The ECSU Team





Head of Unit

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Dr. Tom FROESE, Assistant Professor
E-mail: tom.froese at

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

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

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

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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Stephen ESTELLE, Technician
Email: stephen.estelle at

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

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

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

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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David BIERBRAUER, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: david.bierbrauer at

David has a BSc and MSc in biophysics. He is analyzing human movement time series in the context of social interaction and exploring how to extend those methods into mice models.

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

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

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

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

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.

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Georgina M. RESENDIZ BENHUMEA, Master's candidate at UNAM, Mexico
Email: georginamontserrat.resendizbenhumea at

She has a Bachelor's in Telecommunications, Systems and Electronics Engineering. She is currently enrolled in UNAM's postgraduate program of computer science and engineering. Her Master's thesis investigates social interaction in ant colonies using computational models.

Ph.D. Rotation Students

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Balashwethan CHOCKALINGAM, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: chockalingam.balashwethan at

Balashwethan Chockalingam (Bala) has a Bachelor's in Physics and Math from the University of Chicago and is planning to venture into Neuroscience. Currently, in his first rotation, Bala will be exploring the principle of self-adaptation in regards to the laws of physics by working the Ising model.

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Javier Andres TEJEDA MORA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: JavierAndres.TejedaMora at

Javier has a BCs in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. In the past two years, he used mass spectrometry to analyze and discover metabolites from a wide range of microorganisms. For the rotation, he will be helping with the port of an evolutionary algorithm onto JuliaLang

Gap Program Students

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Hideyuki YOSHIMURA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: hideyuki.yoshimura at

Hideyuki has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Engineering. Currently a gap program student, in this unit Hideyuki will be programming the LEGO Mindstorms robot to perform needed tasks.

Research Interns

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Kazuma TAKADA, Master's candidate at Meiji University
Email: kazuma.takada1 at

Kazuma has a BSc in computer science and studies about Human-Computer Interaction in the Frontier Media Science Program at Meiji University as master's student. He is interested in understanding human interaction regarding Agency and Ownership and expanding perception.