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Anna Mura is a biologist with a PhD in natural sciences, she has pursued her education and research in several Universities in the USA (Arizona University Tucson, University of California, San Diego) and in Europe (University of Cagliari, Italy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-ETH Zurich and now Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain). Anna has worked in brain research for many years where her main interests were the physiological and anatomical understanding of brain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. The results of her work have been published in relevant scientific journals such as Neuroscience, Experimental Neurology, Gene Therapy, Movement Disorders and the Journal of Neuroscience.
Currently Anna is focusing on the question of creativity in artificial and biological systems. As part of this she is interested in large-scale multi-modal interactive systems. As a member of the Laboratory of Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems she is responsible for the narrative content, dramaturgy and scenography of the human accessible mixed reality space eXperience Induction Machine and has produced a number of public performances and exhibits including re(PER)curso and the Synthetic Oracle. These systems are used as an experimental context for the empirical investigation of human perception, cognition and behavior and the construction of autonomous artificial creative systems.