Simon Leblanc

Ph.D. candidate

Eno Hall
Eno Hall

I'm a fourth year graduate student in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) and I'm working with Simon Levin and Iain Couzin on collective behavior of animal groups in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). I first visited the Levin Lab before for a four-month internship during the summer 2009, and a eight-month internship from February to September 2010.

Before that, I was a student in ENSEIRB-MATMECA, a french engineering school of mathematical and mechanical modeling.

Current Work

I'm currently working on collective behavior of animal groups with Iain Couzin and his group. I am interested in information transfer on networks. I am trying to find efficient ways of communicating through local interactions in a large network by understanding how it is done in nature.

Before that I was analyzing various swarm datasets including sonar based observations of fish schools in the field and trajectories of fish schools in the lab.

In 2009, I developed a software in order to analyze movies from large group experiments from the Couzin Lab at a coarse grain level using optical flow estimation methods.



I was born in Clermont-Ferrand, the main city of the Auvergne region, in the center of France. Auvergne is famous for three reasons: volcanoes, Michelin tires and cheese (Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Bleu d'Auvergne, Fourme d'Ambert...).

After two years of intensive maths and physics preparatory classes for the Grandes Écoles national exam, I went to Bordeaux and studied mathematical and mechanical modeling during three years in ENSEIRB-MATMECA engineering school where I obtained my engineering degree complemented by a master in modeling, calculus and environment from Université de Bordeaux 1.