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Pedro A. Ortega

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

This is Ludwig Boltzmann (no joke). There' s something about it. Thanks to Jordi for pointing it out!


I am a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. 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.

:!: I am on the job market.

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 (see Dijkstra's quote further down).

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:

Travel Schedule

2015, Jul 23-25 CogSci @ Pasadena
2015, Aug 20 MIT @ Boston
2015, Aug 25-26 NSF-WS Learning, Perception & Control @ Washington DC
2015, Sep 1-3 EU-WS Info. & Decision Making @ London
2015, Sep 14-20 MPI @ Tuebingen
2015, Dec 7-12 NIPS @ Montreal

News (on Twitter)

Timeline of @AdaptiveAgents

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Causal Thinking in the Twilight Zone
About 19 hours, 44 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Bayesian exploration for approximate dynamic programming
About 1 day, 1 hour ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Multi-scale exploration of convex functions and bandit convex optimization
About 1 day, 19 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Swarm Behaviour Motivated by Information
About 2 days, 1 hour ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Measuring Universal Intelligence in Agent-Based Systems Using the Anytime Intelligence Test
About 2 days, 19 hours 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]

Misc. Quotes

“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

“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” —Dijkstra (1984) On the nature of Computing Science (EWD896)

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