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Zenil, Hector
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden
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Hector Zenil received his bachelor’s degree in math from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), his master's degree in logic from the Sorbonne in Paris, and his PhD in computer science from the University of Lille 1, France (2011). After graduation, he did postdoctoral research at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab of the University of Sheffield in the UK. He currently conducts research in information theory and computational biology at the Unit of Computational Medicine of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, working on cutting-edge applications of complexity science to genomics and network biology.

He is also the head of the Algorithmic Nature Group (the lab responsible for the Online Algorithmic Complexity Calculator and the Human Randomness Generation Project), co-director of the French-based lab LABORES For the Natural and Digital Sciences, and senior research associate and consultant for Wolfram Research (the creators of Mathematica).

He has held various visiting positions in the US. He was a visiting scholar in 2008 at Carnegie Mellon University and in 2007 at MIT, associated with the NASA Mars Gravity Biosatellite project. In 2012, he was invited to become a member of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee in the UK and was accepted to Mexico's SNI (a distinguished list of appointed national researchers).

He is the editor of the books Randomness Through Computation (World Scientific), A Computable Universe (World Scientific, with a foreword by Sir Roger Penrose), and Irreducibility and Computational Equivalence (Springer, with a foreword by Greg Chaitin and an afterword by Cris Calude).

He has been a reviewer for Computing Reviews since 2003, and has written over 40 book and paper reviews.

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- 10 of 56 reviews

  Machine learning paradigms: artificial immune systems and their applications in software personalization
Sotiropoulos D., Tsihrintzis G.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 327 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319471-92-1)

Machine learning paradigms is an excellent introduction to both immunology from a computer scientist point of view and to algorithms designed and inspired by the biological immune system....

Jul 25 2017  
   Turing’s vision: the birth of computer science
Bernhardt C.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 208 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-54-8)

Books about Alan Turing’s life and work have always gone to one of two extremes, either to the complete technical or to the complete trivial focusing on, for example, Turing’s sexual preferences, which should be completely irrelevant a...

Sep 29 2016  
  Natural computing algorithms
Brabazon A., O’Neill M., McGarraghy S.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2015. 554 pp. Type: Book (978-3-662436-30-1)

A combination of old, sometimes revisited, and new natural computing algorithms, this book is arranged almost chronologically. Part 1, for example, is about the now old discipline of evolutionary computation and genetic algorithms, where one can f...

Apr 12 2016  
   Algorithmic learning theory (LNAI 8776)
Auer P., Clark A., Zeugmann T., Zilles S.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Cham, Switzerland, 2014. 351 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319116-61-7)

The volume gathers papers in an exciting, novel area of research that started the field of artificial intelligence (AI) with the work of Ray Solomonoff in the 1960s. However, AI research soon forgot some of the central ideas that algorithmic proba...

Feb 19 2015  
   Conformal prediction for reliable machine learning: theory, adaptations and applications
Balasubramanian V., Ho S., Vovk V.,  Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., Waltham, MA, 2014. 334 pp. Type: Book (978-0-123985-37-8)

Conformal prediction is based on a family of measures that are based on a combination of algorithmic information theory and machine learning techniques, providing a means for reliable estimation with consideration to confidence values and with app...

Dec 4 2014  
   Networks of networks: the last frontier of complexity
D’Agostino G., Scala A.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Cham, Switzerland, 2014. 355 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319035-17-8), Reviews: (1 of 2)

Networks of networks is an exciting new field, and this book about it is one of a kind. Indeed, a decade and a half ago scientists started to realize the importance of networks. Models of artificial networks and confirmation of universal topologie...

Sep 4 2014  
   Physical computation and cognitive science
Fresco N.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Berlin, Germany, 2014. 250 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642413-74-2)

Nir Fresco does a very good job of gathering most, if not all, of the traditional approaches to the question: “What is computation?” Perhaps the most unconventional approach is presented in the last chapter, in which the author wraps u...

Jun 25 2014  
   Evolution, complexity and artificial life
Cagnoni S., Mirolli M., Villani M.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Berlin, Germany, 2014. 275 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642375-76-7)

Although I have to confess that certain parts were better than others, on a whole, this book was a delight to read. This is partially because of my own research interest bias, and also because I think some subjects are more relevant and mature tha...

Jun 10 2014  
   Scalable and axiomatic ranking of network role similarity
Jin R., Lee V., Li L.  ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data 8(1): 1-37, 2014. Type: Article

The thorough survey of measures for network similarity makes for a fine paper. This paper aims to assess and dissect the main assumptions of a network role similarity metric. This is a metric that does not just match the topological properties of ...

May 8 2014  
  Digital republic: India’s rise to IT power
Joseph M.,  Power-Publishers, 2013. 173 pp. Type: Book

This book is as much about the rise of India as an information technology (IT) power as it is an autobiography of a fine Indian computer scientist (Mathai Joseph). Indeed, the rise of India as an IT power started by the year 2000, but the book beg...

Apr 30 2014  
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