Contre for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity
Andrea Cavagna is a researcher at the Centre for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity at the Italian National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics in Rome and teaches at the University of Rome. He received the Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Rome and did post-doctoral work at both Oxford University and the University of Manchester. A theoretical physicist by training, his research focus has been in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems. More recently, he has begun to explore questions of collective animal behavior by applying methods from statistical physics to solve biological and ethological problems. For the last three years, he has been a coordinator with the E.C.-funded STARFLAG Project to collect three-dimensional data of free-flying starlings in large flocks and to understand the fundamental rules of interaction among birds.