Philosophy of Engineering and Artifact
in the Digital Era

an exploratory workshop

2009 February 6-8
“Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava

Colin Schmidt


2009- Research Officer in Information and Communication Sciences, Member of LAMPA --Laboratory Arts et Metiers-ParisTech Angers (Prsence and Innovation, Laval)
2003-09 Associate Professor of Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies, LE MANS UNIVERSITY AT LAVAL, France
2003-08 Research Officer in Information and Communication Sciences, Member of LE MANS COMPUTER SCIENCE LABORATORY, France
2001-03 Assistant Professor of Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies and Member of the Semio-linguistics, Didactics and Informatics Laboratory of the Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies, NUMERICA MULTIMEDIA POLE (Montbliard), BESANON UNIVERSITY, France
1999-00 Scientific Research Officer in Cognition and Communication, AIRBUS/EURISCO INTERNATIONAL (European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering), Toulouse, France
1995-97 Consultant in Human-Computer Interaction, STATE DEFENCE RESEARCH AGENCY, MINISTERY OF DEFENCE, Great Malvern & Oxford Science Park, United Kingdom
1993-94 Research Internship (Information Processing and Cognition), RESEARCH CENTRE FOR APPLIED EPISTEMOLOGY (CREA) CNRS, Paris, France
1989-90 Research Internship (Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing), RESEARCH CENTRE FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE APPLIED IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, CNRS Grenoble, France

Biosketch: Professor Colin Schmidt is plagued with questions about the relation between Information Science and society. His writings, both practical and theoretical, often poignant, approach this relation from various points of view. Some are explicitly foundational and study the logical essence of the relation itself or examine "official" discourses while others represent more applications-based provocative thought that illustrate examples from the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Society-Technology Interaction, (computer-mediated) Interpersonal Communication, Information-Seeking Dialogue Systems and Humanoid Robotics. For Schmidt, carefully considering the consequences of placing technical information-rich objects before (or within) individuals is of the utmost importance for obtaining the correct evolution of society; hence the impossibility this author has for not delving into interrogations on just where human society would like to see itself in the future. Ethics and the epistemology of artificial systems, post-cognitivism, information categorisation, communicative intentionality and the Self as user of information are the fields and concepts that figure prominently in his work.
His research is beginning to show its success (some 80+ publications in English, French, Italian) in various philosophical and scientific forums thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the questions raised.