Maria R. D'Orsogna

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— In this paper, we study cooperative control algorithms using pairwise interactions, for the purpose of controlling flocks of unmanned vehicles. An important issue is the role the potential plays in the stability and possible collapse of the group as agent number increases. We model a set of interacting Dubins vehicles with fixed turning angle and speed.(More)
We derive the equations that describe adsorption of diffusing particles onto a surface followed by additional surface kinetic steps before being transported across the interface. Multistage surface kinetics occurs during membrane protein insertion, cell signaling, and the infection of cells by virus particles. For example, viral entry into healthy cells is(More)
Locusts exhibit two interconvertible behavioral phases, solitarious and gregarious. While solitarious individuals are repelled from other locusts, gregarious insects are attracted to conspecifics and can form large aggregations such as marching hopper bands. Numerous biological experiments at the individual level have shown how crowding biases conversion(More)
While the evolution of cooperation has been widely studied, little attention has been devoted to adversarial settings wherein one actor can directly harm another. Recent theoretical work addresses this issue, introducing an adversarial game in which the emergence of cooperation is heavily reliant on the presence of "Informants," actors who defect at(More)
Cellular cargo can be bound to cytoskeletal filaments by one or more active or passive molecular motors. Recent experiments have shown that the presence of auxiliary, nondriving motors results in an enhanced processivity of the cargo, compared to the case of a single active driving motor alone. We model the observed cooperative transport process using a(More)
Motivated by nucleation and molecular aggregation in physical, chemical, and biological settings, we present a thorough analysis of the general problem of stochastic self-assembly of a fixed number of identical particles in a finite volume. We derive the backward Kolmogorov equation (BKE) for the cluster probability distribution. From the BKE, we study the(More)
Enveloped viruses attach to host cells by binding to receptors on the cell surface. For many viruses, entry occurs via membrane fusion after a sufficient number of receptors have engaged ligand proteins on the virion. Under conditions where the cell surface receptor densities are low, recruitment of receptors may be limited by diffusion rather than by(More)
Motivated by recent efforts by the criminal justice system to treat and rehabilitate nonviolent offenders rather than focusing solely on their punishment, we introduce an evolutionary game theoretic model to study the effects of "carrot and stick" intervention programs on criminal recidivism. We use stochastic simulations to study the evolution of a(More)