To Explore The Collective Animal Erratic Panic and Biomimetics

C. S. CHEN, Si-lei CHU, KAO Fang-yu KAO Fang-yu, Yu-lin Hsu, Katherine Chen, Sheng-ying PAO


In biomimetics, we learn and get inspiration from animals to improve our quality of life. It is important to have better understanding on what, why, and how animal did so we can apply the biomimetics more effectively. Anomalous behaviors including the collective animal erratic panic (CAEP) are some of the poorly understood and potentially very important and inspiring phenomena. CAEP is not commonly noted. But it is often noticed before, during, or right after some abrupt natural disasters. There are many speculations, confusions and controversy associated with the still mysterious CAEP. CAEP could provide us with invaluable inspiration to improve our biomimetics including sensing and signal processing. CAEP would also help us to reduce our loss in lives and properties through detecting the precursors of the forthcoming natural disasters. We have explored the important issues on 1.What is CAEP? 2. What are the major stimuli and essential mechanisms in CAEP? and 3. What wisdoms can we gain from CAEP for better understanding and to further advance our biomimetics?We have made good advances in all three critical issues. With our preliminary results, we can explain the nearly no animal casualty in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy, the successful early warning in the 1975 Haicheng earthquake. We can also shed some light to the sudden disappearing of the unusually large gathering of sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco during 2009. Furthermore, we can fix the challenging twists of some anomalous animal behaviors in 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Improved modeling and helpful appropriate experiments are needed to make further good advances. A better grasp of the CAEP can help us to improve our wisdom in biomimetics. It can also provide us with potentially vital systems for early warning of the deadly abrupt natural disasters. Keywords: biomimetics; panic; collective behaviour; animal; stimuli


biomimetics; panic; collective behaviour; animal; stimuli

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