Multiscale analysis and modelling of collective migration in biological systems

October 09 - 13, 2017


General Information

The main goal of this workshop is to promote an exchange of ideas and the establishment of interdisciplinary collaborations between experts in a quickly growing research area dealing with collective motion in biological systems at the cellular and organismic scale. Collective motion is an emergent phenomenon observed in systems consisting of many moving and locally interacting units. In particular, collective cell motion plays a crucial role in multi-cellular organisms during embryonic development, but also in patho-physiological situations as wound healing, immune response or cancer invasion.

We address two main topics: first, new data-based methods used for reverse-engineering interactions between units from their trajectories, and, secondly, the characterisation of unifying principles behind the diverse manifestations of collective motion on the basis of mathematical models. We will focus on multiscale analysis of the mathematical models for collective motion which allows to predict behaviours on one scale, e.g. the scale of the population, from known behaviour on other scales, e.g. the individual interaction scale.

Invited Speakers: 
  • Till Bretschneider (University of Warwick, Coventry)
  • Elisabetta Ada Cavalcanti-Adam (Universität Heidelberg)
  • Andras Czirok (The University of Kansas, Kansas City)
  • Benjamin Dalziel (Oregon State University, Corvallis)
  • Peter Dieterich (Technische Universität, Dresden)
  • Loic Dupré (Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier)
  • Peter Friedl (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • Vishwesha Guttal (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru)
  • Haralampos Hatzikirou (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig)
  • Thomas Hillen (University of Alberta, Edmonton)
  • Yangjin Kim (Konkuk University, Seoul)
  • Rainer Klages (Queen Mary University, London)
  • Stan Maree (John Innes Centre, Norwich)
  • Roeland Merks (Universiteit Leiden)
  • Koichi Nichiyama (Kumamoto University)
  • Kevin Painter (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
  • Fernando Peruani (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
  • Pawel Romanczuk (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Clément Sire (Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier)
  • Angela Stevens (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
  • Christina Surulescu (Technische Universität Karlsruhe)
  • Anja Voß-Böhme (Technische Universität Dresden)