Swarm intelligent systems

In this research track we investigate possible control paradigms for swarms of mobile agents with limited communication capabilities. The control paradigms we are interested in are based on communication and movement strategies from slime mould, that uses 1-bit communication for various behaviours of the super organism. We have found that by varying minor details of the classical slime mould based communication strategies and movement cues it is possible to generate substantially different behaviours and features that the swarm is able to perform. Swarm size estimation, pinging synchronization, ego positioning etc. are some behaviours which can be generated by varying minor details of the basic slime mould based communication and movement strategies. Additionally, using several different signals within the swarm and combining them, it is possible to generate an open control paradigm, that allows to construct different behaviours, not bases on the design of individual behaviour but by design of different interacting travelling waves on the different signal layers in the swarm.

Selforganized swarm of virtual agents navigating around an obstacle (red) to gather at the goal (green)

Reseacher involved in this research track: Ronald Thenius, Joshua Varughese, Hannes Hornischer