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Associate Professor
Discipline: Complex and Interactive Organizations Theory
Curriculum Vitae: English CV
Contact Info
Postal Address: Konstantinoupoleos 2, Ermoupolis, Syros, ΤΚ 84100
Phone: 22810-97142
arar [papaki] aegean [teleia] gr

Argyris Arnellos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean, in Syros, Greece, where he is also the director of the Complex Systems & Service Design Lab. He is also an external member of the IAS-Research Group for Life, Mind and Society, at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, at the University of the Basque Country, in Spain. He has been awarded prestigious international fellowships (Marie Curie individual fellow, Konrad Lorentz Institute fellow, and Ramon y Cajal research professor) for the last 10 consecutive years.

His inter- and multi-disciplinary research work spans the fields of Complex Systems Theory, Philosophy of Biology and Theoretical Biology, Philosophy and Theory of Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, and Design Theory. He is working on the establishment of an organizational / systemic account for the evolution of bio-cognitive complexity—with applications in the design theory of complex systems—and with a strong focus on the evolution of agency.

Research topics

  • Complex Systems Theory
  • Philosophy and Theory of Cognition & Evolution of Agency
  • Philosophy of Biology & Theoretical Biology
  • Embodied Cognition & Interaction, Emotions & Aesthetics
  • Design Theory
  • Systemic & Organizational Approaches in the Design of Complex Systems
  • 2008. PhD in Complex Systems Design, Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean, Greece, Title: "Investigating the Role of the Emergence of Meaning for the Design Processes in Living Systems and in Artificial Environments". 
  • 2000. MSc in Data Communication Systems, Brunel University, Department of Electronics & Computer Engineering, UK.
  • 1998. BSc degree in Electronic Engineering, Department of Electronics, Technological Educational University of Athens, Greece

(indicative list, 10 last years)

  • Arnellos, A. and Keijzer, F. (2019). Bodily complexity: integrated multicellular organizations for contraction-based motility. Front. Physiol. 10:1268.
  • Canciani, M., Arnellos, A., Moreno, A. (2019). Revising the superorganism: an organizational approach to complex eusociality. Front Psychol 10:2653
  • Arnellos A. (2018). From organizations of processes to organisms and other biological individuals In: D. Nicholson and J Dupré (eds). Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 199-221.
  • Arnellos A, El-Hani C. (2018). Emergence, downward causation, and no brute facts in biological systems In: E. Vintiadis, C Mekios, (eds) Brute facts anthology. Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 248-270.
  • Arnellos, A., Xenakis, I. (2017). Aesthetic perception: a naturalistic turn. New Ideas in Psychology, 47, 77-79.
  • Keijzer, F., Arnellos, A. (2017). The animal sensorimotor organization: a challenge for the environmental complexity thesis. Biology and Philosophy 32(3): 421–441
  • Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., (2017). Aesthetics as evaluative forms of agency to perceive and design reality: a reply to aesthetic realism. New Ideas in Psychology, 47, 166-174.
  • Arnellos A. (2016). Biological Autonomy: Can a universal and gradable conception be operationalised? Biological Theory 11(1): 11-24.
  • Arnellos A, Moreno A. (2016). Integrating constitution and interaction in the transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms. In: Niklas K, Newman S (eds.) Multicellularity: origins and evolution. Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp 249-275
  • Arnellos, A., Moreno, A. (2015). Multicellular agency: an organizational view. Biology and Philosophy, 30(3): 333-357.
  • Arnellos, A., Moreno, A., Ruiz-Mirazo, K. (2014). Organizational requirements for multicellular autonomy: insights from a comparative case study. Biology and Philosophy, 29(6):851-884
  • Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., (2014). Aesthetic perception and its minimal content: a naturalistic perspective. Front. Psychol. 5:1038.
  • Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., (2013). The relation between interaction aesthetics and affordances. Design Studies, 34(1), 57-73.
  • Arnellos, A., Bruni E., L., El-Hani C., Collier, J. (2012). Anticipatory functions, digital-analog forms and biosemiotics: integrating the tools to model information and normativity in autonomous biological agents. Biosemiotics, 5(3): 331-367.
  • Xenakis, I., Arnellos, A., Darzentas, J (2012). The functional role of emotions in aesthetic judgement, New Ideas in Psychology, 30 (2), 212-226.
  • Arnellos, A., Lekkas, D. Zissis, D. Spyrou, T., DarzentasJ. (2011) Fair digital signing: the structural reliability of signed documents, Computers & Security, (30), 580-596.
  • Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., Darzentas, J. (2010). Towards the naturalization of agency based on an interactivist account of autonomy, New Ideas in Psychology, 28 (3), 296-311.
  • Arnellos, A., Spyrou, T., Darzentas, J., (2010). Naturalising the design process: autonomy and interaction as the core features. In ‘Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity’, (Eds.) Marcin Milkowski and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, Texts in Philosophy, Vol. 13, pp. 265-288, College Publications.