Louis Vervoort studied applied physics at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and completed a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics at the Aix-Marseille University (France). He then was awarded a postdoctoral position at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France). He subsequently completed a second doctorate in the philosophy of science at the University of Montreal (Canada).

His latest research asks whether we can implement features of human cognition and consciousness in AI systems and robots — and if yes, how? How to make ethical AI systems? His research is done in collaboration with philosophers (Henry Shevlin, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge), physicists (John Bush, MIT), and AI scientists (Alexey Melnikov, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow). Previously, Louis has made significant contributions to the foundations and philosophy of quantum physics, the interpretation of probability, the determinism versus indeterminism debate, and causation.

Louis Vervoort

Research Interests:

  1. Consciousness, cognition, free will (natural and AI-based)
  2. The interpretation of quantum mechanics. Can we understand quantum mechanics – surely the most unintuitive branch of physics? 
  3. Determinism versus indeterminism. 
  4. The paradoxes and interpretation of probability.

    More info on research interests can be found here.
    Relevant publications can be found here.