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Dr Edmund Hunt

Collective behaviour

I am a research fellow working on translating insights from collective animal behaviour into applications in swarm robotics. 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, which is where I first began to think about collective animal behaviour. 

Research keywords

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