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New Software Tracks Swarms of Insects or Robots

A heap of ladybugs. (Image credit: Steve Walters/BYU)

SwisTrack, a tracking tool for multi-unit robotic and biological systems, is a great way to learn more about swarm behavior—and then mimic it. Three years in the making, this open-source system lets researchers track multiple, mobile, marker-less miniature objects.

For quantifying observations in swarm robotics and behavioral biology, the individual behavior of the constituted agents of the swarm need to be analyzed. Conclusions about the processes underlying self-organization can often only be drawn after analysis of hundreds of experiments... (click to see the video)

SwisTrack's core image manipulation functions are provided by Intels OpenCV library, while GUI functionalities are relying on WxWidgets. Hence, SwisTrack's source is platform-independent, but binaries are currently distributed only for MS Windows.

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