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Elpida Tzafestas

Basic Information

Title: Associate Professor
Area of Specialization: Artificial Intelligence
Division: Sciences of Cognition and Thinking

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5522
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: etzafestas[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Thursday 12:00-14:00
Website: users.softlab.ece.ntua.gr/~brensham/
Contact address: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Philosophy and History of Science (M.I.Th.E)
University Campus, Ano Ilisia
15771, Athens

Academic information


  • 1990, Electrical and Computer Engineering Diploma, National Technical University of Athens
  • 1991, DEA Intelligence Artificielle Reconnaissance des Formes et Applications, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
  • 1995, PhD. in Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Research interests

  • Biological intelligence and artificial life
  • Behavioral and distributed artificial intelligence
  • Complex systems and social simulation
  • Multi-agent modelling and simulation
  • Visualisation and intelligent human-computer interaction
  • Theoretical biology

Courses and Seminars


Elective – Compulsory:


Selected Publications

  • E.S.Tzafestas. Extra-sliding puzzles: Experiments in cognitive modeling and representation for problem-solving, Proceedings of the 4th Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI 2009), Tumkur, India, December 2009
  • E.S.Tzafestas. On Modeling Proto-Imitation in a Pre-Associative Babel, Proceedings “From Animals to Animats, Simulation of Adaptive Behavior” (SAB 2008), Osaka, Japan, July 2008
  • E.S.Tzafestas. Attraction and cooperation in space, Proceedings 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2007), Singapore, September 2007
  • E.S.Tzafestas. Fluidity, adaptivity and self-organization, Commentary on Clancy Blair "How similar are fluid cognition and general intelligence", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(2):140-141, 2006
  • E.S.Tzafestas. Regulation problems in explorer agents, Cybernetics and Systems, 36:339-377, 2005