The concept of autonomy is of crucial importance for understanding life and cognition. Whereas cellular and organismic autonomy is based in the self-production of the material infrastructure sustaining the existence of living beings as such, we are interested in how biological autonomy can be expanded into forms of autonomous agency, where autonomy as a form of organization is extended into the behaviour of an agent in interaction with its environment (and not its material self-production).
In this research line, I focus on the development of minimal models of sensorimotor agency, exploring the construction of a domain of interactions creating a dynamical interface between agent and environment.
Aguilera, M & Bedia, M.G (2017). Adaptation to criticality through organizational invariance in embodied agents. arXiv preprint arXiv:1712.05284
Aguilera, M & Bedia MG (2017). Criticality as It Could Be: organizational invariance as self-organized criticality in embodied agents. In Knibbe et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017.
Aguilera M, Bedia MG and Barandiaran XE (2016) Extended Neural Metastability in an Embodied Model of Sensorimotor Coupling. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 10:76. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2016.00076
Aguilera, M (2015). Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems. PhD thesis, University of Zaragoza, Spain.
Aguilera M, Barandiaran XE, Bedia MG, Seron F (2015) Self-Organized Criticality, Plasticity and Sensorimotor Coupling. Explorations with a Neurorobotic Model in a Behavioural Preference Task. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117465
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