Argyris Arnellos

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Position Ramon y Cajal  Research Fellow
Email argyris.arnellos AT ehu DOT es
Phone +34 943 01 8879
Address EHU/UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián



 Research interests

  • Philosophy of Biology & Theoretical Biology
  • Origins of Cognition & Evolution of Agency
  • Philosophy of Science & Epistemology of Complex Systems
  • Embodied Cognition & Interaction, Emotion & Aesthetics


  • PhD in Systems Design Engineering – Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering – DPSD, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • MSc in Data Communication Systems, Brunel University, Department of Electronics & Computer Engineering, UK
  • BSc degree in Electronic Engineering, Department of Electronics, Technological Educational University of Athens, Greece


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Arnellos, A., & Moreno, A. (2012). How Functional Differentiation Originated in Prebiotic Evolution. Ludus Vitalis, XX(37), in press.
Zissis, D., Lekkas, D., & Arnellos, A. (2012). A systems theory approach to electronic voting complexity. In A. Manoharan & M. Holzer (Eds.), Active Citizen Participation in E-Government: A Global Perspective (pp. 128–151). IGI Global. Retrieved from doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-0116-1.ch007
Arnellos, A., Bruni, L., El-Hani, C. N., & Collier, J. (2012). Anticipatory Functions, Digital-Analog forms and Biosemiotics: Integrating the tools to model Information and Normativity in Autonomous Biological Agents. Biosemiotics, 5(3), forthcoming.
Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2012). Modelling the Aesthetic Judgement: an Interactive-semiotic Perspective. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, forthcoming.
Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., & Darzentas, J. (2012). The functional role of emotions in aesthetic judgment. New Ideas in Psychology, 30(2), 212–226. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2011.09.003


Arnellos, A., Lekkas, D., Zissis, D., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2011). Fair digital signing: The structural reliability of signed documents. Computers & Security, 30(8), 580–596. doi:10.1016/j.cose.2011.09.001


Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2010). Towards the naturalization of agency based on an interactivist account of autonomy. New Ideas in Psychology, 28(3), 296–311. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2009.09.005


Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2008). Meaning Needs Functional Emergence: Shedding Novel Light onto Difficult Problems. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 15(3-4), 50–56.
Neuman, Y., Arnellos, A., & Nave, O. (2008). Sign-Mediated Concept Formation. The American Journal of Semiotics, 24, 107–133. Retrieved from
Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2008). Emergence and Downward Causation in Contemporary Artificial Agents: Implications for their Autonomy and Some Design Guidelines. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 15(3-4), 15–41.
El-Hani, C. N., Arnellos, A., & Queiroza, J. (2008). Modeling a Semiotic Process in the Immune System: Signal Transduction in B-cells Activation. tripleC - Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, 5(2), 24–36. Retrieved from


Brands, M., Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2007). A Biosemiotic Analysis of Serotonin’s Complex Functionality. In Biosemiotics in Transdisciplinary Contexts (pp. 125–132). Helsinki, Umweb.
Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2007). Cybernetic embodiment and the role of autonomy in the design process. Kybernetes, 36(9/10), 1207–1224. doi:10.1108/03684920710827247


Arnellos, A., Vosinakis, S., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2006). The Emergence of Autonomous Representations in Artificial Agents. Journal of Computers, 1(6). doi:10.4304/jcp.1.6.29-36


Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., & Darzentas, J. (2005). Dynamic Interactions in Artificial Environments: Causal and Non-Causal Aspects for the Emergence of Meaning. Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 3(1), 82–89. Retrieved from$/sci/pdfs/P416905.pdf


Velasco, C. A., Mohamad, Y., Gilman, A. S., Viorres, N., Vlachogiannis, E., Arnellos, A., & Darzentas, J. S. (2004). The need for user information and its relationship to device profiles. Universal Access in the Information Society, 3(1), 88–95. doi:10.1007/s10209-003-0075-5