Some recent talks

How people reason with counterpossible conditionals РRuth Byrne, 28th Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Leipzig, Germany (online), 30th Aug-2nd Sept 2021. https://www.espp2021.com/

Panel speaker – Ruth Byrne, 38th International Conference on Machine Learning, Workshop on Algorithmic Recourse (online), 24th July 2021.https://sites.google.com/view/recourse21

Counterfactual explanations in explainable AI – Greta Warren, Molly Quinn, Ruth Byrne, and Mark Keane. Cognitive Science Society 43rd Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria (online), 27th-30th July 2021. https://escholarship.org/uc/cognitivesciencesociety/43/43

How people reason with counterpossibles- Ruth Byrne, International Thinking Conference, Paris, France (online), 21st-25th June 2021. https://www.ict-2020.eu/

Human counterfactual imagination – Ruth Byrne, British University of Egypt, Research Centre for Irish Studies, Cairo, Eygpt (online), 28th May 2021. https://www.bue.edu.eg/bue-research-centre-for-irish-studies-rcis/

The psychology of counterfactual explanations in XAI – Ruth Byrne, Information Science and Technology Institute, Pisa, Italy (online), 15th June 2021. https://xai-project.eu/dist-seminars.html#byrne

How people understand and reason with counterpossibles- Ruth Byrne, Logic of Conceivability Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (online), 7th-9th June, 2021. http://projects.illc.uva.nl/conceivability/LoC-Conference/

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Counterfactual reasoning in Science

Ruth gave a talk on “how people reason with counterpossible and counterfactual conditionals” at the Workshop on Counterfactual Reasoning in Science at Birmingham University on 25th March

https://framephys.org/counterfactual-reasoning-in-science-25-mar-2021/

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Talk at the Algorithmic Recourse meeting

Ruth Byrne and Mark Keane gave a talk at the Algorithmic Recourse in Machine Learning meeting on “Counterfactuals in XAI: Human and Computational Studies” – the schedule, recordings, and slides are available at: https://sites.google.com/view/algorithmic-recourse/home

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Welcome to Dai!

Xinyue Dai started her PhD on 1st September, carrying out research on counterfactual explanations for Artificial Intelligence decision support systems in smart agriculture, funded by a Teagasc Walsh PhD scholarship. Her project is part of a collaboration between Ruth Byrne, Mark Keane (UCD Computer Science), Laurence Shalloo and Elodie Ruelle (Teagasc).
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How do people decide to do the right thing?

Shane Timmons and I write on how to overcome cognitive biases that affect moral decisions to make sacrifices of relevance to staying home during the Covid-19 pandemic – moral hindsight, moral fatigue, counterfactual amplification and more in Psychology Today, link here

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PhD opportunity: Deadline 30th April

The deadline to apply to do a PhD on human explanation funded by a Teagasc Walsh scholarship is 30th April.

 

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Funded PhD opportunity

Here’s a funded PhD opportunity to work with me in Trinity on counterfactual explanations in Explainable AI, in a great project with Mark Keane from UCD, and Laurence Shalloo and Elodie Ruelle from Teagasc, on AI decision support systems for agriculture. Details here.

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Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making in Autism

Kinga Morsanyi and I have co-edited a book on “Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making in Autism“, published by Routledge this week.

 

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Byrne & Johnson-Laird 2019

Are judgments of the truth and probability of a counterfactual such as “if the wine had been Italian it would have been red” affected by a few Italian white wines on the wine list? Our experiments in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition are out now – “If and or: Real and counterfactual possibilities in their truth and probability”.

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IJCAI 2019, Macau, China

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Ruth Byrne gave a talk on “Counterfactuals in Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI): Evidence from Human Reasoning” in the survey track of¬† IJCAI 2019, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, on 14th August, in Macau, China. The paper in the proceedings is available here.

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