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 " Collective behavior in animal groups: a statistical physics perspective "





 Thursday, 16. May 2019

    Video-Recording for any system with MP4-support

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 15:15 – 16:15



                                                               Irene Giardina

                                     (Dept. of Physics & ISC-CNR, Sapienza University of Rome)


Abstract :

Many animal aggregations display collective patterns on the large scale, ultimately

due to the interactions between the individuals in the group. Recent findings on

flocks of birds and swarms of insects show that these groups exhibit strong mutual

correlations and quick mechanisms of information propagation, signatures of the

efficient collective response to external perturbations. Besides, they obey static and

dynamic scaling laws suggesting that we can use a statistical physics approach to

describe the large scale, and define novel `classes' of behavior. I will review our

current understanding of collective animal behavior and discuss how a physics based

perspective, from experiments to modelling, can help to define a unified description

for these systems.


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