Understanding the Dynamics of Foraging Bumblebees

One-day workshop supported by the QMUL Bridging the Gaps Initiative
To be held on Friday, 10 July 2009 at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London


Rainer Klages
School of Mathematical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London

r.klages @ qmul.ac.uk

Thomas Ings
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London

t.c.ings @ qmul.ac.uk

Brief description of the main theme of this workshop:
This workshop aims at bringing together biologists, physicists and mathematicians interested to understand the migration of animals such as foraging bumblebees. Both fundamental biological questions related to designing and carrying out experiments on bumblebees as well as theoretical problems in analyzing the experimental data and using it for constructing a theoretical model will be addressed. We expect that the problems and methods discussed at this workshop will be of interest to a wide audience working on related scientific topics.

Organizational details:
All talks will be held in seminar room 3.15, G.E.Fogg building of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.
Directions of how to get to this building can be found here. Enter by the main door (opposite old chemistry building) and take stairs/lifts to the 3rd floor. Turn left through the double doors (card entry not needed yet) and go to the reception to be let through the card entry doors. Room 3.15 is at the end of the corridor after passing through the card entry doors.
The welcome, lunch and tea break will be either in room 3.15 or in the Hub next door.
Pre-registration is not necessary. For any further information please contact one of the organizers.

All talks are for a maximum of 30 minutes including discussion.
11.00 - 11.30
Welcome: tea/coffee either in room 3.15 or in the Hub next door
11.30 - 12.00
Tom Ings, Queen Mary University of London
Learning to escape robotic spiders: predator avoidance learning in bumblebees
[slides of this talk]
12.00 - 12.30 Rainer Klages, Queen Mary University of London
Modeling the migration of foraging animals: a short review
[slides of this talk]
12.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.00
Friedrich Lenz, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
Characterizing the dynamics of foraging bumblebees
14.00 - 14.30 Aleksei V. Chechkin, Institute for Theoretical Physics NSC KIPT, Kharkov, Ukraine
A short introduction to the theory of Levy flights
[slides of this talk]
14.30 - 15.00General discussion
15.00 - 15.30 Tea/coffee either in room 3.15 or in the Hub next door

Last update: 14 July 2009