People: Members

Prof Murray Shanahan | Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Head of Group

I am primarily interested in cognitive architecture, both as it is found in Nature and as it might be realised artificially. Because I'm committed to the view that cognition and embodiment are initmately related, I also have a strong interest in robotics. Robots, for me, are a vehicle for testing theories of cognition. Of course, if we have a good theory of cognition - one that passes the test of implementability on a robot - then it will help us build better, more intelligent robots. I'm also interested in consciousness, and I see consciousness and cognition as closely related. Finally, in my opinion, to understand these themes properly entails a certain degree of engagement with philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind.



Dr Zafeirios Fountas | Research Associate

I am a Greek mathematician/computer scientist with a passion in neuroscience, biologically inspired artificial intelligence and robotics. Currently, I work as a researcher in the department of Computing with Prof. Murray Shanahan, as a part of the six-partner EU project TimeStorm. I recently received my PhD in computational neuroscience while being in the same group, where I investigated the relation between brain oscillations, our ability to select actions and Parkinsonian tremor.



Dr Matthew Crosby | Research Associate

I am currently working on the Kinds of Intelligence project under the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Imperial College London. I specifically want to be able to improve our answer to the following: What is the relationship between different types of (artificial) intelligence and 'having a mind'? Current research projects include linking active inference, deep learning, and sensorimotor contingencies in embedded systems and exploring how such systems could encode a transparent self-model. I am also interested in which systems are conscious, how we can make accurate statements about conscious experience, and what (if anything) conscious thought offers a system over purely unconscious processing.



Mr Pedro Martinez Mediano | PhD Student

In the early days, and forced by an evil mathematician father, Pedro started a Physics degree at University of Valencia, Spain, truncating what could have otherwise been a promising career as a jazz melodica player. Not satisfied with the punishment of an undergrad in Physics, he moved to the different, but marginally more useful field of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience. He somehow sneaked into a PhD program at Imperial College, London, where he found that Artificial Intelligence might be artificial, but is far from being intelligent. He is now doing his little bit to change the last part. He thinks that writing in third person looks cool.



Mr Kyriacos Nikiforou | PhD Student

I am a PhD student (and/or RA) under the supervision of Prof Murray Shanahan. My main research interests are the dynamics of recurrent neural networks of rate-based and their application in building episodic-like memory. Moreover, I am interested in how information flows within small world networks of these neurons to give experimental evidence for the Connective Core Hypothesis. Finally, I am involved in the EU-funded project of TIMESTORM, trying to understand time perception in humans.



Mr Nat Dilokthanakul | PhD Student

I am a PhD student under the supervision of prof. Murray Shanahan. My main research interests are in the area of dynamical systems in neural networks and reinforcement learning. I am investigating how reinforcement learning can be implemented with spiking neural networks.



Miss Marta Garnelo | PhD Student

Marta is a PhD student. She is half Spanish and half German, and she rolls the best cigarettes in the lab (but she doesn't smoke them). Also, she has an actual job in DeepMind. No one knows what she's working on because DeepMind. She's probably making the world a better place, I guess.



Mr Christos Kaplanis | PhD Student

Christos is trying to understand how we learn new stuff without forgetting old stuff. He is not a good example of this himself. He used to have a real job in finance and now look at him.