Leadership emergence in a data-driven model of zebrafish shoals with speed modulation

Adam K Zienkiewicz, David A W Barton, Maurizio Porfiri, Mario Di Bernardo

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Models of collective animal motion can greatly aid in the design and interpretation of behavioural experiments that seek to unravel, isolate, and manipulate the determinants of leader-follower relationships. Here, we develop an initial model of zebrafish social behaviour, which accounts for both speed and angular velocity regulatory interactions among conspecifics. Using this model, we analyse the macroscopic observables of small shoals influenced by an 'informed' agent, showing that leaders which actively modulate their speed with respect to their neighbours can entrain and stabilise collective dynamics of the naive shoal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3343-3360
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Issue number17-18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 21/10/2015

Structured keywords

  • Engineering Mathematics Research Group


  • Stochastic model
  • animal dynamics
  • zebrafish
  • collective motion
  • leadership


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