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Droplets

Droplet microfluidics is a field of science that manipulates tiny droplets of one fluid in another, through a network of channels. Given that one desires a particular movement of droplets, how should the channel be operated and designed to yield the same?

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Organisms

Fishes, 'school' in their natural habitat. It gives them an advantage over predator attacks. But how does each fish know what to do in a group? How does group behaviour emerge? Can one identify the rules governing fish movement from observing schooling behaviour?

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Traffic

While small, not so intelligent, creatures like ants, move with high coordination and efficiency, humans, with a high level of cognition, result in traffic jams. When does intelligence at the agent level give rise to intelligent collective outcomes?

Pic courtesy: Fishes are from TEE-LAB, IISc Bangalore, photographed by Ashwin K; Indian Traffic near Mathikere Bangalore, photographed by Aman Prasad.

Modeling Collective Phenomena

Special session as part of 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