as mental causation and time consciousness. The overall aim of his research is to develop a scientific metaphysics. Paavo Pylkkänen has been a visiting researcher in Stanford University, Oxford University, London University, Charles University Prague and Gothenburg University and is a member of the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (TINT).
Dr. Gerhard Grössing is Co-Founder and Director of the Austrian Institute for Nonlinear Studies (AINS) in Vienna, Austria. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna and at Iowa State University, USA. During his post-doctoral work at Vienna’s Atominstitut, he coined the term and developed, together with Anton Zeilinger, the first “Quantum Cellular Automata”, and he developed an early variant of an “emergent” quantum theory named “Quantum Cybernetics” whose main results were published as a monograph with Springer Verlag, New York. His major research interests cover the foundations of quantum theory and new tools in complex systems research. Apart from his scientific work per se, he has a continued interest in the fields of philosophy and foundations of science, where he also published numerous articles and two books. In recent years, the research of Gerhard Grössing and the AINS has focused on the development of an “Emergent Quantum Mechanics”. He has organized at the University of Vienna the first international conference exclusively devoted to this promising and rapidly developing field, whose contributions are collected in a volume published by the Institute of Physics
Prof. Ana María Cetto, Research professor of the Institute of Physics and lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Ana María Cetto is a full-time research Professor at the Institute of Physics, and lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She holds an M.A. in Biophysics from Harvard University and a M.S c and Ph.D in Physics from UNAM. Her main field of research is theoretical physics, with emphasis on the foundations of quantam mechanics, where she has contributed substantially to the development of stochastic electrodynamics. She is co-author of "The Quantum Dice" (Kluwer, 1996). Prof. Cetto is the former Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, and former head of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Institute of Physics. She chaired the project for the Museum on Light (UNAM), inaugurated in 1996. She served as consultant for the UNESCO World Conference of Science (1999). From 2003 to 2010 she served as Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Nobel Peace Prize 2005), where she headed the Department of Technical Cooperation. She is founding President of LATINDEX, online information system for Ibero-American and Caribbean scholary journals. Prof Cetto has held honorary positions in a number of international organisations, such as the Executive Boards of Interciencia Association, Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS, Co-founder) and International Council for Science (ICSU), the Board of Trustees of International Foundation for Science (IFS), the Governing Board of United Nations University (UNU), the Council of International Network of Engineers and Scientists (INES) and the Executive Committee of Pugwash Conferences (Nobel Peace Prize 1995). She was appointed Mexico's Woman of the Year in 2003.
Brian Nosek received a Ph.D. in from Yale University in 2002 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2007, he received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition – thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices – such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest are implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, automaticity, social judgment and decision-making, attitudes, beliefs, ideology, morality, identity, memory, and barriers to innovation. Through lectures, training, and consulting, Nosek applies scientific research to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. Nosek also co-founded and directs the Center for Open Science that operates the Open Science Framework. The COS aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.
Prizes and Awards 05/2013 Royal Society University Research Fellowship (UK), 598.062 GBP 05/2013 Notthingham Advanced Research Fellowship (UK), 217.163 GBP 05/2013 Vidi award (Netherlands), 800.000 EUR 09/2012–08/2013 SISSA Research Award for Young Scientists 2011 / 2012 ERC-2012-StG invitation to Step 2 (including interview in Brussels) 09/2011–08/2014 Marie Curie Actions — Career Integration Grant (CIG) 05/2011–10/2012 SISSA Research Award for Young Scientists 11/2010 Invitation to become an FQXi member 09/2008–09/2011 Marie Curie Actions — International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) 2006 Victoria University PhD completion scholarship 2005 New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award 10/2004–10/2005 DAAD partial stipend for overseas studies 09/2004 Hartle Prize of the International Society on GR and Gravitation for student presentation
In 1976, Prof. dr. H. De Raedt received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, for work on magnetism in one dimension. Since 1990 he is Professor of Computational Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Groningen (the Netherlands), where he leads the Computational Physics group of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. His current research interests include computational electrodynamics, nanoscale magnetism, (quantum) statistical physics, and event-based simulation methods of quantum phenomena.
Education and Academic Positions 1993 Graduated in Physics from The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 1993 Assistant professor at the “Department d’Enginyeria Electrònica” Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 1994 Degree in Physics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 1997 Titular d'Escola Universitaria associate professor at the “Department d’Enginyeria Electrònica” from UAB Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 1998 Marie Curie fellowship from European Community; Scientific research at the CNRS-IEMN (Lille, France) with tyhe group of professor Olivier Vanbesien Institute d'Electronique 1999 Ph.D in Electrical Enginering from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. (mark: Sobresaliente Cum Laude. phD Special award Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 2000 Advanced Master in Signal and Comuinitaction Theory from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya 2001 Visiting professor at the Physics and Astronomy Department at SUNY (New York, USA) with the group of professor Konstantin Likahrev New York State University at Stony brook 2003 Permanent Position as an associate professor at the “Department d’Enginyeria Electrònica”
Travis Norsen has taught undergraduate physics at Marlboro College, Smith College, Bridgewater State University, and Mount Holyoke College. He holds a PhD in theoretical nuclear astrophysics (University of Washington, 2002) and has made major contributions in the foundations of quantum mechanics through his work on Bell's theorem, Bohmian mechanics, and weak measurement. Travis's unique approach to teaching has been influenced by Physics Education Research, by his interests in the history and philosophy of science, by Maria Montessori, and by his own classroom experience. His goal is always to create a comfortable (and fun) learning environment in which students are encouraged -- and expected -- to make their own first-hand discoveries and to explore physics concepts deeply and thoroughly.
Education 2001 PhD in physics (University of Zagreb) 1998 Master degree in physics (University of Zagreb) 1995 Bachelor degree in physics (University of Zagreb) Awards and Achievements - Ruđer-Bošković-Institute director award for a published paper in physics (2010) - Honorable Mention of the Gravity Research Foundation 2006 Essay Competition - Honorable Mention of the Gravity Research Foundation 2005 Essay Competition Classes Physics I, 2001-2002 (Faculty of Electric and Computer Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia) Featured Publications - H. Nikolić, Horava-Lifshitz gravity, absolute time, and objective particles in curved space, Mod. Phys. Lett. A 25, 1595 (2010). - H. Nikolić, QFT as pilot-wave theory of particle creation and destruction, Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 25, 1477 (2010). - H. Nikolić, Resolving the black-hole information paradox by treating time on an equal footing with space, Phys. Lett. B 678, 218 (2009). - H. Nikolić, Time in relativistic and nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, Int. J. Quantum Inf. 7, 595 (2009). - H. Nikolić, Unparticle as a particle with arbitrary mass, Mod. Phys. Lett. A 23, 2645 (2008). - H. Nikolić, Quantum mechanics: Myths and facts, Found. Phys. 37, 1563 (2007). - B. Guberina, R. Horvat, H. Nikolić, Dynamical dark energy with a constant vacuum energy density, Phys. Let. B 636, 80 (2006). - B. Guberina, R. Horvat, H. Nikolić, Generalized holographic dark energy and the IR cutoff problem, Phys. Rev. D 72, 125011 (2005). - H. Nikolić, Relativistic contraction and related effects in noninertial frames, Phys. Rev. A 61, 032109 (2000).
I, Matt Leifer, am an academic who straddles the line somewhere between mathematics, philosophy, and theoretical physics. My main interests are in Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Theory. I received my bachelors degree in Physics with Theoretical Physics from The University of Manchester in 1999, followed by a Masters of Advanced Study in Mathemaics (Maths Tripos part III) from the Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2000, where I was a member of Girton College. I studied for my Ph.D. in the School of Mathematics at the Univeristy of Bristol (2000-2003) under the supervision of Prof. Noah Linden, where I was a member of the Quantum Computing Group. After a brief stint as a research assistant at Bristol, I arrived at Perimeter Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2004, where I worked until September 2006. From October 2006, I was a research associate in the Centre for Quantum Computation at the University of Cambridge for three months. In January 2007, I arrived back in Waterloo for a second postdoctoral position, in which I was affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Applied Math at the University of Waterloo, and with the Perimeter Institute. The latter was due to a research grant from the Foundational Questions Institute. Between April 2008 and August 2010, I was on leave of absence from work due to illness, after which I returned to work on a part time basis at University College London in the Quantum Information Group of the Physics and Astronomy department. Between December 2011 and August 2013, I was off work again due to illness. Since August 2013, I have returned to the Perimeter Institute as a long term visitor. For further information about me, take a look at my CV, or download the pdf version. You can also view my Google Scholar profile.