Dr. Jose David Fernández Rodríguez


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Contact Information
Severo Ochoa 4 - 119

Parque Tecnologico de Andalucia
29590 Campanillas Malaga
Spain

Phone: (+34) 952 13 70 37

 

 

 

Research Interests:

After a stint in a software development company, I became a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Francisco J. Vico (some time later, René Doursat became my co-advisor), and I finished a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012. My interest focuses on trying to understand the dynamics of complexity and diversity under evolutionary conditions, grounded on biologically sound principles but without being committed to follow strict biological analogies. In this way, I try to extract the most relevant features of life, and to formally characterize them.

I have collaborated with Dr. René Doursat (Institut des Systèmes Complexes) to understand the conditions under which dynamic evolutionary models give rise to diversity and complexity, and with Dr. David Orden (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) to develop mathematically rigorous measures of complexity for tensegrity structures.

I have also held a postdoctoral position related to algorithmic composition, and currently I am in the University of Mons working in 3D-printing, but I am eager to jump again to research computational biology and artificial life, if the oportunity arises.

 

And now, a nicer research statement, courtesy of xkcd:

You could spend a thousand lifetimes staring at water and sand, thinking as hard as you could, and you'd never guess the world had things like this in it

 

Education:

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Universidad de Málaga, finished 04/20/2012.

Master in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (two-year master), Universidad de Málaga, finished 10/14/2009.

Ingeniero en Informática (five-year degree in Computer Science), Universidad de Málaga, finished 07/03/2007.

Ingeniero Técnico en Informática de Sistemas (three-year degree in Computer Science), Universidad de Málaga, finished 07/08/2004.

 

Publications:

J.D. Fernández,
Vida Artifcial: en la encrucijada,
Encuentros en la Biología, vol. 7, núm 147, pp. 29-34, 2014

C.A. Sánchez, F. Moreno, D. Albarracín, J.D. Fernández, F.J. Vico,
Melomics: A Case-Study of AI in Spain,
AI Magazine, vol. 34, núm 3, pp. 99-103, 2013

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, vol. 48, pp. 513-582, 2013

D. Lobo , J.D. Fernández, F.J. Vico,
Behavior finding: Morphogenetic Designs Shaped by Function,
chapter 17 (pp. 441-472) in Morphogenetic Engineering: Toward Programmable Complex Systems. Doursat R., Sayama H., Michel O. (eds.), ISBN: 978-3-642-33901-1 (Print) 978-3-642-33902-8 (Online), Springer-Verlag, January 2013.

J.D. Fernández, F. Vico, R. Doursat,
Complex and Diverse Morphologies Can Develop from a Minimal Genomic Model,
Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO2012),
New York, United States, 2012.

J.D. Fernández, R. Doursat, F. Vico,
The Evolution of Controller-Free Molecular Motors from Spatial Constraints,
Proceedings of the Spatial Computing Workshop 2012 (SCW2012),
Valencia, Spain, 2012.

J.D. Fernández, 
The Evolution of Diversity in the Structure and Function of Artificial Organisms (see below for links),
Doctoral dissertation, Universidad de Málaga, 2012.

J.D. Fernández, F.J. Vico, D. Lobo, G. Martín, R. Doursat,
Emergent diversity in an open-ended evolving virtual community,
Artificial Life, vol. 18, núm. 2, pp. 199-222, 2012

J.D. Fernández, D. Orden,
On the atomic decomposition length of graphs and tensegrities,
Actas de los Séptimos Encuentros Andaluces de Matemática Discreta (7EAMD),
Carmona, Sevilla, Spain, 2011.

J.D. Fernández, F.J. Vico,
Automating the search of molecular motor templates by evolutionary methods,
Biosystems, vol. 106, pp. 82-93, 2011.

F.J. Vico, D. Lobo, A. Gómez, S. Burrezo, J.D. Fernández, L. Duloquin, B. Maury, and N. Peyrieras,
LTMaker: a tool for semiautomatic reconstruction of the embryonic lineage tree from 4D-microscopyProceedings of MLS2009, RNS/ISC PIF International Conference on Morphogenesis in Living Systems,
pp. 59-60. Paris, France, 2009.

J.D. Fernández, F.J. Vico,
Assessing the space of phylogenetic trees to measure similarities between cell lineage trees,
Technical Report (code ITI 08-6), Departamento de Lenguajes y Ciencias de la Computacion, Universidad de Málaga, 2008.

F.J. Vico, V. Canteli, D. Lobo, J.D. Fernández, C. Bandera, A. García-Linares, R. Rivas, M. Rosen, B. Schlegel,
Just-In-Time eTraining Applied To Emergency Medical Services,
Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare
(CIMED 2007), Plymouth, UK, 2007.

F.J. Vico, V. Canteli, D. Lobo, J.D. Fernández, C. Bandera, A. García-Linares, R. Rivas, M. Rosen, B. Schlegel,
Mobile just-in-time training application for emergency healthcare,
Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference. Mobile Learning, pp. 209-213.
Lisboa, Portugal, 2007.

R. Pedraza, A. Planas, A. Navarro, B. De la Fuente, J.D. Fernández,
Caso de uso: Empleo de tecnologías J2EE para el desarrollo de una plataforma para la gestión tecnológica,
Actas del II Congreso JavaHispano, ISBN 84-689-0035-4, pp. 99-106
Móstoles, Spain, 2004.

 

Doctoral dissertation:


The Evolution of Diversity in the Structure and Function of Artificial Organisms, Universidad de Málaga, 2012. 

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index of supplementary material (PDF)

Main advisor: Francisco José Vico Vela.

Co-advisor: René Doursat.
In my doctoral dissertation, I studied the evolution of diversity from the perspectives of Biology and Engineering, focusing on three different case studies.

 

Academic awards (in Spanish):

Premio del Centro al mejor expediente en Ingeniería Técnica en Informática de Sistemas en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática de la Universidad de Málaga, curso 2003/04.

Premio Fin de Carrera "El País" en la categoría de ingenierías a los ocho mejores expedientes de la Universidad de Málaga, curso 2003/04.

Premio Nacional Fin de Carrera del curso 2003/2004 (publicado en el BOE 162 de 8/7/2005, orden ECI/2188/2005 de 13 de junio, páginas 24387 – 24393, referencia 2005/11839).

Premio del Centro al mejor expediente en Ingeniería Informática en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática de la Universidad de Málaga, curso 2006/07.

Premio Fin de Carrera "El País" en la categoría de ingenierías a los ocho mejores expedientes de la Universidad de Málaga, curso 2006/07.

Premio Nacional Fin de Carrera del curso 2006/2007, en categoría de Mención (publicado en el BOE 286 de 27/11/2008, resolución del 11/11/2008 de la Secretaría de Estado de Educación y Formación, páginas 47440 – 47448).

Premio en el concurso de spin-offs de la Universidad de Málaga en 2009, por participación en el proyecto de spin-off denominado M3D-CE.

Premio "Juan López Peñalver" al mejor artículo de investigación publicado en 2012 en la categoría de Ingeniería y Arquitectura por un investigador joven en la Universidad de Málaga.

 


 

I keep this image for historical reasons. For many months, until my dissertation defence in April 2012, my mood was something like this:

finish phd

    PhD Comics, by Jorge Cham (c) 

 

 

 

I have pursued my education in Computer Science in three stages: first I got a three-year degree as Ingeniero Técnico en Informática de Sistemas, then I enrolled for two more years to become Ingeniero Superior en Informática, (a five-year Computer Science degree) and finally I completed a two-year master in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. I have been given several academic awards, including two prizes for the best academic record in the Engineering degrees of the University of Málaga, and two National Graduation Awards (Spanish Premios Nacionales Fin de Carrera): the second prize in Ingeniería Técnica Informática in 2003-04, and an accessit in Ingeniería Informática in 2006-07.

After a stint in a software development company, I became a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Francisco J. Vico, and I am currently finishing a Ph.D. in Computer Science. My interest focuses on trying to understand the dynamics of complexity and diversity under evolutionary conditions, grounded on biologically sound principles but without being committed to follow strict biological analogies. In this way, I try to extract the most relevant features of life, and to formally characterize them.

In the long term, this study intends to contribute to a better understanding of plausible origins and strategies of evolution of living forms.

I have collaborated with Dr. René Doursat (Institut des Systèmes Complexes) to understand the conditions under which dynamic evolutionary models give rise to diversity and complexity, and with Dr. David Orden (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) to develop mathematically rigorous measures of complexity for tensegrity structures.