A Spiking Model of Desert Ant Navigation Along a Habitual Route

  • Przemyslaw NowakEmail author
  • Terrence C. Stewart
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 837)


A model producing behavior mimicking that of a homing desert ant while approaching the nest along a habitual route is presented. The model combines two strategies that interact with each other: local vector navigation and landmark guidance with an average landmark vector. As a multi-segment route with several waypoints is traversed, local vector navigation is mainly used when leaving a waypoint, landmark guidance is mostly used when approaching a waypoint, and a weighted interplay of the two is used in between waypoints. The model comprises a spiking neural network that is developed based on the principles of the Neural Engineering Framework. Its performance is demonstrated with a simulated robot in a virtual environment, which is shown to successfully navigate to the final waypoint in different scenes.


Spiking neural networks Neural Engineering Framework Insect navigation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information TechnologyLodz University of TechnologyLodzPoland
  2. 2.Centre for Theoretical NeuroscienceUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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