Previously, currently, and next

I have been working as a PhD student at both the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands) and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, under supervision of Peter Grünwald and Jan-Willem Romeijn, respectively.
From February till May 2017 I visited the Center for Formal Epistemology at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, which was facilitated by the Leverhulme Trust-funded network The Scientific Approach to Epistemology.

In September and October 2017 I am a visiting fellow at the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS, Tilburg University).

In November 2017 I will start as a postdoctoral fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, LMU Munich).

Contact me at tomcwi.nl.

Research interests

Philosophy of induction, inductive logic, Bayesian epistemology;
foundations of statistics and machine learning, philosophy of probability and randomness;
algorithmic information theory, algorithmic randomness, computability theory.

My PhD project was on the foundations of machine learning. More specifically, I investigated the computability-theoretic approach to probabilistic "universal prediction" (initiated by Solomonoff) as a link between Carnap's project of inductive logic and modern approaches in machine learning.

Outreach

In February 2016 I gave a public lecture on "the dream of automated science" at the academic cultural centre SPUI25 (in Dutch).

In December 2014 I wrote a piece on "the myth of big data" for the online opinion platform deFusie (in Dutch).

In February 2014 I talked about my project on Swammerdam, the science show of the local radio station Amsterdam FM (in Dutch).

I was interviewed about my project for the October 2013 edition of Babel, the magazine for the Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Find a copy of the story here (page 6, in Dutch).

Education

I hold a research MSc in Logic (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, cum laude), a research MSc in History and Philosophy of Science (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University, cum laude), a research MA in Philosophy (University of Groningen, as formal part of the PhD traject) and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence (VU University Amsterdam, cum laude). I intend to finally obtain my driver's license soon.

Last update: 09-2017.