Entries on ‘Collective behaviors’

2 Feb 2011

Postdoctoral position available – Physics of Collective Animal Behavior

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Physics of Collective Behavior: An Experimental Approach

Principal Investigators: Iain D. Couzin and Cristian Huepe.
Based in Princeton University
CouzinLab website: http://icouzin.princeton.edu
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work with us on our project entitled “Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Collective Dynamics of Swarming Systems”, funded by the National Science Foundation.
The proposed research will [...]


25 Mar 2010

Postdoctoral Research Position – Collective Behavior and Information Transfer in Human Crowds

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Starting Date: Ideally as soon as possible
A two year postdoctoral position is available in collective behavior of human crowds in the CouzinLab at Princeton University. This is part of an ongoing project for the UK Home Office in collaboration with Oxford Risk, a University of Oxford spinout company, and will [...]


25 Mar 2010

Postdoctoral Research Position – Collective Motion and Decision-Making in Schooling Fish

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Start date: Mid-October 2010 or sooner
A postdoctoral position is available in the Collective Animal Behavior Laboratory at Princeton University to study collective information processing using schooling fish as a model system. This is part of a multidisciplinary investigation of decision-making by animal groups. Specifically we aim to explore the interplay [...]


11 Jan 2010

Iain’s interview at BigThink.com

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Are humans pack animals? Do cells act like crowds? Does Iain Couzin feel like part of the herd? Iain answers these questions, and more, in this interview (Taming the Herd Mentality) he gave to the website BigThink.com:

For your information, BigThink.com is a website that broadcasts interviews with experts in various fields, from hedge-fund managers to neuroscientists.


24 Sep 2009

Current Biology, PNAS: Cannibalism and collective behavior in swarming insects

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One of the most striking and devastating examples of collective movement is exhibited by locusts. Swarms of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, can devour large areas of vegetation and have a huge social and economic impact on humans, affecting the livelihood of one in ten people on the planet in plague years. How do these [...]


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. [...]