Journal of Life Support Technology
Online ISSN : 1884-5819
Print ISSN : 0912-1595
ISSN-L : 0912-1595
Construction Methods based on The Nesting Behavior of Wasps
—A Genetic Algorithm-based Learning Rule for Wasp Behavior—
Akihiko HONMA.AAkyako KATOHYasuhiro FUKUI
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1995 Volume 7 Issue 4 Pages 10-18


The present paper deals with possible construction methods of three-dimensional shapes based on the nesting behavior of wasps. Wasps can construct combs of hexagonal cells with a regular arrangement. This paper describes observation and analysis of such nesting behavior. Observation results show that characteristic movements of antennae are probably used in determining how to shape the nest and that nesting behavior is connected with so called“taxis.”Computer simulation was conducted to ascertain rule that can trace basic shapes. Moving rules of the creature were represented by means of neural networks. An optimal rule for tracing was determined by genetic algorithms that are known to be effective optimization and searching algorithms. Analysis of the optimal rule is described. Analysis shows that the rule that was obtained as the result of genetic operations is connected with“taxis.”

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