Date(s) - 02/10/2014
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Market Garden Brewery
Science Cafe is a recurring, informal public discussion of current scientific research. They help the public connect with science. Scientists and engineers informally share their research during a conversational exchange in a friendly setting.
This month’s topic will be “Moving as with one mind: Mathematical models for collective animal behavior” as presented by Aletha Barbaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Case Western Reserve University.
If you have ever watched a flock of birds in the night sky or a school of fish in the ocean, you may have observed them all suddenly change direction in the identical way, almost as if they are a single organism or share a single mind. Have you wondered how they could possibly orchestrate such a complex and beautiful movement seemingly without the kind of planning or rehearsal that we would think would normally be required to carry out such a maneuver?
This extraordinary behavior is part of an entire spectrum of collective behavior in the animal kingdom. Mathematicians studying this phenomenon have dubbed it “flocking” or “swarming” and are interested in answering how and why such movements happen. This talk aims to get you thinking about how simple behavioral rules for an individual can give rise to complex and majestic dynamics when many organisms move together.
*Please Note* A few cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.
Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery.