Dr. Yaouen Fily

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Université de Tours, France

Master, Dynamical systems of statistics of complex matter, Université Paris VI, France

Agrégation de Sciences Physiques, option Physiques

Licence, Physics, Université Paris VI/Ecole Normale Supériure de Cachan, France


Yaouen Fily is a physicist of collective phenomena; he uses statistical physics to understand the behavior of the many from that of the few. During his PhD at Université de Tours, he applied those concepts to the motion of vortices in superconductors. He then turned his interest to collective motion in biological systems, from bird flocks to swimming bacteria. Drawing from our understanding of objects like liquid crystals, foams, and piles of sand, his work aims to explain how coherent motion emerges from individual interactions, how to design artificial systems that move collectively, and how such systems deal with complex environments. 

As an educator, Dr. Fily endeavors to promote the physics of everyday objects and materials.  He seeks to show how physics can help us understand biology and convince future physicists that the theory of biological objects can be as fascinating and rewarding as that of stars or elementary particles.  Dr. Fily received his training from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Paris 6 and worked at Université de Tours, Syracuse University, and Brandeis University before joining FAU in 2017.


Contact: 561-799-8644; HC 151


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