The Mind, Body & Bytes_ puts together ideas and projects aroused through a multidisciplinary career that, along with the collaboration with researchers from different fields, enabled me to integrate these disciplines in what I take today as my main areas of activity: artificial intelligence (AI) and neuropsychoanalysis.
From these disciplines whole areas can come together: computation and engineering can then approach to neurosciences and psychology. Even seeming so distant initially, it is astonishing to find out the roots of what is now understood as cognitive sciences are supported in the ambition of some to enable their machines with the same interpretative capabilities of humans. I would dare say that both perspectives are supported on the same points: perception and acting.
In short, Mind, Body & Bytes_ is a meeting point and also a digression one, a place for sharing and for discussion. With the same dynamics, impermanence, and uncertainty inherent to any system, this place will assuredly be kept throughout my Ph.D. research (find out more here). By the way, it’s with this research I intend to contribute to the understanding of situations like this: plenty of uncertainties.
The Mind, Body & Bytes_ is a personal website which has two main purposes: (i) promoting scientific research on artificial intelligence (AI) and neuropsychoanalysis fields; and (ii) contributing to the scientific dissemination in this area. Regarding the first one, it’s somehow obvious that English would be the most appropriate language for this. On the other hand, disseminating the scientific findings in these areas becomes an even more necessary demand in other languages, such as Portuguese, my native language. Having said that, and considering that maintaining a bilingual site would be impracticable at this time, I chose to use Portuguese as its primary language, not refraining me to write in English, always as possible and necessary. In order to help foreigner readers filtering the content, every post will also be classified by its language. Also, I’ve made available at the bottom of each page a Google Translator widget, which may be useful when reading posts in a language different than yours.
The mind map below sets out the structure planned for the site. Any content published here should be inserted in at least one of the main theme categories, all of which are related to the topic of AI or neuropsychoanalysis. Farther from these, perhaps, are the categories Market and Management and Everyday Life (Cotidiano). The first one proposes to bring content related to the financial market (and as we will see, there are common points between those two thematic areas of this site). In addition, discussions about project management and quality management are topics that should permeate any activity, whether it is academic or corporate. The last category contains publications with themes of the daily life that support or inspire the main themes. The main pages, in turn, are static pages that aim to provide information about this website and, in particular, about my research work. Finally, there are still auxiliary categorizations, by language and depth level in the theme, designed to help the reader find the content most appropriate for their profile.
About the author
I was an introspective, observant, and curious child. Growing up in a house with a large yard, I could have my own “laboratory” where I played to be a scientist. Of this time, my great find was only the conviction that I wanted to take this game seriously.
I went to college, and before that, I had started working. The goal, besides sustaining myself, was to be able to travel. The introspection that had always accompanied me had now to divide space with my impetus to communicate. I discovered, after all, that asking, discussing, exposing, and talking were very complementary tasks to the ability to observe.
I graduated as an electrical engineer and then I won the world: with a backpack and an already renewed passport in my hands, I changed my public service vacancy in Brazil for a year as a visiting researcher in Portugal, while I was taking my master’s degree in computing. I learned a lot. But much of this came from the people I met. I traveled to Asia and to Africa. I’ve been in Bolivia and in Norway. And between places, flavors, and unpleasantness, I began to outline what would be my main research object: the human perception.
This question took on greater proportions, from the academic point of view, when my then advisor of the New University of Lisbon, Prof. José Manuel Fonseca, asked me why we could so easily identify objects in a low-quality image bank, while our algorithms were far from being successful. Finally, we were able to adjust our algorithms to our expectations, but the wondering about our perception would remain…
I returned to Brazil in 2012 and joined the Technology team of GVT — a Telecommunications company based in Curitiba and recognized for its innovation capacity. The Company was later incorporated into Telefônica Vivo, a leading multinational in the segment and headquartered in Spain. Since then, my main activity has always been associated with innovation projects; product development; and technology prospecting. All these activities included the approximation and the elaboration of technical-scientific partnerships with universities and different sectors of the private initiative.
A few years later, in 2014, I became directly involved in projects related to the emerging technologies for big data and analytics, which brought me important insights into the need to model the problem and to deepen its understanding before any attempting of applying AI or machine learning techniques. From these cases, the questions about human perception and decision processes have reemerged. Searching for some theoretical justifications for these questions, I’ve approached neuropsychoanalysis and information theory, both now constituting the theoretical ground of my doctoral research, which I started in 2017 at UTFPR.