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Jessica de Jesus de Pinho Pinhal


Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) and Institute of Philosophy, History of Literature, Science, and Technology
TU Berlin

SF Knowledge Dynamics and Sustainability in the Technological Sciences
Marchstraße 23, MAR 1-1
10587 Berlin


Office hours by appointment.

Follow me on Twitter: @jess_de_jesus 

Fields of interest

  • Philosophy of Technology, Ethics of Technology and Artificial Intelligence
  • Metaethics, Metaphysics and Phenomenology
  • Political Philosophy, Gender and Queer studies, Environmental Philosophy
  • History of Ideas, Future Studies and Speculation

Short Biography

Jess de Jesus De Pinho Pinhal is a research associate and PhD candidate at Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology). They obtained an MSc in Physics and Computer Science from Telecom Physique Strasbourg in 2012, a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Nice in 2015, and a Master in European Business from ESCP Europe Business School in 2017. They have worked as an engineer at Amadeus, a consultant for Hannover Re and early-stage start-ups, and as an entrepreneur. Their research focuses on the nature of ethical behaviour in machines and humans. In particular, they study the field of Algorithmic Fairness from two perspectives. Firstly, they critic the discipline from a social justice perspective. Secondly, they investigate the formalisation of the concept of fairness it pretends to operate.



Professional experience and education

Professional Experience and Education
since 2019
Research Associate and PhD candidate, TU Berlin, Germany

Entrepreneur in Residence, Push Founders!, Deutschland
MBA in International Management (former MEB), ESCP Europe, Italy and Germany
Winner of ‘Journey Re’ Competition in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Hannover Re, Germany
Bachelor of Philosophy with High Honours, University of Nice, France
Software Engineer and Business Analyst, Amadeus, UK and France
Master Of Science in General Engineering, Telecom Physique Strasbourg, France
PR and Communication, APTTech, Vietnam
Journalist, Micro Hebdo and 01 Business et Technologie, France
Classe Préparatoire Aux Grandes Ecoles
Baccalauréat with High Honours (equivalent to ‘A levels’)


  • Intersectional AI: Hacking Biases - Journal Club Philosophy and Ethics of Design and Technology (Winter Semester 2020-21)
  • Erkenntnis und Methode: Einführung in Theorie und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik (Winter Semester 2020-21)
  • Robotics and AI: Ethical and Social Challenges (Winter Semester 2019-20)
  • Robotics and AI: Can we design moral machines? - Journal Club Philosophy and Ethics of Design and Technology (Winter Semester 2019-20)
  • Erkenntnis und Methode: Einführung in Theorie und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik (Winter Semester 2019-20)


  • AI Visions and Narratives workshop organised by The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge) and the Present Futures Forum (Technische Universität Berlin): "Algorithmic Fairness: Towards an Automation of Injustice?"

Fellowships and grants


Fellowships and Grants
TU Berlin Internal Research Funding for Preparing a Third-Party Funded Project Grant - Working Title of the Project: “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: What Machine Ethics Teaches Us in Order to Develop Recommendations for the Design of Artificial Intelligence”
Merit-based Compagnia di San Paolo grant for MBA at ESCP Europe
Erasmus grant, UK
Erasmus Mundus grant, Vietnam




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