Tom Froese

Froese is a cognitive scientist with a background in computer science and complex systems. He investigates the interactive basis of life and mind with a variety of methods, including evolutionary robotics, agent-based modeling, sensory substitution interfaces, artificial neural networks, and virtual reality. He is particularly known for his contributions to the field of artificial life and to the enactive approach to cognitive science.

One of the central questions that guides Froese’s research is: how are agents transformed by the interactions in which they participate with others? He explores this question across various scales of analysis, including the origins of life, the origins of social awareness, the origins of symbolic communication, and the origins of large-scale social organization.

Another important aspect of Froese’s research is to reveal the essential role of tools and technology, and of environmental mediation more generally, in facilitating these qualitative transitions in the complexity of life and mind. As a paradigmatic case study, he studies how the use of human-computer interfaces has the potential to transform the user’s perceptual experience, which has implications for the science of consciousness.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, UK
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of General Systems Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Research Associate and Principal Investigator, Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
2019 - present
Assistant Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan
ELSI Origins Network Long-Term-Visitor Award, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting International Scholar Award, University of Wollongong, Australia
UNAM Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
Editor-in-Chief, Adaptive Behavior
Editorial board, The Journal of Mind and Behavior
Editorial board, Constructivist Foundations
Reviewer Editorial Board, Fronties in Neurorobotics
Reviewer Editorial Board, Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Reviewer Editorial Board, Frontiers in Psychology
Cognition and Linguistics Track Chair, Conference on Complex Systems (CCS 2017)
General Co-Chair, The Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 2016)
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Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science (D.Phil., University of Sussex, 2010)
Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Cybernetics (M.Eng., University of Reading, 2004)
International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma (I.B., International School Manila, 2000)