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Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102
E-MAIL: phil@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Bert Baumgaertner

Bert Baumgaertner

Office: Administration 323
Phone: 208-885-5997
Email: bbaum@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Philosophy Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443016
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3016

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Computational Philosophy
    • Epistemology
    • Mind and Language
    • Philosophy of Science
  • Biography

    Bert Baumgaertner is assistant professor at the University of Idaho.  His research lies at the intersection of philosophy and the cognitive and social sciences. His approach to issues in these areas is informed by a computational perspective. The theory of computation continues to inform our understanding of the nature of knowledge, language and the mind, which have been Bert's primary areas of interest (you might call this, roughly, philosophy of artificial intelligence). His most recent work extends a computational methodology to include issues in social epistemology.  Bert is also interested in a wide range of areas in both the humanities and the sciences, especially when they come in contact with computation and evolution.

  • Selected Publications
    This is a partial list of Professor Baumgaertner's publications. For a complete list, see www.bertbaum.com.

    • Baumgaertner, B., Fernandez, R., Stone, M. (2012) \Towards a Flexible Semantics: Colour Terms in Collaborative Reference Tasks" Proceedings of the First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), Montreal, Canada
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2012) \Vagueness Intuitions and the Mobility of Cognitive Sortals" Minds and Machines, Vol. 22, No. 3, 213-234. (DOI: 10.1007/s11023-012-9273-3)
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2012) \Mind" Chapter in Philosophy of Information: A Simple Introduction (to appear online)
    • Baumgaertner, B. (2011) \Dynamic Concepts" (July) Mnemosyne 1
  • Research Projects

    This is a partial list of Professor Baumgaertner’s projects. For a complete and more detailed list, please see www.bertbaum.com.

    • Agent-based modeling of complex interactions
    • Evolution of complex signals
    • Opinion dynamics modeling
  • Awards and Honors
    • NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center on “Evolution in Action”. Project title: “Simulating Signals and Security”. The project is to evolve signaling systems in silico in order to understand the conditions under which compositional signals can arise. 
    • National Institute of Health P20 GM104420-01A1. Project title: “Agent-based models of viral co-infection”. One of three projects in the new Center for Modeling Complex Interactions ($10.6 M).
    • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Graduate studies award for excellence in teaching at UC Davis ($250), 2013 2 of 7
    • The Michael V. Wedin Teaching Award Teaching award for excellence in graduate student teaching at UC Davis, 2012
    • Social Sciences Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence Research award for doctoral students at University of California, Davis, whose record of achievement demonstrates exceptional promise in research and scholarship ($1,000), 2012

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