eleonora viganò

Dr. Eleonora Viganò




I obtained my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia. My dissertation was on the relevance of Adam Smith’s concept of prudence for moral philosophy and neuroscience. 

I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dirpolis, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, carrying out a project in collaboration with the Sant’Anna’s spin-off Veeco on the relationships between company values, corporate identity, and economic performance.

In July 2018, I joined the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine. I was awarded a scholarship from the Cogito Foundation to carry out the project “Intrapersonal conflicts of values: scientific and philosophical understanding of the present self’s concern for the future self”.  I also took part in the project “CANVAS – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cyber­security” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)

Currently, I have been developing the moral aspects of the Swiss National Research Program 77 project “Socially acceptable AI and fairness trade‐offs in predictive analytics” and I am the Executive Manager of the ELSI-Task-Force for the Swiss National Research Program 75 “Big Data”.

Research interests

My main research areas are Neuroscience of Ethics and Digital Ethics. I am interested in intrapersonal conflicts of values, the morality of prudence, the implications on moral philosophy of neuroscientific discoveries on decision-making, and the ethical issues of digital technologies aiming to improve people’s well-being.