First Simulation of the Flocking Behaviour of Starlings

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Link: First Simulation of the Flocking Behaviour of Starlings

I was talking about Flocking/Schooling/Crowd dynamics this weekend after a trip to the aquarium where I spent (a probably unhealthy amount of) time watching sardines. Specifically our lack of understanding as to how exactly those mechanisms function. I’m glad there’s some progress being made in this field.

…the key advance that has made this simulation possible is the first 3D recordings using stereo photography of real starlings in flight which were published only last year. That’s not for lack of trying but the great difficulty in making precise measurements of position and velocity on thousands of rapidly moving birds simultaneously.

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