Collective motion

Collective motion

Collective motion is defined as the spontaneous emergence of ordered movement in a system consisting of a large number of self-propelled agents. It can be observed in everyday life, for example in flocks of birds, schools of fish, herds of animals and also in crowds and car traffic. It also appears at the microscopic level: in colonies of bacteria, motility assays and artificial self-propelled particles.

Project leader(s): Tamás Vicsek, Gergely Palla

Participant(s): Anna Zafeiris, Gábor Vásárhelyi



  • Tamás Vicsek and Anna Zafeiris: "Collective motion". Physics Reports 517(3) pp. 71–140, (2012) DOI.