Visitors at the turn of the year!

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Vivek Hari Sridhar – ready to present his work on collective behaviour!

December-January often offers us surprise visitors – usually scientists visiting home during winter break or those attending conferences/workshops in Bengaluru area. This time too, we were lucky to host four visitors in December!

Two faculty from the Physics department of MIT — Jeff Gore and Nikta Fakhri paid a surprise visit to the lab. They were teaching at the ICTS-ICTP Winter School on quantiative biology. We had great fun discussing our work with them. They also gave brief talks at Physics department, which was very exciting and inspiring.

Two PhD students from Iain Couzin’s lab from the Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz visited our department/lab.

Vivek Hari Sridhar, who visited us last year as well, gave a talk in our lab on his thesis plans on geometry of decision making with some very cool preliminary results.

Hemal Naik gave a talk in the department introducing the mind-blowing new animal tracking system ICARUS developed by Martin Wikelski and his team.

Thanks guys for stopping in our lab! Do visit us again.

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Visit by collaborators

Our friends from France, Sonia Kefi and two of her group members Miguel Berdugo (currently a student of Prof Fernando Maestre in Spain and soon moving as a postdoc with Sonia) and Angeles Mayor (a postdoc with Sonia) visited Bengaluru for about a week. They enjoyed the tree festival Neralu and other small fun events in the town.

Of course, we all met them to have exciting discussions and how to take our collaboration forward. Here is a group picture at a cafetaria.

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Recent visitors to lab: Silvia de Monte, Nikunj Goel and Vivek Hari Sridhar

Our lab has begun the (relatively) new year 2017 with a burst of visitors!

Prof Silvia de Monte from Institut Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris visited our lab today (9th Feb 2017). Our lab spent the entire morning through afternoon discussing exciting research works going on in both our laboratories. Thank you for dropping by Silvia! Do visit us IISc again.

Nikunj Goel visited us from Yale University for three weeks (13th Jan to 5th Feb) to discuss his ongoing thesis research plan on Savanna-Forest dynamics. Nikunj is no stranger to our lab, having done his undergraduate thesis, that led to a publication, with us! He is currently a PhD student with Dr Carla Staver at Yale University. I am also on his PhD thesis committee – so we expect our interactions and collaborations to continue.

In the first week of Jan, Vivek Hari Sridhar, a PhD student at the Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, visited our laboratory. He gave a lab talk on his thesis research plan on how individual level heterogeneity influences collective behaviour. He also discussed the possibilities of using GPU based parallel programming for his research work. We hope to be in touch in the future too. Do give a shout anytime, Vivek.

These visitors have added burst of energy and enthusiasm to all of our group members. Now, we are getting ready to receive our next visitor from France next week!