Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-050


Energy Flow and Conservation in an Artificial Life Agent Model

C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

Archived March 2008


Unlike microscopic physics models, agent-based artificial life models are commonly constructed without a strict energy conservation rule. We report on the effects of incorporating energy conservation in our predator-prey based agent model. We discuss the role of microscopic model parameters that give rise to macroscopic emergent effects that can be measured. Arguably non-conserving models like ours can be described as mesoscopic. We show that the effects of an energy conservation law for reproducing animats are no different from having a breeding success regulation rule in our model.

Keywords: animats; artificial life; agents; simulation, energy conservation of energy.

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  author = {C.J. Scogings and K.A. Hawick},
  title = {Energy Flow and Conservation in an Artificial Life Agent Model},
  booktitle = {Proc. 2008 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI'08),
	Las Vegas, USA},
  year = {2008},
  pages = {113-119},
  address = {Las Vegas, USA},
  month = {14-17 July},
  publisher = {CSREA},
  institution = {Computer Science, Massey University},
  timestamp = {2008.03.12},
  url = {}

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