Dr Matthew Egbert
Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland
Associate, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

I am an interdisciplinary scientist who uses artificial systems and 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 impressive 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 adaptive or intelligent agents, where fundamental concepts of adaptive behaviour can be clearly defined, examined, and tested.