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Simon Kirby

Centre for Language Evolution / University of Edinburgh

Simon Kirby is Professor of Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. He works in parallel on scientific and artistic investigations of cultural evolution and the origins of human uniqueness. He heads the Centre for Language Evolution, which has pioneered techniques for growing languages in the lab. His artistic work includes Cybraphon, which won a BAFTA in 2009 and is now part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Scotland.

Simon is open to collaborations with artists interested in cultural evolution, and the emergence of communication and music.