Portraits of self-organization in fish schools interacting with robots

M. Aureli, F. Fiorilli, M. Porfiri

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In this paper, we propose an enabling computational and theoretical framework for the analysis of experimental instances of collective behavior in response to external stimuli. In particular, this work addresses the characterization of aggregation and interaction phenomena in robotanimal groups through the exemplary analysis of fish schooling in the vicinity of a biomimetic robot. We adapt global observables from statistical mechanics to capture the main features of the shoal collective motion and its response to the robot from experimental observations. We investigate the shoal behavior by using a diffusion mapping analysis performed on these global observables that also informs the definition of relevant portraits of self-organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)908-920
Number of pages13
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2012


  • Biomimetics
  • Collective behavior
  • Diffusion mapping
  • Dimensionality reduction
  • Fish schooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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