FSTaxis algorithm: Bio-inspired emergent gradient taxis

Joshua Cherian Varughese*, Ronald Thenius, Franz Wotawa, Thomas Schmickl

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This article presents a novel bio-inspired emergent gradient taxis principle for robot swarms. The underlying communication method was inspired by slime mold and fireflies. Nature showcases a number of simple organisms which can display complex behavior in various aspects of their lives such as signaling, foraging, mating etc. Such decentralized behaviors at the organism level gives rise to an emergent intelligence such as in bees, slime mold, fireflies etc. Chemo taxis and photo taxis are known to be abilities exhibited by simple organisms without elaborate sensory and actuation capabilities. Our novel algorithm combines the underlying principles of slime mold and fireflies to achieve gradient taxis purely based on neighbor-to-neighbor communication. In this article, we present a model of the algorithm and test the algorithm in a multiagent simulation environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016, ALIFE 2016
EditorsCarlos Gershenson, Tom Froese, Jesus M. Siqueiros, Wendy Aguilar, Eduardo J. Izquierdo, Sayama Hiroki
PublisherMIT Press Journals
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780262339360
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems: ALIFE 2016 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
Conference number: 15


Conference15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems
Abbreviated titleALIFE 2016
Internet address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Modelling and Simulation

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