Research Architect


Olaf Witkowski is the Research Architect at YHouse, helping catalyze, develop and coordinate the transdisciplinary research vision of YHouse across all research modules. He is an EON Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of Tokyo, where he studied the synthesis and simulation of living systems and the dynamics of neural networks. He is interested in the origins of cognition and the future of AI.


  • Artificial Life
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Complexity Theory
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Information Science
  • Connectionist Machine Learning

Olaf’s current research is in information dynamics in the origins of cognition, collective intelligence, and complex life. His approach uses large-scale artificial life simulations, evolutionary robotics, machine learning, and information and game theories to better comprehend the emergence of life and integrated cognition, the information flows in the major transitions in evolution, and the future of intelligent societies.

Origins of Cognition
AI Society 
Life as Information
Sending Minds to the Stars
Biosphere Evolution 
Origin of Neurons 
• Artificial Microbial Communication


Home Institution
Earth-Life Science Institute