Informatics, TU Vienna

Philosophy of Science: a Course in the Vienna PhD School of Informatics

November 2012 is my third round in teaching a highly unusual block course for an international group of students pursuing doctoral research in different specializations of Informatics.

Abstract

November 2012 is my third round in teaching a highly unusual block course for an international group of students pursuing doctoral research in different specializations of Informatics. How can I reach students with such diverse backgrounds? Which topics from Philosophy of Science should I select? How can I relate the philosophical topics to Informatics? What is an appropriate form for the course? What should be the students‘ active role? How can I make the course relevant for them? Starting from these questions, I will explain my course design and discuss some of the experiences made so far. Students are encouraged to participate. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Biography

Christiane Floyd has obtained her Dr.phil. in Mathematics at the University of Vienna. After early experiences in the German software industry and in the research milieu of Stanford University, she has been a professor for Software Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Hamburg. She is now honorary professor at the Vienna University of Technology and lives in Berlin.

Note

This talk is organized by the Vienna PhD School of Informatics.