I am a postdoctoral researcher working in the crossroad of complex systems, artificial life and cognitive sciences. My research interest is understanding the emergence of adaptive behaviour, autonomy and agency at different levels of living entities – from biological to mental and social life. I combine nonlinear and dynamical models, information theory, and complex systems tools, to generate and understand situated and embodied models of agency in the realms of artificial life, evolutionary robotics, computational neuroscience, collective intelligence practices and socio-technical systems.
I did my BS in Telecommunication Engineering at University of Zaragoza, where I learnt about electronics, signal processing, and other engineering tools. I also spent a semester in the University of Texas at Austin, taking some courses of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. I was introduced to cognitive science by Manuel Bedia‘s Cognitive Systems course and I worked with him on my final year project in a nonlinear systems approach to Antonio Damasio’s Somatic Marker Hypothesis.
I next I did a master in Systems Engineering and Informatics, also at the University of Zaragoza, with a master’s thesis about adaptive behaviour, evolutionary robotics and dynamical systems. Afterwards I did my PhD funded by a FPU grant from the Spanish Education Ministry, entitled Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems, focused on the development of operational models of sensorimotor agency, co-supervised by Manuel Bedia and Xabier Barandiaran. During my PhD thesis I had the opportunity to do research visits at Randall Beer’s Lab in the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, and Takashi Ikegami’s Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. As well, I participated in the research network Datanalysis15M, trying to apply some tools of complexity in cognitive systems to complex social networks related to the 15M movement in Spain.
After finishing my PhD I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) working with Toni Gomila, and the Information, Autonomy and Systems Research Group under the supervision of Ezequiel Di Paolo, with a research visit with Hideaki Shimazaki at the Kyoto University Cooperative Intelligence Research Chair.