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Behavior Analysis of Ants from Video Sequences

Cartas Ayala, A., Aghaei, M., Grueter, C. , Ratnieks, F. & Reyes-Aldasoro, C. C. (2016). Behavior Analysis of Ants from Video Sequences. Paper presented at the Visual observation and analysis of Vertebrate And Insect Behavior 2016, 4 Dec 2016, Cancun, Mexico.


The movement of small animals in well-defined environments is increasingly studied in many areas; including ecotoxicology, learning, and behavioural ecology. Here we de- scribe an algorithm designed to analyze individual foraging ants from a colony of Lasius niger. The inputs to the algorithm were images from a video sequence. The algorithm performed a series of pre-processing steps to identify the ants from the pixels, measurements were extracted and individual ants were tracked in time. The location of the ants in position and time were recorded as heat maps denoting the favorite locations of the ants. The ants were videoed in a foraging experiment on a T-maze a single trail bifurcation.

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Publisher Keywords: ants; route learning; pheromone; collective decision making; foraging; segmentation; tracking; animal behavior
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QL Zoology
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > giCentre
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