Ralph Simon         

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 New study published in Animal Cognition:


Learned to use a nice new tool to analyze all my bat footage: DeepLabCut



“Proud to be coauthor of this interesting study published in Behavioral Biology and Sociobiology, where we show how a Neotropical Katydid adapts it’s vibratory signaling to variation in wind speed most likely to avoid masking of their matingsignals”

 “Our new paper “Bioinspired sonar reflectors as guiding beacons for autonomous navigation” is out in this weeks issue of PNAS!”



Nice news feature in Scientific American on our recent Current Biology paper, where we show how gleaning bats use leaves as specular reflectors to find hidden insects.”








I‘m a biologist (Ph.D.) and staff scientist at Nuremberg Zoo based in Nuremberg, Germany. I’m interested in the evolutionary, physiological and physical constraints that shape animal orientation, communication and sensory experience. Thereby, I’m not only working on a single stimuli level but aim to consider the full range of sensory channels and their interactions. Only this way is it possible to fully understand an animal’s sensory world. My approach to study these questions is to gain control over the sensory world of animals with state-of-the-art technical setups using biomimetics, robotics and virtual realities. Using this approach, I investigate bat echolocation with a focus on nectar feeding bats and the acoustic adaptations of the plants they pollinate. Apart from fundamental research in the field of sensory ecology, I also carry out research in more applied fields as bio-inspired sonar sensing and nature conservation research, specifically I worked on measures against bat fatalities at wind turbines. At the moment, I’m also involved in the ‘Seeing Voices Project’, where we try to disentangle the role of multimodal cues in vocal learning in birds by using robotic birds as song tutors.

Ralph with Bat


Dr. Ralph Simon

CoSys-lab, Faculteit Toegepaste Ingenieurswetenschappen

Universiteit Antwerpen

Groenenborgerlaan 171

B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium

e-mail: Ralph.Simon@uantwerpen.be


Guest Researcher – Animal Ecology,  Ecological Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

e-mail: ralph.simon@vu.nl

orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6083-0394

researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralph_Simon

twitter: https://twitter.com/RalSimon