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Swarmalators: oscillators that sync and swarm

The department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Limerick invites you to a seminar by Dr Kevin O'Keeffe (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

Title:  Swarmalators: oscillators that sync and swarm

Abstract: Swarmalators: oscillators that sync and swarm Synchronization occurs in many natural and technological systems, from cardiac pacemaker cells to coupled lasers. In the synchronized state, the individual cells or lasers coordinate the timing of their oscillations, but they do not move through space. A complementary form of self-organization occurs among swarming insects, flocking birds, or schooling fish; now the individuals move through space, but without conspicuously altering their internal states. This talk is about systems in which both synchronization and swarming occur together. We call the components of these systems ’swarmalators’, to highlight their dual character as swarming oscillators. Using a generalized Kuramoto model, I will show how the interplay between the swarmalators' spatial dynamics and phase dynamics leads to rich spatiotemporal patterns, and discuss some real world systems where these have potential to be realized.

This seminar will take place on Wednesday 25th October , at 3 p.m, in  Room A2-002.

If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to Iain Moyles (061 233726,

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Supported by Science Foundation Ireland funding, MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in science, engineering and industry in Ireland.