Professor Matthew Turner from Warwick University will discuss how interactions between social animals can lead to "emergent" collective behaviour. Crudely speaking this is behaviour that cannot be inferred by studying any one individual. Such interactions can be very powerful. Indeed they can be said to have led to the emergence of human civilisation. In others species social behaviour is manifested in swarms of insects, flocks of birds and shoals of fish. In this talk I will discuss what we know about this behaviour, which is surprisingly little, and propose some new ideas for how it could emerge in the absence of any leader(s) to give instructions. Although there may be applications in swarm robotics, pest control and animal conservation this talk will focus on the basic science of understanding a fascinating, widespread but poorly understood natural phenomenon. Attendance is free and non-members are welcome.
Coffee and tea from 7.00pm
Talk starts at 7.30pm