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Statistical mechanics of collective behaviour

Thierry Mora, ENS / Chicago
Monday, January 29, 2024 - 4:00pm
PAA A-102

Some animal groups behave in a highly coordinated way, reminiscent of ordered phases in physics. However, animals are also heterogeneous, have memory, and operate out of equilibrium. I will present recent attempts at modeling the complex dynamics of social groups of mice interacting freely in a controlled environment. I will then assess how far from equilibrium collective behaviour might be, both in recordings of real bird flocks and in flocking models.

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