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Study of Individual-based Ecosystem Models

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Study of Individual-based Ecosystem Models

Development and study of individual-based ecosystem models based on termites Development and study of an ecological model based on individuals capable of strategic activity

Development and study of individual-based ecosystem models based on termites

  • Development of a termite individual-based model
  • Elucidation of the ecological and mathematical characteristics of termite underground networks
  • Proposal of effective control methods
  • New ecological understandings through analysis of termite population dynamics simulations
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Development and study of an ecological model based on individuals capable of strategic activity

  • Prediction and analysis of effects of environmental disturbances on the ecosystem
  • Elucidation of the dynamic behavior of individuals when provided with shelter from predators
  • Dynamic analysis of individual habitat patterns
  • Elucidation of the effects of strategic activity by individuals on ecological stability

Research

Development and study of individual-based ecosystem models based on termites

Development and study of individual-based ecosystem models based on termites A mathematical model that can successfully simulate termite behavior is crucial to pest control research and the ecologic understanding of these creatures. Notwithstanding, research on termite behavior is still in its infancy, a key reason for which being the lack of a body of accumulated data on individual termite behavior. The results of our prior studies in these areas have largely filled in the missing data, so that further research and modeling can proceed. Through this research, we aim to contribute to the current understanding of population-to-population interaction, tunnel pattern structures and other such phenomena, as well as to propose novel pest control methods. The individual-based model we hope to develop also has potential to be used as a key algorithm in the development of termite-inspired robots.

Development and study of an ecological model based on individuals capable of strategic activity

It is a highly complex and difficult mathematical task to develop a simulation model incorporating behavioral patterns at all levels ranging from the individual to that encompassing the entire ecosystem. This research aims to overcome these difficulties and incorporate aspects of intelligent agent-based modeling in order to imbue mathematical models with structural realism, and assign the hypothetical agents with not only biological characteristics, but also behavioral strategies. We hope the results of this research will make a positive contribution to environmental issues.

Expected effect

Development and study of individual-based ecosystem models based on termites

  • This is the first effort, domestic or otherwise, to develop an individual-based model on termite behavior and is therefore bound to make a highly positive contribution to termite behavior studies with even a modest degree of success. For example, this research will make possible the elucidation of the ecologic significance of termite tunnels and this will provide a solid basis for understanding the process of pesticide dissemination within populations.
  • Through new data of the process by which pesticides are disseminated in termite nests, we may review the efficacy of various existing methods of termite control and propose more effective novel methods of control.
  • The mathematical termite model we aim to develop through this research incorporates diverse aspects of termite behavior, and therefore promises to make a significantly positive contribution to domestic robot development efforts in future.
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Development and study of an ecological model based on individuals capable of strategic activity

  • Through recreation of a virtual ecosystem composed of individuals imbued with biologic and behavioral characteristics, we hope to create the first mathematical model applicable to ecological research.
  • The effect of foreign invasive species on the domestic ecosystem is a current topic of great academic and general interest. The model generated by this research is well suited for research into this topic because of its ability to imbue individual agents with the characteristics of biological entities, allowing the recreation of competitive dynamics as they play out in the ecosystem. Through the information obtained by such simulations, we may arrive at many novel solutions to help us preserve the domestic ecosystem.
Division of Mathematical Modelspin Lee, Sang-Hee
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