Research publications

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Research publications 2017

For a chimpanzee, one good turn deserves another

June 27, 2017

Apes only provide food to conspecifics that have previously assisted them [more]

Research publications 2016

Sound of words is no coincidence

September 13, 2016

Particular sounds are preferred or avoided in non-related languages far more often than previously assumed [more]

Research publications 2015

Robots: the curiosity of the body

November 25, 2015

A new learning rule could help robots to acquire new movements and explain how people develop sensorimotor intelligence [more]


Tonal languages require humidity

January 22, 2015

Languages with a wide range of tone pitches have primarily developed in regions with high levels of humidity [more]

Research publications 2012

The pathways of epidemics

October 30, 2012

A new computer model rapidly and accurately estimates who spreads an infection particularly extensively, thereby facilitating countermeasures [more]

Research publications 2009

Robots start learning

March 23, 2009

Ingeniously designed machines learn to move without receiving any instructions from control programs. Similarly, robots are learning about their bodies and their environment.


Research publications 2003

Evolving slower gets you the bigger piece of the pie

January 17, 2003

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences and from the University of Washington reveal in a recent paper in PNAS that evolving faster, adapting better, and learning more quickly is not always beneficial for a species. [more]

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