Biological Sciences: Fully Funded EPSRC DTP PhD at Swansea: Collective animal behaviour

  • PHD
  • Full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 29 July 2022

Biological Sciences: Fully Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Scholarship: Collective animal behaviour and artificial swarm systems

Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) DTP

Subject areas: Computational biology, mathematical biology, animal behaviour, social networks, swarm intelligence, swarm robotics

Project start date:

  • 1 January 2023 (Enrolment open from mid-December)

Project supervisors:

  • Dr Andrew King
  • Dr Miguel Lurgi Rivera
  • Dr Ines Fürtbauer

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Biological Sciences

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Swarm robotic systems are inspired by collective animal behaviour, and usually comprise coordinated groups of simple, autonomous agents that move and interact with each other in the same way. However, recent advances in animal behaviour observations show high individual heterogeneity in almost every collective animal behaviour system they study, and this heterogeneity is important for animal group structure and functioning. This PhD project will use unique datasets on the collective behaviour of fish shoals, bird flocks, and mammal groups, to address the mismatch between swarm model assumptions and reality. The aim is to understand heterogeneity’s role in the emergence of collective patterns, with a view to engineering better artificial swarm systems. The ideal candidate will have a masters level degree and research interests and expertise in computational/mathematical biology, or similar. If you are unsure about whether your background “fits” the PhD, please get in touch for a chat.

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Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level in Biosciences or a related subject, or a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

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This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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