J. Acacio de Barros received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Rio de Janeiro, in 1991. Dr. de Barros comes to us from the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. Since 1995, he has also been a faculty member at the Institute for Exact Sciences, Federal University at Juiz de Fora, Brazil. He will be working most closely with Area 2, Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics.
Dr. de Barros's interests are interdisciplinary. He works on subjects ranging from the foundations of quantum mechanics to the physics of the brain and of cognitive processes. At Stanford, he has worked closely with Patrick Suppes, a prominent philosopher whose work involves both science and philosophy, on projects involving the physics of the brain and theories of learning. His current scholarly work focuses on the biophysics of cognitive processes, the foundations of quantum mechanics, and physics education.
Dr. de Barros teaches courses in Liberal Studies and Math.