Thursday, 28 August, 2014
SPEAKER: Prof. Nina Fefferman, Rutgers University
TITLE: Mathematics, Optimization, and the Evolution and Behavior of Social Insects
ABSTRACT: Social insects have a fantastically complex set of behaviors. In this talk, we'll use computational simulation and some game theory to discuss the potential evolutionary implications in three examples: 1) Reproductive Fission in Honey Bees, 2) Cooperative NestFounding in Paperwasps, and 3) Division of Labor and Disease Defense Across Multiple Eusocial Insect Taxa. Our discussion will provide enough math to see how the solutions are achieved without spending too much time on the details,
in favor of instead exploring how the mathematical models provide meaningful biological insights.