For Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez, building a seamless interactive human-centric relationship with technology is critical for an ethical and sustainable future with autonomous intelligent systems.
The core of her work lies in mapping out the cognitive behavioral and neural correlates of how humans seamlessly adapt to multi-sensory, multi-agent environments. Using an interdisciplinary approach that merges questions, theory, methods, data, and experiences from both the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Arts, Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez is identifying the fundamental and nuanced roles of emotion, language, knowledge structures, and cognitive plasticity within real-time improvisatory and collaborative problem-solving, decision-making, and planning behaviors.
Her current projects focus on four applied domains: human-like automation (e.g. autonomous vehicles), human behavior modeling, representation, and prediction (e.g. cybersecurity), ethics (e.g. responsible artificial intelligence and governance), and interdisciplinary education (e.g. science-art integration).
Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez has BAs in Psychology and French, and a MA and PhD in Cognitive Science, all from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; her research focused on the cognitive neuroscience of musical creativity. She also has a Certificate of Art in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and most recently completed a Graduate Certificate in International Studies with a focus on Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.