Miguel Aguilera   complex systems, neuroscience and cognition

Integrated information in the thermodynamic limit

Together with Ezequiel Di Paolo, we have just published a new paper in which we explore how integrated information scales in very large systems. The capacity to integrate information is crucial for biological, neural and cognitive processes and it is regarded by Integrated Information Theory (IIT) proponents as a measure of conscious activity. In this paper we compute (analytically and numerically) the value of IIT measures ($\Phi$) for a family of Ising models of infinite size. This is ex...  Read more

Adaptation to criticality through organizational invariance in embodied agents

I just published with Manuel Bedia a paper in Scientific Reports that results from an exploration of how tools from statistical mechanics could be used to model adaptive mechanisms. In this paper, we explore how adaptation to criticality could be used as a general adaptive mechanism in robots controlled by a neural network, using a simple mechanism that preserves a specific structure of correlations. This has in...  Read more

Adaptation to criticality through organizational invariance in embodied agents

I have recently published a new paper where we model social coordination in self-organized crowds social media, using data from the 15M movement in Spain:

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Postdoc at the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society

I recently started at a new postdoc position in the IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society at the University of the Basque Country, funded by a postdoc grant from this university.

I will be working with Ezequiel Di Paolo in my postdoc project ‘Information Theory and Maximum Entropy Modelling in E...  Read more

Extended Neural Metastability in an Embodied Model of Sensorimotor Coupling

This paper is an extension of some of the results worked during my PhD thesis. We investigate how the source of metastability in cognitive activity is not necessarily restricted to the action of neural circuits alone, but in some circumstances it can be generated from the sensorimotor coupling between an agent’s brain and its environment.

Aguilera M, Bedia MG and Barandiaran XE (2016) Extended Neural Meta...  Read more