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Pedro A. Ortega

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Pedro A. Ortega


I am a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Daniel D. Lee. I got my PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and my BSc/Diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Chile. My background is mainly in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Research Interests

I research the foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cybernetics. I study the links between various topics such as Bayesian probability theory, information theory, stochastic control, economics, causality, statistical mechanics, ergodic theory and complexity theory. Other areas of interest are computational neuroscience, psychology and epistemology. Also, I'm a huge fan of minimalistic algorithms.

Free Energy Functional (it's also meant to be a puzzling pic)

Most of my work centers on information-theoretic and statistical mechanical approaches to adaptive control, leading to contributions in bounded rationality models and recasting adaptive control as a causal inference problem. I have also worked on causal induction, and on game- and decision-theoretic models in computational neuroscience.

To get a sense of my work, please refer to:

News (on Twitter)

Timeline of @AdaptiveAgents

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Modelling the limited understanding of complex questionnaires
About 10 mins, 38 secs ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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From the Reward Circuit to the Valuation System: How the Brain Motivates Behavior
About 18 hours, 10 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Nice summary of behavioral economics and its neuroeconomic foundations
About 1 day ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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How does cooperation arise? Experimental evidence for six models of sharing payoffs
About 1 day, 18 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Strategic Islands in Economic Games: Isolating Economies From Better Outcomes
About 2 days ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)


Pedro A. Ortega
Department of Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Off. 209, Moore Building
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email: ope [AT]


“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not” —Protagoras

The photo at the top of the page was taken at a coffee shop at the intersection between باب الواد (Al-Wad) and Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.


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