Models of visually guided routes in ants: embodiment simplifies route acquisition

Baddeley, Bart, Graham, Paul, Philippides, Andrew and Husbands, Philip (2011) Models of visually guided routes in ants: embodiment simplifies route acquisition. In: Intelligent robotics and applications: 4th international conference, ICIRA 2011, Aachen, Germany, December 6-8, 2011, proceedings. Lecture notes in computer science, 2 (7102). Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 75-84. ISBN 9783642254888

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It is known that ants learn long visually-guided routes through complex terrain. However, the mechanisms by which visual information is first learnt and then used to control a route direction are not well understood. In this paper we investigate whether a simple approach, involving scanning the environment and moving in the direction that appears most familiar, can provide a model of visually guided route learning in ants. The specific embodiment of an ant’s visual system means that movement and viewing direction are tightly coupled, a familiar view specifies a familiar direction of viewing and thus a familiar movement to make. We show the feasibility of our approach as a model of ant-like route acquisition by learning non-trivial routes through a simulated environment firstly using the complete set of views experienced during learning and secondly using an approximation to the distribution of these views.

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Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Bartholomew Baddeley
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 10:26
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