SFI Seminar: On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior & What Lies on Either Side

Nicolas Perony
ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the talk, “On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior, and What Lies on Either Side” by Nicolas Perony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Scientists working on the study of animal groups are mainly divided between two schools: those who study social behaviour, and those who study spatial dynamics.

Whilst these two dimensions are intrinsically linked, traditionally there has been little interaction between the two approaches.

This is mostly because the data they use come from different systems, and the models they implement are based on different assumptions.Current technologies offer new tools to measure and quantify behaviour in groups, in ways that intertwine the spatial and the social layers.

I will use some recent descriptive and formal work on social mammals (bats, mice and meerkats) to illustrate this tight interdependence, and outline some future research in this field.

Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI’s limited lunch service; you’re welcome to bring your own.

SFI Host: Simon DeDeo


The Santa Fe Institute‘s mission is to foster a transdisciplinary research community that endeavors to expand the boundaries of scientific understanding.

Its aim is to discover and comprehend the common fundamental principles in physical, computational, biological, and social systems that underlie many of the most profound problems facing science and society today.