The Impact of Architecture on Collective Outcomes

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: Noa Pinter-Wollman, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Built structures, such as animal nests, serve two overarching purposes: shelter and providing a space where organisms interact. Shelter has dominated much of the discussion in the literature of animal behavior. Recently, research has begun to address the effects of architecture on the collective behavior of its inhabitants. Collective behavior emerges from interactions, that by definition are impacted by spatial constraints because spatial proximity is necessary for an interaction to occur. 

In this talk, Noa Pinter-Wollman will highlight some of empirical and theoretical research on the effects of architecture on collective behavior. Pinter-Wollman will outline new directions and frameworks for elucidating the effects of nest architecture on collective behavior and of human built structures on various societal outcomes such as collaborations and public health. These studies are based on interdisciplinary approaches and exchanges of ideas among biologists, social scientists, and architects.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested.