We are an interdisciplinary research lab that studies the mechanisms underlying the coordination of large animal groups, such as ant colonies or human crowds, and their applications to complex problems such the organization of pedestrian traffic or the control of robotic swarms. We study how information is exchanged and transformed during interactions between the members of a group, and how this can lead to the emergence of "intelligent" group behaviors. In short, we study Swarm Intelligence.

Emergence on Radiolab (August 14, 2007)

I have recently started downloading and listening to all the old Radiolab podcasts from before my arrival in the US. Among them, I found this one talking about fireflies, ants, collective behaviors, etc., and emergence, with interviews of Steven Strogatz, Deborah Gordon, Iain Couzin and others. All very interesting things, right? Right and there was no way I would keep it for myself, so here it is and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as I did :-)

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