Paul F. M. J. Verschure, MD, PhD

Cognitive & Intelligent Systems
ICREA Research Professor
Head of SPECS Research Group
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

As director of SPECS, a multidisciplinary group of 30 pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers that includes physicists, psychologists, engineers and computer scientists, Dr. Verschure works on biologically constrained models of perception, learning, behaviour and problem solving that are applied to wheeled and flying robots, interactive spaces and avatars. His aim is to find a unified theory of mind, brain and body through the use of synthetic methods and to apply such a theory to the development of novel cognitive technologies. He has pioneered novel VR based augmented feedback systems that are applied to the rehabilitation of a number of pathologies including stroke, TBI and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Verschure has developed interdisciplinary research in the domains of technology, cognitive science and humanities. The following list describes the research fields where he has worked most intensely: Cognitive Sciences and interactive systems, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Neuroscience, Mixed/Virtual reality, Hybrid Systems, Robotics, Psychophysiology, Neuro-rehabilitation, Creativity and Interaction.

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