I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, LMU Munich), and an associated member of the Machine Learning group of the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science (CWI).

Since Spring 2020 I am on the great adventure that is my German Science Foundation-funded project on The Epistemology of Statistical Learning Theory.

Contact me at tom.sterkenburglmu.de.

Research interests

Foundations of machine learning and statistics, philosophy of induction, formal epistemology;
statistical learning theory, algorithmic information theory, computability theory.


I did my PhD at both the CWI and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, under supervision of Peter Grünwald and Jan-Willem Romeijn, respectively. This work resulted in my PhD dissertation on Universal prediction, that won me the Wolfgang Stegmüller Award.

I hold an MA and PhD in Philosophy (University of Groningen, cum laude), a MSc in Logic (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, cum laude), a MSc in History and Philosophy of Science (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University, cum laude), and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence (VU University Amsterdam, cum laude). I intend to finally obtain my driver's license soon.

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