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Author:Ivars Peterson - Science News Online
Description: Ant teamwork suggests models for computing faster and organizing better. Astonishing feats of teamwork emerge from a large number of unsupervised individuals following a few simple rules. This sort of self-organizing cooperative behavior among ants, bees, and other social insects has become the envy of engineers and computer scientists as they work to solve tough path-finding, scheduling, and control problems in industrial and other settings. In recent years, studies of ant behavior have suggested powerful computational methods for finding alternative traffic routes over congested telephone lines and novel algorithms for governing how robots operating independently would work together....

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Graph Theory, Optimization, Animal Biology

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