2013-2014

Collective motion, locomotion and stasis

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Biology & Biotechnology, and Physics will present a special colloquium by L. Mahadevan of Harvard University.

L. Mahadevan colloquium

L. Mahadevan

Harvard University
Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Physics

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
4-5pm
Gateway Park 1002

Collective dynamics gives rise to remarkable patterns, but can also impair or enhance physiology, modify selection pressures and lead to unexpected behaviors. I will discuss a few examples that touch on the functional consequences of collectivemotion in specific settings that include (i) the hydrodynamics of vaso-occlusion(jamming) in sickle cell disease, (ii) the geometry of sperm cooperation in a competitive environment and (iii) the motion and stasis of simple autonomous powered tooth-brushes, aka bristlebots.

L. Mahadevan received his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his PhD at Stanford University. He started his independent career on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996-2000), following which he was the Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a Fellow of Trinity at the University of Cambridge (2001-2003). Since 2003, he has been at Harvard University, where he is currently England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Physics and of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Since 2004, he has also been a visiting Professor at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University.

Jointly sponsored by the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Biology & Biotechnology, and Physics

 

May 19, 2014

 
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