Dr Matthew Deems Egbert

DPhil Department of Informatics, University of Sussex; MSc (hons) Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems, University of Sussex; BSc Computer Science St Andrews University


Recent placements:

July 2014 – January 2016
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

October 2013 – July 2014
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
Research Associate, School of Computer Science

October 2012 – October 2013
Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany 
Research Associate, Bio Systems Analysis Group, Institute of Computer Science

May 2011 – December 2011
University of Sussex, UK
Research Associate, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, Dept. of Informatics

Research | Current

I am an interdisciplinary scientist who uses computational models to study complex biological systems. A prominent theme in my research is the metabolic, self-constructing organisation of biological systems, and how this relates to their adaptability. This interest draws me toward the investigation of synthetic protocells and the origin of life, where mechanisms of behaviour are at their simplest, as well as computational and mathematical models of cognitive systems, where fundamental concepts of adaptive behaviour can be clearly defined, examined, and tested.

Teaching | Current

In 2020, I am teaching parts of the following courses.

COMPSCI 369 -- Computational Biology
COMPSCI 765 -- Interactive Cognitive Systems
BIOSCI 702 -- Systems and Models in the Natural Sciences
SCISCHOL 202 -- Research and Discovery

Postgraduate supervision

For a maintained list of post-graduate researchers and projects see http://www.matthewegbert.com/teaching.html


Areas of expertise

  • Artificial Life
  • Post-cognitivist artificial intelligence
  • Enactive cognitive science
  • Computational modelling in interdisciplinary research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Egbert, M. (2020). Marangoni Based Motile Oil-Droplets in Simulated Artificial Chemistry. Artificial Life Conference Proceedings, 2020 (32), 260-262. Montreal, Canada: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 10.1162/isal_a_00286
  • Egbert, M., & Woolford, M. (2020). A Precarious Sensorimotor Sequence Reiterator for Modelling Enactive Habits. Artificial Life Conference Proceedings, 771-779. Online - Montreal, Canada: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 10.1162/isal_a_00249
  • Egbert, M. D., Jeong, V., & Postlethwaite, C. M. (2020). Where Computation and Dynamics Meet: Heteroclinic Network-Based Controllers in Evolutionary Robotics. IEEE transactions on neural networks and learning systems, 31 (4), 1084-1097. 10.1109/tnnls.2019.2917471
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claire Postlethwaite, Valerie Jeong
  • Egbert, M. D., Gruenert, G., Ibrahim, B., & Dittrich, P. (2019). Combining evolution and self-organization to find natural Boolean representations in unconventional computational media. BioSystems, 184.10.1016/j.biosystems.2019.104011
  • Egbert, M., Gagnon, J.-S., & Pérez-Mercader J (2019). From chemical soup to computing circuit: transforming a contiguous chemical medium into a logic gate network by modulating its external conditions. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 16 (158)10.1098/rsif.2019.0190
  • Egbert, M., Kolezhitskiy, Y., & Virgo, N. (2019). Steering the Growth of Adaptive Self-Preserving Dissipative Structures. Artificial Life Conference Proceedings (31), 255-262. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 10.1162/isal_a_00171
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yan Kolezhitskiy
  • Egbert, M., & Zarco, M. (2019). Different Forms of Random Motor Activity Scaffold the Formation of Different Habits in a Simulated Robot. Proceedings of The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life 10.1162/isal_a_00224
  • Egbert, M. (2019). Real-Time Visualization and Interaction with Computational Artefacts. Paper presented at MethAL workshop with The Conference on Artificial Life 2019.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 491
New Zealand

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