Materia Blanda

Workshop "Statistical Mechanics of Swarming Behaviour"

Swarming is a collective emerging phenomenon of groups of moving individuals (animals or artificial objects). It includes groups moving together collectively such as bird flocks or interacting globally static groups (milling) such as insect swarms, and it appears across the animal kingdom in very different species, including birds, mammals, fish, insects, bacteria and human crowds. 

While the theoretical analysis of the non-equilibrium phase transition involved in the development of swarming behavior using concepts from equilibrium thermodynamics has found quite some success, a coherent statistical mechanical theory of the phase transitions found in these systems is still lacking. We therefore find it highly timely to have a Satellite Meeting to StatPhys27 bring together experts from various areas in this field to assess its state of the art and future directions.

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