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Marco Campenni

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 771
e-mail: marco_campenni[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]


Research interest

My research activity concerns the study of social behaviors in human and non-human animals, especially non-human primates. I use agent-based modeling to try to better understand some essential components of these behaviors:

  • cognitive abilities of agents
  • inter-individuals dynamics
  • intra-individual dynamics of mental representations
  • social dynamics within the group
  • altruistic behavior
  • cooperation
  • competition

Usually, my investigations start adopting an ecological perspective where the environment and its characteristics (e.g. the distribution of sources of food) play a very important role; then, I direct my attention to the definition of (more or less complex) cognitive requirements I need to equip the artificial agents to exhibit the expected (or unexpected) behavior; finally, I try to model the social relationships governing the behavior of the whole group or of the whole system (environment + animals). The tipical case-study I'm interested in is the foraging behavior: I use agent-based modeling to test theoretical hypotheses about cognitive strategies, the ability to have plans (e.g., a set of goals ranked by priority) and the social dynamics emerging from inter-individual interactions. When possible, I use GIS data to make the artificial environment as much plausible as possible. I'm also interested in analysing ecological data, using tools from mathematics, statistics and artificial intelligence.