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Coordinated movement of random fish schooling

This project aims to develop a theoretical model for three-dimensional random movement in fish schools, with the absence of a centralised coordination.

One of the most highly debated questions in the field of animal swarming and social behaviour, is the collective random patterns and chaotic behaviour formed by some animal species, in particular fish schooling. Recently, we found that some fish species do not have preferred orientation and they swarm in a random pattern mode. Nevertheless, there is a clear coordinated movement of the school as a whole.

This is a multidisciplinary inter-institute project that requires training in biological fluid mechanics, with emphasis on potential flow theory, on one hand, and control and graph theory on the other.

In addition, you will need to undertake computations of large fish schools that might require developing his/her skills handling large data and using a super computer.

We are interested in pursuing this project and welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government sponsorships or your employer.

Please contact the supervisor when you want to pursue this project, citing the project title in your email, or find out more about our PhD programme in Mathematics.


Dr Usama Kadri

Dr Usama Kadri

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

029 208 75863

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