Physical implementation of natural intelligence in colloidal particle systems

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We attempt to implement ant pheromone algorithm to find the shortest path between their nest and food using pheromone trails. We used polystyrerne beads (PBs) suspended in water as agent ants and employed a phase-change material (PCM) film to mimic the pheromone behavior. The interaction between PBs and the PCM film provides pheromone deoposition, enhancement and tracking of pheromone trail, and pheromone evaporation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
EventOptics and Photonics Japan, OPJ 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2018 Oct 302018 Oct 31

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F125-OPJ 2018


ConferenceOptics and Photonics Japan, OPJ 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

Cite this

Saiki, T. (2018). Physical implementation of natural intelligence in colloidal particle systems. In Optics InfoBase Conference Papers (Optics InfoBase Conference Papers; Vol. Part F125-OPJ 2018). OSA - The Optical Society.