Living things exhibit clever information processing to cope with environmental changes, even at individual level. In addition, we are often fascinated with emergence of more intelligent behaviors when living things collectively self-organize at population level. My ultimate research purpose is to understand a principle underlying this intelligence. Therefore, I employ the nematode C. elegans as a model animal and seek physical rules governing individual and population level behaviors. For this purpose, I have taken interdisciplinary approaches between neuroscience, ethology, engineering and nonlinear physics.
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2020.1 I published a review paper in the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan.
I won a medical grant from Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.
I'm giving a series of talks in collective behavior conference (ASAB Summer 2019) and department of collective behavior in Univ of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute in Germany.
2019.3-5 I gave talks in Osaka University, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hokkaido University.
The recent paper about C. elegans collective behavior is reviewed in Academist journal.
Our paper has been published in Nature Communications. We found that C. elegans collectively forms dynamical networks with simple physical rules, providing the experimental evidence on a physical rule underlying collective motions of self-propeled particles in the active matter physics. This paper is featured in news media and highlighted in Nature Reviews Physics.
2018.12 My grant application to Shimazu Science Foundation was approved.
2018.9 I gave a talk in 2nd International Symposium on Biotremology in Riva del Garda, Itary.