Adaptive-network models of swarm dynamics

Cristián Huepe*, Gerd Zschaler, Anne Ly Do, Thilo Gross

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We propose a simple adaptive-network model describing recent swarming experiments. Exploiting an analogy with human decision making, we capture the dynamics of the model using a low-dimensional system of equations permitting analytical investigation. We find that the model reproduces several characteristic features of swarms, including spontaneous symmetry breaking, noise- and density-driven order-disorder transitions that can be of first or second order, and intermittency. Reproducing these experimental observations using a non-spatial model suggests that spatial geometry may have less of an impact on collective motion than previously thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number073022
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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