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University of Excellence joins Cluster of Excellence in Konstanz

The University of Konstanz will also be funded as a University of Excellence within the context of the new German Excellence Strategy competition--the same program that funded the Cluster of Excellence Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour.

ICARUS has been switched on: Testing has started

The animal observation system ICARUS on the International Space Station (ISS) with participation of the University of Konstanz entered its test phase today, 10 July 2019 – opening up major opportunities for global tracking of animal collectives and making important advancements to our understanding of collective sensing and intelligence.

A new era in the behaviou­ral sciences

The research team around Iain Couzin is revolutionizing the study of collectives by using artificial intelligence. The researchers teach computers to see what humans cannot: patterns amid the mind boggling complexity of animal collective behaviour.

Machine Behaviour unveiled in Nature

Understanding the behavior of AI systems is essential to our ability to control their actions, reap their benefits, and minimize their harms, says Iain Couzin in a new Nature paper.

Swarm research in Science

Work published today by the group of Clemens Bechinger reveals a much simpler and remarkably robust rule with which individuals spontaneously form a stable group: It only requires that individuals have a forward and long range vision, a basic ability of many living organisms.