Complexity and behaviour in Leptothorax ants
by Octavio Miramontes

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Author: Octavio Miramontes
Published: 2007

physiscs, biology, complexity theory, animal behaviour, ants, agent-based models

Trends in Science
Cat: TS0001EN

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Social behaviour in ants of the genus Leptothorax is reviewed. Attention  is paid to the existence of  collective robust  periodic oscillations in the activity of ants inside the nest. It is known that those oscillations are the outcome  of the process  of short-distance interactions among ants and that the activity of individual workers is not  periodic.  Isolated  workers can activate spontaneously in an unpredictable fashion. A model of an artificial  society of computer automata endowed with the  basic   behavioural  traits of  Leptothorax ants is presented  and it is demonstrated that collective periodic oscillations in the activity domain can exist as a consequence of  interactions among the automata. It  is concluded that those oscillations  are generic properties common to  both natural and artificial social complex systems.

Octavio Miramontes (b.1961) is a physicist with a PhD from Imperial College London. He is currently a full-time researcher at the Physics Institute UNAM, in Mexico City where he also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Complexity Sciences.
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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Octavio Miramontes 2007