VERSCHURE, PAULUS FRANCISCUS MARIA JOSEPH
Paul is an ICREA research professor and director of the SPECS laboratory. He obtained his Master and Ph.D. in psychology at Univ. of Amsterdam and Zurich respectively and pursued his research career at The Neurosciences Institute, the Salk Institute in San Diego-US and the ETH in Zurich-CH. Since 2008 he is academic director of the “Cognitive & Synthetic Interactive Media” master, and since 2012 director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems & Neuro-Robotics. He leads a group of 35 people, has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has built a unified theory of mind, brain and body using synthetic methods to develop novel cognitive technologies, called Distributed Adaptive Control ‘DAC’. DAC provides new insights on brain mechanisms of perception, cognition and action, and it is implemented in autonomously behaving robots and virtual reality systems, such as the Rehabilitation Gaming System, a revolutionary approach towards brain repair that is being commercialized to assist people affected by stroke (EODYNE). His research is funded through EU research projects and an ERC Advanced grant 2013 that focuses on the DAC theory and the understanding of consciousness.