Carlos Gershenson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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I am a Mexican researcher, just finished a PhD within the ECCO group 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.

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Publication list with abstracts, or without, or BibTeX.    Curriculum Vitæ. Short CV.

I have a wide variety of academic interests, including self-organizing systems, artificial life, evolution, complexity, cognition, artificial societies, and philosophy. I am also Contributing Editor for Complexity Digest, Book Review Editor of Artificial Life, and webmaster of

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).

A bit more about me.

| Colección de Aforismos / Aphorisms Collection | (1997-)

Gallery, my recent paintings and drawings. Some photos. Complex Humour

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Recent work

new!I defended my PhD thesis on May 2nd, 2007!!! (see media coverage)

new!The World as Evolving Information.

I organized together with Tom Lenaerts a workshop on the "Evolution of Complexity", which was held at the ALife X conference. As an outcome, we are organizing a Special Issue on the same topic on the Artificial Life journal. Submission deadline was December 15th, 2006.

book coverI organized a session on Philosophy and Complexity at the Complexity, Science & Society Conference, which was held in Liverpool, UK, 11-14 September 2005. new!The book "Worldviews, Science, and Us: Philosophy and Complexity" is a follow-up of this session, edited by myself, Diederik Aerts, and Bruce Edmonds.

On Self-organizing Systems S-O.S

On Random Boolean Networks
Edge of Chaos...

Cognitive Paradigms: Which One is the Best? Cognitive Systems Research 5(2):135-156, June 2004.

new! Complexity and Philosophy, together with Francis Heylighen and Paul Cilliers.

How can we think the complex?, together with Francis Heylighen.

Programming projects (including source code) 1996 - .


Contact details

Carlos Gershenson
Centrum Leo Apostel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Krijgskundestraat 33
B-1160 Brussel - Belgium

Phone: +32 2 640 67 37
Fax: +32 2 644 07 44

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