University of Hertfordshire

Professor Daniel Polani



My interest lies in understanding and imitating the processes that allow animals and humans to take flexible decisions in a complex and difficult environment, and enable them to adapt to different conditions gracefully.  Can we do so incorporating learning ability, without compromising generalization ability, without hand-coding all necessary rules into a system? Are there general principles underlying intelligent information processing in living beings which we can exploit without having to resort to specialized solutions that vary from task to task?

For this purpose, my work employs methods from Artificial Life, and especially Information Theory, and apply them to Sensor Evolution, Collective and Complex Systems.

PhD Studentship available (shortlisting begins 11. January 2021):

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