• The 129th WPI-IIIS seminar

    12 April 2018

    Date and time 12 April 2018, Thursday, 12:00 - 13:00
    Venue 1F Auditorium, IIIS Building, University of Tsukuba
    Access Take a bus bound for "Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo" or the "University Loop-line On-campus Bus [Tsukuba Daigaku Junkan Bus]" and get off at Oikoshi Gakusei Shukusha Mae
    Speaker Dr. Leon Avery, University of Waterloo
    Subject Social Behavior in worm larvae
    Summary After starvation, newly hatched /C.elegans/ larvae come together spontaneously to form aggregates. Neither the purpose nor the mechanism of this aggregation behavior are known. We have developed a simple chemotaxis model (loosely based on the classic Keller-Segel model for slime mold aggregation) to explain the mechanism. I have developed numerical simulations based on this model. These simulations are partly successful in reproducing some aspects of the behavior.

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