Philosophy & Computer Science

Summer School 17th to 22nd July 2023

Welcome to our summer school at the intersection of computer science and philosophy!

This intensive program is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are interested in exploring topics at the intersection of philosophy and computer science.

During the summer school, participants will have the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the field, discuss cutting-edge research, and work on collaborative projects. The program will cover a wide range of topics, including intelligent systems, fairness, explainability, privacy, security, and healthcare.

In addition to formal lectures and seminars, the summer school will include hands-on workshops, a range of interactive group discussions, and social activities. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and reflect on the exciting and sometimes contentious relationship between computer science and philosophy, connect with your peers, and meet international experts in the field.

We’re looking forward to meeting you for this intellectual adventure!


Deadline: March 31, 2023

Participation in the summer school is 90€. This includes lunch and coffee as well as a guided city tour.

If you’re interested in joining the summer school, please fill in this document and send it together with your current transcript of records and a CV to phil+cs(at)uni-bayreuth(dot)de. There is a limited number of scholarships (max. 500€ per person) available to support those in need of assistance with travel and accommodation costs. Please indicate in your application if you’d like to be considered for this.

The keynote lectures are public and free to attend for everyone, no registration required. Places available for joing the full program are limited, please apply. There will be no streaming of lectures or keynotes.

If you are a student at University of Bayreuth, you might be able to take certain parts of the summer school as coursework. For details please refer to CMlife teaching entries; there’s no need to fill in the application form. Of course, you can also apply as a regular participant to join the full program.



Monday, 17.07.2023

Time Activity Person
14:30 – 16:00 Opening Lena Kästner, Olivier Roy
16:30 – 18:00 Keynote Marija Slavkovik

Tuesday, 18.07.2023 – Intelligent System

Time Activity Person
09:30 – 11:00 Lecture Dimitri Coelho Mollo
11:30 – 13:00 Lecture Elizabeth Seger
14:30 – 16:00 Lecture Mariya Toneva
16:30 – 18:00 Group Work

Wednesday, 18.07.2023 – Fairness & Explainability

Time Activity Person
09:30 – 11:00 Lecture Wojciech Samek
11:30 – 13:00 Lecture Sina Fazelpour
14:30 – 16:00 Lecture Hendrik Heuer
16:30 – 18:00 Group Work

Thursday, 18.07.2023 – AI in Healthcare

Time Activity Person
09:30 – 11:00 Lecture Eva Lermer & Susanne Gaube
11:30 – 13:00 Lecture Kate Vredenburgh
14:30 – 16:00 Lecture Aldo Faisal
16:30 – 18:00 Social Event

Friday, 18.07.2023 – Privacy & Security

Time Activity Person
09:30 – 11:00 Lecture Herbert Zech
11:30 – 13:00 Lecture Tobias Seitz
14:30 – 16:00 Group Work
16:30 – 18:00 Keynote Joseph Halpern

Saturday, 18.07.2023 – Summary

Time Activity Person
09:30 – 11:00 Keynote Johanna Thoma
11:30 – 13:00 Final Discussion

Travel & Accommodation

To get to Bayreuth you have three main options:

By plane:

If you plan to come to Bayreuth by plane the nearest airport is in Nuremberg. From there you have to take a train to the main station (Nuremberg airport to Nuremberg main station) and then take the train to Bayreuth (Bayreuth Hauptbahnhof). The route takes about 1h 15min.

Some better connections might also be found to the airport in Munich. From which you can reach Bayreuth by train via Nuremberg. This takes around 3h 30min and you need to change train at Munich main station and Nuremberg main station.

Detailed information about the train can be found here.

By train:

If you will travel by train the best way is to take a train to Bamberg or Nuremberg since Bayreuth, unfortunately, does not have a long-distance train station. From there you can take a local train connecting to Bayreuth. You have to be a little bit cautious to not end up on the wrong train. From both directions, there are two coupled trains from which only one goes to Bayreuth. So, make sure, that you entered the correct train.

More detailed information can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website here. The train station in Bayreuth is called Bayreuth Hauptbahnhof.

By car:

If you come by car, Bayreuth is very easy to reach.  The university is located right next to the Autobahn A9 exit Bayreuth south. There are plenty of parking spots at the university free of charge.


Scientific Organizers

Daniel Buschek – Lena Kästner – Olivier Roy – Timo Speith