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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-31050-5-ch029
Pages 210-217
First published 2 July 2012

An Ant-Based Computer Simulator

Loizos Michael, Anastasios Yiannakides

Abstract

Collaboration in nature is often illustrated through the collective behavior of ants. Although entomological studies have shown that certain goals are well-served by this collective behavior, the extent of what such a collaboration can achieve is not immediately clear. We extend past work that has argued that ants are, in principle, able to collectively compute logical circuits, and illustrate through a simulation that indeed such computations can be carried out meaningfully and robustly in situations that involve complex interactions between the ants.