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Reference : UMR5169-GUYTHE-001
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Thursday, February 20, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 36 months
Expected date of employment : 1 September 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2135 € gross amount/month
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
The main objective of this thesis will be to investigate under what conditions controlled interactions between the individuals in a group can lead that group to find the right solution to a problem or at least to be close to this solution. This PhD project is part of a collaboration between the "Statistical Physics of Complex Systems" team from the Theoretical Physics Laboratory and the "Collective Animal Behavior" team from the Research Center on Animal Cognition. More specifically, one will study on one hand the processes involved in collective search for information, and on the other hand, under what conditions a group can collectively optimize its choices in a minority game.
The PhD student will participate in carrying out the experiments, analyzing and interpreting the data. She/he will also play an active role in the construction and numerical simulation of the models in close collaboration with the supervisors.
The desired profile of the candidate is a physicist or computer scientist and/or holder of a master's degree in a discipline relevant to the project, with skills in data analysis (R software) and in modeling, and mastering at least one programming language (Python, C ++, Fortran…).
The supervision of the thesis will be done by a physicist from the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique (LPT) in Toulouse and an Behavioral Scientist from the Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (CRCA) alo in Toulouse who have already co-supervised a thesis together on collective behavior in human groups (as well as several other students on the interactions involved in the coordination of collective movements of schools of fish ). The Collective Animal Behavior (CAB) team at CRCA will bring its expertise in the field of quantitative ethology and more specifically in the analysis of collective behavior in animal and human societies. The PhyStat team at LPT will bring its expertise in data analysis and mathematical modeling of complex systems and in the development of analytical and numerical methods.
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