# Marsden Memorial Lecture: Naomi Leonard

## Topic

Symmetry, bifurcation, and multi-agent decision-making

## Details

I will present nonlinear dynamics for distributed decision-making that derive from principles of symmetry and bifurcation. Inspired by studies of animal groups, including house-hunting honeybees and schooling fish, the nonlinear dynamics describe a group of interacting agents that can manage flexibility as well as stability in response to a changing environment.

**Biography**:

Naomi Ehrich Leonard is Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and associated faculty in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. She is a MacArthur Fellow, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, SIAM, IEEE, IFAC, and ASME. She received her BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Her research is in control and dynamics with application to multi-agent systems, mobile sensor networks, collective animal behavior, and human decision dynamics.

**About the Marsden Memorial Lectures**:

The Marsden Memorial Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Jerrold E Marsden (1942-2010), a world-renowned Canadian applied mathematician. Marsden was the Carl F Braun Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech, and prior to that he was at the University of California (Berkeley) for many years. He did extensive research in the areas of geometric mechanics, dynamical systems and control theory. He was one of the original founders in the early 1970s of reduction theory for mechanical systems with symmetry, which remains an active and much studied area of research today. Please visit the Marsden webpage here for more information here: http://www.pims.math.ca/scientific/distinguished-lecture-series/marsden-memorial-lecture-series

## Additional Information

**Time**: 6:00pm

**Location**: The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, 11335 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2M9, Canada

Naomi Leonard, Princeton University

**Scientific, Seminar**

**September 27, 2018**

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