Dr. Catherine Stinson

Lab Director

Queen’s National Scholar in Philosophical Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department and School of Computing. 

Dr. Stinson has a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. They specialize in methodology and ethics of artificial intelligence, and have published on psychiatric classification, explanation in Artificial Neural Networks, health data privacy, and (against) eugenic tech. Current research topics include benchmarks and adversarial examples in deep learning, and the politics underlying funding priorities in AI.

Sam Baranek

MSc Computing Student

Sam is conducting research on privacy preserving biometrics specifically secure multi party computation and facial recognition.

Vanessa Ferguson

MA Philosophy Student

Ethicist in Residence

Vanessa’s research interests include bioethics, artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, Black studies, health studies and the intersections between them. Vanessa has just completed her MA at Queens University in the Department of Philosophy. Vanessa’s Master’s thesis explores how ideas of race, race science and racism are embedded in medicine, and how they inform health care, treatment, and health outcomes in sickle cell disease, specifically for Black populations in Canada and beyond. Vanessa’s primary motivations are to catalogue the Black patient experience in Canada, and globally in the context of anti-Black racism.

Rohan Khan

MSc Computing Student

Rohan is a Masters student currently looking into the ethics and fairness of facial recognition AI, particularly those used to classify sensitive characteristics such as emotion. Their goal is to work towards more inclusive design for AI that can help marginalized communities.


Ernesto Lang Oreamuno

MSc Computing Student

My research is about software engineering in AI or SE4AI for short. I look into how software engineering practices and projects can be combined with machine learning artifacts such as datasets and models, with the intention of exploring how these elements are coalesce together into applicable business solutions.

Beyond that, I have worked in software engineering in the past 5 years, using technologies such as Docker, PostgresSQL, Nginx, RabbitMQ, Google Cloud Platform and Nginx, with languages such as Java, C# and Python, also for a more of an enthusiast side I use Rust and Elixir.

Currently, my time is dedicated to massive data extraction and analysis through the use
of machine learning.

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Emily Medema

MSc Computing Student

Emily is a first-year Master’s student researching the ethics of AI-powered diagnostics and developing a set of ethical guidelines for such tools. Her goal is to enable the development of diagnostic models that could be ethically used in the medical field.

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Annabelle Sauve

MSc Computing Student

Annabelle is a second year Master’s student in the School of Computing. Her research focuses on analyzing the language used in medical records when discussing mental health disorders.

Tindur Sigurdarson

PhD Computing Student

Tindur Sigurdarson is a Ph.D. Student in the CREATE Cybersecurity program. His M.Sc. research focused on the potential for machine learning predictors to explain their own faults in the context of ethical and interpretable machine learning.

Research interests: Interpretable & Fair ML, ML for Cybersecurity, and  Data Pruning

Sofie Vlaad

PhD Philosophy Student

Poet in Residence

Sofie’s research is firmly rooted in both feminist philosophy and transgender studies. These twin schools of thought inform her work in ways that are both explicit and implicit. Her current project brings together philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of creativity, and contemporary poetics to explore the relationship between art—broadly conceived—and Artificial Intelligence. Her research questions include: What are the poetics of AI-generated art? Is AI-generated art creative? Who should we consider to be the author of AI-generated art?

Currently Sofie is working on an article that posits trans poetics as a way of doing trans philosophy, a co-authored piece exploring how we might epistemically ground diversity projects in AI, and several creative works, including a collaborative arts project exploring queer/mad/trans/femme futures.

Diggory Waddle

MA Philosophy Student

Diggory is a MA student conducting research into intimate relationships with artificial intelligence. His goal is to help build a future for AI relationships that is equitable and kind.

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