This minisymposium will take place on June 18th 11:40-15:30 at the 9th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2014) in Gothenburg.
Abstract: Self-propelled particle models are increasingly used for modelling everything from cells and slime mould to bird flocks and fish schools. The remarkable property of these models is that simple rules at the individual level produce complex collective patterns at the level of the group. Mathematical analysis of these models has proceeded in a number of ways. Small numbers of particles (i.e. two or three) can be analysed via dynamical systems. Very large numbers of particles (i.e. infinite) can be treated using a continuum approximation. But a biologically relevant problem is explaining why groups of 100 or so particles produce particular complex shapes. The aim of this symposium is to start to think of ways of addressing this problem in a rigorous manner.
Schedule (preliminary): Wednesday June 18th
11:40-12:00 Daniel Strömbom (Uppsala) Introduction to SPP-models and description of the problem.
12:00-12:20 Raluca Eftimie (Dundee) Bifurcation dynamics in models for self-organised biological aggregations.
12:20-12:40 Christian Yates (Oxford) Spatial "self-propelled particle" and non-spatial "reaction-network" models explain locust swarm cohesion.
12:40-13:00 Pawel Romanczuk (IGB Berlin) Swarming at Mesoscopic Scales - The role of fluctuations.
14:20-14:40 Richard Mann (Uppsala) Collective decision-making: a causal entropic approach.
14:40-15:00 Kolbjörn Tunström (Chalmers) Last minute reflections on challanges in collective motion.
Daniel Strömbom firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University.
David Sumpter email@example.com, Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University.