- Control and Dynamic principles in Neuroscience (modulation of neuronal circuits and neuronal networks, symmetry and perception).
- (perceptual, collective, artistic) Decision making theory.
- Neuro- and biomorphic engineering.
I am broadly interested in the interaction between mathematics, biology (particularly neuroscience) and control theory. The brain, its way of knowing and perceiving the world, and the ways in which biology seems to self-organize out of inert matter, always fascinated me. As a physicist, I consider mathematics the natural language through which describing the various facets of the biological world. Control theory provides both a conceptual and a technical framework to use mathematics to describe open systems, that is, systems with inputs and outputs, like our brain, like a single cell, like a group of neurons, people, or bees or ants; like all these biological forms in constant interaction with their environment.
"Whatever is the ultimate nature of reality (assuming that this expression has meaning), it is indisputable that our universe is not chaos. We perceive beings, objects, things to which we give names. These beings or things are forms or structures endowed with a degree of stability; they take up some part of space and last for some part of time." René Thom
Alessio Franci got is Master 2 (Laurea Specialistica) Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Pisa in 2008 and his PhD in Physics and Control Theory from the University of Paris Sud 11 in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liege and at INRIA Lille. Between 2013 and 2015 he was also a long term visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge. Since April 2015 he is Associate Professor in the Math Department of UNAM – National Autonomous University of Mexico.
His research interests span different fields but the central focus is on the regulation principles of biological behaviors, in particular, rhythmic and excitable neuronal behaviors (from single neurons to cognitive phenomena) and collective decision making. Thanks local and international collaborations, his research has a marked interdisciplinary inclination that has recently started to open up to the Arts
tel: +52 55 56224800. ext: 45773 Alessio Franci
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Ciencias
Departamento de Matemática, Cub. 030
Av. Universidad 3000, Circuito Exterior S/N
Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04510
Ciudad Universitaria, CD.MX