Penguins Stop Cars Crashing!

Penguins Stop Cars Crashing!

Home / News | posted on 30 01 2017

Tools based on the way penguins co-operatively hunt for fish are being developed to test different ways of organising car software.

Engineers have often turned to nature for good solutions to tricky problems, said Prof Yiannis Papadopoulos, a computer scientist at the University of Hull who, together with Dr Youcef Gheraibia from Algeria, developed the penguin inspired testing system. By mimicking penguin behaviour in a testing system which seeks the safest ways to arrange code instead of shoals of fish, it becomes possible to slowly zero in on the best way for that software to be structured. Currently, complex software is put together and tested manually, with only experience and engineering judgement to guide it. While this produces good results, it can only consider a small fraction of all possible good solutions.

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