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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

Swarm Robotics & Collective Animal Behaviour

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


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 behaviours of individual worker ants are determined by group interactions, and how these interactions allow 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. 


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










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

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