Deborah G. Mayo is Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech and is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science: Center for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) . She is the author of Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge (1996, Chicago) which won the 1998 Lakatos Prize awarded to the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science during the previous six years. She Directed the NEH Summer Seminar (1999) on Philosophy of Experiment: Induction, Reliability, and Error. She co-edited, with Aris Spanos, Error and Inference, Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (2010, CUP). (In this volume, she is author or co-author of four chapters and six “exchanges” with the contributors A. Chalmers, A. Musgrave, P. Achinstein, J. Worrall, C. Glymour and L. Laudan.) Professor Mayo co-edited, with Rochelle Hollander, Acceptable Evidence: Science and Values in Risk Management (1991, Oxford). She co-founded, with G. W. Chatfield, the Fund for Experimental Reasoning, Reliability and Objectivity and Rationality (E.R.R.O.R) in 2006 which has co-sponsored 10 conferences, workshops and distinguished lecture series. She has published widely in the philosophy of science, statistics, and experimental inference and interdisciplinary works on evidence relevant for regulation and policy.
Aris Spanos is the Wilson E. Schmidt Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. He has also taught at Birkbeck College (London University), the University of Cambridge, the University of California (Santa Barbara), and the University of Cyprus. Professor Spanos is the author of Probability Theory and Statistical Inference: Empirical Modeling with Observational Data (2019), Probability Theory and Statistical Inference (1999) and Statistical Foundations of Econometric Modeling (1986), all published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Spanos’s research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Econometric Reviews, Statistical Methodology, Communications in Statistics (Theory and Methods), Philosophy of Science, Synthese and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. His research interests include the philosophy and methodology of statistical inference and modeling, foundational problems in statistics, statistical adequacy, misspecification testing and respecification, resampling and simulation techniques, macroeconometric modeling, and modeling speculative prices.