Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Science
Andrew J. Bernoff
Chad M. Topaz (UCLA)
In this work, I seek to model swarms of fruit flies, drosophila melanogaster, whose flights are characterized by straight flight segments interrupted by rapid turns called saccades. These flights are reminiscent of Levy-distributed random walks which are known to lead to efficient search behavior. I build two types of model for swarms of foraging fruit flies, whose behavior depends on swarm density and chemoattractant concentration, using rules inspired by experimentally observed flight patterns. First I will present a Lagrangian model where the path of each individual fly is tracked. I will also consider an Eulerian model where the fruit fly density evolves as a function of time and position in space. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the two models and the relationship between them.
Majkut, Joesph, "Foraging Fruit Flies: Lagrangian and Eulerian Descriptions of Insect Swarming" (2006). HMC Senior Theses. 183.