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Pedro A. Ortega

Postdoc
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Pedro A. Ortega

About

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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RT @cxdig: A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious http://t.co/Ibhz5QahmL
About 4 hours, 38 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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The Information Bottleneck Revisited or How to Choose a Good Distortion Measure http://t.co/Cvrk4hIKmm
About 5 hours, 25 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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The Information Bottleneck Method - A generalization of the idea of sufficient statistics. Beautiful paper! http://t.co/FFxsLWMuhy
About 11 hours, 25 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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How does meaning emerge? Experimental results on the emergence of meaning in signalling games http://t.co/lAHIImgM6m
About 1 day, 5 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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People use observational information before they apply interventions to infer causal relations. http://t.co/jmm0008eVt
About 1 day, 11 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

Contact

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

Email: ope [AT] seas.upenn.edu

Misc.

“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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