Georgia Tech researchers led by Tucker Balch from the College of Computing are gathering data on the behavior of bees and ants using a compter vision system. Software can recognize which marked bee is doing which job.
Georgia Tech Photo: Nicole Cappello
Georgia Tech researcher Tucker Balch examines bees whose behavior is being studied for potential implications on the efficient behavior of robots. What they learn may help engineers organize colonies of cooperating robots.
Georgia Tech Photo: Nicole Cappello
A new computer vision system for automated analysis of animal movement -- honey bee activities, in particular -- is expected to accelerate animal behavior research, which also has implications for biologically inspired design of robots and computers.
The animal movement analysis system is part of the BioTracking Project, an effort conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology robotics researchers led by Tucker Balch, an assistant professor of computing.
"We believe the language of behavior is common between robots and animals," Balch said. "That means, potentially, that we could videotape ants for a long period of time, learn their ’program’ and run it on a robot."
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