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Biomimicry of bacterial foraging for distributed optimization and control

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1 Author(s)
Passino, K.M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA

We explain the biology and physics underlying the chemotactic (foraging) behavior of E. coli bacteria. We explain a variety of bacterial swarming and social foraging behaviors and discuss the control system on the E. coli that dictates how foraging should proceed. Next, a computer program that emulates the distributed optimization process represented by the activity of social bacterial foraging is presented. To illustrate its operation, we apply it to a simple multiple-extremum function minimization problem and briefly discuss its relationship to some existing optimization algorithms. The article closes with a brief discussion on the potential uses of biomimicry of social foraging to develop adaptive controllers and cooperative control strategies for autonomous vehicles. For this, we provide some basic ideas and invite the reader to explore the concepts further

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Control Systems, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 3 )