Miguel Aguilera

Research InterestsEducationExperiencePublications

Personal info

Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow, funded by UPV/EHU
Email
Website http://maguilera.net/
Phone 943 01 88 78
Address EHU/UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián

Summary


maguilera0Miguel Aguilera is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the IAS Research Center for Life, Mind and Society at the University of the Basque Country. He has been a visiting researcher at the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University and the Ikegami Lab in the Department of General Systems Studies at the University of Tokyo, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the University of Zaragoza and the University of the Balearic Islands. His research focuses on autonomy in biological and social systems from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating insights from cognitive science, theoretical neuroscience, computational modeling, adaptive behaviour, and complex systems. It combines nonlinear and dynamical models, evolutionary algorithms, and mathematical analysis from dynamical systems, network and information theory, to generate and understand situated and embodied models of agency in the realms of artificial life and evolutionary robotics, computational neuroscience, collective intelligence practices and socio-technical systems.

Research interests


  • Complex Systems
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Systems
  • Artificial Life
  • Adaptive Behaviour
  • Enactive approaches to life and mind

Education


Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Zaragoza, 2015

M.Sc. Systems Engineering and Informatics, University of Zaragoza, 2011

B.Sc. Telecommunication Engineering, University of Zaragoza, 2010

Experience


FPU Research Fellow, Dept. of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, University of Zaragoza, 2011-2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, University of the Balearic Islands, 2016-2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aragón Institute of Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza, 2017

Publications


http://maguilera.net/publications

Journal Publications

Aguilera, M & Di Paolo, E (2018). Integrated information in the thermodynamic limit.  arXiv preprint arXiv:1712.05284

Aguilera, M & Bedia, MG (2018). Adaptation to criticality through organizational invariance in embodied agents. Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 7723 (2018). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-25925-4

Aguilera, M (2018). Rhythms of the collective brain: Metastable synchronization and cross-scale interactions in connected multitudes. Complexity Volume 2018, Article ID 4212509. doi:10.1155/2018/4212509

Aguilera M, Bedia MG and Barandiaran XE (2016) Extended Neural Metastability in an Embodied Model of Sensorimotor Coupling. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 10:76. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2016.00076

Monterde, A, Calleja-López, A, Aguilera, M, Barandiaran, XE, & Postill, J (2015). Multitudinous identities: a qualitative and network analysis of the 15M collective identity. Information, Communication and Society, doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1043315

Aguilera M, Barandiaran XE, Bedia MG, Seron F (2015) Self-Organized Criticality, Plasticity and Sensorimotor Coupling. Explorations with a Neurorobotic Model in a Behavioural Preference Task. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117465

Bedia, MG, Aguilera, M, Gomez, T, Larrode, DG, & Seron, F (2014). Quantifying long-range correlations and 1/f patterns in a minimal experiment of social interaction. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1281. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01281

Aguilera, M, Bedia, MG, Barandiaran, XE. & Serón, F (2014). Intermittent animal behaviour: the adjustment deployment dilemma. Artificial Life, 20(4), 471–489. doi:10.1162/ARTL_a_00133

Aguilera, M, Bedia, MG, Santos, BA, Barandiaran, XE (2013). The Situated HKB Model: how sensorimotor spatial coupling can alter oscillatory brain dynamics. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7 (2013): 117. doi:10.3389/fncom.2013.00117.

Santos, BA, Barandiaran, XE, Husbands, P, Aguilera, M & Bedia, M G. (2012). Sensorimotor coordination and metastability in a situated HKB model. Connection Science.

Conference Publications

Aguilera, M & Di Paolo, E (2018). Integrated Information and Autonomy in the Thermodynamic Limit . The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life: A Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE) 2018: 113-120.

Aguilera, M, Alquézar, C & Bedia, MG (2018). Agency and Integrated Information in a Minimal Sensorimotor Model. The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life: A Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE) 2018: 396-403

Aguilera, M & Bedia MG (2017). Criticality as It Could Be: organizational invariance as self-organized criticality in embodied agents. In Knibbe et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017.

Aguilera, M, Alquézar, C & Izquierdo, E (2017). Signatures of criticality in a maximum entropy model of the C. elegans brain during free behaviour. In Knibbe et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017.

Gómez, T, Aguilera, M, Bedia MG & Gomila, A (2017). The Statistical Thermodynamics of Active Perception. In Knibbe et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017.

Izquierdo, EJ, Aguilera, M and Beer, RD (2013). Analysis of ultrastability in small dynamical recurrent neural networks. In P. Lio, O. Miglino, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi & M. Pavone (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Life: ECAL 2013 (pp. 51-58).

Aguilera, M, Morer, I, Barandiaran, XE & Bedia, MG (2013). Quantifying Political Self-Organization in Social Media. Fractal patterns in the Spanish 15M movement on Twitter. In P. Lio, O. Miglino, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi & M. Pavone (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Life: ECAL 2013 (pp. 395-402).

Castillo, LF, Isaza, AL, Bedia, MG, Aguilera, M Correa, J (2012). Grid Computing and CBR Deployment: Monitoring Principles for a Suitable Engagement. 9TH Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing, 2012, Volume 51/2012, 355-361.

Aguilera, M, Bedia, MG, Barandiaran, XE & Serón, F (2011). The adjustment-deployment dilemma in organism’s behaviour: theoretical characterization and minimal model. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life, pp. 116-123.

Castillo, LF, Bedia, MG, Aguilera, M, & Uribe, AL (2011). A proposal for improving retrieval processes in case-based reasoning systems able to act in dynamic environments. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence 2011.

Castillo, LF, Bedia, MG, Aguilera, M, Uribe AL, Manrique, M & Isaza, G (2011). Case-based reasoning and real-time systems: exploiting successfully poorer solutions. Proceedings of the 6th Colombian Computing Congress.

Castillo, LF, Bedia, MG, Aguilera, M & Uribe, AL (2011). Grid computing and CBR Deployment: Monitoring Principles for a Suitable Engagement. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conferenceon Grid Computing and Applications.

Books & Book Chapters

Vila-Viñas, M. Aguilera, G. Valenzuela, & A. Quintana (Eds.), Etopia_ciudadana. Comunidades productivas para la economía social del conocimiento. Zaragoza: Universidad de Zaragoza. ISBN 978-84-16723-06-5.

Barandiaran, X. E., & Aguilera, M. (2015). Neurociencia y tecnopolítica: hacia un marco analógico para comprender la mente colectiva del 15M. En J. Toret (Ed.), Tecnopolítica y 15M. La potencia de las multitudes conectadas (pp. 163-211). Barcelona: Editorial UOC. ISBN: 978-84-9064-458-4

Aguilera, M (2015) La conciencia red de la multitud conectada: la mente colectiva del 15M. In Toret, J. (Ed.).  Tecnopolítica y 15M. La potencia de las multitudes conectadas (pp. 144-161). Barcelona: Editorial UOC. ISBN: 978-84-9064-458-4

Posters

Izquierdo, E.J., Aguilera, M. and Beer, R.D. (2013). Analysis of ultrastability in small dynamical recurrent neural networks. 12th European Conference on Artificial Life.

Aguilera, M, Bedia, M.G., Santos, B.A.  and Barandiaran, X.E. (2012). Quantifying forms of sensorimotor coupling with the situated­HKB model. What robots can tell us about ecological psychology. 12th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology.

Fernández, M. and Aguilera, M. (2011). Exploring the limits of situated and dynamical cognition: embedded vs. extended cognition. Poster presented at the Workshop on Embodied, Distributed and Extended Cognition: Philosophical Perspectives, Department of Philosophy, Universistat Autònoma de Barcelona. Barcelona, March 24-25, 2011.

Dissertations and Thesis

PhD thesis dissertation

Aguilera, M (2015). Interaction Dynamics and Autonomy in Cognitive Systems. PhD thesis, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Master’s Thesis

Aguilera, M. (2011). Coordination Dynamics in the Sensorimotor Loop. Master’s thesis, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

BS Final Year Project

Aguilera, M. (2010). Efectos no lineales de la integración de capacidades emocionales en agentes inteligentes. Final Year Project, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

As supervisor

MS thesis

Morer, I (2015). Aplicación de modelos evolutivos para el análisis del cambio social y cultural en redes de comunicación de gran escala. Final Year Project, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

BS Final Year Project

Valiente, C (2014). Caracterización de procesos sociales en Historia Digital. Final Year Project, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Morer, I (2012). Análisis de redes de interacciones en el entorno del movimiento 15M. Final Year Project, Universidad de Zaragoza.