behavior of neural networks. He and his collaborators have studied how collective
neural phenomena can account for information processing in sensory
systems, having emphasized that coding of incoming physical stimuli
can be optimized if the system is in a critical state. This
interdisciplinary research theme has fostered his collaborations with
theoretical physicists and experimental neuroscientists. He has also
worked on the application of complex graphs to speech, a technique that has shown
potential for automated psychiatric diagnosis. He obtained his undergraduate and MSc Physics degrees from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, a PhD in Physics from Hasselt University in Belgium and completed postdoctoral training in Physics at the University of California in San Diego and the Fluminense Federal University in Niterói, Brazil.
He joined the faculty at the UFPE Physics Department in 2002.