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SPECS is a multidisciplinary group with expertise in psychology, engineering, biology, mathematics, physics, computer science and humanities.


Paul F.M.J. Verschure
Dr. Paul F.M.J. Verschure (1962) Research professor  Catalan Institute of Advanced Research (ICREA), Professor of Cognitive science and Neurorobotics at the Technology Department,...
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Senior Fellow

Anna Mura
Anna Mura is a biologist with a PhD in natural sciences, she has pursued her education and research in several Universities in the USA (Arizona University Tucson, University of California,...
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Xerxes Arsiwalla
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Daniel Pacheco
Daniel has been working at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) from 2008 to 2010, doing research in the fields of Computer Graphics, Animation and Interactive Media. He has...
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Diogo Pata
Diogo Pata obtained his background in Semiotics & Communication (ULHT, Lisbon, Portugal) and his master degree from the "Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media" master at Universitat...
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Belén Rubio Ballester
Dr. Belén Rubio is a junior post-doctoral researcher at the SPECS lab of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Belen has a background in computational science, clinical validation and a track-...
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Vicky Vouloutsi
Vicky (Athens - Greece, 1982) studied Computer Science at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (BA 2008). In 2009 she came to Barcelona where she did her Master in Cognitive...
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Riccardo Zucca
Riccardo Zucca (Trieste - Italy, 1973) joined SPECS in January 2008. PhD in Information and Communication Techcnology from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2015). Thesis director...
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PhD Students

Maria Blancas Muñoz
Maria Blancas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) and a researcher in the Synthetic Perceptive Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS)...
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Klaudia Grechuta
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Sock Ching Low
Having completed her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Sock Ching worked as a research assistant in the Institute for...
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Martina Maier
Martina studied business communication from 2004 to 2008 at Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Zurich (Switzerland). After obtaining her first Master's degree in Cognitive System and Interactive...
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Dina Urikh
She has a Master of Arts degree with distinction in Cognitive Studies from St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Her thesis, "Dynamics of Sensorimotor Learning in a Competitive Pressure...
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Jordi Ysard
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Project Assistants


Alex Escuredo
I studied in Barcelona Industrial Electronic Engineer ( 2003) and Master of Mecatronica (2009). I was working in industrial technical post-sales since 2002.  I spend two years studying...
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Enrique Martinez
He graduated in Physics and obtained the Master in Digital Arts at Universitat Pompeu I Fabra. After working for several companies and universities he Joined SPECS in March 2009 as a...
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Pedro Omedas
I studied computer engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar  in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Barcelona where I studied a Master in Digital Audiovisual Communication and Production at...
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Sytse Wierenga
Sytse Wierenga joined SPECS in May 2007, after working in cinema, tv and visual arts. He studied Painting at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, and holds a Master of Media and Arts from Utrecht...
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Andres Lewin
Musical studies with Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mario Davidovsky and Edgar Varese at Columbia University, New York, USA Other studies : engineering at Barcelona Polytechnic and Columbia...
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Jonatas Manzolli
He has a Bachelor in Applied Computational Mathematics (1983) and in Composition and Conducting (1987) and a MPhil in Applied Mathematics (1988) both by Unicamp. Developed his PhD at the...
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