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2006.87: The Mathematics of Motion Camouflage

2006.87: Paul Glendinning (2004) The Mathematics of Motion Camouflage. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) Series B, 271. pp. 477-481. ISSN 0962-8452

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DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2622


Motion camouflage is a strategy whereby an aggressor moves towards a target whilst appearing stationary to the target except for the inevitable perceived change in size of the aggressor as it approaches. The strategy has been observed in insects, and mathematical models using discrete time or neural network control have been used to simulate the behaviour. Here the differential equations for motion camouflage are derived and some simple cases are analysed. These equations are easy to simulate numerically, and simulations indicate that motion camouflage is more efficient than the classical pursuit strategy (‘move directly towards the target’).

Item Type:Article
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 34 Ordinary differential equations
MSC 2000 > 92 Biology and other natural sciences
MIMS number:2006.87
Deposited By:Professor Paul Glendinning
Deposited On:17 May 2006

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