Hector Zenil Research Affiliate

Dr. Zenil has a BSc in mathematics (UNAM), a master's in logic (ENS/Paris), a PhD in computer science (Lille) and a PhD in epistemology (Sorbonne). He has more than 20 years of experience in academia and industry in six countries. This experience includes designing/writing tracking software for NASA as a member of the Payload team at MIT for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite; helping develop computational linguistics for Wolfram|Alpha; and publishing more than 100 papers in journals such as Nature Machine Intelligence, Nucleic Research Acids and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. He has been a Senior Researcher (faculty member) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Lab Leader at the Unit of Computational Medicine, the Center for Molecular Medicine, SciLifeLab and the Karolinska Institute (the institution that awards the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology). Before that, he was a research associate at the Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory Lab at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sheffield. He is also the editor of Complex Systems, the first journal in the field, founded in 1987 by Stephen Wolfram. He has been a visiting scholar and a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the National University of Singapore. He is the director of Oxford Immune Algorithmics, an Oxford University spinout that translates cutting-edge science into medical technological innovation, and the President of the Automacoin Foundation. His main interest is the study of causation through computation and algorithmic complexity with a particular interest in applications to living systems.


United Kingdom

Institutional Affiliation

Oxford Immune Algorithmics

Research Topics & Interests

  • Algorithmic Information Dynamics
  • Algorithmic Complexity
  • Causation/Causality
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computational Biology