Olaf Witkowski

Olaf Witkowski is an EON Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo,  and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also a Founding Member of YHouse­ ­— a nonprofit transdisciplinary research institute focused on the study of awareness, artificial intelligence and complex systems. He received his PhD under Takashi Ikegami, from the Computer Science Department of the University of Tokyo. He is a Program Co-Chair for the ALIFE 2018 conference.


Photo credit: Nerissa Escanlar

Olaf Witkowski’s research aims at understanding the information flows in living systems and intelligent societies. He uses large-scale artificial life simulations, machine learning, and information and game theories, to reach a better comprehension of the following triptych of complex phenomena:

  1. the emergence of information flows that led to the origins of life,
  2. the evolution of intelligence in the major evolutionary transitions,
  3. the expansion of communication and cooperation in the future of the bio- and technosphere.

Olaf Witkowski maintains a blog.

This website also contains his career history, past and current research, publications and CV.

Contact email: olaf.witkowski@gmail.com