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Dr Edmund Hunt

Dr Edmund Hunt

Dr Edmund Hunt
BSc (Lond) ARCS, MPhil (Oxon), PhD (Bris)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Swarm Engineering | Collective Behaviour

Office 2.51
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 4760


I am a research fellow working on translating insights from collective animal behaviour into applications in swarm robotics. These include monitoring (hazardous) environments and manipulating large numbers of particles on the micro or nanoscale. 

My experimental work is at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and I have a base in the department of Engineering Mathematics (collective dynamics group) at the University of Bristol. I am part of Dr Sabine Hauert's 'swarm engineering' group.

Prior to my current position I spent a year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, working on social networks of Stegodyphus social spiders, with Prof Noa Pinter-Wollman.

My PhD research was concerned with the exploration and decision-making behaviour of house-hunting Temnothorax ants, within the field of behavioural ecology and complexity sciences, as an EPSRC-funded PhD student. I was interested in how the behavioural interactions of individual worker ants allows collective problem-solving abilities to emerge.

In between science degrees, I studied economics and worked in financial regulation (risk management), which is where I first began to think about collective animal behaviour. 


2019-present  UK IC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol
2017-19 EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, University of Bristol
2016-17  Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2012-16  PhD in complexity sciences – Faculty of Science Commendation
2012-13 MRes in complexity sciences, University of Bristol – Distinction
2012 Secondee, banking regulation, European Commission
2009-12  Graduate scheme in financial regulation (insurance & banking), FSA*
2007-09  MPhil in economics, University of Oxford
2004-07 BSc in physics with theoretical physics, Imperial College London – 1st class
2004 Secondary School Exchange Scholar (USA), The English-Speaking Union
  (*now PRA, Bank of England)



  • Member, The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • Member, The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, UK (ASAB)
  • Member, The International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI)
  • Fellow, The Linnean Society of London (FLS)


I supervise MSc Robotics and MEng Engineering Mathematics projects. Please contact me if you are interested in co-creating a project related to my research interests.


  • Swarm robotics
  • Collective animal behaviour
  • Collective dynamics
  • Complex systems
  • Social learning
  • Social insects
  • Ants

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