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MIT researchers: Network pros could learn a lot from ants

Tim Greene | July 18, 2016
Ants’ random stumbling around and bumping into each other is actually good model for polling networks of sensors

Musco says his group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory try to find behaviors in biology that can be applied to computer science and vice versa. In this case the ants’ behavior has a useful application for computer scientists. The flip side is that the algorithm the researchers developed helps bolster biologists’ hypotheses about what explorer ants are up to when they move around seeking a new nesting site.


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