Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Robotic Systems pp 105-120

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 355)

From Ants to Robots and Back: How Robotics Can Contribute to the Study of Collective Animal Behavior

  • Simon Garnier


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.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Garnier
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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