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Curriculum Vitae [PDF] (updated 26 September 2015)

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Pedro A. Ortega is postdoctoral researcher at the GRASP Robotics Lab, University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Daniel D. Lee. His research focuses on the mathematical foundations of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybernetics. His work includes the application of information-theoretic and statistical mechanical ideas to sequential decision-making, which has led to contributions in novel bounded rationality models and recasting adaptive control as a causal inference problem. He obtained his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani), and he has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Engineering in Cambridge (Prof. Simon Godsill), at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics/Intelligent Systems (Daniel A. Braun) and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Prof. Naftali Tishby).


  • 2006-2011: PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1998-2005: Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Universidad de Chile
  • 1995-1997: Secondary, Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas, Santiago, Chile
  • 1990-1994: Secondary, Gymnasium Typus B&C, Kantonsschule Oerlikon, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1984-1990: Primary, Schulhaus Probstei, Zürich, Switzerland

Academic Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, GRASP Robotics Lab, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-
  • Postdoctoral Visitor, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 2011-2013.
  • Research Associate, Engineering Design Centre and Signal Processing Group, Univ. of Cambridge, 2010-2011.
  • Lecturer, Information Theory and Neural Networks, Univ. of Chile, 2005.
  • T.A., Mechanics, Univ. of Chile, 2000-2001, 2003.
  • T.A., Computing I, Univ. of Chile, 2000.
  • T.A., Artificial Intelligence, Univ. of Chile, 2003, 04.
  • T.A., Theory of Neural Networks, Univ. of Chile, 2003.
  • T.A., Evolutionary Computation, Univ. of Chile, 2004.

Professional Experience

  • 2006: Yahoo! Search Engine Marketing, DMX Group, USA
  • 2006: Embedded System Design, Olimex, Chile
  • 2003-2005: Datamining for customer segmentation, fraud detection and forecasting, Chile
  • -2005: Website development

Honors & Scholarships

  • 2006-2010 : Graduate Studies Scholarship, Beca Presidente de la República, Government of Chile
  • 1998-2002: Honor roll student (top 5%), School of Engineering, University of Chile
  • 1996: Scholarship, Liceo Manuel de Salas, Santiago, Chile
  • 1996: Winner of the National Physics Olympics, Chile
  • 1996: Winner of the Metropolitan Physics Olympics, Santiago, Chile
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