Active matter systems, ranging from liquid crystals to populations of cells and animals, exhibit complex collective behavior characterized by pattern formation and dynamic phase transitions. However, quantitative analysis of these systems is challenging, especially for heterogeneous populations of varying sizes, and typically requires expertise in formulating problem-specific order parameters. I will describe an alternative approach, using a combination of topological data analysis and machine learning, to investigate emergent behaviors in self-organizing populations of interacting discrete agents.
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- Applied Topology Seminar