Career history

Trained in AI
In 2007, I received my MSc in Civil Engineering and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Louvain. My MSc thesis used machine learning to decode the language in ancient Inca artifacts, in collaboration with the Khipu Research Group at MIT.

Web Entrepreneurship
From 2007 to 2011, I became a Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at the Web- Mining company Commentag LLC. I designed the first semantic search engine for Twitter and launched Tweetag.com. I kept consulting in data mining and deep neural networks projects in the UK and Japan until early 2016. From 2007 to 2008, I was also a Lecturer at the Louvain School of Management, and took an MSc in Natural Language Processing.

PhD in Artificial Life
In 2015, I received my PhD in Computer Science, from the University of Tokyo. My doctoral research, from 2011 to 2015, revealed new dynamics in the emergence of proto-communication as a way to increase collective intelligence in groups of living organisms, employing large distributed simulations, neural networks, game theory and information theory.

Origins of Complex Life & Cognition
In 2015, I became a Postdoctoral Researcher at the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo. In 2016, I then became an EON Research Scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.

Since 2016, I became also a co-founder and Chief Architect of YHouse Inc., a nonprofit institute in New York City devoted to transdisciplinary research on consciousness and the future of intelligence. I am also a proactive member of ISSA, and the Consciousness Clubs in Tokyo and New York.

My current research at ELSI and YHouse aims to understand the foundations of cognitive life, using information theory, complex systems and computer simulations.