Collective behavior of animals: Swarming and complex patterns

J. A. Cañizo, J. Rosado, J. A. Carrillo

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In this short note we review some of the individual based models of the collective motion of agents, called swarming. These models based on ODEs (ordinary differential equations) exhibit a complex rich asymptotic behavior in terms of patterns, that we show numerically. Moreover, we comment on how these particle models are connected to partial differential equations to describe the evolution of densities of individuals in a continuum manner.The mathematical questions behind the stability issues of these PDE (partial differential equations) models are questions of actual interest in mathematical biology research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1049
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Individual-based models
  • Kinetic theory
  • Mean-field limits
  • Pattern formation
  • Swarming


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