About me

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Currently, I am group leader of the junior research group “Collective Information Processing” funded via the Emmy Noether Program of the German Science foundation (DFG). The primary reseach of my group is mathematical modeling and analysis of collective motion in general, and in particular research on animal groups as information processing systems. Visit the group page http://lab.romanczuk.de for more (up-to-date) information.

research interest

My general research interests lie in the field of statistical physics and stochastic processes applied to biological and ecological problems. I am in particular interested in the emergence of collective behavior in biology (swarming) and related problems of self-propelled motion.

In my diploma thesis I studied an individual based model of bacterial colonies with chemotaxis based on the concept of active Brownian particles. In my Phd-Thesis I broadened my scope to generic models of individual active motion, as well as, collective motion due to velocity alignment. In addition, motivated by recent empirical evidence for cannibalism being the driving force of collective motion in certain insect species, I proposed a model of collective motion based on escape and pursuit interactions.

A significant part of my research in recent years was done in collaboration with the Couzin Lab at Princeton University, the Stochastic Processes Group (Prof. L. Schimansky-Geier) at the Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin and the Salbreux Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.

other interest

Sports: Karate (Modern Sports Karate), football, ballroom dancing, snowboarding.

I am interested in European (and not only) politics and was an active member of the non-governental student organisation “Jugend bewegt Europa” for many years.