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Simon Garnier

  • PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology Department of Biological Sciences
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Simon Garnier is a new assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is starting a new interdisciplinary research group called the Swarm Lab. The Swarm Lab is dedicated to the study of collective behaviors and swarm intelligence in natural and artificial systems. Simon did his doctoral work at the University of Toulouse (France) with Dr. Guy Theraulaz and his postdoctoral work with Professor Iain Couzin at Princeton University. His research aims to reveal the detailed functioning of human and non-human collective intelligence in systems as diverse as ant colonies, fish schools, human crowds or robotic swarms. He is particularly interested in the mechanisms of information transfer and integration in large groups that can lead to adaptive (or intelligent) collective responses to environmental challenges. Simon was the recipient of a Fyssen Foundation postdoctoral grant in 2009 and his work on ant colonies, human crowds and swarm robotics has been featured widely in the mainstream media.

Recent publications

  • Path selection and foraging efficiency in Argentine ant transport networks

    • Garnier S
    • Guérécheau A
    • Combe M
    • et al.
  • The biological principles of swarm intelligence

    • Garnier S
    • Gautrais J
    • Theraulaz G

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology

July 2012 - Present

Post-doctoral research fellow and Lecturer

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University

January 2009 - June 2012(3 years)


Ph.D. in Ethology

Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, CNRS - Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3

September 2004 - November 2008(4 years) Behavior and Neurosciences

Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3

September 2002 - June 2004(2 years)

B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Cellular Biology and Physiology

Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2

September 1999 - June 2002(3 years)

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