Cucker-Smale model with finite speed of information propagation: Well-posedness, flocking and mean-field limit

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We study a variant of the Cucker-Smale model where information between agents propagates with a finite speed [Math Processing Error]. This leads to a system of functional differential equations with state-dependent delay. We prove that, if initially the agents travel slower than [Math Processing Error], then the discrete model admits unique global solutions. Moreover, under a generic assumption on the influence function, we show that there exists a critical information propagation speed [Math Processing Error] such that if [Math Processing Error], the system exhibits asymptotic flocking in the sense of the classical definition of Cucker and Smale. For constant initial datum the value of [Math Processing Error] is explicitly calculable. Finally, we derive a mean-field limit of the discrete system, which is formulated in terms of probability measures on the space of time-dependent trajectories. We show global well-posedness of the mean-field problem and argue that it does not admit a description in terms of the classical Fokker-Planck equation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalKinetic and Related Models
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-10-13
Acknowledgements: The author acknowledges the fruitful discussions with Oliver Tse that have taken place during his visit of TU Eindhoven, and with Jan Vyb´ıral during his visit of Czech Technical University in Prague, which helped to initiate and develop some ideas presented in this pape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation


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