Prof. Holger Hermanns
Durin a project on space debris, Holger Hermanns realized that computer scientists could at times need some ethical expertise. He saw the need for a course on ethics for computer scientists, and approached the Department of Philosophy at Saarland University. There, he met Kevin Baum – and Ethics for Nerds was born. The rest is history. Since then, the course has been organized by his chair.
Having both a Master’s degree in philosophy and in computer science, Kevin Baum was the perfect man for the job. He conceptualized Ethics for Nerds and made the idea a reality. First as a proseminar, and then as a lecture. Besides his job as a lecturer, he is enroled in two doctoral research programmes. At the Department of Philosophy, he is working on ethics of collective action. In Computer Science, he is concerned with the interplay between machine ethics and machine explainability. On top of that, he is part of the Volkswagen Foundation project Expainable Intelligent Systems, whose research is closely related to topics of Ethics for Nerds.
Sarah Sterz has been with the course for the entire time of its existence, though not always as a member of the team. In the very first iteration of the course, she was a student herself. She then became the tutor and eventually lectured the course herself. In effect, she knows the course inside out and from all perspectives. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Sarah switched sides and went on to receive a master’s degree in Philosophy. She now pursues a doctoral degree in philosophy.
Next Generation Associate
He is a former student of the lecture and later became a teaching assistant for the course. At the moment, Maximilian is finishing his master’s programme in Philosophy – inspired by Ethics for Nerds.
First Hour Associate
He, too, is a former student of the very first iteration of the course and has been involved as a teaching assistent ever since. After his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, he completed a master’s degree in Computer Science. Today, Timo is doing his doctorate on machine explainabiliy, once again in Philosophy.
He took the course as a student in its second iteration and has worked as a teaching assistant many times since.
Former Teaching Assistant
She took the course as a student in its very first iteration and was a teaching assistant in the second and third iteration of the course.
Former Teaching Assistant
As a philosopher, he took the course as part of a facultative module during his master’s programme. Later, he became a very valuable teaching assistant and still occasionally deputizes when the course is short-staffed. He is now doing his Ph.D. on questions of machine explainability in Philosophy.