Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

Multiscale analysis and modelling of collective migration in biological systems

Date: 9 – 13 October 2017

Convenors: Andreas Deutsch (Dresden, GER), Luigi Preziosi (Turin, ITA), Guy Théraulaz (Toulouse, FRA)

The main goal of this workshop is to promote an exchange of ideas and the establishment of interdisciplinary collaborations between experts in a quickly growing research area dealing with collective motion in biological systems at the cellular and organismic scale. Collective motion is an emergent phenomenon observed in systems consisting of many moving and locally interacting units. In particular, collective cell motion plays a crucial role in multi-cellular organisms during embryonic development, but also in patho-physiological situations as wound healing, immune response or cancer invasion.

We address two main topics: first, new data-based methods used for reverse-engineering interactions between units from their trajectories, and, secondly, the characterisation of unifying principles behind the diverse manifestations of collective motion on the basis of mathematical models. We will focus on multiscale analysis of the mathematical models for collective motion which allows to predict behaviours on one scale, e.g. the scale of the population, from known behaviour on other scales, e.g. the individual interaction scale.

The list of speakers will include:

Registration information:

If you like to participate please contact Mrs Hoffmann ( by Sunday, 3 September 2017 at the latest.

There is no conference fee.

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