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Self-Organization in Biological Systems
This book is a self-contained introduction to self-organization and complexity in biology - a field of study at the forefront of life sciences research. Expand
The dynamics of collective sorting robot-like ants and ant-like robots
A distributed sorting algorithm, inspired by how ant colonies sort their brood, is presented for use by robot teams, offering the advantages of simplicity, flexibility and robustness. Expand
The self-organizing exploratory pattern of the argentine ant
A minimal model shows how the exploratory pattern may be generated by the individual workers' simple trail-laying and -following behavior, illustrating how complex collective structures in insect colonies may be based on self-organization. Expand
Self-organized shortcuts in the Argentine ant
Les fourmis I. humilis choisissent le chemin le plus court pour aller de la colonie au lieu d'approvisionnement
From local actions to global tasks: stigmergy and collective robotics
This paper presents a series of experiments where a group of mobile robots gather 81 randomly distributed objects and cluster them into one pile through stigmergy, a principle which allows indirect communication between agents through sensing and modification of the local environment which determines the agents’ behaviour. Expand
Quantitative study of the fixed threshold model for the regulation of division of labour in insect societies
A simple model of regulation of division of labour in insect societies is introduced and studied. Individuals are assumed to respond to task-related stimuli with response thresholds. When theExpand
Adaptive Task Allocation Inspired by a Model of Division of Labor in Social Insects
A recently proposed model of division of labor in a colony of primitively eusocial wasps, based on a simple reinforcement of response thresholds, can be transformed into a decentralized adaptive algorithm of task allocation. Expand
Colony size, communication and ant foraging strategy
Some 12,000 ant species are known by now, with colony sizes ranging from a few individuals to 20,000,000 individuals. What constraints does this vast range of colony sizes place on the systems ofExpand
Collective decision making through food recruitment
A series of experiments shows how the andLasius niger uses its trail recruitment system to select between two food sources, simultaneously presented with to 1M sucrose solution and when offered a 1M solution together with a 0.1M solution. Expand
Trails and U-turns in the Selection of a Path by the Ant Lasius niger
A series of laboratory experiments show how colonies of the ant Lasius niger systematically select the shorter of two paths of varying length and form between nest and foraging area, and do so with aExpand