Ludwig Huber

Ludwig Huber (LH), Messerli Research Institute, Unit of Comparative Cognition, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna 

studied biology and philosophy at the University of Vienna. He received academic degrees in 1988 (Mag. rer. nat.), 1991 (Dr. rer. nat.), and 2000 (Habilitation in Zoology / Cognitive Biology). After a postdoc with Rupert Riedl, he headed the Department of Theoretical Biology (1995-2003), the Emerging Field Biology of Cognition (2005-2009) and the Department of Cognitive Biology (2010-2011). In 2011 he was appointed Professor at the Messerli Research Institute, with double appointment of the Vetmeduni Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. There he is the head of the Unit of Comparative Cognition, which includes the Clever Dog Lab Vienna and part of the Haidlhof Research Station on Cognition and Communication (kea and pigs). 

His research projects have clustered around four topics of animal cognition: perceptual cognition (categorization, concept formation, biological motion, picture-object equivalence), social cognition (social learning, imitation, conformity, cooperation), technical cognition (tool use, exploration, object permanence, causality), and reasoning (insight, abstraction, inferential reasoning, prelinguistic logic). These questions have been studied from a broad biological and comparative approach, testing a variety of species in the lab and the field, such as two fish (archer fish, goldfish), two amphibian (salamander, poison frog), two reptile (tortoise, lizards), two bird (pigeons, keas), and two mammalian (dogs and marmosets) species. With the move to the Messerli Research Institute (MRI) his work became more narrowly focused on the cognitive and emotional processes of canines, and the perceptual and cognitive processes of birds (kea and pigeons). At the MRI an important extension has been applied research on human-animal interactions and ethical issues, including the investigation of cognitive and emotional processes of farm animals (free-ranging pigs, horses).

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