Vicenç Gómez i Cerdà


Contact Address

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Department of Information and Communication Technologies
c/ Tanger, 122-140, 55.219
08018 Barcelona, Spain
Shared office Phone: +34 935422952
e-mail: my prefix is and the server is at .

Short Bio

Vicenç Gómez is a post-doctoral researcher in the Artificial Intelligence group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPFellows grant).
He obtained the B. Sc. degree in Computer Science Engineering at the Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Digital Communication at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2008. He then joined the machine learning group at the Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands) with Prof. Dr. H. J. Kappen where he has performed research within several european projects for five years. His research focuses on machine learning and optimal control in applications to different areas such as robotics, complex networks and brain computer interfaces.

Google Scholar profile

Research Interests

Machine learning, approximate inference and optimal control.

Application areas: robotics, brain computer interfaces, social networks and smart grid.

Complex networks analysis and control.


  1. V. Gómez, S. Thijssen, A. C. Symington, S. Hailes, H. J. Kappen (2015)
    Real-Time Stochastic Optimal Control for Multi-agent Quadrotor Swarms
    pdf web


  1. V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen, J. Peters, G. Neumann (2014)
    Policy Search for Path Integral Control
    European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD)
    pdf bibtex
  2. A. Llera, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2014)
    Quantitative analysis of task selection for Brain-Computer Interfaces
    Journal of Neural Engineering 11(5):056002
    pdf bibtex JNE
  3. T. Matsubara, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2014)
    Latent Kullback Leibler Control for Continuous-State Systems Using Probabilistic Graphical Models
    Proceedings of the 30th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI 2014), Quebec, Canada
    pdf bibtex cs.SY:1406.0993
  4. A. Llera, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2014)
    Adaptive Multiclass Classification for Brain Computer Interfaces
    Neural Computation 26(6):1108-27 (2014)
    pdf bibtex NECO
  5. H. J. Kappen, V. Gómez (2013)
    The Variational Garrote
    Machine Learning Journal 96(3):269-294 (2014)
    pdf bibtex MLJ code
  6. V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen, N. Litvak, A. Kaltenbrunner (2013)
    A likelihood-based framework for the analysis of discussion threads
    World Wide Web 16(5-6):645-675 (2013)
    pdf bibtex WWW cs.SI.1203.0652
  7. V. Gómez, M. Chertkov, S. Backhaus, H. J. Kappen (2012)
    Learning Price-Elasticity of Smart Consumers in Power Distribution Systems
    2012 IEEE Third International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm)
    Workshop on Architectures and Models for the Smart Grid (AMSG)
    pdf bibtex cs.IT:1209.5656 SmartGridComm IEEE
  8. M. Gheshlaghi Azar, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2012)
    Dynamic Policy Programming
    Journal of Machine Learning Research13(Nov):3207-3245 (2012)
    pdf bibtex JMLR cs:1004.2027 code
  9. A. Llera, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2012)
    Adaptive classification on Brain Computer Interfaces using reinforcement signals
    Neural Computation 24(11):2900-2923 (2012)
    pdf bibtex NECO
  10. H. J. Kappen, V. Gómez, Opper M. (2012)
    Optimal control as a graphical model inference problem
    Machine Learning Journal 87(2):159-182 (2012)
    pdf bibtex MLJ math.OC.0901.0633
  11. A. Llera, M. van Gerven, V. Gómez, O. Jensen, H. J. Kappen (2011)
    On the use of Interaction Error Potentials for Adaptive Brain Computer Interfaces
    Neural Networks 24(10):120-1127 (2011)
    pdf bibtex Neural Networks
  12. V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen, A. Kaltenbrunner (2011)
    Modeling the structure and evolution of discussion cascades
    Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia (HT 2011) Eindhoven, Netherlands
    pdf bibtex HT'11 cs.SI:1011.0673
  13. M. Gheshlaghi Azar, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2011)
    Dynamic Policy Programming with Function Approximation
    Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS 2011), Fort Lauderdale, USA
    pdf bibtex supplementary JMLR
  14. V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen, M. Chertkov (2010)
    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
    pdf bibtex JMLR cs.AI:0901.0786 pdf bibtex UAI'09 poster code
  15. A. Llera, V. Gómez, H. J. Kappen (2009)
    Sparse matrix factorization for Brain Computer Interfaces
    International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction, IEEE Computer Society
    Workshop on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces (ABCI 2009)
    pdf bibtex IEEE
  16. V. Gómez, A. Kaltenbrunner, V. López, H. J. Kappen (2008)
    Self-organization using synaptic plasticity
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 (NIPS 2008)
    pdf bibtex NIPS'08 nlin.AO:0808.3129 poster
  17. V. Gómez, A. Kaltenbrunner, V. López (2008)
    Statistical analysis of the social network and discussion threads in Slashdot
    Proceedings of the 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2008), Beijing, China
    pdf bibtex slides WWW'08
  18. A. Kaltenbrunner, V. Gómez, V. López (2007)
    Description and Prediction of Slashdot Activity
    Proceedings of the 5th Latin American Web Congress (LA-WEB 2007), Santiago de Chile. IEEE Computer Society
    pdf bibtex IEEE
  19. V. Gómez, J. M. Mooij, H. J. Kappen (2007)
    Truncating the loop series expansion for Belief Propagation
    Journal of Machine Learning Research 8(Sep):1987-2016 (2007)
    pdf bibtex JMLR cs.AI:0612109 code
  20. A. Kaltenbrunner, V. Gómez, V. López (2007)
    Phase transition and hysteresis in an ensemble of stochastic spiking neurons
    Neural Computation 19(11):3011-3050 (2007)
    pdf bibtex NECO
  21. A. Kaltenbrunner, V. Gómez, A. Moghnieh, R. Meza, J. Blat, V. López (2007)
    Homogeneous temporal activity patterns in a large online communication space
    10th International Conference on Business Information Systems
    Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2007)
    pdf bibtex cs.NI:0708.1579 (extended)
  22. V. Gómez, A. Kaltenbrunner, V. López (2006)
    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
    pdf slides bibtex IEEE


Phd Thesis

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

Datasets [last modified: 14 May 2012]

Software [last modified: 27 Aug 2014]

Last modified on Aug 27 2014 by Vicenç Gómez