A ﬁre ant inspired multi-agent system: a useful contribution to the ocean cleanup problem
Tuijl, R.W. van
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The pollution of our environment is currently an issue that requires our immediate attention. One part of this problem is the plastic pollution of the oceans. An upcoming area of research in solving this problem is the application of robotics. In this paper the behaviour of ﬁre ants is used as an inspiration in a model that simulates the cleaning of ocean trash. In order to determine if the addition of the ﬁre ant behaviour to this ocean cleanup model is useful, the model is compared to a veriﬁcation model. A comparison of the two models showed that the model with the additional ﬁre ant behaviour performs better signiﬁcantly. These results indicate that further research in this area is worth the eﬀort.