Digital Pheromone Mechanisms for Coordination of Unmanned Vehicles


H. van Dyke Parunak, Sven Brueckner, John Sauter

Many social insects coordinate without direct communication or complex reasoning. They deposit and sense chemicals ("pheromones") in a shared physical environment that participates actively in the system's dynamics, yielding robust adaptive coordination. Seeking such characteristics in engineered systems, we have developed a software environment that uses digital pheromones to coordinate computational agents. We apply digital pheromones to the control of air combat missions, developing several promising mechanisms for general agent coordination. This report describes pheromone-based movement control as a variety of potential-field-based methods, reviews the mechanisms we have developed, and describes their performance in several air combat scenarios.

(keywords) biomimetics, fine-grained agents, pheromones, stigmergy

1st International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent systems, pages 449-450, 15-19 July 2002.
Cristiano Castelfranchi, W. Lewis Johnson (eds.), ACM, New York, NY, USA.

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Acmid = {544843},
Address = {New York, NY, USA},
Author = {Parunak, H. Van Dyke and Brueckner, Sven and Sauter, John},
Booktitle = {1st International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent systems},
Doi = {10.1145/544741.544843},
Editor = {Castelfranchi, Cristiano and Johnson, W. Lewis},
Isbn = {1-58113-480-0},
Keywords = {biomimetics, fine-grained agents, pheromones, stigmergy},
Location = {Bologna, Italy},
Month = {15--19~} # jul,
Pages = {449--450},
Publisher = {ACM},
Title = {Digital Pheromone Mechanisms for Coordination of Unmanned Vehicles},
Url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=544741.544843},
Volume = 1,
Year = 2002}

Publication

— authors

H. van Dyke Parunak, Sven Brueckner, John Sauter

— editors

Cristiano Castelfranchi, W. Lewis Johnson

— status

published

— sort

paper in proceedings

Venue

— volume

1st International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent systems

— volume

1

— pages

449-450

— publication date

15-19 July 2002

URLs

original page

Identifiers

— DOI

10.1145/544741.544843

— print ISBN

1-58113-480-0

BibTeX

— BibTeX ID
pheromoncoord-aamas2002
— BibTeX category
inproceedings

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