PETAL: People

The Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center Lab on Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence is co-directed by Daniel Lim and James Miller.


Daniel Lim

Daniel Lim received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in computer science. Before coming to Duke Kunshan University he was an associate professor of philosophy at Renmin University of China. He continues to co-direct the Center for Analytic Philosophy at Renmin and is overseeing a grant that runs through 2020 from the Templeton Religion Trust titled: “Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Implications of AI.” His main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion but he is also interested in experimental philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of science, and ethics.

James Miller

James Miller is Professor of Humanities and co-director of the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. His research focuses on the development of a planetary approach to the humanities and has worked on a number of global projects funded by NASA, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Research Council of Norway, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has published six books including, most recently, China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia 2017).

Student Fellows

Nathan Cao

I majored in science subject in senior high, but my long passion pushes me to learn more about humanities. I like history and politics the most among all. I like rapping and I’ve performed on talent shows. I like Model UN, which provided me some valuable encounters with ethical issues.

Runya Liu

I joined the lab to improve my group working skills. Working with a group enables me to think widely and critically. Also, I’m really interested in the upcoming storm of AI. There are many interesting ethical issues aroused by this and i’m curious about how our society will turn out.

Riley Martine

Riley Martine is a freshman at Duke Kunshan University. Her interests are programming, reading, and philosophy. She is hoping to learn about humanities research and ethical issues in artificial intelligence.

Karen Nielsen

I am a first year undergraduate student at DKU who loves reading, animals, and music. I am excited to be a part of PETAL and to help myself  and others understand the interconnectedness of our world.

Qianyu Pan

I used to study science subjects in high school, but I am very interested in global affairs and ethical issues. I developed an interest in the relationship between AI and alien species since I was very young. And these questions have confused me for a long time. In this lab, I want to learn more about research methods, and I enjoy working as team, using different perspectives to consider problems.

Elva Yu

I love arts, reading and experiencing the magic of the world. I am so thrilled to be part of the Petal Lab as it provides me with a great opportunity to explore humanity and its future. I will feel extremely honored if I can make some small contributions that would benefit the entire planet.