Veranstaltung/Call for Participation: Workshop on Epistemological Issues of Machine Learning in Science, 27.-28.02.2024, TU Dortmund, Deadline: 15.01.2024

The Emmy Noether Group UDNN: Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks ( invites participation in a two day workshop that marks the project’s kick-off.

Workshop on Epistemological Issues of Machine Learning in Science


Chaudoire Pavillon, TU Dortmund, Germany




With impressive advances in Machine Learning (ML) and particularly Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence is currently taking science by storm. This workshop brings together top scientists and philosophers working on fundamental issues connected to the use of Machine Learning in science. The workshop marks the launch of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Group UDNN: Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks, and is generously funded by the Lamarr Institute for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and the Department for Humanities and Theology at TU Dortmund University.

Topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • The relation between prediction and discovery on the one hand, and explanation and understanding on the other, in fields of science that heavily rely on ML methods
  • The key issues in identifying genuine discoveries and stable predictions by ML systems
  • Core conceptions of “explanation” involved in the field of eXplainable AI (XAI), and their relation to philosophical theories of understanding and explanation
  • Present limitations associated with ML’s predictive power and what may be needed to overcome them
  • The connection between ML and traditional scientific means for prediction and discovery, such as theories, models, and experiments
  • Our present understanding of ML itself and its limitations



  • Life Sciences

Jürgen Bajorath (University of Bonn)

Axel Mosig (Ruhr University Bochum)


  • Machine Learning Theory
  1. Klopotek (University of Stuttgart)

Marie-Jeanne Lesot (Sorbonne Université Paris)

David Watson (King’s College London)


  • Philosophy

Kathleen A. Creel (Northeastern University Boston, MA)

Brigitte Falkenburg (TU Dortmund)

Konstantin Genin (University of Tübingen)

Lena Kästner (University of Bayreuth)

Henk de Regt (Radbout University Nijmegen)

Eva Schmidt (TU Dortmund)

Tom Sterkenburg (LMU Munich)


  • Physics / Astronomy

Dominik Elsässer (TU Dortmund)

Michael Krämer (RWTH Aachen)

Mario Krenn (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light)

Wolfgang Rhode (TU Dortmund)

Christian Zeitnitz (BU Wuppertal)


Registration is free but places are limited. To register, please send an E-mail to until January 15, 2024 including your name and institution. A small number of attendees will be able to join the conference dinner on the 27th on a dutch-treat basis. If you want to join the dinner, please indicate this in your registration.



Annika Schuster, Frauke Stoll, and Florian J. Boge


UDNN – Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks

TU Dortmund

Emil-Figge-Straße 50

44227 Dortmund