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Dr Edmund Hunt

Dr Edmund Hunt

Dr Edmund Hunt
BSc (Lond) ARCS, MPhil (Oxon), PhD (Bris)

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow

Area of research

Collective behaviour

Office 2.51
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 4760

Summary

I am currently an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow (i.e., postdoctoral researcher) working on translating insights from collective animal behaviour into applications in swarm robotics. I am working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory with Dr Sabine Hauert, and have a base in University of Bristol Engineering Mathematics in the Merchant Venturers Building.

Prior to my current position I spent a year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, working on social networks of social spiders, with Prof Noa Pinter-Wollman.

My PhD research was concerned with the exploration and decision-making behaviour of the house-hunting ant Temnothorax albipennis, within the field of behavioural ecology and complexity sciences, as an EPSRC-funded PhD student. I was interested in how the behavioural interactions of individual worker ants allows collective problem-solving abilities to emerge. In between science degrees, I studied economics and worked in financial regulation, which is where I first began to think about collective animal behaviour. 

Biography

2017-present  EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, University of Bristol
2016-17  Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2012-16  PhD in complexity sciences
2012-13 MRes in complexity sciences, University of Bristol - Distinction
2012 Secondee, banking regulation, European Commission
2009-12  Graduate scheme in financial regulation (insurance & banking), FSA*
2007-09  MPhil in economics, University of Oxford
2004-07 BSc in physics with theoretical physics, Imperial College London - 1st class
2004 Secondary School Exchange Scholar (USA), The English-Speaking Union
  (*now PRA, Bank of England)

 

Memberships

  • Member, The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, UK (ASAB)
  • Member, The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • Fellow, The Linnean Society of London (FLS)

Keywords

  • Collective animal behaviour
  • Swarm robotics
  • Collective dynamics
  • Complex systems
  • Social learning
  • Social insects

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