Emergent behaviour in virtual agents

Abstract

We explore mechanisms by which large numbers of mobile agents are deployable into an environment and, through local interactions, achieve some specific emergent behaviour. A strategy for achieving desired global behaviours is established. Inspirations from various fields of study such as physics, chemistry, biology, behavioural sciences and computing are considered. Nanotechnology principles are applied as building blocks in system design. Such systems absorb many failures and unplanned behaviour at a lower level without sacrificing task completion.

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Conference Papers (peer reviewed)

[1] Colin Chibaya and Shaun Bangay. The relationship between emergence of the shortest path and information value using ant-like agents. In SAICSIT '08: Proceedings of the 2008 annual research conference of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists on IT research in developing countries, pages 27-34, Wilderness, South Africa, October 2008. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [PDF] [BibTeX]

[2] Colin Chibaya and Shaun Bangay. Flock-inspired area coverage using wireless boid-like sensor agents. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation (UKSIM 2008), pages 144-149, Cambridge, UK, April 2008. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA. [PDF] [BibTeX]

[3] Colin Chibaya and Shaun Bangay. A probabilistic movement model for shortest path formation in virtual ant-like agents. In SAICSIT '07: Proceedings of the 2007 annual research conference of the South African institute of computer scientists and information technologists on IT research in developing countries, pages 9-18, Fish River Sun, South Africa, October 2007. ACM Press, New York, NY, USA. [PDF] [BibTeX]

PhD Theses

[1] Colin Chibaya. An investigation into XSets of primitive behaviours for emergent behaviour in sygmergic and message passing antlike agents. PhD thesis, Department of Computer Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, March 2014. [BibTeX]

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