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Cooperative transport by ants and robots

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Cooperative transport by ants and robots
In several species of ants, workers cooperate to retrieve large prey. Usually, one ant finds a prey item, tries to move it, and when unsuccessful for some time, recruits nestmates through direct contact or chemical marking. When a group of ants tries to move large prey, the ants change position and alignment until the prey can be moved toward the nest. A robotic implementation of this phenomenon is described. Although the robotic system may not appear to be very efficient, it is an interesting example of decentralized problem-solving by a group of robots, and it provides the first formalized model of cooperative transport in ants.
C. Ronald Kube, Eric Bonabeau
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Updated 19 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2000
Where RAS
Authors C. Ronald Kube, Eric Bonabeau
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