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Models of Task Allocation in Social Insects and Game Theory

  • Monash University 25 Exhibition Walk Clayton, VIC, 3800 Australia (map)

Presenter: Rui Chen

Following the discussion on task allocation and game theory in a previous seminar, I would like to talk about our most recent work on this topic. We use game theory to investigate the factor of social interaction on task allocation in social insects. We analyse how different environmental conditions can influence the degree of specialisation in an insect colony by mathematical predictions and agent-based simulation. Particularly, we compare three mechanisms: emulation (which assumes there are non-elemental learning such as concept learning involved in this process), individual learning and reinforcement based on personal preference and recruitment.