Invited Speakers

rogercookeRoger Cooke (Risk Analysis and Mathematics, Delft University of Technology & Washington)

Roger Cooke’s research has widely influenced risk assessment methodology, particularly in the areas of expert judgement and uncertainty analysis. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on mathematical modelling of risk and uncertainty. His recent research has encompassed health risks from oil fires in Kuwait following the first Gulf War, chemical weapons disposal, nuclear risk, nitrogen oxide emissions, and microbiological risk. His current research interests include structured expert judgement methodologies and uncertainty analysis, and his work focuses on the implementation of uncertainty analysis in policy-related decision-making.

Cooke has served as a consultant to the Japanese government on disposal of abandoned World War II chemical weapons in China and to the Swedish Nuclear Inspectorate on reliability of piping in nuclear power plants. He also has consulted with the Dutch National Aeronautics Laboratory, the Dutch Gasunie, the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Milieu, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the German VGB Powertech Central Databank. He recently led a project to quantify the risk impact of new merging and spacing protocols for civil aviation, and he has been named a lead author on the chapter addressing risk and uncertainty in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

More information about Cooke you can find here and here.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFranz Dietrich (Economics and Philosophy, CNRS Paris)

Franz Dietrich is an interdisciplinary scholar working in the overlap of economics and philosophy. His research deals primarily with the theoretical foundations of decisions by single individuals or groups, addressing on the one hand formal and mathematical questions, and on the other hand philosophical, normative and methodological questions. Regarding group decisions, his research focuses on the aggregation of individual judgments, but he also works on the aggregation of subjective probabilities and preferences, and on welfare economics. Regarding decisions of individual agents, he works for instance on the motivating reasons underlying someone’s preferences and actions, as well as on the rationalization of choices and on preference change. During his interdisciplinary career, he received a PhD in mathematics (2003, University of Oxford) and held positions at Konstanz University (2002-5, post-doc in the Philosophy, Probability & Modelling Group), Maastricht University (2005-8, Assistant Professor in the Economics Faculty) and the London School of Economics (2006-11, Nuffield Fellow, later Ludwig Lachmann Fellow). In late 2011 he joined the CNRS in Paris.

More information about Dietrich  you can find here.


hillerbrand_rafaelaRafaela Hillerbrand (Philosophy, KIT Karlsruhe University)

Rafaela Hillerbrand is Professor for Philosophy of Technology, Engineering and Science at KIT Karlsruhe University. There she is associated with the ITAS, the Institute of Technolgy Assessment and System Analysis and the Institute of Philosophy, which she also chairs at the moment.

Before joining KIT, Rafaela Hillerbrand worked as an associate professor at TU Delft and was head of the interdisciplinary research group eet-ethics for energy technology at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University. In 2011, she had the chance to advise the ethics commission for safe energy supply under Klaus Töpfer’s guidance that was set up in reaction to the accidents in Fukushima. From 2006 till 2008 Rafaela hold a position as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. Rafaela holds a PhD in both (theoretical) physics as well as philosophy. Her research interest lie at the interface between applied ethical and conceptual reasoning within philosophy of engineering and the (applied) sciences.

More information about Hillerbrand you can find here.



Rida Laraki (Computer Science and Economics, Université Paris Dauphine)

Rida Laraki is the Director of Research CNRS in computer science at LAMSADE (Université Paris Dauphine) and professor at the École Polytechnique affiliated to the Economics Department.

He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (promotion X93) and did a PhD in Mathematics at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (in 2000, Habilitation in 2011). His research is in game theory, social choice, economic theory, optimization, and operations research.

Mr. Laraki is known for his voting system majority judgment invented together with Michel Balinski. They published a book on the subject at the MIT Press in 2011.

More information about Laraki, you can find here.


rtemagicc_b_taebi-jpgBehnam Taebi (Philosophy, Delft University of Technology)

Behnam Taebi is an associate professor in ethics of technology at Delft University of Technology, and associate with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, responsible innovation and engineering ethics. He studied Material Science and Engineering (2006) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Technology (2010). Taebi is currently working on a project on ethics and governance of multinational nuclear waste repositories (with a personal Veni-grant awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). He is the coordinating editor of a volume on The Ethics of Nuclear Energy (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (2015) on “Socio-Technical Challenges of Nuclear Power Production” and is currently writing a monograph on Ethics and Engineering (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Taebi is a member (2016-2021) of The Dutch Royal Young Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More information about Taebi, you can find here.