The ECSU Team

Unit Photo March 2021




Head of Unit

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Tom FROESE, Assistant Professor
E-mail: tom.froese at
Location: Lab2 B664

Tom is a cognitive scientist with a background in computer science and cybernetics. He works in the areas of artificial life, human-computer interaction, agent-based modeling, and philosophy of mind. He coordinates the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit, and is Editor-in-Chief of Adaptive Behavior.

Research Unit Administrator

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E-mail: kaori.yamashiro at
Location: Lab2 RUA

Kaori helps us to run this unit smoothly. She manages our equipment purchases, travel and visits, workshops, and supports us in all of our activities. Please contact her with any requests you may have.

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Sébastien LERIQUE, Postdoc
E-mail: sebastien.lerique at
Location: Lab2 B600

Perceptual Crossing EEG Hyperscanning Haptic Interactions (PCE)

Sébastien has a PhD in Cognitive Science with an anthropological flavour, a BSc in Physics, and strong interests in general hacking and philosophy of technology. In this unit he will work on analysing the systemic physiological and neurological couplings that arise when two people interact with each other.

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Jamila RODRIGUES, Postdoc
E-mail: jamila.rodrigues at
Location: Lab2 B656

COVID-19 Survey

Jamila is an anthropologist who previously worked as a professional dancer and lecturer in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed a PhD in Anthropology and Sufi Islamic Embodied Ritual Practices. Her interested in embodiment, body-mind relation, selfhood and ritual practice. In this unit, she works as a researcher for the project COVID-19 SURVEY, focusing on the narratives of people’s lived experience of social distance and lockdown during this pandemic period.

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Katja SANGATI, Postdoc
E-mail: ekaterina.sangati at
Location: Lab2 B600

Agency in Perception Realtime Social Interactions Torobo Arm EEG Hyperscanning Physiology

She has a Joint PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, an MA in Philosophy, and a MSc in Cognitive Science. She is interested in social interaction, language evolution, and enactive philosophy of mind. She will be working with the Enactive Torch sensory substitution interface, looking at the role of agency in perception.


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Stephen ESTELLE, Technician
Email: stephen.estelle at
Location: Lab2 B600

Enactive Torch Torobo Arm Perceptual Crossing

Stephen has a BSc in biomedical engineering and MEng in mechanical engineering. He has industry experience in reverse engineering. In this unit he will apply his mechanical engineering skills to support work with robotics and human-computer interfaces.

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Maria GOHLKE, Technician
Email: maria.gohlke at
Location: Lab2 B600

Eye Tracker Gaze Interactions

Maria has a Dipl.-Ing. (Master's in Mechinal Engineering). Maria is leading the development of the experimental setup to study social sensitivity in pre-verbal infants using eye-trackers and virtual reality technology.

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Federico SANGATI, Research Assistant
Email: federico.sangati2 at
Location: Lab2 B600

COVID-19 Survey Torobo Arm Perceptual Crossing

Federico has a BA in Computer Science, a M.Sc. in Logic and a Ph.D. in Humanities. He has 8 years of experience in NLP Industry. In our unit he will help use his Computer Science skill to support the various projects, while learning more about embodied approaches to language, animal communication and nonverbal interaction.

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Alexey YUDIN, Technician
Email: alexey.yudin at
Location: Lab2 B600


Alexey has a MSc in higher-energy physics and a background in cold fusion. He has experience working as a data scientist for 15 years, including in the stock exchange and in biophysics. In this unit he is supporting our analysis of nonlinear time series and complex systems.

Ph.D. Students

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Chen Lam LOH, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: chen.loh at
Location: Lab2 B600

Synchrony Eye Tracker Gaze Interactions

Chen Lam has a BSc in biomedical sciences and MSc in neuroinformatics. He is interested in the study of synchrony of different systems and is helping with time series analyzis in social interaction dynamics.

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Ivan SHPUROV, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: ivan.shpurov at
Location: Lab2 B656

Emergence of Complexity Legobots

Ivan has a Bachelor's in Neurobiology and a Master's in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology. During his rotation he will be setting up an evolutionary robotics environment to test the role of bodily degrees of freedom on the degrees of freedom of neural activity.

Special Research Students

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Laura Alejandra MOJICA LOPEZ, Doctoral candidate at UAM, Mexico
Email: lauraalejandra.mojicalopez at
Location: Lab2 B600


She has a MSc in Logic and a Bachelor's in Philosophy. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in UAM's postgraduate program of social sciences and humanities. Her doctoral thesis investigates how normativity should be conceived in enactive cognitive science.

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Susana RAMIREZ VIZCAYA, Doctoral Candidate at UNAM, Mexico
Email: susana.ramirez at
Location: Lab2 B656


She has a Master's in Cognitive Sciences and Bachelor's in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is currently enrolled in UNAM's postgraduate program of philosophy of science. Her doctoral thesis investigates the relationship between habits and the self.

Ph.D. Rotation Students

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Kensei KIKUCHI, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: kensei.kikuchi at
Location: Lab2 B656

He has a Bachelor's in Engineering (Material Science). Currently, he is studying the relationship between brain size and social capabilities during his time in this unit.

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Alex BARANSKI, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: alexander.baranski at
Location: Lab2 B600

He earned his BSc in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. During his rotation in this unit, he will be doing mathematical analysis and computational modeling of the behavioral evolution of the nematode C. elegans.

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Yi-Shan CHENG, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: yi-shan.cheng2 at
Location: Lab2 B600

She obtained her Bachelor's in Physics. In this unit, she is working on and studying the reality of time of a single universe by replacing natural selection with the ideas of self-optimization.

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Natalya WEBER, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: at
Location: Lab2 B600

With a MSc in Chemistry, in this unit she will be working on the characterization of active learning environments.

Research Interns

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Email: brian.morrissey at
Location: Lab2 B600

Agency in Perception Torobo Arm EEG Hyperscanning Physiology

Brian spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Specialist. Afterward, he obtained his BSc in Psychology and is interested in embodied cognition. During his internship, he will be researching the impacts body posture has on intrinsic brain activity.