Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-056


Emergent Spatial Agent Segregation

K. A. Hawick and C. J. Scogings

Archived June 2008


Animat agents are usually formulated as spatially located agents that interact according to some microscopic behavioural rules. We use our predator-prey animat model to explore spatial segregation and other self-organising effects. We compare the emergent macroscopic behaviour with that of non-intelligence models such as those governed solely by microscopic statistical mechanics rules. We report on an emergent separation of sub-species amongst our prey animats when a very simple genetic marker is used and a microscopic breeding preference is introduced. We discuss some quantitative metrics such as the spatial density of animats and the density-density correlation function and how these can be used to categorize the different self-organisational regimes that emerge from the model.

Keywords: animat; spatial agent; segregation; phase separation; self-organisation.

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  author = {K.A. Hawick and C.J. Scogings},
  title = {Emergent Spatial Agent Segregation},
  booktitle = {Proc 2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent
  year = {2008},
  pages = {34-40},
  address = {Sydney, Australia},
  month = {8-9 December},
  publisher = {IEEE/WIC/ACM},
  note = {ISBN 978-0-7695-3496-1},
  timestamp = {2008.11.19}

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