From ants to robots and back: How robotics can contribute to the study of collective animal behavior

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Abstract

Swarm robotics has developed partly from biological discoveries that have been made on the organization of animal societies during the last thirty years. In this article, I review some of the ways robotics contributes in return to the study of collective animal behavior. I argue that robotics can bring significant improvements in this field, from a technical, conceptual and educational point of view. I base my discussion on five observations I have made while collaborating with computer scientists: robots require a complete specification; robots are physical entities; robots implement new technologies; robots can be inadvertent sources of biological inspiration; and robots are "cool" gadgets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems
EditorsYan Meng, Yaochu Jin
Pages105-120
Number of pages16
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
Volume355
ISSN (Print)1860-949X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

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