Dr Edmund R Hunt

BSc (Lond) ARCS, MPhil (Oxon), PhD (Bris)

  • BS8 1UB


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Research interests

I am a research fellow working on translating insights from collective animal behaviour into applications in swarm robotics. These include monitoring (hazardous) environments and manipulating large numbers of particles on the micro or nanoscale. 

My experimental work is at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and I have a base in the department of Engineering Mathematics (collective dynamics group) at the University of Bristol. I am part of Dr Sabine Hauert's 'swarm engineering' group.

Prior to my current position I spent a year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, working on social networks of Stegodyphus social spiders, with Prof Noa Pinter-Wollman.

My PhD research was concerned with the exploration and decision-making behaviour of house-hunting Temnothorax ants, within the field of behavioural ecology and complexity sciences, as an EPSRC-funded PhD student. I was interested in how the behavioural interactions of individual worker ants allows collective problem-solving abilities to emerge.

In between science degrees, I studied economics and worked in financial regulation (risk management), which is where I first began to think about collective animal behaviour. 

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  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research

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Research Output

A checklist for safe robot swarms

Hunt, E. R. & Hauert, S., 31 Jul 2020, In : Nature Machine Intelligence. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Evolutionary Stress Factors for Adaptable Robot 'Personalities'

    Hunt, E. R., 8 Jul 2020, GECCO '20: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access

    Functional Heterogeneity in Superorganisms: Emerging Trends and Concepts

    O'Shea-Wheller, T., Hunt, E. R. & Sasaki, T., 29 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)


    3rd Place Equipment & Facilities EPSRC Photography Competition 2018

    Hunt, Edmund R (Recipient), Jerry H G Wright (Recipient) & Hauert, Sabine (Recipient), 3 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Faculty of Science Commendation

    Hunt, Edmund R (Recipient), 7 Jan 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Nesta's Tipping Point Prize

    Hunt, Edmund R (Recipient), 28 May 2019

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