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Decentralized Control and Interactive Design Methods for Large-Scale Heterogeneous Self-Organizing Swarms.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-74913-4_68 Conference: Advances in Artificial Life, 9th European Conference, ECAL 2007, Lisbon, Portugal, September 10-14, 2007, Proceedings
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ABSTRACT We present new methods of decentralized control and interactive design for artificial swarms of a large number of agents that
can spontaneously organize and maintain non-trivial heterogeneous formations. Our model assumes no elaborate sensing, computation,
or communication capabilities for each agent; the self-organization is achieved solely by simple kinetic interactions among
agents. Specifications of the final formations are indirectly and implicitly woven into a list of different kinetic parameter
settings and their proportions, which would be hard to obtain with a conventional top-down design method but may be designed
heuristically through interactive design processes.

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