• How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour 3. How Do Ants Find the Shortest Path?

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      Ethology, Argentine ants, trail pheromone, experimental design, ant colony optimization.

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      In this article, I will describe how a simple, curiosity-basedexperiment to understand how ants are smart enough to choosethe shortest path led the exploration of self-organization andswarm-intelligence and resulted in major applications in computerscience and optimization algorithms. The focus willbe on curiosity, simplicity, interdisciplinarity, and being unmindfulof immediate applications.

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      Raghavendra Gadagkar1

      1. Centre for Ecological Sciences Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 560 012, India.
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