Evolving aggregation behaviors in a swarm of robots


Trianni V., Gross R., Labella T., Sahin E. , Dorigo M.

ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL LIFE, PROCEEDINGS, vol.2801, pp.865-874, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2801
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Title of Journal : ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL LIFE, PROCEEDINGS
  • Page Numbers: pp.865-874

Abstract

In this paper, we study aggregation in a swarm of simple robots, called s-bots, having the capability to self-organize and self-assemble to form a robotic system, called a swarm-bot. The aggregation process, observed in many biological systems, is of fundamental importance since it is the prerequisite for other forms of cooperation that involve self-organization and self-assembling. We consider the problem of defining the control system for the swarm-bot using artificial evolution. The results obtained in a simulated 3D environment are presented and analyzed. They show that artificial evolution, exploiting the complex interactions among s-bots and between s-bots and the environment, is able to produce simple but general solutions to the aggregation problem.