Research objectives and content
In Leptothorax colonies the individual ants tend to be active and inactive in synchrony. Leptothorax nests have a constant spatial structure. IndividuaLs show social resilience, that is they have spatial fidelity zones which they reconstitute in the same relative position when emigrate to new nest. The hypothesis whichto test is that rhe relative position of spatial fidelity zones is correlated with different leveLs of activity among the the workers. We shall develop both discrete and continous mathematical models for the system and we shall use the individual behavour to derive a continous model of the group properties. In sum, the goal ot this study will be to underderstand through cycles of modelling and experimentation how 1. rhythms occur when ants exhibit differential activity and occupy unique spatial fidelity zones 2. rhythms combined with social resilience may promote efficiency.
Training content (objective. benefit and expected impact)
Goal of the training is to start, within the above research project a collaboration between a biolooical approach and a mathematical approach. During this term I would to lem the techniques used in laboratory observation, images analysis and mathematical modelling.
Therefore. I would attent specific courses of mathematics and modelling to improve my kwnoledge of mathematical models.