Biology Seminar: How Flocks and Schools Find their Way

Location: 
Carnegie 10
Date: 
November 3, 2011 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Join, Dr. Bill Romey of SUNY-Potsdam for his lecture, "Predicting How Flocks of Geese Fly Around Obstacles and Fish Schools Find their Way." 

The Holy Grail of animal movement studies is to understand how individual movement rules can produce complex emergent properties in flocks, swarms, and schools.  These emergent properties sometimes show a "collective intelligence" that is not seen at lower levels.  Dr. Romey will present some of his empirical work on the group dynamics of a model organism, whirligigs.  Then he will demonstrate how his simulation models can help us understand how fish and birds move around obstacles and how crowds of panicked people move out of buildings.  

Sponsored by the biology department.