Controlling ant-based construction

Lenka Pitonakova, Seth Bullock

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Abstract

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
Pages151-158
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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