Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Melvin Chen

Lecturer, School of Humanities

Email: melvinchen@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: +65 65927935
Office: HSS 03 91 (USP-PHILO)
Dr Melvin Chen

Biography
Bio:
Melvin holds a BA in Literature from the National University of Singapore, an MPhil in Ibsen Studies from the Centre for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo, and a PhD in Philosophy from Cardiff University. Having originally been offered an overseas scholarship to read Law at Somerville College, Oxford, he decided to take the road less travelled and reject the conventional route in favour of his intellectual interests. That, he would like to believe, has made all the difference. He is now a Faculty Member at the University Scholars Programme at Nanyang Technological University and hopes to inspire like-minded students to pursue their dreams with courage and fearlessness.

Melvin's work has been accepted for publication in philosophy journals (Philosophy & Technology, Philosophical Psychology, Hypatia, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy & Literature, Philosophical Forum), interdisciplinary journals (AI & Society), literary journals (Nordlit, Antae), and poetry journals (Tipton Poetry Journal, Eunoia Review, LONTAR). His art has graced the pages of Heartbeat: A Literary Journal.

Melvin is currently serving as the PI of a project entitled 'A Tale of Two Deficits: Causality & Care in Medical AI'. This project, generously funded by the NTU Accelerating Creativity & Excellence Grant Scheme (c. SGD 200,000), is an interdisciplinary research collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Chew Lock Yue (School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences). Both Lock Yue and Melvin are currently working on the design of a causal inference algorithm in a medical context.

Research Clusters:
Medical Humanities (NTU), Digital Humanities (NTU), Live with AI (NTU & Industry)

Teaching:
CY0002/SP0002 Ethics
SP0047 Key Problems & Puzzles in Contemporary Aesthetics
CY0001 Writing & Reasoning
SP0068 Artificial Intelligence: History, Philosophy, & Prospects
AG6312 Medical Humanities & Ageing - 1-week seminar on the Ethics of Care & Artificial Intelligence
SP0067 Creativity, Cognition, & the Imagination (forthcoming)
AI6XXX Introduction to AI & AI Ethics - 2-week seminar on the Philosophical Foundations for AI Ethics (forthcoming)

Qualifications:
BA in Literature in English (National University of Singapore)
MPhil in Ibsen Studies (Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo)
PhD in Philosophy (Cardiff University)
Research Interests
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
Philosophy of the Imagination
Creative Cognition Research
Aesthetics
Metaethics & Normative Ethics
Philosophy & Literature
Current Projects
  • A Tale of Two Deficits: Causality & Care in Medical AI
Selected Publications
  • Chen, Melvin. (2019). A Tale of Two Deficits: Causality & Care in Medical AI (forthcoming) (PHILOSOPHY) - Full-text version available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13347-019-00359-6. Philosophy & Technology, .
  • Chen, Melvin. (2019). To Chuck or Not to Chuck? Túngara Frogs & the Puzzle of Natural Beauty (PHILOSOPHY). Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics, 10, 153-66.
  • Chen, Melvin. (2018, November). Medical Artificial Intelligence (PHILOSOPHY). Paper presented at Transform MedEd Conference, Clinical Sciences Building, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
  • Chen, Melvin. (2018). Imagination Machines, Dartmouth-based Turing Tests, & A Potted History of Responses (PHILOSOPHY) - Full-text version available at: https://rdcu.be/13On. AI & Society, , 1-5.
  • Chen, Melvin. (2018, September). Creativity, Imagination, & The New Challenge for Artificial Intelligence (PHILOSOPHY). Paper presented at AI Narratives Workshop, HSS Conference Room (HSS-05-57).

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