Elias Fernández graduated as Telecommunications engineer, specializing (MSc) in Telematics and Electronics, at the University of Vigo in 2015.
During his studies, Elias participated in a summer school on Nano-satellites in Samara Russia (2013). He also took part in a workshop in Łodz on “Design Thinking” financed by the Erasmus+ programme, and did an Erasmus internship on Agent-based methods and Evolutionary algorithms at the AGH University in Krakow (2014-15).
He finished his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Artificial Intelligence Lab) on December 17th of 2020. Throughout his PhD, he investigated how uncertainty and collective risk affect human decision making, both in human-human and human-artificial agent interactions. This very interdisciplinary research comprises behavioral economic experiments, data analysis and modeling, requiring expertise in the following areas:
Currently, Elias is researching how delegation of human actions and rules to artificial autonomous systems impact social dynamics. At the moment, he is looking at a case-study of decentralized energy smart grids, where humans delegate energy trading and scheduling decisions to adaptive agents.