About: Ant robotics is a research topic. Over the lifetime, 1009 publications have been published within this topic receiving 43065 citations.
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01 Jan 2004
TL;DR: Ant colony optimization (ACO) is a relatively new approach to problem solving that takes inspiration from the social behaviors of insects and of other animals as discussed by the authors In particular, ants have inspired a number of methods and techniques among which the most studied and the most successful is the general purpose optimization technique known as ant colony optimization.
Abstract: Swarm intelligence is a relatively new approach to problem solving that takes inspiration from the social behaviors of insects and of other animals In particular, ants have inspired a number of methods and techniques among which the most studied and the most successful is the general purpose optimization technique known as ant colony optimization Ant colony optimization (ACO) takes inspiration from the foraging behavior of some ant species These ants deposit pheromone on the ground in order to mark some favorable path that should be followed by other members of the colony Ant colony optimization exploits a similar mechanism for solving optimization problems From the early nineties, when the first ant colony optimization algorithm was proposed, ACO attracted the attention of increasing numbers of researchers and many successful applications are now available Moreover, a substantial corpus of theoretical results is becoming available that provides useful guidelines to researchers and practitioners in further applications of ACO The goal of this article is to introduce ant colony optimization and to survey its most notable applications
••01 Jan 1999
TL;DR: This chapter discusses Ant Foraging Behavior, Combinatorial Optimization, and Routing in Communications Networks, and its application to Data Analysis and Graph Partitioning.
Abstract: 1. Introduction 2. Ant Foraging Behavior, Combinatorial Optimization, and Routing in Communications Networks 3. Division of Labor and Task Allocation 4. Cemetery Organization, Brood Sorting, Data Analysis, and Graph Partitioning 5. Self-Organization and Templates: Application to Data Analysis and Graph Partitioning 6. Nest Building and Self-Assembling 7. Cooperative Transport by Insects and Robots 8. Epilogue
TL;DR: An overview of recent work on ant algorithms, that is, algorithms for discrete optimization that took inspiration from the observation of ant colonies' foraging behavior, and the ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheuristic is presented.
Abstract: This article presents an overview of recent work on ant algorithms, that is, algorithms for discrete optimization that took inspiration from the observation of ant colonies' foraging behavior, and introduces the ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheuristic. In the first part of the article the basic biological findings on real ants are reviewed and their artificial counterparts as well as the ACO metaheuristic are defined. In the second part of the article a number of applications of ACO algorithms to combinatorial optimization and routing in communications networks are described. We conclude with a discussion of related work and of some of the most important aspects of the ACO metaheuristic.
TL;DR: This paper analyzes the literature from the point of view of swarm engineering and proposes two taxonomies: in the first taxonomy, works that deal with design and analysis methods are classified; in the second, works according to the collective behavior studied are classified.
Abstract: Swarm robotics is an approach to collective robotics that takes inspiration from the self-organized behaviors of social animals. Through simple rules and local interactions, swarm robotics aims at designing robust, scalable, and flexible collective behaviors for the coordination of large numbers of robots. In this paper, we analyze the literature from the point of view of swarm engineering: we focus mainly on ideas and concepts that contribute to the advancement of swarm robotics as an engineering field and that could be relevant to tackle real-world applications. Swarm engineering is an emerging discipline that aims at defining systematic and well founded procedures for modeling, designing, realizing, verifying, validating, operating, and maintaining a swarm robotics system. We propose two taxonomies: in the first taxonomy, we classify works that deal with design and analysis methods; in the second taxonomy, we classify works according to the collective behavior studied. We conclude with a discussion of the current limits of swarm robotics as an engineering discipline and with suggestions for future research directions.
01 Mar 2004
TL;DR: This book describes the basic concepts and methodologies of evolutionary robotics and the results achieved so far, and describes the clear presentation of a set of empirical experiments of increasing complexity.
Abstract: Evolutionary robotics is a new technique for the automatic creation of autonomous robots. Inspired by the Darwinian principle of selective reproduction of the fittest, it views robots as autonomous artificial organisms that develop their own skills in close interaction with the environment and without human intervention. Drawing heavily on biology and ethology, it uses the tools of neural networks, genetic algorithms, dynamic systems, and biomorphic engineering. The resulting robots share with simple biological systems the characteristics of robustness, simplicity, small size, flexibility, and modularity. In evolutionary robotics, an initial population of artificial chromosomes, each encoding the control system of a robot, is randomly created and put into the environment. Each robot is then free to act (move, look around, manipulate) according to its genetically specified controller while its performance on various tasks is automatically evaluated. The fittest robots then "reproduce" by swapping parts of their genetic material with small random mutations. The process is repeated until the "birth" of a robot that satisfies the performance criteria. This book describes the basic concepts and methodologies of evolutionary robotics and the results achieved so far. An important feature is the clear presentation of a set of empirical experiments of increasing complexity. Software with a graphic interface, freely available on a Web page, will allow the reader to replicate and vary (in simulation and on real robots) most of the experiments.
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