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Intrinsic fluctuations of reinforcement learning promote cooperation

Barfuss W, Meylahn J (in review)

Conceptualizing World-Earth System resilience: Exploring transformation pathways towards a safe and just operating space for humanity

Anderies JM, Barfuss W, Donges JF, Fetzer I, Heitzig J, Rockström J (in review)



Modeling the effects of environmental and perceptual uncertainty using deterministic reinforcement learning dynamics with partial observability

Barfuss W, Mann RP (2022)
Physical Review E 105, 3, 034409
doi | preprint | code | zenodo

Dynamical systems as a level of cognitive analysis of multi-agent learning - Algorithmic foundations of temporal-difference learning dynamics

Barfuss W (2022)
Neural Computing & Applications 34, 1653-1671
doi | code | zenodo


Taxonomies for structuring models for World-Earth system analysis of the Anthropocene: subsystems, their interactions and social-ecological feedback loops

Donges JF, Lucht W, Cornell SE, Heitzig J, Barfuss W, Lade SJ, Schlüter M (2021)
Earth System Dynamics 12, 1115–1137, 2021
doi | PNAS Journal Club

Stewardship of global collective behavior

Bak-Coleman J, Alfano M, Barfuss W, Bergstrom C, Centeno MA, Couzin ID, Donges JF, Galesic M, Gersick AS, Jacquet J, Kao A, Moran RE, Romanczuk P, Rubenstein DI, Tombak KJ, Van Bavel JJ, Weber EU (2021)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(27), e2025764118
doi | interview (in german)

Towards a unified treatment of the dynamics of collective learning

Barfuss W (2021)
AAAI Spring Symposium Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning (COMARL)


Caring for the future can turn tragedy into comedy for long-term collective action under risk of collapse

Barfuss W, Donges JF, Vasconcelos VV, Kurths J, Levin SA (2020)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(23), 12915-12922
doi | code | zenodo | news (PIK) | news (SRC)

Reinforcement Learning Dynamics in the Infinite Memory Limit

Barfuss W (2020)
In Proc. of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Auckland, New Zealand, May 9–13, 2020

Earth system modeling with complex dynamic human societies: the copan:CORE World-Earth modeling framework

Donges JF, Heitzig J, Barfuss W, Wiedermann M, Kassel JA, Kittel T, Kolb JJ, Kolster T, Müller-Hansen F, Otto IM, Zimmerer KB, Lucht W (2020)
Earth System Dynamics 11, 395–413
doi | discussion paper | code


Deep reinforcement learning in World-Earth system models to discover sustainable management strategies

Strnad FM, Barfuss W, Donges JF, Heitzig J (2019)
Chaos 29, 123122
doi | preprint | code | news (PIK)

The physics of governance networks: critical transitions in contagion dynamics on multilayer adaptive networks with application to the sustainable use of renewable resources

Geier F, Barfuss W, Wiedermann M, Kurths J, Donges JF (2019)
The European Physical Journal Special Topics, 228 11, 2357-2369
doi | preprint

Geometric effects in random assemblies of ellipses

Lovrić J, Kaliman S, Barfuss W, Schröder-Turk GE, Smith AS (2019)
Soft Matter, 15, 8566-8577
doi | preprint

Learning dynamics and decision paradigms in social-ecological dilemmas

Barfuss W (2019)
PhD Thesis, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Deterministic limit of temporal difference reinforcement learning for stochastic games

Barfuss W, Donges JF, Kurths J (2019)
Physical Review E 99, 043305
doi | preprint | code | zenodo | news (PIK)


When optimization for governing human-environment tipping elements is neither sustainable nor safe

Barfuss W, Donges JF, Lade SJ, Kurths J (2018)
Nature Communications 9, 2354
doi | code | zenodo | news (PIK) | news (SRC)

A thought experiment on sustainable management of the Earth system

Heitzig J, Barfuss W, Donges JF (2018)
Sustainability 10(6), 1947


From math to metaphors and back again. Social-ecological resilience from a multi-agent-environment perspective

Donges JF, Barfuss W (2017)
GAIA 26(S1), 182–190

Sustainable use of renewable resources in a stylized social-ecological network model under heterogeneous resource distribution

Barfuss W, Donges JF, Wiedermann M, Lucht W (2017)
Earth System Dynamics 8, 255-264
doi | discussion paper | code | zenodo


Parsimonious modeling with Information Filtering Networks

Barfuss W, Massara GP, Di Matteo T, Aste T (2016)
Phys. Rev. E 94, 062306