David DanksDavid Danks

David Danks is Professor of Data Science & Philosophy and affiliate faculty in Computer Science & Engineering at University of California, San Diego. He was previously L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon University he served as the Chief Ethicist of CMU’s Block Center for Technology & Society and the co-director of CMU’s Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity (IDeaS). Danks is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award (2008) and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship (2017). His research interests are at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, using ideas, methods, and frameworks from each to advance our understanding of complex, interdisciplinary problems. He explores the ethical, psychological, and policy issues around AI and robotics in transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security and has done significant research in computational cognitive science.