Research

META aims at the enhancement of the humanities and social sciences at the Politecnico di Milano through the development of research on cutting-edge issues in philosophy and sociology of science and technology. An important aspect of the projects carried out by the members of META is the interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from various departments of the Politecnico di Milano as well as from other national and international universities.

The members of the Steering Committee work on several topics in the following areas:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics of Technology and Engineering
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Knowledge

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Addressing online scientific misinformation in high schools. Funded by Fondazione Cariplo, this project addresses the spread of online scientific and technological misinformation within high schools. The aim of the project is two-fold: identifying the sociotechnical factors that influence the willingness of young generations to accept unreliable scientific and technological information as valid; experimenting with innovative tools and practices that will help high school students to master online information flows and to easily discern between reliable and unreliable information. Period: May 2021-November 2023 (PI: Paolo Volonté) 
  • Ethics and emerging technologies. Funded by Fondazione Scientifica Tronchetti Provera, this project aims to explore the possibility of permanently integrating the study of social impact and ethical implications of technological development in research projects on emerging technologies. In particular, the project is focused on three areas of current technological innovation: advanced automotive and autonomous vehicles; AI in biomedical technologies; crowd expertise in media technologies. Period: December 2020-November 2021 (PM: Paolo Volonté) 
  • From Models to Decisions. Funded under the PRIN 2017, this project aims to explain the epistemic value of uncertain scientific models, and how they guide rational decisions. The research unit at PoliMi investigates how models are constructed in statistical physics and related disciplines with a strong decision component, such as climate science and econophysics. Period: December 2019-December 2022 (Local PI: Giovanni Valente)
  • SCRAPS: writing the Sleep CRisis: 24/7 cAPitalism and neoliberal Subjectivity.  Funded under the H2020-MSCA-IF-2019, this project aims to investigate cultural engagements with the public health issue of sleep disorders, by considering twenty-first-century Anglophone fiction, non-fiction, and digital culture to advance our understanding of the impact of neoliberal ideologies on health.  Period: 36 months (PI: Diletta De Cristofaro. Supervisor: Simona Chiodo). Read more here
  • FPH: Fair Predictions in Health Care. Funded under the H2020-MSCA-IF-2019, this project deals with ethical and philosophical issues concerning algorithmic fairness in machine learning, which arise in connection with the attempt to enhance diagnosis, therapy choice, and effectiveness of the health system. Period: 24 months (PI: Michele Loi. Supervisor: Giovanni Valente). Read more here
  • From Causality to the Fundamental Structure of the World: Time and Ontology in Quantum Field Theory. Funded by the FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds, this project addresses open philosophical problems in physics concerning time and ontology, which stem from Einstein’s principle of causality. It supports the activities of the Irvine-London-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg network in philosophy and foundations of physics. Period: March 2018-March 2020 (PI: Giovanni Valente)