Honors Program

[Honors-in-Discipline (Choose below)], Honors in Technology

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Matthew Harrison, Christopher Wallace, Istvan Karsai

Thesis Professor Department

Computer and Information Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Istvan Karsai, Matthew Harrison


European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula) are social insects that build round, symmetrical nests. Current models indicate that these wasps develop colonies by following simple heuristics based on nest stimuli. Computer simulations can model wasp behavior to imitate natural nest building. This research investigated various building heuristics through a novel Markov-based simulation. The simulation used a hexagonal grid to build cells based on the building rule supplied to the agent. Nest data was compared with natural data and through visual inspection. Larger nests were found to be less compact for the rules simulated.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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