Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-055


Pack-Hunting Multi-Agent Animats

C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

Archived June 2008


Multi-agent systems sometimes yield surprising emergent behaviours that are unexpected given the individual or microscopic agent prescriptions. We have investigated the emergent spatial behaviour that results when predatory animats in a multi-agent system simulation are able to hunt in a pack. The consequences of this cooperative behaviour are significant for the macroscopic spatial patterns of both predator and prey agents. Our model is based on a very simple set of rules for individual animats, which have their own individual state, and exist cooperatively or in competition in a spatial world. We show quantitatively that cooperation allows the world area to support a higher number of agents.

Keywords: multi-agent; predator-prey; animat; emergence.

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  author = {C.J. Scogings and K.A. Hawick},
  title = {Pack-Hunting Multi-Agent Animats},
  booktitle = {Proc. IASTED Int. Symp. on Artificial Intelligence and Applications},
  year = {2009},
  pages = {220-224},
  address = {Innsbruck, Austria},
  month = {16-18 February},
  publisher = {IASTED},
  institution = {Massey University},
  timestamp = {2008.11.19}

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