Our goal is to uncover the fundamental principles that underlie collective behaviour – in a range of organisms and across scales of organisation – and to translate this knowledge into real-world solutions that will bring about positive impact world wide. Our scholars from biology, physics, psychology, sociology, economics, computer science, and maths step beyond the comfort zones of their systems in order to work together to pursue this common goal. Breaking down barriers between subjects, species, and scales, our research is disrupting what it means to study collective behaviour.
More specifically, our research seeks to quantitatively measure collective behaviour by considering the actions, traits, and states of individuals, the structures they form and in which they interaction, as well as the environmental issues they are subjected to and create. Our approach will be to refract this larger goal through the prism of three structural elements:
1. studying the individual in the collective (Area A)
2. and how this behaviour aggregates in the collective (Area B)
3. using theory-based empirical studies that exploit high- tech computational methods (Area C)