CTW: Collective Behavior and Emergent Phenomena in Biology

(September 10,2018 - September 12,2018 )


Simon Garnier
Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Jason Graham
Mathematics, University of Scranton

This CTW is a collaborative workshop for researchers and students with research interests in collective behavior and emergent phenomena in biology and its applications. The participants will be organized into interdisciplinary teams according to their interests and complementary skills. Each team will be tasked with exploring, analyzing and modeling original data sets provided by biologist attendees. The event will be similar in spirit to a hackathon in computer science, with the goal of finding new ways to understand the provided biological data. We emphasize that the workshop is meant to involve active participation with attendees working together across disciplines to solve problems in current research. In addition, regular debriefing sessions will be organized throughout the days of the workshop in order for each team to provide updates to and receive feedback from the rest of the participants on their progress.

List of Projects

1 Helen McCreery Allison Shaw Exploring group strategy and cohesion during obstacle navigation
2 Ted Pavlic Tomer Czaczkes Collectives and tradeoffs: Self-organized decision-making with multiple competing objectives
3 Albert Kao James Crall Choosing between rigid and flexible behavioral strategies: thermoregulation in the bumblebee Bombus impatiens as a case study
4 James Curley Lisa O'Bryan Modeling conflict strategies in social hierarchies
5 Erol Akcay TBD Dynamic feedbacks between social structure and behaviors
6 Simon Garnier Jason M Graham Models of multi-constraint optimization in self-organized systems

Detailed descriptions of each of the projects are available here.

Monday, September 10, 2018
Time Session
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time Session
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time Session
Name Email Affiliation
Curley, James curley@utexas.edu Psychology, University of Texas
Czaczkes, Tomer tomer.czaczkes@gmail.com Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Regensburg
Graham, Jason jason.graham@scranton.edu Mathematics, University of Scranton
Kao, Albert albert.kao@gmail.com Santa Fe Institute
McCreery, Helen hmccreery@gmail.com Integrative Biology, Michigan State University
O'Bryan, Lisa obry0017@gmail.com Psychology, Rice University
Pavlic, Theodore tpavlic@asu.edu School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University