Carlos Gershenson – editor of Complexity Digest

Since it’s a good source – especially recently – I took a look at the person behind Complexity Digest ( – and often drawn from the open-contribution, curated at Though there’s a storied history, going back to Dr Gottfried Mayer (see, Carlos Gershenon, the current editor, is an interesting chap doing some interesting work (headline link and below):

Carlos Gershenon

I am a tenured research professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I have a broad variety of academic interests, including self-organizing systems, complexity, artificial life, information, evolution, cognition, artificial societies, and philosophy. I am a tenured full-time research professor (investigador titular), leader of the Self-organizing Systems Lab, and was head(2012-2015) of the Computer Sciences Department of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas(IIMAS) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I am also a researcher associated to the Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad (C3) of the UNAM.

I am now on a sabbatical year as a visiting professor at SENSEable City LabMIT, and at MOBS Lab in Northeastern.

I am Editor-in-Chief of Complexity Digest and Complexity-at-Large Editor of Complexity. I am Council Member of the Complex Systems Society.

I did a PhD on “Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems” at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels. My promoters were Francis Heylighen, Diederik Aerts, and Bart D’Hooghe. Afterwards I did a postdoc at the New England Complex Systems Institute with Yaneer Bar-Yam. My homepage from that period is here.

I studied the MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems in the School of Cognitive and Computer Sciences (COGS) of the University of Sussex (2001-2002). My thesis “A Comparison of Different Cognitive Paradigms Using Simple Animats in a Virtual Laboratory, with Implications to the Notion of Cognition” was supervised by Chris Thornton and Inman Harvey. You can find my webpage from that period here.

Before that, I did a BEng in Computer Engineering at the Fundación Arturo Rosenblueth in Mexico City (1996-2001), from which my thesis was “Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents”. My advisors were José Negrete MartínezPedro Pablo González Pérez, and Jaime Lagunez Otero. During this period I also collaborated with Jaime Lagunez’s group at the Instituto de QuímicaUNAM and coursed five semesters of Philosophy at the Facultad de Filosofía y LetrasUNAM. My webpage from my undergraduate years can be found hereLos Hijos de Khärlyl You will find most of my scientific and philosophical work, papers, computer programs, and art of those times (1997-2001).

A bit more about me.


he has also written or co-authored some papers which look interesting enough that I’m going to list them separately:

What are the most suitable approaches for thinking and speaking about complex systems?