The ECSU Team





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

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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
Location: France

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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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

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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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David BIERBRAUER, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: david.bierbrauer at
Location: Lab2 B656

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
Location: Lab2 B600


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

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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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Manisha BISWAS, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: manisha.biswas at
Location: Remote

She has a MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (University of Oxford), MSc in Cognitive Science (Centre for Cognitive and Brain Science, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar), and a B.A Honours in Sociology (Presidency University, Calcutta). In the unit, she works on dual Eye-tracking to investigate the idiosyncracies of mutual gaze in face to face interaction.

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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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Georgina M. RESENDIZ BENHUMEA, Master's candidate at UNAM, Mexico
Email: georginamontserrat.resendizbenhumea at
Location: Lab2 B600

Realtime Social Interactions Legobots

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.

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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.

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Kazuma TAKADA, Master's candidate at Meiji University
Email: kazuma.takada1 at
Location: Lab2 B600

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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.