Welcome to the Collective Phenomena Lab, (CoPhe LAB). Our research interests broadly encompass understanding the nonlinear interactions and collective dynamics in natural and artificial systems. We look at problems across a wide spectrum of systems that include, droplets in a microchannel, collective organismal motion, traffic and pedestrian dynamics. We use a combination of simple agent based models, data-driven approaches and machine learning to solve two kinds of problems:

  1. The scientific problem: understanding  how the interactions at the level of the agents lead to the observed collective phenomena;

  2. The engineering problem: designing/tuning the inter-agent interactions and the surroundings to achieve the desired group-level behavior.


Contact Information

Department of Chemical Engineering, IISc Bangalore


dannym[ at ]iisc[ dot ]ac[ dot ]in

danny[dot ]presto[at ]gmail[ dot]com

Lab 10, Chemical engineering, IISc Bangalore, Bengaluru-560012, Karnataka, India

Recent events

Link to the special session on "Modelling collective phenomena" in the virtual FIM conference

Invited speakers:

Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Dept of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras

Dr Raghunath Chelakkot, Dept of Physics, IIT Bombay

Dr Jitesh Jhawar, Max Planck Institute for animal behaviour, Germany