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About maguilera0

Miguel Aguilera is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the IAS Research Center for Life, Mind and Society at the University of the Basque Country. He has been a visiting researcher at the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University and the Ikegami Lab in the Department of General Systems Studies at the University of Tokyo, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the University of Zaragoza and the University of the Balearic Islands. His research focuses on autonomy in biological and social systems from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating insights from cognitive science, theoretical neuroscience, computational modeling, adaptive behaviour, and complex systems. It combines nonlinear and dynamical models, evolutionary algorithms, and mathematical analysis from dynamical systems, network and information theory, to generate and understand situated and embodied models of agency in the realms of artificial life and evolutionary robotics, computational neuroscience, collective intelligence practices and socio-technical systems.

DIMENSIVE: Data-driven Inference of Models from Embodied Neural Systems In Vertebrate Experiments

I’m happy to share that I started to work on a new project funded by a MSCA-IF grant to work at the University of Sussex in collaboration with Chris Buckley. The project aims to apply information-theoretic and inference methods to … Continue reading

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Scaling Behaviour and Critical Phase Transitions in Integrated Information Theory

I just published a new paper exploring some of the ideas we initiated in our Integrated information in the thermodynamic limit (Aguilera & Di Paolo, 2019) paper. Here, I  explore in detail many of the assumptions of Integrated Information Theory … Continue reading

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Integrated information in the thermodynamic limit

Together with Ezequiel Di Paolo, we have just published a new paper in which we explore how integrated information scales in very large systems. The capacity to integrate information is crucial for biological, neural and cognitive processes and it is … Continue reading

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Adaptation to criticality through organizational invariance in embodied agents

I just published with Manuel Bedia a paper in Scientific Reports that results from an exploration of how tools from statistical mechanics could be used to model adaptive mechanisms. In this paper, we explore how adaptation to criticality could be … Continue reading

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Rhythms of the collective brain

I have recently published a new paper where we model social coordination in self-organized crowds social media, using data from the 15M movement in Spain: Aguilera, M (2018). Rhythms of the collective brain: Metastable synchronization and cross-scale interactions in connected … Continue reading

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Postdoc at the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society

I recently started at a new postdoc position in the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society at the University of the Basque Country, funded by a postdoc grant from this university. I will be working with Ezequiel Di … Continue reading

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Extended Neural Metastability in an Embodied Model of Sensorimotor Coupling

This paper is an extension of some of the results worked during my PhD thesis. We investigate how the source of metastability in cognitive activity is not necessarily restricted to the action of neural circuits alone, but in some circumstances … Continue reading

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PhD thesis defence – Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems

Last week I defended my PhD dissertation entitled ‘Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems’. It was a beautiful and intense experience for closing four years of work. The thesis was examined by Ricard Solé, Ezequiel di Paolo and Seth … Continue reading

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Multitudinous identities: a qualitative and network analysis of the 15M collective identity

Some time ago I published a paper with Arnau Monterde, Antonio Calleja-López, Xabier Barandiaran y John Postill about collective identities in the 15M and related networked movements. We argue that the 15M movement  in  Spain  demands conceptual and methodological innovations. … Continue reading

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Self-Organized Criticality, Plasticity and Sensorimotor Coupling. Explorations with a Neurorobotic Model in a Behavioural Preference Task

It’s been some time since I started to develop a model of relational in a robot’s oscillatory neural controller. For a couple of years I have been intermittently working in a simulated agent in a behavioural preference task controlled by … Continue reading

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