Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, Ph.D. Column: la petite noiseuse at the crossroads of Science and Art

Dr. Monica Lopez is a multilingual cognitive scientist, educator, entrepreneur, multidisciplinary artist, speaker, and writer. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Scientific & Artistic Director of La Petite Noiseuse Productions, a company at the forefront of innovative Science-Art integration.

At her company, Dr. Lopez heads a unique Research & Development program within Creativity and Human Intelligence with the goal of advancing Artificial Intelligence. To that end, she has created a novel platform merging the Cognitive Brain Sciences with the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts to understand humans’ abilities to creatively adapt to multisensory, multi-agent environments – fundamental elements to creating effective, efficient and safe autonomous systems as well as influencing the forecasting, prevention and mitigation of big data use and misuse.

To prepare learners for the challenges of tomorrow, Dr. Lopez has also pioneered since 2009, as faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Institute, a STEAMM education platform. Prior to co-founding her company, Dr. Lopez worked in the biotech industry in business development and is the Executive Director of Business Development at Novodux. She applies her business, scientific, and artistic acumen to challenges in healthcare including patient engagement, big data, and the benefits and perils of using Artificial Intelligence in drug development and treatment, and in medical devices and diagnostics.

Dr. Lopez is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist, consultant, and adviser and guest at international and national venues. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, all from Johns Hopkins University, a Certificate of Art in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital. She has been recognized as a “particularly imaginative polymath” by the Imagination Institute of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center and most recently been a Fellow and distinguished guest and speaker at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

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