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The Swarm Lab at NJIT, founded by Assistant Professor of Biology Simon Garnier, continues to garner attention in popular science media. The lab was recently a featured segment on the PBS show SciTech Now, which can be viewed online at http://www.scitechnow.org/videos/can-ants-mold-slime-explain-collective-human-behavior/.

 

The focus of the work at the Swarm Lab is interdisciplinary investigation of the mechanisms underlying the coordination of large animal groups, such as ant colonies or human crowds, and their applications to complex problems that include the organization of pedestrian traffic or the control of robotic swarms. Swarm Lab researchers study how information is exchanged and transformed during interactions among the members of a group, and how this can lead to the emergence of "intelligent" group behaviors.