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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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Each falsifiable theory admits an optimal prediction strategy
About 3 hours, 32 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Causal Reasoning - Philosophy and Experiment
About 15 hours, 31 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Sometimes I'm astonished by how similar art & science are in practice :-) #GalleryConference
About 21 hours, 17 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Active Sampling supported Comparison of Causal Inference Models for Agency Attribution in Goal-Directed Actions
About 1 day, 3 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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RT @shakir_za: @mpd37 Enjoyed the coverage on policy search methods. 'A survey on policy search for robotics'
About 3 days, 15 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]


“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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