"Internet of Wings" – How birds get us further

23.01.2019

Martin Wikelski, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the "Icarus" project, is convinced we can learn a lot from animal behaviour. Wikelski and his team study the movements of birds and other wild animals, and develop valuable forecasts.

Observing animal behaviour provides insight into our world, and is gaining importance, thanks to new research methods. Martin Wikelski, director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and international research project "Icarus" ((Link)), says the data is relevant outside of biology. Politicians are increasingly interested in animal research, with good reason–by observing storks, for example, it is possible to predict locust plagues and resulting famines, and by the behaviour of goats, a volcanic eruption.

In this video, Wikelski discusses how he obtains his data, which connections in nature he and his team have discovered, and why the "Internet of Wings" will provide many more insights in the future: 

Martin Wikelski is a speaker at the conference "The Power of Predictions – How Intelligent Machines Will Impact Decisions", which will take place at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on 4 June 2019.