Dr. Juliane Kaminski is lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. She received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Leipzig University and helped to found and lead the Max Planck Institute's Dog Cognition Study Center. There, she made a number of exciting discoveries about how dogs solve problems. Her research interests include social cognition, communication and cooperation in human infants and dogs. Most famously she was the first to show that a dog named Rico learns words in a similar fashion as human infants. She is widely recognized as a leading expert on dog cognition and has been recognized in National Geographic, Discovery News and the NOVA special documentary film "Dogs Decoded" broadcast on American public television.