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Self-Organized Aggregation Triggers Collective Decision Making in a Group of Cockroach-Like Robots
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We show that the restriction of the self-amplified aggregation behavior to distinct zones in the environment can explain the emergence of a collective decision at the level of the group. Expand
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Stigmergic construction and topochemical information shape ant nest architecture
Significance Social insects build some of the most complex nests found in the animal kingdom. Here, we use experiments and modeling to decipher the mechanisms involved in the coordination of nestExpand
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Do Ants Need to Estimate the Geometrical Properties of Trail Bifurcations to Find an Efficient Route? A Swarm Robotics Test Bed
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We propose that ants follow the shortest path between the colony's nest and a food source in a network containing asymmetrical bifurcations, and that it does not require the ability to measure the angle. Expand
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Aggregation Behaviour as a Source of Collective Decision in a Group of Cockroach-Like-Robots
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We show that a self-enhanced aggregation process, which leads groups of cockroaches to a quick and strong aggregation, can be used by a group of mini-robots Alice to select collectively an aggregation site among two identical or different shelters. Expand
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The interplay between a self-organized process and an environmental template: corpse clustering under the influence of air currents in ants
Many spatial patterns observed in nature emerge from local processes and their interactions with the local environment. The clustering of objects by social insects represents such a pattern formationExpand
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The Embodiment of Cockroach Aggregation Behavior in a Group of Micro-robots
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We report the faithful reproduction of the self-organized aggregation behavior of the German cockroach Blattella germanica with a group of robots. Expand
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The structure of gallery networks in the nests of termite Cubitermes spp. revealed by X-ray tomography
Recent studies have introduced computer tomography (CT) as a tool for the visualisation and characterisation of insect architectures. Here, we use CT to map the three-dimensional networks ofExpand
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The effects of mixotrophy on the stability and dynamics of a simple planktonic food web model.
Recognition of the microbial loop as an important part of aquatic ecosystems disrupted the notion of simple linear food chains. However, current research suggests that even the microbial loopExpand
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A computational model of ant nest morphogenesis
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The nests of social insects are not only impressive because of their sheer complexity, but also because they are built from much smaller agents whose work is not centrally coordinated. Expand
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From pattern to process: identifying predator–prey models from time-series data
Abstract Fitting nonlinear models to time-series is a technique of increasing importance in population ecology. In this article, we apply it to assess the importance of predator dependence in theExpand
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