Colloquium-L. Mahadevan (Harvard University)-Collective motion, locomotion and stasis

Mathematics - Colloquium

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Gateway Park

ABSTRACT: Collective dynamics gives rise to remarkable patterns, but can also impair or enhance physiology, modify selection pressures and lead to unexpected behaviors. I will discuss a few examples that touch on the functional consequences of collective motion in specific settings that include (i) the hydrodynamics of vaso-occlusion (jamming) in sickle cell disease, (ii) the geometry of sperm cooperation in a competitive environment and (iii) the motion and stasis of simple autonomous powered tooth-brushes, aka bristlebots.

L. Mahadevan is the England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Physics and of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

This colloquium is jointly sponsored by the WPI Departments of Biology & Biotechnology, Physics, and Mathematical Sciences.

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult


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