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Why is visual navigation easy for ants?

A desert ant forager is a navigation machine, optimised to bring food back to the nest as fast as efficiently and often as possible. Evolution surely has led to specialist hardware for navigation, but low resolution visual systems and small brains don’t immediately suggest so. In this paper we look at different levels of organisation within the ant visual navigation system, from sensor to neural architecture to behaviour. We are looking for those organisational principles that show how ants are indeed ‘set-up’ for visual navigation, as well as the efficiencies which explain why ants don’t need high resolution vision or large brains. The article is a short primer, with specific focus on the aspects of the system that are desirable for bio-mimetic robot engineers.

Graham, P., & Philippides, A. (2017). Vision for navigation: What can we learn from ants?. Arthropod Structure & Development.

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