SAGE Center Lecture Series

May 21, 2018
Anna Christina (Kia) Nobre, University of Oxford
Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford


Anna Christina  (Kia) Nobre, FBA, is the Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and is Professorial Fellow at St Catherine's College and Honorary Fellow at New College, UK. She is also Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, where she is affiliated with the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Nobre received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1992; after postdoctoral appointments at Yale and Harvard, she was McDonnell Pew Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and the Astor and Todd Bird Junior Research Fellow at New College (1994-1996). At Oxford, Dr. Nobre is Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology. She directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) – a state-of-the-art facility for studying neural dynamics involved in supporting healthy human cognition and understanding their disruption in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders, co-directs the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, and leads the cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging theme of the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre. Dr. Nobre’s research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals and expectations. She is a member of the Academic Europaea, an advisor to the James S. McDonnell Foundation for the Understanding Human Cognition Program, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and for Science Advances.

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute. Also at Oxford, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science. Outside Oxford, he is Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and Chair of its Data Ethics Group; and Adjunct Professor of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C. Dr. Floridi received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Warwick. His appointments include the Faculty of Philosophy (1990) and the Department of Computer Science (1999) at the University of Oxford; Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford (1990-1994); Francis Yates Fellow in the History of Ideas at the Warburg Institute, University of London (1994-1995); Research Fellow in Philosophy at Wolfson College (1994-2001); postdoctoral research scholarship at the Department of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Torino; Markle Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Information Policy at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford (2001-2006); Associate Professor of Logic (tenure) at the Università degli Studi di Bari (2002-2008); Professor of Philosophy and UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire (2009-2014); Fellow by Special Election of St Cross College (2006-2017). Dr. Floridi’s research concerns primarily Information and Computer Ethics (aka Digital Ethics), the Philosophy of Information, and the Philosophy of Technology. Other research interests include Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, and the History and Philosophy of Skepticism. He has published over 150 papers in these areas, in many anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. His most recent books are The Fourth Revolution – How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality (Oxford University Press, 2014); The Ethics of Information (Oxford University Press, 2013, volume two of a tetralogy on the foundation of the philosophy of information); The Philosophy of Information (Oxford University Press, 2011, volume one of the tetralogy); Information – A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010).