Clustering and Sorting by Robot Swarms

Lay Summary 

Social insects such as ants and bees manipulate resources in their environment to suit their needs. For example, ants sort their brood (i.e. ant babies) by size. They also cluster dead ants into groups. These insects achieve this without supervision and without consulting a “master plan.” This project involves borrowing mechanisms for social insect clustering and sorting for use in robotics with potential application in processing recyclable materials.

Departments 
Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Communities 
St. John's
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Artificial Intelligence
Robotics
Recycling
Waste Management
Industry Sectors 
Waste Management and Remediation Services
Start date 
1 Jan 2012
End date 
31 Dec 2016