Submission Title

Fly Swarm and Self-Organized Criticality

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Physics/Applied Physics

Description

A system is complex if it contains many interacting components. The motivation to study the properties of such systems comes from their prevalence in nature. At the foundation of this research is Self-Organized Criticality (SOC), put forward by Per Bak and colleagues in 1987. SOC is exhibited by slowly driven, dynamic systems that have a critical point as an attractor. In 2014, Attanasi et al. published “Finite-Size Scaling as a Way to Probe Near-Criticality in Natural Swarms,” suggesting that fly swarms exhibit criticality. A computational model was created for analyzing fly swarms for evidence of SOC.

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Fly Swarm and Self-Organized Criticality

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

A system is complex if it contains many interacting components. The motivation to study the properties of such systems comes from their prevalence in nature. At the foundation of this research is Self-Organized Criticality (SOC), put forward by Per Bak and colleagues in 1987. SOC is exhibited by slowly driven, dynamic systems that have a critical point as an attractor. In 2014, Attanasi et al. published “Finite-Size Scaling as a Way to Probe Near-Criticality in Natural Swarms,” suggesting that fly swarms exhibit criticality. A computational model was created for analyzing fly swarms for evidence of SOC.