Collective Behaviour Minisymposium

Thomas, James and Giovanni co-organised a minisymposium on Collective Behaviour and Decision Making, at the 2017 Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution conference in London.

The speakers covered a diverse range of topics, from naming games to building the Matrix for fish. The full list of speakers and titles is as follows:

  • Andrea Baronchelli (City University London) – The spontaneous emergence of conventions
  • Andreagiovanni Reina (University of Sheffield) – A model of the best-of-N nest-site selection process in honeybees
  • Arianna Bottinelli (Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics) – The breakdown of coordination and the emergence of dangerous collective motions in high-density crowds
  • Colin Torney (University of Glasgow) – Cues and collective decision-making in migrating ungulates
  • Renaud Bastien (University of Konstanz) – A simple model of collective behaviour driven by the visual field

Snowbird minisymposium on collective decision-making

James and project collaborator Naomi Leonard (Princeton) co-organised a minisymposium on ‘Excitability, Feedback and Collective Decision-Making Dynamics’, at the 2017 SIAM Meeting on Dynamical Systems, in Snowbird.

Thomas contributed one of four talks on decision-making dynamics, exploring the roles of excitability and feedback in neural and collective decision systems. The speakers were:

  • Excitability and Feedback in Regulation of Foraging Harvester Ants – Renato Pagliara, Princeton University, USA; Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University, USA; Naomi E. Leonard, Princeton University, USA
  • Models of Value-Sensitive Decision Making – Thomas Bose, Andreagiovanni Reina, and James A R Marshall, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Coupled Drift-diffusion Model and the Speed-accuracy Tradeoff in Collective Decision-making – Vaibhav Srivastava, Michigan State University, USA
  • Evidence Accumulation in Dynamic Environments – Zachary P. Kilpatrick, University of Colorado Boulder, USA; Adrian Radillo and Kresimir Josic, University of Houston, USA; Alan Veliz-Cuba, University of Dayton, USA