Elen Nas

Artist & Researcher

My Story

My childhood and growth were under indigenous influence—an experience of freedom and self-governance early.

Recently, I realized that my indigenous ancestors are all part of my multiethnic inheritance besides blacks and whites from different nations. In Brazil, we have a big smoke curtain on this ethnic identity.

I found ways to escape the untold stories by being creative in different Arts and academic research fields.

First, the concerns with social justice approached me to the Social Sciences, and I won a Grant in Political Science.

At the same time, I also was studying music and was awarded in Festival with a voice performance.

After dedicating many years to the Music and Arts field, I went back to University for a Master's in Design, and I published a thesis about electronic art in Portuguese.

The Ph.D. in Bioethics became a continuity of the investigation about the bio/ethical concerns involving Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. The final work is a collection of publications.

In 2019 I was a 'Research Visitor' of the School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies/ Philosophy Department at Monash University in Australia, and in 2020 I was a 'Research Visitor' at Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences/ Informatics Department at University of California, Irvine. Recently I joined the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications of the University of Texas, Dallas as a Postdoctoral Researcher.

I also collaborate with two research networks in Brazil: Catedra Oscar Sala from Universidade de São Paulo and BraiNNIAC from Universidade Federal de Viçosa. You will find out more about my research interests by navigating this site and the other links indicated. You may also download my CV and feel free to reach out for furthers questions.


P.h.D. Bioethics

Master Design

Bachelor in

Social Science


Portuguese (Expert)

English (Fluent)

Spanish (Fluent)

French (Intermediate)

Publications & Conference Presentations

NAS, Elen. Electronic Art: the missing link. Rio de Janeiro: Independente, 2020

Motta; Machado; Gomes; NAS, Elen; Silva; Goldschmidt; Siqueira-Batista. COVID-19 Pandemic: How Artificial Intelligence can help us. Brazilian Applied Science Review. , v.4, p.2904 - 2915, 2020.

NASCIMENTO, E. C. C. Bioethical Reflections in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. In: Caminhos da Bioetica. (ed. Castro, J.C. & Niemayer-Guimaraes, M. Editora Unifeso, 2019.

NASCIMENTO, E. C. C.; Siqueira-Batista, R. The brain and the robot: bioethical implications in transhumanism. CIÊNCIAS & COGNIÇÃO (UFRJ). , v.23, p.237 - 242, 2018.

NASCIMENTO, E. C. C.; Silva, E.; Siqueira-Batista, R. The 'use' of sex robots: a bioethical issue. Asian Bioethics Review. , v.10, p.231 - 240, 2018.

NASCIMENTO, E.C.C.; Lopes, J. Interface Design For Ludic Experiences With NewTechnologies: The Case Of Open-Source Software Reactivision In Sound Interactions. 12º Congresso Brasileiro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Design. Belo Horizonte: Blucher Design Proceedings. 2016.

NAS, E.; Mauro Pinheiro; Denise Filippo; Fernando Reiszel
 2019. Design Experience and proactive stimulus in the IHC through Music, Powers of Sound, I International Conference of Sonorities Research, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) 2019

NASCIMENTO, E. C. C.; Teffe, C. S. Big Data e FakeNews, 2018.  Jornada de Biotica PPGBIOS. UERJ. 2018 

NAS, E. Donna Haraway e o Pos Humanismo. Palestra. Nucleo de Inclusao Social; Instituto de Filosofia e Ciencias Sociais (IFCS/ UFRJ).

NASCIMENTO, E. C. C. Lopes, J. The Artist as a Scientist: Sound Performance, Aesthetics, Hybrids and Cyborgs, Conference Arts and Society, UCLA, 2016.

NAS, E. The Experimental Culture of Interface and Design. Conference Design Principles and Practices, Puc-Rio 2015.

Andreon, F.M., NASCIMENTO, E. C. C., Batista, R.S. Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Consciousness: Preliminary Notes. IV SEMAT. UFV. 2018