Emerging collective behaviors of animal groups

Jinhu Lü, Jing Liu, I. D. Couzin, Simon Asher Levin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

23 Scopus citations


Many animal groups routinely make consensus decisions jointly with all group members. This paper builds a novel model merging the locally neighboring reciprocal action and alignment together to investigate the mechanisms of consensus decision-making and its robustness. Our model reveals that the shapes of the coherent .ocks are limited in a common narrow interval for different group sizes and information structures. Moreover, the coherent groups display a surprising degree of tolerance against errors, however, they simultaneously show an extremely fragile to attacks. Our model and approach discover some novel phenomena and also reveal some underlying mechanisms of the consensus decision-making and its robustness in biological systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA'08
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
Event7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA'08 - Chongqing, China
Duration: Jun 25 2008Jun 27 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA)


Other7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA'08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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