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Swarms, Flocks and Crowds

Prof. dr. Tamás Vicsek
Blauwe Zaal Auditorium
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From flocks of birds to swarming robots: prof. Tamás Vicsek explains the common rules underlying large-scale collective motion.

When advancing together, animals or people have to make collective decisions on the move in order to both achieve the given goal of their joint journey and stay together, because the latter feature has many advantages. It turns out that a few basic ingredients of the decision-making process result in a fascinating variety of complex behavioral patterns. With examples ranging from coherently moving bacteria to flocks of birds and the spectacular flight of a group of unmanned aerial robots, prof. Tamás Vicsek explains how to find the most common rules underlying the large scale processes that take place during collective motion.

Prof. dr. Tamás Vicsek is Professor of Physics at the Department of Biological Physics, Eotvos University, Budapest. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in computational and experimental research on fractals, pattern formation, the collective motion of bacterial colonies and the structure and evolution of complex networks.

Organized in cooperation with the Complexity Science Winter School 2017 of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) of the TU/e.

 

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