I am a PhD student with Prof Iain Couzin in the Department of Collective Behaviour, at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology. My interests lie in understanding the interplay between individual and group level properties in animal societies. More specifically, how selection operating on the sensory system and decision rules adopted by individuals affects collective motion, environmental sensing, information propagation and decision making in animal societies, and how these group level properties in turn affect individual fitness.
To do this, I use computational techniques in computer vision and machine learning for data preprocessing and analysis. By taking inspiration from statistical physics and combining this with mathematical models and individual based simulations, I hope to elucidate the link between the individual and the group at both generational and evolutionary timescales.