Postal address:  
Institute of Environmental Physics, INF 229
University of Heidelberg
D-69120 Heidelberg
Visit: Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
Room Number: 204
Voice: (+49) 6221 54-5304

Current Project (Master Thesis)

In my current project, I aim at exploring the questions how and why cooperative behavior emerges in interconnected populations and what fundamental prerequisits are needed for cooperation to be an evolutionary stable strategy. These kind of questions can be tackled by the means of evolutionary game theory.

I am creating a computational model in which agents are located on interconnected networks and play public goods games with their direct neighborhoods. Their evolutionary fitness is hereby determined by the summed up gains of the individual games and the strategies of the individual agents are updated fitness dependent. Simulating such a model leads to a self-organized system in which cooperative behavior can be evolutionary stable.