Conferences 2018

Our lab members have attended a fairly large number of conferences in the year 2018. Here is a short summary of them.

Starting with me, I restricted my travel to a bare minimum due to family and child-care responsibilities. I did go to one a three-day meeting on Marine biology in Jan 2018 in France, followed by a DBT organised event on Nobel prize series in Rashtrapati Bhavan in early Feb 2018. After that, I have declined all conference invitations – both Indian and international. I will probably continue to limit my travel for at least another year.

Priya Iyer, an DST postdoctoral fellow, presented her work on parential care at a CNRS Jacques Monod conference “Sex uncovered: the evolutionary biology of reproductive systems” at Roscoff, France in April 2018.

Jitesh Jhawar (PhD student) attended and presented his work on fish schooling behaviour at a Conference on Collective Behaviour at ICTP, Trieste, Italy in May 2018. Interestingly, at this meeting, he met Dr Danny Raj, an Inspire Faculty Fellow at Chemical engineering department of our own institute! The conversations between them at Trieste has now led to a collaboration and Danny is a coauthor on a manuscript that we plan to submit very soon!

Krishnapriya Tamma (SERB supported National Postdoctoral Fellow), Sumithra Sankaran (PhD student) and Sabiha Majumder (a former PhD student and currently a postdoc Zurich) organised an Oral session titled “Multistability and Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Abrupt Transitions in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Theory, Application and Management” at the Ecological Society of America 2018. It featured many talks by a diversity of speakers!  In the same meeting, all three of them also gave talks based on their own research work on ecosystem resilience carried out in our lab.

Krishnapriya Tamma also attended the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) conference in Malaysia.

Sumithra Sankaran (PhD student), on the same trip to ESA 2018, attended Gordon conferences on “Unifying Ecology Across Scales Based on Individuals, Currencies or Theory”

Akanksha Rathore, a PhD student using machine learning techniques for collective behaviour, attended a Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology: Learning and Artificial Intelligence at ICTP, Italy.

That’s it! Happy 2019!!


Winter travel and conferences

A bunch of us are traveling for collaborations and conferences this winter.

Sumithra Sankaran and Krishnapriya Tamma are currently in France for several weeks to continue to our collaboration with Sonia Kefi and her lab at Montpellier, France. This is the last trip under our grant from Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics.

Sumithra Sankaran, Krishnapriya Tamma and Sabiha Majumder will be presenting their research work at the annual meeting of British Ecological Society 2017 at Ghent, Belgium, from 11th December to 15th December.

Myself, Sabiha Majumder, Priya Iyer and Jitesh Jhawar presented out work at a conference at IIT-Guwahati on Complex Dynamical Systems and Applications (CDSA). IIT-Guwahati is such an amazing campus and weather is fantastic. We must visit more frequently!


Collective behaviour meeting in Germany

I am just returning from an highly stimulating workshop/conference on “Multi scale analysis and modeling of collective migration in biological systems”, Bielefeld, Germany, Oct 2017. 

One day of the conference was on collective behaviour in organismal biology. There were great talks on quantifying interactions in fish and sheep, intermittent behaviour in sheep, collective feeding in C elegans, models of swarming bees, criticality in schooling systems, etc. I gave a talk on our recent (unpublished) work on fish schooling by Amith-Kumar and Jitesh Jhawar followed by my previous work on evolutionary models of collective migration, including Jaideep’s recent work on cooperation.

It was great to catch up with Pawel Romanczuk (with whom I collaborated on locust cannibalism) and Guy Theraulaz (a leader in the field of collective behaviour). There were not too many people I knew previously. So it was nice to many others whose papers I had read but not never met.

Guy shared his fond memories of his visit to Bengaluru in 1990 when he attended International meeting on social insects. Guy has been encouraging me to organise a meeting on collective behaviour in Bangalore.  Should I 🙂 ?



Several of our lab members attend international conferences and workshops this summer

As I mentioned in the previous post, our postdoc is attending Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland this week. In addition, our lab had presence in various other international conferences and workshops this summer.

Four PhD students from our lab presented their work at the conference “Mathematical models in ecology and evolution” (MMEE) held at London in July 2017.

  1. Jaideep Joshi, final year student who has already submitted his thesis, presented his work on “Demographic noise and the evolution of tag-based cooperation”.
  2. Sumithra Sankaran, finishing her 4th year of PhD, presented her work on “Demographic noise promotes bistability in ecosystems”
  3. Jitesh Jhawar, finishing his 3rd year of PhD, presented his work on “Role of stochasticity in the dynamics of fish schools”
  4. Aakanksha Rathore, finishing her 2nd year of PhD, presented her work on “Spatial dynamics of Blackbuck herds”

Three of the students, Sumithra, Jitesh and Aakanksha, also attended BES organised one day symposium on movement ecology in London.

After the conference, Aakanksha went to visit Dr Colin Torney at University of Glasgow.

Jaideep went on to Puerto Rico to attend a workshop on tropical forest ecology.

Student trips were supported by funds from Indian Institute of Science (MHRD) and a grant from Royal society to visit Dr Torney’s lab.


Krishnapriya Tamma will present her work on critical points of ecosystem transitions at ESA Annual Meeting in Portland

Our postdoc Krishnapriya Tamma is currently in Portland, USA attending Ecological Society of America’s Annual meeting.

She will be presenting her work titled “Inferring critical points from spatial ecological data”. This is a joint work with PhD student Sabiha Majumder and Sriram Ramaswamy, both from Physics Department, IISc.

Her presentation is scheduled for Friday, 11th August at 8:20am. If you are attending ESA, do go to her talk!

 


Recent conferences and talks

It’s been a really long time, almost 7 months, since I have posted any updates on lab website. So let me post some of the conference and talks that our lab members have been involved with.

In March 2016,  a bunch of us that mostly included younger generation of ecologists, launched a new conference called India – Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution, in short I-BEE at Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, near the Corbett National Park. Three of us from the lab, me and two my of PhD students, Sumithra Sankaran and Jaideep Joshi, presented our work there. One key feature of the conference was that all talks were contributed talks which were peer-reviewed before acceptance. The conference was attended by around 100 people and was very well received.

A few folks from NCBS and ICTS have started a seminar series called Dynamics Fridays, that happens once on four weeks and rotates between NCBS and ICTS. I gave one of these dynamic talks in May 2016 on a very preliminary work on building models based on dynamics of fish school from real experiments.

In May 2016, I gave an invited talk at a national conference on Advances in Mathematical & Computational Biology held at IIT-Ropar. The event was only for two and a half days and was small. It had a great mix of physicists and mathematicians working on biological problems. I really enjoyed this small event.

In June 2016, I gave an invited talk at an International conference organised by ICTS, Bengaluru on Games, Epidemics and Behaviour. The conference had an interesting mix of applied mathematicians and computer scientists. I was one of the few ‘biologists’ among speakers. It was interesting to see applied mathematician’s way of approaching contact process based models, which we extensively use in our lab.

In Aug/Sept, I gave an invited talk at a symposium on “Spatiotemporal patterns as early warnings of possible catastrophic shifts in stressed ecological systems at the conference EcoSummit held at Montpellier, France.The symposium had a bunch of folks whose papers I had read from my student days, but had never met! It was fantastic. In the same conference, my student Sumithra Sankaran gave a talk on how to detect criticality in patchy ecological systems whereas my other PhD student Sabiha Majumder presented a poster on estimating criticality from real spatial ecological data.

Following this conference, my collaborator at CNRS Montpellier had organised a one day workshop on “Early Warning Signs of ecosystem degradation: Theory and applications on ecological data”. I gave the introductory talk on the “Theory of tipping points and their indicators”.

That seems quite a bit for an year where I had put breaks on travelling! I am not attending any conferences for the rest of this year. I expect these numbers to be even smaller for 2017.