I am a university assistant at the University of Graz at the Institute of Biology. I am working on my PhD in the Field of Excellence Complexity of Life in Basic Research and Innovation. My research includes the behavior of honeybees in relation to the ecosystem they live in, the patterns that emerge in nature at different levels and theoretical principles that lead to emergence.
Most recent publication:
Barmak, R. & Stefanec, M., Hofstadler, D. N., Piotet, L., Schönwetter-Fuchs-Schistek, S., Mondada, F., Schmickl, T. & Mills, R. (2023). A robotic honeycomb for interaction with a honeybee colony. Science Robotics, 8(76).
Stefanec, M., Hofstadler, D.N., Krajník, T., Turgut, A.E., Alemdar, H., Lennox, B., Şahin, E., Arvin, F. & Schmickl, T. (2022). A Minimally Invasive Approach Towards “Ecosystem Hacking” With Honeybees. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9.
Stefanec, M., Oberreiter, H., Becher, M. A., Haase, G., & Schmickl, T. (2021). Effects of Sinusoidal Vibrations on the Motion Response of Honeybees. Frontiers in Physics, 9, 318.
Currently I am working in the EU funded projects on Future and Emerging Technologies HIVEOPOLIS & RoboRoyale.
Recently, the FET Launchpad project ATEMPGRAD was successfully completed.
I currently teach at the Institute of Biology on social systems in the animal kingdom and at the Institute for Operations and Information Systems on behavior and decision making in complex systems in nature.