ASSC Student Committee

The ASSC Student committee is ordinarily made up of six members (three senior members and three student members) and one local student liason. The committee is largely student-run, with help and advice from the senior members. Terms on the committee are normally three years long, and are staggered so that one student and one full member join and leave each year. The changeover happens at the end of August or early September.  If you are a Student Member of the ASSC and would like to join the committee please contact the ASSC’s executive director.

Student Members

Chair: Fauve Lybaert (2011-2014)

I am a PhD-candidate in philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium. I am writing a dissertation on what the role of the formal self could be in the constitution of personal identity. I define the formal self as the self to which we refer (correctly), but which we do not first identify. Thus, it does not seem to be tied to any specific psychological or physical characteristics.

I love travelling and meeting interesting, inspiring people. I currently look into going through Mexico to arrive at the San Diego conference. I very much enjoy the arts. I have been involved in theater as an actress, reviewer and won several awards for writing and directing. The last years I turned towards dance as my main artistic outlet and got addicted to Argentinean tango.  I always study some language, currently Turkish. I am deeply concerned about human and animal suffering, try to give voice to the unheard (such as the Kurds in Turkey), am a vegetarian and wanna-be vegan. I am currently debating whether or not to trade academia for strategy consulting. I would greatly miss teaching university students, but think that publishing philosophy papers these days does not have so much impact. (website)


Ting-An Lin

Currently I am a research assistant at Institute of philosophy of mind and cognition, National Yang-Ming University and also a member of Consciousness Research Group. I just completed my undergraduate degree in biology and spent my last year studying philosophy at UC Berkeley as an exchange student. I'm primarily interested in the self, the unity of consciousness, and the relation between them, especially focusing on the split-brain syndrome and dementia.

I enjoy writing, playing music, and engaging in the social movements. In order to inspire the awareness and discussions of public affairs of the department, I established the student newspaper of my department, Xi-bao, and was the editor-in-chief. I played piano and learned to play carillon at Berkeley; I played the incidental music of a Taiwanese movie on the Sather Tower Carillon. I’ve taken part in many social movements: demanding the freedom of assembly, demanding the land justice, against the death penalty, and against media monopoly. David Zhou

David Zhou is a Master's student in computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research involves the use of statistical mechanics to investigate mechanisms of loss of consciousness during general anesthesia. Outside academia, he spends his free time biking, writing nonfiction and fiction, and daydreaming about algorithms.

Senior Members

Anil Seth (2013-2015)

David Edelman (2011-14)

     The Neuroscience Institute, Experimental Neurobiology (website)