4 posts • joined 9 Nov 2009
There's a Spanish version
@Aitor: of course I don't, but you might prefer the Spanish version (which did the press rounds a time ago).
@Gaius : didn't you read the friggin' article?
It's an army of ants, with an air corps composed entirely of flies!
And a presentation for those interested
Which I gave a couple of years ago at the University of Nottingham, in case anyone is interested: http://geneura.ugr.es/~jmerelo/tutoriales/antsgotowar.odp It's in OpenOffice format, and it weighs in 18 megs. License is CC-by-sa.
A few more details
I'm one of the guys involved in this. We've prepared a small executive resume at our group blog: http://geneura.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/chac-the-military-ants-in-the-press-around-the-world/
Of course, there's no big deal in this, other that quite a lot of work done with not a lot of funding. For those not acquainted with ant colony algorithms, or algorithms for that matter, the basic idea is to try and work out a way to get a military unit safe and sound to a destination point by creating a method inspired on how ant colonies work: throw a lot of ants to a food source, drop pheromones on your way back and forth, and mostly try to follow those paths that have been already followed. That method, that works quite well in Nature, has been expanded a bit and tested on simulated scenarios, with natural obstacles, more or less bad guys shooting, and so forth.
For those already acquainted with ant colony algorithms, we have created a new version that is able to deal with several objectives at the same time: try to be fast, stealth, low-maintenance, and if possible avoid casualties. You can get a copy of our papers from the usual databases, google Scholar, and if everything fails, drop us an email.
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