Garnier, Simon J.

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: simon.j.garnier@njit.edu
Office: 428A CKB
Hours: Thursday, 1-3PM
Phone: 973-596-8371
Dept: biological sciences
Webpage: http://www.theswarmlab.com
About: 

About Me

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Federated Department of Biology of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University. I am the head of the Swarm Lab (http://www.theswarmlab.com), an interdisciplinary research lab that studies the mechanisms underlying Collective Behaviors and Swarm Intelligence in natural and artificial systems. The Swarm Lab started to operate in July 2012

Education

2009-2012: Postdoctoral Researcher - Princeton University (USA).

2004-2008: PhD in Ethology - University of Toulouse (France).

2002-2004: M.Sc. in Neuroscience, Behavior and Cognition - University of Toulouse (France).

1999-2002: B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Cellular Biology and Physiology - University of Bordeaux II (France)

Memberships

  • Entomological Society of America
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • International Society for Artificial Life

Activities

2012-Present: Editor of Swarm Intelligence, the principal peer reviewed publication dedicated to reporting research and new developments in this multidisciplinary field

Teaching: 

Other

Co-organizer of the graduate course "Social Evolution and Behavior" at Rockefeller University

Research: 

Research Interests

My work is related to various research fields, including ethology, experimental psychology, cognitive and social sciences and swarm intelligence.

I am mainly interested by the emergence of intelligent collective behaviors in groups of social animals. I dedicate a part of my work on the observation, description and modelling of the self-organized processes leading to consensus decision making in social insect colonies and schools of fish. I also study phenomena related to traffic organization in ants and human beings. Finally, I apply the principles underlying self-organization in social animals to the coordination of robotics swarms, especially to perform efficient collective decisions in unreliable environments.

My work always relies on a strong experimental background that supports the design of data-driven models. I believe that theoretical and experimental work should proceed together and emulate each other as much as possible

Current Research

See http://www.theswarmlab.com/research for a list of ongoing projects at the SwarmLab

Publications: 

Selected Publications

  • Pérez-Escudero, Alfonso, Miller, Noam, Hartnett, Andrew T., Garnier, Simon, Couzin, Iain D., de Polavieja, Gonzalo G.: Estimation models describe well collective decisions among three options. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (37), pp. E3466-7, 2013.
  • Garnier, Simon, Tucker, Murphy, Lutz, Matthew, Hurme, Edward, Leblanc, Simon, Couzin, Iain D.: Stability and responsiveness in a self-organized living architecture. In: PLoS Computational Biology, 9 (3), pp. e1002984, 2013.
  • Garnier, Simon, Combe, Maud, Jost, Christian, Theraulaz, Guy: Do ants need to estimate the geometrical properties of trail bifurcations to find an efficient route? A swarm robotics test bed. In: PLoS Computational Biology, 9 (3), pp. e1002903, 2013.
  • Miller, Noam, Garnier, Simon, Hartnett, Andrew, Couzin, Iain D.: Both information and social cohesion determine collective decisions in animal groups. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (13), pp. 5263-5268, 2013.

 

Other Publications

See http://www.theswarmlab.com/publications/ for a complete list of publications