BIE Algorithm

BIE Algorithm Project

Traditionally, human groups might make a decision by asking members to vote or by having a committee make an executive decision. However, these traditional means do not handle situations with many possible solutions well nor leverage the experience of the group members. Humans are not the only, nor even the first creatures to make group decisions. We can look to social insects that make decisions for colonies of up to tens of thousands of individuals. Drawing inspiration from how honey bees, (Apis mellifera), find new nest sites, the Bee Inspired Evaluation (BIE) algorithm was developed.

Bee swarm. Picture by
Arvydas Simbelis, (


  • Ms. Molly Sturgis