From Social Insects to Radcliffe Fellows: Exploring a Collective Intelligence

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What do a computer scientist, a playwright, and a biologist have in common? Collective intelligence, as Radhika Nagpal discovered during her year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. She worked with experimental biologists to develop a better understanding of collective intelligence in social insects through the application of computer science. The professor of computer science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering also found a surprising commonality with a playwright and other Radcliffe fellows.