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Least action approach to collective behavior
Author(s): Douglas A. Hoskins
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Paper Abstract

In studying the properties of the attractor of an Iterated Function System, similarities were noted between bacterial chemotaxis and the asymptotic properties of a Random Iteration Algorithm (RIA). We have previously demonstrated global optimization by a swarm of agents using an RIA-like action selection rule, the Random Selection Rule. This capability suggests a least action approach to the specification of collective behaviors. In this paper we present simulations of a simple example of such a behavior--an emergent Braitenberg Vehicle whose frame, propulsion, control and sensing are all emergent properties, evolving from the behavior of simple `chemotactic' agents.

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Date Published: 18 December 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2593, Microrobotics and Micromechanical Systems, (18 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228641
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Douglas A. Hoskins, Boeing Co. and Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2593:
Microrobotics and Micromechanical Systems
Lynne E. Parker, Editor(s)

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