Michael Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Phone:
404-385-6083
Office Location:
DM Smith G04
Overview

Dr. Michael Hoffmann is an Associate Professor for Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech and Co-Director of the Center for Ethics and Technology. His current research focuses on the development of the Reflect! platform (info at http://agora.gatech.edu/node/52). Hoffmann is PI on the NSF project “Fostering self-correcting reasoning with reflection systems.” This project is motivated by research that indicates that students hardly ever substantially revise the products of their reasoning, even if they are explicitly instructed to do so. The Reflect! platform will “orchestrate” collaboration within small teams of students, between teams and an instructor, and within a class. Working on a “wicked problem” such as the ethical challenges of facial recognition technologies, students are time and again confronted with new points of view so that they experience the limitations of their own perspective and the need for self-correction.

Dr. Hoffmann directs the VIP Digital Deliberation which is supported by a grant from the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC; more at http://agora.gatech.edu/node/50). In a previous project, Hoffmann developed the interactive and web-based argument visualization tool "AGORA" (see http://agora.gatech.edu). This project was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For publications to download see http://works.bepress.com/michael_hoffmann/

Education:
  • Dr. phil. habil., Philosophy, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, 2003
  • PhD, Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians Universit
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • Gold Star Award in recognition of the highest level of accomplishment in research. Awarded 2011by Georgia Tech
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Abduction
  • Argument Mapping
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Assessment Of Critical And Ethical Thinking Skills
  • Computer-supported Argument Visualization
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Digital Deliberation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy Of Technology
  • Pragmatism
  • Reflection Tools
  • Semiotics
  • Wicked Problems