June 7-9, 2017|Hoboken, NJ

The Causality in the Sciences conference series brings together philosophers and scientists to explore various aspects of causality. This 12th conference in the series will focus on the relationship between time and causality.

Keynote speakers:

Marc Buehner (Cognitive Science, Cardiff University)*
Phil Dowe (Philosophy, Australian National University)
Jenann Ismael (Philosophy, University of Arizona)
David Jensen (College of Information & Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst)
Betsy Ogburn (Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University)

*Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens.


The draft program with all abstracts is now available here.

Wednesday June 7

8:30‑9:15Breakfast and registration
9:30‑10:30Keynote: Betsy Ogburn
10:30‑11:00Coffee break
11:00‑12:30Philosophy of Social Science:
  • Jonathan Livengood and Karen Zwier Temporalization in Causal Modeling [slides]
  • Julian Reiss Time Series, Non-Stationarity, and Causal Inference [slides]
  • Yin Chung Au Registering time-dependent events for searching cell mechanisms [slides]
1:30‑3:00Psychology and medicine:
  • Neil Bramley, Ralf Mayrhofer, Tobias Gerstenberg and David Lagnado Causal learning from interventions and dynamics in continuous time [slides]
  • Tobias Gerstenberg, Noah Goodman, David Lagnado and Joshua Tenenbaum A counterfactual simulation model of causal judgment
  • Michael Wilde Another disambiguation of the Russo-Williamson Thesis [slides]
3:00‑3:30Coffee break
3:30‑4:30Keynote: Marc Buehner
  • Jürgen Landes, Barbara Osimani and Roland Poellinger Probabilistic Causal Inference through Evidence Synthesis
5:00‑6:00Break and transport to cruise
6:00‑9:30Boat cruise and dinner

Thursday June 8

9:30‑10:30Keynote: David Jensen
10:30‑11:00Coffee break
  • Min Zheng and Samantha Kleinberg A Method for Automating Token Causal Explanation and Discovery
  • Yi Zhao and Xi Luo Granger Mediation Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Time Series [slides]
  • Naftali Weinberger Can Causal Models Include Variables with Their Time-Derivatives? [slides]
1:30‑3:00Philosophy of Physics:
  • Inge De Bal and Erik Weber Mechanistic versus correlational evidence in reasoning about physical claims [slides]
  • Toby Friend Could laws determine determinism? [slides]
  • Keming Chen Our Knowledge about the Past: Some Puzzles about the Past Hypothesis, the Principle of Indifference, and Self-Locating Uncertainty
3:00‑3:30Coffee break
3:30‑4:30Keynote: Jenann Ismael [slides]
4:30‑5:00History of Philosophy of Science:
  • Flavia Padovani At the Roots of the Common Cause
5:00‑6:00Reception in Babbio, 5th floor patio (atrium in case of inclement weather)

Friday June 9

  • Graeme A Forbes and Veli-Pekka Parkkinen Delayed Causation [slides]
  • Victor Gijsbers On the Causal Nature of Time [slides]
10:30‑11:00Coffee break
11:00‑11:30Philosophy of Science:
  • Thomas Lodewyckx and Bert Leuridan Causation and Time: Synchronic Causality
11:30‑12:30Keynote: Phil Dowe [slides]
12:30‑Closing remarks


Conference venue

The conference will be held in the Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology, located at 525 River street (at the corner of 6th and River st.). The conference will be held in Room 122 (talks) and the Babbio atrium (meals and breaks).

For information on getting to Stevens, including a campus map as well as airport and local transportation options see here.

Hotel information

The closest hotels are the W Hoboken at 225 River Street (0.3 miles, 5 min walk) and the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor (1 mile from conference sessions, adjacent to cruise location). Stevens rates for both hotels can be obtained here. Stevens is conveniently located near the Hoboken PATH station, so hotels near PATH stops in Manhattan are also an option (particularly near Christopher, 9th, and 23rd streets).


Registration is now open! Please register here.
Registration rates are:
Student: $50 (early), $75 (after May 15)
Regular: $100 (early), $125 (after May 15)

Registration includes all breakfasts, lunches, and the reception on the 8th, but not the optional conference dinner. The conference dinner on June 7th will be a 3-hour dinner cruise around Manhattan.

Tickets for the cruise are $50 for attendees ($100 for non-attendee companions). Registration for the cruise has been extended until May 31!


Key themes the conference will address:  arrow of time □ causal inference from time series □ role of time in causal perception and judgment □ time and causal metaphysics □ applications to longitudinal datasets

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, submitted via easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tacits2017
Submission is now closed!


Local organizers:
Samantha Kleinberg (Stevens, Computer Science)
Michael Strevens (NYU, Philosophy)