Collective motion of finite collectives

Institute Seminar by Vishwesha Guttal

  • Date: Apr 30, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Vishwesha Guttal
  • I am a faculty member at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India. I am fascinated by patterns of self-organisation, and nonlinear and stochastic dynamics in ecology. Broadly, in our lab, we study collective animal behaviour, self-organized spatial patterns in vegetation of semi-arid ecosystems. Our overarching goal is to build simple yet “predictive” models of complex dynamical systems. Before joining IISc as a faculty member, I was a postdoc in the group of Iain Couzin at Princeton University; and I did my PhD in Physics at The Ohio State University working with Prof. C Jayaprakash on theoretical ecology. My undergraduate education, in Physics, was at IIT Kanpur.
  • Location: University of Konstanz
  • Room: ZT1202 + online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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Collective motion of finite collectives
A large body of theory of collective motion focuses large groups/populations. However, real animal groups live in small groups, which we call mesoscopic scales, where intrinsic stochastic fluctuations can not be ignored and have counter intuitive effects. In this talk, I will discuss both theory, empirical work and data-driven models all of which demonstrates the the novelty of collective motion at mesoscopic scales.

The MPI-AB Seminar Series is open to members of MPI and Uni Konstanz. The zoom link is published each week in the MPI-AB newsletter.

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