Physics of Behavior

SEP 10, 2021 | 11:00 AM TO 4:30 PM





September 10, 2021: 11:00 AM-4:30 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences


In the past decade there has been considerable progress toward a “physics of behavior,” taming the complexity of animal movements in their natural contexts. This effort has involved a combination of new imaging methods; new approaches to data analysis, including methods from machine learning; and provocative theoretical ideas. In this symposium we will see a sampling of this work, from macroscopic collective behaviors in insect swarm to the details of individual behavior and its basis in the collective dynamics of neural circuits. The format allows our speakers to start with the foundations of their subject and still get to the frontier, with plenty of time for discussion.

11:00 - 12:30
Physical computation in insect swarms
Orit Peleg, University of Colorado at Boulder

1:00 - 2:30
Themes and variations in animal behavior
Gordon Berman, Emory University

3:00 - 4:30
Neural circuit mechanisms of short-term memory
Mark Goldman, University of California at Davis

This is an online event. Please register here to participate via Zoom.
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