June 08, 2017

Follow that Ant

Ant watching could become a lot less boring for researchers aiming to unravel their intricate social behavior.  An image-processing system unveiled at a conference on software robots in Montreal last week not only keeps tabs on 100 individual ants at a time, but can also figure out what jobs they do in the colony.  Tucker Balch, a Computer Scientist is working on movement recognition among groups of robots.  With colleagues Zia Khan and Manuela Veloso, Balch has created a video-analysis system that not only tracks the ants' movements, but also classifies each ant according to three behavioral types.  Read More