Collective behaviour of birds, fish, ants, … humans. Is it Physics, Mathematics or Biology ?

Computational Physics Group

Joint Institute of Physics (IOP) and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) lecture

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 18:00

in UCLan M+K Cinema – Foster Lecture Theatre

Collective behaviour of birds, fish, ants, … humans. Is it Physics, Mathematics or Biology ?

by Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky

University of Central Lancashire

Large systems of self-propelling particles (SPP) form a special class of so-called active matter. Examples of such systems found in nature are: flocks of birds, schools of fishes, ants, groups of bacteria, etc. One can often see how these animals develop coherent motion, amazing the observer by the diversity of its forms and shapes. Emergence of collective behaviour in active matter from relatively simple motion of single organisms is on the forefront of modern interdisciplinary research.

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About Andrei Zvelindovsky

Founding Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics and Professor of Computational & Theoretical Physics, University of Lincoln, UK

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