We received today, Sep 29th, 2017, the amazing news that the application for the excellence cluster “Science of Intelligence” (SCIoI), where Pawel Romanczuk is one of the designated PIs, succeeded in the first round of the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments. From 195 initial applications, 88 were selected and are invited to submit a full proposal. For the SCIoI-team this great news means now a lot of work in the coming months preparing the full proposal. But with the past experience of the productive atmosphere and the inspiring, truly interdisciplinary, scientific discussions during our SCoI meetings, we are all excited and highly motivated to work together even more intensely to submit the best possible application for the second round.
You can learn more about our excellence cluster proposal “Science of Intelligence” at http://www.scienceofintelligence.de/, whereas the official press release of the DFG about the first round can be found here.
Over the past months, Pawel Romanczuk was part of an interdisciplinary group preparing an application for the Excellence Cluster “Science of Intelligence” (SCIoI) within Germany’s Excellence Strategy Program. The interdisciplinary crowd of people involved in SCIoI are amazing, on both, the scientific and the personal level. This made working on this application already a great experience, with the scientific discussions during our preparatory meetings being truly inspiring. A corresponding pre-application was submitted end of March, and we all hope for a positive review, as we are really excited about the prospects of the planned collaborative research. If you want to learn more about the proposed cluster, check out the Science of Intelligence Website.
We got the great news that our application with Colin Twomey (currently Couzin Lab, Princeton University) for the prestigious Einstein International Postdoc Fellowship was successful. We look forward to host Colin in our lab and work together on a fascinating project at the interface of collective behavior and neuroscience, in collaboration with Prof. Benjamin Judkewitz and Prof. Jens Krause.
Our paper “Proto-cooperation: group hunting sailfish improve hunting success by alternating attacks on grouping prey” was published on November 2nd, 2016 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It combines unique observations in the open ocean with a generic mathematical model of the hunting process to explore cooperative benefits of group hunting in sailfish. Check out the amazing footage of sailfish hunting for sardines from the coverage of our article in the on-line news section of Science Magazine. Many thanks to all co-authors!
Being back from holidays, I received the great news that our paper on progenitors migration in developing embryos, combining experimental results and mathematical modeling, got finally accepted for publications in BMC Biology:
Alba Diz-Muñoz; Pawel Romanczuk; Weimiao Yu; Martin Bergert; Kenzo Ivanovitch; Guillaume Salbreux; Carl-Philipp Heisenberg; Ewa Paluch: “Steering cell migration by alternating blebs and actin-rich protrusions”, BMC Biology, accepted (2016)
Many thanks to all co-authors, and in particular to the first author Alba Diz-Muñoz who recently started her own research group at EMBL in Heidelberg.
Recently we got some great news: Our collaborative application of 18 PIs from Princeton and Humboldt University was selected for funding within the strategic partnership program of our institutions. Starting from September 1st 2016, the Cooperation and Collective Cognition Network (CoCCoN), will come into existence bringing together scientist from such different backgrounds as biology, physics, psychology, economics & social science. CoCCoN will provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange and scientific discussion on different aspects of collective behavior, and in particular on analogies and differences in collective dynamics within animal groups and socio-economic systems. It will provide not only some exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations, but also integrate some specialized student training on the focus topic. We are looking forward to some inspiring exchange across disciplinary borders.
Welcome to the pages of the Emmy Noether research group “Collective Information Processing” at the Institute for Theoretical Biology, Department of Biology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, associated with the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, which officially started in May 2016.