About

Dr Edmund R. Hunt is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. He is working with Dr Sabine Hauert, with a base in Bristol’s Engineering Mathematics Department, specifically the excellent Collective Dynamics Group there. He is using the Kilobot platform (1000 robot swarm) at one of Europe’s leading robotics laboratories, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. 

A Kilobot experiment at BRL using simulated ant pheromone

Previously he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, working in the group of Prof. Noa Pinter-Wollman. There he studied the behaviour of the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola, pictured below.

Photo taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa by Bernard Dupont

Previous career

I finished my PhD in Complexity Sciences in October 2016 at the University of Bristol, UK. I was an EPSRC-funded member of the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences (BCCS). The complex systems perspective is a great way to understand a diversity of phenomena. I studied the collective behaviour of Temnothorax albipennis ant colonies, house-hunting ants that make decisions together.

Before my PhD I worked for 3 years in banking regulation (risk management systems), at what has now become the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) of the Bank of England. This included a 6 month secondment to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. This is the body charged with developing and enforcing EU law.

The art above the Imperial physics dept entrance (Blackett Lab)

My academic career started with a BSc in physics with theoretical physics at Imperial College London. After that I pursued my interest in politics and society by studying for an MPhil in economics at the University of Oxford, where I developed specialisms in microeconomics and economic history. I was based at St Cross College, a graduate college of the university.

West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, where I grew up

I grew up in Dorset, England, which is a very beautiful part of the world. Before going to university I spent half a year at an American prep school on a sort of school exchange.

My LinkedIn page contains some further CV-type details.

My Erdös number is 5:  Paul Erdös – Joel H. Spencer – Charles S. Peskin – James Sneyd – Nigel R. Franks – Edmund R. Hunt