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On artificial immune systems and swarm intelligence

Timmis, Jon; Andrews, Paul; Hart, Emma


Jon Timmis

Paul Andrews


This position paper explores the nature and role of two bio-inspired paradigms, namely Artificial Immune Systems (AIS) and Swarm Intelligence (SI). We argue that there are many aspects of AIS that have direct parallels with SI and examine the role of AIS and SI in science and also in engineering, with the primary focus being on the immune system. We explore how in some ways, algorithms from each area are similar, but we also advocate, and explain, that rather than being competitors, AIS and SI are complementary tools and can be used effectively together to solve complex engineering problems.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 23, 2010
Publication Date 2010-12
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2011
Print ISSN 1935-3812
Electronic ISSN 1935-3820
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 4
Pages 247-273
Keywords Artificial immune systems; swarm intelligence; swarm robotics; Immunology;
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