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 of the ALIFE 2018 conference.


Olaf’s research aims at understanding the origins of cognitive life and AI societies. His approach makes use of large-scale artificial life simulations, machine learning, and information and game theories, to reach a better comprehension of:

  1. the emergence of life and cognition,
  2. the information flows in the major transitions in evolution, in particular the dynamics of cooperation and costly signals,
  3. the expansion of intelligence and cooperation in future societies.

Contact Olaf: olaf.witkowski@gmail.com