Termite Swarm Simulation

Research was undertaken into the nature of termite response to mound structural integrity in terms of collective structural defence. Termites constantly build and repair their mound to maintain its homoeostasis based on their sense of pheromones, air, temperature, moisture etc. In the in silico simulation, these environmental conditions are modelled by partial differential equations, and termites as agents interacting with the environment. Amazing structures can be 'built' this way.

An in silico model of termites in a Petri dish has also been developed to simulate the tactile behaviour of termites based on in vitro experiments. This swarm behaviour has been extended to various applications in computational imaging, such as refinement and correction of artefacts in the results of segmentation methods and simulation of biological cells.

55 real termites in a petri dish exhibiting circling behaviour around edge of petri dish
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