I am a researcher in algorithmic information and computational biology splitting my research time between Stockholm and Oxford. My work focuses on applying information theory and complexity science to genomics, network biology and computational structural biology. With backgrounds in math, computer science and philosophy, I think of myself as a computational natural scientist (in referring to me Gregory Chaitin once wrote he considered me a "new kind of practical theoretician").
I am a lab member of the Unit of Computational Medicine of the Karolinska Institute and the SciLife lab, where I spearhead fundamental research to deploy theoretical computer science into molecular biology. I am in charge of the ItBit Programme on Physical and Computational Sciences in Oxford and serve as head of the Algorithmic Nature Group (the lab responsible for the Online Algorithmic Complexity Calculator and the Human Randomness Perception and Generation Project); and as Principal Investigator of a project investigating tradeoffs of complexity measures in evolving causal networks. I am also co-director of the Paris-based lab LABoRES for the Natural and Digital Sciences; and associate member of the PARIS Reasoning team (University of Paris 8) undertaking research on algorithmic cognition and subjective randomness.
I have been an R&D fellow, senior research associate and consultant for Wolfram Research's Think Tank group since 2006 reporting directly to Stephen Wolfram. I introduced a few built-in core functions to Mathematica since version 5.0, and I contributed to the development of the computational knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha from its inception in aspects of automatic knowledge discovery, computational linguistics, and fast prototyping. I am also a member of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), a member of the Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing and of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee in the UK.
I am grateful to the institutions and organizations that support me: the John Templeton Foundation, AstraZeneca, STATegra, StratNeuro the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, among others.