Measurement at the Crossroads

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8:15 – 8:45 Welcoming coffee and registration

8:45 – 9:00 Introduction

  • Nadine de Courtenay, Fabien Grégis, Christine Proust & the organizing committee

9:00 – 10:30
Keynote lecture 1

  • Eran Tal (McGill University): Measurement, Prediction and Coherence

Chair: Fabien Grégis (Tel Aviv University)
Room: Amphithéâtre 310 (École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Val de Seine)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Parallel sessions (A)

Panel 1 (symposium): Computation and measurement at the Large Hadron Collider: managing complexity in high energy physics experiments

    • Sophie Ritson (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt): Measurement and machine learning at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC): the Higgs self-coupling as a case study
    • Florian Boge (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): How to infer from simulated measurements?
    • Paul Grünke (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie): The epistemic status of experimental measurements involving computer simulations

Chair: Thomas Coudreau (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Luc Valentin 454A


Panel 2: Historical foundations of the philosophy of measurement

    • Michael Heidelberger (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen): Ernst Mach's theory of measurement
    • Francesca Biagioli (University of Vienna): Hermann von Helmholtz and the quantification problem of psychophysics
    • Pablo Acuña (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso): Measuring the epistemology of geometry

Chair: Nadine de Courtenay (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Malevitch 483A


Panel 3: Standardization at issue

    • Aashish Velkar (University of Manchester):The Cultural and economic consequences of global metrological standardisation
    • Rebecca Jackson (Indiana University): “The Uncertain method of drops”: How a non-uniform fluid unit survived the century of standardization
    • Edward Gillin (University of Cambridge): Mathematicians, musicians, and the measurement of musical pitch in mid-Victorian Britain

Chair: Youna Tonnerre (University Rennes 1 & University Paris Diderot)
Room: Mondrian 646A

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break – Restaurant

14:30 – 16:30 Parallel sessions (B)

Panel 4: Measurement, intersubjectivity and trust

    • Andrew Maul (University of California, Santa Barbara), Luca Mari (Università Cattaneo), Mark Wilson (University of California, Berkeley): Intersubjectivity of measurement across the sciences: Unit definition and dissemination
    • Rafael Lattanzi Vaz (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, Brazil): Metrological traceability and the bridge between reliability and trust
    • Florence Hsia (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Measuring a Chinese eclipse

Chair: Fabien Grégis (Tel Aviv University)
Room: Luc Valentin 454A


Panel 5: Revisiting the coordination problem

    • Rick Shang  (Washington University in St Louis): Does the Coordination Problem Exist: Measurement in neuroimaging
    • Tzur Karelitz (National Institute for Testing and Evaluation), Charles Secolsky (Rockland Community College), Thomas Judd (United States Military Academy): The Evolution of face Validity from inception to reinstatement
    • William P. Fisher, Jr. (University of California, Berkeley): Blending objectivity and subjectivity in measurement: Benjamin Wright's personal approach to learning

Chair: Francesca Biagioli (University of Vienna)
Room: Malevitch 483A


Panel 6: Measurement, social norms, and public health policies

    • Moran Levy, Gil Eyal (Columbia University): Politicizing imprecision
    • Marion Boulicault (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Gender and the measurement of fertility: a case study in critical metrology
    • Nicolas Rasmussen (University of New South Wales, Sydney): Measuring fatness and its hazards: Precision adipometry versus a 1950s public health campaign against obesity

Chair: Claude-Olivier Doron (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Mondrian 646A


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break


17:00 – 18:30 Roundtable: Towards a New International System of Units

  • Christian Bordé (Académie des sciences, CNRS)
  • Richard Davis (International Bureau of Weights and Measures)
  • Marc Himbert (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)
  • Estefania de Mirandés (International Bureau of Weights and Measures)
  • François Piquemal (Laboratoire National de métrologie et d'Essais)
  • Eran Tal (McGill University)

Chair: Thomas Coudreau (University Paris Diderot)
Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


18:30 Cocktail reception

 Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)







9:00 – 10:30 Keynote lecture 2

  • Wendy Parker (Durham University): Measuring via computer simulation?

Chair: Nadine de Courtenay (University Paris Diderot)
Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break


11:00 – 13:00 Parallel sessions (C)

 Panel 7: Investigating models of social measurement

    • Leslie Pendrill (Research institutes of Sweden), Stefan Cano (Modus Outcomes), Theresa Köbe  (Charité - University Medicine Berlin), Jeanette Melin (Research institutes of Sweden), Ariane Fillmer (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt): Restitution of ability and difficulty from decision-making: the metrology of human-based perceptions
    • David Andrich (The University of Western Australia): The Gaussian distribution as a culmination of the Rasch measurement theory of invariance
    • A. Jan Kutylowski (University of Oslo): Measurement and modelling of categorical variables in the socio-sciences: a comparison of traditional and modern approaches, with prospects for the future

Chair: Alain Leplège (University Paris Diderot)
Room: amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


Panel 8: The Making of instruments and standards of measurement

    • Liqun Zhou  (Beijing Foreign Studies University & Needham Research Institute, Cambridge): A DIY water clock (clepsydra) from a Chinese text of Yuan dynasty
    • Dieter Hoffmann (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte): Wilhelm Kösters (1876–1950) and the development of a new standard of length based on the wavelength of light
    • Eckhard Wallis (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu - Paris Rive Gauche): Making clocks – Research at the Laboratoire de l'Horloge Atomique during the 1960s

Chair: Jan Lacki (University of Geneva)
Room: Luc Valentin 454A


Panel 9: Managing data: Three studies

    • Chris Partridge, Sergio De Cesare, David Leal, Mesbah Khan, Hayden Atkinson (University of Westminster), Andrew Mitchell: Explaining measurements to machines
    • Jean-Baptiste Grodwohl (University of Cambridge): Measuring natural selection in population genetics
    • Jean-Pierre Llored (Université Paris Diderot): Investigating measurement: The Case of chemical metrology

Chair: Sarah Hijmans (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Malevitch 483A


Panel 10: Measurement practices: from state regulation to mathematical guidance

    • Carlos Gonçalves (University of São Paulo): Measurement in an Ancient Mesopotamian loan archive
    • Guy Sechrist  (University of Cambridge): “False measures”: Seventeenth-century English gauging instruments and legitimizing English excise
    • Jennifer Egloff (Zayed University): Artisans' resistance to geometrical measurement techniques in the Early Modern English Atlantic: Challenging the persistent notion of linear change in mathematics

Chair: Christine Proust (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Room: Mondrian 646A


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break – buffet

Amphithéatre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


14:30 – 16:30 Parallel sessions (D)

 Panel 11: Theory dependence, models and idealization in measurement

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    • Kent Staley  (Saint Louis University): An Epistemological function for systematic uncertainty in measurements in high energy physics
    • Alessandro Giordani  (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), Luca Mari  (Università Cattaneo): On theory dependence of truth in measurement
    • Qiu Lin  (Duke University): Idealization and Measurement: A Comparative case study
    • Roman Zdzislaw Morawski  (Warsaw University of Technology): Measurement as abduction

Chair: Theodore Porter (University of California, Los Angeles)
Room: Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


Panel 12: Errors of measurement in historical perspective

    • Robert Middeke-Conlin (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science): The limits of measured value in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • George Borg  (University of Pittsburgh): Accentuating the Positive: Observation and measurement in Kepler’s optics
    • Maarten Bullynck  (Université Paris VIII & SPHERE laboratory): The fine distinctions of error. Getting knowledgeable about errors at the crossroads of theory, instrument and observation

Chair: Giora Hon (University of Haifa)
Room: Luc Valentin 454A


Panel 13: Measurement issues in the life sciences

    • Maria Estela Jardim, Nádia Jardim (University of Lisbon): Measuring body functions at the turn of the 19th Century through serial photography and cinema.
    • Caterina Schuerch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Quantification – the key to understanding physiological processes
    • Daniel Ott  (University of Cambridge): Can Pain Be Measured? Emerging technologies, epistemological uncertainty, and pragmatic realism

Chair: Céline Lefève (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Mondrian 646A


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break


17:00 – 18:30 Keynote lecture 3

  • Karine Chemla (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique): Quantities, standards, measurement and computation. Views from mathematical sources from the ancient world

Chair: Christine Proust (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


 21:00 Conference dinner






FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018


9:00 – 11:00 Parallel sessions (E)

 Panel 14 (symposium): The measurement of non-quantitative properties in the human sciences

    • Joshua McGrane (University of Oxford): An inclusive conception of measurement for the human sciences minus the philosophical baggage
    • Trisha Nowland (Macquarie University):Rough Set Theory for psychometric research: A modest proposal
    • Alex Scharaschkin (University of Oxford): Measurement without quantification? The case of educational assessment

Chair: Mark Wilson (University of California, Berkeley)
Room: Luc Valentin 454A


Panel 15: Reconsidering the Representational theory of measurement

    • Matthias Neuber (University of Tübingen): Helmholtz, Kaila, and the Representational theory of measurement
    • Jean Baccelli (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy): Beyond the metrological viewpoint
    • Pierre Uzan  (SPHERE laboratory): From measurement-representation to measurement as a semantic act

Chair: Michael Heidelberger (University of Tübingen)
Room: Malevitch 483A


Panel 16: Constructing measurement: quantifications, institutions, and numerical notations

    • Daniel Jon Mitchell  (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen): The Second quantification of physics
    • Frans Van Lunteren  (Vrije Universiteit): The International Bureau of Weights and Measures and the politics of science
    • Qiu Gaoxing (China Jiliang University): Imperial notation and Bodhisattva notation - Illustrated by the example of Avatamsaka Sutra

Chair: Nadine de Courtenay (University Paris Diderot)
Room: Mondrian 483A


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00 Keynote lecture 4

  • Oliver Schlaudt (University of Heidelberg): “Who is there that doesn't calculate?” The homo economicus as a measuring instrument

Chair: Emmanuel Didier (ENS & CNRS & EHESS)
Amphithéâtre 310 (ENSA Paris-Val de Seine)


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