Thomas Schmickl


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From 2001-2006 I started to found a research group working in the national and international research grants we acquired. After my stay in the U.S. (ETSU) in 2007, I founded  the Artificial Life Laboratory as a part (research lab) of the Department for Zoology. Since then, I act as lab supervisor in this lab.

I am currently affiliated associate professor at the Department for Zoology at the University of Graz (Austria). Within this lab, I founded the Artificial Life Lab Graz in 2007. 

This publication list below shows publications since 2007. For seeing the previous ones, look into the PDF of the C.V., it includes a full publication list.


Click here to see my C.V. and my teaching statement.

My research fields are:

  • Bio-inspired artificial collective intelligence within robot swarms (member of projects I-SWARM, SYMBRION and REPLICATOR).

  • Application and re-embodiment of  self-organized animal behavior  in autonomous robots.

  • Study of animal behavior, with strong emphasis on social insects (honeybees).

  • Investigating the phenomena of self-organization and of swarm intelligence.

  • Creating multi-agent models and simulations.

Please visit my modeling site with a lot of online-simulations of self-organized animal behavior here.

In addition to the topics mentioned above, I am also working on the following topics:

  • Evolution (especially on the evolutionary aspects of animal behavior)

  • Artificial life

  • Ecological modeling

One of my favorite tasks is education. I (currently) give the following courses at the University of Graz (Austria) and at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten (Austria):

Spring semester:

  • "Biological modeling" (self-organization, behavior, ecology and evolution) [3 hours/week]

  • "Methods in the analysis of social systems" [1.5 hours/week]

  • "Specific chapters of simulation I and II" [2 hours/week]

Fall semester:

  • "Self-organization of biological systems" [2 hours/week]

  • "Modelling the environment  and the effects of civilization" [2 hours/week]

  • "Methods in the analysis of social systems" [1.5 hours/week]

  • "Specific chapters of simulation III and IV" [2 hours/week]



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