I consider myself a 'computational natural scientist' (Greg Chaitin described me as a "new kind of practical theoretician" here). My interests lie at the intersection of two major areas of science, namely computability and causality leading to the field I call algorithmic information dynamics connecting dynamical systems and algorithmic complexity by way of algorithmic probability (c.f. Marvin Minsky quotation below).
I co-lead the Algorithmic Dynamics Lab in Stockholm, Sweden, and I am the head of the Algorithmic Nature Group, the Paris-based lab behind the Online Algorithmic Complexity Calculator and the Human Randomness Perception and Generation Project (that has prompted wide media coverage). Previously, I was a Research Associate at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab at the University of Sheffield before joining the University of Oxford as a Senior Researcher and Faculty Member in the Department of Computer Science in the UK.
I am interested in method development and translational prototyping, that is the implementation and application of the developed methods to other areas of science. My main research aim is twofold, to better understand the behaviour of artificial and biological systems e.g. cognition both in animal and human from a computational perspective; and to develop methods to reprogram living biological cells at the molecular/genetic level like we do computers to create synthetic forms, steer behaviour and help fight diseases.
I am the Editor of Complex Systems, the first journal in the field (founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987), member of the Editorial Board of several publications such as the Springer book series Emergence, Complexity and Computation, the journal Philosophies and Frontiers in Robotics and AI for its Computational Intelligence section. I have also served, temporary or permanently, in the scientific advisory board of some international organisations and companies such as Intuition Machine, and the Lifeboat Foundation.
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I have visited > 250 cities in about 50 countries giving talks in most of them:
Histograms of visited countries and continents: