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About the lab

Who are we?

We are an interdisciplinary research lab that studies the mechanisms underlying the coordination of large animal groups, such as ant colonies or human crowds, and their applications to complex problems such the organization of pedestrian traffic or the control of robotic swarms. We study how information is exchanged and transformed during interactions between the members of a group, and how this can lead to the emergence of "intelligent" group behaviors. In short, we study Swarm Intelligence.

What is Swarm Intelligence?

Have you ever wondered why a colony of ants, all with tiny brains, can achieve near perfect coordination of their traffic, while human beings with their hundreds of billions of neurons and sophisticated technologies still find themselves in traffic jams on a daily basis? This is what we study in when we look at Swarm Intelligence (and Swarm Stupidity), where the many interactions between members of a group can lead to extraordinarily efficient solutions or snowballing catastrophes.

Current research

Examples of our most recent research work.

Living architectures

Construction in Eciton army ants

Brainless intelligence

Problem solving in slime mold

Swarm robotics

Group coordination in minimalist robots


Classes @ NJIT + teaching tools.

Biology 320

Discovering Biological Research

Biology 337

Collective Intelligence in Biological Systems

R/Shiny webapps

Web applications for teaching collective intelligence

Open source software

Software for research and teaching.

R packages

A collection of R libraries for research and teaching

R/Shiny webapps

Web applications for teaching collective intelligence

Our Amazing Team

Simon Garnier

PI / Assistant Professor

Lisa O'Bryan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicole Dykstra

Graduate Student (rotation)

Subash Ray

Graduate Student (rotation)

Courtney Rockenbach

Graduate Student (PhD candidate)

Megan Wilson

Graduate Student (rotation)

Maggie Wisniewska

Graduate Student (rotation)

Felipe Marcel Neves

Visiting Graduate Student

Nidhi Dharithreesan

Master Student

Siddesh Raut

Master Student

Prit Zaveri

Master Student

Archana Bottu

Undergraduate Student

Jordan Bryant-Smith

Undergraduate Student, Lab Assistant

Daniel Chen

Undergraduate Student

Nilanjan Haldar

Undergraduate Student

Urvya Iyer

Undergraduate Student

Djerrica Larsen-Simon

Undergraduate Student

Shrina Patel

Undergraduate Student

Albert Saez

Undergraduate Student

Purva Shah

Undergraduate Student, Lab Assistant

Emma Stanton

High School Student

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