My work is focused on the collective behaviour of natural and artificial decentralised phenomena also called ‘Swarm Intelligence’. In nature animals and insects move, fly or swim in groups, including insect colonies, schools of fish and flocks of birds.
Since the 1950s, computer scientists have studied these complex mass movements, which appear simultaneously chaotic and harmonious. By simulating these displays of aggregate intelligence ‘in situ’ as computer visualisation, they are able to give us an overview of the complexity of the animals behaviour.
These mathematical models of natural phenomena are now being applied human behaviour at an individual level, to understand the workings of the brain and social level to explore the behaviour of communities.