Active matter and collective effects

Swimmers, Walkers, Surfers ...

Active Matter is composed of units, which harvest (and dissipate) energy from (and in) the surrounding to produce some work. Familiar examples are living animals, which perform some motion, consuming food, but one can also think of artificial systems. We have developed a number of such systems, such as swimming droplets, walking grains, self-propelled colloids and explore their collective dynamics, both in liquid and solid phases.

Swarm robotics

A swarm of robots is, from our point of view, a specific type of active matter, the units of which have sensing, memory, and computational abilities. We explore how the cross-fertilization of the emergent properties of active matter and the learning abilities of robots can lead swarms of robots to perform yet unanticipated new families of tasks.

Path memory dynamics of walking drops

Collective effects in optomechanical networks

Coupling between active and passive materials

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Director
Olivier Dauchot
olivier.dauchot (arobase) espci.fr

ESPCI Administrator
Hyo Jin Cho
hyo-jin.cho (arobase) espci.fr

CNRS Administrator
Fée Sorrentino
fee.sorrentino (arobase) espci.fr

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