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18 December 1995 Least action approach to collective behavior
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Proceedings Volume 2593, Microrobotics and Micromechanical Systems; (1995)
Event: Photonics East '95, 1995, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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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Douglas A. Hoskins "Least action approach to collective behavior", Proc. SPIE 2593, Microrobotics and Micromechanical Systems, (18 December 1995);

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