Keynote Lecture: Russell Gray

Russell Gray

Russell GrayCognitive science and the challenge of linguistic diversity

Speaker: Russell Gray FRSNZ, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig and School of Psychology, University of Auckland.

About Russell Gray

Russell Gray completed his Ph.D. at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1990. He spent four years lecturing at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, before returning to the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. From June 2014 Russell Gray was Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. In June 2020 he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been awarded several prestigious fellowships, including the inaugural Mason Durie Medal for his contributions to social science. Russell Gray's research spans the areas of linguistics, animal cognition, philosophy of biology and the evolution of human and animal behaviour. He pioneered the application of computational evolutionary methods to questions about linguistic prehistory and cultural evolution.  He has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters including ten papers in Nature and Science. More information can found here.

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