Silvano P. Colombano Ph.D.


Course: The evolution of life in the universe

Dr. Silvano Colombano received an M.A. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences from the University at Buffalo. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the Origin of Life on Earth (Origin of the Genetic Code). He has spent most of his working career at NASA-Ames Research Center first as a researcher in Closed Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) and later in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

His work in AI and Robotics remained rooted in ideas inspired by the evolution of life and complex systems. He was author or co-author of over 80 technical publications, and the organizer of a workshop on Self-Sustaining Robotic Ecologies called “Robosphere” in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

He became known internationally in 2019 for an article that suggested new approaches to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.