Mani Hamidi

PhD Student


I am interested in the interplay between hierarchically abstracted representations of extrinsic stimuli and intrinsically generated goals as a means to facilitate creative and adaptive intelligent behavior. I began my studies in Biophysics at the University of British Columbia, and continue to be inspired by biological solutions, particularly evolution and development, to the “problem” of cognition; I also draw inspiration from mathematics as a means to generalize and operationalize these ideas. I am equally driven by philosophical questions and concrete practical applications in my research, where I hope to incorporate ideas from semiotic theory towards the development of (psycho-)technologies for human learning and communication.