Colin Allen

  • History and Philosophy of Science


Digital Expertise: topic modeling, history of science, ontology, artificial intelligence and morality

Colin Allen's main areas of research concern the philosophical foundations of cognitive science and neuroscience. He is particularly interested in the scientific study of cognition in nonhuman animals and computers, and he has published widely on topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, and artificial intelligence. He also has several projects in the area of humanities computing.

He can advise students interested in working on semantic models of text. The techniques he uses include but are not limited to LDA topic modeling and the application of information-theoretic measures to projects spanning philosophy, the history of science, and attempts to find relationships between the readings and writings of key historical individuals such as Charles Darwin and Thomas Jefferson.