Member of MTA-ELTE Comparative Research Groups (2017-2022)
Head of the Group
Ádám Miklósi, DSc
Full professor, head of the Ethology Department at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. In 2016 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is the co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project, which aims to study human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. In 2014 he published the 2nd edition of an academic volume entitled Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Oxford University Press.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-381-2179 or +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8079
Judit Abdai, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Her research primarily focuses on animal-robot interactions. She investigates what are the behavioural features that can facilitate the acceptance of a robot as social partner, including studies on social perception. She also applies the animal-robot interaction framework as a novel methodological approach to investigate social behaviour and cognition in family dogs and cats.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8789
Research biologist. Her research topic is the dog-owner relationship. She assists in writing grant proposals and in the management of the research group’s projects.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-381-2179 or +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8079
Bence Ferdinandy, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Physicist, involved in automated behaviour recognition of animals and ethorobotics. He is currently working on two main projects. One is developing methodologies for using machine learning to extract the behaviour of dogs and other species from the inertial data of smart devices worn by the animals. The other project is developing Biscee, our social robot, where he creates most of the software enabling Biscee to behave.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8642
Márta Gácsi, PhD
Senior research fellow. Her major field of study is the ethological analysis of dog-human relationship. In the Family Dog Project research group she has conducted comparative investigations on dog–wolf socio-cognitive abilities, dog–human communication and the neural background of dog’s emotion processing. Currently, her major research interest is the application of dogs’ interspecific social behaviours as a model for designing more “social” service robots.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8795
Assistant research fellow. Child psychologist, her current research topics are human – digital device (smart phone/tablet) interaction and developmental disease (ADHD, autism) diagnosis based on movement data. She is investigating the possibilities of a life-like mobile agent in controlling the digital device use of children. In another project she is examining whether developmental disorders such as ADHD or autism could be detected with machine learning tools based on movement sequences. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8788
Assistant research fellow. Certified researcher in cognitive science. Her work focuses on the neural and behavioral relationships of emotional processing in dogs, including studies on learning and development. She examines the dogs’ (neuro)cognitive abilities by combining different methodological approaches (ethological and neuroscientific). Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext.
Attila Salamon, PhD
Assistant research fellow. His research is focusing on the socio-cognitive skills of dogs and also on dog – human interactions. Currently he is investigating social learning in dogs.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650
Anna Bálint, PhD
Assistant research fellow. She investigates the different aspects of vocal emotional processing in dogs and humans. She currently works on two main projects. In a comparative study, she investigates the neural processing of artificially created vocal stimuli in dogs and humans, using functional MRI. In another study, she studies the neural processing of natural dog and human vocalizations in dogs, using an event-related potential methodology.
Nóra Bunford, PhD
Research fellow. My research primarily focuses on the etiology, pathophysiology, and behavioral manifestations, as well as multi-method measurement of dysfunctional emotion processing. I am further interested in the way in which findings from basic- and comparative-research inform our understanding of the association between dysfunctional emotion processing and negative functional outcomes as well as the development and evaluation of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions.
Assistant research fellow. She is a geneticist. Her main interests are: genetic factors influencing animal models, such as social behavior of different dog breeds and domestication of wolves. Curriculum vitae
Levente Raj, PhD
Assistant research fellow. He’s research area is the control of mobile robots. He’s main task in the Research Group is to maintain and further develop the mobile robots used in etho-robotics research.
Stefania Uccheddu, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Her major field of study is the comparative analysis of cat-dog socio-cognitive abilities, cat–human communication and relationship,
Dorottya Júlia Ujfalussy, PhD
Assistant research. Curriculum vitae,
Prof. Péter Korondi from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics helps in our research on the fields of robotics, mechatronics and informatics.
József Topál, DSc ethologist, at the Deputy Director of Science in the HAS FS Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Nóra Bunford, PhD, Attila Andics, PhD, and Enikő Kubinyi, PhD were our former colleagues in the predecessors of our research group. Thus, we work in close collaboration to study the dog’s social and cognitive abilities, particularly on the field of dog-human comparisons.
Dr Less Ferenc, PhD, at National Police Headquarters, Police Education and Training Center, Dog Handler Training and Animal Care Department provides us access to police dogs and cooperates in testing their performance.
Gabriella Lakatos, Phd at Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertforshire and helps us in the development of effective and believable social behaviour of companion robots and we work also in close collaboration for studying cats’ social and cognitive abilities.
Prof. Robert Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles) and his research group provide us access to the parts of dog genom that potentially contain locuses of still unknown polimorphisms and are not available in open databases yet.
Prof Mihoko Niitsuma and Dávid Vincze, PhD at Chuo University, Department of Precision Mechanics, Tokyo, Japan help us in the development of effective and beleivable social behaviour of companion robots.