Collective Animal Behaviour

Vincent FOURCASSIE


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Team members

  Researcher  Technical staff
  • Gérard LATIL
  • Mathieu MOREAU
  Postdoc
  • Laetitia CLAVERIE
  • Ramon ESCOBEDO
  • Lei LIU
  PhD
  • Guillaume FUMERY
  • Hadrien GASCUEL
  • Lijie GUO
  • Hugo MERIENNE

Presentation

The main objective of our team is to understand the behavioural and cognitive mechanisms underlying collective behaviours and collective decisions in groups of animals. Our aim is to identify the mechanisms that allow a group of animals to coordinate their actions and to provide adaptive collective responses to the changes occurring in its environment, i.e. to display collective intelligence. We try to understand in particular how the ability of a group to solve problems collectively varies with the properties of the individuals it is composed of. The general methodology of our work is based on a tight combination of experimental and modeling approaches.

Projets

SMARTMASS : Enhancing Collective Intelligence in Human Groups

SYSCOB

Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in collective decisions

Biomechanical principles involved in individual and collective behaviors

Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in coordinated group motion and collective responses to perturbations

Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in collective nest construction

Publications

  • Motsch, S., Moussaïd, M., Guillot, E., Moreau, M., Pettré, J., Theraulaz, G., Appert-Rolland, C. & Degond, P..
    Modeling crowd dynamics through coarse-grained data analysis.
    Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering
    2018 Aug In press
  • Pinter-Wollman, N., Penn, A., Theraulaz, G. & Fiore, S.M..
    Interdisciplinary approaches for uncovering the impacts of architecture on collective behaviour.
    hilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - Serie B, 373: 20170232
    2018 Aug
  • Bouchebti, S., Travaglini, R.V., Forti, L.C., Fourcassié, V..
    Dynamics of physical trail construction and of trail usage in the leaf-cutting ant Atta laevigata
    Ethology Ecology & Evolution
    2018 Jul
  • Fumery, G., Claverie, L., Fourcassié, V., & Moretto, P..
    Walking pattern efficiency during collective load transport.
    Gait & Posture
    2018 Jun
  • Gordon, D. G., Moreau, M., Fourcassié, V., & Traniello, J. F. A. .
    Limited size-related variation in behavioral performance among workers of the exceptionally polymorphic ant Pheidole rhea.
    Insectes Sociaux.
    2018 May

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Funding

     

Alumni

Bertrand JAYRES (PhD in 2017, supervised by G. Theraulaz and C. Sire - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, University Toulouse III), currently at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany.

Rémi GOUTTEFARDE (PhD in 2017, supervised by C. Jost and R. Bon), currently searching a post-doc position.

Valentin LECHEVAL (PhD in 2017, supervised by G. Theraulaz and C. Hemelrijk - Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen), currently searching a post-doc position.

Li JIANG (PhD in 2017, supervised by G. Theraulaz and Zhangang Han - School of Systems Science, Beijing Normal University), currently research ingineer at BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd, Pékin, China.

Sylvain TOULET (PhD in 2015, supervised by R. Bon & F. Peruani - University of Nizza), currently employed by a French private company

Sofia BOUCHEBTI (PhdD in 2015, supervised by V. Fourcassié), currently postdoc in the Department of Entomology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Ugo LOPEZ I (PhdD in 2015, supervised by G. Theraulaz and R. Fournier - Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d'Energie, University Toulouse III), currently training as computer engineer.

Lucie DEBEFFE (PhD in 2013, supervised by R. Bon and M. Hewison - INRA Toulouse), now research associate at CEFS, INRA, Toulouse, France.

Chaker SBAI (PhD in 2012, supervised by C. Jost and G. Dimarco), currently working as a developer at Cap GEMINI, Rennes

Sebastian WEITZ (PhD in 2012, supervised by G. Theraulaz and R. Fournier - Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d'Energie, University Toulouse III), currently holds a postdoc position at Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Niriaska PEROZO (PhD in 2011, supervised by G. Theraulaz and José Aguilar - Centro de Estudios en Microelectrónica y Sistemas Distribuidos, Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela), now professor in Computer Sciences at Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, Venezuela.

Marie-Héléne PILLOT (PhD in 2010, supervised by R. Bon and J.L. Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Mehdi MOUSSAID (PhD in 2010, supervised by G. Theraulaz and Dirk Helbing - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, ETH Zurich), currently research associate at Max Plank Institute for Human Developement, Berlin, Germany.

Abel BERNADOU (PhD in 2009, supervised by V. Fourcassié), currently research associate at University of Regensburg, Germany.

Sébastien Motsch (PhD in 2009, supervised by G. Theraulaz and Pierre Degond - Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse), now assistant professor at the School of Mathematical and Satistical Sciences, Arizona State University, USA.

Simon Garnier, (PhD in 2008, supervised by G. Theraulaz), now assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University, USA.

Pablo MICHELENA (PhD in 2006, supervisded by R. Bon and J.L. Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles), now working as a teacher in a Lycée, Bordeaux, France

Mélanie CHALLET (PhD 2005, supervised by C. Jost and G. Theraulaz), now working as a teacher at Lycée Agricole Pro, Nantes, France.

Audrey DUSSUTOUR (PhD in 2004, supervised by V. Fourcassié and J.L. Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles), now research associate at the CRCA (team IVEP).

Jérôme BUHL (PhD in 2004, supervised by G. Theraulaz), now senior lecturer at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine,  University of Adelaide, Australia.

Raphael JEANSON (PhD in 2003, supervised by G. Theraulaz and J.L. Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles), now research associate at the CRCA (team IVEP).

Arnaud LIONI (PhD in 2000, supervised by G. Theraulaz and J.L. Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles), now self-employed worker, Brussels, Belgium.

Alda LOUREIRO HENRIQUES (PhD in 2000, supervised by V. Fourcassié and R. Campan), now professor at Universidade Federal do Para, Bélem, Brazil.

Université Paul Sabatier
118 Route de Narbonne

31062 TOULOUSE Cedex
France

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