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, 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.
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.
After that 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 started my PhD funded by a FPU grant from the Spanish Education Ministry, to do a PhD thesis entitled Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems, focused on the development of operational models of sensorimotor agency which exploit the construction of a domain of interactions creating a dynamical interface between agent and environment. 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 participate 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.