Statistical Physics and Anomalous Dynamics of Foraging:
First Focus Week Meeting

To be held from Monday, 7 September 2015 (arrival) to Thursday, 10 September 2015 (departure)
at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany


Rainer Klages
r.klages @

Anett Pacholik
ap @

together with the Advanced Study Group Members

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Noethnitzer Str. 38, D-01187 Dresden, Germany
Brief description of the theme of this meeting:
This is the first focus week of the Advanced Study Group (ASG) on Statistical Physics and Anomalous Dynamics of Foraging at the MPIPKS Dresden. The main topic of the ASG is outlined here. The aim of the associated meeting is to bring together experts working in this field, and on related problems, for scientific discussion. We have 12 invited speakers: 5 external speakers, 5 internal speakers from MPIPKS Dresden, and 2 members of the ASG.

Organizational details:
Monday, 7 September is the day of arrival and Thursday, 10 September the day of departure. Talks will only take place on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September. They will be held in seminar room 4 (ground floor) at MPIPKS Dresden. The coffee breaks will be in the foyer of the institute.
Directions of how to get there can be found here. For further information please contact Rainer Klages.


All talks are for 35 minutes with up to 10 minutes of discussion.

Tuesday, 8 September:
10.00 - 10.15
Rainer Klages
Introduction and outline of the meeting [talk]
10.15 - 11.00
Nicholas Watkins, University of Warwick, UK
A random walk through search research [abstract|talk]
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.15
Vasily Zaburdaev, MPIPKS Dresden
Levy walks
12.15 - 13.00
Frederic Bartumeus, Centre d'Estudis Avancats de Blanes, Spain
Random search principles in foraging ecology [abstract|talk]
13.00 - 14.30
lunch in the institute's restaurant
14.30 - 15.15 Simon Benhamou, CEFE/CNRS, Montpellier, France
Foraging modes, foraging scales, and the failure of the LÚvy Foraging Hypothesis [abstract|talk]
15.15 - 16.00
Jon Pitchford, University of York, UK
Can penguins play chess? [abstract|talk]
16.00 - 16.30
Coffee break
16.30 - 17.15
Holger Kantz, MPIPKS Dresden
Weak ergodicity breaking and 1/f noise in Continuous Time Random Walks

dinner (self-organized)

Wednesday, 9 September:
10.00 - 10.45
Eduardo Altmann, MPIPKS Dresden
Sub-linear scaling in the search for novelties
10.45 - 11.15
Coffee break
11.15 - 12.00
Benjamin Friedrich, MPIPKS Dresden
The navigation principle of marine sperm chemotaxis [abstract|talk]
12.00 - 12.45
Edward A. Codling, University of Essex, UK
Balancing direct and indirect sources of navigational information in
individual and collective animal movement

12.45 - 14.30
lunch in the institute's restaurant
14.30 - 15.15
Mathieu Lihoreau, CNRS-University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Bees and the traveling salesman problem [abstract|talk]
15.15 - 16.00
Ralf Metzler, University of Potsdam, Germany
Optimal search: micro and macro scales [talk]
16.00 - 16.30
Coffee break
16.30 - 17.15
Shamik Gupta, MPIPKS Dresden
Diffusion with stochastic resetting [abstract|talk]
17.15 - 18.00

dinner (self-organized)

Last update: 08 November 2015