Task Fulfilment and Temporal Patterns of Activity in Artificial Ant Colonies

  • Jordi Delgado
  • Ricard V. Sole
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1674)


Since the discovery of self-synchronization of activity in ant colonies some authors have argued that this phenomenon lacks any adaptive significance, while others have suggested that there may be some functional behaviors related to these rhythmical patterns of activity. In this paper, we introduce a mobile automata model of task fulfilment in ant colonies with self-synchronized activity, and test if these synchronized patterns provide any advantage when compared with non-synchronized activity patterns.


Social Insect Task Allocation Active Neighbour Insect Society Rhythmical Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordi Delgado
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ricard V. Sole
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Llenguatges i Sistemes InformàticsUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Complex Systems Research Group, Department of Physics, FENUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeUSA

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