Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour

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Following your nose into the swarm

Locusts adapt their sense of smell to better detect sparse food sources in crowded swarms of up to billion animals, as researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz discovered. They published their results in the journal Nature Communication.

Imaging Hangar

The Imaging Hangar stands as one of our core facilities. Explore the Imaging Hangar and our current project in this lab with a 360° tour.

Research

Our goal is to uncover the fundamental principles that underlie collective behaviour – in a range of organisms and across scales of organization – and to translate this knowledge into real-world solutions that will bring about positive impact worldwide.

In the swarm

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Hidden object picture drawn in black on a sea-blue background with robot, hamster, head, fish, moth and much more.

Exzellent gefragt!

What exactly is swarm intelligence? How do politicians make decisions, and how do animal swarms? Can the use of AI in the workplace succeed? On July 18, 2024, scientists from the two Konstanz Clusters of Excellence will answer your questions.

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Plague of locusts in Kenya. Countless locusts in one place.

Following your nose into the swarm

Locusts adapt their sense of smell to better detect sparse food sources in crowded swarms of up to billion animals, as researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz discovered. They published their results in the journal Nature Communication.

1,2,3 - in the place to be

We kindly invite you to the final presentation of the latest sci-art project between the Merz Akademie, University of Applied Arts, Design and Media, Stuttgart, and the Cluster of Excellence Collective Behaviour on 3 July, starting with an opening event at 1:30 pm in ZT 702. Afterwards, you can experience the virtual worlds in ZT 701 and ZT 9 until 4 pm.

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