Bristol Ants Make Journal Front Cover

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03 May 2006

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The front cover of the current issue of the Journal of The Royal Society Interface(vol. 3, no. 7) features a picture of marked ants (Temnothorax albipennis) in a laboratory nest. 

Recent experimental work conducted at Bristol University has demonstrated these ants use a collective decision-making mechanism that can compromise flexibly between speed and accuracy of decisions.

Research published in this issue examines the optimality of this trade-off under varying constraints, and considers its potential application to decentralised control problems in computer science.