Carlos Gershenson

I am a full time researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Carlos Gershenson

Recent work

  • new! Pensamiento Científico on Coursera.
  • new! Audi Urban Future Award 2014, Mexico City team.
  • new! Harnessing the complexity of education with information technology. Complexity. In Press.
  • new! Measuring the complexity of self-organizing traffic lights. Entropy. In Press.
  • Facing complexity: Prediction vs. adaptation. In A. Massip and A. Bastardas (eds), Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society.
  • Life as Thermodynamic Evidence of Algorithmic Structure in Natural Environments, with Héctor Zenil, James Marshall, and David Rosenblueth.
  • Living is information processing; from molecules to global systems, with Keith D. Farnsworth and John Nelson.
  • Complexity and Information: Measuring Emergence, Self-organization, and Homeostasis at Multiple Scales, with Nelson Fernández. [keynote talk video].
  • Living in Living Cities, Artificial Life 19(3 & 4):401–420.[TED@SãoPaulo talk].
  • TEDxDF talk: Semáforos Auto-organizantes [in Spanish].
  • Self-Organization Leads to Supraoptimal Performance in Public Transportation Systems.. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21469. [keynote talk video].
  • Access the recommendation on F1000The Implications of Interactions for Science and Philosophy. Foundations of Science 18(4):781–790.book cover
  • Christian Bettstetter and I edited the Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems, IWSOS 2011.
  • Journal coverSelf-organizing traffic lights at multiple-street intersections (together with David Rosenblueth).
  • Guiding the Self-organization of Random Boolean Networks.
  • book cover I edited the book Complexity: 5 Questions, which gathers short interviews with leading figures in the field.

    book cover On 2007, I defended my PhD thesis on Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems (see media coverage)

    Programming projects (including source code) 1996 - .

    About Me

    I am a Mexican researcher. I have a wide variety of academic interests, including self-organizing systems, complexity, artificial life, information, evolution, cognition, artificial societies, and philosophy. I am a full time researcher, leader of the Self-organizing Systems Lab, and head of the Computer Sciences Department of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas (IIMAS) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I am also a researcher and council member at the Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad (C3) of the UNAM. I am Editor-in-Chief of Complexity Digest and Complexity-at-Large Editor of Complexity. I am the coordinator of the Latin American Node of futurICT and Executive Committee Member of the Complex Systems Society.

    I did a PhD on "Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems" at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels. My promoters were Francis Heylighen, Diederik Aerts, and Bart D'Hooghe. Afterwards I did a postdoc at the New England Complex Systems Institute with Yaneer Bar-Yam. My homepage from that period is here.

    I studied the MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems in the School of Cognitive and Computer Sciences (COGS) of the University of Sussex (2001-2002). My thesis "A Comparison of Different Cognitive Paradigms Using Simple Animats in a Virtual Laboratory, with Implications to the Notion of Cognition" was supervised by Chris Thornton and Inman Harvey. You can find my webpage from that period here.

    Before that, I did a BEng in Computer Engineering at the Fundación Arturo Rosenblueth in Mexico City (1996-2001), from which my thesis was "Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents". My advisors were José Negrete Martínez, Pedro Pablo González Pérez, and Jaime Lagunez Otero. During this period I also collaborated with Jaime Lagunez's group at the Instituto de Química, UNAM and coursed five semesters of Philosophy at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM. My webpage from my undergraduate years can be found here: Los Hijos de Khärlyl You will find most of my scientific and philosophical work, papers, computer programs, and art of those bygone days (1997-2001).

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    Contact details

    Dr. Carlos Gershenson
    Jefe del Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación
    Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Ciudad Universitaria, A.P. 20-126
    01000 México D.F., México

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    Phone: +52 55 56 22 38 99 + #44027
    Fax: +52 55 56 22 36 20

    Email: cggunam.mx