Associate Professor of Philosophy
Bert Baumgaertner's research lies at the intersection of philosophy and the cognitive and social sciences. Bert is also working on the philosophical foundations of agent-based models and is using them to address issues in social epistemology. Bert is interested in a wide range of areas in both the humanities and the sciences, especially when they come in contact with computation and evolution.
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Davis, 2013
- B.A., Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2007
- Computational Philosophy
- Mind and Language
- Philosophy of Science
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.
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
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
- 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