Manuel Pita

Manuel Pita


Manuel Pita is an Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Complex Systems at CICANT (ULHT, Portugal) and Associate Researcher in the Complex Systems group at ISTAR (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal). His research is on the interplay between individual and collective behaviours in complex networks (or how do individuals and collectives shape each other). Was awarded a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science by the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) in 2007 and pursued postdoctoral training with Prof. Luís Rocha (Indiana University, USA) and Prof. Melanie Mitchell (Portland State University, USA). He is the principal investigator in a project that studies the driver factors of collective states in the online social conversations of young secondary school students in Portugal. This knowledge is to be used to support the public administration in the design of ethical educational interventions to improve critical thinking, reflexive behaviours and foster quality in group conversations - thus counteracting phenomena such as hate speech, polarisation, and dissemination of fake news. Manuel is also involved in research on the theory of complex systems and on the use ambient intelligence/IoT for human well-being.


  • Doutoramento
    PhD. in Informatics
  • Licenciatura
    Engenharia de sistemas



Journal issue

  • Special Issue 2022: Media Literacy and Civic Cultures
  • Media Literacy and Civic Cultures

Journal article

  • 2023-12-01, ParShift: a Python package to study order and differentiation in group conversations, SoftwareX
  • 2022-01, Effective connectivity determines the critical dynamics of biochemical networks, Journal of The Royal Society Interface
  • 2019-03, IoT and Engagement in the Ubiquitous Museum, Sensors
  • 2017, Early and Real-Time Detection of Seasonal Influenza Onset, PLoS Computational Biology
  • 2014, Adaptive developmental plasticity: Compartmentalized responses to environmental cues and to corresponding internal signals provide phenotypic flexibility, BMC Medicine
  • 2013, Canalization and Control in Automata Networks: Body Segmentation in Drosophila melanogaster, PLoS ONE


  • 2008, The role of conceptual structure in designing cellular automata to perform collective computation, Marques-Pita, M.; Mitchell, M.; Rocha, L.M.

Conference paper

  • 2011, Schema redescription in cellular automata: Revisiting emergence in complex systems
  • 2008, Conceptual structure in cellular automata: The density classification task
  • 2007, The Beetle and BeeDiff tutoring systems
  • 2007, Adaptive tutorial dialogue systems using deep NLP techniques

Curatorial / Museum exhibition

  • 2016-07-05, A" Morfogénese musical" na Semana da Ciência e Tecnologia (" Musical Morphogenesis" in the Science and Technology Week)

Artistic performance

  • 2016-05-05, Morfogénese Musical (" Musical Morphogenesis"), Gulbenkian Museum

Other output

  • 2021-01-20, Effective connectivity determines the critical dynamics of biochemical networks


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