An Introduction to Mechanistic Modeling of Swarms

  • Tarek I. Zohdi
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


It has long been recognized that interactive cooperative behavior within biological groups or “swarms” is advantageous in avoiding predators or, vice versa, in capturing prey. For example, one of the primary advantages of a swarm-like decentralized decision making structure is that there is no leader and thus the vulnerability of the swarm is substantially reduced. Furthermore, the decision making is relatively simple and rapid for each individual, however, the aggregate behavior of the swarm can be quite sophisticated.


Model Problem Total Simulation Time Aggregate Behavior Mobile Sensor Network Basic Mechanistic Model 
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  • Tarek I. Zohdi
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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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