Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland (2012)
M. Eng. in Systems Engineering, Cornell University (2005)
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Delhi University, New Delhi, India (2000)
Causal Relationships Underlying the Collective Dynamic Behavior of Swarms, funded by New York University
V. Mwaffo, S. Butail, and M. Porfiri. In-silico experiments of zebrafish behaviour: modelling swimming in three dimensions.Scientific Reports, 7(39877), 2017.
S. Macri, D. Neri, T. Ruberto, S. Butail, V. Mwaffo, and M. Porfiri. Three-dimensional scoring of zebrafish behavior unveils biological phenomena hidden by two-dimensional analyses.Scientific Reports, 7(1), 2017.
V. Mwaffo, S. Butail, and M. Porfiri. Analysis of pairwise interactions in a maximum likelihood sense to identify leaders in a group.Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 4:35, 2017.
S. Butail, V. Mwaffo, and M. Porfiri. Model-free information-theoretic approach to infer leadership in pairs of zebrafish.Physical Review E,93(4) 042411, 2016
T. Bartolini, V. Mwaffo, A. Showler, S. Macrì, S. Butail and M. Porfiri. Zebrafish response to 3D printed shoals of conspecifics: the effect of body size.Bioinsipiration & Biomimetics,11(2):026003, 2016
V. Mwaffo, R. P. Anderson, S. Butail, and M. Porfiri. A jump persistent turning walker to model zebrafish locomotion.Journal of the Royal Society Interface,12(102): 20140884, 2015.
S. Butail, F. Ladu, D. Spinello, and M. Porfiri. Information flow in animal-robot interactions.Entropy (Special issue: Information in Dynamical Systems and Complex Systems),16(3): 1315–1330, 2014.
S. Butail, G. Polverino, P. Phamduy, F. Del Sette, and M. Porfiri. Influence of robotic shoal size, configuration, and activity on zebrafish behavior in a free-swimming environment.BehaviouralBrain Research,275:269–280, 2014.
A.Chicoli, S. Butail, Y. Lun, J. Bak-Coleman, S. Coombs, and D. A. Paley. “The effects of flow on schoolingDevarioaequipinnatus: school structure, startle response and information transmission.Journal of Fish Biology,84(5): 1401–1421, 2014.
S. Butail, E. M. Bollt, and M. Porfiri. Analysis and classification of collective behavior using generative modeling and nonlinear manifold learning.Journal of Theoretical Biology,336(7): 185–199, 2013.
S. Butail, T. Bartolini, and M. Porfiri.Collectiveresponse of zebrafish shoals to a free-swimming robotic fish. PLoS One,8(10): e76123, 2013.
S. Butail, N. C. Manoukis, M. Diallo, J. M. C. Ribeiro, and D. A. Paley. The Dance of MaleAnophelesgambiaein Wild Mating Swarms.Journal of Medical Entomology,50(3): 552–559, 2013.
S. Butail and D. A. Paley. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the fast-start swimming kinematics of densely schooling fish.Journal of the Royal Society Interface,9(66): 77–88, 2011.