Brief announcement: Distributed task allocation in ant colonies

Anna Dornhaus, Nancy Lynch, Tsvetomira Radeva, Hsin Hao Su

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A common problem in both distributed computing and insect biology is designing a model that accurately captures the behavior of a given distributed system or an ant colony, respectively. While the challenges involved in modeling computer systems and ant colonies are quite different from each other, a common approach is to explore multiple variations of different models and compare the results in terms of the simplicity of the model and the quality of the results. We consider the task allocation problem as a case study and explore multiple models inspired from both distributed computing and biological experiments. We compare the models with respect to their significance in understanding real ant behavior and also their technical relevance to distributed computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDistributed Computing - 29th International Symposium, DISC 2015, Proceedings
EditorsYoram Moses
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9783662486528
StatePublished - 2015
Event29th International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2015 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Oct 7 2015Oct 9 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other29th International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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