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Agent-based modeling is a powerful simulation modeling technique that has seen a number of applications in the last few years, including applications to real-world business problems. After the basic… Expand
From the Publisher: This book provides a detailed look at models of social insect behavior and how to apply these models in the design of complex systems. The book shows how these models replace an… Expand
Information markets, wikis and other applications that tap into the collective intelligence of groups have recently generated tremendous interest. But what�s the reality behind the hype?
Ant colonies, and more generally social insect societies, are distributed systems that, in spite of the simplicity of their individuals, present a highly structured social organization. As a result… Expand
Stigmergy is a class of mechanisms that mediate animal-animal interactions. Its introduction in 1959 by Pierre-Paul Grass made it possible to explain what had been until then considered paradoxical… Expand
In several species of ants, workers cooperate to retrieve large prey. Usually, one ant finds a prey item, tries to move it, and, when unsucessful for some time, recuits nestmates through direct… Expand
Social insects provide us with a powerful metaphor to create decentralized systems of simple interacting, and often mobile, agents. The emergent collective intelligence of social insects---swarm… Expand
Research in social insect behaviour has provided computer scientists with powerful methods for designing distributed control and optimization algorithms. These techniques are being applied… Expand
What do ants and bees have to do with business? A great deal, it turns out. Individually, social insects are only minimally intelligent, and their work together is largely self-organized and… Expand