Inspiration for optimization from social insect behaviour

Nature. 2000 Jul 6;406(6791):39-42. doi: 10.1038/35017500.


Research in social insect behaviour has provided computer scientists with powerful methods for designing distributed control and optimization algorithms. These techniques are being applied successfully to a variety of scientific and engineering problems. In addition to achieving good performance on a wide spectrum of 'static' problems, such techniques tend to exhibit a high degree of flexibility and robustness in a dynamic environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animal Communication
  • Animals
  • Ants / physiology*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Models, Biological
  • Social Behavior*