David Pearce

Who? I'm a professor of Artificial Intelligence . Where? Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Scientific interests and fields of study: Pure and applied logics, knowledge representation, scientific method, philosophy of technology, social ontology, aesthetics and design, AI and ethics.

Other interests: Applied arts, 20th Century design, history of the automobile and motor racing, car design - especially the work of the carrozzieri Italiani, food, wine, classic cars and historic motorsports.


Contact details can be found on my institutional page, here.


Please check out my new blog at David's short pieces

short bio

I studied Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the University of Sussex and began my doctoral studies in Philosophy at St John's College, Oxford. I later returned to Sussex where I obtained my D Phil in 1980. My main supervisor was Jerzy Giedymin and my examiner was Stephan Körner. From 1982-94 I worked at the Philosophy Institute of the Free University Berlin as a Lecturer (Hochschulassistent) and later as a Heisenberg Research Fellow funded by the DFG. From 1992-94 I was Acting Professor at the Universities of Göttingen and then Heidelberg. After 12 years in Berlin, in 1994 I moved to the German AI Research Centre (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, where I joined the group of Jörg Siekmann and coordinated one of the original European Networks of Excellence, in the field of Computational Logic. In 2000 I joined the Future and Emerging Technologies Unit of the European Commission in Brussels as a temporary researcher/project officer, which involved me in the management and supervision of EU research programmes, especially the programme “Global Computing”, involving 13 research projects for a total of 18.5mEUR, where I helped with the planning, implementation and supervision of the programme. In 2002 I moved to Madrid as Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow in the Computer Science department at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. In 2009 I joined the UPM as professor in the I3 programme.