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Thomas Halva Labella and Falko Dressler, "A Bio-Inspired Architecture for Division of Labour in SANETs," in Advances in Biologically Inspired Information Systems - Models, Methods, and Tools, Studies in Computational Intelligence (SCI), vol. 69, Falko Dressler and Iacopo Carreras (Eds.), Springer, 2007, pp. 209–228.


Division of labour is one of the possible strategies to efficiently exploit the resources of autonomous systems. It is also a phenomenon often observed in animal systems. We show an architecture that implements division of labour in Sensor/Actuator Networks. The way the nodes take their decisions is inspired by ants’ foraging behaviour. The preliminary results show that the architecture and the bio-inspired mechanism successfully induce self-organised division of labour in the network. The experiments were run in simulation. We developed a new type of simulator for this purpose. Key features of our work are cross-layer design and exploitation of inter-node interactions. No explicit negotiation between the agents takes place.

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Thomas Halva Labella
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Labella, Thomas Halva and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1007/978-3-540-72693-7_11},
    title = {{A Bio-Inspired Architecture for Division of Labour in SANETs}},
    pages = {209--228},
    booktitle = {Advances in Biologically Inspired Information Systems - Models, Methods, and Tools},
    editor = {Dressler, Falko and Carreras, Iacopo},
    isbn = {978-3-540-72692-0},
    publisher = {Springer},
    series = {Studies in Computational Intelligence (SCI)},
    volume = {69},
    year = {2007},

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