Controlling ant-based construction

Lenka Pitonakova, Seth Bullock

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This paper investigates the dynamics of decentralised nest construction in the ant species Leptothorax tuberointerruptus, exploring the contribution of, and interaction between, a pheromone building template and a physical building template (the bodies of the ants themselves). We present a continuous-space model of ant behaviour capable of generating ant-like nest structures, the integrity and shapes of which are non-trivially determined by choice of parameters and the building template(s) employed. We go on to demonstrate that the same behavioural algorithm is capable of generating a somewhat wider range of architectural forms, and discuss its limitations and potential extensions.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationAdvances in Artificial Life: Proceedings of the Twelfth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2013)
EditorsPietro Liò, Orazio Miglino, Giuseppe Nicosia, Stefano Nolfi, Mario Pavone
PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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