Vicenç Gómez i Cerdà


Contact Address

SNN Adaptive Intelligence
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Departament of Biophysics
Radboud University.
Heyendaalseweg 135, 00.827
6525 AJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Post address: Postbus 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen
Shared office Phone: +31 24 3614230
Department's fax: +31 24 3541435
e-mail: my prefix is and the server is at .

Research Interests

My research focuses on Machine Learning and its applications in different areas like stochastic optimal control, computational neuroscience, computational social science and smart grid.
I am currently involved in the CompLACS project and recently joined the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as a UPFellows:


  • Llera A., Gómez V. and Hilbert J. Kappen (2014)
    Adaptive Multi Class Classification for Brain Computer Interfaces
    Neural Computation 26(6): (2014)

  • Kappen H. J., Gómez V. (2013) [pdf] [MLJ] [Matlab code] [bibtex]
    The Variational Garrote.
    Machine Learning Journal (to appear)

  • Gómez V., Chertkov M., Backhaus S., Kappen H. J. (2012) [pdf] [cs.IT:1209.5656]
    Learning Price-Elasticity of Smart Consumers in Power Distribution Systems.
    SmartGridComm 2012 (invited paper in Symposium on Architectures and Models for the Smart Grid)

  • M. Gheshlaghi Azar, Gómez V., Kappen H. J. (2012) [pdf] [JMLR] [cs:1004.2027] [code] [bibtex]
    Dynamic Policy Programming.
    Journal of Machine Learning Research 13(Nov):3207-3245 (2012)

  • Llera A., Gómez V., Kappen H. J. (2012) [pdf] [NECO] [bibtex]
    Adaptive classification on Brain Computer Interfaces using reinforcement signals.
    Neural Computation 24(11):2900-2923 (2012).

  • Gómez V., Kappen H. J., Litvak N., Kaltenbrunner A. (2012) [pdf] [WWW] [DATASETS] [cs.SI.1203.0652] [bibtex]
    A likelihood-based framework for the analysis of discussion threads.
    World Wide Web (special issue on Social Networks and Social Web Mining)

  • Kappen H. J., Gómez V., Opper M. (2012) [pdf] [MLJ] [math.OC.0901.0633] [bibtex]
    Optimal control as a graphical model inference problem.
    Machine Learning Journal 87(2):159-182 (2012)

  • Llera A., van Gerven M., Gómez V., Jensen O., Kappen H. J. (2011) [pdf] [Neural Networks] [bibtex]
    On the use of Interaction Error Potentials for Adaptive Brain Computer Interfaces.
    Neural Networks 24(10):120-1127 (2011)

  • Gómez V., Kappen H. J., Kaltenbrunner A. (2011) [pdf] [HT'11] [DATASETS] [cs.SI:1011.0673] [bibtex]
    Modeling the structure and evolution of discussion cascades.
    Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, (HT 2011) Eindhoven, Netherlands

  • M. Gheshlaghi Azar, Gómez V., Kappen H. J. (2011) [pdf] [supplementary] [JMLR] [bibtex]
    Dynamic Policy Programming with Function Approximation.
    Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS 2011), Fort Lauderdale, USA

  • Gómez V., Kappen H. J., Chertkov M. (2010) [pdf] [JMLR] [cs.AI:0901.0786] [bibtex] [pdf] [UAI'09] [poster] [code] [bibtex]
    Approximate inference on planar graphs using Loop Calculus and Belief Propagation.
    Journal of Machine Learning Research 11(Apr):1273-1296 (2010)
    Proceedings of the 25th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI 2009), Montreal, Canada.

  • Llera A., Gómez V., Kappen H. J. (2009) [pdf] [IEEE] [bibtex]
    Sparse matrix factorization for Brain Computer Interfaces,
    Workshop on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces (ABCI 2009)
    International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction. IEEE Computer Society.

  • Gómez V., Kaltenbrunner A., López V., Kappen H. J. (2008) [pdf] [nlin.AO:0808.3129] [poster] [bibtex]
    Self-organization using synaptic plasticity,
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 (NIPS 2008)

  • Gómez V., Kaltenbrunner A., López V. (2008) [pdf] [slides] [www2008] [bibtex]
    Statistical analysis of the social network and discussion threads in Slashdot,
    Proceedings of the 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2008), Beijing, China.

  • Kaltenbrunner A., Gómez V., López V. (2007) [pdf] [IEEE] [bibtex]
    Description and Prediction of Slashdot Activity,
    Proceedings of the 5th Latin American Web Congress (LA-WEB 2007), Santiago de Chile. IEEE Computer Society.

  • Gómez V., Mooij J. M., Kappen H. J. (2007) [pdf] [JMLR] [cs.AI:0612109] [code] [bibtex]
    Truncating the loop series expansion for Belief Propagation,
    Journal of Machine Learning Research 8(Sep):1987-2016 (2007)

  • Kaltenbrunner A., Gómez V., López V. (2007) [pdf] [NECO] [bibtex]
    Phase transition and hysteresis in an ensemble of stochastic spiking neurons,
    Neural Computation 19(11):3011-3050 (2007).

  • Kaltenbrunner A., Gómez V., Moghnieh A., Meza R., Blat J., López V. (2007) [cs.NI:0708.1579 (extended)] [pdf] [bibtex]
    Homogeneous temporal activity patterns in a large online communication space,
    Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2007) 10th International Conference on Business Information Systems.

  • Gómez V., Kaltenbrunner A., López V. (2006) [pdf] [slides] [IEEE] [bibtex]
    Event Modeling of Message Interchange in Stochastic Neural Ensembles,
    International Joint Conference Neural Networks (IJCNN 2006), IEEE World Congress of Computational Intelligence, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Teaching

    Phd Thesis

    Algorithms and Complex Phenomena in Networks: Neural Ensembles, Statistical Inference and Online Communities [pdf] [pdf-print]

    Datasets [UPDATED 14 May 2012]

    Software [last modified: 5 Nov 2013]

    Last modified on Dec 7 2012 by Vicenç Gómez