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How can bio-mapping the foraging excursions of ants translate Into a prototype for human living on Mars?

El-Hakim, Farah and Jabi, Wassim 2020. How can bio-mapping the foraging excursions of ants translate Into a prototype for human living on Mars? Presented at: Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2020), Online, 25-28 May 2020. Published in: Chronis, Angelos, Wurer, Gabriel, Lorenz, Wolfgag E., Herr, Christiane M., Pont, Ulrich, Cupkova, Dana and Wainer, Gabriel eds. 2020 Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design. Vienna: Simulation Councils Inc., pp. 429-438.

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Abstract

This research project converges myrmecology, computer vision and architecture together to bio-map the locomotion of ants in a spatial-temporal dynamic setup. What can we learn from the de-centralised, flexible and optimal way of living from ants? Despite no journey plan and no limit on the size of areas they explore, ants never find themselves in traffic jams [1]. A number of simple rules give rise to a much more complex system, allowing ants to overcome many environmental obstacles with minimum energy expenditure and assessed risk. Through a series of stigmergic experiments, whereby a Kinect V2 is used for tracking and recording movement, this study looks to translate a spatial template of algorithmic foraging excursions into a resourcepoor prototype for human living in an Extra-Terrestrial (ET) environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Simulation Councils Inc.
ISBN: 978156555312
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2020
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 12:30
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/131911

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