18 Aug 2012

Science paper: Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey

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In our paper “Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey”, published in Science, we allow real predatory fish to play an immersive video game in which they hunt simulated prey. This allows us to reveal how predators exert selection pressure on social interactions among prey. This paper is available open access from […]

3 Jun 2012

We make the Lab Times top 5 most cited papers of the decade in European Animal Behavior Research (1999-2010)

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We make number 5 with the below paper, but what happened to our much more cited paper Couzin et al. (2005) “Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move” Nature? I contacted LabTimes and they kindly explained that their automated system did not pick up on it die to it having a shared […]

31 May 2012

Animal Swarms: An International Multidisciplinary Workshop

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Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee, Israel
   February 18 – 21, 2013


Gil Ariel, Bar-Ilan, University, Israel

Igor Aronson, Northwestern University, USA
Amir Ayali, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Eshel Ben-Jacob, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Andrea Bertozzi, UCLA, USA
Iain Couzin, Princeton University, USA
Pierre Degond, Toulouse, France
Leah Edelstein-Keshet, UBC, Vancouver, Canada
Irene Giardina, University of Rome La Sapienza,  Italy
Inbal Hecht, UCSD, USA
Laurent Keller, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Herbert Levine, UCSD, USA
Sebastien […]

31 May 2012

2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorers Award

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Princeton’s Iain Couzin named 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Iain Couzin, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, studies collective animal behavior.
According to National Geographic’s press release:
“Behavioral ecologist Iain Couzin (Ph.D.) is assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton. His work aims to reveal the fundamental […]

29 May 2012

Video game cards are not just for gamers anymore: Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal recently quoted Iain in a feature on hoe graphics processing units (GPUs) are changing the face of scientific computing: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304019404577418243311260010.html?mod=djkeyword#articleTabs%3Darticle
This followed Iain’s Keynote address at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference:

24 Sep 2009

Collective Motion and Decision-Making in Animal Groups

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By accessing social cues individuals, who may themselves be limited in sensory range and cognitive capacity, can access higher-order computational capabilities. We have previously shown, in a paper in Nature, how directional information can be effectively disseminated within groups, facilitating both ad-hoc leadership and consensus decision-making even in the absence of signaling or individual recognition. […]

22 Sep 2009

High performance computing for massively parallel simulations of animal group behavior

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We develop our massively parallel simulation models of animal group behavior using General Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) and NVIDIA’s CUDA programming architecture (and sometimes OpenCL). This high performance computing environment allows us to harness thousands of processing cores allowing us to simulate millions of interacting individuals in complex environments as well as to explore […]

22 Sep 2009

Pheromone trail networks in ants

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Among the everyday challenges an ant colony faces, the exploration and the exploitation of its environment is one of the most critical. In some species food collection is achieved by thousands of workers travelling along well-defined foraging trails. These trails emerge from a succession of pheromone deposits and can result in a complex network of interconnected routes. […]