About me

After studying Philosophy, I turned to AI first and then to embodied cognitive and affective robotics as a way of exploring the "big", classical philosophical questions (such as "what are the conditions of possibility of knowledge?" "what is an agent?" "how do we get to know and interact with other agents?") from a synthetic perspective.

My research centers around the origins and constituents of embodied cognition, which I am exploring in artificial autonomous agents (robots and artificial life simulations) within an "embodied cognition" framework and drawing on the cybernetics tradition. I am focusing on motivated behavior and on the role(s) that emotional phenomena play in various aspects of intelligence, adaptation, behavior, and interaction.

Alumnus of:

  • School of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM): Bachelors and Masters degree in Philosophy.
  • Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI), University of Paris-XI: PhD in Computer Science under the supervision of Yves Kodratoff, in the Inference and Learning group.
  • MIT AI Lab: postdoctoral fellow in the group of Rodney Brooks.
  • VUB AI Lab: postdoctoral fellow in the group of Luc Steels.
  • Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA), Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC): research scientist.
  • LEGO Lab, Dept. of Computer Science, University
    of Aarhus: visiting scientist.