Short bio

I'm a post-doc at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) at the university of Ca' Foscari (Venice) where I got a bachelor degree in computer science and a master degree in computer science for the humanities. In 2014 I received a PhD in computer science under the supervision of professor Marcello Pelillo. My research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and pattern recognition/machine learning. Currently I’m dealing with the socio-ethical issues of data science and its disparate application on human decision-making. Other research topics include the foundation of pattern recognition from the standpoint of the philosophy of science and the theory of knowledge, and the computational models of categorization in cognitive psychology. For more details on my experience and qualifications see my curriculum vitae

Research interests

  • Social and ethical aspects of data science
  • Disciplinary status of pattern recognition and machine learning
  • Induction and Spontaneous Categorisation
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Conferences and Publications

T. Scantamburlo, "Machine learning in decisional process. A philosophical perspective", ACM Digital Library, special issue of the ACM SIGCAS newsletter (submitted)

T. Scantamburlo, "Machine Learning Approach to Judgment", Ethicomp conference, De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), 7-9 September 2015

T. Scantamburlo, "Big Data: the empiricist approach and its philosophical underpinnings", 7th Workshop in the Philosophy of Information, 30-31 March 2015, UCL, London

M. Pelillo, T. Scantamburlo, V. Schiaffonati, "Pattern Recognition between Science and Engineering: A Red Herring?", Pattern Recognition Letters, Special Issue on Philosophical Aspects of Pattern Recognition (forthcoming)

M. Pelillo, T. Scantamburlo, "How Mature Is the Field of Machine Learning?", in M. Baldoni, C. Baroglio, R. Micalizio and G. Boella (eds), AI*IA 2013: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer International Publishing, 2013, pp. 121-132

M. Pelillo, T. Scantamburlo, V. Schiaffonati, "Computer Science between Science and Technology: A Red Herring?", International Conference of History and Philosophy of Computing, 28-31 October 2013, Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris

T. Scantamburlo, "Il virtuale: una prospettiva stratificata", in "La vita spettacolare. Questioni di etica", ed. Riccardo Fanciullacci, Carmelo Vigna, Orthotes, pp. 175-185 2013

T. Scantamburlo, "Il problema della categorizzazione: machine learning vs. psicologia cognitiva", convegno Associazione Italiana Scienze Cognitive, 3-5 December 2012, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione del CNR, Roma