Jun.-Prof. Dr. Wolfram Barfuss

Argelander-Professur "Integrated System Modelling for Sustainability Transitions" 

Research Professorship in the Transdisciplinary Research Area „Sustainable Futures“ at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

Collective Action for Sustainable Development

Wolfram Barfuss explores the question of how cooperative behavior arises in which people join forces and act collectively to preserve environmental livelihoods. To do this, he and his team develop mathematical models of collective learning, drawing on ideas from various research areas, including complex adaptive systems, cognitive science, artificial intelligence (particularly multi-agent learning), and social ecology. The goal is to create a new human-environment modeling tool that will be made freely available and continually expanded, so that it can be utilized by researchers from different disciplines.

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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Wolfram Barfuss

Argelander-Professorship „Integrated System Modeling for Sustainability Transitions” in TRA Sutainable Futures

Genscherallee 3

D - 53113 Bonn

Curriculum vitae

After studying physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Wolfram Barfuss completed his doctorate at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he laid the foundations for his current research. He then went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds in the UK and, most recently, the Tübingen AI Center at the University of Tübingen, where he grew his network further and worked with colleagues from other countries and disciplines. Since 2019, he has also been a member of the Earth Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, a joint undertaking by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Princeton University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research findings have been published in numerous high-profile journals.

  • since Feb 2023 Argelander-Professor „Integrated System Modeling for Sustainability Transitions”, University of Bonn (Germany)
  • Apr 2021 - Jan 2023 Research Scientist, Bethge Lab, Tuebingen AI Center, University of Tuebingen (Germany)
  • May 2020 - Mar 2021 Research Fellow, Mann Lab, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Aug 2019 - Sep 2020 Research Scientist, Jost Lab, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig (Germany)
  • Oct 2015 - Jul 2019 Ph.D. in theoretical physics (summa cum laude), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany) and Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany)
  • Sep 2013 - May 2015 M.Sc. in physics (honors), FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and University College London (UK)
  • Oct 2010 - Sep 2013 B.Sc. in physics, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

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