Networks are ever-presen, from traffic and logistics to social networks and the "Internet of Things". Identifying the ideal way to design such networks is a difficult task, even more so as networks become more and more complex, large and connected.
The ASSISIbf project adopted a very original approach towards such network optimisation: analysis of bio-hybrid "computational symbioses". To explain, the team uses swarms of honeybees and fish in association with autonomous robot swarms to search for optimal network configurations. ASSISIbf ultimately hopes to solve global scale network problems in less time than today's computer algorithms.Their ideas will be presented at the ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL in Linz, Austria, September 6-10 2018.