I am interested in the phenomenon of emergence, where from simple starting conditions and simple rules / dynamics surprising results follow. For example, why and how can evolution adapt organisms to a variety of different environments? How can a consensus between equal options be reached, such as driving on the right side of the road? How did societies of humans come up with a language to use for communication?
I study this phenomenon mostly in the area of Bio-Inspired Computing (Theoretical Foundations, Swarm Intelligence, Evolutionary Computation,...). However, I also occasionally work on algorithmic approaches to learning (in particular pattern recognition).